EYC Junior – Senior Golf Outing – July 6 – Willow Ridge

Erieau Yacht Club

Erieau Yacht Club – Junior – Senior Golf Event

When:        July 6th, 3:30 pm

Where:       Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club

What:         9 holes of golf, best ball off tee

Cost:           20.00 per person including cart

Dear Members,

Join us for a fun golf outing, we will be playing 9 holes of golf at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club on July 6th.

We have reserved 5 tee times, first Tee time scheduled for 3:30 pm then every 9 minutes following.

To play your team must consist of a Junior and Senior Member.  We will be using carts to play.  If you don’t have a team mate to play with please let us know and we will find you a member to play with.

Join us after at the Willow Ridge Grill & Pub for a quick bite to eat.

Please sign up on the sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board at EYC . You can also email be at jchesterfield1@cogeco.ca with your nam, team member and your preferred tee times. Hopefully we can fill all five times.your teammate and preferred tee time, hopefully we can accommodate everyone time.

Kind Regards,

Jake Chesterfield

2019 Commodore

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2019 Ontario Sailing Awards Luncheon, AGM and workshops report

This fall the Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore, myself and two representatives from the Junior Sailing Committee attended the 2019 Ontario Sailing awards Luncheon, AGM and workshop meeting at the Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club in Toronto. The meeting was composed of multiple parts, the first part presented by Boating Ontario, the rest by Ontario Sailing.

The first part was quite the eye opener regarding the high water levels of the Great Lakes. The Boating Ontario speakers definitely had a specific point of view and agenda and hit us with a lot of information regarding the current situation, how they think we got there and what they think we should do now. In brief they say factors leading to higher water include an increase in rainfall and a change of the plan to regulate water levels from legacy plan 58DD to plan 2014. They urged us to spread the word and get people to contact the IJC to demand an increase in the outflow through the Moses Saunders Dam in Cornwell. Who are the IJC? What is outflow? If you do not know what this all means (I am still learning myself!) they have 2 websites that they urge you to go to which contains all this information and much more, they are:



Your opinion may vary on their conclusions but it is well worth your while to take a look at those resources to gain a fuller understanding of what the situation is regarding the water levels in the Great Lakes.

The second part of the meeting was full of very important internal content for us. It concerned the governing aspects of a club, including bylaws, policies, our stated goals, new regulations, and more. Fairly dry but very important stuff to be on top of. There’s not much to share here, we just have to sit down and go through it all and make sure we are doing everything as we should. All new regulations we follow will be announced to the membership and information will also be posted up on the website and at the EYC as needed.

The rest of the meeting was broken down into the awards portion and then the AGM. We used that time to do some networking with other sailing clubs in Ontario.

Much thanks to thank Jessica Dillon-Mallory (Vice Commodore), Heather Boswell (Rear Commodore) and Doug Kerr and Meghan Roulston (of the Junior Sailing Committee) for attending this meeting with me, we now have a lot of thinking to do while preparing for next season!


John Kerr, Commodore EYC

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EYC-RYC 2019 Annual Rondeau Bay Laser Regatta Results


Dear Members,

Rondeau Yacht Club hosted an excellent EYC – RYC Regatta at their yacht club last Friday 8-9-19.

The conditions were great with 15 knot winds with 18-20 knot gust, Southwest to West.  Standard winds for that side of the bay.  Sunny skies prevailed for the entire day and the temperature was a comfortable 20º-23ºC / 70º-75ºF.  The water surf was fairly rough and with the odd white cap.  The swells grew during the doubles races.

A modified triangle course was set with 400-500 meter separation between marks.  All races consisted of two around the course.

There were 40 Junior Sailors registered for the regatta.  EYC had 16 junior members register and RYC registered 24.  See attached photo for participants.

A total of 23 Lasers were rigged and 20 raced, EYC had 11 lasers rigged and only used 9.

RYC won the Regatta!  The scores are as follows Singles EYC-169 vs RYC-100, Doubles EYC-135 vs RYC-86.  Event Total = EYC-304 to RYC-186.

Following singles races RYC provided an excellent lunch, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dog, corn on the cob, salad, chips and drinks.

Double Races commenced after lunch.  14 boats entered the doubles race. 

We had plenty of help from the ESS Staff, Directors and Volunteers that I wish to thank.  Thank you to everyone who supported us and made this day a success for our Junior Sailors.

We were loaned 2 fully rigged lasers, extra sails from EYC members listed below.  It should be noted that thanks to our members no EYC junior member was left wanting for a laser as we had plenty. Thank you Tug, Tim & Meghan.

We have intentions of creating different classes next year to allow some of our younger sailors to participate in the event.  We are hosting next year and it may provide a good opportunity to implement new fleets.

Kind Regards,

Jake Chesterfield


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EYC – RYC Rondeau Bay Regatta – August 9, 2019

Rondeau Yacht Club is hosting the Annual Rondeau Bay EYC-RYC Regatta this year. The regatta takes place this Friday August 9th.

The schedule for the day is as follows.

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Depart for Rondeau Park

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Rigging and Registration

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Skippers Meeting

10:15 am – 12:00 am – Single Races

12:00 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Skippers Meeting

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm – Doubles Races

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – De-Rig boats

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Awards

Boats will be transported Thursday night by trailer. Please come out to support our Junior Sailors in their attempt to challenge for the EYC-RYC Cup.

Go EYC, Go!

Jake Chesterfield

Commodore 2019

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EYC – BBQ Fundraiser – Art in The Boulevard – August 3rd, 2019

Erieau Swim & Sail Camp BBQ Fundraiser

July 29, 2019

Dear EYC Members,

Please be sure to stop by and support EYC this Saturday, August 3rd. We will be hosting a BBQ Fundraiser at the club for our Erieau Swim & Sail Camp.

