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October 7, 2017
Get Involved in Sailing!

For over 75 years, Topeka and Shawnee County residents have been discovering the fun and excitement of sailing for pleasure, competition and fellowship through the Shawnee Yacht Club. You don't even need a boat to get started. Our Wednesday evening Introduction to Sailing sessions are over for the season but you can still come out for our 2:00 pm races each Sunday through October (weather permitting). We'll get you in a boat, show you how it works and let you try your hand at it. And everyone is welcome to join us for our monthly social events. Click HERE for the complete schedule of events.
September 27, 2017
Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Foundation
Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, October 6th

Here's your opportunity to play golf with some friends and also contribute to the new Shawnee Yacht Club Fund. The SCPR Foundation has established a new fund for the expressed purpose of supporting SYC in its mission of promoting sailing on Lake Shawnee. Click HERE for the tournament registration form. On your check, make sure to indicate you want it to go toward the SYC Fund. Hurry, the registration deadline is October 2nd.
September 21, 2017
Get Involved in Sailing!

For over 75 years, Topeka and Shawnee County residents have been discovering the fun and excitement of sailing for pleasure, competition and fellowship through the Shawnee Yacht Club. You don't even need a boat to get started. Our Wednesday evening Introduction to Sailing sessions are over for the season but you can still come out for our 2:00 pm races each Sunday through October (weather permitting). We'll get you in a boat, show you how it works and let you try your hand at it. And everyone is welcome to join us for our monthly social events. Click HERE for the complete schedule of events.
July 16. 2017
Get Involved in Sailing!

For over 75 years, Topeka and Shawnee County residents have been discovering the fun and excitement of sailing for pleasure, competition and fellowship through the Shawnee Yacht Club. You don't even need a boat to get started. Come out any Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. for the free Introduction to Sailing sessions. We'll get you in a boat, show you how it works and let you try your hand at it. And everyone is welcome to join us for our monthly social events like the upcoming BBQ dinners and moonlight sails. Click HERE for the complete schedule of events.
March 3, 2017
Get Ready for Sailing!

It's time to get ready for another year of sailing activities at Lake Shawnee. Click HERE for the complete schedule of events.

The boatyard is now officially open again for boat storage for paid-up members. So, pay your dues, pull the tarp off your boat and haul it out to the lake for the season.

Annual dues are only $50 for non-racing members. Click HERE for the membership form. You can pay online through PayPal or you can mail a check.

Hope to see you at the lake,

Mark Marling
Commodore
January 15, 2017
2017 Annual Business Meeting 
  • 2017 Officers:
    Commodore:Mark Marling
    Vice Commodore:Travis Towle
    Secretary/Treasurer:   Chuck Towle
    Past Commodore:Eric Kjorlie
    Governors:Andy Moulden (Social), Mike Gorman (Website, Property, County & SCPRF laison), Brent Nothern (Sunfish maintenance), Austin Nothern (at large)
  • Highlights for 2017:
    • No change to membership categories and dues
    • Last Friday socials in January, February, March and April
    • Free Public Sail Day - Memorial Day May 29
    • Instead of sailing lessons, we'll offer an Introduction to Sailing in conjunction with our Wednesday evening races
    • Monthly Evening BBQ / Moonlight sail on Saturday closest to full moon
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes
September 21, 2016
75th Anniversary Reunion
The reunion event for all current and former members on September 17th, by all accounts, was a BIG hit. We probably had close to 100 -- many of the old-timers. It was a beautiful day. A gentle breeze allowed some of the rusty sailors to get out in the boats. And all enjoyed reminiscing with old friends about their days sailing on Lake Shawnee. Thanks to Mike Rooney, HERE are some great photos of the event.

75 Years of Sailing on Lake Shawnee
To commemorate SYC's 75th anniversary, the website is featuring SYC historical photos. Those from the 70's and 80's are by Berne Ketchum, Dave Johnson, Thad Allton (and maybe a couple of others). The earlier photos were retrieved from Kansas State Historical Society archives, thanks to Brent Nothern.
September 10, 2016
75 Years of Sailing on Lake Shawnee
To commemorate SYC's 75th anniversary, the website is featuring SYC historical photos. Those from the 70's and 80's are by Berne Ketchum, Dave Johnson, Thad Allton (and maybe a couple of others). The earlier photos were retrieved from Kansas State Historical Society archives, thanks to Brent Nothern.

Current and former SYC members, don't miss SYC's 75th Anniversary Reunion on September 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at SYC. Starting at 1:00, we’ll have boats available for rides or skippering, snacks and refreshments. At 4:00 we'll fire up the grill for burgers and hotdogs with sides. Come revisit those golden days sailing at SYC and reminisce with your old SYC friends.

Please RSVP with an email to commodore@shawneeyachtclub.org so we will have an idea about how much food and beverage to buy.
August 8, 2016
Sailboat Rides
With lots of publicity provided by Shawnee County Parks & Recreation, the Topeka Capital-Journal and WIBW TV, along with near perfect weather, about 240 people came out for the free sailboat rides on Memorial Day -- a great way to mark SYC's 75th anniversary. Some stood in line a second time for another ride. We may even get a few new members out of the deal. Thanks to all of the members who helped in the effort.
May 31, 2016
Sailing Lessons
Introductory sailing lessons are scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. Sign up online here or call 785-251-2600. There is a $25 fee per person.

