Archive for July, 2011

This Week at the EYC August 1-7

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

This week is among the EYC’s busiest.  In addition to the usual sunning and swimming, four-square, ping pong, bridge, yoga, racing, lessons, watching Milton the Muskrat, consuming beverages, and just plain going sailing, here’s what’s happening.

The WOMEN’S REGATTA will take place in Flying Scots on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 3.  Skipper’s meeting 1:00 PM, first race 1:30 PM.  This regatta is limited to female competitors.  Qualified EYC members can enter (by e-mail) the raffle to sail an EYC-owned Flying Scot in this regatta.  The raffle deadline is 9:00 AM Monday August 1.  For more information on the raffle, go to www.eyc.org/2011/07/26/regatta-boat-raffles-annual-meeting.  For more information on the Women’s Regatta, see the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions at www.eyc.org/racing.

The REGATTA WELCOME PARTY is Friday, August 5 at 6:00 PM at the home of Jay Lott, 9910 Mueller Lane, Bailey’s Harbor, about 5 minutes from the EYC.  There will be a game and fish grill, featuring appetizers, smoked salmon, fresh fish and game on the grill, fresh grilled garden veggies and salads.  Activities will include croquet, bocce ball, horseshoes, volleyball and music.  Families and children welcome.  Beer and soft drinks will be served.  Directions from the EYC:  drive 1/4 mile south on Highway 42 to Highway Q.  Turn left on Q and follow Q east 3 1/2 miles to the intersection with Mueller Lane (a gravel road).  Turn right on Mueller Lane.  The house is the only one on Mueller Lane.  The Regatta Welcome Party is an EYC fundraiser; cost is $12, children 12 and under $6, children 5 and under free.

The normally scheduled races on Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7 will not be held because of the Ephraim Regatta.

The 106th EPHRAIM REGATTA is Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7.  Races begin Saturday at 11:00 AM and Sunday at 10:00 AM.  You can compete or spectate from the pier.  The Ephraim Regatta is the oldest on the Great Lakes and is one of the largest Flying Scot regattas in the U.S.  Qualified EYC members can enter (by e-mail) the raffle to sail an EYC-owned Flying Scot in this regatta.  The raffle deadline is 9:00 AM Wednesday August 3.  For more information on the raffle, go to www.eyc.org/2011/07/26/regatta-boat-raffles-annual-meeting.

The legendary REGATTA BRATFEST is Saturday, August 6 beginning at 6:00 PM.  All EYC members and guests are invited.  As always, your hosts the Klein family will serve all-you-can-eat roasted corn, grilled bratwurst, beer and soft drinks in an outdoor setting.  Children are welcome.  Besides eating, drinking and socializing, there is also volleyball and music.  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 are the Klein family.

The Bratfest is an EYC fundraiser; cost is $11, children 12 and under $6, children 5 and under free.

CONGRATS to skipper John Peterson, skipper of “Charette,” and the rest of his crew: Deanna Peterson, Matt Smith, Woody Heidler, Alex Zalar, Isak Peterson, Ben Schallip, and Peter Grimm.  Charette overcame adversity and blustery winds to win its division, and was second overall, in the Hundred-Miler race on Saturday, July 23.

PERSONAL GEAR:  Parents, please be sure that your children clean up their PFDs, clothing, towels, bags and other gear and not leave it lying about at the EYC.  When the staff arrive each morning, they need to be able to concentrate on teaching, not on cleaning up junior gear.

EYC PICNIC FACILITIES:  The EYC is a great place for members to have a family cookout.  The EYC provides gas grills, grilling utensils, picnic tables, rest rooms, a  great view, a water fountain, swimming, and trash receptacles.  Members are reminded to clean up after themselves.  Please place all trash in the correct receptacles, turn off the gas grills, wipe off the picnic tables, clean the EYC’s grilling utensils, and do all the other things you would do if you had just grilled in your own back yard.

Thanks for helping to keep the EYC neat and clean!

