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EYC thank-yous

July 23rd, 2014

From time to time we publicly thank those who have helped the EYC by volunteering their time or otherwise.  The EYC relies on the thousands of hours of volunteer time donated by members and friends each year. You help make the EYC special!

Thank you to Alison Tatlow, who four years ago took over the job of EYC boat registration and boat title manager. At the time our registrations were in disarray, and many of our boats were not correctly registered or titled. Alison straightened everything out and has kept our registrations up to date each season since. She’s gone the extra mile for the EYC, and her work here is done, as she would say if she were the hero of a western movie. The EYC needs a new boat registration manager. If you are detail-oriented, you might be the perfect person for this volunteer job. Interested? Contact dockside@eyc.org

Thank you to Steve and Jessica Sauter who provided soft drinks for the competitor / parent picnic for the Rich Hall Junior Regatta on July 20, through their business e-tailer, inc.

Thank you to David Rack of Door County Kayak Tours in Fish Creek, who donated a used Laser sailboat to the EYC.

Thank you to Rex Kahr, who picked up an EYC powerboat at the repair shop and launched it so it could get back into service at the EYC.

Thank you to Steve and Jessica Sauter who provided chips, water, soft drinks and desserts for all the sailor lunches for our two clinics on July 10 through July 13, through their business e-tailer, inc.  Thank you to John Welch who hosted our two visiting clinic instructors in his perfectly located cottage across the street from the EYC, and who hosted a Friday evening cookout for all the Laser clinic participants and their parents.  Thank you to John Murphy who gave clinic instructor Scott Flanigan a ride to Ephraim from Milwaukee.  Thank you to Jay Lott, Linda Carey, Laura O’Rourke, Jessica Sauter, and Linda Franczyk, who provided food and and beverages.  Thank you to First First Mate Laura O’Rourke for coordinating the lunch volunteers.  You helped make these clinics educational, fun and memorable for EYC sailors and guests!

Thank you to all of those who helped with the Ice Cream Social on July 4: Event chairs Jessica and Steve Sauter (who also provided the ice cream through their business icecreamsource.com), Brett Lecy, Katy Lecy, Norma Hager, Jen Neavolls, John Peterson, Deanna Peterson, Matt Smith and Nick Gheorghita.

Thank you to all who helped with the Opening Social on June 28: event co-chairs Susie Berg and Linda Franczyk, and Leslie Harsch, Joan Heelan, Marsella Fults, Debby Heidler, John Birkenbine, Tim Fults, Phil Tatlow, John Franczyk, and Joani Lewis.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the EYC’s first annual Fyr Bal pancake breakfast (list provided by event chair John Welch) (in no particular order):  Diane Taillon, Rob Moore, Sherry Moore, Jeff Stone, Jay Lott, Susan Reynolds-Smith, Jennifer Neavolls, Skip Heidler, Debra Heidler, Gretchen Meilinger, Jenny Miller, Nancy Treleven, Rob Treleven, Laura O’Rourke, Jack O’Rourke, Randi Mann, Jeff Mann, Laurie Covert, Chris Covert, Claire Bierman, Dick Bierman, Sandra Annoye, Marianne Roppuld, Betsy Steel, Joan Heeland, Paul Roppuld, Kay Nelson, Barb Wahl, Deanna Peterson, Jeanne Papenthien, Joel Dykman, Stephanie Richter, Jessica Sauter, Mary Gantz, and Marsella Fults.  Thank you to Steve Sauter and Erica Heidler for loaning a TV and a computer to play our promotional slide show.  The breakfast netted more than $1100 for the EYC’s Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund!

Special thanks to chef Todd Bennett of the Chef’s Hat Cafe.  Todd donated his time and his restaurant’s facilities to cook this delicious pancake breakfast, and donated a discount Chef’s Hat breakfast coupon to every pancake customer.  The Chef’s Hat is currently rated the best restaurant in Ephraim on Yelp.  If you have not tried it already, stop by sometime for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the EYC’s first membership open house on Saturday, June 21. We showed a slide show, provided refreshments, and gave tours and free sailboat rides.  We generated two new members and several lesson enrollments!  Event chair Jay Lott; food and beverage providers Kathy Pentler, Barb Zeigler and Jodi Hoyerman; PFD providers Steve and Jessica Sauter, Jennifer Neavolls, Joani Lewis, John Peterson, Deanna Peterson and Jay Lott; and guides and greeters Duska Pearson, Marsella Fults, Joani Lewis, Jodi Hoyerman, John Peterson, Deanna Peterson, Deb Ritter, Marv Ritter, and Laura O’Rourke.

