• 19 Aug 2020 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Racing a J-24 double handed has taught me new multitasking tricks and added countless steps for me as I traverse back and forth from the foredeck to the winches. Important to acknowledge that I really miss my crewmates, and often don’t make it out myself to share in the limited opportunities to race with reduced crew. I know the big boats are suffering through this the most and I’m looking forward to the health crisis passing and seeing everyone out there on the water just as soon as feasible.

    With all of your ongoing support we are embarking on much needed servicing of our steel barge and refreshing of the clubhouse, it’s amazing to Keith, Noel, Steve, and Stuart to name a few volunteers taking this project on what appears to be nearly a full time job. My respect and appreciation runs deep to all of you. Seeing everyone in the clubhouse when we’re all vaccinated will be something that will take on extra importance to me personally after all the hard work and isolation we’ve all put in this year. Our ability to host limited racing and camps is a testament to our commitment to our mission while working within the safety guidelines so critical we follow for society at large. I am also grateful to the Board, our Business Manager Cindy, and to countless volunteers who have put in countless hours, hard work and creative solutions to rework budgets and programs to keep our limited operations functioning and maintain our club finances in a healthy state.  

    I take great pride in being the club’s Commodore and to be associated with such a great group of people and sailors. As always I look forward to chatting with each of you as opportunities present themselves, flying your burgee helps! 

    Best ,

  • 11 Aug 2020 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When 2020 began, CYC planned on publishing a Helmsman, the yearbook for the Club, early in the year.  Not only has it been since 2017 that CYC last published a Helmsman, this was to honor the Club’s 75th year, and an opportunity to produce a written record of the Club’s amazing history.

    Little did we know that indeed 2020 would be a historic year for CYC (and others), just not in any way we could envision!

    We hope circumstances will permit the Helmsman to be published, although it is yet to be determined whether in printed form or virtually and available through the Members Only Area of the CYC website. We will make a decision on the format in the best interests of CYC at some time in the future.

    While a Helmsman contains much information, perhaps the most significant aspect of the it is the Directory of Members –the one place where we obtain an overview of all the Club’s members and their sailboats - all the information that makes CYC a true member’s sailing club. In order to prepare for a 2020 CYC Helmsman, in whatever format, an accurate Directory of Members is essential.

    Since the 2017 Helmsman was published, no doubt there have been changes in some Members’ information, as well as in the information provided by the many new members who have joined CYC since then.  We are also aware that there were inadvertent changes to some data when the Club adopted the current Wild Apricot software.  

    The most efficient way to be certain that CYC has the correct information about yourself and your family is to check your information in the Member’s Only Area on the CYC website.  To do this, go to “” and then Log in to the Member’s Only Area.

     Once you are in the Member’s Only Area, you will see your name in blue type in the top right-hand corner – adjacent to “Change Password” and “Log Out.”

    Click on your name – that will take you to “My Profile” – first look under “Bundle Summary” to see if each of your family members is listed.  If not, you can select “Add member” and include the information about each missing family member.  Children born in 2001 and more recently should be included as they are members under our “Family Member” policy. 

    Then be certain to go back and select “Edit Profile” and then review the information there about you.  This includes contact information, your profession (if you wish), Club interests and the sailboats, if any, that you own (in whole or in part).  And repeat for each member of your family.

    Information commonly missed includes birth year of each individual associated with your membership (CYC does not publish birth years but that information is important so CYC can include each person in the appropriate dues category, which are age-based).   We also have found some incorrect information about when members, including family members, joined CYC, often from the Wild Apricot adoption.   

    On a separate note, at the end of this message, I have attached the list of names of members who have died since the publication of the 2017 Helmsman that we are aware of. The list includes former members as well as individuals who were members at the time of their deaths. If you know of anyone whom we have not so listed, please let us know.

    Although we are not aware of any abuse of the personal information contained in any edition of the Helmsman published since 1945, if you wish some of your information not to be published, please let us know of that information.


    Please contact me if you have any questions at


    Thank you.  Kenneth Johnson



             In Memoriam


    2020:         Carol A. Trusk

    Douglas M. Fryer

                        Janet Barker Footh

                        Stanley Vint Butchart Jr.

