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 South Freeport, ME
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  • Volunteers needed for floats out event

    (News - 17th September, 2019)

    Float out day – October 26, 2019 – 7:30am

    Please help with the annual float out event.  There are a variety of jobs to suit all!


    Annual Meeting and Lobster Bake and Punch Bowl Race

    (News - 7th August, 2019)
    Save the date:
    Saturday, Sept 7, 2019
    noon – Punch Bowl race
    5:00pm – Meeting followed by Dinner
    Please let Liza Moore know your meal choice: Lobster, BBQ chicken, hamburger or veggie burger Lizajmoore@gmail.com or 207 615-5489.

    Follow this link to sign up to volunteer to help with the dinner, or if you plan to bring an appetizer, side dish, and/ or dessert. (Earn a volunteer credit for each dish, to serve 12-16.).


    HYC is on Facebook and Instagram!

    (News - 6th August, 2019)

    We would like to invite members to our HYC Facebook and Instagram pages.  You can find out about last-minute information, people’s cruise photos, sailing adventures and reports on weather conditions, and updates about what’s happening at HYC







    HYC 2019 Summer Cruise

    (News - 1st July, 2019)

    Join fellow club members for a three-day cruise July 26-28.  We’re going to be a bit flexible this year and the third day will depend upon how many people want to go to a new location.  There is a sign-up sheet located at the club.


    Following is the itinerary:

    July 26-Friday: Snow Island.  Seems to be a good starting place for most people.  Meet around 6:00 for shared appetizers on one of the boats

    July 27-Saturday:  Anchor in Lewis Cove in Linekin Bay just east of Boothbay and eat aboard, (though it is possible to walk to Boothbay Harbor).

    July 28-Sunday: Depending upon how many people are interested in a third location we can decide on Saturday where to head for Sunday.


    Call Linda Harroff (207-749-1276) for any questions.  See you soon!!!

    Beth Willhoite and Joey Chomyn Youth Sailing Program Scholarships

    (News, YSP News - 12th May, 2019)

    Beth Willhoite and Joey Chomyn Youth Sailing Program Scholarships


    Background – A few years ago, Gus MacDonald donated a scholarship to the Harraseeket Youth Sailing Program.  After seeing the success of this scholarship, the Board formed a scholarship committee to establish a formal program that would define the purpose, funding and candidate selection. Shortly thereafter, HYC created the Beth Willhoite Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund. Beth was a much-loved and long term member of HYC who was dedicated to the growth and education of children throughout her career and most recently as the Principal of the Mast Landing School in Freeport. The purpose of this fund is to give children, who otherwise would not be able to attend the HYC sailing program, the opportunity to learn to sail and gain confidence on the water. The core mission of the Harraseeket Yacht Club is to promote youth sailing and we feel privileged to honor Beth’s memory in this manner.

    HYC is announcing the call to support and fund the Joey Chomyn Scholarship.

    As many of you know, Joey, 17 years old, was tragically killed in a power boating accident on Saturday, August 11, 2018 on the Sono River in South Carolina.

    Joey was raised on the coast of Freeport, Maine. From an early age he could be seen lobstering and motoring to sailing lessons at our Harraseeket Yacht Club, where he was a leader within our youth sailing program.

    The sport of sailing was a passion with Joey. He won the Maine State Youth Sailing Championship by the age of 13 and various other club championships. Joey sailed both recreationally and within competitive races throughout the Northeast Junior Sailing circuit. In South Carolina, he was Captain of the sailing team, was well known in the sailing community and most recently skippered and won a national race in the Lightning class of the US Sailing Junior Championships.

    Joey and his parents, John and June and sisters Claire and Mallerie have been HYC members since 2010. John was an active board member, chairing the Youth Sailing Program for a number of years. They recently relocated to Isle of Palms, South Carolina. John and June’s beautiful sloop, Annie, could be seen at her Winslow mooring upon moving thru the channel.

    We are now encouraging HYC membership, if so inclined, to contribute to Joey’s fund. All of Joey’s and Beth’s scholarship funds go towards providing young sailors, who would otherwise be unable to afford HYC YSP tuition, to attend HYC’s sailing program on scholarship and be exposed to the world of sailing.

    We are currently providing 16 weeks of scholarship tuition and depending on our success with Joey’s fund may extend to another 8 weeks this season. All recipients are chosen by Freeport Community Services, Freeport Middle School and Freeport High School.

    The Scholarship Committee has purchased a beautiful ship’s bell to be placed in the clubhouse commemorating Joey.

    The Goal – Secure funding through member donations, sponsors and the community sufficient to provide a minimum of two scholarships forever.

    The selection process – We will utilize Freeport Community Services, Freeport Middle School and Freeport High School to recommend appropriate candidates for the scholarship. They have a process and staff in place to perform this process. We felt that utilizing FCS would be a much more effective and efficient than HYC attempting to create this on our own.

    How to contribute – Write a check made out to HYC with “Beth Willhoite Scholarship” or “Joey Chomyn Scholarship” written on the memo line in the lower left hand corner of the check. Please let us know if you would like to remain anonymous. Otherwise, we will recognize you on the HYC website. Checks should be sent to HYC, P.O. Box 82, South Freeport, ME 04078.


    • Is my contribution tax deductible? No, HYC is not a non-profit at this point in time.
    • When will scholarship selection happen? The selection process will begin this month and will be conducted during the month of March each year.
    • What does it cost to fund a single scholarship? There are several sailing program offerings but the cost for 2019 ranges between $700 and $1,100.
    • Will I know which child benefits from my contribution? No. The process is intended to be blind and the recipients’ names will be confidential.
    • How will we know how the scholarship funding is progressing? We’ll have an area of the HYC website that monitors progress and recognizes donors.


    Questions, etc. please feel free to contact David Kaufman at Kaufman.dh@gmail.com.


