Archive for May, 2014

Party at the EYC!

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about all the great social events that the EYC hosts each summer? When you sit down to count, there sure are a lot of them.  And almost all of them are free for EYC members.

For example, these weekly get-togethers, almost all of them at nor charge by the EYC:  Monday open play bridge, Monday evening Bunco, Tuesday couples bridge, Wednesday Junior Activities, Thursday bridge lessons, Thursday teen activities, not to mention informal gatherings to watch races, grill dinner, and drink beverages on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

And these annual events, most of them FREE and the rest of them pretty good bargains:  the Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast and the Fyr Bal Family Cookout (June 21), the Opening Social (June 28), the Ice Cream Social (July 4), two First Mates Coffees (June 16 and July 14), the First Mates Pot Luck (July 17), Men’s Night on the Pier (July 18), the Regatta Welcome Party (August 1), the Bratfest (August 2), and the Commodore’s Party (August 9). Mark your calendar NOW so you don’t miss these fun events!

Plus, three separate opportunities for EYC cruisers to get together to watch fireworks: Egg Harbor (July 3), Fish Creek (July 5), and Sister Bay Marina Fest (August 30).

This week at the EYC May 31 – June 8

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

It will be a quiet week at the EYC, in between the bustle of Memorial Day weekend and the activity of the first day of lessons on June 9.  Here’s what’s happening:

The EYC will be open and staffed from 9:00 AM to noon, and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week.

The EYC will host OPEN 420 PRACTICE RACES on May 31 and June 1.  For more information see

OPEN PLAY BRIDGE begins Monday, June 2 at 1:00 PM.  COUPLES BRIDGE begins Tuesday June 3 at 4:00 P.M.  For more information on EYC bridge go to

There will be a MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MALCOLM D. VAIL, JR. on Saturday, June 7 at 3:00 PM at Blossomburg cemetery at Peninsula State Park.  “Weed” Vail was a lifelong EYC member and multiple-term Commodore.  All EYC members are invited to the service.

The DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR LESSON SESSION A is Sunday, June 8 at noon. Lesson Session A begins at 9:00 AM on June 9. To register, go to


420 open practice May 31 – June 1

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The EYC will host two days of practice races in 420s this weekend, Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1.  Members of the sailing team from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and other Wisconsin college teams, will be practicing for the upcoming Intercollegiate Sailing Association national championships.

Even if you are not on a college sailing team, if you meet the following conditions, you invited to take part, using EYC-owned 420s:

1.  The skipper must be an EYC member.  Crews are not required to be EYC members.

2.  Skipper and crew must be enrolled this spring in 8th grade or higher.  Adult EYC members are also invited to participate.

3.  Junior skippers and crews must be eligible for the EYC’s Racing class (in other words, already promoted from the Intermediate class, formerly called Level 3).  Adult participants should have a similar level of proficiency in 420s.  This is not a beginner 420 class.

4.  Due to the early date, a properly fitting drysuit or wetsuit is required for all participants in this event.  Sorry, the EYC does not have drysuits or wetsuits available to loan.

This is a great opportunity for EYC juniors or adults to improve their dinghy racing skills by racing against top college talent in a low-pressure context.

Eligible participants do not need to sign up.  Just show up at 9:00 AM on Saturday and/or Sunday. Participants can sail one or both days.  Participants should arrange in advance for their own skipper or crew.  The EYC will provide safety boat coverage.

There is no charge to participate in this event.

Fyr Bal 50th Anniversary June 21!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Saturday, June 21 is EPHRAIM’S FYR BAL FESTIVAL, the 50th anniversary of this historic festival.  The EYC has a full day of Fyr Bal events planned, so mark your calendar and plan to take part:

7:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. EYC PANCAKE BREAKFAST at the Ephraim Village Hall.  Please come and bring your family and friends.  This event is open to the public and is a fundraiser for EYC sailing lesson scholarships.  This inexpensive breakfast features all you can eat pancakes and sausage plus juice and coffee for only $8 adults and $5 children 12 and under.

9:00 A.M.  Boat draw for the FYR BAL REGATTA in Flying Scots.  First warning signal 10:00 A.M.  Even if you don’t race, come on down to the EYC’s bleachers to watch and digest your pancakes.

1:00 P.M.  – Boat draw for the EYC’s regular Saturday afternoon Laser races.  Races start at 2:00 P.M.

2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. – OPEN HOUSE AND FREE SAILBOAT RIDES for prospective members.  If you have a friend who is thinking of joining the EYC, bring them to the EYC for a short tour and slide show, followed by a sailboat ride in one of the EYC’s Flying Scots, skippered by an EYC instructor.

6:00 P.M. – FYR BAL FAMILY COOKOUT.  The EYC will grill up delicious meats.  Bring your own side dish (and maybe some to share) and beverages. After the cookout, we will watch as the Fyr Bal bonfires are lit, followed by fireworks.

Slips and lockers still available / First Mates Pot Luck date change

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The EYC still has a few season-long dry slips, slots, and lockers available for rent to members.

