BYC Sailing Fleets

The Bellingham Yacht Club has an active racing program. The BYC maintains membership in the PIYA Pacific International Yachting Association and US Sailing. These programs emphasize training and professionalism in sailing. US Sailing promotes and defines the racing rules of sailing, Olympic training, and many other programs, all BYC members should consider joining US Sailing to help the USA return to the top of the sailing world, there are many benefits and publications available on their site. Make sure to reference BYC on your membership application!


Race Committee:

The Race Committee is a group of volunteers that make significant contributions to racing. Without this dedicated team the races would not happen. As a racer, or crew, consider volunteering a few times to assist with committee. You’ll learn how the courses are set up, the start timing sequences, how race results are calculated, and have the best view of the start. Anyone can volunteer to assist the committee, there are many positions like Committee Boat Operator, Mark Boat Driver, Timer, and Signaler. It’s a great time on the water weather you sail or not. Check out the publications by US Sailing on race management here (requires a US Sailing membership to access some areas of this site). The RC is made up of sailors and power boaters alike, they enjoy the camaradarie of the sport. Next time you see them, wave and say thank you.

Club Fleets

Dinghy Fleet

This fleet is made up of Lasers, Bytes, 420’s, Scows and other one design dinghies. In 2005, this was the fastest growing fleet in the Pacific Northwest. The fleet is open to anyone with a desire to race dinghies. The Dinghy Fleet races almost every Tuesday night during the spring and summer season.

PHRF Fleet

This fleet is made up of new and old racers. Participants need to register with the club prior to events, and maintain a vaild handicap certificate with the PHRF – Pacific Handicap Racing Fleet. The fleet participates in regattas around the region, long distance and overnight races, and competitive match racing with other clubs. If you would like to get started, contact the club, or come down to the club after racing on Wednesday nights, introduce yourself and strike up some conversation, there are plenty of opportunities for crew members and new boats alike. Wednesdays after racing the club is open to members, guests, and crew members with a valid BYC crew card.

Youth Fleet

The Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC) offers youth sailing classes as a not for profit and self-supported community boating program. The BYC’s youth sailing program provides kids ages of 8 -18 the opportunity to learn sailing on Bellingham Bay from U.S. Sailing certified instructors. Membership in the BYC is not required to participate in the BYC’s youth sailing classes.

The Youth Sailing Program is very active and includes summer sailing and racing classes taught by US Sailing certified instructors, weekly dinghy racing, a Youth Club which sponsors many social activities and a youth fun room with a pool table, ping pong table, electric darts, air hockey table and a Foosball table. For youths interested in racing at the high school level, BYC is the primary sponsor of the Whatcom Community High School Sailing Team formed in 2008.

Etchells Fleet

The International Etchells Fleet was founded by builder/designer Skip Etchells in 1967 on the East coast. Over the years, the fleet has developed into one of the most competitive one design fleets in the world. There are currently more than 800 active boats in 50 fleets around the world.

The Bellingham Etchells Fleet has been continuously active since 1981. The Fleet currently has an active membership of 10 boats. In addition to our regular Wednesday racing, the fleet holds an annual Spring Regatta and participates in the PITCH Regatta. Our fleet members have participated in world championship regattas around the word, including events in San Diego, San Francisco and Perth.

Etchells racing is close and exciting with a premium placed on boat speed and tactics. The fleet is always open to new members.

BYC Sponsored or Hosted Regattas

BYC Race Forms

Click the appropriate entry form for reporting a Long Distance Race or a Non-BYC Away Race results.

E-Mail List, Crew and Skipper notifications

If you are interested in receiving notifications of events, becoming a crew member, or racing with the BYC fleet, join our Yahoo group! Click to join the bycsailfleet Yahoo Group