Events and Cruises
Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington

The Next Potluck Meeting is January 9th at 6:00

Mike Reed will be our speaker and will have a presentation of his voyage sailing around Vancouver Island single-handed.

2018 Winter Dance

for the CYC’s 9th Benefit Dance for the COMMUNITY BOATING CENTER
featuring music by the Atlantics.

When: Saturday February 3rd 2017
Where: The Elks Lodge - 710 Samish Way
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:30
Social Hour: 7:00 – 8:00 and dance starts at 8:00 – 11:00
Cost: Advance Ticket $20.00 EACH
NOTE: Deadline to sign up for $20.00 is February 1st 2018

Beer, wine & soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Please bring a large appetizer to share


Ahoy cruisers!

Welcome to December and the end of cruising (well, for most of us anyway). Hopefully by now you have winterized your boat (or are planning to do so) and are ready for the holiday season! I hope you logged plenty of cruising miles this year—it is my very favorite thing to do, but I never seem to get enough. Perhaps this year that will change as retirement and a new-to-me boat expands my horizons.

We are looking forward to another great year of CYC cruising in 2018. I've had some good suggestions from club members about how to bump-up our new cruise schedule. For the past few years, the method has been to line up a monthly cruise that is hosted by a club boat. This has usually worked fine, particularly for some of our regular cruise events—the Matia Cleanup, the Turn Point Lighthouse cruise and the always wonderful Turkey Fry. This coming season, we are thinking of including some more informal cruises as well as encourage club members to let other members know when they plan to head out to a destination. Many Corinthian cruisers would enjoy having the camaraderie of having other club boats share their destination. A quick email to a club list would let others members know where you plan to sail and allow them to join you there. What do you think? We plan to give it a try!

So Hoppy Holly Daze to you and a Happy New Year! Spend a little time over the holidays planning your cruises in the coming sailing season. Point some email my way if you have cruising suggestions for next year or if you would like to give something back to the club and host a cruise.

I'll see you out on the water!

–Ken Russell
CYC Cruise Chair


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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CYC 2017 Cruise Schedule

  • April 29 Inati Bay (A) (Rex Williams & Ayumi Takabe) CANCELLED, see below
  • May 5-6 Opening Day (Club Event)
  • May 19-21 Matia Cleanup (A/D) (Neal & Kim Bittner)
  • May 26-28 Lopez Islander Resort/BYC (D) (Chris & Vickie Olson)
  • June 23-25 Turn Point Light, Stuart Island (Terry & Kerry Thalhofer and Pam Spencer)
  • July 1–2 Spencer Spit Lopez (A/M) (Ken Russell & Deb Bryant)
  • August 4-6 Anacortes Arts Festival (D) (Bruce & Cindy Henninger)
  • August 12 CBC “Day on the Water” (Laurent Martel & Amanda Eurich)
  • Sept 21-24 Montague Harbour Galiano (A/D) (Ron & Linda Battle)
  • Oct 27 – 29 Blakely Island Turkey Cruise (D) (Tracy & Troy Olney)

Gulf Islands Cruise Report

The Gulf Islands cruise Sept. 21-25 was fantastic! Not a lot of sailing but the weather was superb. We had Kaye and Steve Clevenger on Igmu, and we were joined by Darice and Dean Ratzlaff on LaCebadera on our sail to Poets Cove, South Pender and Ganges, Saltspring. The Farmer's Market on Saturdays at Ganges is a must see.

We continued on to Montague Harbour, Galiano to overnight, and we just had to do the Pub Bus trip to the Hummingbird Pub. Sunday we headed on to Port Browning, North Pender before returning home Monday. By GPS, this route looks like a big fish.

I did get scolded a bit at Poets Cove, South Pender. This was the first time there was a live person at the Customs Office, and he reminded me that NEXUS and CanPass holders should call in 1/2 to 4 hours before arrival at this number: 1-888-226-7277 Toll Free. This is the preferred method and allows you to check into a large array of ports that may not have a customs office.

