Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
Home Port Newsletter

122º 30' 06" W 48º44' 55"N

November 2017

Volume 33 Number 11

November 2017 issue:

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The Next Potluck Meeting is November 14th at 6:00

Sean Jones will be presenting the Race Awards for our 2017 CYC Thursday Racing Season.

CBC 2017 Lighted Boat Parade Party


Saturday December 2 6-9 pm
Bellwether Hotel, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225
Hors D'oeurves, No- Host Bar , Wine and lighted model sailboat raffle
Tickets $50 at
More info at or Mary 503 791 8315

Commodore's Corner

Thought I'd throw in a few words for the Commy's Corner.
Am I still commodore?

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So, as I was walking along the vieux port in Marseilles, France. What's this?

(Look closely at the second photo).

Yup! That's our very own Bellingham Marine with the international footprint.

Here in Marseilles, a 3000 year old port dating back to the Greeks and Romans, they renovated the docks from which the ferries go to the infamous Chateau d'If.

(You've all read of Edmond Dantes in the Count of Monte Christo, right?)

Our time here is almost over. Amanda and I will be returning to D'Etats-Unis in one week. Providing, of course, that they let me back in.

See you all soon

PS-is my boat ok?

Racing News

Ahoy, CYC Racers!!! Welcome that time of year most of us don't make it on the water much! On that note, I want to wish our CYC Racers taking part in Round The County 2017 warmer temperatures and stout breeze this upcoming weekend. The first snow here in Bellingham is a welcome sight and a good reminder that we should get down to our boats and winterize, prepare, and settle in for winter. Mark your calendars for the 14th of November at 6:00 as the potluck and Racing Awards with coincide this year, once again! Squalicum Yacht Club building, as usual. A reminder you can bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage and company to basque in your glory from this past season! A huge thank you to our volunteers,for Race Committee and Crew! Namely the Skippers and Race Crew of Islander, HoriZen, Renegade, Juquehy, Natural High and the venerable Falcon that sat out races or full series to allow us to do what we love so much!

Thank you for sailing on Thursdays in our beloved Bellingham Bay! See you all on the 14th!

Your Thankful Race Chair

–Sean Jones
CYC Race Chair

Membership News

Please help me in welcoming several new members:

Debbie and Dale Jones, 31' Ranger Tug named Hillary Leigh
Vic Smith and Kathy Harris, 35' O'Day named Little Wing
Bill Childs, 31' Mariner Ketch named Kestrel
Roni Lenore, no boat
Karen Heckert, 36' Soluna Star

We currently have 103 memberships. We are actively looking for a new membership chair to take over responsibilities as of Dec. 31st, if you are interested in being on the board and taking on this role please contact myself or any other board member.


–Tracy Olney
2017 CYC Membership Chair

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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Ahoy cruisers! As we head into November the days are getting shorter and the weather is turning wet and cold. It is starting to take more initiative to head out for a cruise. However, we are sure to get some good weather windows in the next couple of months before winter closes in. Sucia is a great place to visit this time of year when the crowds have left and there are plenty of open buoys!

In this newsletter Tracy reports on our last hosted club cruise of the season, The Blakely Turkey Fry. A huge thank you to Tracy and Troy for the incredible job they did in hosting this cruise. The effort they put out to make this wonderful cruise happen is beyond expectation. Every year they make this the one cruise that club members should not miss!

For the coming year I will be stepping down or maybe moving sideways from being the Cruise Chair into possibly another board position. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer some of my time to the club this year, meet new people and help keep our club an active sailing association. We are very fortunate to be members of the Bellingham Corinthian Yacht Club, a low-cost sailing association with active cruisers and racers, located in a premier cruising ground! I encourage all members to be active in the club—attend our monthly potlucks when you can, join us for a cruise during the sailing season, take part in the racing program as a crew member or have a fun evening helping out on the committee boat. I also encourage you to consider joining the board, it is a great way to meet other club members and keep our club alive, it only takes a few hours of time each month. Without our board volunteers we would not have a club!

