Archive for May, 2012

Teen Sailing Lessons

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

In addition to its regular beginner sailing lessons (which are offered to students who have completed at least first grade), the EYC offers separate beginner-level sailing classes solely for teenagers.

This is a great opportunity for teens to take group lessons together with those of a similar age, maturity, and learning capacity.

Teen group beginner lessons are offered weekday afternoons (1:30 to 4:30 PM) in sessions B through E (June 18 through August 10).  Lesson sessions are two weeks long and include 30 hours of instruction.  Tuition is $325.

For more information about the EYC’s lesson program, and to enroll, go to

EYC Thank-yous

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Lots of EYC members and friends help out the EYC in many ways, year after year.  Here are just some recent helpers who we wish to thank:

Thank you to Bob and Em Rogers, who scanned a bunch of the EYC’s old photos to add to the EYC’s online photo archive.

Thank you to David Meissner of Fish Creek, who donated to the EYC a used Sirius 21 sailboat and trailer, and a boat lift.  The EYC plans to sell the sailboat and trailer to raise funds, and to use the boat lift to store another one of our fleet.

Thank you to EYC House and Dock chair Rich Bierman, who built new Laser racks for the EYC which are a big improvement over the old racks, made of rigid steel and perfectly designed to easily roll a Laser in and out.  Rich also built the EYC’s new kayak and stand-up paddleboard racks.  Rich’s company Wisconsin Converting donated surplus materials to help hold the cost to a minimum.  We now have slots for the EYC’s ten Lasers plus four member-owned Lasers, so if you want to rent a Laser slot, contact EYC Slip Czar Marsella Fults

Thank you to David Sauter and his helpful crew at Envano, Inc. for making upgrades to the EYC’s website.  Envano created the EYC’s site, hosts it, provides online marketing advice, and has never charged the EYC a penny for these services.

Thank you to EYC member Mike Maltby of Action Electric in Sister Bay, who stored the EYC’s electric crane motors over the winter, and then spent several hours installing them this spring, all free of charge.

Thank you to Tom and Liz Sublewski, who won the auction to name an EYC Optimist with a bid of $500.

Thank you to EYC Equipment Committee chairman Bjorn Hooper, who drove to Minneapolis to purchase a used Optimist on behalf of the EYC, and who took charge of the EYC’s Wee Man powerboat and got its motor diagnosed so that it will be more useful in 2012.

Thank you to EYC members Bill and Heather Andersen, who with just a few minutes notice on a weekend afternoon, purchased a used Optimist on behalf of the EYC and delivered it to Ephraim a couple of days later.

Thank you to Deb and Marv Ritter, who stored the EYC’s newest Laser in their garage for five weeks and provided electricity to run a fan to dry it out, for that entire time.

Thanks to all the people who helped open the EYC on the morning of Saturday, May 26.  Many hands did make light work, and we are well on our way to being ready for summer.  In no particular order:

John Wood

Sarah Olson

Roger Waleffe

Matt “Smitty” Smith

Michael “Smitty” Smith

Jean Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds

Julia Reynolds

John Peterson

Deanna Peterson

Scott Pearson

Duska Pearson

Annika Pearson

Gretchen Pearson

Ingrid Pearson

Peter Moegenburg

George Carey

Linda Carey

Alison Tatlow

Norma Hager

Tom Murray

Mike Callahan

Paul Olson

Christine Bridenhagen

Eric Bierman

Stefan Peterson

Isac Peterson

Adam Moore

Joani Lewis

Steve Sauter

Ellen Stiller

Sean Stiller

Bruce Gantz

Rick Hoyerman

Jack O’Rourke

Dick Bierman

Fred Lewis

Skip Heidler

Erica Heidler

Brian Ritter

Rex Kahr

Michael Faugust

Nan Hoesley

Bob Richter

Sydney Richter

Steven Richter

Eric Richter

Stephanie Richter

Spencer Olson

Claudia Latreille

Olivia Latreille

Sara Latreille

Jason Brown

Kirk Brown

Karen Brown

Kim Miller

Rich Bierman

Jim Shatto

Jay Lott


CPR and First Aid Training / Spring Eagle’s Cry

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

All EYC staff are required to have current CPR and First Aid certification.  The EYC hosts certification classes for its staff each June.  If you would like to join our staff in learning CPR and/or First Aid, please let us know.

We have room for three additional CPR students on Thursday, June 14 from 1 PM to 5 PM.  We have room for six additional First Aid students Friday, June 15 from 1 PM to 5 PM.

The cost for each class is $19, or $7.25 for those 62 or over.  You will also need a book, which can be shared by two people.  The cost is $15 for the CPR book and $11.25 for the First Aid book.

Enroll now!  Space is limited!  First come, first served.  To enroll, contact EYC Personnel chair Marsella Fults

The Spring 2012 issue of the Eagle’s Cry has been published and can be viewed online at

This issue of the Eagle’s Cry includes some very interesting articles, including excerpts from the 1962-1965 Seagull cruising log of former EYC member Jim Packard, and remembrances of former EYC member Larry Lewis from over a dozen EYC members.  And, as always, the Eagle’s Cry is packed with useful information about the EYC’s upcoming season.

Thanks to the Eagle’s Cry editing / publishing crew of Fran Morof, Alison Tatlow and Nancy Claypool.  They put in many, many hours twice a year to produce our fine newsletter.

The Eagle’s Cry is also mailed in hard copy form to all EYC members.  If you have not already received yours, it should arrive in a few days.

