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May 2009

In This Issue From the Commodore

Summer is nearly upon us, and what a season it is going
From the Commodore .................................................... 1 to be. We begin by announcing the team is set and ready
for action. Christian will lead with Julian and Alex
You Are Invited to the NAC's ....................................2-5
providing additional leadership as Assistant Club
FS NAC Housing Request / Come On Board .............. 5 Directors. The goal is to always to have someone at the
club who is in charge and the go to person. We have a
FS NAC Sponsorships ................................................... 6 mix of returning and new Instructors. Meet them all; they
are a very fine crew!
FS Midwinter Championships....................................... 7
I also want to announce that, due to personal reasons, Paul
What EYC Means to Me (Guest Column).................... 8 Pillat has stepped aside as Vice Commodore and the
Board nominated and elected Marsella Fults to take the
First Mates / Bow Bag & Transom Port Installation ... 9 reigns. We are glad to announce she accepted and will be
our next Commodore. She will do a wonderful job.
Series Racing / Ephraim Regatta................................. 10
Once again, we did not rest too long this winter. There
Regattas / Education / Youth Activities...................... 11 are a number of additional enhancements you will see
when you visit the club. We continue to improve our
Bleachers Fund Appeal / BUNCO is Back................. 12
vessels -- a huge thanks to the Careys, Hueys and
Donations / Passages… / Memorials / Online............ 13 Brennans for their boat donations. George Kraemer once
again outdid himself. With the help of Pat Hockers, we
2008 Pictures ................................................................ 14 have added at least one third as much flat space on our
main dock. He is also working on additional
NAC Party Reservation Form ..................................... 15 enhancements to deal with the low water levels. There
are a variety of projects in final stages on the clubhouse to
2009 Schedule .............................................................. 16 fine tune the fabulous work from last year. Our facilities
are in top shape. Many thanks to the leaders, workers and
membership for continuing to provide the finest for our
EYC Officers & Directors, 2008-2009
There is also work in progress on securing new bleachers.
David Sauter (Commodore) The board approved half the expenditure and is asking for
Marsella Fults (Vice Commodore) donations for the remaining. We shall have much to
Max Robinette (Rear Commodore) watch at the EYC this summer!
Nancy Claypool (Secretary)
Paul Pillat (Treasurer) The height of 2009 is our hosting of the Flying Scot North
Rich Bierman American Championships. I know it is a huge task and
Quinn Brennan we are asking much of our membership. Think about
Andy Huey 2010 and the amazing memories we will have and are
Jay Lott gifting to our children. There has never been an event
Scott Pearson like this in Ephraim and may never again be in our short
George Reynolds time on these waters. Please muster that extra effort, push
Donna Scattergood past the fatigue and join us in proving we are the little
club that absolutely CAN!

© Ephraim Yacht Club
P.O. Box 331, Ephraim, WI
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You Are Invited to the NAC’s Anyone who is thinking about racing in any of the
championships needs to read the Notice of Race and
2009 Flying Scot North American the Registration/Entry Form. These two documents can
Championships be found online at The NOR
CAROL CLAYPOOL contains a lot of information such as the rules, eligibility
requirements, schedules, entry fees, registration
Calling all EYC members, sailors and non-sailors, to requirements, deadlines, and more. Please make sure to
participate in the Flying Scot North American read all of these documents so that you don’t miss a
Championship (NAC), August 1 – 7, 2009! Hosting the requirement or a deadline.
NAC is a one-time-only opportunity for EYC members
and students to race in a national event, make new friends,
and share in the camaraderie that makes this event as
much fun off the water as it is on the water. There will be
almost an entire week of racing as well as multiple parties
to which all EYC members are invited and encouraged to
attend. Sailors will be coming from as far away as New
Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and
Texas. We are looking forward to their arrival and hope
all EYC members will join in as hosts and hostesses for
this event.

