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  • 4 Nov 2022 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    We will have two membership meetings this year. The first, the traditional Annual Membership Meeting, will be at the CYC Clubhouse on Thursday, 17 November. The Board will present highlights of 2022 and a look forward to 2023. Details can be found on the event page.

    The second meeting will be held on November 29th for the election of officers and directors and to vote on a proposed bylaw amendment.  Notice and details of the Special meeting can be found here.


  • 28 Oct 2022 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2022 racing season is coming to an end, and it is time to consider the 2022 CYC outstanding performers. The Board will select the discretionary Award winners who will be announced at the Awards Party to be held in early 2023. 

    If you have a suggestion for a 2022 CYC Award, please provide it (with a brief bit of background explaining the basis for the nomination) to Ken Johnson, by email (kenneth.johnson4@comcast.net) or by mail:  3706 So. Ridgeway Place, Seattle, WA  98144.  Or you can drop them off at the CYC Shilshole office.   Ken assembles the nominations and presents them to the Board for its decisions.

    The Awards are:

    Honor Roll of Champions - CYC sailors who have won national or international championships or have achieved honors of an equivalent level.

    Hans Otto Giese Inspirational – one who has consistently provided leadership and inspiration to CYC and the amateur sailing community. Recent winners include Jared Hickman, Wane Balsiger, Dick Rose, Shauna Walgren,  Catherine Weatbrook and Suzette Connolly.

    Sailor of the Year – consistently races and places in the top tier of dinghy or keelboat races, including juniors; this award includes sailors who are outstanding crew and/or who sail on different boats throughout the season.  Recent winners include Carl Buchan, Dalton Bergan, Keith Whittemore and Talia Toland.

    Boat of the Year – for an outstanding season in CYC and other NW races.  Recent winners include Nefarious (Dan Randolph), Hamachi (Shawn Dougherty),  Here & Now, (Pat Denney) and Jubilee (Erik Kristen).

    Boating Family – an active family in racing, cruising, CYC activities, other sailing efforts. 

    Recent winners include Andrew & Katherine Bereson, David Barnes & Karen Foster, Geoff & Alison Pease, Al & Jane Johnson and Mike & Julie Cain.

    Greig Memorial Cruising – cruising leadership and accomplishments, whether in local or blue waters.  Recent winners include Karen & Scott Tobiason (“Tuuli”), Paul Benson & Erica Johnson (“Atalaya”), Cathy Sherwood & Kent Powley (“Coquette”) and Chris Young (“Raven”).

    Gary Horder Memorial – CYC Junior with active and successful racing program.  Recent winners include Catie Vandervort, Erik Anderson, Dieter Creitz and Abbie Carlson.

    George Spalding Inspirational – most inspirational Junior sailor. Recent winners include Isabelle McNabb,  Ella Reed, Sam Airhart, Alyosha Strum-Palerm and Owen Timms.

    Dog House – a sailor who handicaps him/her self by unseamanlike activity – usually some bad luck and hopefully with a bit of humor in it.  Recent awardees include Craig Williams (backing boat out of slip with spinnaker halyard attached to dock), Mike Taft (cooking chili on the Rum Run with no stove fiddles), and Robert Hodge (aground on Marrowstone as all the CYC cruising boats sailed by).  

  • 12 Oct 2022 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have no post-PSSC Write-up to share. But here are some great photos from PSSC taken by member Dave Sinson who was working as Race Committee:  https://lase.smugmug.com/2022-CYC-PSSC/


    2022 CYC PSSC - Lase

    This gallery hosted by SmugMug; your photos look better here.

    lase.smugmug.com


  • 20 Sep 2022 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 9 – 11, 2022 -  Jakob Lichtenberg:  Tremendous Slouch defends their Western Regional title over 11 races.

    The Seattle J/24 Fleet hosted the J/24 Western Regionals out of Leschi on Lake Washington this past weekend.  12 teams from San Francisco, CA, Sandpoint, ID and Seattle, WA competed for the Western Regionals trophy as well as a berth for the upcoming J/24 World Championship to be held in September 2023 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

    The regatta was the first ever major J/24 regatta on Lake Washington and the racing was excellent. Saturday’s racing was combined with the Lake Fall regatta for the Thistle and San Juan 24 classes, offering six races in a northerly 6-12 kts. The J/24s sailed without the other two classes on Sunday racking up additional five races; this time in a southerly and about same wind as Saturday (last course being mega race SAXXBZBZF). 

    Tremendous Slouch with crew Scott Milne, Tom Niccoli, Jim Barrett, Chris Walker, and Rob Green dominated with 6 bullets over 11 races. They defended their win from San Francisco Bay in 2022 and proved they can perform in all conditions. On Sunday Slouch even managed to secure a convincing last place finish demonstrating their come-back-ability.