The Class is for ages 16+ and is limited to eight participants.  Wear old tennis shoes and clothes that can get wet.  Experienced Shawnee Yacht Club members conduct the classes. These are centerboard class boats that do capsize on occasion. Lifejackets are provided but the student should be able to swim. On completion the student should be able to rig a boat, launch a boat and make their way around the lake on all points of sail in light to moderate wind.
January 10, 2016
2016 Annual Business Meeting 
  • 2016 Officers:
    Commodore:Mark Marling
    Vice Commodore:Tony Towle
    Secretary/Treasurer:   Chuck Towle
    Past Commodore:Eric Kjorlie
    Governors:Travis Towle (Social), Mike Gorman (Website & Property), Brent Nothern (at large), Doug Bennett (at large)
  • Highlights for 2016:
    • No change to membership categories and dues
    • Last Friday socials in January, February, March and April
    • Free Public Sail Day - Memorial Day May 30
    • Sailing Lessons June 18 and July 23
    • No Sunflower State Games Regatta due to low participation
    • Monthly Family BBQ after races – Third Sundays during June, July and August
    • 75th Anniversary Reunion and Party September 17
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes
December 15, 2015
SYC Annual Business Meeting

Mark your calendars for the SYC Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Sunday, January 10th, at Eric Kjorlie's, 1435 Plass, where we will be reviewing the current state of affairs for SYC, electing officers and making plans for the 2016 sailing season. All current members are eligible to vote but anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.
December 1, 2015
SYC Christmas Party

Mark your calendars for the annual SYC Christmas Party/Awards Presentation for Saturday December 12, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. until close at Eric Kjorlie's, 1435 Plass Ave, Topeka (2 blocks north of Washburn University Campus at northwest corner of 15th and Plass)!

SYC members, former members and any others interested in sailing at Lake Shawnee are all welcome.

November 1, 2015
SYC Fall Championship Results

This series was held over the four Sundays in October. One was too windy, so we took the opportunity to clean out the shed, but the other three had great sailing weather for October and resulted in a good turnout.

Each participating boat received an engraved glass for each Sunday they participated. Beer and hot dogs or burgers were served after each day's sailing.

Each race sailed counted for a chance to win the a prize in the final drawing, so the more races sailed, the better the chance to win a prize. And the winners of the drawing were:

Chuck Towle: Dinner for two at the Blind Tiger
Jason Gilbert: Dinner for two at Subway
Doug Bennett: An egg McMuffin.

Thanks to everyone who participated, to Mark for organizing the event, to Travis for the great custom SYC engraved glasses, to those who provided the beer, and especially to Rochel and Taric Towle for cooking the hot dogs and burgers.

October 1, 2015
SYC Fall Championship

This series will be held over the four Sundays in October.  2:00 PM start.

Here is how it will work. Each participating boat will get an engraved glass for each Sunday they participate. Four Sundays gets a complete set of four glasses.

Each race sailed gets a chance to win the big prize in the final drawing. For example. Sail sixteen races get sixteen tickets in the drawing. Sail two races get two tickets. The more races you sail, the better your chance to win the big prize.

Beer and Hotdogs on the grill after each day's sailing.

Come out. Have fun. Families welcome Everybody gets something.

First prize is dinner for two at the Blind Tiger.
Second is dinner for two at Subway.
Third prize is an egg McMuffin.
July 18, 2015
Sunflower Games Regatta 
For this year's regatta on July 18, the winds were up and down, just right for race 1, then almost too much for race 2. In the afternoon it died to almost nothing for the last race but then picked up a little at the end. It was fun watching the 2 Hobies flying by. Travis Towle may have had first place wrapped up until he capsized in the last race when hit by a puff while trying to get the seaweed off his rudder. Thanks to all those who participated this year and to all the volunteers.
Race Results
Photos compliments of Nothern Exposure
May 26, 2015
Marling Takes First
Local sailboat racing guru, Mark Marling, of SYC, took first place in this year's annual Orlando Webb Regatta at Lake Lotawana out of a field of 34 boats, including a number of other nationally prominent sailors. See his blog entry below.

Sunflower State Games Regatta
Make plans now to participate in the 2015 Sunflower State Games Regatta, Saturday, July 18th.
Flyer          Registration
May 5, 2015
Free Sailboat Rides
The public is invited for free sailboat rides on May 25th from noon to 4:00 p.m. It's a fun way to try sailing. No previous sailing experience is required. Guaranteed fun for all ages 6 to 60+. For safety, youth must be accompanied by an adult.

January 28, 2015
Annual Business Meeting 
  • 2015 Officers:
    Commodore:Eric Kjorlie
    Vice Commodore:Mark Marling
    Secretary/Treasurer:   Chuck Towle
    Governors:Tony Towle (Sunflower Games), Travis Towle (Social),
    Mike Gorman (Website & Property), Brent Nothern (at large)
  • Highlights for 2015:
    • Membership categories and dues changes - see minutes
    • Last Friday socials in January, February, March and April
    • Free Public Sail Day - Memorial Day May 25
    • Sunflower State Games Regatta - July 18
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes
December 17, 2014
Hello, Shawnee Yacht Club, a place held dear in the hearts of all of the Armstrongs!

I thought you might be interested in a sea adventure of our son, Todd Jeffery, grandson of my dad, John David Armstrong who was first Commodore of SYC in Topeka, and Mary LaMerle Sayler Armstrong. (I remember those very early years well, a little girl watching Dad build his first Snipe in our garage at 1020 Washburn, and then sailing with Mom and Dad on weekend races.) 

Todd just completed his first ocean-going yacht delivery from Hong Kong harbor (where he and his family live) to Subic Bay in the Philippines. The 2 1/2 days were quite an adventure! He just sent us this narrative about the experience, and Steve and I were a bit breathless just reading it! The narrative is by Todd, and the boat is not the one they sailed, but shows what a Marten 49 looks like.

Todd inherited some of my Dad's genes, particularly his love of boats. His first drawings as a child were of sailboats, and it shouldn't have puzzled us. At age 10, he sailed a wee boat through the canals of Holland every day, even sailed to school, and went on to become a boat builder after finishing with honors from a boat school in Maine. He headed the wood department at Lake Tahoe's Sierra Boat Company, headed a 2 1/2 year project working with the royal family of Thailand on boat reconstruction, worked with three other young men to develop a significant marina that was designed to wind through a Formula One race track in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (a marina built for boats up to 400 feet long), had his own boat restoration company in northern California, and is now in Hong Kong working for HUD, a Hong Kong subsidiary of Swire; Projects General Manager. 

