Archive for July, 2012

Ephraim Regatta August 3-4-5!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The 2012 Ephraim Regatta (August 3-4-5) also will be the Flying Scot Midwest District Championship!  Over forty Flying Scots are expected to compete.  All EYC members are encouraged to participate, as racers, volunteers, spectators, or partygoers, in the 107th consecutive Ephraim Regatta.  For more information see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.  To register online for the Ephraim Regatta go to www.eyc.org/racing.

Here are the highlights of the Ephraim Regatta, in chronological order:

The DEADLINE FOR QUALIFIED EYC MEMBERS TO ENTER THE DRAWING TO SKIPPER AN EYC-OWNED FLYING SCOT in the EPHRAIM REGATTA is extended to 9:00 AM on Wednesday, August 1.  Qualified members can enter the drawing by sending an e-mail to director@eyc.org stating your name and that you wish to be in the Ephraim Regatta drawing.  The drawing results will be emailed to drawing participants on July 31. To skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot you must be an EYC member and you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  The list of Skipper’s License holders is at www.eyc.org/member-info.  If your name is not on the list, and you believe it should be, please contact EYC Director Alex Zalar director@eyc.org as soon as possible to cause the list to be updated, or to schedule an in-person assessment to determine if you can be on the list.  By entering the drawing, you commit to skippering the Flying Scot you draw in the entire Ephraim Regatta, unless you choose not to sail for safety reasons.  Any boats remaining unassigned after the drawing will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified skippers.

The FLYING SCOT MIDWEST DISTRICT SINGLEHANDED CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA will be held on the afternoon of Friday, August 3.  The first race is scheduled for 3:30 PM.  Anyone registered in the Ephraim Regatta is eligible to compete in the Singlehanded Championship Regatta.  The Singlehanded Regatta is also a prime spectating opportunity, with some of the more amusing boathandling you will see this summer.  For more information on the Singlehanded Regatta see the Ephraim Regatta Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.  Advance online registration in the Ephraim Regatta (www.eyc.org/racing) is required in order to be registered for the Singlehanded Regatta.

The REGATTA WELCOME PARTY begins at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, August 3, at the Olga Dana Green (the park across the street from the EYC).  Admission (payable at the head of the food line or in advance with your Ephraim Regatta registration) will be $10/person, $5 for children under 11.  Adults and children alike are invited.  The EYC will provide pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, side dishes and lemonade; BYO soda and / or adult beverages.  All EYC members, their guests, and non-member regatta participants are invited. Please attend and welcome our regatta competitors!  To see the invitation go here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/101028607/Ephraim-Regatta-Welcome-Party-Invite-2012

The EPHRAIM REGATTA AND FLYING SCOT MIDWEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP will be held on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5.  Racing begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday and 10:00 AM on Sunday.  For more information on the Regatta, see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.  To register online go to www.eyc.org/racing.

The LEGENDARY BRATFEST hosted by the Klein and Claypool families is the evening of Saturday, August 4.  All EYC members and guests are invited, no reservations necessary!  The Bratfest will begin at 6:00 PM. $12 adults, $6 children 11 and under (children 5 and under are free), payable at the door.  Famous grilled brats, grill-roasted sweet corn on the cob, beer and soft drinks, volleyball, music, and great company.  Parents are reminded not to leave children unattended at the Bratfest.  Location: 3282 Gibraltar Road, Fish Creek.   Directions from the EYC:  South on Hwy. 42 to intersection with Maple Grove Road. Left (east) on Maple Grove to intersection with Gibraltar Road. Right on Gibraltar Road to 3282.  Look for the flags on the side of the road.

 

Ephraim Regatta Boat Drawing / Ride Board / Teen Activity Change

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The eight Flying Scots owned by the EYC are available to be skippered by qualified EYC members in the Ephraim Regatta (August 3-4-5).  A drawing will be held to allocate the boats and the EYC’s racing sails.

TO ENTER THE BOAT DRAW FOR THE EPHRAIM REGATTA, you must send an e-mail to director@eyc.org not later than 3:00 PM on Tuesday, July 31, stating your name and that you wish to enter the Ephraim Regatta boat drawing.

