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Learn to Sail
26 May 2023

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


Ted Ensley
15 Apr 2023

We lost Ted Ensley recently. See his obituary HERE. With Ted's support, SYC flourished during the 30 years he was the Director of Shawnee County Parks & Rec. Ted and his wife, Elna, raised their family next door to SYC in what is now the Garden House. Even in recent years, Ted did what he could to support our efforts to rebuild the club. The beautiful Ted Ensley Gardens, adjacent to SYC, make the area more inviting and enjoyable for everyone visiting the SYC facilities.

Topeka Weather
68.0°F - Fair
Coming Events

Lessons & Group Sailing
Sundays, 2:00pm-5:30pm
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-Sunset

  • 6/4, First Sun Lessons & Group Sailing, 2:30pm-5:30pm, SYC
  • 6/7, First Wed Lessons & Group Sailing, 5:30 pm-Sunset, SYC
  • 7/4, 4th of July Activities, TBD, SYC
  • 7/29, Full Moon Social, 5:30pm-10:00pm, 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.