Chatham Yacht Club

Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921


Summer 2023

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Saturday, July 1st

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Monday, June 26th

Spinsheet -Pre Season 2023

Happy (almost) summer! While it may seem a long time ago or just like yesterday that we were all saying farewell at the end of last summer, the 2023 Chatham Yacht Club season is finally upon us! Thanks to our House and Grounds Chair, Bart Wesp, and so many of you, the Clubhouse was officially opened over the Memorial Day weekend which means it’s only a few weeks before we can begin to gather and sail together. Once again, we have a fun and action-packed schedule for the coming months.

Sailing School begins on June 26 and will continue through August 18. Races begin that same week and will follow the same schedule as past summers. Please see the updates below from the Sailing School and the Racing Corner for more details. Our Opening Meeting will be held at 3:00pm on July 1 following the Saturday races and will be held in-person outside the Clubhouse with a Zoom option as well. Other important dates for social events, the CYC Regatta, beach days, and other activities can be found in the calendar below.

We are thrilled with the team that will be managing the Sailing School program this coming season. Schuyler Bartlett will lead the Sailing School as Program Director, Ryan McGauley will serve as the 420 Race Team Head Coach, and multiple returning and new staff members will fill out the other important positions. For the first time, we are offering two sessions of a combined Sailing School Open House and New Member Coffee on the mornings of June 29 and June 30. If you’re new to CYC or have children in the Sailing School, please plan to join us on one of the mornings to learn about everything happening at CYC this summer.

There are many other exciting developments at CYC. Led by Gwen Shipley, the highly popular Adult Sailing program is being expanded to offer more of you the opportunity to participate. Thanks to the work of Liz Kintz, CYC once again has a fantastic gear store to get everything and anything you could want for CYC merchandise. Led by Alicia Downs and Sarah Lipson, CYC has expanded the number of ways you can volunteer and get involved at the Club. Finally, we have a number of fun social events planned for the summer thanks to our amazing Social Committee. Please see below for details on all these topics.

You’ll be happy to hear that we won’t have any additional requests this summer to give to the Next Century Capital Campaign! Due to your generosity, you will instead begin to witness the various investments that have been made to the CYC beachfront reinforcement and nourishment, the CYC fleet, and CYC infrastructure. We cannot thank all of you who gave to the Campaign and positioned the Club to thrive at the start of its next century.

We hope you enjoy reading about all the plans for the coming summer at CYC and are looking forward to it as much as we are.

We hope to see you at the Clubhouse soon!

The Flag Officers of the Chatham Yacht Club

Marshall Bartlett, Commodore

Tracy Dart, Vice Commodore

Bart Wesp, Rear Commodore

Nick Proia, Treasurer

Carrie Spring, Secretary



First Day of Sailing School

    June 26th, 2023

Our staff is the foundation of our program. This year, we have a mixture of returning and new staff. The 2023 instructors are racing enthusiasts, sportsmanlike competitors, and passionate teachers. They are a truly inspirational group for younger sailors to learn from.

We are so lucky to have our 420 Race Coach, Ryan McGauley. Ryan is a highly accomplished sailor and will join the Boston College Sailing Team this fall. He has sailed for Team USA in Optimists as well. With knowledge of both skippering and crewing, fleet racing, and team racing, we could not ask for a more versatile and impressive teacher.

Cailyn Murphy and Cody Lamoreux will be the Opti Co-Race Coaches and lead our Advanced Opti Class. These sailors dominated Cape Cod Opti regattas when they were Opti sailors, and they are eager to now be on the teaching side of things. They led the Advanced Opti class last summer and are eager to return with even more knowledge.

Sarah Lenox will lead our Intermediate Opti Class with help from instructor Julia Scipione. Both instructors have taught in Optis for a few summers and have ample knowledge to pass on. Amelia Gassner will lead our Opti Beginner Class with instructor Amy Byler. Amelia and Amy have the patience, enthusiasm, and kindness it takes to run this essential curriculum. Our Opti students are lucky to benefit from the expertise of our outstanding coaches.

Tucker Lamoreux will lead our Helmsman 420 class with help from Chad Bartlett. These two instructors worked together last summer and will continue to inspire their students to love racing as much as they do.

Catherine Dickson is the new head of our Crew Class. This beginner class sails in borrowed Beetle Cats, generously donated by CYC members. Catherine has been teaching Crew for many summers, and the students adore her. Her creativity and ability to connect with all students make her perfect for this role. The students will also receive individual attention and feedback from our fantastic junior instructors: Brooke Bartlett, Finlay Sullivan, Max Wesp, and Sophie Dart.

Our growing Recreational Program, which sails in Sunfish, will be run by Julia Szymanski and Coco FitzMaurice. These instructors have worked with Sunfish for many summers and are extremely skilled in creating exciting lesson plans fit for all levels of sailors. They will no doubt excel in encouraging the learning of sailing in a non-racing environment.

Cailyn, Cody, and Tucker will teach our Laser program.