I hope you enjoy the tale! It was harrowing, exhilarating and terrifying, and we are grateful he is safely home with his sweet family! But it does sound like he's "hooked," doesn't it?

Sincerely, and with best wishes to the Shawnee Yacht Club for a beautiful holiday season!

Nancy Armstrong Jeffery (Mrs. Stephen)

Todd Jeffery Sea Adventure - Marten 49

November 12, 2014
The sailing season is over, the racing marks have been pulled (along with a bunch of zebra mussels), the pontoon boats are dry-docked and the winter winds came rushing in this week along with the pungent odor of stockyards to our north -- did you get a whiff of that?

Don't forget to remove all personal boats from the boatyard before December 1st as required in our contract with the county. And plan to come to the SYC Christmas Party at Eric Kjorlie's home at 7:00 p.m. on December 13th.
September 9, 2014
The Free Sailboat Rides Event 12:00 noon to 4:00pm on Saturday Sept. 6, 2014 was a success with approx. 80 to 100 participating public. Wind was excellent and steady from the Northeast at 8-10 mph, sunny, and a perfect day to be out on the Lake.  Special thanks to the Skippers Mark Marling, Tony Towle, and Travis Towle—and the ubiquitous Mike Gorman and Chuck Towle for running the docks. Joyce bought an MC from Marling and will be in-training so look out guys.   I took a legit 2nd in one of the races on Sunday but you all know why my ancestors the Vikings always had oars in the boat.  Three more race events left on the Sunday schedule before start of the frostbite series. 

Eric Kjorlie
SYC Commodore
August 30, 2014
Free Sailboat Rides
The public is invited for free sailboat rides on September 6th. It's a fun way to try sailing. No previous sailing experience is required. Guaranteed fun for all ages 6 to 60+. For safety, youth must be accompanied by an adult.
July 22, 2014
Sunflower Games Regatta 
The weather was perfect -- mild temperatures and moderate, consistent, southerly winds. But we only had 9 boats show up for the 14th Annual Sunflower State Games Regatta on July 19th. The small number of boats allowed us to get in 5 north/south races. It wasn't quite the same without Don and Adeline on race committee. But those who showed up had some great sailing.
July 5, 2014
Register NOW for the Sunflower State Games Regatta

The Sunflower State Games Sailing event will take place this year on Saturday, July 19th, at Lake Shawnee. You can register online at www.sunflowergames.com. The deadline for registering online is Friday, July 11th. You can also register on the day of the event for an additional $5 late fee. However, anyone registering on the day of the event will not get a t-shirt, so register early. 

Contact with any questions.
May 29, 2014
Marling Takes Third
Lake Lotawana: At the second largest MC Scow regatta of the season, May 31 & June 1, out of 44 boats sailing, SYC's Mark Marling took third place. Congratulation Mark!

Racing Season Starts
The first race of the season will be Sunday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. Hose off that boat and get it out to the lake so you're ready to go. See Mark's latest blog post below for more info on what to expect in terms of race committee, format, etc. Wednesday evening races start the following Wednesday, June 4.
May 21, 2014
Don
Don Towle, long time SYC member/supporter and patriarch of a family of many other current and former SYC members, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014. We'll miss him.
May 17, 2014
Free Sailboat Rides
The public is invited for free sailboat rides on May 26. It's a fun way to try sailing. No previous sailing experience is required. Guaranteed fun for all ages 6 to 60+. For safety, youth must be accompanied by an adult.
Mark's Sailing Drills
To help SYC sailors prepare for the racing season, Mark Marling is conducting "Sailing Drills" on May 10 and 17, with objectives to increase boat speed, improve boat handling and learn how to have dynamite starts. Each session will have an on the water drill in each area, followed by a debrief session on land. See Mark's blog posts below for more info.
May 1, 2014
Spring Sailing Lessons Scheduled
Introductory sailing lessons are scheduled for Saturday, May 17th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign up at the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation office at 3131 SE 29th (east end of the dam), or call them at 785-267-1156. There is a $25 fee per person.
The Class is for ages 16 to 60.  Class size is limited to eight participants.  Wear old tennis shoes and clothes that can get wet.  Experienced Shawnee Yacht Club members conduct the classes. These are centerboard class boats that do capsize on occasion. Lifejackets are provided but the student should be able to swim. On completion the student should be able to rig a boat, launch a boat and make their way around the lake on all points of sail in light to moderate wind. Contact with any questions.
January 2014
Annual Business Meeting 
  • 2014 Officers:
    Commodore: Eric Kjorlie
    Vice Commodore: Mark Marling
    Secretary/Treasurer:    Chuck Towle
    Governors: Tony Towle (Sunflower Games), Angela Janca (Social), Mike Gorman (Website & Property), Doug Bennett (at large)
  • Special Events for 2014:
    • Last Friday Socials in January, February, March and April
    • Mark's May Sailing Drills
    • Sailing Lessons - May 17
    • Free Public Sail Days - May 26 & Sep 6
    • Sunflower State Games Regatta - July 19
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes
July 2013

Sunflower Games Regatta 

It was a great 2013 Sunflower State Games Sailing Regatta on Saturday, July 20th. Although weather forecasts predicted light winds and possible rain, 16 boats came out to participate, including boats from Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe, Overland Park, Kansas City, Lawrence, Junction City, Topeka and Wichita. Storms had passed over Lake Shawnee in the early morning, but as the boats arrived the storms faded away leaving only clouds. The winds were light out of the southeast at the start of the first race. But by the end of the first race a stronger north wind had arrived. The wind direction and speed kept changing all day going from south to north and back to south and all other directions in between. We got two good races in and were in the middle of the third race. The wind was just starting to increase again and it looked like we might be able to get in a fourth race when at the tail end of the third race a storm popped up out just to the east of the lake forcing us to abandon the rest of the third race. The Lake's weather alert system warned everyone that lightning was approaching and all the boats turned and headed in to shore as the wind started to really pick up out of the northeast. All boats in the MC Scow and Snipe fleet were able to finish before the third race was abandoned. Some of the Open and Hobie fleets were still out on the course when we were forced to abandon the race. Because each of those fleets was being scored based on the different boat's portsmouth ratings, the third race had to be thrown out for those fleets as it was not possible to calculate each boat's finishing times. But even with the abandoned race due to the storm, the event was a success. We're looking forward to seeing everyone again next year. -- Tony

Race Results
Photos compliments of Nothern Exposure.

