Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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September 2019

Volume 35 Number 9

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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.


Commodore's Corner

Oysters and jet lag. August 25th
Bonjour, eh?

Amanda and I just touched down in Paris. Just a few days to pay our respects to Notre Dame before we journey south to host our annual canal barge tour. This year, Gascony and the River Baise, a forgotten corner of France barely a blip in the tour guides. A shame for it is chock full of history, medieval walled villages, wine estates and canard (duck) otherwise known as foie gras on the wing.

As luck would have it, our itinerary with our club members and soon-to-be bargestas, Chris and Linda Benafel, collided and we enjoyed dinner together in a local bistro.


Our arrival also coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944. What I hadn't known was that in the week prior to liberation, French resistance fighters mobilized and barricades were built throughout the city. They fought the Germans street by street, disrupting troop movements and causing general havoc among the occupying Germans. Plaques have been affixed to buildings all over Paris naming the resistance fighters killed, and on this anniversary bouquets of flowers were placed marking the location where they fell.

2019 CYC Officers
and Board Members

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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All that aside, the reason we found it necessary to remain here a few days was to get the worst part of jet-lag behind us. For me, it's nodding off into my 5 p.m. happy-hour beer and wide awake at 3 a.m. It's being famished at odd hours but not hungry at all when comes time for dining. And best of all, what Amanda and I affectionately call "the travel bowels". How can I delicately put it? I am normally as regular as Bellingham rain, but the moment I board that trans-Atlantic 747, the sphincter slams shut and I am constipated for a week!

A study was done where Pacific oysters from Puget Sound were placed aboard United Air flight 22 to New York. The oysters were then placed in Long Island Sound to see how they would respond. You see oysters are filter feeders. They open and close on the tides, and perhaps this was what the researchers had expected. Those mollusks continued to open on West coast tides. It took roughly three days (one day for every time zone) for the oysters to re adjust to Long Island tides.

C'est vrai! Paris is nine time zones from home and it's true! It takes me eight or nine days before I feel confident that my digestion is finally in the same time zone!

I think it was Descartes who said "I think, therefore I am." That may indeed be the only difference between us and the humble oyster.

So, how is your oyster today?

Your humble Commodore-at-large,
Laurent Martel

Membership News

Ahoy sailors!

A big welcome to new CYC members, Janice and John Hill of Kettle Falls, WA. They own a Hunter 37 that is docked in Semiahmoo. They plan to cruise, attend occasional meetings and help with the annual dance. Their sponsor is Jon Martin.

Also welcome back Julie and Mike Mathews of Bellingham. They are former members who have renewed their membership after a few years of hiatus. They own a Hans Christian that is docked in Squalicum Harbor.

Membership numbers are good this year. We currently have 110 members, a few more than last year. Some yacht clubs I have talked to recently complain about decreasing membership but we seem to be doing well in that regard.

Want a club burgee? Is the old one worn out? Always great to fly a CYC club burgee when you are out cruising! If you want to purchase one, they are $20. Talk to me at a club event or send me a check and I will send you a burgee that you can proudly fly on your boat!

Ken Russell


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Racing News

The dates for CYC's 2019 Racing Season are as follows:

  • Series 1-4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2
  • Series 2-5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
  • Series 3-6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/4, 7/11
  • Series 4-7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15
  • Series 5-8/22, 8/29*, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19

Cruising and Reciprocity

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


Thanks to those with a CYC reciprocity slip for making your slip available to reciprocal yacht club members. I’ve noticed the “Available” signs on docks this summer when you are out.

For those on MW docks receiving new dock boxes, the port will be transferring the black reciprocity tubes to your new dock box.

Greg Hartgraves


For those not going on the September 21-22 Garrison Bay Cruise, Bellingham’s Annual SeaFeast is a great way to experience our working waterfront.

General admission SeaFeast is free. Some activities such as industry tours, boat rides, and Taste the Sea require tickets, purchasable at

Friday, September 20 – Downtown Bellingham

4 p.m. Food trucks and SeaFeast Information Booth at Waypoint Park (1145 Granary Ave) until 7 p.m. Fourth Corner Frames, Tom Crestodina’s show, A Closer Look, open until 8:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m. Water-inspired short films at The Pickford Film Center.

Saturday, September 21 – Squalicum Harbor and Zuanich Point Park

10 a.m. Festival officially begins with SeaFeast Wharf vendors, SeaFeed at the Harbor food court, Field of Fun, Meet Your Fisherman on the Sawtooth Dock, fishing vessel boat tours at Gate 5, and tour of Bornstein Seafoods
10:15 a.m. Legacy and Soul of Bellingham Bay Awards - Commercial Working Area at the “Go Fish” stage
11 a.m. All American Marine Industry tours begin, Main stage entertainment begins, tour of Bornstein Seafoods
11:30 a.m. Taste the Sea: A Sustainable Seafood Experience by Haggen Northwest Fresh (Session 1)
Noon Opening Ceremony on the Main stage, Brews with a View Beer Garden opens, San Juan Cruises Harbor Ride, tours of Bellingham Cold Storage & Bornstein Seafoods
1p.m. Helicopter Rescue at Sea by the U.S. Coast Guard along the shores of Bellingham Bay; Taste the Sea: A Sustainable Seafood Experience by Haggen Northwest Fresh (Session 2); tour Bornstein Seafoods
1:30 p.m. FisherPoets showcase on the Main Stage featuring Jon Lee, Sierra Golden, and youth poets
2 p.m. Tour Bornstein Seafoods
3 p.m. Survival Suit race in Commercial Working Area, “Go Fish” stage
3:30 p.m. Taste the Sea: A Sustainable Seafood Experience by Haggen Northwest Fresh (Session 3)
5 p.m. Taste the Sea: A Sustainable Seafood Experience by Haggen Northwest Fresh (Session 4)

Saturday, September 21 – Downtown Bellingham

5:30 p.m. Boundary Bay Mountain Room, Honey Moon Mead & Cider, Mt Baker Encore Room open
7:30 p.m. Choir of the Salish Sea Performance - Whatcom Museum
8 p.m. FisherPoets on Bellingham Bay at the Boundary Bay Mountain Room, Honey Moon Mead and Cider and Mt Baker Encore Room

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

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