Sep
9
Fri
2016
2016 Commodore’s Cup Race and Picnic – Inati Bay @ Inati Bay
Sep 9 – Sep 10 all-day

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Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Transportation via boat will be available.
  • View who is attending here.
Activities
  • Friday Night Happy Hour and Camp Fire Ashore
  • Saturday Afternoon Family Fun and Barbeque
Food Theme
  • Barbeque TBD
Local Attractions
  • Any boating, sailing, swimming, hiking, fishing, crabbing, kayaking etc. you can imagine.
Sep
23
Fri
2016
2016 Poets Cove 13th Annual Autumn Equinox Cruise @ Poet's Cove
Sep 23 – Sep 25 all-day

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Theme

The Salish Sea is our playground. Extending from Olympia to Johnstone Strait, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca, our San Juan and Gulf Islands are its heart. The Bellingham Yacht Club 13th Annual Autumn Equinox Cruise to Poets Cove will be September 23, 24, & 25, 2016.

Every year the Autumn Equinox marks a day of equal light and darkness and the BYC traditional end of our cruising season. This popular and intimate cruise is about our boating friendships and our shared enjoyment of the Salish Sea in one of the nicest locations in the Sea. Poets Cove Resort and Spa is located on South Pender Island, British Columbia.

Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Make your marina reservation and tell them it is for the Bellingham Yacht Club Cruise. (1 250 629 2111 or email marina@poetscove.comDue to enhanced security regulations you need to make your reservation directly.
  • Make your Room Reservation – Poets Cove has very limited rooms and only in the cottages available at a special rate for the Bellingham Yacht Club.  This is a great cruise to bring people who do not have a boat to stay on. Contact the Front Desk (888) 512-7638 and tell them you are making a reservation for the Bellingham Yacht Club.
  • View who is attending here.
Activities

Friday September 23 
Your Time – Depart to Poets Cove from where ever you are in the Salish Sea.
1700 – Welcome No Host Dock Party, bring your favorite Salish Sea appetizer.  (Clams, Oysters, Bacon wrapped Halibut, Mussels, Smoked Salmon, Scallops, Pickled Herring … what is your favorite?)
(Throughout the visit, the great pools and hot tubs at Poets Cove will be used, so don’t forget your bathing suits)

Saturday September 24
1000 – Dock Side Potluck Breakfast.
1100 – Coastal Nature Hike to Gowland Point –or- a hike up Mt. Norman to one of the most beautiful views of the island.
Amateur Photographer Best Picture Contest (back by demand)
1800 – Salish Sea Dinner either prepared by Poets Cove Chef using local catch and Pender Island grown side dish, or we may have a Salish Sea cook-off prepared by members – details to follow.
(The full service Spa at Poets Cove has been very popular for massages, facials and …)

Sunday the 25
Poets Cove Resort & Spa has a great breakfast buffet where you go on your own schedule before leaving for home.

 

Local Attractions

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Mar
31
Fri
2017
2017 Shakedown Cruise to Anacortes @ Cap Sante Marina
Mar 31 – Apr 2 all-day

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Joint Cruise with Bellingham and Friday Harbor Power Squadrons!

Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Come by boat, car or RV.
  • We have the party tent this year!
  • Ken Larsen will be making a group reservation with Cap Sante Marina using information from your reservation form. Please sign up by March 15th because Cap Sante wants our list of boats two weeks before our cruise.
  • View who is attending here.
Activities
  • Friday evening: 6pm Docktail Party. Bring your own drinks and an appetizer to share.
  • Saturday: Explore Anacortes.  Visit the Tulip Festival.
  • Saturday evening:  6pm Enjoy BBQ chicken hot off the grill in the party tent.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Live music by Joe and Carol Young after dinner.
  • Sunday: Return to Bellingham
Food Theme

No Specific Theme

Local Attractions

Don’t have a boat? No problem, just drive over and join us!

May
26
Fri
2017
2017 Fisherman Bay – Lopez Island Cruise @ Lopez Islander Resort/Marina
May 26 – May 29 all-day

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Joint Cruise with the Bellingham Corinthian Yacht Club!