    Beth Willhoite and Joey Chomyn Youth Scholarship Donors as of May 11, 2019

    Malcolm & Patti Poole

    Jack & Susan Thomas

    Ellen & Nico Walsh

    Dale & Carol Hudson

    Dusty & Susan Miller

    Moira Simonds & Mark Nordenson

    Stafford & Leslie Soule

    Gus MacDonald

    Julie & Jay Flower

    Anne & Ben Niles

    Elnel & William Browder, Jr.

    David & Widge Kent

    Susan Tananbaum & Joe Frazier

    Debby Olken & Roy Pittman

    John & Sally Lincoln

    Sue & Kris Jennings

    Barney & Caroline Baker

    Rick & Jane Woodruff

    Barbara & David Kaufman

    Jan & Ed Gerry

    Eileen & Mark Peterson

    Edward Brainard and Florence Lusk

    The Pinkham Family

    MacGregor & Lynn Pierce

    Malcolm & Patti Poole (2nd donation)

    Jack & Susan Thomas (2nd donation)

    John & Ellie Grillio

    Stevan Morrow and Rommy Brown

    Clark Insurance

    Malcolm and Patti Poole (3rd donation)

    Danielle Peterson

    Martins Point Healthcare

    MidCoast Hospital

    Bluewater Emergency Partners

    Barbara and David Kaufman (2nd donation)

    Baker Design Consultants


    Total donations for Beth’s and Joey’s YSP Scholarships: $22,205

    Burgee exchange – Mexico

    (News - 25th April, 2019)

    In April 2019, club member Sarah Kent exchanged burgees with members of the Club Nautico in Mexico. She sailed in the J24 North American Championship with the Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team at Club Nautico in Valle de Bravo. She reports she had an amazing time and the hospitality of the club was incredible.

    Club Nautico was founded in 1964 by the Condumex Company from Mexico City for executives to come and relax on weekends. Condumex was Mexican wire company who dominated the electricity industry and was founded by Perelli from Italy and Andaconda from the US. The club is the premier one-design sailing club on the lake. In the late ’60s, to promote sailing, the Condumex Company began making Flying Dutchmen and Flying Dutchman Juniors in its factory. Currently, the club has 120 family members who sail J70s, J24s, JY15s, Lasers, Optis and Santana 20s. They have hosted many large regattas including J24 North Americans in 2003, 2009 and 2019 as well as Central American Games and many Mexican Nationals. The venue is beautiful on a large freshwater lake at 6000 ft of altitude surrounded by mountains with water lilies floating everywhere.

    At the awards ceremony, Sarah exchanged burgees with the Vice Commodore. I am attaching both a picture of the exchange as well as an 18-second video. In addition, please find attached two photos of my team racing. We ended up 13th out of 30 boats and received honors for being the top (and only) all female crew. Our team was made of 6 women, four from Maine two from the East Coast.

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    Burgee exchange Mexico 2019b

    2019 Sailing program signup has begun

    (News - 17th March, 2019)

    2019 Registration will open for HYC Members on February 15, 2019.
    Non-member registration will open March 15, 2019.


    Volunteer sign up

    (News - 17th March, 2019)

    Please sign up to help with the Youth Program Cookouts, Wednesday evening race cookouts, the clubhouse maintenance and opening/closing, and the youth regatta.


    HYC Opener Party

    (News - 16th March, 2019)

    Members, please join us for the HYC Opener party Saturday, May 11 6-9pm.

    Please help with the party event for hosting, food and cleanup.


    HYC Winter “Icebreaker” Party

    (News - 21st January, 2019)

    HYC Winter “Icebreaker” Party
    Wednesday, March 6th
    5:30-7:30 PM
    Hilton Garden Inn Jewell Room
    First Floor of Hotel

    New Date ~ New Location


    January HYC newsletter

    (News - 21st January, 2019)

    Here’s a link to the January HYC newsletter.

    Know your knots!

    (News - 28th December, 2018)

    It’s a good time of year to practice your knots.  Here’s a link shared by Adam who plans to join the sailing program next summer.

    Animated knots

    I like the halyard hitch.

    Halyard Hitch



    (News - 1st November, 2018)

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit. Here is how to do it:

    First, check to see that there is not already an exchange with the club you intend to engage. The Flag Officer shall maintain a log containing the list of exchange clubs and photographs documenting the exchange.  The log will be kept available in the clubhouse and on the website.  Burgee Exchange Log

    Then contact Ric Quesada to pick up a medium size burgee (12” x 18”).

    During the visit, the HYC member shall conduct the burgee exchange and document the event with a digital photograph and a formal narrative indicating when, where, and with whom the exchange took place as well as a brief description/history of the exchanging yacht club. Scroll below to see a perfect example of an exchange narrative.

    Upon exchange completion, the member shall present the digital photograph, the narrative describing the exchange, and the exchange Burgee to Ric Quesada. This exchange will be announced on the website and HYC newsletter and the new exchange burgee will be hung in the Clubhouse.

    There shall be no charge for exchanged burgees.


    Float out – October 20 at 6 am

    (News - 5th September, 2018)

    Please sign-up to help with float out.  There are a variety of jobs, so anyone can help.


    For more information contact Hugh Bowen: Waterfront Chair waterfront.hyc@gmail.com

    Kai O’Connor Telling His Story

    (News - 16th August, 2018)
    Sunday one of the Teens to Trails events at L.L.Bean will include David and Becky Hotelling’s grandson Kai O’Connor telling the story of his sailing adventure.
    “Sunday, August 19th: 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. STORIES OUTSIDE Storytelling Event, on the L.L.Bean Discovery Park Stage. Gather round our “campfire” to hear eight true stories, told live, about adventure, discovery and wonder in the outdoors.”

    You can check out more about Teens to Trails and this event here.

