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Kathryn Ryan Commodore's Welcome

Kathryn Ryan
PYC Commodore, 2018/19

Greetings members and visitors to PYC's website and to the wonderful world of dinghy sailing, shell rowing and all things outdoors on the Connecticut River in Essex, Conn.

PYC is a seasonal yacht club beginning its "commissioned" year in May and ending in October. The club offers its members access to a special spot on the river across from Joshua's Rock, Brockway Island, Hamburg Cove and Selden Creek.

Our sailing venue is a shallow (2'-4' at low tide), tidal basin about 10 miles up river from Long Island Sound, a great venue for dinghy sailors of all levels. PYC's clubhouse sits on the western shore of the basin between Essex and Deep River. The channel for regular boat traffic on the Connecticut River runs about a quarter mile away along the eastern shore.

The Pettipaug Sailing Academy (PSA) for junior sailors aged 8 thru 16 runs week days, morning and afternoon, for two sessions from late June to early August. Open to the public and sanctioned by the US Sailing Association, PSA is limited to about 150 junior sailors. ›› more info

PYC Powerboat Course, which is also offered to the public, is a one-day class for up to ten students and held several times during the summer. Students operate several different types of outboard motorboats for real hands-on learning. ›› more info

PYC Racing is at the heart of PYC's inception in that racing cannot help but advance one's sailing skills. One-class races in centerboard dinghies typically MC Scows, Blue Jays, 420 and Lasers are held monthly for members. ›› more info

PYC Women's Sailing Group meets in the evening two times a week during the season offering instruction for beginners one evening and racing for the more advanced the other. A post-sail, pot luck get-together concludes each evening to wind down and share stories. ›› more info

PYC Rowers is a club within the club. It's members are hardy and dedicated to shell rowing getting on the water in the wee morning hours before wind and boat traffic disturb the river's calm. Several members compete in events nationally and some even worldwide. ›› more info

Work Parties are the neccesary sacrifice of time and labor we give to the club to keep it "shipshape" and the dues low. They're held four times – twice in the spring and fall, respectively. Please mark your calendar and help out if you can. It's good work requiring no special skills in fresh air and a magnificent setting. ›› more info

Here's to a great and safe 2018 season at Pettipaug.

PYC Board Member Dave Fasulo and fellow kayker Ron G. ventured out on the CT River in mid-January while a Coast Guard cutter was breaking up the ice in the main channel.
Photos by Dave Fasulo

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