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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 Program Update


This “A” buoy, established near the south end of the airport, is the northernmost mark on our sailing course. Sailors need to be aware that although there is plenty of room, water shoals rapidly on the Gravina side of the buoy.

Thursday, May 1, is the first KYC sail; “B” fleet start is at 6:00 p.m.–the weather forecast looks good!

PHRF ratings for all KYC sailing fleet boats are now posted on this website under the “Sailing” tab, above. All each skipper will be issued a PHRF document explaining how the rating was derived by PHRF-NW in Seattle. Click here to go directly to the KYC PHRF Ratings page.

Sailing Fleet Captain Jim Dahl is searching for a scoring program that can be used online; results will be posted on this website as they become available. See you on Thursday!


First Dam Ship Arrives Today

The Volendam will arrive in Ketchikan at 11:00 a.m., kicking off the new tourist season.

To download your own cruise ship calendar, click HERE. (Adobe PDF format)

Club Business | Maintenance |

KYC Work Weekend May 3

It’s time for the KYC Spring work party! We have a list of projects to be done on the clubhouse and docks, and boating season is almost here…so spend a little time this coming weekend to make it happen. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m., and work begins at 9:00.

Contact a club officer for more information; then show up and lend a hand!

Cruising | People | Safety

Great Northern Boaters Net
Ham radio morning boaters net begins Wednesday, 4/23

TIME: Daily, 0630 Alaska time; 0730 Pacific Time, summer months
FREQUENCY: 3870 KHz Lower Sideband
REQUIREMENTS: Operator must have an amateur radio license

Darlene and Floyd Minor

“Good Morning, this is Darlene, KL0YC, along with Floyd, WL7CUO, northern net control for the Great Northern Boaters Net.”

Each morning at 0630 hours, Alaska time, Darlene and Floyd Minor host an informal ham radio net to pass messages and information and keep boaters who are ham radio operators in touch with each other. Usually, Darlene starts by calling for cruisers who are underway or preparing to get underway, followed by a general call for anyone who wants to check in to the net.

Read more…

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 sailor alike, so we took time to browse the web and identify some sources that we could recommend. Those links can be found under the “Education” tab above, on our “Learn to Sail” page.

The first video is basic (i.e. “What makes a sailboat go?”) and the following four videos are excellent training (or review) of sail trim.  If you have questions after watching these, we can take a few minutes to answer them at Thursday’s meeting.

Click here to watch the videos.

Hamburger Night | Steak Night

Happy Easter

Just a clarification on dates–there will be no Steak Night this Friday to avoid conflict with Good Friday and Easter weekend. The next steak night will be May 16th, and then we begin the weekly summer hamburger nights on Friday, May 23rd.

Club Business | People

Welcome Aboard, New Members!

Our newest KYC members are Jim and Barbara Guenther. Jim has already registered to sail their Catalina 30, “Dulcinea,” in the Thursday evening sailing program…a great way to get involved in the KYC activities.

Welcome aboard, Jim and Barbara!

People |

Video: Pizza Night

The Nadejda crew enjoys a pizza night at the KYC Clubhouse:

Club Business | Merchandise | Website/Blog

Got Stuff?

THE KYC SWAP MEET is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m. at the KYC clubhouse.  Members should plan on coming and setting up early.

This swap meet is for nautical gear or nautical-related stuff–plan on a table in the KYC clubhouse; dockside tables are okay if weather permits.

For larger items, try the KYC CLASSIFIEDS–just click on the tab at the top of this page.


Steak Night

Steak Night this Friday

Steak Night on Friday, April 10, will be hosted by Commodore Schulz.

The weatherman is forecasting a sunny day with temperatures in the 50’s, so come out and enjoy a but of spring!

Some folks start showing up by 5:30, and the party should be in full swing by 6!

Please RSVP Commodore Schulz.

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