    Log In to the “Members Only” to read the Commodores Corner News!

    (News - 24th July, 2018)

    Al VoskianEach month I’ll  bring our members up to date on some important items coming from the HYC Board meeting.

    Login Here to view my newsletter to the members:  http://hyc.cc/members-login/

    Youth Regatta Reminders

    (News - 20th July, 2018)
    NO PARKING From Monday, July 30, at noon, until Wednesday, August 1, at 5 PM
    “The Hill” and the parking lot will be filled to over capacity with race guests. Please do not try to park on the hill or in the lot. As you know, parking is always painfully limited at HYC. However, our essential mission is to promote sailing and our youth regatta is a crown jewel in a statewide schedule of events.
    Zero/ZED/Zip/No – parking on the hill, behind the club house or in the lot. Do not leave your car in the lot if you go cruising. We really don’t want to have to tow any members cars on the HYC property. Violators of no parking areas on the public roads will risk being towed and fined by the Town of Freeport.

    ALL HANDS ON DECK. The annual HYC Youth Regatta is next Tuesday and Wednesday! This year we expect over 150 competitors, plus coaches and parents. Wow.

    We still need volunteers for short jobs (an hour or two), and longer jobs (up to all day). Come lend a hand on land or on the water.

    Visit the Volunteer page to see what is needed and sign up; scroll down to find out what is needed for food. For more information contact Regatta chairperson Peg Selian, youthregatta.hyc@gmail.com.

    Kai has arrived

    (News - 16th June, 2018)

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    Kai arrived safely in the harbor this afternoon. Channel 13 filmed and interviewed him and hopes to get the piece on the news this evening.

    Here’s the story in the Portland Press Herald.


    Summer Cruise

    (News - 10th May, 2018)

    Mark your calendar. The summer cruise is now on the HYC calendar, July 20-22. More details will be coming soon.

    2018 Youth Regatta

    (News, Youth Regatta - 25th April, 2018)

    14th Annual HYC Youth Regatta July 31st and August 1st.

    Harraseeket Yacht Club is pleased to announce our 14th annual Youth Regatta on beautiful Casco Bay. This is a truly fun experience for all. The Regatta is open to Club 420‘s, Opti Green and Opti Championship fleets (Red, White, and Blue.) In years past, this event has attracted 40 – 50 Club 420′s and 60 – 70 Optis. We will have a separate Green Fleet line for the Optis. Our mission is to make this a safe, fun, and educational environment for all our sailors.

    Read the Notice of Race and sign up to help. For more information contact Peg Selian, youthregatta.hyc@gmail.com

    Palm Beach Sailing Center Burgee Exchange – March 11, 2018 – David and Nancy Webster – Grace

    (News - 1st April, 2018)

    While we have been waiting in Lake Worth, Florida for a good weather window in order to cross the Gulf Stream to the Abacos, Bahamas, we have been fortunate to discover this sailing club that in some ways reminds us of the friendly energy of HYC. We are making many new friends and arranged a burgee exchange with Alex Hill, Fleet Captain.

    The objective of the club shall be to develop, encourage and stimulate interest in sailing in the Palm Beach County area, to promote fellowship and camaraderie among local and visiting sailors, and to offer sailing education and training to members and others.

    The Palm Beach Sailing Club was founded in 1966 by sailors who wished to promote the sport in West Palm Beach. As the oldest club in the area, the PBSC offers its members many sailing related services and an active social calendar. The clubhouse is a waterfront residence built in the 1920s and offers a panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway and neighboring Palm Beach.

    PBSC offers visiting yachtsmen (and women!) use of the facilities (showers, club house and deck, dinghy dock, etc. for a reasonable fee. The club has no moorings and most visitors anchor out in the lagoon (Lake Worth). There are mooring balls for rent, however we learned, the hard way, that they are constructed of hard fiberglass and when wind is against current, the mooring ball hits the hull like a sledgehammer. We have the scratches and gouges to prove it! We got off that!

    PBSC Webster


    Summer Cruise Survey

    (News - 29th March, 2018)

    Linda and Bob Harroff are organizing the Summer Cruise and they need your input. Click here for a short (2 minute) survey and let them know what you would enjoy for a summer cruise. If you are new to cruising, this outing is a great way to learn and have fun.

    June Work Days for the Youth Sailing Program – June 16th 9:00AM – 1:00PM (Rain Date 6/17)

    (News - 1st March, 2018)

    Mark your calendars and “SIGN UP” for helping the youth sailing program. We need help with completing repairs on sailing dinghies – primarily gel coat repair – Some fiberglass repair.  We need help with the repair of dagger boards and rudders – primarily fiberglass touch up.


    Burgee Exchange with Hobe Sound Yacht Club in Hobe Sound Florida

    (News - 24th February, 2018)

    HSYC Burgee Exchange

    On January 6 2018, Ric & Strandy Quesada conducted a burgee exchange at the Hobe Sound Yacht Club in Hobe Sound Florida. They  met with Barry Hall (a former Commodore) and his wife, Eleanor, and exchanged stories of our respective yacht clubs over drinks and dinner.

    HSYC is somewhat unique in that it is among the oldest clubs in the country (est. 1892), has many members with significant yachts of all types, and has a beautiful and convenient waterfront site on the Intercoastal Waterway. However, don’t even think of tying up and asking for reciprocal privileges. There is no dock and there are no boats. This is a dinner club.

    They used to have docks and boats (Wooden Pussys) and races and all the regular stuff, but the hurricane of ’49 wiped out the fleet and they also noticed that they “became extremely irritated with each other at the end of each race…..and they decided that their friendship was more important than the weekly regattas” so they never replaced the fleet.

    They are a jolly group and proud of their yachtless traditions. Every Christmas there is a members party where they sing the club song to the tune of There is Nothing like a Dame. The last two lines of each stanza are:

     What ain’t we got? We ain’t got yachts!