Join us for an Ocean’s 11 themed cruise to beautiful Lopez Island.  We had a fantastic time last year and so we are doing it again.
Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Make your slip reservations (reserve under the Bellingham Yacht Club) at Lopez Islander Resort (360)468-2233 at least 30 days in advance in order to guarantee a slip.
  • View who is attending here.
Activities
  • Friday:  Happy Hour and live music at Resort.
  • Saturday: Lawn games – croquet, frisbee, badminton.  Prizes!
  • Saturday evening:  Las Vegas Buffet & Rat Pack Karaoke.  Bring a sidedish or dessert to share.
  • Sunday:  Free day.
  • Sunday evening:  Dockside Fresh Seafood Feast.  Bring a seafood item, sidedish or dessert to share.
  • Monday: Return to Bellingham
Food Theme
  • Las Vegas Buffet
Local Attractions
Jun
16
Fri
2017
2017 Past Commodore’s Cruise to Deer Harbor @ Deer Harbor Marina
Jun 16 – Jun 18 all-day

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Come hang out with us and relax in beautiful and peaceful Deer Harbor! Join Past Commodore Mick Corcoran for our annual Past Commodore’s Cruise (This cruise is for everyone!  You don’t need to be a past commodore to come on this cruise.)

Reservations

Call the Deer Harbor marina at 360-376-3037 to reserve a slip.  Be sure to tell them you are with BYC.

Activities
  • Friday:  Happy Hour!  Bring your own drinks and an appetizer to share.
  • Saturday:  Free day in Deer Harbor
  • Saturday night:  Surf and Turf on the grill courtesy of Grill Master Mick.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share.
  • Sunday: Return to Bellingham
Food Theme

Surf and turf.

Local Attractions
  • Check out the Deer Harbor website for local attractions.

Don’t have a boat? No problem, just drive over and join us!

Jul
1
Sat
2017
2017 Garrison Bay – 4th of July Cruise @ Garrison Bay
Jul 1 – Jul 4 all-day

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Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Anchor in Garrison Bay. No slip reservations required unless you decide to stay in Roche Harbor Marina.
  • View who is attending here.
Activities
  • Saturday arrive at Garrison Bay
  • Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Annual Best Drink Mixing Contest and Boat-Hop Dock Party with Prizes.  Bring your best “concoction” and an appetizer.
  • Mondy at 6 p.m. Boat-Hop Potluck dinner.
  • Tuesday Night Fireworks in Roche Harbor
Food Theme
  • Potluck
Local Attractions
  • Roche Harbor, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, crabbing, kayaking etc.

Look for the wood 33’ Chris Craft “Moonshiner” and 21’ “White Lightning”. We’ll be anchored in Garrison Bay. Bring extra fenders and dock lines for rafting. Let’s celebrate our country and our freedom, and remember to pray for those who make it possible for us to do so.

Jul
6
Thu
2017
2017 BYC Victoria/Sidney Cruise @ Victoria Harbor
Jul 6 – Jul 13 all-day

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Reservations
Itinerary
  • July 5 – Meet at Roche Harbor
  • July 6 – We want to arrive at Victoria between 11am and noon.  Clear customs.
  • July 7 – Victoria Causeway docks in front of the Empress.
  • July 8 – Victoria Causeway docks in front of the Empress.
  • July 9 – Depart for Sidney
  • July 10 – Port Sidney Marina
  • July 11 – Port Sidney Marina
  • July 12 – Depart for Roche Harbor.  Clear customs.
  • July 13 – Return to Bellingham

This cruise is being led by Rich Hanset.  There will be a short “Captains” meeting on the dock before each transit day.

Things to remember:  Bring your passport or Nexus.

 

Local Attractions

Don’t have a boat? No problem, just drive over and join us in either Victoria and/or Sydney!

