Archive for June, 2011

Adult Sailing Lessons / Family Regatta

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Adult EYC members: do you want to learn to sail (after all, you are a member of a yacht club)?  Or are you a lapsed sailor who needs a refresher course?  Need an excuse to get out on the water with your friends, away from house and spouse one night a week?  Now is your chance, but you have to sign up soon!

The EYC offers adult sailing lessons, every Thursday evening from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  You can sign up for four weeks ($120) or eight weeks ($240).  The lessons are taught by the EYC’s staff of experienced, certified professional instructors on safe, simple, stable Flying Scot sailboats.  The first lesson is Thursday, June 30.  Sign up deadline is noon, June 30.  To sign up, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.  If you need help signing up online, stop by the EYC and ask a staff member to help you through the online signup process using the EYC’s computer.

Remember, the EYC’s second annual Family Regatta will take place as part of the regular Flying Scot series races on Saturday, July 2.  Any Flying Scot carrying a parent and child, grandparent and grandchild, or siblings is eligible for Family Regatta prizes.  So, push, pull or drag a family member on board and race!  Drawing for EYC-owned boats is at 9:15 AM, skippers meeting 9:30 AM, first race 10:00 AM.  Up to three races will be sailed.  See the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions at www.eyc.org/racing for more details.

Instructor Housing Needed July 1-10; Regatta and Race Results

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Our excellent, lovable, and charming Directors, Alex Zalar and Ben Schallip, need housing from July 1-10.  They do not need transportation or food, only a place to lay their heads.  Please let Marsella Fults know ASAP if you can take either or both of them for this short time period. (920) 854-5330 or marsellafults@gmail.com.

The Fyr Bal Regatta was a big success, with ten Scots racing in nice weather.  We have also kicked off the Laser and Flying Junior series races.  The EYC’s race and regatta results can be viewed online at eyc.org/eyc-2011-series-race-and-regatta-results.

This Week at the EYC June 27-July 4

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

The EYC has lots of events planned through the 4th of July holiday weekend.  In addition to the normally scheduled racing, lessons, bridge, and swimming and sunning on the bleachers, here’s what’s happening:

Weekly BUNCO begins Monday, June 27 at 6:30 PM (socializing) or 7:00 PM (actual Bunco competition).  Bunco is social and almost anyone can learn it – give it a try!

This week’s WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY is one of our most popular, Red Putter mini golf!  Meet at EYC at 5:30 PM.  We will drive to the Red Putter. After golf, we will return to EYC.  Parents, please pick up your children at the EYC between 7:15 and 7:30 PM.  Each golfer must bring $4.00 in cash.  Please sign up on the poster at the EYC (or phone the EYC and ask the staff to write your name on the sign up sheet).  Parents, remember that additional drivers are always appreciated. Junior activities are for juniors who have completed first grade and older.  Questions?  Contact Betsy Steele (920) 854-7191.

June 30 is the first day of EVENING ADULT SAILING LESSONS, 5:oo PM to 8:00 PM every Thursday. You can sign up for four weeks or eight weeks.  The lessons are designed to be social, relaxed and friendly, and include both classroom and on-the-water instruction.  Get some friends together and sign up now at www.eyc.org/lessons!  Enrollment deadline is June 30 at noon.

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on June 30 will be a visit to the ever-popular Johnson Park in Sister Bay for an evening of mini golf, go-carts, batting cages and arcade games.  Meet at EYC at 6:00 PM. We will enjoy Johnson Park until approximately 7:30 and return to EYC no later than 8:00 PM.  Please send your teen with cash for the activities at the Park; $20 should be more than enough for a great time.   Sign up at the EYC this week.   Two chaperones and several drivers are needed.  To volunteer as a chaperone and/or driver, of if you have any questions, call Heather Andersen (847) 420-3978.

