Chatham Yacht Club
Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921
Farewell to summer 2019 from our Commodore,
It never ceases to amaze me how fast a summer can go. This summer was certainly no exception. It went by quickly, yet it went by well, thanks to the many people who contributed. In our short 8-week season, we held races, threw parties, marched in a parade, ate ice cream, taught sailing, improved our sailing, weathered a storm, went night sailing, attended regattas to name just some of our accomplishments. None of this would have been possible without the collective efforts of so many of our members. The Chatham Yacht Club, and its spirit of volunteerism is truly amazing!
It has been an honor serving as Commodore of such an incredible organization! Thank you for the privilege, thank you for the support, and thank you for your efforts.
As most of you know, Meredith Dart has accepted a year round position with US Sailing as a Siebel Sailors Program Coach. She will be moving to Chicago for this position. Meredith has been an exceptional Program Director at CYC. This summer she oversaw 8 classes, 2 race teams, and 25 staff members. She supported at least 10 regattas, and took us all night sailing! Meredith, we are so fortunate to have had you. You will be missed. We wish you all the best!
As we send Meredith off to new adventures, we are actively looking for a new program director for CYC. Here is a Job Description and an Application for anyone interested. Please help us spread the word by sharing this with your network of potential program directors!
The 2019 CYC Regatta Trophy, a painting by David Spring 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 & McClennens
Shipley Family (Ship-a-lee) Bartlett Family (Quartet) Meldelsohn/Mitchell Family (Little Cat)
Roy Terwilliger (Missy) Cathy Taylor (Kit-Kat) Sampson Family (Jolly 2)
Burmeister Family (Cielito) Berner Family (Slow Speed Chase)
Here are some highlights from our programs this summer!
The Crew class, led by Caroline Edwards and her great team of instructors, had a fantastic summer sailing in Beetle Cats. The crew class sent out three to five 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.
The Opti Beginner class led by Ryan Goldstein & Grace Gunslaus 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 Intermediate class led by Marni Clary & Izzy Maggioni worked hard on their boat handling skills as well as learning more advanced racing skills and it definitely showed! Many of the Opti Intermediate sailors (Harrison Kintz, Jamie Eslick, Eli Gertsberg, Rosie Benson & Hannah Macomber) had a great time representing CYC as green fleeters at the local regattas.
The Opti Advanced class lead by Ellen Fuller, Tommy Szymanski & Calder Robbins competed in 6 regattas all over the Cape and New England including: West Dennis, Stage Harbor, Wianno, Stone Horse, Hyannis Invite, and CYC 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 Sunfish Class with Abby Lenox also had a fun summer of making new friends, learning to sail a sunfish, capsize and recovery as well as a little bit of racing.
Our Helmsman Racing class,led by Clayton Kincaid &Tommy Szymanski, 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 our 420 Race Team, led by Connor Blanchet & Jack Murphy, raced all over the Cape and Islands this summer. With a huge race team they had a great showing at every regatta. They build on some foundational racing skills from the previous summer and it is definitely showing out on the water.
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!!!
What a great season of Adult Sailing! Our class was full with 14 students and a waiting list. 15 instructors helped out during the season and 18 boats were loaned to the program.
This year we focused on customizing the teaching based on the goals of each student. For example, some wanted to learn how to race Sunfish, some wanted pointers on how to improve their Beetle racing, others preferred not to focus on racing this year but rather to gain confidence in their sailing abilities. What a luxury to have so many willing instructors and loaned boats!
The camaraderie of the group was another bonus; we all cheered on our compatriots as they raced in the CYC Regatta and celebrated their successes.
One of the highlights of the season was when George McHorney came to help the Sunfish sailors. He began in the adult sailing program 20 years ago and is now very competitive in our Sunfish fleet.
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 2019. If you are interested in this program offering in 2020, don’t hesitate to register next spring, as it is sure to fill up fast again next season
CYC has openings in crew class for 2020.
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 Taylor at email@example.com or
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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