    The very Tremendous Slouch crew Tom Niccoli, Jim Barrett, Scott Milne, Chris Walker, and Rob Green with the perpetual J/24 Western Regionals trophy. In the background those that make it happen: PC Wayne Balsiger, RC Troy Childs and Catherine Picha and our BBQ master Remmert Wolters.

    Suspense helmed by Joe Petrucci finished 2nd in the event. They secured their spot with a bullet in the final race of the regatta with an impressive 3-minute lead.

    Après race socializing with an excellent BBQ sponsored by Beecher’s Cheese and accompanied with cold beer from Valhöll Brewing offered a great opportunity to meet the travelling teams from California and Idaho and cool down after a long day of racing.

    A big thank you to everyone that made it happen:

    • Our sponsors Valhöll Brewing and Beecher’s Cheese .
    • Harry Durch and Denny Vaughan for organizing the event and betting that Lake Washington in September would be worthy of the event (and it was).
    • Travel boats Evil Octopus and Little Wing from Richmond, CA and Atomic from Sandpoint Sailing Association/North Flathead Yacht Club.
    • Race committee team Troy Childs and Catherine Picha and whaler drivers that ran 11 excellent races.
    •  Remmert Wolters for hosting the final Lake BBQ of the year.
    • Wayne Balsiger, Jared Hickman and Liesl Mordhorst for running our Protect Committee.
    • Boat charters from Kevin Downey, Phil Brzytwa, and Denny Vaughan.

    About the Seattle J/24 Class. This was the last J/24 event on the Lake for 2022. The Seattle fleet has had 60 local CYC races with up to 21 boats on the line this season. Our Seattle fleet has been at Worlds in Texas, Nationals in Dallas, and even in Ireland for the European Championship.   The fleet’s final regatta is in first weekend of October at the yearly PSSC - Small Boat event out of Shilshole. Join us!

    Caption: Look at the place we sail!!! Mount Rainier and our three news bots that secure straight lines and quick adjustments even under tricky conditions and on deep water.

    Look at the place we sail!!! Mount Rainier and our three news bots that secure straight lines and quick adjustments even under tricky conditions and on deep water.

    Place

    Boat Name

    Sail Number

    Skipper Name

    Score

    1st

    Tremendous Slouch

    5471

    Scott Milne

    25.0

    2nd

    Suspence

    3421

    Joe Petrucci

    32.0

    3rd

    Hair of the Dog

    5354

    Jakob Lichtenberg

    42.0

    4th

    Self Abuse

    2845

    Harry Dursch

    52.0

    5th

    Atom Ant

    1980

    Bill Taylor

    52.0

    6th

    Baba Louie

    2365

    Paul Bogataj

    57.0

    7th

    Tundra Rose

    3843

    Carl Sheath

    59.0

    8th

    Jailbreak

    2171

    Lydia Volberding

    64.0

    9th

    Evil Octopus

    5277

    Jasper Van Vliet

    67.0

    10th

    Irrational

    3839

    Bill Vlases

    74.0

    11th

    Atomic

    674

    Chris Chambers

    94.0

    12th

    Little Wing

    4268

    Robin Van Vliet

    104.0


  • 13 Sep 2022 7:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After four months of preparation, refitting water tanks, fuel tanks, wiring in new instruments, adding new sails, replacing all the running rigging and all the other sundry things that took hundreds of hours of  crew time, Mist headed south to San Francisco in June.

    Four days later we were in beautiful Schoonmaker Point Marina in Sausalito and doing the final prep.  The day before our start, all the food on board, gear on board, crew well rested and starting to stack the sails and stow the gear, I was on deck when I heard Scott Roberts say:  “That doesn’t look right!  After pulling some sails to brick out of the bow he had a good look at the hull.  Scott is usually right about things: He was very right. The #3 ring frame in the bow was cracked in four places and delaminated.  Which is when we all remembered the very, very loud bang in the middle of the night when we turned upwind to drop the main just off the infamous “Potato Patch” near Point Reyes. 

    A frantic scramble to see if emergency repairs were feasible and if any carbon fiber experts were available for overnight work led to three conclusions:  

    1. We were not going anywhere
    2. There are a whole lot of very helpful and talented people in the sailing community here and we found many of them. 
    3. It is ALWAYS something, and just when you think its just one thing, it’s something else

    The repair went perfectly.  Paul Bieker dove in and provided a repair plan, with drawings and laminate schedules;  KKMI in the Bay Area found a meticulous laminate specialist with AC experience to do the work in the water;  we found Marin Yacht Care to run errands and get the boat prepped for the delivery back to Seattle. 

    And then, we found the something else. 

    We had planned to calibrate the autopilot in Hawaii, as we hadn’t had time before hand and wanted to get the crew miles of experience ocean sailing on the way down to San Francisco, so it was still in its box.

