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  • 7 Jul 2021 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    July 5, Newport, RI - The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced today eleven sailors comprising its 11th anniversary class of inductees, which includes  Carl Buchan and Dick Rose.

    • Richard “Dick” Rose – a thirty-year member of World Sailing’s Racing Rules of Sailing Committee, he is considered “the” international authority on the Racing Rules of Sailing.

    As both active members at CYC, we are so pleased with the involvement and contributions that they provide to our CYC community, and that they are getting the recognition that they deserve!

    You can read more about this at:

    Hall of Fame - National Sailing Hall of Fame (nshof.org)

  • 30 Jun 2021 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The office staff is looking to expand its support to members and guests by hiring a part-time office assistant. If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and a detailed cover letter describing why are you a great fit.   

    Click on Job description to see the details.

  • 15 Jun 2021 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    J-24’s - Despite Covid and a sometimes challenging Leschi moorage situation the Seattle J/24 fleet is still going strong!  We consistently have ~ 22 boats on the starting line, including two new skippers and once several of the regular "old timers" are back we’ll be approaching 27-28 boats.  It’s so great to be out on the water again with full crews, waving at all the other boats, and seeing the smiling faces of our RC folks, especially Troy and Cathy!  An entertaining and great addition to our lake racing has been the new bright orange bots (more in a future article).  These smartphone controlled marks have made all the difference when having to reset marks quickly. It also results in some hilarity when you sail past the bot end of the starting line to "ping" it and it suddenly starts moving away from you!   As you might imagine, those boats with the most experienced J/24 crews (some teams have been sailing together for upwards of 20 years!!) consistently finish in the top 5, but to acknowledge newer and improving teams, Keith Whittemore is sponsoring a Handicap Trophy whereby boats are scored on their actual finish position and adjusted for their handicap based on previous finishes (think golf handicaps)  Notable finishers for the Spring Series were veterans Boat named Kevin, Big Tuna, Tremendous Slouch, Irrational, Baba Louie, and Suspence with relative newcomers Amuse Bouche and Habanero placing in the top eight boats.  Congratulations to Kurt Dammeier and Denny Vaughen teams; your hard work is paying off!!   

    In closing, best wishes to team Furio (reigning J/24 World Champions) as they reassemble for first time since early 2020 and compete in 2021 NA’s starting June 16th on Long Island ( Sayville Yacht Club).

    Thistles - We currently have 12 boats racing, similar numbers to last year but with several new boat owners.  We have tight racing with a number of boats churning up and down the standings.  Regattas have resumed this year with Districts at Eugene July 10 weekend (delayed from Memorial Day) and Yale Lake is July 17th weekend.  The 75th Thistle Nationals are in Cleveland the first week of August and Wayne Balsiger, Melanie Edwards and Julie Irwin representing CYC and Fleet 61.  Our second Districts are at Sequim Bay on August 21 weekend.  We have two Districts this year because 2022 nationals are in early 2022. The PCC (Pacific Coast Championship) will be during the Spud Cup at Sandpoint, ID on Labor Day weekend, site of the 2019 Nationals.  Several Seattle boats plan to represent the fleet there.


  • 4 May 2021 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In December of 2019, after five years of discussion on when the next haul out would take place, CYC’s Haulout team began discussion with vendors to fill distinct scopes of work for the fall of 2020.

    Renovation of the Hull, the number one priority, had an initial budget in 2019 of $160,000 which included $10,000 in contingency. The budgets for window and siding replacement at $60,000. In addition, race equipment needs and “Additional Clubhouse” Stuff dock’s, finishes and electrical upgrades brought the 2019 budget to $334,500 with long term vision of an additional $225,000.

    The clubhouse haulout schedule was developed in early 2020, with a departure the last week of August and return the first week of December 2020. The actual schedule was a departure of 1 September 2020 and return 3 February 2021.

    Lake Union Dry Dock (LUDD) was the most competitive bid and was awarded the contract. They took care of all of the work related to the barge, including activities such as Steel renewal and painting of the hull.

    Dyna Contracting was the most competitive bid for installing the new siding and replacement windows as well as management of a number of selected vendors which required extensive coordination.

