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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!!







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!!





Introduce a friend to the EYC

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

We lose approximately 10% of EYC members every year, just by attrition. Just to keep our membership at the current healthy level, we will need to add forty new Family, Senior and Single members in 2014!

So, the EYC asks each of its members to  introduce a friend to the EYC in 2014.  For a complete description of member benefits, watch the EYC’s new 5-minute slide show at and see our membership page at  But remember, the most important EYC membership benefits are the lifelong friendships we make!

The upcoming Ice Cream Social (Friday, July 4) is a great introduction to the EYC. It’s free, and you can bring your friends and their children as your guests.  Evening 420 races will take place, so potential members, students and racers can see that the EYC is not just parties – we sail, too!

Remember, EYC membership is open to all, with no sponsorship, recommendation, residency or invitation required.

Ice Cream Social Friday July 4

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The EYC’s ICE CREAM SOCIAL begins at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 4 at the EYC. The EYC provides the ice cream, you bring a topping and your appetite. Members and guests of all ages are invited.

If you have family friends with children who might want to join the EYC, bring them to the Ice Cream Social – it’s a great introduction to what the EYC is all about!

Also, remember the EYC has three gas grills for free member use. Friday evening 420 races will take place as usual.  You can race, or grill and watch races, and then get some ice cream!

Please, no dogs at this event.  Another FREE party from the EYC!

Party at the EYC!

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about all the great social events that the EYC hosts each summer? When you sit down to count, there sure are a lot of them.  And almost all of them are free for EYC members.

For example, these weekly get-togethers, almost all of them at nor charge by the EYC:  Monday open play bridge, Monday evening Bunco, Tuesday couples bridge, Wednesday Junior Activities, Thursday bridge lessons, Thursday teen activities, not to mention informal gatherings to watch races, grill dinner, and drink beverages on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

And these annual events, most of them FREE and the rest of them pretty good bargains:  the Fyr Bal Pancake Breakfast and the Fyr Bal Family Cookout (June 21), the Opening Social (June 28), the Ice Cream Social (July 4), two First Mates Coffees (June 16 and July 14), the First Mates Pot Luck (July 17), Men’s Night on the Pier (July 18), the Regatta Welcome Party (August 1), the Bratfest (August 2), and the Commodore’s Party (August 9). Mark your calendar NOW so you don’t miss these fun events!

Plus, three separate opportunities for EYC cruisers to get together to watch fireworks: Egg Harbor (July 3), Fish Creek (July 5), and Sister Bay Marina Fest (August 30).

Slips and lockers still available / First Mates Pot Luck date change

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The EYC still has a few season-long dry slips, slots, and lockers available for rent to members.

To rent a locker, a Flying Scot dry slip, or a rack slot for your windsurfer, paddleboard, or kayak, go to


The First Mates have changed the date of the annual First Mates Pot Luck Dinner.  Although the date listed in the EYC schedule printed in the Eagle’s Cry and the membership directory is Thursday, July 24, in fact the Pot Luck Dinner will be on Thursday, July 17 beginning at 6:00 P.M. at the Ephraim Village Hall.  Please make a note of the date change.  Questions?  Contact event co-chairs Donna Scattergood or Jenny Miller

Ride Share / Eagle’s Cry / Thank-yous

Sunday, May 18th, 2014


An EYC clinic instructor needs a ride from the Milwaukee Yacht Club to the EYC on the evening of Friday, July 11. This is your chance to spend 3 hours in a car with a 2012 Olympian! If you can help please contact

If you are traveling to or from Door County and need a ride, or would offer a lift to an EYC member or friend, be sure to join the EYC’s Ride Share Facebook group here:



The Spring 2014 issue of the EYC’s newsletter, the Eagle’s Cry, has been published, and the paper version should be hitting members’ mailboxes any day now.  The online version (in color!) can be viewed at



From time to time we publicly thank EYC volunteers.  The EYC could not exist without the thousands of hours of volunteer time donated yearly by members and friends.

Thank you to volunteers Bjorn Hooper, Adam Moore and Rob Moore, who we inadvertently didn’t thank in a previous e-mail for helping to set up the 420 storage rack and load the 420s for winter storage, on Saturday October 12.  Thank you to Rob for helping Jay Lott carry a newly purchased Laser through deep snowdrifts to its winter storage spot in the EYC’s clubhouse.

