Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2017

Spinsheet - July 26, 2017


What a gorgeous night for a CYC picnic!  Fun was had by all at the annual Sailing School Picnic on Friday evening.  From tug of war, sharks and minnows to s'mores.  Thank you to all who helped to set up, clean up and provide yummy side salads. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Commodore's Buffet (Don't forget to RSVP!) 

CYC Sailors are having a phenomenal racing year! 

Congratulations to Jack Murphy (420), Connor Blanchet (420) and Harris Padegs (laser) each qualified for the Chubb US Junior Championship to be held in NJ in August.  They were the top SMSA boats and were also awarded the Nash and Jones Trophies.

See all CYC sailors results on the Racing Corner Page


Parker Dwyer was the Executive Director of the Pleon Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA from 2013-2016 where he lead the program from a summer sailing program into a year round program. He coached the Marblehead High School Sailing Team for several seasons. Prior to his role at Pleon, he coached Opti's and 420's from 2009-2013 at the Nantucket Yacht Club, Shelter Island Yacht Club and the Coral Reef Yacht Club. His coaching accomplishments include developing sailing programs and coaching youth sailors at the highest level of national and international competitive youth sailing. 

Parker received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College where he sailed on the Varsity Sailing Team from 2005-2009 and lead the Team as Captain in the Fall 2008- Spring 2009 seasons. During his college career, the Eagles won two ICSA Team Race National Championships in 2008 & 2009. 

His youth sailing accomplishments include winning the Orange Bowl Regatta in 420s, US Team Trials in Opti's and qualified for Optimist World Championships. Parker and his wife Jennifer reside in Marblehead, MA.


(Limited availability, Questions?  Sarah Fuller





See you on the bay! 


To learn more 


CYC 2017 NOR



Meet at the Outer Beach around 11:00am for an informal day at the beach. Pack your lunches and families! We will be meeting across from the Fish Pier. Look for the boat Spartina. If you bring your boat, please fly a CYC burgee to help others find us.

Location: North (Middle?) beach, left of the remaining house.

If you need a ride to the beach, John Maggioni has offered to help coordinate rides either from CYC or from the fish pier. e-mail him ahead of time ( to make arrangements.          




Official 2017 Regatta Gear is available for pre-order at $20 per shirt until July 28th. Post July 28th,  $25 per shirt. Gear will be available to pick up from the clubhouse and during the Commodore's Regatta Buffet Dinner.


Don't forget to check out our  CYC GEAR  page for other great items!

 CYC fleece 1/4 zips, burgees, blankets, water bottles, hats, duffle bags, polo shirts, coolers etc and "vintage" t-shirts.

Did you miss out? email your wish list to Suzanne Lenox

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July 30th: CYC Beach Day

August 4th: Commodore's Buffet

August 11th: Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show, 12:00pm

August 13th: CYC Beach Day

August 18th: Last Hurrah Cocktails, 6:00pm

The CYC Social Committee is looking forward to another wonderful summer filled with fun events for the whole family, but we count on volunteers to make all these events happen!! Please sign up on the CYC website! If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact

Nikki Bartlett at


LADIES CLINIC - July 26th 


Ladies Sunset Sail: This is a women's only class taught by women, for women. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! 

Typically this class is followed by social hang out time at the club after we are off of the water - Join us!  

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Every four years following the most recent summer Olympics, World Sailing and US Sailing revise the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) that will govern international sailing for the coming four years.  The new 2017 – 2020 Rules were released and went into effect at the start of this year.  Most of the changes are relatively minor and likely won’t impact Chatham Yacht Club races in any material way.  However, the interpretation of the changes can be useful to know for members that regularly race.  US Sailing has the following summary of the changes:

Sailing World magazine has also been running a series of articles with a very useful overview of the most notable changes that we thought we would provide you:

One change that we would point out is to Rule 18.3 – Tacking in the Zone.  Under the prior Rules, a boat tacking in the “zone” (the three boat-length area surrounding a mark in which mark-room can apply) at a windward mark would not be entitled to mark-room from outside boats.  It would break the rule if it caused other boats to take action to avoid contact.  Under the revised Rules, Rule 18.3 now only applies at windward marks to be left to port, such as when Middle or Channel is the windward mark in CYC races.  However, the Rule no longer applies at windward marks to be left to starboard, such as when Head of the Bay is the windward mark in CYC races.  Consequently, a boat tacking in the zone at Head of the Bay (or other windward marks left to starboard) that establishes an inside overlap could now be entitled to mark-room.