The NAC actually includes three championships: 1) a
Junior Championship, 2) a Women’s Championship and
3) the NAC Championship. The Flying Scot Sailing
Association (FSSA) likes to be inclusive and support all
of its members, so the NAC is open to all skippers at all
skill levels. To make the regatta manageable and fun for Important Note Regarding the NOR - There may be
everyone, all of the skippers will initially be assigned to one or more revisions to the NOR between now and the
one of four divisions and will race against each other in a NAC; therefore, you should periodically check
round robin type format for the first two days in what are to see if the NOR has been revised.
called qualifying races. The results of those races qualify If you do not have Internet access, please contact
the skipper to be in either the Championship Division someone who does.
(those finishing in the top fifty percent) or in the
Challenger Division (those finishing in the bottom fifty FSSA Membership - If you are not a member of the
percent). This typically sorts out the more experienced Flying Scot Sailing Association, you will need to join
skippers from the less experienced ones so that the people by July 1st. Skippers beware! If you are not sure if you
in each division compete against others with a similar will be able to compete in the NAC, or, even if that
skill level. Then, the scores from the qualifying races are possibility seems very remote, we strongly urge you to
dropped and there are three days of championship races to join FSSA by the deadline to keep your options open.
determine the winners of the Championship and Once that deadline has passed, you can still participate as
Challenger divisions. The details of the racing format crew, but you will have to give up the helm.
will be provided in the Sailing Instructions which will be
given to skippers when they pick up their registration Attention Juniors – If you’re thinking about competing
packages on August 1st or 2nd. in the Junior Championship, make sure to read the NOR
carefully because there are special eligibility
How does the NAC compare to EYC’s regatta? The NAC requirements that both you and your crew need to meet in
involves a few more races; skippers are sorted into order to compete. Also, this championship will only be
divisions by performance instead of personal choice; the held if there are at least five entries by July 18th, so sign
race courses are a little longer; the race officials have a up early and encourage your friends to do the same to
high degree of training and experience; the boats and sails make sure this event will happen. We will all look
are measured to keep a level playing field; and there are forward to you showing the out-of-state competition that
more parties. While this regatta attracts good racers, there they don’t stand a chance against EYC!
are newcomers who participate as well; so no matter what
your level, there's a place for you in the regatta. If you Attention Women – The Women’s championship will
have ever competed in the Ephraim regatta, you can only be held if there are at least five entries by July 18th,
compete in the NAC. so encourage all of your friends to participate and sign up
early so you’ll be able to race.
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Bow Bag and Transom Ports – As of January 1, 2009, that you won’t have to wait in line on August 1st or 2nd,
FSSA requires a bow bag and transom port on all Flying and it is to the club’s benefit, because it will lighten the
Scots competing in the NAC. Actually, they are also work load so that the process will go faster when all of the
required for any boat participating in any race or out-of-town sailors show up. When the early measuring
regatta that is governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing date(s) has been decided, we will send out an e-mail and
(RRS), because the RRS also automatically extend to put the information on the club calendar on the website,
include the class rules for one-design boats. Therefore, so stay tuned.
this applies to almost every race and regatta held
anywhere, anytime, by anyone. Even if you don’t race Club Boat Lotteries – There will be two lotteries for the
your Flying Scot, you may want to consider adding these club boats: 1) one for the Junior and Women’s
safety features to your boat, which will make it much Championships and 2) another for the NAC
easier to recover in the event of capsizing. In addition, Championship. The Junior and the Women’s
these features will make your boat compliant with the Championships’ races will be held at the same time which
official Flying Scot® specifications, which will help is why the lotteries for those events will be combined.
maintain your boat’s resale value.
However, the NAC series starts the day after the Juniors’
Installing this equipment can easily be done by the and Women’s events; therefore, the club boats will once
average person, but since you may have a few questions, again be up for grabs, and a second lottery will be held for
Ryan Malmgren has graciously volunteered to help that event. Note: Any skipper wanting to compete in the
everyone out by doing a hands-on “how to” session at Junior or the Women’s Championship AND the NAC
EYC on Saturday afternoon, June 20th. You can contact must enter his or her name in both lotteries. All lottery
Ryan, 608-225-4287,, and ask him to entrants are expected to be serious about intending to race
order the equipment for you, in which case you won’t and to submit their registrations in a timely manner. This
have to pay shipping. Or, you can place your order with is very important for skippers competing in the Junior and
the boat builder, Flying Scot, Inc., 1-800-864-7208, Women’s Championships, because these events will not, and have the equipment shipped be held if the five boat minimum for each is not met.
directly to you. Either way, you should place your order Lottery entries should be submitted by June 15th to
by approximately June 5th to ensure that it will arrive in Deanna Peterson,, Winter phone
time. It’s always easier to do this kind of project when 414-352-3678, cell phone 920-421-1385. NOTE: Any
you have someone to help you and several other people lottery winner who subsequently finds they are unable
working on the same thing, so everyone is strongly to compete must immediately notify Deanna so that
encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. If the next person may be notified. Additional
you have any questions, contact Ryan. information about the club boat lotteries will be posted on under ”EYC Club Boat Lotteries”.
Measuring Requirements – All boats are required to be
measured, but not every equipment specification and Commodore’s Cocktail Party & NAC Week Dinners –
every sail must be measured. FSSA has divided the ADVANCE SIGN UP REQUIRED THIS YEAR
requirements up at random and created three different ONLY - This year the Commodore’s Cocktail Party will
checklists. When you show up at the measuring and be combined with the traditional NAC Welcome Cocktail
registration site (see the NOR for this information), you Party that kicks off the week on Sunday evening August
will be given one of the three checklists at random and 2nd. The party will be held at Alexander’s which will
will proceed to the appropriate areas where the measuring provide the hors d’oeuvres. During the party, several
team will check everything on your checklist and sign off NAC officials will be introduced plus the trophies for the
when you have passed inspection. Depending on which Junior and the Women’s Championships will be awarded.
checklist you receive, you may have to have your main(s), Visiting sailors always look forward to this party, and we
jib(s) and/or spinnaker(s) measured, your boated weighed, hope you’ll look forward to meeting them in addition to
your mandatory safety equipment checked, etc. FSSA is socializing with old friends. We expect a large number of
currently revising these lists and as soon as they are people at this party, and in order to properly plan for it,
finalized, we will post them on the website, we need an accurate head count in advance. Therefore,, so you’ll know exactly what’s required unlike previous years, tickets will not be available at
and can be prepared. the door so all EYC members must send in or drop off
their reservations in advance using the reservation
Two days, August 1st and 2nd have been set aside for form as explained at the end of this section.
measuring, but we would like to measure as many EYC
members’ boats as possible during the week prior to that, Half the fun of a national regatta is being able to meet
possibly on Sunday June 26th. This is to your benefit in new people, get together with friends and talk about what

