Cruising News

  • 13 Nov 2020 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CYC November cruise (Nov 7-8) was originally scheduled for a chili cook off in Poulsbo but, due to reservation mix up on our end, we rescheduled for a Bainbridge island Public Dock cruise in Eagle Harbor and renamed it “The Dessert First and Box Wine tasting cruise”.  As the weather predictions developed during the week forecasting gusty winds to 30+ knots overnight on Saturday and Sunday, we decided to cancel the trip across the sound. We opted for an outdoor socially distanced gathering on K Dock at 3pm so that we could take advantage of the daylight. Everyone bundled up and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the dock.  We had representation from six boats which meant we had six yummy desserts and six boxwines to taste. A very impressive showing of  all homemade desserts - Chocolate ganache tart, Pumpkin cheesecake, individual apple pies, flourless chocolate cake, Russian Honey Cake, Carrot cake cupcakes.

    A good time was had and our dessert tummies full.  The afternoon ended with a stunning sunset and the wind filled in later as predicted. Thanks to all who attended, clearly we were all ready for a bit of social interaction.

  • 20 Oct 2020 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our CYC Kingston cruise was well attended on Saturday with 10 boats and 22 people.  There was a nice southerly for the jaunt over, and many boats took advantage of the dry weather and 10-15 knot breeze.  Whales were seen by some boats - both on the way over and on the way back.

    We gathered on the dock to swap stories about our favorite places in the San Juans, meet several new members, and to reconnect with friends we haven’t seen in quite a while.  Some of the attendees were lucky enough to bump into a commercial crabber on the dock - and wound up with fresh crab for dinner!  Afterward, we were treated to a mini concert by Andrew Bereson on guitar and his bandmate on fiddle.  They played songs from memory well after the daylight had faded away.

    All in all - a wonderful time!      --Bret Phillips

  • 17 Aug 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC’s annual Commodore Gibson race/cruise to Port Ludlow took place on August 15, with the follow on Gibson race back to Shilshole the next day.  Twelve CYC boats participated in at least one of the races. 

    It was a pursuit race with the slowest handicap boat starting first, and subsequent boats starting behind by the amount of time they owe the first starter.  Since you get your entire handicap time on the front end, the faster boats are catching up to the early starters through the entire race.  So in theory, every boat would arrive at the finish line at the same time. 

    The fleet was an extremely varied one.  At one end of the racer/cruiser spectrum was Rob Hodge’s 1960 vintage wooden Lightning that he has turned into a pocket cruiser with a micro cabin and a bowsprit for an asymmetric.  And a very different place was occupied by Andrew Bereson and family on their 20 ton full keel cruiser.  And in between were racer/cruisers of assorted characteristics and dimensions.

    Saturday featured a 15+ knot northerly beat to Foulweather Bluff with sunny skies and 80 degree temperatures.  It just doesn’t get better than this!  After a slalom racer start through all the fishing boats at Meadow Point, everyone sailed north against a building flood tide.  Many of the faster boats caught up with the early starters near Point No Point in the middle of more fishing boats.  By the end of the race, Jenny Heins and Tim Huse on Those Guys proved to everyone what a great upwind boat a J35 is in a breeze.  They were a full 12 minutes in front of the next finisher, Jane and Al Johnson on Charlotte.  The remaining finishers were Cindy Gossett and Derek Storm on Outlaw, Suzette Connolly and Paul Baker on Altair, Jim Medley and family on Puffin, Karen and David Barnes on Gratitude, Jennifer Lathrop and Chris McMuldroch on Wind Dancer, Jennifer Olegario and David Sinson on Aquavit, and Rob Hodge and his son John on Lady Jane.  Monica and Robinson Howell started the race but ultimately motored the rest of the way.

    Even though the covid19 virus shut down most of the weekend’s social activities, most participants still managed a dockside or cockpit dinner with at least 6 feet between folks and good conversation.

