This week at the EYC July 26 – August 4

It seems like only yesterday that the EYC’s summer season began, but most of July is already behind us, and the Ephraim Regatta is coming up.  In addition to all the usual weekly activities at the EYC (see www.eyc.org/schedule for a complete list of scheduled activities), here’s what’s happening.

The second MEN’S NIGHT ON THE DOCK begins at 7:30 PM on Friday, July 26.  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, we will finish whatever wasn’t finished the previous Friday, including drinks and conversations.  BYO food, drink and cigars.  The EYC’s no-smoking rule is suspended during this event only, and only outdoors.

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN SESSION E JUNIOR SAILING LESSONS is noon on Sunday, July 28.  Session E sailing lessons run from July 29 through August 9.  For more information about EYC sailing lessons, and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN ADULT SAILING LESSONS for the week of July 29-August 2 is noon on Sunday, July 28.  EYC adult lessons are geared to beginners and near-beginners and take place in 5-day sessions, Monday through Friday from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  For more information and to enroll, go to www.eyc.org/lessons

The EYC’s ANNUAL WOMEN’S REGATTA will be held in Flying Scots on Tuesday, July 30.  The drawing for EYC members who have an EYC Skipper’s License to skipper an EYC-owned boat takes place at 4:30 PM and the warning signal for the first race will be at 5:30 PM.  Up to four races will be sailed.  Non-EYC members are invited to compete as skipper in privately-owned boats, and non-members can sail as crew in any boat.  There is no fee to compete in this regatta.  After the regatta, competitors, friends and family will gather for a cookout at the EYC — BYO food and beverages.  For more information and to view the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions, go to www.eyc.org/racing

The DEADLINE TO ENTER THE DRAWING TO SKIPPER AN EYC-OWNED FLYING SCOT in the Ephraim Regatta is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 31.  You must be an EYC member and you must hold an EYC Skipper’s License to take part in the drawing.  To enter the drawing, send an e-mail to dockside@eyc.org prior to 5:00 PM on July 31, stating your name and that you wish to enter the Ephraim Regatta Flying Scot drawing.  Draw winners will be notified by e-mail the evening of July 31, including the boat and sails assigned to them.

The EPHRAIM REGATTA WELCOME PARTY will take place on Friday August 2 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Olga Dana Green (the park across the street from the EYC).  All EYC members and friends, and regatta competitors and their families, are invited to this casual party.  The menu is pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, dessert. Soft drinks are included in admission price.  BYO adult beverages.  $10 ages 11 and up, $5 age 10 and under — pay at the head of the food line.  We still need some more volunteers to help with this simple, fun party.  If you would like to volunteer, contact party co-chairs Laura O’Rourke lorourke4@aol.com or Jeanne Papenthien jeannepap@me.com

The 108TH EPHRAIM REGATTA takes place in Flying Scots on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4.  Racing begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday and 10:00 AM on Sunday.  To view the Notice of Race and to register, go to www.eyc.org/racing. Discounted advance registration is available thought August 1.  For the first time in 2013, ALL COMPETITORS MUST REGISTER ONLINE AND PAY WITH MASTERCARD OR VISA.  NO PAPER REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AND YOU CAN’T PAY WITH A CHECK.

The LEGENDARY BRATFEST starts at 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 3.  $12 adults, $6 children 11 and under (children 5 and under are free).  Two free admissions are included in each Ephraim Regatta registration; additional admissions payable at the door.  Famous grilled brats, grill-roasted sweet corn on the cob, beer and soft drinks, volleyball, music, and great company.   Hosted by the Klein family.  Location: 3282 Gibraltar Road, Fish Creek, WI.  Directions from the EYC:  South on Hwy. 42 to intersection with Maple Grove Road.  Left (east) on Maple Grove to intersection with Gibraltar Road.  Right on Gibraltar Road to 3282.  Look for the flags on the side of the road.

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Congrats to John and Deanna Peterson’s Charrette!  First in Div. 3 and first overall in the Hundred Miler race on July 20, and shorthanded with only 6 crew, too!  It’s their second year in a row with the overall victory in this race.  The all-EYC crew members were John, Deanna, Isak Peterson, Woody Heidler, Erica Heidler, and Brian Ritter.

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The EYC still needs some more mark anchors.  The best are mushroom anchors, weightlifting weights and cast iron window sash counterweights.  Eight to ten pounds is about perfect.

We also are in constant need of gallon jugs which we convert into scoop bailers.  The best are milk jugs, orange juice jugs, and bleach jugs.  All donated jugs must have their caps and must be thoroughly rinsed prior to being donated.

If you have some you can donate, the EYC will be very grateful.  You can drop off weights and gallon jugs any time at the EYC.  Thanks!

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There’s a very nice Flying Scot for sale in the EYC’s classified advertisements.  Helga (#5015) is in great racing condition and the price (with new racing sails and a Trailex aluminum trailer) is fair at $8000.  You can see Helga at the Ephraim Regatta on August 3-4, where she will be sailed by her longtime owner, Flying Scot Sailing Association President Frank Gerry.  For more information see www.eyc.org/classified-advertising