• 30 Sep 2018 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Commodore Donna Nelson: 

    We still need volunteers for these positions for 2019:


                      Vice Commodore





                      Education Director

    If you are interested in learning more about the SYC Board positions, please feel free to contact me I will be happy to visit with you. 

    Here is an overall view of the board structure:

    Section 1 – Titles

    Officers shall consist of Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Secretary, Purser, Communications Director, two Social Directors, Membership Director and Historian.

    Section 2 – Term of Office

    The Officers and Directors shall be elected by the Members at the annual meeting of the members and shall hold office for one calendar year commencing the January next following the annual meeting of members and until their successors are chosen and qualified.

    Section 3 – Commodore

    The Commodore shall preside at all meetings of the members and Board of Directors.  He/She shall have and exercise general control and supervision of the affairs of the organization.

    Section 4 – Vice-Commodore

    The Vice-Commodore shall have general control and supervision of the social activities of the organization and shall exercise the duties of the Commodore in his/her absence.

    Section 5 – Secretary

    The Secretary shall keep all official documents and records, and shall maintain records of the proceedings of all meetings of members and the Board of Directors.  The Secretary shall also be responsible for all official correspondence.

    Section 6 – Purser

    The Purser shall be responsible for the financial records and affairs of the organization.

    Section 7 – Communications Director

    The Communications Director shall be responsible for communications to the membership by maintaining the club web site, social media, creating and distributing event promotions, and publish the newsletter.

    Section 8 – Social Director

    The Social Directors shall be responsible for the social events throughout the year.  The events will include, however not limited to, two pre-launch events, two brunch events, three dock parties, and the planning of the annual meeting.

    Section 9 – Membership Director

    The Membership Director shall update the membership directory on an annual basis with distribution to the membership in a timely manner.

    Section 10 – Historian

    The Historian shall maintain long term historical records of the organization and all sponsored events.

    Section 11 – Race Director

    The Racing Director shall be responsible for planning and administrating all racing events for the club.  He/She will record results and maintain records for racing during the year.

    Section 12 – Education Director

    The Education Director shall be responsible for planning and administrating all education activities for the club.  He/She shall organize, promote, and carry out a Sailing Education Program that includes conducting basic sailing classes.

    Section 13 – Vacancy

    A vacancy in any Office or Director shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors for the unexpired term.

  • 16 Sep 2018 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 SYC Regatta In Review

    The 2018 SYC Regatta was held on August 18 and 19, 2018, on Saylorville Lake.  This year’s race management team was managed by Dick Leaders and Craig Johnson. The race committee team included Greg Annexstad, Karl Wilt and several other sailors.

    The regatta has historically been a two day event with a mix of both buoy racing and distance racing.  The 2018 version was no exception.  The race committee had the most challenging conditions on Saturday when they found that they had competitors, race management and all of the equipment needed to run the race – but, they were lacking a key component – wind.  The postponement flag was eventually dropped and seven competitors began sailing toward the windward mark. 

     The race had diverse group of boats sailing.  The fleet ranged from an Olsen 40 to a Hobie 16 – all faced the challenge of light winds.  The race ended with Ed and Lois Dixon sailing their Hobie 16 to the finish first.  Three other boats finished the race and the remainder retired.  The race committee abandoned the remaining races for the day.

    One of the great things about sailing is that every day brings a new set of conditions and a new set of challenges.  Sunday was an excellent example of this aspect of our sport.  The wind had returned to provide the eight boats competing with near perfect conditions for the Distance Race.  The course had the weather mark set near the dam and the leeward mark set near the Milelong bridge. 

    The Saylorville Yacht Club awards three special awards to the Regatta competitors for the winner of the buoy races the Dan Wisnousky Memorial Trophy is awarded, to the winner of the distance race the  Dr. Keith Riggins Memorial Trophy is awarded and to the overall winner of the regatta the Commodore’s Trophy is awarded.  These trophies are awarded to each of the competitors at the Saylorville Yacht Club Annual meeting and banquet.

     The Saylorville Yacht Club could not host this event without the assistance of the volunteers and the financial support provided by Karl Chevrolet.

    --Fields Gunsett


  • 4 Sep 2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings Fellow Sailors!

    As you all know, our Saylorville Yacht Club is run by volunteers who serve on the SYC Board.   We have had great volunteers this year.  I hope you have been enjoying the season and events that have taken place.

     It’s that time of year again, however, when the board is preparing for the 2019 season.  In looking ahead , there is great need for people to step up and fill vacant board positions.  I am asking each of you to consider taking a turn to serve our membership. 

    SYC positions available for 2019 are:


                      Vice Commodore


                      Communications Director






                      Website Administrator

    It is critical that we identify someone for Purser, Communications Director, and Website Administrator ASAP, as time is needed for incoming people to learn the electronic systems that are in place.

    On a side note, the SYC School is also looking for people to fill open positions for 2019; ie directors, officers, or volunteers.  If you are interested in information about working with the school, please contact Greg Annextad or

    If you are interested in learning more about the SYC Board positions, please feel free to contact me .  I will be happy to visit with you.

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Pancake Breakfast, Sandpiper Shelter, 10:00 a.m. on Labor Day!


    Donna Nelson


  • 1 Oct 2017 11:03 AM | Anonymous member

    Space is limited and reservations must be paid before October 16. 

    Join us at the beautiful Hotel Pattee for our annual banquet and meeting. The evening will begin with cocktails, savory hors d'ouvers, and socializing. Tantalizing entrees await, with your choice of 

    Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Salad, Dessert

    Martini Chicken in lemon vermouth sauce, Basmati Rice Pilaf, French Green Beans, Salad,Dessert 

    Grilled Salmon, Basmati Rice Pilaf, Vegetable Medley, Salad, Dessert

    The club treasury is covering half of the dinner cost- you pay just $25 per person. Reservations must be made and paid by October 16. 

    The meeting will commence after dinner. Officers will give a short report, race trophies will be awarded and the members will nominate and vote for 2018 Officers. 

    The hotel has a small block of rooms available for us at a rate of $129 until October 4. To make room reservations, please call the hotel directly at 515-465-3511 and mention the yacht club.

    The Hotel Pattee is located at 1112 Willis Avenue in Perry.



  • 15 Sep 2017 7:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Due to high winds predicted for September 16, the Pirate Rodeo is rescheduled for Saturday September 23. 

  • 25 Aug 2017 8:21 PM | Anonymous member

    Ed Dixon and Dean Drevlow take trophies for PHRF Class A and PHRF Class B. Read More

  • 13 Jun 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Please refer to changes in Item 3 and Item 12 of the Sailing Instructions.  

    The first race of the series is schedule for 6/14/17.  Subsequent races are  June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sep 6 and Sep 20. 

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