Thank you to our expert boat painting volunteer, Mike Callahan.  Every off-season for the past three years Mike has painted one of our Flying Scots to make it look better than new.  The Scot Free, the Milton, and now McLal’s Single Malt look great thanks to Mike!  Also thank you to Bill and Heather Andersen, who provide indoor heated working space for Mike, at their business Port Storage in Jacksonport.  If you are looking for winter storage for your boat, or other storage space, please consider Port Storage. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped flip over McLal’s Single Malt on Thursday, June 19, so that Mike could paint the other side of it (in no particular order):  Will Gheorghita, Radu Gheorghita, Edward Gheorghita, Nick Gheorghita, Jay Lott, Steve Sauter (who also brought along a crew of three warehousemen from his business), Bill Andersen and Will Andersen.  Thank you to Jay Lott for working with our boat maintenance manager, Hans Ribbens, to paint the final layer of nonskid.

Thank you to everyone who helped open the EYC on Saturday, May 24 (in no particular order): Jack O’Rourke, Laura O’Rourke, J.R. O’Rourke, Jay Lott, Rich Bierman, Fred Lewis, Sue Lewis, Rex Kahr, Gary Moore, Bob Richter, Stephanie Richter, Steven Richter, Sydney Richter, Ian Leonard, Morgan Dykman, Abby Dykman, Brian Ritter, Carrie Ritter, Rob Moore, Roger Waleffe, Sherry Moore, Rob Cowles, Jim Nelson, Bob Schmidt, Laird Hart, George Carey, Linda Carey, Randi Mann, Jeff Mann, Isak Peterson, Stefan Peterson, John Peterson, Deanna Peterson, Ted Lott, Sue Zingsheim, Adele Gruner, Woody Heidler, Erica Heidler, Micheal Faugust, Suzanne Lisle, Paul Heim, Rob Treleven, Britt Maltby, Marshall Maltby, Kevin Kane, Gordon Rowley.

While we try to thank everyone at some point, we don’t thank everyone in every “thank-you” e-mail. Nor do we always try to thank Board members, officers, or Committee chairs for their normal duties, which often take place behind the scenes, and which are so numerous, varied and constant that to thank them would require the killing of too many digital trees.  Next time you see a Board member, officer, or Committee chair, please thank them for their efforts on behalf of the EYC.

And, sometimes we forget someone, or someone just falls through the cracks.  If you know of someone who has volunteered for the EYC and has not been thanked either in an e-mail or in the Eagle’s Cry, please let us know at dockside@eyc.org

Enroll now in Session E lessons!

July 21st, 2014

The EYC’s lesson Session E is filling up fast!  Enroll now before your preferred level and time are full!

Session E junior group sailing lessons begin Monday, July 28 and run through Friday, August 8.  Lessons are offered in both the morning and the afternoon.

For students who are currently enrolled in Session D lessons and who are not sure for which level they will be eligible in Session E, just enroll in your current level.  If you are promoted, the EYC will make sure there is room for you in the next higher level.

For more information about EYC junior group sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

Questions?  Contact EYC Education committee chair Jay Lott education@eyc.org

109th annual Ephraim Regatta!

July 19th, 2014

The 109th annual Ephraim Regatta will take place on August 1-2-3.  The Ephraim Regatta is always an EYC season highlight for racers and non-racers alike.  This year’s Ephraim Regatta will be one of the largest Flying Scot regattas in the United States, and will feature TWO parties!

Racers, be sure to register and pay by July 27 in order to receive your $10 early registration discount. Discounts are also available for skippers 18 and under ($15) and for US SAILING members ($5).  REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW.  To view the Notice of Race and to register, go to www.eyc.org/racing

The DEADLINE FOR QUALIFIED EYC MEMBERS TO ENTER THE DRAWING to use an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Ephraim Regatta is 5:00 PM on Friday, July 25.  You must have an EYC Skipper’s License to enter this drawing. To see the list of persons holding a Skipper’s License, go to www.eyc.org/member-info.  To enter the drawing, send an e-mail to dockside@eyc.org by 5:00 PM on July 25 stating your name and that you wish to enter the drawing to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Ephraim Regatta.  Drawing winners will be notified of the boat and sails they drew, by e-mail not later than July 26.

The REGATTA WELCOME PARTY will take place on Friday August 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Olga Dana Green (the park across the street from the EYC).  All EYC members and friends, and regatta competitors and their families, are invited to this casual party. The menu is pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad and cookies. Soft drinks are included in admission price / BYO adult beverage. $10 ages 11 and up, $5 age 10 and under — pay at the head of the food line.

