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With sadness, I am called on to let you know of the sudden passing of our friend Skip Echelberger last week in Florida.

His obituary notes that "Skip had a zest for life, a positive outlook and a sense of humor that everyone appreciated and enjoyed. He loved so many things in life: sailing on his boat with friends, kids and grandkids; singing in the choir at the Shelburne United Methodist Church; playing volleyball; walking the beaches of Florida with his wife Chickie; bicycling; and kayaking. He was a member of LCYC since 1991 and served on the Board of Directors from 1997 to 2000 and was widely recognized by the pink hat he wore whenever sailing his sailboat Coquet ".

For those of Skip's lifelong friends or family who would like to remember him, his family asks that a donation to the Shelburne United Methodist Church be made in his memory to PO Box 365, Shelburne, VT 05482 or to the charity of your choice. A memorial service is scheduled at the Shelburne United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1pm.

For more on Skip’s life please read the attached obituary.

Southern Cross and Iemanja in 2017 Miami to Havana Race

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 18:15 to 21:00

Come enjoy a Bove's Lasagna dinner on race night. Includes meat or cheese lasagna, antipasto salad, dessert and assorted beverages. $10 per person.

The attached file below is a quick overview from Dave Perry of the significant Rule and "Game" Changes contained in the new 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing. If you think you knew the old rule book this explains what is new and different. If you don't know the Rules that well, now is a great time to get out the new rule book and refresh your memory!! There are also some good rules simulators on the internet that allow you go test out your rules knowledge in simulated real life situations. I always found this approach to be really helpful vs. just reading the rule book.

As most who follow the sailing news already know, "The Great Dane", Paul Elvström, just passed away. One of the true sailing icons of the past century and one of only 4 Olympians in history to win a Gold medal in 4 consecutive Olympic games.

Dave Powlison passed on the link to an archived article Sailing World posted containing some of Paul's wisdom. Some good nuggets in here to savor over the winter....




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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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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