January 2013
Annual Business Meeting 
  • 2013 Officers:
    Commodore: Mark Marling
    Vice Commodore: Eric Kjorlie
    Secretary/Treasurer:    Chuck Towle
    Sunflower Games Commisioner: Tony Towle
    Governors: Doug Bennett (Social Chairman), Mike Gorman (Website & Property)
  • Sunday racing start changes from 2:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Special Events for 2013:
    • First Friday Socials in February, March and April
    • Shawnee Height NJROTC Sailing Saturday May 11
    • Sailing Lessons - May 18
    • Free Public Sail Days - May 27 & Sep 7
    • Sunflower State Games Regatta - July 20
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes
July 2012
Sunflower State Games Regatta

Despite the excessive heat, the tenth annual Sunflower State Games Regatta on July 21 had a good turnout of 20 boats in 4 fleets. The winds were mostly light. The Johnson County Sailing Society had another good sized contingent and 2 Snipes from Wichita came for the first time. With the heat, we took it easy with only one race in the morning and one in the afternoon. The new automated 3 minute start sequence was a big hit. Besides the sailing, we all enjoyed the lunch, the watermelon and visiting with other sailors. Thanks to all who participated and especially to the volunteers who made it happen.

SSG Race Results      SSG Photos

January 2012
Annual Business Meeting 
  • 2012 Officers:
    Commodore: Chuck Towle
    Vice Commodore: Mark Marling
    Secretary/Treasurer:    Doug Bennett
    Past Commodore & Sunflower Games Tony Towle
    Governors: Eric Kjorlie, Joe Santos, Julie Sugg (Social), Mike Gorman
  • Racing moving from Saturday mornings to Sunday afternoons
  • Special Events for 2012:
    • First Friday Socials to start in February
    • Shawnee Height NJROTC Sailing Saturday May 19
    • Sailing Lessons - June 2
    • Free Public Sail Days - May 26 & Sep 1
    • No NJROTC Sail Camp This Year
    • Sunflower State Games Regatta - July 21
    • SYC Shirts may be made available this year
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes
July 2011
Sunflower State Games Regatta

Despite the excessive heat, the ninth annual Sunflower State Games Regatta on July 16 had a good turnout of 27 boats in 4 fleets. The winds were moderate. The Johnson County Sailing Society had another good sized contingent. With the heat, we took it easy with only three races. Besides the sailing, we all enjoyed the lunch, the watermelon and visiting with other sailors. Thanks to all who participated and especially to the volunteers who made it happen.

SSG Race Results      SSG Photos


Navy Junior ROTC Sail Academy

On June 21, 22 and 23, for the fourth year, Shawnee Yacht Club hosted a sail academy for two dozen cadets from the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Organized by Jeff Richards, the senior naval science instructor at Shawnee Heights High School, the cadets spent their evenings at the YMCA's Camp Hammond and their days at SYC learning and practicing sailing. Besides Richards and several other NJROTC adult leaders, a group of SYC members helped with instruction and coaching. The cadets came from Shawnee Heights High School, Shawnee Mission North High School, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Claremore, Okla. Winds were brisk so the students got plenty of practice recovering from capsizing.

Sail Academy Pictures
Local Newspaper Article

January 2011
Annual Business Meeting 
  • Major 2010 expense was a new motor at $4,561.01
  • 2010 Officers:
    Commodore: Tony Towle
    Vice Commodore: Doug Bennett
    Secretary/Treasurer:    Chuck Towle
    Governors: Tom Stephans (Social), Dan Maurin, Julie Sugg, Jeff Richards
  • Special Events for 2011:
    • First Friday socials to start in February
    • Adult & Youth Sailing Lessons - June 18
    • Free Public Sail Days - June 4 & Sep 3
    • NJROTC Sail Camp - June 21, 22 & 23
    • Sunflower State Games Regatta - July 16
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes.
July 2010
SYC Shed Refurbished
In case you haven't noticed, the SYC storage shed has a new roof and a new paint job. Last fall L.D. Nicolay and his roofing crew tore off the old tattered shake shingles and installed new asphalt shingles. And this spring, H.B. Marshall, with assistance from Ken Waters, applied several coats of new paint. H.B. reportedly claims that his paint job comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Sunflower State Games Regatta
The seventh annual Sunflower State Games Regatta on July 17 was bigger than ever with 32 boats competing. This was also the first year we had enough young people to have a youth class sailing MC Scows. The Johnson County Sailing Society had a good sized contingent and there were a couple of boats from Clinton Lake as well, and one from Salina. It was quite hot and the winds were a little light so we took it easy with only three races. Tony Towle served as the SSG Sailing Commissioner this year and had things well organized. Besides the sailing, we all enjoyed the lunch, the watermelon and visiting with other sailors. Thanks to all who participated and especially to the volunteers who made it happen.
SSG Race Results      SSG Photos
June 2010
Navy Junior ROTC Sail Academy
On June 22, 23 and 24, for the third year, Shawnee Yacht Club hosted a sail academy for about 30 male and female youth members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Organized by Jeff Richards, the senior naval science instructor at Shawnee Heights High School, the cadets spent their evenings at the YMCA's Camp Hammond and their days at SYC learning and practicing sailing. Besides Richards and several other NJROTC adult leaders, a group of SYC members helped with instruction and coaching. Former SYC member, Duane Raine, came all the way from Texas to help out. The cadets came from Topeka, Springfield Missouri and Oklahoma.
Sail Academy Pictures
January 2010
2010 Annual Business Meeting Highlights
  • Treasurer reports balance of $6,369.09
  • 2010 Officers:
         Commodore -- Tony Towle
         Vice Commodore -- Pat Towle
         Secretary/Treasurer -- Chuck Towle
  • Special Events for 2010:
         Shawnee Heights NJROTC moving from Perry to SYC
         Last Fridays replace First Fridays
         Adult & Youth Sailing Lessons
         Free Public Sail Days
         NJROTC Sail Camp
         Sunflower State Games Regatta July 17
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes.
July 2009
Sunflower State Games Regatta
Ten boats from Johnson County Sailing Society helped give us a respectable number of entries this year for the Sunflower Games Open Class Sailing Regatta on July 18th. A rare July cool spell provided beautiful pleasant weather, although the winds were a little light at times. Thanks to all who participated and especially to the volunteers who made it happen. See awards ceremony pictures above -- more pictures to come soon.
SSG Race Results      SSG Photos

