Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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122º 30' 06" W 48º44' 55"N

August 2017

Volume 33 Number 8

August 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

I just touched down in Bellingham after more than a week bumming around Whidbey Island on “das boot”. Attended my (former) company’s annual party in Langley, a three day event with 25 employees in attendance. A great deal of Halibut, Salmon and Dungeness was consumed washed down with a fair share of wine (we lost count on the number of bottles). In the afternoons, I had the opportunity to race Matt’s 32ft. Schooner. The winner would depend on whom you ask.

Heading north, I lost my crew in La Conner (these people who must work on Monday’s, I mean really!) There are worse places to be crewless for a couple days, eh?

Amanda returns from her conference (in Wichita?) and family visits this week, so we will be here for the CBC’s 10 year anniversary, and the August 12 sail on the bay.

(If you haven’t signed up yet…..I’ll be calling you next). We will then be off to France for awhile. If we don’t see you in the next couple weeks, have a good cruising/sailing summer and please….keep an eye on my boat.*

Your commy,

* Just so’s you know, we’ve installed cameras to catch those who would punk the Commodore’s boat!!!

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 August

Ahoy cruisers! It is the cruising season and we hope you are all out there cruising! Last weekend me and mine cruised out for a few days of R&R at Sucia. It was a typical summer weekend in Echo Bay, lots of boats but also lots of room for more. What a great island! Plenty of hiking and beautiful vistas. We tried out our new inflatable kayaks and found a cove abundant with sealife: red rock crabs, minnows of various sorts, anemones, limpets, snails and even a starfish or two! My current kick is seaweed identification. Many species of seeweed are edible including many of the kelps, its just a matter of identifying them and knowing how to prepare them.

The Anacortes Arts Festival Cruise is scheduled for August 4-6 and is being hosted by Bruce and Cindy Henninger. This is a docking cruise and space if very tight, I believe that all spaces are reserved at this point. However, if you have not singed up and are interested in going, contact Bruce at 733-4097 to see if there has been a cancellation. If there is no room for an additional boat you can drive to Anacortes and meet with club members there, Bruce can tell you where to meet the group.

The Community Boating Center Day on the Water is scheduled for August 12. This is being hosted by our inimitable commodore, Laurent Martel. This is a very fun activity where we have a chance to introduce other community members to sailing on the bay. It is a part of a day activity that will make you feel good! Contact Laurent at 815-3980 for more info.

That's the cruise report for August--get out there and sail!

-Ken Russell

“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!


Our summer potluck meeting will not have speakers. For our first meeting in October, we have scheduled the Race Committee to present awards to the racers. In Novembe,r we will start with our first speaker.

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 effects our boats.

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.

August 2017

August 4-6: “Anacortes Art Festival” Cruise

August 8: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

August 12: CBC Experience Sailing, Community Boating Center

August 22: CYC Board meeting

September 2017

September 12: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

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

September 26: CYC Board meeting

Cruising Recipes

Linguini with White Clam Sauce

3 T. Olive Oil
3 T Butter
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red chili flakes (or more)
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 small cans chopped clams or 1 10-oz can whole baby clams; clam juice drained and reserved Handfull of chopped Italian Flat-leafed Parsley
Parmesan Cheese
Linguine cooked al dente

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and melt the butter in it slowly.

Add minced garlic, basil, and crushed red chili flakes under low heat so that the garlic doesn't burn. Cook a couple of minutes until the garlic is no longer raw.

Add clam juice and the half cup of wine. Bring it to a boil and then simmer until the alcohol is cooked off. Sometimes I let it reduce a little.

Add clams and just to heat them. Don’t over-cook them because they will get tough. Then add parsley.

I add my cooked pasta and combine it with the sauce, cover it or not, and let it sit for 5 minutes so that the pasta can absorb some of the sauce. Serve it up with the Parmesan.

Please send me your favorite cruising recipes!

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Homeport News

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4 AUG 2017
Linda Benafel, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Ken Russell, Lesli Beasley.

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