Chuck & Mark 2015
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
More on Average Wind Velocity
Keeping up with our average wind velocity of 12 MPH, it blew 25-30 today, offsetting the Sunflower games of 1-2 MPH. Wind at the start today was maybe 10-12 but quickly grew to where there were major white caps at the #2 mark. Zach Bures (with Chuck Towle crewing) was just a little early at the start letting Mark and Tony get away clean. Tony took the favored lull on port to get to the west side of the lake. Mark was slow to catch on but quickly tacked to port to chase Tony. Tony tacked back to Starboard in the puff with Mark still on Port. Whenever two boats cross, one of them is going the wrong way, and it was me. So I tacked back to starboard in front of Tony. Barely laying the mark, I rounded in a major puff, screaming off toward the golf course. Looking back, I saw that Tony had capsized giving me some breathing room but I was still heading for the golf course. Discretion being the watchword and having some space between me and Zach, I chicken jibed. Tony capsized again. Zach and Chuck were screaming up behind but on the wrong jibe. Chuck, however, wasn't chicken and found a "lull" to jibe in. He made it! Rounding the downwind mark in the lead, I did one of those slow blow over capsizes. Chuck sailed by hollering that he was done. Since he had to pass the finish line on his way to the dock, he won. I was second and Tony third. Zach said that he had never had so much fun on a sailboat!

The weather bureau said the peak gusts Wednesday were 38 MPH. They didn't say what time of day but I think it must have been between 7:00 and 7:15 PM