Kimura Cup

• Recognition of Contributions to One-Design Racing at LCYC •

Awarded since 1996

The modern club has had three one-design fleets. In the period 1972-80 there were Tanzer 22s at every club on the lake, and the LCYC T-22 owners formed a lake-wide class-sanctioned association that hosted four Northeast Regionals of up to 25 boats during that period. In 1995 John Kimura, Regatta Chairman, advocated developing a JY 15 one-design program at the Club. In 2001 Dave Powlison initiated and fostered a transition from the JY 15 to the Etchells, and obtained from the class association the designation of Lake Champlain as Etchells Fleet 25.

The history of this three-handled loving-cup trophy is not known. The trophy was in the LCYC archives and was activated as the Kimura Cup in recognition of John's one-design efforts. The purpose of this traveling trophy is to publicly recognize the person or persons that make a significant contribution to the advancement of one-design racing at LCYC.

Original engraving:


Engraving on base in 1996:


1996 Betsy Walkerman
1997 [not awarded]
1998 Richard Howell
1999 [not awarded]
2000 Robert & Barbara Schumacher
2001 Dave Powlison
2002 Bob Goodwin
2003 Dave Powlison
2004 Ernie Reuter
2005 Ernie Reuter
2006 [not awarded]
2007 Rick Stevens
2008 [not awarded]
2009 Dale Hyerstay
2010 Mark Gardner (MBBC)
2011 Bob Schumacher
2012 [not awarded]
2013 Jason Hyerstay
2014 John Harris
2015 Alice, Dale, and Jason Hyerstay
2016 not awarded
2017 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. 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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