Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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April 2020

Volume 36 Number 4

April 2020 issue:

Download this issue as a PDF.

Our tentative next potluck will be on Tuesday, May 12.

Member Tom Stansberry is offering a talk on Sail Trim: How to Make Slow Boats Go Fast. He’ll also give a brief introduction to racing.


Commodore's Corner

March Madness 2020

Are we enjoying our Quarantine?
Binge watching Project Runway, movies ad infinitum and NO SPORTS AT ALL!
March Madness takes on a whole new meaning!

How did this all happen? Well, I can tell you… It’s Amanda’s fault!
My dear professorial wife just happened to be teaching a class at Western on the Black Death. She always endeavors to make her history classes relevant for her students, but how she orchestrated this one is beyond me!

By the by, the “in joke” among history professors right now is:
1348 saw the Black Death and two popes.
2020 brings us Coronavirus and two popes.
(History may not repeat itself, but it echoes.)

I must again apologize for the short notice on canceling the March potluck. They keep moving the goalposts in this game faster than we can huddle.

It was so sudden in fact that I felt duty bound to show up at the club hall, lay out a few tables and just be present to turn away folks at the door who didn’t check their e-mails in time. Surprisingly, there were a few folks (oh, about 18) who decided to risk their immune systems and spare the Commodore from having to eat dinner alone in an empty hall. I thank you, and the bonus was that Mike Reed who was one of the presenters for the anchoring seminar also choose to stay and gave us his presentation.

(It will be repeated when we meet again with the full panel discussion).

CYC moving forward:

  • April potluck is canceled. I know it’s a shock, but if they don’t move the goalposts again, we will meet in May.
  • Racing has been postponed until the first week of May with some revisions:
    • To minimize close encounters: rabbit starts, no committee boat.
    • Skippers should sail with limited crews (or solo sail) and maintain the recommended 6ft spacing.
    • No crowding the start line! (No Capt’n Crunch awards)!
  • The Spring Dance will be re-scheduled…perhaps a fall dance (line dancing only with the requisite Corona-spacing enforced)!
  • We will be giving periodic updates (about twice a month) for cruising news, marina and state park closures, etc.

Hoping to see you out on the water (at a safe distance, of course)

Your Commy,

Treasurer's Report

We have received the bulk of income expected for 2020 through dues and advertising income, which has increased this year thanks to the efforts of Kathy Sheehan. At our recent on-line board meeting, the Board voted to send the Community Boating Center $2,500, to help them through this unpredictable time. We also decided to hold off for another month or two with making any other donations to outside organizations. Since there is a surplus of funds, we do plan to revisit the requests that have come to us and will be making more donations in future months.

–Jon Martin
CYC Treasurer

2020 CYC Officers
and Board Members

Commodore - Laurent Martel
Vice-Commodore - Kathy Sheehan
Secretary - Mary Durbrow
Treasurer - Jon Martin
Education & Programs - Andreas Weinrich
Membership Chair - Ken Russell
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Greg Hartgraves
Reciprocity - Greg Hartgraves
Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
Newsletter - Mike Reed
Webmaster - Chuck Dingée

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Secretary’s Report

Board meeting synopsis:

At the first ever virtual CYC board meeting, board members missed the gracious hosting by Laurent and the thrill of finding a coveted visitor parking space! They also appreciated the easy-to-use Zoom technology and plan to use it again.

Discussion included:

  1. Awarding of one grant to the CBC $2500. Other grants will be re-considered at future meetings.
  2. Printing the club roster
  3. Race program updates
  4. The need for an interim newsletter during this time when we can't meet and information is changing rapidly
  5. Cruise status updates
  6. Revised plans for educational offerings
  7. The budget.

In addition, the board made a commitment to keeping the membership informed about how the pandemic may affect our boating lifestyle.

Mary Dubrow, Secretary


Hello everyone,
I hope this finds you well.

As with most other activities during this pandemic, all CYC classes are postponed until this fall. For anyone interested to play with sail trim virtually, Northsail University offers a Sail Trim Simulator app ( for upwind sailing that works on smart phones as well as desktop/laptop computers. It’s very well done and fun to play with.

The American Sailing Association (ASA) offers a series of online courses. You can access them on line at:

Andreas Weinrich

Membership News

Ahoy Sailors!