Jul
21
Fri
2017
2017 Buccaneer’s Cruise – Inati Bay @ Inati Bay
Jul 21 – Jul 23 all-day

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Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • No slip reservations required. Transportation for non-boat owners will be available.
  • View who is attending here.
Activities
  • Friday Night Happy Hour, Camp Fire Ashore
  • Saturday Afternoon Barbeque (please bring side dishes)
  • Treasure Hunts for Kids and Adults
  • Saturday night: Live band
  • Sunday Morning Brunch
Food Theme
  • Pirate Barbeque
Local Attractions
  • Boating, sailing, swimming, hiking, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, Frisbees, bocce ball, horseshoes etc.
Aug
11
Fri
2017
2017 Camp Sucia Cruise @ Fossil Bay
Aug 11 – Aug 13 all-day

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This is a joint cruise with the Bellingham Power Squadron.
We will be heading for Fossil Bay where we encourage participants to either anchor out, take a mooring ball or tie up to the two available docks. The docks and mooring balls are first-come first-served and there is a fee for their use. We do encourage those already on the docks to allow others to raft up where possible.
Friday Night – Arrive at Fossil Bay.
1700 – Welcome Docktails.  BYOB and bring an appetizer to share at dock nearest shelter.
Saturday Morning Options
0830 to 0930 – Breakfast.  Granola, yogurt, muffins and fruit provided at the shelter.  BYOB coffee, tea and your place setting.
0930 – Island Hike with Karin.  Meet at the shelter.
1130 – Photo Scavenger hunt.  Bring your own phone/digital camera.  Meet at the shelter.
Lunch on your own, or meet with other members at the shelter with your lunch.
Saturday Afternoon Options
1400 to 1600 – “Everything You Wanted to Know About Boating But Were Afraid To Ask”.  A mini-seminar with Graham Hunter and Deborah Frost.  Meet at the shelter.  A question/answer discussion session on various boating topics.  Bring your questions, concerns, and stories to share with the group.
Other options – tide pooling, hiking, fishing or crabbing, kayaking, napping, playing cards, etc. with friends.
1800 – Gather at the shelter for potluck dinner.  BYOB & place setting plus a potluck dish to share.  Bill will have a his crab cooker set up for anyone who wants to use it.
Join us for Nautical Wheel of Fortune at the fire pit.  S’mores to follow (maybe).
We’ll take our annual group photo near the shelter.
Sunday 0830 to 0930 – Breakfast.  Granola, yogurt, bagels, and fruit provided.  BYOB coffee, tea, or juice and your place setting.
Depart our piece of paradise when ready or stick around a bit longer.
Reservations
Activities
      • Friday night
        • Docktail Party.  BYOB and an appetizer to share.
      • Saturday
        • Breakfast provided.  BYOB & your place settings.
        • Daytime activities described above.
        • Potluck dinner – BYOB & your place settings, and a potluck item to share.
      • Sunday
        • Breakfast provided.  BYOB & your place settings.
Food Theme
      • Camp Sucia
Local Attractions
    • Any boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, crabbing, kayaking etc. you can imagine.
Aug
19
Sat
2017
2017 Princess Louisa Inlet Cruise @ Princess Louisa Inlet
Aug 19 – Sep 2 all-day

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Reservations
Itinerary
      • August 19 – Pt Roberts
      • August 20 – Granville Island (Clear Customs)
      • August 21 – Gibson’s Marina
      • August 22 – Secret Cove
      • August 23 – Eggmont
      • August 24 – Princess Louisa
      • August 25 – Princess Louisa
      • August 26 – Eggmont
      • August 27 – Pender Harbor
      • August 28 – Naniamo
      • August 29 – Naniamo
      • August 30 – Ganges
      • August 31 – Ganges
      • September 1 -Roche Harbor (clear customs)
      • September 2 – Return to Bellingham
Join us as we cruise to Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the premiere cruising destinations in the Salish Sea.  This cruise is being led by BYC member Rich Hanset who has cruised to these destinations many times and is very experienced.  We are lucky to have his expertise!
Daily nautical miles traveled will range from 20 to 40 with an average of 30.  The 2 longest days are 40 miles between Eggmont and PLI since there is nowhere to stop in between.  We will be following the West Coast of BC up to PLI and then returning through the Gulf Islands with stops at Naniamo and Ganges.  You are welcome to join us for all or part of this cruise depending on your preference and availability.

The deadline to sign up for the cruise is July 15, 2017.  We will schedule a ‘Cruise Meeting’ in early August to present the final cruise plan and answer any last-minute answer questions.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Rich Hanset at RHanset@sbcglobal.net.