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  • 04/17/2017 9:36 PM | Anonymous

    The CLCF Spring Racing Season begins with a tune-up race on May 7th.


    Spring Schedule

  • 04/17/2017 9:00 PM | Anonymous

    See the IYC Youth Sailing program through the eyes and words of our young sailors.  We are grateful to PhotoSynthesis Productions for this outstanding video.

  • 07/19/2016 10:26 AM | Anonymous


    IYC lifeguard supervised waterfront is open mid-June through Labor Day weekend

    7 days a week 

    11:00am to 7:30pm (subject to change)  

    Swimming is allowed only when lifeguards are on duty

  • 07/15/2016 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    IYC is now selling hats, t-shirts, and other embroidered clothing online.  Click here to order today!

  • 06/16/2016 11:19 AM | John Webster


    Remembrance & Dedication honoring Dr. James W. Boodley – Saturday, June 18, 10AM

    The family of Dr. James W. Boodley will be hosting a get-together at the Club this Saturday at 10AM to celebrate his life and to dedicate a patio to be named in his memory.

    Jim Boodley joined the Club in 1961. He helped out at Junior Roasts and assisted with periodic renovations of the children’s playground area. His sailboat-of-choice was a custom-made Flying Dutchman, which he brought to the Club soon after joining. In 1977 at age 50, he was one of the first people on Cayuga Lake to have a wind-surfer. He and his former wife, Nancy, and their four children spent many summers at the Club, with all of the children having learned to swim and sail there. 

    This Saturday, the family will fulfill his request to have a wreath of roses floated off the point in his honor. They’ll also share a copy of the plaque to be installed in the new patio and firepit planned for this summer. Members who would like to help them celebrate Jim Boodley’s life are cordially invited to attend, beginning at 10AM. 

    On behalf of all the members, thank you to the Boodley Family for their gift to help fund the construction of the new patio and fire pit on the point. 


  • 05/18/2016 1:30 PM | John Webster

      The Pennant   15 May 2016

    Newsletter of the IYC Cayuga Lake Cruising Fleet

    First Race Day of the Spring Series, Sunday, May 15

    The NOAA weather forecast for this day read as follows:

    Showers likely, mainly after 2 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

    For once, the forecast was correct, except that the gusts were a bit stronger.

    The following five crazies showed up at the starting line: Richard Stephens with his Corsair F 28, Trevelyan; Tim Bonniwell with his new J-70 Ayla’s Ride; David Feavearyear with his J-24, Snitch; Clare Fewtrell, with her J-24, mehitabel; and Eberhard Alsen with his Tanzer 25, Fantasy.

    For today’s races, Fleet Captain Charles Witherup cooked up two rather long courses: BCLFE and NEFBCL. I’ll spare you the recitation of the names of those marks, but in each race we crossed the lake more than once.

    During the first race, we saw a couple of almost-collisions as boats sailing close together got hit by heavy gusts and rounded up. But everyone finished the race, with Richard Stephens’ Trevelyan coming in first both in terms of line honors and corrected time.

    During the second race, a couple of competitors abandoned the race. Here is why. Clare Fewtrell, skipper of the J-24 mehitabel explained: “Sorry we wimped out in the second race. Too much sail and not enough rail meat led to several views of our keel . .  . to the rest of the fleet. As a result several of us got a bit wet . . . we all managed to stay on the boat, but we weren’t up for any more racing.” And Richard Stephens, skipper of the Corsair trimaran Trevelyan, who had only Keith Rice as crew, said that they abandoned the race because they got tired of fighting the 35 knot gusts.

    But the crew of Tim Bonniwell’s J-70, Kayla’s Ride, seems to have had a great time. Charles Witherup wrote “we hit 14 kts for a minute or so with 12+ kts for maybe 5 minutes.  Quite the ride indeed.”

    Taking it all in stride and winning the second race was Dave Feavearyear’s J-24, Snitch.

    Complete race results and Spring Series Standings are on the next page.

    Second Race Day of the Spring Series, Sunday, May 22

    The skippers’ meeting will be at the South Pavilion of the Ithaca Yacht Club at 12:45. The first of the two races will start at 1:30.

    See you at the South Pavilion.

    Eberhard Alsen, CLCF Secretary


    IYC CLCF Race Results

    Spring Series Race #1

    Start:                    13:50          Wind NW 18-20 G28      Course BCLFE

    Boats                    PHRF          T-ON-T        FT               ET               CT      

    TEVELYAN            41               1.0980        14:43:25     0:53:25       0:58:39

    AYLA’s RIDE         114             0.9789        15:00:16     1:10:16       1:08:47

    MEHITABEL         168             0.9053        15:01:04     1:11:04       1:04:20

    SNITCH                168             0.9053        15:01:11     1:11:11       1:04:27

    FANTASY              183             0.8868        15:12:15     1:22:15       1:12:56

    Spring  Series Race #2

    Start:                    15:30           Wind NW 20 G 35           Course NEFBLC

    Boats                    PHRF          T-ON-T        FT               ET               CT      

