Archive for July, 2010

The EYC Wants Your Photographs!

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Did you know that the EYC has an online archive containing thousands of photos, from as far back as 2oo5?  It’s at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ephraimyachtclub/collections/

Every year we add more photos, but the EYC can’t afford professional photographers.   We rely on members and others to submit their photos.

We especially like to get good sailing action pictures (taken with a long lens to appear close to the action without interfering with the racers) and pictures which represent all the facets of the EYC:  lessons, racing, cruising, powerboating, social events and smiling members.

Forward your best EYC photographs by e-mail to admin@eyc.org.  If your photos are too large to e-mail, send a CD or thumb drive to:  Jay Lott, 9910 Mueller Lane, Bailey’s Harbor, WI 54202

Submitted photos may be used in the Eagle’s Cry or other publications.

On a related note:  a visiting photographer is looking for a powerboat to ride on during the Ephraim Regatta.  If you would like to volunteer as a Photo Boat, please contact Ephraim Regatta Chairman Jay Lott jaylott01@gmail.com  (414) 322-7880

Ephraim Regatta!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The Ephraim Regatta is this weekend.  Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help with this great event!

We still need one more volunteer: a powerboat and driver for Sunday to serve as an errand boat / gopher boat / judge boat. If you have an appropriate boat and can serve as boat driver beginning at 9:30 AM on Sunday, August 1, please contact regatta chairman Jay Lott jaylott01@gmail.com (414) 322-7880.

We are also stil looking for someone to loan an all-terrain vehicle or tractor which can be equipped with a trailer ball to launch and recover boats at the Firehouse Ramp on Saturday and Sunday.  We have a competent volunteer driver already, so we just need your ATV or tractor, not you.  If you can donate the use of such a vehicle, please contact Regatta Chairman Jay Lott (414) 322-7880 jaylott01@gmail.com

Regatta highlights include:

The Regatta Welcome Party is Friday, July 30 at 6 PM Jay Lott’s house, 9910 Mueller Lane, Bailey’s Harbor.  All are welcome – you do not need to be a Regatta participant or an EYC member to attend.  This EYC fundraiser is now in its fourth year.  This year’s menu includes smoked salmon, a green salad, duck kebabs, dill-lemon-butter steamed salmon, pheasant kebabs, grilled veggies, baked beans, s’mores, beer and soft drinks.  There also will be hot dogs and mac-n-cheese.  $12 adults, $6 children 12 and under, children 5 and under are free.  Volleyball, horseshoes, bocceball, and croquet will keep the children busy.  Parents are requested to supervise their children.  No dogs, please.  Directions from Ephraim:   Hwy Q east 3 1/2 miles; right on Mueller Lane.

Registration and check-in for competitors is at the EYC from 6 PM to 8 PM on Friday July 30 and from 8 AM to 9 AM on Saturday July 31.  Skippers who are preregistered must still personally check in prior to 9:00 AM on Saturday July 31.  To print a copy of the registration form and the Notice of Race, go to www.eyc.org/racing

Racing begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 31.  The EYC affords a terrific vantage point for spectators, and you can swim from the pier at the same time.  Sandwiches, cookies, chips and soft drinks will be available for purchase.  Racing continues on Sunday, August 31 beginning at 10:00 AM.

A free boat rigging and speed clinic will be led by Harry Carpenter of Flying Scot, Inc. and Ryan Malmgren of Mad Sails, on the EYC pier after the races on Saturday.

The legendary Bratfest, beginning at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 31, will serve all-you-can-eat roasted corn, grilled bratwurst, beer and soft drinks in an outdoor setting.  All EYC members and their guests are welcome.  Bring your volleyball skills!  From the EYC, take Hwy. 42 south past the golf course to Maple Grove Road.  Turn left on Maple Grove.  Take Maple Grove east to Gibraltar Road.  Turn right on Gibraltar and go about 1/2 mile.  The driveway will be marked with flags on your right.  The address is “Camelot”, 3282 Gibraltar Road.  Your hosts will be the Klein family.  Parents are reminded to supervise their children.

