Archive for June, 2013

Bill Klein

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The EYC regrets to announce the passing of longtime member William F. (Bill) Klein.  An obituary is here, including details of a July14 memorial service:

http://www.caspersonfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2134625&fh_id=10411

The EYC wants YOU!

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The Ephraim Yacht Club is volunteer-managed, and could not exist without the thousands of hours of volunteer time donated every year by its members.  As the EYC grows, it’s important to spread the volunteer load so that no one person is asked to carry too much.  The EYC is constantly seeking the right volunteer for the right position.  If you are the kind of person who can solve problems and get things done, while working well with others, and if you want to keep the EYC running smoothly and inexpensively, then you should be an EYC volunteer.

Right now we particularly need the following volunteers:

If you want to help with any of those, contact dockside@eyc.org

Some of the EYC’s other available volunteer opportunities are listed below.  For more detail on these volunteer positions, go to www.eyc.org/volunteer.

This is by no means a comprehensive list.  Volunteer opportunities are available for persons of all skills and regardless of how much or how little time you are able to give.

If you would like to volunteer to help the EYC, either in one of the positions described above or in some other capacity, please contact dockside@eyc.org.  Or, you can contact the appropriate Committee chairperson by going to www.eyc.org/contactus

This week at the EYC June 29 – July 7

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Holy summer, Batman!  July is already upon us!  The EYC has a full schedule of sailing, boating and social events, in addition to the usual weekly events like sailing lessons, series races, junior activities, three varieties of bridge, bunco, swimming from the pier, informal cookouts, and watching sunsets.

The FAMILY REGATTA will be sailed in Flying Scots on the morning of Saturday, June 29.  The first race begins at 10:00 AM.  Like all EYC regattas, the Family Regatta is open to all skippers, not just EYC members.   There is no entry fee.  The Family Regatta is sailed as part of the EYC’s regular Saturday morning Flying Scot series but is scored separately.  To be eligible for Family Regatta prizes, a boat must carry a husband and wife, or a parent and child, or a grandparent and grandchild, or siblings.   You can race on Saturday morning, June 29, even if your boat is not eligible for Family Regatta prizes.  For complete information about the Family Regatta, see the EYC’s 2013 Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions: Club Series Races, Fyr Bal Regatta, Family Regatta, Women’s Regatta located at www.eyc.org/racing  

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION C JUNIOR SAILING LESSONS is Sunday, June 30 at noon.  Session C junior lessons begin on Monday, July 1 at 9:00 AM (or 1:30 PM for those enrolled in afternoon lessons) and run through July 12.

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN ADULT SAILING LESSONS for the week of July 1-5 is noon on Sunday, June 30.  EYC adult sailing lessons are geared to beginners or near-beginners and take place in one-week sessions, Monday through Friday, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.

To learn more about EYC sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

A CRUISING RENDEZVOUS in Egg Harbor to watch the fireworks is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3 beginning around 6:00 PM.  EYC boats of all sizes and types are invited.  Bring a picnic dinner and beverages, and lots of fenders.

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY on July 3 will be the first annual EYC Four Square Championship and Hot Dog Dinner.  Please arrive at EYC at 5:30 and pick up at 7:30.  Please wear appropriate shoes for this event.   Boys please bring chips or beverages; girls please bring dessert or fruit.  If you have a boy and a girl attending you can choose either item. No swimming is allowed at this event.  EYC Junior Activities are open to those  who have finished 1st grade.  Please sign up on the poster at the EYC.  Additional parent volunteers are needed for this event – please contact event chair Duska Pearson (920) 854-9988 or (630) 975-4942.

The EYC’s classic ICE CREAM SOCIAL begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 4.  This FREE event is open to EYC members and guests of all ages.  The EYC provides the ice cream, you bring your favorite topping to share.  This year there will be cake celebrating the EYC’s birthday, too!  Event chair Gail Sleeting needs a few helpers; contact her at (920) 854-9755.  There will be no Optimist races this evening.

