Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
Home Port Newsletter

122º 30' 06" W 48º44' 55"N

July 2017

Volume 33 Number 7

July 2017 issue:

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The Next Potluck Meeting is August 8 at 6:00

Summer meetings do not have speakers. Outdoor BBQs will be available so bring something to BBQ and a side dish to share.

Commodore's Corner

Merry July 4th!

Summer is upon us, longest day of the year. I love having sunset at 9:20pm. Downside is sunrise at 5:30am. I never seem to get any sleep this time of year. Oh well.

Amanda and I will be spending a little more time on the boat. We might even get out of the harbor. I suppose I get a little nostalgic for the time when I lived aboard. Even now when I spy a mast passing, I just have to pop up from the cabin to see who is coming or going. I have a great vantage point from NW46. Amanda says that I am a little like the Mrs. Kravitz of gate 9.

I try to be available to returning boats, grab a mooring line, assist with docking. One might think that it’s a neighborly thing to do. Truthfully, I just want to hear the stories. Where ya been? Whatcha see?

The Olney’s are heading out, shrimpin’ or seeking the elusive Chinook. The Lehfelt’s just returned from their participation in the Leukemia Cup race in Seattle, Brian and Keturah have great stories of their experience in the Swiftsure race in Victoria. What’s this I see? There’s a small crowd gathering at Mike Reed’s slip. Sure enough, Mike is just returning today from a five-week circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. …Magellan?

They say that the average time out of the slip for boats in the harbor is 10 days a year.

I see the activity out here on NW. I think our club is way ahead of the national average when it comes to using our boats as evidenced by the number of empty slips I see walking down the dock.

SO, next time you pass by NW46, give a wave (more than one finger, please). I’ll be watching and keeping score.

Your gate nine busybody,


Ps- If you have a story to tell, a recent sailing experience, don’t hesitate to contact your board. We have room in the newsletter for “tall tell tales”. Tell us your story.

All CYC members! Mark your calendar

Saturday, August 12

Experience Sailing on Bellingham Bay--August 12th

Hosted by the Community Boating Center and the Corinthian Yacht Club Bellingham

The CYC will join CBC in hosting this event again this year.

The CYC will promote the event as a cruise.

The Boating Center has received a grant to advertise and promote the event as:

“Experience Sailing on Bellingham Bay”

What makes Bellingham unique? The water. What better way to promote our club and the Boating Center then by reaching out to our community and offer a sailing experience to neophytes or those who are simply between boats.

I have volunteered my boat in past years and observed that the attendees I have given rides have been uniformly thrilled, excited and appreciative of the experience.

The Community Boating Center will provide:

  • Insurance umbrella for all attendees (participants will sign a waiver form).
  • Liability insurance for all our boats
  • Life preservers for all participants
  • Ferry participants to and from our boats
  • Promotion and advertising

We Corinthians Provide the experience:

  • We meet in Fairhaven 10:30- 12 noon (Skippers may determine their own timeframe)
  • Skippers will predetermine crew size (from 2- 6 participants).
  • Skippers will provide 2 to 3 hour cruises
  • Ideally, each boat to provide 2 sailings
  • Any extras (i.e. appetizers, beverages) are up to the skipper. (Grog upon request, keelhauling is frowned upon).

The plan: we finish our cruises about 4:30 to 5pm and return to gate 9 where we will then pull out the barbi and potluck on the dock.

I would like to have the BBQ open to all employees of the Boating Center. They may join us after closing up the shop or perhaps return sail with us to gate 9?

Questions and /or sign up with me,

Laurent Martel
360 815 3980

2017 CYC Officers
and Board Members

Commodore - Laurent Martel
Vice-Commodore - Bruce Henninger
Secretary - Priscilla Sulham
Treasurer - Troy Olney
Administrative Officer - Lesli Beasley
Membership Chair - Tracy Olney
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Ken Russell
Reciprocity - Neal Bittner
Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
Newsletter - Linda Benafel

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Cruise Report for July

Ahoy Cruisers! Over the past month there have been two cruises, one to Turn Point Light and the other to Spencer Spit. Here is the scoop...

