Another Great Opening Day

You can’t open what is not closed, so Friday evening, the club was closed (overnight) with plans for Opening Day to follow on May 11! The brief ceremony gave Executive Committee members the opportunity to thank committee chairs for their hard work and dedication to the club.

It hardly seems possible that we have celebrated another Opening Day at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club! More almost three hundred members and distinguished guests observed the opening of BCYC’s 66th yachting season with a formal ceremony. The First Marine Division Band Brass Quintet entertained us before and during our Opening Day – it was very impressive! This was also a time for presenting awards to the winners of the morning boat inspection — a presentation by NOSA and BCYC Staff Commodore Mary Bacon — and the coveted perpetual Edward F. Kenedy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the individual who has significantly contributed to yachting in Southern California. This year, this award was presented to Staff Commodore Rhonda Tolar.

We then rocked the docks with the music from the M Street Band all afternoon. The theme of the day was the Beatles “Come Together,” which we did by visiting members’ boats and partaking in their hospitality. We also enjoyed complementary hot dogs, pizza and draft beer provided by the club. This was a day to celebrate all that makes BCYC a very special place!
 
Commodore, Cleve Sproule

Help us win Yacht Club of the Year – Join our Fishing Tournament

Embark on this exciting journey with us as we set our sights on winning the esteemed title of Yacht Club of the Year! Your involvement in our free tournament is vital to our objectives. Did you know that taking part in fishing tournaments is not just a hobby, but also a requirement for our club's candidacy? By joining in, you're not only showcasing your angling skills, but also playing a pivotal role in our club's success. Here's your chance to be a part of something truly special and help us reel in victory!

We understand that angling might be a new endeavor for some, which is why we offer complimentary lessons to help you hone your skills. Don't have the gear? No problem! We provide tackle rental services to ensure you're fully equipped for the tournament. Stay ahead of the game with our up-to-date weather information, ensuring optimal fishing conditions during your tournament outings. And if you ever need angling advice or tips, our knowledgeable anglers are here to assist you every step of the way. Talking of steps, this is all you need to do.

STEP ONE: REGISTER
To kick-start supporting our bid for Yacht Club of the Year, the initial step is simple: head over to BCYCANGLING.ORG and register for the tournament. This registration process is not only hassle-free, but free of charge too. The tournament runs year-round, ensuring ample opportunities for participation. When you register, feel free to add your family and friends to join in the fun.

STEP TWO: FISH
Whether you prefer the solitude of fishing alone, the camaraderie of angling with family and friends, or the thrill of participating in club activities, every moment spent fishing counts towards our goal. And here's the best part: you don't even have to reel in a catch to make a difference! Every cast, every attempt, contributes to our collective effort. So, regardless of your fishing style or experience level, join us in the tournament and be a part of something truly special. Together, we can make waves in our pursuit of the Yacht Club of the Year!

STEP THREE: SUBMIT AN ENTRY
It's important to note that every fishing excursion, fruitful or not, earns you valuable points on our leaderboard. Even if you come back empty-handed, recording your fishing activities ensures you contribute to our cause. Now, if you do happen to reel in a catch, don't forget to capture the moment! Snap a photo of your impressive haul and submit your entry to be part of the excitement. Every submission adds to the energy of the tournament and brings us closer to our goal of winning Yacht Club of the Year.

ONE STEP CLOSER!
So, what are you waiting for? Register now and dive into a world of angling excitement while contributing to our club's quest for greatness!

Angling, Jim & Lorie Buchanan
 

And now we get to Brag!