Navy Junior ROTC Sail Academy
On June 16, 17 and 18, for the second year, Shawnee Yacht Club hosted a sail academy for about 25 male and female youth members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Organized by Jeff Richards, the senior naval science instructor at Shawnee Heights High School, the cadets spent their evenings at the YMCA's Camp Hammond and their days at SYC learning and practicing sailing using the SYC Youth Group MC Scows. Besides Richards and several other NJROTC adult leaders, eight SYC members helped with instruction and coaching. The cadets came from Topeka, Springfield Missouri and Oklahoma. Richards hopes to continue the Sail Academy as an annual event that will grow in participation.
March 2009
2009 Annual Business Meeting Highlights
  • Treasurer reports balance of $4,517.26
  • 2009 Officers:
         Commodore -- Tony Towle
         Vice Commodore -- Pat Towle
         Secretary/Treasurer -- Chuck Towle
  • Special Events for 2009:
         Adult & Youth Sailing Lessons
         Free Public Sail Days
         NJROTC Sail Camp
         Sunflower State Games Regatta July 18
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes.
Spring Sailing Lessons Scheduled
Introductory sailing lessons have been scheduled for June 6th and 13th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sign up at the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation office at 3131 SE 29th (east end of the dam), or call them at 785-267-1156. There is a $25 fee per person.
Experienced Shawnee Yacht Club members conduct the classes. Two hours each day is spent discussing the various topics in a learn-to-sail book and the other two hours is spent on the water in a sailboat where a skipper demonstrates and the student tries their hand at it. If the student has a sailboat, we can use it, otherwise we use ours. These are centerboard class boats that do capsize on occasion. Lifejackets are provided but the student should be able to swim. On completion the student should be able to rig a boat, launch a boat and make their way around the lake on all points of sail in light to moderate wind. Contact Commodore with any questions.
August 2008
Sunflower State Games Sailing Regatta
It was a beautiful day for sailing at this year's SSG Regatta, on July 19th, with medium wind and pleasant temperatures. The turnout was lower than last year's record but there was a nice grouping of five boats in each of three classes with two ties in the Open class. CJOnline and WIBW TV came out and took photos and video (see links below). Thanks to all those who participated and especially those volunteers who helped make it happen. We're always looking for ways to improve this event and get more participation so please if you have any suggestions.
Race Results SYC Photos
CJOnline Photos WIBW TV Video
June 2008
NJROTC Sail Academy
June 16, 17 and 18, Shawnee Yacht Club hosted a sail academy for about 25 male and female youth members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Organized by Jeff Richards, the senior naval science instructor at Shawnee Heights High School, the cadets spent their evenings at the YMCA's Camp Hammond and their days at SYC learning and practicing sailing using the SYC Youth Group MC Scows. Besides Richards and 2 other NJROTC adult leaders, eight SYC members and several from the SYC Youth Group helped with instruction and coaching. The cadets came from Topeka, Kansas City and Springfield Missouri. Richards hopes to continue the Sail Academy as an annual event that will grow in participation, and SYC members have already offered to help again next year.
Pictures
August 2007
Sunflower State Games Sailing Regatta
This year's SSG Regatta, on July 14th, had a big increase in participation, twice the number from last year. This was due to both an increase in local SYC entries and also a large group of entries from the Johnson County Sailing Society based at Shawnee Mission Lake. Thanks to all those who participated and especially those volunteers who helped make it happen.
Race Results Pictures
July 2006
Sunflower State Games Regatta - July 22nd
It was a wonderful day of racing. Temperatures were in the 80'S with wind out of the north at 5-15 mph. Mike Rooney and crew Scott Schafferman of SYC won in the C Scows, Jacob Bures and crew Chuck Towle from SYC won in the MCs, and Rob Swenson and son Rory from Overland Park won the Open class in their Sunfish. Besides Rob and Rory, we were also joined by 3 C Scow teams from Lake Jacomo, some Scouts from Manhattan in an FJ and Dave Orr from Lake Sherwood in his Dolphin Sr.
Race Results     Pictures
March 2006
Current Weather Conditions at Lake Shawnee

Courtesy of the Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Department, up-to-the minute weather conditions at the lake are now posted in the sidebar to the right. This weather data comes from the new weather station located just outside the administration building at the east end of the dam. Click the "More Details" link at the bottom of that section to go to the Parks & Recreation Lake Weather web page for additional weather data.

PS: The Forbes Weather data in the right sidebar comes from the National Weather Service and is updated hourly.