Club membership is closing for the 2020 Roster. A new and improved roster is in the works! I called the publisher this week to line us up for publication and was given the go-ahead with some caveats—many of their personnel have been sent home because of the pandemic but they are still doing production. I'm not quite sure what this means for a delivery timeline, but I was told that there should not be a big delay for printing. In any case 95% of the 2019 roster is still accurate except for the racing and cruising schedules and those events may be on hiatus for a while in any case. We should have new rosters out before Opening Day. Final tally on renewals is: 98 renewals from last year's 104 members. We may pick up a few renewal procrastinators in the next couple months, some racers, and a few new memberships in the coming year, so our membership level appears to be pretty stable for now.

Roster change for reciprocal clubs list:
The new roster will not list clubs in name alpha order as in the past, but instead list them in order according to distance from Bellingham. This will allow members to focus on visiting other yacht clubs that are close to their home port (if their home port is Bellingham). Caveat: distances are given by the “great circle” distance, the direct flight path of a bird, not a surface route composed of vessel courses—this is for practical reasons. For all boaters who plan to visit another club it is important to log into and check out the club's facilities and limitations before arriving. This is particularly true for this year when some clubs are closed to visitors or have restrictions due to the pandemic. Yacht Destinations is a great website with a wealth of information for club members who plan to visit other yacht clubs. The reciprocal list that we publish in the roster has necessarily limited information—there is much more information about reciprocal club facilities on the Yacht Destinations website than we could possibly print in our roster.

Last call:
There is still a chance to check and change your personal information for the 2020 roster! If you have not done so already, check how you are listed in the 2019 roster and see if you need to update any info—phone, address, email, boat name, boat location, etc. Some club members complain about their listing having old or inaccurate information. I can only fix it if you let me know it needs fixing. If you check now and see that a change needs to be made I will have a chance to fix it when I get the printer's proof sometime in the next couple weeks before the roster goes to reproduction. So check your data and let me know if anything needs changing! Thanks. .

That's it for now. In these strange times I hope you have a chance to get out and sail!

Ken Russell, Membership Chair

Ken Russell

Racing News

Ahoy, CYC Racers!!!

(Three horn blast expressed and implied...)

I trust you are all doing well amidst the "stay at home" orders in these unprecedented times. As I write this, we are contemplating the postponement of the 2020 CYC Racing Season until we have more information regarding the "social distancing" and "congregation" definitions set forth by Washington State. Some of the proposed remedies include solo or skipper and spousal double handed races, and the short answer for the moment is we are asking for your patience as we review and discuss the options for our racing season.

By the time you read this, my sincere hope is there will be new information regarding when life will be back to normal and our 2020 Racing Season will be back on track with bells on!!!

2020 CYC Sailing Instructions will be sent out shortly and updates via e-mail to Skipper and crew. Please continue to adhere to the recommendations from the CDC and practice all the necessary protocols that we hope will get us to the finish line of this unforeseen dilemma. Your Race Committee looks forward to sharing the good news of an "all clear" in the weeks ahead and life as we know it can return to normal and we can go race on our beloved Bellingham Bay.

Stay healthy and be well, I look forward to resuming the 2020 CYC Racing Season ASAP.

Sean Jones


Cruising and Reciprocity

Kathy and I attempted to ‘self-isolate’ at Sucia for a few days last week. While we were successful in social distancing out on a mooring, it was surprising the number of boaters who had the same idea. The docks and moorings were filled as Dave and Wendy on Island Therapy can attest. It was great to get the cruising season started.

Please note that Sucia and all other state-owned lands are currently closed to public access. This includes docks and mooring buoys.

It is hard to say what the future holds regarding social distancing. Currently, we are still planning on having our May cruises. As we get closer to the cruise dates, the hosts will be communicating the status of the cruises.

We are still looking for cruise hosts for later this summer.

2020 Scheduled Cruises:

Dates Cruise Host
May 2 Squalicum Harbor Opening Day (harbor event) and CYC Potluck at Gate 9
May 15-17 Matia Cleanup Greg Hartgraves
May 22-25 Lopez Islander Resort (BYC/CYC Joint Cruise) Vickie & Chris Olson
June 26-28 Stuart Island (Turn Point Lighthouse) Pam Spencer
July 31-Aug 2 Anacortes Art Festival TBD
October. Blakely Island Turkey Fry TBD

(TBD = to be determined)

And If Public gatherings are allowed

Marine Swap Meet, hosted by CYC

  • Opening day May 2nd, 7:00am - 11:00am
  • Open to all.
  • Gather your gear from your garage, boat locker or anywhere else you may have put it for the 17th Annual Corinthian Yacht club gear swap

Greg Hartgraves


Many of the yacht clubs and marinas are closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. I’ve forwarded some of the early closure announcements from reciprocal yacht clubs to club members. It is unlikely that anyone will be out cruising soon. Rather than continuing to forward these announcements, I would encourage anyone visiting reciprocal yacht clubs or marinas to call ahead or visit their websites for their current status.

