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 22, 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 Announces the 2020 Intra-Club Regatta!

We’re pleased to announce that Chatham Yacht Club will once again hold its annual Regatta – the oldest and largest free regatta on Cape Cod – on August 1 – 2, 2020!  However, much like everything this summer due to Covid-19 restrictions, the participation and structure of the Regatta will be very different than in the past:

  • The Regatta will be sailed as an intramural competition and open only to CYC members.
  • There will be two Lines hosting eight classes (Green and Championship Optimist, Baybirds, 14-Foot Catboats, Beetle Cats, 420s, Lasers, and Sunfish).
  • The schedule will be broken into three-hour morning and afternoon sessions separated by a 1.5-hour break mid-day.  Each class will be assigned one of these sessions on each day.  It is imperative that participants depart the CYC premises between these sessions.   Please see the regatta page for a visual of the schedule. 
  • There will not be a competitors’ meeting in advance of the Regatta.  The Race Committee is prepared to answer questions by email before the Regatta or on the water during races.
  • Any protests and the awards ceremony will all be held virtually by Zoom.
  • All participants who have not already executed the CYC Covid-19 Liability and Release Waiver will need to do so before the Regatta in order to participate.

All of these changes are necessary to stay within Massachusetts reopening standards for Phase III Step I, to limit the number of people at CYC and racing at any one time, and to promote social distancing.  While much will be different, there is plenty that will be the same – notably all of us being able to participate in this great Club event even in this challenging time.

CYC 2020 Intra-Club Regatta Details




A note from Coach Jeff:

 The phrase that pays is "Individualized Instruction." In any learning experience, a number of planned and unplanned events occur that transform the students. An "ah ha" moment often happens in the midst of a well-planned lesson, but when the instructor adjusts their focus for a brief period to help the student hone in on the precise thing that will make them better, that's when the teacher touchdown occurs.

Crew Class: Where it all begins! This is the most highly prepared for class by Ashley Dart and her instructors. However, it's in the magical moments, for instance, when a junior instructor holds on to a struggling student's bow line as he sails back and forth, that the sailor picks up an important concept such as how to straighten out the tiller as you come out of a tack.

Opti Beginners: Opti B is the class in which Grace Gansalus and Cailyn Murphy turn dependent students into independent sailors. Usually transitioning out of crew the prior summer into optis, the challenge is immense as these young sailors often scatter across the bay with the instructor motor boat chasing one then another student. This recent Tuesday, the students sailed all in a line one after another across the bay to Wequasett and up to Head of the Bay. Kids who had struggled to keep their boats out of irons and sailing backwards, ably tagged along, and tacked on one whistle, gybed on another.

Opti Intermediate: Calder Robbins and Sophie Maggioni direct this class to maximize learning, spending a lot of time with individual students with a widely varied skill set. Recently, they have taken in new students on consecutive days and managed to bring the returning sailors to a level close to their peers who have been sailing since June.

Opti Advanced: f this were a Disney movie in which you could trade places with a kid of any age group, I would tell you to slide into the life of the kids in the Opti Advanced and Opti Race Team. Every day, their class leader, Izzy Maggioni, combines a healthy taste of competitive activities with an even bigger dose of just pure fun. This Wednesday, the sailors celebrated Halloween in July by trick or treating around the bay. No mere candy collection run, Izzy had them perform a sailing trick at each buoy--a roll tack, sailing backwards, capsizing and bailing out their boats--before they could earn their treat.


This recreation-oriented class have excursions after excursions with each class. The latest adventure led by instructor Wendy Taylor was to sail all the way to Strong Island, where they landed for a well-planned adventure before returning home to CYC as their time in class expired.

Helmsman: Even when this class was split up into single-handed boats, they were having a great time. Once Massachusetts slipped into Phase 3, Connor Blanchet could shift all the students into 420s where they have taken the exciting plunge into the world of high-performance racing skills. The road is long, and there have been a few capsizes , but all the kids have stepped up their game, and they gladly anticipate flying out on a trapeze while sailing upwind or popping a spinnaker as they head downwind.

420 Race Team:

Connor runs the A team in this group and Abby Lennox directs the B team. What's absolutely remarkable is how much you can learn about sailing when you already completely know how to sail. Returning to the concept of individualized instruction, when Connor leads his group through a tacking drill or Abby works her group through a repeated series of mark roundings, the amount of subtlety in how to keep from oversteering through a tack or how to get the boat to effectively accelerate onto a new leg while transitioning from an upwind on a trapeze to slinging in the boat, pulling up the centerboard, setting the gybe at the perfect tension, then grabbing the spinnaker pole, snapping it onto the windward sheet before getting the perfect tension on the leeward spin sheet--that's a lot of stuff. And these great coaches go over all this and much, much more in practice after practice, maximizing the immense learning effects of individualized instruction.

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

CYC SOCIAL (-ly distant that is)


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.




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.


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.


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!





 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.


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

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