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Electric Shock Drowning....What is the situation at LCYC?

Over the past few years, the maritime community has developed a better understanding of a phenomenon known as Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). Doug Merrill wrote an article in the April Binnacle describing it. Earlier this month our insurance company sent out a bulletin to their marine customers describing the hazard and listing ways to minimize the risks. We shared this content with members in an email this month.

Questions have arisen regarding how our club’s system measures up to current standards, and how safe it is to swim on our waterfront.

Lake Champlain Race Week is Coming!

The second annual version of this fun event is less than a month away. Whether you want to demonstrate your versatility as a sailor or sail on some different boats in different types of events or just want to race for 6 days in a row, LCRW is a great way to get exposed to the full spectrum of racing on the VT side of Lake Champlain. 2 events at LCYC, 3 events at MBBC and the final event at the Community Sailing Center. LCRW includes racing in Keelboats and Dinghies, One Design and PHRF, singlehanded, doublehanded and crewed and Pursuit racing and regular racing. And one event even requires a Junior or Woman skipper! You can do all 6 events or whichever ones you choose.

Sign up now! Details are at:


2016 Lake Champlain Championship Series

The 2016 LCCS website is now up and running. There are no changes to the formats of the Cannon/Goose and Champlain Series, but the Notice of Series now contains the criteria for determining the winner of the new Thouron Trophy, won last year by Bob Turnau and Bill Fastiggi in Buffalo Theory. The site also has a new section that displays photos of the trophies of both Series. http://www.lcchampionshipseries.org

Documents (NORs and SIs)

The weekend Sailing Instructions were updated May 28th with the following changes:

Start sequences are now identical for all weekend races except for Etchells and Sportboat events.

This should provide better air for both divisions. Ladies Cup will continue to have an extra five minute gap between the two starts.

Weekend Starting Sequence:

  1. Spinnaker (Purple Flag)
  2. Jib and Main (Yellow Flag)

The Macdonough course choices were simplified a few years ago (Long Course for Spinnaker, Short Course for Jib and Main), but now the flags and start description are identical to the other weekend races.

The Ladies Cup NOR was updated to include the Sportboat class, which has already been competing as a class in that event.

Weekend NORs were updated June 7th to remove the old start sequence.

Etchells/Sportboat NOR was updated June 8th to change the Sportboat flag from green to purple, matching the color used on Wednesdays for Spinnaker B + Sportboat, and on weekends for Spinnaker.

Crew Match - 2016 Season Update

If you (or someone you know) are looking to crew on a boat or you are a boat owner looking for crew this summer, the LCYC Crew Match page is the place to post your needs. While I will add new postings any time I get them during the season, over the next couple of weeks I will be doing a refresh of the page for the upcoming season. So now is the time to get your information posted and out there early. Click on the Crew Match link below to see what information is needed for either a CREW or BOAT OWNER posting and send me an email at vtlasersailor@gmail.com with the relevant information.



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, the Lake Champlain 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, Royal Savage Yacht Club, and Valcour Sailing Club also offer great racing events around the lake. LCYC also hosts an annual Viper 640 Regatta.

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