Greg Hartgraves


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.

Board Members Bios

Membership Chair - Ken Russell

Ken's first sailing experience was at his Boy Scout camp on a high Sierra lake. There, he found an old El Toro dinghy that needed repair and after fixing it he decided to learn how to sail it. Many years later he bought a Cal 20 berthed in the Berkeley Marina and sailed it for over a decade in “The Slot,” the windy area east of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the S.F. Bay he managing to make most beginner sailing mistakes but over the years he completed many ASA and Power Squadron courses that taught him to make fewer mistakes! His first coastal passage was as crew on a Spencer 35 that sailed up the California coast from Santa Barbara to San Francisco. In subsequent years he had many sailing adventures that included bareboat chartering in the Channel Islands and California Delta.

A family summer bareboat charter out of Anacortes introduced him to the wonders of sailing in the San Juan Islands; as a result he fell in love with sailing in the Northwest. Under the pretense of moving to Bellingham in order attend grad school (yes, he did complete his program!), he settled in and purchased a Catalina 27 that he sailed for 20 years in the San Juan and Gulf Islands.

In 2018 he and two partners purchased a Noon Ocean 34. Built in 1978 in North Vancouver, it is a 12 ton full keel cutter rigged blue water cruiser. He and his partners are working on a major refitting of the boat and hope to sail her to Gwaii Haanas this summer.


Executive Officer & Education - Andreas Weinrich

Andreas grew up near Frankfurt, Germany and discovered his love for nature on extended family vacations to Scandinavia. He spent many hours on boats fishing and exploring fjords, islands and little towns in southern Norway.

After graduating with an M.S. in Geology (U Mainz), he moved to Big Sur, California and later Bloomington, Indiana where he worked as a massage therapist and yoga teacher while raising his kids.

Andreas co-owned his first sailboat, a 19 ft Stuart Mariner, for 5 years in the Midwest before moving to Bellingham in the fall of 2014. In 2018, he purchased his current sailboat, a 1978 Yamaha 30, and eventually became a live-aboard at Gate 9.

Besides cruising around the bay and exploring the islands, interests include kayaking, hiking, photography, spiritual development, homesteading skills, traveling on extended road trips to nature’s treasures, and most especially, spending time with his two children.

Beyond the local waters, Andreas hopes to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, and eventually sail to Alaska and Hawaii someday.



Editor’s Notes

Having been teased by the nice weather recently I have been yearning to get back out on the water but thankfully for Sheltering in Place and Social Distancing the weather has made it a whole lot less inviting. I can imagine that you, as am I, are getting a bit bored binge watching old movies and sitcoms. I woke up recently realizing that there must be a lot more out there in the digital realm than old movies so I went hunting and the following are some things I found that might help to relieve your boredom too.

Take a look at these suggestions:

Relax and find some joy in these different times. Please remember too that while we can’t change the direction of the wind, we can trim our sails (or slow down and quarter the waves for you power boaters).

Mike Reed, Editor

Cruising Recipes

Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma

Chris and I have enjoyed eating this dish several times since we have been staying home. I serve it with flat bread or warm pita, sliced cucumbers and onions, tomato, tzatziki sauce, hot sauce, scattered mint leaves, really whatever you like. The leftovers are great. Try it, you’ll like it.


  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • A pinch ground cinnamon
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Step 1

Prepare a marinade for the chicken. Combine the lemon juice, ½ cup olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon and red pepper flakes in a large bowl, then whisk to combine. Add the chicken and toss well to coat. Cover and store in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

Step 2

When ready to cook, heat oven to 425 degrees. Use the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to grease a rimmed sheet pan. Add the quartered onion to the chicken and marinade, and toss once to combine. Remove the chicken and onion from the marinade, and place on the pan, spreading everything evenly across it.

Step 3

Put the chicken in the oven and roast until it is browned, crisp at the edges and cooked through, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to rest 2 minutes, then slice into bits. (To make the chicken even more crisp, set a large pan over high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, then the sliced chicken, and sauté until everything curls tight in the heat.) Scatter the parsley over the top and serve with tomatoes, cucumbers, pita, white sauce, hot sauce, olives, fried eggplant, feta, rice — really anything you desire.

Linda Benafel

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30 MAR 2020
Mike Reed, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Ken Russell, Greg Hartgraves, Sean Jones, Andreas Weinrich, Jon Martin, Linda Benafel.

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