Archive for June, 2014

Ice Cream Social Friday July 4

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The EYC’s ICE CREAM SOCIAL begins at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 4 at the EYC. The EYC provides the ice cream, you bring a topping and your appetite. Members and guests of all ages are invited.

If you have family friends with children who might want to join the EYC, bring them to the Ice Cream Social – it’s a great introduction to what the EYC is all about!

Also, remember the EYC has three gas grills for free member use. Friday evening 420 races will take place as usual.  You can race, or grill and watch races, and then get some ice cream!

Please, no dogs at this event.  Another FREE party from the EYC!

Enroll now! Team Racing clinic July 12-13

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

The EYC is offering a 2-day Team Racing clinic on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13.  A 2012 Olympic sailor will be one of the instructors!

ADVANCE SIGN UP IS REQUIRED.  You can sign up now at http://eyc.org/2014/03/22/team-racing-clinic-july-12-13/

The clinic will serve as an introduction to team racing and will include approximately 12 hours of instruction. For students who may wish to race in high school or college, this clinic will provide a useful introduction to team racing, which is common at those levels.

The clinic is open to students ages 12 through 21. EYC membership is not required in order to enroll in this clinic. To enroll in the team racing clinic, students enrolled in the EYC lesson program must be eligible to enroll in the EYC’s Advanced or Racing lesson levels; non-EYC students must be proficient in sailing a 420 or similar boat.

The clinic will be led by Bobby Collins and Scott Flanigan.

Bobby is the current Sailing Director at the Chicago Yacht Club and previously was the CYC’s head coach. A native of Ireland, Bobby has competed in championship level dinghy racing worldwide, and has over ten years experience as a professional sailing coach. Most recently he coached the Northwestern University Sailing Team to qualify for the college team racing national championships.

Scott is a sailing instructor at the Chicago Yacht Club. He represented Ireland in the 470 class at the 2012 Olympic games.

The clinic price of $132 includes instruction, use of EYC boats, lunch and beverages Saturday and Sunday, and a textbook. Enrollment is limited to only 18 students.

TEAM RACING Q & A

Q: What is “team racing?”

A: Team racing is an awesomely fun game played in sailboats, which grows in popularity each year, especially among high school and college racers. Two teams (usually with three boats on each team) sail around a short race course. The object isn’t to finish first in your own boat. Rather, the object is to make your team’s combined finishes better than the combined finishes of the other team. Your team can win without one of your boats finishing first.

Q: What’s different about team racing, compared with regular fleet racing?

A: Team racing places less emphasis on straight-line boatspeed, and more emphasis on tactics, boathandling, rules knowledge, and of course, teamwork. You don’t have to be the fastest sailor on the course to help your team win!

Q: Why is team racing so much fun?

A: Team racing involves a lot of short course racing, with many tacks, jibes, mark roundings and other maneuvers in each race. It’s non-stop action! Most of the tactics involve hindering the other team, which is always fun. And, if your team does not win, there is another race starting in a few minutes, so you always have another chance.

Q: Will team racing help my regular fleet racing skills?

A: Yes. The boathandling, rules and tactics learned in team racing will improve your fleet racing results, too.

Q: Will the EYC offer team racing opportunities outside this clinic?

A: The EYC will include team racing in its Racing class curriculum. Students who attend the Team Racing clinic will be able to further develop their Team Racing skills in the Racing class.

This week at the EYC June 28 – July 6

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The EYC needs to borrow a Laser, for use in our Laser clinic on July 10-11.  We only need to borrow the hull, not the rig, sail or blades.  If you have a Laser hull you can lend to the EYC on July 10-11, please contact dockside@eyc.org

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The EYC kicks into high gear this week – it’s peak summer time!  In addition to all the EYC activities of sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, racing, sunning, swimming, lessons, ping-pong, bridge, bunco, four-square, picnicking, and just hanging, here’s what’s going on this week:

The FAMILY REGATTA will be raced in Flying Scots, as part of the regular Saturday Flying Scot races, on the morning of June 28.  Boat draw 9:00 A.M., first warning signal 10:00 A.M.  For more information, including eligibility for Family Regatta prizes, see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing

The EYC’s free OPENING SOCIAL begins at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 28. 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.

The DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION C LESSONS is noon on Sunday, June 29.  Session C lessons are offered in the morning and in the afternoon, Monday through Friday, from June 30 through July 11.  For more information, and to register, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY on July 2 will be a four square tournament at the EYC beginning at 5 P.M. Championship eligibility is limited to those who have completed first grade through age 15.  A champion ages 16 and older (including parents) will be crowned in a separate tournament beginning at 6:00 P.M. Sign up at the EYC beginning Friday, June 27. Each participant should bring $3 to cover snacks and prizes. Wear closed-toe shoes.

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on July 3 will be a bike ride through Peninsula State Park, beginning at the EYC at 5:00 P.M., stopping at Not Licked Yet in Fish Creek for food and/or custard, and returning to the EYC. Bring your own bike, money for food, and a water bottle. Wear a helmet and closed-toe shoes. Participants must have completed eighth grade.

EYC members with boats of all sizes and types are invited to RAFT UP AND PICNIC to watch the fireworks at Egg Harbor on Thursday, July 3. We will meet beginning around 6:00 P.M.  BYO food, beverages, lots of fenders, and all your Coast Guard-required gear.  Look for the Peterson’s Charrette, a white sailboat displaying the EYC burgee. The Petersons have a grill for shared use, and condiments, spices and cooking utensils.  The Petersons also have some space on their boat for those who don’t have a boat. For more information, contact EYC Cruising chairman John Peterson (414) 581-0792.

The ICE CREAM SOCIAL begins at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 4 at the EYC.  The EYC  provides the ice cream, you bring a topping and your appetite.

EYC members with boats of all sizes and types are invited to RAFT UP AND PICNIC to watch the fireworks at Fish Creek on Saturday, July 5. We will meet beginning around 6:00 P.M.  BYO food, beverages, lots of fenders, and all your Coast Guard-required gear.  Look for the Peterson’s Charrette, a white sailboat displaying the EYC burgee. The Petersons have a grill for shared use, and condiments, spices and cooking utensils.  The Petersons also have some space on their boat for those who don’t have a boat. For more information, contact EYC Cruising chairman John Peterson (414) 581-0792.

Opening Social Saturday June 28

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Be sure to come to the EYC’s FREE Opening Social this Saturday, June 28, beginning at 6:00 P.M.

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 to invite a  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 one of the EYC’s newest boats, 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.

Please welcome these new EYC members (since August 31, 2013):

Roarty, Tim and Holly

Crowe, Elliott

Keepper, Kevin and Lindsay

Scattergood, Alison

Hoffmann, Michael and Lynn

Bungener, Will and Leah

Vail, Walter and Kathleen

Presti, Marylee and Mark

Gimelli, Giorgio and Ellie

Mann, Randi and Jeff

Lokun, Julie and Russel

Knight, Sara and Colin

Gebauer, Anthony and Renee

Mortara, Justin and Susanna

Smith, John and Dyan

Saccaro, Jane and Jay

Roza, Marguerite and Scott

Brooke, Nadine and Jim

Covert, George and Laurie

Neavolls, Jennifer

Kane, Kevin and Nancy

Miller, Dennis and Kathleen

Wegman, Richard

Wise, Karl and Jane

Gilson, Lynne and Joel

Rowings, James and LaDona

Bartlett, Gary and Andrea

 

Swim safely at the EYC

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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 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.

Diving is prohibited.  The water is too shallow and diving is too dangerous.  Also, do not jump off the pier near the ladders and hanging walkways.

In summary, while the EYC allows swimming, 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.

Parking Q and A (with Harrison Ford)

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

The EYC has only three parking spaces.  The EYC has almost 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 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 post 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 grumpy voice like Harrison Ford when asked whether Han Solo can beat up James T. Kirk] 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 tinderbox and a dead possum.

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.

Fyr Bal pancake breakfast TOMORROW, Saturday June 21

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The EYC will host Ephraim’s Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast tomorrow, Saturday, June 21 at the Ephraim Village Hall, beginning at 7:30 AM through 10:30 AM.

Please attend and invite all your friends! The breakfast is open to all!

