Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2020

Call for Volunteers!

We are looking for someone to either refinish the CYC road sign in the EH! parking lot for commission (read donate $) the work to have the sign refinished so we have proper signage for next season.  Please contact Bart Wesp ( if you can help out. 

We would like some assistance in replanting grass in front of the flagpole area in the fall. Please contact Bart Wesp ( if you can help out. 

If anyone has a trailer they can donate to CYC that is suitable as a base for an Opti/420 Regatta Trailer (60 inches wide and about 10 feet long) please contact Bart Wesp ( .We are hoping to be back on the Regatta circuit in 2021!

Please stay tuned for a dedicated email about the plans and festivities in the planning stages to celebrate CYC's Centennial in 2021!

                                       Spinsheet - August 18, 2020

Final Sailing School Awards, Sailing Series Awards and Closing Meeting will take place on Saturday, 8/22 after the races via Zoom Meeting 5-7 PM

(login details to be provided on web-site).

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 remove private Sunfish equipment from the basement by Thursday so we can move the 420s into the basement area for 420 winter storage.  You can store sails and blades on your Sunfish on the CYC beach.

Please remove Optis from the Opti storage area as soon as classes are over to make room for floating dock storage in that area.  We are moving the floating docks in on FridayPlease also remember that no boat or trailer can go 'over the hill' of Eastward Ho! from 7am-9pm

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.

Patrol Flag Return : Thank you to everyone who helped patrol this year! If you still have an orange patrol flag in your boat, please return it to the basement.

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

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)

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


Please join us in honoring Bill Coleman, the recipient of the Captain’s Award at the 2020 Friends of Chatham Waterways (FCW) (virtual) Annual Meeting.  This award honors individuals for distinguished service in protecting and preserving local waterways and adjacent lands. Bill served as CYC commodore in 1982-83 and long-time CYC race patroller in “Bayman” (a 17-ft Mako previously owned by CYCers Pete Jacobsen and Alice Ronty), under the able fleet captains Jeff and CathySeasawTaylor.

The keynote speaker will be Jennifer Francis, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, who by popular demand is returning for an updated presentation on the question: How Does the Arctic Meltdown Affect Tropical Storms?  A question period will follow.

The FCW Annual Meeting is a free Zoom webinar to be held at 5 pm on Thursday August 20

Please click here to register


 Last week, our Crew Class Sailors enjoyed one of our sailing school traditions: "Character Day"







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

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

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