Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2020

IF there needs to be a cancellation of sailing school morning classes due to weather or other unforseen circumstances.  We will do our best to make that call by 6:30 am.  Please check your email inbox and the CYC website for updated information. 

Please note - during races - the DOCK IS CLOSED with the exception of the dock committee.  

                                                  Spinsheet - July 15, 2020

CYC is up and running.  Please check to see if you have a balance due on your account.   Memberships and Sailing School fees are now due.  Thank you!

CYC Beach Day Sunday, July 19th  

Meet at the Outer Beach for an informal social distancing day at the beach. Pack your lunches and families! Specifics about when and where to meet to follow.  Watch for an email this weekend. 

A giant THANK YOU to the CYC COVID-19 TASK FORCE for their countless hours  during the spring season and their  continued dedication to re-arranging the program so we may operate safely in a difficult situation.

   John Maggioni - Marshall Bartlett - Tracy Dart - Julie Murphy - Ashley Dart - Meredith Dart - Rob Fuller - Jeff Howell - Cara Maggioni - Barb Shipley - Bart Wesp 




A note from Coach Jeff:

I just watched the national evening news. An astonishing number of states have rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and fatalities. For this reason, we always have to recognize the astonishing set of circumstances under which we operate. Those of us who spend time every day cleaning and disinfecting the club are deeply grateful that all of our members have been doing their best to follow the new rules, even as state changes have made us shift the rules from week 1 to week 2.

We are particularly grateful for all those parents who have made sure their children are healthy when they drop them off at sailing school. We also appreciate your flexibility in arriving at the staggered times and making sure your child has a face buff or mask.

While every instructor has gone the extra mile to make all these circuitous circumstances work, a special acknowledgement is owed to our class leaders: Connor Blanchet, Ashely Dart, Grace Gonsalus, Abby Lennox, Izzy Maggioni, Calder Robbins, and Wendy Taylor. You all realize that we adults have asked these young people to do something that has never been done at CYC. In fact, many youth activities around the country have been canceled because they just couldn’t figure out how to make it work. These kids aren’t just making it work; they’re doing it with style, precision and grace.

Thank you for your continued support of our program in this extraordinary time.


Coach Jeff

CYC is excited to be working with US Sailing this summer with their new application for sailing skill development called Skill Up. Everyone in Crew, Opti Beginner, Opti Intermediate, Opti Advanced, Sunfish and Helmsman were given a youth US Sailing Membership as part of your CYC class registration.

The parents should have received an email from US Sailing with your child's US Sailing number as well as requesting additional information. Please take the time to update your membership information. Your child will most likely receive stickers from US Sailing if they have your mailing address.

Skill Up is an App that you can download onto your phone. You can access what your child is learning by entering in their US Sailing Number. Please look at the following link with additional information.

Pick Up Times for 

8am classes: 11:00 am

8:30 am classes: 11:30 am

9am classes: 12 noon

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


We need your help! 

Please sign up to help the sailing school run smoothly.

This year being Parent-on-Duty is a little different. Jeff needs helps from 7:45-9ish to help begin sailing school. Then you are welcome to watch, read a book, etc until pickup - helping with sanitation and pickup is optional but most appreciated.





If you're wondering how to volunteer to help with some of the work at CYC here's a good place to start. 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! 

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

If you have a motorboat and can patrol the Saturday races sign-up here: -


If you enjoy yardwork or are even a little bit handy we need help maintaining the house & grounds. Sign-up here:

House & grounds signup




We have several days – notably Saturdays – when we are in need of people to volunteer to serve on the Dock Committee.  One idea we’ve had from the start of the summer is that families could volunteer to cover individual days, thereby removing the social distancing risk. 

If you have some concerns about not knowing how to specifically run the races, we could hold a brief Zoom training session in the coming week to get people comfortable.

If you and your family members do have an interest in volunteering as a Dock Committee unit even on a single Saturday, it would be a huge help.  


Meet our New Members - Welcome Aboard!

New Family Members:

Steve and Sheri Andon


Winter: Amherst, MA

Summer: Alden Dr, Orleans

Matthew started Helmsman class yesterday! He learned to sail at Brewster Day camp.

Alicia and Jonathan Downs


Winter: Vienna, VA

Summer: Locust Lane, Chatham

Maret and Ellie are in T/Th crew class. Younger brother James will probably start next year!

Melissa and Nick Proia


Winter: Hingham, MA

Summer: Harold Lane, Chatham

Son Lucas is in W/F Crew class. Father Nick grew up sailing at the club.

Kristen and John Wozny


Winter: Wellesley, MA

Summer: Waveland Ave, Chatham

Luke started Helmsman class yesterday! He learned to sail at Brewster Day camp.

Grandchildren are allowed to attend sailing school for one summer on their grandparents’ membership and then we require the parents to become members. We have two families in that category:

Kate and Matt McKinley


Winter: Newton, MA

Summer: Freeman Lane, Orleans

Conor and Jack are in W/F crew class and are the grandsons of Paul and Mary Beth Sandman

Meaghan and Ian Stoddard


Winter: Reno, NV

Summer: Kevin Rd in Harwich

Lily Stoddard is in W/F crew class and is the granddaughter of Colin and Robin Fuller.

New Supporting Member

Ava and Jim Dow


Winter: Hingham, MA

Summer: Patuxet Trail , Chatham

Amy is sister of current member Alison Douglass. Daughter Ava is 7 will start crew class next summer and younger son Nicholas will start when he is ready.


Mark your calendars for these tentative dates:

CYC Beach Day Sunday, July 19th & August 9th

Meet at the Outer Beach for an informal social distancing day at the beach. Pack your lunches and families! Specifics about when and where to meet to follow.

CYC SOCIAL (-ly distant that is)


July 19th: CYC Beach Day

August TBD : Commodore's Flotilla*

August 9th: CYC Beach Day

The CYC Social Committee is exploring the idea of meeting on the waters of Pleasant Bay in lieu of the annual Commodore's Cocktail Party.  Stay tuned for more ideas and information.

Shout out to our own house & grounds superheros, Bart Wesp, Cathy & Jeff Taylor! 

A round of applause for the fantastic hand washing stations (two!) Bart built and installed.  Sanitizer dispensers installed, hot water heater replaced, and the beautiful plantings around the CYC grounds by Cathy & Jeff.  THANK YOU!





 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 Cara Maggioni

Payment via cash, checks, paypal and  credit card.



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 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!


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

CYC is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Your donations are tax deductible!

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