RACING BEGINS at 11:00 AM on Saturday and 10:00 AM on Sunday.  Spectators are encouraged to watch from the EYC’s pier and on the water.  Waterborne spectators, please observe good race spectator etiquette — for details click here.

The LEGENDARY BRATFEST starts at 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 2.  $13 adults, $6 children 11 and under (children 5 and under are free). Famous grilled brats, grill-roasted sweet corn on the cob, beer and soft drinks, volleyball, music, and great company.   Hosted by the Klein family.  Location: 3282 Gibraltar Road, Fish Creek, WI.  Directions from the EYC:  South on Hwy. 42 to intersection with Maple Grove Road.  Left (east) on Maple Grove to intersection with Gibraltar Road.  Right on Gibraltar Road to 3282.  Look for the flags on the side of the road.

WE STILL NEED A FEW VOLUNTEERS to drive safety boats and tow boats, and to serve on mark boats and other race committee boats.  If you would like to volunteer please contact dockside@eyc.org

We are trying to get as many BOATS ON THE LINE as possible.  If you know a person with a Flying Scot who will not be racing it in the Ephraim Regatta and may be willing to loan it to a responsible, out-of-town Flying Scot skipper, please contact Ephraim Regatta Co-Chair Nancy Claypool nclaypool@stonepigman.com or (504) 593-0875.

This week at the EYC July 18-27

July 17th, 2014

In addition to all the usual sailing, swimming and socializing, here’s what’s happening at the EYC this week:

MEN’S NIGHT ON THE DOCK is Friday, July 18.  EYC Men are invited to arrive in time to sail in (or watch) the evening 420 races.  As the women and juniors depart after the races, EYC Men will remain to enjoy various grilled meats, liquid refreshments, and cigars (all BYO).  The EYC’s no-smoking rule is lifted for the duration of this event, outdoors only.

The annual RICH HALL JUNIOR REGATTA will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, in Laser Radials and 420s.  Competitors must be at least 12 years old and not older than 17.  The drawing for the use of an EYC-owned boat is at 1:00 PM on Saturday, and races start at 2:15 PM.  The first race on Sunday starts at 9:00 AM.  There is a free awards picnic for competitors and parents after the racing, around noon on Sunday.  The EYC will provide burgers, brats, hot dogs and soft drinks.  There is no fee to compete in the Rich Hall Junior Regatta.  For more information see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing

Because of the Rich Hall Junior Regatta, the LASER RACES normally scheduled for the afternoons of Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20 will not be held.  Also, the OPTIMIST RACES normally scheduled for the morning of Sunday, July 20 will be held instead in the afternoon (1:00 PM boat draw, 2:00 PM first start).

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY on July 23 will be “EYC’s Got Talent!” at the EYC.  Share your gift, like singing, dancing, skateboard, magic tricks, or musical instruments…or surprise us! Please provide your own equipment; a microphone will be provided. Warm-up and preview from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM.   Parents are encouraged to attend beginning at 6:00 PM. All acts must be family friendly. Dessert will be served after the winners are announced.  Wednesday Junior Activities are limited to participants who have finished first grade. Questions?  Contact EYC Youth Activities chair Duska Pearson duskapearson@mac.com

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on July 24 will be games at Johnson Park in Sister Bay from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Meet at Johnson Park; bring cash for go-carts, batting cages, jumpy house and video games. Sign up on the poster at the EYC.  Thursday Teen Activities are limited to participants who have finished eighth grade. Questions?  Contact EYC Youth Activities chair Duska Pearson duskapearson@mac.com

The DEADLINE FOR QUALIFIED EYC MEMBERS TO ENTER THE DRAWING to use an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Ephraim Regatta is 5:00 PM on Friday, July 25.  You must have an EYC Skipper’s License to enter this drawing. To see the list of persons holding a Skipper’s License, go to www.eyc.org/member-info.  To enter the drawing, send an e-mail to dockside@eyc.org by 5:00 PM on July 25 stating your name and that you wish to enter the drawing to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Ephraim Regatta.  Drawing winners will be notified of the boat and sails they drew, by e-mail not later than July 26.

The rescheduled FYR BAL REGATTA will take place as part of the normal Saturday Flying Scot races on July 26.  Drawing for qualified members to use an EYC-owned Scot at 9:00 AM, first race at 10:00 AM.

