Jerry Witherspoon C Sunday 74
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Learn to Sail

"Introduction to Sailing" sessions, for ages 12+, are held each Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. June through August. It's free for club members and only $25 for non-members.

Read more and register HERE.

Ground School

The 2022 season got off to a great start with 21 students attending the first of five planned sailing lesson sessions. Here, Vice Commodore John Maddux explains the basics, with assistance from Irene Haws. The group then moved to the boatyard for a lesson on rigging the boats, etc. Subsequent sessions will get the students out on the water.

Finally, the snow is melting and the ice is out!

It's time to think about sailing at Lake Shawnee.  The boatyard is open so you can get the boat out of your driveway or barn.  We have lots of events scheduled for this coming sailing season -- dinners, sailing school, regattas, etc. -- too many to list so you'll have to go to the schedule on the website.

It is also time to pay your annual club dues.  The amounts are unchanged this year, even in the current inflationary time -- Social $50, Boating $100, and Racing $150.  You can mail a check to: ShawneeYachtClub, PO Box 221, Topeka, KS. 66601. You can also pay online with a credit/debit card, a PayPal account, or Venmo.

I'm planning to see you soon at SYC.

Mark Marling

Topeka Weather
62.0°F - Overcast
East at 8.1 mph
Wind Chill
Coming Events
  • 5/29, No Lesson Today,
  • 6/1, First Intro to Sailing
    & Wed Group Sailing, 5:30 pm-Sunset, SYC
  • 6/5, Lesson 4 on the water, 11:30am-1:30pm, SYC
  • 6/5, First Sunday Series Races, 2:30pm-5:30pm, SYC
  • 6/11, Full Moon Social, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
Mark's Racing Blog
Boy did we have fun Sunday! Well, some of us did. It might have been frustrating for some others. There was a major foul up at the start of the second race. Port end favored. Chuck hit the mark. Chuck hit Tony. I almost hit them both. Looked like it should be a general recall. The starting horn going off. All of us were wondering what was going on, just milling around in a state of confusion. Finally, it started looking like the race was proceeding without us. (The horns were for the next fleet.) "Racing" to catch up with Zach, who lead around the first mark. Down wind Tony and I were able to catch Zach, with Chuck close behind. I would lead. Tony would lead. Zach would lead. An epic battle!. It looked like Tony would round first but I was inside him, with Zach inside me. Chuck was closing up fast. Here Zach made a mistake by not heading up to protect his wind. I passed him to windward and passed him back to Tony who passed
him back to Chuck. End of Zach. End of race.
In the third race, Tony broke free and picked all the shifts correctly. I picked about half of them. Tony lead around the last mark and took the long tack toward the finish. Game over as it was a one leg tack to the finish. I followed dutifully behind. EXCEPT, that right at the finish, the wind shifted strongly to the right lifting me up almost even with Tony. At the finish line, I gambled with a sharp luff and nosed out Tony. This has never worked for me before and may never work again. Tony must be really frustrated about that one.