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happened on the water that day which is why several service between the launch areas (EYC and the public
dinners have been planned during the week. On Monday, launch ramp) and remote parking locations. The shuttle
August 3rd, Bill and Rosie Klein have graciously agreed service will be provided Monday through Friday during
to host a “Brat, Burger & Corn Roast”. This will be an the morning when the sailors are trying to get out to the
expanded version of the Bratfest that is more like a buffet race course and in the afternoon when they are coming
dinner. We look forward to having our guests experience back in. Please help EYC put its best foot forward and
the same type of good time that so many EYC members help things go smoothly by volunteering your time and
have experienced over the years. (The annual Bratfest car. If you can help out part of the time or all of the time,
will be held Saturday evening, July 25th.) On Wednesday, please contact Don Nelson at, Winter
August 5th, Martha Sauter has graciously agreed to host a phone: 517-263-5192, Summer phone: 920-854-7248,
“Pig Roast” at her home which has the bonus of providing Cell phone: 517-605-6750.
everyone with a beautiful view of the water where
everyone has been racing. On Thursday, August 6th, there Photographers & Historians Wanted – It’s always fun
will be a banquet at Maxwelton Braes during which FSSA to look at pictures and relive an event or see the things
will hold its annual meeting and present several awards. you missed, but that is only possible if they were captured
in the first place. While may people will be taking
All club members are invited to all of the dinners and pictures at random, we are looking for several people who
are encouraged to come and introduce themselves to will commit to photographing specific activities such as:
sailors and race officials. Menus for all of the dinners are 1) Race Committee Prep, 2) Arrivals, 3) Measuring, 3)
posted on under “Meals and Menus”. Registration, 5) Commodore’s Cocktail Party/Welcome
You need to make reservations in advance, because Party & Trophy Presentations, 6) Breakfast/Lunch Pick-
tickets will not be available at the door due to the need Up, 7) Skipper’s Meeting, 8) Launching at the pubic ramp
for advance planning. Reservations can be made using and EYC, 9) Hospitality, 10) Merchandise Sales, 11) Brat,
the form included in this issue of the Eagle’s Cry or you Burger & Corn Roast & Trophy Presentations, 12) Pig
can download it from the website by going to Roast & Trophy Presentations, 13) FSSA Annual Meeting and clicking on “Commodore’s & Awards Banquet, 14) NAC Trophy Presentations, and
Cocktail Party and Dinners”. Reservation forms and 15) Other. A professional photographer will be getting
checks must be dropped off at EYC or mailed to Sue close-up shots of the racers on the water, but we are also
Volkmann by Friday, July 19th. Requests after the looking for someone to take terrific overhead photos of
deadline are subject to availability and may have an the racing from Peninsula State Park. That’s a view that
additional fee. For late requests or questions, contact Sue, you cannot get anywhere else! We would also like
Summer phone: 920-854-2762. A big thank you goes to someone to assemble and organize all of the photos and
Sue Volkmann and her committee for working a year in memorabilia in a book, scrapbook or CD which will be
advance to get all the meal venues lined up. made available to club members. If you are willing to
lead this effort, please contact Carol Claypool,, Home Phone: 336-985-5599,
Cell Phone: 336-306-4898. Please help all of us enjoy
this special occasion more by stepping forward and
volunteering to capture all of the many activities that will
be happening.

EYC Ambassadors - One of the expectations of racers is
not only to have a good time racing but to have a good
time off the water. Please remember that most of the
visiting racers have never been to Ephraim and don’t
know that there isn’t a grocery store, liquor store,
Walmart or fast food around every corner. Please put
yourself in our visitors’ shoes and think about what you
would expect if you were going somewhere for the first
time. Therefore, we are asking everyone to be an EYC
ambassador and welcome every racer, crew and family
Drivers and Cars Needed – Most other yacht clubs have member when they arrive plus assist them throughout the
a substantial parking lot, but we don’t. Limited parking in week. Marsella Fults, Hospitality Chair, is putting
Ephraim could make logistics difficult for our guests, so together helpful tips and answers to frequently asked
we have made plans to assist with parking to minimize questions that will be included in the registration packets.
congestion. To help our visitors, we will provide a shuttle However, there's nothing like having a whole yacht club
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open its arms, look excited that people have traveled
1,500 miles to come to your yacht club, and provide on-
the-spot help and directions whenever needed.

Since this is the last Eagle's Cry before the event, we will
be providing everyone with periodic updates by e-mail
and on the website Plan to volunteer
for one or more committees. It's a great way to get to
know your fellow club members as well as meet some
terrific racers in the Flying Scot class.