Turn Point Cruise Report from Kerry and Terry Thalhofer:

This was our first CYC cruise, and what a great weekend for it. Many thanks to Pam for doing the organizing! We all met at the government dock on Saturday morning to either walk or ride over to the lighthouse. What a beautiful island! We met with the Turn Point staff to get our assignments, which ranged from weedeating to housecleaning to laying new floor and more. Who could ask for a better spot to eat our lunch, looking out over the water to Canada. After our workday we met for a potluck dinner on the state park dock. We enjoyed lots of good food, Pam's trivia contest, and Chuck's lovely music. It was a fun event and one we would recommend! 8 boats attended from CYC.

-Kerry and Terry Thalhofer

I have not been able to get a report for the Spencer Spit Cruise. I had hoped to host the cruise myself but had to bail out of that plan because I returned too late to do so after three weeks of sailing with Mike Reed who took me along on a part of his Vancouver Island circumnavigation. Mike left on June 1st and returned July 4th sailing counter-clockwise around the island. I boarded his Islander 36 in Alert Bay and crewed for him from there and on around Cape Scott, the Brooks Peninsula and down to Gold River in Nootka Sound. This portion of the trip took about three weeks with the first week finding us holed-up in Port Hardy and at Hope Island while we waited for a bit of gnarly weather to pass. The northwest coast of the island was truly spectacular and there were very few boats, but I will not say any more here and leave it to Mike to give a full report of his Vancouver circumnavigation at a later time.

The next planned cruise is August 4-6 to the Anacortes Arts Festival. This is a marina/docking cruise that is being hosted by Bruce & Cindy Henninger. This is a very popular cruise with limited space, so if you would like to be a prt of it contact Bruise as soon as possible.

It has been a little difficult pulling this info together because so many club members are out cruising this time of year. The weather has been great and whether you are out for three weeks, three days or three hours you are sure to enjoy yourself in this beautiful Northwest sailing paradise!

-Ken Russell

Volunteer at the CBC 10th Anniversary Celebration and have fun!

The Community Boating Center is having its 10th Anniversary Celebration on July 29th. It is an all day event of fun including on and off the water activities, music and a beer garden (later in the day). CYC has been invited to participate by having a table there to let people know about the benefits of our club. We would not be set up for the whole day, probably just from about 4:00 to 7:00, depending on how many of our club members volunteer to be at our table. Contact Ken Russell, if you would like to help for an hour or so answering questions about our club. This is a really good opportunity to let other sailors or future sailors know about us and to help build our club.

“Anacortes Art Festival” Cruise August 4/5/6 2017

Hosted by Bruce & Cindy Henninger

This is a great cruise to a beautiful marina. The Art Festival is one of the best in the state with something for everyone’s interest. Three separate stages with a variety of music genres. Many food venders, plus the great eateries in town!


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.

July 2017

July 1-2: Spencer Spit Cruise

July 11: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

July 25: CYC Board meeting

August 2017

August 4-6: “Anacortes Art Festival” Cruise

August 8: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

August 12: CBC Experience Sailing, Community Boating Center

August 27: CYC Board meeting

August 23-25: Turn Point Lighthouse Cruise (Hosted by Terry & Kerry Thalhofer and Pam Spencer)

Flotsam and Jetsam

Letter to the editor:

Neal Bittner has an article published on Page 8 of July issue, titled "A Sailor’s Concern for the Ocean,” read if interested.


More from Neal: Rumor has it that when entering Canada, Customs doesn't count open bottles (ship stores) in your total, but best to declare them after declaring unopened bottles. Also, state that you have a case of beer (our case is 24, Canadians use 12).

I encourage everyone to update buoy status:

On Jones Island, only 1 buoy now on San Juan channel side.

Patos Island now has 2 buoys.

Watmough bay has 3 buoys.

Do you love seeing whales while you're out? On channel 79, you can listen to the whale boat captains, after you've found them using AIS, or download the app "Ship Finder" for $5.

Cruising Recipes

Chile Rellenos Casserole

1. 16 oz. can chopped green chiles
One lb. shredded Tillamook cheese
One lb. shredded Monterey Cheese
5 eggs separated
One can evaporated milk
3 T. Flour
One t. Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9X13 pan with canola spray. Spread chiles in an even layer in bottom of pan, onto that then layer Tillamook cheese followed by Monterey Jack. Beat egg yolks until fluffy, add evaporated milk, flour, and in another bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Then gently fold into yolk mixture. Pour over cheese layered in 9 X 13 pan. Bake for one hour. Serve with Salsa. Serves 10.

Please send me your favorite cruising recipes!

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Linda Benafel, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Ken Russell, Neal Bittner, Bruce Henninger.

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