Events and Cruises
Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington

The Next Potluck Meeting is October 9 at 6:00 PM

Speakers: Amanda Eurich and Laurent Martel

2018 Turkey Cruise

Hello all, it’s that time to sign up for CYC’s last cruise of the year, the Blakely Island Turkey Cruise. This year we will be going October 26-28. Friday night will be dedicated to Halloween; appetizers, games, music, dancing and costumes are strongly encouraged. Prizes for best dressed! Saturday afternoon will be a fun team scavenger hunt/game that will start at 1:00pm, the turkey fry dinner will be at 4:00pm. We have a limited number of slips for this cruise, about 12-14, so if we have more boats then that we may need to raft. Please reserve your spot early! I have 5 boats already confirmed. The DEADLINE for signing up is Monday, October 22nd. I will be buying turkeys and assigning slips that day so no exceptions.

  • When rsvping please provide me with the following information:
  • Length and depth of your boat?
  • Which day you’re are planning to arrive - Saturday or Friday?
  • How many people in your group?
  • Are you able to bring fire wood?

We’ll talk about food, later, with the folks who sign up! But Troy will be making the gravy for sure!

I look forward to hearing from you, if you have any questions please feel free to call me, (360) 220-6757.



I want to thank Jon Martin for arranging to have the US Coast Guard come to our June Potluck. They discussed details about how to contact the Coast Guard when you are in trouble on your vessel.  The speakers were BM2 Alexander Franzese, ME3 Samuel Rankin, and Seaman Kristen Pruitt. They shared the following critical information. When you have a MAY DAY call, and you have a cell phone, call the Sector Puget Sound office first at (206) 217-6001 instead of our local Coast Guard office.  You will get help faster.  

Every one of our club members enjoyed going out to the break-water with the Coast Guard members and shooting off flares to see how they react.  Mike Reed was out in his boat a mile from shore firing off different types of flares so that we could see what they look like. Three boats came by Mike to see if he needed help during the drill. Wow, it actually works!!!!  It was a very educational evening for everyone.  

Be sure and save the date for our next Potluck Dinners in the summer on July 10th and August 14th.  We will not have speakers until September.  If anyone one has a great idea for a speaker, please call Lesli Beasley at (360) 201-1669.  I really appreciate any help and ideas for subjects that you are interested in hearing more about.  

Lesli Beasley

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–Lesli Beasley (360) 201-1669
CYC Administration Officer

Ahoy Cruisers! The weather has been spectacular and the cruising is awesome! However, school is out, and the anchorages are getting crowded. Don't let that stop you; there is plenty of anchor room at Sucia Island and beyond!

Some of our club members made it out to Stuart Island for the Turn Point Cruise hosted by Pam Spencer. She has a report on the cruise below.

I have not had much of a chance to sail this spring as I have been spending all my time prepping my old boat for sale (it sold!) as well as outfitting my new boat for cruising this summer. I hope to have the new boat ship-shape soon and head north up the Georgia Strait to Desolation Sound by early July. If you plan to be up that way, please give me an “ahoy” and perhaps we can raft up in the warm waters there!

July's CYC cruise is scheduled for July 14-15 at Sucia Island.

Some Sucia history highlights:

Sucia Island sits within the traditional territory of several Coast Salish tribes, who occupied the area for several thousand years. In 1791, Spanish explorer, Captain Francisco de Eliza, labeled the island as “Isla Sucia” on his map in Spanish.

The first known Euro-American settler on the island was Charles Henry Wiggins who moved to the island in the 1880s with his wife, Mary Luzier, a Cowlitz Indian. The Wiggins family had lived previously on nearby Waldron Island, but they left for Sucia after government agents seized eight of their children and took them to Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon. The couple had five more children on Sucia and established a farm with fruit trees, cows and sheep. Wiggins Head at the southwest end of the island is named for the family.

Washington State Parks acquired 115 acres of Sucia Island near Fossil Bay in 1952. Later, developers wanted to parcel up the remainder into vacation lots. Seattle yachtsman Everett (Ev) Henry spearheaded a drive to raise money, and the Interclub (now the Recreational Boaters Association of Washington) was formed. The club paid $25,000 to purchase the land which was donated to Washington State Parks in 1959. The agency acquired the remaining parcels of private property in 1972, and the entire island became a state marine park.

