In Memoriam

With great sadness we report that long-time BLYC member Joe Miller passed away on Saturday, January 11. Joe and Ro were very active members of the Club for many years.

Please keep Joe’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers

More information will be posted when available.

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome Aboard Rodney Probst

BLYC General Manager

After a long search which included over 35 applicants we have hired a new Club General Manager. Rodney Probst, who is currently the Executive Chef and Acting General Manager at Moundbuilders Country Club, will be joining us on January 20th.

Rodney will report directly to the Board through Vice Commodore Bruce Ames.  The bar, kitchen, and service staff will all report directly to Rodney.  We are excited about this change and look forward to many great years ahead.

We proudly welcome Rodney and his wife Betsy to the BLYC Family.

Join us on Thursday, January 23
5:00 – 7:00

“Meet & Greet”
Reception to Introduce our new GM

From the General Manager...

Greetings Members of the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rodney Probst. I have accepted the General Manager position at your Buckeye Lake Yacht Club. I am excited to begin serving your club with the same dedication that I have shown to the members of Moundbuilders Country Club for the last 24 years.

From looking at your website and your social media page, it is obvious that you have a club of involved, enthusiastic members – A club rich in tradition and history. Together, we will take the BLYC to new heights. I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you in the coming weeks.

Rodney Probst


In Memoriam

With great sadness, we report that 1984 BLYC Commodore Dick Wolf passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2019.  He was 97 years old.

Dick was active at BLYC for many years and was the 1997 recipient of the Heber Yachtsman Merit Trophy.

Please keep Dick’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Click on the image above for the obituary 

Interested in Becoming a Certified Race Officer?

Our friends to the west over at Indianapolis Sailing Club are hosting a US Sailing, One-Day Race Management Seminar on Saturday, February 8th. Registration is open, but it is filling up fast! The Foundry Sailing Center in Cleveland will also be hosting a 2-day Advanced Race Management Seminar the weekend of January 18-19.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the US Sailing certification program and the benefits of becoming certified.

CLICK HERE to register for the February 8 Seminar in Indianapolis

CLICK HERE to register for the January 18-19 Seminar in Cleveland

Weekend Adventure of a Hunter 456 Named Ariel

by David Paligo


A few weeks ago, Bill Collinson and I were invited to sail with Jeffery Robb Sr. and Jeff Robb Jr, to Put-In-Bay (PIB) on their Hunter 456 named Ariel. This was going to be an exciting weekend to return to PIB, this time on a 45-foot sailboat.

Friday October 25, 2019: Bill & I drove up to Sandusky Ohio to meet up with Robb Sr. (J1) and Robb Jr. (J2) at Sandusky Harbor Marina (SHM). We loaded the boat with our gear and went out for dinner at Margaritaville, great food. We called it an early evening as we planned to head out early in the morning to beat the weather that was supposed to hit us mid-day.

Saturday October 26, 2019: We woke up to cloudy skies and cool temperatures. We left SHM around 0830 and motored out of the channel before unfurling sails right in front of Cedar Point amusement park. As we got out into open water, the winds were 11-15 knots with gusts of 22+ so we reefed the main and jib. The seas were 4-5 foot rollers with occasional 6-7 footers and we were still getting 6 knots SOG. We made it to PIB, pulled into A Dock around 1230 just as the heavy rain and SW wind hit us.

We headed out for a late lunch but because it was Halloween Boo Bash at PIB, it was standing room only in every bar on the strip and had to locate a place several blocks from the sailboat. The rain was heavy and the 30 knot gusts of wind almost blew you off the streets and the docks. When we returned to the boat in the evening, we noticed that the water level was lower so we attempted to push the boat away from the dock to adjust the fenders. With 4 guys pushing, we were able to adjust the fenders and dock lines. The boat’s deck was now even with the dock and we did not need the 3 foot step ladder to get on or off the boat. Forecast for Sunday departure did not look good so we decided to wait out the weather another day.

Sunday October 27, 2019: Smart decision for not attempting to return to SHM, woke up to 28-32 knot winds with gust of 37-43 knots out of the SW and the boat wedged tight against the dock. As we headed out for breakfast at Frosty’s, we also noticed the boat was another 16-18 inches lower than when we went to bed, nothing alarming, but glad we moored out on the last walk instead of closer to shore.

The weather was easing, winds were dying down so we decided to have a laid-back dinner at Mossbacks Grill as many of the restaurants and bars were shutting down for the season. Later on that evening, we went up on deck and noticed the water level was almost overflowing the dock. As none of us had experienced this before, we googled it and discovered the high-water level further intensifies a natural effect called a seiche, a change in water level across the lake because of wind or atmospheric pressure. SW winds across Lake Erie around PIB can mean a 6-7-foot difference between Sandusky (PIB) and Canada similar to water sloshing back and forth in a bowl.

Monday October 28, 2019: Beautiful morning and perfect conditions for our return trip. As soon as we cleared PIB harbor we hoisted sails and set course for SHM. Light air conditions, so we decided to start the ‘iron wind’ and continued to motor sail. As I was driving, I noticed debris in the water, to our surprise it was a branched buck (deer) swimming right in the middle of Marblehead & Kelley’s Island channel. We arrived in SHM and put Ariel back in her slip to get her ready to be put on-the-hard for the winter. Great adventure with a great crew.

Children’s Christmas Party

Sunday, December 8

11:30 - 1:30

Bring your children or grandchildren and enjoy family activities, crafts and games.

to sign up online and be sure to include the name, age and gender of each child so Santa and his elves can get to work. If you are planning on brunch, please use the online dinner reservation system to make that reservation separately.

For questions or concerns, email Julie Bruckelmeyer at
mbruckel (at) columbus (dot) rr (dot) com