To enter the drawing, you must be a current EYC member and the holder of an EYC Skipper’s License.  To determine if you are on the list of EYC Skipper’s License holders, go to www.eyc.org/member-info.  If your name is not on the list, and you believe it should be, please contact EYC Director Alex Zalar director@eyc.org as soon as possible to cause the list to be updated, or to schedule an in-person assessment to determine if you can be on the list.

Boat draw winners will be notified by e-mail on Tuesday, July 31, including the name of the boat they have drawn and the sails they have drawn.  By entering the boat draw, you commit to compete in the entire Ephraim Regatta as skipper of the boat you drew, unless you choose not to race for safety reasons.  For more information on the Ephraim Regatta, to view the Notice of Race, and to register online, go to www.eyc.org/racing.

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LOOKING FOR A RIDE to or from Door County, from somewhere far, far away like Green Bay, Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, etc?  Or are you making the drive and looking for company or someone to share expenses?  Now there is a place where EYC members and friends can post rides needed or rides offered.  Just go to the EYC’s new Facebook Group, “Ephraim Yacht Club Ride Share,” located at http://www.facebook.com/groups/384545634934547/, or you can find a link to it at www.eyc.org/member-info.  You do not have to have a Facebook account to view the posts, but you to have a Facebook account and join the Group in order to post.

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The TEEN ACTIVITY on Thursday August 2 has been changed to a lunch cruise with John and Deanna Peterson and John’s sister Christine Bridenhagen aboard their beautiful cruising sailboats.  Meet at 10:00 AM at Yacht Works Marina in Sister Bay.  Bring a lunch and drinks, a PFD, a bathing suit and a towel.  Pick up at Yacht Works Marina at approximately 4:00 PM.  Teen activities are open to EYC members and guests who have at least finished 8th grade.  Sign up on the poster at the EYC or email EYC teen activities chair Heather@Brecklodge.com.  Questions? Call Heather 847-420-3978.

This Week at the EYC July 28 – August 5 / Bill Hoag Update

Friday, July 27th, 2012

It’s the biggest week of the summer at the EYC, with the Hundred-Miler, the Women’s Regatta, the Ephraim Regatta, the Regatta Welcome Party and perhaps most importantly, the Bratfest.  Plus, the usual group lessons, private lessons, Ffying Scot races, Flying Junior races, Laser races, Optimist races, yoga, Junior activities, Teen activities, open bridge, couples bridge, bridge lessons, bunco, grilling, picnics, beverages and swimming.  You name it, it’s probably happening at the EYC this week:

EYC members can CHEER ON THE EYC’S ENTRY IN  THE HUNDRED MILER RACE on Saturday, July 28, as the offshore racing boats round Horseshoe Island.  John and Deanna Peterson’s Charette, with an all-EYC crew, should round Horseshoe ahead of the rest of the fleet sometime between 11 AM and 4 PM, depending on wind strength and direction.  The best places to watch are from a boat in Horseshoe Island’s harbor, or from the tower in Peninsula State Park.  Monitor the EYC’s Facebook page or Twitter feed for an update on Saturday morning as to the expected Horseshoe rounding time.

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION E SAILING LESSONS is noon on Sunday, July 29.  Session E group sailing lessons start Monday, July 30 and run through Friday, August 10.  Sessions C and D set EYC enrollment records, and space is limited in Session E, so enroll now before your preferred lesson level and time are full!  For more information about sailing lessons at the EYC, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

The DEADLINE FOR QUALIFIED EYC MEMBERS TO ENTER THE DRAWING TO SKIPPER AN EYC-OWNED FLYING SCOT in the WOMEN’S REGATTA is 3:00 PM on Monday, July 30.  Qualified members can enter the drawing by sending an e-mail to director@eyc.org stating your name and that you wish to be in the Women’s Regatta drawing.  The drawing results will be emailed to drawing participants on July 30. To skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot you must be an EYC member and you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  The list of Skipper’s License holders is at www.eyc.org/member-info.  If your name is not on the list, and you believe it should be, please contact EYC Director Alex Zalar director@eyc.org as soon as possible to cause the list to be updated, or to schedule an in-person assessment to determine if you can be on the list.  By entering the drawing, you commit to skippering the Flying Scot you draw in the entire Women’s Regatta, unless you choose not to sail for safety reasons.  For more information on the Women’s Regatta, see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.

