Rules

DOCKS & DINGHIES:

The LCYC dock system is our gateway to Lake Champlain. As an essential club resource, members should be considerate of the diverse activities that occur on and around the docks. Each member is responsible for respectful and courteous use of the docks in a manner that encourages shared access by everyone.

  1. The end of the main dock is reserved for picking up and discharging passengers and supplies. It should be occupied only briefly and as necessary to accomplish these tasks.
  2. The main finger docks are for the convenience of all members and should only be occupied as long as necessary. Members should be prepared to relocate to their mooring as soon as possible during periods of high demand. When possible, extended use should be deferred to lower activity periods.
  3. Docks are used for race preparations on Wednesday evenings and on some Saturday and Sunday mornings. This is a period of high usage and extended stays on the docks should be avoided by both racers and non-racers.
  4. The primary use of the finger docks is for repairs, washing, picking up crew, race preparations, or the use of electricity for power tools and battery charging. The dock electrical system is not designed for sustained loads such as air conditioning.
  5. Boats should be attended while on the docks. However, for periods of no more than an hour and when there are no imminent unfavorable winds or weather, a member may leave a securely moored boat unattended on the dock to move a car, obtain parts, or for a similar urgent need. When possible, a steward should be notified or an explanatory notice should be left visible on the boat.
  6. Approval should be sought from the Dock Chairperson, Commodore, or Vice Commodore if extenuating circumstances require leaving a boat unattended for more than an hour.
  7. The docks may be used for social purposes. Use of grills, barbecues, or any open flames on the docks are prohibited. Those members staying on the docs for extended period of time should monitor general dock activity. If all the finger docks become occupied, members should be prepared to move off the docks if another member desires access.
  8. Members should not stay on the docks for extended periods of time when high winds, high waves, or storm conditions are present or imminent.
  9. For the general safety of all members, running is not permitted on the docks. The main dock should be kept free of all obstacles.
  10. Trash, furniture, dinghies, moorings, or other gear should be promptly removed from the docks. Please place trash from boats in the dumpster located in the south parking lot. Please return carts to the north side of the clubhouse.
  11. Fishing from the main dock is permitted only if the dock is not being otherwise used. Casting is not permitted.
  12. Swimming is not permitted from the main dock or in the fairway. Swimming in the mooring area is permitted in the immediate vicinity of a boat from which the swimmer has originated. Swimming from boat to boat should be exercised with caution..
  13. Young and/or non-swimming children must be accompanied by an adult while on the waterfront. Use of life jackets is strongly recommended.
  14. It shall be the responsibility of the Dock Chairperson to enforce the Club policies regarding dock usage. It shall be the responsibility of the members to voice their concerns to the Commodore and/or the Dock Chairperson when they feel their access to the docks has been restricted. The stewards shall not be responsible for enforcing club policy; the stewards should notify the Dock Chairperson and/or Commodore regarding inappropriate, irresponsible, or discourteous use of the docks.

MEMBERS’ DINGHY USE AND STORAGE:

  1. All members’ dinghies must be marked with the owner’s mooring number and/or the owner’s name.
  2. Dinghy tie-up space on the dock is restricted to boats no more than 14 feet used as yacht tenders.
  3. Dinghy space on the south side of the main dock is limited to boats 10 feet or less in length; boats over 10 feet and up to 14 feet are limited to the north side of the main dock.
  4. Dinghy space is first-come, first-served, starting on opening workday. When a member has established their dinghy location, please honor their right to remain there for the entire season.
  5. All dinghies must be secured so that they do not damage other dinghies or the docks. They must have adequate stern anchors, and must be kept reasonably empty of water. Dinghies that are neglected may be removed from the docks at the discretion of Dock Chairperson, Commodore, and Vice-Commodore.
  6. Dinghies used infrequently should be stored ashore on the racks south of the boat ramp.

USE OF LCYC DINGHIES

LCYC Club dinghies are for member use to and from moorings only and are not to be taken from the harbor area for any reason. Club dinghies may not be left on a members mooring but must be immediately returned to the dock for others to use.

RULES FOR USE OF LCYC BOATS

LCYC boats, intended use, and authorized operators are listed below.

BOAT USE OPERATORS
Milo and Nautilus Launch Service Stewards and/or those designated by the Boat Committee
Boston Whaler Race Committee Stewards, Sailing Instructor, Race Support
Rigid Inflatable Sailing Program Sailing Instructor
Rigid Inflatable Emergency Launch Regatta Committee and Race Committee on day of race
J.Dinse RC Boat Race Committee Officers and Boat Committee Chair
Club Dinghies Harbor Only Members at Large
Rowboat Emergency Only Members at Large
Mooring Puller Hauling and Placing Moorings Diver and Members at Large
Sailing Fleet Sailing Program,General Use Members at Large, Sailing Instructor and Students with proper
instruction by Sailing or Boat Committee

Members using club boats are expected to leave them clean, shipshape, and properly secured when finished.

Unsafe conditions, missing or malfunctioning equipment should be reported to the Stewards or Boat Committee immediately.