February 2006
On-line Dues Payment
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Annual Business Meeting Highlights
  • 2006 officers same as last year
  • Treasurer reports balance of $2,697.68
  • New motor to be purchased for Committee Boat
  • New Sunday Fun races
  • Sunflower State Games scheduled for July 22
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes.
Spring Sailing Lessons Scheduled
Introductory sailing lessons have been scheduled for May 6th and 13th, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Sign up at the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation office at 3131 SE 29th (east end of the dam), or call them at 785-267-1156. There is a $50 fee per person, which includes a Shawnee Yacht Club associate membership.
Experienced Shawnee Yacht Club members conduct the classes. Two hours each day is spent discussing the various topics in a learn-to-sail book and the other two hours is spent on the water in a sailboat where a skipper demonstrates and the student tries their hand at it. If the student has a sailboat, we can use it, otherwise we use ours. These are centerboard class boats that do capsize on occasion. Lifejackets are provided but the student should be able to swim. On completion the student should be able to rig a boat, launch a boat and make their way around the lake on all points of sail in light to moderate wind. Contact Commodore with any questions.
July 2005
Sunflower State Games Sailing - July 16th
We could have used a little more wind but it wasn't really as bad as this picture suggests. There were 19 boats, up from 14 last year, and several new entries from the Kansas City area, allowing us to run 3 classes: C Scows, MC Scows and Open. Being Missouri residents, Ken Kuse and Scott Tillema, the C Scow and MC Scow winners, were not eligible for the Sunflower Games medals but Commodore Chuck Towle had very nice hand made plaques for all boats. Dave Orr, from Sherwood, took the Open class for the third year. Besides running RC, Don Towle also brought his pontoon boat for rescue use, so H.B and Ken rode in style. And they only had one rescue to interrupt their naps.
Race Results    Photos
March 2005

Tom

Tom Gregg, a longtime SYC member and avid supporter died February 15th. We'll miss him.

CJOnline

New York Times

February 2005
Annual Business Meeting Highlights
  • 2005 Officers: Commodore - Chuck Towle, Vice Commodore - Doug Bennett, Secretary/Treasurer - Dave Krug, Property Chairman - Mike Gorman, Social Chairman - Jim Schwartz,  Publicity Chairman - Pat Towle, Governor - Mike Rooney.
     
  • Lake Shawnee Boat Licenses:  It appears the County will no longer require lake stickers.
     
  • Sunflower State Games / C Regatta: The current plan is to hold a C Scow regatta in conjunction with the Sunflower State Games regatta on July 16th.
     
  • SYC members click here for the complete meeting minutes.
July 24, 2004
Heavy rains raise lake level.
July 17, 2004 - Sunflower State Games
Dave Krug, right, checks the time as he competes with Mike Rooney, center, and Nicole Nichols in the C Scow race during the Sunflower State Games sailing regatta at SYC on July 17.
 (Photo by Mike Shepherd / The Topeka Capital-Journal / CJOnline)
See the race results
Read the CJOnline article
See other CJOnline pictures and order reprints
See even MORE pictures
April 2004
Annual Business Meeting Minutes

Members gathered at Mike & Shirley Gorman's place on February 15 to plan for the coming year. Besides watching KU blow the game with Nebraska and enjoying drinks and snacks, we did spend some time on the "meeting."  Here are the highlights:

  • We finally had an opportunity to honor Jim Schwartz with a framed Past Commodore flag for his service as Treasurer, Vice Commodore and lastly Commodore in 2002.
     
  • 2004 Officers: Doug Bennett offered to continue as secretary/treasurer, John Maddux as Vice Commodore once more and Tom Baumann, after seeing the impressive framed Past Commodore Flag  that Jim received, agreed to take on the Commodore position.
     
  • No C Scow Regatta -- After 46 years of SYC C Regattas, we decided to instead devote that day to something more likely to draw new members, i.e. Jim Schwartz and John Maddux agreed to organize an "Open Sail Day" on June 19 where we will offer sailboat rides, games on land and water, snacks and fun for the whole family
     
  • Sunflower State Games Sailing Regatta -- We will do this again this year, on July 17. Mike Gorman offered to head this up again.
     
  • Sailing Lessons -- Jim Schwartz offered to run the classroom portion of the lessons this year. Jim worked with Brian Toby at the County and scheduled these for the first four Wednesday evenings in June.
     
  • Property Chairman: H.B Marshall offered his services for this office.
     
  • There is about $1,800.00 in checking account, mostly as a result of eliminating our property insurance. Our old stuff just isn't worth the annual expense. And membership is slowly increasing again.
     
  • Dues will remain the same -- $85 for boat owners and $45 for associates.
January 2004
Winter at SYC



(That's a picnic table floating in the bottom right photo)

2003 Highlights

Our Spring sailing lessons resulted in the following new members: Jim Duniven, Rod & Jan Furgason (Dagger), Scott Gesner & Marlene Graber (Sweet 16), Don Krutsinger (Buccaneer). Wecome to the club!

Another successful C Regatta -- see June 2003 news below and click here for CJOnline article.

The First Annual Sunflower State Games Sailing Event went well and we're looking forward to the 2004 event. 

Sunflower Games Home Page
CJOnline Photos (see photos 34-36)
Sailing Event Article
Results

Our Christmas Party at Ken & Sharen Waters residence also served as a going away party for long-time members Bern & Kathy Ketchum, who have retired to Iowa.

June 2003
C Scow Regatta

The 46th Annual SYC C Scow Regatta was held Saturday, June 21. Although there were only 10 boats this year, the mild weather and ample wind from the south made for good sailing on Lake Shawnee. Dave Cooley, of Lake Lotawana, and always a contender, took first place. That evening, the mild weather and the breeze continued for an enjoyable club cookout at the lake with hamburgers provided by HB & Leah Marshall. Click here for regatta results.

2003 Sunflower State Games

Don't forget, SYC is sponsoring the sailing event for the Sunflower State Games on July 19. We'll need help from lots of SYC members to pull this off, but it should be good for our club. Click here for the latest details on the schedule, format, etc. And you can now register to sail in the event at http://sunflowergames.com.

Docks

The County reports they received a Coast Guard grant for two new 80 foot plastic docks for the Yacht Club area. But the funds have not yet arrived, so it will be late this season or early next season before they are installed. To get us through the C Scow regatta, they brought back one of our old wood docks and we'll also have to make do with the old docks for the Sunflower State Games this year. But, you can look forward to some nice docks next year.