Finally, our classes would not be complete without the help of our Substitute Instructors: Alex Wesp, Harrison Kintz, Henry Bishop, Jamie Eslick, Jessica Scipione, Kristen McLean, Maeve Hecht, and Rosie Benson.

Our Summer 2023 staff will build on CYC’s reputation as a yacht club valuing sportsmanship, competition, and learning. Every student has a place in our program. We hope that they will leave sailing school each day having learned something.

As program director, my goal is to foster a safe, fun, and inclusive environment for every sailor. I hope to encourage learning, growth, sportsmanship, and friendship. Let’s go sailing!

-Schuyler Bartlett

Please see the  Sailing School Overview page for detailed information on:

Parking and Drop-Off Guidelines

What to Bring to Sailing School

Pickup from Sailing School



Do you watch others sail and wish you could join them? CYC offers Adult Sailing classes both for beginners and for those who want to learn how to race. Join Adult Sailing on Monday afternoons and/or Saturday mornings. It is a great way to get to know other members better and to get out on the water. Monday classes are taught by other adults while Saturday classes are taught by our junior instructors. People are welcome to sign up for either or both if they would like extra practice. Registration is now active on the website and child (or pet) care will be available during Monday classes again this summer.

New this year, student-only races! We will be holding separate races on Tuesdays for our adult sailing participants. And those students who race in our regular Saturday races will be scored separately. Our junior instructors will be available to crew and boats will be available to borrow.

Questions? Please contact GwenShipley (


Adult Recreational Sailing and Activities

Interested in a sunset sail and cocktails, or a progressive sail around Pleasant Bay?  We are planning a few adult (or family) fun recreational sailing activities for the summer. Please contact Michelle deSilva if you’d like to help with ideas, planning or just show your support for getting out on the water in a beautiful place with great people!

Michelle deSilva, 816-377-2147,


Happy summer to everyone!  The Chatham Yacht Club racing season is almost upon us and we expect to continue to have some of the most active one-design racing in the US.  Sailors compete each week for pennants and their performance over the entire summer can lead to winning the season series (and adding their name to one of our trophies).  You do not have to own a sailboat or motorboat to participate.  Often sailors and patrol boaters need people to crew with them.  Students in the Sailing School can ask the instructors to help them find a way to participate. 

The CYC Season Series document contains the key information that you need which will be posted on the website soon.  In the meantime, following is a summary of the main points.

On Tuesdays, we begin racing at 1:00pm and run starts for 420s, Sunfish, Optimists, and Beetle Cats.  We run two starts for each class with each start being a different season series. The second Beetle Cat start is our Women's Series.   In addition, for the first time this season we will be holding a separate start just for participants in the Adult Sailing class who are learning to sail and race.  We know this will be a big success in continuing to build adult sailing participation at CYC! 

Even if you do not have one of these boats, you are welcome to come watch, help patrol, or help run the races.

On Wednesdays, the Sailing School race for that day's students begins approximately at 12:30pm.  The Junior Races – in which all skippers must be under the age of 16 – begin at 2:00pm with starts for 420s, Sunfish, Optimists, and Beetle Cats.  On Thursdays, the Sailing School race for that day's students begins approximately at 12:30pm.  Family members are welcome to come watch all these races!

The Saturday schedule, which was modified last year reflecting members’ desire to have two races, will follow the same format.  Just like Tuesdays, we begin racing at 1:00pm and will run a second race immediately following the first.  However, both races will count for the same Saturday series.  

Because we are running two races, we will NOT try to make up any races that are cancelled due to weather or other factors. On the first and last Saturday of the season we will only run one race because of the opening and closing meetings.  

On Saturdays, we run starts for C-14s, Lasers, 420s, Sunfish, Optimists, and Beetle Cats.

We are finalizing some adjustments to the Sailing Instructions based on feedback from some of the racers and will post them on the website and share them in a Spinsheet as soon as the changes are final.  Please reach out to us with any questions!

Marshall A. Bartlett


Greetings CYC Beetle Cat sailors!  I hope this finds you all well and excited that sailing season is fast approaching!

I want to inform you of a few exciting sailing events coming in summer, 2023. 

Please mark your calendars for the following:

Chatham Yacht Club Regatta: August 5-6, 2023: Pleasant Bay

Leo J. Telesmanick Regatta: Bass River Yacht Club: August 12-13, 2023: Bass River Yacht Club, South Yarmouth, MA

Arey’s Pond Cat Gathering: August 26, 2023: Pleasant Bay

Fortunately for us, these three great events are spread out this summer, so that we may participate in all three! I encourage you to participate in the 2023 Leo J. Telesmanick Regatta just down the road in South Yarmouth, MA. I plan to trailer Kit Kat this year to the event and would love some CYC company on the water!  Bass River Yacht Club folks would also really like to see participation by neighboring CYC Beetles! If you would like to sail and don’t have a Beetle or a crew, BRYC will match you up with what you need!

