Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2022

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Saturday, July 2nd   

In Person

Following the races

Approx 3:00


Monday, June 27th

Spinsheet - June 25, 2022

Welcome to the 101st season of Chatham Yacht Club!

The start of the first season of the next century of Chatham Yacht Club is upon us and hopefully you’re excited!  A big thank you to the CYC staff and volunteers who have been working very hard this week to open the Clubhouse, get the CYC fleet ready, and ensure the grounds are in good shape.

Tomorrow is the official start of the CYC season and in this Spinsheet are a lot of important updates that you’ll want to note to be prepared.  A few highlights:

Sailing School: The CYC Sailing School starts tomorrow so, if you haven’t completed a medical waiver for your child, please do so!

Volunteers: CYC runs on volunteerism and we are in desperate need of volunteers this year, particularly for patrolling given the Coast Guard regulation we informed you about previously, as well as for the Sailing School and the annual CYC Regatta.

Membership: We are seeking current members to serve as “mentors” to some fantastic new CYC families so please let us know if you’re interested!

Racing: We are returning to our traditional CYC racing schedule but there is a modification to the Saturday race start times.  Please see below for more details.

There’s plenty more to read about including upcoming Social events, the summer Club calendar, and other topics.  We look forward to seeing you at CYC and on the water soon!


The membership committee is looking for veteran CYC individuals and/or families who are willing to serve as mentors for new members this summer.  The goal of this program is to connect new members with veteran members who will reach out to them throughout the entire season and assist them in feeling comfortable with all aspects of CYC life. Being a CYC mentor is easy! You are asked to touch base with your mentees before social events, encouraging them to join in by making a plan to meet in the parking lot and “walk over the hill together”, explaining how our race schedule and regatta weekend works and/or helping them to find a way to volunteer and get involved that matches their talents.

If you are interested and would like more information, please reach out to Heather Wesp ( or 774-269-1788) or Kristen Berner ( or 954-257-1057).


First Day of Sailing School

   Monday June 27th!

All morning classes will start together, at 9:00 am. On Monday, Tuesday and Friday, class will end at 12:00. On  Wednesdays and Thursdays sailors should bring a lunch and plan to eat outside before a sailing school race. The approximate end time on these days is 1:30. 

If you have not already done so, please remember to fill out the medical form (link below)

Medical Forms     

  • Swimsuit
  • T-shirt and Shorts (clothing to cover up during walk through Eastward Ho! Golf course)
  • Closed-toe shoes (crocks, old sneakers, or water shoes)

Please have your child BRING to Sailing School every day :

  • Life Jacket (to be worn at ALL times on dock, on float, in launch and in sailboats)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat / Visor / Sunglasses Extra t-shirt and shorts
  • Sweatshirt / rain jacket
  • Lunch on Sailing School Race Day (Wednesday or Thursday) 
  • Personal water bottle (please use a refillable bottle to cut down on global waste).


    Parking and Drop-Off Guidelines  / Courtesy and Safety on the Golf Course

    Courtesy and Safety on the Golf Course

    An average golf ball leaves the tee traveling 115 mph or more, and our path to CYC takes us right in front of the first tee. Adults and children need to take care as they cross in front.  Eastward Ho! has provided a fence to protect us.  CYC members should stop at the edge of the fence, look and assess the situation.  Always wait while golfers are teeing off, but if the golfers are waiting, they may signal it is safe to cross. Be aware as you approach the ninth green as well, since it is just beyond our path.

    Eastward Ho! and CYC have a great working relationship, but it depends on CYC members being courteous to and respectful of the golfers.  Please wear shirts and shoes when crossing the hill, and do not use your cell phone.  It is best to be quiet when golfers are on the 9th green.  You may stop and wait, or move quietly by, but try not to distract those focusing on their putts.


      A note from our program director:

    The summer season for CYC’s 101st (!!) anniversary year is about to begin and I have a few last minute reminders.

    Safety first: watch out for golfers teeing off or hitting to the green as you go over the hill. Parking lot safety begins with awareness and caution. For the classes starting at 9, we will have instructors ready to guide the younger sailors safely over the hill and back.

