Privateer Yacht Club has a facility inherited from previous generations of sailors that includes twenty eight acres on beautiful Lake Chickamauga, a clubhouse built by volunteers, one boat ramp and a dinghy hoist, wet slip docks for 80 sailboats, 110 dry slips for “dry sailed” boats and/or trailers, two maintenance hoists, a marine rail lift for bottom work on larger sailboats, a covered rack for a dozen kayaks, and a 1-1/2 mile wooded trail built by members. In fact, nearly all the facilities have been built by and are maintained by members.
Racing is PYC’s most important activity. Associate members are highly encouraged to participate in racing activities either as skippers of their own boat or as a crew member of someone else’s boat. Racing is scheduled year 'round. Keel boats race on Saturday afternoons with a 1 pm or 10 am starting gun from March through November (check the calendar). Beginning in mid-April and continuing through October, One-Design dinghies are raced on Sundays with a starting time at 2:30 pm. As daylight permits, usually from mid April through the end of August, Wednesday night Jib And Main (JAM) races are scheduled at 7 pm. Race committee instruction is offered aboard the RC boat during the year, or just volunteer to help out to get experience for your turn.
Most members own their own sailboat(s), but that is not necessary to enjoy sailing at Privateer. Members and/or visitors may come to the clubhouse area an hour before scheduled races and let it be known that they want to crew. Most times, keel boat skippers are looking to pick up crew, especially if it’s windy. Also, we have a club fleet of small sailboats (dinghies) for use by our membership, which consists of 2 Flying Scots, 6 Lasers and one Sidewinder. We also have 18 Optimist Prams (Optis) for training the younger crowd. Membership with Privateer Yacht Club offers the opportunity to broaden sailing skills in a relaxed environment while having lots of fun! Typical activities include races, an occasional short “cruise,” and just plain fun day sailing with other members. Once a member’s sailing abilities have been demonstrated, use of club sailboats is available on a first-come first-serve basis.
PYC contracts with sailing instructors to provide professional instruction for those who want lessons. The instructors are all experienced sailors, required to have instructor certification from US SAILING. The US SAILING instructor training program represents 40 hours of study on topics including learning theory, sports psychology and sports pedagogy. In addition, they are required to perform several skill evaluations including safety boat operation, sailing and knot tying, and communication and presentation techniques both in the classroom and on the water. The final phase of the course involves written exams on learning theory, sailing theory, and a safe boating quiz from the US Coast Guard. The instructors are also required to carry current certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association for CPR (4 hours of training) and First Aid (4 hours of training).