The menu includes all you can eat pancakes by chef Todd Bennett of the Chef’s Hat Cafe, sausages, coffee and juice. Admission costs just $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  No advance reservations are necessary, but get there early to avoid the line!

Catch up with all your EYC friends at this early-season social event.  There will be door prizes given away every 15 minutes, too!

Proceeds from the event benefit EYC sailing lesson scholarships.  See you there!

We could still use a few more volunteers for this event.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact dockside@eyc.org

This week at the EYC June 21-29

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

PLEASE LEND YOUR PFDS TO THE EYC.  The EYC needs to borrow approximately 30 adult-sized life jackets (PFDs) for use for use in giving free sailboat rides during our membership open house on Saturday, June 21.  Please help by lending some PFDs to the EYC.  Just write your name on each PFD in permanent marker, drop off your PFDs at the EYC prior to 2:00 PM Saturday, and pick them up any time after 4:30 PM Saturday.  Thanks!

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Summer officially begins this week, with the solstice!  Here’s what’s happening at the EYC:

Saturday, June 21 is EPHRAIM’S FYR BAL FESTIVAL.  The EYC has a full day of events planned:

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. 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, which will also be scored as part of the normal Saturday Flying Scot series.  Boat draw 9:00 A.M., first warning signal 10:00 A.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 some 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.  Another FREE party at the EYC!

EYC ladies and their guests are invited to participate in an ART GALLERY TOUR BY TROLLEY on the evening of Wednesday, June 25.  The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the EYC with appetizers and adult beverages.  The trolley will depart at 5:30 to visit three galleries, with artist’s tours.  Return to the EYC to watch the sunset at 8:00 p.m.  Cost is $75 per person.  This event benefits the EYC’s Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund. Seats are very limited and advance sign up is required.  To sign up contact Heather Andersen heather@brecklodge.com

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY on June 25 will be mini golf at the Red Putter.  Drop off at the Red Putter at 5:00 PM, pick up at 6:30 PM.  Bring enough money for each child to pay greens fees. Participants must have completed first grade.  Sign up on the poster at the EYC beginning Friday, June 20. Questions? Contact event chair Jeanne Papenthien jeannepap@me.com

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on June 26 will be bowling and pizza at the Sister Bay Bowl, beginning at 5:00 PM and lasting until 7:00 PM.  Bring $10 to cover the cost of pizza and bowling. Participants must have completed 8th grade.  Sign up on the poster at the EYC beginning Friday, June 20.

The FAMILY REGATTA will be raced in Flying Scots, as part of the normal Saturday Flying Scot races, on the morning of June 28.  Boat draw 9:00 A.M., first warning signal 10:00 A.M.  For more information, including eligibility for Family Regatta prizes, see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing

The EYC’s free OPENING SOCIAL begins at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 28. 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.  Another FREE EYC PARTY!

The DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION C LESSONS is noon on Sunday, June 29.  Session C lessons are offered in the morning and in the afternoon, Monday through Friday, from June 30 through July 11.  For more information, and to register, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

Volunteers needed Thursday, Saturday

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The EYC needs eight or nine strong volunteers on the evening of Thursday, June 19, to flip over a Flying Scot. Our expert volunteer boat painter, Mike Callahan, needs to get to the other side of the boat.  The flipping will take place at 8:00 PM at Port Storage in Jacksonport.  It should take less than ten minutes.  If you can be there, be sure to email dockside@eyc.org

We also need a few volunteers who are personable and knowledgeable about the EYC to help lead tours during our open house on Saturday, June 21 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.  If you would like to help greet or lead tours please contact dockside@eyc.org

Thanks for helping!

Pancake Breakfast Saturday June 21

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The EYC will host Ephraim’s Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 21 at the Ephraim Village Hall.  Please attend and invite all your friends.  The breakfast is open to all!  The breakfast takes place from 7:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

The menu includes all you can eat pancakes by chef Todd Bennett of the Chef’s Hat Cafe, sausages, coffee and juice. Admission costs just $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  No advance reservations are necessary, but get there early to avoid the line!

Catch up with all your EYC friends at this early-season social event.  There will be door prizes given away every 15 minutes, too!

Proceeds from the event benefit EYC sailing lesson scholarships.  See you there!

We could still use a few more volunteers for this event.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact 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.