    Sailors young and old should have life jackets, closed-toe shoes, sun block, drink and snack.

    Thankfully, we are at a better spot in the pandemic. If you or your child are unvaccinated, please be ready to wear a mask inside the clubhouse. Outside, you’re free to go without one. Vaccinated people can remain unmasked anywhere on club grounds.

    Morning classes start at 9 and end at 12:00. After lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, we host races for the sailing school students, which usually last until 1:30. Kids should bring their own lunch.

    We will not go sailing if there are dangerous weather conditions, however, everyone should still report to sailing school as usual. We will hold sailing school inside in case of thunderstorms or heavy winds.

    We look forward to helping your child develop a love of sailing. If there is anything we can do for you to that end, please reach out in a face to face conversation with your child’s instructor or to me, the program director.

    See you soon, Ellen Fuller                          


    Getting your boat to CYC:

    No boats or sailboards may be carried over the hill to be launched at CYC. Launching may take place at Jack Knife Harbor, the Town Landing on Crow's Pond, Ryder's Cove or in Round Cove. (Please see the email of 6/14 detailing the NEW permit requirements for use of Round Cove)

    Transportation of 420s and Optis over the hill for the purpose of attending regattas during the summer may occur ONLY before sunrise and after sunset per our lease with Eastward Ho!



    We need your help.

    In order to keep children safe, the costs affordable as well as maintain the community culture of Chatham Yacht Club, CYC relies on ALL members to volunteer in order to get everything done. This also a great way to get to know old and new CYC members.

    Thank you to those who have volunteered this season already! 

    Members with sailing school participants should sign up for at least one slot  per child (race day or social or house and grounds volunteer) per child enrolled in Sailing School and at least one Regatta donation per child in Sailing School.

    Members with our Sailing School participants should sign up for at least two volunteers slots and at least one item for the Regatta.

    Please see the separate signups below.  The more the better, THANK YOU!

    Parent on Duty  Social Event   Race Day   

    Regatta Volunteers

    To learn more, please visit our Volunteer Page



    First SERIES RACES of the

    2022 season:

    Tuesday June 28 – 1:00pm:


    Saturday, July 2 - 1:00pm: A single Series race followed by CYC Opening Meeting. Please note that all classes will start sequentially after 1:00pm with no second later start time.

    Monday,  July 4 2:00pm: CYC July 4 Race. Please note that all classes will start sequentially after 2:00pm due to the Chatham Independence Day Parade in the morning. This will be a trophy race and not count toward a Series.

    Saturday, August 6 – Sunday, August 7: Chatham Yacht Club Centennial Regatta.

    Saturday August 20 – 1:00pm: A single final Series race followed by CYC  Closing Meeting and Award Ceremony. Please note that all classes will start sequentially after 1:00pm with no second later start time.

    We will provide subsequent updates and reminders on these events in advance of each.

    Weekly Race Schedule

    Thankfully, we now have the flexibility to return to the traditional CYC racing schedule due to the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions. We will continue to hold two races for each fleet on Saturdays but, based on feedback received, we will now have all classes start sequentially instead of breaking the fleets into two groups with staggered start times.

    Tuesdays: We will continue with the traditional schedule. Two races will be held with the first starting at 1:00pm. The races will count towards two separate Series.

    Wednesday: Sailing School races start at 12:30pm. One Junior race will then begin at 2:00pm.

    Thursday: Sailing School races will begin at 12:30pm.

    Saturday: All classes will continue to have two races on Saturdays but, to honor requests from last season, we will have all classes starting sequentially start at 1:00pm. The two races each Saturday will count towards a single Series for each class. As a reminder, there will only be one race on Saturday July 2 and Saturday August 20 in advance of the Opening and Closing Meetings, respectively.

    For more information, please visit CYC RACING


    Don't let the kids have all of the fun,


    The Adult Sailing class will be offered to adult CYC members (21+ years of age) on Mondays from 2:00-4:30PM.  Classes will be held for 8 weeks (June 27-August 15).