    Finding a calm morning in the Bay, we shoved off the dock at Schoonmaker’s and put the boat in gear.  No forward.  No reverse. No prop.  It seems that at the last moment docking at night in Sausalito, the prop had spun off and it was resting on the bottom, too damaged to be reinstalled.  Drifting in the narrow, busy Sausalito Channel, with no sails on deck and anchors deeply stowed, we were rescued by a very strong paddleboard instructor who towed us in and got our bowline to a cleat.  She paddled off with her class of beginners before we could do more than shout thanks.  The crew on a nearby catamaran launched their dinghy and towed us several hundred yards back up to our slip.

    So…If we had, in fact, scrambled to repair the frame even temporarily, the morning of the race we would have shoved off to motor to the start with no prop. 

    And PYI out of Lynwood got to sell us a new Maxprop!

    Commander’s Weather found a brilliant window for a 5 day delivery back home and 130 gallons of fuel later, Mist is now back in its slip in Shilshole. 

    See you out there!

    Steve J.


  • 27 Jul 2022 12:45 PM | Anonymous member

    Staff Commodore John Ellis (Commodore in 1958) wins a free drink at the CYC Bar for the July 13, 2022 Quiz.  Answers:


    Alan Holt is the junior holding two 1956 awards.  In his

    right hand, the Sears Cup – emblematic of the Junior

    North American Sailing Championship – which has been

    awarded since 1921.  To participate, Alan and his crew

    Fred Ray and Steve Banks, had to win the local title, the

    PIYA Regional eliminations and the Pacific Coast

    Championship.  The competition was held just outside of

    Montreal, Canada on a wide spot of the St. Lawrence

    River in a variety of conditions, with the last of 8 races the

    decider. The crew won on a tie-breaker, based on more

    second places!   Reflecting the times, the sailors and

    family members traveled to Montreal by train.

    In Alan’s left hand is the Virginia Platt Trophy awarded to the outstanding CYC Junior Sailor for the year.  This trophy was donated by the I-14 fleet in 1953 to be awarded to a CYC junior based on sailing record and participation in Junior Club activities.  Evidencing the Holt family’s sailing skills, Alan’s brother, Dennis Holt, won this award in 1958. Other winners of this trophy include Brian Wertheimer, Carl Buchan and Derek Campbell. The Virginia Platt Trophy, unfortunately, has disappeared and is no longer in CYC possession!

    (See below for information about Virginia Platt, a brilliant young woman with an extraordinary, if far too brief, a career.)

    And Alan Holt’s boat, a Star named Ariel, locally built and rigged, was the first Seattle boat to participate in the Olympic Games! Alan and his crew Dick Gates won the Olympic Trials held in San Francisco, besting former Star World Champions Bill Buchan and Lowell North, among others, for the right to participate in the 1972 Olympic Games held in Kiel-Schilksee, Germany.

    Virginia Platt, Seattle born, graduated from high school in 1940, studied architecture at Vassar College for two years and contemporaneously taught physics for the US Navy.  In 1943, she studied mechanical engineering at the U. of Washington, subsequently receiving her undergraduate degree in science and a masters in physics, and taught physics at the U from 1943 to 1952 (including while she was an undergraduate!).  Platt was one of the first women in the country to become a member of the Sigma Xi science honorary.

    Platt sailed, owning a 21’ sloop named Pete-Too.  She joined CYC in 1948, and by 1950 she was on the Board as Secretary, a position she held until 1952, and she contributed occasional articles to the annual Helmsman.  She also was a member of Seattle Yacht Club.

    While visiting relatives in Carmel, California, Platt contracted polio myelitis and died there in October 1952 at the age of 29.  She is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Seattle.

    The Helmsman for 1952 carried two tributes to Virginia Platt.  First, a comment by Commodore Francis A LeSourd: “We will not forget Virginia Platt.  No one was more devoted to Corinthian.  We remember her efficiency as Secretary, but what shall really endeared her to us was her great human interest.  As a gatherer of humorous and spicy information on Corinthian goings-on, she had no equal.  Her tragic death was one of the greatest blows to fall on our club.”          

    And this Memoriam:

    TO A CORINTHIAN:

                  Whose service to her Club cannot be measured

                  Whose infectious laughter and ready wit lightened many a dull moment

                  Whose time was ours, when needed, with no reservations

                  Whose dependability and efficiency eased the burdens of our officers

                  Whose capacity to give or herself to any project was unlimited

                  Whose interest in and friendliness toward people was boundless

                  Whose lack of personal vanity in her achievements as noteworthy

                  Whose strength of personality and genuine individuality was recognized instantly

                  Whose friendship was a gift to be treasured

    Who exemplified the truest tradition of sportsmanship, not only in sailing, but in her     daily living

    TO VIRGINIA PLATT, this Memoriam is dedicated.


