Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2019

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Saturday, June 29th


Spinsheet - June 24, 2019

Welcome, Welcome Everyone!

Sailing School Begins This Week!

The 2019 sailing season is almost upon us! For me, this is a time of anticipation and excitement. I’m excited to see the growth of our many sailors. Some will attend their first opti regatta, others will challenge themselves to race for the first time, still others will teach their first class. We will see people become inspired and empowered. I look forward to seeing what the 2019 sailing season brings.

At the annual meeting last August, CYC adopted a modified mission statement that refined our guiding principles.

  • To provide sailing instruction to children, adolescents, and adults
  • To organize and sponsor racing experiences for all ages in the Pleasant Bay area of Cape Cod, MA
  • To foster its culture based on volunteerism, inclusion, and multi-generational involvement

Learning and growing as sailors and racers are just some of the ways CYC honors these principles. It is the culture based on volunteerism, inclusion and multi-generational involvement, however, that makes the Chatham Yacht Club unique and special. Everyone has a part. Some, like Liz Lorin, have been registering boats and starting races for longer than I can remember. Others, like Kristen Zabbo, have jumped in as needed to welcome new families. I was once told that the Chatham Yacht Club is like most organizations, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Based on all of the active volunteerism that happens at CYC, I’d say that many, many people are getting a lot out of this club!

I intend to use the summer of 2019 to build and strengthen my connections with CYC members, and I invite you to do the same! Take time to introduce yourself to someone new. Sail with someone you’ve not sailed with before. Join a patrol boat and enjoy an hour on the water watching a race, while keeping our sailors safe. Please help make all members of the Chatham Yacht Club feel welcome, included and connected!

Happy Sailing!

Barb Shipley, Commodore

To our newcomers: Welcome!

To our returning members: Welcome Back!

To all: Welcome Aboard! 



Sailing School begins this week! 

First Day of Sailing School

              is June 24th, 2019

June 26th at 3:30pm there will be a mandatory Opti Race Team (Intermediate & Advanced Classes) & Race 420 Race Team Parent Meeting at CYC.

Medical Form: Please remember that you need to have completed your child’s medical form online PRIOR to them participating in the first day for sailing school. Here is the link to fill out the medical form: 2019 Medical From

Sailing School Website: Here you will find a list of fun events, recaps of what's been happening each week of the classes and much more! COMING SOON!

NEW Water Filler Station: This year CYC is trying to go more green. Therefore we ask that you send your child with a reusable water bottle that they can refill during the day. We will have a designated water filling station outside for everyone to use! This will help us cut down on the number of cups & trash used during sailing school and other club related events.

As always, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions at all about sailing school. I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

- Meredith Dart (

Medical Form Reminder - Please fill out the online medical form for your  child/children in sailing school. We’d like them ASAP so that we can get them printed, organized, and available in case of an emergency.

Medical Release Form

Please see the  Sailing School Overview page for detailed information on:

Parking and Drop-Off Guidelines

What to Bring to Sailing School

Pickup from Sailing School


Once again Chatham Yacht Club will offer Adult Sailing classes.  These classes will be held on Mondays, from 2-4:30PM. The curriculum has expanded for 2019 to include Sunfish, in addition to Beetle Cats and 14’ Cat Boats. Experienced CYC adult volunteers will teach in loaned CYC member owned boats.  Each class will begin with a “chalk talk,” followed by a sail, and conclude with refreshments and a chance to discuss observations and answer questions. We also will try to divide students as much as possible by needs and interests: skilled vs. beginners, recreational vs. competitive sailors… As always, a CYC patrol boat will be out on the Bay for safety. Weather and tide permitting, we plan to schedule at least one early class on Monday to allow for a recreational sail into Little Pleasant Bay and through the Hog Island ‘strait,’ a simply stunning pass. We will stop for lunch before sailing back to CYC. TBD! 