On the Menu are Hamburgers, Peameal Bacon, Hot Dog and Sausages.

Food is available from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, or while supplies last. Water, Pop will also be available.

Many thanks to our generous volunteers for organizing and donating there time this weekend.

Kind Regards,

Jake Chesterfield

EYC Commodore 2019

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EYC Sports Merchandise Now Available

2019 Sports Apparel           


Dear EYC Members,

I had the opportunity to have a friend design some EYC merchandise for purchase.  Many thanks to Phil Duym and his team with Promo Shop, the logo looks great.

Attached to this letter are the items for sale and the order form.

We need a minimum of 25 orders per item to meet the production requirement for.

Please complete the order form and email it to sailing@erieauyachtclub.com

I hope to have the order forms completed and returned to Promo Shop by July 26th.

Kind Regards,

Jake Chesterfield

EYC Commodore 2019

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EYC Silent Auction Fundraiser – Fish Fry – Live Band – July 13, 2019

Erieau Yacht Club – Silent Auction Fundraiser Fish Fry – Live Band

When:        July 13th, 5:30 pm

Where:       Erieau Yacht Club

What:         Silent Auction (fundraiser) Fish Fry – Live Band (Strictly Music)

Cost:           EYC Member $20.00, Non Member $25.00 per person

Dear Members,

Join us for an exciting evening as we host a fundraising event at the Erieau Yacht Club July 13th

This year we will bring back one of EYC’s favourite events, the silent auction.  The evening will start at 5:30 pm where donated items will be bid on silently while enjoying an appetizer amongst family and friends.  Some selected items will be sold by live auction later in the evening.

Following bidding, enjoy fresh caught Lake Erie Pickerel for diner catered by Taylor Fish Company of Wheatly.   On the menu for desert will be strawberry shortcake.

To finish off the night we have scheduled a band of talented musicians to entertain as we admire our newly acquired items.

Please consider donating an item for the auction, the proceeds will go to the benefit of our junior Sailing and Swimming program and facility improvements.

Auction items are being collected and held by Steph Pirscher.  If you are unable to drop off donations, please bring the item to the club at 5:00 pm.  I look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday, have a great week.


Jeremy Chesterfield “jake”

2019 Commodore

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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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Erieau Yacht Club – International C-Scow Regatta

Venue:        Erieau Yacht Club, 680 Ross Lane, Erieau, ON.  N0P 1N0

Schedule:    Friday June 21, 2019

3:00 pm                       C-Scow Registration Opens – Erieau Yacht Club

5:30 pm                       Opening Dinner – Hot Dog, Hamburgers, Beers at the Club

Saturday June 22, 2019

7:00 am                       Registration opens – Breakfast is available

9:30 am                       Skippers meeting

10:30 am                     Races begin – 1st and 2nd races

NOON                         LUNCH – EYC

1:00 pm                       Afternoon racing begins – 3rd, 4th and possibly 5th races

6:00 pm                       DINNER – EYC – Pulled Pork Dinner

Sunday June 23, 2019

8:00 am                       Breakfast

9:00 am                       Skippers meeting

10:00 am                     Racing begins 6th, 7th races

12:00 pm                     LUNCH and Awards at EYC

All times are tentative weather permitting.  Low point scoring, Top 5 boats receive trophies

Fees:            Entry fee will be $110 American or $135 Canadian. The entry fee includes Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and pulled pork dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Refreshments will be provided for the weekend.

Register:     Register online at https://erieauyc.checklick.com or by contacting Matt Poile. If you have any questions please contact Matt.  Payment due upon arrival at EYC.

Contact:       Matt Poile – 226-339-8432 or mattpoile11@gmail.com

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Commodore Spring Update 2019

Hi everyone, 2019 season fast approaches!!!

As we prepare for our season to get underway, I’d like to share some updates that are currently being completed to the EYC Club during the past months.   We have the great fortune of very capable volunteers maintaining the club and property.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the new bright blue metal roof you will be impressed.  It is sure to last many years as our members provided stern supervision of the construction.  Another property improvement is occurring on the bayside to control erosion and provide a safer launch ramp for our junior sailing members and campers.

We would like to offer our thanks to Brad Hall at B&C Renovations for strapping and installing the new Bright Blue Steel Roof.   Mark Phillips at Phillips Skid Steer Services will be installing the Cable Concrete Erosion Control System, we thank him as well.

Dependent on water levels the grounds and waterfront committee plans on installing docks Saturday, June 15th or if the weather isn’t suitable, Sunday June 16th.  Volunteers are appreciated.

We have a very exciting announcement for our members and racers; our club will be hosting our first International C-Scow Regatta.  The regatta will occur on the 22nd, 23rd, and the 24th of June.   A detailed schedule will be posted for those interested.

The Junior program committee is pleased to offer 8 weeks of excellent summer sailing and swimming programs for our membership and community.  Registration is now open on Checklick ESS.  Checklick can be accessed by the following link, https://erieauyc.checklick.com/ .

Applications are being accepted for this year’s ESS summer staff.  Job postings can be viewed on EYC web site.  Please forward resumes addressed to the Junior Sailing Committee at sailing@erieauyachtclub.com .

From the Office of The Commodore, it brings great sadness to announce the passing of a former Commodore of the EYC during the off season. Graham Dutton (EYC Commodore 1979), the Dutton Family has a longstanding relationship with Erieau and the EYC, and developed many friendships along the way.  We send our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

We look forward to a healthy, fun, safe and memorable 2019 summer in Erieau.

Jeremy Chesterfield “Jake”, Commodore, Erieau Yacht Club

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