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Ephraim Regatta, Mom-gatta, Lessons and more!

July 21st, 2016

Ephraim Regatta Key Dates: BOAT DRAW IS TODAY

Boat draw is TODAY for EYC boats, Friday, July 22. You must submit your email request and get a confirmation response prior to 5:00 p.m. to Erica at

Early registration discount ends Thursday July 28th.

Sign up here to register for the 111th Ephraim Regatta.

Volunteers needed!

“There will always be an Ephraim Regatta,” er, that is, if we can get enough volunteers.  To help, please contact Nancy Claypool at You won’t want to miss out on this event of the year!

Pre-race chalk talk 9 AM Saturday

This week we’ll hear what Michael Faugust has to say. Next week’s chalk talk will feature Roger Waleffe (July 30).

Calling all Moms for an Opti Mom-gatta!

EYC’s First Mom-gatta is this Thursday, July 28, between the regular Opti boat draw (5:00 p.m.), and the start of races. You don’t have to be an Opti mom, just interested in participating in a fun, short race in Optis.  Not yet ready to race? Come cheer the competitors. Any questions, please contact Zac at

Flying Scot Fleet Annual Meeting is Sat. July 30th

Hold the dae for Sat., July 30, following races. For information, contact Michael at

Please register now for remaining lessons! 

We love our lesson students, and are thrilled over all the interest in the various class offerings this summer. Please take a moment to register as early as possible to help us plan for staffing through the remaining weeks of the season. If you have any questions or would like help choosing the best class for your student, please write to Liz at Thank you!!!

Wed. Youth Activity: Water Games — July 27 from 6-8 pm.

Get your game on for the most fun on water and land. Teams led by instructors will compete against each other in swimming games, relay races and other fun competitions. Lots of laughter is guaranteed. Parents: we need a number of volunteers, as well as donations of Ice Cream Sandwiches or Popsicles to make this activity run. Please sign up early here. Kids, please sign up on the poster in the clubhouse so we can make teams.

Thurs. Teen Activity: Drive In! July 28

Finding Dory has FINALLY left the outdoor movie theater, so next week’s teen activity will be at the outdoor Drive In: The Secret Life of Pets & The Legend of Tarzan.  Teens will meet at the gas station south of the movie theater to grab snacks for the movie at 8:00. Teens will pile into cars and then head to the theater. Bring $8 for admission and extra $ for snacks. Estimated pick up time for those teens needing rides home is 12:15 in the gas station parking lot.  Dress warmly, bring bug spray and maybe a folding chair or blanket.

Important Regatta Information

July 17th, 2016

Laser Fleet Added to Rich Hall Regatta

Due to high demand, the Laser fleet has been added to the 2016 Rich Hall Regatta (July 23-24). Please see the amended Notice of Race for further information available here.

111th Annual Ephraim Regatta is Aug 6-7th (With racing clinic on Fri. Aug. 5th).  

This is the club’s signature regatta and not to be missed! Some planning is involved, so read carefully.  Any questions, email

Important Regatta Info and Registration Deadlines 

The Notice of Race is now available online.  The deadline for early registration ($25 discount) for the Ephraim Regatta is this Thursday, July 28th and regatta registration closes on Thursday, August 4th. All registrations must be done online and paid by credit card by August 4th.  There is a discount for juniors and current members of the Flying Scot Sailing Association (link here).

Optional Friday Racing Clinic

All regatta registrants are welcome to participate in the Friday Racing clinic and should sign up at the on-line registration. The Friday racing clinic is free to FSSA members; others must pay $25 to participate.

Request for Volunteers for Regatta weekend

We are in need of volunteers with a range of skills to help with Race Committee and safety boats on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 & 7th. Working on the Race Committee is a great way to support EYC’s tradition, as well as to watch the regatta action up close and meet other club members. Please sign up on the Signup Genius for any one of the many volunteer opportunities, requiring a range of durations and skills, but we especially are in need of the following on-the-water support:

  • — Pin and Gate Mark-Set Boat.  Need one to two more people to assist with setting marks for the starting line and the leeward gates.
  • — Judges Boat.  Need boat and driver to drive the judges around the race course to observe.
  • — Safety Boats.  Need boats and drivers to assist racers in the event of breakdowns or other weather-related conditions.