* * * * DEADLINES TO REMEMBER * * * * *

June 5 Orders for Bow Bag and Transom Port

June 15* EYC Club Boat Lotteries for NAC,
Junior and Women’s Championships FS NAC ’09 Housing Request
We’re still in need of housing for some of our visiting
June 20 Bow Bag and Transom Port Help
sailors, judges and other dignitaries during NAC week. If
Session at EYC
you would be able to provide housing for this week in
August, please contact George or Linda Carey via email
July 1* NAC Skippers - FSSA Membership
and let us know what accommodations you are able to
July 7** NAC Competitors - Early Registration offer.
for NAC
Please contact us at or
July 7** Junior and Women’s Championships -
Early Registration for NAC
Come on Board for NACs!
July 17** Meal Reservations – EYC DONNA SCATTERGOOD
The Weights and Measures Committee seeking fun,
July 18* Junior & Women’s Championships – sailing oriented volunteers and great sail enthusiasts!
5 Boats Minimum Registered
As a One-Design class boat, all FS boats must meet the
August 2, Junior & Women’s Championships - specifications of the FS class to participating in the
11:00 am* Late Registration, FSSA Membership, NACs. The weights and measures committee has the
Measuring Compliance "weighty" role of making sure all boats meet these
August 2, NAC Competitors Measuring
5:00 pm* Compliance, Late Registration and
All club boats must be weighed, safety checked and sails
Meal Reservations measured. All other boats are assigned to one of any of
these three specification checks.
*Information must be RECEIVED by this date.

**Information must be POSTMARKED by this date The W & M committee requests your help and invites you
to have fun too. We need people to help staff the various
"checkpoints" of this weights and measures process.
Training will be provided, experience is not necessary.
This is a great way to meet many terrific sailors and to get
a look at some smooth sailing boats -- up close and

Of note, your volunteer obligations will be competed
before the races begin! All club and local boats will be
checked in the weekend of the EYC regatta, and if

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necessary, during the week between the regatta and the Anchors
NACs. Other boats will be checked in on Saturday and
Sunday prior to the NACS, August 1 & 2. You need not Weights for marks
be available the whole time.
Lines for marks
So, calling All Hands On Deck! Please let Donna
Scattergood, Chair of the NAC 2009 Weights and VHF radios
Measures Committee, know ASAP if you are interested in
“Family”/short distance radios (inexpensive ones
being part of this committee. We could sure use your
available at Wal- Mart)
help. You can reach her at Cranes: Need two. One two lift and weigh boats. The
other to launch boats – possibly at Anderson’s Dock. Do
we still need two cranes?

Portable launch ramps

Launch Vehicles, i.e., Modified golf carts with hitches,
ATV’s or cars with hitches.

Gas for boats

Stick-on Bow Numbers: 2 sets per boat

Streamers and safety pins to be attached to mainsail clues.

Office supplies and equipment: printer, copier, lots of
paper, pens, pencils, erasers, staplers, clipboards,

Registration bags or folders.
FS NAC Sponsorships
DEB RITTER Parking Shuttle “services”
We are still looking for donations of goods, services and Audio Visual Equipment: Microphone, speakers, podium,
financial contributions to make the Flying Scot NAC’s at speaker’s platform.
the EYC one of the best in recent memory.
Beer, wine & water bottles.
If you wish to be a sponsor of the 2009 FSNA
Championships, we welcome you! If you would like to Breakfast and lunch items: Chips, cookies, sandwiches,
highlight your business or simply represent your family as muffins, pastries, coffee, juice, etc.
a supporter of the championships, please contact Scott
Pearson at 630-677-6385 or Deb Ritter at 630-918-4476 Tents, tables and chairs.
If you happen to know someone or a business that might
be able to provide any of the items listed below, we would Thank you gifts for officials and volunteers.
also appreciate any leads you can provide!
Giveaways for racers
We are looking for the following items:
“Freebies” for all competitors who register.
Signal Flags: A, B, C, H, I, L, M, N, P, R, S, V, X, Y, Z,
General Recall, AP, RC flag, blue, orange (Extras are Giveaway/raffle items for sailors and non-sailors
needed for some letters)
Cash donations
Racing Marks: One “set” of yellow 5 ft. marks
(cylinders), Alternate set of 5 ft. orange marks
(tetrahedrons), Offset marks & Start/Finish marks
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heavy winds; however, the Race Committee was able to
The 2009 Flying Scot Midwinter complete two races on each of the first three days.
Championships (Everyone got experience sailing in heavy chop.) The end
NANCY CLAYPOOL of day three provided perfect planing conditions and the
whole fleet of Scots was riding above the water as they
The Flying Scot Midwinter Championships were held at planed back into the harbor. Day four started out with 10-
St. Petersburg Yacht Club ("SPYC") March 23-27, 2009. 12 knot breezes, but the winds started building. After the
SPYC is known for its race management and had just second leg of a five leg race, the winds hit a very
completed the 62nd St. Petersburg Winter Lightning challenging 27 knots with gusts to 30 -- and 3-4 foot seas.
Championship the day before. Lightning racers who Class rules require that racing be cancelled or courses
stayed over to compete in the F/S Midwinters were Allan shortened with winds consistently above 20 knots. The
(North Sails) and Katie Terhune (who won the Lightning Championship Division sailed all five legs as the wind
Winter Circuit), Jeff (US Sailing's 2007 Rolex Yachtsman further freshened on their last leg and the Challenger
of the Year) and Amy Smith Linton, Brian Hayes (North Division was fortunate to have the course shortened after
Sails), and Josh Goldman. four legs, with some very wild, no-spinnaker, down-wind
planing. The Race Committee cancelled the last race, told
The Midwinters always has a very competitive fleet with everyone to head in, and later complimented everyone on
typically very breezy conditions. Many sailors who their seamanship; no one capsized and no sails were
normally sail two up often bring down a third crew. damaged.
Racers can opt to compete in either the Championship or
Challenger Divisions.