This Week at the EYC July 26-August 1

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

EYC Juniors and Teens are invited to a Barn Party at Pillat’s house on Wednesday, July 28.  The party will include snacks and soft drinks but not dinner.  There will be music, volleyball and other games.  All EYC juniors age 7 and up and teens are invited.  Sign up on the EYC bulletin board.  Meet at the EYC at 5:30 PM.  Parents: volunteers are needed to drive from the EYC to the Pillats and back; sign up on the EYC bulletin board.  Parents please pick up your children at the EYC at 8:15 PM.  There is no cost for this event.  Questions?  Contact event chair Laura O’Rourke (312) 953-8320

Thursday Theater Night features “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” at Hooper’s house.  Movie begins at 8:30 PM sharp.  For more info see http://www.scribd.com/full/33956435?access_key=key-2a3l9fhqvtrsebqymbsb

The Women’s Regatta is Wednesday, July 28.   Sign up deadline for the lottery to use an EYC-owned boat is noon on Tuesday July 27.  For more info see www.eyc.org/2010/07/womens-regatta-wednesday-july-28

EYC members who are qualified to use an EYC Flying Scot can participate in a lottery to skipper an EYC Flying Scot in the Ephraim Regatta.  To enter, sign up on the sign-up sheet on the EYC bulletin board or send an e-mail to EYC Director Alex Zalar zalaram@gmail.com   Caption your e-mail “Ephraim Regatta Boat Lottery Entry” and include your name.  Deadline for lottery entries is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 28, and the drawing will take place immediately at that time at the EYC.  Members who draw one of the six EYC Flying Scots in the lottery are expected to enter and compete in the Regatta as skipper of that boat.

Flying Junior and Laser races which were scheduled for Friday, July 30 have been moved to Thursday, July 29.  Lottery for EYC-owned boats 5:15 PM; skippers meeting 5:30 PM; first race 6:00 PM.

So far four of the six EYC Lasers will be named…there is still time to bid to name one of the EYC Lasers.  What a great gift for a spouse, parent or grandparent!  Starting bid is only $100 – although every bid received so far has been over $200!  A big thanks to our generous members for participating in this EYC fundraiser.  The bid deadline has been extended by one day to August 7.  For more information see www.eyc.org/2010/07/help-name-the-eycs-lasers

The week is capped off by the Ephraim Regatta!  The Regatta offers fun for sailors and non-sailors alike, including parties both Friday and Saturday nights.  For more information see www.eyc.org/2010/07/ephraim-regatta-july-30-august-1

Ephraim Regatta July 30-August 1!

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The Ephraim Regatta is next weekend, July 30 through August 1!

We have almost all the volunteers we need, but a few key jobs have yet to be filled.  Please volunteer to help make the Ephraim Regatta the best in the Midwest!

We need two ramp personnel to assist visiting competitors launching and recovering their boats at Ephraim’s Firehouse Ramp.  This would be for a couple of hours Saturday and Sunday morning, and about an hour and a half on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  At least one of these people should be skilled at driving and backing trailered boats.

We need two people to help serve on the signal boat (otherwise known as the committee boat), including one person to drive the boat.  You would help the Principal Race Officer with the flags, timing, anchor, etc.  You will have a close-up view of the races and you will learn how races are run (there is more to it than you might think….)  Previous experience as a sailboat racer or race committee person helpful but not required.  To volunteer as the boat driver, you must be an experienced powerboater capable of driving a 22′ Grady-White.  This job will begin around 9 AM on Saturday and around 8:30 AM on Sunday, and will continue until races are completed on each day.

We need a greeter to meet incoming visiting sailors at the Firehouse Ramp from 4 PM to 8 PM on Friday, July 30, to give them instructions on where to put their boats.

To volunteer for any of these positions, or just to volunteer in general to help with the Ephraim Regatta, contact Ephraim Regatta Chairman Jay Lott jaylott01@gmail.com (414) 322-7880

Highlights of the Ephraim Regatta will include:

The Regatta Welcome Party is Friday, July 30 at 6 PM Jay Lott’s house, 9910 Mueller Lane, Bailey’s Harbor.  All are welcome – you do not need to be a Regatta participant or an EYC member to attend.  This EYC fundraiser is now in its fourth year.  This year’s menu includes smoked salmon, a green salad, duck kebabs, dill-lemon-butter steamed salmon, pheasant kebabs, grilled veggies, s’mores, beer and soft drinks.  There also will be hot dogs and mac-n-cheese for finicky children.  $12 adults, $6 children 12 and under, children 5 and under are free.  Volleyball, horseshoes, bocceball, and croquet will keep the children busy.  Parents are requested to supervise their children.  No dogs.  Directions from Ephraim:   Hwy Q east 3 1/2 miles; right on Mueller Lane.

Racing begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 31.  The EYC affords a terrific vantage point for spectators.  Sandwiches, cookies, chips and soft drinks will be available for purchase.  Racing continues on Sunday, August 31 beginning at 10:00 AM.