All Race Committee and safety boat volunteers will need to attend the race briefing on Friday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. upstairs in the EYC clubhouse.  If you can help, please contact Nancy Claypool (

This week at the EYC: SO MUCH IS HAPPENING!

July 14th, 2016

Friday Night Races Continue with Guest Coach Bobby Collins

The 420 and Laser Friday series continue tonight, with this Friday, July 15 marking the mid-point of the Laser Master’s series. As an added bonus, Bobby Collins will be coaching all competitors in this Friday’s 420 and Laser series races.  This Friday, the Laser series is also part of the EYC Laser Masters series, so stock up on the Aleve and come down to the races!

Tonight at 7:30: Men’s night on the dock.

Bring food to grill and talk about whatever it is that men talk about.

Saturday July 16th Pre-Race Chalk Talk with Woody Heidler at 9 AM.

Next week’s Pre-Race Chalk Talk is with Michael Faugust.

Boat / Fleet Strategy Open Forum, Saturday, July 16, 12 noon

As described in the Spring Eagle’s Cry, the Boat/Fleet Strategy Sub-committee has drafted a proposal that will soon go before the board, and welcomes members’ input in an open forum, scheduled for this Saturday at the EYC (front porch). Any questions, please contact Jennifer at

Education Notes

Didn’t make the US Olympic team this year?  Come down to the EYC, enjoy sailing on beautiful, sparkling, Zika-free Eagle Harbor, and take some classes to build your skills for the next Olympic Games:

Laser clinic this weekend:

There are two EYC Lasers available for this weekend’s Laser Clinic with Bobby Collins.  Take advantage of Bobby’s Laser and racing expertise this Saturday and Sunday.  If you bring your own Laser, there is a $20 discount for the clinic.

More Laser classes added:

In response to demand, we have opened a second section of Intro to Lasers in Session D, July 25-August 5.  This is a great class for students who have finished Beginners and would like to learn how to sail this Olympic class boat.  Taught with our 4.7 rigs, students as light as 75 pounds can enroll in this class.

Women’s Class starts Monday:

A second section of the Women’s Sailing Class has been opened for next week.  The class begins this Monday, July 18th.  This class is for beginner to intermediate sailors looking to improve basic skippering and crewing skills.  A perfect way to prepare for the Women’s Regatta on August 3rd.

Registration and details for the clinic and all classes at  Please contact with any questions.

Wed. Youth Activity:  EYC’s Got Talent – July 20th from 6-8pm   

This amazing night of talent features our very own youths and instructors.  Who knew that EYC has so many singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, skits, unicycles, science experiments and so much more.  The grand prize is 1 million dollars- no wait – just kidding!  But prizes are awarded.  Sign up on the poster in the clubhouse with your intent to watch or perform.  No fee to enter!  Parents, please see the sign up link for all the details.  A few dessert contributions and helping out would be very appreciated.  Thank you!

Thursday Teen Activity: Visiting The Farm in Sturgeon Bay!   2:30-5:30 pm. (includes drive time)

Have your teen join in on July 21 for this popular activity.  Please see The Farm’s website for more information. The cost is $12 per teen which covers the admission and a little extra money for the college aged instructors who drive down with the teens and coordinate.  See signup poster in the clubhouse.  Open to teens entering 9th grade and up.

Interested in Pickleball or wondering what Pickleball is?

(Hint:  it is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, ping pong, and tennis). Join other EYC members to play and learn about this very popular game.  We meet on Tuesday at 5:30 pm at the YMCA outdoor courts.  Please email if interested in joining.  Extra rackets and balls are available. No experience necessary.

111th Ephraim Regatta Volunteers Needed Aug. 5-7.

