Ahoy CYC Racers!!!
Welcome to 2018 CYC Racing. This Thursday, April 5th, marks the beginning of the 2018 CYC Thursday Night Racing Season! I look forward to seeing everyone on the race course, please review the 2018 Race Packet and call with any questions.
The dates for 2018 Racing are as follows:
Series 1-4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3
Series 2-5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7
Series 3-6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
Series 4-7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Series 5-8/23, 8/30*, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20
The venue of choice for apres sail is The Local Public House on Railroad Avenue, and they are poised to accommodate our motley crew(s)...
Looking forward to another amazing racing season in 2018!
CYC Race Chair
It is April, and our first club cruise is coming up at the end of this month!!! The Matia Island cruise this year is a little earlier than previous years but all for the better! It will be hosted by Neal and Kim Bittner on April 27-29. This is one of the most popular cruises of the year to a beautiful little island that is close by. You will be hearing from Neal in a couple weeks about the cruise. It is a dock cruise, and we need to hear from boats that will be going so we can plan for raft-up at the dock. There are also a couple mooring buoys and some anchoring spots available. Let Neal know if you plan to join us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I would just like to point out again that the year's cruise schedule is posted on the CYC website, and you can look there and plan your club cruising for the coming year. We still need hosts for the September cruise, a great thing to do for the club, contact me if you are interested or have any questions about that.
Fair winds and calm seas,
CYC Cruise Chair
Memorial Day Cruise to Fisherman's Bay
Join us Memorial Day weekend on beautiful Lopez Island for our 3rd annual joint cruise with the Bellingham Yacht Club. Last year, we had amazing weather but those crazy negative tides made getting into the marina tricky! This year, the tides will be better and we're hoping for great weather.
Here's the plan for the weekend:
- Friday night enjoy Happy Hour and live music at the resort.
- Saturday evening join us in the party room for 5 card poker mashup followed by a pot luck dinner.
- Sunday evening we're having a seafood feast on the dock.
If you want to join us, email me at email@example.com to let me know you're coming and call the marina at (360)468-2233 to reserve your slip. (Be sure to tell them you're with the CYC/BYC group.)
Vickie and Chris Olson
Our April 10th potluck speaker is going to be Greg Mozsgai, Research & Development for Sampson Rope. The topic will be LEARNING HOW TO SPLICE. You won’t want to miss this talk and learn how to make simple spices.
We have Russ Goforth from West Marine presenting at our May 8th Potluck about WHAT’S NEW IN BOATING PRODUCTS & WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH WEST MARINE THAT WILL REALLY HELP OUR MEMBERS SAVE MONEY.
On June 12th our first summer Bar-B-Q, Jon Martin has arranged to have the Coast Guard come and answer questions. SEE DETAILS BELOW You won’t want to miss it!!!!!
We will start out with some members from the Coast Guard, who will talk to us and answer questions about how they like to be contacted in various situations, such as emergency or less than emergent situations, using VHF and cell phones. I was thinking this would be about a 20-minute activity right after everyone is finishing up eating. In the spirit of how to contact the Coast Guard or others in the event of an emergency, we will then have an opportunity to talk about using flares and other devices. Next, we will head over to the breakwater area and Corinthian members can shoot off their flare guns and ignite a hand-held flare. We will also have a boat out in the bay, who will shoot off various types of flares, including the standard 12 gauge flares along with a 25-gauge flare, a SOLAS parachute signal rocket and demonstrate the new non-incendiary signal device. Will also have a personal strobe light such as one might attach to a life vest on the boat so people can see what kind of a signal that gives. This will give people an idea of what it looks like from shore when one is trying to signal using flares and a rescue light. Members are encouraged to bring their flare gun and expired flares for personal use, along with eye and hearing protection. A half dozen or so safety glasses will be provided, along with some foam ear plugs. The Coast Guard personnel are also invited to share our meal, so bring a few extra helpings with you for the potluck. This is meant to be a fun and interactive evening that is designed to increase your confidence in contacting the Coast Guard or other boaters if the need were to ever arise.
SAVE THE DATE: June 9th All Day Man Over Board Class
Learn how to save your partner or crew on your boat.
