Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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May 2020

Volume 36 Number 5

May 2020 issue:

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The potluck meeting for Tuesday, May 12 is happening … virtually!

As part of our online (aka Zoom) May meeting our presenter, Mike Huston, will be giving a presentation on docking. See Andreas’ instructions below for details on how to be part of this meeting.


Commodore's Corner

7th week of quarantine…. yawn!

Well, how are we holding up? I must say the timing of this pandemic is unfortunate. We have an energized CYC board prepared for a great cruising and racing season and had a whole series of educational programs lined up. Nuts! Perhaps next year.

Hey, how would a virtual potluck sound to everyone? Our board is looking at the possibility to host presentations online. However, we are a bit stumped how to get the BBQ “scratch and sniff” smells while Zooming.

There must be some benefit in solitude and reflection, right? Normally, I consider myself a decent “garbage cook”* but these days, we are cooking a great deal more and actually have time to plan out our meals. So? Amanda and I have decided to publish a cookbook! We’re calling it “The COVID Cookbook- 19 recipes to survive quarantine” Or: “How to reach the bottom of your freezer”. Our first entry will be the delicious: “freezer burn rhubarb cake.” Next, who can resist the: “I hate quinoa stuffed peppers” followed by the ever popular: “What the PHO !?” And finally, Thank God for Take-Out

You may think that these are merely the ravings of your commodore with a severe case of cabin fever, but we do have some historical precedents. I was reminded of the last great plague to sweep through England in the 17th century. There was a student at Cambridge University who found himself quarantined next to an apple tree. The student was Isaac Newton and yes… It was

THAT apple tree. So one could argue that as a result of the London plague of 1666, we got gravity.

Solitude and reflection….Who knows what great works of art corona virus may yield us?! Perhaps someone will finally write “The great American novel”.

But I wouldn’t put any bets on our humble cookbook.

* Garbage cook - someone who can open any refrigerator, select random ingredients and compose a meal that is (if nothing else) edible.

Your Commy,

Secretary’s Report

Board meeting synopsis:

At this month’s virtual board meeting the following was discussed:

  • Commodore’s Grant: it was decided to send $300.00 each to the Lady Washington, Zodiac and Adventuress organizations and to with hold funds for the proposed Veterans Sailing program until a future date.
  • The roster publication being late due to Covid 19 restrictions.
  • The state of the potluck and summer meetings.
  • CYC Bellingham will respond to changes in the “Stay at Home” directives as they happen. Until then, stay tuned to emails and the newsletter for updates.

Mary Dubrow, Secretary

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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Treasurer's Report

We’ve reached the point where most of the income for the year has come in.  Expenses so far are quite minimal.  Last month CYC made a contribution to the Community Boating Center, and this month we will be making a contribution to the Lady Washington, the Zodiac and the Adventuress.  All of our regular bills for insurance, US Sailing dues and Yacht Destination dues are currently up to date.

–Jon Martin
CYC Treasurer


Greetings members,

Wow, what a journey we’ve been on with the current pandemic. I can’t wait to hear from other CYC members how they have been doing throughout this crisis.

Since the shelter-in-place order will stay in place at least through the month of May, we will try our first potluck meeting on zoom this month. All you need is a web browser (Chrome, Explorer, FoxFire, Safari, etc.) on your computer, tablet or smartphone, or the zoom app on your smart phone (login information below).

We will meet at 7 pm with a brief overview on how participate to be in this zoom meeting, followed by announcements. After that, we’ll have the opportunity to share what we’ve been up to for the last couple months and then, around 7:30 pm, Mike Houston from San Juan Sailing will give a PowerPoint presentation about docking, followed by Q&A.

If this format of meeting works for us, we will continue in the following months, if necessary. Your feedback is encouraged.

I hope you all stay healthy and well.

Warmly, Andreas

Here's the login information for our zoom meeting:

Topic: CYC's Monthly Potluck Meeting (temporary on Zoom)

Time: May 12, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting by using a browser:

Join Zoom Meeting by using the Zoom App:

  • Start up the app and enter the following when prompted:
    Meeting ID: 819 6709 9766
    Password: 021867

Join Zoom Meeting by calling-in on your smartphone:

  • One tap mobile:+12532158782,,81967099766#,,1#,021867# US (Tacoma)
  • Dial by your location:+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
  • In both cases use:
    Meeting ID: 819 6709 9766
    Password: 021867

Andreas Weinrich

Membership News

Ahoy Sailors!

The roster is in the works but may be slow to arrive. Layout and production has been delayed because of reduced staff at the print shop (specifically, the person who handled our roster last year). We hope to have the roster printed by the end of the month but no guarantee on that. A reminder from last month... 97% of the information in the 2019 roster is still accurate for 2020. Most of the new info in the roster is cruise and racing dates and both of those activities are suspended indefinitely. We will not be able to determine when these activities will commence until after the roster is published so the place to find that information will either be through the club website or newsletter.

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

Ken Russell

Racing News

Ahoy, CYC Racers!!!

I trust you are well and staying healthy in these strange times.  We have good news for you amidst the madness all around you in that we are ready for an "outbreak" of our own!

