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 - August 4, 2020

Oh what a weekend!  With state mandated restrictions, Chatham Yacht Club hosted what may be the first intra-club regatta in its 99 year history.  But you know what they say, "Yagotta Regatta!"

Chatham Yacht club spirit and resilience is strong and together we found a way to continue the tradition.   A GENUINE THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP!

Chatham Yacht Club is at its best with our volunteers.  Thank you to our steadfast team: 

 Sailing School: Jeff Howell, Connor Blanchet & CYC Instructors
 Graphic Design & Gear: Tracy Dart, Cara Maggioni & Suzanne Lenox
 Awards:  David Spring, Carrie Spring, Camilo Coehlo & Crew
 Pennants: Garland Kincaid
 Race Committees:Polly, Ted, Melissa and Emily Dickson; Marshall, Nikki and Chad Bartlett; Barb Shipley, Karen Taylor & Julie Murphy; Jeff Howell, Anna Marie Johansen & Angela Scipione
 Race Committee Boats:Mike Syzmanski and Bonnie Rosenthall
 Patrol Captains: Cara & Susan Maggioni
 Patrollers:Jay Gassner, Ilsa & Gynt Padegs, Scott Clary, the Sullivan Family, Mike Syzmanski, Jeff & Cathy Taylor, Phil Robbins, Paul Lamoreux, Gwen Shipley, Chris Wray, Jeff & Alex Ward, Fitz & Cindi Fitzmaurice, Suzanne & Todd Lenox, John & Bridget Dickson, Geoff Reuland, Paul Burmeister & crew, Schuyler and Penny Peck, Sam Benson & family, Neil & Bremdan Murphy, Hank & Will Bailey, Jack Lenox, Ryan McGauley, Paul Maggioni, Melise O'Sullivan
 COVID-19 Task Force:

 Jeff Howell, Julie Murphy, Marshall Bartlett, Barb Shipley, Tracy Dart,  Ashley Dart, Meredith Dart, Cara Maggioni, Bart Wesp, Dr. Rob Fuller. 

Please see below for more Regatta Results and Wrap Up



It looks like the main punch of the Hurricane will miss Pleasant Bay, however there are still sustained strong winds and significant rain, in a short period, predicted.  Currently we are in a “Cone of Uncertainty”!  This week we are also experiencing moon tides, so this will put additional strain on moorings.

As of Saturday evening there are predictions for Tuesday Night/Wednesday Morning that include:

  • 20-40mph winds
  • 4+ inches of rain overnight
  • High tide in the same period as the most significant wind and rain

As we are in the midst of Hurricane season it is a good idea to review a few items.  There are three effects of a storm that each require attention, these are wind, rain and storm surge.  The wind and storm surge will try to move your boat somewhere besides where you left it and the rain will try to sink it, all of these usually result in taking away from the enjoyment of boat ownership (or someone else’s)!  With the increased tide height many boats could be susceptible to lifting and dragging their moorings if the mooring tackle is tangled.

Below are general items to consider for storm events.

Boats in the mooring field

Rain Events
    • If you boat has a bilge pump, it should be verified to be operational and any deck scuppers should be cleared
    • You should have a verified plan for getting your boat bailed out as soon as possible
Wind Events
    • Loose items, sails, and cushions should be removed or lashed down
    • Mooring lines should be checked for tangling and chafing
    • Mooring chains should be stretched out, and if they are wrapped up they can be unwrapped by dragging them counter clockwise around the mooring.
    • Verify that your mushroom anchor can lay with the shank down during high tide.  If at high tide your boat is lifting the shank you may not have enough chain on your mooring.  A combination of high tide and high winds may result in your mooring dragging in this scenario.
Storm surge
    • Mooring details from above.
    • Dinghies should be removed from any area of the beach that may be susceptible to storm surge. Please do not pull boats up into the beach grass.    If you cannot take the dinghy home please speak with the sailing director or a designee on where the dinghy may be stored.  Please make plans to remove your dinghy from this storage location promptly after the storm.

