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Commodore's Corner
Fred Bartrom

This weekend, over 100 sailors and volunteers will be descending on Percy Priest Lake to participate in the Equalizer Regatta for One Design Cruisers. We want to welcome everyone and especially thank the many who have traveled to Nashville to sail and run the race this weekend. Of the twenty two boats that are registered, sixteen are out of state. Many thanks to our race director, Craig Dooley and those who have helped him organize this event. You will not find a better run, better sailed race in the country this weekend!


Coming up…

NOTE: It is important to pre-register and volunteer as early as possible for our regattas. It takes a lot to put these together. Signing up early helps tremendously with the planning. If you are a racer, take your turn at helping out with Race committee.


Fall Off Regatta, November 2ndNotice of RaceRegister - Volunteer

The fall on Percy Priest lake is beautiful, so sign up now for the Fall Off race in two weeks! All boats are invited for this handicap race to end our regatta season. You can run spinnaker or non-spinnaker on a distance course. Or, if you are in the Bee fleet or new to racing we will be running the triangle course close to the committee boat. This is a great way to get your bearings and start enjoying our sailing events.


Kamikaze Regatta, December 8th:  Notice of Race – RegisterVolunteer


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!




Fall Off Regatta

Volunteer Yourself

9 Open Slots – Food & Beverage, Race Comm. Chase Boats, Registration, etc.

PPYC Christmas Dinner

Volunteer Yourself

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

Kamikaze Regatta

Volunteer Yourself

2 Open Slots – Food & Beverage


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:


Did you know PPYC was formed in 1970? That means we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2020!!  

For this very special milestone, we are now announcing a contest to develop PPYC 50th Anniversary logos and graphics that will be used on our website, newsletter and on items you can purchase from our Ship’s store.

If you are graphically inclined, please submit your designs by the end of October, 2019! 

Here is what is needed (submit one, several or all categories).

1. Graphic that could be used on the back of a tee shirt.

2. Rectangular logo like we use on letterhead.



3. Burgee logo like we use on trophies.



To see examples of our current logos, log into the PPYC website as a member and then click on the “PPYC Documents” menu. Select “Logo Samples” from the list.

1. Win one category and choose an item from the Ship’s store with the anniversary logo for $50 or less.

2. Win in two or more categories and choose an item from the Ship’s store for $100 or less.


We request all submissions be in the committee’s hands by the end of October, 2019.  You will be able to send your entries via email to Kathy Ware, Vice Commodore. 
Good luck to everyone!!

Rookie Race Prep Course had a full house of participants!

Communications Corner
Sheila Armstrong


Written while getting Equalizer Regatta info all sorted, stapled and bundled for tomorrow's regatta. 


I am volunteering at this weekend's Equalizer Regatta.  I can only be there on Sunday and I plan to take lots of pictures at the Regatta for everyone to enjoy.

When Fred writes that there is a whole lot of work that goes into hosting a regatta, he is not kidding!  I have volunteered on just about every regatta this year and can tell you there are a lot of tasks done behind the scenes that are necessary to make a regatta go off without a hitch.  Just a sampling of the tasks done for a regatta:

  • Chase and committee boats gassed up and in good working condition.
  • Food planned, purchased, prepped, cooked, served, and cleaned up afterwards.
  • Securing volunteers to work the registration desk.
  • Staffing chase boats and committee boats and all the pre- and post-race work they do.
  • Getting awards selected, ordered and picked up.
  • Tallying up scores to determine winners.

And the list goes on and on...

To all who have signed up to volunteer at the Equalizer Regatta, you are a blessing and we thank you.  To anyone still thinking they might like to help, just come on out tomorrow morning and we will put you to work.  I promise you will have fun, you will meet folks from all over, and your efforts will be appreciated.

It is going to be a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 70s.  Why not spend the day with us on the lake?

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

Take care,


Just love this picture -- so I am keeping it up another week.

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

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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.