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2016 EYC Lesson Registration Now Open!

Friday, March 4th, 2016



As parts of the country begin to thaw, thoughts turn to summer.  The 2016 Lesson Schedule and Registration details are now available on the EYC website (  The sailing season is short in Ephraim.  Memorial Day is less than three months away.  Now is an excellent time to dust off those textbooks and report cards, watch sailing videos with your student, find some local college or high school races, attend a seminar, or sail over Spring Break.

Will with Flying Scot Class

New in 2016

Beginner Full Day:  A one week, full day Beginner class will be offered once in June and once in August.  The same curriculum will be followed as in the two week class.  Students will be supervised by staff over the lunch hour at the club.  Perfect for those with limited time in Door County.

Intro to Lasers:  Students who have passed the Beginner class can now continue to improve their single-handed dinghy techniques by moving directly to the Laser using the EYC’s new Laser 4.7 rigs.  The Laser 4.7 is a smaller rig on the standard Laser hull, allowing students as light as 77 pounds to transition from Optis to Lasers. Students will learn to rig and sail a Laser in a range of wind conditions. This is an ideal opportunity to accelerate and further develop helmsmanship and boathandling skills in the largest one-design class widely raced in high school, college, Junior Olympics and Olympics.  We look forward to introducing our younger sailors to the Laser this summer!

Also new this year, student memberships must be purchased before registering for class via Club Express.  Please contact Jodi Hoyerman at for a discount code before purchasing the student membership.  Prices for classes remain the same as in 2015, so take advantage of our excellent staff and course options.  We look forward to seeing you at the club!

Any questions regarding classes or registration?  Please contact

This Week- August 7th. Commodores Party- Bridge Update.

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

It’s time for the Party of the EYC Season- Commodores Cocktails Party is this Saturday, August 8th! Trophy presentation will be included as well an auction of paintings of EYC. You wont want to miss out on the chance to own one of the following pieces of art:

     Oil painting by Shelby Keefe
     Oil painting by Christina Body
     Oil painting by Jim Leatham
     Watercolor painting by Fran Vail
     Pastel painting by Sandra Place

Commodores Party will be held at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek. Wine, Beer, and Soda provided- please bring an appetizer to share. Adults $20, Children (18 and under) $10. All proceeds benefit the Ephraim Yacht Club.

Here’s what is happening this week.

Saturday, August 8th

9:00 Annual Membership Meeting

9:00 Final Opti Blue Fleet moved to this time

10:00 Board of Directors Meeting

1:00 Final Laser Saturday races

6:00 Commodores Paret at Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek

Sunday, August 9th

9:00 Final Flying Scot Saturday series race ( moved from the Saturday time)

1:00 Final 420 series race.

Monday, August 10th

9:00 Session E ( one week) begins.  See further details below in announcements.

7:00 pm Final Bunco of the Year!  Please note we added one more night- come join the fun! 

Saturday, August 15th

10:00 On the water coaching session for Flying Scots See details below. (First warning signal at 10:00 am) See details below.


Bridge Continues at EYC
The summer series of bridge lessons has completed, but bridge will continue on Thursday mornings from now until the Club closes at the end of September. All are welcome to attend on Thursdays, from 9:30 until Noon, whether you were in the lesson series or not. The Thursday format uses pre-dealt hands with lesson concepts reviewed, or if you prefer, you may group in fours and play in the usual Monday afternoon “open play” format.
Monday open play bridge continues from 1:00 until 3:30 with the same format of rotating partners every four hands.
The popular Tuesday couples group continues, with about 20 people playing each Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Bring a partner and plan to join the group for dinner after (optional, but extra fun continues!).

Attention Flying Scot racers of all skill levels: Join us on Saturday, August 15 for an on-the-water coaching session, where we will pair skippers and crew of different skill levels to race around a W/L course in Eagle Harbor. It is a chance to get pointers or to give back and help coach others. You do not need to come with skipper, crew or boat, just your life jacket and personal gear. We would love to get more experienced sailors to join us and help give pointers to those with less experience. First warning signal at 10:00 AM. Also seeking a volunteer for safety boat. Any questions, please contact Jennifer Ikeda Faugust at

Session E-“Best of the EYC”

Yet another section of the popular Powerboat Skills class is now open in the mornings for the week of August 10-14. The cost is $180. The class is open to students age 12 and up, youth and adults. Those born after 12/31/88 must obtain a Boater Education Card before beginning the class.

Opti Racing was another successful class this summer. An additional section will be offered in the mornings from 9 am till noon, August 10-14. This class is perfect for those sailors not yet old enough for Intermediates and/or anyone up to age 15 wanting to improve racing skills or prepare for Optimist competitions outside the EYC. The cost for this course is $180.

Beginners and Intermediates will be offered in the mornings, and Beginners and Adventure Sailing are available in the afternoons of August 10-14.

For more details and the registration link, please visit

Didn’t have time for a class this summer? Private lessons are still being offered. Contact EYC Director, Brian Ritter, to schedule. 920 854-7107

This week at EYC July 3rd

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

This week at EYC:  Ice Cream Social, It is Independence Day Weekend! Please come to EYC to celebrate! Here are a few ways to join in the fun at EYC.

