Events and Cruises
Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington

The Next Potluck Meeting is September 12 at 6:00

Summer meetings do not have speakers. Outdoor BBQs will be available so bring something to BBQ and a side dish to share.

All CYC members! Mark your calendar

Saturday, August 12

Experience Sailing on Bellingham Bay--August 12th

Hosted by the Community Boating Center and the Corinthian Yacht Club Bellingham

The CYC will join CBC in hosting this event again this year.

The CYC will promote the event as a cruise.

The Boating Center has received a grant to advertise and promote the event as:

“Experience Sailing on Bellingham Bay”

What makes Bellingham unique? The water. What better way to promote our club and the Boating Center then by reaching out to our community and offer a sailing experience to neophytes or those who are simply between boats.

I have volunteered my boat in past years and observed that the attendees I have given rides have been uniformly thrilled, excited and appreciative of the experience.

The Community Boating Center will provide:

  • Insurance umbrella for all attendees (participants will sign a waiver form).
  • Liability insurance for all our boats
  • Life preservers for all participants
  • Ferry participants to and from our boats
  • Promotion and advertising

We Corinthians Provide the experience:

  • We meet in Fairhaven 10:30- 12 noon (Skippers may determine their own timeframe)
  • Skippers will predetermine crew size (from 2- 6 participants).
  • Skippers will provide 2 to 3 hour cruises
  • Ideally, each boat to provide 2 sailings
  • Any extras (i.e. appetizers, beverages) are up to the skipper. (Grog upon request, keelhauling is frowned upon).

The plan: we finish our cruises about 4:30 to 5pm and return to gate 9 where we will then pull out the barbi and potluck on the dock.

I would like to have the BBQ open to all employees of the Boating Center. They may join us after closing up the shop or perhaps return sail with us to gate 9?

Questions and /or sign up with me,

Laurent Martel
360 815 3980

Cruise Report for July

Ahoy Cruisers! Over the past month there have been two cruises, one to Turn Point Light and the other to Spencer Spit. Here is the scoop...

Turn Point Cruise Report from Kerry and Terry Thalhofer:

This was our first CYC cruise, and what a great weekend for it. Many thanks to Pam for doing the organizing! We all met at the government dock on Saturday morning to either walk or ride over to the lighthouse. What a beautiful island! We met with the Turn Point staff to get our assignments, which ranged from weedeating to housecleaning to laying new floor and more. Who could ask for a better spot to eat our lunch, looking out over the water to Canada. After our workday we met for a potluck dinner on the state park dock. We enjoyed lots of good food, Pam's trivia contest, and Chuck's lovely music. It was a fun event and one we would recommend! 8 boats attended from CYC.

-Kerry and Terry Thalhofer

I have not been able to get a report for the Spencer Spit Cruise. I had hoped to host the cruise myself but had to bail out of that plan because I returned too late to do so after three weeks of sailing with Mike Reed who took me along on a part of his Vancouver Island circumnavigation. Mike left on June 1st and returned July 4th sailing counter-clockwise around the island. I boarded his Islander 36 in Alert Bay and crewed for him from there and on around Cape Scott, the Brooks Peninsula and down to Gold River in Nootka Sound. This portion of the trip took about three weeks with the first week finding us holed-up in Port Hardy and at Hope Island while we waited for a bit of gnarly weather to pass. The northwest coast of the island was truly spectacular and there were very few boats, but I will not say any more here and leave it to Mike to give a full report of his Vancouver circumnavigation at a later time.

The next planned cruise is August 4-6 to the Anacortes Arts Festival. This is a marina/docking cruise that is being hosted by Bruce & Cindy Henninger. This is a very popular cruise with limited space, so if you would like to be a prt of it contact Bruise as soon as possible.

It has been a little difficult pulling this info together because so many club members are out cruising this time of year. The weather has been great and whether you are out for three weeks, three days or three hours you are sure to enjoy yourself in this beautiful Northwest sailing paradise!

-Ken Russell

Volunteer at the CBC 10th Anniversary Celebration and have fun!

The Community Boating Center is having its 10th Anniversary Celebration on July 29th. It is an all day event of fun including on and off the water activities, music and a beer garden (later in the day). CYC has been invited to participate by having a table there to let people know about the benefits of our club. We would not be set up for the whole day, probably just from about 4:00 to 7:00, depending on how many of our club members volunteer to be at our table. Contact Ken Russell, if you would like to help for an hour or so answering questions about our club. This is a really good opportunity to let other sailors or future sailors know about us and to help build our club.

Cruise Report for June

We had a very successful Matia cruise, read Neal's report below (too many participating boats to list!).

Our other May cruise is underway as I write this note, a joint cruise (no, not that kind of joint!) with the BYC to Lopez Islander Resort hosted by Chris and Vickie Olson. Check next month's newsletter for a report on that cruise.

Our June cruise is planned for June 23-25 to Stuart Island. This is a work party cruise to spiff up the historic Turn Point Lighthouse. Terry & Kerry Thalhofer and Pam Spencer are hosting the cruise. Everyone who has attended this cruise in the past has raved about it. The work is light and the views are spectacular, it is common to see Orcas from the shoreline. This is a private island where there is normally no access. If you attended the March potluck meeting you heard Mike Jonas, Co-founder of the Turn Point Lighthouse Preservation Society, talk about the history of the Turn Point Lighthouse and the society's work to restore it. This is a great cruise to join in on!