I am the CYC representative to the NEBCBA (New England Beetle Cat Boat Association) board. The Spring, 2023 meeting was held on April 1st (no kidding!). Beetle, Inc. reported that four new Beetle Cats were built over the winter at their Wareham shop, as well as a 14’ Beetle Cat – very labor intensive.  All those boats have been sold, as well as eight brokerage boats – keeping the Beetle Cat fleets afloat!  They had 250 Beetle Cats in their two barns for storage and maintenance over the winter – a record, I believe.  If you have not been, I encourage you to visit the historic Wareham boat shop, as the stored boats and parts are a sight to behold, in addition to the wonderful cedar aroma in the shop and the talented and friendly Beetle, Inc. staff members!

I encourage you to join NEBCBA, or to renew your membership, if you have not done so. Membership is $20 (individual), and it is a great way to get to know other Beetle Cat enthusiasts, receive the newsletters, and support the fleet. Further information about membership can be found on the organization’s “” web site.

CYC sailing programs begin the week of June 26th, 2023.   I look forward to seeing you all on “our” Bay!

Cathy Taylor

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.**

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!

**please stay tuned for more information on which boat ramps are allowed to by used by residents with permits.  There are new rules in place set by the responsible townships.   



June 16: Kickoff Luncheon at the Winslow Home

June 19: Sailing School Staff WORK WEEK


June 29th : New Member Coffee/ Sailing School Open House (9:30 am)

June 30th : New Member Coffee/ Sailing School Open House (9:30 am)

July 1st : Saturday Race (1:00 PM) & Opening Meeting (3:00 PM)

July 3rd : Optimist Race Team & 420 Race Team Parent Meetings (12:00 PM)

July 4th : Chatham Indpendence Day Parade/ 4th of July Race (2:00 PM) / Strawberry Shortcake Social (4:00 PM)

July 7th : Commodore’s Cocktails (6:00 PM)

July 21st: Sailing School Picnic (5:30 PM)

July 23rd : CYC Beach Day

July 28th : Mid Summer Luncheon

July 29th : CYC Evening Sail & Raft-Up (6:00 PM)

August 3rd : CYC Sailing School Karaoke Night (5:30 PM)

August 4th : CYC Regatta Dinner & Gala

August 5th & 6th : CYC Regatta

August 13th : CYC Beach Day

August 18th : Last Hurrah Cocktails (6:00 PM)

August 19th Closing Meeting & Awards (3:00 PM)

August 20th: Clubhouse Closing

Gentle reminder to RSVP to the Kick-Off Luncheon if you have plans to attend! Ginger Winslow has graciously offered to host and it’s sure to be a beautiful event to start the season.


The CYC Social Committee is ecstatic about the 2023 season & all the wonderful, fun-filled events for our families. We rely on volunteers to make all these events happen, so please consider helping out! You can sign up for most of these events on the CYC website, but please contact us with any questions! Looking forward to seeing everyone and having another amazing summer with our CYC family!!

Jennifer Gilmartin ( &

Amber Caggiano (



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 Parent on Duty slot  per child enrolled in Sailing School, two race day slots (refreshments, patrol, dock committee, or race scoring), and at least one Regatta donation and one social slot per child in Sailing School.

This year a new volunteer scheduling program called Volunteer Scheduler Pro that replaces our former Sign Up Genius page. It allows for volunteers to easily sign up, find substitutes and receive reminders!

Begin by enrolling to volunteer HERE

Make sure to select all Jobs you qualify for (ie, parent on duty, race patrol, regatta, etc or you may not see all the appropriate sign up slots)

A quick tutorial on Volunteer Scheduler Pro is available HERE

The mobile app is available on the app store. Questions can be directed to Alicia Downs at 917-623-3819 or Sarah Lipson 646-283-4209.


Chatham Yacht Club Membership Committee is looking for individuals, couples, and families who would be interested in mentoring new families this summer! This is a fun way to get involved and help make our newest members feel welcome. If you can help, please email Thank you!



Happy nearly summer from the CYC Gear Shop! The CYC clubhouse honor shop, featuring CYC accessories, will open the first day of sailing school, and will be open each day this summer during sailing school hours. We're excited to bring back CYC favorites, including the CYC line of Smathers & Branson accessories, in addition to new items: acrylic CYC car burgees, ramblers, sports bags, new water bottles, lunch totes, and more. As always, you can visit our online CYC shops yearound to shop for custom CYC apparel (including new CYC sweatpants and visors) at Eliza B and Team One Newport.


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 CYC website’s gear page.

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

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!

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.


CYC Classifieds

Own your very own Haven 12.5!


  Great opportunity to own an apprentice built Haven cold molded 12.5.

Fully equipped and ready to sail. Had some extensive repair work done to it over the past few years. Located on Cape Cod. Please call Tony at 774-722-0012 for more details or to schedule a viewing. 

To view more details

Winner Optimist Racer for Sale!  


Scott Cahaly

Cell: 917-447-4868

Winner Optimist Racer  $2800

  • Black & gold racings spars
  • Racing sail (North Sails) with bag
  • Racing boards with travel bags
  • Bailers
  • All lines
  • Mast lock
  • 3 air bags
  • Wind indicator
  • Boat cover
  • Travel dolly
  • Stored inside
  • Condition = Excellent 

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