Thank you to Jay Lott, who found a used Laser advertised online, and drove to Madison to purchase it for the EYC; and who also drove to Kewaunee to check out another used Laser. Also thank you to Jay for towing many of the EYC’s Scots and powerboats to winter storage; and this spring, from winter storage to the EYC; for cleaning and organizing the Director’s office and the staff office; for sorting and organizing the EYC’s boat spare parts collection; for drafting the EYC’s 2014 schedule; for serving as the EYC’s point person in its insurance claim for ice damage; for tracking needed boat, trailer and lift repairs and maintenance and supervising the EYC staff in performing those repairs and maintenance; for performing numerous lift, boat, trailer, boat rack, and dolly repairs and upgrades; for calculating required 2014 staffing levels and staff budget, based on expected lesson enrollment, race management needs, and other staffing needs; for writing job descriptions and promoting open EYC positions on the EYC’s website, and placing help wanted advertisements in local and national publications; for calculating wage levels and providing a personnel budget; for recruiting and hiring the EYC’s 2014 staff; for tracking key information regarding the staff; for communicating with staff to ensure they obtain required current US Sailing, First Aid and CPR certifications; for creating an employee intake checklist and completing annual employee intake paperwork; for writing the employee work schedule for the entire summer, making sure it meshes with the EYC’s staffing and teaching needs, and updating it almost daily to meet changing situations and staff availability; for arranging for the EYC to host two sailing clinics in 2014, including recruiting outside clinic instructors, designing clinic curriculum, and promoting the clinics; for serving as the EYC’s Flying Scot Fleet 44 fleet captain, communicating with the Flying Scot Sailing Association and other Midwest fleet captains to promote the Ephraim Regatta; for maintaining the EYC’s lesson signup software, responding to lesson inquiries, revising the EYC’s curriculum, and promoting lessons and clinics to EYC members and others; for arranging for new uniforms for the EYC’s instructors; for maintaining and updating the EYC’s staff training manual, and printing it and mailing it to staff for them to memorize; for communicating with potential donors and following up on cash donations and in-kind donations of boats and equipment, including arranging for title to be transferred to the EYC, arranging for necessary maintenance, advertising the items for resale, showing items, and closing sales of EYC items; for helping with liaison with the Village of Ephraim; for serving as the EYC’s webmaster, including keeping the EYC’s website, summer schedule, Facebook page, e-mail list, slip and locker rental software, and Flickr photo gallery up-to-date, and composing almost every e-mail which goes from the EYC to its membership in general; for keeping track of volunteers and writing thank-you e-mails like this one; and for writing or sourcing approximately half the copy in each recent issue of the Eagle’s Cry.

Thank you to EYC Clubhouse chair Fred Lewis, who cleared a path through deep snow so that the EYC’s six new Optimists could be delivered and stored in the clubhouse in mid-March.  Thank you to Fred, Bjorn Hooper and Jay Lott for helping to unload the new Optimists from the truck and carry them into the clubhouse.

Thank you to those who helped clear off the pier on May 2:  Bill Andersen, Rich Bierman, Bjorn Hooper, Fred Lewis, Jay Lott, and Steve Sauter.  Steve also brought a crew of four strong helpers from, and brought his Bobcat, which was helpful in pushing riprap boulders off the pier.

Thank you to Sue Lewis, who helped our Membership co-chairs Sue Zingsheim and Jodi Hoyerman stuff almost 350 annual membership packets on Saturday, May 3, a project which takes many hours.

Thank you to Bill and Heather Andersen, who once again provided free indoor storage for the EYC’s nine Flying Scots and six powerboats over the winter.  Also thank you to Bill for towing one of the EYC’s Scots to the EYC on May 9.  Please show your appreciation by patronizing their storage business, Port Storage, if you can.

Thanks to Rich Bierman and to EYC member Mike Maltby of Action Electric, who installed the EYC’s crane motors.  Every fall Mike takes down the motors, performs annual maintenance, and stores the motors for us over the winter.  Every spring, together with our Dock chairs, he re-installs the motors.  Please show your appreciation by patronizing Action Electric if you are can.

Thank you to Rich Bierman and to Fred Lewis for completing multiple House and Dock projects on May 2, May 10 and May 17, including blacktopping the parking lot, installing an antenna for the EYC’s new VHF radio base station, re-installing the EYC’s public computer, improving our floating docks by adding counterweights, repairing the stair railings, remodeling the West bathroom (including installing and grouting tile, installing a new vanity, installing a new and hopefully more efficient paper towel dispenser), and for building (Rich) and sanding (Rich and Fred) two very solid new dock boxes to hold our Laser sails and Optimist rigs.  Please think of Rich and Fred next time you use any of these items, including the bathroom.

Thanks to everyone who helped on May 17 to install the floating docks, and to install new parking bumpers to keep our Flying Scots from accidentally rolling into the lake (in no particular order): Steve Sauter (who also lent his Bobcat to install parking bumpers), Fred Lewis, Rich Bierman (who also sourced the bumpers and delivered them from Green Bay using his own trailer), Brett Lecy, Rob Moore, Pete Moegenburg, Rob Cowles, Karen Classon, Jay Lott, Bill Andersen, Topher Andersen, and George Kraemer.

Thank you to Alison Tatlow, who for four years has meticulously kept the EYC’s boat titles and registrations up to date, working with the Wisconsin DNR to make sure our 44 registered boats always have a current sticker and that we have clean title to those of our boats which are required to be titled.

The EYC could not operate without the assistance of hundreds of helpers each year.  We try to thank everyone publicly, in an e-mail and / or in the Eagle’s Cry, but sometimes the list of helpers provided for publication is incomplete, or we just straight out forget someone.  If you know of someone who has helped who has not been thanked in writing, please let us know at

The EYC needs another Junior Sailing Instructor

Wednesday, 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.



The EYC is hiring a Race Manager

Monday, 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.


Bid now in the EYC’s online auction!

Saturday, 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

To learn more about the April 26 event, and to register to attend, go to

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.