Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington

2017 Race Results are being posted

All Race Committee Communications are on CHAN 69

Ahoy CYC Racers and Cruisers!!!

Mark your calendars for the 18th of January from 6:00-8:00 for the 2017 Racing Awards and 2018 Racing Registration!!! If you raced in 2017, want to race in 2018, or just enjoy some semblance of community amidst and amongst the racing crowd, be there!!!

The Local Public House will host our evening with Happy Hour pricing for CYC Racers and a closed venue for our enjoyment including pool, darts, video games and shuffleboard. Bring your spouses and crew and prepare to imbibe, celebrate, and revel in your infinite 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 18th of January at 6:00 PM at the Local Public House!!!

Your Thankful Race Chair

Three additional courses...

2016 Race Results are still posted

We sail friendly!

Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham's Thursday night races are intended to be casual and fun.

All racers should read the Racing Instructions as posted below and compete in the manner they were intended. Again, Thursday evening races are intended to be fun and casual. However, an adherence to the rules is important for all racers so that we all can enjoy the evening and can also avoid accidents that hurt people and/or damage boats.

We Sail Friendly. It's what sets us apart.

Racing Forms for Download

The Ten Commandments of CYC Racing

  1. Thou shalt not take anything other than safety too seriously. If you can only remember one commandment, this is the one. Relax, have fun, and keep it light. Late to the start? So what? Over early? No big deal. Too windy? Quit. Not enough wind? Break out the beverages. The point is to have fun, but stay safe. As the ad says, “Safe boating is no accident”
  2. Thou shalt honor the racing rules if you know them. The 2013-2016 US Sailing Racing rules is the current rules bible. Few sailors have actually studied it cover to cover: it’s about as interesting as reading tax code or the phone book. For CYC racing, just remember some of the biggies (port tack boats shall avoid starboard ones; windward shall avoid leeward ones; an outside boats shall give room at the mark). Stay out of the way of bigger boats, pay your insurance premiums, and keep a low profile unless you are sure you know what you’re doing. Like most things, it boils down to common sense.
  3. Thou shalt not covet thy competitor’s boat, sails, equipment, crew, or PHRF rating. No excuses or whining; if you’re lucky enough to own a sailboat, just go use it! You don’t need the latest widgetry or unobtainium sailcloth to have a great time out on the water with friends. Even if your boat is less than competitive, make modest goals and work toward improving on them from week to week, or don’t. The goal is to have fun.
  4. Thou shalt not amp out. No screaming, swearing, or overly aggressive tactics. Save that stuff for the office or, if you must, for a real race. If you’re going to lose it in a Thursday nighter, you’re going to run out of crew, not to mention friends in a big hurry.
  5. Thou shalt not protest thy neighbor. This is extremely tacky at this level of competition and should be avoided. Perhaps it’s justified if one’s boat is damaged and blame needs to be established. If an infraction has occurred then do your turns on the course and exonerate your self. Remember there is no protest committee.
  6. Thou shalt not mess up your boat. Everybody knows some hardcore racer who ripped up his sails on a Thursday evening and had to sit out race week. The point is that it’s not worth risking your boat and gear in such casual competition: As the song says, you got to know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em. Avoid other boats at all costs, not to mention buoys and other hard objects. If you have the luxury of two sets of sails, use the old ones.
  7. Thou shalt always go to the favorite watering hole afterwards. Etiquette demands that you congratulate the winners, as well as buying a round for your crew. Besides the bar is where the results are calculated and announced. Also the bar is a great place to see old friends and to make new ones.
  8. Thou shalt bring you spouse, kids, friends, and whoever else wants to go. CYC Thursday evening races are great forums for introducing new people to sailing, such as our neighbors, out of town visitors, co-workers and maybe even the family dog. Always bring your significant other along. Co-ed crews are happy crews, and don’t just make newcomers watch. Give them a job on the boat. Get every one involved.
  9. Thou shalt not worry; be happy. Leave the cell phone in the car, bring some tunes. Lighten up, it’s not the America’s cup.
  10. And above all remember Bill’s tenth commandment “In the event of a potential conflict assume that the other skipper is less knowledgeable than you and that his boat is less maneuverable than yours. Have Fun!”

— Excerpts from Latitude 38 March 2014

Past years' Race Results Still Available

Photos by Michael Grant
and Kathy Sheehan

6 JAN 2017

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Commodore - Laurent Martel
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