Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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November 2019

Volume 35 Number 11

November 2019 issue:

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The Next Potluck Meeting is Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00

Program: We are going to have the Show Stoppers from Bellingham High School. If you have not heard these talented singers you will be blown away. They will be singing Holiday Songs and Show Tunes, PLUS dancing. These students sing to different groups in our community to raise donations for them to go to state. They are truly amazing and are directed by Mrs. Short.


Commodore's Corner

Don’t shoot the messenger!

Just a bit of a heads up for our November potluck.

Jon (our treasurer) will be there to present our proposed budget for 2020 for your comments and considerations. We will vote on the budget in December.

Now, some of you may have noticed certain irregularities in this process, like: The budget should have been presented in October! My sincerest apologies, it just wasn’t ready for prime time.

Just to complicate matters, it appears that your commodore won’t even be present at potluck to field your questions! What? Six months ago, I committed to doing a food and wine pairing class at WCC with Robert Fong on Nov. 12th….Must’ve been looking at wrong month…Now you have my “sincerest of apologies” really, truly!

I messed up big time this time!

As I re-read what I just wrote, I am more and more appalled! If I were you, I’d be “mad as He** and I’m not going to take it anymore!” You know, I cannot fathom how much longer this club can endure such gross incompetence from its commodore! I believe your path is clear.

I vote to Impeach the commodore!

The good news for Potluck is that the CYC’s longest serving past commodore, Steve Clevenger, will be there to host the affair along with Jon Martin.

So again, please don’t shoot the messengers, save your ire and bile for who truly deserves it. Moi.

Help put our past commodore out of his misery, VOTE TO IMPEACH THE COMMODORE! (I promise, I’ll go quietly).

I will see you all again in December…..perhaps?

Your Commy, Laurent

Board Vacancies

Newsletter: It’s time to say “Goodbye.”

After doing the newsletter for three years, it is time for me to pass the baton. The duties of the newsletter editor are to participate in board meetings and gather club news from our members and reports from our board. The news and reports are copied and pasted into a template which requires light editing. This is sent to our webmaster along with any photos for publication on our website and sent in an email to members. Ken Russel thoughtfully wrote up a detailed description of the newsletter editor’s tasks. I would be happy to do a tutorial on the process with the next volunteer. I have enjoyed contributing to our club. Let me and Laurent know if you are interested.

Secretary: Stepping Up – Stepping Down

It’s how the world goes round, and how CYC goes round.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being secretary of this august group, and it has given me the byproducts I had hoped for. I was a complete newbie when I offered to serve, and as a non-boat owner, I only knew the people who sponsored me in. I now know more many more of you, and I understand much more about the various functions the board members undertake and what it takes to make CYC run smoothly.

Now after two years, it is time for me to step down. The job of secretary is simple: attend the board meeting, take minutes, circulate the draft minutes to the board, get them approved at the following meeting, and circulate the approved minutes to the board.

Those of us rolling off the board have been tasked with helping find our replacements, so consider this to be my ask. Whether you step up for one year or several, you will no doubt find it interesting and rewarding to help CYC continue to function like the well-oiled machine that it is.

I will continue to help on committee boats, hopefully be on one or more race boats, help with the dance, and enjoy our wonderful potluck meetings.

Please call me if you have any questions or want to throw your hat in the ring.

Yours in boating, Roni Lenore (510-435-4747)

2019 CYC Officers
and Board Members

Commodore - Laurent Martel
Vice-Commodore - Kathy Sheehan
Secretary - Roni Lenore
Treasurer - Jon Martin
Administrative Officer - Lesli Beasley
Membership Chair - Ken Russell
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Greg Hartgraves
Reciprocity - Greg Hartgraves
Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
Newsletter - Linda Benafel
Webmaster - Chuck Dingée

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Membership News

Ahoy racers and cruisers! Not a lot happening in the membership category this time of year, we had a few new members join over the summer but fall is pretty quiet on the membership front. I will start cranking-up for renewals in December, but that is a whole month away!

But as fall rolled around I was thinking of a way to stay busy—not that I haven't been given that I have spent most days of the week for the last five months working on my boat in the boatyard! So, every so often I talk with a club member who has been around for a while and they are wearing a hat or jacket with the CYC club logo embroidered on it. I WANT ONE! So, I brought up the possibility of buying some club swag at the board and they said, “make it so!” Well, actually they said that we can test the waters by purchasing a limited quantity of a few items and see if club members are interested buying them at cost. A list of possible items includes: hats (various options), fleece vests, t-shirts, tote bags, polo-shirts, sweatshirts –the list goes on and on.

If you would be interested in purchasing an item with our CYC club logo on it I would like to hear what kind of item you are interested in. I believe that the local company that we have used in the past for sourcing this kind of merchandise was Bergen & Co. You can browse their catalog at Give their catalog a look (or not) and let me know by email if you are interested in a particular item with the club logo and I will see if we can make it happen. You can contact me at:

Stay warm out there!