In our previous articles, we’ve tried to give you a little history and background of some BCYC traditions. But many of our most beloved and treasured ones came from our own members!
  • Hats off to EB Barton for bringing back Retiring the Colors each night at sunset from previous years. And hats off during the salute, please.
  • Kudos to Staff Commodore Rhonda Tolar for the Taco Tuesday race series (17 years strong), May to August, and of course, the faaaaabulous Mexican buffet created by our culinary team, open to members and racers.
  • Showboat is one of our most famous events where members can showcase their musical and dancing talents. It truly takes a cast of many BCYC members to create and produce this annual extravaganza, and thank you to each one of you.
  • Father’s Day Car Show is an annual hit for oldsters and youngsters alike. The Annual Art Show will take place this year during Prime Rib Night, June 6.
  • Ducks for Bucks is one of the most entertaining and financially successful fund raisers for the Junior Program.
  • The Gala is another successful fund raiser, for BSRA.
  • Our Board of Directors made a brilliant decision years ago to purchase our marina, the only club on the bay to do so!
  • Did you know what happens if you fly your burgee upside down? You have to buy everyone in the Columbia Room a drink.
  • And, of course, the highly sought-after Chanticleer award is presented to a very deserving member for the biggest goof in their boat while flying the BCYC burgee.I know I’ve left out many member-driven traditions, so please feel free to drop me a note reminding me!
Traditions, Peggy Granberry

Boating Safety and Safety Equipment

With the weather improving, it’s time to take your boat out and enjoy it. But there are a few safety items you should consider checking before heading out!

When was the last time you checked your fire extinguishers? Have they been serviced or replaced in the past year? What about your signal flares? Are they stored in a dry, but accessible place? Dry and accessible also applies to your first aid kit. Did you use the last bandage and haven’t replenished? If you don’t wear them prior to departure, are your life jackets (PFDs) in an accessible place? Do you have enough of them for everyone on board? What about a dedicated “throwable” floatation device in your cockpit to help someone who has found themselves suddenly overboard? All these items, and more, shouldn’t be overlooked before you head offshore.

Something that I recently installed in my boat’s galley is a kitchen fire blanket. I keep it hanging inside a cabinet near the stove, and in the event of a stove-top fire, the quick deployment of the fire blanket could save me from a big mess to clean up, or maybe even save my boat! I’ve never wanted to discharge a dry-chemical fire extinguisher inside a boat because the dry chemical gets into everything. I have experienced this and it wasn’t pretty! The fire blanket can be used on any type of fire, so it seems a reasonable addition to my safety equipment onboard. There are several on the market, but the ones I bought have a 9.9 “best” rating and are made by a U.S. company, Prepared Hero. For $20, it seems a fairly good deal. Quick deployment, reusable (so long as you don’t poke holes in it), and a firefighter friend highly recommended it to me. I bought four of them because I keep one in my kitchen at home, and I keep another one handy when I’m grilling outside. You can get them on Amazon, or pick one up at Home Depot or Lowes.

Signal flares are another item that require annual inspection. If they are stored in a damp location, they likely won’t work when you need them. Boating “pyrotechnics” do have an expiration date. Most hazardous waste collection sites will take your old ones, so please don’t toss them in the dumpster! Follow the expiration dates on the devices and have a current kit onboard. Also, it would be a good idea to review the instructions on each type of signal pyrotechnic device you have in your kit BEFORE you need to use it. Always aim these devices away from you, or anyone else, if you need to light one off. They can burn a hole in just about anything, so be careful with these things.

Have a fun sailing and boating season, and remember to be safe out there. As Captain Ron said, “If it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen out there”.

Port Captain, Mark Jensen

Another Great Opening Day

You can’t open what is not closed, so Friday evening, the club was closed (overnight) with plans for Opening Day to follow on May 11! The brief ceremony gave Executive Committee members the opportunity to thank committee chairs for their hard work and dedication to the club.

It hardly seems possible that we have celebrated another Opening Day at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club! More almost three hundred members and distinguished guests observed the opening of BCYC’s 66th yachting season with a formal ceremony. The First Marine Division Band Brass Quintet entertained us before and during our Opening Day – it was very impressive! This was also a time for presenting awards to the winners of the morning boat inspection — a presentation by NOSA and BCYC Staff Commodore Mary Bacon — and the coveted perpetual Edward F. Kenedy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the individual who has significantly contributed to yachting in Southern California. This year, this award was presented to Staff Commodore Rhonda Tolar.

We then rocked the docks with the music from the M Street Band all afternoon. The theme of the day was the Beatles “Come Together,” which we did by visiting members’ boats and partaking in their hospitality. We also enjoyed complementary hot dogs, pizza and draft beer provided by the club. This was a day to celebrate all that makes BCYC a very special place!

Commodore, Cleave Sproule