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Ready or not, here comes summer!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Need volunteers to open the EYC: Saturday May 27th at 9:00AM sharp!

Don’t forget that we need volunteers to open the club on Saturday, May 27th. We will start at 9:00 AM and finish at noon with the first cookout of the year! We will be cleaning and organizing the docks, boats, equipment and clubhouse with jobs for all ages and abilities. Please come and join us. Your help is greatly appreciated! Please contact Fred Lewis with any questions

Summer Sailing Warm Up

Lessons begin June 19th, and the first series race is on June 10th. Even if you are not yet in Door County, there are many things your sailor can do to maximize lesson time once lessons begin.
*Review last year’s text book.
*Watch US Sailing videos.
*Get out on the water. Anywhere.
All skills checklists can be found on the Education page at

Classes are filling. Register now to reserve the dates and session that fit your schedule.

See you soon!

Help Open The EYC!

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Volunteers needed to open the EYC: Saturday May 27th at 9:00AM sharp!

All EYC members are encouraged to come down to the Club at 9:00AM on Saturday, May 27th to help open the Club. We will be cleaning and organizing the clubhouse, docks, boats and equipment for the 2017 season. There are jobs for all ages and abilities. We anticipate being finished by noon. Afterward, the EYC will fire up the grills for the first cookout of the year. There will be a complimentary lunch featuring burgers, dogs, chips and cookies.

Please come and join in the fun! We need your help!

Summer Classes are Filling at EYC

Friday, May 5th, 2017

April showers bring May flowers . . . and thoughts of summer! Now is the time to have a look at the 2017 Lesson Schedule and see what’s on offer. We have a wide variety of classes from the traditional two week classes to a Beginner class which meets all day for one week. The popular Women’s Class is back and will be offered throughout the summer. Adventure Sailing is always a great option for visiting friends and relatives to take together. Powerboat Skills can help both youngsters and adults learn how to confidently handle a powerboat. Intro to Lasers and Opti Racing are great options for younger sailors eager to improve on the race course. Last, but not least, Bobby Collins will be leading the Laser Clinic on July 6 & 7. It is open to youth and adults. Please visit for many details and a link to registration.

As always, feel free to contact with any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Nudge to renew your EYC membership…

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

For those who have already renewed, Gold Stars For You!

If you haven’t renewed . . .

Here’s the link so you can do it now. (Thank you!).

And now a message from our sponsors:

Did you know your 2016 EYC membership expires at the end of May? The Ephraim Yacht Club dues are kept at an affordable rate because of our large, dedicated membership. Your annual dues help with expenses such as clubhouse maintenance, crane repairs, insurance, and equipment purchases.

Thinking about taking a year “off”?

Not sure if you want to renew this year but perhaps next? By continually renewing your annual membership, you forego the reactivation fee if your membership lapses. Taking a year “off” means paying a reactivation-initiation fee.

Are you having difficulty renewing?

Please email and Jodi or Lisa will contact you to assist with the process.

EYC Membership Renewal Is Going On Now

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Time to renew your EYC membership: “Everybody’s doing it”

Thus far, two thirds of our membership has already renewed. (Are you feeling the peer pressure?) If you haven’t yet, now is the time. Click on this renewal link to Club Express and use your login/password. Click on the red “renew” and follow the steps. Your renewal is complete when you pay with your credit card. Club Express will send you a confirmation email within minutes.

If you need help with this process, please send an email to membership volunteers: Lisa Gifford and Jodi Hoyerman

Student Memberships

All sailing students need to be members. If you are not a club member, and your child will be sailing with us, please contact Jodi Hoyerman at for information on purchasing a student membership. The process is similar to last year but with a new discount code to bypass the initiation fee. Please keep in mind, that student memberships have limited benefits. If you are considering a family membership this year, please contact Jodi with any questions.

The Printed Directory

It takes many volunteer hours to edit and organize the directory information. Thank you to Sue Zingsheim who has published our club directory for many years and is training a new volunteer group to take over. Please renew your membership by April 1st if you want your name in the printed directory (and of course we know that you do).

Bridge, Lesson Signups, and Thank You!

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Open Play Bridge, Couples Bridge, and Bridge Lessons

In 2017, EYC members are again invited to play bridge in the EYC clubhouse starting in June. Follow this link to see the bridge schedule, to print the signup sheet for bridge lessons, and for more information. Or, go to the EYC home page, click on “member info”, and then click on the page for bridge. Bridge lesson spots are limited, and signup is first come, first served (based on the postmark date of your tuition check and registration). If you have questions about EYC Bridge, contact Bridge chairperson Suzanne Lisle

 Sign-ups are ongoing for summer lessons and camps

All class information can be found at There you will find a link for class registration for both youth and adult lessons. Private lessons can be requested now, or at the club beginning in June. As always, please feel free to contact with any questions about classes or the registration process.

