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Current News
Learn to Sail

"Introduction to Sailing" sessions, for ages 12+, are held each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. June through August. No reservations are necessary. Just show up at SYC wearing clothes that can get wet.


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
80.0°F - Fair
South at 5.8 mph
Heat Index
Coming Events
(Subject to Covid Restrictions)
  • 8/21, Full Moon Social, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
  • 8/25, Last Intro to Sailing & Racing, 6:00 pm, SYC
  • 9/18, Full Moon Social, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
  • 9/26, Last Regular Sunday Race, 2:00 pm, SYC
  • 10/3, First Frostbite Race, 2:00 pm, SYC
Mark's Racing Blog
Defining Moment
What is the "Defining Moment" in a yacht race?

Everything you do before this moment is preparation for it. Everything after it is in response to it. Understanding the importance of it gives meaning and direction to what you should be doing on the water. I've told you before about leverage, about the advantage of being on the correct tack, and about leading into the shift. The first shift after the start is the "defining moment" because it has all these. And it is the first shift.
Why should you look at the weather map?
Why should you be on the water early?
Why should you check out the lake geography?
Why should you check out the starting line bias?
Why must you have a great start?
All so you can lead into the first shift.
Hit the first shift first and everyone else is playing catch up. As you will be if its not you.
OK you missed it. Now what?
Get on the correct tack.
Get in the power.
Try to leverage for the next shift.
Hope the leader makes a mistake.