March 2003
Dues are Due

It's that time again. If you haven't already, please send your 2003 dues to SYC, PO Box 221, Topeka, 66601 -- $85 for Full Members (boat owners) and $40 for Associate. In 2002 our expenses were quite a bit more than our income. This year we'll be looking for more ways to reduce expenses but we will also need all the income we can get. Even if you're not an active member, please consider sending in a Full or Associate membership. Click here for the 2002 Treasurer's report.

No Awards Banquet

In case you've been looking for your invitation in the mail, to save on expenses we will not be holding an Awards Banquet this year (see Dues above). The annual Wine & Cheese party will be held as usual to kick off the season.

A letter from Shawnee County Parks & Recreation

2003 Sunflower State Games

Plans are progressing for SYC to sponsor a sailing event for the Sunflower State Games this Summer. The 2003 games are scheduled for July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, with sailing currently planned for Saturday, July 19th. This event will be held in lieu of our traditional Bell Cup regatta. Click here for the latest details on the schedule, format, etc. You can find out more about the State Games at http://sunflowergames.com and http://www.stategames.org.

Sailing Classes

Once again we will be teaching sailing classes through Shawnee County Parks and Recreation. Two weekend classes and two evening classes are planned. The dates are still being worked out.

November 2002
Is your boat still at the lake?

According to our contract with the County, "Any boats remaining on the property between November 25 and March 31 will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of as provided by law...". The club's two pontoon boats are the only exception. So you'd better get it hauled off before the County does it for you.

2003 Sunflower State Games

The club is considering hosting a sailing event for the Sunflower State Games next Summer. It would essentially amount to running a regatta. You can find out more about the State Games at http://www.sunflowergames.com and http://www.stategames.org. The 2003 games in Kansas are scheduled for July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. All of the the details would be up to SYC to determine, e.g. the date, the classes of boats, the format, the schedule, etc. If you have any thoughts on this or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Mike Gorman .

Fall Work PARTY!

Commodore Jim Schwartz, "old" members Jerry Kroeker and Mike Gorman, and "new" members Doug Bennet and Dave Krug took care of the Fall chores on Saturday, October 26th. The racing marks were picked up, the two pontoon boats were hauled out of the water and the motors were put away in the shed. Then we all headed to the Shack for lunch.

August 2002
The New Starting Sequence
by Connie Henderson

Sailing season is almost over. Do you know your starting sequence yet? US Sailing changed the sequence effective this year. We have been using it this summer to help the club run its races according to US Sailing regulations. One advantage to this is by using the same rules, club members can race anywhere in the country and will know when to start. Here is the flag sequence and timing:

Signal Flag Minutes
before start
  Come within hail flag drops 6
Warning Class flag goes up 5
Preparatory Preparatory flag goes up 4
One-minute Preparatory flag drops 1
Start Class flag drops 0
  • Raising the blue flag signifies boats are finishing.
  • A horn will be sounded each time a flag is raised or lowered.
  • The sequence is repeated for a second class start. The warning signal for each succeeding class shall be made with or after the starting signal of the preceding class.

On Wednesday, August 14th, we had our first race committee training session. Five students had their first lesson on the duties performed by the race committee including the flag order for the starting sequence. They did very well. We are hoping to get enough people trained so the club will be able to operate the RC boat for future races.

Race Committee Help

We were very fortunate to have Connie Henderson and John Maddux, of Lake Jacomo, serving as Race Committee for our Wednesday evening races this summer. They also provided race committee training for several newer sailors.

July 2002
Bell Cup
Race Results

This year's Bell Cup was held Saturday July 20 and Mike Rooney took the honors again. It was a little warm, but the wind was perfect. Starting about 10:00 a.m., we ran 3 races and were putting the boats away by noon, missing the mid-day heat. Most of us stopped at the Shack for a round of drinks and lunch before heading home. Dinner that evening at the club was also a little warm, but enjoyable due to a nice breeze, and the burgers, hot dogs and various side dishes/desserts were delicious. All who participated seemed to enjoy the day.

Thanks go to Bern Ketchum, Rich Hayse and Bud Brunton for doing their usual professional  job running race committee.

C Regatta

The 45th Annual SYC C Scow Regatta was held Saturday, June 22. We only had 12 boats register this year but there was plenty of wind, as indicated by all of the DNS/F's in the scores. Mark Long, from Lake Winnebago, took first place. Dinner that evening was held at the Blind Tiger. Click here for regatta results.

June 2002
Sailing Classes

SYC is again running sailing classes in conjunction with the Shawnee County Parks and Rec. - 8:00 - Noon on June 8 and 15. We spend the first half of each morning on shore with instruction and discussion and the rest of the time on the water. SYC members, please come on out and help. It counts as a race qualifier. It's also an opportunity to pick up new SYC members.

Races Have Started

The racing is already off to a much better start than last year, possibly in-part due to the change from Sunday afternoons to Saturday mornings. Races were held as scheduled the first two Saturdays in June, although the first Wednesday evening was cancelled due to lack of wind.

February 2002
New Racing Schedule Being Considered

We need your input. In an attempt to increase participation in racing, we are considering moving the traditional Sunday afternoon races to Saturday mornings, either just for June and July, or for the entire season. Let us know what you think .

January 2002
First Fridays

Avast, mateys! This is your new Commodore speaking! I'd like to pump a little life into the venerable club this winter and spring by initiating a monthly social gathering called "First Fridays." On the first Friday of each month, starting February 1, you can join other SYC members at the Blind Tiger for some cheer and camaraderie. Officers will meet at 4 p.m. to conduct a little business, and others are welcome to participate in that. The general gathering will start at 4:30 and run till 6:00.

We'll try to feature a special theme, speaker or entertainment at each meeting. For instance, I'd like to see a video documentary of the Whitbread race. Maybe Mark Marling could give a racing lesson. At our first meeting next week, we'll do some brainstorming and talk about upcoming events that the club will sponsor. You're welcome to order dinner while we're there.

