Events and Cruises
Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington

The Next Potluck Meeting is March 13th at 6:00

Linda & Chris Benafel are going to do a presentation on their cruise to the Princess Louisa Inlet.

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 20-22 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


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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–Ken Russell
2017 CYC Cruise Chair

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.

March 2018

March 13: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

March 22: 2018 CYC Racers Skippers Meeting, The Local Public House

March 27: CYC Board meeting

April 2018

April 5: CYC Racing Series begins, Bellingham Bay

April 10: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

April 24: CYC Board meeting

April 27-29: Matia Island Clean-up Cruise

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 - Bruce Henninger
Treasurer - Joe Bartlett
Administrative Officer - Lesli Beasley
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Ken Russell
Reciprocity - Greg Hartgraves
Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
Newsletter - Linda Benafel

Events Schedule

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