The DEADLINE FOR QUALIFIED EYC MEMBERS TO ENTER THE DRAWING TO SKIPPER AN EYC-OWNED FLYING SCOT in the EPHRAIM REGATTA is 3:00 PM on Tuesday, July 31.  Qualified members can enter the drawing by sending an e-mail to director@eyc.org stating your name and that you wish to be in the Ephraim Regatta drawing.  The drawing results will be emailed to drawing participants on July 31. To skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot you must be an EYC member and you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  The list of Skipper’s License holders is at www.eyc.org/member-info.  If your name is not on the list, and you believe it should be, please contact EYC Director Alex Zalar director@eyc.org as soon as possible to cause the list to be updated, or to schedule an in-person assessment to determine if you can be on the list.  By entering the drawing, you commit to skippering the Flying Scot you draw in the entire Ephraim Regatta, unless you choose not to sail for safety reasons.  For more information on the Ephraim Regatta, and to register online, see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY on August 1 is Dock / Water / Field Games.  Meet at the EYC at 5:30 PM to meet your teammates for this fun evening of games and competition.  All participants should come dressed to swim, and bring a towel and life jacket.  After the water games we will move across the street to the Olga Dana Green to play lawn games.  Bring $5.00 to cover supplies and prizes.  Pick up at 7:30 PM sharp.  Wednesday Junior Activities are open to EYC juniors and guests who have at least completed first grade.  Sign up on the poster at the EYC.  Questions?  Contact Junior Activities chairpersons Betsy Steele jeffbetsysteele@aol.com or Duska Pearson duskapearson@mac.com.

The skippers meeting for the WOMEN’S REGATTA is at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, August 1 and the first race is scheduled for 5:00 PM.  Up to four races will be sailed.  For more information on the Women’s Regatta see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on August 2 will be a barbeque at the EYC followed by volleyball at Ephraim’s sand volleyball courts on Hwy A.  Meet at the EYC at 5:00 PM, pick up at volleyball courts at 8:00 PM.  Cost $5.  EYC teen activities are open to EYC members and guests who have at least completed 8th grade. Sign up on the poster at the EYC.  Questions?  Contact EYC Teen Activities chair Heather Andersen heather@brecklodge.com.

The normally scheduled EYC SERIES RACES on Friday August 3 through Sunday August 5 will not be held because of the Ephraim Regatta.

The FLYING SCOT MIDWEST DISTRICT SINGLEHANDED CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA will be held on the afternoon of Friday, August 3.  The first race is scheduled for 3:30 PM.  Anyone registered in the Ephraim Regatta is eligible to compete in the Singlehanded Championship Regatta.  The Singlehanded Regatta is also a prime spectating opportunity, with some of the more entertaining boathandling you will see this summer.  For more information on the Singlehanded Regatta see the Ephraim Regatta Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.  Advance online registration in the Ephraim Regatta is required in order to be registered for the Singlehanded Regatta.  To register online go to www.eyc.org/racing.

The REGATTA WELCOME PARTY begins at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, August 3, at the Olga Dana Green (the park across the street from the EYC).  Admission (payable at the head of the food line or in advance with your Ephraim Regatta registration) is $10/person, $5 for children under 11.  Adults and children alike are invited.  The EYC will provide pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, side dishes and lemonade; BYO soda and / or adult beverages.  All EYC members, their guests, and non-member regatta participants are invited. Please attend and welcome our regatta competitors!  To see the invitation go here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/101028607/Ephraim-Regatta-Welcome-Party-Invite-2012

The EPHRAIM REGATTA AND FLYING SCOT MIDWEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP will be held on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5.  Racing begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday and 10:00 AM on Sunday.  For more information on the Regatta, see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.  To register online go to www.eyc.org/racing.

