Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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April 2018

Volume 34 Number 4

April 2018 issue:

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The Next Potluck Meeting is April 10th at 6:00

Speaker: Greg Mozsgai, LEARNING HOW TO SPLICE.

LifeSling Class - Saturday June 9th

If you have ever wondered how to use the LifeSling in a crew overboard situation or if it's been a while since you learned how to use one properly, and you would like an update on its proper use then this class is for you.

On Saturday, June 9th I will be leading a class on the theory and practice of getting an overboard crew member back onboard both sail and power boats. The class will first meet in a classroom session for a review of the methods and theory. We'll then move down to the docks where we will practice the set-up and use of the LifeSling for hoisting a person back onboard a variety of boats. That session will be followed by an on-the-water practice of deploying the LifeSling and returning to the victim (for safety reasons we will not be deploying people into the water).

If you are interested in possibly participating in this class, and have not signed the interest sheet at a CYC meeting, please contact Mike or Karen Reed at (360)733-4252 or at Let us know not only your name(s) but email address as well. Indicate also if you would consider:

  • Making your boat available for the practice sessions.
  • Learning how to mentor those on your boat during the practice sessions.
  • Assist in setting up the classroom and or docks.

Please let us know your intentions soon as the size of the class will be limited to the number of boats and mentors we can have available.

Mike Reed

Commodore's Corner

It’s April, winter is behind us, we’ve had that hint of sunshine to whet the appetite for spring and…. it’s still raining. I walk to my boat on gate 9, amidst the drip, when one of my neighbors stops me to ask: “SO, how is your cultural re-entry to the Pacific Northwest after spending three months in southern France?” I refer you to the enclosed photo. The view from our apartment veranda, the port of Cassis in the Cote d’Azur on the Mediterranean sea.…..What was the question?

At the CYC board meeting last week, Linda steps up and unloads on me in her newly acquired classroom French. Well yes, I did have a tutor while there and after an hour of one-on-one French each week, I was a quivering mass of protoplasm dripping sweat. Am I able to speak the language any better? Not really.

Did I make it all up? Was it just an elaborate dream? What was I doing there?

Ahh, perhaps I should back up a bit, so you may appreciate the trials and tribulations of a “cabana boy.” It had nothing to do with me. Ma chère Amanda had been awarded a fellowship at the Camargo Foundation--a rotating collection of artists, musicians, writers, and Amanda as historian. Its purpose: to give time and space for these folks to concentrate on their respective projects without the interruptions that our normal daily life affords. The fellowship included the apartment, and I had this rather naïve notion that I could come along, hang out in the outdoor cafés and go swimming in the sea every morning.


I should’ve had a contract. My day began at 7:30 a.m., making breakfast and bringing “ma petite chou,” Amanda her coffee as she awoke. After breakfast she would go downstairs to the library while I would clean up, grab my “ole lady’s” shopping cart and trundle down to the waterfront where, if I timed it right, the pecheurs would have their catch laid out, still wiggling. Bream, rouget, prawns and the occasional octopus. Moving on, I would go to the boulangerie for our daily bread, the epicerie for our cheese and paté (it took a month before I could elicit a smile out of Madame shopkeeper) and finally the boucherie where I soon learned, all you need do is ask the butcher how to prepare a beef daube and he will be your friend for life. Be advised, he won’t stop talking until you are out the door.

Back to that “room with a view”, where I served lunch precisely at 1 p.m. That view was a distraction. Try dicing an onion. A task made difficult because you just had to stop and look! It’s a wonder that I still have all ten digits! After lunch, Amanda would go back to the library, and I would clean up the dishes and do the laundry. Pastis was served on the veranda at five, and I would serve dinner at seven…..more dishes. Quelle horreur!

One might wonder, who had the better deal? All Amanda had to do was read and write (the book, by the way, is coming along nicely) while I have never had hands so clean. The day we checked out and said our goodbyes to our Camargo friends, Amanda broke down in tears. I was pretty emotional too, but still not certain if her emotional outburst was because this was such a fabulous experience in such an idyllic place? Or, was it because I had just told her that upon returning to America the cabana boy contract would have to be re-negotiated?

To answer the question: how many times in three months did I swim in the Mediterranean? Twice.

Laurent Martel
Your Commy

2018 CYC Officers
and Board Members

Commodore - Laurent Martel
Vice-Commodore - Bruce Henninger
Secretary - Roni Lenore
Treasurer - Joe Bartlett
Administrative Officer - Lesli Beasley
Membership Chair - Dave Hewlett
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Ken Russell
Reciprocity - Greg Hartgraves
Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
Newsletter - Linda Benafel

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Racing News

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!


–Sean Jones
CYC Race Chair


Ahoy Cruisers!

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:

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,

–Ken Russell
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 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.


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 2018

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 2018

May 8: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

May 22: CYC Board meeting

May 25-28: Joint CYC-BYC Lopez Cruise

Reciprocal Moorage

Yacht Destinations

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.


–Greg Hartgraves
CYC Reciprocity Chair
S/V Blue Skies

Cruising Recipes


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.

Killer Shrimp

  • 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.

Flotsam and Jetsam

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 or Contact Ken Russell at 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

  1. learn and develop new boating skills
  2. build confidence and independence while boating
  3. 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

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Homeport News

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

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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