To rent a locker, a Flying Scot dry slip, or a rack slot for your windsurfer, paddleboard, or kayak, go to


The First Mates have changed the date of the annual First Mates Pot Luck Dinner.  Although the date listed in the EYC schedule printed in the Eagle’s Cry and the membership directory is Thursday, July 24, in fact the Pot Luck Dinner will be on Thursday, July 17 beginning at 6:00 P.M. at the Ephraim Village Hall.  Please make a note of the date change.  Questions?  Contact event co-chairs Donna Scattergood or Jenny Miller

Correction / Private lessons at the EYC

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Correction:  yesterday’s member e-mail erroneously listed the date of the raft-up picnic as Sunday, June 25.  The correct date of the raft-up is TODAY, Sunday, May 25.


The EYC offers private sailing lessons by appointment. This is a great way to get a lot of instruction in a short period of time. Private lessons might be for you if:

Private lessons are available to both adults and juniors.  Up to four persons can take a private lesson together.  The pace and content of private lessons are geared to the individual student(s) and can be taught in any of the EYC’s fleets, Flying Scots, 420s, Optimists or Lasers.

Private lessons are available by appointment.  To schedule a private lesson, contact, or stop by the EYC during open hours.

Raft up picnic at Nicolet Bay Sunday May 25

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Join your fellow EYC members for the first EYC social event of the season at Nicolet Bay on the evening of Sunday, May 25.  EYC boats of all types and sizes will meet beginning around 5:00 PM.

The weather promises to be beautiful.  Bring plenty of fenders, and your own beverages and dinner, and join your EYC friends to catch up on the off-season news!


This week at the EYC May 24 – June 1

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The EYC begins another fun, safe, social sailing season!  Here’s what’s happening:

On Saturday, May 24, all EYC members are requested to HELP OPEN THE EYC from 9:00 AM to noon.  Many hands make light work, and we have tasks for persons of all abilities and strengths, so please stop by. Last year we had more than 50 people helping out of almost 1000 people who are EYC members — let’s see if we can exceed that this year!  The EYC is volunteer-managed, so every bit of help keeps costs and dues to a minimum. The EYC will serve a brat, burger and hot dog lunch picnic to everyone who helps; BYO sides and beverages!

EYC members who have rented a locker can access their lockers beginning at 9:00 AM on May 24.  A few lockers remain available.  To rent one, go to

EYC members who have rented a dry slip or slot can place their boats, boards or kayaks in their dry slip or slot beginning 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 24.  Some dry slips remain available.  To rent a slip, go to

EYC boats of all sizes and types will RAFT UP AT NICOLET BAY on the evening of Sunday, June 25. The weather promises to be beautiful so please (if the boatyard has launched your boat yet) join us for drinks and a picnic!

The EYC will be open and staffed from 9:00 AM to noon and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 7 days per week beginning Sunday, May 25.

Help open the EYC this Saturday May 24

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

All EYC members are requested and encouraged to help open the EYC beginning at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 24.   There are jobs for persons of all levels of strength and ability, both indoors and outdoors.

Most projects should be finished by about noon. Beginning around the same time, the EYC will provide a burger and hot dog lunch for those who helped.  BYO chips and beverages.

Some of us will be there even earlier than 9:00, so if you would like to start early, feel free to join us.

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 accessible for all.  Last fall over 50 EYC members — out of approximately 1000 people who are members — helped close the EYC.  Please help us exceed that number this spring!

Ride Share / Eagle’s Cry / Thank-yous

Sunday, May 18th, 2014


An EYC clinic instructor needs a ride from the Milwaukee Yacht Club to the EYC on the evening of Friday, July 11. This is your chance to spend 3 hours in a car with a 2012 Olympian! If you can help please contact

If you are traveling to or from Door County and need a ride, or would offer a lift to an EYC member or friend, be sure to join the EYC’s Ride Share Facebook group here:



The Spring 2014 issue of the EYC’s newsletter, the Eagle’s Cry, has been published, and the paper version should be hitting members’ mailboxes any day now.  The online version (in color!) can be viewed at



From time to time we publicly thank EYC volunteers.  The EYC could not exist without the thousands of hours of volunteer time donated yearly by members and friends.

Thank you to volunteers Bjorn Hooper, Adam Moore and Rob Moore, who we inadvertently didn’t thank in a previous e-mail for helping to set up the 420 storage rack and load the 420s for winter storage, on Saturday October 12.  Thank you to Rob for helping Jay Lott carry a newly purchased Laser through deep snowdrifts to its winter storage spot in the EYC’s clubhouse.

