Archive for March, 2012

Malcolm D. Vail, Sr. Elected to Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

EYC member Malcolm D. Vail, Sr. has been chosen as the 2012 inductee to the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation Hall of Fame.

“Skipper” Vail was  founding member of the EYC and served at least four terms as Commodore in the 1930s and 1940s.  He was an active sailboat racer and cruiser, competing in many events, in both dinghies and offshore racers, all over the Great Lakes.  He was involved in EYC sailing as a competitor, volunteer, teacher and parent for many decades until his death in 1976.  Many EYC members retain vivid memories of Skipper’s unique instructional style, and his emphasis on safety and good seamanship.  Many of his descendants remain involved in the EYC to this day.

A ceremony of award will be held at the EYC at 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 16.  All EYC members are invited and encouraged to attend.  The ceremony will be just a few minutes and will be followed by the EYC’s Fyr Bal Family Cookout and viewing of Fyr Bal bonfires.

Wave Runner for Sale

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

The EYC is auctioning a Wave Runner and trailer which were donated to the EYC.

Details: Yamaha Wave Runner 650LX, used.  Needs a new fuel pump, according to the EYC’s mechanic.  Already has a new battery and a new trailer strap.  The trailer is in nice condition too, with no rust and good lights, wiring and tires.

A picture is available at

Questions about the Wave Runner?  E-mail

TO BID: send an e-mail to giving your name and the bid amount. Starting bid amount is only $150. Bids must be in multiples of $10.  Final bid deadline is noon, Central Time, May 1, 2012.   The high bidder is required to pay the bid amount by personal check not later than May 10, 2012.  The Wave Runner can be inspected in Bailey’s Harbor — contact to arrange for a viewing.  For a winning bidder who is outside Door County, the EYC will store the Wave Runner until June 2012 free of charge.

EYC Sailing Camp

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The EYC offers a special beginner lesson program for first- and second-graders.

The EYC’s “Sailing Camp” instruction level is designed as a fun introduction to sailing for our youngest students.  Sailing Camp lessons are four days per week (Monday through Thursday) instead of five days per week.  The shorter schedule is easier on the students and also makes Sailing Camp less expensive than a full week of lessons.

“Sailing Campers” get on-land and on-the-water instruction just like all other EYC students, in the EYC’s Flying Scots and Optimist sailboats.  Sailing Camp emphasizes getting comfortable on the water and having a positive experience sailing, so that students will want to come back for more the next year!

If you have a child or grandchild who might benefit from an early introduction to sailing, consider enrollment in the EYC’s Sailing Camp.  Second graders are also eligible to enroll in Level 1, which features a curriculum similar to Sailing Camp but which is five days per week.

For more information about sailing lessons at the EYC, or to enroll, go to

How to Sail Your Flying Scot Fast

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

For all EYC Flying Scot racers, here is an article with good, fundamental advice on sailing your Flying Scot fast.

Laser Trailer for Sale

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The EYC has one used Laser trailer remaining for sale.  Price reduced to $150!  This trailer has bunks custom-built to carry a Laser sailboat.  The trailer is older but in solid condition with good tires and lights.  If you are interested in buying this trailer, have questions, or want to see pictures, contact

EYC News

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Fellow Ephraim Yacht Club members,

George Kraemer, the EYC’s Commodore elected in August 2011, unfortunately had to resign from that office for health reasons.  George has contributed greatly to the EYC as a member of the Board of Directors, as Dock Committee chair, and for the past two years as Vice Commodore.  I know that all EYC members join me in thanking George for his hard work and effective leadership, and in wishing him a speedy and complete recovery.  George will remain on the Board of Directors and we look forward to his continued participation in EYC governance.  We hope to see him and his wife Carole frequently at the EYC this summer.  We are also fortunate that Carole will stay on as head of the First Mates.

The EYC Board of Directors has named me Commodore.  As an avid sailor and racer, life-long member of the EYC, and former sailing instructor, I welcome the challenge.  Thanks to volunteers like George, the EYC is in great shape.  I look forward to working with all of you to continue to improve the EYC.

The Ephraim Yacht Club is what its members make of it.  Feedback, constructive criticism, ideas and suggestions from members are always welcome; also very welcome are offers to work to implement those ideas and suggestions.  Contact any officer, Director, or committee member by going to  You can contact me at (414) 322-7880 or

Here’s looking forward to a safe and fun 2012 season!

Jay Lott

Remembering Larry Lewis

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The deadline to submit articles for the Spring Eagle’s Cry is March 15, so please contribute your written memories of Larry Lewis as soon as possible.  We have already received quite a few excellent and moving submissions, but we can always use more!

Whether your story is long or short, the EYC will publish it for your fellow EYC members to read.  Please send your stories and memories of Larry to

In addition to this initiative by the EYC’s Board of Directors to collect written memories of Larry, Joani Lewis will host a memorial event for Larry at the EYC at 5:00 PM on Saturday, July 7 (bad weather date 5:00 PM Sunday, July 8).  All EYC members are invited and encouraged to attend.  Further details will be provided nearer to the event.

Lesson Scholarships at the EYC

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Did you know that the EYC offers scholarships to defray the cost of sailing lessons, to qualified applicants?

As part of its educational mission and to help fulfill its charitable purpose, the EYC offers reduced price lesson tuition (only 1/3 of the regular tuition) to junior students who are year-round residents of Door County and who have financial need.  The EYC’s scholarship also includes a free Student membership and a free textbook.

If you know a junior who is a Door County resident and would like to take sailing lessons at the EYC, and who might be need-eligible, please encourage that junior to contact the EYC’s Scholarship chairman  The scholarship application process is confidential and requires no paperwork.  Scholarship students participate in lessons on the same basis as all other EYC students.

For more information about lessons at the EYC, and to enroll in lessons, go to

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.