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Commodore's Corner
Fred Bartrom

September Started with a bang!

We had lots of hungry sailors chowing down on the final burger nights for LATH and Wednesday Night Racing. Many thanks to Richard Hook Lewis for organizing these great social opportunities. Then last Saturday, we had a great turnout with 20 participants in the Race Prep Training class, wow! They got a dose of Regatta 101 and I hope to see most of them this Saturday at the Rookie Race. The last couple of LATHs were challenging but we have had two Wednesday night races in a row with nice wind. I am glad to see that we continue to have new folks come out to try their hand at the races on Wednesdays. Please note, there are only two weeks of LATH and Wednesday Night Racing left for 2019.

This Saturday, Sep
14 - Rookie Race:

Race on! Let’s take it to the water in the Rookie Race. If you are in the Bee Fleet, new to the club or new to racing, then this race is custom-made for you! Ride-along coaches are available. Don’t let your “rookieness” keep you off the water. Let me know if you want a ride-along coach, we have some standing by. Click the link below to see the Notice of Race and find out more details.

Special note about food and beverage for the Rookie Race: 

  • Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9:30.  
  • Competitors and volunteers should pack a picnic for lunch. After the race we will picnic on deck, hand out awards and tell tall tales about the race.
  • If you can help with breakfast, send a note to Richard and expect to arrive early.


PPYC Veteran advice for new sailors:

     "Read widely about sailing and sailing adventures as well as books on how to sail.  There are a number of volumes on the shelves at the marina building that are there for people to take and return on the honor plan.  Metro's public library has an extensive number of books related to sailing.  Also, used book stores and flea markets are a source for inexpensive volumes.  I have found some treasurers in used book stores.  Some may be dated, but the principles are still the same, whether you have wooden spars or those made of carbon fiber."


~ Kenny Cooper


(If you have some words of wisdom for new sailors or new members, send them my way in an email)


Upcoming Events:

  • LATH
  • Wednesday Night Races
  • Rookie Race (9/14): This is for you, if you are a rookie at racing or if you have rookie crew you want to get on the helm. What is a rookie? A skipper that needs a confidence booster before participating more in our regular regattas. We will run a simple course, with a long start line and on the water help.
  • Pot Luck Dinner! (9/28): PPYC at the creek. Come and enjoy the fellowship. Please bring a covered dish for your family plus two. Recommended dishes, casseroles, dessert and bread. House will cook up a meat dish.

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!!

Last week's Rookie Race Prep Course had a full house of participants!

Communications Corner
Sheila Armstrong


Written after a making my list of what all to bring to tomorrow's Rookie Race...cannot wait!


Tomorrow is the Rookie Race – the fun regatta that all us newer sailors have been looking forward to.  Remember:  If you feel the need to add a seasoned sailor to your crew mix, there will be folks on hand – just ask using code name “Training Wheels”.  Thirteen folks have signed up as of this morning!  We are going to have crazy fun!

Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch since we will be racing over typical lunchtime hours.  Don’t want to have to wrestle any “hangry” crew members while you are trying to sail.

I am registering folks starting at 8am tomorrow morning, then I am off to work on a committee boat (setting up course buoys, etc.).  Skippers all meet at 10am to get a run-through of the day’s race.  Then it is all hands on deck as we get our boats ready for a fun day of races!  Last race is no later than 1pm, so that we have time to go searching for missing boats and or crew members.

Afterwards, there will be an awards ceremony to honor and acknowledge skills on display during this race.  Never mind that the trophy may be dated 2012 or declare you as the 4th place winner, when we all know you were 1st place – just practice your “party manners” and accept the award with grace…and don’t forget to thank your mamma during your acceptance speech!

I plan to get lots of pictures to share in the following week’s newsletters.  I have several pictures from last week’s Rookie Race Prep Class.  Big turnout!

And if your race goes well next weekend, well just jump right in there with regattas scheduled the rest of this year...

Here's the regatta lineup:

     Sat & Sun, 10/5 & 10/6:  Oktoberfest & Catalina Cup
     Sat & Sun, 10/19 & 10/20:  Equalizer
     Sat, 11/2:  Fall Off
     Sun, 12/8:  Kamikaze

There is a lot coming down the pike this fall. Come join us.  Maybe we assemble a few "ladies only" crews to compete. 

Not so sure you are ready to race in a regatta?  Then come help us get the regattas up and running by VOLUNTEERING.  I am talking registering racers, riding the committee boat, riding on the chase boats, helping get the food ready...there is a whole other world that goes on around these races.  There's a place for everyone on race day...and you thought the only sport going on in the fall was football!

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

Take care,


Learn to Sail

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

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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.