The Escanaba Yacht Club (EYC) was established in 1934 with active members who enjoy cruising, racing, & social activities.

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smiley News & Upcoming Events:

Check out the "Calendar" page for the 2018 season.  

* June 2018 Bay Breeze:  Click here to download

* Ann Shipman Memorial, Saturday, July 7th:  The family of Ann Rita Shipment (June 2, 1931 to October 9, 2017) invite you to celebrate her life. A memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 7th, at 11 a.m. at St. Joesph's Church in Escanaba.  Luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Escanaba Yacht Club for family friends and EYC members.  Ann will be missed by all.

Marina Fest, Saturday, July 18th:  Music, sun, & fun from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.  With 5 band, 3 food vendors, games & activies!

Mid-Summer Race, Wednesday, July 11th:  Island or Jimmy Buffet attire required on the boats.  Post race social is bring a snack to share.

EYC Commodore's Dinner & Stoll Race -  June 16th:  Another great Commodore's Dinner!  Thanks Cindy, David, and helpers!!  The classic C.W. Stoll Race was a no go this year.  Following a 1 hour weather delay the thunderstorm activity required a cancellation of the race.  Next year!

NEW  Small Boat Racing:  A group of local small sailboat sailors plan to meet for a fun sail & race on Saturdays @ 1:00 p.m. & Sundays @ 3:00 p.m. (June through September).  Meeting location is on Aronson Island across from the Bath House.  Buoys are placed in the south-west basin of the harbor.  Each skipper is reponsible for his/her vessel and crew and has the sole responsibility for safety and the decision to sail or not. For more information contact Bob Rosenfeldt at or text at 906-399-1332

Fun Sailing    Open To All    No Cost  →  Organized By The Participants

EYC Opening Party & Fun Run - June 1st:  The EYC Members and guests enjoyed the Opening Party and Fun Run Parade.  Great turnout, great evening!

April 2018 Bay Breeze:  Click here to download

Marilyn has done a fantastic job putting together another Bay Breeze.  I'm sure you will enjoy John Mitchell's club history that Marilyn and Dean expanded on with pictures of many of the boats.  You can find them both on our EYC web page along with the EYC Calendar that John does a great job updating. Thank you to all of those who have sent in their dues.  If you would like an additional card let me know. So batten down the hatches and we will see you soon!  Commodore Dave

Breaking News:  A HISTORY OF THE ESCANABA YACHT CLUB 1934-1959 by John Mitchell  - Edited by Marilyn Brown (2018) is now available.  A fasinating history of the EYC and boating on the Bay.  Check out the photos! Click the "Club History" page.


EYC Annual Banquet - Saturday, January 20th, @ the Terrace Bay Inn:  

Friendship & celebration at the EYC Banquet!  The members took a break from the Winter Wonderland to catch up with friends.  In addition, members received the EYC financial report by Sue Harris and the board election results.  The 2017 Race trophies and plaques were awarded. Dean Shipman shared a witty story from the archives that was written by his Dad.  Marilyn read a fascinating recount from John Mitchell  of storms and survival on the Bay.  Commodore David Anthony admirably was the master of ceremony! Yachtsman of the Year: Congratulations to Marilyn Kinsey Brown!  The Sailor of the Year was deservedly awarded to Tom Woodaz! Thanks to all for attending and Cindy for organizing the banquet!











October 2017 Bay Breeze:  Thanks to Marilyn Kinsey Brown for authoring the newsletter and the many contributors! Click here to download   

Halloween Closing Party - Saturday, October 28th:  The EYC members donned costumes and had a scary good time. Thanks Cindy for hosting the ghosts and goblins!

September 9th Pasta Dinner & Frostbite Race:  Roxanne served members and guests with a fabulous pasta dinner featuring her homemade sauces and a beautifully decorated club.  Pasta-licious!  Thanks to Roxanne, Dan, Dane, and all the helpers!  Congratulations to Josh Anthony & Moonshadow for taking the top spot in the Frostbite Cruising Class and to Dolce, skipperd by Bob Yin, on 1st in the Spinnaker+ class!  The results are on the "Racing" page.

August 19th Docktails Party & Dinner:  Thanks to Social Chair Cindy and helpers for serving a wonderful dinner featuring Honey Lime Ginger Pork.  Also, thanks to the EYC members who extended the dock hospitality through tours, snacks, and refreshments!

August Race Series:  Racing resumes for all classes beginning August 2nd.

July 29th MarinaFest

Marina + Festival - enjoy the Marina Fest this Saturday! A fun sailing race, radio controlled sailboat demo, food vendors and of course the talented music! Bring a lawn chair and relax. 

Sailing race - Skippers meeting at 11 a.m. & start at Noon.  

Radio Control Sailboat demonstrations and race at 4:30 pm by the Gas Dock. 

