By Geoff Pease, Star Districts ‘22 Principal Race Officer and David Watt, event organizer
The Stars came out during the weekend of May 14th and 15th. What was to be a dreadful day of sailing during Saturday, May 14th, turned out to be quite beautiful. The Wind Gods blessed us with 8-18 knots of oscillating breeze from the SSW and kept the Rain Gods away. Playing off these long period oscillations was the key to doing well. Boats heading both directions (port and starboard) up the course just to pass either other – great for the PRO to see. After one hour-long races, the competitors were all finishing with in minutes of each other! Just after the second race finished, we had about a one hour timeout as the northerly and southerly convergence zone visited us, and killed all of the wind. Fortunately, the wind came back and we got a heavy air race in just before the day’s starting time limit expired. Saturday evening’s dinner, which was provided by Hey Jude Catering’s Judy Hebert, was super good and a well-balanced meal. During Sunday, the conditions were very, very wet with no wind in sight. After about a one hour postponement and waiting for the next weather forecast update, the competitors decided there were better things to do during a Sunday afternoon, so racing for the day was cancelled and the regatta’s awards were handed out with Danny Cayard and Jamie Buchan winning this Blue Star regatta. Thanks to Dave Watt for organizing the event, and to Danny Cayard for working on the SIs and NORs. And a big Thank You to Catherine Picha as a RC volunteer!
Of the many elements that contribute to CYC’s success and well-being, having the right physical assets in good working condition ranks very high on the list. Without things such as the clubhouse and the club’s fleets of power and sail boats it simply wouldn’t be possible to offer the programs we do. Therefore, it is equally critical to have a plan to fund the maintenance, repairs, and acquisition of these capital assets.
In recent years, these types of expenses have been funded primarily from two sources. One is the club’s annual operating budget, which also serves as the source for items such as salaries, moorage, insurance, and everything else that keeps the doors open. Second, truly extraordinary expenses, such as those recently seen with the clubhouse remodel, have been paid for primarily with donations from club members and supporters.
The challenge with respect to capital expenses is that they tend to be “lumpy” – meaning that even while relatively predictable over the long term they can vary significantly from year-to-year - so they don’t match either of these funding models particularly well. While the generosity of members is greatly appreciated, we don’t want the club to be overly reliant on donations. At the same time, because the specific timing of capital expenses – when a new furnace is needed for the clubhouse or a new mark set winch is needed for a whaler – is impossible to predict, relying on funding from an annual budget introduces a problematic level of uncertainty.
In considering all of this, CYC’s Board of Directors decided, as part of the strategic plan that was adopted last year, to institute (or, for those club members old enough to remember, to re-institute) a capital fund from which capital expenses can be paid. The goal is to build the capital fund to a level at which it can be used to pay for whatever capital expenses might arise in any single year, up to and including major repairs on or even, someday, a replacement for the clubhouse. To kick off the fund, 100% of the increase in member dues this year is being allocated to the capital fund.
That, however, is just the start. The early years of the capital fund will be especially challenging because we will need to fund the expenses that arise while also growing the fund itself. Since these are unavoidable expenses if we are to continue providing the high quality Racing and Juniors programs for which we are known, we will be accessing some of our operational reserves to pay for them. The biggest demand for capital expenses this year comes from the support boats for the Race and Juniors programs. We have invested considerable funds in servicing, repairing, and upgrading those vessels in the last six months – well over $50,000. These investments supported by a strong maintenance budget will maximize the reliability of the equipment supporting our programs. Because of these investments, we have added an option for racers to add a contribution to the capital fund with their registration if they want. Expect to hear about other avenues for adding to the capital fund in the future.
Thank you for your support of CYC and its programs.
This past weekend Corinthian Yacht Club was well represented by 30 Junior Sailors (only 60% of our team!) at the NWISA Fleet Race Championships in Bellingham.
Six teams sailed, two of which were competing for two spots in the ISSA Mallory Doublehanded National Championships. We had a late start on Saturday and the weather changed from a rainy, light wind morning to a sunny, no wind afternoon. The competition for the two berths at nationals came down to the final couple of races, with the top three teams battling it out on the water. Ballard (one of our teams) went into the final race of the series with 51 points, 8 points out of first. Those on shore were riveted, staring through binoculars waiting for results. Ballard Highschool placed third, just missing the mark but excited to try again next year! Dieter Creitz and Meimei Peterson sailed hard and managed to win B division with a solid 11 points through 6 races, and Catie Vandervort, Phoebe Howe, and Sam Airhart placed 7th in A division. Our other teams had a great regatta too- many top 5 finishes in both Gold and Silver fleet, and several 8th graders who had never sailed in a high school regatta gave upperclassmen something to be worried about. Delicious tacos served by majority Bellingham parents filled an entire regattas worth of teenagers' bellies on Saturday evening, and throughout both days chaperones cooked over grills and kept the team as warm as possible and fed. The team camped together in Bow and had a delightful time. Sunday was rainy all day with just enough wind to get races off! Overall, lots of fun grilling burgers, warming hands, and competing with 43 teams in Bellingham total. This was also the last regatta for our 6 seniors. From The Downtown School, Mira Shupe, Kermit Tonnes-Priddy, Ryan Curtis, and Isabelle Mcnabb, and from Ballard High School, Catie Vandervort and Meimei Peterson, are graduating. We'll miss these kids and all they've brought to the community over the years and wish them the best of luck as they move on to their next adventure.