    Sunday’s return race to Shilshole (the Gibson race) had a slightly different cast of characters.  Puffin continued north to the San Juans, but Second Sun was returning from the San Juans on Saturday, and joined the race south on Sunday.  Sunday turned out to be the hottest day in many years of Seattle weather history with a high of 98 degrees.  And unfortunately, Saturday’s glorious breeze was replaced by alternating flat calm and temporary trickles of breeze.  Several of the smarter skippers looked at the weather and opted to just motor home.  Those that didn’t show such good judgement moved the Sunday start from Foulweather Bluff to Point No Point to attempt a start there.  There was enough breeze for the first few boats to get away, but later boats had progressively less breeze and watched the early starters slowly disappear over the horizon. 

    The early starter that totally got it right was Andy and Kate Bereson’s Second Son, a 20 ton full keel cruiser that you generally wouldn’t pick to win a light air battle.  They worked their way into an easterly that no one else found and simply sailed away from everyone.  Between a favorable flood tide on Sunday, and the fact that the sailing instructions had allowed for a “shorten course” finish line at latitude 47 degrees 48.90 minutes (Apple Cove Point), they were the only boat to reach that latitude before the Sunday time limit, so they were the winners of the Gibson race.

    So this year’s Commodore Gibson goes to show that CYC is a club that can work for all sorts of boats, and everyone can have a great time.  Hope to see lots of folks at next year’s Commodore Gibson in a non-covid19 world. 

  • 10 Jul 2020 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As written by Chris McMuldroch, cruise fleet captain -

    We had a nice group of 14 cruisers on our ZOOM meeting.  We mostly went around the room finding out where everyone was at, and what they have been doing boating recently.

    Ralph called in from the Sea of Cortez where their boat is on the hard for hurricane season.  They are in an apartment with internet and air conditioning!  David and his wife just pulled into Sucia in time to join the meeting.  There are lots of boats in the San Juans, but still room to anchor.  Since they can’t go farther North, they sail more, going short distances from one island to another – it actually sounds idyllic! Jack and Denise are in Oro Bay tonight.  It looks beautiful and calm.  Jack asked about the old ferry that is moored there.  They had also visited Dockton where they discovered the Dockton Forest, which has some long trails in the park across the street from the waterfront area. Kevin is getting ready to do an overnight shake down cruise out to Tatoosh Island and back in preparation for sailing down to San Francisco.  Derek and Cindy told us about Illahee State Park that they visited after the CYC cruise to Poulsbo.  There are mooring buoys, but one is near a drying rock, and one or two dry out at very low tides – be aware!  Jerry and Rhonda have “Dorothy” in Kingston.  They are considering a weekend in Langley by boat.  Robin is happy to back on her boat, and getting reacquainted with it.  Bill and Jean are day sailing their Yankee 30 in the San Juans.  Several people described seeing lots of private firework shows around the Sound over the July 4th weekend. 


    We reminded everyone of the Commodore Gibson weekend August 15 and 16 to Port Ludlow.  We need to make our individual slip reservations with the marina by July 24th.  There are a limited number of slips open this year. 


    Our plan to cruise to a marina in Gig Harbor for Labor Day weekend needs to be modified.  Marinas in Gig Harbor are closed to transients.  We could anchor, or change our destination.  Jack and I will coordinate on a modified plan.  We will update the CYC webpage.


    If anyone would like another cruise, feel free to propose one, and we can send out a listserve message to the group, and announce it on the CYC cruiser page.


    Several people indicated they would like to have another Cruiser Zoom meeting in August, so we will schedule one for August 13th at 6:30, and look forward to seeing everyone then!  If you have a topic or presentation for the evening, let me know.


    Best regards,


  • 3 Jul 2020 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Five CYC boats were anchored in Poulsbo for July 3rd. Outlaw led Wind Dancer sailing across the Sound in a 12 knot breeze, and then into Keyport on Friday afternoon.  Kismet and Altair were already anchored.  Soliton came in later. 

    Friday was a bit cloudy, but Saturday and Sunday got sunnier and warmer!  The official July 3rd fireworks display was not held, but the fireworks at homes and parks around Liberty Bay were amazing.  It was hard to tell which was the main attraction, and which was a sideshow.  The fireworks were everywhere, especially on the Eastern shore.  Then on the Fourth there were even more fireworks, many from the same locations.  At the same time as the fireworks were beginning, the rising full moon was very orange – as a result of the lunar eclipse. As the moon rose higher in the sky it turned its usual white.  

