Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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September 2017

Volume 33 Number 9

September 2017 issue:

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The Next Potluck Meeting is September 12 at 6:00

For our September potluck, Brooke Love (Western Washington University, Department of Environmental Sciences) will talk on the subject of Ocean Acidification and how it affects our boats.

Commodore's Corner

Bonjour from Aigue-Mortes "Deadwater' " France

Yes this is me and Joe and Priscilla Sulham from our boat in front of a 12th century walled city. I feel really bad about abandoning my post as Commodore and stealing our CYC Secretary too.....well, not really.

Your commy,

Membership News

What a glorious summer for cruising and sailing. WineKnot left July 27th for 9 days in Desolation Sound, The Broughtons and finally Port Hardy. I flew home and Troy continued on to Rivers Inlet to score this year's bounty! We traveled with new members Chris and Don Kosa on board Sea K Vino. An absolute amazing trip, from oysters and swimming in Desolation Sound to exploring and happy hours in the Broughtons.

Upon returning we hosted a dock BBQ for the CBC/CYC volunteers for "the day on the water" campaign, Saturday, August 12th. It was very well attended and, as always, great food was shared. Thank-you to everyone that participated and helped me get the burgers grilled! What a fun group.

If you are interested or willing to be next year's membership chair, please let a board member know. This will be my last year as membership and we are actively looking for a replacement. There are no new members to report at this time.

Enjoy September boating, it's always a joy to cruise in the fall! I'll hopefully see you in October for the Blakely Island Turkey fry. Oct. 27-29.


–Tracy Olney
2017 CYC Membership Chair


Ahoy Cruisers! Summer is beginning to sail into the sunset as we approach fall. Ron Battle sent out a reminder about the upcoming Poet's Cove Cruise that casts off in on August 21. This cruise is longer than most and includes 5 days and 4 nights. It is a popular cruise because it is so much fun, so definitely go if you can!

The Blakely Island "Turkey Fry" Cruise will be the following month, the last cruise of the year, already! That will be October 27-29. This is always a wonderful cruise; Tracy and Troy Olney will be hosting it again. They do a spectacular job hosting this cruise and everyone else pitches in, it should not be missed! Hopefully by the we will be looking at cool temperatures and a little more wind that we had this summer.

For those out cruising recently, you might seen the unfortunate results of a major Atlantic Salmon escape. Deb and I were anchored in Eagle Harbor and for two days 24" salmon were jumping almost non-stop! It was a real zoo, there were almost 30 boats (many small fishing boats) trying to catch them and a helicopter can in and cruised the length of the shoreline about 50 feet in the air! It was a real zoo!

Finally, for all of us who get out there on the water, a reminder to always keep a sharp eye out: A month ago as we made a downwind run through Hale Passage I saw an object ahead just ahead and I quickly altered course to avoid it. Curious, we came about and sailed back to the object to see what it was. It was a classic deadhead--a saturated log with one end less than a foot out of the water. The portion below the waterline must have been massive beause the portion about the water was almost stationary. This was in the middle of Hale Passage! Moral of the story: always be aware of your surroundings and always keep a sharp eye ahead!

Get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather on the water!

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

Anacortes Cruise August 5, 2017 Arts And Craft Fair.

As we left Bellingham a new marine weather phenomenon, Smokey Haze. We could not see Lummi or Eliza Island as we sailed south

Ten club boats attended. The idea of heavy hors d'oeuvres was a hit. What a feast! Some of the boats flew flags. Not to be out done, Pam had a fully mature Bald Eagle on the top of her mast. My Stars and Stripes paled next to her display. It looked like the wind-ex may have been bent. It was fun to have children on the dock and boats. We had a drawing for collapsing dock cart, and George Boggs was the lucky recipient. The group was already talking about next year!

Cruise hosts

Cindy and Bruce
Mental Floss


For our September potluck, Neal Bittner has arranged to have Brooke Love (Western Washington University, Department of Environmental Sciences) come and talk on the subject of Ocean Acidification and how it affects our boats.

For our next meeting in October, we have scheduled the Race Committee to present awards to the racers.

Please call me if you have ideas or suggestions of speakers that you feel that the club would enjoy having talk at our potluck meetings.

Thank You,

–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.

September 2017

September 12: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

September 21-25: Montague Harbour, Galiano, Gulf Islands Cruise

September 26: CYC Board meeting

October 2017

October 10: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

October 24: CYC Board meeting

October 27-27: Blakely Island Turkey Cruise

Cruising Recipes

Recipe: This dish has become one of my favorite cruising dishes. I made it on my first cruise (ask Mike Reed), and it has become a regular since. Linda Benafel

Salmon with Pickled Blues


10 oz jar of Bow Hill Pickled Blueberries
1 purple onion, thinly sliced
1 cup creme fraiche

6--8 oz fillets of wild salmon
2 Tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper


One hour prior to cooking salmon, pour pickled blueberries and the brine in a small bowl. Add purple onion to marinate.

Paint salmon fillets with oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat grill or broiler. Place fish, skin side down, in foil, and cook until the flesh is caramelized on the outside and just warm on the inside, 3-5 minutes.

To serve, pour 2-3 Tbsp of creme fraiche over each fillet, then sprinkle with pickled onion and top with pickled blueberries. Certain to impress guests!

Please send me your favorite cruising recipes!

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11 SEP 2017
Linda Benafel, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Ken Russell, Lesli Beasley, Bruce Henninger, Tracy Olney.

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