Fees for this popular class will remain the same as last year, $160.00 for 1-4 classes, and $240.00 for 5-8 classes.  Register today as space is limited! Registration can be completed on the CYC web site.  Questions:  Please email Alice Ronty at

Getting your boat to CYC:

No boats or sailboards may be carried over the hill to be launched at CYC. Launching may take place at Jack Knife Harbor, the Town Landing on Crow's Pond, or in Round Cove.

Transportation of 420s and Optis over the hill for the purpose of attending regattas during the summer may occur ONLY before sunrise and after sunset per our lease with Eastward Ho!



Opening Meeting: Saturday June 29th at 3:00

July 4th: Parade!  Race (2:00) Strawberry Shortcake Social (~3:00)

July 5th: Commodore's Cocktails, 6:00pm

July 12th: Sailing School Picnic 5:30pm

July 14th: CYC Beach Day

July 26th : CYC Ladies Luncheon (details TBD)

August 2nd: Commodore's Buffet

August 11th: CYC Beach Day

August 16th: 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



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! 


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





Please be on the lookout to welcome our newest members:

Catherine and Garrett Berube  with two boys in W/F crew class: Callum (10) and Garrett (8)  They live on Kemah Rd, Chatham and also Andover, MA.

Bettina Slusar and Dan Goldman with their son on the 420 Race Team Elijah Goldman (15)  They are on Training Field Road and winter in Aspen, Co. 

Cindy and Brian Gorczynski. They have a daughter in W/F Crew class: Zoe (10) They are on Seapine Street and also Morristown, NJ. 

Anna Harper owns a 14 foot catboat and lives on Spruce Grove Rd, in East Harwich

Rebecca Horn of Maggie Lane in West Barnstable. Rebecca is joining the Adult Sailing Class. She was also Jeff Howell’s assistant coach for the Dennis/Yarmouth High School Sailing Team

Sydney Cook & Nick Powers.  Their daughter, Celia (12),  will sail in the Rec Sunfish Class.   They live on Old Harbor Road in Chatham and also on Sullivan's Island, SC. 

Alison and Noah Siegel.  Their two boys, Daniel (15) and Benjamin (14) will sail on the 420 Race Team.  They live on Daniels Dr in Wellfleet and also Sharon, MA.

We are also welcoming back 8 returning members:

Carrie Spring and Camilo Coelho  with their two children: Roque Coelho (8) and Belén Coelho (6) (Carrie grew up sailing at CYC, and Roque was in crew class last year under his grandfather’s, David Spring’s, membership)  Camilo joins the Adult Sailing Class. They are on Bay Road in East Harwich and also San Francisco. 

Gwen Shipley and Kevin DiRocco (Gwen grew up sailing at CYC) Daughter for T/Th Crew Class: Millie DiRocco (7)  They live on Fox Hill Road, Chatham and also Concord, MA

Scott Doyle (former adult member) on Old Mail Rd, N. Chatham and Sudbury, MA. 

Laura and Dana Etre (Laura’s maiden name is Bergstresser and she grew up sailing at CYC) Son for T/Th Crew: Miles Etre (8).  They live on Wentworth Lane, N. Chatham and also in Milton, MA. 

Paige Fitzgerald (grew up sailing at CYC) of Bayview Road, Chatham and also San Francisco. 

Margaret and Jeff Graupe (Margaret ‘s maiden name is Sampson and she grew up sailing at CYC) and their daughter Summer Graupe (6) who is in the T/Th crew class. They live on Raccoon Run, N. Chatham and also Cincinnati, OH. 

Jeffrey Howell (former adult member) lives year round on Round Cove Road, Chatham. 

Brenton Welsh & Ruth Terry (former adult members) who live year round on Lake Drive,  S. Orleans.


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.




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

 SAILING SCHOOL SPECIAL : Towel, Waterbottle & Frisbee $25 

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

Payment via cash, checks, paypal and fingers crossed, credit card.





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

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