Dockside Blog

Freak ice shove hits EYC pier

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!

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!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. SEATS ARE LIMITED. REGISTER NOW at http://eycsailingscholarship.eventbrite.com

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 http://www.32auctions.com/EYCAaronRMoore2014  

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 dockside@eyc.org

The EYC needs another Junior Sailing Instructor

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.

TO APPLY, SEND AN E-MAIL WITH A SHORT (no more than 4 sentences) DESCRIPTION OF WHY YOU WOULD BE WELL SUITED FOR THE POSITION, STATING THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO WORK FROM JUNE 9 THROUGH AUGUST 9, AND ATTACHING YOUR RESUME, TO THE EYC PERSONNEL COMMITTEE dockside@eyc.org

 

The EYC is hiring a Race Manager

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.

TO APPLY, SEND AN E-MAIL WITH A SHORT (no more than 4 sentences) DESCRIPTION OF WHY YOU WOULD BE WELL SUITED FOR THE POSITION, STATING THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO WORK FROM JUNE 9 THROUGH AUGUST 10, AND ATTACHING YOUR RESUME, TO THE EYC PERSONNEL COMMITTEE dockside@eyc.org

Bid now in the EYC’s online auction!

April 12th, 2014

The EYC’s April 26 gala dinner in Lake Forest will feature a silent auction with more than 65 great items, including restaurant meals, spas and shopping, fishing trips, kayak trips, an Irish wool sweater, EYC logo wear, food baskets, resort stays, items for home and bath, summer cottage stays, sailing lessons with nationally renowned professionals, ice cream, and a variety of works of art.  You name it, it will be in the auction, and there will be some tremendous bargains.

SELECTED AUCTION ITEMS ARE OPEN FOR ONLINE BIDDING NOW.  You don’t have to attend the auction in order to bid on these items – you can bid on them now, online!

To bid, go to www.32auctions.com/EYCAaronRMoore2014

To learn more about the April 26 event, and to register to attend, go to http://eycsailingscholarship.eventbrite.com

Register NOW for the EYC’s Spring gala!

April 10th, 2014

The EYC’s big event of the off-season is just two weeks away!  Don’t miss this fun dinner at the Lake Forest Club on Saturday April 26.

The evening will include dinner, music, cocktails, and socializing with your EYC friends, with a Caribbean theme and steel drum music! It’s a perfect opportunity to catch up with your summer friends as summer approaches.

REGISTRATION IS ONLINE-ONLY.  SEATS ARE LIMITED.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  REGISTER NOW at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-aaron-r-moore-sailing-scholarship-fundraiser-tickets-7610777039

There will be a silent auction too, with lots of great items!

The event benefits the EYC’s Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund.  Even if you cannot attend, you can still help the EYC and the Fund by donating at www.eyc.org/donate

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, 32 students were granted sailing lesson scholarships by the EYC.

Questions? Contact dockside@eyc.org

Adult women’s racing class July 14-18

April 8th, 2014

EYC ladies, are you looking for the next level of speed and tactical knowledge that will enable you to win the Women’s Regatta, or to sail to victory in one of the EYC’s season-long racing series? The EYC has designated a course especially for you!

Enroll now in the Women’s racing class, July 14-18.  The class will be held each afternoon from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, and will be taught by the EYC’s most experienced racing instructors.  The class will focus on trim, boathandling, tactics and rules in a racing environment.  This is an intermediate to advanced level class, so to enroll, you must already possess basic sailing skills.

Enrollment is limited and advance enrollment is required.  To enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

Questions?  Contact education@eyc.org

Team racing clinic July 12-13

April 6th, 2014

The EYC is offering a 2-day team racing clinic in 420-class dinghies on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13. This clinic will be a highlight of the EYC’s 2014 sailing season.

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 18. 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 an 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.

For more information about the Team Racing clinic, and to enroll, go to http://eyc.org/2014/03/22/team-racing-clinic-july-12-13/

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 (or even second).

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.

Please donate to the EYC’s silent auction

April 4th, 2014

The EYC’s big event of the off-season is just three weeks away!  Don’t miss this fun dinner at the Lake Forest Club on April 26!

The evening will include dinner, music, cocktails, and socializing with your EYC friends, with a Caribbean theme and steel drum music! There will be a silent auction too, with lots of great items!

WE NEED MORE GREAT ITEMS FOR THE SILENT AUCTION.  PLEASE HELP.  To donate an item, please contact event chair Sherry Moore skmoore524@gmail.com.  Examples of appropriate items include works of art, (full) bottles of your favorite adult beverage, a boat or jet ski which is taking up space in your garage, a gift certificate to your favorite store or restaurant, or high-end services such as airplane rides or a week at a vacation home.  All donations are tax-deductible. The EYC will send an acknowledgment letter to every donor, and all donors will be thanked in the Eagle’s Cry.

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!

Seating is limited and advance registration is required.  Register now!  To register, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-aaron-r-moore-sailing-scholarship-fundraiser-tickets-7610777039

Questions? Contact dockside@eyc.org

Slips available for 2014

April 2nd, 2014

The EYC has 2014 dry slips and rack slots available on a first-come, first-served basis for Optimists, Lasers, 420s, Flying Scots, kayaks, paddleboards, and windsurfers.

To learn about slip and slot availability and pricing, and to lease a slip, go to www.eyc.org/slip-rental-information-and-allocation-policy

You must be an EYC member in order to lease a slip or slot.  If you have not already renewed your EYC membership for 2014, you can do so by going to www.eyc.org/membership

Questions on slip leases, or having trouble using the online slip lease system? Contact dockside@eyc.org