The LEGENDARY BRATFEST hosted by the Klein and Claypool families is the evening of Saturday, August 4.  All EYC members and guests are invited, no reservations necessary!  The Bratfest will begin at 6:00 PM. $12 adults, $6 children 11 and under (children 5 and under are free), payable at the door.  Famous grilled brats, grill-roasted sweet corn on the cob, beer and soft drinks, volleyball, music, and great company.  Parents are reminded not to leave children unattended at the Bratfest.  Location: 3282 Gibraltar Road, Fish Creek.   Directions from the EYC:  South on Hwy. 42 to intersection with Maple Grove Road. Left (east) on Maple Grove to intersection with Gibraltar Road. Right on Gibraltar Road to 3282.  Look for the flags on the side of the road.

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EYC member and former Commodore Bill Hoag was injured in a bike / car accident several weeks ago.  His wife Cathy provides this update: “Bill’s recovery is headed in the right direction.  He has been moved out of ICU to the rehab center.  It will be a long road back but the outlook is optimistic.  Please, still no visitors at this time — it is too tiring for Bill.  All of the Hoags greatly appreciate the well-wishes and caring thoughts everyone has extended to them.  Cards / well-wishes maybe sent to: St. Vincent’s Hospital, Patient Bill Hoag, 835 South Van Buren Street, Green Bay, WI 54301”

 

Sailing Lesson Enrollment Deadline / Private Sailing Lessons

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION E GROUP SAILING LESSONS is noon on Sunday, July 29.  Session E group sailing lessons start Monday, July 30 and run through Friday, August 10.  Sessions C and D set EYC enrollment records, and space is limited in Session E, so enroll now before your preferred lesson level and time are full!  For more information about sailing lessons at the EYC, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

Did you know that the EYC offers private sailing lessons as well as group sailing lessons?

Private lessons might be for you if:

*  Group lessons do not fit your schedule; or

*  You want to learn at an accelerated pace; or

*  You want intensive instruction to catch up to the other students in your age range; or

*  You want to take a lesson together with specific friends or family members;

*  You want additional boathandling instruction at an advanced racing level; or

*  You feel more comfortable in a one-on-one situation with an instructor.

Private lessons are available to both adults and juniors.  Up to four persons can take a private lesson together.  The pace and content of private lessons are geared to the individual student(s) and can be taught in any of the EYC’s fleets, Flying Scots, Flying Juniors, Optimists or Lasers.

Private lessons are available by appointment and are contingent on instructor availability.  To sign up for a private lesson, contact EYC Director Alex Zalar director@eyc.org, or phone the EYC (920) 854-7107, or stop by the EYC during open hours.  To learn more about the EYC’s lesson program in general and to see the hourly rates for private lessons, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

EYC Miscellany

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

EYC racers and spectators were reminded yesterday that accidents can happen at any time, even during good weather and even during activities thought to be safe.  Paramedics used the EYC pier to evacuate a young girl (not an EYC member, as far as we know) who suffered a severe injury in a motorboating – tubing accident.

Almost all accidents on the water can be prevented by using common sense, being careful, and wearing a PFD.  Think safety first!

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The EYC’s annual WOMEN’S REGATTA will take place on the evening of Wednesday, August 1.  The first race is scheduled for 5:00 PM, and up to four races may be held.  The regatta is open to all female participants regardless of EYC membership.

The drawing for qualified EYC members to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Women’s Regatta will take place in advance, by e-mail.  If you wish to participate in the drawing, you must send an e-mail to director@eyc.org before 3:00 PM on Monday, July 30, stating your name and that you wish to participate in the drawing.  The drawing results will be emailed to drawing participants on July 30.

To skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot you must be an EYC member and you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  The list of Skipper’s License holders is at www.eyc.org/member-info.  If your name is not on the list, and you believe it should be, please contact EYC Director Alex Zalar director@eyc.org as soon as possible to cause the list to be updated, or to schedule an in-person assessment to determine if you can be on the list.

To view the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for the Women’s Regatta, go to www.eyc.org/racing.

