1973 C race Seltsam
Current News
Wow! Spring is finally here and the SYC boatyard is OPEN!

We are looking forward to a full sailing season at the lake this year including:

  • Monthly first (or last) Friday dinners out.
  • Monthly moonlight sails June thru September.
  • Resumption of the free community sailing lessons.
  • Resumption of SYC club racing.

 You can participate in all of the above for only:

  • $50 social membership or
  • $100 boating membership or
  • $150 racing membership

Send your check to SYC, Box 221, Topeka, KS 66601 or use Paypal via the Shawneeyachtclub.org web page

We are looking forward to another great year at SYC,  

Mark Marling

An Appeal to SYC Alumni

Do you remember:

Those lazy summer days watching the sailing activity from the shade under the old hyperbolic paraboloid shelter?

SYC Facility Upgrade Plans

SYC Site Plan

With 2021 being SYC's 80th year, plans are in-the-works for a major upgrade to club facilities to support future generations of local sailing enthusiasts and make room for new developments at Lake Shawnee.


Forbes Weather
60.0°F - Thunderstorm Heavy Rain Fog/Mist
South at 5.8 mph
Wind Chill
Coming Events
(Subject to Covid Restrictions)
  • 5/15, Work Party, 9:00 am, SYC
  • 5/28, Wine & Cheese Party, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
  • 6/2, First Intro to Sailing & Racing, 6:00 pm, SYC
  • 6/6, First Sunday Race, 2:00 pm, SYC
  • 6/26, Full Moon Social, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
Mark's Sailing Blog
When to "hold" and when to "fold"
If someone told you how you could gain one boat length on your competition every five seconds, would you be interested? What could you possibly do to have such boat speed? The answer isn't with boat speed – it's just not possible in one-design classes. The answer is in playing the angles.

The wind blowing to your boat is seldom from the same direction as it is blowing to another boat. Because the angle is different, the course made good is different. Boats on the same tack are frequently on converging or diverging courses. (Opposite tacks, too. You just have to factor in the 90 degree tacking angle.) When you see the different courses, one of you is making "ground" on the other. A five degree course difference is about equal to a five percent speed difference. The actual speed differences between fast boat and slow boat are less that that. The wind direction in Kansas moves thru about twenty degrees. Imagine the "speed" difference that can make if you are diverging by 20 degrees!

Get your head out of the boat – look around to watch the course the boats make because they are constantly changing. What is their angle in relation to yours? You can see what the wind is doing to your boat in relation to those you're sailing against. Observing the angles tell you if you should "hold" or "fold" (tack).