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

The Next Potluck Meeting is November 13 at 6:00 PM

Speaker: Nancy Hart telling us about Elvin Smith, the Hermit of Matia.

On November 13th, we have a special treat from Nancy Hart. She is going to tell us about Elvin Smith, the Hermit of Matia. Don’t miss it! The CYC has a special relationship with Matia Island. Each Spring, in partnership with the Washington State Parks Department, our members enjoy a special cruise to Matia Island to provide trail maintenance and upkeep of the state park’s camping area.

December 11th will be our Holiday Potluck, and the Bellingham High School Show Stoppers, a 20-member vocal group will be providing Holiday Music & Dance.

Community Boating Center Holiday Party

December 7, 6:30pm - 10pm
Squalicum Boathouse (2600 N Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225)
Tickets: $30/person (every ticket purchase enters the ticket holder's name in a drawing to win a free season pass for 2019)

Party will include live jazz, a catered buffet, a dessert dash, a raffle, dancing, and wine by Samson Winery.
Event purpose: Support youth scholarships and community access to Bellingham Bay! We invite our community to join us in a fun and engaging celebration of a phenomenal summer enabling people to connect with our beloved corner of the Salish Sea.

2018 Turkey Cruise


The Turkey Tides: Blakely Island Turkey Fry 2018 was a great success. Fabulous weather for the 10 boats that arrived on Friday and again for the 4 boats that came over Saturday. We started off the weekend with a Friday night Halloween party. Roaring fire, (thank you to everyone that brought wood), amazing appetizers, ooey gooey mystery buckets of brains, eyeballs and intestines, wicked games of Jenga, hand and foot and rummy 2500, haunting music, and so many costumes! Almost everyone participated in costumes which made it extra fun. The big winners of the night were new members Debbie and Dale Jones with their "deer in the headlights" costumes and Delayne Brink with "snot face man"! He totally grossed us all out, but how funny he was! We were all running for the anti-bacterial spray. This night also gave us one of the most stunning sunsets we've seen this season.

Saturday awoke with calm seas and gray skies but no rain until after the Obstacle race was completed. 6 teams, 11 challenges, one runaway balloon bag filled with about 30 blown up balloons - Troy and Don Kosa came to the rescue, racing out to scoop it from East Sound! Hilarity ensued. We found out who was best at tying nautical knots, who could handle the balance course, which team could build the highest balloon tower and who had best aim at archery, football toss and Frisbee throwing, just to name a few. You haven't seen anything until you witness Deb Jones, Karen Reed, Wendy Hewlett, Sylvia Holmstrom, Linda Benafel and Vicki Brink - all the captains- coach their teams on passing a hula hoop from one team member to the last without ever letting go of hands. A huge shout out to these ladies and everyone that participated in this fun event. After Mike Reed and Mike Kirkland - thank you fellas - cleaned up all the course materials, we headed back to our boats for finishing touches on our dinner menu. 4:00pm arrived with Dave Jones, Dan Goodwater (my brother in law) and chef extraordinaire Troy pulling the turkeys from their pots, it was time to dig in! I can't even begin to tell you how delicious the food was. Thirty-five of us tucked in to all things Thanksgiving. Yes, 35 people this year! That was a record for Troy and I. After a few naps and walks around the marina everyone was back at the games which lasted well into the night. There were many concerns about weather for our return on Sunday, but all for not. It was calm seas, no rain and a beautiful ride home.

Thank-you to everyone that joined us this year, we had a blast. Loads of new members and a few returnees. I'm already planning some new things for next year!

Tracy Olney

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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

  • 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.

    November 2018

    November 13: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

    November 27: CYC Board Meeting, Commodore's House

    December 2018

    December 1: Lighted Boat Parade, Bellingham Bay

    December 7: Community Boating Center Holiday Party, Squalicum Boathouse

    December 11: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

    14 NOV 2018

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    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
    Newsletter - Linda Benafel