Save the Dates

16 Feb

As the end of winter is now in sight, we need to think of the upcoming summer. We have a couple of events in the planning stages that you should put on your calendar as follows:

Sail to Port Washington. We’ve been meeting with representatives of the Port Washington Yacht Club and we’re planning a race to Ludington. We’re trying to involve more of our club boaters in events such as this. There will be two events, a flotilla sail (or power) to Port Washington that will depart from Ludington sailing to Port Washington on August 2nd. We’ll hang out and party (visit Port Washington and the yacht club) there and race back on the (early) evening of August 4. This race will be a club type race, not as competitive as the Chicago-Mac or the Queen’s Cup. Those or don’t want to race or have powerboats can cruise back to Ludington whenever they want to depart.

We’ve set the date for the Bloomer Cup, which will be September 9th. We will have an informal gathering on Friday night, featuring food and an outdoor movie with the race on Saturday. We will have a steak dinner and live entertainment afterward.(after the race)

We’re going to make a serious attempt to get more of our boats out on the water this year. One of the things we’re going to do is to provide a vehicle (to) match skippers and crew (people intersted in sailing). If you’d like to sail but don’t have a boat, or have a boat and would like crew for racing, or just (go) sailing, we’re asking that you contact us and we’ll try to make that happen. You may send your inquiries to Connelly Bowling ( or Dale Fitch. We’re also going to have some informal clinics and practice sessions to deal with topics like crew training and heavy weather sailing to help our members to sail better and be more safe.

Also, if you have a boat and are thinking about entering club races, you might want to consider getting a PHRF rating certificate (so your boat can be handicapped correctly). The certificate is available from Lake Michigan PHRF and is available online or I can give you one. This is something that you should do if you’re thinking of doing any racing, even at the club level. The cost is $75 .

This is just a preliminary notice of events, as our committee will be working in the next month or so to refine our plans and get more information out to you. Please mark the dates on your calendar and plan to participate. LYC is your club.

Fair winds,

Dale Fitch, Chair
Connelly Bowling
Gary Ferguson
LYC Race Committee

The Last Week at LYC for 2016

24 Oct
Things are winding down around the Club.  This is the last week we will officially be open.
Friday evening will be your last chance to have cocktails with all your Friday night friends.  Cocktails start 5ish and go until whenever.  Your appetizers are greatly appreciated but not mandatory.
Saturday the Ottos will host the Michigan/Michigan State game.  Game time is noon.  Please bring a light appetizer for snacking during the game.  Stadium style dinner will be served after the game.  This is a $5 meal with all the proceeds going to LYSS.  PLEASE CALL ME AT616-490-1255 OR e-mail at  WITH YOUR RESERVATION BY WEDNESDAY AT NOON.
With mixed emotions, I have resigned as Social Chair for the coming year.  Thank you to all who have helped make my tenure successful.  I have enjoyed every minute of it!  Mike Robinson will be appointing a new Chair soon and I know you all with be just as helpful to whoever that might be.
Your Dock reservations are due on Saturday so if you haven’t paid them yet, bring your checkbook to the game.

Stock Holders Meeting

17 Oct

There will be a short meeting of the LYC Stockholders tomorrow, Tuesday October 18 immediately following the annual membership meeting.  Depending on the outcome of the membership meeting, the stockholders may vote on a by law amendment.  Also on the agenda is the need to fill three Board of Director positions for a term ending in 2019.

LYC Annual Meeting

2 Oct
The Annual Membership Meeting is Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a potluck dinner prior to the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A stockholder meeting will follow the membership meeting.

Election of 2017 Flag Officers is on the agenda.  The candidate list includes:

Commodore – Mike Robinson

Vice Commodore – Tim Tibbits

Rear Commodore – Scott Hultman

Treasurer – Steve Miller

Secretary – Denny Lavis

In addition, nominations will be accepted from the floor.

A vote will also be taken on a proposed bylaw amendment that will shorten the length of time between when annual membership fees are due and when membership in the club is suspended for non payment.  Currently the bylaws state that membership is suspended July 1following the April 1 due date for receipt of annual fees.  The proposed amendment will shorten this to April 15 following the April 1 due date.  The Board of Directors and membership committee feel this change is necessary out of consideration for applicants on the membership wait list.