    Sandy Pratt

                        John G. Fenton


    2019:        Arnold J. Amenda

                        Frank E. Francisco

                        Kenneth R. “Ken” Tucker, MD, Staff Commodore

                        Charles R. “Chuck” Hurter

                        Joan C. Stewart

                        Wayne Berge

                        Renate “Red” McVittie


    2018:        Joanne R. Tucker

                        Richard J. Jablonski

                        Martin A. “Marty” Godsil

                        Doris Ellis

                        Thomas C. “Tom” Nylund, Honorary Life Member

                        Elaine P. Lootens


    2017:        William M. “Bill” Black

                        Robert Maclean

                        George Trusk, Staff Commodore and Honorary Life Member

                        Carl Rystrom

                        Captain Thomas A. Temple

  • 6 Jul 2020 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC Seattle is restarting our 2020 Lake and Sound racing programs on Tuesday, July 7th. The intent is to stage safe, responsible and enjoyable races, while staying compliant with State and County regulations and recommendations.

    Consistent with the RRS, boat owners and crews participate voluntarily and at their own risk. The club will endeavor to provide a safe racing environment for everyone.

    The following are the criteria the Summer Series on both the Lake and Sound will operate under.

    1. The club requires ALL participating skippers to review, sign and return a US Sailing-sanctioned liability and release waiver the to the club office in a timely fashion, but no later than the completion of the Summer Series (download waiver).
    2.  ALL skippers are required to maintain an accurate Contact List, which can be made available to the RC upon request. This is a CRITICAL component of maintaining our Contact Tracing compliance.
    3. Appropriate social distancing and mask compliance is the responsibility of all skippers and crew. CYC staff is not responsible for monitoring compliance but flagrant ignoring of State and County guidelines will be considered ground s for DSQ.
    4. All races are limited to single and doublehanded participation and scoring. Any participant that races with more than 2 crew will NOT be scored.
    5. The club retains the right to alter these guidelines on short notice, including postponing races, as situations warrant.

    The guiding principle of these rules and recommendations is to stage safe and fun races, within the context of the situation we all find ourselves in. Our resources, and as a result the type of races we will be staging, will be different than we are all used to, but they will happen.

    The Board, and your race officials and volunteers, appreciate your ongoing patience, and support in these challenging times. CYC Sailing will go on! See you on the water!

    Matthew Wood

    CYC Race Fleet Captain/PHRF-NW Handicapper

  • 23 Jun 2020 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First off, thank you for your ongoing support and patience.

    With the news that King County has formally moved into Phase 2, we will be restarting racing as previously communicated. Following our two-week restart clock, we will resume modified racing on Tuesday, July 7th. As previously announced racing will resume with double handed and single crew only for a limited restart. Here's what we are planning:

    For those without a season's pass, you can still purchase one.





    Tuesday Nights (J-24) [REGISTER]

    Wednesday Nights (San Juan 24, Thunderbirds, Thistle's, etc...) [REGISTER]



    Wednesday Nights (J-105, J-80, PHRF, etc...) [REGISTER]

    Thursday (Dinghies such as Stars, Aero's, Tasers, Lasers, etc...)  [REGISTER]

    These are unprecedented times and we are navigating them in real time and as best as we can. We suspect we will learn a few things along the way and make adjustments as we go so please be on the lookout for updates. Please contact your Race Fleet Captain, Matthew Wood ( directly with any questions, and watch for logistical details over the next 2 weeks.


    Stay strong and healthy,

    CYC Board of Directors  

  • 16 Jun 2020 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This past weekend, the CYC board, with significant input from the membership and the community at large, reviewed and revised the club's position on "restarting" our regular racing programs.  We are grateful for the time and thought everyone put into this effort. We all love sailing and are looking forward to resuming the sport that, for many of us, is a vital part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, the realities of society at large limit our ability to resume regular activity, given the guidance we have received from Government and Health Officials. Given these circumstances, the Board of CYC has made the following decisions.


    • Single-handed casual competition events will continue to be supported out of Shilshole on Thursdays. 
    • Upon the announcement of Phase 2, we will initiate as soon as we can Double-handed, and potentially "family" crewed racing on the Lake and Sound. (Details to follow)
    • CYC Racing as we have traditionally known it will not formally resume until Phase III. 

    Also, please note is that if situations change on short notice, the club will respond accordingly. As in our personal and business lives, flexibility and adoption of "new normal" is a vital part of moving forward. Extending that patience, understanding, and the usual CYC sensibility of community to this resumption roadmap is the essential component of our plan.


    Above all, we urge all members of CYC, your families, and the sailing community we are part of, to stay healthy, diligent, and safe.


    Thank you,

    CYC Board of Directors

  • 20 May 2020 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Margaret Pommert Honored with
    2020 BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award

    MARBLEHEAD, Mass., May 20, 2020 – Margaret Pommert of Seattle, Washington, has been named recipient of the 2020 BoatUS/National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) Leadership in Women's Sailing Award. The award annually recognizes an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating, and enriching the lives of women through sailing.