The morning of Saturday July 2 is the second annual EYC FAMILY REGATTA.  Held as part of the regular Flying Scot Saturday series, this regatta will award trophies to the top three boats which carry siblings, a parent and child, or a grandparent and grandchild.  Rustle up a family member and compete!  For more information see the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions at www.eyc.org/racing.

Sunday July 3 features the EYC’s famous, fun, family-friendly ICE CREAM SOCIAL.  The fun starts at the EYC at 7:00 PM; bring an ice cream topping.  Ice cream will be supplied by the EYC.

Monday, July 4 is the first day of LESSON SESSION C.  Sign up now at www.eyc.org/lessons before your student’s level is full!  Remember, if the morning session is full, there is often room in the afternoon session.  Sign up deadline is noon, Sunday July 3.

DOG POLICY.  For several years, we have seen an increased number of our furry friends on the pier. They continue to be welcome, but only if the dog is always 1) leashed, 2) attended by its owner, and 3) under control (which means no barking, pulling, or fighting).  Members are responsible for the actions of their dogs.  We have many children who may not know about the appropriate way to approach someone else’s pet.  Please also consider the needs of our many senior members who enjoy spending time on the EYC pier. Members will be asked to remove their dog from the EYC if the staff feels that an uncomfortable or dangerous situation exists.

Members are also reminded that SMOKING is not allowed at the EYC.  Thank you for helping to make the EYC family-friendly.

Welcome New EYC Members!

Friday, June 24th, 2011

At Saturday evening’s Opening Social, please be sure to wear your name tag and to welcome the EYC’s new members.  Since last September, the following new Family, Individual and Senior members have joined the EYC.  We look forward to having them be a part of everything the EYC has to offer!

Dirk and Tracy Ahlbeck

Jay and Jennifer Anderson

Priscilla Apfelbach

Alison Beadell

Mike Callahan

Paul and Myra DeLong

Keith and Dawn Eickenberg

Dan and Pat Fetterley

Nathan and Jean Guequierre

Norma Hager

Jeff and Amber Johnson

Joel and Alicia Kersebet

Bob Klein

Bob and Gail Limoni

Lynn Martin

Jack and Erin McFarlane

Bob and Judy Minahan

Lisa and Paul Olson

Steve and Joyce Paoletti

Ted and Jeanne Papenthien

Fred and Janet Perryman

Marianne Porter

John and Jennifer Puisis

Rob and Em Rogers

George Sargent

Jeff and Kim Schimmer

Carol Fiedler and Claude Therien

Geoff and Claudia Werner

James and Christine Zasuly

Bob and Barb Ziegler

Opening Social / Marine Rummage Sale Saturday June 25

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

All adult EYC members, their guests, and EYC staff are invited to the OPENING SOCIAL Saturday, June 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The EYC will provide beverages; please bring an appetizer to share. Sorry, dogs are not invited to this event.  See you on the pier!

The EYC’s second annual MARINE RUMMAGE SALE runs from 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday, June 25.  Bring any marine items that you don’t have a need for, or have outgrown.  Everyone is asked to tag and sell their own items.  Also, you can donate gently used PFDs and sailing shoes (especially in kids sizes); Duska Pearson will handle the sale of these, with leftover items and proceeds going to EYC.  Invite your neighbors and friends — this sale is open to the public.  Questions?  Contact co-chairs Deanna Peterson deanna@brightasdaydesigns.com or Duska Pearson duskapearson@mac.com.

Youth Activities at the EYC

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The EYC offers weekly structured youth activities for teens, Juniors (must have completed first grade) and our youngest group, Explorers.

Junior activities take place every Wednesday.  This week’s WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY will be swimming and playing on the inflatable tank at the Fish Creek YMCA. Meet at EYC at 5:30; the group will then drive to the “Y” to swim from 6:00 to 7:30.  Please sign up at the EYC (or phone the EYC and ask the staff to add your name to the sign up list).  Each swimmer must bring a suit, a towel and $7.00 to cover the entrance fee (Door County YMCA members, no charge; members of another YMCA, $3.50).  Drivers are always appreciated!  Parents, please pick up your children at EYC promptly at 8:00 PM.  Questions? Call Betsy Steele (920) 854-7191.