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The TEEN ACTIVITY FOR THURSDAY, JULY 26 has been changed to Fun on Echo Island in Kangaroo Lake, Baileys Harbor! Meet at the lot just north of 7646 W. Kangaroo Lake Road (3/4 mile south of Coyote Roadhouse…if you get to Kangaroo Beach Road, you have gone a few lots too far south.)  Boat transportation will be provided to Echo Island.  Arrive at 3:00 PM and pick up at 6:00 PM.  Dinner provided.  Cost $10.  Bring bathing suit, towel and life jacket. Activities will include waterskiing, tubing, swimming, volleyball, hiking and ping pong.  RSVP to Teen Activities Chair  Heather Andersen Heather@Brecklodge.com or sign up on the poster at EYC.  Questions?  Phone Heather 847 420 3978.

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THE EYC STILL NEEDS A FEW VOLUNTEERS for the upcoming Ephraim Regatta (August 3-4-5).  In particular, we need (a) a powerboat and driver to serve as the Judges’ Boat; (b) a driver for another of the race committee boats, and (c) a volunteer to help on land at the Firehouse Ramp.  Please help the EYC make our annual Regatta go smoothly for our competitor guests!  Volunteer today — contact Regatta chairman  Bjorn Hooper regatta@eyc.org or phone (920) 785-2000.

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EYC APPAREL AND OTHER EYC ITEMS are offered for sale each Monday and Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the EYC, by the EYC’s apparel chair, Susan Reynolds-Smith.  Stop by and check out the new EYC merchandise for 2012!

This Week at the EYC July 21-30 / 16′ daysailer for sale

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

In addition to the usual sailboat races, bridge, bunco, group sailing lessons, private sailing lessons, cookouts, swimming, and just plain going sailing, here’s what’s happening at the EYC this week:

EYC YOGA begins on Tuesday, July 24 and will also take place on July 31 and August 7.  Yoga will again be led by EYC member Lisa Giffords.  Yoga will be held Olga Dana Park, across the street from the EYC, the use of which has been generously provided by its owner, the Ephraim Historical Foundation.  A level 1-2 class will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and a gentle class will be held from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  There is no required fee to participate, but participants may choose to make a donation to help fund EYC sailing scholarships.

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY on July 25 will be EYC Idol / EYC’s Got Talent.  Join friends and fellow junior sailors to show off your talents!  Juniors will gather and team up at the yacht club to create skits, perform for their peers, and have loads of fun as our very own EYC staff judges the contestants.  Drop off at EYC at 6:30 PM and pick up at 8:00 PM.  No dinner served this week, and no charge.  EYC junior activies are open to EYC members and guests who have at least completed first grade.  Sign up on the poster at the EYC.  For more information contact EYC junior activities co-chairs Betsy Steele jeffbetsysteele@aol.com or Duska Pearson duskapearson@mac.com.

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on July 26 will be a barbeque at the EYC followed by open gym at the YMCA.  Cost $5, plus bring a dessert to share.  Sign up on the poster at the EYC.  Teen activities are open to EYC members and guests who have at least completed 8th grade.  If you have questions or want to volunteer to drive, contact EYC Teen Activities chair Heather Andersen heather@brecklodge.com.

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION E SAILING LESSONS is noon on Sunday, July 29.  Session E group sailing lessons start Monday, July 30 and run through Friday, August 10.  Sessions C and D set EYC enrollment records, and space is limited in Session E, so enroll now before your preferred lesson level and time are full!  For more information about sailing lessons at the EYC, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

The DEADLINE FOR QUALIFIED EYC MEMBERS TO ENTER THE DRAWING TO SKIPPER AN EYC-OWNED FLYING SCOT in the Women’s Regatta is 3:00 PM on Monday, July 30.  The Women’s Regatta is the evening of Wednesday, August 1.  Qualified members can enter the drawing by sending an e-mail to director@eyc.org stating your name and that you wish to be in the Women’s Regatta drawing.  For more information on the Women’s Regatta see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing.

THE EYC IS SELLING A USED 16-FOOT SAILBOAT, a daysailer-style Rebel Rampage, in good working condition.  The price of only $500 includes everything you need to sail the boat, including sails, running rigging, and a trailer.  This would be a perfect boat for a family with a shore home who want a sailboat for kids to bash around in, or for family daysails.  It has eight drinkholders!  For more information and to see pictures, contact dockside@eyc.org.

