Archive for May, 2010

EYC Clubhouse Improvements / June 1-6 schedule

Monday, May 31st, 2010

The EYC is improving its clubhouse again! The downstairs floor will be epoxy coated during the week of June 1-5.   During that time the clubhouse will be inaccessible.

But you can still use the EYC from June 1-5.  One crane is operational and you are welcome to enjoy the pier or launch your boat.  The EYC will be staffed and fully open beginning June 6.  Come on down to admire the finished clubhouse floor!

2010 Directories and Membership Cards in the Mail!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The 2010 EYC membership cards and directories have been mailed to the winter addresses of all members who have renewed their memberships.

Please carry your card with you.  On the back of the card, you will find the website address, user ID, and password for the Yachting Club of America, whose member clubs afford reciprocal rights to EYC members.

If you do not receive your membership card(s) and directories, it is probably because your dues have not been paid.   Please renew your membership as soon as possible!  As soon as your check is received, your new membership card(s) and directories will be mailed to you, and you then will be able to use the EYC’s facilities and services.

The EYC’s 2010 membership year runs from June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011.

Questions?  Contact the EYC Membership Chairman Nancy Claypool (504) 593-0875 or nclaypool@stonepigman.com.

Help Open the EYC this Saturday

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Reminder:  EYC members are requested to help with open the club beginning at 9:00 AM Saturday, May 29.  There are jobs for all ages and ability levels so please stop by to help out.  The EYC’s strong volunteer ethic helps keep down your membership cost!

If you plan to be there, please let Clubhouse Chairman Rich Bierman know so he can plan: rbierman@wisconsinconverting.com

There will be a lunch cookout for everyone who helps.  Thanks to all our generous volunteers!

EYC Member Benefit: Reciprocity

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Did you know that your EYC membership entitles you to reciprocal benefits at hundreds of other private yacht clubs throughout the United States?  Reciprocal benefits typically include restaurant and bar privileges, but can also include other privileges like catering and banquet services, meeting rooms, dockage and parking.

For example, in Door County, your EYC membership entitles you to restaurant and bar privileges at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, with a close-up view of Sturgeon Bay’s bustling waterfront.  In Milwaukee, EYC members have reciprocal privileges at the Milwaukee Yacht Club.  In Chicago, reciprocal privileges are afforded by the Chicago Yacht Club and the Columbia Yacht Club.

Be sure to call ahead to confirm reciprocal privileges and to get details before planning a visit to another yacht club.  Carry your EYC membership card, although many clubs will not even ask to see the card.

Sign Up Now for Sailing Lessons at the EYC!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Space is limited in the EYC’s popular summer lesson program.  Sign up soon, because many lesson sessions fill up quickly!

The EYC offers both adult and youth sailing lessons for all ability levels.  Every EYC instructor is trained and certified by US Sailing.

The EYC offers youth group lessons for ages 8 and up, for complete beginners through advanced racers.  Private lessons, cruising lessons, and adult group lessons are also offered.

The EYC’s three-hour youth group lessons are taught both  mornings and afternoons.  Sessions run two weeks at a time, with a single one-week session in mid-August.

NEW:  By popular demand, we have now added a morning Advanced Racing Tactics class in Session A (beginning June 14), and afternoon youth group lessons in Session E (beginning August 9).

Adult private lessons are scheduled by appointment in the afternoons.  Our new cruising lessons are offered in two week sessions in the afternoon as well.

For more information and to sign up, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

A Few Slips Still Available at EYC

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

The EYC still has a few dry slips available for the 2010 season.  Slips are available for Flying Scots and similar sized or smaller sailboats on trailers.  Dry slips are also available for Optimists.  Dry slips are available for Lasers either on racks or on trailers / dollies.  Reserve your slip now before they are all gone!

Flying Scot dry slips cost $633  for the season, as do similar sized sailboats on trailers.   Optimist dry slips and Laser rack spaces are $105.50  for the season.  Weekly rates are $68.50 and $21.10, respectively.  All slip fees include tax.  You won’t find a better deal on a slip anywhere in Door County.

