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There are some exciting changes for the 2016 racing season at LCYC!

Goals: We want to keep growing our participation. We want to simplify what it takes to race each season.

Weekends: The weekend Billado/Cannon Series is expanding to include all but one weekend open-lake races. The series will include Tea Kettle, Odziozo, Lady/Youth Skipper, Ladies Cup, Schuyler Island, Commodore Macdonough, and Hot-Ruddered Bum, with two throw-outs. The Double-Handed will be the only stand-alone race.

Simplified Registration: You agree to the waiver, pick the appropriate price level (free for members, except for the Viper 640 Regatta), validate your contact and boat information, and pick Jib and Main or Spinnaker for just three series: Wednesday Nights, Weekends, and One-Design (Etchells/Sportboat).

Persistant Registration! Your racing registration will persist as long as you continue to race. If you registered in 2015, you are already registered! You can login and click on the Account page and change your contact, boat, and racing info. Your existing waiver stays in effect. If you will no longer be racing, please contact your class fleet captain or someone from the racing program.

Race Committee/PRO: Local racing relies on racers taking their turn on the race committee boat as PRO or Race Committee. We have looked at the numbers, and we have a new formula. Each racing LCYC boat owner needs to serve as PRO or Race Committee for one day each season. If you are RC, you also need to bring two crew minimum. We encourage people to login to the website and sign up for Race Committee or contact Keith Kennedy about PRO duty. Please consider committing to a certain race on an ongoing basis. LCYC cruisers and non-member racers are also encouraged to volunteer!

The recent passing of Carol Hill, long time LCYC member and matriarch of the Hill Family, prompted Club Historian Bern Collins to pull out a 2003 article she had written on the history of Golden Dazy and update it with some additional content and pictures. It contains some great LCYC and Lake Champlain racing history. Click "Read more" to enjoy....

In 2012 Carol and Bruce Hill were named LCYC's "Yachtsman of the Year". Below is the tribute that past Commodore and current Historian Bern Collins paid to Carol and Bruce on that memorable occasion.

Lake Champlain Yacht Club Yachtsman of the Year Award

Ever wonder what the real deal is with that big anchor from the War of 1812 sitting on our lawn? With the MacDonough Race coming up in less than 2 weeks which, if you didn't already know, is timed to roughly coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh on 11 September 1814, I thought it would be timely to share another document which our Historian Bern Collins recently dug out of the LCYC archives.

I saw the feedback from the LCYC communications survey, and I wanted to let you know that one feature that you asked for already exists! You can subscribe to the LCYC calendar with your favorite calendar programs on your computer and smartphones. There is a link at the bottom of the Events Page with an iCal logo. Click that and you will get the LCYC calendar on your devices, and it will automatically update! Here is the direct link:



Jason Hyerstay
LCYC Webmaster



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!

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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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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!

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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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