One of the great things about the Midwinters, besides the
competition, is the "Top Gun" classes that are conducted
to help all the sailors improve their racing. The Scot class
does a great job of encouraging newcomers to become
involved in racing. Class rules provide that, once you win
the Challenger Division, you must sail in the
Championship Division.

Greg Fisher of North Sails has run the Top Gun classes
the past two years. The sessions normally start at 9:00
a.m. in the morning and conclude at 9:45 a.m. so that
boats can make the 1100 warning signal. Greg typically
assembles a panel including sail makers, past winners,
and Harry Carpenter, the Flying Scot builder, to teach
classes on tuning, sailing your boat for the conditions, and Nancy Claypool with crew, Larry Taggart
tactics. This year, Brian Hayes of North Sails started off
Ryan Malmgren (OCS-3-2-12-4-7-9) with crew, Carrie
with an orientation on the St. Petersburg sailing area,
Carpenter, raced extremely well in the Championship
wind conditions, tides, currents, and general weather
Division. Unfortunately, with no throw out races, his
expectations for the week. Speakers for tuning and tactics
OCS put him out of contention for a trophy. Also, Ryan
included Eduardo Cordero, World Sunfish Champion, Jeff
and Carrie worked extremely hard against the boats with
Linton, Lightning World Champion and Flying Scot
three on board that were able to creep up on them in the
North American Champion, Ryan Malmgren of Mad
races with the heaviest winds. Nancy Claypool (2-2-1-3-
Sails, and Allen Terhune of North Sails.
1-3-1) with crew, Larry Taggart (Flying Scot Gulf District
Once on the water, Greg took video of the racing as well Governor from SYC), were in second place by two points
as capturing tacking maneuvers and sail trim for later after six races and pulled off a first in race seven to win
instruction. After racing, the competitors reassembled at the Challenger Division. They, too, hung in there in the
SPYC each day for the afternoon Top Gun Session with windy/survival conditions. Nancy was happy when it was
beer provided by Coral Reef Sailing Apparel and others. all over and Larry was tired!
Greg showed video and those skippers who did well in
Off the water, on Wednesday evening, Nancy (with
each of the day's races shared their strategies with the
assistance from Ryan) gave the PowerPoint presentation
on EYC that Carol Claypool had given at the 2008 NACs
This year, eight races were scheduled over four days. On in Toms River, New Jersey telling everyone about
the first two days, the first race was postponed because of Ephraim. This PowerPoint, our 2009 NAC promotional

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presentation, is available on the EYC website so that I owe a lot to Dr. Guy Bush, the Commodore in 1984, for
everyone can see what has been shown to Scot sailors. taking a chance and hiring me as an Assistant Director the
This was compiled last summer as a joint effort with summer after my high school graduation. I spent the next
significant contribution from Jay Lott. Also, thanks again four summers developing critical social and leadership
to Ruth Sauter for putting together Door County Visitors skills that needed some refining. My senior year I was
Bureau packets. These were handed out to all interested elected President of my College. I’m convinced EYC
Midwinter participants who had not received a packed at helped me to earn that position. I truly believe the EYC
Tom's River to encourage them to come to Ephraim. membership has an abnormally high number of
outstanding individuals. In particular, there were so many
What EYC Means to Me great adult male role models that I interacted with during
those four years. Today I still try to emulate them, along
with my dad, as I work to be a good husband, father,
It has been over 20 years now since I worked my last employee and citizen.
summer at EYC. From 1984 through 1986, I spent my
college summers working as an EYC assistant director As a chemical engineering student at Rice University,
with Stephen Sauter under Brian Chase. In 1987, I most of my colleagues spent their summers working in
the refineries and chemical plants along the Gulf Coast.
became Director, working with David Sauter and Andrew
My resume was a bit different with four summers
Reynolds (see Picture 2). Those four summers were a
teaching sailing at a remote club in Wisconsin. During
pivotal time in my life. However, my story about EYC is
my junior year in college, Exxon asked me to interview
different from many.
for a summer job. I declined, but my professor insisted
We moved a lot when I was young. In fact, I didn’t that I go speak with them. At the interview, I explained to
attend the same school two years in a row until the eighth the recruiter that it was absolutely critical that I return to
grade. Each summer, the family would spend a couple the yacht club for a fourth summer to become Director.
days driving up to Wisconsin to spend a few weeks in our This woman hired me the following year when I
cabin. With all the moving, Door County and my family graduated and for years, used me as an example on the
were the constants in my life. In Door County, I learned powers of persuasion. I actually convinced her it was
to sail from my great uncle, Bill Wilson. Each week for better for me to go back to the yacht club for a fourth year
the Flying Scot races we would sail down to EYC from instead of working in their chemical plant my final
our cottages in Little Sister Bay and sail right back home. summer in college.
I did the same for Sunfish races. I was a very shy kid, so
The thing is, I was right! I spent the first ten years of my
the only reason I’d place a foot on the dock was to use the
career with ExxonMobil working in their Houston
restroom (and most times I found a way to avoid that
research facility. I refined my technical skills there. It
too)! When I graduated from high school I really didn’t
know anyone at EYC, yet I had raced there every summer wasn’t the best place to refine my social and leadership
since I was eight or so. Until I began working at EYC, skills. But because of my years at EYC, I really had a
hand up on my office peers. Today I manage the
Door County was a special place for me. EYC provided
company’s operations in eastern Canada, and I use the
something else. It made Door County special also for its
leadership and social skills gained at EYC far more than
people. It has provided me with life-long friendships that
my technical skills.
mean a tremendous amount to me.
Since graduating from college, I have continued to move
a lot. I have lived around the globe in Texas, Malaysia,
Great Britain, Norway, Calgary, Wyoming, and now
Newfoundland. During these past 20 years, I have only
missed one summer visiting Door County and EYC. The
trips are often shorter than I would like, but they are
ALWAYS special. Door County and EYC are very
special places.

