• Club
  • Cruising
  • Photo of Talisman
  • J/70 Fleet 27
  • Viper 640 Regatta

Yesterday (Monday, September 7) we had strong, sustained south wind with gusts over 40 knots. A few sailboats didn’t have their rudders secured amidships. Wind eddies would catch them and they would “sail” off until their mooring brought them up short. This shock puts undue stress on deck cleats, pennants and mooring hardware. So, in addition taking precautions to weather storms—pennants led fair, canvas removed or tied down, etc.—before leaving your boat, make sure your tillers or wheels (wheels generally have tape on spoke at 12 o’clock, showing when the rudder is centerline) are properly secured so their boat will lie to into the wind.
--Bob Finn, Harbormaster

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, launch hours will be:

Weekdays: 1300 to 2000
Weekends: 0900 to 2000

Last day of launch service: Sunday, October 4

Remember that lights on your boat can help the stewards locate you after dark.

In this issue:
Ladies Cup
Yachtspersons of the Year
Perseid Meteor Cruise
One-Design Sailing
And much more!

Click Here to View the August/September 2020 Binnacle

In very light and shifty conditions, smaller, slower-rated boats took seven of the top 10 overall places in this year’s Ladies Cup, with John Hill’s J-70, That 70 Show, correcting out to first overall, winning the Ladies Cup.
Hill’s boat, which rates 117, was second across the finish line, behind only Kjell Dahlen’s Odinn, with a 33 rating. Odinn corrected out third behind Benedek Erdos’s Santana 2023, Lil’ Bot, which rates 168. The other five smaller boats in the top 10 carried PHRF ratings of 120 or higher.
The Hill name should be familiar to those who have followed the history of the Ladies Cup, as John’s grandfather, Bruce Hill, won it five times between 1980 and 1998 with the two-tonner Golden Dazy.
This year’s course took the 22-boat fleet from the club mark off the Burlington waterfront, around the west side of Juniper Island, the Juniper Ledge mark, back around the west side of Juniper, around the club’s Proctor mark and finished off Burlington. Winds ranged from almost non-existent to around 6 knots, and clocking throughout the race from south to northeast.



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!

About | Binnacle | Directions | History


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.

Cruising | Events | Destinations | Safety

The 2020 LCYC Junior Sailing program has been canceled to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lake Champlain Yacht Club has an active 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 each summer. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We also have two race weeks during the summer, the Lake Champlain Champ Chase Regatta and we travel to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

Registration | Schedule | Curriculum | Jobs

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.

Documents | Divisions | Registration | Results