Archive for March, 2013

Advertise in the Eagle’s Cry

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

The EYC is now accepting display advertisements in the Eagle’s Cry, the semiannual newsletter of the Ephraim Yacht Club.  Advertising will help the EYC defray the costs of printing and mailing the Eagle’s Cry.

If your company might want to reach the EYC’s membership with a display ad, see the EYC’s rate sheet here.

The Eagle’s Cry reaches over 400 EYC members and their families with its print version, and over 1100 recipients with its digital version.

Please forward this email to anyone who you think might be interested in placing an Eagle’s Cry advertisement.

The deadline for the May issue is April 10, so hurry!

EYC Employment Opportunities

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

The EYC is still soliciting applications for summer 2013 for the positions of Senior Sailing Instructor and Junior Sailing Instructor.  Working at the EYC is fun, the pay is good, and you get very tan!

For more information, click here.

If you know anyone who might be a good fit in either of these positions, please let them know about these opportunities.


EYC Thank-Yous

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

The Ephraim Yacht Club gets lots of help in lots of ways from its members and friends.  We always try to thank everyone publicly.

Have you ever noticed that some people are thanked again and again?  That’s because those people make a habit of helping the EYC, and we can’t thank them enough.

Thank you to Steve and Jessica Sauter, who provided several of their expert employees to help the EYC disassemble, pack and ship our eight old Flying Junior dollies, which we sold and shipped to Maryland.  We’ll be getting eighteen new dollies for our new fleet of eighteen 420s.

Also thank you to Steve for researching powerboats and helping the EYC find a good deal on our newest safety boat, a Kiwi/McLaughlin 520 with a Honda 50.   This new purpose-build coach boat, a rigid bottom inflatable, improves the overall reliability of the EYC’s safety boat fleet, and adds much-needed instructor mobility to teach lessons safely.

Thank you to Bill and Heather Andersen’s business Port Storage in Jacksonport, which for the second winter in a row donated indoor storage for the EYC’s Flying Scot and powerboat fleets — thirteen boats in all, plus a heated space for repainting one of the EYC’s Flying Scots.  If the EYC had to pay to store these boats, it would be a big hit to our budget, so the space provided is a big help in keeping our costs and dues down.

Thank you to Paul Jones, who went to bat for the EYC with some high mucky-mucks at the Wisconsin DNR, to help us get a dredging permit.

Thank you to Suzanne Brennan, who helped set up a meeting with Tina Vanmeer, the new Superintendent of Gibraltar Area Schools.  The EYC was happy to let Tina know about the sailing opportunities the EYC offers to Gibraltar students and parents, including sailing lessons and scholarships.  The EYC has been working with Gibraltar to promote the EYC’s lesson and scholarship program to Door County students and parents.

Thank you to EYC member Ryan Malmgren of Mad Sails in Madison, Wisconsin.  Ryan provides the EYC with favorable pricing whenever we need to upgrade our sails for our Flying Scots, 420s and Lasers.

Thank you to EYC board member John Welch, who has persuaded famous racing sailor and broadcaster Gary Jobson to visit the EYC on July 13.  John has made a donation to the EYC to finance Gary’s appearance fee, and will house Gary during his visit.

Thank you to EYC members Alison Tatlow and Linda Franczyk, who have volunteered to chair the EYC’s Opening Social again in 2013.  Thank you to EYC member Sue Volkmann, who will chair the EYC’s Commodore’s Party again in 2013.

Thank you to Matt Andrews and Kathy Chomeau, who donated a used Hobie 18 to the EYC, which the EYC will be able to sell to raise funds for its programs.

Thank you to Bjorn and Kitty Hooper, who will host Ephraim Regatta Principal Race Officer Don Smith and his wife Chris during the 2013 Ephraim Regatta.  Also thank you to Bjorn for his foresight in August 2012 in inviting Don to be the Ephraim Regatta PRO for 2013.  Finding a qualified PRO is always difficult, and we are fortunate to have an excellent one in Don, especially because he travels here all the way from North Carolina.  And, Don brings Chris as an added bonus, a highly qualified race officer in her own right.

If you know of someone who has done something for the EYC and who has not been thanked either in an e-mail or in the Eagle’s Cry, please tell us at

Sailing Lessons Are Filling Up Fast – Enroll Now!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The EYC’s summer sailing lesson program is popular and is filling up fast.  Space is limited, so sign up early before your preferred dates, times and lesson levels are full!  Group lessons are offered for juniors ages 7 to 17, and for adults.

To learn more about EYC lessons, and to enroll, click here.

Tips for parents:

1.   Please carefully read all the information provided during the on-line signup process.

2.  The first time you sign up, you will be asked to open an online EYC sailing lesson registration account.  Be sure to save your account information (username and password), so that you can access your account again later.

3.  The most popular (and crowded) sessions are sessions C, D and E, in the mornings.  If those sessions are full, or if you prefer to maximize the chance that your child will experience a lower student/instructor ratio, sign up for sessions A, B, or F, or sign up for afternoon lessons instead of morning lessons.  In order to encourage signup for afternoon lessons, many lesson levels are offered at a discounted price in the afternoon.

4.  EYC membership is required in order to take lessons.  A junior student must be the child of a Family member, or a Student member.  Student membership is only $65, no initiation fee required.  Family, Senior and Single members who have not already renewed their memberships can renew at (then click “Member Login”).  Student memberships are purchased during the lesson sign-up process.

