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Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC)
P.O. Box 6694
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Roger Maynard

The Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC) is a domestic non-profit corporation, registered and licensed to do business in the State of Alaska. The Ketchikan Yacht Club blog is an information service for members and guests, and a public advertisement for the Ketchikan Yacht Club.

Boating and navigation information in this blog is published in good faith based on the best information available including local knowledge, but is not intended to replace authoritive sources. Mariners are cautioned to use all authoritive sources when planning trips or operating a boat.

The Ketchikan Yacht Club is organized as a social and recreation club under section 501(C)(7) of the U.S. Tax Code; contributions are not tax deductible.

Sailing | Training

Racing Update

Hello KYC Members, and SAILORS

We have 10 Sailing vessels registered to be a part of our 2015 Summer Sailing Program.

We have one donor boat, thanks to Captain Al Rockwood. Those wishing to be qualified and a skipper need to make contact with me. If you want to sail….here is a great opportunity. Thank […]

Sailing | Training

To the Folks on the Crew List

Addie, Katie, Anna & Peter racing Sweet Charlotte, an 18-foot Cape Dory Typhoon.

When the Ketchikan Yacht Club resurrected the sailing program this summer, the interest and participation was everything we had hoped for. Eleven captains signed up at the beginning of the season, and a couple more showed up later in the season.


Sailing | Training

Two Sheets to the Wind

Sailing in Tongass Narrows

by Jason Baldwin

Truth be told I’ve never been too interested in the life of a Mariner. Well, up until I cranked a sheet line winch in a tack battle North of Pennock Island.

I might be shooting myself in the foot on this one, but for me the best […]

Safety | Training

National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23

Boating Safety Advocates Remind Boaters to ‘Wear It!’

During National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23 Life jacket wear is an effective and simple life-saving strategy for safe recreational boating

(Washington, D.C.) – Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket […]

Maintenance | Safety | Training | Weather

Waggoner Flotilla is on the way

25 happy cruisers ready to depart for Alaska

Earlier this year, we committed to host a hamburger night upon the arrival of the Waggoner flotillas. The first of three flotillas is under way, just rounding Cape Caution in central B.C. They are on schedule, with an estimated arrival in Ketchikan of Friday, June 6th.


Sailing | Training

Sailing Season

Don Charles and Jim Dahl trim the sails on Serenity. Photo by Charles Haberbush

The first Thursday nice sail on May 1 began with a stiff northerly breeze that petered out just as boats were crossing the starting line. Although none were able to complete the first race within the alloted time, six boats […]

Sailing | Training

Learn to Sail
Next sailing meeting Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

The response to our announcement of a sailing program has been everything we hoped for–10 boats have been entered, and several folks have inquired about being crew members. Several of these folks have requested more basic training on sailboats and sailing.

There is plenty of information on the web for the neophyte and the accomplished […]

Safety | Sailing | Training

Learn to Crew
…and talk like a sailor too.

Gennaker for S/V Camai, laid out and ready to measure. Photo by Jim Dahl

The next meeting of sailors and crew will be Thursday (tomorrow) evening at the Ketchikan Yacht Club at 7:00 p.m. The focus will be getting sailors and crews together, and to share information about the sailing program.

Anyone who is […]

Sailing | Training

Sailors Prepare for Summer Season
Next sailors meeting: Thursday, April 10

Sail Fleet Captain Jim Dahl demonstrates proper race attire and safety gear while addressing a sailor’s meeting

If early participation is any indication, the KYC Thursday evening sailing program appears to be on the road to success.

“This is awesome,” said Sailing Fleet Captain Jim Dahl during the sail-measuring session on Saturday, “Nine people […]

Safety | Training

Tsunami Preparedness Week – 3/23-29
Tsunami Warning System to be Tested March 27

March 27, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis. Those of us who were around to feel it on that day remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when the ground started shaking.

Speaking of preparedness, this week’s USCG Notams include this:

874 ALASKA A test […]

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  • Forecast for Tonight and Wednesday. - Dixon Entrance East February 21, 2018
    Wind light increasing to northwest 10 to 20 knots near midnight. Wind northerly 10 to 20 Wednesday. Chance of flurries or showers overnight and Wednesday morning. Issued 04:00 PM PST 20 February 2018
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