Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, Washington
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January 2021

Volume 37 Number 1

January 2021 issue:

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The next CYC Zoom meeting is Tuesday January 12th!


Commodore's Corner

Janvier 2021
The Boomer Remover

How does one summarize the year 2020?
We did have an abbreviated race season, a cruise or two, and we are all now accomplished Zoomer bombers …but they wouldn’t let us dance!

Say goodbye to the year of Covid otherwise known as “the boomer remover.”

When I think of the year that wasn’t, it brings up images of that starving, shipwrecked sailor on a desert island. All he can think of is the food that he doesn’t have, the meal refused when it was offered. You fool! I promise to always eat my broccoli!

It is a sad commentary of the times that the highlight of my day is when the Fedex man comes to the door. All I can think of are the friends and family that I didn’t hug when I had the opportunity. You fool! I promise to let Auntie Charlene pinch my cheeks!

Perhaps it’s just enough that, we are still here.

Looking forward to 2021, we have a committed board (if not certifiable) and very similar to our previous board with the addition of Greg Zimmerman who will take over the role of newsletter chair. Good luck Greg.

I wish to personally thank our outgoing newsletter chair, Mike Reed for his good work on the newsletter. He will be missed.

Our primary goal this year is to improve and upgrade the CYC website to make it more user friendly. Chuck, Andreas, Kathy and Ken are busy reforming the website and are well on the way to achieve this goal. Beyond this, we will do whatever Covid will allow.

Racing will happen spearheaded by Sean and Todd.

Greg Hartgraves is planning a series of cruises with a more casual no-host format.

Mike and Andreas are hoping the educational programs planned for last year may see some fruition this year.

Jon has been doing a terrific job of keeping your “deficit spending” commodore in check.

Our Madame Secretary has proved an invaluable fact checker and liaison with other non-profits. Thanks Mary.

Ken is diligently updating the club’s renewal form, which you should be receiving via snail mail mid-January.

I would also like to give Linda Benafel some much deserved recognition (while not on the board) she has kept those cruising recipes coming.

You know folks, one need not be on the board to make submissions to the newsletter. Just sayin’…

As for moi? I had originally planned that 2020 would be my last year impersonating a Commodore. (You’re bound to figure out that I am a fraud). But then, Covid happened. What plans? I have agreed to continue in this capacity for 2021. This however, will be my last year as Commodore (my wife tells me so…). Consider this my notice. You have one year to find my replacement.

We will find a way to race, cruise, learn and gather (remotely, if necessary) by this summer with luck (and vaccinations required), we may be able to host our BBQs.

Perhaps then we will be able to dance.

Your Commyness,

2020 CYC Officers
and Board Members

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

Ahoy fellow club members!

It's that time of year... CYC annual dues renewal. The Corinthian Yacht Club is one of the very best boating values in the Northwest. I'm sure you know that because you are a member! You will be receiving a renewal notice by mail in early January. Please fill it out and return the form along with your check in the stamped and self addressed return envelope provided. Dues are due by January 31. If you have any questions contact me by email. Here's to a better year in 2021!

Ken Russell


Cruising and Reciprocity

Last month I shared the first two of seven puzzles that were part of a puzzle hunt that took place during the Stuart Island pandemic cruise in June. For those not familiar with a puzzle hunt, it consists of a series of puzzles. In this case 7 relatively easy puzzles. The puzzles take different forms (sudoku, crossword, rebus, etc.). The puzzles were solved sequentially and the solution to the puzzle led to the location of the next puzzle. The locations should be well known to those who have made the walk out to the lighthouse from the State Park camping area between Reid and Prevost docks. In this case, you will not need to walk from location to location and find the next puzzle. Solutions for the first two puzzles published in last week’s newsletter are provided below. Below are links to pdf documents for each. Solutions to this week’s puzzle will be provided next month along with puzzle #4

Crossword Puzzle PDF

Greg Hartgraves, Cruise and Reciprocity Chair



Live fundraising event!

Expedition Antarctica and How I Learnt to Sail

  • January 12th 6-7pm PST
  • Suggested Donation $15
  • Presenter: Mike Powell
  • Email with any questions!

In 2011, then landlubber & pro photographer Mike Powell boarded his brother’s boat UHURU for a two-month expedition to Antarctica, around Cape Horn and into Chilean Patagonia. Join their adventure: sailing, scuba, ski mountaineering and fly fishing via horseback in this hour-long presentation with the adventurer himself!

This is a free virtual event and registration is required at the link below. A donation is suggested (which will benefit our Community Boating Center)

Happy New Year, everyone,

I hope that this year will reunite us again in person at some point, and that we all stay healthy in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. In the meantime, we will continue our monthly meetings on zoom, hopefully with more ease after last year’s learning curve with technology.

