Archive for May, 2013

Volunteer creates new “Senior” swim ladder

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The EYC’s new “Senior” swim ladder is beautiful!


A nice easy slope, steps beginning well below water level, wide treads, and full-length handholds mean that EYC members of all ages will be able to get in and out of the water much more easily this summer. The ladder is robustly constructed and easy to install and remove each season, so we look forward to many years of service from it.

When you see EYC Dock Chair Rich Bierman, please thank him for the many dozens of volunteer hours he spent designing, sourcing, transporting and installing this ladder, for the benefit of all EYC members. Be sure to thank Karen Bierman too.

Dinner with Gary Jobson July 13 – now with paper registration!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

EYC members, watch your U.S. Mail box this week for a letter from the EYC inviting you to register for the EYC’s July 13 Dinner with Gary Jobson.  This event promises to be a highlight of the EYC’s 2013 social season.  Gary will be taking a weekend away from his America’s Cup television commentator duties to bring a wider world of sailing to the EYC.

Seats are limited.  (Over half the available seats are already sold!)  Advance registration is required.  There are two ways to register:

1.  Online using a credit card at

2.  By mail, paying with a check, using the paper registration form you will receive in the mail this week.

You do not have to be an EYC member to attend this party.  If you don’t receive a paper invite, just register online!

For more information about the event, go to

EYC lessons start in two weeks!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

The first day of EYC junior sailing lessons is only two weeks away!

The EYC’s Session A runs for one week from June 10 through June 14.  Because it is only one week long, Session A is a good opportunity for students and parents who want a shorter introduction to sailing (at half the price of our two-week sessions) or refresher after a long winter off.

A few enrollment slots are still available at each level from Sailing Camp (age 7 or 8) through Advanced Racing.  Enroll now before your preferred lesson level is full!

For more information about EYC sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to

Upgrades to the EYC’s powerboat fleet

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

The EYC’s “Hoagie” Whaler has a new motor! The previous motor was 39 years old.


The EYC is upgrading its fleet of powerboats this year with two new motors, one entirely new boat, and a new set of tubes on the “Uff Da” 17′ Zodiac. Our six powerboats are used for teaching lessons and running races. Modern 4-stroke outboard motors mean an efficient, reliable, environmentally sound, and safe powerboat fleet.

This Week at the EYC May 25 – June 2

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

It’s the start of another busy season at the EYC!  Here’s what’s happening this week:

At 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 25, all EYC members are requested and encouraged to HELP OPEN THE EYC.  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 side dishes and beverages.  A few of us will be there before 9:00 AM, so feel free to show up earlier if you wish.

On Sunday, May 26, there will be a CRUISING RENDEZVOUS AND RAFT-UP PICNIC at either Horseshoe Island or Nicolet Bay, depending on the weather.  All EYC members are encouraged to participate in powerboats or sailboats, large or small.  BYO beverages and picnic dinner, and if you have a grill on your boat we encourage you to share.  Bring plenty of fenders.  The raft-up begins at 5:00 PM.

DRY SLIPS AND LOCKERS: Members who have rented EYC dry slips can bring their boats to their slips any time after 1:00 PM on May 25.  Members who have lockers can begin using their lockers on May 25.

STAFFING:  Beginning on Sunday, May 26, the EYC will be open and staffed 7 days per week from 9:00 AM to noon and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  However, on Memorial Day, May 27, no staff will be on duty and the clubhouse will be locked.

SAILING:  From May 25 through June 2, although the clubhouse and pier will be available for member use, no EYC-owned sailboats will be available for member use.  We’re still busy putting things together!


The EYC is looking for a volunteer to pick up a donated trailer in Hartford, WI and tow it to the EYC.  Hartford is a suburb of Milwaukee.  The trailer takes a 1 7/8″ ball.  It is relatively light and could be towed by almost any vehicle equipped for towing.  If you can help, please contact


Remember the EYC’s Dinner with Gary Jobson on July 13.  Advance reservations are required.  Seats are limited — more than half the seats are already gone!  For more information and to register, go to

Don’t forget the bargains in the EYC’s classified advertising page:  Lots of great new stuff for sale including a Sunfish, 2 outboard motors, a couple of boat lifts, and more!


Help Open the EYC Saturday May 25

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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 side dishes 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!

What do sailing students learn?

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

The specific skills enabling a sailor to steer a sailboat from Point A to Point B are only a small part of what junior students learn in EYC sailing lessons.

More importantly, sailing teaches many life lessons:

The best sailors in the world don’t merely know how to steer and trim sails.  They are also highly skilled communicators, engineers, managers, strategists, negotiators, promoters, planners, and financiers.  Each of them was once a beginner sailing student.

And of course sailing is tremendous fun!

Some testimonials from satisfied EYC students and parents are located here:

To learn more about sailing lessons at the EYC, or to register for lessons, go to

Sailors Giving Back

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Gary Jobson has been the National Chairman of the Leukemia Cup series of fundraising regattas since 1993.  These events have raised over $42 million.