    “Margaret has been called ‘a force of nature’ for her enthusiasm and effectiveness in getting more women on the water,” said NWSA President Debbie Huntsman. “She encourages women to step up to new responsibilities and to expand their capabilities, confidence, and boating horizons.”

    Added Huntsman, “Margaret also has developed impressive, forward-thinking mentoring and online learning opportunities for bringing more women sailors forward as certified instructors and licensed mariners. In doing so, she has truly shown exceptional leadership in women’s sailing and is most deserving of this award.”

    A Pacific Northwest native, Pommert is an American Sailing Association and US Sailing certified instructor and holds a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain’s License. For many years, she taught sailing in California on dinghies, keelboats, catamarans and monohulls, and she now teaches at a variety of locations in the Pacific Northwest as well as online. Pommert also works for the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, teaching new keelboat instructors. One of the nation’s largest sailing schools named her 2019 Instructor of the Year.

    Beyond instruction, Pommert skippered an all-woman J105 sailing team that twice won a fundraising regatta for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She was on the only all-woman U.S. team at the 2018 J22 International Midwinter Championship Regatta, co-led a flotilla up the Inside Passage to Alaska five times, sailed a Pacific Crossing, and explored many top cruising destinations. She also writes a monthly column for women sailors in Northwest Yachting magazine, created the free boating education website, and serves on The Sailing Foundation’s Executive Committee where she is the organization’s Offshore Safety at Sea training organizer. Pommert has served as a member of the Washington State Boating Programs Advisory Committee, which provides recommendations on ways to enhance boating safety and evaluates grants on boating access infrastructure.

  • 15 May 2020 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summary, as provided by Chris McMuldroch --

    We had 18 connections to our Second Thursday Cruiser Social on ZOOM and 24+ people present on camera.

    The meeting got off to a slow start.  Technical support was provided via cell from the office staff who was on kayak near Meadow Point buoy!  She talked me through how to find the meeting schedule, and open the correct meeting!  Live and learn…

    We did introductions around the room to find out what everyone has been doing recently.  Cary and Tom called in from California.  David Williams called in from Oregon.  Scott and Karen called in from their boat in Garrison Bay San Juan Island.  Paul and Erica were on their boat in Vaughn Bay, South Sound.

    Several cruisers had been out day sailing and doing overnights during our isolation phase.  We heard of 40 boats at Blake Island and Blakely Harbor.  Four or five boats in Manzanita.  A full bay of boats at Poulsbo.  Over a hundred boats at Sucia in the three different bays.  4 or 5 boats in Garrison Bay.  Today, Tuuli and Altair are both in the San Juans.  Atalaya is in South Sound.

    Our topic tonight was “Hidden Gems of Puget Sound”.  There was lots of talk about places to hike to from Blakely Harbor.  Also hiking from two water access points in Port Madison.  I learned that there is ice cream in Brownsville.  A couple of people talked about the really good Navy museum at Keyport where there is a dock which is a bit shallow for sailboats, so it is better to dinghy in.  In Poulsbo, Peggy talked about the board walk and trail North along the shore from the marina.  There are a couple interesting destinations along that direction.  I also spoke about the shore access and road to Manzanita Park, and someone else mentioned there is a cool creek to paddle in just to the East of that access in Manzanita Bay on Bainbridge Island.  We heard about South Sound locations, with comments that it is less crowded than places North of the Tacoma Narrows.  Lots of people were aware of the really nice trails on Blake Island, including the perimeter trail.

    Jack says there is a park on Vashon opposite Dockton next to the Girl Scout camp.  I think this is the link I see the behind this down the road is a bigger park: Burton Acres Park.


    Scott said there is are downloadable maps of the Bainbridge Island hiking trails at BIParks website.


    Scott also talked about hiking from English Camp in Garrison Bay.  He said there is a trail up Young Hill with great views over the water.


    There were too many other mentions for me to keep up with tonight!  We have a group of people with a lot of information on places to go, and places to discover!


    Towards the end of our social we reviewed our upcoming cruises


    Because state parks are open for day use, and mooring balls are open for overnight stays, I think we won’t cancel upcoming cruises.  But we need to modify our expectations. In place of our normal anchor rafting we will anchor individually.   Right now marinas are either closed or limited with no reservations, so those cruises are pending further developments. 


    Memorial Day at Mystery Bay.  Three boats tonight said they are interested in going if the weather is pleasant:  Maggie May, Gratitude, and Tuuli.  Those Guys will not be going.  The tractor parade is cancelled, so we can meet up for a hike.  Also the group could decide to anchor at Fort Flagler where there is a park dock and trails across the bluffs to Admiralty Inlet.  The views from the trail are beautiful and the military fortifications are interesting.