The EYC’s FLYING SCOT FLEET 44 WILL MEET at noon on Saturday, July 26, at the EYC.  All EYC Flying Scot sailors, and persons interested in improving our Flying Scot fleet, are invited to attend, regardless of whether you own a Flying Scot.  Pizza will be served!  The meeting will also include a debrief of that morning’s Fyr Bal Regatta. For more information contact Fleet 44 Captain Jennifer Ikeda Faugust ikedaj@hotmail.com or see http://www.scribd.com/doc/232734056/Flying-Scot-Fleet-44-meeting-July-26-2014

The EPHRAIM OPTIMIST REGATTA will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, for juniors who have not yet reached their 16th birthday by July 1, 2014.  The drawing for the use of an EYC-owned Optimist is at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, and races start at 2:00 P.M.  The first race on Sunday starts at 10:00 A.M. and the regatta should be completed by around noon.

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN LESSON SESSION E is noon on Sunday, July 27.  Session E lessons are offered in both the morning and the afternoon, Monday through Friday, from July 28 through August 8. For more information about EYC sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN ADULT BEGINNER LESSONS is noon on Sunday, July 27.  The EYC offers a one-week adult beginner group lesson from July 28 through August 1, each afternoon from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  Didn’t you always want to learn to sail?  Well, you are a member of a yacht club, so now you can! For more information, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE EPHRAIM REGATTA is July 27.  Register by that date in order to receive your $10 early registration discount. Discounts are also available for skippers 18 and under ($15) and for US SAILING members ($5).  REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW.  To view the Notice of Race and to register, go to www.eyc.org/racing

 

 

First Mates Pot Luck Dinner Thursday July 17

July 16th, 2014

All EYC ladies are invited to the annual First Mates Pot Luck Dinner tomorrow, Thursday, July 17, beginning at 6:00 PM at Ephraim’s Village Hall.

Please bring a dish to share along with smiles and good cheer.

BYOB; water will be provided.

Questions?  Contact event co-chairs Donna Scattergood donna.scattergood@gmail.com or Jenny Miller jennymill@new.rr.com

Flying Scot Fleet 44 lunch meeting July 26

July 14th, 2014

All EYC Flying Scot sailors are invited to a lunch meeting of our Flying Scot Fleet 44 on Saturday, July 26, at noon at the EYC.  You do not have to own a Flying Scot to attend.  Pizza will be served!

At the meeting, we will attempt to refine the priorities and focus of our Flying Scot fleet.  We are fortunate that the EYC provides excellent facilities, equipment and race management. However, we believe we can further develop our Flying Scot racing and sailing skills, and fleet camaraderie.

The meeting will also include a debrief of the Fyr Bal regatta from top finishers.

For more information, contact Fleet Captain Jennifer Ikeda Faugust at ikedaj@hotmail.com  920.724.1771, or see http://www.scribd.com/doc/232734056/Flying-Scot-Fleet-44-meeting-July-26-2014

The EYC’s porch and Trophy Room are reserved for the use of Fleet 44 during this meeting.

Upcoming Regattas

July 12th, 2014

EYC racing sailors, be sure to save time on your calendars for these 2014 EYC regattas:

The Rich Hall Junior Regatta will be held on the weekend of July 19-20.  This regatta is held in both Laser Radials and 420s and is open to sailors age 12-17.

The Fyr Bal Regatta, not held on June 21 due to weather, has been rescheduled to the morning of July 26 as part of the regular Saturday Flying Scot series.

The Ephraim Optimist Regatta (July 26-27) is open to sailors who have not yet turned 16 as of July 1, 2014.

The Women’s Regatta is the evening of July 29.  Female sailors of any age can compete.

And of course the 109th annual Ephraim Regatta, with TWO fun parties for sailors and non-sailors alike, is the weekend of August 1-2-3.

For more details on each, see the Notices of Race at www.eyc.org/racing

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Congrats to Roger, Derek, and Wally Waleffe, who won the EYC’s Family Regatta on June 28.  Second were Jason and Kirk Brown, and third were Stefan and Deanna Peterson.  It was close racing, with the top three Family Regatta boats each separated by a single point!  Complete Family Regatta results are available at www.eyc.org/racing

This week at the EYC July 12-20

July 10th, 2014

In addition to the creation of lifelong happy memories, here’s what’s happening at the EYC this week:

The TEAM RACING CLINIC takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13.  A 2012 Olympic sailor will help lead the clinic!  A few enrollment slots remain for sailors age 12-21.  Advance enrollment is required.  For more information about this very cool and fun variation on sailboat racing, and to enroll, see http://eyc.org/2014/03/22/team-racing-clinic-july-12-13/ The Trophy Room will be reserved for the use of the clinic on these dates.

For those not enrolled in the Team Racing clinic, all regularly scheduled EYC races will take place as usual the weekend of July 11-12-13:  420s on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, Flying Scots on Saturday morning, Lasers on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and Optimists on Sunday morning.