It’s coming! THE event of the year. We are in need of volunteers with a range of skills to help with Race Committee and safety boats.  Working on the Race Committee is a great way to watch the regatta action up close as well as meet other club members.  If you will be in town for the weekend or have family members who will be in town and would like to help, this is a great opportunity for them to be involved.  Our Ephraim Regatta continues to grow in importance on the racing circuit.  We need our club members to volunteer to continue this tradition and reputation.  Please contact to learn how you can help.


This week at EYC: Opti Regatta, Sunfish Regatta, First Mates potluck, Men’s Night and more!

July 7th, 2016

Lessons and Camps!

Session C starts Monday, Sign up ASAP.

It’s the heart of the summer!  Session C begins on Monday with our widest selection of classes.  Opti Racing is open to any student who has taken one or more sessions of Beginner and is interested in improving racing skills.  Intro to Lasers is a great new option using the 4.7 rig and is perfect for those who have completed Beginner, but are too light for the 420s.  One week Adventure Sailing Camps are a fun way to be on the water for students who are not interested in or want to take a session off from the curriculum based classes.  In Adventure Sailing, ages 7-17 and all skill levels sail together!  Visit for details and registration.  As always, feel free to contact with any questions.

Saturday’s pre race chalk talk is with Jay Lott

What will he say?  The only way to know is to show up at 9:00 AM on Saturday the 9th and hear it for yourself.  Next up, Woody Heidler will deliver the July 16th Chalk Talk.

Regattas! Regattas! Regattas!

Opti Youth Regatta this weekend (Sat/Sun)

This weekend is the Opti Regatta, starting Saturday afternoon and ending Sunday morning. There are still boats available for draw on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., if you have an interested racer.

Thurs. July 14th 6pm: B.Y.O.B. Sunfish Regatta  (in lieu of Teen Activity)

Lest there be any confusion, BYOB stands for Bring Your Own BOAT to this fun Regatta sailed in your Sunfish or an EYC Laser 4.7.  Relive the glory days of the Sunfish and come out and sail your timeless boat. Skipper’s meeting at 5pm. First warning at 6pm.  Open to all sailors. Spectators welcome. Bring food to grill out after the race.  Sign up on the poster in the clubhouse.  Questions?  Contact Tommy Papenthien ( or text him at 661-817-3351

Rich Hall Youth Regatta July 23-24

Early boat draw registration for the Rich Hall Regatta (July 23 – 24) ends July 15. Please submit your request to be entered in the boat draw to prior to 5:00 p.m.. Eligible skippers must be between 12 – 17 to skipper, and crew must be under 18. Any questions, please contact

Ahoy First Mates!

Monday July 11th 9AM:  First Mates Coffee (upstairs at the EYC).  

All EYC women are invited to socialize and plan for upcoming activities.

Thurs. July 14th First Mates Pot Luck at the Ephraim Village Hall at 6 pm.  

Bring a dish and come join other EYC women.  New members especially encouraged to come.  Volunteers needed for a few positions. Sign up here.

Wed. Youth Activity: Game on!

Four Square/Ping Pong Tourney, July 13th, 6pm at EYC

Whether you are new to the game or a playground champion, come join in the fun. Players will be divided by age category, and no experience is needed. A few parent volunteers are needed to help out and some bottle water donations are appreciated.  Please see signup sheet link for all the details or contact Carol Fiedler, 514-979-7115,

Friday July 15th 7:30 pm:  Men’s night on the dock.  

You know the drill: bring something to grill.

EYC Club Series

We had some record turnouts over the 4th of July weekend, including 14 Flying Scots on Saturday, 11 420s on Sunday and 7 Lasers on Friday (despite the no wind delay). Provisional series results are now posted at the 2016 Racing and Regatta Results tab that may be found at

First Annual GeezerGatta Results

We had 10 staff alumni participate either as skipper or crew in our first GeezerGatta. The overall winner was Roger Waleffe, beating Teddy Papenthien by only 1 point. Our “Roadrunner” award goes to Rich Hall, who was the oldest alumni participating, and Commodore Sibylle Tasker won the top finishing woman alumni skipper award. Feedback was positive, so we will plan earlier for next year.