What’s Happening at the EYC May 26-June 10

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The EYC is gearing up for another great summer!  Here’s what’s happening at the EYC from May 26 through June 10.

All EYC members are requested and encouraged to help OPEN THE EYC from 9:00 AM to lunchtime on Saturday, May 26.  There are lots of jobs for persons of all skills and ability levels, so please stop by.  The EYC will provide lunch to those who helped; BYO drinks and chips.  The more hands the lighter the work, so please reserve this time for the EYC!

There will be a CRUISING RENDEZVOUS/RAFTUP/PICNIC at Horseshoe Island beginning at 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 27.  BYO food and beverages.  EYC members with grills on their vessels will make them available to those without grills; there are also several grilling spots on the island.  Boats of all sizes and types are welcome.  Questions?  Call John Peterson (414) 581-0792 or Deanna Peterson (920)421-1385.

The EYC will begin OPEN HOURS on Monday, May 28.  The EYC’s hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (and later than 5:00 PM when evening events or races are scheduled).  Staff will be present during open hours, except prior to June 11 the EYC may not be staffed from noon to 1:00 PM.

EYC BRIDGE begins play Monday, June 4.  Open play bridge is every Monday at 1:00 PM.  Couples bridge is every Tuesday at 4:00 PM.  For more information about EYC bridge, contact Bridge chair Suzanne Lisle

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION A LESSONS is noon Sunday June 10.  To enroll, go to  Session A lessons take place Monday June 11 through Friday June 15.

Members who have rented dry slips can bring their boats down to the EYC beginning Sunday, May 27.

Help Open the EYC Saturday May 26 / Raft-Up May 27

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

All EYC members are requested and encouraged to HELP OPEN THE EYC at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 26.

There will be plenty of projects — including opening and cleaning the clubhouse, rigging boats and other gear, and setting up the pier — for members of all ages, abilities and strengths.  Work is expected to last until around lunchtime, when everyone can catch up with friends after a long off-season.  A few projects will continue into the afternoon for anyone who is feeling ambitious.

The EYC will provide burgers and brats for those who work.  BYO chips and beverages.

A few of us will be there before 9:00 AM, so feel free to show up earlier if you wish.

No need to RSVP, just bring yourself in work mode!  Let’s see if we can break the previous record for number of helpers!

Also, there will be a CRUISING RENDEZVOUS/RAFTUP/PICNIC at Horseshoe Island beginning at 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 27.  BYO food and beverages.  EYC members with grills on their vessels will make them available to those without grills; there are also several grilling spots on the island.  Boats of all sizes and types are welcome.  Questions?  Call John Peterson (414) 581-0792 or Deanna Peterson (920) 421-1385.

Membership Cards and Directories

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

EYC membership directories and membership cards have been mailed to the permanent or winter addresses of all members who have renewed their membership for the 2012-2013 membership year, and all new members.

The directory contains the names of new members and existing members who renewed their membership by April 1.  If you have not yet renewed your membership, it is not too late!  Your membership cards and directories will be mailed upon receipt of your dues.

As always, if you have updates to your membership information, or questions about membership, contact EYC Membership Chairman Nancy Claypool at or (504) 593-0875.

Thank you to Nancy and to her assistant Jackie Hester for compiling, publishing and mailing the membership directories and cards.

Instructor Housing Opportunities

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Would you like to spend more time with the EYC’s helpful, polite, neat, erudite, charming, lovable Director Alex Zalar?  You are in luck!  We need housing for him this summer.  You can choose two weeks or all summer.  First come, first served.  He arrives in early June and will be in Door County through mid-August.

We also have a new female instructor, Camille Morley, a student at St. Olaf’s College, who will need housing for the week of July 22 and possibly one other week.

Please join the dozens of other EYC members who have housed EYC instructors in past summers.  Your housing  helps the EYC attract and retain valuable instructors, and holds down our personnel costs.  At the same time you and your family can develop a rewarding relationship with an EYC instructor.

If you might be able to help, please reply to

Service for Luke Sheets

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Celebration of Life service for EYC member Luke Sheets will be Saturday May 19 at 2:00 P.M. at the United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay.  The Sheets family invites you to a fellowship luncheon at the church immediately following the service.

Visitation will be Friday, May 18 from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Luke’s memory to Oral Roberts University – Attn: President’s Office, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74171 (Luke Sheets Memorial / Missions), or to Teen Mania Ministries (online at

An obituary for Luke is at

Flying Scot NAC June 23-29

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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

The NAC will be hosted by the Carlyle Sailing Association at Lake Carlyle, IL on June 23-29. For more information, see  You can save $40 by registering prior to May 20.

In conjunction with the NAC, Flying Scot Inc. is offering a significant discount, as much as $3000 per boat, on new Flying Scots equipped for racing.  Free delivery from Maryland to the NAC is included, but you don’t have to be an NAC competitor to buy a boat.  For more information contact EYC member Ryan Malmgren, who is coordinating a possible group purchase, at


Luke Sheets

Monday, May 14th, 2012

EYC member Luke Sheets went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 11.

Luke and four friends from Oral Roberts University were on their way to an “Acquire the Fire” event when their plane went down in Kansas.  Please keep passenger Hannah Luce in your prayers as she has miraculously survived and is in serious but stable condition.

If you knew Luke, you liked him.  Words like…spiritual, godly, intelligent, kind, and humble only start to describe the kind of man he is.  He graduated from ORU on May 5 and was pursuing his love of flying.

Please remember his parents Craig and Debra and his brother Blake in your prayers.

Arrangements for his home going service are in process; we will send an update when plans are finalized.

More information:

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.