LYC Social Activities for May

27 Apr

Cocktails at the Club tomorrow (Friday April 28) starting about 5:00 p.m.

Meetings:  The May general membership meeting is Tuesday May 2 at 7:30 p.m.  A potluck  dinner will precede the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A Board of Directors meeting will follow the general membership meeting.

Who says you have to go to Kentucky to enjoy the Kentucky Derby.  The LYC will have their own Kentucky Derby party on Saturday May 6th.  Please join us at 5:00 for a fun late afternoon of food and wagering.  Ladies, don’t forget to wear your fancy hat for the hat contest. 

Reservations are now being accepted by calling Sandy Gomez at 231-690-6224.  Please make your reservation by Wednesday, May 3rd.

Questions, call Connie Robinson at 231 690-3165.

LYC Wine and Canvas Party Thursday May 11:  Come sip some wine with your friends and let your inner artist out to create a masterpiece.  Artist Greta will instruct you step by step (no experience needed) to create a finished beach scene that you will be proud to hang on your wall.  We will have appetizers and wine from 5:15-6:00 with the painting beginning at 6:00 until around 9:00.  The cost is $35.00 for the canvas, brushes, paint and apron.  Wine or drinks will be a small additional cost.  We have seating for only 35 people and because this kind of event is popular, it will fill up fast.  It is important that you register as soon as possible.

To register: Go to  At the top of the link click on location then click on Grand Rapids.  The next link you will need to click on private events calendar and the calendar with events will pop up.  Scroll to May and you will see our event on May 11th.  You then click on the date and register.  If this is confusing to you, please give me a call 231-690-3165 and I will help you out.

Hope to see you on May 11th and promise you a fun night.

Connie Robinson   231-690-3165

Swiss Steak dinner Saturday May 20 and Wing Ding Dango Saturday May 27.   Mark your calendars.  More info to follow.

Education:  Here is a “save the date” request from member Bill Walker.  The Pentwater Yacht Club is hosting a Rules Seminar on 5/27/2017.  It will be an all day seminar, with lunch provided, put on by Rules Official Allan Teske from Chicago.  Allan is very entertaining and keeps things lively.  For those of you who don’t know, the Racing Rules of Sailing is a book that is published by US Sailing every 4 years and contains all of the rules that will govern racing for the next four years.  The current book was recently issued and applies for 2017 to 2020.  Those who plan on participating in races should have a copy aboard, as in addition to rules regarding boats, it has information regarding race organization, starting, protests, penalties, flags and other signals and other stuff of interest.  Please see the attached flyer for more info.   Registration checks should be made to PYC.

Membership:  For those of you who had not heard, Joanne VanAmeyden passed away in February.  Her memorial is scheduled for Saturday May 27.  We continue to express the Club’s sympathies to Charlie.


Commodore’s Comments

6 Apr

Wow, what a difference a year makes!  Last year in April, waxing the floor and turning on the water wasn’t the main concern, our concern was that the entire club might be underwater and our driveway and seawall needed to be raised at least two feet just to save the land surrounding the entire club.  We are a volunteer club with limited financial means, however this posed no problem for the LYC.  Under the direction of the board along with many more members, including the flag officers, a plan was developed that was within our ability to pay.  Our club was fortunate enough to have club members that could do the technical work as well as the manual labor to complete the plan approved by the board and flag officers.  With over 80 members planning and working to raise the seawall and driveway, add black dirt and re-sod the entire land surrounding the club, it is hard to remember what it looked like just one year ago.


This year once again we are looking forward to a fun and exciting season.  Our committee chairs have been working hard to make sure that the club is ready, the docks are full and our membership reaches capacity.  Last year we had approximately 70% of our members volunteering to help from working on the docks to planning and preparing a social event.  Our goal is to include as many members as we can with clubhouse and boating activities.  If you want to volunteer, don’t hesitate to contact our committee chairs.


Thank you so much for all your support.   I look forward to making our club to be the best place to relax, have a drink with a friend and spend some time this summer.


Mike Robinson

Mark Your Calendar!!!!

5 Apr
Kaye announces that “Cocktails at the Club” will start this Friday evening April 7 beginning around 5:00 p.m. and continue throughout the 2017 season.  Please bring an appetizer to share and see who shows up!

Mark your calendars for activities in May;  May 6, Kentucky Derby party; May 20, Swiss Steak dinner; May 27 Wing Ding Dango, plus an exciting new event yet to be scheduled.  More information will be forthcoming from your social committee (Connie Robinson, Marge Leafstrand, and Laurie Willson)  in the next weeks…stay tuned.

April 4th Membership Meeting

3 Apr

Tuesday April 4 is the general membership meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the LYC clubhouse.  Water is on, heat is on, bar is open, let the season begin!

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:

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.

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