Teen activities take place every Thursday.  This week’s THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY will be pizza and bowling at the Sister Bay Bowl.  Meet in the bowling alley at 6:00 PM.  Each person should bring $10 to cover pizza, bowling and beverages.  Parents, please pick up your teen at the Bowl promptly at 8:00 PM.  Sign up on the sheet at the EYC. Questions? Call Heather Andersen (847) 420-3978.

The EYC can always use more parents to help drive and to help supervise these activities.  Please volunteer by contacting Youth Activites Chair Heather Anderson heather@brecklodge.com

This Week at the EYC June 20-26

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

The EYC has a full schedule the week of June 20-26, including lessons, racing, and social events for members of all ages and genders.

LESSON SESSION B begins Monday, June 20 and runs through July 1.  Lessons are taught in both the mornings and afternoons.  Sign up now before your student’s level fills up, at  www.eyc.org/lessons.  Signup deadline for Session B is noon, Sunday June 19.

Monday, June 20 at 9:30 is the first of two scheduled FIRST MATES COFFEE meetings.  First Mates, connect with friends and plug in to upcoming EYC events!  Bring your calendar.  If you are a woman and an EYC member then you are a First Mate.  For more information contact First First Mate Nancy Pillat npillat@gmail.com or (920) 854-4310.

The first JUNIOR ACTIVITY will be on the evening of Wednesday, June 22.  Keep an eye on the EYC bulletin board for details.

June 23 is the first THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY: pizza and bowling at the Sister Bay Bowl.  Meet in the bowling alley at 6:00 PM.  Each person should bring $10 to cover pizza, bowling and beverages.  Parents, please pick up your teen promptly at 8:00 PM.  Sign up on the sheet at the EYC. Questions? Call Junior Activities Chair Heather Andersen (847) 420-3978.

The EYC’s second annual MARINE RUMMAGE SALE runs from 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday, June 25.  Bring any marine items that you don’t have a need for, or have outgrown, and find someone who needs them. Everyone is asked to tag and sell their own items.  Also, you can donate gently used PFDs and sailing shoes (especially in kids sizes); Duska Pearson will handle the sale of these, with leftover items and proceeds going to EYC.  Invite your neighbors and friends — this sale is open to the public.  Questions?  Contact co-chairs Deanna Peterson deanna@brightasdaydesigns.com or Duska Pearson duskapearson@mac.com.

The EYC’s OPENING SOCIAL begins at 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 25 at the EYC.  Mark your calendar and watch for a further e-mail with more details.

Members are reminded of the EYC’s DOG POLICY.  For several years, we have seen an increased number of our furry friends on the pier. They continue to be welcome, but only if the dog is always 1) leashed, 2) attended by its owner, and 3) under control (which means no barking, pulling, or fighting).  Please do not bring dogs to organized social events like the Fyr Bal cookout, the Opening Social and the Ice Cream Social.  Members are responsible for the actions of their dogs.  We have many children who may not know about the appropriate way to approach someone else’s pet.  Please also consider the needs of our many senior members who enjoy spending time on the EYC pier. Members will be asked to remove their dog from the EYC if the staff feels that an uncomfortable or dangerous situation exists.

Members are also reminded that SMOKING is not allowed anywhere at the EYC.

Thank you for helping keep the EYC family-friendly!

Fyr Bal at the EYC Saturday June 18

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Ephraim’s Fyr Bal festival is this Saturday, June 18.  The EYC will celebrate the summer solstice with a regatta, and with a cookout to which all EYC members are invited.

The Fyr Bal Regatta begins at 10:00 AM Saturday as part of the EYC’s regular Saturday Flying Scot race series.  The drawing for EYC-owned Flying Scots will occur promptly at 9:15 AM, and the skippers meeting will be at 9:30 AM.

