Go Sail – Give Back


Need sailing gear?  The “Go Sail / Give Back” program sponsored by Windrider will donate 6% of sales back to Friends of Yellow Creek for improvements at the park sailing base.  Need a PFD, new sails, or other marine parts? Considering buying a new sailboat?!  Please use the link to automatically associate your purchase with Yellow Creek Sailing.*

(*IUP sailors, the Coop is not a partner of Windrider but FOYC is; any money donated goes directly to improvements at the sailing base enjoyed by FOYC members and IUP Sailors. )





IUP Messabout with Gannon and Pitt

On Sunday 9/27, sailors from IUP, Gannon University and the University of Pittsburgh converged on Yellow Creek Lake near campus to enjoy a day of racing and camaraderie.  The Messabout took place at the Yellow Creek Sailing Base and was co-sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Yellow Creek.
Eleven sailors from IUP participated: Phil Dorn, Karl Richter, Joe Cristello, Ryan Sweeney, Kaleigh Gilmer, Karen Hill, Allie Jane, Will Brunner, Sean Horan, Denali Davis, and Ellie Kapp.
Gannon brought eight sailors from Erie, and Pitt also brought eight sailors.  All three schools are members of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Sailing Association, and so they are eligible to compete in formal regattas on the Great Lakes, Chesapeake, and Atlantic. None of the three teams is more than four years old however, so it was decided a less formal “Messabout” would be more appropriate than a strict regatta.
Six races were held, with boats visiting the committee boat in order to substitute crew members, so that as many sailors as possible could enjoy the fun experience. Winds were perfect for an exciting race day, with sustained speeds of 10-11 mph and gusts up to 19 mph!
While the racing was not a “sanctioned” regatta, a standard “T-1” course was set up and the teams raced very competitively. Typical of college racing, the host team provides the boats; so IUP provided its six sailboats for the teams to share. So each school had two boats on the water, and each boat has on sailor who is the “skipper” and is accompanied by the “crew.”  Scores are calculated on a low point system, with the winner of a given race receiving one point and the last place finish 6 points.
Final results were: Pitt Boat 03, First Place; IUP Boat 02 and Gannon Boat 05 tied for Second Place, with Pitt Boat 04 in third place.
Since some sailors had never participated in a formal race, and one or two crew were totally new to sailing, one could see improvement as the races progressed.  There were several close finishes, one equipment breakdown (fixed on the water), and one capsize!
The racing was followed by a BBQ and campfire to warm back up after the “refreshing” sailing.  IUP Sailing is a community affair with alumni members and faculty eligible to join.
Like Pitt and Gannon, the IUP sailing club welcomes new members.  Experienced members can become involved in racing, but the focus of the club is on welcoming new sailors to the sport.  The club “captain” Karl Richter and club advisor, Prof. Ken Sherwood, are both certified US Sailing instructors. Finance Prof. Dan Lawson and experienced student sailors also help teach the novices. As part of the club membership, interested students can learn and then achieve official US Sailing certification. IUP Sailing meets in Leonard 118 on Thursday evenings at 8pm. Look them up on Crimson Connect, http://iblog.iup.edu/iupsailing/ or Facebook.  mssabout-all
College sailing season for Fall is August – Nov 1, and Spring sailing begins when the lake thaws in April.

Yellow Creek Messabout



Yellow Creek Messabout

(a fall, sailing festival)

Noon, Sunday 9/27

You are invited to a fall sailing festival at Yellow Creek State Park. Come join us for sailing, socializing and food. Beginning at noon, we expect sailors from University of Pittsburgh and Gannon University to join IUP for informal racing. We’ll have social sailing on FOYC boats and SUPs (stand-up paddle boards) for Friends members. But if you’re not a member, come join the festivities and find out about our sailing lessons and growing community sailing opportunities.

The Messabout is a relaxed alternative to the formal regatta. Bring your boat, if you have one … or hitch a ride with the friendly sailors at Yellow Creek. We’ll provide hotdogs, BBQ supplies and drinks. You’re welcome to bring your own favorite food to grill and share.

Yellow Creek Messabout is co-sponsored by Friends of Yellow Creek (FOYC.org) and the IUP Sailing Club (http://iblog.iup.edu/iupsailing/).

The Yellow Creek sailing base is accessible via College Lodge Road off of Rt. 422. (Beach launching only at the sailing base; if you are bringing a trailerable boat, please launch from one of the park launch ramps on the north shore.) Email FriendsOfYellowCreek@gmail.com for more information.

2015 Officers

Congratulations to 2015/16 officers:

President – Joe Cristello
VP/Secretary – Rachel Brown
Public Relations – Will Brunner
Treasurer – Philip Dorn

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Welcome Back – Feb 5, 8pm

Interested students are invited to a welcome back meeting by the IUP Sailing Club, Thursday, Feb 5th at 8pm in Leonard 110.

Find out about learning to sail this spring with IUP’s club. Students can also travel to compete in collegiate regattas.  Experienced sailors and beginners are welcome

As a special treat, this meeting will begin with a presentation and video from the director of Marine Operations from the Brig Niagara.  Students will learn about opportunities to join this Tall Ship for a 3 week cruise during the summer. And there are even opportunities to earn course credit.Niagara

Club History 2011-2014

The mission of the IUP Sailing Club is to involve the IUP community in recreational sailing; to allow beginners to master basic skills leading to US Sailing certification; and to provide experienced sailors the opportunity to develop racing tactics and compete in collegiate regattas.
The club was formed in Fall of 2011. With no boats and few experienced sailors, the club officers lead by founding president Justin Thomas embarked on a Puddle Duck Racer building project.  In August 2012, the club acquired six JY15s through the support of the IUP Student Cooperative Association and the leadership of Erin Carlson and Taylor Billman. 
The club began sailing out of the south shore of Yellow Creek State Park, with certified US Sailing instructors Karl Richter (’16) and Julia Campbell (’16) providing lessons to novice IUP sailors.
The Sailing Club was recognized with an Excellence in the Classroom award at the IUP Student Leadership Banquet (March 2014) and club officer, Karl Richter, was given the IUP Chacivity Award (April 2014), recognizing Character, Civility, and Integrity.
The club has also been active in community service, sponsoring Get-Outdoors-PA outreach sessions with the park to introduce the public to sailing. 
In 2012 and 2013, the club hosted Pitt Sailing at Yellow Creek for informal races at Septemberfest. Partnering with the non-profit, Friends of Yellow Creek, and the state park, the club is preparing to reopen the Yellow Creek Sailing Base on the north shore of the park. 
The Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association accepted IUP Sailing as an Associate member, and the club became eligible for formal competition. In May 2014, sailors Richter and Joe Cristello represented IUP for the first time ever in a sanctioned ISCA race at Annapolis, MD.