Finally, if you have any suggestions for club cruises or ideas in how our cruising program can change for the better in the future, please send me your ideas. A suggestion that I recently received is that in addition to our traditional hosted cruises we include some non-hosted cruises during the year. What do you think of that idea? If you have other ideas or comments contact me at

–Ken Russell
CYC Cruise Chair


2017 Turkey Fry Cruise Report


The 2017 Turkey Fry Cruise at Blakely Marina proved to be our biggest and best yet, (at least as long as Troy and I have been hosting!) The weather was absolutely our best friend with temps in the mid 60's, bright blue skies and calm waters. We had 8 boats arrive on Friday afternoon/evening and 4 more join us on Saturday, a total of 12 boats with 32 people! Many new members - Dave and Wendy Hewlett, George Boggs, Vicki and Chris Olson, and Karen Heckert along with "vintage" members that haven't cruised with us in quite awhile - Dawn Durand and Joe Bartlett. And we can't leave out our amazing veterans of this cruise- Sylvia and Denny Holmstrom, Dan and Donna Lehfeldt and Ken Russell and Debbie Bryant, honestly, what would we do without them! Filling out our cruisers were Rex Williams and Ayumi Takabe, Bruce Henninger and his crew, Don and Lesli Beasley and Kathy Sheehan and Chuck Dingée who is always so gracious to bring his voice and guitar for our listening pleasure.

There is nothing quite like sitting in front of a crackling fire with a glass of wine talking and joking with friends, so full of turkey, stuffing, potatoes/gravy and pie and listening to Chuck play songs we all know and can sing along too.

Troy and Dan Goodwater did the dunking of turkeys and everyone else brought their favorite Thanksgiving dishes to share. Troy's gravy is becoming as popular as the turkeys. Oh, what good food! Can I just state for the record that next year, Donna you must make more than one pecan pie! The stars were out and no one wanted the night to end (well maybe a few early birds). We played a couple of party games, because you know how much I love party games, and Dave and Wendy Hewlett and Sylvia and Chuck took home the prizes for best blind cocktails. If you want to know, you must ask a fellow cruiser or come next year! George Boggs and my sis, Jan Goodwater were the judges and let's just say we had to keep all methods of fire away from them for awhile after the tasting. We also found out that Joe Bartlett is secretly a pole dancer and goes by the alias of Jose'. We ended the night with cards, dominos and more music. Such a terrific group. So much fun. Troy and I can't wait to do it again next year! Sign up early and make sure to secure your slip!

Tracy Olney

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11/14 Potluck Meeting: Sean Jones will be presenting the Race Awards for our 2017 CYC Thursday Racing Season.

12/12 CYC Potluck: Our special guest entertainment will feature the Show Stoppers, directed by Linda Short, singing traditional Christmas songs and modern show pieces with choreography.  They are not charging the CYC, but they will be taking donations to help defer costs for High School State Competition. The Club will furnish ham for the Potluck Dinner and are asking Club members to bring side dishes.

It should be a very festive evening.

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.

November 2017

November 14: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

November 28: CYC Board meeting

December 2017

December 2: CBC Lighted Boat Parade

December 12: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse

December 26: CYC Board meeting

Cruising Recipes

This is a lovely appetizer for the holidays.

Caramelized Onion-Cranberry Compote

You can make this a day ahead and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

Yield: Makes 1 cup (serving size: 1 tbsp.). Cook time: 22 Minutes. Prep time: 10 Minutes.


1 tablespoon butter
2 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind


Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onions, and sauté 15 to 18 minutes or until golden and tender. Stir in vinegar and remaining ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 2 Tbsp.

Caramelized Onion-Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bites: Spread 16 whole grain crackers each with 1 1/2 tsp. cream cheese; top each with 1 Tbsp. Caramelized Onion-Cranberry Compote. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley leaves.

Calories 56; Fat 2.9g (sat 1.6g, mono 0.6g, poly 0.1g); Protein 1.3g; Carb 6.2g; Fiber 0.8g; Chol 7mg; Iron 0.2mg; Sodium 137mg; Calc 12mg

Please send me your favorite cruising recipes!

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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

9 NOV 2017
Linda Benafel, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Sean Jones, Lesli Beasley, Tracy Olney.

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