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Current News
Steve Paige

Steve lost his battle with ALS on August 29, 2022.  He loved sailboats and racing!  I can’t tell you how many times I heard the fun stories and great memories from the Yacht Club.  Below is his obituary, please share it with anyone that knew him.


Jackie Montfoort Paige

SYC Facility Upgrade Plans

The last time we provided any sort of official status on this was in late 2020. So it's time for an update.

In summary, that previous plan has been abandoned and we're currently working with Parks and Rec on improving the current boatyard drainage and surface, fencing in the boatyard, adding a gate at the top of the access road to be closed only during SYC events, increasing dock space, and restoring electricity, lighting and water to the area. So far, some cost estimates have been received. Parks and Rec and SYC would share in covering those costs, but that has yet to be completely negotiated. You can read more detail here.

Topeka Weather
61.0°F - Fair
East at 8.1 mph
Wind Chill
Coming Events

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

  • 10/8, Full Moon Social, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
  • 10/23, Last Sun Lessons & Group Sailing, 2:30pm-5:30pm, SYC
  • 10/28, Last Friday Social, 5:30pm-7:30pm, TBD
  • 10/29, Work Party, 1:00 pm, 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.