On April 10, 2012, part of a femur bone from a theropod dinosaur was discovered in a rock on the island. (Theropods are a group of meat-eating, two-legged dinosaurs, including T. rex and Velociraptor.) The fossil was spotted and excavated by paleontologists at the Burke Museum. The fossil is around 80 million years old, and the dinosaur lived south of today’s Washington state. The rocks that make up Sucia Island are believed to have been moved slowly north by geological processes.

Hope to see you on the water!

Turn Point Lighthouse Station Cruise Stuart Island 2018


What a beautiful day!  We all arrived at the County Dock Saturday June 23 promptly at 9 am to be transported to the lighthouse courtesy of Stuart Islanders, Jim and Linda Bergquist. (Thank you to those who towed some of us who did not have power!)  We were briefed quickly and set off to work in various parts of the lighthouse station: washing down the two museums, cleaning the 1st keepers’ quarters, taking up old flooring in the 2nd keepers’ quarters, measuring, cutting, and laying down plywood for the new flooring, and cleaning the docents trailer in preparation for the summer opening. It is amazing to see the progress and the amount of effort that has gone into preserving the lighthouse station, the keepers’ quarters, the period furniture they have obtained, and the history that has been put together and displayed.  Absolutely stunning!  If you haven't been there recently put it on your list of Islands to visit this summer.  There were no whales to be seen this trip, so we all have to go back next year!!

Erik and Erin Green on Miren
Karen and Mike Reed with Diaz on Islander
George and Cynthia Boggs on Trine
Greg Hartgraves and friend, Larry Sasser, on Blue Skies
Mike and July Kirkland with granddaughter, Grace, on Shockwave
Pam and Steve with Darwin on Telos 
Bruce and Cindy Henninger with friends on Mental Floss

Mike & Margaret Jonas, Chip & Wiley Clough, Marcia de Chadenedes, members of the Lighthouse Preservation Society, also joined us, and Warren flew in on his plane!

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With such a great turnout the evening potluck around a fire overlooking Prevost Harbour was spectacular!  Bruce Henninger did a great imitation of a whale communicating for one of the Trivial Pursuit questions! Next time we will ask him tell the whales to come by the lighthouse!

Thank you all for coming and helping out!  

Pam Spencer

Lifesling Clinic 2018

by Sabine Sloley


Did you know that…
… more than 1500 boaters fall overboard in the USA every year?
… more than 500 of them drown?

Ah, you say, those people weren’t wearing their life jackets.

You’re probably right. Of drowning fatalities, 90% weren’t wearing their life jackets. (Which means 1 in 10 was.) Do you wear your life jacket on deck? Religiously?

Ah, you say, for those times when I don’t, I’m probably still in the harbor. And anyway, I can swim.

Did you know that…
…43% of drowning victims were less than six feet from safety? SIX FEET!

No way.

Did you know that…
…when you fall into water colder than 59°F, the 1-10-1 principle applies? You have:

One minute to get control of your breathing (stop gasping – this is called the cold shock response)

Ten minutes, max, of meaningful movement (like swimming, making a call on the radio, setting off a flare) before the cold overcomes your nerves and muscles (cold incapacitation sets in). After that, if you’re not wearing a life jacket, your chance of survival plummets. In short, you drown.

One hour, max, before you actually become clinically hypothermic, and are at risk of dying from cold.

Did you know that…
…the surface temperature of Bellingham Bay, today, June 20, 2018, is 48°F?

What’s a boater to do? Well, for one thing, wear your life jacket. And for another, know how to get someone out of the water once they have fallen in.

On the principle that the best rescue equipment is worthless unless you know how to use it, on Saturday, June 9, Mike Reed presented a Lifesling class to thirty participants. Mike started us off with a video on cold water immersion. In it, several lunatic volunteers jump off boats–under carefully controlled conditions and the watchful eye of rescuers, of course–and their reactions are documented. It’s an eye-opener just how fast these able-bodied men and women fail. We were quickly convinced that learning how to perform a rescue was going to be time well spent.
(Catch it on YouTube: Cold Water Boot Camp, runtime 10:04, published by NASBLASafeBoating.)

