Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2021

This weekend is the Leo J. Telesmanick Beetle Cat Regatta with 70 boats participating.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Come Watch!


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.  


CYC Centennial Photo Share

Mark your calendar

Baybird Open House – Friday, August 6th

Please come to see the spectacle, take photos, and sail on one of these beautiful boats!

Spinsheet -July 29, 2021



We have needs for food and drink donations, for help setting and cleaning up for the gala, and for hospitality during the regatta. Please use this signup to indicate where you can help!

Regatta Volunteers

The Patrol Squad is still looking for members to help us keep our sailors safe on the water.

Patrollers - there are still opportunities to sign up for Patrol at the Telesmanick and The CYC Regatta.  There will be a patrol meeting at the regatta this Saturday at 9AM to give a basic rundown of what patrollers do. 

Spectator boats -For boaters watching the races that have room for other spectators on their boat and would like to offer those spots to others. To sign up just signup for patrol and specify in the signup that you want to be a spectator boat and how many spectators you can take on your boat.

Patrol & Spectator Sign Up!

CYC Flag Officers, Marshall Bartlett, Vice Commodore and Tracy Dart, Rear Admiral accepted trophies for our winning participation in the 2021 Chatham Independence Day Parade.  CYC  placed TWICE and was awarded 2nd Place overall and Best Youth Entry

Way to go!



It has been a busy week at sailing school.  Last Friday's Sailing School Picnic was a blast!  The classic tug-o-war featured a rope that kept snapping until the instructors finally found one that could withstand the mighty forces from the wee sailors.   Sadly, there was not enough wind to try for the evening sail but we hope to find another evening that will cooperate. 

This week our sailors competed in two different regattas and did very well!  Opti sailors participated in the Wianno Opti Regatta and our C420 female sailors competed in the Gil Trophy held at Tabor Academy. 

This is doubly impressive as our sailors may not have participated in a regatta for almost two years due to the Covid restrictions and the cancellation of all regattas except our own in 2020. 

They got their sea legs back!



Opti Championship Blue 41 boats: Harrison Kintz (12) Jessica Scipione (19) Eli Gertsberg (26) Sam Bartlett (36) Rosie Bensen (37)  Opti Championship Red 15 boats: Brooke Bartlett (6) Kristen Mclean (15)


Cailyn Murphy / Audra Navey (2) Courtney FitzMaurice / Amelia Gassner (5) Catherine Dickson / Sally Wray (14) Sophie Dart / Kristin Mclean (19) Zoe Maggioni / Julia Szymanski (23)

CYC Centennial Trivia Nugget:

In 1955, Time, Inc. first published Sports Illustrated: Small Boat Sailing. In the 1960 edition, eighteen one-design classes are identified as the most popular class boats in the U.S., including the Beetle Cat. Here is what the editors said: has ungainly gaff-headed rig, but is safe, broad-beamed all-weather boat. A handy boat in shallow waters, she measures 12 feet 4 inches, costs about $1000.

The class has 1800 boats.

In 1980, in The New York Times Bruce Porter pointed out that while the boats are not fast or luxurious or modern: for generations of summerfolk up and down Cape Cod who have been sailing Beetle Cats for nearly 60 years, the boat is as cherished a part of their lives as weathered shingles and deserted sand dunes.




The Centennial Decorating Committee would love to borrow your pennants for "under the tent" at Friday's gala.  If you have any pennants you can loan (with your name affixed) please contact Nikki Bartlett or Kristin Zabbo.  They will be returned!

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