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The Annual Meeting of the membership of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club will be held upon completion of Fall Workday chores (approximately 11:15 a.m.) on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Clubhouse, 2790 Harbor Road, Shelburne, Vermont.
1. Commodore’s Report
2. Elections
a. Nominated to serve the remaining one year of a three year term on the Board of Governors commencing with Change of Watch in 2015:
i. Bob Schumacher
b. Each nominated to serve on the Board of Governors for a term of three years commencing with Change of Watch in 2015:

LCYC is hosting its first annual Viper 640 Regatta this fall, on September 27th and 28th. Our nice venue and good September winds are attracting one design racers from Maine, Long Island Sound, Marblehead, and elsewhere. We are hoping to provide member housing for as many visiting teams as we can. We have placed a few teams with local members, but we are still looking for guest rooms and couches for teams of two or three. Boats and teams will be arriving Friday afternoon (the 26th), staying that night and the following Saturday. We will be providing a bagel breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Saturday evening.

If you are willing to put up a crew for Friday and Saturday night, we would really appreciate it! Please contact dale [at] hyerstay [dot] com or jason [at] hyerstay [dot] com if you would be willing to host a team. This is a great chance to help us grow this regatta and promote sportboat racing on Lake Champlain!

A big thanks to those who have already offered housing. We really appreciate it!


Sailing the Schuyler Island Race? Please Read This:

One of the key marks of the Schuyler Island Race is off- station, confirmed by a very recent listing in the Region 1 Notice to Mariners. The mark, HBN Schuyler Reef, is normally off the north end of the reef. Since the LCYC SI course leaves it to port, our rounding of it is normally in safe water even for deep draft vessels. However, the mark is now sitting off the south end of the reef, leaving the rocky 6 ft knoll at the north end unmarked.

Because of the wide use of GPS technology by most of our regular racers, the Race Management Group, in conversation with the Regatta Chairman, has decided to go ahead with the race using that same hazard as the rounding point, leaving the entire reef to port. The configuration of the Reef is fully shown in normal GPS Lake Champlain Chart formats.  Properly equipped racers should be able to see it or identify its environs clearly and leave it to port safely, although at their own risk – as has always been the case in any LCYC race.

Schuyler Island racers will be reminded of the above situation at the skippers’ meeting Saturday morning at 0900.

Dave Powlison
LCYC Regatta Chair

September is here, and that means earlier start times for racing to make use of the daylight. Please remind your crew to get there early so you can make your start!

The first gun (Etchells Warning) is at 17:25.

We are still running the same four-start sequence that we have been running all summer long:

JaM & Spin D
Spin B & Sportboats
Spin A & Spin C

On another note, participation this year has been at record levels. We have 87 registrants who signed up for at least one race!

This coming Saturday, August 24th, is the brand new Diamond Island Regatta, put on by Diamond Island Yacht Club with full support of Point Bay Marina. DIYC & PBM aspire to have this event become an annual nautical festival in the mold of our Ladies Cup – attracting fun-loving racers and cruiser-racers from all corners of the lake to morning eats before the skippers meeting, an interesting and suitably challenging race for all comers in JaM and Spinnaker, followed by their already annual steamers and lobster fest.



LCYC 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. Click here if you are interested in joining 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. 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 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 typically 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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