Aaron R. Moore Scholarship Fundraiser a Success!

Irish eyes were certainly smiling on Saturday evening, March 11, as we hosted the 5th annual EYC Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fundraiser. A kilt-clad bag piper piped a greeting to all as they entered, and the amazing Chicago Irish Band played music throughout the evening. Tables were set with gold chargers atop genuine “old sod” place mats with live shamrock and hydrangea centerpieces and shamrock folded napkins.

Guests dined on smoked salmon, crab cakes, and pear bruschetta appetizers, two Irish salads, traditional corned beef and cabbage, pan roasted cod with cider cream and mussels, roasted leg of lamb on a bed of root vegetables and various flavored mousse cups for dessert. There were a few Guinness or Harps to wet one’s whistle, along with any other drink your heart desired.

The group was a little smaller this year with about 60 people attending, but all had a great time dancing, viewing the 56 auction items and 11 raffle baskets. While all is not tallied yet, we will to be able to provide additional sailing scholarships to the boys and girls of Door County this summer.

This event couldn’t take place without the help of many. A very special thank you to Adam and Barb Moore for sponsoring the Bag Piper, the Chicago Irish Band and the Irish decorations. Thank you to our wonderful EYC girls, Sophie and Melanie Tasker, for doing an outstanding job of selling $400.00 worth of raffle tickets! A big thank you to all our EYC members for their generous in-kind donations for the auction: Dick and Claire Bierman, Keith and Christine Bridenhagen, Ron Litterst, Adam and Barb Moore, Rob and Sherry Moore, Steve Sauter, Di Taillon and Nan Zimdars.

Thank you to all who made cash donations to the scholarship fund, attended the event and bid on auction items. There are not enough words to express our gratitude.

And, to Jack O’Rourke for being everyone’s favorite Irishman (He really is Irish! Who would have thought!)

!t’s not too late to make a cash donation to the scholarship fund for this year’s sailing season to help keep the kids on the water. Donations are accepted all year long and can be made to EYC-ARM Sailing Scholarship Fund and sent to EYC at PO Box 331 Ephraimn, WI 54211. See you on the Dock!

Special THANK YOU to the Moores:

Many thanks to Sherry and Rob Moore, and Barb and Adam Moore who just hosted the 5th Annual Aaron R. Moore Scholarship Fundraiser in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Over the past four years, this event has raised $105,000 and awarded 158 total scholarships to year-round residents of Door County who are unable to afford sailing lessons at the EYC.  The EYC is grateful to the Moores’ ongoing commitment to our sailing program and our local residents.


EYC Scholarship Fundraiser is in One Week!

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

One week until the EYC Sailing Scholarship Fundraiser! Buy your tickets here for the March 11th 6:30-10 pm event at the Lake Forest Club for a fun evening of great food, a wonderful silent auction, dancing and fabulous company!

Bid Remotely on Door County Gift Certificates!

Exciting News! All members now have the opportunity to bid on the Door County Gift Certificate Packages being offered at the 2017 Scholarship Fundraiser on March 11. If you are not able to attend the event, you may email your top bid on any package to It will be added to the bid sheet at the event. You will be notified if you are the winner and you can pay by check. Our DC business and restaurant owners are such great supporters of our Scholarship Fund, please bid generously! Bidding will close on Friday March 10 at noon. Thank you in advance for your support!

DC 301. Biking in the Door Nor Door Sport and Cyclery:

Two of you can rent bikes and pedal through the towns, back roads or through the State Parks. Wherever you decide to roam, you will find beauty and tranquility. The certificate is for a one-day rental of TWO hybrid bikes at Nor Door in Fish Creek.   Value $50.  Opening bid 30 + 5

DC 302. Kayaking in the Door Presented by Bay Shore Outdoor Store

Enjoy a gift certificate for 2 for a Morning Mist or Sunset Kayak Tour in beautiful Door County. Value $90. Opening Bid 50 + 5

DC 303. A Round of Golf for Two at Peninsula State Golf Course PKG#1

Enjoy 18 majestic holes of golf with spectacular views of Ephraim and Eagle Harbor in beautiful Door County. Certificate includes an 18 hole round of golf for 2 plus a cart.  Value $120.  Opening Bid $ 80 + 5

DC 304. A Round of Golf for Two at Peninsula State Golf Course PKG#2

Enjoy 18 majestic holes of golf with spectacular views of Ephraim and Eagle Harbor in beautiful Door County. Certificate includes an 18 hole round of golf for 2 plus a cart. Value $120. Opening Bid $ 80 + 5