    Prior to the entering contracts with LUDD or Dyna and relocating the clubhouse to Lake Onion, inspection of the barge was undertaken to provide better quotes for the steel renewal and to uncover any major unforeseen condition. Two issue surfaced right away 1) the men’s shower had a leak that was damaging the barge’s top deck under the shower and 2) the wood supports for the lower entry door had extensive dry rot and would need to be replaced. The shower floor had to be removed to access and repair the Barge top side. Change orders were issued to both Dyna and LUDD to complete the work. Several inspection ports were installed to allow future access to the barge top and allow ventilation of the space.

    While the clubhouse was in the dry dock. Dyna requested that 5/8” studs be installed on the north side of the barge to allow a construction platform’s to be installed to facilitate window and siding installation at the Dyna dock’s. After reviewing the long term potential of this walkway, additional 5/8” studs were installed to support the new isolation transformer, and to provide a permanent walkway around the clubhouse to replace the concrete floats.

    The hull steel was repaired and alarms installed in all of the barges six compartments, an impressed current protective system has been up graded, and an isolation transformer system has been installed. All the window and exterior doors have been replaced with thermal double pane windows. The exterior skin of the clubhouse has been completely replaced with new state of the art weather barrier and a combination of Hardi panels or metal siding. Three sky light have been replaced with hard roofs with windows to match the other new windows. A new entry sign has been installed on the east side of the clubhouse.  

    Following the completion of the exterior, the team of CYC Volunteer’s began the renovation of the interior of the clubhouse. Beginning on the upper level, the carpet and flooring were removed, electrical upgrades were undertaken, and a sound attenuation ceiling was installed in the bar and meeting area. The Bar window were replaced with new windows and the bar was upgraded with a tile back splash. The remaining walls and ceiling were painted prior to the installation of new carpet and wood base.

    Downstairs the men’s and women’s rooms were painted and ungraded. The wood flooring was refinished and the exit door, stairs to the dock and deck railing were reconfigured and ungraded. The downstairs meeting room has been repainted. 


  • 15 Apr 2021 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2020 Cruising Awards 

    (A slideshow of the nominated and winning boats will be available shortly)

    Performance Awards – earned on the water

    Presented by Al Johnson winner of the Commodore race in 2018 and  2019

    Commodore Race, August 15, 2020.  Won by “Those Guys,” a J/35, skippered by Jennifer Heins and Tim Huse (CYC). 10 boats started and all but one finished,



     Gibson Race.  August 16, 2020.     Won by “Second Sun,” a Young Sun   43, owned by Andrew and Katherine   Bereson (CYC). The race was   shortened due to lack of wind, and   Second Sun was the only boat to   reach the shortened finish line.


    Discretionary Awards – voted by the Board

    Boating Family of the Year

    Presented by Geoff Pease winner of the Boating Family in 2019

    Chosen from families active with keel boats or one designs, with sailing together or separately in a variety of events.  Contributions to fleet activities, to CYC and to other sailing organizations are considered in addition to sailing achievements.

    We had one nominee for this award for 2020.

    David & Karen Barnes and Family (teens: Ethan, Coleman and Benjamin) were out sailing and cruising locally many times in 2020. Their boat GRATITUDE (Hanse 415) was one of the few boats we saw out earlier in March and April - sometimes David and his sons, sometimes with Karen, and other times the whole family. GRATITUDE has continued her weekend cruising most of the year. The family did a trip to the San Juan's this summer in addition to multiple weekends in the central sound. David’s middle son, Coleman, races on the CYC Race Team and on the Ballard High School Team. Coleman also helped as Junior Sail Camp Volunteer this past summer. David drives a whaler for the Club sometimes - including the day he jumped in one to go help the junior sailors that ended up on the breakwater during a surprisingly windy day.  David and Family racd GRATITUDE on Puget Sound in the Center Sounds Series and TYC’s Winter Vashon as well as the CYC Commodore Gibson. Besides cruising and racing on the sound, David races with the competitive J/24’s on Lake Washington crewing on R.Y.L.A.H.  The Barnes Family fit the image of a complete sailing family from personal family cruises and club cruises, to PHRF and J/24 class racing, to Junior programs, and dad helping out in the Club whalers.  

    Greig Memorial Trophy - Cruising Boat of the Year

    Presented by Peggy Watt.  Peggy and Ron won this award in 2014

    This trophy has been awarded to world-class blue-water cruisers and to those who are active in the regional or local cruising community.  This award may recognize leadership as well as cruising accomplishments.