    June 6-7 Blakely Rock Low Tide cruise will be with individually anchored boats, but the group can go explore the rock at low tide.  Sharing food may not be advisable.


    June 16-17 Blake Island Marina led by Al Johnson is still on, pending the status of the marina for overnight stays.  If the marina is not open, Al will not attend, he prefers not to anchor.  However, if the marina is closed, the group could anchor on the West side, and dinghy ashore for a hike. Stay tuned to the club web page for updates.


    June 27-28 The Bremerton Bridge Blast fire works have been cancelled already.  At this time the Port Orchard Marina guest moorage appears to be closed.  So this one is pending, and could be relocated or cancelled.


    July 3rd Poulsbo Fireworks.  The web page says to watch for a schedule of events.  So I don’t know if the fireworks are going ahead or not. It always draws huge crowds in town, at waterfront homes, and on boats at anchor.  If you see some information, please let me know, so we can announce it.  Again this would be a cruise with individually anchored boats.


    We had a fun hour, seeing each other on camera, and talking with each other.


    Talk to you all again - same time same place in June!


    Best regards,


    Fleet Captain Cruise


  • 8 May 2020 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC Virtual Regatta Inshore racing, Not the same as being on the water, but at least it is dry and mistakes cheap
    By Jared Hickman

    CYC Virtual Racing page

    I have been logging in and playing with my fellow Yacht Club members on the Virtual Regatta In shore app. It is so nice to get back ‘on the water’ even if it is just virtually. There is a bit of a learning curve involved, and the program has its quirks which just adds to the fun. If you imagine the various controls as commands to the crew, it really adds to the realism.

    Aside from some refreshers on how not to win a race, here is what I learned about the program the last 3 race nights:

    Lesson 1. The race timer is on the top of the screen, not the one in the middle.

    In my very first race I thought I had the start nailed. On my approach to the start a big red count down timer started right in the middle of the screen with a target showing where I was going to be on the line. I thought what a great feature, wish I had this on the real boat. The timer read “0” right when I got to the line, nailed it! A few seconds later a large, annoying pop up appeared declaring Miss Start! That is when I realized my error, the red timer that appears in the middle of the screen during your run up to the start is your time to the line, not the official start time.

    Lesson 2. You can look around

    In race two, leg one I tacked to port only to be immediately T-boned by a starboard boat that was in my ‘blind spot’. Not exactly the actions you would expect out of a 30-year veteran. I did find out how the penalties work. I was immediately made into a ghost ship and my sails flogged as the system made me sit there and think about what I had done for 10 seconds. It took me till race 5 to learn lesson 2, you can zoom in and out and change the camera to look at what’s around. It is a lot easier to see if it is safe to tack when you can move your head around.

    Lesson 3. The steering controls can be a bit unpredictable.

    It can fail to turn the boat entirely, or more annoyingly turn it in unexpected ways. In race 3 I discovered the ‘tack’ button. Which I highly recommend using unless you like going into irons on a lot.

    Once I found myself coming into the first mark in second place! Unfortunately, I was on the dreaded port lay line. I did manage to see a 1.1 boat length ‘hole’ between the 2nd and 3rd boats coming in on starboard.

    “I can make that hole, and coming out in 4th is not so bad” would be my famous last words.

    In my arrogance, I turned down intending to aim for the spot. Well the loose gudgeons on my rudder caused me to turn down too far and I promptly slammed into the 3rd place boat. (2 turns). After sitting in time out for 10 seconds just above the starboard lay line on port, I used the nifty tack button.

    In doing so I learned the nifty tack button takes you from the angle you were on one tack to the same angle on the other. As I was sailing about 90 degrees off the wind on port, I tacked and the boat immediate headed down to 90 AWA on starboard. Unfortunately, there was a boat occupying that spot. (4 turns). After I sat in my well-earned third time out, I sheeted in and promptly slammed into the boat ahead of me when a jammed main sheet failed to allow the boat to turn down as I hoped. (6 turns). This time I had a great view of the fleet rounding the mark as I sat in time out. It was nice to see the entire fleet ahead of me on the downwind, makes it easy to see what’s going on around the course. I spent the rest of that race wondering if I needed to shred my Judge certificate.

