Archive for April, 2014

Volunteers needed Friday or Saturday, May 2 or 3

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The EYC needs a few strong helpers to help move some large pieces of equipment on the dock on the morning of Friday, May 2.  If you can help, no need to RSVP, just be at the EYC at 8:30 A.M.

The EYC needs a few volunteers to help stuff membership packets on the morning of Saturday May 3 in Sister Bay, beginning around 9:30 A.M.  If you can help with membership packets, please contact Membership chair Sue Zingsheim

Help open the EYC Saturday May 24

Monday, April 28th, 2014

All EYC members are requested and encouraged to help open the EYC beginning at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 24.   Most projects should be finished by about noon. The EYC will provide a burger and hot dog lunch for those who helped.  BYO chips and beverages.

The EYC relies heavily on its member volunteers to open and close the EYC each season, which helps hold down dues and makes the EYC more accessible for all.  Last year over 50 EYC members — out of almost 1000 people who are members — helped close the EYC.  Please help us exceed that number this year!

It’s not too late…

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

…to attend the EYC’s Spring dinner gala TONIGHT, beginning at 6:30 P.M. at the Lake Forest Club!

Online registration is open through noon today at

Even if you decide to attend at the last minute, you can still register and pay at the door.  Tickets are $100 each, and proceeds benefit the EYC’s Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund.

Over 100 of your fellow EYC members and friends are already registered to attend.  Please join us for an open bar, Caribbean food, steel drum music and a silent auction full of excellent items.  Over 100 of your fellow EYC friends and supporters will be there!

The Lake Forest Club is located at 554 N. Westmorland Drive, Lake Forest, Illinois.

We hope to see you tonight!




Memorialize a loved one…

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

In the Ephraim Yacht Club’s online charity auction, you can bid to name one of the EYC’s new Optimist dinghies.  You can memorialize a loved one, or name it after your beloved spouse or parent (Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both coming up…) or just choose a whimsical name, all while supporting the EYC!

There are 19 other interesting items still at bargain prices in the same auction!  The EYC’s online auction ends at noon tomorrow, Friday April 25.  Bid now at

It’s not too late to register to attend the EYC’s spring gala fundraising dinner at the Lake Forest Club, this Saturday April 26.  More than 100 EYC members, friends and supporters are expected to join for a night of fun and catching up with summer friends.  There will be a great Caribbean-style menu, steel drum music and an open bar. For more information and to register, go to



A heartfelt thank-you

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Dear Ephraim Yacht Club members and friends,

The EYC received this e-mail last summer from an EYC sailing scholarship student:

“I would like to thank you so much for the two scholarships you have given me this summer! I never thought I would love sailing as much as I do and I wish I could do it every day of the summer! I can’t wait until next summer’s lessons!  I also had two amazing instructors this year, Charlotte Johnson and Alden Crowe. They taught me so much and kept me smiling and laughing the whole two weeks!”

This student was just one of thirty-two in 2013 who were able to experience the joy of sailing, and the growth and learning which come with it, because of an EYC scholarship.

Please help us maintain a healthy scholarship program again in 2014.  There are three ways you can help:

1.  Attend this Saturday’s dinner gala at the Lake Forest Club.  Register at

2.  Bid in the EYC’s on-line benefit auction, going on right now at; or

3.  Donate to the EYC’s scholarship program at

Please, today, help the EYC give back to the Door County community which gives so much to all of us.

EYC online auction bargains end soon – bid now!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

The EYC is conducting an online auction leading up to this weekend’s gala dinner event at the Lake Forest Club.

TWENTY SELECTED AUCTION ITEMS ARE OPEN FOR ONLINE BIDDING NOW.  You don’t have to attend the auction in person to bid on these items – you can bid on them now, online!  There are some tremendous bargains available — the opening bid on most items is discounted to about half the actual value!

Items available now include gift certificates to Door County restaurants, spas, shopping, kayak trips, and biking adventures; sailing lessons and fishing trips with expert instructors and guides; Door County resort or cottage stays; ice cream delivered to your door; works of art including a Julia Foote engraving, a hand-carved ivory scrimshaw knife, and framed EYC posters; EYC logo apparel; and the right to name one of the EYC’s new Optimist dinghies.

Bidding is easy and takes just a few clicks.  To bid, go to

The online portion of the silent auction ends at noon on Friday, April 25.  The auction will continue, live and in-person, at the dinner.

To learn more about the April 26 gala dinner event, and to register to attend, go to  The dinner and the auction benefit the EYC’s Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund.

Freak ice shove hits EYC pier

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Dear fellow Ephraim Yacht Club members,

The EYC’s pier experienced an ice shove on the night of April 13-14.  In some places chunks of ice approximately 2 feet thick are piled up to a height of almost ten feet above the pier.  The ice shove was the result of a strong gale (40+ knots) from exactly the wrong direction (NNW) pushing rotten spring ice against the pier.  This is the first time in memory that an ice shove has affected the EYC.  The EYC typically avoids damaging ice shoves by our location in a protected harbor, and by the shield of Anderson’s Dock, our neighbor to the north.

