On the Line
Week at a Glance
As we and the 2014 season sail off into the sunset, get ready for more great club races on beautiful Lake Mendota in 2015!
Watch here next year for the details on MYC races. In the meantime, checkout other calendar events for the coming week and get those iceboat runners sharpened and skis waxed. See you on the ice & slopes!
Welcome to the Mendota Yacht Club! If you’re looking to become part of a club with a long history of terrific sailing, reasonable dues and a friendly social atmosphere, you’ve come to the right spot!
Founded in 1903, the Mendota Yacht Club is the oldest sailing club on Lake Mendota and Dane County. Lake Mendota is recognized as one of the best, if not the best, inland lake in the county for sailboat racing. As a member club of Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) we routinely host regattas for all scow classes. We’ve had our share of members who have achieved regional, national, and Olympic recognition whose sailing roots are anchored here.
Our fleets consist of one design scows and keelboats. We race on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. If you’re an experienced skipper or crew, someone who just discovered the fun of sailboat racing, or someone who just wants to talk shop with sailors, you’ll find opportunities for developing your skills at MYC!
Our club is more than just racing; we host fun events and regular after race parties during the season at a variety of venues. Because our club is a volunteer run organization, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet other members. In fact, many of our members are also members of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht club and would be happy to introduce you to the fun of soft and hard water sailing!
Again, welcome to the MYC. Please explore the website and feel free to contact the membership chair if you have any questions.
Membership in Mendota Yacht Club is open to everyone interested in yachting, seamanship, and other kindred matters and related activities. We welcome both racing and non-racing sailors. Membership is open to all persons - regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender.
Our Mission Statement
The purpose of this association shall be to encourage and foster the sport of yachting among young and old ... to sometime, somewhere win an Inland Lakes Regatta, and to do all other things agreeable and necessary to carry out the purposes of this corporation.
Website Status (November 24, 8:49 PM)
The following communication was received from Club Express:
At approximately 5:15 PM Central time, the DDOS attack appeared to have stopped. Working with our hosting company, we brought our servers back online at 5:20. All club and association websites are operating normally. Again, there is no evidence that any club websites or data were compromised in any way by this attack. Thank you for your understanding, and we wish everyone a peaceful and warm Thanksgiving with family and friends.
MYC Website Availability (November 24, 7:00 PM)
I received the message below and I'm passing it on to you in case you have noticed an interruption in MYC Website service. Currently it appears that the website is available. I'll publish final communications on the website when they become available. If you have concerns or questions you can contact me at Barbie's email
. However, this is the only information I have at the current time.
Today (Monday, November 24, 2014) at approximately 4:00 PM Central time, MYC's Website Provider and Hosting Service noticed a huge increase in traffic hitting our servers. After a very short time, they both determined that this was a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack. Thousands of hijacked computers around the world were being used to attack our servers to try and break in and steal data. Working together, they decided to take the ClubExpress servers completely offline for a short period of time. Once the hackers see that nothing is getting through, they should stop their DDOS attack. The servers are working fine and remain secure. There is no evidence whatsoever that any club data was compromised or accessed by these hackers. They will continue to monitor the situation closely and send out another email to MYC Administrators once they have an update. I apologize for the inconvenience but I hope you’ll understand that we’re taking this approach out of an excess of caution to protect our customers’ websites and data.
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MYC Board of Directors Meeting (November 3)
Wonder what your board of directors is up to this year? You are invited to attend any of the monthly meetings, which are held the first Monday of the month, beginning informally at 6 p.m. and convening for the official meeting at 6:30. The location changes each month, so be sure to check the MYC Calendar
November's meeting will be held at the Rigby Pub and Grill, 119 East Main Street. The agenda for the meeting is viewable by logged in members at the top of this page. All are invited for dinner and drinks following the meeting.
