Our tentative next potluck will be on Tuesday, May 12.
Member Tom Stansberry is offering a talk on Sail Trim: How to Make Slow Boats Go Fast. He’ll also give a brief introduction to racing.
The CYC Bellingham cruise schedule for 2020 is slowly coming together. We still need hosts for a couple of the cruises that have been very popular in the past. Please consider being a host for one of these cruises or choose an alternative date/cruise location. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting a cruise or want to know more about what is involved in hosting a cruise.
Please note: Some of these events will likely be cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.
2020 Scheduled Cruises:
|Dates ||Cruise ||Host
|May 2 ||Squalicum Harbor Opening Day (harbor event) and CYC Potluck at Gate 9
|May 15-17 ||Matia Cleanup ||Greg Hartgraves
|May 22-25 ||Lopez Islander Resort (BYC/CYC Joint Cruise) ||Vickie & Chris Olson
|June 26-28 ||Stuart Island (Turn Point Lighthouse) ||Pam Spencer
|July 31-Aug 2 ||Anacortes Art Festival ||TBD
|Sept ||TBD. ||TBD
|October. ||Blakely Island Turkey Fry ||TBD
(TBD = to be determined)
We now have reciprocity with the recently formed Deer Harbor Yacht Club (www.deerharboryachtclub.com).
If you are a lessee of a CYC reciprocal slip (Gate 9, MW 49-58 and NW 37-46):
The port has completed installing the reciprocity tubes on the MW reciprocity slips.
Please let me know if you need a ‘CYC available’ sign. The sign is for the end of your dock when you make your slip available for reciprocity.
As a reminder, when making your slip available for reciprocal moorage, please do the following:
- Please fill out the Vacancy notice and place it in tube on dockbox. (cycvacancynotice.pdf)
- Place the AVAILABLE sign into its holder at entrance to your slip.
- You may want to remove and store docklines and power cords.
- It would be a good idea to inform your neighbor or another member when you expect to return.
Matia Island Clean-Up Cruise
A total of 8 boats (Falcon, Thanx, Island Therapy, Blue Fin, Blue Skies, With You at Last, Igmu, and Free) rafted to the newly constructed Matia Island dock on the weekend of May 17-19 for the annual CYC Bellingham work party clean-up. The cruise theme was on the Hermit of Matia, and we had the CYC’s own expert on all things ‘Hermit of Matia’, Nancy Hart. Nancy provided a history of Alvin Smith, the self-titled ‘Hermit of Matia.’
The 19 participants cut back vegetation, raked, mowed and did dock repair to make the trails and camping areas look great on Saturday. Ranger Steve provided a new ‘adopt a park’ sign with the full Corinthian Yacht Club of BELLINGHAM name on the sign (see picture).
After completing the clean-up, a beautiful blue skied afternoon provided a great opportunity for relaxing on the dock/beach or walking the island. For those adventurous, there was a Hermit of Matia themed puzzle hunt. Those who participated were able to solve a variety of puzzles leading them to the hermit’s stash of fruit preserves (rumored to have life extending properties). Following an exciting game of jungle bocce ball, the day was capped off by a potluck with an incredible spread of food and great conversation.
Laurent and Greg
Memorial Day Cruise Report
The CYC cruisers had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend at Fisherman's Bay. Saturday started out rainy but cleared up just in time for our dockside seafood potluck where we feasted on fresh oysters and shrimp. Sunday was beautiful with lots of activity happening during the day and culminating with poker and another potluck in the evening. Thanks to everyone who made the trek and made this such a fun weekend. Special thanks to Troy Olney and crew for the delicious shrimp!
Vickie and Chris Olson
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!
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:
- Head into the wind, throw out the Lifesling.
- Turn the boat (tack)–don’t touch the jib sheets! Let the sail backfill.
- Sail around the victim, dragging the sling into their reach, until they have hold of the rope.
- Stop the boat–furl or drop the sails–while the victim puts on the sling.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Hook the Lifesling onto the tackle and uncleat the Lifesling line.
- 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.
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: email@example.com
For cruising between the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, the following things may expedite customs procedures:
- Apply for a Nexus card and become a trusted traveler. Fee is $50 for 5 years: https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes
- As a trusted traveler, get a Boater Registration (BR) number from the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS): https://svrs.cbp.dhs.gov/Default.aspx
- 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: https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov/main/login_internet.jsp
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!
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.
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
Vice-Commodore - Kathy Sheehan
Secretary - Mary Durbrow
Treasurer - Jon Martin
Education & Programs - Andreas Weinrich
Membership Chair - Ken Russell
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Greg Hartgraves
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Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
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