Winter 2004
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 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
MC Scow Invitational Regatta report
Just a quickie regatta report about the MC invitational regatta held last weekend at Lake Okoboji, and then some thoughts on what worked and what didn't.

The wind on Friday was, well, windy.  Saturday had no wind and was raining (no sailing) and Sunday had winds of 5-8 MPH.
We broke our goose neck before the first race and missed it and the second race.  Repaired in time for the third race we had a port start on the left end.  The recall was sounded and the VHF said recall so we turned back.  Some spectators informed us that it was not a general recall and the race was still on, so we resumed racing.  (The boat we beat at the start finished second.)  We had some other equipment issues with the port board being stuck up and finished near last.  Fourth race (first race Sunday) I snuck into the start line and stole someone's great start.  Fun!  Rounding 3rd-4th at all marks but finishing 7th.  Last race I knew my start was toast so I bailed out early.  Starting down the line taking a port tack into clear air (but not much velocity) I salvaged a mid fleet start.  Working the shifts, consolidating, and staying in the stronger wind, I was able to recover to finish 8th.  That is about where I expected to finish for the regatta, so I'm not too disappointed.

OK.  Here is what worked.  These are things you have to do.  1) Get clear air at the start, ASAP.  2) Stay in the dark water.  3) Sail on the tack with the advantageous angles against your competitors.  If in doubt of your advantage, be on the tack that will take you closer to the mark.  4) Consolidate any gains you may have before you loose your advantage.  5) Go low on the runs when you can.  6) Power up to slice thru the severe motor boat chop.

Here is what didn't work.  1) Tacking up the middle trying to play the angles against both sides.  I should have picked the side to attack that had the regatta leaders on it.  The fleet tends to split going upwind on a WL course with a mile beat on big water.  Go with the long tack or favored side and stick to it.  Don't be chasing from side to side.  2) I like to tack and then wait for the strong wind to come to me.  Bad move in light wind as the boat is slow and it may take a while for the wind to get to you.

Fun, fun!