Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2021


"Then & Now"

Please upload and share any photos you may have on our new CYC100 photo sharing site. 

 We look forward to sharing the memories as we celebrate this incredible milestone.                                                                                           Top

Spinsheet -July 9, 2021

A big congratulations goes out to all of our sailing school students, parents and instructors that decorated, sang, and marched us into the history books AGAIN.

With a "Best Youth Entry" Award and "2nd Place Overall" Award our parade float had a historic day as one might expect in the 100th year. WAY TO GO!

Below are some photos from our winning day!


Good afternoon CYC sailors!  We are working hard on our planning for the Telesmanick Regatta and have a few requests of you:

1. If you are planning to sail the regatta, please register to race in the event THIS WEEK – registration links and regatta information can be found on the CYC website (also see attached press release). Be sure to sign up for dinner and order hats or extra shirts if you want them (anyone can order the hats and shirts!). If you are not planning to race your boat but would be willing to loan it, let Ted know, and he can be a matchmaker.

2. Consider helping with one of the volunteer opportunities – Here are several - we will be making more requests in the future!

Housing – if you can host out-of-town sailors please contact Ted Dickson.

Hospitality - If you can help, please contact Cathy Taylor,

Breakfast, July 31: 2 people to help set up, serve, clean up (CYC Clubhouse).

Lunch, July 31st: 2 people to help set up, help serve, clean up (Under tent @ CYC).

Dinner, July 31st: 2 people to help set up, break down (Taylor Home).

Breakfast, Aug. 1st: 2 people to help set up, serve, clean up (CYC Clubhouse).

Lunch, Aug. 1st: 2 people to help set up, serve, clean up (Under tent @ CYC).


CYC RACING Centennial: 

A snippet from the history of CYC - do you have any favorite race stories like this to share with Ted Dickson?

The fifth and final President’s Cup race of the 1925 season (to the Massaquason Club and back) must have led to a lively postrace discussion. Twelve boats started. Judge Crocker disqualified four boats for cutting across the Ram Island flats (Boats 16, 28, 29 and 21), another, No. 5, for fouling the mark boat (off of the Massaquason Club), a sixth, Boat No. 6 for fouling Boat No. 21, and a seventh boat, No. 1, for shifting its ballast during the race!

Save the date - CYC members will have the opportunity to sail in a Baybird on Friday afternoon August 6th at CYC - and look for a Baybird parade in the Bay that day as the boats sail to CYC.



There are a few rule changes for the 2021-2024 rule book. The most significant ones for CYC Sailors are excerpted here from a paper by Dave Perry:

Definition Finish: The new definition Finish has eliminated the “crew or equipment in normal position” factor. Now a boat “finishes” when any part of its hull crosses the finishing line, regardless of when its crew, sails or other equipment crosses the line. Bowsprits and other pieces of equipment attached to the hull are typically not part of the hull (but check with class rules for clarifications). This will make it simpler for race committees to call close finishes, and anticipates the future use of electronic equipment placed on the bow of boats to assist race committees in calling starting and finishing lines, etc.

This is also true for starts:

Definition Start: The new definition Start has eliminated the “crew or equipment” factor. Now a boat need only have its hull behind the starting line at the starting signal; the location of its crew, sails or other equipment is immaterial. This will make it simpler for race committees to call close starts, and anticipates the future use of electronic equipment placed on the bow of boats to assist race committees in calling starting and finishing lines, etc.

Definition Obstruction: The new definition Obstruction permits the race committee to designate an object that is otherwise too small to be an obstruction as an “obstruction,” and a “line” such as a start/finish line as an “obstruction” in the sailing instructions.

Rule 2 (Fair Sailing): This rule has been changed back to what it said prior to the previous rule book, which is that the only penalty for breaking rule 2 is a disqualification that is not excludable (DNE).

Basic Principles: New rule 43 (Exoneration) now automatically exonerates boats that are entitled to exoneration at the time of the incident. And the new statement on sportsmanship in the Basic Principle: Sportsmanship and the Rules, about taking a penalty now excludes boats that are exonerated.

Rule 37 (Search and Rescue Instructions): New rule 37 states, “When the race committee displays flag V with one sound, all boats and official and support vessels shall, if possible, monitor the race committee communication channel for search and rescue instructions.” Flag V has been added to Race Signals.