A free boat rigging and speed clinic will be led by Harry Carpenter of Flying Scot, Inc. and Ryan Malmgren of Mad Sails, on the EYC pier after the races on Saturday.

The legendary Bratfest, beginning at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 31, will serve all-you-can-eat roasted corn, grilled bratwurst, beer and soft drinks in an outdoor setting.  All EYC members and their guests are welcome.  Bring your volleyball skills!  From the EYC, take Hwy. 42 south past the golf course to Maple Grove Road.  Turn left on Maple Grove.  Take Maple Grove east to Gibraltar Road.  Turn right on Gibraltar and go about 1/2 mile.  The driveway will be marked with flags on your right.  The address is “Camelot”, 3282 Gibraltar Road.  Your hosts will be the Klein family.  Parents are reminded to supervise their children.

The registration deadline for Ephraim Regatta racers is 9:00 AM on Saturday July 31.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  To print a copy of the registration form and the Notice of Race, go to www.eyc.org/racing

To participate in the lottery to use an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Ephraim Regatta, you must enter by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 28.  Sign up on the sign-up sheet on the EYC bulletin board or send an e-mail to EYC Director Alex Zalar zalaram@gmail.com   Caption your e-mail “Ephraim Regatta Boat Lottery Entry” and include your name.  Members who draw one of the six EYC Flying Scots in the lottery are expected to enter and compete in the Regatta as skipper of that boat.

Women’s Regatta Wednesday July 28

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

The 2010 EYC Women’s Regatta will be held Wednesday, July 28th.  Skipper’s meeting 1:00 PM; warning signal for the first race 1:30 PM.  The Notice of Race is at http://www.scribd.com/full/30437069?access_key=key-mqqj3y1r2fmsyc4tik9

Women who wish to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in this event must sign up on the EYC bulletin board for the boat lottery.  The Women’s Regatta boat lottery will be held at noon on Tuesday, July 27th.  All participants in the lottery will be notified of the results by e-mail Tuesday afternoon.

Skippers looking for crew and crew looking for skippers can also sign up at the EYC.  Appetizers and beverages will be served after the races.

Contact event chairs Kelly Mazeski europelac@aol.com or Liz Gheorghita lgheorghita@hotmail.com with questions.

This weekend at the EYC

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Men’s Fellowship Night.  On the evening of Friday, July 23, EYC men (age 21 and older) are invited to gather on the EYC pier for a casual get-together.  Plan to arrive around 7 PM to watch the end of the FJ and Laser races.  We will pre-heat the grills and, as soon as the racers and other spectators are gone, we will barbecue and socialize.  BYO steaks or other items for the grill, adult beverages, and cigars, if you choose.  Although the EYC prohibits smoking anywhere on its grounds or in its clubhouse, at this event only, outdoor cigar smoking will be allowed.   Smokers are reminded to wait until all juniors and women have left the pier before smoking, respect non-smokers, and properly dispose of ashes and butts.

Flying Scot Races will be held as usual on the morning of Saturday, July 24.  Draw for use of EYC-owned boats 9:15 AM; skippers meeting 9:30 AM; first race 10:00 AM.  If you plan to race in the Ephraim Regatta, you are running out of opportunities to practice, so get out there and race!

The Flying Junior and Laser Races which were previously scheduled for Sunday, July 25 will be held instead on the afternoon of Saturday, July 24.  Boat draw for EYC-owned boats 1:15 PM; skippers meeting 1:30 PM; first race 2:00 PM.

Saturday Moonlight Rendezvous: All EYC Members are invited to meet at Horseshoe Island Saturday, July 24th.  We will raft up for a potluck supper from about 6:30 PM til 8:30 PM /moonrise.  There will be limited grill space available.  Any privately owned boats are welcome–sailboats, motorboats, pontoons, kayaks, etc.  EYC-owned boats are not available for this event.  Skippers please RSVP to John Peterson, noting any extra spaces you may have available.  Questions?  Contact John Peterson jspete@earthlink.net

The Optimist Regatta is Sunday, July 25.  Registration begins at 9:00 AM; boat drawing for EYC-owned boats 9:45 AM; skippers meeting 10:00 AM; first race 11:00 AM.  Skippers remember:  Optimist class rules require you to have been born on or after January 1, 1995; and you must have a whistle attached with a lanyard to your PFD while racing.  To read the Notice of Race, go to www.eyc.org/racing

This week at the EYC – July 19 through July 25

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The EYC is bustling with activity at the peak of the summer season!  In addition to the normal weekly schedule of races, lessons, bridge, bunco, and just sailing around, here’s what’s happening:

EYC Explorers (ages 4 to 8) will meet at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 22 at the Peninsula State Park Nature Center, for the “Chief Kahquados Morning” to make an arrowhead necklace.  Parents or grandparents must accompany Explorers.  $1 donation recommended.  Questions?  Contact Explorers chairman Duska Pearson at (630) 975-4942.