My current home, Newfoundland, is a fascinating place.
A picture book we own about the Canadian Province is
entitled “This Marvelous, Terrible Place.” The hardships
Newfoundlanders have endured over the centuries rival
any place on earth. When I speak with friends my own
Summer 1986: Ed Graham, Brian Chase & Stephen Sauter age here about their childhood, I hear stories that sound
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like what my parents’ generation experienced during the First Mate volunteers. I know many of you are already
depression. However, they have something special here working on projects and functions for that week and I
that many would covet if they could experience it. Most want to say, “thank you for all the work you have already
Newfoundlanders come from small fishing villages of less accomplished.”
than 200 people. They have an extremely positive outlook
on life and have strong family bonds. The hardships of Since our regular annual events are still happening as
Newfoundland have driven many away to find work over well, we need all hands on deck to fill our volunteer
the generations. Some don’t come back, but most do positions. Our First Mates Meetings this summer are
when and if they can. It is obvious that most of those who scheduled for:
are away crave the day they can come back home Many
of these villages have a party every ten years. Monday, June 15 @ 9:30am at the club
Newfoundlanders call it the “Come Home Year.” It is a
week of extended family reunions and reconnecting with Monday, July 6 @ 9:30am at the club
lifelong friends. People come from all over the world to
be there. I listen to them tell their Come Home Year If you are unable to attend either or both of the meetings
stories and I think about my Door County and my annual and you wish to help out, please send me an email at
visits. and I will get in touch with you. Also,
we are still looking for someone to Chair the Opening
Newfoundlanders call their island ‘The Rock.’ The island Social, which is on Saturday, June 27 from 6-8pm. This
is mostly rock, but I have a sense that the term is a bit is not a difficult job and Prilla Beadell has offered to help
endearing and is a symbol for them. Despite the with the handing off of the responsibilities. This event
hardships of life, despite the travels to far off lands for can have co-chairs. Ladies once again, thank you for all
work, Newfoundland is their foundation, their rock, their your help in the past. This has contributed greatly to the
home. Door County and EYC are my foundation, my success of the club. Here's to making 2009 the most
rock, my home. successful summer ever.

Bow Bag and Transom Port
Installation Party!

When: Afternoon of June 20th, following the Fyr Ball

Where: EYC Dock

What: Rolling up sleeves and helping each other install
Bow bags and 4” transom port holes! (Some experienced
folks will be on hand to assist those in need of help.)

Who: Anybody who wants to participate legally in any
Flying Scot Sailing event governed by the US Sailing
Summer 1987: Steve Graham (future director), Andrew rules (i.e., not just the North Americans). That’s
Reynolds, Guy Bush (future director), Ed Graham & David right…the new US Sailing rules require one design sailors
to follow the mandates and changes within their given
class…and it’s about time!
Calling All First Mates: All Hands
On Deck! Why: To have a much safer and more easily rescued boat
in event of capsize!
Check in with Christian Pillat for more information.
The summer of 2009 is a very exciting time for the EYC.
We are hosting the North American Flying Scots
Championship and this is quite an honor. The board of
the North American Flying Scots saw that our wonderful
club has the capability to host this important event. Much
of our success will have a lot to do with our wonderful

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Season Series Racing Ephraim Regatta – July 25th