Matia 2017 Cruise Report

Fun times.
Hard work.

Our cruise had 23 CYC "very hard working" volunteers. We may have even out numbered the Pigeon Guillemots.

The most difficult part of the weekend was docking at Matia; OH, how we praised the current. Our original boat parking schematic went without a hitch. (Only 16 changes). We too, went with the flow.

We shared boat talk, "tall tails", amazing food, a couple beverages, and lots of laughs. Our work consisted of mowing, trail maintenance, and ivy pulling, ALWAYs ivy pulling.

When Ranger Steve returned on Monday, he walked the trail and stated, "It's park-like and beautiful." We had a great team !! A team, we are proud to be a part of.

Saturday evening included: more laughs, the best pot luck dishes, EVER. The party concluded with a marine white elephant gift exchange. Gifts were opened, stolen, exchanged, & stolen again, all to a lot giggles & dessert.

Kim and I extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who came, and made it such a special weekend.

See you in 2018.
Neal and Kim

Flyover photo taken Saturday afternoon by Ken Russell with his son, Jack, piloting the plane.

2017 Cruises

Ahoy Cruisers! Our cruise schedule is pretty much ship-shape for 2017 thanks to members who volunteered to host cruises. We have a cruise scheduled for each month, some tried-and-true and some new. It has been suggested that we also list some “unhosted cruises” where we identify a location and then whoever shows up, shows up. This seems like a good suggestion, and one that I will work on refining in the coming month. If you have any suggestions in this regard, please email me.

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)

The Inati Bay kick-off cruise has run into some troubled waters.... Currently there is a logging operation working in this small bay with a log boom being built and a a steel float anchored in the middle of the bay. Not the best situation for a cruise rendezvous.

In the interest of safety we are canceling the Inati cruise and suggest that as an alternative you cruise on over to Wander Brewing in Bellingham (1807 Dean Ave.) on Saturday, April 29, at 6pm for a friendly and fun CYC social hour to talk about boats, sailing and related matters. Rumor has it that Ayumi will bring her origami paper ;-)

A big thank you to the club members who have volunteered to host, it would not happen without you! To club members who go on cruises but have not hosted a cruise before—you should try it! It is easy to host a cruise, and it is a great way to contribute to keeping our club a vibrant place to meet other sailors while having fun in our beautiful Salish Sea!

CYC Bellingham “Anacortes Art Festival” Cruise

August 4/5/6 2017 - Hosted by Bruce & Cindy Henninger

This is a great cruise to a beautiful marina. The Art Festival is one of the best in the state with something for everyone’s interest. Three separate stages with a variety of music genres. Many food venders, plus the great eateries in town!

  • Limited space available- $1.35 per ft. up to 50’
  • Email Bruce to get your moorage soon!
  • Boat name, overall length, nights (Fri, Sat)
  • Cell 360 319 6827

–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.

July 2017

July 1-2: Spencer Spit Cruise

July 11: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

July 25: CYC Board meeting

August 2017

August 4-6: “Anacortes Art Festival” Cruise

August 8: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

August 12: CBC Experience Sailing, Community Boating Center

August 27: CYC Board meeting

August 23-25: Turn Point Lighthouse Cruise (Hosted by Terry & Kerry Thalhofer and Pam Spencer)

Turkey Fry Cruise Report

We had exceptional weather for this year's Turkey Fry cruise on Oct 28-30. For the boats that came over on Friday- WineKnot, Night Heron, Sapphire, At Last, Liberty, Manana, and Moonlight there was sunshine and smooth seas all the way over. After starting a roaring fire in the pavilion we decorated, ate appetizers, played games, listened to music and pretty much had the best happy hour ever!

Saturday brought a downpour of rain for about 2 hours first thing in the morning but then the skies cleared and it was beautiful for the arrival of our commodore, Steve, et. al., sailing on IGMU and Telos, our final vessel to join the company. A huge feast ensued with all the fixins, Troy's famous gravy, Sylvia's rich potatoes, Deb's savory stuffing, Linda's buttered rolls and vegetable dish. Vicki, I'm sure cooked all week preparing all the food she and Delayne brought and of course Donna's delicious pecan pie. This is just naming a few of the amazing foods prepared for our Thanksgiving Dinner. What a party! Many folks were ready for naps after our meal but we managed to play a few games and even learned some line dancing before calling it a night. The picture of the sunset was taken Saturday night and that gave way to a sky full of stars.

Sunday morning was equally beautiful. Troy and I stopped on the way home to fish at Cypress island, caught one for dinner that night, and took this picture of Liberty cruising home with Mt Baker in the back ground. Another successful Blakely Island cruise.

Thank you to everyone for making it so special, this cruise definitely requires team work and you always pitch in with whatever needs to be done. Cruising trips is a crucial part of CYC, all year long, and I encourage everyone to explore this option and plan a cruise!


Editor's Note: Tracy and Troy did an AWESOME job making the Turkey Fry Cruise an absolutely wonderful event! They put a huge amount of work into organizing and hosting the event including white table cloths, seasonal lighting, propane heaters and so many other touches and amenities. All their hard work made this event really special! What a great way to cap the cruising season!

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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