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The Regatta Committee and Race Management Group are continuing to discuss options for when and how racing might start this summer. Racing is currently under a state restriction that bans "organized sports." It has been confirmed with the state that sailboat racing falls under that restriction. As mentioned in an earlier email, we will provide a two-weeks’ notice prior to beginning any races. Stay tuned.
--James Unsworth, Regatta Chair

I hope this finds you well and brings a little joy into the summer ahead. Thanks to all for sharing not only your food and drink ideas, but also a little about yourselves and your stories. Good drinks and food bring all kinds together, no matter how unique and different. Everyone is on a different journey, but boating, the lake and social activities bring us together. Let's not lose sight that, at our core, it’s the people who make LCYC the very special community we are! Please click on this story's title to see the outstanding recipes, photos and stories from so many of our members.
All my love from one member to another,
--Heidi Lessard, LCYC Social Chair

Commodore’s Update—May 27, 2020
         The LCYC Board of Governors has adopted an Exposure Prevention Plan governing all activity at the facility.  The full text of the plan will be made available on the club website.  We are taking small steps toward club operation. Here is what you need to know:

  • All planned social and regatta activities are cancelled until further notice. 
  • Rescheduled events will be provided with sufficient notice. 
  • Maintain social distancing and do not congregate in groups of more than 10 individuals.
  • Members and invited guests arriving from out-of-state are expected to comply with state mandates regarding quarantine requirements.
  • Masks are required at all times on the grounds, parking lots, bathrooms or whenever you are in close proximity to others.
  • Stewards will be on duty working regular hours and offering launch service beginning June 4.  
  • Masks are required when using the launch. Launch capacity is reduced to 4 passengers plus driver.
  • The clubhouse and kitchen will remain closed until further notice.

For more information, please consult the LCYC COVID-19 Exposure Prevention Plan, click on the title of this story.
--Charles "Charlie" Van Winkle, Commodore

Please observe "6 Foot Safe Distance" at all times on the docks. This may mean you and your party need to wait, or queue up, on the wooden ramp before going onto the docks. Respect others. If someone is
waiting on a dock-end, proceed onto the dock, but stay 6 feet from them at all times.

Clear the docks as quickly as possible, especially during busy periods. Do NOT monopolize the docks and/or sprawl out on the docks. Members and guests should not feel uncomfortable walking past your boat. Tie it up away from the main center sections. No long-term work on the docks is allowed.

Dinghy space is tight again this year. Dinghy size and rules will be strictly enforced. Dinghy slot assignments will be the same as last year—see the bulletin board outside the bathrooms. If you need a dinghy slot or you can relinquish your slot for this year, contact Michael Kerbaugh, docks chair, at mikerbaugh@gmail.com

Try not to touch other members’ dinghies. If you use a club dinghy, wipe down oars and equipment when entering and exiting. Bring appropriate cleaning materials with you.

Stay tuned for LCYC Covid Task Force Updates and Changes

Want to do some casual singlehanded dinghy racing at LCYC while social distancing? Email crew_match@lcyc.info. Indicate level of interest and type of boat you might sail. Open to all singlehanded boats. Some loaner boats might be available. Time and date TBD. If we get to the point of having a RC and scoring, we will use the Portsmouth handicapping system—PHRF for dinghies. Join us!



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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