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Lake Champlain Race Week

Attention Lake Champlain sailors and racers! The Malletts Bay Boat Club (MBBC), Lake Champlain Yacht Club (LCYC), and the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center (LCCSC) cordially invite you to the first annual Lake Champlain Race Week. MBBC is sponsoring this innovative event, which will incorporate six - days/evenings of regularly scheduled sailboat racing at MBBC, LCYC, and LCCSC.

Scoring will be conducted per individual participant, regardless of his/her position on the boat. NO ENTRY FEE, however you must sign up via email (bretton.gardner@gmail.com) prior to the event. Late or after-the-fact registration will be allowed under special circumstances only.

This event will NOT affect the racing or scoring of the normally scheduled events. It will only serve to increase participation, specifically with junior racers from each of the three participating organizations.

Please contact Bretton Gardner (bretton.gardner@gmail.com) to register, volunteer to host Jr. racers on your boat, or with any questions.

Think sun and breeze and see you on the water!


Sunday, August 9, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, August 13, 2015 (All day)

Some Ladies Cup History ...the "Deed of Gift"

With the Ladies Cup coming up next weekend, Club Historian Bern Collins thought it would be a good time to share some important documents about the origin of the Cup from our archives. While there was no formal "Deed of Gift" for the Cup, what we do have is the minutes from the September 1, 1888 LCYC Executive Committee meeting in which the gift was accepted and the rules governing the competition for the Cup were set. We have posted copies of both the original handwritten minutes as well as a transcribed typed version that was done some years later.

Attention Ladies Cup Skippers....Important changes

Please take note of 2 significant changes to the Sailing Instructions for this year's Ladies Cup Race: There will be two starts and all boats will be required to fly a divisional flag.
JaM boats will start first under a yellow class flag, followed by Spinnaker boats under a purple class flag. The warning for the Spinnaker boats is planned for 5 minutes after a successful start for the JaM boats. Boats will be required to fly a yellow or purple divisional flag during the race.


The Lake Champlain Yacht Club is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Please let us know if you are interested in membership at LCYC!

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Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events during the sailing season. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled events planned for the summer of 2015. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday and weekend throughout the summer.

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Lake Champlain Yacht Club has a robust junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We have two race weeks during the summer, and we will be hosting the Champ Chase Regatta and traveling to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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Lake Champlain is a beautiful venue for sailboat racing, with excellent competition, friendly competitors, and great participation. LCYC features a summer-long Wednesday Night racing series, an Etchells/Sportboat series, and weekend races, several of which are part of the the Lake Champlain Championship Series. Our friends at Mallets Bay Boat Club, Valcour Sailing Club, and Royal Savage Yacht Club also offer great racing events around the lake. LCYC also hosts an annual Viper 640 Regatta.

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