 If you have questions on this Rule change or any others, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Ted Dickson and Marshall Bartlett, Race Committee Chairs



In order to keep children safe, the costs affordable as well as maintain the community culture of Chatham Yacht Club, CYC relies on ALL members to volunteer in order to get everything done. This a great way to get to know old and new CYC members.

Thank you to those who have volunteered this season already!  We have some gaps for race refreshments and parent on duty coming up, so please sign up.  


Thank you! Cindi and Deb 

Sailing School Families should sign up for at least ONE VOLUNTEER SLOT PER CHILD enrolled in Sailing School and at least ONE REGATTA DONATION PER CHILD in Sailing School. All other members should sign up for at least TWO VOLUNTEER SLOTS and donate at least ONE ITEM for the Regatta (see separate signups below; the more donations the better, thanks!). If you have a motorboat and are willing to serve as Race Patrol, please consider PATROL as your volunteer responsibility. If you have never patrolled before, don’t worry it is easy and there are plenty of folks to help guide you – just ask


QUESTIONS? contact: Cindi Fitzmaurice at email: 


CYC Parking

The new parking lot configuration allows for multi-directional Fox Hill Road access from three points as illustrated in the diagram below. It is essential that all CYC traffic use the third entrance on Fox Hill road to minimize the access traffic and pedestrian hazards in the other parts of the parking area.

The added parking has improved parking but we, EHCC and CYC, need to continue to optimize on the available parking with the following actions;

Sailing School morning classes

CYC instructors will be available to help students to and from the CYC club house so parents can enjoy the convenience of “drop and go” noted by the yellow cross-hash area. Before 11:30 am, parking maybe available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the designated area, highlighted in green box, for parents to bring their children to classes, meet the instructors and fellow parents. Please be aware this area is not exclusive to CYC but shared with EHCC. If there is a shortage of parking spaces in the designated area, please park on the shoulder of Fox Hill Rd. “Pickup and go” will also be available for your convenience at the conclusion of morning classes at the Pick-up spot shown in the diagram. This is a safer and shaded location where our students can be ready for pick-up.


Parking begins to get busy around 11:30 when Eastward Ho! Lunch service begins. After 11:30, We ask that CYC members park on the Fox Hill road shoulder during lunch if the north lot is busy.

Afternoon classes and races

Due to the limited amount of parking spaces, Parents are encouraged to enjoy the convenience of “drop and go” where appropriate for the children. Parents who would like to see your kids in action during the afternoon races can check for available parking spots in the designated (green) area after 2 PM. If there is a shortage of parking spaces at any time, please park on the shoulder of Fox Hill Rd.

Eastward Ho! will have parking lot attendants available to assist with traffic flow and direct CYC members to the designated (green) area. Please don’t hesitate to speak with them if you have any questions or need assistance.

As always, safety is paramount as we balance convenience and consideration for a shared parking resource with our friends at Eastward Ho!

Thank you for your cooperation as we begin a new exciting season at CYC!


Courtesy and Safety on the Golf Course

An average golf ball leaves the tee traveling 115 mph or more, and our path to CYC takes us right in front of the first tee. Adults and children need to take care as they cross in front.  Eastward Ho! has provided a fence to protect us.  CYC members should stop at the edge of the fence, look and assess the situation.  Always wait while golfers are teeing off, but if the golfers are waiting, they may signal it is safe to cross. Be aware as you approach the ninth green as well, since it is just beyond our path.

Eastward Ho! and CYC have a great working relationship, but it depends on CYC members being courteous to and respectful of the golfers.  Please wear shirts and shoes when crossing the hill, and do not use your cell phone.  It is best to be quiet when golfers are on the 9th green.  You may stop and wait, or move quietly by, but try not to distract those focusing on their putts.                                                                                                                                                      Top


Opti Sailboat - 3 yrs old, lightly used  $2000.  Interested?  Contact Larry's cell  617-462-8224 or

Sunfish for sale - Very Good Condition  Contact Larry's cell  617-462-8224 or for more details.

2011 Winner Optimist for sale  - Well maintained- full set of black Gold spars, blades and covers.  Brand new, never used sail.  Dolly and boat covers (2)  Practice sail available if needed. Questions : please contact Cindi Fitzmaurice or 617-775-4047

DaySailer DS#269 Casual Water available!  A first generation O'Day DS.  Ready to sail / race now.  REQUIRES NO WORK!  For more information Ann Carson 508-432-2844                                                                                                                                                                                          Top

Chatham Yacht Club | P.O. Box 531 | North Chatham, MA 02650

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