Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington

2017 Race Results are being posted

All Race Committee Communications will be CHAN 69

Welcome to the 2017 CYC Thursday Night PHRF Racing Season!!!

Please find the current starting roster below. If you plan to race and do not see your boat name contact me to be added to the roster. As mentioned at the skippers meeting, there will be three additional courses (5, 6, 7) that you can find posted below. These will be used in light wind and early/ late season when sunset hinders our time on the water. Current SI's are also posted and your Race Committee looks forward to seeing you on the water Thursday!!!


A Fleet

Cougar Hunter
Double Alpha

B Fleet

Flying Circus
Second Chance
Blade Runner

NFS Fleet

Mental Floss
Natural High
Patsy Paul

Three additional courses...

Ahoy Racers!!!

The 13th is fast approaching and I hope your vessels are ready for another great year of Thursday night races! Our skippers meeting on 3/30 yielded some good discussions on ways to make our races better in the season ahead, thank you to all that attended! There will be an amendment to the course diagram with two new course options for the RC including downwind finishes. My hope is that we can have more completed courses this year with the shorter courses being favored in light wind as well as early and late season light limitations. The after race venue of choice will be Boundary Bay Brewery and we will have a CYC Special for those in attendance. See you on the water on 4/13!

Your thankful RC Chair,
–Sean Jones

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

15 APR 2017

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2017 CYC Officers
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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
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