Corinthian Yacht Club
of Bellingham
Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington

The Next Potluck Meeting is May 8th at 6:00

Speaker: Russ Goforth from West Marine


Memorial Day Cruise to Fisherman's Bay

Join us Memorial Day weekend on beautiful Lopez Island for our 3rd annual joint cruise with the Bellingham Yacht Club. Last year, we had amazing weather but those crazy negative tides made getting into the marina tricky! This year, the tides will be better and we're hoping for great weather.

Here's the plan for the weekend:

  • Friday night enjoy Happy Hour and live music at the resort.
  • Saturday evening join us in the party room for 5 card poker mashup followed by a pot luck dinner.
  • Sunday evening we're having a seafood feast on the dock.

If you want to join us, email me at to let me know you're coming and call the marina at (360)468-2233 to reserve your slip. (Be sure to tell them you're with the CYC/BYC group.)

Vickie and Chris Olson

Ahoy CYC Racers!!!

Welcome to March, the month where spring is sprung, and the flaming ball of gas in the sky lingers longer as the days near the racing season.

On that note...Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

We are officially one month away from the 2018 CYC Racing Season and the Skippers Meeting is scheduled for March 22nd at 6:00 pm. Location is The Local Public House as we apparently were well behaved and hereby invited to return.

CYC Racing will begin a week earlier this season to accomodate 5 full series of 5 races each bringing us quite near racing half of 2018.

The dates for 2108 Racing are as follows:

  • Series 1-4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3
  • Series 2-5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7
  • Series 3-6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
  • Series 4-7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
  • Series 5-8/23, 8/30*, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20

*-Slow Pitch will be included in Series 5 as well as scored separately.

I trust you all had an enjoyable winter, and I look forward to seeing everyone on the 22nd. I encourage you to bring your crew and your Race Entry Form if you haven't turned one in already.

Here's to another safe, friendly, and windy CYC Racing Season!

Your Race Chair

LifeSling Class - Saturday June 9th

If you have ever wondered how to use the LifeSling in a crew overboard situation or if it's been a while since you learned how to use one properly, and you would like an update on its proper use then this class is for you.

On Saturday, June 9th I will be leading a class on the theory and practice of getting an overboard crew member back onboard both sail and power boats. The class will first meet in a classroom session for a review of the methods and theory. We'll then move down to the docks where we will practice the set-up and use of the LifeSling for hoisting a person back onboard a variety of boats. That session will be followed by an on-the-water practice of deploying the LifeSling and returning to the victim (for safety reasons we will not be deploying people into the water).

If you are interested in possibly participating in this class, and have not signed the interest sheet at a CYC meeting, please contact Mike or Karen Reed at (360)733-4252 or at Let us know not only your name(s) but email address as well. Indicate also if you would consider:

  • Making your boat available for the practice sessions.
  • Learning how to mentor those on your boat during the practice sessions.
  • Assist in setting up the classroom and or docks.

Please let us know your intentions soon as the size of the class will be limited to the number of boats and mentors we can have available.

Mike Reed

Cruise Schedule for 2018

Cruise Chair – Ken Russell 360-738-0623

Please consider hosting one or more cruises during the season. Dates and hosts for confirmed cruises are listed below, with the mode of moorage (anchor, dock, etc.) indicated in parentheses. To make the other locations a “go,” we need hosts!

April 27-29 Matia Cleanup Neal & Kim Bittner
May 5-6 Opening Day Squalicum Harbor
May (Memorial wknd) 25-28 BYC/CYC Joint Cruise Vickie & Chris Olson
June 9 Lifesling course Jon Martin & Mike Reed
June 22-24 Stewart Is/Turn Pt Light Pam Spencer/Terry & Kerry Thalhofer
July 14-15 Sucia Island Bob & Ann Cooper
August 3-5 Anacortes Art Festival Bruce & Cindy Henninger
September -You can volunteer to host this cruise! See below-
October 20-22 Blakely Is Turkey Fry Tracy & Troy Olney

Note: We need hosts for the September cruise, contact Ken Russell to volunteer!

Good cruise destinations:

  • Aleck Bay, Lopez Island (A)
  • Clark Island (M)
  • Deer Harbor, Orcas Island (A/D)
  • Eagle Harbor, Cypress Island (M)
  • Garrison Bay, San Juan Island (A)
  • Lighted Boat Dock Party, Squalicum (D)
  • Lummi Island (A)
  • Obstruction Pass Park (A/M)
  • Pleasant Cove, Chuckanut Bay (A)
  • Prevost Harbor, Stuart Island (A/D)
  • Rosario Resort, Orcas Island (D),
  • Round the County (M)
  • “Thelma and Louise” women’s cruise
  • Vendovi Island (D)
  • West Sound, Orcas Island (R/D/A) Winter Cove, Saturna Island (A)
  • Whirlwind Cruise: Jones Island, Deer Harbor-West Sound (A/D)
  • Other options: you can choose your own destination! All in the Gulf Islands (one week to 10 days)
  • Port Browning:Port of entry and provisioning (A/D)
  • Montague Harbor (A/D)
  • Wallace Island (A/D)
  • Pirates Cove, De Courcy Island (A)
  • Ganges, Salt Spring Island (A/D)
  • Portland Island, North Cove (A)