5.  Sign up your child for the correct lesson level.  Check the report card you received at the end of your child’s most recent lesson session.  It will state the lesson level your child is eligible for.  If you can’t find the report card, contact before registering.

Questions?  Contact the EYC’s Education Committee chairman

Club 420 Racing

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

EYC junior racers who want to gain experience racing in big fleets, and in higher performance doublehanded dinghies, should consider competing in the Club 420 National Championship Regatta at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club on July 11-13.   The Notice of Race is at

The Club 420 is a doublehanded boat equipped with a crew trapeze and a spinnaker.  They are a lot of fun to sail for both skipper and crew, and are the most common boat for youth doublehanded racing in the United States.  US Sailing’s Bemis trophy (national doublehanded youth trophy) has long been sailed in Club 420s.

Club 420s are available to charter for the Nationals from Sturgis Boat Works

The EYC’s 420s cannot be sailed in Club 420 class events.  The EYC’s new fleet of eighteen boats is the “SCV” 420 (School and College Version).  The EYC’s SCV 420s are simpler (not equipped with a trapeze and spinnaker) and more heavily built for durability.

The Club 420 summer racing schedule (consisting mostly of high-school age racers) is extensive.  Other Club 420 events in the Midwest in 2013 (all of which are BYOB – Bring Your Own Boat) include:

The Club 420 Association maintains a national regatta calendar at  Other event calendars to keep your eye on are the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation’s Youth Event’s calendar at, and the Inland Lake Yachting Association’s calendar at

EYC Slips and Lockers Available for 2013

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

The EYC has some 2013 dry slips and rack slots available on a first-come, first-served basis for Optimists, Lasers, 420s, Flying Scots, kayaks, paddleboards, and windsurfers.

To learn about slip and slot availability and pricing, and to lease a slip, click here.

You must be an EYC member in order to lease a slip or slot.  If you have not already renewed your EYC membership for 2013, you can do so by clicking here. 

Also, a few EYC lockers (12 x 12 x 16 inches) are still available.  These lockers are perfect for keeping your small items (such as purses, wallets, computers, phones, and lunch)  dry and secure while you are out on the water.  These lockers cost only $25 for the season.  To rent a locker, click here.

Questions on slip leases, or having trouble using the online lease system?  Contact


Gary Jobson Visit and Dinner July 13

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Save the evening of July 13 for what promises to be the highlight of the EYC’s 2013 season:  America’s most famous sailor, Gary Jobson, will visit the EYC!

All EYC members, juniors and friends are invited to a dinner featuring an exciting multi-media presentation by Gary, covering the sport of sailing from cruising to racing, from round-the-world races to college dinghy sailing, from the brutal Southern Ocean to calm inland lakes, from the danger of the notorious 1979 Fastnet Race to present-day speed sailors in frail craft resembling spaceships.  (Gary has promised his presentation will include video of “lots of great crashes.”)

Gary is ESPN’s lead television commentator for the 2013 America’s Cup.  Gary’s presentation will include an exclusive preview of the radically revised Cup format, which promises to be a wild ride on 72-foot, foiling, wing-masted catamarans, reaching speeds of 40+ knots on San Francisco Bay.

Gary’s visit will coincide with the EYC’s Rich Hall Junior Regatta (July 13-14).  All EYC juniors participating in the Rich Hall Regatta will receive a free copy of one of Gary’s books, An American Sailing Story, Championship Sailing: The Definitive Guide for Skippers, Tacticians and Crew, or The Winner’s Guide to Optimist Sailing.  Gary will sign copies of his books at the dinner.

Gary is a dynamic speaker who has spent a lifetime growing and promoting the sport of sailing.  He is an America’s Cup winner, 1979 Fastnet Race winner, champion match racer, three-time college sailing All-American and twice College Sailor of the Year.  He was a college sailing coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.  He is the author of 18 books, and a pioneer of sailing broadcasting.  He has been inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011) and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame (2003).  In 1999 Gary won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing’s most prestigious award.  He has led cruising expeditions to the Antarctic and to Cape Horn.  Gary is the most recent past President of US Sailing.

Watch your e-mail and the Eagle’s Cry for further details.

Helpers Needed Friday April 19

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The EYC’s new fleet of eighteen 420 dinghies is scheduled to be delivered on the morning of Friday, April 19.  We are going to need a team of at least eight strong (and at least a couple more, who don’t need to be so strong) helpers to unload them from the trucks and place them on their dollies.

If you can help for a few hours on that morning, please e-mail  We will develop a list of potential helpers and we will get back in touch with you prior to April 19 with additional details and to confirm your participation.



Adult Sailing Lessons at the EYC

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

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 17 through August 16.  Price is $165 for 5 days (15 hours) of instruction.

*  Adult evening lessons are offered Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, beginning June 27 through August 15.  You can sign up for four weeks ($132) or eight weeks ($264).

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 the EYC’s (920) 854-7107 after June 10.

For more information on EYC lessons for juniors, teens, and adults, and to enroll in group lessons, go to

EYC Sailing Camp

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The EYC offers a special beginner lesson program for students who are seven or eight years old.

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 would benefit from an early introduction to sailing, consider enrollment in the EYC’s Sailing Camp.  Eight year olds are also eligible to enroll in Level 1, which features a curriculum similar to Sailing Camp but which is five days per week.

Enrollment is open for 2013!  For more information about sailing lessons at the EYC, or to enroll, 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.