Archive for November, 2010

EYC Holiday Events

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The EYC has a busy holiday social schedule!  Mark the following events on your calendar:

The first annual EYC Turkey Bowl will be held at the Sister Bay Bowl on Saturday, November 27 at 3:00 PM.  Bring money to pay for your own bowling, pizza, etc.  If you plan to attend please contact Susan Reynolds-Smith at (920) 854-2175 so that she can attempt to reserve enough bowling lanes for the expected attendance.

The Hoopers are holding a holiday party to which all EYC members are invited.  Monday, December 27, 6 PM at 10665 Westwood Drive, Sister Bay.  Casual dress; just bring holiday cheer!  RSVP by December 26 to Kitty Hooper (239) 450-2600 or

All EYC members are invited to holiday ice skating at the Theresa K. Hilander ice rink (located in the Sister Bay Sports Complex on Woodland Ave., off Hwy. ZZ) on Tuesday, December 28 from noon to 3 PM.  Rental skates are available.  After skating, those interested can head to JJ’s for post-skating libations and more holiday cheer.  In the event of inadequate skating conditions, the substitute activity will be a hike on Eagle Trail in Peninsula State Park, followed by an optional visit to the AC Tap for beanbags and still more holiday cheer.  For more information and last-minute updates, contact Quinn or Suzanne Brennan or (920) 854-4187.

All EYC Juniors and teens are invited to a holiday dip in the pool at the Northern Door YMCA in Fish Creek, on Wednesday December 29 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.  Cost is $5 per junior/teen.  Bring a bathing suit and towel, and a snack or drinks to share.  Parents please note:  the YMCA strictly enforces its policy that any child under age 8 must be accompanied at all times in the pool and pool area by a parent, so if you bring a child under age 8, wear your bathing suit too!  RSVP to

All EYC members are invited to a New Year’s Eve open house at Joani Lewis’ home from 6 PM to 10 PM.  Joani’s house is located in Ephraim at 3026 Anderson Lane (corner of Anderson and Moravia).  Bring an appetizer if you wish.  No RSVP necessary.  Questions?  Contact Joani at (920) 854-4656.

Fall 2010 Eagle’s Cry Now Available Online

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The Fall 2010 issue of the EYC newsletter, the Eagle’s Cry, is now available online at

Members will receive a mailed copy of the Eagle’s Cry later this month.

To see all issues of the Eagle’s Cry as far back as 2001, go to

Holiday Gift Ideas From the EYC

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

If you have a fanatic racer or just a casual sailor in your family, consider a sailing-related gift for the holidays.  Here are some ideas:

A sailboat (or just new sails).  See the article in the Fall 2010 issue of the Eagle’s Cry (coming soon!) listing all the reasons why owning a sailboat — instead of just sailing on EYC-owned boats — is a good idea.  Or, if your fanatic racer already has a boat, new racing sails are always appreciated, and will pay dividends on the race course.

EYC Membership.  Do you have a son or daughter who is now too old to be included in your Family membership?  An Individual EYC membership would make a great gift.  Or, maybe you have a grandchild who will want to take lessons next year.  That grandchild will need to be a Student member in order to take lessons (unless his or her parents will be Family members).  To download the membership application form, go to

Sailing Lessons at the EYC.  You may be an excellent sailor, but perhaps your spouse or child would prefer to learn to sail from a professional EYC instructor in a relaxed atmosphere without any family dynamics?  The EYC offers group and private lessons for juniors and adults.  Keep an eye on the EYC website at for the 2011 lesson schedule and sign-up link, which will be posted early in 2011.

US Sailing Membership.  US Sailing is the governing body of the sport of sailing in the U.S.  The member benefits are well worth the annual membership cost, including regatta entry discounts, a subscription to American Sailor magazine, e-mail newsletters (which include a lot of valuable racing how-to advice), and discounts on books and gear from the US Sailing online store.  To join go to

Sailing World Magazine subscription.  This  magazine is the only monthly published in the U.S. focusing on sailboat racing.  Keep your sailor’s appetite whetted for next summer, with a year-round monthly dose of sailboat racing news and how-to.

A Sailing Vacation.  A winter (or spring break) sailing vacation with friends or family is a great way to cure the winter blahs and will provide memories to last a lifetime.  Skippered and bareboat (unskippered) charters are available in spectacular locations all over the world.  When you compare the cost of a week-long charter to the cost of a week-long family stay at a resort, you will be pleasantly surprised.  Among the best — and closest — places for first-time charterers are the British Virgin Islands.  Just Google “British Virgin Islands Charters” for lots of information.

Sailing Gear.  Does your sailor need a new PFD, sunglasses, sailing gloves, foul weather gear or sailing shoes?  Check out West Marine or your local yachting store.

Books and Videos.  Search the Internet for books and videos on sailing, covering every subject from the racing rules and tactics, to dramatic accounts of to solo circumnavigations, to idyllic sailing getaways.  Examples:

Understanding the Yacht Racing Rules and Winning in One-Designs by Dave Perry

The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, by John Rousmaniere and Mark Smith

Sailing for Dummies, by J.J. and Peter Isler

Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocumb

The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told, Christopher Caswell (ed.)

Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations, by Chris Santella 

Atlantic High, by William F. Buckley

For videos on a variety of sailing subjects, including basic instruction, cruising guides, and the classic movie Captain Ron starring Kurt Russel and Martin Short, search on under “movies and TV” for “sailing”.

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.