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN LESSON SESSION D is noon on Sunday, July 13.  Session D lessons are offered in both the morning and the afternoon, Monday through Friday, from July 14 through July 25. For more information about EYC sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN THE WOMEN’S RACING CLASS is noon on Sunday, July 13.  The Women’s Racing class will be taught from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM July 14-18.  The class is open to women age 18 and up who already have basic sailing skills and who wish to become better sailboat racers.  For more information, and to enroll go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The second FIRST MATES COFFEE begins at 9:00 AM on Monday, July 14.  All First Mates are encouraged to attend, to visit with your First Mates friends and to help plan the remaining social events of the summer.

The annual FIRST MATES POTLUCK DINNER begins at 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 17 at the Ephraim Village Hall.

MEN’S NIGHT ON THE DOCK is Friday, July 18.  EYC men can watch the evening races.  As the women and juniors depart after the races, EYC Men will gather to enjoy various grilled meats, liquid refreshments, and cigars (all BYO).  The EYC’s no-smoking rule is lifted for the duration of this event, outdoor only.

The annual RICH HALL JUNIOR REGATTA will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, in Laser Radials and 420s.  Competitors must be at least 12 years old and not yet 18.  The drawing for the use of an EYC-owned boat is at 1:00 PM on Saturday, and races start at 2:00 PM.  The first race on Sunday starts at 9:00 AM.  There will be a free awards picnic for competitors and parents following the last race on Sunday.  The EYC will provide burgers, brats, hot dogs and soft drinks.  There is no fee to compete in the Rich Hall Junior Regatta.  For more information see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing

Rapidly approaching enrollment deadlines

July 9th, 2014

The EYC offers a lot of great lessons and clinics.  Don’t miss these rapidly approaching lesson and clinic enrollment deadlines:

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN THE LASER CLINIC is midnight TONIGHT, July 9.  The Laser clinic takes place on July 10 and 11.  Two enrollment slots still remain for students who can provide their own Lasers. For more information about the Laser clinic, and to enroll, go to http://eyc.org/laser-clinic-july-10-11-2014/

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN THE TEAM RACING CLINIC is 5:00 PM on Friday, July 11.  The Team Racing clinic takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13.  A 2012 Olympic sailor will help teach the clinic!  Only six enrollment slots remain in this 18-person clinic.  Open to sailors age 12-21 who have been promoted from the EYC’s Intermediate class.  For more information about this very cool and fun variation on sailboat racing, and to enroll, see http://eyc.org/2014/03/22/team-racing-clinic-july-12-13/

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION D GROUP LESSONS is noon on Sunday, July 13.  Session D lessons are offered in both the morning and the afternoon, Monday through Friday, from July 14 through July 25. For more information about EYC sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN THE WOMEN’S RACING CLASS is noon on Sunday, July 13.  The Women’s Racing class will be taught from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM July 14-18.  The class is open to women age 18 and up who already have basic sailing skills and who wish to become better sailboat racers.  For more information, and to enroll go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The EYC teaches teens!

July 7th, 2014

Parents and grandparents, are your teens in Door County looking for something to do which is outdoors, fun and wholesome?  The EYC’s junior group sailing lessons are open to teens through age 17, of all skill levels.

Teens who enroll in the EYC’s Beginner level are split into their own class sections with other students of their age and ability level, and are taught in boats which are appropriate to their size and ability level. Teens typically learn quickly and are often promoted to the Intermediate level (taught in high performance doublehanded 420s) after just a two-week session.

Sailing is low-impact, co-ed, and social. No high level of athleticism is required. Your teens will thank you for an opportunity to make new friends while learning a skill which will pay off throughout their lives.

For more information about EYC lessons for teens, younger students, and adults, and to enroll in EYC lessons, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

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The following update is from EYC Youth Activities chair Duska Pearson:

Wednesday, July 9th.This weeks junior activity is the always popular Sailing and Goulash. Arrive at 5:15. Ends at 7:45. Sail to Nicolet Bay and help to make a delicious meal. Please bring 1 item to contribute( rice, corn, chicken and stars soup  for example) for goulash.  closed toe shoes, PDF, and $5. Please sign up by Wednesday at 12:00. Must have completed 1st grade to participate.Questions? Please contact Duska Pearson.

Thursday, July 10th- Teen Activity. Ephraim Progressive Dinner. Please meet at EYC at 5:30 with your bicycle for a night of great food and fun. Appetizers at the Gheorghita Home- Dinner and swimming at the Pyle home, and desserts at the Pearson Home. Please bring $7, bike, closed toe shoes, towel and swimsuit. Please sign up by Thursday at 12:00. Questions, contact Duska  Pearson