Friday, July 3rd.

Ice Cream Social.  7:00 pm.  Ice cream provided, please bring a topping! Come down to EYC and enjoy catching up w friends, while enjoying delicious ice cream, compliments of

Saturday, July 4th.

New Member Open House.  12:00-3:00.  New members are invited to come down and get a closer look at EYC.  Membership Chairperson Jodi Hoyerman and EYC staff will be on hand to answer any questions.  Assistance in registration will be provided.  Bring a friend who might be interested in EYC!  Brats and Hot Dogs provided! We hope to see you there.

Monday, July 6th.

Adventure Sailing Class begins( 1 week class)

Session B continues.

Wednesday, July 8th

Junior Activities: Kickball and potluck dinner.  Sign up on the poster at EYC! Meet at the Sister Bay Sports Complex from  6:00 -8:00 pm.    Please bring $5 and a dish to shares with approx 10 people.    Last name A-E please bring a main course. F-M bring a side dish. N-S drinks.  T-Z please bring dessert.  Questions? Please contact Carol Feidler at 514 979-7115.

Thursday, July 9th

Opti Clinic. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to learn from Bobby  Collins of the Chicago Yacht Club.  The clinic will run from 9:00am-noon on Thursday, July 9th and Friday, July 10th.  Sign up at

Teen Activity.  Pizza Making at the Pearson’s- 6:00-8:00 pm. 2928 Valentine Lane in Ephraim.  Sign up at EYC.  Make a personal pizza, and make some new friends.  Teen activities are  open to students who have completed 8th grade. Bring a friend, and join the fun! For questions, please contact Duska Pearson

Friday, July 10th

Team Racing clinic taught by Bobby Collins. This  2 day class will be taught in the afternoons on Flying Scots.

Opti clinic continues.

Saturday, July 11th

Opti Regatta.  Boat draw is at 1:00.  Continues on Sunday, July 12th.  Open to sailors 8-15.

Team Racing Clinic Continues.

Sunday, July 12th. Opti Regatta continues.


Education Notes:

We have opened six more places for the Adventure Sailing class beginning this Monday, July 6. In this one week class, students will explore Eagle Harbor in a variety of boats with fun, themed days. Open to ages 7-17 and all skill levels.

Team Racing in 420s and Flying Scots! Take your pick from two upcoming clinics on this exciting aspect of sailing.   Bobby Collins will lead a two afternoon clinic on July 10 & 11 on Flying Scots. On July 25, EYC Instructors Isak Peterson and Zac Aasen will coach a one day clinic on Club 420s.

There are also places remaining in the Optimist Beginner’s Clinic with Bobby Collins. The clinic will run from 9 am to noon on Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10. This clinic is a great warm up for the Optimist Regatta.

There are three spots left in next week’s Adult Beginner’s Class. Meeting in the afternoons, EYC Instructor Ally Dykman will take you through the basics of dinghy sailing on our comfortable Flying Scots.

Opti Racing with Zac July 13-24, from 9 AM till noon. If your student has completed a session or two of Beginners, this class might be the perfect fit. EYC Instructor Zac Aasen will coach experienced Opti sailors on how to maximize this often underestimated boat. Watch these videos with the Under 16s in your household.

Private lessons are always a flexible alternative to our lesson program. Contact Director Brian Ritter at (920) 854-7107  to book a lesson.

Please visit for more details and to register for these classes. Registration for all offerings closes at noon the day before class begins.


110th Ephraim Regatta is a Month Away. Need Volunteers!

The 110th Ephraim Regatta will be held over the weekend of Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2. Please mark your calendars. This is a fun event and something in which everyone can become involved. We are seeking volunteers to help with all aspects of the regatta. There are jobs and roles available for everyone, both on and off the water, regardless of your sailing ability or previous experience. Jobs vary in length from a few hours to one day to both Saturday and Sunday. Volunteering is lots of fun and a good way to get to know your fellow members. This is the biggest event of the EYC’s entire season and we’re looking forward to a great regatta. If you are able to assist or would like to learn more, please contact: Nancy Claypool at

Opti Regatta:  Saturday, July 11th- Sunday, July 12th.

Ritchie Hall Junior Regatta: Saturday, July 18th- Sunday, July 19th.

Dont forget to stop by Wild  Tomato and ask for the Donation Creation pizza- the Thai Pizza Pie! The Wild Tomato will donate $1 to EYC’s  Aaron R Moore Scholarhip fund for every Donation Creation pizza purchased during the month of July.  (920) 868-3095.

Enjoy your weekend, and celebrate the United States of America!!







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.


Member Renew Help and Save the Date

Friday, February 6th, 2015

EYC MEMBERS-  Don’t forget to renew your membership online at the “early bird” discount rates through February. If you are feeling “stuck” and just not sure how to renew or have some questions about membership, don’t despair- call Jodi Hoyerman on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH from NOON – 3PM during her “special” member office hours: 920-421-1652. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Aloha EYC Members and Friends!

