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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 2:06:00 PM

Welcome to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!


The Steele Cup/Twin Towers Regatta was held Saturday September 17th 2022 at Rancho Seco. In the past the Steele Cup has been scheduled in mid-August. After last years regatta we had many comments about the excessive heat so we decided to try mid-September. Of course the big question was what would the winds be like at that time of year? They were predicted to be stronger than normal, but at the Skippers meeting we were a bit surprised to see the wind coming from the South west. This would mean downwind starts or reverse courses. Oh, and at the gate we were warned that there was no swimming, not even SUP due to high levels of bacteria.


This year we also hosted the Katherine Eavenson Memorial Regatta (KEMR), an all women crewed regatta. We had done this many years ago here at Rancho Seco with the women crewing Banshees, some even doublehanded. This year we had two Lido 14s for the women to race. Yauni Smith skippered John Poimiroo’s Lido with Joyce Johnson as crew. And Elizabeth Davies skippered her son Peter’s Lido with Stacy Werder crewing. We started the ladies first as the wind was predicted to get stronger in the afternoon. The plan was to run 3 races for the women before running 5 for the guys.


At the first start the wind was probably around 5MPH and RC gave them a half A, just to mark 1 and back. Even though this was her first time skippering a Lido, Yauni won the first race. By the 2nd race the wind had built a little with gusts to 10+, and a bit shifty. RC called for a REVERSE A. Yauni and Joyce missed the “reverse” so they sailed the wrong course giving Elizabeth the win. By this time the winds were stronger and even more shifty giving the ladies more trouble than they were expecting so both skippers mutually agreed to retire.


With the building wind, and no one to race against, Peter decided to hang out on the Werder’s Dewitt instead of struggling with the Lido (good call). There were only four Banshees, Jeff Nelson, Gary Preston, Rob Cram and myself. The Banshees did get in 5 races but the wind just kept building. And with the puffs and shifts we were in survival mode (hence the Mr. Toad reference). In the fourth race, Rob, Gary and I were neck and neck following Jeff as we were approaching mark 2. I capsized while jibing and of course the first thing I thought of going over was keep your mouth shut when I hit the water. I got back up and finished last, spitting every now and then to get rid of the imaginary lake water that might have touched my lips.


After four races, Jeff was ahead with four bullets and we had a three-way tie for 2nd with 12 points each. Before the 5th race, I decided I had had enough, but I planned to start and take a DNF. Then I saw Gary retire and with 20 seconds to go, both Jeff and Rob were way off the start line. I also noticed the wind had calmed a bit. So after starting, I half-heartedly sheeted in and grabbed my course sheet to double check. Yep, 1-3-Finish, so I decided to keep racing! I held off Jeff and Rob to win the last race and take Second overall.


The quote of the day was from Rob. As he and I were sailing downwind to mark 2 in the third race, each passing the other only to give it back, I yelled “we’ve got quite the drag race here.” He yelled back “yeah, it’s like Huntington except instead of worrying about hyperthermia we have worry about catching a virus!”


A big thank you goes to Karen Preston for taking on Race Committee, pretty much single handed! Everyone had a great time at the awards/BBQ. Elizabeth Davies won the tiebreaker to take the KEMR and Jeff Nelson won the Steele Cup. Congratulations to you both!

Final Standings

Steele Cup: 1 - Jeff Nelson, 2 - Kerry Johnson, 3 - Rob Cram, 4 - Gary Preston

KEMR: 1 - Elizabeth Davies, 2 - Yauni Smith





2022 Trans-Folsom Race 

Thursday, April 28, 2022 10:53:00 AM

The Folsom Lake Yacht Club invites sailors and their families to the Trans-Folsom Regatta at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (Brown's Ravine).  

21 Mile pursuit race around Folsom Lake!!

2022 Camellia Cup 

Saturday, April 16, 2022 5:41:00 PM

The Folsom Lake Yacht Club and the Regatta Sponsors invite all sailors and their families to the 55th Annual Camellia Cup Regatta at Folsom Lake. The Camellia Cup is one of the major regattas of the sailing season. Sponsored By: Folsom Lake Marina. All racers are requested to pre-register. Late registration will be available on site 7:30-8:30 Saturday morning but online registration will help speed up the scoring process. So do everyone a favor (and avoid late fees) by registering online here:


Due to the Covid restrictions only recently being eased we will not be hosting dinner on Saturday; however, participants are welcome to come by the clubhouse after racing to socialize. On Sunday we will have a raffle while waiting for the awards, and hot dogs, chips and sodas will also be available for purchase. 

More Information:

Kerry Johnson


Spring Series 

Thursday, March 24, 2022 8:30:00 PM

Folsom Lake Sailors, the lake has water and spring series racing is back in full swing. Two race days of competitive sailing are done with two more to go. For more information, check out the Seasonal Series Race info under the Events tab or Click Here.

FLYC Membership 

Sunday, January 02, 2022 8:23:00 AM

Members and non-members are able to pre-register and pay for all FLYC events, memberships and merchandise in advance using a credit card. No more forgetting cash or writing a check that doesn't get deposited right away. Some items cannot be purchased in the same transaction and will be noted when adding the item to your cart.

The FLYC Board looks forward to seeing you all on the water in 2022.

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Wednesday Night Fun Racing 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:04:00 PM

Wednesday night casual racing starts on Folsom Lake Wednesday May 5th and runs till September 1st or we run out of water.

Bring a boat or catch a ride as crew on our Facebook site. Boats meet at 6pm near the center pin due West of the Hobie Cove ramp.

No cost to race, no scoring and no committee boat. Courses will be called on the water. Join us back at the clubhouse for after racing social.


Bruce Edwards Wins the 54th Annual Camellia Cup 

Sunday, April 11, 2021 10:20:00 PM
Results are posted!!!
Congrats to Bruce Edwards in Banshee 806 for winning the Camellia Cup this year!!
The race could not happen without the amazing group of volunteers that helped prepare for the race and that helped on race day both on the water and on shore. Thanks you!!
5 races on Folsom Lake is a tough ask and the wind thankfully delivered some exciting racing!

Spring Series Race #3 Cancelled 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 3:37:00 PM

Spring Series Race #3 scheduled for 3/13/2021 is canceled due to lake level. Racing will resume once the lake reaches 400'. The lake is currently at 396 and rising. Check back here for information on Race #4 currently scheduled for 3/20/2021.

Spring Series Race #2 Cancelled 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:31:00 PM

The lake is not rising fast enough this week so we are canceling Spring #2 this Saturday 2/27. The last ten days have averaged half a foot a day. If that continues we should be good for Spring #3 on March 13th.

Spring Series Race #1 Cancelled 

Friday, February 19, 2021 9:49:00 PM

Spring Series Race #1 scheduled for 2/20/2021 is canceled due to lake level. Racing will resume once the lake reaches 400'. The lake is currently at 392.57 and rising fast. Check back here for information on Race #2 currently scheduled for 2/27/2021.

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