Ken Russell

Racing News

Racing Awards

Racing awards for the 2019 season will be presented Thursday, November 21, 5-8 pm at The Local Public House.

Cruising and Reciprocity

Blakely Island Turkey Fry
We had 28 people attend the Turkey Dinner at the Squalicum Yacht Club

It was a great year of boating again this year on the Salish Sea. Locally we were blessed with the absence of the forest fire smoke observed the previous couple years. The club had a great schedule of cruises this season with a total of seven. In my experience the cruises are a great opportunity to get to know other club members and share boating stories.

I would like to thank the hosts for organizing these cruises. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated. A list of the 2019 cruise hosts are shown below. I’d also like to encourage others to seriously consider hosting a cruise in 2020. We will begin putting together the new schedule over the next several months. Please contact me if you would like to host a cruise next season.

Hosts Cruise
Laurent Martel & Greg Hartgraves Matia Cleanup
Vickie & Chris Olson Lopez Islander Resort in Fishermans Bay, Lopez
Pam Spencer Turn Point Lighthouse, Stuart Island
Bruce & Cindy Henninger Anacortes Art Festival
Ron & Linda Battle Rosario Resort
Anne Slater & Stuart Stebbings Garrison Bay
Tracy & Troy Olney Blakely Island, Turkey Fry


This summer the port replaced the dock boxes for the CYC reciprocal slips on MW dock. They will be reinstalling the black reciprocal tubes that were on the old dock boxes. My understanding is that they will not be put back on the dock boxes, but instead will be mounted on a post.

The CYC reciprocity sign on the gate 9 guest dock is showing significant wear. The CYC board has plans to replace and update the sign this coming year. Suggestions on the appearance and information are welcome.

Greg Hartgraves

Education and Events

I’m really sorry if you missed out on November 12th Potluck. We had Mike Huston, Co-Owner of San Juan Sailing give a presentation on HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR BOAT. It was very educational and interesting to hear about how extensive the San Juan Sailing checks and winterizes their fleet. I can get the printed list to members that missed the presentation. Just email me and I will have Mike email you a copy. Tell me if you need the sail or power boat list.

I want to thank everyone who has helped me with my duty of providing speakers at our Potluck Meetings and education. So many members gave great ideas for our speakers and or presented a program themselves. I’ve served two terms and I feel that it’s time to step down and let the club benefit from having a new Administrative Board Member to take over my position. I’ve enjoyed my four years and learned a lot and met such wonderful people. Please call me if you are interested or have any questions. It’s a great way to get more involved with the CYC.

I am not going to chair the dance this coming year, but will be assisting the Dance Committee. Please mark your calendars for Saturday April 18th for our 12th Annual Dance at the Majestic Hall and the WALRUS is playing! We want to make it a successful fundraiser for the Community Boating Center. PLEASE CALL ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ON THE COMMITTEE. (360) 201-1669

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.

November 2019

November 12: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

November 21: 2019 CYC Race Awards, The Local Public House

November 26: CYC Board Meeting

December 2019

December 7: Lighted Boat Parade, Bellingham Bay

December 10: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

Cruising Recipes


Recipe Corner: On a barge trip in France with Amanda and Laurent in September, I made this recipe from the New York Times that I had saved to my recipe box. It was delicious, especially because the tomatoes were ripe and plentiful in the markets. However, you can successfully use canned tomatoes in this recipe.

Tomato Risotto

-David Tanis

  • Yield 4 to 6 servings
  • Time 30 minutes

Once you master the risotto technique, you can make flavorful versions throughout the year. This summery version is based on red, ripe tomatoes from the garden, but if you want to up the tomato quotient, surround the finished dish with slices of multicolored heirloom varieties. Best as a first course or vegetarian main course, it could also pair with a main course — grilled fish, for instance.


  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ cups arborio or carnaroli rice
  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 cups diced ripe red tomatoes
  • 3 cups boiling water or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup grated pecorino or Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 4 medium tomatoes, in different colors, sliced
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Snipped basil, for garnish


  1. Put 3 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, then add the onion, and season generously with salt. Add pepper to taste, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and cook the onions, stirring, until the onions are barely brown, about 2 minutes. Add red-pepper flakes, garlic, white wine and diced tomatoes, and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes more.
  3. Add 2 cups boiling water and adjust the heat to a brisk simmer. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring well with a wooden spoon every minute or so.
  4. When the liquid is absorbed, add remaining 1 cup water and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, until the rice is cooked, but the grains are still firm. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding another splash of water if necessary to loosen the mixture. Turn off the heat, stir in the pecorino and 2 more tablespoons olive oil.
  5. Transfer to a low, wide serving bowl. Surround the rice with tomato slices and season them with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley and basil. Pass more grated cheese at the table.

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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 Linda Benafel at

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Linda Benafel, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Greg Hartgraves, Ken Russell, Lesli Beasley.

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