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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
Why you should sail the tack pointing closer to the mark
Theoretically it is the same distance from A to the mark But after four minutes the boat sailing the tack pointing closer to the mark actually is closer. When the wind shifts (not IF) our boat sailing away from the mark is stuck in left field while the boat that sailed the close tack has magically moved way up. She may look faster but it was geometry. Keep your bow on the tack pointing closer to the mark.