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:


    Burgee Exchange Thames Yacht Club

    (News - 16th October, 2017)

    Member David Webster, Captain of S/V Grace provided another burgee exchange


    Thames Yacht Club (TYC) is another all volunteer run club, like HYC. (But with food concession and launch). It is located on the west side of Thames River in New London, CT. 2 miles south of Amtrak and ferry. It is protect from all but South East to North East, and no great fetch from unprotected, as well.

    David was picking up crew coming by train from Maine and called about short stay or overnight if weather was poor and the folks at TYC were very accommodating. The Commodore called back and suggested David come to dock. Then gave them a ride to Defender Marine and for other provisions. Good restaurant within walking distance. Grocery, etc. taxi or free ride as we got, by chance.

    They let them stay on dock overnight. (“No problem, it’s the end of the season.”) And when David asked about burgee exchange, the Commodore pulled a burgee out of his jacket pocket. I said, “We have to have a photo.”

    TYC proves to be an excellent lay over spot anytime. In summer, mooring available if member is away. In fall, very relaxed. David would have been pleased to pay $25 for a mooring (as stated on Active Captain.)  All the extras were quite appreciated.

    David mentioned our HYC guest moorings.

    If you are lucky, you may get to see a US submarine go past. Unfortunately, on and out, David missed but heard about them on VHF just before and after our transit.

    Next time!

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:


    Pictures from the HYC Annual Meeting

    (News - 24th September, 2017)



    HYC 2017 Award Winners!!!! Congrats!

    Click here to view the slide show: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Vqk6SWlYkRY

    Looking to sell or buy a nautical item? HYC Members Classified Ad section

    (News - 24th September, 2017)

    The HYC website is the place for you! HYC members can list their items here for FREE.  To list an item go to the MEMBER LOGIN http://hyc.cc/members-login/ to login into members only section. Click on the Classified Ads Tab. Click on “Submit a Classified Ad”  and complete the submission form with a description of the item, asking price, photo and contact information and submit your ad for posting on the website.


    HYC Burgee Exchange Program

    (News - 15th September, 2017)

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    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    1. Prior to the visit the visiting member shall check the Burgee Exchange Log or check with the Flag Officer Ric Quesada to determine that a burgee has not already been exchanged with the club they intend to visit.  Contact Ric Quesada to pick up a medium size burgee (12” x 18”).
    2. The Flag Officer shall maintain a log containing the list of exchange clubs and photographs documenting the exchange.  The log will be kept available in the clubhouse and on the website – Click Here.
    3. During the visit the HYC member shall, with the other clubs permission, conduct the burgee exchange and document the event with a digital photograph and a formal narrative indicating when, where, and with whom the exchange took place as well as a brief description/history of the exchanging yacht club. Scroll below to see a perfect example of an exchange narrative.
    4. Upon exchange completion the member shall present the digital photograph, the narrative describing the exchange, and the exchange Burgee to the Flag Officer. This exchange will be announced on the website and HYC newsletter.
    5. There shall be no charge for exchanged burgees.  The cost of the program will come from HYC general funds.

    The “Perfect” Burgee Exchange with Sundby Sejl-forening (Sundby Sailing Association) in Copenhagen, Denmark

    DSC01241_2A terrific picture of member Al Voskian with Peter Dragsbæk and Jytte Syska (husband and wife) in front of the Sundy Sailing Association’s marina in the outskirts of Copenhagen (about 3 miles from Copenhagen Airport).

    http://www.sundby-sejlforening.dk  (the website is only in Danish. We all will need Peter Gerquest our Scandinavian member to translate!)

    Peter and Jytte are members of the association and Al’s sailing friends. Jytte is also a business partner in Al’s consulting work.   His business trips to Denmark usually include a day sail or two, weather permitting.

    The HYC burgee will go on the wall of the restaurant in the marina, hanging with many other yacht club burgees.

    Al will bring back the Sundby burgee to our club soon!


    Fly your Burgee with pride!

    (News - 11th September, 2017)

    Is your Burgee looking a little blown out and tired? Now is a great time to update to a brand new one.  Our  Flag Officer Ric Quesada has an good supply of nice bright new ones in a couple of sizes (Find his contact information in your membership directory). And when chart your cruising plans for the summer, check with Ric about our burgee exchange program. Click Here to learn more!

    Here is what we have to set you up to show the colors.

    HYC Burgee’s come in the following sizes:

    Small        Medium       Large     Giant    Ensign
    Burgee size      10×15          12×18        16×24                  4×6
    Boat size         up to 20′        20′-35′       over 30′             Nylon

    Prices are $20.00 Small, $25.00 Medium and $30.00 Large

    To place your order or if you have any questions concerning the Burgee’s, please contact Flag Officer Ric Quesada. Find his contact information in your membership directory.



    GET CONNECTED GET INVOLVED! Current Volunteer Opportunities below

    (News - 9th September, 2017)

    Shop the list of the following Volunteer activities by clicking on “Sign Up Now”  below.



    Southern Yacht Club Burgee exchange with HYC

    (News - 9th September, 2017)

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    A terrific picture of HYC member David Webster, Carter Becker with Mr. and Mrs. Jason Adriance from Southern Yacht Club.

    Late this summer, David Webster walked up from the docks to find Carter Becker talking with Mr. and Mrs. Jason Adriance from Southern Yacht Club, in Louisiana. Southern Yacht Club claims to be the second oldest yacht club in America after the New York Yacht Club.

    These lovely folks had come to; “find a yacht club on the Maine coast they could exchange a burgee with!”

    David got them to agree, he stated” I think they were a bit surprised”. The Adriance’s suggested if an HYC member contacted them, adriancejw@gmail.com while visiting New Orleans, these folks would host them at their club.