    SNITCH                168             0.9053        17:01:59     1:31:59       1:23:16

    AYLA’S RIDE        114             0.9789        17:00:46     1:30:46       1:28:51

    FANTASY              183             0.8868        17:26:52     1:56:52       1:43:38

    MEHITABEL         168             0.9053        DNF            DNF            DNF

    TREVELYAN         41                1.0980        DNF            DNF            DNF 

    IYC CLCF Spring Series Standings After Two Races  

    Boat/Race #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 Total
    AYLAS RIDE 2 2 4
    SNITCH 4 0.75 4.75
    TREVELYAN   0.75 4 4.75
    MEHITABEL 3 4 7
    FANTASY 5 3 8

  • 04/10/2016 6:03 PM | John Webster

    I recently learned that David Ahlers, a long-time IYC member, past Commodore and Board Member, passed away on March 28, after an extended illness.  Dave and his wife, Nancy, joined the Yacht Club in 1992 and were active members for over 20 years.  An avid sailor, David loved spending time down at the club and on the lake at the helm of his sailboat Ockham’s Razor

    The formal obituary appeared in the April 2, issue of the Ithaca Journal in print, but the online version was only viewable on the Perkins Funeral home website:  http://www.perkinsfuneralhome.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/15090/id/3641376 and may have gone unnoticed by many.

    An announcement also appeared in this week’s Cornell Chronicle:  http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/04/former-johnson-professor-david-ahlers-dies-78.

    A celebration of David’s life will be held at the Yacht Club later this summer.  We will send out an announcement when a date has been set.   In the meantime, if you would like to send a card to his wife, Nancy, the address is:   725 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY  14850.

    Our sincerest condolences to Nancy and her family.  

    May the wind forever be in David's sails...

  • 03/25/2016 4:14 PM | John Webster

    The Board has reviewed a list of proposed improvements and changes to the area around the Club received from the Buildings and Grounds Committee.  The plan is to focus on small relatively low cost projects centered around the lake lawn and main building that improve the experience at the Club as well as the appearance.  The project proposals are purposely independent of each other, small and possible to be completed in a relatively short period of time with volunteer labor.  The plan is to have regular short work parties on weekends through the spring to proceed with as many of these projects as the membership can accomplish.  The list includes the following:

    Remove the pine bushes in front of the main Clubhouse window and prepare the area for replanting.

    Remove the overgrown bush at the southeast corner of the pavilion and prepare for replanting.

    Fill in holes in the lawn and re-seed

    Fill in the spaces between the concrete floor in the pavilion with new stone.

    Construct beach stairs next to the sand box.

    Construct new dock stairs.

    Construct a ramp next to the outdoor dining area to increase accessibility.

    Replace the roofing on the woodshed.

    Cut a six foot opening through the pavilion wall to connect the area to the lawn.

    Construct o flagstone patio outside the pavilion.

    Construct a patio area on the point around the fire pit with Adirondack chairs.

    Improve the transition to the parking area with stone fill.

    Paint angled lines in the parking area.

    Add gravel to the parking lot.

    Landscape between the railroad ties in the parking lot.

    Add gravel to the north access driveway.

    Fix soffits and install gutters along the kitchen eaves.

    As you can see, the list is ambitious and, to the extent we get these things done, will significantly improve the look and feel of our Club.  If you are interested in reviewing these proposals, please let me know and I can provide you with more detail and the  cost estimates.  We will be announcing the schedule for work parties in the next few weeks.  I hope you can join us to help.


    Rich John 

    DirectorB&P Committee


  • 03/25/2016 3:07 PM | John Webster


  • 03/23/2016 9:52 PM | John Webster

    The Pennant 20 March 2016 Revised.rtf

      The Pennant   

    20 March 2016

    Newsletter of the IYC Cayuga Lake Cruising Fleet

    Minutes of the Spring Meeting on March 20, 2016

    In attendance: Fleet Captain Charles Witherup, Assistant Fleet Captain Rick Bray, Secretary Eberhard Alsen, Ratings Chairman David Feavearyear, plus members Mike Newman, Bill Russell, Richard Stephens, and Mik Tulumello.

    During this meeting we spent a lot of time discussing Dave Feavearyear’s plea to establish a “white fleet,” a non-spinnaker fleet to attract new skippers. We agreed to talk to cruising skippers about the latitude and long distance races which are “open” to sailboat skippers at no fees and we agreed to add two special for white fleet skippers. See item #3 below.

    1. Registration Fees. Skipper registration fees will again be $ 200 for IYC members and $ 250 for non-members of the IYC with $ 100 for skippers racing only in the Spring or Fall series. Crew registration fees will continue to be at $ 20 for non-IYC members and $ 10 for IYC members.

    2. Financial Projection. In the absence of the treasurer, the Fleet Captain reported that the projected year’s end balance in the fleet’s account is approximately $ 500 less than last year because we purchased a new racing mark and lights.

    3. Racing Schedule. It was agreed to drop the 11th races of the Spring and Fall Series in favor of two open “white fleet” events. One will be on June 11, to be advertised as the “Sailstice and Barbecue,” the other will be on October 23, to be advertised as the “Frostbite and Barbecue.”

    4. Racing Instructions. We agreed to the Fleet Captain’s long-standing suggestion for new capital letters to designate our racing marks according to the first letter of their names. See attached map of race marks


    5. Race Communication from the Race Committee. We agreed that for the use of the Fleet Captain or Assistant Fleet Captain we should purchase a high quality hand-held VHF.

    Respectfully submitted by

    Eberhard Alsen

    CLCF Secretary

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