Luci and Kaye announce volunteer opportunities for the October 8 Christmas
Dinner.  They are looking for assistance in the following areas:

Clean up – requires a willingness to get hands soapy

Servers/ham slicer – requires a willingness to eat last

Dessert servers – requires a willingness to eat first

Drink ticket seller – need someone who will sell more tickets than are used

Money taker – requires an early arrival & ability to count and punch

Ice person – requires someone not too tall, not too short with good hearing.

If you fit the bill, please let it be known when you rsvp this coming week.

That’s about it for now.

This week at LYC

26 Sep

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 27th, Gary and his crew are grilling Brats from 5:30-7:00.  Bring a dish to pass if you would like.  Donations are being accepted to benefit LYSS.

Friday is cocktails@ the Club.  5ish until we are ready to go home.  Your appetizers to share are welcome as always.
Saturday Oct 1st, We will be celebrating fall with our annual Oktoberfest.  The Kretchmans and their crew will be serving up traditional German fare including Hot German Potato Salad, Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Sautéed Apples, German Sausages and dessert.  It’s a $10 meal with cocktails @ 6:00 followed by dinner @ 7:00.  Reservations are needed.  Please call Gail at 616-490-1255 by Wednesday at noonPLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON FACEBOOK OR THE LYC WEBSITE.
The following Saturday, is Christmas in October, our annual Toys for Tots-Gifts for Teens campaign.  You may drop off your gifts at the Club or give money for shopping to Kaye and Luci.  We will take reservations next week for the dinner.

Rules for The Chili Cook Off

21 Sep


$5.00 per person


Michigan State vs Wisconsin Noon

University of Michigan vs Penn State 3:30


Exciting Prizes Awarded to the Champion in each Category




Ludington Yacht Club Chili Cook Off

Saturday, September 24, NOON

  1. Cook Off Contestants must furnish (1) one crockpot of chili with a serving utensil. No names may be visible on pot or utensil.
  2. Contestants must deliver chili to the LYC kitchen through the REAR DOOR ONLY between 10:30 and 11:30AM. Front door entries will be disqualified.
  3. Chili will be left with a kitchen Chili Team member once you have confirmed category and your chili has been registered.
  4. Three categories of chili will be judged- Red Chili (optional beans, meat, vegetables, etc), White Chili (optional beans, meat, vegetables, etc), Veggie Chili (meatless).
  5. Judging will commence at Noon, with 2oz tasting cups only, and tasting will terminate at 3PM or until the first pot of chili has been consumed.
  6. Cornbread, tasting cups, bowls, plates, eating utensils, napkins, onions, sour cream, cheese, crackers, hot sauce, rice and barf bags will be furnished by the Chili Team. NO FREE BEER.
  7. Prizes will be awarded to the Championship Chili in each category and all entrants.
  8. Full 12oz chili bowl eating will commence at 3PM after tasting has terminated.
  9. Each paying taster will be given a paper ballot and cast one vote for their favorite chili in each of the three categories.
  10. Contestants please send your name and chili category contribution to John Berend at



This Week at LYC

21 Sep
And so begins another beautiful week at LYC!
Tuesday we are taking a much deserved break for our bar tender and LYSS crew.  Next week we will be serving FREE Chili Dogs.  More about that next week!
Friday is Cocktails@ the Club.  We’ll start 5ish and continue from there.  Your appetizers to share are welcome but not mandatory
Saturday it’s CHILI AND FOOTBALL!.  John Berend and his crew will be hosting the annual Chili Cook-off. Festivities start at noon with Michigan State vs. Wisconsin  and chili tasting/judging.  The fun continues with U of M vs. Penn State at 3:30 and open chili devouring.   All this for just $5 and a chance to win the prestigious LYC Chili Championship.  NO FREE BEER!
Our annual Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing.  Purchase Toys for Tots and/or Gifts for Teens and place them under the tree at the Club.  If you’d rather leave the shopping to Luci and Kaye, drop your funds off at the Club and they’ll do the shopping for you.  The dinner and gift presentations are scheduled for October 8th.
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