The DEADLINE TO REGISTER BY MAIL FOR THE JULY 13 DINNER WITH GARY JOBSON HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Friday, July 5.  All EYC members should have already received an invitation and a paper registration form.  Additional paper registration forms are available at the EYC.  Your mailed registration must be RECEIVED by July 5.  You can register online through July 8.  Advance registration is required and seats are limited.  For more information and to register online, go to  www.eycgaryjobson.eventbrite.org

The FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATION previously scheduled for 6:00 PM on Friday, July 5 will instead be held in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social on July 4.  For more information contact event chair Joani Lewis jeplewis@charter.net

The deadline to enroll in the US SAILING ADVANCED 420 CLINIC is 5:00 PM on Friday, July 5.  The clinic takes place at the EYC on July 6 and 7 beginning at 9:00 AM on both days.  The clinic is highly recommended for juniors age 12-17 who are in the EYC’s Level 3 class or higher, or have equivalent training at another club.  Less than 10 enrollment slots remain available.  This clinic will be led by two extremely talented and experienced coaches, Bobby Collins and Martha Pitt.  The clinic is open to members and non-members.  For more information, and to register, go to http://eyc.org/advanced-420-racing-clinic-july-6-7/

The OPTIMIST RED FLEET (AGE 12-16) RACES which would normally be held on the afternoon of Saturday, July 6 are cancelled.  Optimist racers age 12 and up who are in the EYC’s level 3 or higher should enroll in the Advanced 420 Clinic.

A CRUISING RENDEZVOUS in Fish Creek to watch the fireworks is scheduled for Saturday, July 6 beginning around 6:00 PM.  EYC boats of all sizes and types are invited.  Bring a picnic dinner and beverages, and lots of fenders.

Participants in the Advanced 420 Clinic automatically draw a boat for the EYC’s SUNDAY AFTERNOON 420 RACES on July 7.  If there are any 420s not being raced by Clinic participants, the drawing for those boats will take place as usual at 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 7.

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN ADULT SAILING LESSONS for the week of July 8-12 is noon on Sunday, July 7.  EYC adult sailing lessons are geared to beginners or near-beginners and take place in one-week sessions, Monday through Friday, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.  For more information, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

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Don’t forget the EYC’s classified advertisements at http://eyc.org/classified-advertising/  The latest:  a classic West Wight Potter 15′ sailboat for only $1500.

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The EYC needs a few household items.  Please help if you can.  We need PINT ICE CREAM CONTAINERS, cardboard (not plastic), without their lids.  We use these to mix resins for boat repairs.  We need GALLON PLASTIC JUGS, with their caps.  The best are bleach bottles and milk bottles.  We use these to make scoop bailers.  In each case please make sure you thoroughly rinse and clean these items before delivering them to the EYC.  Thanks!

Use of EYC-owned sailboats / Family Regatta boat draw

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A primary benefit of EYC membership is that qualified adult members are able to use EYC-owned Flying Scots, 420s and Lasers for races and other recreational sailing, at no charge.

Members are asked to remember the following about the use of EYC-owned boats:

*  An adult member who wishes to skipper an EYC Flying Scot outside of sailing lessons, or an EYC Laser or 420 outside of lessons or racing, must hold an EYC Skipper’s License.  The list of Skipper’s License holders is at www.eyc.org/member-info

*  Adult members who wish to earn a Skipper’s License should contact the EYC’s Sailing Director, Woody Heidler, to set up an appointment for a Skipper’s License assessment.  Call Woody at the EYC (920) 854-7107 or e-mail director@eyc.org

*  The Skipper’s License assessment is an in-person interview taking less than 20 minutes.  The EYC will assess your skills and experience in sailing dinghies.

*  The EYC may grant you a Skipper’s License based on the assessment interview.  Alternatively, the EYC may ask that you take a practical, on-the-water test to assess your skills.  Or, the EYC may suggest that you take sailing lessons to gain additional skills and make yourself eligible for a Skipper’s License.

*  The use of EYC-owned sailboats outside of lessons and racing is on an as-available basis.  Please call ahead to determine if a boat is available.

Different rules and procedures apply to EYC members under age 18.  For more details, see the EYC’s Safety Policy located here and also posted in the EYC’s clubhouse.

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The BOAT DRAW TO SKIPPER AN EYC-OWNED FLYING SCOT IN THE FAMILY REGATTA has been extended and now will take place at 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 27.  To skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Family Regatta, you must be an EYC member and you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  You do not have to be present in person to enter the draw.  To enter the draw, e-mail dockside@eyc.org prior to 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 27, and state your name and that you wish to enter the draw.  Drawing participants will be notified by e-mail of the boat they drew.  To see if you are on the list of Skipper’s License holders go to www.eyc.org/member-info

Any boats not allocated in the June 27 draw will be allocated in a second draw at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 29.  Skippers must be present in person to participate in the Saturday, June 29 draw.

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The EYC needs a few household items.  Please help if you can.  We need PINT ICE CREAM CONTAINERS, cardboard (not plastic), without their lids.  We use these to mix resins for boat repairs.  We need GALLON PLASTIC JUGS, with their caps.  The best are Clorox bottles and milk bottles.  We use these to make scoop bailers.  In each case please make sure you thoroughly rinse and clean these items before delivering them to the EYC.  Thanks!