A video and handout on the correct use of the Lifesling followed, as well as lively discussion of what-if scenarios.
(Catch the video on YouTube: LifeSling 2011 – The Sailing Foundation, runtime 11:11, published by pkcweir.)

We fortified ourselves with coffee, bagels, and fruit, and moved from the classroom to the harbor where Mike assigned the class participants to the boats volunteering for the practice drills.

Before we ever got underway, we practiced “deploying” the LifeSling and rigging the hoisting tackle. Everyone got an opportunity to winch a “person overboard” from lying on the dock to back onto their feet. It turns out that a human body is VERY HEAVY. Let me just say, I was extremely glad for the mechanical advantage of the hoisting tackle along with the boat’s winch to get this job done.

As an aside, if you’re the person overboard, being hoisted by the Lifesling is not a very comfortable experience. But considering the alternative… enough said.

(Hoisting tackle comes in 3:1 purchase, and 5:1 purchase. Think about the scenario where the heavier person goes overboard, and the weaker person has to get them back on the boat and make your purchasing decision accordingly.)

Then it was time to put all the pieces together. We headed out into the bay, cut the engines and put up the sails. The weather was perfect for practice–enough wind, not too much. Long-suffering Bob, the weighted buoy, obediently went overboard. One by one, everyone got a chance to respond to the emergency. To make the situation as realistic as possible, we practiced as if we were single-handing. One by one, we went through the steps:

  1. Head into the wind, throw out the Lifesling.
  2. Turn the boat (tack)–don’t touch the jib sheets! Let the sail backfill.
  3. Sail around the victim, dragging the sling into their reach, until they have hold of the rope.
  4. Stop the boat–furl or drop the sails–while the victim puts on the sling.
  5. Pull the victim to the windward side of the boat (they should be on their backs to avoid having their face immersed) and cleat the rescue line so the victim’s face is well above the water.
  6. Take a deep breath. The victim is no longer at risk of drowning. Remember, you have one hour before the victim will die of cold.
  7. Rig the tackle–attach it to a halyard (main, jib, or spare) and raise the halyard high enough that the Lifesling, when hoisted, will clear the lifelines. (Note: the end of the boom isn’t high enough.)
  8. Hook the Lifesling onto the tackle and uncleat the Lifesling line.
  9. Hoist the victim on board.

A couple of notes: We practiced the rescue using a circle rather than figure-eight pattern to get back to our COB. The circle is faster and, if you’re single-handing, you’re much less likely to lose sight of the COB. Also, steps 7 through 9 sound simple, but they encompass many individual actions, and adrenaline or high seas won’t make the job easier.

By the time everyone had performed a rescue and observed several more, we felt much more confident in our ability to handle a man overboard situation. As my husband said, taking the class might just make the difference between having a moderately bad day, and having a catastrophe.

If you were unable to attend, make a point of watching the videos, and practice with your own Lifesling. You never know when you might need to save a life.

Special thanks go to:

Mike Reed, for organizing and presenting the class
Laurent Martel, for providing classroom space
Delayne Brink and Ken Russel, for providing snacks and coffee
And for their mentoring and the use of their boats and equipment: Laurent & Amanda Martel (Falcon), Mike & Judy Kirkland (Shockwave), Kathy Sheehan & Karen Heckert (Runaway), Bob & Sherry Jenkins (Windshift), Neal & Kim Bittner (Bluefin), and Mike & Karen Reed (Islander). 
Delayne Brink, Dan Lefeldt, and Don Beasley supplied additional Lifeslings and lifting tackles.


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 26-28 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

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: email:

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.

October 2018

October 9: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

October 23: CYC Board Meeting, Commodore's House

October 26-28: Blakely Island Turkey Cruise, Hosts: Tracy and Troy Olney

November 2018

November 13: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

November 27: CYC Board Meeting, Commodore's House

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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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

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