EYC Pickleball

Are you interested in joining the EYC Pickleball Club?   Please email to be included in our emails on playing times and location.

Serving containers and platters

Lots left from the Opening Social.  Come to the EYC and claim what’s yours.  Next week, they’ll be free to a good home.

Volunteer Opportunities the week of July 11-15 (sign up at link):

Youth Activity: 4 Square/Ping Pong Tournament- Wed. July 13th at 6pm.

First Mates Potluck-  Thurs. July 14th at 6 pm



This week at the EYC

June 30th, 2016

Calling all EYC Former Staff – “GeezerGatta” is this weekend!

Due to the high level of interest, we have expanded the “GeezerGatta” to all races this weekend. We expect many EYC alums to be around this holiday weekend, so please join fellow former EYC staff and participate in the first (annual?!?) “GeezerGatta”, starting Friday, July 1st. The races will be held as part of the normal club racing series, starting Friday night with Lasers and 420 races, and including the Saturday morning and Monday night Flying Scot races, as well as the Sunday 420 races. Please see the 2016 Club Notice of Race for details. You must be an EYC member to use an EYC-owned boat. Come to have fun and compete for “bragging rights” among your fellow staff alumni (aka geezers).

Sat. July 2nd 9:00 AM Chalk Talk:

This week’s Pre-Race Chalk Talk will be with Stacey Rieu & Jennifer Ikeda-Faugust. And looking ahead to next week, Jay Lott will host the Pre-Race Chalk Talk on Saturday July 9th.


The EYC’s classic ICE CREAM SOCIAL begins at 7:00 PM on Monday, July 4. This FREE event is open to EYC members and guests of all ages.  Thank you Steve and Jessica Sauter and for once again donating all the ice cream! Please bring topping to share. A few more scoopers are needed.  Please see the signup sheet to sign up.

No Bridge at EYC on July 4.

It’s the holiday and all.

Wed. July 6th Youth Activity: The Kickball and Potluck Dinner

Don’t miss the most popular youth activity of the year, where teams of all ages compete at kickball, along with a picnic potluck dinner at Sister Bay Sports Complex. Kids sign up in the clubhouse; parents, please click on this link for all the details and contributions needed for this activity. Bring a dish for the picnic dinner, and we will also need a few volunteers. Questions — email or text Carol at 514-979-7115.

Thursday, July 7th Teen activity: Golf Scramble (rescheduled due to rain)

Teen activities are open to teens entering 9th grade and up. The teen Golf Scramble is at Peninsula Short Course.  No golfing experience or clubs necessary.  If your teen has a putter, pitching, sand and/or chipper wedge, bring it! Otherwise teens can share clubs. The golfers with some experience can be team captains and novice golfers can be divided among the team captains. All team members will hit from the tee box with the team choosing the best of the four shots for the next shot.  Other fun rules will apply so that everyone contributes to the success of the team.  $6 per round; $3 for second round.  Please bring exact change and wear sneakers. Teens sign up in clubhouse.  Drop off at the Peninsula Short Course promptly at 5:20, so that the scramble can begin at 5:30.  Questions- email or text Jeanne at 661-917-0831.

Only One Week until EYC’s Opti Regatta: July 9th and 10th 

The Opti Regatta is scheduled for July 9 and 10. If your child is interested in competing in an EYC-owned Opti, please send an email to with the skipper’s name and the regatta name prior to July 5, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., requesting to be in the boat draw, and receive email confirmation of receipt, in order to be entered into the draw. You do not need to be present for this early boat draw. For those who have not entered the July 5 boat draw, an additional drawing will take place at 1:00 p.m. before the regatta starts, for the remaining boats, if available.  Please see the Opti Regatta Notice of Race for details. If you have any questions, please contact

Education Notes

New one-week Adventure Sailing class begins this Monday, July 4th.  This is a great class for friends, siblings, cousins to take together!  It is open to ages 7-17, and all skill levels sail together, enjoying trips to Horseshoe Island, Ephraim Beach and other destinations in a variety of EYC boats.  Last week’s class included Opti Olympics and a greased watermelon race.

