Archive for November, 2011

2012 EYC Schedule Now Available

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The tentative schedule for the EYC’s 2012 season can be viewed at

As always, the EYC has planned a variety of events for all its members, including:

June 4:  First day of bridge

June 11:  First day of sailing lessons

June 16:  Fyr Bal Regatta / first day of races

June 20:  First day of junior activities

June 23:  Opening Social

July 15:  Rich Hall Junior Regatta

July 19:  First Mates Pot Luck

July 20:  Men’s Night on the Dock

July 28:  Women’s Regatta

August 3-4-5:  Ephraim Regatta and Flying Scot Midwestern Championship Regatta

August 11:  Commodore’s Party

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss your favorite EYC events!

Eagle’s Cry Archive Online

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

The online archive of the EYC’s newsletter, the Eagle’s Cry, now goes all the way back to the first issue, Vol. 1, No. 1, May 1, 1964!  You can view over 100 issues of the Eagle’s Cry at

The back issues are a lot of fun to read.  Some current junior members may find references to their grandparents as juniors.  Some current senior members may be reminded of their younger selves!

A big thank-you to EYC historian Linda Carey, who provided copies of most of the back issues from her files.

Although the archive is nearly complete, we are still missing a few issues, from Spring 1996 through the end of 1999.  If you have copies of any of these issues, please contact the EYC at

Holiday Gift Ideas from the EYC

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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 2011 issue of the Eagle’s Cry listing all the reasons why owning a sailboat — instead of just sailing on EYC-owned boats — is a good idea.  Among the top reasons is not having to worry whether you will draw an EYC boat on those days when the number of skippers in the draw exceeds the number of EYC-owned boats.  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 as a Junior member in your Family membership?  An Individual EYC membership would make a great gift.  Junior members (children of Family members under 25 years old) don’t have to pay the $200 initiation fee if they become Family or Individual members within one year after their 25th birthday!  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 2012 lesson schedule and sign-up link, which will be posted early in 2012.

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”.

Larry Lewis

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

We regret to announce that long-time EYC member Samuel Lawrence “Larry” Lewis passed away on November 18.  Larry served as Commodore of the EYC in 1994 and 1995.  There will be a dockside remembrance service for Larry in June at the EYC.

Skip Samson

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We are sad to announce that longtime Ephraim Yacht Club member Skip Samson passed away, after a long struggle with cancer, on  Tuesday, November 15.  Our sympathy is extended to his wife, Susie and his family. We understand a memorial service is planned for summer 2012 in Door County.

Fall 2011 Eagle’s Cry Available Online

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The Fall 2011 edition of the EYC’s newsletter, the Eagle’s Cry, is now available online at  Members will also receive a hard copy by mail soon.  A big thank you to Eagle’s Cry Editor-in-Chief Fran Morof, helpers Alison Tatlow, Marsella Fults and Nancy Claypool, and everyone who submitted articles and pictures!


Thanks to EYC Helpers!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Thanks to EYC members and friends who took an hour this weekend for a couple of heavy lifting projects for the EYC.  We delivered the EYC’s newest boat lift to the EYC, where it will be used beginning next summer, and we flipped over the EYC’s Flying Scot “Milton” so that EYC member volunteer Mike Callahan can refurbish its deck.  By next summer the Milton will look like new!

The helpers were Dirk Ahlbeck, Rich Bierman, Brian Dugan, Michael Faugust, Fred Lewis, Jay Lott, Kim Miller, Charlie Sauter, and Steve Sauter.

The EYC Needs YOU tomorrow Saturday November 12

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The EYC needs some strong helpers for a couple of projects totaling an hour or less beginning at 2:00 PM tomorrow, Saturday, November 12.  We need to lift a boat lift on to a trailer to deliver it to the EYC, and we need to flip a Flying Scot over.  Each is easy given enough people.  If you can help, please contact House and Dock Chairman Rich Bierman or Equipment Committee member Jay Lott

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.