Events and Cruises
Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington

Next Meeting: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 10. We are back to our more typical format – no BBQ. As usual, bring your plate, utensils and beverage, and something delectable to share. See you there!

Program: Kathy Sheehan: The Maiden Factor’s World Tour


In 1989, Tracy Edwards, a 26-year-old British sailor, was told that the Whitbread Race's first all-female crew wouldn’t be able to finish even the first leg of the round-the-world race. But Tracy and her crew aboard the SV Maiden not only finished the grueling 33,000 mile race (later called the Volvo Ocean Race), but came in second in their class. The women’s feat inspired untold numbers of girls and women sailors.

A new documentary film, Maiden, tells the improbable story of Maiden’s history-making journey in the 1989-90 race. It was released this summer, just as a refitted SV Maiden was on the seventh leg of a two-and-a-half-year world tour to make waves again. With the support of the Maiden Factor Foundation, Tracy’s new mission is to deploy the Maiden and its new crew of all female sailors to raise awareness of and funding for the 130 million girls across the globe who are denied an education.

The SV Maiden took its message of women's equality and the need for educating girls everywhere to Vancouver, BC, Seattle and Port Townsend this summer. CYC Vice-Commodore Kathy Sheehan and CYC member Karen Heckert toured the boat and met some of the crew in Vancouver in August. At the potluck on September 10, Kathy will share information and images of the Maiden’s Vancouver visit and welcoming ceremony.

Fellow Cruisers,
Linda and I would like to share with you one of our favorite cruises: Rosario Resort. Check in at the marina is 1 p.m. or later Friday September 13. It is important you contact the marina to reserve a slip, because they go fast! Tell them you are with CYC Bellingham and maybe we can get close together! The new marina is beautiful and here is a map. If you pay a little extra, you have full access to the Spa.


Friday September 13: Arrive, socialize, cocktails, then dinner at the Moran Mansion at 7 p.m. reservations for 8 to start, adjust up as needed! Alternative place to eat is the Moran Lounge. Alas, the Cascade Bay Grill will be closed that late in the season.

Saturday September 14: Head off in the morning in a minivan and sedan from Orcas Island Rental Car. I will drive the minivan and can seat another 2 people and the sedan can seat 5 people but alas, will need a driver! Sorry, I was unable to reserve the commercial van that holds 15! Destinations include Eastsound Farmers Market and can have breakfast in Eastsound, Island Hoppin' Brewery, Westward to Orcas Landing, Orcas Hotel, Boat House Cider Works, Westsound, and Deer Harbor. Then it is back Eastward to Mount Constitution and if anyone is still frisky, we could stop at the Imagine Festival at Doe Bay Resort. Then back to the Rosario Marina for hors d'oeuvres, potluck, whatever!

Sunday September 15: Return home, Check Out is by noon

This is a fun trip and if anyone is interested in a progressive, they could try and get a buoy at Doe Bay Resort, dinghy in to the Imagine Festival and then come around the next day to Rosario Resort!

Let us know if you can make it and if interested in the Moran Mansion dinner Friday night and if interested in the road trip Saturday!


Ahoy all,

Outlier will be at Garrison Bay Friday September 20-22nd.

Some of our activities in honor of the Pig War and all will be a Brits vs Yanks croquet play off.

Also potluck ashore Saturday night and possible dinghy raft up “happy hour” on Friday.

There are plenty of walking trails and the San Juan Island Transit will still be running.

Hope to see you there

Anne and Stu
S/V Outlier


We had 131 attend the dance this year. We had the largest turnout ever, and the WALRUS was a HUGE DRAW. We had 43 people buy $25 tickets at the door. Boundary Bay Brewery gave us a pony keg, and this was the first year that we drained the keg. The bar brought in $949, (less the whole sale cost of the wine provided by Laurent Martel). The CBC provided DONATED PIZZA from LOCAL RESTAURANTS.

The CYC dance proceeds after expenses was $1,197.00. The Paddle Auction brought in $1,490, and the Silent Auction brought in $2,963 which brings this year’s total to $5,650.00 for the CBC. The CBC was so thrilled with the fundraiser!!!!

I want to thank all of our volunteers and the CBC staff and volunteers who worked hard with us to make the dance a total success. The Majestic Hall was a perfect venue and the Walrus kept everyone out on the dance floor to the very end.

Lesli Beasley, Dance Chair

We thank our CYC Fundraising Dance sponsors for their generous support.

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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

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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


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
May 11 CYC 10th Annual Benefit Dance-The Majestic
for the Community Boating Center
May 17-19 Matia Cleanup-TBD
May 24-27 Lopez Islander Resort
BYC/CYC Joint Cruise-Vickie & Chris Olson
June 21-23 Stewart Island, Turn Point Lighthouse- Pam Spencer
July TBD
August 2-4 Anacortes Art Festival-Bruce & Cindy Henninger
September TBD
October 25-27 Blakely Island, Turkey Fry-Tracy & Troy Olney

Remember to use Yacht Destinations ( 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,

Greg Hartgraves

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!

Tracy Olney

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!!

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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.


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.

September 2019

September 10: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

September 13-15: Rosario Resort Cruise, Hosted by Ron & Linda BattleRon & Linda Battle

September 21-22: Garrison Bay Cruise, Hosted by Anne Slater & Stuart Stebbings

September 24: CYC Board Meeting

October 2019

October 8: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

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
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Commodore - Laurent Martel
Vice-Commodore - Kathy Sheehan
Secretary - Roni Lenore
Treasurer - Jon Martin
Administrative Officer - Lesli Beasley
Membership Chair - Ken Russell
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Greg Hartgraves
Reciprocity - Greg Hartgraves
Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
Newsletter - Linda Benafel
Webmaster - Chuck Dingée

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