    On Friday evening the traditional local club boat parade consisted of a single patriotically decorated boat serenading the anchored fleet.  On Saturday around dinner time, 4 sailboats entered Liberty Bay and sailed through the anchorage.  The beautiful local schooner Red Jacket was wonderful to watch as she tacked upwind through the anchored boats.  Jib, fore staysail, main staysail, and mainsail were pulling her along at 4 or 5 knots in a light Northerly breeze.  During tacks, only the jib is tacked and sheeted back in, the other three sails are all on booms.  See a description of Red Jacket at:  She is now painted eggshell blue.   

    Social greetings were shared between CYC boats, and we had conversations between dinghies and cockpits.  Some of us met to walk to the Scandinavian grocery store and to one of the bakery shops. With the modern convenience of cell phones, we texted to find each other, and arrange meet-ups. We should trade phone numbers before all our cruises, it makes communications and meeting so easy. 

    The last boats left Poulsbo for home around noon on Sunday to transit Agate Pass during a -3 foot tide and slack current.  It was a beautiful sunny day, and even with just a 6 knot breeze, we watched Altair have a warm gentle sail home to Shilshole.  Although not spotted in Poulsbo, we can also report seeing “Gratitude” returning to Shilshole Sunday afternoon, proudly flying her CYC burgee, and Commodore’s blue pennant from the Starboard spreader! 

    Our next planned cruise is the Commodore Gibson race / cruise to Port Ludlow August 15 and 16th.  Register now!

    Stay safe, and don’t transmit - wear your mask.

    Chris McMuldroch

  • 21 Jun 2020 8:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Three CYC boats made history on June 17 and 18 by being a part of CYC’s First Annual Blake Island Midweek Cruise.  And what an event it was!  It featured spectacular weather, incredible views of Mt Baker and Mt Rainier, remarkable wildlife, and best of all, socially distant CYC comradery. 

    Participating boats included Wind Dancer (with Jennifer and Chris), Comet (with Monica and Robinson), and Charlotte (with Jane and Al).  We were able to get three adjoining spots at the dock on beautiful Blake Island.  After a socially distant hike around the island (see photo), we came back to our respective vessels and all had delightful dinners (separately, but sitting on the dock sort of together).

    Saturday night featured a brisk northerly that pushed a fair amount of chop into the marina that made enough noise to almost mask the sound of the raccoons partying overhead on our deck.  However, they did not wipe their feet prior to jumping on board so their footprints provided evidence of the night’s revelry. 

    Sunday morning breakfast happened, and everyone sailed off into a 10-knot northerly that provided the perfect amount of wind for a brisk sail home.

    Make sure that you put the “Second Annual Blake Island Midweek Cruise” on your bucket list for 2021.

  • 14 May 2020 4:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

    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

  • 4 May 2020 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Online registration at the CYC Cruising web page is now open for our May 14th Social. Click here to register.

    This Month's Topic:

    Hidden Gems of Puget Sound – Anchorages, Marinas, Beach access, Walks, Hikes, Parks, Ice cream, Coffee, and Restaurants

    Our May 2nd Thursday Cruisers Social will be held at 6:30 PM via Zoom.

    The meeting is for club members only. A computer link and call-in phone number will be emailed when you register.

    We had a really fun conversation at our April Zoom meeting. Scott Tobiason led us through a presentation of our reciprocal moorage yacht clubs as catalogued on We felt like we were out cruising already looking at the satellite imagery and talking about the attractions of the clubs.

    This month we will talk about places we have each discovered around the Sound that are easy to get to in a day or a weekend – places we might not take a fleet of CYC cruisers to on a cruise. A few people have discovered the park at the head of Blakely Harbor, and the directions to walk to Fort Warden. I hear there are other places within walking distance from the harbor as well. Jennifer and I discovered a beach access at Manzanita that led to a park with an amazing number of trilliums blooming in April. Has anyone been to the Ajax Café since it reopened? Do you need a reservation? Do you need a dinghy? How many crepe shops are in Puget Sound? J’aime Les Crepes! Is there anywhere, any space to anchor in Port Madison these days? Hope to hear about fun little places you may have found. Of course we look forward to hearing how everyone has been coping with Coronavirus Isolation. Have you been getting cabin fever? Ordering groceries in? Have you visited your boat for essential maintenance? Have you gone out for an isolating day sail or overnight? What was it like? Have you been working on a small or big boat project? Are you dreaming of your next cruise or your next boat!

    Until we meet up on Zoom, stay safe and stay healthy!

    Best regards,


  • 17 Dec 2019 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As Fleet Captain Cruise I would like to thank all the cruisers who have volunteered during 2019 to give us such a successful and fun year.  I’m sure the following list will miss people, but I want to try to say thanks to everyone I can from a day of research into a megabyte of e-mail.  Please let me know who I missed - I am realizing how many people it takes to make CYC cruising fun.  This list has at least 17 tasks, and 39 people who have volunteered this year. Many cruisers volunteered multiple times, continuously through the year!

    • Fridays in 2019 February organization: Laurie Bushue
    • Fridays in 2019 February Speakers: Chris Young, Sue Drake, Eric and Karrie Sanderson, and the crew of “Sail Like a Girl”
    • FIF chefs: Kaley Walgren, and Molly Cain
    • FIF help: Paul Baker, Hans Reinhardt, Ron and Peggy Watt, Brent and Joyce Phillips, Tom Dyas, Carol Dapogny, Derek Storm, Cindy Gossett, Monica Howell
    • Leading 16 cruises with 86 boats: Chez Tucker, Bob and Margaret Liston, Ron and Peggy Watt, Mike McGuane and Karen Mooney,  Bret and Joyce Phillips, Jenny Heins, Rose Capestany and Robert Houston, Mike McGuane, and Karen Mooney, Jack Connick, Jennifer Lathrop
    • Presentations at the 2nd Thursday Cruising Social Potlucks: Paul Vanderspek, Peggy Watt, Jack Connick
    • Reciprocity Focal: Laurie Bushue
    • Website posting, Cruisers Questionnaire: Jen Hobden
    • Mapping out 2020 cruise dates:  Al Johnson for his deconfliction spread sheet
    • Editing the Annual Meeting Cruiser’s Report: Shauna Walgren
    • Volunteer bar tending: Mike McGuane, Laurie McRae, Jenny Heins
    • Procuring raffle items for the December Potluck: Mike McGuane
    • Designing and building our new Commodore Gibson Race trophy: Paul Baker
    • Researching 2020 Fridays in February Speakers: Suzette Connolly
    • Preparing for the 2020 Fridays in February:  Scott and Karen Tobiason
    • Cruising Advisory sounding board to FCC: Bret Phillips, Chris Young, Cindy Gossett, Mike McGuane, Paul and Suzette Baker, Peggy Watt, Rob Hodge, Samantha Williams
    • Bringing food to our 10 monthly potlucks: Lots!

    Thank you everyone!  You make it fun to belong to CYC.

    Chris McMuldroch

  • 11 Dec 2019 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was a gloomy December afternoon, but 9 CYC cruisers had a warm crossing from Edmonds to Kingston on Saturday December 7th


    In Kingston we listened to the Elvis impersonator, and watched the fire truck arrival of Santa.  When the holiday lights came on throughout the park, we were amazed at all the new scenes!  Not only are the shrubs, trees, and buildings illuminated, but a committee of volunteers works through the year in creating amazing flower, animal, and sea creature ornaments of wrought iron wrapped in lights.  Some notable ornaments this year were:  A spaceship hanging in the air, a sea serpent in the grass, and a collage of turtles, square rigger, and peacock floating on a sea of blue lights. 

    Every boat at the guest dock was illuminated as well.  One sailboat had projectors illuminating the hull and deck in roving patterns.

    At the Kingston Cove Yacht Club we met Jerry Andrews, CYC member and a commodore of KCYC.  Jerry welcomes CYC members to the bar, which is open every Friday. 

    For dinner we walked up to the Mossback Restaurant where we had reserved a big table in the back.  The Mossback specializes in using all local ingredients.  From squash soup to oysters, clams, meat pie, and chocolate dessert it was tasty and filling.

    On the evening ferry home several booths were engaged in conversations, while others worked on the puzzles left out by ferry commuters.


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