Dave and Brooke @ Sunset
Welcome to Shawnee Yacht Club

Since 1941, SYC has promoted sailing on Lake Shawnee for the recreational benefit of the local community. In addition to the opportunity to sail on beautiful Lake Shawnee, the club provides:

  • sailing lessons for those new to the sport,
  • various sizes and classes of sailboats for members to use,
  • a fenced boatyard with a boat ramp where members can keep their boats year-round,
  • several docks (provided by Parks and Rec),
  • a storage shed for equipment,
  • various scheduled club sailing activities, like racing,
  • various scheduled club social gatherings throughout the year

Questions?  -  Come Join Us

Current News
Learn to Sail
11 Apr 2024

"Introduction to Sailing" sessions are held Wednesday evenings, June through September. Come join the fun. We provide the boats.


Dues are due
01 Apr 2024

It's time to think about the upcoming sailing season. Dues for this year are due. 

Associate membership $50.
Sailing membership $100.
Boat storage in our yard $50 each summer and winter.

You can pay online HERE or send a check to: SYC, PO Box 221, Topeka, KS 66601.

Thanks if you have already sent it in.

Mark Marling

Topeka Weather
78.0°F - Overcast
South at 13.8 gusting to 21.9 mph
Coming Events
  • 5/26, Spring Social Alternate?, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
  • 6/2, First Sun Group Sailing, 2:30pm-5:30pm, SYC
  • 6/2, June Social?, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
  • 6/5, First Wed Lessons, 5:30 pm-Sunset, SYC
Mark's Racing 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).
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