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Commodore's Corner
Fred Bartrom

Coming up…

Harbor Lights Decorating Competition, Saturday, December 7th This is in conjunction with the Christmas Dinner. We are looking for members to decorate their boats!

Don't own a boat yet?  Club members who are not boat owners may decorate our club boats (you must reserve a vessel for that purpose). Cash prizes for win, place, show: $100, $50, $25, respectively. Judging from 7pm-8pm. Participants must keep any lighted decorations on during this judging time period. Sponsored by Top Dog Productions. Remember: Christmas party reservations are required to participate in the Harbor Lights Decorating Competition.

PPYC Christmas Dinner, December 7th   Registration is full. Contact Richard to be added to a waiting list in case an opening arises. There are still some volunteer opportunities. So, contact Richard or click the link below in the Volunteer Corner.

Kamikaze Regatta, December 8th:  And Chili Dinner after the race. Notice of RaceRegisterVolunteer

If the idea of sailing a distance courses is appealing to you, then join us for the
Kamikaze Regatta on December 8TH - REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW. This will be a fun pursuit race and we will sail one of the distance courses. After the race we all dig into a bowl of chili. You want to sign up before December 3rd to get the early registration discount.

Volunteer Corner Volunteers are the life blood of PPYC. So, we need you now to finish the year strong. Did you know every member is required to give back through our volunteer program
? Not only that, you will always learn something new because almost every volunteer slot comes with on the job training!




PPYC Christmas Dinner

Volunteer Yourself

10 Open Slots – Decorating, Food Prep, Cook, Setup, Grill Master etc.

Kamikaze Regatta

Volunteer Yourself

Slots are filled – Good work!


Let’s go sailing!

Fred Bartrom


ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): The PPYC Resource Center
A repository of class pictures and materials from our PPYC classes for your reference.  Information made available at instructor's permission.


Bareboating: Fun Experiences & Practical Considerations, 03.02.2019
Kurt and Nancy Berger gave us the inside scoop on chartering a boat without a skipper or crew.  The link above is to the PowerPoint slide deck presented in the class.

Galen Freeman One Design Race ResultsMay 18-19, 2019

Sailing Skills Course (PPYC U), June 8, 2019:
     Small Boat Trailering 
(PowerPoint slide show) by Bobby McCullough

PPYC Turns 50 in 2020!

In just a few months, Percy Priest Yacht Club will celebrate our 50th ANNIVERSARY!!!

We would like you to look through your photo albums, scrap books, newspaper and magazine clippings, videos, documents, or anything else you come across and share it with us.  We want to borrow these items to assemble into a digital collection commemorating the history of our club.

Richard "Hook" Lewis is leading this project and asks that you drop your items off in a sealed envelope or box with your name and phone number clearly marked on the outside.  We will return your items back to you as soon as we have made copies. 

Got questions?  Contact Richard at 615.974.1894 or email him:

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Fall Off Regatta
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Communications Corner
Sheila Armstrong


Written while thinking about what all I am thankful for this year...


My Thanksgiving message to you this year is in the form of a love letter of here it goes...

Over the past two years, I have gotten to learn the basics of sailing and while in no way am I an expert, I am understand how sailing gets into your blood and how one comes to love how it feels to be able to "harness the wind".

I have met so many great folks while being a part of our yacht club. Some were easy friendships and some took a little longer to develop and others are still a work in progress.  Folks that come together to share a passion become a tribe, if you will, and tribes will stick together. Nowadays, we call these tribes "family".  My sailing family has expanded immensely this year and I am richer for it.

By participating in LATH, Basic Keel Boat Skills and all the PPYC - U classes, I know the lingo of the sailing community.  I can keep up with and participate in conversations about sailing with relative ease. I have the basic concepts down pat and am starting to put all the pieces together.

My decision to put myself out there at Wednesday Night Racing this year and volunteer myself on a boat means I now have skills that provide value as a crew member.  By no means, am I suggesting I have expert skills as of this writing, but I can take instruction and be helpful on a boat. Racing is not a big scary thing for me anymore; I see it as an intricate dance of precise movements to maximize the wind and your position on the water. The biggest takeaway from Wednesday Night Racing is that I learned I really like to race.

I volunteered to serve on the club boats and race committee boats at regattas as often as I could this year.  I was always out taking pictures for our newsletter and on the website.  I tried to capture the joy on your faces as crew members gathered together for pictures with trophies in hand.  Your friendships and respect for each other were so palpable.  I love taking all those pictures.

By volunteering to be your club's communications director, I have had the honor to share my experience in becoming a huge fan of sailing -- I have been completely bitten by the bug!  Being the communications director also meant that I got to meet so many folks.  You are a fun bunch of people and I love being right there along side all of you.

All these bits and pieces come together into a beautiful mosaic of what I am so thankful for this year.  PPYC has been a blessing in my life and each of you are a blessing, too.  I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this year. Be safe and know that you are always part of my family.

Time to sign off for this week. Until I see you again, be good to one another.

Take care,

Want to see more recent regatta pictures?

Fall Off Regatta -     CLICK HERE !

Equalizer Regatta - crews and awards  CLICK HERE!

Equalizer Regatta - John's race pictures (using Google Photos app) CLICK HERE!

Oktoberfest Regatta - CLICK HERE!

Want to see race results?

Fall Off Regatta Race Results - CLICK HERE!


Your friendly communications director always appreciates folks taking pictures at these events.  I LOVE posting our pictures.  As always, please forward them to me to add to the website.

Time to sign off for this week. Until I see you again, be good to one another.

Take care,

Take care,

A note as your Communications Director:
If you notice any incorrect information or discover a broken link, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Learn to Sail

Percy Priest Yacht Club offers many learn to sail opportunities, including Learning at the Helm (LATH), and our Basic Keelboat Class.

Find out more about the numerous racing events at PPYC, including Regattas, Wednesday Night Racing and other Club Races. 
About Us

Learn more about Percy Priest Yacht Club.

Learn more about the activities taking place at PPYC, including our Event Calendar

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What is PPYC?

Percy Priest Yacht Club (PPYC) is a club of sailing enthusiasts who enjoy spending time together in racing and social events. The main purposes of PPYC are to promote the sport of sailing, enhance boat handling skills and safety on the water, and promote fellowship and association among its members.


Learn more about the benefits of membership, how to join, and find a membership application.


Racing at PPYC is an exciting time to get out on the water, enjoy friendly competition with your fellow sailors, and the best way to improve your sailing skills.

Learning at the Helm (Lath)

“Learning at the Helm” (LATH) is a program sponsored by Percy Priest Yacht Club, meeting principally out of Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina. This group of sailors meets every Tuesday night, April through September.