Lesson Sign Up Deadline Noon July 31

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The EYC’s final two-week group sailing lesson session of 2011 begins Monday, August 1.  The deadline to sign up for lessons is noon on Sunday, July 31.  For more information about group sailing lessons at the EYC, or to sign up for group lessons, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

Private lessons will be available by appointment through most of August.  To learn more about private lessons or to arrange for a private lesson, stop by the EYC, e-mail Director@eyc.org, or phone the EYC (920) 854-7107.

Regatta Boat Raffles / Annual Meeting

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

RAFFLE FOR EYC-OWNED SCOTS

The EYC owns eight Flying Scots, which are available to be raced by members in the Women’s Regatta and the Ephraim Regatta.  To allocate these boats, the EYC conducts boat raffles in advance of each of these regattas.

Qualified EYC members who wish to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot can enter the raffle for either regatta, by e-mailing EYC Director Ben Schallip at schallbm@muohio.edu.  In your e-mail, give your name, and state for which regatta (or both) you are seeking to use a Scot.

The deadline to enter the raffle for the Women’s regatta is 9:00 AM, Monday, August 1.  The drawing will be held shortly after the deadline, and winners will be notified by e-mail which boat and which sails they were awarded.  You do not need to be present to win.

The deadline to enter the raffle for the Ephraim Regatta is 9:00 AM Wednesday, August 3.  The drawing will be held shortly after the deadline, and winners will be notified by e-mail which boat and which sails they were awarded.  You do not need to be present to win.

Any skipper drawing an EYC-owned Scot in one of these raffles is expected to register for, and compete in, the entire regatta for which that Scot was drawn (of course, the skipper is not expected to race in conditions which the skipper considers unsafe, given the skill level of his or her crew).

Please remember, to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in either the Women’s Regatta or the Ephraim Regatta, you must be an EYC member and you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  For information on how to obtain an EYC Skipper’s License, see the EYC Water Safety Policy at www.eyc.org/member-info.  If you are not sure whether you are on the list of persons possessing an EYC Skipper’s License, contact the EYC at (414) 854- 7107 in advance of the date of the raffle, to allow time for a skills assessment or Skipper’s Test if you are not already on the list.

Also, all persons sailing on EYC-owned boats must wear PFDs at all times regardless of weather.

For more information on the Women’s Regatta, see the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions at www.eyc.org/racing.  For more information on the Ephraim Regatta, see the Notice of Race, Welcome and Information Letter, and Registration form at www.eyc.org/racing.

ANNUAL MEETING OF EYC MEMBERS

Mark your calendar now for the annual membership meeting, Saturday, August 13, 9:00 AM at the EYC.  This is an opportunity for you to learn the “State of the Club,” to provide input on what you want your EYC to be, and to elect new members to the Board of Directors.  Please be there to help us achieve a quorum.

This Week at the EYC July 25 – August 1

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Here’s what’s happening at the EYC this week, in addition to the the usual sailing, races, lessons, ping pong, bridge, bunco, yoga, swimming, sunning, and socializing with friends.

A few volunteers are still needed to work one-hour shifts at the Regatta Welcome Party, Friday August 5.  Anyone working a volunteer shift gets free admission (otherwise $12).   If interested in volunteering, contact dockside@eyc.org.

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR AND TEEN ACTIVITY on July 27 will be a visit to the American Folklore Theater to see “Bing! The Cherry Musical.”  Tickets are $5 up to age 12,  $8 ages 13 – 18, $19 adults.  ADVANCE SIGN UP IS REQUIRED for this event.  Sign up deadline is 5:00 PM Monday July 25.  Sign up on the poster at the EYC.  If you sign up, the EYC will purchase a ticket for you, so your sign-up is your committment to pay for that ticket.  Meet at EYC at 5:00 PM.  Tickets will be distributed at the EYC.  Bring cash for your ticket and extra cash if you plan to purchase a snack.  Parent drivers are needed; parents who drive should plan to pay for a ticket too.  Parent drivers should also sign up on the poster at the EYC.  Pickup will be at the EYC at 8:00 PM.  This event is open to all EYC juniors who have finished 1st grade and older, and all EYC teens.  For more information contact Duska Pearson (920) 854-9988 or (630) 97-4942.

