2019 Season Opening Letter

2019 EYC Season Opening Letter           


Dear EYC Members,

I hope this letter finds everyone in great health and happiness.   I trust we’ve had enough winter and rainy spring and are ready for a great summer in Erieau and at the EYC.  The Board of Directors are looking forward to a great season at the club and on the water this season and have planned a few social events for our enjoyment.

The water levels hindered Dave Allely and the Ground and Waterfront committee in dock installation, but with great determination and hard work our docks are in at the Club.  We are very thankful for the work our volunteers have done for our enjoyment and for our swimming and sailing camp students.  The club has been cleaned and ready for use.  Their work also contributed to the first International C-Scow regatta hosted by EYC last weekend.  We had 10 C-Scows that raced of which 5 traveled from the United States.  It was a very successful regatta.  The weather and wind was perfect and allowed us to have 5 races in the bay and 2 on the lake.  Congratulations to Matt Poile and the C-Scow regatta committee on a job well done, we wish them the best as they plan for the 2nd annual next year.

Junior Sailing

Last year we successfully revamped and updated our sailing instructor fleet.  This work permitted our instructors and students to learn and improve their skill in the appropriate craft.  One benefit to this was that our Saturday junior races successfully had three to four fleets racing, which allowed us award more of family trophies during our closing banquet.  Please offer Jessica Mallory-Dillion any assistance as she plans the junior race program. 

We are very excited to announce the Swimming and Sailing staff for our summer program have been hired.  This staff was very successful in providing excellent learning environment for our junior campers.  Please help in welcoming them back.  John Kerr will be providing Aiden Banks the necessary tools and environment to successfully complete her task as head camp counselor for the season.  We are very pleased to have Gabby Gooch returning as our head sailing instructor.  Working under Gabby’s tutelage will be Kaatje Kempe and our new assistant instructor will be Hailey Kemp.  Katelyn Kemp will be working with our swimmers under Aiden’s guidance.

Registration is available online and some weeks are filling up quickly.  You can also register this Saturday June 29th.

RYC will be hosting EYC for the annual regatta Friday August 9th.

We will be hosting the Boom Access sailing program for handicapped sailors the week of August 12th-16th.   Chatham Kent Health Association has inquired of the potential for EYC to host an additional week, which the EYC board of directors will review over this season.


Our website and facebook pages are being updated and managed by Jessica and John.  If you wish to provide photos, information or feedback contact us.  We would like to thank John Graham for hosting and maintaining the EYC website for the past several years.  I would also like to announce that our instructors will use Instagram as an additional social tool for EYC and ESS benefit.

We have planned a few events and the silent auction will be held July 13th as our fundraising event for this season.  Please consider a donation for the event.  The auction winners will be announced following a fish fry dinner.  We are still searching for a volunteer auctioneer.

 I have attached a copy of this season’s schedule.  Please join us this weekend for our opening BBQ.  We have a special desserts planned, 12 homemade pies, compliments of my wonderful mother in-law Edna and her sister Betsy.

Kindly visit Stephanie Pirscher prior to the BBQ Saturday to complete your registration and payment for the 2019 EYC season.

Shannon and I are looking forward to a great summer, enjoying everything that Erieau and EYC has to offer. 

Kind Regards,

Jake Chesterfield

EYC Commodore 2019

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