Archive for May, 2015

This Week At EYC: A Great Start to EYC Season

Friday, May 29th, 2015

What a terrific turnout we had Memorial Day weekend for the work day.  Thanks to members old and new who came out in force to get EYC ready for summer.

Upcoming Events:

Bridge Lessons:  Please note that Bridge Lessons begin the week of Monday, June 8th.  For any questions regarding Bridge, please contact Suzanne Lisle

Racing Season:  EYC’s summer racing series begin Saturday, June 13th with the Flying Scot Saturday Series, following by a Flying Scot Tuning Clinic at 12:00.  For more details about this years racing schedule, please go to  The summer racing series continues through the week of August 3rd.

EYC Sailing Lessons Begin!  Sailing Lessons Begin Monday June 15th!  Session A begins with a 2 week morning only session.  Please go to, and sign up!

First Mates:  Ladies, Don’t miss out on the First Mates coffee Monday, June 15th. This is a great way to catch up with friends old and new and to catch up on events at EYC.  We look forward to seeing you there!

The Spring cleanup was an outstanding success this year on a beautiful day in Ephraim. So much was accomplished by so many helpful volunteers!  Some of the participants were (we sincerely hope we did not miss anyone):

Fred Lewis, Sue Lewis, Rich Bierman, Dick Bierman, Bjorn Hooper, Rob Cowles, Bill Andersen, Heather Andersen,  Gordon Rowley, Kim Miller, Judy Cloninger, Brian Ritter, Deanna Peterson, John Peterson, Isak Peterson, Stefan Peterson, Jodi Hoyerman, Eric Hoyerman, Rick Hoyerman, Steve Sauter, Sibylle Tasker, Skip Tasker, Sophie Tasker, Steven Richter, Sydney Richter, Stephanie Richter ,Eric Richter, Graham Glau, Joy Glau, Rob Moore, Sherry Moore, Christine Bridenhagen, Keith Bridenhagen, Joel Dykman, Ally Dykman, Delaney Dykman, Topher Andersen, George Kraemer, AJ Demarinis, Jay Lott, Mike Callahan, Mike Faugust, Matt Smith, Kirk Brown, Robert Ziegler, Barb Ziegler, Zac Aasen, Laura O’Rourke, Jack O’Rourke

· Mike Maltby and Rex Kahr delivered and installed the motors for the cranes on Friday (every year Mike and Rich take down the motors, store them and put them back up. This work extends the life of our lift motors tremendously).
· Rich Bierman connected the wiring for the crane motors on Monday
· Rich and Karen Bierman donated a vacuum cleaner to the EYC on Friday.
· Jack and Laura O’Rourke purchased the food for Saturday’s cookout
· Joel Dykman cleaned the grills and the most important job of the day- did the cooking.

Fyr Bal weekend is June 19-21st.  Please join the many activities that weekend.

Saturday, June 20th

Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-10:30

Fyr Bal Regatta 9:00

EYC Open House 1:30-3:30

Fyr Bal Cookout 6:00 pm.  Please come join the fun as we watch bonfires and fireworks.. Bring your own meat and a dish to pass.

What a club of volunteers we have!  Thanks to all who helped out in the last month to get the club ready for summer and sailing!  We look forward to seeing you on the dock or on the water in the near future.


This Week at EYC: Memorial Day Weekend.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

In this message:  Lesson Sign Up, Saturday, May 23rd work day, Racing Schedule, Fyr Bal Weekend Activities.

Already, there have been many hands at EYC getting ready for the 2015 season.  We look forward to seeing you at EYC soon!

EYC Sailing Lesson Opportunities:  Yes, It is already Memorial Day Weekend! Its a great time to sign up for sailing classes.. for you and your children! 

Women’s Sailing Class (July 20-24) will focus on Beginner and Intermediate skills. This would be the perfect way to brush up and prepare for the Women’s Regatta on July 28. Enroll the kids in afternoon lessons and enjoy a week on the water yourself!

Optimist Clinics (July 9 & 10) Do you have a Beginner or Intermediate sailor in the family? Take advantage of Bobby Collins’ excellent coaching in these two day clinics. Session B Beginner lessons will end on Wednesday, July 8, to allow students to attend this clinic. It is the ideal preparation for the annual Optimist Regatta, which will follow on July 11 & 12. No membership is required for this clinic, so it would be perfect for visiting friends.

Adventure Sailing This new class will feature destination sails in Eagle Harbor. Open to ages 7-17 and all skill levels, it is designed for siblings, cousins and visiting friends who want to sail together. Think hybrid of lesson sessions and Junior Activities. Four one week sessions in July and August.

Powerboat Skills Do you have a teen interested in working at the EYC in the future? Our own Roger Waleffe is a newly qualified US Powerboating Instructor. He will be teaching students the basics of powerboat skills and safety. These skills are a pre-requisite for employment at the EYC.

Please visit the Education page at for more details on these classes, as well as registration links. Please contact Liz Gheorghita at with questions.

Spring Clean up- Clubhouse opening.   Saturday, May 23rd. 9:00 am sharp!