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on July 28 will be a powerboat trip and picnic dinner.  Teens will meet at the EYC at 5:00 PM and board powerboats provided and skippered by adult EYC members.  We will travel to Nicolet Bay, Horseshoe Island or Chamber’s Island, depending on the weather.  Bring your own picnic dinner including drinks.  Grills may not be available so don’t bring things which must be cooked.  Wear a swimsuit, bring a towel, and bring layered clothing appropriate for riding in open powerboats in cool evening temperatures.  Participants are required to bring their own PFD and to wear it while underway.  Pickup will be at the EYC at 8:30 PM.  Sign up on the sheet at the EYC.  EYC teen events are limited to those who have completed 8th grade.  If you have a suitable powerboat and would like to skipper it in this event, or if you have questions, please contact Heather Andersen (847) 420-3978.

The LASER REGATTA which was tentatively scheduled for July 30 will not be held because nobody volunteered to organize the event.  Optimist races will be held as regularly scheduled the afternoon of Saturday, July 30.  Laser and Flying Junior races will be held as regularly scheduled on the afternoon of Sunday, July 31.

EYC members Rich and Prudy Hall will give a multimedia presentation about their recent TRIP TO ANTARCTICA, on Sunday July 31 at 7:00 PM at the EYC.  This program is suitable for all ages who are capable of sitting through a 30 to 45 minute presentation.  There will be penguins!  An informal BYO cookout will precede the presentation.

The FINAL GROUP SAILING LESSON SESSION OF 2011 begins Monday, August 1.  The deadline to sign up for group sailing lessons for this session is noon, Sunday, July 31.  For more information and to sign up, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

Adult Sailing Lessons at the EYC

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

The EYC has one of the largest junior sailing lesson programs in the Midwest.  But the EYC offers adult group sailing lessons to its members, too!  The enrollment deadlines for the last 2011 adult sailing classes are approaching fast.

Adult lessons for beginners and nearly-beginners are offered in two formats.

One lesson meets for a week, each afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.  The dates are July 25-29 or August 1-5.  The enrollment deadline is noon on the Sunday prior to the first lesson.  (The July 25-29 dates are perfect for EYC women who want to brush up their skills in advance of the August 3 Women’s Regatta.)

The other lesson meets each Thursday evening from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, from July 28 through August 18.  The enrollment deadline is noon on July 28.

Sailing is easy and fun.  To learn more about the EYC’s lesson program and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.  Sign up now before classes fill up!

Ephraim Regatta August 5-6-7!

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Mark your calendar now for the 106th Ephraim Regatta August 5-6-7!  The Regatta includes two parties plus two days of racing.  You can race, serve on the race committee, attend the parties, or just come down to the EYC to watch the races from the pier and visit with fellow EYC members.

Friday night’s Regatta Welcome Party will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Jay Lott, 9910 Mueller Lane, Bailey’s Harbor, about 5 minutes from the EYC.  There will be a game and fish grill, featuring appetizers, smoked salmon, fresh fish and game on the grill, fresh grilled garden veggies and salads.  Activities will include croquet, bocce ball, horseshoes, volleyball and music.  Families and children welcome.  Beer and soft drinks will be served.  Directions from the EYC:  drive 1/4 mile south on Highway 42 to Highway Q.  Turn left on Q and follow Q east 3 1/2 miles to the intersection with Mueller Lane (a gravel road).  Turn right on Mueller Lane.  The house is the only one on Mueller Lane.  There is plenty of street parking available on Mueller Lane, including for vehicles with trailers.

The Regatta Welcome Party is an EYC fundraiser; cost is $12, children 12 and under $6, children 5 and under free.  A few volunteers are still wanted to work one-hour shifts at the Regatta Welcome Party.  Volunteers get free admission.  To volunteer contact dockside@eyc.org.

Saturday’s first race begins at 11:00 AM.  There will be up to three races on Saturday.  If you plan to compete in the Regatta, the Notice of Race, Welcome and Information sheet, and Registration form are located at www.eyc.org/racing.  You can preregister, or register on Saturday morning.  Sandwiches, cookies and soft drinks can be purchased at the EYC.