The EYC has a strong tradition of sailboat racing, which "There will always be an Ephraim Regatta," but this year's
is reflected in our busy schedule of races for three Regatta will be earlier and shorter than usual. Because of
different classes during our short summer. Racing is by the demands of hosting the NAC and to make life easier
far the fastest way to learn to sail and to become a better for our member volunteers, this year's Ephraim Regatta
sailor. All EYC members are encouraged to race in the will be only three races. Weather permitting, we will hold
class which is right for you, as skipper or crew. Even if up to three races on Saturday, July 25. In the unlikely
you do not own a boat, the EYC has boats you can use event that weather prevents any races from being
free of charge (EYC-issued skipper's license required for completed on Saturday, we will run races on Sunday, July
Flying Scot use). Last year we purchased three new sets 26 instead. Steve Sauter has volunteered to run the race
of Flying Scot Sails and this year we purchased another committee this year, so we are looking forward to fast and
three sets, which means all club-owned Flying Scots are efficient race committee work. The other parts of the
equipped with high quality racing sails. Regatta which you love -- the Regatta Welcome Party,
and the Bratfest hosted by the Kleins -- will be held as
The 2009 racing schedule will be similar to the 2008 usual on the evenings of Friday July 24 and Saturday July
schedule. The weekly Flying Scot, Flying Junior and 25.
Optimist races will be on the same days and at the same
times as last year -- Flying Scots on Saturday mornings EYC members who will race in the NAC are strongly
and Monday evenings, Flying Juniors on Sunday urged to measure their boats on Sunday, July 26.
afternoons and Thursday evenings, and Optimists on Measurement on July 26th will be at the EYC.
Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Please note Measurement on August 1 and 2 will be at Gibraltar High
there will be no series races the week of August 1-7, School which will require dismantling and trailering your
because of the NAC. boat to measure it.

This year we will upgrade our series racing with enhanced Reminder: To make room for our NAC guests, if your
training for staff in running races, written sailing Flying Scot will not be raced in the NAC, it must be
instructions for all races series, and timely calculation and removed from the EYC premises no later than the evening
posting of series scoring both at the EYC and online. We of Friday, July 31. You can bring it back beginning on
will also award some cool season series trophies in the evening of Friday, August 7.
addition to individual race winner cocktail glasses.

See the EYC calendar for detailed information on series
race dates and times. For questions on series racing, or if
you want to get involved as a skipper or crew, contact
Race Chair Jay Lott. As always, safety first!
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Regatta Welcome Party - July 24th Hailing Windy Women of All
JAY LOTT Ages… 2009 Women’s Regatta!
The third annual Regatta Welcome Party will be Friday,
July 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Jay Lott's house. As in past years, Plan to participate on a boat or the dock in the annual
this casual party will feature music, volleyball, beer, and a EYC Ladies Regatta. You need not have a boat to
variety of gourmet delights including grilled duck, grilled participate as we have a growing number of skippers
pheasant, a variety of appetizers, smoked salmon, goose needing crew and vice versa. We will also have club
liver pate, deep fried walleye, turkey fingers, salad and boats available. Check the EYC website for more details
more! At $12 ($6 for kids), this event is a bargain. All about skipper, crew and refreshments opportunities!
EYC members are invited and encouraged to attend, no
RSVP necessary. Stop by and socialize with fellow
members and racers from out of town. Sailing Education
A personal note from Jay Lott -- thanks again to all who
One of our core values at EYC is to provide opportunity
helped out with last year's Regatta Welcome Party,
to all who are interested to learn to sail. We have, once
including Mike Faugust, Jennifer Ikeda, Tim, Marsella
again, a great staff on board this year who would very
and Haley Fults, Linda Franczyk, Liz Gheorghita, Elfi
much like to get you and/or your children out in a boat to
Johnson, David Lott, Peggy Lott, Tom and Sue
experience the joys of sailing! Group and private lessons
Murray, Chuck and Ellie Pearson, Scott and Duska
are offered. Sign up through the link on the EYC website.
Pearson, Julian Slagter, Alex Zalar, and anyone else who
Note that the later sessions, especially, fill quickly so sign
helped and who I have inadvertently left off this list.
up soon. Also, note that our lessons start one week earlier
this year to allow for the lesson hiatus during the North
Volunteers are needed again for this year's Regatta
American Championships week. Questions? Check out
Welcome Party. As in past years, we need greeters, beer
the website first, then contact either Christian Pillat (Club
monitors and chefs' helpers. Volunteer for a one-hour slot
Director), Donna Scattergood or David Sauter. See you
and get a free dinner! Contact Jay Lott if you want
on the dock!
to volunteer.

Fyr Bal, Womens, Optimist & Rich
Hall Junior (FJ) Regattas

The EYC runs several other annual regattas in addition to
the Ephraim Regatta. These are a lot of fun, so mark your
calendar: Fyr Bal Regatta (Flying Scots) morning of
Saturday June 20; Optimist Regatta afternoon of Saturday
July 11; Rich Hall Junior Regatta afternoon of Saturday
July 19; and Ladies' Regatta afternoon of Wednesday July
22. Note that, for the first time, the Rich Hall Junior
Regatta will be raced in Flying Juniors and not in Flying
2009 Youth Activities
As another season approaches, we want to make sure that
all of our members and families are aware of our Youth
Activities. Please don’t be shy. These events are open to
all members and families -- you don’t have to be actively
involved in the sailing program to participate! Liz
Gheorghita is coordinating the Youth Activities and it’s
going to be a really fun summer!

