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 is open to all comers with the fleet consisting primarily of Lasers and RS Aeros. The response to this new racing series was tremendous and we have continued this series as part of LCYC's racing program. In 2024 we opened things up, on a trial basis, to doublehanded boats (sailing either double or single handed) without spinnakers and we also added a pilot program allowing a limited number of non members to keep a Laser or Aero at the club, if they participate in our Thursday night series. The advent of the MarkSetBots allows us to run races with just a single person doing RC. 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 our Aero fleet has grown from 2 to 8 boats. Dave Powlison was the founder of our RS Aero fleet and past Fleet captain, although he has since moved out of the area and is back racing Lasers on Union Reservoir in Boulder, CO.

The LCYC Aero fleet members are:

Doug Merrill - co-Fleet Captain
John Harris - co-Fleet Captain
Bill Wight
Will Nye
Alan Matson
Tim McKegney
Jason Hyerstay
John Ring
Fran Hardy (non owner member)

If you interested in learning more about the Singlehanded series or the Aero fleet contact John Harris or Doug Merrill.


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.

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