Ephraim Regatta July 30-August 1!

The Ephraim Regatta is next weekend, July 30 through August 1!

We have almost all the volunteers we need, but a few key jobs have yet to be filled.  Please volunteer to help make the Ephraim Regatta the best in the Midwest!

We need two ramp personnel to assist visiting competitors launching and recovering their boats at Ephraim’s Firehouse Ramp.  This would be for a couple of hours Saturday and Sunday morning, and about an hour and a half on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  At least one of these people should be skilled at driving and backing trailered boats.

We need two people to help serve on the signal boat (otherwise known as the committee boat), including one person to drive the boat.  You would help the Principal Race Officer with the flags, timing, anchor, etc.  You will have a close-up view of the races and you will learn how races are run (there is more to it than you might think….)  Previous experience as a sailboat racer or race committee person helpful but not required.  To volunteer as the boat driver, you must be an experienced powerboater capable of driving a 22′ Grady-White.  This job will begin around 9 AM on Saturday and around 8:30 AM on Sunday, and will continue until races are completed on each day.

We need a greeter to meet incoming visiting sailors at the Firehouse Ramp from 4 PM to 8 PM on Friday, July 30, to give them instructions on where to put their boats.

To volunteer for any of these positions, or just to volunteer in general to help with the Ephraim Regatta, contact Ephraim Regatta Chairman Jay Lott jaylott01@gmail.com (414) 322-7880

Highlights of the Ephraim Regatta will include:

The Regatta Welcome Party is Friday, July 30 at 6 PM Jay Lott’s house, 9910 Mueller Lane, Bailey’s Harbor.  All are welcome – you do not need to be a Regatta participant or an EYC member to attend.  This EYC fundraiser is now in its fourth year.  This year’s menu includes smoked salmon, a green salad, duck kebabs, dill-lemon-butter steamed salmon, pheasant kebabs, grilled veggies, s’mores, beer and soft drinks.  There also will be hot dogs and mac-n-cheese for finicky children.  $12 adults, $6 children 12 and under, children 5 and under are free.  Volleyball, horseshoes, bocceball, and croquet will keep the children busy.  Parents are requested to supervise their children.  No dogs.  Directions from Ephraim:   Hwy Q east 3 1/2 miles; right on Mueller Lane.

Racing begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 31.  The EYC affords a terrific vantage point for spectators.  Sandwiches, cookies, chips and soft drinks will be available for purchase.  Racing continues on Sunday, August 31 beginning at 10:00 AM.

A free boat rigging and speed clinic will be led by Harry Carpenter of Flying Scot, Inc. and Ryan Malmgren of Mad Sails, on the EYC pier after the races on Saturday.

The legendary Bratfest, beginning at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 31, will serve all-you-can-eat roasted corn, grilled bratwurst, beer and soft drinks in an outdoor setting.  All EYC members and their guests are welcome.  Bring your volleyball skills!  From the EYC, take Hwy. 42 south past the golf course to Maple Grove Road.  Turn left on Maple Grove.  Take Maple Grove east to Gibraltar Road.  Turn right on Gibraltar and go about 1/2 mile.  The driveway will be marked with flags on your right.  The address is “Camelot”, 3282 Gibraltar Road.  Your hosts will be the Klein family.  Parents are reminded to supervise their children.

The registration deadline for Ephraim Regatta racers is 9:00 AM on Saturday July 31.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  To print a copy of the registration form and the Notice of Race, go to www.eyc.org/racing

To participate in the lottery to use an EYC-owned Flying Scot in the Ephraim Regatta, you must enter by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 28.  Sign up on the sign-up sheet on the EYC bulletin board or send an e-mail to EYC Director Alex Zalar zalaram@gmail.com   Caption your e-mail “Ephraim Regatta Boat Lottery Entry” and include your name.  Members who draw one of the six EYC Flying Scots in the lottery are expected to enter and compete in the Regatta as skipper of that boat.