Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2020


Please remember to return any CYC trophies in your possession. Awards will be presented this year - format to be determined.

REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR TROPHIES ENGRAVED!  East Coast Trophy in Hyannis does a nice job and has a quick turn around.

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

                                       Spinsheet - August 11, 2020

Regatta Awards,  If you have not yet received or picked up your award, please see Jeff Howell.

Pennants are also on their way!

Sadly, the CYC 2020 Season is preparing for the wrap up on the weekend of 8/22.   A few reminders and requests from our commodore:

Final Sailing School Awards, Sailing Series Awards and Closing Meeting will take place on Saturday, 8/22 after the races via Zoom Meeting (login details to be provided on web-site).

Staff Appreciation Fund - the staff has done an amazing job this year under circumstances that are unprecedented in difficulty. We use the funds collected as an incentive to reward the instructors for their hard work so if you’d like to thank the club for your child’s sailing experience this summer please consider a donation to the Staff Appreciation Fund.  Thank you!  (Contribute Here)

420 Washing and de-rigging: Race team members should plan to stick around after class on Friday afternoon (8/21) to help get the 420 fleet ready to go into the basement

Please check the Lost & Found area under the stairway nearest the paddle courts to claim any water-bottles, hats, towels, etc. that have been forgotten over the season.

All privately owned gear and sails need to be removed from the basement by Saturday 8/22 at the latest!  (Also, any unmarked gear left behind will become CYC property by default.  Please check to see what you may have left behind)

Please stay tuned as details may change -  nothing is the same in 2020!  



Why sailing?

How is learning to sail worth it?

Relative to other sports that I coach such as running or basketball, the barriers to entry for this sport are incredibly high.

  • You need a boat.
  • You need to learn a counter-intuitive activity in which the very steering system is backward.
  • You need to overcome a legitimate fear for your own safety.
  • And, unless you grow up in a family of sailors, you have to engage in an activity where many of the pleasures of the sport are postponed until hours of learning have occurred.

In the coronavirus-stained 2020, as a sailor at Chatham Yacht Club, you couldn’t start in the company of other youngsters, enjoying the pleasures of sailing with a teenager in a Beetlecat. Instead, the kids began all by themselves in Optis.

But here is where the magic of CYC takes over; because from the time you get out of your car in the parking lot, through the moments you first learn to tack and gybe, past the exhilaration of learning how to capsize and recover, until the day that you sail around the buoys in a race--all this happens with the friendly guidance of a teacher.

These children, in the beginner class forever known as “Crew”, enter our sailing experience right at the most interdependent stage of Chatham Yacht Club. Teens, dependent members of crew class just five years earlier, now are stepping past their independent development, and finding the rich pleasures of teaching.

The independent growth stages in our sailing school range through the subsequent classes at CYC. In Opti Intermediate, more and more of the rigging/sailing/derigging tasks are owned by the kids. In Opti Advanced, the joy of racing and cooperatively competing on a team take hold. In helmsman, the difficulties of managing two or three sails while working together with your crew develops over the summer. In recreational sunfish, the enchantment of exploring the entire bay without a competitive goal in mind takes shape. And in race team, teens develop, and hone the most intricate and physically challenging aspects of the sport.

These same teens are almost all instructors or junior instructors. In turn, reaching back to the beginning of the cycle, as teachers, they share the magic of discovery and personal accomplishment, the excitement and pride of overcoming fears with 6, 7 and 8 year olds.

Dependence, independence, and interdependence are the stages of development for a healthy community. These stages circle back and cycle among each other with every human interaction. The highest achievement for such a community is a self-perpetuating love. That love reaches from the 93 year-old Polly Dickson, helping run races during the Chatham Yagotta Regatta to the 6 year-old, Rylen Saletta, starting crew for the first time in the second half of the summer.

That is what you get by learning to sail at Chatham Yacht Club. That is why it is worth it to learn how to sail.

-Jeff Howell







Crew Class Parents, please bring a picnic lunch and join us 'over the hill' for an old fashioned camp style gathering with your sailors and their fellow crewman.

(See if you recognize both of the assistant program directors in these vintage photos from when they were crew sailors themselves!)

Paul's Regatta Photos

(editor's note - they are fabulous!)

Hi all,

My 2020 CYC Regatta pictures are ready for viewing! Please feel free to download and use for any purpose. I have not done any real processing on them, so if you find one you like and it's too dark or you'd like it cropped, please let me know (


Paul Lamoreux

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 :)  - This is a separate link from Paul's photos mentioned above.

CYC SOCIAL (-ly distant that is)


August 14th : Commodore's Socially Distant Flotilla 

Weather permitting, meet on the bay for a cocktail.  BYOBE - Bring Your Own Boat & Everything else.   Watch for an email with further 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.




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! 



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 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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