    The Adriances’s were delightful and fun. This exchange and pleasantries captured in photos.

    Southern Yacht Club  website; www.southernyachtclub.org

    The following is a brief narrative describing their interesting yacht club:

    The records of the Southern Yacht Club trace its history back to the club’s founding in the Gulf Coast resort town of Pass Christian, Mississippi in the year 1849. Only the venerable New York Yacht Club can document an earlier founding date. As such, SYC is proud to bear the mantle of the second oldest yacht club in the United States. Over the years,

    Southern Yacht Club sailors have won four Olympic medals and numerous national and international championships. Through more than one hundred and sixty years of prosperity and adversity the Southern Yacht Club has maintained a tradition of keen competition, sportsmanship and eponymous hospitality.

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:


    Next Generation of HYC is at the J/24 World Championship

    (News - 8th September, 2017)

    Katie Drake and Fin Hadlock are headed to the Port Credit Yacht Club of Mississauga, Canada, which is hosting the 2017 J/24 World Championship for J/24 Class yachts. Katie and Finn are joined by Stephanie Helms and Tony Parker representing our little town of Freeport! They plan to hoist an HYC burgee at some point!!!


    Look here and learn more; http://2017j24worlds.org/2017-j24-worlds/racing/

    Through the week long J/24 racing event, competitors arrive for 3-1/2 days of official boat measuring and required safety checks, a practice races, and five days of racing held on Lake Ontario’s western waterfront. Eighty-five teams, involving at least 400 top racing yachtsmen and yachtswomen are expected to compete in the challenging ten-race series.

    Announcing “Who’s Where” white board at the club!

    (News - 27th July, 2017)



    In order for members to link up on the water we have put up a “Who’s Where” white board at the club, across from the restrooms.  Put as much or as little information on it as you would like.  We are hoping this will encourage members to meet on the water.

    HYC Sonars are available to any qualified hyc member sailors on Wednesday Nights

    (News - 2nd July, 2017)
    HYC has two Sonars (Quil and Blue Bayou) available to any qualified HYC member sailor and the board encourages their use for Wednesday night racing. It’s really quite simple to get use of them.
    • Please review the HYC Sonar Use Policy see here – HYC Owned Boat Use Policy 2017
    • Review the policy and check with Kevin Schwarm with questions on what is expected with the Sonar use and qualification
    • Reach the Director, Kevin Schwarm, email: sailingdirector.hyc@gmail.com.
    • It is recommended that you go aboard one of the Sonars to get oriented before the night of the race
    • Sign up for the Wednesday Night you would like to use them
    • Then race and have fun!
    • Wednesday Night Racing starts at 6:00PM be at the club to get ready by 5;00PM
    It would be great to have both HYC Sonars Quil and Blue Bayou out on a regular basis!
    Learn more about Sonars at : http://sonar.org

    Mission Accomplished- HYC/CCA Whaleboat cleanup and MCHT Presentation event

    (News - 25th June, 2017)
    Thanks to all that attended and helped make this combined Harraseeket Yacht Club and Cruising Club of America outreach event a success.
    • Whaleboat Island Cleanup-Plastics were recycled at the So Freeport dumpster and 180 lbs of trash was taken to the Freeport dump.  Caitlin Gerber was the MCHT Island steward who guided the cleanup activity on a perfect day. island transport was provided on HYC boats captained by Bob Harroff, Malcolm Poole, Gus MacDonald, Henry Bliss and PJ Kimball with Backup from Lev Davis.
    • Barbecue and Presentation by Tim Glidden of Maine Coast Heritage Trust-
    • Tim Glidden of Maine Coast Heritage Trust  provided an inspiring overview of the many Maine properties and conservation programs that are sponsored by the MCHT. Most folks did not realize the extent of their properties that extend from Kittery to Lubec keeping a year-round staff of 50 that swells to 75 in the summer months.  We are so fortunate to have this organization in Maine to preserve the land and public access for generations to come.

    Bass Harbor YC Burgee Exchange

    (News - 19th June, 2017)


    Inside the Bass Harbor YC Club House

    Carlton Johnson, from Bass Harbor YC, visited HYC and exchanged burgee with Cliff George. Carlton is the owner of RedFern Boat building and Up Harbor Marine. Cliff and Laura met Carlton when purchasing their boat in 2014.  Since then we have become close friends and visit each other’s harbors often!  Bass Harbor YC is a much smaller than HYC and is located at the original Hinckley Yard tucked in way up on the port side of Bass Harbor beyond Thurston’s and the town dock.   A small, unmarked driveway in Bernard leads to the clubhouse, but there is little else to point the way. Finding the BHYC requires a little local knowledge… just the way their members planned it.

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    Carlton and Cliff with Casco Castle just over Cliff’s right shoulder!

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:




    Tiburon Yacht Club Burgee Exchange

    (News - 15th June, 2017)

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    Alice and Jon Shinn M/V Sacagawea, from Tiburon YC, visited HYC and exchanged burgee with David Webster and Nancy Salmon on Sept. 16, 2016. The Shinn’s periodically ”buddy boated,” with David and Nancy, traveling parts of the ICW together. “We first met in Morehead City, NC and stayed in touch, off and on, for half a year after,” said David.

    Alice and Jon say their club is a casual and welcoming place (a lot like HYC) with “Beer Can Friday” races and lots of other casual activities.

    Alice has been  a member of Tiburon Yacht Club since 1983 and was Commodore in 1994.

    Tiburon Yacht Club began in 1965.  It is located in Paradise Cay, a Marina and Planned Housing development on the San Francisco Bay in Marin County.  Their view is of the East Bay and the Richmond – San Rafael Bridge.  It is an all volunteer club with about 200 memberships.  See their website http://www.tyc.org.

    M/V Sacagawea headed South again in September.