We'll be meeting in the loft area at the Blind Tiger (on 37th and KS Ave.). They call that loft "the nest," so ask for it when you arrive if you're not sure where it is. It's the same spot we met after the Bell Cup last summer to see a slide show.

If you can't make the first meeting but have some related (or unrelated) suggestions, please reply.

Jim Schwartz

SYC Christmas Party

The annual SYC Christmas Party was held at Mike Rooney's place on  December 8. We had a good crowd, watched a KU game and looked over Mike's photo and slide collection. You should have been there!! Of course, we also held the obligatory annual business meeting where there was no opposition to Jim Schwartz moving up to Commodore for 2002, Tom Baumann to Vice-Commodore and Mike Gorman starting a second tour as Secretary-Treasurer.

Keep Beautiful Lake Shawnee Beautiful

Tom Baumann, Mike Gorman, Rich Hayse, Eric Kjorlie and HB Marshall met on a crisp Saturday morning last October to work on a project to mark storm drains in the Lake Shore Estates area -- west of the lake between 29th and 37th as part of an effort to promote conservation around the lake.

Mike has been serving as the SYC representative on a committee studying ways to promote conservation practices in the Lake Shawnee drainage district. There have been mailings to area residents promoting conservation practices and signs posted around the lake to remind the public to "Keep Beautiful Lake Shawnee Beautiful". Various groups also marked the storm drains in the drainage district with signs reminding residents to dispose of hazardous materials properly -- not down the storm drains that eventually drain into Lake Shawnee.

New Members

Doug and Marlys Bennett bought Duane Raine's old C Scow, Banana, after attending our sailing class last September. We hope to see them on the water this coming Summer.

Adult Sailing Class

SYC conducted a sailing class for 7 adults this past fall, sponsored by the Shawnee County Parks and Rec department. The weather forced the first Saturday morning session indoors, but most of the participants came out the following Sunday for rides and some time at the tiller. One more session the next Saturday got them out on the water again. Hopefully, we've recruited a few sailors and maybe some SYC members out of the bunch.  Commodore Duane Raine led the classes, assisted by Mike Rooney. Tom Baumann, Jim Schwartz, Bill Allman and Mike Gorman also helped out.

August, 2001
New Members

Welcome to new members William (Bill) & Phyllis Scott, sailing a C Scow they purchased from their neighbor and former SYC member Steve Burghart.  Also, their son Eric and his wife just recently purchased the Clipper on the classifieds page.

Bell Cup Regatta and Dinner
Regatta Results

The temperature was very HOT, but the wind was good for the annual Bell Cup club championship on July 21. Of course, Mike Rooney took first for the second year. There was time for one more race in the afternoon and that allowed Mike Gorman, with tactics being called by crew Bill Allman, to tie Jim Schwartz for second place. Thanks to Bern Ketchum and Rich Hayse for running race committee.

Dinner that evening was at Blind Tiger restaurant and featured some fantastic slides of Jim and Lisa Schwartz’s bare-boat trip to exotic spots in the Caribbean, along with some of Mike Rooney’s candid SYC shots.

Youth Sailing Classes

The week of July 9-13, SYC members conducted sailing classes for 11 Shawnee County Parks and Rec. day camp kids, plus one counselor.  Commodore Duane Raine put them through 3 mornings of book work on shore under the shade, and then Mike Gorman, HB Marshall, John Maddux, Duane Raine and Mike Rooney all helped with 2 days of on-the-water sailing instruction on C Scows and Maddux's Sunfish. All seemed to have a good time, the kids learned something about sailing and the club earned a little money.

C Regatta a BIG Success
Regatta Results

The SYC parking lot was full of activity the evening before this year's C Regatta, with the Jacomo club there in full force, rigging their boats. A number from Lotawana and Shawnee showed up in the morning, resulting in a total of 18 boats. This year's regatta on June 23rd was a one day event, which seemed to be a popular change, and the weather was ideal. Thanks go to the race/rescue crew of: HB Marshall, Pat Salsbury, Ed Schraeder, Bud Brunton and Jim Bell. Thanks also to Duane Raine, Jim Schwartz and Tom Baumann for coordinating the event and to Delores Raine for the delicious meal that evening.

May, 2001
Missing Rowboat

The SYC rowboat is missing again and presumed stolen. So, please be on the lookout for used rowboats for sale. Contact commodore Duane Raine if you get any leads.

Boat Racks

In place of the walkways to the south boat racks the County has installed a T dock. Now they would like the rack owners to arrange the racks around the T dock and paint the racks to improve the looks of the area. Contact Commodore Duane Raine for more details.

Web Site Update

This is the "new and improved" SYC web site. This area of the home page will contain the latest club news and will hopefully be updated regularly, even during the off season. Previous news articles will be available through the news archive link below. Other content is available through the links to the left. Content under the "Members Only" heading requires a password because it is intended only for club members. Visitors are welcome to look over everything else.

June 30, 2000
C Regatta Draws Them In Again

The annual SYC C Scow Regatta was held the weekend of June 24 and 25 and, even though a number of local skippers were unavailable, the event drew quite a number from the Lotawana and Jacomo clubs in KC and one from Windycrest YC in Tulsa. These other clubs have been good to us every year.

The weather was good both days - maybe a little hot - with moderate winds that were erratic on Saturday but more consistent for Sunday morning's final two races.

Greg Clagett barely arrived in time to make it to the first race starting line before the gun and then proceeded to win the race. At the lunch break he took care of the regatta registration formality and then went on to take first in the regatta. Greg would like to thank Mike Rooney for beating Eddie Robison in the first race, which resulted in Eddie taking second place in the regatta, just 1/4 point behind Greg.  Bob (Wide Load) Cooley finished the Lotawana sweep by taking third.

Thanks to all of the out-of-towners for supporting our regatta for another year. Thanks also to all of those who helped pull it off again, particularly Jerry and Betsy Kroeker for the wonderful food, and Rich Hayse and Bud Brunton for race committee. Everyone really seemed to enjoy this one.

C Regatta Details