NOTE: Because of this change, the CYC Sailing Instructions now designate Code Flag G as the No Spinnaker flag.

See attached for more information and contact Marshall Bartlett or Ted Dickson if you have any questions.

URRS Significant Changes

Leo Telesmanick Beetle Cat Centennial Regatta Press Release



 In case you did not see the email sent on Tuesday, we would like to clear up any confusion about CYC racing for the younger sailors in our Sailing School program. 

As background, CYC has a long tradition of sailboat racing as a complement to the sailing education that happens through the Sailing School. Racing can be an excellent way for sailors to hone their skills and have fun through a competitive event. We recognize the Club has sailors of many different ages and experience levels, which is why we offer racing in multiple fleets and with different objectives on different days of the week. In short, we welcome participation in racing from any member at any time – just express interest to us and we will seek to make it happen!

For our newer youth sailors, they will get exposure to racing through the Sailing School races on Wednesday and Thursday each week. During these fun intra-class races, sailors race in the boat of their Sailing School class (Crew – Beetle Cats with an instructor; Optimists; Sunfish; Helmsman – 420s).

These Sailing School Races are part of their regular Sailing School Program.

In addition, they have an opportunity to sail in the Junior Series races that happen on Wednesdays after the Sailing School races.

For sailors who have moved into the Optimist classes, there is the opportunity to race as part of the “Green” or beginner fleet or the more advanced “Championship” fleet each day races are offered.

For sailors in the Sunfish and Helmsman classes, there is the opportunity to race on multiple days of the week as well.

If you missed the email or would like further clarification, please feel free to reach out to 

Race Committee:

Marshall Bartlett   Ted Dickson   

CYC Sailing School:

Jeff Howell   Ashley Dart


In addition to the weekly races at CYC, there are other racing events each summer:

Chatham Yacht Club Regatta: Each summer on the first weekend in August – this summer on August 7 – 8 – CYC hosts the oldest free regatta on Cape Cod (and possibly the country). Races are held over both Saturday and Sunday and tend to draw sailors from other nearby clubs in addition to CYC. All CYC fleets participate in addition to the Baybird class and sometimes the Day Sailer class.

Outside Regattas: Most nearby yacht clubs also host regattas, most often for our youth Optimist and 420 sailors, and CYC regularly has its sailors participate. Once your child has begun racing an Optimist or moved into the Helmsman class, you will receive plenty of information about these opportunities.

There are also some special racing events being held just this summer at CYC:

100th Anniversary Leo J. Telesmanick Beetle Cat Regatta: The Beetle Cat Boat is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, which coincides with the CYC Centennial celebration – in fact, Beetle Cats have been sailed on Pleasant Bay for ten decades also. CYC was selected to host the annual Leo J. Telesmanick Beetle Cat Regatta sponsored by the New England Beetle Cat Boat Association (NEBCBA) which will take place on July 31 – August 1 at CYC.

Southern Massachusetts Sailing Junior Team Racing Championship: This summer, CYC was also selected to host the annual Junior Team Racing Championships of the Southern Massachusetts Yacht Racing Association (SMYRA) which will be held on August 4. Members of the CYC 420 Race Team will be competing as well as representatives from multiple other clubs.


Getting your boat to CYC:

No boats or sailboards may be carried over the hill to be launched at CYC. Launching may take place at Jack Knife Harbor, the Town Landing on Crow's Pond, or in Round Cove.

Transportation of 420s and Optis over the hill for the purpose of attending regattas during the summer may occur ONLY before sunrise and after sunset per our lease with Eastward Ho!



Please be on the lookout to welcome our newest members:


Ken and Marisa Gayron

Summer Address: Cranberry Lane, North Chatham

Winter City: Lexington, MA

Daughter Ella (9) in crew class.

Amy and Jim Dow

Summer Address: 24 Patuxet Trail, Chatham

 Winter City: Hingham, MA

Amy is the sister of current member Alison Douglass

Daughter in crew class: Ava (9) and younger brother Nicholas is almost 6.


Fiona and David Elwood

Summer Address:  11 Evelyn’s Drive, Harwich

Winter City: Boston, MA

Son for Beginner Opti: Sam(8) and younger brother Patrick is 5.


