Would You Like To Represent Our Community As A PacRim 2104 Ambassador?

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 Racers 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 representatives from the community to serve as Ambassadors. If you are interested in this wonderful multi-cultural experience, please complete the PacRim Ambassador Application found by clicking here.

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

  • – The chance to help visitors from our sister cities 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 experienced with 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 an Ambassador for PacRim 2014:

  • Join Bellingham Sister Cities Association ($25.00);
  • Participate in PacRim 2014 activities from September 6-13, 2014 (a full week of fantastic Ambassadorial events for only $250.00); and
  • Enjoy the time you have with other visitors 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 Gargett, Co-Chair (Shoreside) at john@pacrim2014.com.

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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 vhaalen@comcast.net.

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Etchells and San Juan 24s Selected for PacRim 2014

Due to the lack of one-design boats in the Bellingham area large enough to accommodate a crew of six racers, we have chosen two smaller one-design boats, the Etchells 30 and San Juan 24, to use for this year’s PacRim Yachting Challenge.   The format will be the same as the past two PacRim regattas, which also used two separate fleets.  Teams from each country should be prepared to have two teams of racers, one for each boat type.  The Etchells requires a crew of three (four is also acceptable) and the San Juan 24 requires a crew of four.

For more information about the boats click here.

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Getting To Bellingham … Information For Participants

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Bellingham is located about 150 kilometers north of Seattle International Airport and about 75 kilometers south of Vancouver International Airport, and transportation is readily available from both to Bellingham International Airport:

For those arriving in Seattle, they can connect to Bellingham on Horizon Air (www.alaskaair.com), or alternatively via the Bellaire Shuttle service (www.airporter.com).

 

For those arriving into Vancouver, there is the Quick Shuttle (http://www.quickcoach.com).

The PacRim 2014 Committee would like to know your arrival date and time so we can ensure that we meet you at Bellingham International Airport where we will pick you up and bring you to the Bellingham Yacht Club to meet your host families.

Please email the details of your arrival to Bellingham International Airport to travel@pacrim2014.com.

See you in September!

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Want to be a Host Family?

2014 PacRim Three Part Logo With SaturnaWould 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 (vhaalen@comcast.net).  Teresa is coordinating the hosting for this important community event.
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Team USA – Sailing Participant Application Available

For those sailors interested in participating as a racer for Team USA in the 2014 Pacific Rim Challenge Regatta to be held September 6 – 13, 2014, the online application to apply for a position is now available here.

Be sure to note that the application deadline is June 1, 2014.  All applicants must submit a resume of their sailing and racing experience as well as completing the online application form.

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Visiting Teams Participant Registration Now Available

The Visiting Teams Participant Registration Form is now available on the PacRim 2014 website.  A separate form is required from each participant from all participating countries.  Completing this form will help our planning committee ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Bellingham.

If you don’t know your travel information at this time, please complete everything else and submit the form.  As soon as you do have your travel information, please submit it to travel@pacrim2014.com.

For you convenience, here is a direct link to the registration form.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

 

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PacRim 2014 Dates Announced

The Bellingham Sister Cities Association and the Bellingham Yacht Club have announced the dates for the 2014 Pacific Rim Regatta – September 6th to the 13th.

Look for more updates here!

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