This week at the EYC July 6-14

It’s possibly the busiest week of the EYC season.  In addition to the usual EYC activities of lessons, racing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, sunning, 4-square, powerboating, bridge, bunco, grilling, and just hanging out with your EYC friends, here’s what’s happening this week:

The US SAILING ADVANCED 420 CLINIC takes place at the EYC on July 6 and 7 beginning at 9:00 AM on both days.  The clinic is highly recommended for juniors age 12-17 who are in the EYC’s Level 3 class or higher, or have equivalent training at another club.  Less than 10 enrollment slots remain available.  This clinic will be led by two extremely talented and experienced coaches, Bobby Collins and Martha Pitt.  The clinic is open to members and non-members.  The DEADLINE TO REGISTER is 5:00 PM on Friday, July 5.  For more information, and to register, go to http://eyc.org/advanced-420-racing-clinic-july-6-7/

The OPTIMIST RED FLEET (AGE 12-15) RACES which would normally be held on the afternoon of Saturday, July 6 are cancelled.  Optimist racers age 12 and up who are eligible to enroll in EYC lessons at Level 3 or higher should enroll in the Advanced 420 Clinic.

A CRUISING RENDEZVOUS in Fish Creek to watch the fireworks is scheduled for Saturday, July 6 beginning around 6:00 PM.  EYC boats of all sizes and types are invited.  Bring a picnic dinner and beverages, and lots of fenders.  Presumably somebody will bring a large anchor, too.

Participants in the Advanced 420 Clinic automatically draw a boat for the EYC’s SUNDAY AFTERNOON 420 RACES on July 7.  If there are any 420s not being raced by Clinic participants, the drawing for those boats will take place as usual at 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 7.

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN ADULT SAILING LESSONS for the week of July 8-12 is noon on Sunday, July 7.  EYC adult sailing lessons are geared to beginners or near-beginners and take place in one-week sessions, Monday through Friday, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.  For more information, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE EYC’S GALA DINNER WITH GARY JOBSON is Monday, July 8.  Adults ($65) and juniors ($50) are invited to Alexander’s of Door County, which includes cocktails, appetizers, dinner, dessert, a silent auction to raise funds to support the EYC, and a multi-media presentation by Gary which will include lots of inside information on this summer’s America’s Cup.  This is a chance to dress up in your yachting cap, blue blazer, Nantucket reds and Lilly Pulitzer dress (presumably not all at the same time) and to support the EYC’s mission of sailing education and amateur sailboat racing.  Advance registration is required and seats are limited.  Register by end of day on Monday, July 8 at www.eycgaryjobson.eventbrite.com

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY on July 10 will be mini-golf at the Red Putter, followed by Joe Jo’s pizza at Bobby’s Playground. Cost $10.00 per child for  – please bring cash with you.  Drop-off at 5:00 PM and pick-up at 7:30 PM sharp, at the playground located between the Red Putter and Joe Jo’s (10420 Water St., Ephraim).  EYC Junior Activities are open to those who have finished first grade. Please sign up on the poster at the EYC. Additional parent volunteers are needed for this event — if you can help,  please contact event organizer Carol Fiedler (920) 854-2567 or (514) 979-7115.  In the event inclement weather threatens, watch the EYC’s Facebook page or Twitter feed to learn if this event will be cancelled.

The THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY on July 11 will be a cookout at the EYC followed by volleyball.  Drop off at the EYC at 6:30 PM; pick up at Gibraltar volleyball courts (on Hwy. A about a mile south of Hwy. 42) at 8:30 PM sharp. Questions? Contact Heather Andersen Heather@Brecklodge.com or 847-420-3978.  Sign up at EYC.  EYC teen activities are open to those who have at least completed 8th grade.  Please bring $5.

The EYC’s annual RICH HALL JUNIOR REGATTA takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, in 420s and Laser Radials.  There is no registration fee.  This regatta is limited to ages 12-17.  EYC members can use an EYC-owned Laser Radial or 420 for free in this regatta.  There is no specific skill qualification or minimum lesson level requirement to skipper an EYC-owned boat in this regatta, but parents are asked to use good judgment in deciding whether their children are sufficiently experienced and of sufficient size and strength to compete, taking into account the boats used, and the expected wind strength.  The drawing for EYC-owned boats is at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 13, followed by registration and a 1:30 PM mandatory skippers meeting.  Races will begin around 2:15 PM.  Racing resumes at 9:00 AM on Sunday, July 14.  For more information see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO DRIVE SAFETY AND MARK BOATS for the Rich Hall Junior Regatta.  You can volunteer for Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, or both.  You can provide your own boat, or (if you are an experienced powerboater) you can drive one of the EYC’s support boats.  If you would like to volunteer, e-mail racing@eyc.org

Legendary sailor GARY JOBSON WILL VISIT THE EYC on Saturday, July 13.  We anticipate that Gary will say a few words at the Skippers Meeting of the Rich Hall Regatta at 1:30 PM.  Gary will then be watching the Rich Hall races from the EYC pier, so if you want to meet Gary in person and chat with him, stop by the EYC from around 1:30 PM until around 3:00 PM.

Participants in the Rich Hall Junior Regatta and their parents are invited to a free PICNIC LUNCH AND AWARDS CEREMONY beginning around noon on Sunday, July 14.  The EYC will provide burgers, dogs and brats; BYO side dishes and beverages.

The EYC’s gala DINNER WITH GARY JOBSON is the evening of Saturday, July 13 at Alexander’s.  We still need more items for the silent auction.  If you can donate something, or if you can approach someone else to donate something, please contact event co-chairs Sibylle Tasker sibtask@aol.com or Liz Gheorghita lgheorghita@hotmail.com

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Congrats to EYC junior ERIC HOYERMAN, who won the EYC’s June Optimist series in convincing fashion, with only 25 points in 33 races!  Derek Waleffe was second and Parker Wolf was third.  Racing is the best way to get better at sailing in a hurry.  With 49 sailboats available for qualified members to race, the EYC’s racing participation this year is likely to be higher than ever.  For complete EYC race results, and to see the schedule of EYC races, go to www.eyc.org/racing

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Remember the EYC has classified advertising!  New this week:  a complete Sunfish sailboat for only $600 located in Ephraim, and a bunch of old Flying Scot sails, too worn for use, which could be used for making bags or other crafts.  See www.eyc.org/classified-advertising