Archive for February, 2012

Improve Racing at the EYC – Learn the Racing Rules

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

If you race, in 2012 please make racing at the EYC better for everyone by making a conscious effort always to follow the racing rules.  When some sailors don’t know the rules, or worse, choose to ignore the rules, racing at the EYC is made less fun for all of us.

If you compete, please learn the fundamental right of way rules and perform penalty turns when you know you fouled another boat.  If you learn after the race that you were in the wrong in a right-of-way incident, tell the race committee that you are withdrawing from the race.

To help motivate other competitors to obey the rules, if you have been fouled, please protest the boat which fouled you.  Protesting another boat which has fouled you is not an unfriendly act; it’s just a necessary part of the game in a sport which depends on competitors, not referees, to enforce the rules.

Knowing the rules is a big advantage for racers, because the rules are the basis for all boat-on-boat tactics.  You can’t be a good sailing tactician without a good understanding of the rules.

Parents, please help your junior sailors understand the importance of following the racing rules.  A book on the racing rules makes a great gift for your junior sailor!  Winter is always a good time to study the rules.

Resources for learning about the racing rules include Dave Perry’s book Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012, and U.S. Sailing’s nine-minute video entitled “Animated Handy Guide to the Racing Rules of Sailing” which can be viewed for free at  http://raceadmin.ussailing.org/Rules/Animated_Handy_Guide.htm.

If you are interested in serving as a judge to hear protest hearings arising out of the EYC’s series races and regattas, please contact EYC Race and Regattas Committee chairman Bjorn Hooper bjorn@thehoopers.net

Name an EYC Optimist Dinghy!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Two of the EYC’s nine International Optimist dinghies have never been named.  The EYC is offering to its members a chance to name those two boats in exchange for a donation to the EYC.  This is a great opportunity to help the EYC while at the same time putting your personal imprint on one of the EYC’s boats, memorializing a loved one, or just indulging yourself with a whimsical name.

Here’s how the auction works:  send your bid by e-mail to dockside@eyc.org.  Include in the email your own name and your bid amount.  Minimum bid amount is $200 and bids must be a multiple of $25.  You do not need to include your proposed boat name.  Bidding deadline is 5:00 PM on May 1, 2012.

The two highest bidders each will be entitled to choose a boat name of up to 18 characters, which name must be suitable for a family yacht club.  The boat name you designate is subject to approval by the EYC.  Your bid is your promise to pay if you are one of the two highest bidders.

Please bid generously to help the EYC!  Your donation to the EYC is tax-deductible.

February 29 Deadline to Renew Membership at a Discount

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Family, Senior and Single Members: If you have already sent in your EYC membership renewal, thank you!

If your membership renewal is postmarked by February 29 and accompanied by the correct payment, you are entitled to an early renewal discount.

Membership renewal notices were mailed to all Family, Senior and Single members on December 30, 2011.  If you have not received your renewal notice, if you have misplaced it, or if you have any questions, please contact Membership Chairman Nancy Claypool nclaypool@stonepigman.com (504) 593-0875.

Student members should renew their memberships online when they sign up for 2012 lessons by going to www.eyc.org/lessons

Sign Up Now for EYC Sailing Lessons

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Sign up (or sign up your children) for 2012 sailing lessons now, before your preferred session and time fill up!  Lesson sign ups are already ahead of 2011’s record pace, and the EYC has already been forced to add capacity to some popular lesson times.

The EYC offers group sailing lessons beginning June 11.  Lessons are offered in both morning and afternoon sessions.

Tip for parents:  the highest enrollment is always in the mornings.  The EYC offers most of the same classes in the afternoons at a discounted price.  To save money, and to increase the chances that your student will experience a lower student-to-instructor ratio, sign up your child for the afternoon session.

For more information and to sign up for EYC sailing lessons, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

Run for the EYC

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

If you run in the Door County Half-Marathon or Nicolet Bay 5k on May 5, and raise $250 for the EYC, your registration in the event is free!

If you plan to compete in this event, please ask your sponsors to contribute to the EYC, to support the EYC’s charitable mission of sailing education and the promotion of amateur sailing competition.

The number of free registrations is limited to 100 and the application deadline is April 1, so get started now on raising your $250 in contributions!

For more information see doorcountyhalfmarathon.com.

Flying Scot NAC Regatta

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The 2012 Flying Scot North American Championship Regatta (“NAC”) is being held in the Midwest, affording EYC sailors an opportunity to race without having to travel very far.

The NAC will be hosted by the Carlyle Sailing Association at Lake Carlyle, IL on June 23-29.  Lake Carlyle is about an hour’s drive east of St. Louis, easily reachable in a day’s drive or less from Ephraim, Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.

If you are a Scot racer but have never before traveled to the NAC, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.  The racing and the friendly camaraderie make it worth your while.  For more information, see http://www.csa-sailing.org/nacs/nacs2012.html

Elizabeth S. (“Betsy”) Guenzel

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

We are sad to announce that EYC member and lifelong Door County summer resident Elizabeth S. (“Betsy”) Guenzel passed away on January 24, 2012.

Betsy’s obituary in the Door County Advocate can be viewed here: http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20120201/ADV0103/202010536/Guenzel-Elizabeth-S

 

Adult Sailing Lessons at the EYC

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

If you an adult EYC member who wants to learn to sail, or to improve existing sailing skills, the EYC has lessons for you!  The EYC offers both group and private lessons for adults.

EYC adult group lessons are geared to beginners or near-beginners.  They are offered in two formats:

*  Adult afternoon lessons are offered in one-week sessions, Monday through Friday, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, each week beginning June 11 through August 17.  Price is $162.50 for 5 days (15 hours) of instruction.

*  Adult evening lessons are offered Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, beginning June 28 through August 16.  You can sign up for four weeks ($130) or eight weeks ($260).

The EYC’s adult group lessons are designed to provide a relaxed, social learning atmosphere, and are taught in the EYC’s fleet of stable, easy-to-sail Flying Scots.

More advanced adult students, or adults who want to learn as quickly as possible, can take private lessons.  To sign up for private lessons, contact EYC Director Alex Zalar at the EYC after June 11.

For more information on EYC lessons for juniors, teens, and adults, and to enroll in group lessons, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

Share your Memories of Larry Lewis

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Larry Lewis, who passed away earlier this winter, was a longtime member of the EYC.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors, as Commodore, and (in later years) as a sailing instructor.  Larry was an avid and creative racer, and was a teacher, example, and mentor to many EYC members, especially younger members.  His positive, enthusiastic, outgoing personality and his friendships across generational lines represented the best of what the Ephraim Yacht Club can be.

Did Larry Lewis touch your life?  Please share with your fellow EYC members your memories of Larry.  Whether your story is long or short, the EYC will publish it on the EYC website for your fellow EYC members to read.  Selected memories of Larry will also be published in the Eagle’s Cry.

Please send your stories and memories of Larry to dockside@eyc.org.

Renew Your EYC Membership by February 29

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Family, Senior and Single Members: If you have already sent in your EYC membership renewal, thank you!

If your membership renewal is postmarked by February 29 and accompanied by the correct payment, you are entitled to an early renewal discount.

Membership renewal notices were mailed to all Family, Senior and Single members on December 30, 2011.  If you have not received your renewal notice, if you have misplaced it, or if you have any questions, please contact Membership Chairman Nancy Claypool nclaypool@stonepigman.com (504) 593-0875.

Student members should renew their memberships online when they sign up for 2012 lessons by going to www.eyc.org/lessons

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.