Thank you to Jay Lott, who found a used Laser advertised online, and drove to Madison to purchase it for the EYC; and who also drove to Kewaunee to check out another used Laser. Also thank you to Jay for towing many of the EYC’s Scots and powerboats to winter storage; and this spring, from winter storage to the EYC; for cleaning and organizing the Director’s office and the staff office; for sorting and organizing the EYC’s boat spare parts collection; for drafting the EYC’s 2014 schedule; for serving as the EYC’s point person in its insurance claim for ice damage; for tracking needed boat, trailer and lift repairs and maintenance and supervising the EYC staff in performing those repairs and maintenance; for performing numerous lift, boat, trailer, boat rack, and dolly repairs and upgrades; for calculating required 2014 staffing levels and staff budget, based on expected lesson enrollment, race management needs, and other staffing needs; for writing job descriptions and promoting open EYC positions on the EYC’s website, and placing help wanted advertisements in local and national publications; for calculating wage levels and providing a personnel budget; for recruiting and hiring the EYC’s 2014 staff; for tracking key information regarding the staff; for communicating with staff to ensure they obtain required current US Sailing, First Aid and CPR certifications; for creating an employee intake checklist and completing annual employee intake paperwork; for writing the employee work schedule for the entire summer, making sure it meshes with the EYC’s staffing and teaching needs, and updating it almost daily to meet changing situations and staff availability; for arranging for the EYC to host two sailing clinics in 2014, including recruiting outside clinic instructors, designing clinic curriculum, and promoting the clinics; for serving as the EYC’s Flying Scot Fleet 44 fleet captain, communicating with the Flying Scot Sailing Association and other Midwest fleet captains to promote the Ephraim Regatta; for maintaining the EYC’s lesson signup software, responding to lesson inquiries, revising the EYC’s curriculum, and promoting lessons and clinics to EYC members and others; for arranging for new uniforms for the EYC’s instructors; for maintaining and updating the EYC’s staff training manual, and printing it and mailing it to staff for them to memorize; for communicating with potential donors and following up on cash donations and in-kind donations of boats and equipment, including arranging for title to be transferred to the EYC, arranging for necessary maintenance, advertising the items for resale, showing items, and closing sales of EYC items; for helping with liaison with the Village of Ephraim; for serving as the EYC’s webmaster, including keeping the EYC’s website, summer schedule, Facebook page, e-mail list, slip and locker rental software, and Flickr photo gallery up-to-date, and composing almost every e-mail which goes from the EYC to its membership in general; for keeping track of volunteers and writing thank-you e-mails like this one; and for writing or sourcing approximately half the copy in each recent issue of the Eagle’s Cry.

Thank you to EYC Clubhouse chair Fred Lewis, who cleared a path through deep snow so that the EYC’s six new Optimists could be delivered and stored in the clubhouse in mid-March.  Thank you to Fred, Bjorn Hooper and Jay Lott for helping to unload the new Optimists from the truck and carry them into the clubhouse.

Thank you to those who helped clear off the pier on May 2:  Bill Andersen, Rich Bierman, Bjorn Hooper, Fred Lewis, Jay Lott, and Steve Sauter.  Steve also brought a crew of four strong helpers from, and brought his Bobcat, which was helpful in pushing riprap boulders off the pier.

Thank you to Sue Lewis, who helped our Membership co-chairs Sue Zingsheim and Jodi Hoyerman stuff almost 350 annual membership packets on Saturday, May 3, a project which takes many hours.

Thank you to Bill and Heather Andersen, who once again provided free indoor storage for the EYC’s nine Flying Scots and six powerboats over the winter.  Also thank you to Bill for towing one of the EYC’s Scots to the EYC on May 9.  Please show your appreciation by patronizing their storage business, Port Storage, if you can.

Thanks to Rich Bierman and to EYC member Mike Maltby of Action Electric, who installed the EYC’s crane motors.  Every fall Mike takes down the motors, performs annual maintenance, and stores the motors for us over the winter.  Every spring, together with our Dock chairs, he re-installs the motors.  Please show your appreciation by patronizing Action Electric if you are can.

Thank you to Rich Bierman and to Fred Lewis for completing multiple House and Dock projects on May 2, May 10 and May 17, including blacktopping the parking lot, installing an antenna for the EYC’s new VHF radio base station, re-installing the EYC’s public computer, improving our floating docks by adding counterweights, repairing the stair railings, remodeling the West bathroom (including installing and grouting tile, installing a new vanity, installing a new and hopefully more efficient paper towel dispenser), and for building (Rich) and sanding (Rich and Fred) two very solid new dock boxes to hold our Laser sails and Optimist rigs.  Please think of Rich and Fred next time you use any of these items, including the bathroom.

Thanks to everyone who helped on May 17 to install the floating docks, and to install new parking bumpers to keep our Flying Scots from accidentally rolling into the lake (in no particular order): Steve Sauter (who also lent his Bobcat to install parking bumpers), Fred Lewis, Rich Bierman (who also sourced the bumpers and delivered them from Green Bay using his own trailer), Brett Lecy, Rob Moore, Pete Moegenburg, Rob Cowles, Karen Classon, Jay Lott, Bill Andersen, Topher Andersen, and George Kraemer.

Thank you to Alison Tatlow, who for four years has meticulously kept the EYC’s boat titles and registrations up to date, working with the Wisconsin DNR to make sure our 44 registered boats always have a current sticker and that we have clean title to those of our boats which are required to be titled.

The EYC could not operate without the assistance of hundreds of helpers each year.  We try to thank everyone publicly, in an e-mail and / or in the Eagle’s Cry, but sometimes the list of helpers provided for publication is incomplete, or we just straight out forget someone.  If you know of someone who has helped who has not been thanked in writing, please let us know 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.