Be sure read and read the details about the class in Mike Reed’s article above.
NOTE: Please let me know if you have any ideas for great speakers starting in September.
–Lesli Beasley (360) 201-1669
CYC Administration Officer
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.
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
May 8: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse
May 22: CYC Board meeting
May 25-28: Joint CYC-BYC Lopez Cruise
CYC Bellingham has reciprocity agreements with 110 yacht clubs. They include many of your favorite sailing destinations in the Salish Sea, but also locations in Oregon, California and Hawaii for those venturing further afield. Each club has their own conditions for reciprocity which you should investigate prior to your visit. “But how do I find this information,” you ask? “Can there really be one spot that contains such a wealth of data?” The answer to all your CYC Bellingham reciprocity questions can be found at Yacht Destinations.
Our club and those with whom we have reciprocal relationships utilizes Yacht Destinations. If you haven’t already, create an account by providing a user name and password. Select DETAILS from the menu bar to get a list of CYC reciprocal clubs. Make sure that VIEW ONLY MY CLUB’S RECIPROCALS is selected. Select the MAP icon to get a satellite view of the destination. Most importantly select the INFO icon to get details about mooring location, contact information, and specifics on using the moorage. A hard copy of the information can be printed using the PRINT icon. An example of a printed information page is shown for Brownsville Yacht Club.
CYC Reciprocity Chair
S/V Blue Skies
Killer Shrimp was a hole in the wall LA restaurant located on the second floor of a strip mall on Washington Boulevard. Chris and I went there often. It was a somewhat divey restaurant that made only one dish, Killer Shrimp. Killer Shrimp is a version of a Cajun shrimp boil that starts with a spicy broth of garlic, cayenne, rosemary, thyme, butter, and a pot full of secret spices. Each serving contained a half-pound of large shrimp swimming in broth and served with a colander of bread so you could soak it all up. I loved it. The internet provided me with a recipe that is a close approximation of that wonderful dish. It makes a ton of broth, so you can get several meals from it. On our cruise last summer to Princess Louisa, I took along some frozen broth, and one night, Killer Shrimp made for a delicious dinner.
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust according to personal taste)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- 3 ounces tomato paste
- 8 ounces clam juice
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth (I use clam broth)
- 1 1/2 pounds peeled shrimp, with tails (or more)
- French bread for dipping
Partially crush the rosemary, thyme, and fennel seed. Place all ingredients, except wine and shrimp, in a large pot. Simmer for about 30 minutes and add wine. Continue to simmer for a total cooking time of no more than 2 hours. Just before serving, add raw shrimp. Simmer until shrimp is done, stirring, about 2 minutes.
To serve: each bowl should contain a serving of shrimp and a lot of broth, which should almost completely cover the shrimp. Place sliced french bread in a colander for a true Killer Shrimp experience.
Catalina 27 for Sail!
A CYC club boat for almost 25 years! Liberty is an inboard diesel sloop with 6' of headroom and many amenities. The Catalina 27 is an excellent cruiser/racer with a prestigious history. Liberty has been kept in very good condition and is ready for the 2018 sailing season. See a complete description at http://parallaxid.net/Catalina27 or Contact Ken Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-738-0623.
Ahoy Women Boaters!
A Women Boaters Learning Group has been created and meets once a month. This group is informal and not related to any boating organization. It is open to everyone. Besides being a fun and active group, the mission of the group is to
- learn and develop new boating skills
- build confidence and independence while boating
- form a group were women are comfortable talking about skills or issues they want to change or improve
The last meeting of the season is April 19th at 6:00 pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club. The topic is “gadgets” that we like and use on our boats. If you have any questions email Linda Benafel at email@example.com.
Board minutes are in Adobe PDF format.
Send us your comments about the online CYC newsletter. Do you want to volunteer to write an article or do some editing? Do you have pictures for the Home Port News? E-mail Linda Benafel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 APR 2018
Linda Benafel, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Lesli Beasley, Sean Jones, Ken Russell, Vickie and Chris Olson, Mike Reed, Greg Hartgraves.
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