Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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September 2020

Volume 36 Number 9

September 2020 issue:

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There will not be a meeting until September 8.


Commodore's Corner

Year of the land yacht

My dreams of sailing this season having been thwarted by “circumstances. Among them Amanda has been forbidden by WWU to travel outside Washington for any purpose “paid or unpaid” (no idea how that could ever be enforced). So instead, we decided to take some time and explore Washington Campgrounds in our “Land Yacht”. I think I have mentioned it before: a 17ft self-contained Dodge van on steroids

I was attempting to make a reservation at Mt. Rainier National Park but unsuccessful and frustrated, I decided to call Mt. Rainier, you know, like on the phone! I eventually reached a sympathetic park ranger who told me that because the park had been closed for two months, they were giving preference to those earlier cancelled reservations. She wasn’t at all surprised about my difficulties. “Fat chance you’ll get a reservation this year, but why don’t you try La Wis Wis? It is just outside the park in Gifford Pinchot National Forest”. La Wiz Wis wha? I must look up the etymology of that word. No matter, best advise ever!

We were struck dumb when we arrived at the campground. Located near the headwaters of the Cowlitz on the Ohanapecosh in an old growth stand of 500 year-old Douglas fir! It is also quite famous (I found the plaque next to the Forest Service Ranger Station) as this was the site where the drug Taxol (used in cancer treatments) was discovered and successfully extracted from the Pacific Yew tree. Taxus Brevifolia would be its Latin name, hence Taxol. It is quite abundant in the understory of this forest.

This campground was old school, no water or electrical hookups. You’d have a hard time getting one of those 40ft RV buses into this place as the road weaved among these giant trees. People actually have to camp here! We were amazed at the diversity of the campers. Of course, there was the requisite number of retirees with their hiking poles, young couples, a Subaru outback with bicycle racks parked next to their pup tent, but also quite a number of minorities of all descriptions including a group of Mennonites (as evidenced by their long skirts and head coverings) in the campsite next to us. Kids were running and biking everywhere yet the campsites were well placed allowing for each group to remain within their own COVID bubble

The star attraction however, was the Old Growth Douglas Firs forming columns 8 to 10ft in diameter and soaring more than 200ft, creating a clerestory that only reluctantly allowed sunlight to penetrate to the forest floor. Beneath these massive firs were much younger Hemlock and Pacific Yew trees draped with mosses and ferns, creating aisles and cozy chapels where the campsites were located. The overall effect was positively medieval! OK, alright…I know, medieval cathedral references might be a little cheesy, but how does one describe awesome? I was reminded of John Muir’s quote: “A redwood forest is a cathedral but the humblest of wood may be a church”.

Well, trust me, La Wis Wis is NO humble wood!!

Your Commy,

Secretary’s Report

There was no Board meeting in August.

The next CYC Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd. That meeting will include a proposal for the 2021 budget.

Mary Durbrow, CYC Secretary

2020 CYC Officers
and Board Members

Commodore - Laurent Martel
Vice-Commodore - Kathy Sheehan
Secretary - Mary Durbrow
Treasurer - Jon Martin
Education & Programs - Andreas Weinrich
Membership Chair - Ken Russell
Race Chair - Sean Jones
Cruise Chair - Greg Hartgraves
Reciprocity - Greg Hartgraves
Past Commodore - Steve Clevenger
Newsletter - Mike Reed
Webmaster - Chuck Dingée

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Membership News


Ahoy Sailors! Not much to report from the membership desk this month. Usually we pick up about a half dozen memberships over the course of the year, but we have had fewer than that so far this year. I think this is at least partly the result of our club's reduced activities due to the pandemic. Despite that our total membership is about the same as last year.

Despite the pandemic, it is a good year to cruise! Deb and I just returned from a two week cruise from Vancouver, BC, to Desolation Sound and back. Although I had a boat slip in Squalicum for over 20 years, our current boat is a Canadian boat that is located in False Creek in Vancouver. She is a heavy BWC, cutter rigged and a double ender. It takes about a quarter mile to turn her 90 degrees!