There are only three spaces left in the morning section of Beginner for Session C, which runs July 11-22.  Session D Beginner in the morning is already full.  There are plenty of spaces in the afternoon classes which offer a reduced rate and a better student/instructor ratio.

Session C has our largest selection of class offerings.  There is something for everyone, including Intro to Lasers, Powerboat Skills and the Women’s Sailing class.  Go to for details.

Classes will be held on Monday, July 4th.  If your student will not be at class, please contact Club Director, Erica Heidler at, so that all students are safely accounted for.  Thank you!

We wouldn’t be the EYC without you!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Opening Social last weekend, particularly event chairs Laura and Jack O’Rourke, and Barb Ziegler!  Another big thank you to Pastor Dawn Volpe of the Ephraim Moravian Church for blessing our fleet and honoring our members who passed during the last year.

Everyone loves the gear! Thank you to Susan Reynolds-Smith for managing all our EYC merchandise and sales throughout the season. You know the shirts are spreading the love when a stranger on the street in Seattle sees your shirt and stops you to say he’s sailed at EYC too. True story!

The volunteer opportunities for the week of July 4th:

Please look below at the signup sheets to see where you can help out and have fun with your fellow EYC members:

July 4th: Ice Cream Social at EYC – A few more scoopers needed.  Please see the signup sheet to sign up.

July 6th:  Youth Activity: Kickball/ Potluck.  Please read the attached link for all the details about the event and food needed for the potluck.




This week at the EYC

June 23rd, 2016

It is officially summer, so clear your schedule and head for the EYC! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Tonight, June 24th: Attention 420 sailors!

This evening’s 420 fleet meeting will take place at the EYC just after boat draw at 5pm. Come on down to sign up for the fleet mailing list and to take part in the pre-race chalk talk directed by Roger Waleffe. The chalk talk will include specific tips for sailing fast in the evening’s conditions. 420 races are a lot of fun and we encourage everyone to join in! Even if you don’t have a crew or skipper, come anyway and pair up at the boat draw. If you have any questions email Roger Waleffe at

Saturday morning: 9:00 am

This week’s Pre-Race Chalk Talk is with Cain Goettelman.  And don’t miss next week’s July 2nd 9:00 am  Pre-Race Chalk Talk with Stacey Rieu & Jennifer Ikeda-Faugust.

Saturday June 25 Evening Events and Opening Social:

5:00 pm: Blessing of Our Fleet.  Please feel free to join us as our fleet gets its annual blessing.

5:15 pm: Honor Those Who Have Passed. We’ll take a moment to honor and celebrate those valued EYC members we lost this last year.

6:00 pm: OPENING SOCIAL! The EYC’s free Opening Social begins at 6:00pm on Sat., June 25.  The EYC will supply wine, beer and soft drinks.  Please bring an appetizer to share.  This event is open to EYC members and guests ages 18 and up, and to all EYC staff.  As a fundraiser, we will be auctioning off the naming rights to the EYC’s newest Optimist, so bring your checkbook and your most creative name!  Please, no dogs at this event.

Wed. June 29th, Youth ActivityScavenger Hunt!

These activities are open to kids entering 2nd grade and up. Join the fun and sign up for a hilarious night of taking pictures with your teammates doing crazy things around Ephraim as your team completes a scavenger list.  Kids sign up in the clubhouse and parents please click on this link for all the details of the Photo Scavenger Hunt and contributions needed for the activity.  Questions- email or text Jeanne at 661-917-0831

Thursday, June 30th, Teen activity: Golf Scramble!

Teen activities are open to teens entering 9th grade and up. The teen Golf Scramble is at Peninsula Short Course.  No golfing experience or clubs necessary.  If your teen has a putter, pitching, sand and/or chipper wedge, bring it! Otherwise teens can share clubs.  The golfers with some experience can be team captains and novice golfers can be divided among the team captains. All team members will hit from the tee box with the team choosing the best of the four shots for the next shot.  Other fun rules will apply so that everyone contributes to the success of the team.  $6 per round; $3 for second round.  Please bring exact change and wear sneakers. Teens sign up in clubhouse.  Drop off at the Peninsula Short Course promptly at 5:20, so that the scramble can begin at 5:30.  Questions- email or text Jeanne at 661-917-0831.

