The Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club has fleet racing in our four major fleets - E-Scows, Stars, Thistles, and A-Class Catamarans - every Sunday morning, and many Saturdays from May to September. Recent successful fleet-building efforts have resulted in over 45 boats on the starting line each Sunday. Although club membership is required to race as skipper, non-members are welcome to crew for members.
Send an e-mail to LHYCinfo@gmail.com for more information on fleet sailing. The club also sponsors a number of regattas, including our annual Spring and Fall regattas for Scows and Thistles, and the Tomahawk regatta in early June for Stars. Our largest annual regatta is for our smallest boats, as the club hosts our annual Back-to-School regatta in early September for as many as 100 sailors in Optimist Dinghies and 420s from throughout the northeast.
LHYC also has an excellent instructional program for youth of all ages, open to members and non-members. SEE THE INFORMATION BELOW
The E scow is one of the most beautiful, well balanced, and competitive high-performance racers in the lakes and bays of the United States. Many of the world’s best known sailors from the ranks of dinghies to ocean racers name the E scow as one of their all-time favorites. Designed to race with 3-4 people, it has all the modern gear (including spinnakers) to keep the crew working as a team in order to provide the exhilarating ride for which it is known. The E scow fleet has been racing at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club since 1934. E scows are competitively sailed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado. The fleet has also recently spread to Europe where they are sailed in Switzerland, France and Finland. This summer the LHYC E-Scow fleet will host the 2016 East Coast E Scow Association Eastern Championships, which will be a fun regatta not only on the water, but at the clubhouse as well. All members are encouraged to attend the festivities.
THE HISTORY OF THE LAKE HOPATCONG ESCOW FLEET BY BOAT NUMBER
THE COMMODORE GEORGE LEE KNECHT TROPHY LIST
Class E Sloop Championship
Ice Breaker Regatta May 21 & 22 , 2016
The Lake Hopatcong Star Fleet was founded in 1934 and is today part of the 12th District of the International Star Class. Since 1957 we have hosted our annual Tomahawk Regatta where LHYC and visiting sailors alike compete for first place and the Ernest Eagles Perpetual Trophy. Over the years the Tomahawk Regatta has seen sailors from several different countries and at times included participants and medal winners of the Olympics and Star Class World Champions. Every five years we are the hosts of the 12th District Championship which brings visitors from Seneca Lake, Lake George, Lake Sunapee, and Lake Ontario to our shores. We are a close knit group with a rich history and have one of the largest and most active Star Fleets in the United States. We are always looking to expand the fleet and welcome anyone who wants to participate!
The Thistle first appeared on Lake Hopatcong in 1945. Thistle #4 was owned by Dr. Bartleman (not a club
member) who gave the boat a lot of visibility sailing around the lake. In 1946, Henry Goetz built #121
with the hope of starting a fleet. The designer of the Thistle was LHYC's own Gordon (Sandy) Douglas
who later built them in Ohio. In 1949, LHYC Thistle Fleet #36 received its charter with a strong 7 boats
on the starting line.
Thistle Fleet #36 is a large active competitive fleet. We are the 3rd largest fleet in the United States.
We are honored to have multiple National Champions actively sailing in our regular series.
We host a regular series of regattas such as our Spring Kitchin Regatta and the Fall Goetz Regatta.
Our most notable regatta is the Atlantic Coast Championship.
In addition to being a competitive fleet, it is also very family oriented fleet. For many years, we could
proudly say that there were three generations of skippers on the starting line. We encourage everyone
to come out and sail with our enthusiastic sailing family. There is always a spot for anyone interested in
a fun, sailing experience.
Lake Hopatcong Thistle Fleet #36
The Thistle is a 17 foot strict one design racing class that was established in 1945 by Sandy Douglas. Coincidentally, Sandy spent summers on the lake as a teenager and lived on Elba Point where the Dressners currently live. The Lake Hopatcong fleet #36 was formed in 1949 by T. David Gibb for whom the season series is named. The fleet is one of the most competitive in the nation with several members finishing in the top 10 at the National Championships including two National Champions. The Thistle is a great family class with events designed for adults and children. We welcome anyone who would like to get involved in sailing, especially members of the junior sailing program.
The Lake Hopatcong A Class Catamaran ('A Cat') Fleet is the largest, most active fleet in the US, and is one of the largest in the world. With over 26 sailing members, regular weekend fleet races often see 12-15 boats on the starting line. Races are competetive and local knowledge is key, but the LHYC fleet is always happy to impart knowledge and lend a hand. In fact the success of the LHYC A Cat fleet is largely built on their willingness to pitch in and help sailors learn their boat and the tricks of sailing on the lake.
Welcome to the world of sailing! The LHYC Junior Sailing Program is intended to instruct at all levels of interest and ability. Typically children enter the program around age 7, however we always try to accommodate an older beginner sailor.
Our goal in instruction is to teach children what is appropriate for their age and interest level, while giving them confidence to sail on their own. When the Beginning and Intermediate levels are mastered, the children move up to Pre-Team and Team levels, where they compete against their classmates and also travel to other Yacht Clubs for Regattas.
LHYC Instructional Programs are open to members and non-members. Students sail in club or privately owned Optimist Dinghies and 420's (depending on the class level). Lessons typically begin in late June and end in mid-August. Students will compete in the "Halsey Island Race" at the end of the season against their classmates. It is a time honored tradition at LHYC and quite fun for the children. There is a Sailor's Luncheon on Labor Day that the children are invited to attend where they will receive participation awards, special sailing awards, Halsey Island Race awards and other racing awards (depending on the class).
Safety is emphasized at every level. A participant must be a competent swimmer. All participants' swimming ability will be verified in the first lesson through a swimming test which includes treading water, swimming underwater for a distance, swimming at length between two docks and the ability to put their life jacket on and take it off in the water. All students are also required to wear a life jacket at all times.
One of the highlights of the LHYC Junior Sailing Program is the Back-to-School Regatta, held on the second or third Saturday in September. This regatta caters to all levels of sailing (who have completed a Jr. Sailing program) from Beginning to Team. The Junior Sailing program is the foundation and future of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club. We welcome you to reach out with any additional questions. See you on the water!
Back to School Regatta
Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club is proud host this year's Back-To -School Regatta on Saturday September 17, 2016.
This junior sailing event is for Optimist and 420 sailors. For details click on the Notice of Race link
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