The Amazing Race comes to the EYC Teen Activities on Thursday, July 22.  Meet at the EYC at 4:30 PM.  Wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.  If you have a small digital camera, please bring it.  At the close of the event, dinner will be served at the Pearson home.  Pick up will be at the Pearsons’ at 7:30 PM, 2928 Valentine Lane in Ephraim.  There is no cost for this event.  Please sign up at the EYC by Wednesday, July 21st.  All EYC teens who have completed Seventh grade are welcome to attend.  Parents, to volunteer for this event, please contact Duska Pearson at (630) 975-4942.

This week’s Thursday Theater Night movie is “2012” at the Hooper home.  For more information see www.eyc.org/schedule

On the evening of Friday, July 23, EYC men (age 21 and older) are invited to gather on the EYC pier for a casual get-together.  (We thought:  EYC  women have bridge, Bunco, two First Mates coffees, the First Mates Pot Luck, and the Women’s Regatta, so why shouldn’t the men have at least one event of their own?)  Plan to arrive around 7 PM to watch the end of the FJ and Laser races.  We will pre-heat the grills and, as soon as the racers and other spectators are gone, we will barbecue and socialize.  BYO steaks or other items for the grill, adult beverages, and cigars, if you choose.  Although the EYC prohibits smoking anywhere on its grounds or in its clubhouse, at this event only, outdoor cigar smoking will be allowed.   Smokers are reminded to wait until all juniors and women have left the pier before smoking, respect non-smokers, and properly dispose of ashes and butts.

The Optimist Regatta is Sunday, July 25.  Registration begins at 9:00 AM; boat drawing for EYC-owned boats takes place at 9:45 AM; skippers meeting 10:00 AM; first race 11:00 AM.  Skippers remember:  Optimist class rules require you to have been born on or after January 1, 1995; and you must have a whistle attached with a lanyard to your PFD while racing.  To read the official Notice of Race, go to www.eyc.org/racing

The Flying Junior and Laser Races which were previously scheduled for Sunday, July 25 will be held instead on the afternoon of Saturday, July 24.  Boat draw for EYC-owned boats 1:15 PM; skippers meeting 1:30 PM; first race 2:00 PM.

The Ephraim Regatta is less than two weeks away!  EYC members who are qualified to use an EYC Flying Scot can participate in a lottery to skipper an EYC Flying Scot in the Regatta.  To enter, sign up on the sign-up sheet on the EYC bulletin board or send an e-mail to EYC Director Alex Zalar zalaram@gmail.com   Caption your e-mail “Ephraim Regatta Boat Lottery Entry” and include your name.  Deadline for lottery entries is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 28, and the drawing will take place immediately at that time at the EYC.  Members who draw one of the six EYC Flying Scots in the lottery are expected to enter and compete in the Regatta as skipper of that boat.

Please Follow the EYC’s Parking Policy

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The EYC has only three parking spaces.  The EYC has more than 300 members.  As a result, in 2009 the EYC instituted a parking policy.  Members are asked to read and follow the Parking Policy, located on the EYC website at www.eyc.org/member-info

Parking Policy Q and A:

Q:  Why does the EYC need to have a parking policy?

A:  Because with only three parking spaces and 300-plus members, the number of cars arriving and seeking to park at the EYC at certain times can be very high.  This causes issues of safety and fairness to fellow members.  In addition, when EYC members occupy or block the private parking spaces of Ephraim Yacht Harbor slip holders, that could damage the EYC’s good relationship with its neighbor, the EYH.

Q:  What are the safety issues?

A:  The following practices, now prohibited, are hazardous, especially with so many EYC juniors running around:  stopping on the shoulder of Hwy. 42 to drop off or pick up passengers; stopping behind EYC or EYH parking spots to drop off or pick up passengers; driving down the EYC’s driveway to the lower level.

Q:  What are the fairness issues?

A:  Among other things, when you double-park behind a vehicle parked in an EYC space, you block that person in.

Q:  Can’t I double-park behind someone if I know that person and if I remain available to move my car when asked?

A:  No, because then others will think double-parking is OK and will double-park behind people they don’t even know.  Also, by double-parking, you are so close to Hwy. 42 traffic that your vehicle constitutes a safety hazard.

Q:  Why is it the EYC’s business if I park in, or block, a private parking space belonging to an Ephraim Yacht Harbor slip holder?

