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Here we are, November, already.  Where did summer go?  Even though we are officially in Fall season, there is still boating time left in November.  Every year at this time I feel mixed emotions, already missing our warm summer temperatures but looking forward to winter months plus getting sentimental missing all our boating “snow bird” friends who are fleeing the cold winter here for warmer temperature south.

Be sure not to miss nature’s spectacular display of color with the “Fall Foliage” season.   October is suggested to be the peak foliage time but November will also be beautiful at Land Between the Lakes, Grand Rivers and Green Turtle Bay Resort.  Among one of the most scenic routes in western Kentucky is the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway in Land between the Lakes National Recreation areas.


CYC’s largest events occur in September, the Seafood Boil and our CYC 12th Annual Commonwealth Cup Regatta.

Both events were a Hugh success.  Over 145 hungry folks enjoyed the excellent seafood prepared at the boil by our own master chefs.    This event would never happen if not for all our volunteers who worked tirelessly for at least 3 days before the boil.  So, everyone should start thinking about volunteering next year, many hands make light work!!




The 12th Annual Commonwealth Cup Regatta was a fun and furious time.  The sailors enjoyed 2 days of perfect weather, plenty of wind and sunshine.    Many thanks again to our racers and sponsors, especially our Title Sponsor First Kentucky Bank.  Our regatta was very fortunate to add the J22 fleet to our racing classes this year.  Hopefully the J22 participation will grow in the coming years.  Congratulations to following first place race winners:  Marc Crutcher on “Apex” for winning the coveted Commonwealth Cup; Steve Smith for first place in the Spring 2017 Sailing Series and to Steve who also won first in the Fall 2016 Sailing Series races; Mark Zabawa racing on “Knot Impulsive” winning the Cruising Class trophy; JAM B first place trophy went to Steve Smith on “Heeling Time”; JAM A first place trophy was  won by Eddie Jones and crew on “Proximate Cause”; the Spinnaker class first place was won  



By Marc Crutcher on “Apex”; Chip Riddle and crew won first place for J22’s on “Two Dollar Pistol”.   

Again, without all our wonderful volunteers this event would not have been possible.  We are looking forward to our 13th Commonwealth Cup Regatta and will start the planning stages in January 2018.


November at the Bay and Grand Rivers events start with the Grand Rivers Festival of Lights on November 3, 2017, which will feature the Eternal Vision Gospel Group.  This runs from Friday, November 3, 2017 through the first weekend of January, 2018.   Experience the magic of a small-town Christmas.  The celebration includes over 700,000 lights and displays in Patti’s Settlement and downtown, Musical Christmas productions at the Badgett Playhouse, one of a kinds gifts at unique shops and cozy lodging at Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina.

November 4 is also the Fall Sailing Series Frost Bite Race, meet Commodore Sharla Sparks on Kentucky Lake around 10:00am to participate in the race.  

“Fill the Trolley” for charity at the Village Market started on October 23rd and ends November 30th.

Be sure to stop by and drop off some extra supplies in the trolley.  

Green Turtle Bay and the Commonwealth Yacht Club will be closed on November 23, Thanksgiving, so all employees can enjoy this holiday with friends and family.

The last board meeting of 2017 will be on December 2 at 9:00am at the Commonwealth Yacht Club.  Contact Commodore Sharla Sparks if you have any event suggestions.  

Mark your calendar and make your reservations for CYC’s Annual Christmas Party on December 2.  This party is always a chance to meet up with your friends and have a great time.  Then December 31, is the CYC New Year’s Eve Party, where else do you want to end 2017 at than the Commonwealth Yacht Club.    This sums it up for 2017, sigh!!


See you at the Lake,

Ann Donnelly

Past Commdore


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