The ice shove damaged some of the EYC’s equipment which was winter-stored on the pier.  Some boat lifts were damaged and at least one is likely to need replacement.  The EYC’s 10 Lasers and eighteen 420s, which were stored in racks on the pier, appear to have escaped without major damage.  The EYC’s boats and equipment are insured, so this incident should not have a material effect on the EYC’s finances.

We will know more in a couple of weeks, after the ice has melted and we can remove the shrinkwrap from the boats.  But we know now that this freak incident will not stop the EYC from having its full fleet available for member use come the summer season, nor will it result in any change in the EYC’s schedule or daily operations.  The EYC has the funds and the time to make any necessary repairs or replacements before summer.

Members can continue to make plans and to enroll in sailing lessons with full confidence that the EYC and its fleet will be there, at 100% capacity, this summer season.  I look forward to seeing you at the EYC this summer!

Best Regards,

Jack O’Rourke, Commodore

April 26 Gala dinner – don’t miss it!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The EYC’s big event of the off-season is only a week away, and a few seats remain available.  Don’t miss this fun dinner at the Lake Forest Club on Saturday, April 26!


The evening will include an open bar, dinner, music, cocktails, and socializing with your EYC friends, with a Caribbean theme and steel drum music!

The delicious Caribbean-themed menu designed by the Lake Forest Club’s Chef Luke will includea mong other things a ceviche bar, coconut shrimp, sweet potato salad, sangria salad, your choice of entrees, classic red beans and rice, and a variety of desserts.  Did we mention that your ticket price includes an open bar?

It’s also a perfect opportunity to catch up with your summer friends as summer approaches.

Even if you cannot attend, you can still bid on many of the auction items.  There are some great bargains on great stuff offered – check it out and bid online now at  

Auction items range include gift certificates to Door County shops and restaurants, EYC logo apparel, original works of art by many Door County artists, beautiful items for your home or garden, a sailing lesson with a nationally-renowned professional sailor, stays at Door County resorts and cottages, and much more!

The event benefits the EYC’s Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund. The Moore Fund provides sailing lessons at the Ephraim Yacht Club to youths who are year-round residents of Door County and otherwise would not be able to afford lessons. In 2013, the EYC granted 45 sailing lesson scholarships.

Questions? Contact

The EYC needs another Junior Sailing Instructor

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Ephraim Yacht Club is soliciting applications for the position of JUNIOR SAILING INSTRUCTOR for the 2014 summer season.  The position is part time, 25 to 35 hours per week average.  Duties include assisting in teaching in the EYC’s large sailing lesson program.  Other duties will include general clubhouse duties, member assistance, boat care and maintenance, and helping to run races.  Candidates must be available to work from Monday, June 9 through Saturday, August 9. Availability to work before June 9 or after August 9 is helpful but not required.

Applicants should be experienced small boat sailors.  Applicants who are EYC members should have received their Skipper’s License, and applicants who have not been through the EYC junior program should have completed an equivalent level of instruction in another sailing program. Applicants should be on course to complete their sophomore year of high school before starting work at the EYC, and must be 16 years old prior to June 9, 2014.

Junior Instructors are required to have US Sailing Level I instructor certification, and current Adult and Child CPR /First Aid / AED certificates.  Successful applicants will be expected to enroll in and successfully complete the Level I course and the CPR / First Aid AED course on their own prior to commencement of employment.  The EYC reimburses instructors for the tuition for all those courses.

Hourly wage is $8 for first year Junior Instructors; raises are available upon completion of certain milestones.

Applicants must provide their own housing in Door County.



The EYC is hiring a Race Manager

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Ephraim Yacht Club is soliciting applications for the position of RACE MANAGER for the 2014 summer season.

The position is part-time.  Hours will vary but will be approximately 20 to 30 per week. Duties include serving as primary race officer of the EYC’s weekly sailboat races and some of the EYC’s smaller regattas, including conducting daily draws for member use of EYC-owned racing sailboats, setting race courses, conducting races using the EYC’s powerboats and other race management equipment, and scoring. Candidates are preferred who can start work not later than June 9 and work through August 10, 2014.

The EYC holds races on weekend days and some weekday evenings.

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of procedures of racing small sailboats, should have some experience operating small powerboats, and should be reasonably competent in using computers. Applicants who have completed their sophomore year of high school by June 9, 2014 are preferred. Training or certification in race management by US Sailing is helpful but not required. Certification in operating a powerboat by US Sailing or the US Power Squadron is helpful but not required. The EYC will provide race management training. Current Adult and Child CPR /First Aid / AED certificates are required before starting work. The EYC will reimburse a successful candidate for CPR / First Aid / AED course tuition, but the employee is responsible for finding, enrolling in and completing the CPR / First Aid / AED courses prior to start of work.

The position pays $13 per hour and can pay more depending on qualifications and experience.

If qualified, the Race Manager will also be trained as an EYC Junior Instructor and can be scheduled to work additional hours as a Junior Instructor.


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.