The Next Potluck Meeting is March 13th at 6:00
Linda & Chris Benafel are going to do a presentation on their cruise to the Princess Louisa Inlet.
LifeSling Class - Saturday June 9th
If you have ever wondered how to use the LifeSling in a crew overboard situation or if it's been a while since you learned how to use one properly, and you would like an update on its proper use then this class is for you.
On Saturday, June 9th I will be leading a class on the theory and practice of getting an overboard crew member back onboard both sail and power boats. The class will first meet in a classroom session for a review of the methods and theory. We'll then move down to the docks where we will practice the set-up and use of the LifeSling for hoisting a person back onboard a variety of boats. That session will be followed by an on-the-water practice of deploying the LifeSling and returning to the victim (for safety reasons we will not be deploying people into the water).
If you are interested in possibly participating in this class, and have not signed the interest sheet at a CYC meeting, please contact Mike or Karen Reed at (360)733-4252 or at email@example.com. Let us know not only your name(s) but email address as well. Indicate also if you would consider:
- Making your boat available for the practice sessions.
- Learning how to mentor those on your boat during the practice sessions.
- Assist in setting up the classroom and or docks.
Please let us know your intentions soon as the size of the class will be limited to the number of boats and mentors we can have available.
It is April, and our first club cruise is coming up at the end of this month!!! The Matia Island cruise this year is a little earlier than previous years but all for the better! It will be hosted by Neal and Kim Bittner on April 27-29. This is one of the most popular cruises of the year to a beautiful little island that is close by. You will be hearing from Neal in a couple weeks about the cruise. It is a dock cruise, and we need to hear from boats that will be going so we can plan for raft-up at the dock. There are also a couple mooring buoys and some anchoring spots available. Let Neal know if you plan to join us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I would just like to point out again that the year's cruise schedule is posted on the CYC website, and you can look there and plan your club cruising for the coming year. We still need hosts for the September cruise, a great thing to do for the club, contact me if you are interested or have any questions about that.
Fair winds and calm seas,
CYC Cruise Chair
Memorial Day Cruise to Fisherman's Bay
Join us Memorial Day weekend on beautiful Lopez Island for our 3rd annual joint cruise with the Bellingham Yacht Club. Last year, we had amazing weather but those crazy negative tides made getting into the marina tricky! This year, the tides will be better and we're hoping for great weather.
Here's the plan for the weekend:
- Friday night enjoy Happy Hour and live music at the resort.
- Saturday evening join us in the party room for 5 card poker mashup followed by a pot luck dinner.
- Sunday evening we're having a seafood feast on the dock.
If you want to join us, email me at email@example.com to let me know you're coming and call the marina at (360)468-2233 to reserve your slip. (Be sure to tell them you're with the CYC/BYC group.)
Vickie and Chris Olson
Cruise Schedule for 2018
Cruise Chair – Ken Russell 360-738-0623
Please consider hosting one or more cruises during the season. Dates and hosts for confirmed cruises are listed below, with the mode of moorage (anchor, dock, etc.) indicated in parentheses. To make the other locations a “go,” we need hosts!
|April ||27-29 ||Matia Cleanup ||Neal & Kim Bittner
|May ||5-6 ||Opening Day ||Squalicum Harbor
|May (Memorial wknd) ||25-28 ||BYC/CYC Joint Cruise ||Vickie & Chris Olson
|June ||9 ||Lifesling course ||Jon Martin & Mike Reed
|June ||22-24 ||Stewart Is/Turn Pt Light ||Pam Spencer/Terry & Kerry Thalhofer
|July ||14-15 ||Sucia Island ||Bob & Ann Cooper
|August ||3-5 ||Anacortes Art Festival ||Bruce & Cindy Henninger
|September || ||-You can volunteer to host this cruise! See below-
|October ||20-22 ||Blakely Is Turkey Fry ||Tracy & Troy Olney
Note: We need hosts for the September cruise, contact Ken Russell to volunteer!
