Singlehanded Dinghy Racing

In the summer of 2020, instigated by the COVID pandemic, LCYC started a series of informal singlehanded dinghy races on Thursday evenings. The racing was open to all comers with the fleet consisting primarily of Lasers and RS Aeros. The response to this new racing series was tremendous and the plan is to continue this series as part of LCYC's racing program. The format is short (~10-15 minute) races with a focus on fun and learning. The races are not scored and coaching, both during and after races, of less experienced sailors by more experienced sailors is not only allowed, but encouraged.

As a result of this new series not only have a lot of Lasers come out of hibernation but by December of 2020 our nascent Aero fleet had grown from 2 to 6 boats. The LCYC Aero fleet members (in chronological order) are:

Dave Powlison - Fleet captain
John Harris
Bill Wight
Jason Hyerstay
Fritz Horton
Tris Coffin

If you interested in learning more about the Singlehanded series contact John Harris. If you are interested in joining the Aero fleet contact Dave Powlison.


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. 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. 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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