Saturday evening’s famous Bratfest will serve all-you-can-eat roasted corn, grilled bratwurst, beer and soft drinks in an outdoor setting.  Families and children are welcome.  Besides eating and drinking, there is also volleyball.  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 are the Klein family.

The Bratfest is an EYC fundraiser; cost is $11, children 12 and under $6, children 5 and under free.

Sunday’s races begin at 10:00 AM.  Up to two races will be held, with the awards ceremony following as soon as possible.

To volunteer to help with the Race Committee, contact dockside@eyc.org.

There will always be an Ephraim Regatta!

The latest issue of Scots ‘n’ Water, the newsmagazine of the Flying Scot class, is available at www.fssa.com/mem/snw_issues10m.asp

First Mates’ Potluck Location Change / 100-Miler

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The location of tonight’s First Mates’ Potluck dinner has been changed to the (air-conditioned!) Old Ephraim Village Hall.  All other details remain the same.  The event begins at 6:00 PM.

EYC members and staff will compete in the Hundred-Miler race this Saturday, July 23 on the Peterson’s Beneteau First 38 “Charette”.  The fleet is expected to round Horseshoe Island sometime between 11:oo AM and 4:00 PM, depending on the wind.  Follow the EYC on Twitter for a Saturday tweet giving the time the fleet is expected to round Horseshoe.  To receive the EYC’s tweets on your mobile phone, text “Follow EphraimYC” to 40404.  Charette is expected to win its division, and perhaps overall, because it will be crewed by John and Deanna Peterson, professional sailor Peter Grimm, and EYC staffers Alex Zalar, Ben Schallip, Isak Peterson, Woody Heidler and Matt Smith.

Come on out and cheer on Team EYC in the Hundred-Miler!  The best places to watch are from your boat, or from the tower at Peninsula State Park.

Family Regatta Saturday July 23 / Rich Hall Junior Regatta Results

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The rescheduled Family Regatta will take place on Saturday, July 23.  The Family Regatta will be held in conjunction with the regular Saturday morning Flying Scot series races.  You do not have to be eligible for Family Regatta prizes in order to race.  To be eligible for Family Regatta prizes, your Flying Scot must carry siblings, a parent and child, or a grandparent and grandchild.

Drawing for EYC-owned boats is at 9:15 AM, optional skippers meeting 9:30 AM, first warning signal 10:00 AM.

Please remember, to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Family Regatta, you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  For information on how to obtain an EYC Skipper’s License, see the EYC Water Safety Policy at www.eyc.org/member-info.  If you are not sure whether you are on the list of persons with EYC Skipper’s Licenses, contact the EYC at (414) 854- 7107 in advance of the date of the Family Regatta, to allow time for a skills assessment or Skipper’s Test if you are not already on the list.

Also, all persons sailing on EYC-owned boats must wear PFDs at all times regardless of weather.

Push, pull or drag a family member on board your Scot, and race in the Family Regatta!  For more information see the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions at www.eyc.org/racing.

Congratulations to all EYC juniors who competed in the Rich Hall Junior Regatta!  There was a lot of wind, and the EYC juniors rose to the challenge, repeatedly getting back on the race course even after some capsizes.  First place was Teddy Papenthien and Benjamin Therien, second place was Stefan Peterson and Topher Andersen, and third place was Ally Dykman and Will Andersen.  For complete results go to www.eyc.org/racing.

This Week at the EYC July 18-24

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

In addition to normal summer activities of catching up with old friends, racing or watching races, swimming, sunning, bridge, yoga, lessons, grilling out and just plain going sailing, here’s what’s happening this week at the EYC.

The FIRST MATES POT LUCK  is Wednesday, July 20 at the EYC beginning at 6:00 PM.

There is no Wednesday Junior Activity this week.

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on July 21 will be an evening at Andersen’s Echo Island on Kangaroo Lake. There will be a teen potluck dinner and water activities.  Arrive at 6:00 P.M. at the Andersens dock, located 1 driveway north of 7646 W. Kangaroo Lake Rd. in Baileys Harbor.  Parents, please pick up your teens at the same location at 9:00 PM.  Everyone must bring a PFD, and either drinks, side dish or dessert.   Hot dogs and brats will be provided.  In order to participate in teen activities you must have completed 8th grade.  Chaperones welcome.  All participants should sign up at the EYC.  Questions?  Contact Heather Andersen 847-420-3978.