Drop me a line if you would like to see a particular topic covered in our zoom meeting presentations.

Our January potluck meeting is just a little over a week away, on Tuesday, January 12. It coincides with a fabulous online presentation about sailing in Antarctica from our own Mike Powell who races “Keet”. I have seen this presentation last January at the Whatcom Museum and was really impressed (amazing photography).

So, after talking it through with our commodore, I decided to make that presentation our potluck presentation. It starts at 6 PM and will last around an hour (sign-up information below, registration required). It’s a free event but donations are suggested and will go to our Community Boating Center.

We will then meet at our own zoom meeting ID (the one we always use) at 7:30 PM to continue with CYC business, including voting for the board.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for this two part potluck meeting.

As always, looking forward to seeing you virtually again on January 12,

Andreas Weinrich, Executive Officer & Education

Here's the login information for our zoom meeting:

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

Time: January 12, 2020 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please note that this is a recurring meeting and the same meeting ID and Password will apply to all our future potluck meetings (starting with this meeting).

Zoom Meeting by using a browser:

Simply click on this link (or copy and paste it into the address area at the top of your browser window):
then follow the directions to join with video and sound.

Join Zoom Meeting by using the Zoom App:

  • Start up the app and enter the following when prompted:
    Meeting ID: 847 6790 5855 
Password: 586637

Join Zoom Meeting by calling-in on your smartphone:

  • One tap mobile:
+12532158782,,#,84767905855,1#,586637# US (Tacoma)

  • Dial by your location:
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
  • In both cases use:
    Meeting ID: 84767905855
    Password: 586637

Racing News

Ahoy Racers!

Happy New Year! I trust you all celebrated your holiday of choice and this finds you well?

Very little activity on the racing front surrounding the winter solstice (Saturn and Jupiter strongly disagree) but conversations have begun regarding a symbiosis of sorts between CYC, BYC, AYC, and OIYC.

The meeting of the minds that ensued yielded some interesting nuggets including, but hardly limited to, the following...

Long distance races could rotate between participating clubs to allow for start/ finish in a mutually agreed location to allow for all participating clubs to have representation in said regatta.

It is a work in progress and certainly there is more to come but I for one am encouraged at the willingness of all four (perhaps more) clubs to open a dialogue making it possible to have more racers, more competition, more camaraderie, and more playing boat for those amenable. Enthusiasm abounds!

The CYC 2021 Racing Season will happen with vigor, just as the Covid-20 Series did. Thank you again to our Race Committee volunteers and vessel sponsor(s).

Hope springs eternal and I raise my glass to a very different 2021, another great season of Thursday night CYC racing, and mutual club long distance endeavors on the horizon.

Please be safe, laugh often, and focus on your health and happiness into the coming year.

Goodnight 2020, it is time to be put to bed. Rise and shine 2021, you have never looked so fresh and alive!

Auld Lang Syne has never resonated more than in this moment. May our return to normalcy be swift with the knowledge of what we had and possibly took for granted bringing us fair winds and following seas into and beyond the New Year.

Cheers to you all and thank you for supporting CYC Racing and our amazing club!

(Deep bow expressed and implied)

Good tidings from your humble Race Chair.


Sean Jones, Race Chair

Editor’s Notes


For me, New Year’s day has always been one for reflecting on the past. This year is much the same.

Just after Christmas I was walking the docks at gate 9 and ran into a couple of CYC members who related their experiences in the islands and on the water for Christmas. Andy and Nora Hansen onboard Tsirku had spent Christas Eve at Sucia Island along with other stops at Eagle Harbor and Rosario. Andreas Weinrich, his daughter and a friend were at Rosario when the Hansen were there. These adventures put me into a recalling mode.

While Karen and I have not done a Christmas cruise we have done New Year cruises. The most memorable was a New Year’s eve cruise to Skyline Marina in Anacortes along with the Kirklands and Holmstroms on their own boats. The weather was clear but cold and the trip home was quite chilly but beautiful. I too remember Delayne Brink organizing New Year’s cruises to Anacortes which included a polar bear swim in the harbor. Those were the days!

As I recall the past, I am quite happy to see 2020 blow off the calendar for I miss our CYC cruises. Let’s try hard to reinstate cruising this year. In recalling the past, I remember there were a lot of years that we had cruises almost every month of the year. January was a land cruise to the Seattle Boat Show, February or March had a cruise to Squalicum Harbor where we cruised to the guest dock and had a progressive dinner or went out for one at what is now Bella’s. Then came an island clean-up (the first ones were at Clark Island where members Karen Reed, Sylvia Holmstrom, Judy Kirkland along with others wheelbarrowed gravel from the beach to campsites!) Then the summer came with cruises everywhere; Echo Bay, Eagle Harbor, Spencer Spit, Reid Harbor (for building and racing small styrofoam sailboats), West Sound (dinghy raft ups), Anacortes and La Conner. Early on a number of those cruises included informal races to and/or from. While there were games, pirate themes and dinghy races, many were “No Host” cruises where members just showed up at one place and pot lucked on the beach. Let’s do it again in 2021!