July 15th 'Come Sail Away':  A big success!  A new club event to introduce boating and the EYC to the community was held on July 15th.  The EYC invited the public to enjoy our beautiful Little Bay de Noc and enjoy a free sailboat ride.  All 30 opens were filled in advance. Times for 1 hour rides were 10:00, 11:30, or 1:00 p.m.  Thanks the following 5 boat owner who gave there time the event by providing rides to the participants - Anthony, Gardner, Hansen, Woodaz, and Good.  Thanks to Greg Gardner and Cindy Anthony for organizing the event. 

4th of July Breakfast at the Club:  TA beautiful summer morning welcomed the July 4th breakfast.  A hearty breakfast helped the members, visiting boaters, and the public start get the stay started right.  Thanks to Jim & Alice Hansen, Roger and Windy Good, and the members who helpd.

June 2017 Bay Breeze:  Thanks to Marilyn Kinsey Brown for authoring the newsletter and the many contributors! Click here to download

Commodores Dinner & C.W. Stoll Race - June 17th

Thanks to Commodore Dave & Cindy for another impressive EYC Dinner.  The crowd enjoyed company of fellow members and friends.  The classic C.W. Stoll Race results were:  Cruising Class - 1) Moonshadow  2) Lyda Rose  / Spinnaker Class - 1) Dolce  2) Seven Up

Kick of the Summer Season at the EYC!  

Come to the opening party and reconnect with your boating friends beginning at 6 p.m.  Bring a snack to share. No charge and we will have pop and ice. Please tell the parade officials that you are going to the EYC and they will let you past the barricade. The Cruisin Classics car parade starts at 7:00.

Opening Party - Kick of the Summer Season at the EYC!  

The Club Open Party kicked off the season with a bang.  Big crowds enjoyed a beautiful June night.  The Fun Run had record #'s with a reported 400 cars!  Amazing!!

Nautical Chart Collection Gifted to the Escanaba Public Library

The Escanaba Public Library is pleased to announce the generous gift of over 1,289 nautical charts from Dr. Richard Fink.   This large chart collection includes charts covering parts of the Great Lakes, US East Coast, and West Coast, Canadian Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Gulf, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean & West Indies, Atlantic islands, the Mediterranean Sea, English Channel, North Sea, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Oceania.  Printed charts can simplify planning and identification of details and hazards along a course, offering a very different perspective than zooming in and out of an electronic chart on a small screen.  The collection will be a great resource and attraction for boaters to study charts of interest.   It will also be a useful reference tool for readers who wish to view the navigable waters, mentioned in a story or article.   The Escanaba Public Library Nautical Chart Collection was started with the move to the new building in 1995 with chart donations from Dale and Ruthie Vinette, Terry Reynolds, Charles Vader, Tom and Peg Lippart, and Dean Shipman. 

An index to the new collection is located on the Escanaba Public Library website at:  An orientation and presentation for the public is scheduled for April 24, 2017 at 6:30PM, at the Escanaba Public Library, 400 Ludington Street in Downtown Escanaba.  For more information, call the library at 906-789-7323.  Click here for the Escanaba Public Library flyer.

International Nite Iceboat Association sends thanks!  

The International Nite iceboat association would  like to take this opportunity to thank the the communities of Gladstone and Escanaba, particularly the Escanaba Yacht Club for hosting a very successful regatta. The exceptional hospitality we received warmed our hearts in some very chilly weather.

The regatta was a huge success and we are very grateful for the gracious welcome we were afforded. The 35 competitors and their entourage (family and friends), experienced the true spirit of the Upper Peninsula. Our "Yooper" friends provided fond memories we will each carry with the same passion we have for this great sport.   Regards,  Don Sanford  Commodore

The March 2017 Bay Breeze newsletter is hot off the press!  Thanks to Marilyn Kinsey Brown for authoring the newsletter! Content is king and several members provided articles and information. Thanks to Commodore Dave Anthony for sending out the Bay Breeze by email.  The goal is to distribute the Bay Breeze electronically.  Click Here for the March 2017 Bay Breeze

⇒ For members who requested a mailed newsletter, and for members without a viable email in our database, the issue will be sent soon.  To update your email address and to share news or articles the next issue email the EYC at

The Escanaba Marina and EYC is featured in the current issue of the Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine sharing the beauty and attractions of our area! Thanks to Todd Hurley for initiating the connection and Hurley Marine as advertising sponsor. Thanks to Marilyn Kinsey-Brown for authoring the article with assistance by Escanaba Marina and Delta County Visitor & Convention Bureau.  Click here for the webpage article.

The Nite Iceboat Northwest Regatta was held on Little Bay-de-Noc on March 11th & 12th.  

40 iceboats from the Midwest traveled to Escanaba and received a warm EYC welcome.  The Regatta was based at the Terrace Bay Inn with the races sailed on the east side of the Bay.  The EYC members provided coffee and the Club sponsored a hot lunch on the ice.  Members also set up ramps and helped the racers rig the boats.  The Nite website reported, "This place will be hard to beat".  

