Chatham Yacht Club
Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921
A note of thanks from our Commodore,
Now that we’ve sailed the final race, given out the awards and closed the clubhouse, I am able to reflect on all that I love about the Chatham Yacht Club. Of course, Pleasant Bay is beautiful and a wonderful place to sail. For me, it offers just the right amount of challenge. For some of our younger students though, the start of this year felt like too much challenge. This is often the case, especially in our beginner classes. One of my favorite things is watching these sailors improve and gain confidence over the course of the summer. The pride our students exude when they finish a race is amazing. Regardless of where their sailing takes them, the confidence gained is immeasurable and inspiring to watch.
I need to give a very special thanks to Meredith Dart who made all of this happen. She is invaluable as a Program Director. This summer she oversaw 8 sailing school classes, sent race teams, coaches and boats to a record number of regattas, managed a fleet of nearly 30 CYC boats, and supervised a staff of over 20 who were constantly coming and going from various regattas. While doing all this, she kept all of our sailors safe and happy both on and off the water through thunderstorms, windstorms and fair weather too, AND we saw huge progress in sailing skills. Her job is a big one, to say the least. We could not have had as successful a sailing season without her poise, organization, and expertise. We are lucky to have you, Meredith!
In addition to the inspiring leaps in sailing ability and exceptional leadership of Meredith Dart, I am continually inspired by the dedicated participation of so many of our club members. The Chatham Yacht Club has a culture based on active volunteerism and many, many people have helped prove it this summer. Thanks to all for all your contributions this summer!
Here’s to a fantastic 2018 sailing season!Barb Shipley
The 2018 CYC Regatta Trophy, a painting by David Spring Top
As announced at the 2018 closing meeting, the CYC Long Range Planning Committee was formed with its objective “to review the mission of CYC and make recommendations for how the Club should pursue its mission over the next ten years and beyond while maintaining its strength and viability”.
Data were collected over the past year and results were presented at the annual meeting on Sunday. These data cover multiple aspects of CYC including membership, the sailing school, racing, social events, our relationship with other organizations, and other topics. Your input has been essential to shaping the mission and programs of CYC that will guide the Club over the next ten years.
The Chatham Yacht Club Long Range Planning Committee : Ted Dickson (Chair), Alan McClennen, Barb Shipley, Fitz Fitzmaurice, Hunter Rosenthall, Marshall Bartlett, Meredith Dart, and Natalie FullerTo View the Long Range Plan Summary Top
A WORD FROM OUR SAILING SCHOOL
I can’t believe it’s all over! This summer went by incredibly fast! Sailing school had a terrific summer on the water. We had to balance windy conditions, rain, no wind, and beautiful warm sunny days but everyone did it with a smile on their face! I want to thank my amazing staff this summer who worked tirelessly all season to make sure the sailors had a successful and fun summer. Additionally I want to thank all the parents and volunteers who dedicated their time to help out the sailing school! Whether its parent on duty, serving refreshments, trailering boats, coordinating regattas, serving on dock committee or race committee or just lending a hand when needed we could not run a successful program without you!
Additionally we would like to thank some of the families who lend their personal boats to the sailing school.
We are so grateful to these families as we could not run our classes safely without you
Motorboats: Fullers & Kincaids
Dickson Family Shipley Family Bartlett Family Meldelsohn/Mitchell Family
Roy Terwilliger Cathy Taylor Sampson Family
Here are some highlights from our programs this summer!
The Crew class, led by Caroline Edwards & Tess Avery and their team of great instructors, had a fantastic summer sailing in Beetle Cats. The crew class sent out two to three Beetle Cats every day as the beginner sailors learned the ropes of sailing all while making new friends! They sailed to every bouy in the bay, competed in Beetle Cat Olympics, raced in sailing school races and learned how to tie knots. The sailing school is tremendously grateful to all of the families who lend their Beetle Cats year after year to the sailing school.
Both of the Opti Beginner class lead by Ryan Goldstein, Abby Lenox, Tommy Szymanski & Marni Clary also had a tremendous summer! The Opti Beginner class showed great determination as they conquered the high winds and really showed great growth over the summer. They worked on becoming comfortable in an Opti, where to sit, how to trim the sail, how to tack and gybe and much much more! Many of them even competed in the CYC Regatta!