WDFW NEWS RELEASE Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
May 6, 2022
Contact: Eryn Couch, 360-890-6604
State, federal, and Canadian partners remind boaters to abide by Be Whale Wise regulations
OLYMPIA – To kick off boating season, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), NOAA Fisheries, Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and other partners are calling on recreational boaters to follow Be Whale Wise regulations to protect Southern Resident killer whales.
Listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2005, Southern Residents face three main threats: a lack of food, contaminants in their food, and vessel noise and disturbance as they forage and communicate using echolocation. Center for Whale Research’s March 2022 census recorded the Southern Resident population at just 74 individuals, although researchers are hopeful with the news of a birth in K pod this May.
“We share a steadfast commitment alongside federal and Canadian partners to help advance protections for these endangered animals and preserve for future generations the magic of seeing these whales in the wild,” said Kelly Susewind, WDFW Director. “We invite recreational boaters on both sides of the border to be a part of that effort by properly following the regulations and guidance outlined on the Be Whale Wise website.”
“To help protect the Southern Resident killer whale, the Government of Canada is putting in place concrete protective measures developed in partnership with Indigenous partners and regional stakeholders,” said Michelle Sanders, Acting Director General of Environmental Policy at Transport Canada. “We are proud to work closely with our American counterparts to help protect this iconic species and to continue to provide a safer, quieter trans-boundary environment in which this endangered whale population can recover.”
A key finding from research that NOAA Fisheries published in 2021 indicated the effects of vessel noise are especially prominent for females, which often cease foraging when boats approach within 400 yards. Research shows this tendency to stop foraging when boats are nearby may be most concerning for pregnant or nursing mothers that need to find more food to support calves.
This is especially critical given the low percentage of breeding females in the Southern Resident population and challenges with successful births and calf survival.
“We need everyone’s help to follow the science and give the Southern Residents every chance to forage successfully,” said Grace Ferrara, acting recovery coordinator for the Southern Residents in NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region. “That means giving them the extra space and quiet that we know they need to successfully hunt and find their salmon prey.”
This is the first boating season when the U.S.-Canadian border has been open since before the pandemic, underscoring the importance of cross-border coordination.
Be Whale Wise regulations
Launched in 2011, Be Whale Wise is a partnership of governmental agencies, nonprofits and other stakeholders in British Columbia and Washington state to conduct research and educate the public on laws and best vessel practices to protect whales including the Southern Residents.
“Boaters can play a huge role in the protection of these whales by learning and complying with regulations and guidelines,” said Alanna Frayne, Be Whale Wise coordinator with The Whale Museum. “Before you get underway this season, check the Be Whale Wise site for any updates to best practices, safe distances and speed. These rules are especially important around new calves and vulnerable individuals in the Southern Resident population. You can also learn about the critical zones in our area on either side of the border, and how to safely operate around them.”
Regulations in Washington
Washington law requires vessels to stay at least 300 yards from Southern Resident killer whales and at least 400 yards out of their path or behind the whales. Vessels must also reduce their speed to seven knots within one-half nautical mile of Southern Residents.
"It's not uncommon for us to hear of instances when people are getting too close within these regulated boundaries,” said Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Captain Alan Myers said. “Recreational boaters' adherence to these regulations is a big part of how we can help protect these endangered orcas while they feed, forage, and transit Washington’s waters.”
Regulations in Canada
The Government of Canada continues to take strong action to support the protection and recovery of the Southern Resident killer whale population. For the fourth consecutive year, it will implement mandatory measures to further protect these whales in Canadian waters. The 2022 measures include salmon fisheries closures, seasonal slowdown areas, interim sanctuary zones where vessels are prohibited, and a year-round requirement that all vessels must stay 400m away from all killer whales in southern BC coastal waters from Campbell River to just north of Ucluelet.