    This class will be taught, once again, by CYC volunteer adult members in loaned Beetle Cats, 14-foot Catboats, and Sunfish, where and when applicable. Classes will begin with a 20 minute “chalk talk”, and then approximately an hour and a half of sailing/teaching on Pleasant Bay, and ending with a skills wrap up in our CYC clubhouse.  With emphasis on safety and comfort, the focus will be on boat handling skills related to recreational sailing and/or racing in small boats. We will divide students as much as possible by needs and interests: skilled vs. beginners, recreational vs. competitive sailors…etc. As always, a CYC patrol boat will be out on the Bay for safety.  This year we will hope to help arrange child (and pet) care during Monday classes so please let Gwen Shipley  know if you would like to express interest. 

    With working adults in mind, we are offering an alternate (or additional) section of this class on Saturday mornings. This class will be taught by our paid instructors. If this is something you would like to participate in, please register below.  People are welcome to sign up for either or both Mondays and Saturdays if they would like extra practice. 

    Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.  This class is popular, and will be capped at 25 students this year, so register right away if you would like to be part of this experience. 

    For more information, visit CYC Adult Sailing




    Please be on the lookout to welcome our newest members:

    Courtney and Matthew Bishop

    Summer Address: 48 Youngs Road, Chatham

    Winter City: Parkton, MD

    Son in Helmsman: Henry (15)

    Diane and David Carter

    Summer Address: 52 Shattuck Pl, Chatham

    Winter City: Boston, MA

    The Carters have ordered a brand new Arey’s 14-foot catboat which will be ready for the summer of 2023.

    Julia and David Holloway

    Year round address: 641 Crowell Road, North Chatham

    Julia will be taking adult sailing lessons on Saturday mornings.

    Melissa and Matthew Hubbell

    Summer address: 26 Carolyn Dr, Chatham,

    Winter City: Acton, MA

    Two daughters for Sunfish Recreation class: Adah Elizabeth (13) and Annamarie (10)

    Younger son Nolan (7)

    Lauren and Jon Nykvist

    Summer Address: 42 Patterson Road, West Chatham

    Winter City: Dedham, MA

    Daughter for W/F crew class: Lizzie (7)

    Lauren is the cousin of current member Joanne Caggiano

    Kathleen and Nick Papadeas

    Summer Address: 47 Morning Glory Dr, Dennis

    Winter City: Franklin, MA

    Daughter for W/F crew class: Emily (10)

    Nick will be in the Saturday Adult Sailing class

    Belinda and Tony Roth

    Summer address: 34 Wheeler Drive, Brewster

    Winter City: Bryn Mayr, PA

    Daughter for Helmsman: Ari (14)

    Tony sailed at CYC as a camper at Camp Viking and has sailed his Baybird in many CYC regattas. Older daughter Cate (16) worked at PBCB last summer.

    We are also welcoming back these former CYC members:

    Amber and Andy Caggiano

    Summer Address: 64 Ralph Street, Chatham

    Winter City: Collierville, Tennessee

    Daughter for M/Thur crew class: Charlotte (7)

    Andy sailed at CYC as a child and his brother Greg is a current member.

    Lisa Crounce and Carson Porter

    Summer Address: 38 Medicine Bow, Chatham

    Winter City: Oakland, CA

    Lisa is taking the Saturday morning adult class

    Lisa sailed at CYC as a child and has recently crewed for her cousin Carrie Spring in some CYC races. Her uncle David Spring is also a current member.

    Diane and Mathew MacIver

    Summer address: 1112 Queen Anne Road, Harwich

    Winter City: Hingham, MA

    Mat sailed at CYC as a child and his children (Annie and Greg) grew up at CYC as well. Mat plans to race his Sunfish

    Regina and Jonathan Winslow

    Summer address: 6 Ewing Drive, South Orleans

    Winter City: Charlestown, MA

    Son for Opti 2: Jack (11)

    Daughter for Opti 1: Lilly (8)

    Jonathan sailed at CYC as a child and his parents Ginger & Ken Winslow are current members.





