December 11, 2023

Jane K Bright

Bellingham Yacht Club Lights up the Bay and Welcomes New Members

December 2, Bellingham Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade helped kick off the holiday season with a spectacular showing of boats of all sizes lit up with holiday decorations. The Coast Guard joined in, decked out in Santa suits and commercial shipping boat Alaska Girl stole the show with their fireworks and extensive boat lights.

“The Lighted Boat Parade is just one of our winter social events,” explained Commodore Jim Haines. “We’d like to thank everyone who participated, especially the Coast Guard, local commercial fleet member, the F/V Alaskan Girl”, and the local merchants who sponsored prizes for award-winning displays.” He added, “As both a social as well as boating club, we are always pleased to welcome our members, potential members, and invited guests to the Club.”

The Club is also kicking off their winter membership drive. Anyone joining now through January 31 has the initiation fee waved. “Bellingham Yacht Club membership would be a great gift for the holidays. We offer organized events and casual hang out space year-round as well as youth programs and boating events in our busy summer season,” said Pete Dworkin, Membership Chair. “We do not require boat ownership or a sponsor, so anyone interested is encouraged to apply,” he added.

More information about membership, membership benefits and how to join are at

[Photo Credit: Brett Walker, BYC member]

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