The Government of Canada also actively promotes a number of voluntary measures that align with the Be Whale Wise Guidelines. The Southern Resident killer whale management measures are in addition to the Marine Mammal Regulations which prohibit disturbances in order to protect the many populations of marine mammals that call British Columbia their home.
“The Be Whale Wise guidelines are an essential tool in protecting these majestic whales and marine mammals in the Pacific Waters,” said the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. “As a long-time partner in collaboratively developing the guidelines, we support the valuable work of our partners to limit the impacts of human activity on the Southern Resident killer whale population.”
On both sides of the border, boaters are encouraged to watch for the Whale Warning Flag, an optional tool from the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee that lets others know that there are whales nearby. If boaters see the flag, they should slow down and continue to follow Be Whale Wise regulations and guidelines.
Visit sjcmrc.org/other-content/whale-warning-flag/ for more information about the flag, which is available for a small fee.
Members of the public can also report whale sightings to the Whale Report app. Sightings are shared with large vessels like cargo ships, tankers and ferries so they can slow down or take other measures to prevent ship strikes. Sightings are also shared with wildlife enforcement officers. For more information, visit wildwhales.org/wras/.
For more details about Be Whale Wise regulations and steps recreational boaters can take to keep the whales – and themselves – safe, visit BeWhaleWise.org.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.
Based on the results and a bit of calculation, it is clear that Grace, sailed by Andy Mack, has won the Center Sound Series Overall Trophy. Not only did Grace have the lowest cumulative scores in the PHRF overall scoring for the 3 races (A total of 8 cumulative points versus an average cumulative score of 33+ for the next 4 boats) but they also won Class 7, the largest class, by the largest margin in the fleet (A cumulative score of 5 versus an average cumulative score advantage of 15 over the next 4 boats).
Dos, in Class 4, was the runner up, with 25 cumulative points in the Overall scoring for Second Place and, in a class of 11 boats, an average cumulative score advantage of 5 places over the next 4 boats).
A total of 72 boats participated in one or more of the races, which seems to be an increase of 10 or so boats over 2021.
It appears that giving the Race Committee flexibility of choosing courses for the last two races is working. Alternative courses were set in both races and having choice of heading north or south also seemed to work.
We had a great attendance at this year’s CYC awards ceremony to recognize our 2020/2021 nominees and winners. Login to the members only section if you'd like to see the presentation from the evening. A big thank you to CATHERINE WEATBROOK for preparing and serving a tasty dinner. And congratulations to the two new additions to our Honor Roll of Champions, Dick Rose and Carl Buchan! Winners of the 2021 discretionary awards are: Boat of the Year (Nefarious, Dan Randolph), Sailor of the Year (Carl Buchan), Hans Otto Giese (Wayne Balsiger in 2020 and Jared Hickman in 2021), Boating Family of the Year (The Barnes Family for 2020 and The Bereson Family for 2021), Cruising Boat of the Year (Tuuli, Karen and Scott Tobiason), and Doghouse trophy (Kamoon), Gorder Horder Memorial Trophy (Erik Anderson 2020 and Catie Vandervort 2021), and George Spalding Trophy (Ella Reed 2020 and Isabelle McNabb).
Register here: https://cycseattle.org/event-4703392
A LIVE IN-PERSON CELEBRATION AT THE CYC CLUBHOUSE
First, we will celebrate the Re-Opening of the CYC Clubhouse – it has been too long! In addition to honoring the new additions to the Club’s Honor Roll of Champions and the winners of the Club’s Performance Trophies during 2021 we will announce the winners of the Club’s Discretionary Awards, as selected by the CYC Board. With so many outstanding 2021 performances, being nominated is itself a great honor.
And we will note the 2020 Award Winners as there was no in-person celebration last year.
Honor Roll additions- a Stellar Group: Jay & Lisa Renehan, Jonathan & Libby McKee, Carl Buchan Dick Rose, Steve Travis, Keith Whittemore
Performance Awards: Alex Simanis, Shauna Walgren & Al Hughes, Dan Randolph, Steve Travis, Alan Timms and Others
2021 Discretionary Awards Nominees include:
Boat of the Year – Creative (Shana Walgren & Al Hughes), Different Drummer (Charles Hill), Nefarious (Dan Randolph), Reckless (John Sezer)
Hans Otto Giese – Bob Combie, Jared Hickman, the Clubhouse Haul-Out Team: S. Burnell, S. Johnson, N. Morgan, K. Whittemore
Sailor of the Year – How to Chose Among: Carl Buchan, Steve Travis, Keith Whittemore?
And there will be recognition of outstanding Junior Sailors, the Boating Family of the Year, the Cruising Boat of the Year, the famous Dog House Trophy, and the winners of various performance trophies.