Explorers is intended for children who have not
completed first grade and therefore are not old enough to
participate in the sailing program. These children must be

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accompanied by a parent or guardian. Older children not generously over the past few years, and we are
in sailing are always welcome at Explorers. Duska grateful. We need to raise an additional $2,400 to
Pearson is in charge of the Explorers which will meet make the purchase.
Monday mornings starting on June 29 at 9:30 except
when there are First Mate coffees. Duska is planning We hope to have the bleachers in place this summer,
some wonderful activities such as sand-castle building, as early in the season as possible. We ask that you
bubble day and pizza making! For more information,
consider making a contribution to this effort. We
contact Duska at (630) 975-4942 or (920) 854-9988.
will not be able to order the bleachers until we have
Junior events are for children/pre-teens and young teens the funds or pledges in hand. Gifts of any size are
who have completed first grade and have not completed greatly appreciated. If you are willing to contribute,
ninth grade yet. Laura O’Rourke is running the Junior please either fill out the form that was included in
events this year and has some very fun plans such as the recent Directory mailing or submit a Credit Card
game nights at the clubhouse/dock, AFT night, a Barn pledge at
Dance, a Pool Party, and Red-Putter Golf Night! Junior
events will be held each Wednesday evening at 5:00
beginning on June 17. The final Junior event will be on BUNCO is Back
July 29. For more information, contact Laura at: (312) LAURA O’ROURKE
953-8320 or email:
Bunco will begin on Monday evening, June 22 at 7:00.
Teens is intended for teens who have completed the ninth We will meet every Monday at 7:00 and begin playing
grade. Liz Gheorghita has some terrific events in store around 7:30. It is a fun social game and no skill is
including evenings at Fred & Fuzzy’s ,volleyball, and required! We won’t play during the week of Nationals
game and pizza nights at EYC. For more information, but we can go into August if people are interested. It is
contact Liz at (920) 854-9602 or her cell: (816) 797-1261. BYOB; snacks are provided by the evening’s hostesses.
Everyone contributes $10 to the pot which goes entirely
All information concerning Youth Activities will be toward prizes for that evening’s winners. We have
posted at the club and coordinated by the EYC Staff so be wonderful prizes: the winner receives a gift certificate to
sure to check at the clubhouse throughout the summer for a local fine dining establishment and most buncos win a
sign-ups and updates. gift certificate for EYC Wear. We also have small baby
bunco prizes. Last year was the first year we did Bunco
and everyone had a great time. It brought together all
ages of women who might not otherwise meet. We have
weekly sign-up sheets posted at the club. Guests are
always welcome! The more the merrier! We will be
looking for hostesses as the season begins. For more
information, contact Laura O’Rourke at (312) 953-8320
or, Sara Latreille at (847) 702-3618
or, or Nancy Konecny at (920)
621-2982 or

Bleachers Fund Appeal

The board approved the bleacher committee’s
recommendation at its recent meeting. The board
was able to allocate 50% of the replacement cost,
and is hopeful an appeal to members will fund the
remaining 50%. We know many have given
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Correction: 103rd Ephraim Regatta EYC Online

In the last edition of the Eagle’s Cry, the winner of the the We continue to send out and post announcements on the
Peder Knudson Trophy for the highest ranking boat with a Dockside Blog and in Email and will continue to do so
wife/husband team was misreported. The actual winners throughout the season. If you have an event or
were Mike and Jennifer Faugust. We regret the error.
announcement that should go out to the membership,
Congratulations to the Faugusts!
please submit it to

Donations to the Club The EYC is also Twittering, Facebooking, LinkedIn and
In these uncertain economic times, the EYC has been very elsewhere on the Net. Go to these places to learn more:
fortunate with a three major donations that enhance
sailing opportunities and improve the level of safety on
the water for all of our members.
With deep appreciation, we announce donations from
George and Linda Carey of their Flying Scot, from Quinn
and Suzanne Brennan of a Laser and from Andy and
Allison Huey of their 2007 13’ Boston Whaler.

We are still in search of the following equipment as either
donations or for purchase if the price is right. We are
only looking for equipment that is in good repair.

-Flying Scots
-Lasers (hulls & rigs)
-Optimist Prams (hulls & rigs)
-Safety Power Boats
-Shore Stations
-Newer Vest Style Life Jackets
-Extra Lines for Boats and for tie downs, bowlines

If you have any equipment you wish to donate or sell,
please contact David Sauter, Commodore, at (920) 217-

We are sorry to report that Gunvor Nielsen, a longtime
member and avid bridge player passed away this past
January. The EYC extends our condolences to her
family and she will be missed this summer at the club.

We also recently learned of the passing of Bill Skatrud.
Our prayers are with Mary, his wife and their children,
Anne (former Instructor) and Robert. We will miss you

Memorial Gifts & Tributes
Thank you for all the Memorials and Tributes that have
helped support the club this year and last. Please
remember to keep the EYC in mind.

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