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Education for BYC Members

Upcoming Presentations, Seminars & Other Opportunities 

Please Register in advance so that we can anticipate numbers.

Marine Mechanical Systems 1

BYC member and professional marine engineer/electrician Andy Neuman will conduct a series of four presentations about different aspects of marine mechanical systems that will include topics such as:

outboard engine maintenancewinterizationdiesel/gas engine maintenancecooling systems - care and feedingtransmission systemsengine instrumentation 

More information to follow.

7:00pm, on October 5th.  Click the link in the heading above to REGISTER.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.  Location TBD 

"Tie One On" Nautical Knots

Join past commodore and sailor Scott McEniry for an entertaining evening learning to tie nautical knots while rum tasting!  Scott has hosted these in the past and they were very well received.

Food will probably be available that evening also, register for that separately (details TBD).

More information to follow.

7:00pm, on Friday October 20th in the BYC Ward Room (Downstairs).  

$10 for members. No non-members due to bar license requirements.  

Click the link in the heading above to REGISTER. 

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Past Presentations

Managing Medical Problems Aboard for Coastal Cruisers - Part 2


This will be more in depth and hands on with participants moving between stations that deal with different scenarios and including a MOB/COB retrieval demonstration on the BYC dock.


Local boater and MD, Dr. Coggan will lead this workshop.

There will be 5 stations, each station taking about 30 minutes to complete, and participants will rotate through all 5 stations in groups of a maximum of 5. The 5 stations will address:

1. The conscious vs unconscious victim and head injuries
2. Cardiac events and strokes
3. Man overboard, Lifesling, cold water immersion and hypothermia
4. Fractures and hemorrhage
5. Burns and carbon monoxide poisoning

9:00am to 12:30pm, May 20th in the BYC Ward Room.  Due to the nature of the workshop we must limit numbers to 25.  Participants in Part 1 will be given priority.

You must REGISTER to take part  using the link in the heading.  Registration for  BYC and BSPS members is free. 

Cancelled - will be rescheduled for next season

The Race to Alaska (R2AK) and other human and sail powered PNW Adventure Races

The Race to Alaska (aka R2AK) is an annual 750-mile adventure race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. There are only two rules: no engine of any kind is allowed aboard, and racers can utilize no form of pre-planned support. First place gets $10k, second place gets a set of steak knives. Glory to the rest. 

R2AK Race Marshal Jesse Wiegel from the Northwest Maritime Center will be presenting.  He will walk us through the history of the race, how and why it was created, some points about the race area, a deep dive on several of the record-holding teams, and different ways people can get involved - from volunteering, to spectating on various (completely free!) platforms.

Jesse is also the Director of two other local events that he will talk about. SEVENTY48 is a 70-mile, 48-hour human-powered race from Tacoma to Port Townsend, pitting any form of non-motorized and non-sail powered vessel against one another. Salish 100 is a cruising event that travels the length of the Puget Sound each summer.

7:00pm, on April 28th.  Click the link in the heading above to REGISTER.  Free to members, $10 for non members.  Please note the date change from April 27th.

Managing Medical Problems Aboard for Coastal Cruisers - Part 1

This is part 1 of two presentations on First Aid for BYC and BSPS Boaters.  

Part 1 is mainly lecture with "show and tell".  Part 2 (scheduled for May 20) is hands on and will include COB/MOB. Numbers will be limited to 25 for part 2.  If their is demand for more we plan another session.

The presentations will be led by local boater and MD, Dr. Coggan

Part 1 will address medical situations that may be encountered by coastal cruisers, how to minimize such incidents and how to manage them when they do occur.  

Participants of Part 1 are strongly encouraged to attend the more hands on Part 2 workshop on May 20th.

Click on the heading for more information.

7:00pm April 7th in the Ward Room, click on the link in the heading to REGISTER.  Registration is only open for  BYC and BSPS members and is free. 

North U Boat speed/Trim Seminar

No matter what you race, you’ve got to be fast to win. If you race sailboats, then the North U Boatspeed Seminar is for you.

The North U Boatspeed Seminar covers boatspeed all the way around the course. Upwind topics include mainsail and jib trim, helming, and a special Trim Solutions section to solve the most baffling problems in upwind performance. The Trim curriculum shows how angle of attack, depth, and twist combine to control upwind performance, and how to change trim to improve performance. 

Andrew is an engaging and extremely well qualified instructor with many years experience in the PNW as well as around the globe.

Skippers and crew members will benefit equally from these seminars.  If you are a skipper consider inviting your crew along.

While directed primarily at racers, cruisers can also benefit from this seminar - understand how sail trim can help you cruise faster, closer to the wind, and with less heel.

Get up to speed before the April "Numb Bum" BYC Race Series starts April  5th!

This is a  two evening seminar (Upwind followed by Downwind) on April 3rd and 4th, 6:30pm-9:30pm.   Registration fee is $125 But BYC members get a $30 discount by using Promo Code "Member" at checkout.

Snacks provided but not dinner.

Register with North U Here

Please Note The Date Change:  In order not to conflict with the Vendovi Island race this seminar will now be presented in two parts on the evenings of  Monday April 3rd (upwind) and Tuesday April 4th (downwind) at BYC in the Marina Room, 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Fireside Chat - Racing 101

Come to our first "Fireside Chat"!  The concept behind these events is to give members a chance to learn more about nautical topics and share ideas in an informal setting (the Wardroom).  For each event we will make sure that at least one or two members are present that are  experienced at whatever the topic is.  This should be useful and rewarding for you whether you are also experienced or just want to learn more.  The exact agenda will depend on what you, the participants, want to discuss.

The topic for this chat is "Racing 101" and can include topics such as:

Racing Rules of Sailing

Basics of crew roles and responsibilities - including "how to get invited back" for crew and "how to get them to return for skippers"!Basic sail trim

Skippers new to racing - what do you need to know?

PHRF handicap rules and ratings and "One Design" racing

Different downwind sail setups

How to prepare your boat

Resources for finding out more

Safety, MOB etc.Clothing

Race Fleet Captain Jon Stocklass will preside but we are hoping some other experienced racers will join in.

7pm on March 30th in the Commodores Room.  Please REGISTER so that we know how many to expect, space is limited.

Lummi Island Wild Co-op - Sustainable Sea Food

Experience a virtual front row seat to Lummi Island Wild's local salmon fishing. You'll see the only solar powered fishery in action before learning what makes these salmon so prized, (Spoiler alert - its the fat content and fish handling). 

We'll finish with a smoked salmon sampling while answering any questions you have about reef netting and Lummi Island Wild, and our wild-caught sustainable seafood delivery.

Following the presentation Lummi Island Wild will be offering a 10% discount to BYC members on salmon and seafood.  Come to the presentation to find out more.

Presented by Lumi Island Wild Co-op's Ian Kirouac. 

7:00pm, on March 23rd.  Click the link in the heading above to REGISTER.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.


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