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:



    Burgee swap with Coronado Yacht Club

    (News - 5th July, 2016)

    A recent burgee swap with Coronado Yacht Club. Pictured are David Pitt and our Commodore David Kaufman.



    Sonar donated to HYC “Blue Bayou”by Robin wade and Ed Burns

    (News - 4th July, 2016)

    Every once in a while Life throws you a kiss, in this case, Robin Wade and Ed Burns, South Freeport and Bustins Island residents have donated and transferred ownership of their Sonar, Blue Bayou, with trailer, to HYC! Thank you, Robin and Ed! There is one stipulation, she will forever be named Blue Bayou.

    Silver Medal Celebration for member Hugh Freund a member of Team USA One

    (News - 2nd July, 2016)

    14523296_10202285786102003_4031446293107260780_nSunday evening (Oct 23rd) HYC had a Silver Medal Celebration for member Hugh Freund a member of Team USA One. Their silver medal performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was incredible… an awesome bit of sailing! Hugh spoke to our members about his experiences at the Paralympics in Rio, his journey to get there, and his silver medal win! He also gave the club a Paralympic banner autographed by USA sailing team members and thanked HYC members for being so supportive of his team.

    2MAS-2016-10-23 I IMG_0421 - Version 2Commodore Rick Woodruff spoke eloquently about Hugh’s accomplishments and accepts the banner from Hugh Freund in this photo!



    Sonar Silver Medal for Hugh Freund, Doerr, Kendell at Paralympic Games

    (News - 1st July, 2016)


    Photo: Thomas Lovelock © OIS/IOC.

    With a victory in the final race of the event, U.S. Paralympic Team sailors Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.)Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) have won silver medals in the Sonar class, the three-person Paralympic keelboat. For all three sailors it is the first Paralympic medal of their careers. Gold in the Sonar was won by the Australian team of Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Jonathan Harris. Bronze was secured by Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes of Canada. Several teams were in the running for the podium coming into the 6th and final day of the sailing events of Rio 2016, but Team USA saved their best race for last to win silver in dramatic fashion.

    “Rick, Brad, and Hugh sailed a great series and earned their silver medal today by racing smart and fast in the final race, on a difficult course and under pressure,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing, who served as Team Leader for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. “They’ve worked incredibly hard as a team over the years and deserve this result.”

    Doerr, Kendell and Freund entered Rio 2016 as the reigning Para Sailing World Champions and had high hopes for a podium performance. Doerr, the helmsman, is the longest-tenured athlete on the U.S. Sailing Team, having campaigned for the Paralympic Games almost continuously since 1998. Rio 2016 was his second Paralympic appearance following an 8th place performance in Beijing 2008 with different teammates. For Kendell and Freund, Rio 2016 is their first career appearance at the Games.

    “We came into today in a similar position as we had at the World Championship earlier this year, with everything to play for on the final day,” said Freund on the dock. “We really sailed the way the three of us know how to sail this boat.”

    Kendell said that it was hard to put into words what this means for the three tight-knit athletes. “2016 has been unbelievable, and this is the year we’ve worked so hard for. Coming in as World Champions, you don’t want to let it get inside your head, but you know at least that you have a chance to medal.”

    – See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/breaking-rio-2016-sailing-sonar-silver-for-doerr-kendell-and-freund-at-paralympic-games/#sthash.BM68fTmS.dpuf

    The team also paid tribute to their coach, Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) who worked intensively with Doerr, Kendell and Freund for the final two year years of the Rio 2016 quadrennium. “We had talent on our team, but Mike figured out how to make it all work,” said Freund. “If you look at our trajectory, it’s a huge testament to his ability as a coach to get the most out of people.” Ingham holds over 20 U.S. national and North American one-design sailing titles, and helped Doerr, Kendell and Freund win their first world championship as a team.

    Doerr (56), a surgeon in his professional life, sustained an injury in a 1992 car accident that left him wheelchair-bound. Doerr had grown up sailing in New Jersey, but when he heard that sailing was to be a demonstration sport at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, it started him on a new and eventful path in the sport. Doerr narrowly missed qualifying for Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004 before joining the U.S. Paralympic Team at Beijing 2008. As was the case in Brazil, Doerr entered the Games in China as the reigning Para Sailing World Champion, but he and his team could not find their way to the podium. Undaunted, Doerr teamed up with Kendell and Freund for a run at London 2012, and again narrowly missed selection.

    Despite this setback, the three teammates profoundly enjoyed sailing together, and committed to campaigning for Rio 2016. Doerr’s longevity at the highest levels of adaptive sailing, as well as his success, makes his story all the more remarkable. As sailing has been removed from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games by the IPC, it is possible that Rio 2016 represented the last chance for the three sailors to accomplish their long-held goal.

    Kendell (35) comes from a family of professional sailors, and his father Bruce got him started in the sport at age 7. A 2003 plane crash that claimed the lives of his father and a friend necessitated the amputation of both of Kendell’s legs above the knee. Kendell also sustained significant burns across his body, and the healing process was both long difficult. Getting back into the sport of sailing through adaptive competition proved therapeutic for the native Floridian, and a way to both remember and honor his father. Now a father himself, Kendell has said that long weeks on the road away from his family is the toughest aspect of the Paralympic path.

    Freund (28) hails from the coast of Maine, and like his teammates is a lifelong sailor. During a 2007 ski trip, Freund discovered a problem with his leg that eventually revealed itself as an aggressive form of bone cancer. Freund survived the illness, but his right foot was amputated during his freshman year at Roger Williams University. Following a suggestion from his college sailing coach, Amanda Callahan (Bristol, R.I), Freund began competing in adaptive sailing, and quickly qualified for the U.S. Sailing Team. In an interesting twist of fate, one of Freund’s earliest coaches at the local Harraseeket Yacht Club in Maine was Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) who competed on the same race courses in August as part the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team.