A = Anchor
D= Dock or Marina
M= Mooring buoy
R = reciprocal


2017 Turkey Fry Cruise Report


The 2017 Turkey Fry Cruise at Blakely Marina proved to be our biggest and best yet, (at least as long as Troy and I have been hosting!) The weather was absolutely our best friend with temps in the mid 60's, bright blue skies and calm waters. We had 8 boats arrive on Friday afternoon/evening and 4 more join us on Saturday, a total of 12 boats with 32 people! Many new members - Dave and Wendy Hewlett, George Boggs, Vicki and Chris Olson, and Karen Heckert along with "vintage" members that haven't cruised with us in quite awhile - Dawn Durand and Joe Bartlett. And we can't leave out our amazing veterans of this cruise- Sylvia and Denny Holmstrom, Dan and Donna Lehfeldt and Ken Russell and Debbie Bryant, honestly, what would we do without them! Filling out our cruisers were Rex Williams and Ayumi Takabe, Bruce Henninger and his crew, Don and Lesli Beasley and Kathy Sheehan and Chuck Dingée who is always so gracious to bring his voice and guitar for our listening pleasure.

There is nothing quite like sitting in front of a crackling fire with a glass of wine talking and joking with friends, so full of turkey, stuffing, potatoes/gravy and pie and listening to Chuck play songs we all know and can sing along too.

Troy and Dan Goodwater did the dunking of turkeys and everyone else brought their favorite Thanksgiving dishes to share. Troy's gravy is becoming as popular as the turkeys. Oh, what good food! Can I just state for the record that next year, Donna you must make more than one pecan pie! The stars were out and no one wanted the night to end (well maybe a few early birds). We played a couple of party games, because you know how much I love party games, and Dave and Wendy Hewlett and Sylvia and Chuck took home the prizes for best blind cocktails. If you want to know, you must ask a fellow cruiser or come next year! George Boggs and my sis, Jan Goodwater were the judges and let's just say we had to keep all methods of fire away from them for awhile after the tasting. We also found out that Joe Bartlett is secretly a pole dancer and goes by the alias of Jose'. We ended the night with cards, dominos and more music. Such a terrific group. So much fun. Troy and I can't wait to do it again next year! Sign up early and make sure to secure your slip!

Tracy Olney

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2017 Race Results are posted

  • PHRF Cruising Rating Adjustment Form (PDF format)
  • PIYA Safety Equipment Rules (PDF format)
  • Join or manage your subscription to the CYC Racing e-mail list.

    Hosting A CYC Cruise:

    First and foremost you must select a cruise that sparks your interest, whether a favorite destination to share with other CYC members or a location that you have always wanted to visit but until now have not done so. Second, you determine dates that suit your schedule. Third, you decide what activities, if any, you wish to explore such as hiking, dining, shopping, beach combing, etc. and whether or not there will be any pot lucks or BBQs. Once these tasks are decided you can send an email to all members by sending it to the cruise chair and/or webmaster who will forward it to the membership. Then you coordinate the trip with members so that you have a destination, phone numbers, boat names (radio contact), MMSI numbers, and any other necessities. Then you sail together or converge at your planned destination and have a wonderful time exploring the area!

    Photographs and a paragraph or two in the next newsletter are always a welcome addition. Please remember that your back yard (San Juan and Gulf Islands) contains some of the best cruising grounds in the world. Get out there and enjoy your boat and your fellow CYC members. Valuable information about local cruising can be found in San Juan Islands, a Boater's Guidebook by Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer, 2013.

    Contact your Cruise Chairperson for any additional information: Ron Battle (360) 319-7478 or email:

    –Ron Battle
    CYC Cruise Chair

    Upcoming Events

    Cruising schedule and other CYC events are listed on the CYC Google Calendar, which is updated periodically. You can subscribe to the CYC Google Calendar on your computer or smart phone or see the Events & Cruises page.

    May 2018

    May 8: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

    May 25-28: Joint CYC-BYC Lopez Cruise

    June 2018

    June 9: Man Overboard Class

    June 12: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

    7 MAY 2018

    Problems? Notify the Webmeister

    Our mailing address is P. O. Box 101, Bellingham, WA 98227

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    2018 CYC Officers
    and Board Members

    Commodore - Laurent Martel
    Vice-Commodore - Kathy Sheehan
    Secretary - Roni Lenore
    Treasurer - Joe Bartlett
    Administrative Officer - Lesli Beasley
    Membership Chair - Dave Hewlett
    Race Chair - Sean Jones
    Cruise Chair - Ken Russell
    Reciprocity - Greg Hartgraves
    Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
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