GROUNDS:

  1. Members are free to use the picnic area at any time but are expected to leave clean grills and no mess.
  2. Members' dogs must not be left unattended by the owners while on club property.
  3. Members are responsible for their children on club property and must not leave young children unattended.
  4. No boats or trailers shall be stored on LCYC grounds without prior written consent from the Board of Governors. Exception: One-design boats not on trailers and less then 23 feet in length and dinghies may be stored in designated areas while the club is open (May through October), as follows:
    1. Dinghies may be stored on racks provided by the club or on the beach. It is the owner's responsibility to securely fasten boats to prevent storm loss or damage.
    2. One design boats less than 23 feet in length on dollies or trailers may be stored on the beach or on south side of the grounds in a manner that does not prevent parking cars along the south side of the lot. Empty trailers may not be stored on club premises longer that three (3) consecutive days.
    3. Empty trailers may not be stored on Club premises longer than twenty-four hours.
  5. Parking of cars is to be confined to the parking lot. The lawn area is to be used as an overflow area only.
  6. The Butler building and storage shed are intended for storage of LCYC equipment only and members must not store personal belongings there.

HARBOR:

    MOORINGS:
  1. The Harbor Committee is charged with the responsibility of managing the LCYC anchorage area and interpretation of these rules. A mooring is defined as all equipment required to moor a yacht, from and including the anchoring device up to the end of the pennant where it attaches to the vessel.
  2. Moorings must meet the minimum standards for your boat size and location in the harbor, as outlined in the LCYC Harbor Management Guidelines and 1991 Minimum Mooring Standards.
  3. Total scope shall not exceed 2/1. This may require shortening scope as the season progresses and the lake level drops.
  4. If your boat drags, you are responsible to correct the situation immediately. If your boat continues to drag, or if the Harbor Master deems your mooring inadequate, you will be asked to remove your boat from the anchorage until a suitable mooring is obtained.
  5. All mooring tackle must be marked with the mooring number on the lower end and on the surface end. All mooring floats (winter and summer) must be marked with the owner's name and mooring number (not the boat name).
  6. You are expected to maintain your mooring equipment in a safe condition in order to keep your mooring privileges. Periodic inspections should be done and worn parts replaced. The club has its diving service inspect half of the moorings each year. If your mooring is judged unsafe, the diver is instructed to make immediate repairs and you will be responsible for the cost of repairs.
  7. Any person whose boat drags or breaks away from their mooring must, within ten days, file a report to the Board of Governors explaining the circumstances, including a description of all ground tackle and the corrective actions taken.
  8. Only the mooring puller is to be used for placing and retrieving moorings. Club boats are not to be used.
  9. In the past, the approved mooring systems from our concrete blocks have been: (a) Chain-to-Float system (the preferred system); and (b) the Hazelett system. Because zebra mussels are causing the Hazelett systems to sink and become a hazard to other members, Hazeletts may be banned as a summer mooring in the future. Currently all Hazeletts must have a minimum 7" diameter float attached within 2' of the top of the Hazelett from spring work day to fall work day and be maintained such that they float a minimum of 6" above the water.
  10. During March, members may sign up to have their moorings commissioned in the spring as well as winterized in the fall. The Harbor Master will assign a block of time at the beginning and end of the season for this work to be done. The members who sign up will share the cost.
  11. By Memorial Day weekend of each year, any assigned mooring not yet commissioned will be used by the club. Should the club member thereafter desire to use his/her mooring, arrangements must be made through the Harbor Master for removal of the exisiting float and reimbursing the club for any expenses it incurred attaching or detaching the float.
  12. LOCATION OF MOORINGS

  13. Placement of moorings is at the discretion of the Harbor Master who will assign moorings based on water depth and boat size. The Harbor Committee may also advise an adjustment or relocation of moorings to make more efficient use of space. Ultimate responsibility for any damage lies with the boat owner.
  14. If you have a problem with another member's mooring, make every effort to solve the problem yourselves. If necessary, contact the Harbor Master with full understanding that the Harbor Master's solution will be based on the best available compromise for all parties.
  15. New members should be given an indication of the general area for their mooring by workday so proper equipment can be acquired. Location will be finalized within two weeks after workday.
  16. A fairway for access to the docking area will be maintained. It will run from the main dock east to the limit of the mooring area. Boats are not to be anchored or moored in such a way as to interfere with this area.
  17. GENERAL

  18. Guest moorings will be maintained by the club and may be used by members in emergency situations, but prolonged usage is not allowed. A fee of $10 per night will be charged guests except as follows: Members of the Malletts Bay Boat Club and Valcour Sailing Club may stay on guest moorings without payment of fee for three (3) nights, including the nights required to participate in LCYC racing events. Consecutive use is to be limited to one week.
  19. Water skiing within 200 feet of boats, swimmers, docks, moorings, or shorelines is prohibited by state law and club rules.
  20. Speed of craft in the harbor must be reasonable under existing conditions.
  21. Power craft will give way to sailing craft and all rules of the road will be observed.
  22. All members and their guests are expected to strictly observe anti-pollution laws and practices in the harbor as well as throughout Lake Champlain. Such practices as discharging or dumping sewage, garbage, or trash, and pumping of oily bilges are not only illegal but also extremely offensive to anyone using the lake or its shores.
  23. A member who removes his/her boat from the mooring field may retain the mooring assignment for two years if intending to reoccupy. After that time the mooring will be relinquished for reassignment. A member relinquishing in this fashion will retain all rights to reassignment per Article V, Section 3 of the By-laws. Members may not lend, sublet, or borrow moorings without the approval of the Harbor Master. Vacant moorings may be temporarily assigned or used as guest moorings during the two-year period.
  24. Members are not permitted to operate, store, or launch motorized personal watercraft such as jetski or air-driven type boats at the club.

HOUSE:

  1. It is the member's responsibility to assist in keeping the clubhouse clean and neat. Food and other perishable items are not to be left in the kitchen area.
  2. Personal articles are not to be left overnight in the dressing rooms. Please try to keep the floors dry while using showers and dressing rooms.

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 season. 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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