    There were 5 nominees for this award for 2020.  There is no doubt that cruising was a great COVID activity and escape last year.  In alphabetical order, by boat name:

    Altair, Sceptre 41 - Paul Baker and Suzette Connolly 

    Paul and Suzette were out cruising on ALTAIR a great deal last year, primarily very local, being at anchor 4-5 nights each week from early March through the end of October. They started in March with a 10-day trip, just as COVID was heating up, and went as far south as Gig Harbor. ALTAIR was frequently been found at Blakely Harbor or the West End of Blake Island, both have been wonderful for the shore access and extensive trails for long walks. They needed to be back each week for Suzette to see her mom so were on a short geographic leash. They have also anchored at Eagle Harbor, Port Madison, Manzanita, Poulsbo, Dyes Inlet (a new spot) and the Blake Island Marina. Paul and Suzette did make two quick one-week trips to the San Juan’s - the first in May with hardly anyone there, and the econd trip in September with all of the smoke and quite full anchorages, with up to 76 boats in Prevost Harbor on Stuart Island the Friday after Labor Day.

    Atalaya, Seawind 1160 Lite 380 - Paul Benson and Erica Johnson.

    Paul and Erica took delivery of ATALAYA in September 2019 and have been living aboard full time since then. Besides local anchorages close to Seattle they explored the South Sound and the San Juan's last summer. In August, Paul and Erica headed down the West Coast, harbor hoping south to San Francisco and other ports before arriving in San Diego. Paul and Erica then sailed in the Nada Ha-Ha from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and are now somewhere on the Baja California peninsula. Plus, while out cruising they have continued participating in the CYC Cruiser ZOOM Socials, which is fun for us back at home. 

    Their trip has all been double handed except when Paul’s sons have joined them cruising in local waters. They plan to stay out as long as it’s fun and future destinations will depend on how things go with COVID restrictions. Paul and Erica previously explored our local waters on DOLPHIN QUEST, their Shannon 38 PH.

    Asylum, J/44 – Jamie Thomas and Kyle Caldwell.

    Jamie and Kyle left Seattle in August 2019 on ASYLUM heading south down the West Coast after a shake-down cruise in Canadian waters. They have been “stuck” in Mexico due to COVID but things are still enjoyable and they are enjoying the cruising. In December 2020 there were just north of Puerto Vallarta. They have added two rescue puppies to their family while in Puerto Escondido near Loreto, Baja this summer. They spent much of their summer rescuing dogs and finding homes for them and think they have helped 12 Baja puppies now. As with many cruisers, they are contributing by helping improve things in the local area.  

    Eleanor, Peterson 44 - Lauri and Chris Bushue 

    In early May, Lauri and Chris headed north to the San Juan’s and stayed out for 45 days. Their longest cruise to date! They also did a 2-3 week trip to Port Townsend and the San Juan's later the summer. In addition to living on their boat at Shilshole and exploring our local waters, Lauri maintains the CYC Cruising Reciprocal List.

    Kismet, Passport 40, Kevin Connell

    In spring and summer 2020 Kevin was out a great deal cruising locally for several days at a time while working remotely (Blake Island, Blakely Harbor, Poulsbo, and Gig Harbor among the local anchorages) then back to Shilshole for more remote work and boat projects getting KISMET ready to head off shore and down the West Coast. Being single, Kevin wanted to have crew for the trip from Seattle to San Francisco and welcomed aboard fellow CYC members Craig Williams, Scott and Karen Tobiason and his brother Sean, a non-sailor but great engine mechanic. KISMET departed in August headed for San Francisco and made the trip south with one stop in Newport, Oregon for a week waiting out a big storm off shore. Kevin was in touch with CYC members Paul and Erica on ATALAYA as they left Seattle around the same time and they spent the week in Newport together.

    Kevin single handed south, harbor hoping from San Francisco to San Diego. He joined us on a Cruiser ZOOM meeting from an anchorage off Avila Beach near San Luis Obispo. It was great to hear about the trip to date first hand. While in Southern California, Kevin sailed back and forth for several weeks between exploring the Channel Islands and boat projects in Santa Barbara. Kevin picked up his brother Sean and more CYC crew for the trip south to Cabo San Lucas. Early November, Kevin participated in the Nada Ha-Ha from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. Kevin is now exploring the stunningly beautiful Sea of Cortez side of Baja, currently in La Paz.  