    In addition to their 2016 accomplishments, the American Sonar team has amassed an impressive list of successes during their six years of racing together. The trio has won five medals at Sailing World Cup Miami, North America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, since joining forces. In 2015, Doerr, Kendell and Freund won the Sunbrella Golden Torch Award in Miami, given to the top-performing American boat at the event. They were the first Paralympic-class athletes to gain this distinction in the 26-year history of the event.


    Standings: Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition (Final)

    Full Results: Rio 2016

    Sonar (Three-Person Keelboat):

    1. AUS – HARRISON Colin, HARRIS Jonathan, BOADEN Russell: 26
    2. USA – DOERR Rick, FREUND Hugh, KENDELL Brad: 44
    3. CAN – TINGLEY Paul, LUTES Scott, CAMPBELL Logan: 51
    4. NZL – DODSON Richard, MAY Andrew, SHARP Chris: 51
    5. NOR – WANG-HANSEN Aleksander, SOLBERG Marie, KRISTIANSEN Per Eugen: 54
    6. GER – KLOTZING Lasse, KROKER Jens, MAINKA Siegmund: 55
    7. GRE – CHRISTOFOROU Vasileios, ALEXAS Theodoros, NOTAROGLOU Anargyros: 58
    8. ISR – COHEN Dror, BEN YAKOV Shimon, EFRATI Arnon: 59
    9. GBR – ROBERTSON John, THOMAS Stephen, STODEL Hannah: 64
    10. FRA – JOURDREN Bruno, FLAGEUL Eric, VIMONT-VICARY Nicolas: 89
    11. BRA – DO CARMO Antonio Marcos, GONCALVES DE ABREU Jose Matias, FERREIRA ANASTACIO Herivelton: 104
    12. ITA – RAGGI Gianluca, PIRA Gian Bachisio, SOLAZZO Fabrizio: 109
    13. IRL – TWOMEY John, O’CARROLL Austin, COSTELLOE Ian: 111

    – See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/breaking-rio-2016-sailing-sonar-silver-for-doerr-kendell-and-freund-at-paralympic-games/#sthash.BM68fTmS.dpuf








    Wednesday Night Pursuit Race was a HUGE success!

    (News - 1st July, 2016)

    Lot’s of spectators watched the finish of a terrific pursuit race. A few shots of the action contributed by the members Faith Baker, David Kent and Bill Foster are Fabulous! Vicki Smith and her crew organized a cook out at the club for over 70 spectators, skippers and their crew! HYC provided burgers, hotdogs, condiments, salads, brownies and cookies too! This year Kris Jennings has changed up the Wednesday Night format and it is so much FUN.  Some of the new events included a racing seminar, switching up crew, pursuit races to Chebeague Island and to the docks at HYC, all with socializing after the race. Thanks’ Kris! Everyone is saying…. do it again…. do it again!

    If you want to get out and join in the fun and crew email Kris Jennings – racing.hyc@gmail.com  or on August 3rd come down to the club at 5:00PM when each boats crew will be drawn out of a hat!!

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    HYC regatta rewards ceremony… and on shore celebration pictures

    (News - 26th June, 2016)

    HYC member’s had a great showing in the HYC regatta. Kris Jennings skippering “Milady” came in 1st in Class B and  while Nat Henshaw skippering “Beagle” came in 3rd in Class A. Randy and Gail Rice won class C in “Imagine”, while Ed Brainard came in 2nd in “August Sun”!

    It was a beautiful summer day with 8-12 knot southwesterly and a great sail was had by all!  Many thanks to the race committee and all the volunteers including Bill & Mary Foster.

    Thanks to all the participants! See you next year!

    Class A

    1st Scapa

    2nd Kaos

    3rd Beagle

    Class B

    1st Milady

    2nd Five Speed

    3rd Cats Paw

    Class C

    1st Imagine

    2nd August Sun

    3rd Inseparable

    This regatta is held annually in June as part of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Associations’ spring series.

    The course takes the fleet through the glorious islands of Casco Bay. All HYC members, Casco Bay Yacht Clubs, and local recreational and weekend racers are welcome. The race is a  pursuit format sailing around the islands from Harraseeket River to Eagle Island with the Finish close to the Dolphin Restaurant. Whether you are out for a family race or serious competition, this race has it all.

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    Team USA 1 wins World Championship Title Medemblik 2016

    (News - 8th June, 2016)

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    On to RIO! Go Hugh Go!

    To Help them remain competitive on the road to Rio Donate


    Medemblik, The Netherlands – US Sailing Team Sperry Sonar athletes have won the overall title at the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships (May 24-28) / Delta Lloyd Regatta, a clear signal that that the United States will be a medal threat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic regatta.

    Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) had to fight until the final leg of the last race in order to secure their title, but after a week of consistently sailing at the top of the fleet, they would not be denied. Doerr, a Beijing 2008 Paralympian, won the 2007 Para Worlds in the Sonar. However, this was his first World Championship win competing with Kendell and Freund. “The hard work that we’ve been doing over the past year, and over the last few days on that racecourse, is rewarding,” said Doerr, the longest-tenured athlete on the US Sailing Team Sperry (1998). “I’m proud to be part of an effort with these two guys.”

    Kendell described the final day of Sonar racing as a close fight from start to finish. “We had to fight back [in the final] race,” said Kendell, who like Freund will compete in his first Paralympic Games in September. “We had to look for where the British and Australian teams were, and on that first leg we knew we were too far behind them. We knew we had a battle, and we won that battle. It was a great thing to have that wonderful feeling of holding the American flag at the end.”