501(c)(3) Questions and Answers

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The EYC is fortunate to be qualified as a 501(c)(3) public charity.  But with the advantages of that status come some responsibilities too.  Here are some questions and answers about the EYC’s tax-advantaged status.

Q:           What does it mean that the EYC has “501(c)(3)” status?

A:            The EYC is qualified as a charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Furthermore, the EYC has been granted “public charity” status by the IRS.

Q:           What are the advantages to the EYC of 501(c)(3) public charity status?

A:            The chief advantage is that donations to the EYC are tax-deductible.  This is a tremendous help to the EYC when raising funds.  EYC donors have many choices when deciding where to give, and can give more to the EYC because they can receive a corresponding deduction.

Q:           How long has the EYC been a 501(c)(3) public charity?

A:            As of March 31, 2004.

Q:           Hasn’t the EYC always been a not-for-profit organization?

A:            Since 1938, the EYC has been a Wisconsin “non-stock” corporation, which is legalese meaning “not-for-profit.”  However, not all not-for-profit organizations are charities eligible for 501(c)(3) status.

Q:           Why did the EYC apply for 501(c)(3) status?

A:            In the late 1990s, some members of the EYC realized that the EYC had been operating for many decades in a way which met the requirements for 501(c)(3) status.  The EYC’s board of directors approved seeking 501(c)(3) status, volunteers and professional advisors prepared a lengthy and complicated application, and the status was granted.

Q:           Are many other yacht clubs qualified under section 501(c)(3)?

A:            No, very few yacht clubs are eligible.

Q:           What makes the EYC special, among yacht clubs?

A:            EYC membership is non-exclusive (all applicants for membership are admitted).  The EYC does not have non-charitable operations which are characteristic of other yacht clubs, such as a restaurant, bar, fuel, transient slips, swimming pool, etc.  The EYC’s slips are available to boats which are part of the EYC’s racing classes, which furthers the EYC’s purpose of promoting racing.  The EYC offers lesson scholarships to students with financial need.  The EYC maintains a very large fleet of sailboats for all members to race and sail for free, and for use in lessons.  Thus, the EYC’s purpose and operations are similar to community sailing centers such as the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center or Boston’s Community Boating, Inc., both of which are 501(c)(3) qualified.

Q:           What is the EYC’s “purpose,” anyway?

A:            See the first page of the EYC’s by-laws at www.eyc.org/member-info.  In short, the EYC’s purpose is to provide sailing education and free use of sailing equipment; and to promote amateur sailing competition, safe water sports, good sportsmanship, and responsible uses of the marine environment.

Q:           But the EYC also has a substantial social component.  I don’t see that in the by-laws.

A:            As with any membership organization, a major benefit of EYC membership is socializing with fellow members.  The EYC’s social aspect is the essential glue which holds it together.  However, only a tiny fraction of the EYC’s annual expenditures go towards social events.  So long as those social events are net fundraisers, then those events are supporting the EYC’s charitable purpose, and should not jeopardize our 501(c)(3) status.

Q:           Wait, what?  The EYC’s social events are fundraisers?

A:            Yes.  The Commodore’s Party, the EYC’s biggest party of the year, raises thousands of dollars for the EYC.  The Bratfest, funded and hosted by the Klein family, results in a major donation by the Kleins to the EYC every year.  Even EYC events for which no admission is charged have a fundraising aspect.  For example, at the 2012 Opening Social, members participated in an auction to name an EYC sailboat, and the winning bid was $575, far more than the expense of hosting the party.

Q:           I was not aware the EYC did so much fund-raising.

A:            The EYC receives many thousands of dollars every year in cash and in-kind donations.  In 2006-2008, the EYC raised over a quarter million dollars to build the pier extension, improve the pier, and almost completely rebuild the clubhouse.  Without 501(c)(3) status, raising that much money would have been much more difficult, or impossible.  The EYC is raising funds right now to purchase a new fleet of eighteen 420-class dinghies.  We will need to continue to raise funds in the future, to build the EYC’s endowment and to finance certain capital expenses.  Without fundraising, the EYC’s membership fees and tuition fees would be higher, and the EYC’s membership numbers would be lower.

