News

  • 24 Apr 2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Mark Philiposian

    CYC Virtual Racing page

    CYC Seattle’s “Virtual Lake Fleet” held a two-day regatta April 21st to 22nd, bringing together some of the best keyboard talent CYC has to offer. Organized by Virtual PRO and Staff Commodore Jakob Lichtenberg, this event brought together some of CYC’s finest virtual sailors. Jakob ably coordinated the event via Skype call, which made the event as much of a social gathering as a competitive event, and very fun!

    The sailors worked through some of the, let’s say, peculiarities of the Virtual Regatta (VR) platform, which is visually stunning. VR offers world venues such as Kiel, Portsmouth, Mallorca, and Sydney! Keyboard controls were a bit twitchy, either vastly understeering or oversteering. There were a lot of “S” curved wakes in the water! It wouldn’t be a regatta without a bunch of whining about rules, and VR’s rules engine provided ample opportunity for whining! Once the fleet got used to the rules engine and controls, the focus was on fellowship and fun.

    Overall, put simply-everyone had a GREAT time thanks to the gracious and well thought out organization by Jakob. The fleet grew from 7 sailors on Tuesday to 10 on Wednesday!

    Results (Top 3):

    Day 1/Race 1: 1. notDjinn 2. Crunchy 3. Underdog

    Day 1/Race 2: 1. HOTD 2. Underdog 3. Crunchy

    Day 1/Race 3: 1. HOTD 2. Capn Bly 3. Rabbidous

    Day 2/Race 1: 1. Bill Tailor 2. Rabbidous 3. Underdog

    Day 2/Race 2: 1. HOTD 2. Capn Bly 3. Rabbidous

    Day 2/Race 3: 1. HOTD 2. Underdog 3. Mata Hari

    Day 2/Race 4: 1. Rabbidous 2. HOTD 3. Flying Lili Monster

    Day 2/Race 5: 1. Mata Hari 2. Rabbidous 3. HOTD

    (Race 5 was a real barn-burner with everyone getting great starts and a tight pack at the top mark!)

  • 17 Apr 2020 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join the Social and Education Committee

    The Social and Education Committee is looking for new members. The social engagement between us members is one of the most critical aspects of what makes CYC what it is.  Last year the committee hosted 100+ fun events, including special events like the Maiden talk, weekly events like our wonderful Monday Lunch, and our Women's Sailing Spring Series. If you are interested in joining please reach out to Teri Evernden (nuitconsulting@gmail.com) or to Staff Commodore Jakob Lichtenberg (jakob.lichtenberg@outlook.com).


    Join the Nominating and Elections Committee

    The Nominating and Elections committee is one of the permanent committees introduced in our bylaws. The committee is responsible for carrying out the nomination and election procedures and we are looking for members in preparation of our search for a great 2021 board. We would love to get fresh energy and diverse people into the committee. If you are interested in joining us please reach out to Staff Commodore Jakob Lichtenberg (jakob.lichtenberg@outlook.com).

  • 31 Mar 2020 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The paving project associated with the restroom project is about to get under way. The first section to be repaved is the north parking lot (adjacent to the North Dry Moorage Yard) and that work will start Monday 4/7 and conclude 4/17.  Impacts for this phase are limited and customers with boats in the dry storage yard will continue to have access to their boats and jib cranes for launching. They just will not be able to park in the north lot. North Dry Moorage Customers might opt to park in lot in front CYC, but launching activities are fairly slow right now. 

    Starting on April 20th and continuing through May 1st, the parking lot in front of CYC will be receiving an asphalt overlay as part of a marina-wide repaving project.  Specifically, the area being repaved is roughly described as area between Shilshole’s north entrance (by CYC) and its second entrance (from the north) near the M-6 restroom building.

    The area being repaved will be cordoned off during the two week work period, so customers accustomed to parking there will need to use SBM’s north parking lot (by the Dry Moorage Yard) or the parking lots south of the M-6 Restroom Building. 

    Please contact Shilshole Bay Marina staff for questions or concerns.