Calling all EYC Former Staff – First “GeezerGatta” Friday July 1st

Please join fellow former EYC staff and participate in the first (annual?!?) “GeezerGatta”, next Friday, July 1st. The races will be held as part of the normal Friday night Laser races, with boat draws at 5:00 pm and First Warning at 6:00 pm. You must be an EYC member to use an EYC-owned boat. You will be scored as part of the normal Friday night series, but additionally, have the opportunity to win “bragging rights” among your fellow staff alumni. If there is sufficient interest, we may also compete in 420s.

Only Two Weeks until EYC’s Opti Regatta

The Opti Regatta is scheduled for July 9 and 10. If your child is interested in competing in an EYC-owned Opti, please send email with the skipper’s name and the regatta name prior to July 5, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., requesting to be in the boat draw.  Look for email confirmation of receipt in order to be entered into the draw. You do not need to be present for this early boat draw. For those who have not entered the July 5 boat draw, an additional drawing will take place at 1:00 p.m. before the regatta starts, for the remaining boats, if available.  If you have any questions, please contact

Volunteer Update: 

Great job to all our EYC volunteers who used the online signup sheets using Signup Genius.  The Opening Social volunteer sheet is FULL!

Volunteer signup sheets for the week of June 27th and July 4th are listed below with corresponding links to the sign up sheets that include all the information about the event or activity.

Youth Activity/ Photo Scavenger Hunt

Ice Cream Social/ Scoopers Needed

Youth Activity/ Kickball and Potluck

Link to all of EYC’s sign up sheets

Questions about volunteering?  Contact Jeanne Papenthien at or text at 661-917-0831.

Education Notes

The morning section of the Beginner Class is now SOLD OUT for Session D, July 25 –  August 5.  There are spaces in the afternoon for that session, as well as spots available in the morning in other sessions.  Many of the afternoon classes have a lower hourly rate and offer a better student/teacher ratio.

Registration closes for all classes on Sunday at noon, the day before classes begin; however, early registration is always appreciated as it helps us plan our staffing needs.

Classes will be held on the Fourth of July.  Any time your student will not attend class, please notify Erica Heidler, Club Director.

Opti Racing, Intro to Lasers, Powerboat Skills, Adventure Sailing, Women’s Sailing, Beginner Full Day, and of course, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Racing.  With all these offerings plus private lessons, there is something for everyone at the EYC!  Plan now to get out on the water in 2016.  Details can be found at, or feel free to look for any of the staff or Education Chair, Liz Gheorghita, at the Opening Social.

Interested in playing Pickleball with fellow EYC members?

Please email if interested and include days and times that you are available to play; ability level- newbie, played some, play often; own a racquet or not- Thanks.

A Successful Fyr Bal Weekend at the EYC

June 21st, 2016


The EYC’s third annual Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast was a great success and raised nearly $1458 for the EYC, a record amount, over 25% higher than 2015. Over 200 EYC members, family and friends attended at the Ephraim Village Hall on June 18. We served buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup, excellent Marchant’s fresh pork breakfast links, coffee and O.J. Thanks to all EYC members, family and friends who attended!

Thanks to the following organizations: the Ephraim Business Council for enabling the EYC to benefit from this event for the third year in a row; Marchant’s Meats in Sturgeon Bay for providing a discount on the sausage; and the Piggly Wiggly for opening early at 7:00 AM and donating two pounds of decaf coffee which we forgot to buy the day before.

Thanks also to Erica Heidler and her helpful EYC staff who delivered a clean, well-lighted grill so we could cook sausages outdoors, for delivering one of the EYC’s new Optimist dinghies for display, and for picking it all up and taking it back to the EYC the same day.

