May 21st, 2013
All EYC members are requested and encouraged to help open the EYC at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 25.
There will be plenty of projects — including opening and cleaning the clubhouse, rigging boats and other gear, and setting up the pier — for members of all ages, abilities and strengths. Work is expected to last until around lunchtime, when everyone can catch up with friends after a long off-season.
The EYC will provide burgers and brats for those who work. BYO side dishes and beverages.
A few of us will be there before 9:00 AM, so feel free to show up earlier if you wish.
No need to RSVP, just bring yourself in work mode! Let’s see if we can break the previous record for number of helpers!
May 19th, 2013
The specific skills enabling a sailor to steer a sailboat from Point A to Point B are only a small part of what junior students learn in EYC sailing lessons.
More importantly, sailing teaches many life lessons:
- Sailing teaches students they can overcome challenges and accomplish something. Learning sailing skills boosts students’ confidence in themselves.
- Sailing teaches cooperation. Sailing a double-handed 420 or a triple-handed Flying Scot teaches students that they can accomplish more as part of team than by themselves.
- Sailing teaches self-reliance. A single junior in an Optimist or Laser, or a crew of sailors in a 420 or Flying Scot, without an instructor on board, must do themselves what’s necessary to get themselves to Point B.
- Sailing teaches sportsmanship. Almost uniquely among Olympic sports, the rules of sailboat racing are self-administered by competitors. Sailors are expected to self-penalize when they realize they have violated a rule. Sailing teaches that the right way to win is to work harder and smarter than your competitors, not to cheat.
- Sailing teaches preparation. As four-time Olympic gold medalist Paul Elvstrom said, “The champions have won the regatta before it begins.”
- Sailing teaches socialization. Junior sailors must interact with people of all ages, frequently on an equal basis as crew/skipper, or as competitors on the race course. Uniquely among major sports, sailing is intergenerational.
- Sailing teaches respect and care for the property of others — boats, sails and equipment. At the EYC, we don’t treat our gear as disposable, to be thrown away after just a few years. Every Flying Scot in the EYC’s fleet is older than every one of our instructors.
- Sailing teaches that you should never stop learning. Sailing takes so many forms, requires such diverse skills, has so many nuances, and contains so many tiers of competition, that there is always another challenge to overcome.
The best sailors in the world don’t merely know how to steer and trim sails. They are also highly skilled communicators, engineers, managers, strategists, negotiators, promoters, planners, and financiers. Each of them was once a beginner sailing student.
And of course sailing is tremendous fun!
Some testimonials from satisfied EYC students and parents are located here: www.eyc.org/testimonials
To learn more about sailing lessons at the EYC, or to register for lessons, go to www.eyc.org/lessons
May 17th, 2013
Gary Jobson has been the National Chairman of the Leukemia Cup series of fundraising regattas since 1993. These events have raised over $42 million.
In 2003, after years of committed service on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Jobson was diagnosed with lymphoma and became a beneficiary of the research advances he had helped support. He is now cancer-free.
Gary Jobson exemplifies how sailors can give back to their community. Want to hear more? Attend the EYC’s Dinner with Gary Jobson on July 13. Advance reservations required. www.eycgaryjobson.eventbrite.com