Erieau Yacht Club – Rondeau Yacht Club 2018 Annual Laser Regatta


Dear Members,
We hosted an extraordinary EYC – RYC Regatta at our yacht club yesterday.

The conditions were great with 12 – 15 knot winds, Southwest to West. We were sheltered by the land and trees. Overcast skies prevailed for the entire day and the temperature was a comfortable 20º-23ºC / 70º-75ºF.

A windward – leeward course was set with a 200 meter triangle at the top to separate the sailors before the ran down wind. The wind was heavier in the am for the double’s races.

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

A total of 23 Lasers were rigged and 20 raced, 21 if you include an RYC laser that experience mast step fail under pressure.

RYC won the Regatta! EYC gave them a run for their money in doubles as we were tied at 70 after the first race. We fell back in the second heat as RYC posted 126 and EYC had 158. RYC had 2 DNF during the first heat. EYC had a DNS on the second race as the skipper was hurt as they tipped. They are OK, just a little frightened.

Interesting point about the doubles, RYC had 12 lasers to EYC 8 lasers. During both heats four RYC lasers finished behind EYC. I calculated the total points per sailor and EYC scored 31.4 versus RYC 31.1. In doubles EYC scored 19.3 to RYC 21.1, for singles EYC was 21.8 to RYC 20.6. I realize this is wish full math but I thought it might be an indicator or larger picture of how we performed overall in the event.

Once the second race had finished everyone sailed back to EYC for lunch. Our Cook and Kitchen staff had prepared a warm lunch, hamburgers, hotdogs, party mix chips and Pop Shoppe Pop.

Following lunch a singles skipper meeting was called, once completed all the single handled lasers headed back out on Rondeau Bay. EYC had registered 8 lasers and RYC had 12 lasers for the singles.

During the singles RYC opened up the lead a bit more as EYC picked up 63 more points in the two heats. It’s worth mentioning during the first heat Hailey Kempe finished 200 meters ahead of the second boat. The second heat of singles race 6 RYC Lasers had a great start and EYC was hard pressed to recoup.

I posted the official results at the Yacht Club for all to view.

Our outlook for our future sailors is positive and we have a great chance at bringing the cup back to EYC in the next year or two (Rondeau is currently looking for the cup as it hasn’t been seen in years). Jerry O’Brien has offered to donate a new trophy if the original can’t be found.

Shannon and I crafted regatta pennants to award the 1st and 2nd positions. They can be hung at each club for bragging rights. The EYC pennant is on a bulletin board at the yacht club. We distributed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th place pennants for each race, orange participation pennants were awarded to everyone that competed.

We had plenty of help from the following volunteers that I wish to thank.

  • Jim Shillington – Barge Operator – Mediator
  • Heather Boswell – Scorer
  • Peter B – Cook
  • Anne (Grandma) Gooch – Race Committee
  • Dave Allely – Crash Boat
  • Karen Dutton – Crash Crew
  • Bobby Joe Allely – Kitchen Duty
  • Steph Pirscher- Kitchen Duty
  • Kelly Shillington – Crash Boat
  • Shannon Chesterfield – Kitchen Duty / Crash Crew
  • Jackie Banks – Crash Crew
  • Marc Kempe – Crash Boat & family Crew
  • Dick & Tug Worst – Crash Boat
  • Kaatje & Kaelyn Kempe – Coach Boat
  • Gabby Gooch EYC & RYC Instructor – Coach Boat
  • Dave Trinca – RYC Scorer
  • Greg Gooch – RYC Coach Boat
  • Ben & Allison Kloostra – Crash Crew

As Vice Commodore I am appreciative of how EYC members came together to ensure the 2018 EYC-RYC Regatta was successful, thank you everyone who supported our juniors.
We were loaned 5 fully rigged lasers, and extra sails from the EYC members listed below. Thanks to our members no EYC junior member was left wanting for a laser as we had plenty.

  • Tug Worst- Laser
  • Tim & Meghan Roulston – Laser
  • Rick Wilson – Laser
  • Doug Kerr – Laser Sail
  • Jim Stokes – anything we needed
  • Robin Poile – Laser
  • Jess Mallory – Laser
  • Kelly & Heather – Laser

I was especially proud of everyone who participated in the event, particularly EYC junior members! I personally witnessed more than one EYC sailor initiate corrections on their own infractions during the race, such a great characteristic.

The bar has been raised for future EYC – RYC regattas and I feel RYC will be hard pressed to surpass EYC’s generosity and hospitality as they host future regattas. The challenge has been set.

Kind Regards,

Jake Chesterfield,
Vice Commodore

PS – I was reminded that the outcome of the event is not the main goal. The event is to promote a healthy active community event promoting junior sailor involvement between the two clubs.

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An EYC 2018 update


New Commodore


New Lark


New Gilbert


Deep thoughts


Hello sweetie


Because I’m dad


Don’t you dare Peter!


I love Zink!


Best dad nominee


Better than a police car…


Looking good!


Too cute


Leading the charge


Walking the EYC Catwalk


Well hellooo there


Commodore to be




Like herding cats




No, my child is cuter


No tipping here


It’s not about winning, except on Sunday!






Strike a pose….


Always original



Having fun


Learning lots


Loving the EYC!

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2018 Season message from the Commodore

Dear EYC Members

The season has officially started! Dave Allely and the maintenance committee had over 20 volunteers for emptying the EYC on the long weekend in May. Thanks to everyone that came out to help and to Peter Barton for lunch. Last weekend Dave and his crew could be seen building new dock sections and replacing the outside EYC signs. Another job well done!