And thanks to the following persons who worked a volunteer shift at the event or otherwise helped to make this event possible (in no particular order): event chair Jay Lott, event vice chair Susie Samson, apparel salesperson Betty Chomeau, Jenny Miller, Susie Gebhardt, Kim Miller, Dick Bierman, Jane Reyerson, Sophie Tasker, Karen Bierman, Mary Ann McKoane, Margaret Graham, Marsella Fults, Stacey Rieu, Bill Hoag, Anne Abbott, Sally Schoendorf, Dennis Miller, Bob Lindquist, Skip Tasker, Sibylle Tasker, Melanie Tasker, Henry Tasker, Deanna Peterson, Kathy Miller, Ann Lindquist, Judy Harmon, Peggy Lott and Jodi Hoyerman.


The Membership Committee held an Open House with light refreshments on Saturday.  Event coordinators Jodi Hoyerman and Jeanne Papenthein greeted new members and potential members for several hours. Thank you to the EYC members who volunteered to assist with tours and answer questions:  Marscella Fults, Sally Schoendorf, Joel Dykman, Rick Hoyerman, Skip and Debby Heidler, Deb and Marv Ritter, and Senior Instructor Carrie Ritter.  Time and time again, people commented on the welcoming atmosphere at our club.


How fortunate we were for a beautiful warm evening this past Saturday!  The O’Rourkes and Latrielle families once again hosted a fabulous party.  Delicious food and conversation were enjoyed by many.  Thanks to all who pitched in to set up, brought a dish to share, and cleaned up.  The evening bonfires followed by spectacular fireworks were the perfect summer kick-off!

This week at the EYC

June 17th, 2016

Lots going on this week! Hope to see you all at any of the following:

Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast Saturday

Please come to the EYC’s Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast TOMORROW, Saturday June 18 from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Ephraim Village Hall. And, bring your friends – this fun and delicious event is open to the general public.

Fyr Bal Regatta

Part of the Flying Scot Series. Boat draw at 9:00 AM and first whistle is at 10.

EYC Open House

Saturday 10-2. This is an opportunity for members to bring a friend or potential member to the club for a tour, or to just send friends to the club to learn more about our membership benefits.

6th Annual Fyr Bal Cookout

Saturday, June 18, 6:00 p.m. Come one, come all to an EYC family cookout. Hosted by Steve Latreille and Jack O’Rourke. This has quickly become a wonderful tradition. Bring a side dish or dessert as well as your own beverages. Brats and burgers will be provided. The EYC dock is a perfect place to watch the lighting of the bonfires and the Fyr Bal fireworks! This is yet another fun casual party to meet and greet old and new members alike!

Wed. June 22, Junior Activities Begin

We are kicking off our weekly youth events with a new activity “Game Night”  from 6:00- 8:00 pm.  Sign up in the clubhouse beginning Friday, June 16th. There is a $5 per youth participation fee. Youths are welcome from ages 8 years and up.  EYC youth are encouraged to bring a non-member or even two for this initial event and share the fun of Wednesday night youth activities.  The Youth Activities Committee would appreciate your time and/or donations for a successful night of fun. Please see the online signup sheet for all of the details.  All of the requests are very minimal.  Questions, please email

Teen Activities Begin Thursday, June 23  

Our first teen activity is PickleBall!  This fast paced and popular game is similar to Tennis and Ping Pong and not just for old folks!  Sign up in the club house beginning Friday, June 16th.  The Teen Activity Chairs, Jeanne Papenthien and Lisa Gifford are open to teen night suggestions. Please email us with your ideas at and  Bring a Pickleball racquet if you have one.

Thank You for Renewing Your EYC Membership!

Your continuing support of the EYC is greatly appreciated.  Our membership year runs from June 1st through May 31st.  Please email our Membership Director, Jodi Hoyerman,, if you have any questions about your membership or membership benefits.

Attention all Laser Racers!

Laser sailors are needed to help to repair the Laser fleet. Please come to EYC at 1:00 PM on Saturday (June 18) and 9:00 AM on Sunday (June 19) to help repair some of the Lasers. Laser sailors that volunteer at any one of the repair sessions will receive priority in Laser boat draws. No experience necessary. Look for Tommy Papenthien and Michael Faugust on the dock. Also, a reminder that the Laser Master series starts this Friday. Any questions? Please email .