Boats on the beach

Rain Events
    • If your boat can be stored upside down this is an easy way to keep your boat from filling with water and potentially damaging it or your dolly
Wind Events
    • Loose items, sails, and cushions should be removed
    • If the wind event is significant (Sustained winds near 50mph or more) consider de-stepping the mast of your boat.
Storm surge
    • Boats should be removed from any area of the beach that may be susceptible to storm surge.  Please do not pull boats up into the beach grass.  If you cannot take the boat home please speak with the sailing director or a designee on where the boat may be stored off the beach.  Please make plans to remove your dinghy from this storage location promptly after the storm.

Please keep in mind that in the event of a storm CYC staff may not be available to tend to private boats.  CYC members should ensure that they have a plan to secure their boats before a storm and then check on their boats and address any issues promptly after a storm.  

Interested in further reading?



Optimist Fleet

Optimist Green

1. Roque Coelho

2. Chase Berner

3. Cal Berube

4. Sean Cahaly

5. Millie DiRocco

Optimist Championship

1.  Harrison Kintz

2.  Sam Bartlett

3.  Jessica Scipione


1. Anne Sampson

2. Tucker Lamoreux

3. Alex Wesp

4. Julia Scipione

5. Brooke Bartlett



1. Jack Murphy

2. Tommy Szymanski

3. Finlay Sullivan


1.       Natalie Coleman-Fuller, Allison Coleman

2.       Cailyn Murphy, Ben Siegel

3.       Cody Lamoreux, Tucker Lamoreux

4.       Schuyler Bartlett, Grace Gunsalus

5.       Tommy Szymanski, Connor Blanchet


14-Foot Cat boats

1.       Allison Coleman, Natalie Coleman-Fuller

2.       Alice Ronty

3.       Paul Desrosiers, Tanya Daigneault

Beetle Cat

1.       Calder Robbins, Steve Robbins

2.       Ted Dickson, Melissa Dickson

3.       Catie O’Sullivan, Abby Lenox

4.       Marshall Bartlett, Chad Bartlett, Sam Bartlett

5.       Carrie Spring



1.       Chuck Melcher

2.       Tony Roth, Cate Roth, Ariane Roth

3.       Joseph Ballow, Samantha Sawan

2020 CYC Sportsmanship Awards

Millie DiRocco

Sean Cahaly

Colin Fuller

Isabel Dickson

Aidan O'Connor

In addition there are several Yagotta Regatta Unsung Heroes we'd like to acknowledge

Julia Syzmanski for sailing with a broken toe and being towed in when the wind died. She'll being putting up with really bad "tow/toe puns" for the rest of the summer.

Caitlin Fitzmaurice & Sophie Maggioni for cheerfully practicing the art of righting a 420 ...over and over!

Chase Berner for sticking it out and sailing in when the wind was honking and all the patrollers were already towing other boats.

Carrie Spring for single-handing a Beetle through an exhausting 2nd day after putting in long hours assembling the awards the night before.

Cathy Taylor for showing she's as good at patrolling as she is at sailing.. a very high standard!

Hank & Will Bailey, Jack Lenox, Brendan Murphy & Ryan McGauley for agreeing to be deputized into patrol on the spot when outer got crazy.

Marshall Bartlett for multi-tasking as both Race Committee and Patrol rescuer, both at the same time. Usually the Race Committee stays out of the water.. but not this one.

Fitz for being undaunted and coming back with Boat #2 when Boat #1 failed. It takes a lot more than engine trouble to stop this patroller.

Jeff Howell for the " I can't get enough of this place " Award...being first to arrive and last to leave at Regatta and pretty much every day of the summer.

Polly Dickson for showing that the CYC Regatta is truly multi-generational fun ..even when the wind gusts over 30 mph.


Below are links to a google album of many photos.  I think (?) you may be able to download and possibly upload your own to share.  If not, email me  and we can figure it out together :)





CYC SOCIAL (-ly distant that is)


August 9th: CYC Beach Day

August TBD : Commodore's Flotilla*


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.


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.




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.  




 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.



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!


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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