    206-787-3006

    206-601-4089

  • 20 Mar 2020 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC Racing Community –

    Not a real surprise at this point we’re going ahead with cancelling the Three Tree Point Race scheduled for the following Saturday, March 28th. Forgive us for being eternal optimists last weekend when we were holding out hope of resuming racing anytime soon. 

    At the request of government and health officials we are postponing racing through the end of April. Subject to further guidance and the evolving situation we are planning to resume racing on Tuesday, May 5th. The word “postpone” should offer some encouragement to everyone as we intend to do our level best to both resume getting back out on the water as well as rescheduling as many races as practical. We acknowledge that the corona-virus is affecting the entire racing community and we are actively communicating and cooperating with other clubs in the region.

    As Commodore, I want to personally thank Matthew Wood, the CYC Executive Team, along with Cindy and Aryn for their support in navigating through our current challenges. I also want to thank many of you who have reached out in support of our decisions.

    We hope that you are all taking care!

    David Barnes

    CYC Commodore

    Matthew Wood

    CYC Chairman Fleet Race

    Cindy Barrett

    CYC Business Manager


  • 17 Mar 2020 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC Members

    Following the evolving news over the weekend and guidance from public health officials we have made the difficult decisions to:

    • Cancel next week's Scatchet Head Race and after party
    • Suspend until further notice social events at the clubhouse
    • Suspend until further notice our high school racing program
    • Staff are working from home and the clubhouse is closed to group gatherings at this time 

    Many of us are processing this news in real time and with mixed emotions, getting out on the water and participating in the sport we love with friends and family is something we would all rather be doing. We will continue to adhere to guidance from our public health officials and look forward to resuming operations at the right time.

    As a non-profit that is mission based we also plan our budget and operations out well in advance and have limited flexibility to respond to and absorb events of this magnitude. If you are willing and able to consider your registration for races or social events as a donation to help support the club's operations during this difficult time that would be greatly appreciated and that is what I am going to do. This is inline with requests coming from other non-profits to their members. If you would like a refund we respect that as well and will process it for you, please contact the office.

    Our goal is to resume racing, events, and operations as soon as safe and practical.  We will provide an update on the status of the upcoming Three Tree Point Race by Monday, March 23rd. We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to any of us directly.

    Take care everyone we look forward to seeing you all as soon as feasible. 

    Best -

    David Barnes
    CYC Commodore
    (206) 290-3345 

    Matthew Wood
    CYC Chairman Fleet Race
    (206) 501-8971

    Cindy Barrett
    CYC Business Manager
    (206) 789-1919

  • 16 Mar 2020 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC Members,

    Following the evolving news over the weekend and guidance from public health officials we have made the difficult decisions to:

    • Cancel Scatchet Head Race (3/21)
    • Cancel Scatchet Head Race after party
    • Suspend until further notice social events at the clubhouse
    • Suspend until further notice our high school racing program
    • Staff are working from home and the clubhouse is closed to group gatherings at this time 

    Many of us are processing this news in real time and with mixed emotions, getting out on the water and participating in the sport we love with friends and family is something we would all rather be doing. We will continue to adhere to guidance from our public health officials and look forward to resuming operations at the right time.

    As a non-profit that is mission based we also plan our budget and operations out well in advance and have limited flexibility to respond to and absorb events of this magnitude. If you are willing and able to consider your registration for races or social events as a donation to help support the club's operations during this difficult time that would be greatly appreciated and that is what I am going to do. This is a inline with requests coming from other non-profits to their members. If you would like a refund we respect that as well and will process it for you, please contact the office.

    Our goal is to resume racing, events, and operations as soon as safe and practical. We will provide an update on the status of the upcoming Three Tree Point Race by Monday, March 23rd. We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to any of us directly.

    Take care everyone we look forward to seeing you all as soon as feasible. 