The second annual Fyr Bal Cookout will be held at the EYC on Saturday beginning at 6:00 PM. The Richter and Latreille Families will host, and will furnish brats, hot dogs, and Bob’s Famous Chicken. Please bring a side dish to share and drink of your choice. You can watch the Fyr Bal chieftain sail into view, and then stay to enjoy the best view in the harbor of the bonfires and fireworks.  A sign-up sheet will be posted at the EYC; if you plan to attend, please sign up to help the EYC plan the amount of food to buy.

Race at the EYC in 2011!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Racing at the EYC begins this Saturday, June 18.

The EYC hosts weekly races in four separate sailboat classes — Flying Scots, Flying Juniors, Lasers, and Optimists — during the summer season.

Racing is a lot of fun and is the best way for juniors and adults quickly to become a better sailor.

You don’t have to be an expert to race at the EYC.  In the Scot and FJ classes, you can crew for someone more experienced.  The EYC staff and EYC members are often looking for racing crew, so come down to the EYC, put up a note on our bulletin board, post on the EYC’s online classified ads, and get on a boat!

You don’t have to have your own boat in order to race.  You can crew on someone else’s boat, or sail on an EYC-owned boat.

You don’t even have to have your EYC Skipper’s License to skipper an EYC boat in an EYC series race, except in the Flying Scot series.

You don’t even have to be an EYC member to crew in an EYC race (though you must be an EYC member to skipper).  So, bring your non-member friends out on the racecourse!

This year the EYC has invested in all new sails for its FJs and Lasers, which will be used exclusively for racing, making EYC-owned boats more evenly matched.

Weekly races begin Saturday, June 18.  The weekly race schedule is:

Saturdays 9:30 AM:  Flying Scots

Saturdays  1:30 PM:  Optimists

Sundays 1:30 PM:  Flying Juniors and Lasers

Mondays 5:30 PM:  Flying Scots

Tuesdays 5:30 PM:  Optimists

Fridays 5:30 PM:  Flying Juniors and Lasers

(All times are skipper’s meeting times.  Races begin 1/2 hour later.  Drawing for EYC-owned boats is 15 minutes prior to the skipper’s meeting).

For more information see www.eyc.org/racing or contact EYC Race and Regattas chairman Jay Lott jaylott01@gmail.com.

This Week at the EYC June 13-19

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

The EYC’s summer schedule begins to get busy this week!

The EYC’s first lesson session begins Monday, June 13 at 9:00 AM.  There are still openings at all levels.  Register at www.eyc.org/lessons.  The registration deadline for Session A is noon Sunday, June 12.  (Later sessions have later deadlines.)

The EYC hosts a CPR class on the afternoon of Thursday, June 16.  A few enrollment slots are available to members.  Cost is minimal.  To enroll, contact EYC Commodore Marsella Fults marsellafults@gmail.com by June 13.

Saturday, June 18 is the first day of racing at the EYC.  The Fyr Bal Regatta (part of the season-long Saturday Flying Scot series) is in the morning.  Optimist series races are in the afternoon.  Flying Junior and Laser series races begin the afternoon of Sunday, June 19.  For details see www.eyc.org/racing.

The second annual Fyr Bal Family Cookout begins Saturday, June 18 at 6:00 PM.  The EYC will provide grilled entrees.  Bring a side dish and your own beverages.  We will grill out, then watch the Fyr Bal bonfires from the end of the EYC pier.

Bridge is already under way.  The EYC hosts open play bridge, couples bridge and bridge lessons.  For more information on EYC bridge, see www.eyc.org.

The EYC was featured last week in the Milwauee Journal-Sentinel, in a story about outdoor activities in Door County.  www.jsonline.com/features/travel/123065028.html

In order to simplify accounting processes, the EYC NO LONGER ACCEPTS CASH (except in the soda machine).  If you need to purchase something from the EYC, bring your checkbook!  However, online lesson registrations are paid with a credit card.

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.