    And the Winner is:

    Atalaya - Paul Benson and Erica Johnson.


  • 7 Apr 2021 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Per George Harris, the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) President and CEO)

    ******

    All Boaters,

    This morning I testified before the Senate Transportation Committee opposing a new proposal to double the watercraft excise tax. This is the tax Washington boaters pay annually when they register their boats.

    Boaters are the only user group that pay an excise tax and we think it is unfair and inappropriate to increase this tax.

    The funds from this Vessel Excise Tax go directly into the state general fund. 

    Please take action now and let our state senators know you do not support this increase. It only takes one minute! Click this LINK now to send a message to your state senator.


  • 22 Mar 2021 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you were unable to join the Women's Third Thursday event with Janna Cawrse, you can enjoy the presentation via the recording link below: 

    Janna Cawrse Esarey (Women Who Sail book curator and author of The Motion of the Ocean) as she shows fantastic pictures of her family’s attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage, a route newly open due to climate change. 

    Meeting Recording:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_aaxFC03SCyAregOg7PtmN-Z6T1ZejIB3hxL0mznzCVHfLjbErWfb9YtluDfBRzB.M7G0mudNO_TH3Ovj

    Access Passcode: %9M0j?%$


  • 10 Mar 2021 6:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The last weekend in February we had the first cruise of 2021 to the Blake Island Marina. It was a nice weekend with moderate southerly winds for a beat down on Saturday and a nice run back to Shilshole on Sunday with some boats hoisting spinnakers. Six CYC boats with 14 people attended plus a family of three that were thinking of becoming members. They had a great time with us on Saturday and signed up to become members via the CYC website Sunday morning. The wonders of modern technology!! Welcome to Nathan, Vanessa and Evelyn!! We are excited to have you as some of our newest members.

    The marina was full with 17 boats Saturday night. An additional 15 other boats had tried for spots without luck. The marina was a busy place on a nice winter weekend. All of the CYC boats managed to get a spot on the dock with Cruise Leader Morris Lowitz arriving last and having to wait on a mooring outside the marina until they could take the Load/Unload spot at dusk. A spot on the dock opened up first thing Sunday morning so they had a place on the dock instead of having to go back out to a mooring for breakfast. Morris brought his three person J-80 crew to help him sail his Jeanneau 44 Keala for the weekend. Thanks Morris for stepping up to lead this cruise. In fact this was not only Morris’ first time as Cruise Leader, but also his first CYC Cruise period. The other boats on the cruise were Solstice, Altair, Tula, Mara andMaggie May plus our new members on their Beneteau 393 Equilibrium.

    Saturday we had informal socially distanced cocktails on the dock at 5:00 with some people sitting on their boats. Everyone then did their own dinner before meeting up ashore for a fire. The group at the fire was never more than ten as people came and left during the evening by chance. We had a second campfire going in the event the group was larger at any one time and we needed to split up into two groups. The Shelters that we usually use for a potluck dinner and fire are currently closed due to COVID Restrictions. We took hikes around the island or out to the West End in small groups, great exercise and the chance to visit with old friends or make new acquaintances, even if the trails were a bit muddy in places.  A great start to the CYC Cruising Season and a wonderful group.


  • 5 Mar 2021 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you not able to attend the Racing Rules Changes of Note meeting, there's still an opportunity to hear what was discussed.  Below is a Zoom link to the recording of the meeting, which starts at about the 2 minute mark (Passcode: c&4&1%V2)  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4rVcNTtl8RyY911MlrapCfrozTleJuYVXJcdvEoizOZZk5U2QLDFiOaQwO1w_rfu.oGZAgYSZD34FKZz2

  • 1 Feb 2021 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello members and CYC community at large,

    The clubhouse is ready to return to Shilshole from Dyna.  Unfortunately, "Mother Nature" is making it a bit difficult.  Due to safety and insurance reasons, the club can not move in winds of 10 knots or higher.  The plan was to move the club today (Monday) or Tuesday; however, it is now TENTATIVELY scheduled for this Wednesday, Feb 3.  I am in the process of getting a better timeline from Fremont Tug (it will move in the morning, during daylight hours).

    Thanks,

    Cindy Barrett



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