Q:           Are there any drawbacks to the EYC’s 501(c)(3) status?

A:            The drawbacks are minor compared to the fund-raising leverage which is afforded to the EYC.  The EYC must be careful to continue to spend its money and serve its members in a way which complies with the requirements of section 501(c)(3), or else the EYC risks losing 501(c)(3) status.

Q:           Is the EYC at risk of losing its 501(c)(3) status?

A:            The EYC’s officers believe the EYC’s operations and finances comply with the requirements of Section 501(c)(3).  However, the IRS could choose to challenge the EYC’s 501(c)(3) status at any time.  The EYC files an annual Federal tax return which is subject to IRS scrutiny (although as a not-for-profit organization, the EYC does not pay Federal income taxes).  Furthermore, the IRS periodically reviews the status of all 501(c)(3) charities.

Q:           What do we need to do to keep our 501(c)(3) status?

A:            We need to remember how valuable our 501(c)(3) status is to us, and make sure that our operations – especially our social events – continue to conform with, and support, our 501(c)(3) charitable purpose.

Sign up Now for Adult Sailing Lessons

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

There is still time for adult EYC members to sign up for sailing lessons in 2012, but you need to act so0n!

The EYC offers a one-night-per-week adult beginner class beginning Thursday, July 26.  The class meets for three hours each Thursday evening, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, through August 16.  The enrollment deadline is noon July 25.

The EYC also offers adult beginner lessons in one-week sessions.  The classes meet Monday through Friday from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  A few openings still remain for the weeks beginning July 30, August 6 and August 13.

All classes are taught by experienced, expert EYC instructors who are graduates of US Sailing’s Level 1 Instructor Certification course.  The class atmosphere is low-pressure and social.  All classes are taught in the EYC’s simple, stable Flying Scot sailboats.

For more information about adult group sailing lessons at the EYC, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

The EYC also offers private lessons for adults.  Private lessons might be for you if:

*  The normal schedule of group lessons does not fit your schedule; or

*  You want to learn at an accelerated pace; or

*  You want to take a lesson together with specific friends or family members; or

*  You feel more comfortable in a one-on-one situation with an instructor.

Private lessons are available to both adults and juniors.  Up to four persons can take a private lesson together.  The pace and content of private lessons are geared to the individual student.

Private lessons are available by appointment and are contingent on instructor availability.  To schedule a private lesson, contact EYC Director Alex Zalar director@eyc.org, or phone the EYC (920) 854-7107, or stop by the EYC on a weekday between 9 and 5.

Ephraim Regatta Just 3 Weeks Away!

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

The 2012 Ephraim Regatta (August 3-4-5) also will be the Flying Scot Midwest District Championship!  For more information, to view the Notice of Race, and to register online, go to www.eyc.org/racing

Over forty Flying Scots are expected to compete.  All EYC members are encouraged to participate, as racers, volunteers, spectators, or partygoers, in the 107th consecutive Ephraim Regatta.

The EYC has a national reputation for running smooth, friendly regattas, but it takes a lot of volunteers for us to get it right!  We still need some volunteers to help on the race committee, on tow/safety boats, and on shore.  If you would like to help with the Ephraim Regatta, please contact Regatta chairman Bjorn Hooper regatta@eyc.org.  Volunteering is fun and it’s a great way to get to know your fellow EYC members.

Even if you are unable to compete or to volunteer, at least come to the parties:

*  The Regatta Welcome Party on the evening of Friday, August 3, will be in the park across the street from the EYC, starting at 6:00 PM.  Admission (payable at the head of the food line or in advance with your regatta registration) will be $10/person.  Adults and children alike are invited.  The EYC will provide pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, side dishes and lemonade; BYO adult beverages.  All EYC members, their guests, and non-member regatta participants are invited. Please attend and welcome our regatta competitors!