Hurrah for Terry Reynolds who coordinated with the Nite Organization, area iceboaters, and the local resources to bring this event here.  Thanks to Jim Walch, Cindy-Dave-Tyler- Josh Anthony, Mike Manning, Bob Yin and many other EYC members who devoted their weekend and providing EYC hospitality.  Memeber Greg Gardner served on the Nite Race Committee.  Mike Derusha from Menominee, who has many local connections, was instrumental in coordinating the event and serving on the Race Committee.

Members iceboaters Terry Reynolds, Bill Movalson, and Kris Photenhauer competed in the Silver Fleet.  Below are just a few photos from Saturday.  Also posted is a drone video of iceboating on the Bay filmed the weekend before the Regatta. 



Iceboats 2 from Drone UP North on Vimeo.


Sadly we report that Bob Sendenburgh, long time member & fixture at the Marina passed away unexpectedly.  Marilyn shared the following tribute to Bob:

Bob Sendenburgh was a great teacher about sailing from his many years of experience.  He carefully observed the weather, and knew how to select, equip and maintain a sailboat to be a pleasure to own, well into his 80’s.

A small, well-built sailboat, such as a Fisher 25 Daysailor, was within his budget of time, money and physical strength.  A sturdy rub rail, good protection from the sun and weather, a reliable autopilot and inside steering, an emergency anchor on the transom within easy reach, high bulwarks with sturdy handholds and lifelines to stay comfortably and safely on board, and a stereo to listen to Strauss waltzes, made sailing with Bob a pleasure! 

The sail plan shows a variety of relatively small sails, all on furlers, which were easily adjusted to the wind and sea conditions.  With extra sailors on board, a small spinnaker was fun to show off! A generously sized motor, allowed him to sail, almost every day with moderate winds, by motoring to windward 3-5 miles, and then reaching and jibing, to turn into the wind in the lee of Sand Point to furl the sails, and motor back to his slip. He had carefully planned docklines, using a spring line with a loop to drop it over a particular post, and then power gently sideways into the dock.  Ah, for a sturdy rubrail!  

Bob welcomed sailors on board, while at the dock, to share stories, and questions about how to fix something, or sailing techniques.  The boatyard was his favorite daily location in the Spring and Fall, to chat with other boat owners, and do the necessary To Do list projects to keep his boat in reliable working order.  Bob was a classy gentleman sailor, very knowledgeable, with a soft spoken voice, clear directions when assistance was needed or offered, and a wealth of sailing experience to share willingly with others.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  

 Annual Banquet Recap - January 21, 2017. 

  • The Terrace Bay Inn provided the perfect setting for a wonderful evening.  The members and guests enjoyed a great dinner and caught up with fellow members.
  • The program included introduction of David Anthony as the new EYC Commodore and election of Greg Gardner and Bob Rosenfeldt to the board.  Don Pfotenhauer is stepping of the Board after many years - thanks Don.
  • Congratulations to David Anthony who was honored as Yachtsman of the Year.  Robert Yin earned honors as Sailor of the Year.  
  • Griffin Johnson was presented with a special trophy for Best (and youngest) Foredeck Crew.

It's back!  The Bay Breeze is back in publication with the December 2016 issue.  Click below to open.  Many thanks to Marilyn Kinnsey for publishing the newsletter!

Click Here for the 2016 December Bay Breeze


A spooky fun good time at the 2016 Holloween & Closing Party!


  • 2016 Walk the Dock & Regatta Dinner

     Thanks to Cindy for hosting the EYC Dinner.  Walk the Dock featured Dolce, Northern Venture, Impulse, and Moonshadow.  The Regatta Race was cancelled do to weather.


The EYC & boating is for all ages!
Radio Controlled (RC) Soiling Sailing:  Terry is the RC organizer.  Stop by to Sail, Race, & Learn.


Enjoy this YouTube aerial video of Ludington Park, Marina, and the waterfront.  Click here for the stunning video!


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We will continue to expand the site to provide you with news, events, a photo gallery, race results, club history, and links to related websites.   Please check back often for updates and news.

EYC Board
Commodore: David Anthony Past Commodore: Dan Branson
Vice Com. Sail: John Anthony Directors:
Vice Com. Power/Cruise: open    Terry Reynolds
Treasurer: Sue Harris    Alex Sundstrom
Secretary: Michael Manning    Greg Gardner
Social Director: Cindy Anthony    Bob Rosenfeldt
Club Rentals:  Roxanne Branson    

Contact Information:
Escanaba Yacht Club
PO Box 70
Escanaba, MI 49829

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Reciprocity: Escanaba Yacht Club welcomes all 
transient boaters

EYC Burgees are available for $25.  Contact a EYC member to get yours!

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