2015 Chicago Boat, RV, and Strictly Sail Show
Be sure to plan on attending the expanded Strictly Sail Show for 2015 (January 14-18, 2015), which now includes other boats and RVs. See http://www.strictlysailchicago.com
for details. Also see this announcement
for details of the one-day Hoofer Sailing Club excursion on Saturday, January 17th. This is a great opportunity to skip the driving and join a big group from the Madison area to descend on the Saturday event.
MYC trophies now on display at the Edgewater Hotel (October 27)
The next time you’re visiting the Edgewater, be sure to inspect the display cases on level 7, just outside the Statehouse Bar. Our club has provided two retired trophies for a more or less permanent display. They are: The Gene Wheeler Memorial, originally a C boat trophy, repurposed for Keelboat Division 1 but retired a few years ago. The other is an X Boat trophy awarded for 1st place in the July 4th Handicap race. Thanks to Andrew Lewis for doing the legwork on this.
Welcome 2015 Officers and Directors
Please welcome our 2015 Season MYC Directors elected to the Board of Directors on September 17, 2014 at the Annual Business Meeting and new MYC Officers elected at the Directors' Meeting immediately following.
Brian Anderson (2015), Commodore
Tim Sugar (2016), Vice Commodore
Bob Fanning (2017), Rear Commodore
Donna Schoor (2017), Treasurer
Barbie Stimpson (2015), Secretary
New Directors (term)
Bob Fanning (2017)
Pete Mooney (2017)
Donna Schoor (2017) - elected to a second term
The officers and new directors join our continuing Directors to complete the nine members of the Board:
Continuing Directors (term)
Peggy Elath (2015)
Paul McMillan (2016)
Keith Rosenbaum (2015)
Where did it go? All the Home Page content for the 2014 season has now been archived. You can see it all by selecting the link directly above.
Plot Your Course
2015 Season Events
Here's what is scheduled so far for the 2015 Season. Check it out!
Plan on Partying with Us
Looking for a party? Checkout the upcoming MYC Social Calendar. Don't see anything? Volunteer to help organize our 2015 social activities!
Make Summer Regatta Plans
For the complete schedule of regattas commonly attended by MYC members see MYC Calendar. For links to the full details on regattas, see MYC Regatta Page.
Note: Watch here in the spring as the 2015 regatta calendar is firmed up.
Are you heading for warmer climes with some winter sailing in mind? Be sure to send us a story and pictures! Send to MYC Webmaster
for publication on our Home Page front and center!
E Fleet Loaner Boat
The loaner boat, H-23, had a great 2014 season. The boat is still available for charter in the 2015 season. Contact Lon
if you are interested in learning more.
There may be a local E boat for sale in the coming months; so if you are looking to be the latest E owner, let us know!
MCs for Kids Too!
The MC is a great boat for youth sailors to either sail or crew. Please keep the MC fleet in mind if you know of a younger person interested in sailing. The MC can also be a nice option for graduating Opti sailors looking to continue sailing. Don’t hesitate to ask an MC sailor about the boat or sailing options as the fleet would be happy to have youths sail with us, especially when the wind picks up.
If you have any questions about the MC fleet or would have interest in meeting fleet members at a social outing, please don’t hesitate to contact fleet captain David Sebald
Charlotte's Web Notes
"JUMP AROUND" - Join the Badgers in Jump Around. Now you can jump from the top of the Home Page to the Bottom of the Home Page by simply linking within the Amidships News. Why would you want to do this? Perhaps to just see how low you can go, but perhaps to get to the quick links at the bottom of the page. Try it! It'll get you moving!
" - Navigate reorganized MYC Home Page either by
scrolling or by using the links directly below the headings within any
of the 3 columns. As a result of member feedback, all news has been
reorganized into the center column and we've added shading to the outer
columns for a little contrast. We hope you like the new organization and
appearance! As always, please send us your feedback
if you have comments on the website.
"UP" - Did you know you can go "up" to top of page simply by clicking the up-arrow at the right of any page display?
"BIG" - And you can increase the font size of your web display by clicking on the "A" at the right of the page display!