This was the maiden voyage for our new cruising main sail that was fitted just a few weeks ago. The winds were light as they usually are in August and of course the wind was coming out of the northwest as we traveled up the Strait of Georgia and out of the southeast as we traveled down the strait. Natch. Cortes Bay, Cortes Island

One of the places we visited was Cortes Bay on Cortes Island. It is a beautiful little bay, well protected, on the south end of the island. When we sailed in we found a huge new marina with room for at least a dozen big boat—but not a single boat there! It turns out that it was the outstation for the Seattle Yacht Club--no American boats allowed!

Cortes Island

An interesting area that we visited was Lasqueti, Jervis and Jedediah Islands just off the south end of Texada Island. These are lovely islands with little development and few visiting boats. They are a short sail from the Thormanby Islands off the Sunshine Coast. We holed-up in the Thormanbys as a front swept through bringing heavy rain and 25 knot winds for three days, then suddenly clear sunny weather for the one day trip back to False Creek.

Sadly, no US boats are allowed in Canada this year but the border will open up eventually. When it does I encourage you to head north for some great sailing and picturesque anchorages!

Ken Russell



September greetings, everyone,

It looks like this month will be gracing us with continued beautiful weather and after labor day, the anchorages will hopefully be less crowded. I have been taking advantage of the weather and completed numerous boat projects including installing a wireless wind instrument.

Our September zoom potluck meeting is just around the corner (7 PM next Tuesday, 9/8). I’ve already heard that a number of you will be cruising so we might have a smaller circle. Feel free to join our call if you’re out cruising and your cell reception allows.

This month potluck presentation will be me talking about Apps for the IPhone/IPad, Expanding the IPad to a Marine Information System. I will focus on my experience with the Wärtsilä iSailor (former Transas iSailor) and show how I integrated my wind instrument and AIS receiver into the chart display.

I will also mention a few addition apps regarding tides, currents and GPS tracking.

Looking forward to seeing you all virtually next week,

Andreas Weinrich, Executive Officer & Education

Here's the login information for our zoom meeting:

Topic: CYC's Monthly Potluck Meeting (temporary on Zoom)

Time: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Racing News


Not all racing is tight quarters and hectic, sometimes it is just plain beautiful!

Ahoy CYC Racers!!!

September 10th and 17th mark the last two of our Thursday night races for the season. They will be your last chance to get out and race, or at least enjoy a beautiful sunset, until next spring. We’ll look for you out there.

Big thanks go to Pam Spencer for forgoing racing in order to provide her boat Telos for the committee boat on so many evenings. Special thanks also go to Todd Koetje for calculating the results all season as well as using his boat Hravn for the rabbit starts when needed to get the races rolling. And to you Sean Jones, all of us racers thank you for your role coordinating the Thursday night, COVID series, racing in this year of pandemic!

Sean Jones


Cruising and Reciprocity


As most of you are aware, this has been a strange year for cruising. The pandemic has prevented many people from traveling out of state as part of their usual summer vacations. One thing that they have been able to do while maintaining physical distancing is boating. What Kathy and I have observed, and many have related to me, is that there are an above average number of people cruising the San Juan Islands. With the Canadian border closed a lot of Washington boaters are spending their summer vacation cruising in the San Juans. We have also observed some rather unusual boating skills and etiquette. I tell you all this to remind you to be kind and courteous to other boaters and to also suggest you have back up plans for when your favorite anchorage is completely full.

There are currently no scheduled cruises for the rest of 2020. If you would like to host a cruise and can follow state guidelines regarding COVID-19, please contact me at


There is a 36’ reciprocal slip available at gate 9 NW-39 and it is a typically down wind/bow in pointed north/port side tie.  Please let me know if you would like to take the lease on the slip as soon as possible.  The Port of Bellingham holds the slip for CYCB two weeks and then it is available to the next person on their wait list.

As a reminder, reciprocal slips are just like regular slips at Squalicum Harbor except that CYC Bellingham members are given first opportunity to lease them.  When a CYCB member leases the reciprocal slip, they are agreeing to make it available for reciprocity when they are out for extended periods.  This is signified by placing an “AVAILABLE” sign at the end of the dock and a vacancy notice in the reciprocity tube with the return date/time.