In 2003, after years of committed service on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Jobson was diagnosed with lymphoma and became a beneficiary of the research advances he had helped support.  He is now cancer-free.

Gary Jobson exemplifies how sailors can give back to their community.  Want to hear more?  Attend the EYC’s Dinner with Gary Jobson on July 13.  Advance reservations required.

Spring Eagle’s Cry

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The Spring issue of the Ephraim Yacht Club’s newsletter, the Eagle’s Cry, has been published.  Each EYC Family, Senior, Single and Life member should receive a hard copy soon in the mail.  You can view every issue of the Eagle’s Cry, including the latest issue (in color!), here.  You can read almost every back issue going back to Spring 1964!

Thanks to our hard-working Eagle’s Cry volunteer editorial staff:  Editor-in-Chief Fran Morof and Copy Editor Nancy Claypool.  Twice per year they make sure our members receive a robust, relevant, literate, and timely newsletter.  Not many volunteer-managed yacht clubs can say as much!  Also, thank you to the many people who submitted articles.

In this issue, for the first time, the EYC has accepted display advertising in the Eagle’s Cry, to help defray the costs of printing and mailing.  Thank you to our first advertisers for their support: Diane Taillon of Hunter’s Fairway Sotheby’s International Realty, and Jay Chomeau of The Mariners Club.  Please patronize them if you have the opportunity.

The Eagle’s Cry is a cost-effective way for your business to reach a valuable demographic while showing your support for the EYC and the Door County community which it serves.  If you are interested in advertising in the Eagle’s Cry, please contact

EYC Thank-Yous

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The Ephraim Yacht Club gets lots of help in lots of ways from its members and friends.  We always try to thank everyone who helps or who makes a donation.

Thank you to EYC member Mike Maltby of Action Electric in Sister Bay.  Each fall Mike takes down our heavy, cumbersome electric crane motors, stores them for us over the winter, and re-installs them in the spring, all at no charge.

Thank you to EYC member Paul Jones of Land Art landscapers of Wausau.   The EYC doesn’t have much property to landscape, but Paul makes sure that what we have is well planned and kept pruned, vigorous and updated.  Look for some new plants and flowers around the parking area and driveway this spring, and repairs to our split rail fence on our north boundary, courtesy of Paul.

Thank you to EYC member Rob Comstock, who put his professional sign-making skills to work on our behalf and created a beautiful new EYC sign.  Rob designed the sign and donated all the labor and materials, too!  (Our old sign will be auctioned off at the EYC’s July 13 Dinner with Gary Jobson).

Thank you to Yacht Works in Sister Bay.  Again in 2013, Yacht Works is offering a 10% discount on gear purchased by EYC students for EYC lessons, such as PFDs, gloves, glasses straps, and boating shoes.  To get the discount, just tell the Yacht Works cashier that your purchase is for an EYC student and that you are entitled to a 10% discount.

Thank you to everyone who took time on Wednesday, April 24 to unload the EYC’s new fleet of eighteen 420-class dinghies (in no particular order):  Steve Sauter, Jessica Sauter, Kyle Oradnik, Noah Higginbotham, Bruce Bass, Andrew Christal, Jim Rose, Kate Neavolls, Jay Lott, Bjorn Hooper, Bob Klein, Tom Mulligan, Fred Lewis, and Chris Bungener.  Also thank you to Steve and Jessica Sauter’s who provided the essential base of young, strong boat-lifters.

Thank you to Andi and Terry Connelly, who donated a used outboard motor, which the EYC will be able to sell to raise funds for its programs.

Thank you to Kirk and Karen Brown, who donated a used boat trailer.

Thank you to Sue Klein, who donated a used trailer customized for windsurfer storage, which will be used by the EYC to make additional paddleboard and windsurfer rental slots available to our members.

Thank you to EYC members and friends who helped assemble our 18 new Seitech dollies on the evening of April 11:  Collin and Patrick Duffy, Noah Higginbotham, Jay Lott, Steve Minten, Rob Moore and Kyle Ouradnik.  With many hands we were able to assemble the dollies in less than three hours.  Thanks to Steve Sauter for lending his warehouse for indoor assembly space during the sleet storm.

Thank you to Certified Public Accountant, EYC member, and former Treasurer Paul Pillat, who provides advice and assistance to the EYC’s current Treasurer to help make sure our financial records and financial statements are complete and accurate.

Thank you to Adam Moore, who found and purchased a trailer for the EYC’s new powerboat, and who stored it in his warehouse in Milwaukee until it could be brought to Door County.  Thank you to Rex Kahr, who delivered the trailer to Door County.

If we left your name off the list, it’s because so many people help that it’s hard for us to remember and keep track.  If you helped and don’t see your name above, or 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

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.