This Week at the EYC July 13-21

The EYC is settling into its summer groove.  In addition to all the weekly events which make the EYC such a great value, such as lessons, racing, daysailing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, grilling, drinking, visiting with friends, bridge, bunco, four-square, and you name it, here’s what’s happening:

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 weather.  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

MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO DRIVE SAFETY BOATS for the Rich Hall Junior Regatta.  You can volunteer for Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, or both.  You would need to provide an appropriate boat, too.  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 Junior 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.

Because of the Rich Hall Junior Regatta, the OPTIMIST RED FLEET (ages 12-15) races which would normally be held on the afternoon of Saturday, July 13 will not be held.  Optimist Red Fleet racers are encouraged instead to compete in the Rich Hall Junior Regatta.

The EYC’s gala DINNER WITH GARY JOBSON begins at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 13 in a tent on the lawn at Alexander’s.  Pre-registration is required.  You cannot purchase admission at the door.  A few (very few!) registrations remain available at www.eycgaryjobson.eventbrite.com.  Bring your checkbook for quicker checkout when you win a silent auction item.  Partygoers are reminded:  DO NOT PARK IN ALEXANDER’S PARKING LOT.  PARK ONLY AT MINISTRY HEALTH CARE, IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF ALEXANDERS. 

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.

Because of the Rich Hall Junior Regatta, the OPTIMIST BLUE FLEET (age 11 and under) races which would normally be held on the morning of Sunday, July 14 will be held instead in the afternoon the same day.  The drawing for EYC members to use an EYC-owned Optimist will be at 1:00 PM and the first race is scheduled for 2:00 PM.

The DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION D JUNIOR SAILING LESSONS is noon on July 14.  Session D begins July 15 and runs through July 26.  For more information, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The second FIRST MATES COFFEE begins at 9:00 AM on Monday, July 15 at the EYC.  If you are an EYC member and female, then you are a First Mate!  Please attend to catch up with friends and to discuss the EYC’s upcoming activities.  For more information contact the First First Mate, Carole Kraemer, at 920 868 2409.

The WEDNESDAY JUNIOR ACTIVITY for July 17 is sailing and goulash.  Meet at the EYC at 5:30 PM and bring a can or package of something palatable to throw in the pot (soup, vegetables, instant rice etc.)  We will sail (with an instructor on each boat) to Nicolet Bay to cook goulash.  Drinks will be provided.  If bad weather threatens, watch the EYC’s Facebook page or Twitter feed to see if the event is cancelled.  Pick up at the EYC approximately 8:30 PM.  Capacity for the event is limited and advance sign up is required – see the poster at the EYC. Closed toe shoes and PFD required.  Parent volunteers  to drive to Nicolet Bay are needed.  To volunteer, or with questions, contact event chair Betsy Steele 920-854-7191.  Participants must have completed first grade.

The July 18 THURSDAY TEEN ACTIVITY is a scavenger hunt!  Meet at EYC at 6:00 PM for a barbecue.  Pick up at the EYC at 8 PM.  There will be prizes!  Bring $5 and a dessert or fruit to share.  Sign up at EYC.  Participants must have completed 8th grade. Questions? Contact Heather Andersen 847-420-3978.

The first MEN’S NIGHT ON THE DOCK begins at 7:30 PM on Friday, July 19.  EYC men can watch (or compete in) the Friday evening Laser and 420 races.  We will fire up the grills around 7:30, and as the women and juniors depart after the races, manly men will partake in manly food, manly drink, manly cigars, and manly conversation.  BYO food, drink and cigars.  The EYC’s no-smoking rule is suspended during this event only, and only outdoors.

The OPTIMIST REGATTA will take place the afternoon of Saturday, July 20 and the morning of Sunday, July 21.  The EYC’s Optimists are available for qualified EYC members to use in this regatta.  The boat draw is at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 20. Eligibility is limited to competitors who will not have reached their 16th birthday in 2013.  For more information see the Notice of Race at www.eyc.org/racing