    Lesson 4. connectivity and computer speed can be a real game changer

    One night I was playing the game, my wife was streaming an action movie, and someone in the household thought it would be a great idea to have hundreds of opened web pages on their PC, all buffering and downloading content and ads. Wisely, the router knew to give priority to my wife, Unfortunately, maybe because it is holding a grudge against me, it put my data at the bottom of the pile.

    This spotty connection can cause a delay in when commands are executed, to compound the issue, commands cannot be undone.

    On more than one occasion I would give the command to turn and nothing would happen. I would do it again, nothing. So, the frustrated three-year-old child inside me would take over and slam the rudder hard over by wailing on the turn button. A few agonizing seconds later the connection would reestablish. But those hundreds of key stocks would still be logged, so my boat would start turning in a tight spiral of death. Taking out the mark and most of the fleet while I was at it.

    This would infuriate the three-year-old child still at the helm, the tiller would be slammed the other way in order to try and stop. This would mean that once all the commands for turning to port were met (usually after a 1080), all the new commands to starboard would start and I would start spinning uncontrollably the other way.

    All these needless maneuvers would put me pretty deep in the fleet, combined with the minute or so of penalties tacked on top would usually place me solidly in the back. Good news is I had enough time to go to the fridge and get a treat to calm the three-year-old back into a 43-year-old.

    I highly recommend taking the following steps. Do not run the skype meeting and the Virtual regatta program on the same machine and make sure your connectivity is not being over taxed in the household. I did this last night and things went a lot better.

    Lesson 5. the crew (computer) responds to your requests no matter how stupid they are.

    On a far too regular basis while going upwind I would accidentally push the set/douse spinnaker button instead of the tack button. By keying in the wrong command, instead of yelling “Tacking” my virtual skipper would yell “Hoist” which would result in the crew (computer) executing the order, no matter how much I would yell STOP, BELAY THAT ORDER, YOU BLOODY MORONS.

    As I watched the kite, and my dreams of victory, go to the top of the mast while beating upwind, I had no choice but to take it. It was fun explaining on the chat why the first-place boat was suddenly putting the kite up and down and spinning circles of frustration. All I could do is explain that my bowman needed a talking to. A fellow competitor said “You must be playing Virtual Regatta”, a phrase that would explain so much…

    Lesson 6. the umpires on the water need some more practice.

    I once I found myself in second place going around the mark onto the final downwind leg within striking distance of first place! “I know how to handle this” could be heard in my internal soundtrack.

    Third place was over 100 yards back, I had some time to engage. I started sitting on the first-place boats air, keeping a third eye out for the third-place boat to make sure I was not going to give up my hard fought second. The covering was working great, the two of us played the familiar dance and I soon found myself overlapped to windward and passing. Like a good little champion, the other boat luffed and I reacted. When we both came down again, I got greedy and narrowed the gap. I could hear the match umpires saying, “All on me” and pointing out I put my-self there.

    With 3rd place still 100 yards back, the first-place boat came at me again. This time I was too slow to react and we hit.

    I could sense the umpires grabbing the penalty flag. While waiting for my time out to start and securing the dunce cap, I noticed the other boat went ghost and stopped. The umpires penalized the wrong boat!

    Knowing that was not right, I did the seaman like thing and started doing turns until the other boat was out of jail and free to run. Then I followed them to the finish. Luckily third place was back enough I still earned 2nd, but it was close.

    In that incident I also learned a virtual Star boat can make 2 turns REALLY fast. If I had done it that quick in the real world, I might be ordering a new mast today.

    I am hooked, and plan on being there every night the club hosts. Kudos to those who continually give me a spanking, Flying Lili, Hair of the Dog, Hit ‘em Hardier, I’m talking to you. Fellow sailing enthusiasts, come join us for the fun, the more the merrier. Look for me on the ‘virtual’ water under the Pseudo, Cupcake77.

  • 28 Apr 2020 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Racing Update: It appears we are getting closer to resuming racing albeit we are not quite there yet. We are staying on top of the news and guidance from the Governor's Office as well as local health officials and are looking forward to resuming racing operations in the near future. Given the crisis has taken many turns we've decided to provide everyone with a two week "heads up" notice when we'll be restarting. This should give you and our volunteer and professional staff time to prepare to get back out on the water. And so we don't keep folks guessing over the coming few days we are formally cancelling PSSR for the weekend of May 16/17. For Matthew Wood and his team the rolling start provides the necessary time to draft and work out new procedures, which we've started to develop. We ask for your ongoing patience and understanding while together we navigate returning to our sport and with the health and safety of the broader community on the top of our minds. 

    I look forward to getting back out racing on the Lake and Sound and competing with many of you just as soon as practical.

    Take Care,

    David Barnes

    CYC Commodore  

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