  • 27 Jul 2022 12:23 PM | Anonymous member

    Many of you may already have known that Seattle Sailing Club has been actively on the market. After almost 20 years, Bob Ross will be moving on and welcoming a new owner of the Club at the beginning of August.

    Bob’s impact on the PNW sailing community has been immeasurable. During his leadership at SSC, he introduced thousands of people each year to the sport of sailing through American Sailing Association sailing lessons, Club membership, Corporate Team Building Events, J/fest, his famous fun & free Sailfest events in August, racing programs, community events, and so much more.

    Bob’s #1 rule (next to, “staying on the boat”) has always been to have a good time (what’s the point if you’re not?)!  Through his entrepreneurial leadership, empowerment of others, and engaging demeanor, Bob has cultivated a vibrant community that embodies just that - Fun! His tradition will be continued for decades to follow. Thank you for all of the memorable times, Bob!

    Although his era at SSC is ending, we’re pleased to hear he won’t be going far, in fact, he’ll be staying next door to SSC at Sail Northwest and will continue to sell brokerage boats, new J/Boats, Alerion Sailboats and MJM power boats. Stop by and say hi!

    Some of you may already know the new owner of SSC, Steve Neidhardt. Steve has been an ASA Instructor at SSC for a number of years, a yacht broker at Seattle Yachts, and an active sailor in the Pacific Northwest community. Steve’s wife, Wendy, also an active sailor in the community, recently participated in CYC WoWSA events and has been sailing in CYC’s Take Your Time Fridays on their Catalina, Naive Melodies. Steve & Wendy will be working with the SSC team (who are staying intact) to ensure a seamless transition. SSC looks forward to continuing to foster the growth of new sailors, support the great PNW sailing community, and continue Bob’s tradition of having fun!


  • 20 Jul 2022 9:27 AM | Anonymous member

    CYC Low Tide Cruise to Blakely Rocks

    We had a fun cruise to Blakely Harbor for the Low Tide Cruise this past weekend with 10 boats participating. We rafted in small groups of three boats and gathered in the evening in small groups for dinner or happy hour.  Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch on the Rocks and time to explore the tidal areas. The beach has moved significantly and parts of the areas we have explored in the past to look at various sea creatures, were covered with sand from the beach.

    Participating boats: Solstice (Peggy and Ron Watt), Altair (Suzette Connolly and Paul Baker), Tula (Bob and Margaret Liston), Ete(Hans Reinhardt), Wind Dancer (Chris McMuldroch and Crew), Outlaw (Derek Storm and Cindy Gossett), Island Time (Tom Kohrs and Cary Purvis), Equilibrium (Nathan, Vanessa and Evelyn Kundtz), Shaker of Salt(Tana and Bio Graham) and Gusto (Beth Miller and Holm Albrecht). Half of the Fleet was from K Dock.


  • 19 Jul 2022 10:13 AM | Anonymous member

    July 19, Newport, RI - The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced today thirteen sailors comprising its 12th class of inductees. The Class of 2022 includes CYC Seattle member Jonathan McKee.  Jonathan is an accomplished competitor with multiple world championship titles and an Olympic Bronze Medal, McKee was the head coach for the 1992 United States Olympic Sailing Team, which took home medals in 9 of 10 classes.  More information can be found here:  National Sailing Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2022 Announced - National Sailing Hall of Fame (nshof.org)

  • 13 Jul 2022 2:11 PM | Anonymous member

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    Sailfest is a fun, FREE event hosted by Seattle Sailing Club (webpage HERE) with support from Sloop Tavern Yacht Club & Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. After racing, crews are welcome back to the promenade outside of Seattle Sailing Club at Shilshole Bay Marina for a fun community potluck with grilling, beverages, and more fun! In the spirit of building community, SSC will be supplying drinks and hotdogs. Every participating boat is asked to bring 1 or 2 potluck dishes to share.  Come join the fun! We are also looking for crews to volunteer to help run the post-racing activities on the evenings of the 12th, 19th, and 26th. A big thank you to J/105 Creative & Avalanche for volunteering on the 1st night! Come join the fun!

    Who:

    Everyone is invited to participate - no experience required! We encourage boat owners in Shilshole to take their boat out to race, as well. This is an inclusive sailing community event!

    What:

    An evening of fun sailboat races for every level of experience. After the races, participants are invited back to the promenade outside of Seattle Sailing Club for shore-side festivities, a potluck and beverages! Please plan to bring a dish to share after the on-the-water race!

    When:

    Friday evenings August 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th

    Starts:

    7:00pm - Flying Sails

    7:05pm - Non-Flying Sails

    Where:

    Seattle Sailing Club & Shilshole Bay! Depart by 6:30pm to make the 7pm start. The red Seattle Sailing Club Zodiac, will be calling the start of the race @ 7:00pm.  After the races, head back to the promenade with your dish for shore-side festivities, food, and drinks!

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