This Week at the EYC June 11-17

This week sees the beginning of the EYC’s regular summer operations.  Here’s what’s happening from June 11 to June 17:

LESSON SESSION A begins at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 11.  This session is only one week long, so it’s a good opportunity to introduce a new student to sailing lessons at a low price.  This session tends to be lightly enrolled, often leading to very low student / teacher ratios.  The enrollment deadline is noon, Sunday, June 10.  To enroll, go to

BRIDGE LESSONS begin Thursday, June 14 at 9:30 AM.  Bridge lessons are already fully enrolled.  For more information about EYC bridge, contact Bridge chair Suzanne Lisle [email protected].

The FYR BAL REGATTA kicks off the EYC’s racing season on Saturday, June 16.  The Fyr Bal Regatta is raced in Flying Scots and these races also count towards the season-long Saturday Flying Scot series.   The drawing for qualified skippers to use an EYC-owned Scot in the Fyr Bal Regatta is at 9:00 AM and the first race is scheduled for 10:00 AM.  For the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, see  Flying Scot races also take place on Monday evenings.

The EYC’s first OPTIMIST RACES are scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, June 16.  The EYC has expanded its Optimist racing schedule to four times per week in 2012 (Saturday afternoons, Sunday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings).  All EYC members under age 16 are encouraged to race Optimists.  The Saturday drawing for EYC juniors to use an EYC-owned Optimist is at 1:00 PM and the first race is scheduled for 2:00 PM.  The Sunday drawing is at 9:00 AM and the first race is at 10:00 AM.  For the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, including the complete schedule of races, see

An INFORMAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING will take place at 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 16.  There will be a very short presentation on the state of the EYC and the EYC’s operations, and then members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the EYC’s officers, members of the Board of Directors and some committee chairpersons.  This would be a good meeting to attend if you would like to volunteer but are not sure where your particular skills are most needed.

Former EYC Commodore and founding EYC member Malcolm D. (“Skipper”) Vail, Sr. (1888-1976) will be INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME of the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation at a brief ceremony at the EYC at 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 16.  Gene McCarthy of LMSRF will present a memorial gift to Skipper’s son, Malcolm D. (“Weed”) Vail, Jr.  All EYC members are encouraged to attend this short ceremony.

The EYC’s FYR BAL FAMILY COOKOUT will get underway immediately following the Hall of Fame ceremony. The EYC will provide grilled items; members are encouraged to bring a side dish and/or dessert, and their own beverages.  As the sun sets, we will view the Fyr Bal bonfires ringing the harbor.

LASER AND FLYING JUNIOR RACING begins Sunday, June 17.  The drawing for use of an EYC-owned boat is at 1:00 PM and the first race is scheduled for 2:00 PM.  For 2012 the EYC has purchased Radial rigs for all its Lasers, enabling the Lasers to be sailed by smaller persons and in higher winds…so, parents, encourage your teens to race a Laser!  Laser and Flying Junior races take place on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.  For the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, including the complete schedule of races, see

The DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN LESSON SESSION B is noon on Sunday, June 17.  Session B lessons begin Monday, June 18.  For more information about EYC sailing lessons, and to enroll, see

The EYC begins REGULAR SUMMER HOURS on June 11.  The club will be staffed from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, and in the evenings when races or other events require.