Semiahmoo Marina
Semiahmoo Marina

On Saturday, April 23rd, boaters from Semiahmoo Marina and club members from Semiahmoo Yacht Club partnered to spruce up the marina for the coming boating season. There was a great turn out and much work was done. The curbs were re-painted, the flower pots were re-potted, lots of weeding was done, the grounds were mulched and plants were trimmed. Windows were washed until they sparkled too.

As part of the spring-cleaning, the marina properly disposed of old and tattered flags by burning them in a fire pit with the appropriate ceremony for disposal of flags. The marina will hold this ceremony several times throughout the year, please contact the marina if you would like more information.

Spiritus II
S/V Spiritus II

"Believe me, my young friend; there is nothing--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

With that remark to Mole, Water Rat set the standard for boat ownership. Or did he? First let’s define the term.

Everything was beautiful – a warm sunny afternoon, not too much wind on the nose, and Spiritus II, our new-to-us Hunter Legend 40.5, humming towards Secret Cove. I was single handing the boat along with our poodle deckhand Ali’i, looking forward to having dinner with Mission friends and fellow SYC members Roger and Mary Garthside aboard S/V Moani.

Spiritus II had been moored at Granville Island in Vancouver for the past week, having work done on a delaminated deck panel that had been identified in the purchase survey, and was being paid for by the previous owner. All was in readiness for the arrival of our daughter’s family from Edmonton, including two little grandsons, who that very day were driving out to BC, hooking up with Karen, and then meeting me and the boat in Lund for a week in Desolation Sound. As I say, everything was beautiful.

GLM Winery
GLM Winery - Blaine

Our April Nauti-Friday featured a warm spring evening at a local winery, enjoying the wares of two of our favorite local club sponsors: Glacial Lake Missoula Wine and the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company.

DHOC's Steve Seymour manned the grill, sharing locally farmed, fresh barbequed oysters with an enthusiastic and appreciative group of seafood fans. Steve also shared with the group some insight into the efforts to restore clean marine water and shellfish harvesting in Drayton Harbor.

Semiahmoo Marina
Commodore Lynette at 2016 AGM

SYC Commodore Lynette Morris-Reade convened the club's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday March 19 at the Blaine Marina Meeting Room. This is the one true business meeting of the year and a wide range of topics were discussed.

Treasurer Alan Owen reported on the current financial standing of the club and details of the 2016 operating budget. The club is in good financial standing, with savings being accumulated for the purpose of acquiring or leasing a clubhouse.

Officer Brand
CBP Officer Eric Brand

In a joint SYC / BBVYC educational event held this month at the Birch Bay Village Clubhouse, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer Eric Brand presented the new Small Boat Reporting procedures that went into effect this year, applicable to all foreign flagged vessels.

Information was also provided on a new 'Cruising License', as well the reporting process (with and without Nexus) and the Cruising License renewal process.

Following the presentation, an opportunity was provided for the audience to ask questions on the specific aspects of the program, and other relevant areas of interest or concern.