When CYCB members make the reciprocal slips available, it is for visiting yacht club members with whom CYCB has reciprocity.  They are not for use by other CYCB members or their friends who do not have CYCB reciprocal privileges.

If you are in a reciprocal slip and need an “AVAILABLE” sign, please contact me.  Vacancy notices can be downloaded at

Greg Hartgraves, Cruise and Reciprocity Chair


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.

Editor’s Notes


While out cruising recently we had the need to empty our holding tank. We were transiting through the islands from Cypress Island to Stuart and did not want to go to either Friday Harbor or Roche as they are so crazy busy these days. So what to do? I then remembered an app I had come across recently and thought it might be of help. Sure enough it did! The free app is named “Pumpout Nav” and covers not only the Salish Sea but pretty much everywhere in the US. What I found is that there are pumpout stations at both the Shaw Island Store dock and at the Deer Harbor Marina. The app gave info for both including phone numbers and cost. I called the Shaw Island number and was told yes, they have a station but unfortunately it was not operational at the moment. A call to the Deer Harbor number confirmed that the pumpout station was at the end of the gas dock, was operational and there was no cost to use it. After an un eventful passage through Pole Pass it was a simple turn to starboard and the Deer harbor Marina was in sight. As you can imagine, the marina was busy and there were boats at the fuel dock. But after a short 10 minute wait we nosed in to the fuel dock and while I emptied the holding tank Karen scored us some great ice cream from the store at the top of the dock and we were on our way to Stuart Island.

Prevost Harbor was busy with mostly power boats in the 40-75’ range but we managed to find a good spot to anchor along side Satellite Island. We were a bit surprised to see two other CYC boats there. Salish Song with the Kim and Neal onboard were anchored off the county dock and Night Heron with Mary and Deb onboard were tied up to the dock. Our stay there was very pleasant although the folks who felt they had to race through the anchorage in their high powered dinghies were a bit disturbing.

As we all realize, the traffic in the San Juans has been much heavier this year, but then it has been an unusual year because of the pandemic and closed boarders. Seeing all those big boats out and about got me wondering about the effect that the traffic has had on the Salish Sea environment. With our need to empty our holding tank I got to wondering if all of those big boats were using pumpout stations stations as well. We also noticed that there seemed to be a great disregard for the eel grass exclusion zones with many boats anchoring well within them. And the crab pots! they were everywhere! I do hope that all the female and undersized males made it back to the sea bed safely. While I am pleased that so many folks have gotten to enjoy the islands so close to us, I do hope that mother nature won’t get too bruised from the increase in boaters.

On another note, the weather forecasts for September and into October look very promising, sunny and warm. So hopefully we can all get out a while longer and enjoy the corner of the world we call home.

If you have been reading the newsletters this year, how about dropping me a line at and letting me know what you think about them. An idea of what you have or have not enjoyed reading about would be nice. What more, or less, would be good?

Fair Winds and calm seas,
Mike Reed, Editor

Cruising Recipes

This recipe comes from Ming Tsai known for his East meets West fusion cooking. Although this dish is more like Greece meets Mexico with it’s Greek elements of lamb and Tzatziki and Mexican elements of jalapeño and corn tortillas. In any case, it’s a delicious combination.



1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 red onion, minced
1 minced jalapeño
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pound ground lamb
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon sriracha
1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
6 mint leaves, fine ribbon
1 cup 1/4-inch diced cucumbers
1/2 head iceberg, finely shredded
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 package small corn tortillas, heated up on grill
extra virgin olive oil for cooking


  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan coated lightly with oil, sauté the garlic, onion, jalapeño and cumin until lightly caramelized. 
  2. Add in the lamb, season and cook through, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Fold in lemon juice and check for flavor.  
  4. Meanwhile, mix the sriracha, yogurt, mint, cucumbers and lemon zest, season. 
  5. Warm tortillas. Assemble the lamb mixture, lettuce and tzatziki in the tortillas to create the tacos for service.

Linda Benafel

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9 SEP 2020
Mike Reed, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Ken Russell, Greg Hartgraves, Sean Jones, Andreas Weinrich, Linda Benafel.

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