    Best -

     

    David Barnes
    CYC Commodore
    (206) 290-3345

    Matthew Wood
    CYC Chairman Fleet Race
    (206) 501-8971

    Cindy Barrett
    CYC Business Manager
    (206) 789-1919

  • 10 Mar 2020 5:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC Race Committee Statement
    On Abadonment of
    2020 Blakely Rocks Race

    As all participants are aware, the 2020 Blakely Rocks Race was abandoned by the RC. As the first boats reached the north mark (mark N) scheduled to be located 1 NM East of VTS lane marker SF, the RC was informed that the mark was drifting. The RC immediately dispatched a whaler to check on the mark, but before the whaler arrived on station, subsequent communication from the fleet indicated that the mark was, indeed, in the shipping lanes.

    As the whaler was dispatched, approximately 4 miles south of the mark, a Matson container ship was northbound, moving at roughly 20 knots. As Principal Race Officer, I made the decision to abandon the race for safety and USCG permit compliance reasons.

    As conditions were ( clearly ) ideal for racing, our initial thinking was to stage an abbreviated race with a course like SWNF or SWQF. Unfortunately, the Sailing Instructions precluded any starts after 1400 hours. This situation was unanticipated in the SI's.

    Both CYC and I are always learning from conditions and situations that arise to ensure better race experiences for the community. We are aware that the N mark has posed challenges in the past, and have been able to address them. Saturday it did not work out in our favor. The sound is very deep in that area, more than 700 feet in many locations, and that combined with scope means that there is 1,000 or more feed of line between the mark and the bottom weight (a 30lb lead ball). That much line itself creates a lot of drag in the current, and kelp or other things also get caught on it, breaking the anchor free and causing unpredictable movement. We are discussing moving the location of this mark further east into shallower water.

    We will explore maintaining a whaler in the area to observe the mark. There are significant challenges with this that we will need to work through. The whalers are exposed, and 2 or 3 hours minding the mark in this location can be conditionally challenging. Out of prudence, approximately 1 hour before the abandonment, the RC dispatched a whaler to confirm the status of N, which was confirmed. In the interim, the mark must have moved. Action items from lessons learned include:

    Altering SI for this event to allow for restarts post-1400 hours.
    Utilizing alternative locations to the North in more manageable locations.
    Altering anchor configurations for deep water deployment.
    Maintain whalers on station at said marks to ensure SI and safety compliance.

    You have my personal apologies, and on behalf of CYC, for the outcome of Saturday's race. We look forward to seeing all of you on March 21 for the Scatchet Head race.

    Sincerely,

    Charley Rathkopf, CYC Senior Principal Race Officer
    Matthew Wood, CYC Race Fleet Captain

  • 9 Mar 2020 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC Junior race team / Ballard High Gold fleet placed 3rd in the Island Cup district qualifier regatta in Oak Harbor this past weekend. And Ballard silver fleet placed 4th. There were 21 teams participating. Way to go!


    Island Cup - GOLD Results

  • 8 Mar 2020 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coronavirus update and impact to CYC Operations:  King County has encouraged event organizers to “avoid bringing large groups of people together if feasible”. Consistent with the ask and in the best interest of our members, staff, and the community, the CYC Executive Team has agreed to make a few changes to events at the clubhouse in the near future.

    The clubhouse will continue to be open to our members, albeit our staff will be working remotely in the short run. We ask that if you are not feeling well or even suspect you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus to please avoid the clubhouse.

    All events through March 26th have been canceled. (EXCEPT the Cruising Social 3/12.) Cancellations include:

    • Friday (3/13) Southern Straits Talk
    • Saturday-Sunday (3/14 - 3/15) Port Blakely Raft-Up (Event coordinator Peggy Watt ileaving it to your discretion whether or not to travel to Port Blakely, but she will not be hosting a potluck or gathering on her boat)
    • Monday (3/16) Monday Lunch
    • Wednesday (3/18) New Member Orientation
    • Thursday (3/19) Women's Third Thursday
    • Friday (3/20) Coast Guard Presentation
    • Saturday (3/21) Scatchet Head post-race party (racing is still ON)
    • Monday (3/23) Monday Lunch

    The Second Thursday Cruising Social Potluck on March 12 is ON and will take place as scheduled.

    Please help by cascading this information to others who are planning to participate in these events. As the situation continues to unfold and we get further guidance from public health officials we will update you on the club’s operations. 



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