We are ready to have informal races on Thursday nites beginning 5/7.  Todd Koetje has generously volunteered to be our Rabbit and the disclaimer is that you should limit your crew to family and/ or fellow quarantined housemates.


  • Thursday night racing beginning 5/7 with one windward Rabbit start and with all boats in an NFS class.
  • Please monitor VHF Channel 69.
  • Start time will be 18:05 at the outfall buoy with preparatory horn at 18:00 or TBD by the Rabbit.
  • Course will be announced at 17:50 or TBD by Rabbit.
  • Times to be taken by each skipper within one boat length of finishing mark TBD by Rabbit.  
  • Generally speaking we will utilize post point as windward, and leeward and finishing on course marks TBD by Rabbit.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the water...

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:

Date Cruise Host
Canceled Opening Day (harbor event)Potluck at Gate 9
Squalicum Harbor
Canceled Matia Cleanup Greg Hartgraves
Canceled Lopez Islander Resort - BYC/CYC Joint Cruise Vickie & Chris Olson
June 26-28 Stewart Island, Turn Point Lighthouse Pam Spencer
July 31-Aug 2 Anacortes Art Festival TBD
October Blakely Island, Turkey Fry TBD

(TBD = to be determined)

Greg Hartgraves

(This editor recently received the following from Jim Bergquist on Stuart Island):

Things are happening at the Turn Point Light Station since your last cruise/work party. Last fall the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hired a contractor to replace the shingle roof on the keepers’ quarters with a composition roof that meets the standards set by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The roof can now withstand winds to 160 mph and includes new “Yankee” gutters matching the originals.

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Restoration work continues in unit #2 of the keepers’ quarters. Your members removed old linoleum and placed plywood on the floors. This winter and spring, TPLPS has placed new flooring in the kitchen and bathroom and a new countertop in the kitchen.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic we are unsure whether we will be allowed to have docents and open the buildings to visitors as we have in the past. Even the June work party is questionable at this time.

Jim Bergquist
Turn Point Lights Preservation Society


Many of the yacht clubs and marinas are closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. I would encourage anyone wishing to visit 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

Several of our Board members have chosen not to provide their bios. I am not sure if they are bashful or just private people but I do know that they are interesting and dedicated members of CYC. So if you get a chance to meet any of those whom you haven’t read about, be sure to introduce yourself and get to know them.


Editor’s Notes

It’s official now, Governor Inslee has said so: you can go sailing now but only if it is with folks who reside in your household. State Parks have officially opened for day use but with some limitations. For a list of the parks open for day use (no camping) see:

Not all of the San Juan Islands are accepting visitors at this time. For instance Friday Harbor is still posting on its facebook page that visitors are not being allowed except to refuel and Deer Harbor Marina will not be accepting any reservations for transient moorage scheduled for the months of April and May.

I have noticed several members out day sailing on Bellingham Bay and have reports that the light breezes were quite pleasant. Others have made it out to Sucia and report that the wildlife is making the most of the missing boaters. So let’s go sailing!

If you can’t get out on the water then these two online sites may be of interest to you:

  1. For sailors, check out the Ullman Sail’s website for their “Unlocked Sailing Series Seminars”. There is quite a lot of information on sails and sailing there.
  2. And for everyone, sailors and power boaters alike visit this site and test your knowledge with the “Rules of the Road” and “Navigation Lights” tests.

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

During our shelter-at-home time, I have been trying out new recipes as well as cooking long-time favorite dishes. One of my favorite dishes is Julia Child’s Salmon Fillet en Papillote which is simply Salmon cooked in parchment paper. This cooking technique is a great one to have in your repertoire because it is healthy and versatile. You can use chicken and other types of fish, vegetables and seasonings. Check out the possibilities on YouTube (where you can also see examples of how to cut and fold the parchment). I first came across this dish and technique watching Julia & Jacques: Cooking at Home , a cooking show with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin on PBS. One episode featured Salmon. I found a link to the video if you would like to watch it:

Julia’s Salmon Fillet en Papillote with Shallots and Tomato

Serves 1


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, soft or olive oil
  • 1 skinless salmon fillet, 6 to 8 ounces
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper  
  • 1 tablespoon very finely minced shallots (or scallions)
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh tomato garnish
  • Whole leaves of flat-leaf parsley, about a dozen 

To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Smear the butter in the very center of a piece of parchment paper cut to 15"x20"
  3. Season each side of the salmon with a big pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper, and lay the salmon, its most attractive side up, on the buttered area of the paper.
  4. Mix the minced shallots and tomato together and spread on top of the salmon fillet. Scatter the parsley leaves over and around the fish.
  5. Lift the shorter (15-inch) sides of the parchment so the edges meet right above the salmon, like a tent. Fold over several times, then fold the sides together. Crimp the folds tightly with your fingers, or use several pins at the end to seal the package completely. 
  6. Set the package on the cookie sheet and bake 8 minutes for a fillet less than an inch thick, or 10 minutes for a thick fillet 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick.
  7. To serve, carefully transfer the package to a dinner plate, remove the pins if you have used them, and simply unfold or cut the parchment open. If you’d rather remove the package before eating, cut or tear the paper alongside the fillet, and slide the fish right onto the plate.

I hope you try this dish. Enjoy.

Linda Benafel

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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 Mike Reed at

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

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