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SLTWYC - South Lake Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club


I am away at yet another Express 27 race in the Bay and I miss these yummy oysters and cunning foods.  Have fun and make merry.

Our system of racing was designed in the mid 1980’s when 15 to 25 boats appeared for each race.  We are now getting 3 to 6 boats out for a race.  We don’t want to hold one boat back from racing.  So we are going to be creative about how we start and score our races this summer.  

Be prepared to start on a line defined by Mark O and a temporary mark. No signal boat.  You will need a watch synched to GPS time.  You will need a vhf radio.  You will need to take your finish time.  This will all be discussed before we start the racing season.  The skipper’s meeting will be where we determine how we’re going to run the day’s race.  It is all in an effort to get YOU to come and race your boat.

We have a small and very active fleet of Express 27’s.  I intend to send them off on the courses they like.  I encourage other boats to come out and race also.  I will see they have courses they like. Separate from the Express’s.  Start separate also.  All are welcome and I will accommodate everyone.

We are taking committee boat signups because some want to serve.  And some of our events need such committee work.  So please sign up for a date.  We will work with you.  

We lost at least three boats last season because the dry storage deal with Tahoe Keys Marina is too expensive.  If those boats find a place at a homeowner’s dock they are back. Talk to me.

It is possible to launch a sailboat with a draft of up to five feet at the Cave Rock Ramp.  I did it last season and intend to do it again.  The fee is only $20.  I am willing to explain how it is done and will help you launch there.  Takes a crew of 3 and a strong truck.  Talk to me.

The Tahoe City Marina has reasonable prices for launch and mast raise.  They are well staffed with polite and helpful personnel.  I retrieved my boat there September 2018 and it was well. Talk to me.

Thanks for coming tonight and I’ll see you later this season.

Steve Katzman





The Crew List

How does the crew list work?

You start by filling out the crew list form. The form contains your contact information, your preferences in sailing and any qualifications that you may have. By the way, we encourage beginners to submit their names to the crew list. Many skippers prefer training someone new rather than trying to get rid of "bad" habits of "experienced" crew. We also encourage skippers to try out new crew members. Like most sports we like to get new people involved. The skippers meetings take place day of the race at our Club House. This may present a potential crew member with the opportunity to get on a boat.

The Racing Crew List

When filling out your experience try not to oversell yourself because it will be come apparent soon after you start what your real qualifications are. This is the most active crew list and it can get you on a boat quickly. We encourage novices to post. You would be surprised how many skippers would prefer an enthusiastic novice over someone with experience.

The Cruising Crew List

If you are looking to sail and meet some new friends, this is the list for you. Experience is less important than for racing and it's a good way to get your feet wet, so to speak. When a skipper contacts you to go sailing, it's a good idea to ask him about his experience. You don't want to go out as a novice with a novice skipper. Skippers appreciate it if you volunteer to bring food or drink along for the sail.

Signup to crew or find crew on our Crew List page.


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SLTWYC Clubhouse

Tahoe Keys Boulevard 589, Suite E2
South Lake Tahoe, California

The clubhouse is only open for events, so please see the Events calendar for more information. 

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