Silent auction at the EYC’s lavish July 13 dinner event

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The EYC’s July 13 fundraising dinner is not only about sailing.  It’s the most lavish party of the EYC summer season, a chance to socialize with your EYC friends while supporting the EYC.  Even if you are not able to stay for the post-dinner presentation, you can attend for cocktails, appetizers, the silent auction and dinner.

Among the items available in the silent action will be:

*  A hand-carved EYC burgee sign – the very one which has been hanging outside the EYC for years.

*  The naming rights to one of the EYC’s Boston Whaler safety boats.

*  EYC-logo apparel exclusive to this event, which you cannot obtain in any other way.

*  EYC-themed art and other works from well-known local artists.

*  A variety of items and gift certificates from local restaurants, cafes, businesses and EYC members.

You must attend the dinner to participate in the auction.  EYC membership is not required to attend this event.  Advance reservations are required, and seats are limited.  To reserve your seats, go to www.eycgaryjobson.eventbrite.com

Do you have something you could contribute to the auction?  Perhaps a boat you are not using any more, tickets to a Packers game or other sporting events, a rare bottle or two from your wine cellar or liquor cabinet, a week at a vacation home away from Door County, merchandise from your store or business, or a gift certificate for a special service?  The EYC will thank you in our printed program and in the Eagle’s Cry, and your donation will be tax-deductible.  If you wish to support the EYC by donating a silent auction item, please contact dockside@eyc.org

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The DEADLINE TO ENROLL in the EYC’s adult Thursday evening sailing lessons is noon on June 27.  A few enrollment slots are still open.  You can sign up for four weeks or eight weeks.  These lessons are geared to beginners or near-beginners and are intended to be a fun and relaxing way to develop your sailing skills.  They are taught in the EYC’s fleet of stable, easy-to-sail Flying Scots.  For more information and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lesson

The Most Gala EYC Party of 2013

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

The EYC’s July 13 Dinner with Gary Jobson will be the fanciest EYC event of the summer.  Even if you are not a sailor yourself, if you like a good summer party, this is one not to be missed.  Over 140 EYC members and friends have already registered to attend, so there will be plenty of good company and conversation.  The menu, by Alexander’s of Door County, will will include smoked salmon, cheese, fruit and vegetable hors d’oeuvres, beef tenderloin, herb-encrusted chicken, broiled Door County whitefish, pastas, salads, and a selection of delicious desserts.  Your ticket price includes wine with your dinner and of course there will be a bar, too.

The silent auction will have many unique and original items, including an airplane tour of Door County, a half-day salmon fishing trip for two people, rounds of golf at several of Door County’s beautiful courses, works of original art, excellent bottles of wine and liquor, the right to name the EYC’s newest 13′ Boston Whaler, and many more!

The Peninsula Pulse interviewed Gary Jobson in connection with his upcoming visit to the EYC, and published a fine article which explains why this is a must-attend event: http://www.ppulse.com/Articles-Features-c-2013-06-20-108957.114136-Gary-Jobson-Featured-Speaker-at-Yacht-Club-Fundraiser.html

Seats are limited and pre-registration is required.  Register online now at www.eycgaryjobson.eventbrite.com

See you there!

This Week at the EYC June 22-30

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The EYC begins to get busier this week with the traditional Opening Social.  Plus, everything else is running full bore – lessons, racing, bridge, youth activities, bunco, you name it.

The EYC’s free OPENING SOCIAL is at 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 22 at the EYC, rain or shine.  The EYC will provide wine, beer and soft drinks.  Members are asked to bring an appetizer to share.  As a fundraiser, we will be auctioning off the naming rights to the EYC’s newest Laser, so bring your checkbook and your most creative boat name!  This event is open to EYC members and guests ages 18 and up, and to all EYC staff and their spouses.  EYC members are particularly encouraged to bring guests who might be interested in EYC membership.  Sorry, no dogs at this event.

