The Next Potluck Meeting is May 14th at 6:00
Speakers: DeLayne Brink and Vicki Brighton sharing their trip to Alaska.
Hello to the Corinthian Yacht Club in Bellingham,
We thought we had lost our boat, Kelaerin, in rough seas when a rollover ended our circumnavigation 150 miles from our departure point off Cape Flattery. You listened to our tale and then a few weeks later we were informed by the USCG station in Coos Bay, Oregon that the CG cutter Barracuda had come upon our boat 44 miles out from Ft. Bragg, CA while on a routine patrol. We took off with our RV to Ft. Bragg almost immediately, and since arriving here on July 25, we have been hard at work dewatering Kelaerin and mucking the “book” sludge out from every locker, crack and crevice there is on the boat.
It seemed to us like it might be an almost impossible task when we first looked at her, but friends from 40 years ago in our boat building days called and insisted on coming up and helping us out. What a great start it was. Mike helped Jim remove the steering pedestal, the cockpit floor and then the engine while Alison helped me scoop out the sludge from the bilges.
The engine removal has been the costliest and logistically challenging part of this ordeal. We had to hire a crane, then hire a truck and take the engine to San Francisco to a diesel mechanic. Five weeks of being soaked in salt water had done a number on the Ford Lehman diesel engine that Jim had painstakingly taken care of for almost 30 years. It’s back in now, and Jim is tackling the tedious job of rewiring everything in the battery box and the engine room.
I’m doing what I’ve always done…painting, scraping, and varnishing. Pretty much every square inch of the boat needs a re-do. There’s a lot that needs replacing like our cockpit enclosure, cushions, several electronics, the dinghy, a main sail and so on, but we are getting there. We hope to head south to Ensenada in a couple more months.
Thanks for thinking about us. I apologize for not getting back to you all before this. We just got involved in the project. We’ve been lucky that so many of our old cruising friends have stayed in contact with us, even visiting us here, and the Ft. Bragg fishermen and sailing locals have stopped by regularly to see what progress we’ve made. We’re in good spirits. We’re working hard like always, and looking forward to getting back to cruising. We have our sights set on the Sea of Cortez for a few years, and then back up to the PNW to sail the inside passage to Alaska. We will be back up that way in our RV trailer for the summer months in the meantime, and we’ll be sure to drop by one of the club meetings to check in.
CYC Bellingham meets the second Tuesday of each month.
Our meeting location is the
Squalicum Yacht Club, Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham.
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Go west on Roeder Avenue, turn south on Coho Way, and follow it to the water. The SYC building is on the right (facing the water). 2633 S Harbor Loop.
Meeting is at 1800 hours and is a potluck format so bring a dish to share and your own table service and beverage.
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
13 MAy 2019
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Our mailing address is P. O. Box 101, Bellingham, WA 98227
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