    June 28th: First races of the season!

    July 2nd: First Saturday race (14:00) followed by OPENING MEETING (approx 15:00)

    July 4th:  Parade, 4th of July Race, Strawberry Shortcake Social

    July 6th: Sailing School Open House (Time TBD)

    July 8th : Commodore's Cocktails, 6:00pm

    July 17th: CYC Beach Day

    July 22nd: Sailing School Picnic 5:30pm

    August 5th: CYC Commodore's Buffet

    August 6th-7th: CYC Regatta

    August 14th: CYC Beach Day

    August 19th: Last Hurrah Cocktails, 6:00pm

    The CYC Social Committee is looking forward to a wonderful summer filled with fun events for the whole family, but we count on volunteers to make all these events happen!! Please sign up on the CYC website! If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact

    Kristen Zabbo and Laura Etre



    For the full collection of CYC apparel—including classic polos, tech tees, tech polos, sweatshirts, fleeces, quarter zips, hats, visors, sandals as well as outdoor Patagonia and Helly Hansen apparel—be sure to visit the online CYC club stores (open year-round) at Team One Newport and Eliza B Leather Man. The direct links to these CYC club stores are available on the NEW CYC website’s gear page. 

    During the sailing school season, you can find a curated collection of CYC accessories (e.g., notepads, car magnets, pens, and Smathers & Branson tumblers, key fobs, bottle openers, sunglass straps, and more) as well as a very limited inventory of apparel basics at the CYC clubhouse pop-up honor shop. The CYC honor shop is open each day during sailing school hours.


    For any questions, feel free to reach CYC parent and gear volunteer Liz Kintz at                                                                                 Top


    Pristine RIB for Sale 

    Mercury RIB

    2016 Mercury 260 Dynamic White Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), Hypalon, purchased in 2018, always stored dry on dolly, very clean. Lightly used.  See link above for full details.

    "Selling because we moved boat from mooring to rack and no longer need it."

    For more information, please contact Cindi Fitzmaurice

    CYC Parking

    The new parking lot configuration allows for multi-directional Fox Hill Road access from three points as illustrated in the diagram below. It is essential that all CYC traffic use the third entrance on Fox Hill road to minimize the access traffic and pedestrian hazards in the other parts of the parking area.

    The added parking has improved parking but we, EHCC and CYC, need to continue to optimize on the available parking with the following actions;

    Sailing School morning classes

    CYC instructors will be available to help students to and from the CYC club house so parents can enjoy the convenience of “drop and go” noted by the yellow cross-hash area. Before 11:30 am, parking maybe available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the designated area, highlighted in green box, for parents to bring their children to classes, meet the instructors and fellow parents. Please be aware this area is not exclusive to CYC but shared with EHCC. If there is a shortage of parking spaces in the designated area, please park on the shoulder of Fox Hill Rd. “Pickup and go will also be available for your convenience at the conclusion of morning classes at the Pick-up spot shown in the diagram. This is a safer and shaded location where our students can be ready for pick-up.


    Parking begins to get busy around 11:30 when Eastward Ho! Lunch service begins. After 11:30, We ask that CYC members park on the Fox Hill road shoulder during lunch if the north lot is busy.

    Afternoon classes and races

    Due to the limited amount of parking spaces, Parents are encouraged to enjoy the convenience of “drop and go” where appropriate for the children. Parents who would like to see your kids in action during the afternoon races can check for available parking spots in the designated (green) area after 2 PM. If there is a shortage of parking spaces at any time, please park on the shoulder of Fox Hill Rd.

    Eastward Ho! will have parking lot attendants available to assist with traffic flow and direct CYC members to the designated (green) area. Please don’t hesitate to speak with them if you have any questions or need assistance.

    As always, safety is paramount as we balance convenience and consideration for a shared parking resource with our friends at Eastward Ho!

    Thank you for your cooperation as we begin a new exciting season at CYC!


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    Chatham Yacht Club | P.O. Box 531 | North Chatham, MA 02650

    CYC is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Your donations are tax deductible!

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