Cruising News



  • 7 Nov 2018 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 2-3, there were 5 boats that attended the 2nd annual Chili Cook off in Poulsbo. Thirteen people which included 3 youngsters, all under age 8, braved the blustery fall weather.  Forecast for the night was lots of wind, so after securing the boats, we all set off for some beer tasting and comradery at Valholl Brewery. 

    At 6:30pm we convened in the Marina party room for some serious chili tasting. We had 7 different chili recipes, 2 cornbreads, a sourdough bread stuffed with brie and a big salad to balance things out. So you can see we were not lacking in food. The wind kicked up to 20-30 knots Saturday night so what better weather for some good chili tasting.  And the winner of our perpetual chili flag trophy was Ron Watt with Jerry Andrews a close 2nd.

    Post dinner activities included a round or two of Cards Against Humanity and lots of good laughs. I think it was a great turn out for a blustery November weekend with a reward of some sunshine and rainbows on the trip home on Sunday.

    Thanks to all of you all that attended and participated for making this a great event. See you again next year.

    Peggy Watt


  • 23 Jul 2018 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to all the CYC cruisers who registered for the 3rd of July Cruise to Poulsbo. As always, it was quite the scene in Liberty Bay as boats anchored closer and closer to one another. 

    We were lucky to have new members Erron and Alison (Quiet Moments) as our location scouts early on July 2nd as they secured us a front-row, concussion-making location. In the end, 6 of the smaller boats anchored up there just west of the show while some of the larger vessels tied up with Chris Young (Raven) also near the front to the northwest during the show and then went off to safer locations to anchor overnight. On the small boat raft in the afternoon, we had some excitement when a nearby powerboat began to drift off with no driver aboard. (Just ask Erron, who kayaked over and jumped aboard, for the whole fingernail-biting tale!) Afterwards, we enjoyed a delicious potluck, stimulating conversation, and prizes for most-patriotic boat (Cyrano), best hammock (Quiet Moments), potluck host (Wind Dancer) and other boat (Outlaw). (Those Guys) and (with Grace) were also in that raft up. Other CYC’ers spotted in the bay were (Cora Belle), (Raven), (Paya), (Coquette), (Altair) and (Bob Ross & crew).

    Tim & Jenny (Those Guys) did some recognizance on the Bremerton Bridge Blast pre-function. It would be a “blast" with a group. There is a nice shelter at Port Orchard that is reservable so it would be great to pick up a few more cruisers for the trip next year. The airshow was scary and breath-taking and the bridge blast fireworks were very theatrical and lovely. It is not so crowded with boats as Poulsbo yet (this only being it’s second year), plus there is a place to dock afterwards!

    Jenny Heins

    s/v Those Guys




  • 17 Jun 2018 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was a beautiful weekend for sailing - plenty of wind, warmth, sunshine and CYC members.  We had 12 boats rafted up Saturday night with another 2 anchored separately.  A few soles braved the mud flats to explore the exposed shoreline while some walked the trails around the bay.  That evening, appetizers and stories were shared as old members got to know the new ones.  (Or the ones new to cruising).

    On Sunday morning, we were joined by a few more boats in time for the dinghy ride to Blakely Rock for lunch.  The kids explored the tidepools while the adults traded stories and partook of the potluck on the island.  The afternoon saw a nice building northerly for the trip back home.



  • 5 May 2018 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CYC cruise to Kingston on April 28-29 was enjoyable and well-attended with ten boats traveling across the sound.  Saturday morning started out overcast with very light wind.  Most boats motored to Kingston and passed several sad-looking boats drifting along in the Smith Island/ Scatchet Head race. 

    The afternoon was spent relaxing and exploring the town of Kingston.  Club members gathered on the dock in the late afternoon to enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages, share stories, and become better acquainted.  Then it was a short walk uptown to Westside Pizza for dinner.  Twenty one members and guests enjoyed pizza and more beverages.  The service at Westside Pizza was excellent as was the pizza. 

    Afterwards some cruisers retired to relax onboard their vessels while many others searched out music and entertainment.  They found live music at the Kingston Ale House.  Many even contributed to the show and rumors abound about the karaoke abilities or lack of abilities in CYC cruisers.    So much fun was had Saturday night that some cruisers did not get up for breakfast until 10am the next day.

    Sunday again brought overcast skies and light winds.  There was enough wind in the morning to get started on a sail back to Shilshole, however the wind soon died.  The breeze came up and the sun came out later in the day.

    Boats attending the Kingston Pizza cruise included:

    • Dorothy  - Rhonda and Jerry
    • Jubilado – Susan, Mike, and Gwen
    • Joyride – Joyce and Brett
    • Ete – Hans and Chaz
    • Copacetic – Mike
    • Kamoon – Mike, Suzette, and Paul
    • Kittiwake – Mike and Karen
    • Lorelei – Kimberly, Tristan, and Andrew
    • Outlaw – Derek and Cindy
    • [name unknown] – Larry and Laurie?
  • 16 Apr 2018 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Twenty-seven hardy cruisers had a lively sail to Liberty Bay last weekend, some cruising along in a steady 30 knots of wind! Several boats spotted porpoise while underway and one even saw a pod of Orcas! Eight boats joined forces for a raft up and a delicious potluck dinner aboard Solstice (thanks Ron and Peggy), Altair (thanks Paul and Suzette) and Eleanor. Although we endured pouring rain on Saturday evening, we woke to a calm and beautiful Sunday morning. The group also enjoyed walks around Poulsbo to experience the local bakery, coffee shop, restaurants, art shops and breweries. A special thanks to CYC member Chris Roberts for giving CYC a special deal at Valholl Brewing. Make sure that you go when you are in Poulsbo and tell them that you are a CYC Seattle member.

    Lauri and Chris Bushue

    S/V Eleanor







  • 25 Feb 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It was a weekend of unexpectedly pleasant weather, with three boats braving the forecast.  The weather on Saturday morning looked bleak with rain and snow, but by late morning had dried up.  We started the 10 mile sail south in a light to moderate northerly that shifted to southerly about half way to Blake Island.  Once the new wind filled, it was a great sail to the Blake Island marina and the sunshine.  Some people took hikes on Saturday.  That night we had a potluck dinner in the newly rebuilt shelter with a nice fire that kept us almost warm while we played competitive game of Mexican Train.
    Sunday morning we had a mix of sun and clouds with a breakfast potluck on Coquette, followed by a hike half way around the island.  The sail back was quick with good current and winds from the south averaging around 10 knots.  Shilshole welcomed us back with a blustery hailstorm.  

    All in all, it was a very fun weekend!


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