Come to the Clubhouse to honor all the nominees!
Friday Evening, April 1, 2022 at the Clubhouse
Bar opens at 6:00
Dinner at 6:30
Awards Program starts at 7:30
By: Jacob Posner, CYC Junior and club member
For all of us who live in the northwest, one of the first significant regattas of the year are the midwinters events. To start off 2022, I sailed the 50th Anniversary Thistle Midwinters West in the Pacific Ocean of Mission Beach in San Diego, CA. I have been sailing for the last seven years starting in Optis and moving to C420 double handed sailing in the last year. In the summer of 2020, I started skippering the thistle in local evening races, with my dad crewing middle and different people doing bow.
Rigging and sailing at mission bay is always a pleasure. The club is relaxed and there is plenty of room for everything. It is also warm and sunny in California with steady 7-15 knots of sea breeze, and plenty of wildlife, including dolphins, pelicans, seals, and whales. The Thistle fleet is a good choice if you are looking to meet and learn from high level sailors. I learned a lot about Thistle rig tuning and how to sail the boat from various Thistle fleet regulars. One of the highlights for me was getting to talk with Greg Fisher who has won 25 National, North American, and World Championships in 7 different one design classes, including the Thistle. If that isn’t enough to take his advice, our Thistle #3677 mainsail’s cut is called the “Fisher mainsail.” Another great aspect was the very competitive racing, everyone was a good sailor and had been sailing the boat for a long time, so no matter how we were doing I knew everybody there had much more experience. I felt grateful that I could on the same line as all those great sailors.
Sailing with adults is a different vibe than junior sailing. I think they have more respect for the sport in some ways, and they have so much experience to offer. Off the water everyone was extremely supportive of me and I felt welcomed. I had a great time and learned a lot on and off the water. We had an excellent showing from Seattle sailors. Two made the Championship Division: Jacob Posner 5th, Graham Vaughn 9th and in five in Presidential Division: Patrick Schirmer 2nd, Wayne Balsiger 5th, Louis Philips 7th, Les Hillebrand 12th, Frank Moore 14th. Thanks to all the competitors, my off the water coach Jamie Malm (former thistle national champion 1995). The biggest thanks goes to my team: my dad, Jonathan Posner (middle), and Danny Juan (forward), for making it a great event and contributing to our top 5 finish. No matter your skills and goals in sailing I would highly recommend the Thistle class to anyone.
Work continues on the support boats for the Race and Juniors Programs. Two of the Juniors boats recently have returned from the boatyard following hull repairs and bottom paint. Two whalers that have been out of service for several years now have completely refurbished hulls and are ready to move to the next step toward getting them into service this year. Meanwhile, as shown in the accompanying photos, the interior of YC VI is receiving a complete makeover. Many thanks to Pat Dore and Bob Combie, in particular, for their efforts! A work party was held last Saturday on YC VI and more will follow. There’s still plenty of work to be done, so if you’d like to help out please contact Mark Bradner (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer. We especially could use help with some electrical work.
Port Townsend, WA — Six women mariners will take the stage this year at She Tells Sea Tales, a beloved evening of storytelling put on by the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC). The event—which has sold out every year—will be held virtually in 2022, allowing the heartfelt and often emotional sea stories to reach a greater audience.
A fundraiser for women-forward programming at the NMWC, She Tells Sea Tales aims to inspire the next generation of women mariners and raise awareness of the systemic gender inequalities that still exist in the maritime industry by amplifying these seldom heard voices of the sea. Some stories are funny, some are heartbreaking, some are hard—all are real and offer an intimate glimpse into the lives of the women mariners who have lived them.
As a first in the history of She Tells Sea Tales: two generous donors have stepped up with a matching gift challenge. Every gift to She Tells Sea Tales made through March 14, 2022 will be matched 1:1 up to $10,000! This has never happened before, and is a testament to how powerful and inspiring this event is.
Speakers this year will include: Ginny Wilson, shipwright and custom woodworker; Lara Edgeland, artist, scientist, and tall ship sailor; Susan Brittain, transgender sailor and captain; Meegan Corcocan, marine biologist; and Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn, co-founders of the non-profit Sea Potential.
The online event takes place March 5, 2022, at 6PM (PST). Tickets can be purchased at nwmaritime.org/shetells for $22, which allows everyone in your household to enjoy the show. Gifts can be made on the She Tells Sea Tales website or when you purchase your ticket.
ABOUT THE NORTHWEST MARITIME CENTER The Northwest Maritime Center is a regional non-profit based in Port Townsend, WA, that engages and educates people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life, in the spirit of adventure and discovery. https://nwmaritime.org/
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