Here Is Your Opportunity to be a 2014 Pac Rim Regatta Host Family

20140727-PacRim-Three-Part-Logo-With-SaturnaWhatcom County and the City of Bellingham are serving as host to the 7th biennial Pacific Rim Regatta during the week of September 6-13, 2014.  This international sailing competition, sponsored jointly by the Bellingham Sister Cities Association and the Bellingham Yacht Club, welcomes visiting sailors and ambassadors from the Pacific Rim countries of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Russia.

The Pacific Rim Regatta planning committee is now actively seeking host families to provide housing and local transportation for the visitors from each of these nations.  If you are interested in this wonderful multi-cultural experience, please complete the Pac Rim application found by clicking here.

This is truly a wonderful experience, and here are just two reasons you want to be a host family for PacRim 2014:

- The chance to help racers and ambassadors from other countries to experience our life, country and culture here in Whatcom County.  It is really amazing to both teach and learn from people from other countries.

- The chance to build relationships, new friendships and family members. This experience will give you the chance to bond in a way you never expected!  Many will have so much gratitude for the opportunity you have given them. You will share many laughs along the way and make memories to last a lifetime. Most likely you will remain in contact long after they return home, and most likely have a home of your own to visit in the country you host!

A few things that will be expected of you as a host family for Pac Rim guests:

  • Have a safe and comfortable place for the guest(s) to be and to sleep;
  • Provide tasty, healthy meals;
  • Provide local transportation to all scheduled Pac Rim events and guest activities; and
  • Enjoy the time you have together here in our beautiful part of the world!

For more complete information on the Pac Rim Regatta, history, and info on how to become involved, please use this link: Pac Rim Regatta site.  You can also contact John & Teresa Van Haalen (Host Family Chairs) at


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Wind Horse Half Marathon Is This Coming Saturday

Wind Horse LogoBlue Sky Education Project, in conjunction with the Bellingham Sister City Associationis proud to present: The Fourth Annual Wind Horse Half Marathon Run for Education.

Run 13.1 miles on Bellingham’s beautiful Interurban Trail which spans from Fairhaven Park to Clayton Beach. After the race, enjoy our now traditional post-race BBQ.

This race raises funds for children near Bellingham’s sister city, Tsetserleg, Mongolia, to purchase supplies needed for school attendance.

Course Details: 
This is a low-key, no-frills, 13.1-mile race. The race begins and ends at Fairhaven Park and turns around near the Clayton Beach Parking lot.

There will be two aid stations each direction and one at the end for a total of five water stations. There will be no timing chips.

About Tsetserleg and the significance of the “Wind Horse”:
Tsetserleg, located in the central part of the Khangai mountain range, is the current provincial capital of Arkhangai province.  Founded in 1586 by the first Khalkh Zaya Bandita Luvsanperenlei, Tsetserleg is an ancient cultural center of Mongolia.  Estimated population is 20,000.  Average altitude is 7,920 feet (2,414m) above sea level.

The Mongolian phrase for the “Wind Horse” is Xийморь (pronounced Khiimori). It refers to one’s spirit or soul. The Wind Horse is the perfect image for both the love of running and the advantage that education gives children.

Race Registration:
Fee for this race is a $30.00 suggested donation  if you register online. You can also register on the day of the race with a suggested donation of $35. We’re closing registration at 200 participants, however, so be sure and register early!

Race Day Information:
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Location: Fairhaven Park, Bellingham, WA – For directions click here.
Time: Bib pick-up and registration starts at 7:30am. Race begins at 8:30am
Finish: We have awesome medals, and winners will be awarded a Mongolian khadag. You’ll have to finish to find out what that is!

If you’d like to volunteer, send an email to our coordinator Christine.

Parking: Please carpool or have someone drop you off on race day if possible. Parking is very limited.

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Would You Like To Host A Couple For PacRim 2014?

2014 PacRim Three Part Logo Header WPWould You Like To Host A Couple For The Pacific Rim Regatta Returning To Bellingham Yacht Club In September 2014!?

One of the most rewarding experiences is to host a couple from another country.  This September 6-13, is a truly unique opportunity for the members of the Bellingham Yacht Club to host the racers and Ambassadors coming to the Bellingham Yacht Club for the Pacific Rim Regatta.

