Archive for April, 2013

Updated Safety Policy Expands Sailing Opportunity at the EYC

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The EYC Board of Directors has adopted an updated Safety Policy which expands the circumstances in which EYC juniors can sail EYC-owned boats.

A number of members requested additional opportunity for EYC juniors to practice sailing in EYC-owned boats unsupervised (outside of lessons or scheduled races), prior to earning a Skippers License.  Accordingly, the EYC has updated its safety policy to allow unsupervised juniors to sail its Optimists, Lasers and 420s in certain limited circumstances, even without having earned a Skippers License.

Some of the conditions for such use include: minimum age; minimum levels achieved in the EYC’s sailing school; EYC staff approval in each instance; parental assumption of responsibility for the safety of the student; and parental execution of an Acknowledgement, Waiver, and Indemnification Agreement.  The EYC will not supervise, will not “keep an eye on,” and will not be responsible for the safety of, members who are sailing EYC-owned boats outside of lessons or scheduled races.

EYC parents whose children may wish to sail EYC boats in an unsupervised context should familiarize themselves with the details of the Safety Policy, which is posted at

A Skipper’s License will still be required for any EYC member to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot, except during lessons.  Skippers License holders under age 18 now will be required to provide a signed Parental Acknowledgement, Waiver and Indemnification Agreement in order to sail EYC-owned boats outside of lessons or racing.

As always, any EYC member can go sailing whenever he or she wishes in a privately owned boat.  As before, neither parental supervision nor a Skipper’s License is required to sail an EYC-owned Optimist, Laser or 420 during lessons or scheduled races or regattas.

If you have questions about the new Safety Policy, please contact

Recapturing the America’s Cup

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Gary Jobson was tactician on Courageous in 1977 when she defended the America’s Cup, defeating Australia 4-0.  Here’s a shot of Gary celebrating as skipper Ted Turner takes a bow.

Courageous champagne

Six year later, the America’s Cup was won by a foreign yacht for the first time in its history, when Australia II, with her radical winged keel, beat Dennis Connor’s Liberty 4-3.

In 1987 Connor traveled to Australia and reclaimed the Cup in dramatic fashion in the brutal high winds of Freemantle, in a match which made broadcasting history.  Gary Jobson was there as ESPN’s lead commentator, and won a Cable Ace Award for his coverage.

Gary has been covering the Cup ever since.  Want to hear more?  Register now for the EYC’s Dinner with Gary Jobson on July 13

The event is filling quickly and the Early Bird discount won’t remain in effect much longer, so register today!

Ruth Barker

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The EYC regrets to announce the passing of member Ruth Baldwin Barker.

An obituary is here:

Information on memorial services is here:


Help Open the EYC Saturday May 25 / Help Unload Boats Today

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Please mark your calendar — All EYC members are requested and encouraged to help open the EYC at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 25.

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.

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!


We could still use a few more strong helpers TODAY, Wednesday April 24, to help unload the EYC’s new boats from trucks at the EYC at 4:30 PM.  No need to RSVP, but if you are able to help, we hope to see you there.  The project will take between one and a half and two hours.

Register Now for Dinner with Gary Jobson July 13

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Make your reservations now for the highlight of the EYC’s 2013 season:  dinner and a silent auction on July 13 with America’s most famous sailor, Gary Jobson!

All EYC members, guests, friends, and juniors ages 12 and up are invited.  Advance reservations are required.  Seats are limited.  An early-bird discount is available for a limited time, so don’t wait!

To reserve your seats, click here.

The dinner will feature 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 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.

This event is a fundraiser to support the EYC in its mission of making sailing accessible to the Door County community through lessons and amateur sailing competition.  For additional details go to or e-mail

Helpers Needed Wednesday, April 24

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The EYC’s new fleet of eighteen 420 dinghies was supposed to have been delivered April 19, but because the trucking company failed us, the delivery has been rescheduled to 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 24.  We will need a crew of at least eight strong helpers (and a couple not so strong) to unload them from the trucks and place them on their dollies.

A number of people have already volunteered, but we need up to ten people in all.  If you can help for approximately two hours beginning at 4:30 PM on April 24, please e-mail

The EYC thanks its members for all their help throughout the year!


Enroll now before sailing lessons are full

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The EYC’s summer sailing lesson program is filling up at a record pace.  Enrollment 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, go to

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.  In order to encourage signup for afternoon lessons, many lesson levels are offered at a 10% discount 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 members who have not already renewed their memberships can renew at  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

Low Water Means No Diving Allowed at the EYC

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Swimming from the EYC pier in the cool, clean waters of Eagle Harbor is one of the many benefits of EYC membership.  EYC members are reminded to be safe when swimming.

The level of Lake Michigan, already low in 2012, is approximately 13 inches lower in 2013.  That means the EYC pier is 13 inches farther above the surface, and the water is 13 inches shallower – shallow enough that you might hit your head or break your neck on the bottom if you dive.  So, EYC members should be especially careful not to dive from the EYC pier or raft.  Diving from the pier or raft is prohibited.  We ask that all EYC members and parents assist in enforcing this important safety rule.

The EYC does not provide a lifeguard.  The EYC staff are sailing instructors, not lifeguards.  Sometimes no staff will be on duty.  Even if staff are on duty while swimming takes place, it is not part of staff duties to supervise or monitor swimming EYC members — including EYC juniors — except in those rare instances when swimming takes place during sailing lessons.  Parents should supervise their children at all times when their children are swimming at the EYC.

Parents should ensure their children do not engage in reckless or dangerous behavior, such as pushing or throwing others off the pier or the training raft, or other rough play.

Swimming is not allowed in the harbor between the EYC pier and the Ephraim Yacht Harbor pier.

Swimming is not allowed from the south and west faces of the EYC pier.  Swimming is allowed only from the north face of the pier, west of the riprap.

Also, do not jump off the pier near the ladders and hanging walkways.

In summary, while the EYC allows swimming, diving is prohibited, swimming is at your own risk, no lifeguard is on duty, swimmers must act responsibly, parents are responsible for the safety of their children while swimming, and parents should supervise their children when swimming.

EYC Burgees for sale

Friday, April 12th, 2013

You asked and we deliver:  heavy duty, handsewn (not screen printed) EYC burgees are now available to EYC members.   Dark blue nylon with white letters and brass grommets.  These are perfect to fly on your yacht, to display on the flagpole at the end of your pier, to hang in a teen’s room, or as a gift to a special someone who has fond memories of the EYC.

A picture of a burgee is here:

Several sizes are available:

12″ x 18″   $40  (immediate delivery)

20″ x 30″ $105 (special order only, 4 week delivery time)

24″ x 36″  $150 (special order only, 4 week delivery time)

30″ x 45″ $180 (special order only, 4 week delivery time)

Plus $7 shipping per order.

To purchase, email



Helpers Needed April 11 and April 19

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

EYC members and friends will be getting together tomorrow evening, Thursday April 11, beginning at 4:30 PM to assemble the EYC’s  eighteen new boat dollies. We’ll be in Sister Bay, and there will be free beer.  If you can help for an hour or two, please e-mail for details.

The EYC’s new fleet of eighteen 420 dinghies is scheduled to be delivered on the morning of Friday, April 19.  We still need a few more helpers to unload them from the trucks and place them on their dollies.  If you can help for a few hours on April 19, 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.

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.