*  As always, the social highlight of the Ephraim Regatta will be the Bratfest hosted by the Klein and Claypool families on the evening of Saturday, August 4.  All EYC members and guests are invited, no reservations necessary!  The Bratfest will begin at 6:00 PM. $12 adults, $6 children 11 and under (children 5 and under are free), payable at the door.  Famous grilled brats, grill-roasted sweet corn on the cob, beer and soft drinks, volleyball, music, and great company.  Location: 3282 Gibraltar Road, Fish Creek.

This Week at the EYC July 14-22 / For Sale: Boats and Gear

Friday, July 13th, 2012

In addition to all the usual activities at the EYC, including lessons, sailboat races, watching sailboat races, swimming, bunco, bridge, cookouts, sunning, socializing, consuming beverages, and just plain going sailing, here’s what’s happing at the EYC this week:

THE DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION D LESSONS is noon on Sunday, July 15.  Session D runs from July 16 through July 27.  Space is limited, so enroll now before your preferred level and time fills up!  Both group and private lessons are offered for juniors and adults.  For more information about lessons at the EYC, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons.

THE EYC’S ANNUAL RICH HALL JUNIOR REGATTA will be sailed in Flying Juniors on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15.  Eligibility is limited to sailors under 18 years of age.  The lottery for EYC members to use an EYC-owned Flying Junior must be entered by e-mail, and the deadline to enter the lottery is 3:00 PM on Friday, July 13.  For more information, see http://eyc.org/2012/07/11/rich-hall-junior-regatta-july-15-junior-activities-correction/.  For definitive Rich Hall Junior Regatta rules, see the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions at www.eyc.org/racing.

The second FIRST MATES’ COFFEE is Monday, July 16 at 9:30 AM at the EYC.   This is your prime opportunity to reconnect with friends even though summer is well underway.  If you are female, adult, and an EYC member, then you are a First Mate!  There will be an update on First Mate activities, including a review of plans for the Ephraim Regatta, the Brat Fest, and the Commodore’s Party.  For more information, contact First First Mate Carole Kraemer at (920) 868-2409.

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY on July 18 will be sailing and a goulash dinner.  Meet at 5:00 PM at the EYC for this 1970′s-vintage Junior Activity!  Everyone must bring a can of food to throw in the pot.  We will sail on Flying Scots over to Nicolet Bay where we will cook the goulash in a big pot on the grill while the kids swim and have fun.   Pick up back at the EYC at 8:00 PM.  Sign up in advance on the poster at the EYC.  EYC Junior Activites are open to EYC juniors and guests who have at least completed first grade.

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on July 19 will be a power boat picnic, destination TBD depending on weather.  Leave EYC 5:30 PM, return 9:00 PM.  No cost.  Bring your own picnic dinner/sandwich/chips, beverages, swimsuit, PFD, towel, and weather-appropriate clothing for evening boating.  Sign up in advance on the poster at the EYC.  EYC Teen Activities are open to EYC members and guests who have at least completed eighth grade.

The annual FIRST MATES’ POTLUCK DINNER will be at the spacious, air-conditioned Ephraim Village Hall on Thursday, July 19 at 6:00 PM.  Event chair Anne Crowe promises another successful evening of fun and eating.   Bring a favorite dish to share.

The annual MEN’S NIGHT ON THE DOCK is Friday, July 20.  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 begin grilling dinner.  Bring meat for the grill, an optional side dish or dessert (Note 1), your preferred beverage, and cigars if you smoke them.  The EYC’s smoking ban is lifted for this event only, outdoors only.

Note 1:  Purchasing a side dish or dessert at The Pig is acceptable, because you are a Man.

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NEW!  EYC FOR-SALE WEB PAGE.  The EYC is offering various surplus boats and gear at prices meant to move them, including a Laser sailboat ($400), a 13′ Caribe RIB boat and motor (opening bid $1500), an Optimist boat cover ($85), and a Xerox copier / printer ($125).  See http://eyc.org/for-sale/

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The EYC’s ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING will be at the EYC at 9:00 AM on Saturday, August 11.  All EYC members are encouraged to attend in order to make sure we have a quorum to elect four new members of the Board of Directors for three-year terms.  The Annual Meeting is also one of many opportunities for members to ask questions of, and make suggestions to, EYC Board members and officers.

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.