Being a host requires little more than opening your home to house our participants, ensure they arrive at the BYC each morning and picking them up in the evening. Our schedule is posted on the BYC Website (Pacrim.BYC.Org).  To apply, you simply need to go click on the link on the main page or you can access it here.

Also, as a host, you are cordially invited to participate in the morning and evening activities, and will be able to attend (at a modest cost), the opening and closing ceremonies as well as special events planned for the Ambassadors throughout the week.

If you would like to participate, please sign up at the BYC Website, and if you have any questions, you can contact Teresa Van Haalen (  Teresa is coordinating the hosting for this important community event.

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Saturna Capital Is Title Sponsor For The Pacific Rim Regatta

2014 PacRim Three Part Logo Header WPWith support from Saturna Capital as the Title Sponsor, this will be the third time, since its formal beginning in 1990 here in Bellingham, that the PacRim Regatta will be held here in Bellingham.  This is truly an event that puts the Bellingham Yacht Club, along with the Bellingham Sister Cites Association on the International Stage.  From September 6-13, 2014 we will be hosting racers and ambassadors from around the Pacific Rim again here in Bellingham and you are welcome to attend the Blue Moon Fridays at Five on May 30th where the PacRim Planning Committee will be presenting this exciting opportunity for everyone. And now, a little history…

A single vessel sailing across the Pacific from Russia to North America spawned a regatta that is now 24 years old, and created longstanding international friendships, and brought Cities around the Pacific Rim closer together.  And it started all here in Bellingham.

In 1988, Bellingham’s Soviet Union sister city, Nakhodka, sent the 40-foot racing boat KAPITAN PANAEV (”Pan-eye-ev”) to participate in local races and in the Swiftsure Classic. The visit resulted from a six-year negotiation by the sponsor, Bellingham Cold Storage, and a Whatcom County delegation. The boat and crew remained for six weeks.

Unfortunately, the Soviet boat suffered damage in a collision during pre-Swiftsure maneuvering and could not participate in the race. Nonetheless, it was a very successful visit. The crew of seven under Captain Victor Bukhalsky made many good friends and thoroughly enjoyed their time in Bellingham. During an emotional farewell, the Soviet crew unanimously vowed to return, and invited a BYC boat to visit Nakhodka.

In 1989, the reciprocal visit occurred when eight yachtsmen, 12 teenagers, and three counselors went to Nakhodka for three weeks of camping and racing. Then, in 1990, a group of youngsters from Nakhodka came to Washington State, to the Four Winds Camp on Orcas Island. Members of the Bellingham Yacht Club and the Bellingham Sister Cities organization felt that in light of participants from Japan and Russia being in Bellingham, a yacht race was a wonderful idea. This first race, named the International Pacific Rim Invitational Regatta (PRIR), put teams in donated boats for ‘Round the Buoys’ races, and long distance races from Bellingham to Victoria and Victoria to Seattle. Hosted events by members of the Bellingham Yacht Club, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, and Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle enabled everyone to celebrate the differences in our cultures.

The sending of the Russian team was one of the first cultural exchanges under Gorbachev, and marked unprecedented cooperation between the US and Russia. The Russian training ship PALADA was docked in Seattle for the Goodwill Games, and its crew included the daughter of the skipper of the Russian team. The PRIR teams then escorted PALADA to Bellingham for a formal visit.

The success of this endeavor was so great, it was decided to repeat the event biannually, moving the venue from sister city to sister city. The Pacific Rim Yacht Challenge (PacRim) was formed. Countries represented now also include Australia and New Zealand. During the biannual event, participants travel to the hosting country and are accommodated in home stays.

Typically, the event includes 5 days of racing, and social events specific to each city. Awards are presented, and gifts are exchanged. Everyone participating enjoys the friendships created. The regatta charter allows 20 people (crew and ambassadors) from each country to attend. Including the host organizers and volunteers, several hundred people participate in the event.

About Saturna Capital

Saturna Capital Corporation, manager of the Sextant, Idaho and Amana funds, uses years of investment experience to aid investors in navigating today’s volatile markets. Founded in 1989 by professionals with extensive experience, Saturna has helped individuals and institutions build wealth, earn income and preserve capital.

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