The deadline for members to SIGN UP FOR ADULT SAILING LESSONS for the week of June 24-28 is noon on Sunday, June 23.  Adult sailing lessons are geared to beginners or near-beginners and are offered from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM for a five-day session, amounting to 15 hours of instruction for $165.  For more information about adult sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The JUNIOR ACTIVITY on Wednesday, June 26 is kickball and a pot luck supper at the Sister Bay Sports Complex.  Each junior is asked to bring a dish or drink to serve 10.  Sign up on the poster at the EYC and specify the type of item you will bring.  Wear sneakers or something similar.  No flip-flops!  Drop off at 6:00 PM and pick up at 8:00 PM sharp, both at the Sister Bay Sports Complex.  Each junior must bring $5.00 to cover the cost of renting the facility.  EYC Junior Activities are open to juniors who have completed first grade.  Directions to the Sister Bay Sports Complex are here: http://www.cometosisterbay.com/public-facilities/sister-bay-sports-complex/

The TEEN ACTIVITY on Thursday, June 27 is Jo Jo’s Pizza and gelato with mini golf at the Red Putter.  Drop off at 6:00 PM at the Red Putter in Ephraim and pick up at the same place at 8:00 PM.  Sign up at EYC and bring $12 to cover pizza and a round of golf.  Questions?  Contact Heather Andersen Heather@Brecklodge.com or 847-420-3978.  You must have completed 8th grade to participate in EYC Teen Activities.

The BOAT DRAW TO SKIPPER AN EYC-OWNED FLYING SCOT IN THE FAMILY REGATTA will take place at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, June 26.  To skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Family Regatta, you must be an EYC member and you must have an EYC Skipper’s License.  You do not have to be present in person to enter the draw.  To enter the draw, e-mail dockside@eyc.org prior to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, June 26, and state your name and that you wish to enter the draw.  Drawing participants will be notified by e-mail of the boat they drew.  To see if you are on the list of Skipper’s License holders go to www.eyc.org/member-info

The FAMILY REGATTA will be sailed in Flying Scots on the morning of Saturday, June 29.  The first race begins at 10:00 AM.  Like all EYC regattas, the Family Regatta is open to EYC members and non-members alike.   There is no entry fee.  The Family Regatta is sailed as part of the EYC’s regular Saturday morning Flying Scot series but is scored separately.  To be eligible for Family Regatta prizes, a boat must carry a parent and child, a grandparent and grandchild, or siblings.   You can race on Saturday morning, June 29, even if your boat is not eligible for Family Regatta prizes.  For complete information about the Family Regatta, see the EYC’s 2013 Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions: Club Series Races, Fyr Bal Regatta, Family Regatta, Women’s Regatta located at www.eyc.org/racing

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION C SAILING LESSONS is Sunday, June 30 at noon.  Session C lessons begin on Monday, July 1 at 9:00 AM (or 1:30 PM for those enrolled in afternoon lessons).  To learn more about EYC sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

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The EYC still has a few small lockers remaining at $25 for the season.  To rent a locker, go to http://eyc.org/slip-rental-information-and-allocation-policy/

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RACE RESULTS for the EYC’s series races and regattas can be viewed at www.eyc.org/racing

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If you have not already registered for the EYC’s July 13 DINNER WITH GARY JOBSON, time is running out!  Seats are limited and advance registration is required!  This will be the most exciting social event of the EYC’s summer season.  Also, there will be lots of great items in our silent auction.  For more information and to register go to www.eycgaryjobson.eventbrite.com

Opening Social Saturday June 22

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The EYC’s Opening Social is Saturday, June 22, beginning at 6:00 PM.

If you are a new EYC member, we encourage you to attend and mingle.  The single best thing about the EYC is its people, and we want to get to know you!

If you are a longtime EYC member, please make a special effort to introduce yourself to new members and make them feel welcome.  The Opening Social is also a perfect opportunity for you to invite a potential member as your guest, to introduce them to the EYC.

This is one of several FREE social events hosted annually by the EYC.  The EYC will supply wine, beer, and soft drinks.  Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share.  Dress is summer casual.  Please, no dogs at this event.  This event is open to EYC members and guests ages 18 and up, and to all EYC staff and their spouses.

As a fundraiser, we will be auctioning off the naming rights to the EYC’s newest Laser, so bring your checkbook and your most creative boat name!

Let’s always maintain the welcoming, inclusive atmosphere which makes the EYC such a special place.  New EYC members for 2013 are:

James and Sandra Annoye

David and Elizabeth Arts

Daniel Baird Jr.

Jaime Blossom

Jason Brown

Rob and Jan Comstock

Rob Cowles

Susan Cunningham

Daniel Ditter

Janet and Dennis Fogle

Matt and Mary Giese

Malcolm “Skip” Harsch

Paul and Julie Heim

Scott and Jill Henderson

Anton and Jorie Johansen

David and Edie Krueger

Bradley and Dana Metzger

Gretchen and Rob Mokry

Janet Pohl

Brad and Amy Russell

Albert “Jeb” Scherb III and Suzy Scherb

Matthew and Sarah Whiteside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking Policy Q and A (with Tommy Lee Jones)

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The EYC has only three parking spaces.  The EYC has more than 500 members.  As a result, the EYC has a parking policy.  Members are reminded to follow the parking policy, which can be viewed at www.eyc.org/member-info

 Parking Policy Questions and Answers:

Q:  Why does the EYC need to have a parking policy?