And the New Year’s Day wind brought back even more memories. Years ago when Delayne Brink was preparing to do the Single Handed Transpac race and he wanted to get in more heavy weather experience, he would call me up on days when the wind was blowing 40 and say let’s go sailing. Little did I know that those experiences would prepare us for the gale off northern California we encountered while delivering his Sabre 38, At Last, to San Fransisco for the race. Those experiences in turn made it much easier to think about jibing to the “Round the County finish line in 40 knots of wind while crewing for Mike Kirkland on Shockwave one year, or for bringing my own boat. Islander, back from another ROC in 35 knots at night. Without CYC those experiences would never have happened and I would not be the sailor I am today.

Another reflection from CYC’s past has me recalling how many members use to step forward to help the club function. You will be getting your membership renewal form soon which will include a portion where you can indicate how you might be able to help out with CYC’s functioning. All our lives are all full these days but I am confident that if you give it some thought, you might realize that there is a small way in which you can get involved. Host a cruise, provide your boat for the Race Committee on a couple of nights, write an article for the newsletter, help find topics for our meetings, offer to input data for the roster. And I am sure there are many other ways too. To you newer members I will say that by getting involved in small ways you get to meet other members and make new friends and experience many adventures as I did while helping to make CYC available to all. And to you senior members, you say you’ve done that? Many of us have but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it again. In order for CYC to continue on as successfully as in the past it needs all of our help! Think about it, keep it simple but do It!

Here’s hoping for fair winds, calm seas and snug harbors for of all members of CYC in 2021.
Mike Reed, Editor

Cruising Recipes

This month’s recipe comes from Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless. I have made this seafood soup a number of times because I really love it, and I have served it to guests who have praised it. I head down to Taylors Shellfish Farm and pick up some fresh clams. Although you can use muscles in this recipe, I have never tried them. One optional ingredient is Epazote which grew like weeds in Southern California. Occasionally, I have found fresh Epazote at La Gloria Market on Meridian, but you really don’t need it. I have tried dried Epazote, but it is too stemy and not really very good. I urge you to try the soup, I think you would like it.

Editor’s note: This recipe can be downloaded at:

Red Chili Seafood Soup


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 dried Guajillo chiles, stemmed, seeded and torn into large pieces (3/4 ounce total)
  • One 15 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice preferably fire roasted
  • 1 large white onion, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 cups chicken or fish broth
  • 4 medium red-skin boiling or Yukon Gold potatoes, each cut into eight pieces (1 pound total)
  • 2 large sprigs fresh epazote, optional
  • 1 pound muscles, scrubbed and debearded if necessary OR 2 pounds of clams, scrubbed
  • 1 pound fish fillets, I like halibut, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • About 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into six wedges, for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a medium soup pot, 5-6 quart, over medium. Add the chili’s and stir-fry until they have changed colors slightly and are toasty fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Don’t over toast the chilies, or the soup will be bitter. Scoop up the chili pieces with a slotted spoon, pressing them against the side of the pan to leave behind as much oil as possible, and transfer to a blender jar; set the pan aside. (A food processor will work, but it won’t completely purée the chili.) pour the tomatoes, with their juice, into the blender.
  2. Add 2/3 of the onion and all of the garlic to the pot. Cook over medium, stirring frequently, until golden, about seven minutes. Meanwhile, scoop the remaining onion into a strainer and rinse under cold water; set aside to use as a garnish. Use your slotted spoon to transfer the onions and garlic to the blender and process until smooth.
  3. Set a medium mesh strainer over the pot and work the tomato chili mixture through it. Return the pot to a medium-high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced and thick, about six minutes. Add the broth, potatoes and epazote, if you have it. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, usually about 15 minutes. Taste and season with salt, usually a generous 1 1/2 teaspoons.
  4. Just before serving, raise the heat to medium high and add the muscles OR clams and fish. Boil briskly until the bivalves have opened, usually about four minutes.
  5. Ladle into large bowls. Sprinkle generously with the cilantro and the remaining onion. Serve your steaming bowls of beauty with the lime wedges passed separately for each person to squeeze in al gusto.

Linda Benafel

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5 JAN 2021
Mike Reed, Laurent Martel, Chuck Dingée, Greg Hartgraves, Andreas Weinrich, Sean Jones, Linda Benafel.

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