Jennifer and Jerry Kane

Summer Address: 71 Common’s Way, Brewster

Winter City:  Southborough, MA

Two children for Helmsman:  Aidan Elizabeth Kane (age 15) and Connor Patrick Kane (age 13).

Don McLinn and Harv Lester

Summer Address: 57 Pochet Road, Orleans

Winter City: Washington, DC

Lillian (11) and Alexander (10) for beginner class

Sarah and Daniel Lipson

Summer Address:  1233 Main Street #4, Chatham

Winter City: Alexandria, VA

Sarah will be in the Adult Sailing class. 

Daughter for Advanced crew:  Lucy (10) and older brother Luke (13)

Aimée and Todd Lubin

Summer Address:  177 Fox Hill Road, Chatham

Winter City, Los Angeles, CA

Aimée will be in the Adult Sailing class. 

Son for crew class: Duke (7) and older children Bowe (12) and Clementine (15)


Bill Perkins

Summer address: 57 Old Salt Works Road, Chatham. 

Winter City: Concord,MA

Bill owns a laser and may race. 


Katy and Frank Sherer

Summer Address: 14 Jeanette Drive, Chatham

Winter City:  Woodbury CT

Katy will be in the Adult Sailing class. 

Granddaughter in crew class:  Remi Schreiner (10)  Daughter in Helmsman class (Starting at the end of July):  Emily Sherer (15)


We are also welcoming back these former CYC members:


Fred Leighton and Beazie Chase (Fred grew up sailing at CYC)

Summer address: 70 Rowland Drive, North Chatham

Winter city: Newton, MA

Beazie is cousin to current member Sydney Cook

Daughter Matilda.(15)

Katie and Sam Goldman (Katie’s maiden name is Evans and she grew up sailing at CYC)

Summer Address: 87 Nantucket Drive, Chatham

Winter City: Pawtucket, RI

Daughter in crew class: Hattie (7)

Mitch and Julie Woodworth (Mitch grew up sailing at CYC)

Year Round:  9 Connecticut Ave, Harwich

Julie will be in the Adult Sailing class




July 16th : Commodore's Cocktails, 6:00pm

July 18th: TENTATIVE CYC Beach Day

July 23rd: TENTATIVE Sailing School Picnic 5:30pm

July 31 - August 1st: Leo J. Telesmanick Championship Regatta

August 6th: Baybird Sail Parade

August 6th: CYC Commodore's Centennial Ball

August 7th-8th: CYC Centennial Regatta

August 15th: Downchannel Race / CYC Beach Day

August 20th: Last Hurrah Cocktails, 6:00pm

The CYC Social Committee is looking forward to a wonderful summer filled with fun events for the whole family, but we count on volunteers to make all these events happen!! Please sign up on the CYC website!

If there are other events you would like us to consider please contact

Kristen Zabbo and Laura Etre




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! 


Sailing School Families should sign up for at least ONE VOLUNTEER SLOT PER CHILD enrolled in Sailing School and at least ONE REGATTA DONATION PER CHILD in Sailing School. All other members should sign up for at least TWO VOLUNTEER SLOTS and donate at least ONE ITEM for the Regatta (see separate signups below; the more donations the better, thanks!). 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




 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 fingers crossed, credit card.



VINTAGE CYC 75th Anniversary

Paul Burmeister has come across three "new old stock" never worn 75th Anniversary hats. They can be yours in exchange for a donation to CYC.  Contact Paul for the swap!



"Shark Finn"

Good condition Optimist-One-Design for sale, complete with new and gently used parts. Dolly included. $1800.

Available to view at 7 Fox Hill Road

Contact: Kate Sullivan or chat with Finlay at the boathouse! 

Current Mask Policy 

Fully vaccinated individuals will not need to wear a face covering or social distance at Chatham Yacht Club but may do so at their own discretion. Non-vaccinated individuals are required to continue wearing facemasks and distancing indoors. We have masks available at. the club if you need one. At this point, we are not requiring masks outdoors. Employees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear masks indoors. Chatham Yacht Club staff will continue to follow established best practices with regard to hygiene and sanitation protocols. As such CYC will not be serving self-serve refreshments after the races.

Read this fantastic article in Yankee Magazine - A salute to Cape Cod’s unsinkable Beetle Cat.

Cape Cod’s Beetle Cat | Up Close


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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