We now have a soft spot in our hearts for Port Browning. There have been major renovations with a new Bistro/Bar in addition to an updated existing cafe/bar. By 2018, the marina will be redone and expanded. They have great showers, a pool, and a European style shopping center just a 10 minute walk away. Port Browning gets you two hours closer to home compared with Montague.

Takiteazy, Ron B.


–Ken Russell
2017 CYC Cruise Chair

2017 CYC Dance Report

February 25th the CYC held our 8th Annual Benefit Dance for the Community Boating Center. It was a fun event. We had 76 attend the dance this year and everyone enjoyed dancing to the music of the Replayzmentz Band.

Thanks to an anonymous CBC donor matching the total donations from the Paddle Auction the CBC made a total of $3,150.

I would like to thank the Dance committee and all of the CYC & CBC volunteers that made this dance possible.

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 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
2016 CYC Cruise Chair

For cruising between the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, the following things may expedite customs procedures:

  1. Apply for a Nexus card and become a trusted traveler. Fee is $50 for 5 years:
  2. As a trusted traveler, get a Boater Registration (BR) number from the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS):
  3. If your vessel is 30ft or longer get a yearly user fee decal from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Currently $27.50 per year:

When entering Canada, call the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987). If all members on board have a Nexus card, you may not have to check in at a port!

When returning to the U.S., call the Puget Sound CBP marine reporting number at 1-800-562-5943. Have your BR#, user fee decal #, and Nexus card # handy. If everyone on board has a Nexus card and BR#, you will probably NOT need to check in at a port! This gives you a lot more flexibility in your return trip course.

If you have cabin fever this winter, you may need a project to keep you engaged in all things nautical! How about hand sewing a traditional ditty bag to hold all your sail repair goodies? See The Sailmaker's Apprentice by Emiliano Marino. You can get this book and complete kit of parts from Sailrite
Happy Sewing!

Joe Sulham had previously talked about keeping old Waggoner Cruising Guides for armchair sailing. I keep an old one in the bathroom . . . for research!

Do you have a computer or mobile device to keep your appointments and weekly schedule? Do you want to add CYC events to that electronic calendar?

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.

Need help getting started? Talk to Chuck Dingée.

December 2017

December 2: CBC Lighted Boat Parade

December 12: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

December 26: CYC Board meeting

January 2018

January 9: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

January 18: CYC Race Awards, The Local Public House

January 23: CYC Board meeting

Canada Enforcing New Border-Crossing Policy

As members learned from Mike Brydie of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) at a recent CYC meeting, Canada's Border Services Agency (CBSA) has amended its rules governing when boaters must report to Canadian officials that they have entered Canadian waters.

Although rules in both the United States and Canada have for years stipulated that boaters entering foreign waters do not have to report to the appropriate border agency unless they land, drop anchor or moor alongside another vessel, Canada changed its rules in 2010.

The new Canadian rule states that "all foreign boaters entering Canadian waters are required to present themselves to the CBSA regardless of whether they drop anchor, land, tie up to a dock, enter an inland tributary or moor alongside another vessel while in Canadian waters." The only exception is for vessels that are "in transit" through Canada.

The Canadian rule change has caused confusion and protest by boaters on both sides of the border. It has also resulted in a situation where the CBP may request those U.S. boaters who have reported their entry to CBSA (even though they don't touch land in Canada) to report their return to U.S. waters to U.S. officials. In other words, if you are on a U.S. boat that strays across the border to whale watch and you have paperwork (entry number) onboard saying you entered Canadian waters, then you must get entry clearance returning to the United States.

See the fact sheet on the Canada Border Services Agency website.

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2017 CYC Officers
and Board Members

Commodore - Laurent Martel
Vice-Commodore - Bruce Henninger
Secretary - Priscilla Sulham
Treasurer - Troy Olney
Administrative Officer - Lesli Beasley
Membership Chair - Tracy Olney
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Ken Russell
Reciprocity - Neal Bittner
Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
Newsletter - Linda Benafel

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