A:  The EYC wants to maintain its good relationship with the EYH.  The EYH helps out the EYC in a lot of ways, including by providing water, the ability to temporarily tie to the EYH pier, the use of EYH driveway to access the EYC pier, and more.  EYH slip holders pay a lot of money to rent their parking spaces and they should be able to use those spaces without having to wait for an EYC member to get out of the way.

Q:  But I am only blocking a private EYH space for a minute or two.

A:  That space — and the entire EYH parking lot — is PRIVATE PROPERTY.  And Murphy’s Law says that the owner will show up expecting to park there during the minute or two you are parked there.

Q: Doesn’t the EYC really have four parking spaces?

A:  The fourth space is marked only for very short term loading and unloading of persons and gear.  Please unload quickly, then promptly move your vehicle to make room for the next EYC member.

Q:  Can’t I park on the grass just north of the EYC’s parking lot?  People have been doing that for years.

A:  No.  If we wanted that to be a parking spot, we would have paved it.

Q:  Please, can’t I park on the grass just for a minute?

A:  No.  By parking on the grass, you block the handicapped / senior entrance to the clubhouse.  You also kill the beautiful green grass, which the EYC’s volunteer Clubhouse Chairman has labored mightily to grow.  You also block the view of persons backing out of the EYC’s three parking spaces.

Q:  Well, where should I park, then?

A:  Members are encouraged to leave the EYC’s three parking spaces for our more senior members.  Members are invited to park at the public parking lot on the corner of Spruce Street and Hwy. 42, just a short, healthy, 100-yard walk from the EYC.  Also, you can park at Anderson’s Dock, just a block north of the EYC.

Q:  Those are too far away to be convenient.

A:  It’s good for you to walk a little every day.  President Obama says so.

Q:  Are there exceptions to the parking rules?

A:  There are a very few limited exceptions, including for dropping off handicapped persons.  See the Parking Policy at www.eyc.org/member-info for details.

Junior Regatta Update / Sign up now for Remaining Lesson Slots

Friday, July 16th, 2010

A correction:  Competitors in the Rich Hall Junior Regatta on Sunday, July 18 must not have reached their 18th birthday.  A previous e-mail erroneously said competitors must not have reached their 17th birthday.

Lesson Enrollment is high.  Our friendly and dedicated instructors, together with good weather and eager students, have the EYC on track to set a recond number of student sessions taught.

Session D lessons (Monday July 26 through Friday August 6) are filling up fast and enrollment is limited.  Registration is online at www.eyc.org/lessons  Questions about lessons?  Stop by or call the EYC (414) 854-7107 and talk to EYC Director Alex Zalar, or any other EYC instructor.

Parents:  consider registering your child in the afternoon session instead of the morning session.  The EYC limits the number of enrolled students in order to maintain an optimum student/instructor ratio.  The afternoon session always has fewer students enrolled.  Your child has a much better chance of a lower student-teacher ratio in  the afternoon.  Some afternoon students in earlier sessions received what amounted to a two-week private lesson!

Parents: remember that Yacht Works in Sister Bay offers a discount to EYC members purchasing lesson gear (life vests, close toed boat shoes, glasses keepers, gloves, etc.)

Help name the EYC’s Lasers.  Bid to name a Laser after a beloved family member, dear departed one, or choose some more whimsical name: www.eyc.org/2010/07/help-name-the-eycs-lasers

Junior Regatta Sunday July 18; Optimist Regatta Rescheduled (Again)

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The Rich Hall Junior Regatta will be sailed in Flying Juniors on Sunday, July 18 as part of the regular Sunday Flying Junior series.  Boat draw for EYC-owned boats 1:15 PM; skippers meeting 1:30 PM: first race 2:00 PM.  Up to five races will be sailed.   Competitors must not have reached their 18th birthday.  For further details and to view the notice of race go to www.eyc.org/racing

The weather keeps conspiring against the EYC’s annual Optimist Regatta.  First too little wind, then too much.

Thus, The Optimist Regatta is rescheduled to Sunday, July 25.  Registration begins at 9:00 AM; boat drawing for EYC-owned boats takes place at 9:45 AM; skippers meeting 10:00 AM; first race 11:00 AM.  Skippers remember:  Optimist class rules require you to have been born on or after January 1, 1995; and you must have a whistle attached with a lanyard to your PFD while racing.  To read the official Notice of Race, go to www.eyc.org/racing

Laser and FJ races which were previously scheduled for Sunday, July 25 are moved to the afternoon of Saturday, July 24.

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.