    Freund noted that while winning World Championship gold was their biggest accomplishment as a team to date, they have larger goals in sight, and called this week of racing the best possible preparation for Rio 2016. At their previous major event, Sailing World Cup Hyères in April, the team came agonizingly short of the top spot on the podium. “We were really happy to have had the opportunity to go into the last day today in the leading position,” said Freund. “That was our big falter [moment] at the last regatta. We just didn’t have the mental ability to push through the last two races. Our top goal coming into [the Worlds] was to make sure that we were in that position again, and to practice that at a really intense regatta.”

    13268060_1206735332694385_2256766596919038785_oKendell noted that their Paralympic Games campaign has made significant strides since adding coach Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.), who holds over 20 national and North American one-design titles, to the program in 2015. “We have to give a lot of credit to Mike,” said Kendell. “He knows us, and he’s worked on what we needed to work on. He’s helped us tremendously, and it’s showing.”

    Interested in Laser racing on Sunday afternoon’s ????

    (News - 2nd June, 2016)

    Adam White is organizing informal Laser racing on Sunday afternoon’s around 2 or 3 o’clock for a few hours. The idea is to do simple courses off the dock or use the cove at high tide. Do you own a laser? Would you be interested in participating or lending your laser? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    To gather interest we would like to collect a list of interested Laser owners too so we can coordinate a willing group of participants that will lend or use their laser to race.  Please email the Webmaster to learn more at webmaster.hyc@gmail.com10636126_314271385419490_28412635892812144_n

    Donate to Team USA One Paralympic Games Campaign

    (News - 8th May, 2016)

    Message from Hugh Freund,

    “Donations keep our campaign running”. Your donation is tax-deductible and will be matched 100%. Time is critical this close to the Paralympic Games: Every additional day we can afford to train keeps us mentally sharp and physically ready for our biggest regatta yet.

    To “Help Them Finish” Donate:

    In the memo line of your check, write: HYC /Supporting Team USA One

    Click Here

    1dbf0a4f-9dfd-473d-bc67-1607ff1321e5Through the Windmark Sailing Foundation we can process your tax-deductible cash donation that will directly support our campaign costs including buying new sails, transporting and maintaining the boat, covering meals on the road, and securing housing for events. If you have hotel or airline points that you wish to share with the team to help offset travel costs, we can accept those donations as well.

    We accept donations through the Windmark Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3, in order to provide a tax credit for donors. Funds donated to our campaign via Windmark are eligible for a 1:1 match up to $15k, so it is in all of our best interest to funnel donations through this foundation.

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    5/24 – 5/29 Para World Championship in Medemblik, Netherlands

    (News - 1st May, 2016)

    Ci-RkrtUkAAEhH8All Paralympic boats are getting measured and weighted for the Para World Championships.

    Team USA 1 has settled down in Medemblik, unpacked their gear and gone out for three days of training with half a dozen other countries. Yesterday was equipment inspection and measurement – The Team passed all checks, which means they can enjoy a lay day today without having to make any repairs to the boat.

    DeltaLloydRegatta2015_DSC0502-e1462287134651-1024x384This will be a very competitive field to test TEAM USA 1 ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Racing starts Tuesday.

    There will be tracking at the Para Worlds, check out the results page on the Delta Lloyd Regatta website.

    To “Help Them Finish” and compete in RIO Donate:


    Day 4 Para Worlds “Team USA 1” controls Penultimate Day, from Medemblik, The Netherlands

    (News - 1st May, 2016)


    Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine)

    Team USA 1 had one of their strongest days of racing as team on Friday, and won the first Sonar race of the day by a significant margin before taking second in the next race. Doerr, Kendell and Freund will carry a four-point overall lead into Saturday’s final races. The veteran squad will represent the United States in Rio 2016, and continue to improve with each passing regatta.

    “Today’s good performance began with our starting,” said Kendell, the main trimmer and tactician. Kendell noted that coach Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) had made starting technique the team’s main priority during the past six months. “On the first race, it was all about sailing our own race. We got off the starting line well, hit all the shifts, and had a clear lane all the way through. I was just telling the guys that we were sailing smart, and to keep it going. We also had a pretty good comeback in the second race. We had to cover the Germans and British for most of it, since they were close to us overall. We stayed with who we had to, and then pounced at the end to take second.”

    This is the second consecutive major regatta, after Sailing World Cup Hyères in April, where Doerr, Kendell and Freund will enter the final day of racing in the overall lead. “Going into the final day of a World Championship in the top spot is the best possible practice you could get before the [Paralympic] Games,” said Freund. “We are right where we want to be. We have to recognize that it’s a big day [tomorrow], but keep doing what’s been working. Whenever we do our early morning practice routine well, we have a good day.”

    To Help them remain competitive on the road to Rio Donate

    Track the Para Worlds, check out the results page here


    – See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/para-worlds-usa-skud-18-rio-2016-selection-tightens-up/#sthash.Wr8swlc0.dpuf

    Day 3 Team USA 1 went into the day as the Sonar class leaders, and are now in 2nd overall after scores of 10,2 on the day

    (News - 1st May, 2016)

    Delta Lloyd Regatta 2016 © Sander van der BorchPictured:  Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), & US Sailing Team Sperry. Photo: Sander Van der Borch / Delta Lloyd Regatta – See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/para-worlds-usa-skud-18-rio-2016-selection-tightens-up/#sthash.Wr8swlc0.dpuf

    Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) went into the day as the Sonar class leaders, and are now in 2nd overall after scores of 10,2 on the day. “You just need to look at the big picture all the time,” said Doerr, who will become two-time Paralympian in August. “You can have bad races, but you need to keep it in perspective. We worked hard in the first race to keep on the tails of the lead boats after an early foul, and in the second race to get a good overall score.”

    To Help them remain competitive on the road to Rio Donate

    Track the Para Worlds, check out the results page here


    – See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/para-worlds-usa-skud-18-rio-2016-selection-tightens-up/#sthash.Wr8swlc0.dpuf