Memorial Day Cruise to Fisherman's Bay
Join us Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27) on beautiful Lopez Island for our 4th annual joint cruise with the Bellingham Yacht Club. It's a great way to celebrate the unofficial start of summer!
Here's the plan for the weekend:
To RSVP, email Vickie Olson at email@example.com to let us know you're coming and then call the marina at (360)468-2233 to reserve your slip. (Be sure to tell them you're with the CYC/BYC group.)
Looking forward to it!
2019 CYC Bellingham Scheduled Cruises & Events:
The snow is melting, the temperatures are rising, and there is more activity down at the marina. These are sure signs that spring and boating season are just around the corner. It’s time to get started on those boat projects you’ve been putting off so you’ll be ready to shove off. If you are like us and your calendar fills up fast, it is also time to start planning your boating schedule. Our 2019 CYC Bellingham cruise schedule is nearly complete, and you can start putting these dates on your calendar.
Boating season is starting off with quite a flourish in May with something scheduled for every weekend. Our first CYC cruise is the Matia cleanup cruise which is May 17-19. We are looking for someone to host the Matia cruise. Please contact me if you would like to host.
We would like to have at least one cruise scheduled each month from May to October. Right now there are openings in July and September. If you would like to host a cruise in either of those months, you can select the location and dates. Also, if you have an idea for a cruise and/or want to host a cruise at any time, please contact me.
May 4-5 Opening Day (harbor event)-Squalicum Harbor
Remember to use Yacht Destinations (www.yachtdestinations.org) to see the list of clubs with whom we have reciprocal moorage agreements. Right now, CYC Bellingham has reciprocity with 112 reciprocal clubs. The website has information on the clubs, and how reciprocity works for each location with contacts.
Happy Sailing my Friends,
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!
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
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!
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For cruising between the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, the following things may expedite customs procedures:
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 http://www.sailrite.com/Ditty-Bag-Kit_2
Joe Sulham had previously talked about keeping old Waggoner Cruising Guides for armchair sailing. I keep an old one in the bathroom . . . for research!
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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Commodore - Laurent Martel
13 MAY 2019
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