The Opti Advanced class lead by Ellen Fuller & Izzy Maggioni worked hard on their boat handling skills as well as learning more advanced racing skills and it definitely showed! Most of the Opti Advanced sailors had a great time representing CYC green fleeters at the local regattas.
The Opti Race Team lead by Ellen Fuller & Tommy Szymanski competed in 8 regattas all over the Cape and New England including: West Dennis, Bass River, Stage Harbor, Wianno, Stone Horse, Hyannis Invite, CYC, and.the Barnstable Green Fleet regatta The sailors handled rough seas, high winds, no winds, current, and tricky sailing conditions during both practice and at the regattas. Their racing record at both CYC and the various regattas shows just how much these kids are committed to learning as much as they can on the water during practice!
The Recreational Sailing Program was a huge success due to the hard work of Chris Cone his instructor Calder Robbins. The Sunfish class worked on learning all different kinds of knots, the points of sail, man overboard and fine tuning some basic sailing skills.
Our Helmsman Racing class, lead by Clayton Kincaid as well as Harris Padegs,worked on basic boat handling skills while gaining confidence in a 420. It was great to see the enthusiasm from this class and the improvement they made over the summer. Additionally they learned how to fly spinnakers, trap, and race a 420. It was great to see some of the Helmsman kids racing in our Junior Series as well as our other club races.
Finally the Laser Class, lead by Harris Padegs also had a great showing this summer. They learned how to rig and sail a laser which can be a challenge in an of itself. They even got some lasers out during some of our series races!
If you missed the sailing school awards and would like to see our end of the year slideshow please see the links below.
The staff and I would like to thank all the sailors for an absolutely fabulous summer. You make our summers fun and exciting and we can’t wait to see everyone back on the water next summer!!!
The new CYC Adult Sailing class was a huge success!
Approximately 14 adults participated and the committee had a waiting list, as available loaned boats and instructors were in limited supply.
Participating students were enthusiastic and hardworking and most have become sailors already! One adult even did a solo sail! The volunteer adult instructors were eager as well, and generous with their time, expertise and also their boats! Everyone agreed that it was terrific to get to know so many new CYC members through participation in this class.
Weekly sailing trips took participants to Round Cove and Quanset Pond, and also included short races and lots of student practice at the tiller! Some of the things that were covered in the Adult Sailing class “chalk talks” and on the water were the following:
Parts of the sail
Tides/Currents in Pleasant Bay
Getting out of “irons”
Parts of the boat
Rigging your boat
Safety on the water
Tacking and jybing
Port & starboard tacks
De-Rigging your sailboat
Windward and leeward
Reefing your sails
Packing your sailing bag
Making your mooring landing
Everyone was pleased with the success of the inaugural season of this new class. The Adult Sailing Committee will meet to review the program and already has planned for some changes and improvements for the 2019 sailing season. Chairperson, Cathy Taylor, would like to thank all the participants, boat loaners, instructors, the CYC Board of Directors, and CYC program director, Meredith Dart, for her assistance and flexibility in 2018. If you are interested in this program offering in 2019, don’t hesitate to register next spring, as it is sure to fill up fast again next season!
Editor's Note : Next year's spinsheet may not be as interesting...I may sign up for the adult sailing classes, they looked like such fun!
CYC hopes to offer this class again in 2019, so if learning to sail is on your 'bucket list', sign up early as the class fills up fast!"
Please see the Adult Sailing page for detailed information.
CYC has openings in crew class for 2019.
We are actively looking for new members for next year, but as always, word of mouth is our best adverstising! We are particularly looking for people who want to race or families who have children ages 7-10 who want to learn how to sail. Please refer anyone who is interested to the website or have them contact Karen Shipley at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Help Grow our Crew Class
Our Crew Class is small this year. If you know anyone with children interested it trying out our sailing school have them contact Karen Taylor (email@example.com). We are offering a discounted membership for those interested in testing the waters this year before jumping in next summer.
Lifelong friendships are made sailing around the bay!
then & now (ish)
SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!
Chatham Yacht Club | P.O. Box 531 | North Chatham, MA 02650
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