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Beach-launching is no longer permitted at Lake Townsend Marina
On August 06, Lake Townsend Marina Management issued the following:
The small ramp next to the beach area is CLOSED until further notice
for all Sailboat launches.
Please do not back across the berm to the beach area, or move the orange cones.
NO set-up or beaching of sailboats will be permitted in that area.
The beach area is designated for KAYAK LAUNCHES ONLY.
Launch ALL BOATS from the main dock.
LTYC is shocked that the Marina has banned all sailboats that use the beach - including Weta and Isotope fleets. We sympathize with our members and guests who can no longer sail at Lake Townsend.
The Lake Townsend Yacht Club Board has been unable to resolve this issue with the Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department. Lake staff have given the club various excuses, but no sensible reason for this policy. Given the state of the relationship between LTYC and Parks management, it seems unlikely that the Lake Townsend Marina will reopen to beach-launched sailboats. If you purchased a launch pass and cannot sail because the beach is closed, LTYC suggests that you request a refund.
COVID 19 Notices
Return to Sailing (updated 07/31/20)
LTYC Return to Sailing Procedures are in effect for all club activities. Please review these procedures prior to participating in a club activity. Below is a high level summary.
- No onsite Competitors' Meetings or Socials
- Social Distancing at all times while on shore
- Follow Check-in procedures
- Dockmaster/Safety Officer at every group event
- Disinfect shared touched items before use
- Masks/buffs required while on shore
- Space out when rigging
- No more than 4 sailboat on one dock at a time
- Verbal assistance only - from a distance
On the Calendar
- Learn to Sail Classes
- Learn to Race Class
- Saturday Race Series:
LTYC Return to Racing Procedures are in effect, as well as the new Sailing Instructions, Course Diagrams, and Starting Sequence.
- Sailing Savvy Sunday
- 2020 Mayor's Cup Regatta rescheduled to Sept 26-27
See the Calendar below for details.
Mayor's Cup Regatta 2020
The Lake Townsend Yacht Club, City of Greensboro, and Greensboro Parks and Recreation invite you to the 2020 Mayor's Cup Regatta located on Lake Townsend. This is LTYC's premier invitational regatta of the year.
Lake Townsend is a gem of a lake with minimal motorboat traffic and a great venue for the social events that accompany the regatta. Come join the fun! Expected classes include: Flying Scot, Wayfarer, Laser, Tanzer 16 and more.
Do you miss racing? Do you want learn about racing rules, tactics, and strategy? Do you like sharing your knowledge? If so, come join LTYC's "Tuesday Sail-Talk" discussions, held via Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm eastern time. Each session addresses a particular aspect of sailing and sailboat racing. Group discussion is encouraged. Sessions typically last about an hour and include some social chit-chat.
Everybody is welcome to attend (whether you are a LTYC member or not), but you will need a Zoom meeting link and password. Contact Joleen Rasmussen for the meeting credentials. If you have any topic suggestions or questions you'd like to see covered in a future session, contact Eric Rasmussen.
Sep 29, 2020 - TBD: Suggest a topic!
Past sessions on YouTube:
- Hull Preparation
- Sail Shape 2 (setting shape for the conditions)
- Sail Shape 1 (draft, twist, and controls)
- Tell Tales
- Hull Shapes and Rigs
- Cordage 2 (basics)
- Learn-to-Race Class Review
- Cordage 1
- Downwind Sailing
- Skipper/Crew Communication
- Sail Trim and Boat Handling
- Right of Way
- Starting Tactics
- Before the Start
- Proper Course
- Tactics at a Windward Mark 3: On the Same Tack
- Tactics at a Windward Mark 2: On Opposite Tacks
- Tactics at a Windward Mark 1: Rounding Strategy
- Tactics at the Leeward Mark
- Racing Rules Q & A
From the Knot Board
To view more knots, visit the LTYC Knot Board
High School Sailing Team
Join the Lake Townsend Yacht Club High School Sailing Team!
The team is co-ed and open to 8th through 12th grade, public, private and home-schooled students. Members race with others from their own school or as a composite team against other schools, and are coached by experienced club members. The team practices two days per week and attends regattas at Lake Townsend and other lakes. Experience is not required, and the team provides the boats. Due to students' busy schedules, practices and regattas are not mandatory - so there is no excuse not to join the fun! Its fun, free, supportive, and a great learning opportunity.
Find out more