Save the date, Saturday April 25, for the 3rd annual EYC Aaron R Moore Sailing Scholarship Fundraiser held at the Lake Forest Club in Lake Forest, IL.

Go on a South Pacific Island adventure where you’ll experience a warm welcome lei greeting, amazing luau décor, delicious food and beautiful authentic Island music and dancing. We’ll bring the magic of the Islands to you and your friends with the beautiful dances of Hawaii, the exciting drum dances of Ori Tahiti, and the fascinating Maori dances of New Zealand.

What a great way to reconnect with your EYC friends after a long winter! Look for your Evite to arrive in early March.  We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event in April!!





Cathy Hoag passing

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

It is with great sorrow that the Ephraim Yacht Club announces the passing of Catherine Hoag.  Cathy died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at home in Deerfield, Illinois.

 A visitation is scheduled at Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home in Highland Park  this Friday, December 5, from 11am to 2pm. Following the visitation, there will be a late lunch/appetizers at Exmoor Country Club, also in Highland Park. Details are as follows:

11am – 2pm Visitation
Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home and Crematory
1787 Deerfield Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 831-4260

3pm – 6pm Appetizers/Drinks
Exmoor Country Club
700 Vine Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 432-3600.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date (summer) in Door County, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin would be graciously accepted.

A link to her obituary can be found here




EYC Seasonal Closing

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

A big thank you to the volunteers who helped out the morning of Saturday, September 27th. Bill Andersen, Topher Andersen, Wally Waleffe, Tom Mulligan, Kirk Scattergood, Rob Moore, Kevin Kane, Rich Bierman, Kim Miller, Jack O’Rourke and Fred Lewis had a beautiful morning to assemble storage racks and to secure the boats and dollies for the winter. We also did some final cleaning and organizing of the dock. The work was finished by about 11:00am. A special thanks to Heather Andersen for the Apple Spice Donuts!

This work was the second phase of the Fall Cleanup. Phase one was completed on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. Thanks again to the 40 plus volunteers who spent their Saturday morning removing docks, storing gear and cleaning the docks and house! As we know, it’s volunteers that keep the EYC strong!

The final steps of winterizing the facilities will be completed over the next several weeks. The house will be winterized the weekend of October 4th. The shrink wrapping of boats and racks to be left at the facility will also be completed the weekend of October 4th. During the week of October 13th the lifts will be pulled from the water and stored on the dock. The removal of the motors on the two hoists will be completed shortly after that.

Thanks again to all the volunteers who have helped with the closure this year!

This Week at EYC-

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Saturday, Aug 30.  9-12 We hope to see you this morning at the End of Summer clean up and Racing Series Picnic.  Please come ready to lift, scrub, and visit with friends.  We will finish up around 11:30 with the Racing Series Awards and Picnic.  Brats and Burgers provided…

As a reminder, please clean out all lockers, and be sure and check the lost and found!!

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!!



This Week at the EYC – End of Season

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Here is what is happening this week at EYC:

The EYC’s Flying Scot Fleet 44 will conduct a free INFORMAL RACING CLINIC on the morning of Saturday, August 16. We will set up a short practice race course and run a few practice starts and practice races. Some of the fleet’s more advanced racers will be available to coach and sail with the less experienced racers. All Flying Scot racers are encouraged to take part. EYC-owned Flying Scots will be available for use by qualified members.  Report time 9:00 AM, first start 10:00 AM.

HOURS: On Saturday, August 16, the EYC will not be staffed, and the clubhouse will be closed after the Fleet 44 clinic ends. On Sunday, August 17, the EYC will be closed, although members will still be able to access their boats on the pier. Skippers interested in taking out a club boat can coordinate with the Sailing Director, Isak Peterson, by calling the clubhouse. Beginning August 18th, we will begin the process of storing the club boats, and derigging the fleet. Clubhouse access will be limited. Bridge will continue as scheduled.

Please join us for the Labor Day Clean up, Racing Awards, and closing of the clubhouse on Saturday, August 30th beginning at 9:00am. After we close up the clubhouse, we will award the Racing Series Awards for the 2014 season, and grill up hamburgers and hot dogs. No rsvp is necessary. Hope to see you there!!

Thanks to all who joined us at the Annual Meeting on August 9th. A huge thank you to out-going board members Rich Bierman, Jay Lott and Sue Zingsheim, . Welcome to new board members Jeanne Papenthien, Liz Gheorgita, and Michael Smith. Commodore Jack O’Rourke, was elected to a second term.

EYC thank-yous

Wednesday, August 13th, 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 Nancy Claypool, who we inadvertently left off the previous list of people who helped with the Fyr Bal Open House event.

Thank you to Shannon and Mark Wilfert, who donated two almost-new Flying Scot sails.

Thank you to Susan Schieble of Champeau Floor Covering in Sister Bay.  When the EYC needed a lot of carpet to help guard our Lasers from concrete damage, Susan came through with a whole SUV-load of used carpet.

Thank you to new EYC member Gordie Roberts, who donated a Flying Scot tiller.

Thank you to EYC member Kate Lorenz, who donated a used kayak.

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, for some Board members, 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

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.