For more information on slips, for pricing for other types of boat slips, and to reserve a slip, contact Slip Czar Marsella Fults marsellafults@gmail.com

Marine Rummage Sale Saturday June 26

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Kick off your season with the new Marine Rummage Sale at the EYC!  Saturday, June 26, 9 AM to noon.

Bring any marine items that you don’t have a need for, or have outgrown, and find someone who needs them.  Earn some change while catching up with your EYC friends!  Everyone will tag and sell their own items.  If you are willing to donate gently used life jackets and sailing shoes, especially in kid sizes, Duska Pearson will handle the sale and swap of these, with leftovers and proceeds going to EYC.  This event is open to the public so invite your friends, even if they are not EYC members.

The Marine Rummage Sale is a great chance to equip your kids for sailing lessons.

For more information contact Deanna Peterson deanna@brightasdaydesigns.com or Duska Pearson duskapearson@mac.com

Join the EYC Spring Clean Up Crew

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

EYC members are requested to join our spring clean-up crew for a few hours on the morning of Saturday, May 29, beginning at 9:00 AM.  In addition to opening the club, we will completely empty the ground level of the clubhouse to enable our new concrete floor to be sealed the following week.  We need fifteen to twenty willing helpers to move all the stuff out.  If you plan to be there, please let Clubhouse Chairman Rich Bierman know, so that he can plan the morning’s tasks (rbierman@wisconsinconverting.com).  There are opening tasks appropriate for everyone, so don’t be shy even if you do not have the physique of a furniture mover.  Please stop by — many hands make light work!  Everyone who helps is invited to a lunch grill-out at the EYC following the morning’s work.

The EYC Has a Wish List

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

The EYC always welcomes in-kind donations to help keep its fleet of powerboats and sailboats modern and in good condition.  Help support the EYC’s charitable mission of sailing education by donating one of the following, if you have an extra in good condition which just happens to be lying around.  Your donation is tax deductible:

*Powerboats suitable for teaching lessons, size 14 to 20 feet, either fiberglass or rigid inflatable

*Personal watercraft (Wave Runner or similar), for instructor use in teaching lessons

*Boat lifts

*Four-stroke outboard motors

*Sailboats:  Flying Scots, Lasers, Optimists

To donate, contact EYC Commodore Marsella Fults marsellafults@gmail.com

The Many Benefits of EYC Membership

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

EYC membership is one of the best deals you will ever encounter.  Here’s a partial list of member benefits:

*Free use of the EYC’s kayaks and fleet of over 20 sailboats (Flying Scots, Flying Juniors, Lasers, Optimists) by qualified skippers

*Sailing lessons for juniors and adults

*Competitive yet friendly weekly races

*Six regattas every summer:  Fyr Bal Regatta, Rich Hall Junior Regatta, Optimist Regatta, Women’s Regatta, Family Regatta, Ephraim Regatta

*Attend EYC social events / fundraisers:  Opening Social, Ice Cream Social, Founder’s Day Picnic, Regatta Welcome Party, Regatta Bratfest, Commodore’s Party

*Keep your sailboat on the EYC pier

*Free wireless Internet

*First Mates

*Men’s Fyr Bal cookout

*Weekly supervised junior activities

*Friendly and helpful staff

*Reciprocal privileges at other yacht clubs

*Bridge and bunco

In short, the EYC is the Northern Door’s community sailing center.  And it’s your second home on the shore:  swim, grill out, watch the races and enjoy the view from our bleachers.  You will make friends who will last a lifetime.

Your friends and neighbors may not know that the EYC is a bargain and welcomes all new members — no sponsorship or recommendation is required.  Please spread the word!   Membership info and applications are at www.eyc.org/membership

See you this summer at the EYC!

The Ephraim Yacht Club is a family oriented non-profit organization focused on forwarding sailing education and racing to students of all ages located in the town of Ephraim, in Door County, Wisconsin on beautiful Eagle Harbor.