The rescheduled FAMILY REGATTA will take place on Saturday, July 23.  The Family Regatta will be held in conjunction with the regular Saturday morning series races.  You do not have to be eligible for Family Regatta prizes in order to race.  To be eligible for Family Regatta prizes, your Flying Scot must carry siblings, a parent and child, or a grandparent and grandchild.

Drawing for EYC members to skipper EYC-owned boats is at 9:15 AM, optional skippers meeting 9:30 AM, first warning signal 10:00 AM.  Push, pull or drag a family member on board your Scot, and race in the Family Regatta!  For more information see the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions at www.eyc.org/racing.

Please remember, to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Family Regatta, you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  For information on obtaining an EYC Skipper’s License, see the EYC Water Safety Policy at www.eyc.org/member-info.  Also, all persons sailing on EYC-owned boats must wear PFDs at all times regardless of weather.

If you have good (or even mediocre) digital photos of EYC-related events from 2011, please submit your photos to the EYC.  The EYC will post the photos in its public online photo archive at www.flickr.com/photos/ephraimyachtclub/collections.  Your photos may also be used in the Eagle’s Cry.

We especially like good sailing action photos, and photos of EYC members and juniors having fun at various EYC events.

You can submit your photos by e-mail to dockside@eyc.org, or on a thumb drive or CD to Ben Schallip at the EYC.  Sorry, pictures which are uploaded to your account at an online photo archive service like Snapfish or Flickr cannot be transferred online to the EYC’s Flickr archive.

Please submit your photos.  We want to build an EYC photo archive which future generations can look back on with a smile!

Men’s Night on the Pier / Lessons / EYC Skipper’s Tests

Friday, July 15th, 2011

MEN’S NIGHT ON THE PIER is tonight, Friday, July15.  EYC men are invited to gather at the EYC for the Friday night Laser and FJ races.  Around 7:30 PM as the women and youth depart, we will grill dinner.  Bring meat for the grill, an optional side dish (if your wife has time to prepare one), your preferred beverage, and cigars if you smoke them.  See Note 1, below.

LESSONS.  The EYC offers sailing lessons for beginners and advanced sailors, juniors and adults, in group and private settings, mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Group lesson Session D for junior students begins Monday, July 18 and runs through July 29.  A few spaces still remain in both morning and afternoon sessions.  THE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE FOR SESSION D IS NOON SUNDAY, July 17. Enroll now before lessons fill up!  For details and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

One of the EYC’s week-long afternoon adult group lessons still has openings available from August 1 through August 5.

Also, the EYC’s adult evening beginner lesson has a few slots available.  This class meets every Thursday evening for three hours beginning July 28, for four weeks.

Adult lessons are designed to be relaxed and social.  Get a group of your friends together and enroll now at www.eyc.org/lessons!

EYC private lessons are available by appointment.  To schedule a private lesson, stop by the EYC or call the EYC (920) 854-7107.

SKIPPERS TESTS.  In order to skipper an EYC Flying Scot (other than during lessons), the EYC has long required members to have an EYC Skipper’s License.  EYC members under age 18 must successfully complete the EYC’s Level 4 curriculum and must pass the EYC Skipper’s Test in order to earn a Skipper’s License.

EYC skippers tests can be taken in one of three ways: (1) each Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, (2) by appointment (contact EYC Education Director Alex Zalar zalaram@gmail.com), or (3) during Level 4 lessons (be sure to ask your instructor to fit in a skipper’s test in near the end of the lesson session).

The skills taught at each level of EYC lessons, and the elements of the Skipper’s Test, now can be viewed at www.eyc.org/lessons.

The ways for adult EYC members to earn a Skipper’s License are described on the EYC Water Safety Policy located at www.eyc.org/member-info.

Note 1:  Just kidding about the wives preparing the side dish.

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.