A:  With almost 500 members, the number of cars arriving and seeking to park at the EYC at certain times can be very high.  This causes issues of traffic safety, and fairness to fellow members.  In addition, when EYC members occupy or block the private parking spaces of Ephraim Yacht Harbor slip holders, that could damage the EYC’s good relationship with its neighbor, the EYH.

Q:  What are the safety issues?

A:  The following prohibited practices are hazardous, especially with so many EYC juniors running around:  stopping on the shoulder of Hwy. 42 to drop off or pick up passengers; stopping behind EYC or EYH parking spots to drop off or pick up passengers; and driving down the EYC’s driveway to the lower level.

Q:  What are the fairness issues?

A:  Among other things, when you stop or double-park behind a vehicle parked in an EYC space, you block that space.

Q:  Can’t I double-park behind someone if I know that person and if I remain available to move my car when asked?

A:  No, because then others will think double-parking is OK and will double-park behind people they don’t even know.  Also, by double-parking, you are so close to Hwy. 42 traffic that your vehicle constitutes a safety hazard.

Q:  Why is it the EYC’s business if I park in, or block, a private parking space belonging to an Ephraim Yacht Harbor slip holder?

A:  The EYC wants to maintain its good relationship with the EYH.  The EYH helps out the EYC in a lot of ways, including by providing water, the ability to temporarily tie boats to the EYH pier, the use of EYH driveway to access the EYC pier, and more.  EYH slip holders pay a lot of money to rent their parking spaces and they should be able to use those spaces without having to wait for an EYC member to get out of the way.

Q:  But I am only blocking a private EYH space for a minute or two.

A:  That space — and the entire EYH parking lot — is PRIVATE PROPERTY.  You wouldn’t want that EYH parking space owner to show up at your house and block your driveway, would you?

Q: Doesn’t the EYC really have four parking spaces?

A:  The fourth space is marked only for very short term loading and unloading of persons and gear.  Please unload quickly, then promptly move your vehicle to make room for the next EYC member.

Q:  Can’t I park on the grass just north of the EYC’s parking lot?

A:  No.  We put a “no parking” sign on a metal post there.  If you park there, you will break the signpost and scratch your car.  Possibly your fuel tank will be punctured, resulting in a fiery explosion.

Q:  Please, can’t I park on the grass just for a minute?  I have an old car and I don’t care if it gets scratched or exploded.

A:  No.  By parking on the grass, you block the handicapped / senior entrance to the clubhouse.  You also kill the beautiful green grass, which the EYC’s volunteer Clubhouse Chairman has labored mightily to grow.  You also block the view of persons backing out of the EYC’s three parking spaces.

Q:  Well, where should I park, then?

A:  Members are encouraged to leave the EYC’s three parking spaces for our more senior members.  Members are invited to park at the public parking lot on the corner of Spruce Street and Hwy. 42, just a short, healthy, 100-yard walk from the EYC.  Also, you can park at Anderson’s Dock, just a block north of the EYC.

Q:   I need to get to Leroy’s for coffee before the line gets too long.  Those parking and drop-off places are too far away from the EYC and will cost me an extra five minutes.

A:  [In a crotchety voice like Tommy Lee Jones] A hundred yards is too far for you to walk?  Back when the EYC was a kid, it had to walk five miles to school all year round, uphill both ways, barefoot, in two feet of snow, carrying a musket and a dead raccoon.

Q:  Er, OK then!  Are there exceptions to the parking rules?

A:  There are a very few limited exceptions, including for dropping off handicapped persons.  See the Parking Policy at www.eyc.org/member-info for details.

Lesson Enrollment Deadline / First Mates

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION B LESSONS is noon on Sunday, June 16.  Session B lessons begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 17.  For more information about lessons at the EYC, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The first FIRST MATES COFFEE begins at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 17 at the EYC.  If you are a female EYC member, then you are a First Mate!  Be there to catch up with your friends after a long winter and to help plan this summer’s EYC events.

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Don’t forget the EYC has online classified ads.   A few of the current items in the classifieds include a hot 18-foot Hobie cat in good condition for only $2000, and a 13′ Whaler for only $3995.  See www.eyc.org/classified-advertising.

If you have something to sell to EYC members, like a boat, you can place an ad for only $10.  For details e-mail dockside@eyc.org

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.