On July 1, from 5-7pm, the families of the late Bill Fellows will be hosting a celebration of Bill’s life at Gini’s cottage (rain location – EYC). There will be a BBQ and margarita’s – friends are welcome to bring an appetizer.

The website has a schedule of all the sailing and social events planned for the summer. Some of the highlights include:

· June 30, Opening Banquet

· July 14, Irish event with dinner and dancing

· July 28, Pied Piper Parade

· August 4, Art on the Boulevard

· August 11, Luau event with dinner and dancing

· August 25, Closing Banquet

Swim and Sail camp is ready for another successful season. Returning instructors, Gabby Gooch, Kaelyn Kempe, and Aiden Banks will be joined by Kaatje Kempe and Alex Banks. On-line registration can be accessed from the EYC website or in person on June 30 between 11am-1pm. Some camp weeks were already sold out last year by the in-person registration date – so early on-line registration is recommended.

Stephanie Pirscher will also be at the EYC on Saturday, June 30 between 11am and 1pm to collect membership payments and hand out the threefold schedule.

I’m looking forward to serving as the EYC commodore for the 2018 season. With the help of vice Commodore Jake Chesterfield, rear Commodore John Kerr, and countless volunteers, I’m sure it will be a great summer!

Happy Sailing!

Kelly Shillington,
2018 EYC Commodore

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The Apples don’t fall far…

Our Jr. Sailors have enjoyed a great summer of sailing so far! They are learning lots and having a terrific time!! I look forward to seeing them step into a Lark or a Cscow…

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An Exciting Day on the Course Today

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Chili Cook Off!!

I’m throwing down the gauntlet!


Smoked pulled pork chili with smoked peppers and onions.

Can’t touch this (oh-oh oh oh oh-oh-oh) 

Can’t touch this (oh-oh oh oh oh-oh-oh) (quoting MC Hammer)
See you all this weekend,
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Race Day!

A season of terrific weather for sailing!  On behalf of the racers, a big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who help make this happen!!

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Eau Canada!

To spare you from my slightly bias, artistic interpretation of the weekend’s opening banquet, I’ll let the smiles speak for themselves.


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Words can’t describe the magic of Erieau


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2017 Schedule – UPDATED

Saturday June 10 10am Move racks and boats out of building

Move dock sections out for evaluation

Adjust dock stands for high water

Hoists into the water

Ken Marshall & helpers
Saturday June 24   Docks in & hoists adjusted Ken Marshall & helpers
Saturday July 1 10:00 -noon

5:00 pm

Erieau Sailing School and EYC membership & boat registration

Festivie celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the beginning of EYC summer fun.

Gala BBQ Dinner : grilled chicken breast, bacon, portobello mushrooms, salads & Canada Day cake. (Ends in time for fireworks)

Kelly, Stephanie

Newkirks & helpers

P. Barton

Sunday July 2 10 am Skippers Meeting  
    11am -1pm Senior Races 1 & 2 (Make sure your boat is registered and membership paid – so your points will count!)  
Monday July 3 9am Start of Summer camp (program runs for 8 weeks)  
Tuesday July 4 7pm Euchre at Club every Tuesday night ALL
Saturday July 8 10am Junior Races  
Sunday July 9 11am Senior Races 3 & 4  
    5:30pm POTLUCK at Newkirk’s  
Saturday July 15 10am Junior Races  
    2:00 pm All Class All Age “Spicy Chile” Race in the Bay B. McNeill
    5:30pm Chili Cook Off Competition and Dinner, dance to DJ D. Easton
Sunday July 16 11am Senior Races 5 & 6  
Thursday July 20 7pm Movie Night  
Saturday July 22 10am Junior Races  
Sunday July 23 11am Senior Race – Lakeside Race 7  
    5:30pm POTLUCK at Huffman’s  
Saturday July 29 10:30am Past Commodore’s Meeting  
    11am Pied Piper Costume Judging at EYC with special category theme: 100 years at Erieau  
    12pm Pied Piper’s Parade Celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Erieau & regatta events J Chesterfield
    7pm – 10pm Junior Dance, theme Winter Carnival ESS & Junior Commodores
Sunday July 30 11am Senior Races 8 & 9  
Saturday Aug 5 10am Junior Races  
Saturday Aug 5 8am -5pm Art on the Boulevard – important fund raiser for the club lots of volunteers needed Rob & Matt Poile, P. Barton & helpers
Sunday Aug 6 11am Senior Races 10 & 11  
Monday Aug 7 10am 2nd Annual Scavenger hunt – start at the Island (Civic Holiday) Chesterfield, Shillington
    Noon Commodore’s Picnic  
Thursday Aug 10 7pm Movie Night  
Saturday Aug 12 10am Junior Races  
    5:30pm Gala Mystery Dinner, Auction & Dancing with Superfly. This is a fun fundraiser for the club – start looking for donations now!**must preorder your tickets** Clarkes & Roulstons
Sunday Aug 13 11am Senior Races 12 & 13  
Saturday Aug 19 10am Junior Races  
Sunday Aug 20 11am Senior Races 14 & 15  
Saturday Aug 26 5:30pm Cocktails and Closing Banquet at EYC  
Sunday Aug 27 11am L’il Browne Jugge & Champagne Races  
Monday Aug 28 9am Clean up week at the Club  
Saturday Sept. 2 10am Docks out and BBQ  
Sunday Sept. 3 5:30pm POTLUCK at the Mallory’s  
Saturday Oct.7 10am Annual General Meeting at Firehall  
    5:30pm Thanksgiving Dinner (Firehall)  

EYC Schedule of Events 2017

Revised June 2017


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