DC305. Jerry’s Flower’s $50 Gift Certificate

Jerry’s is our constant stop every spring and summer to buy plants and flowers for our gardens! Enjoy the many choices!  Value $50.  Opening bid 30 + 5

DC306. Bridenhagen Tree and Landscape $100 Gift Certificate

Enhance your garden or landscaping with a beautiful new tree or shrub from Bridenhagen’s garden center. This is a good way to replace that special something that didn’t survive our DC winter! Value $100.00.  Opening bid. 60 + 5

DC307. Hands on Art Studio $50 Gift Certificate

A fun day is in store for you or your kids! Hands On is where you can create jewelry, ceramics, pottery or welding projects! Great fun! Value $50. Opening bid 30 + 5

DC 308. Shopping Spree! $50 Gift Certificate to J. Jeffrey Taylor and a $50 gift certificate to Jeffrey Lardiere Gallery.

Located in fish Creek, J.Jeffrey Taylor specializes in contemporary and innovative jewelry complimented by art glass and pottery. Jeffrey Lardiere, in Ephraim, is a nationally known artist specializing in Contemporary art and beautiful scarves and bracelets. These are two of DC’s best! Total Value $100. Opening bid 60 + 5

DC309. Dining Certificate # 1 “Waterfront Restaurant”

Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the waters of Green Bay while enjoying the finest dining in Door County! Waterfront Restaurant Gift Certificate $150. Total Value $150. Opening bid $ 100 + 10

DC 310. Dining Certificate Package # 2 “Up North Dining”

The Fireside in Ellison Bay $50. The Viking Grill in Ellison Bay 2 Fish Boil Dinners $40.00. Al Johnson’s (2 $20 gift cards) $40. Value $130.00. Opening bid $70 + 10

DC 311. Dining Certificate Package # 3 “Lunch Specials”

Bailey’s Harbor Cornerstone Pub (2 $20 gift cards) $40.00. Al Johnson’s $50. Top Shelf $25. Grasse’s Grill $30.00. Total Value $145. Opening bid $85 + 10

DC 312. Dining Certificate Package #4 “The Best Breakfast in Town!”

Chef’s Hat in Ephraim $50. Al Johnson’s $50. Total Value $100. Opening bid 70 + 5

DC 313. Dining Certificate Package #5 Fun in Sister Bay

The Sister Bay Bowl $50, Al Johnsons $20, Total Value $70. Opening Bid $40 + 5

Summer Sailing Lessons Registration Now Open!!

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Yes, it is only three months till Memorial Day! Get your calendars out and start planning for summer sailing lessons. All class information can be found at There you will find a link for class registration for both youth and adult lessons. Private lessons can be requested now, or at the club beginning in June. As always, please feel free to contact with any questions about classes or the registration process.

Video from last summer’s lessons

And to get you all in the mood, check out this short video from last year’s season.  Thanks to Carrie Ritter for putting together this “One Second A Day!” EYC2016

The EYC Aaron R Moore Sailing Scholarship Fundraiser is only 2 weeks away!

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Don’t delay: Sign up now!
Join us on March 11th 6:30-10 pm at the Lake Forest Club for a fun evening of great foods, a wonderful silent auction, dancing and fabulous company, all in our combined interest to raise funds for the Ephraim Yacht Club’s Aaron R Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund. Click here to get all the info.

Tickets on sale now at the event home page!
Raise a pint for a an evening of Irish festivities to raise money for the EYC Aaron R Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund! We are excited to be joined for the evening by The Chicago Irish Band. Members of their group have recorded or toured with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, & The Black Crowes, among many other recognizable artists. They also have Grammy award winning talent in their group! In the fall of 2012 the Ephraim Yacht Club and the Moore family established the EYC Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund. The mission of this fund is to promote and provide scholarships for sailing instruction and activities to the children of Door County. EYC believes that sailing is a lifelong sport that teaches many enduring principles. To date, the Scholarship Fund has granted 158 scholarships. We hope that you will support this cause by attending this fabulous fundraiser! If you cannot attend, please consider donating to the Scholarship Fund. We hope that we can count on your support to help put these kids on the water. ​​
All the details are available at the event home page:

Passing of Bill Claypool

Friday, February 10th, 2017

It is with sadness that we share the passing of longtime EYC member Bill Claypool on February 8, 2017. Bill is survived by Jamie, his wife of 28 years, his daughter, Lianna (age 17), his son, James (age 12), as well as his mother, Virginia Claypool, and sisters, Nancy, Sandra, and Carol Claypool. The obituary can be found here.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at noon (with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to noon) at Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 26401 West Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth, MI 48170, telephone (734) 459-2250.

The EYC extends its sympathy to the entire Claypool family.

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.