We look forward to  Spring Clean Up day on Saturday, May 23rd starting at 9am sharp!  Please come help get the club ready for summer.  Gardening, cleaning and boat moving are just some of the chores to be done.  Picnic to follow, please bring a side and beverage.  Burgers and Dogs  will be provided.
Thanks to EYC volunteers, the first step of Spring Clean Up has been completed! We have removed the floating piers, hanging platforms and winter storage racks from the area. Thanks to Steve Sauter and his team for removing the floating piers on Thursday! And, thanks to Sibylle Tasker, Heather Andersen, Topher Andersen, Bjorn Hooper, Jim Nelson, Matt (Smitty) Smith, Kim Miller and Fred Lewis for spending last Saturday morning on the dock moving 420s and associated equipment, and removing the hanging platforms and storage racks! We had a beautiful morning on the dock with sunshine, very light winds and great temperatures! The floating piers and hanging platforms are not needed this season because of the higher water levels. This is just the beginning though.  We’ll see you this Saturday morning to finish up the task!

Club Racing Series. 

Races begin Saturday, June 13th with Flying Scot races at 9:00 am.   Flying Scots race Saturday at 9:00 and Monday at 5:00

Lasers will race on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 and on Saturday at 1:00. This change is not reflected in the EYC’s annual Schedule printed in your Membership Directory. 

Optimists will race on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:00 , and Sunday mornings at 9:00

420s will race on Friday at 5:00 and  Sunday at 1:00.

For complete details on EYC club series races, EYC racers and parents of racers are urged to read the EYC’s 2015 Notices of Race and Sailing Instructions, available at


Fyr Bal Weekend. 

Fyr Bal weekend is June 19-21st.  Here are a few activities to look forward to:

Fyr Bal  Breakfast- Saturday, June 20th 7:30
Please attend the Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast on June 20 between 7:30 and 10:30 AM at the Ephraim Village Hall. We need volunteers to help run the Pancake Breakfast! If you can help out for a few hours as a server, cook’s helper, door person, or otherwise, please contact event chair Jay Lott Volunteers get a free breakfast!

Fyr Bal  Regatta- 9:00am  ( and Saturday Flying Scot Races)

EYC Open House- 1:30-3:30 pm

Fyr Bal Cookout- 6:00 pm

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for more info on EYC.


EYC Pre-Season Announcements.

Friday, May 15th, 2015

With Memorial Day Weekend just 7 days away, its time to start thinking about your summer at EYC!! 4 important announcements for EYC Members:

We are looking forward to the start of EYC club series racing in just a month! New in 2015: Lasers will race on Tuesday evenings (at the same time as Optimists, with a separate course) and on Saturday afternoons, but not on Sunday afternoons. This change is NOT reflected in the EYC’s annual Schedule printed in your Membership Directory.
As in 2014, Optimists will race on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday mornings. 420s will race on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Flying Scots will race on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Racing begins Saturday, June 13th.



May 23 Opening WORK DAY. All EYC members are requested and encouraged to help open the EYC beginning at 9:00 AM sharp on Saturday, May 23. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and to meet new friends! Among other things we will be removing boats and equipment from winter storage, installing ladders and dock boxes, and cleaning the house and dock. Most projects should be finished before noon. There are jobs for people of all ages, ability, and strength. Join us for Burgers and Brats after as our thank you for your help.

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 year over 50 EYC members helped open the EYC. Please help us exceed that number this year!



Please attend the Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast on June 20 between 7:30 and 10:30 AM at the Ephraim Village Hall, to benefit the EYC! Bring your friends too! The menu will feature the traditional all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. The Pancake Breakfast is a great way to start your Fyr Bal day in the company of friends and family at a scenic and central location.

We need volunteers to help run the Pancake Breakfast! If you can help out for a few hours as a server, cook’s helper, door person, or otherwise, please contact event chair Jay Lott- Volunteers get a free breakfast!


AARON R MOORE SCHOLARSHIP GALA UPDATE:  Thanks again to the Moore Family for their work on the amazing Gala on April 29th.  Together with associated donations, the 2015 Aaron R Moore Gala netted over $15,000 for EYC Scholarships.  These funds will pay for current scholarships, and will help build the endowment to pay for future scholarships.

The third annual Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fundraiser was a huge success! EYC members, guests, friends, and supporters gathered at the Lake Forest Club in Lake Forest on April 25 for an evening of South Pacific inspired fun. Dressed in festive Hawaiian attire, partiers enjoyed an evening of South Pacific music and drumming, an amazing array of Polynesian food, Pina Coladas, Mai Tai’s and over 75 auction and raffle items to bid on. The evening was topped off by a 45 min. floor- show of authentically costumed dancers performing dances from Hawaii, Polynesia and Samoa. Guests were able to bid on over 75 silent auction and raffle items.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all who attended, all who bid on the silent auction, bought raffle tickets, all who helped and all who donated! This event would not have been possible without you!

Check out the EYC Facebook page for photos from this event.  Additionally, find out about the EYC staff this summer on Facebook!  See the link below to connect to Facebook.

Finally- Don’t forget to sign up for Sailing Lessons!! In 2015 there are new classes for both youth and adult.  Remember that you can always coordinate  private lessons if your schedule does not align with the EYC lesson calendar! Go to and click on  lesson signup to get started.





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.