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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.

Hamburger Night | Steak Night

Steaknight Season Ends;
Hamburger Fridays Begin


Blackboard art by Elaine, age 9

The last monthly steak night of the season was Friday, May 16th, hosted by Charlie and Judy Arteaga.  KYC members and guests turned out in record numbers, partly due to the warm sunny weather–over 45 people were served.  Thanks to the organization and some special effort by the Arteagas, the evening went off without a hitch!

This Friday, May 23, we kick off our summer Hamburger Friday tradition.  This week will be hosted by Tom and Mary Schulz–Be there!


Thursday Sailing Results

Thursday evening sailing results: May 15, 2014

Race #1:

Camai 222 0.841969 50:14:00 1.762288
Serenity 132 0.953079 46:00:00 1.826735
Spirit 162 0.912921 49:00:00 1.863881
Sedna 216 0.848564 64:45:00 2.289355

Race #2:

Spirit 162 0.912921 46:00:00 1.749766
Camai 222 0.841969 57:40:00 2.023064

The numbers above are time-on-time calculations based on the PHRF formula:

Corrected Time = Elapsed time * 650/(550+PHRF)

For more information on the PHRF time-on-time scoring system, check out the US Sailing website.

Steak Night

Steak Night Tonight

Good Eats on FRIDAY!

Good Eats on FRIDAY!


Friday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m., is the last steak night of the season, hosted by Charlie and Judy Arteaga. RSVPs are appreciated–email

Sailing |

Thursday Regatta Results

Adelaide takes the helm of SV Camai during a race

Adelaide takes the helm of SV Camai during a race

Perfect sailing weather kept all sailboats moving at a brisk clip for the around-the-buoys regatta on Thursday, March 8.  Skies were mostly cloudy with winds 10 to 15 knots out of the northwest, and low tidal variation made for light currents.

The evening was topped off with hamburgers and refreshments at the Ketchikan Yacht Clubhouse.

Click “read more” to see corrected times… Read more…

Maintenance | Safety

USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Checks

vscdecalNearly all boaters are familiar with the USCG Vessel Safety Check program.  USCG Auxiliary vessel inspector Tom Greninger will be available at the Ketchikan Yacht Club on Saturday morning (May 10) to complete the Vessel Safety Checks on some boats.

Although Mr. Greninger has limited time on Saturday, he will be available to do more inspections during the following week.  To arrange for an inspection call him at 225-1349, or 480-695-9767.

Click here to learn more about Vessel Safety Checks.

Merchandise |

Swap Meet Saturday

Got stuff to sell?  Looking for boat stuff?  Plan on the KYC Swap Meet Saturday Morning.  Here’s the scoop:

  • What: Boater’s Swap Meet
  • When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Where: KYC Clubhouse
  • How: Show up with your stuff–Laura Murph will have tables set up in the clubhouse
  • Why?  Fun and Profit

And while we’re on the issue of buying and selling–try out our KYC Classifieds.  Just click on the tab at the top of the page and follow the instructions to post your boat-related advertisement.

Fishing & Hunting

Fish Tale

Bill Tatsuda and Rose and John Wellard with their fine catch.  Photo by Jim Eakes

Bill Tatsuda and Rose and John Wellard with their fine catch. Photo by Jim Eakes

John and Rose Wellard and Bill Tatsuda were fishing for rockfish in the flats south of Pennock Island when they hooked up with a 62-inch (est. 121 lb) halibut.

Spectacular weather and the first big fish of the season made the fishers pretty happy.

Bon Appetit!


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 were out on the course.

There are a number of folks on the crew list, which we will post on the website later today–skippers are encouraged to use the crew list to fill all positions as needed.  Just give ’em a call!

A list of the KYC boats with pictures and information about each is on this website at under the SAILING tab on the KYC Sailing Fleet page.

Club Business | Maintenance |

KYC Upcoming Activities

flag_secretaryPut these on your calendar!
  1. There will be a work party to install the siding and other clubhouse projects this Saturday, May 3 starting at 9:00 am. (Breakfast will be served at 8:00)
  2. The next membership meeting on Tuesday, May 6.  There will be a Potluck at 6:00pm followed by the meeting at 7:00 pm.
  3. On Saturday, May 10th, at 9am there is a Swap Meet planned.  Start cleaning out old boating equipment that you want to sell.
KYC Secretary
Club Business | Hamburger Night | Steak Night

KYC Needs Your Help

flag_rearcommodoreKYC runs on volunteer labor, so here is an appeal to members from the Rear Commodore:

1. Our last regular membership meeting of the season is Tuesday May 6th.  The potluck will begin at 6pm with the business meeting beginning at 7pm.  Many of our traveling members are home so come welcome them.

2. Steak Night is scheduled for May 16th and the folks who had signed up had to withdraw.  Would you please find time to volunteer to host Steak Night?  Donna Ryan, several years ago, wrote out exactly what needs to be done and when so this is not difficult, it just requires a bit of time and willingness.

3. Starting on May 23rd, we will be hosting a Hamburger BBQ each Friday through the end of August.  The Fridays in May are covered but after that, there are MANY available Fridays. Hamburger night (also thanks to Donna Ryan) has great directions available– it’s NOT AT ALL HARD.

Please contact me at 617-2345 or better yet, stop by the club house and sign up on the calendar.

Thanks for making the time to share with your fellow members!
Judith McQuerry, Rear Commodore

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