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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.

Cruising | Destinations

Winter Cruising in Carroll Inlet

Join the S/V NADEJDA on a four-day cruise up Carroll Inlet near Ketchikan.

KYC St. Patty’s Benefit Dinner

Good Eats on FRIDAY, March 14!

All this for First City Council on Cancer!

UPDATE: The St. Patrick’s Day dinner came off without a hitch–turnout was a little lower than last year, but KYC was able to donate $1000 to the First City Council on Cancer! Thanks to everyone who participated!

Hi all KYC members! March marks the month of our annual fund raiser benefiting First City Council on Cancer (FCCC). And we’ve planned it again as a 2014 event for March 14, happy hour at 5:00 and dinner starting around 5:30 pm, at the KYC Clubhouse in Thomas Basin. It’s corned beef and cabbage, with trimmings (like tatties, carrots, scones, salad, and BYOB beverages). And maybe some green ice cream too!

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Learn to Sail FAST!


SV Camai, a medium-displacement cruising boat, romps across the finish line. Photo by ML Dahl.

Are you new to sailing? Do you want to learn to handle your boat better? Or are you ready for some competition? Ketchikan Yacht Club’s Thursday evening summer sailing program emphasizes safety, seamanship, boat handling, and efficient sailing for cruisers, day sailors and racers alike.

Here’s the Plan:
Each Thursday evening beginning in May, KYC registered sailboats will form up at the starting line, the “WR6” red buoy in Tongass Read more…

Club Business |

Potluck/Meeting on Tuesday

flapsmallFrom the Secretary–

The March Membership Meeting will be Tuesday, March 4th. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 pm followed by the meeting at 7 pm.  Bring something to share!

Also, keep an eye on the KYC Events Calendar on this page in the upper right column…this spring promises to be an active one!

Fishing & Hunting | Weather

Signs of Spring

Herring, herring everywhere...

Herring, herring everywhere…

For now, the clear skies have brought cooler weather–into the low 20’s at night, but in the harbor we’ve seen the first sign of spring: for the past two days Thomas Basin has been full of herring.

They will probably be here for a week or two, then move on as they always do, but meanwhile, the graceful antics of the harbor seals entertain us as they glide under the boats and docks, gorging themselves or just chasing the herring for sport.

And they remind us that it may be time to grab our fishing rods and head out after the elusive winter King.

People | Weather

KYC Clubhouse is a Popular Place

Snow happens

Snow happens

The clubhouse is seeing plenty of use this winter, thanks in part to the recent additions such as television and washer and dryer.

Oh, the usual steak night and other fun social activities are still happening–but in addition, many of our members are finding the clubhouse a welcome haven in this season’s cooler temperatures. The coffee pot is usually on by 6:30 in the morning, and its not unusual for one or more of our KYC families to spend an afternoon watching movies, cooking, washing clothes, or just socializing with friends.


Michael and Gabe examine the ship model, while Eleanor and Laura make cupcakes, and Megan and John prepare chili.

The daily activity level is good for dock and clubhouse security. Strangers don’t come around, pipes don’t freeze, docks are shoveled and salted, and any problems are likely to be reported sooner.

Generally, the club has been kept in excellent condition by everyone. We need to give a special word of thanks, however, to club stewards Robert and Cindi Davis, who keep everything stocked and make sure the facility is always extra clean and shiny.

Steak Night

Friday Night Social

flapsmallHi Everyone!

Jerry and Tamela Cegelski will be hosting the next Friday Night Social on February 21 at 6 pm.  Jerry asked for a head count, so please RSVP Jerry at if you plan to attend.

The menu will be fish and steak – bring side dishes to share.

Hope to see you there!


Club Business | Website/Blog

KYC Calendar Updated

This summer looks to be as busy as ever for the Ketchikan Yacht Club, with only a few monthly steak nights left before summer, and then our weekly hamburger night begins in June.  A new Thursday evening sailing schedule will come on-line in May or June.

The Official KYC Wall Calendar is posted on the wall next to the kitchen door in the KYC Clubhouse.  If there are any conflicts between that calendar and the information posted here, the paper wall calendar is the ultimate authority.  The information posted here will be kept updated as much as possible–if you see any discrepancies please let us know right away.

Note that when clubhouse is reserved, the calendar needs to show the name of the member responsible for the reservation so that any questions can be resolved.  Also, when hosting a function at the clubhouse, please leave the back door unlocked so members can use the facilities without being disruptive.

Club Stewards Robert and Cindi Davis should be kept up to date on clubhouse reservations and other activities so they can plan accordingly. Cindi says, “Just put your name and event information on the calendar in the clubhouse.”

Roger <svcamai(at)>

People | Website/Blog

“Snowbird” is Not a Cuss Word

Gull on Ice

A seagull stands on ice-covered Thomas Basin during our recent cold snap.

After our first winter vacation 2 years ago, we decided the southwest desert is a pretty nice place to take a break from Ketchikan’s dark rainy winter nights, leaving us refreshed and ready for another summer on the boat. We no longer speak disparagingly of “snowbirds.”

During this winter’s break we make a long drive in the little RoadTrek van to Florida and back.  With “lower 48” winters being what they are these days, we really didn’t find any warm weather until southern Florida.  We saw plenty of new country, made some new friends, and managed to squeeze in some time at the  Seattle Boat Show.  Now we’re back in Ketchikan and getting ready for a spring filled with boat maintenance, and then a summer of sailing southeast Alaska.

The KYC web page has suffered a little in our absence, but now we’re ready to keep it up to date…check back here for the latest happenings, and send an email or leave a comment if there’s something you’d like to see here.

Roger and Barb <>

Club Business |

Business update

2014 was greeted with a delicious New Year’s Brunch cooked by the Trustee’s was held on January 1st.

Changes in ByLaws were approved:
– Membership meetings will start at 7pm rather than 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the Month.
– Appointing a Sailing Master has been added to the duties of the Commodore.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the Sailing Program.

Take care,

Marine Warnings/Forecasts

  • 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
    Environment Canada

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