Good cruise destinations:
- Aleck Bay, Lopez Island (A)
- Clark Island (M)
- Deer Harbor, Orcas Island (A/D)
- Eagle Harbor, Cypress Island (M)
- Garrison Bay, San Juan Island (A)
- Lighted Boat Dock Party, Squalicum (D)
- Lummi Island (A)
- Obstruction Pass Park (A/M)
- Pleasant Cove, Chuckanut Bay (A)
- Prevost Harbor, Stuart Island (A/D)
- Rosario Resort, Orcas Island (D),
- Round the County (M)
- “Thelma and Louise” women’s cruise
- Vendovi Island (D)
- West Sound, Orcas Island (R/D/A) Winter Cove, Saturna Island (A)
- Whirlwind Cruise: Jones Island, Deer Harbor-West Sound (A/D)
- Other options: you can choose your own destination! All in the Gulf Islands (one week to 10 days)
- Port Browning:Port of entry and provisioning (A/D)
- Montague Harbor (A/D)
- Wallace Island (A/D)
- Pirates Cove, De Courcy Island (A)
- Ganges, Salt Spring Island (A/D)
- Portland Island, North Cove (A)
A = Anchor
D= Dock or Marina
M= Mooring buoy
R = reciprocal
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!
2017 CYC Cruise Chair
Hosting A CYC Cruise:
First and foremost you must select a cruise that sparks your interest, whether a favorite destination to share with other CYC members or a location that you have always wanted to visit but until now have not done so.
Second, you determine dates that suit your schedule.
Third, you decide what activities, if any, you wish to explore such as hiking, dining, shopping, beach combing etc and whether or not there will be any pot lucks or BBQs.
Once these tasks are decided you can send an email to all members by sending it to the cruise chair or webmaster who will forward it to the membership.
Then you coordinate the trip with members so that you have a destination, phone numbers, boat names (radio contact), MMSI numbers, and any other necessities. Then you sail together or converge at your planned destination and have a wonderful time exploring the area!
Photographs and a paragraph or two in the next newsletter are always a welcome addition.
Please remember that your back yard (San Juan and Gulf Islands) contains some of the best cruising grounds in the world. Get out there and enjoy your boat and your fellow CYC members.
Valuable information about local cruising can be found in San Juan Islands, a Boater's Guidebook by Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer, 2013.
Contact your Cruise Chairperson for any additional information: Ron Battle (360) 319-7478 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 CYC Cruise Chair
For cruising between the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, the following things may expedite customs procedures:
- Apply for a Nexus card and become a trusted traveler. Fee is $50 for 5 years: https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes
- As a trusted traveler, get a Boater Registration (BR) number from the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS): https://svrs.cbp.dhs.gov/Default.aspx
- If your vessel is 30ft or longer get a yearly user fee decal from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Currently $27.50 per year: https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov/main/login_internet.jsp
When entering Canada, call the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987). If all members on board have a Nexus card, you may not have to check in at a port!
When returning to the U.S., call the Puget Sound CBP marine reporting number at 1-800-562-5943. Have your BR#, user fee decal #, and Nexus card # handy. If everyone on board has a Nexus card and BR#, you will probably NOT need to check in at a port! This gives you a lot more flexibility in your return trip course.
If you have cabin fever this winter, you may need a project to keep you engaged in all things nautical! How about hand sewing a traditional ditty bag to hold all your sail repair goodies? See The Sailmaker's Apprentice by Emiliano Marino. You can get this book and complete kit of parts from Sailrite http://www.sailrite.com/Ditty-Bag-Kit_2
Joe Sulham had previously talked about keeping old Waggoner Cruising Guides for armchair sailing. I keep an old one in the bathroom . . . for research!
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.
April 5: CYC Racing Series begins, Bellingham Bay
April 10: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse
April 24: CYC Board meeting
April 27-29: Matia Island Clean-up Cruise
May 8: CYC potluck, SYC Clubhouse
May 22: CYC Board meeting
May 25-28: Joint CYC-BYC Lopez Cruise
As members learned from Mike Brydie of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) at a recent CYC meeting, Canada's Border Services Agency (CBSA) has amended its rules governing when boaters must report to Canadian officials that they have entered Canadian waters.
Although rules in both the United States and Canada have for years stipulated that boaters entering foreign waters do not have to report to the appropriate border agency unless they land, drop anchor or moor alongside another vessel, Canada changed its rules in 2010.
The new Canadian rule states that "all foreign boaters entering Canadian waters are required to present themselves to the CBSA regardless of whether they drop anchor, land, tie up to a dock, enter an inland tributary or moor alongside another vessel while in Canadian waters." The only exception is for vessels that are "in transit" through Canada.
The Canadian rule change has caused confusion and protest by boaters on both sides of the border. It has also resulted in a situation where the CBP may request those U.S. boaters who have reported their entry to CBSA (even though they don't touch land in Canada) to report their return to U.S. waters to U.S. officials. In other words, if you are on a U.S. boat that strays across the border to whale watch and you have paperwork (entry number) onboard saying you entered Canadian waters, then you must get entry clearance returning to the United States.
See the fact sheet on the Canada Border Services Agency website.