Opening Social June 25th  Looking for volunteers to help

The Opening Social is just around the corner on Saturday, June 25th at 6pm.  This event is for members 18 and older. The club will provide beverages and guests bring an appetizer to share.

EYC depends on our wonderful membership to volunteer at all of the EYC activities and events.  If you haven’t volunteered in the past, volunteering at the Opening Social is a great way to socialize and meet other members.  All of the volunteer needs are super easy and with very little time commitment. To volunteer, please click on the attached link to signup

RACING RACING RACING… Here’s what’s on the calendar this week:

Please note: All times listed are for the first warning signal; boat draws are held one hour before the warning signal.

Friday, June 17th

6:00pm   420 and Laser races, including Laser Masters.

Saturday, June 18

9:00am   Pre-race Tips from Ryan Malmgren

10:00am Fyr Bal Regatta

Sunday, June 19

1:00pm  420 Races

Monday, June 20

6:00pm Flying Scot Races

Tuesday, June 21st

6:00pm  Laser and Opti Races

Thursday, June 23rd

6:00pm  Opti races

Friday, June 24th

6:00pm   420 and Laser races

Saturday June 25th

9:00 am  Pre-race Tips by Cain Goettelman

10:00am   Annual Family Regatta (and regular Saturday Flying Scot races)


June 15th, 2016

Don’t miss the EYC’s Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, June 18, at the Ephraim Village Hall, from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat-and-drink buttermilk pancakes, Marchant’s breakfast sausage links, coffee and orange juice. This is a bargain at only $10 per person ($5 children age 10 and under). The Pancake Breakfast is a great way to start off your Fyr Bal weekend and to catch up with your friends as summer begins. All proceeds benefit the EYC. This event is open to everyone, so please invite your friends even if they are not EYC members!

This week at the EYC

June 10th, 2016

Flying Scot Races Start Tomorrow & Pre-Race Chalk Talk

The EYC’s Club race series begins this Saturday morning, June 11, with the Flying Scots 10:00 am start. This summer, our Flying Scot fleet is hosting a series of 15 minute chalk talks prior to the Saturday races from 9:00-9:15 am.

This week, Michael & Jennifer Faugust will lead the chalk talk and share “go fast” tips.  Next Saturday, Ryan Malmgren of Mad Sails will lead our chalk talk prior to the Fyr Ball regatta.  All members are welcome to attend and help us raise the level of sailing within our club and fleets.

One Week until the Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast

Mark your calendar now for the Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast, June 18 beginning at 7:30 AM at the Ephraim Village Hall. All-you-can-eat pancakes, fresh Marchant’s pork sausage, juice and coffee. A great way to start off your Fyr Bal Saturday, and it benefits the EYC! We still need a few more volunteers to help run this event. If you can help, please contact event chair Jay Lott

Education Notes:

New Laser Class added! We’ve just added an additional section of Intro to Lasers for Session D, which runs from July 25 through August 5. And don’t forget about the Laser clinic on July 16 & 17.  We have a limited number of club owned Lasers that are available on a first come, first served basis so sign up soon.

Don’t forget there are several newer classes offered this year, especially for those students in the Beginner/Intermediate skill levels. If you have any questions as to how these classes fit into the curriculum or for which classes your student would be eligible, please feel free to contact Liz Gheorghita at

Private lessons are a great way to brush up for a summer on the water after a long winter.  You can take one lesson to focus on one particular skill, or a week or more at any of the skill levels offered at the EYC, Beginner through Racing.  The schedule is flexible and lessons can be booked directly with Erica Heidler, Club Director, at (920) 854-7107.  More information and pricing can be found at

Sign up to Volunteer on the new volunteer site

Thank you to all the EYC members who have already signed up to volunteer.  There are lots of ways you can help and almost all of the time commitments are less than 2 hour shifts.  Open the link below and see where your friends have signed up and join them or just sign up to meet new people.  EYC is a friendly place so let’s all get involved.

Here is the link to all of EYC’s signup sheets: