2020 Calendar! Save the dates

The Waukegan Yacht Club Social Committee met on Jan 12 and set the dates for our upcoming events in 2020. Here are dates and events we scheduled. Please add these to your calendar and try to join us.

Red indicates the date has changed.

February

Sat, Feb 1 Movie Night at the Club. Free. Bar open 6:00pm. Movie starts: 7:00pm.
Sat, Feb 8 Dance Party at the Club. Free. Bar open 6:00pm.
Sat, Feb 15 Movie Night at the Club. Free. Bar open 6:00pm. Movie starts: 7:00pm.
Sun, Feb 16 Trap Shooting. All members welcome. Details soon.
Sat, Feb 22 Dance Party at the Club. Free. Bar open 6:00pm.

March

Saturday, Mar 28 Launch O’Day 17s (Match Racing begins) All members are invited to race. 11:00am
Saturday, Mar 28 Spring Break Luau (Wear Hawaiian Shirts) Bar open 6:00pm. Dinner: 7:00pm.

April

Club opens Saturdays for dinner after April 4.
Club open Fridays for dinner after April 10.

Saturday, April 4 Club Opens for season.
Sunday, April 5 Racing Crew Class
Friday, April 10 Club Open (Club open all Fridays and Saturdays except as otherwise noted) All members and guests welcome.
Saturday, April 11 Fish Fry (Live Music)
Friday, April 17 Christoper Cross (Genesee Theater) Click for tickets
Sunday, April 19 Racing Rules Class
Wednesday, April 22 Wednesday Races begin. Club Open for dinner to all racers and their guests.
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26 Garage Sale at the Club. Sell your surplus gear at the club. Details soon.

May

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Saturday, May 2 Storm the Docks (Membership Drive. Volunteers needed)
Sat, May 9 WYC Regatta | Open House
The Club is open to the public. All are welcome to sail and race small boats in the harbor next to the club. Events start at 11am and will continue all afternoon. Come on down and join the fun. Bring the kids and grandkids! Club Open for dinner to all racers and their guests.
Sunday, May 10 Storm the Docks (Membership Drive. Volunteers needed)
Saturday, May 16 New Member Welcome Dinner and Orientation
Saturday, May 30 Race/Cruise Waukegan to Winthrop harbor. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.
Sunday, May 31 Race/Cruise Winthrop harbor to Waukegan. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.

June

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Friday, June 19 Waukegan to Chicago Race. For racers traveling down to Chicago
Satuday, June 20 Chicago to Waukegan Race (Volunteers needed to serve dinner and for race committee)
Sunday, June 21 Waukegan to Chicago Race (Volunteers needed to serve breakfast and for race committee)

July

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Saturday, July 4 Cookout at the club. Club open for fireworks.
Saturday, July 18 Chicago – Mac Race
Friday-Sunday, July 24-26 Club Cruise – Cruise to Chicago (Port: TBD) All members welcome. Motor and Sail.

August

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Aug 7-9 Club Cruise to Michigan (Port: TBD) All members welcome. Motor and Sail.

September

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Saturday, Sept 12 Race. Waukegan to Winthrop Harbor and back. All members welcome. Motor and Sail. Cookout at the club.
Saturday, Sept 19 Race/Cruise. Waukegan to Racine. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.
Sunday, Sept 20 Race/Cruise. Racine to Waukegan. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.
Saturday, Sept 26 Race/Cruise. Waukegan to Kenosha. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.
Sunday, Sept 27 Race/Cruise. Kenosha to Waukegan. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.

October

Saturday, Oct 3 Black and Blues Dinner and Party.
Saturday, Oct 17 OktoberFest Dinner and Party at the Club

November

Saturday, Nov 14 Sail-A-Bration

December

Saturday, Dec 5 Decorate the Club. Glogg and Tom and Jerry Party.

Social Committee Meeting Sunday, Jan 12

All members are invited to join the Social Committee, Sunday, January 12th at 2:00 pm to plan our social calendar for 2020.

All events are created and run by volunteer members. We need your help! 

All members are required to volunteer time to facilitate the operations of the club each year. It’s time to step up and take charge. 

Please join us. We need your help and input.

2020 Slate for Board of Directors approved unanimously!

A motion was made during the Members Meeting to approve the 2020 slate for the Board of Directors unanimously. The motion was seconded and approved.

Please congratulate the members of the board at your earliest convenience.

Slate Position/TitleName
CommodoreJim Hellquist
Vice CommodoreKris Kaminski
Rear CommodoreHoward Fassnacht
TreasurerJohn Rouse
SecretaryDenise Lapins
DirectorJose Guzman 
DirectorJim Maivald
DirectorMark LeVan
Past CommodoreKathy Larsen Sivia

All members should understand that the club is a members organization run entirely by volunteers. All members are asked to step up and participate in the operation of the club and its events. We need your help and participation!

Contact any board member if you wish to pitch in! Please watch for emails calling ALL HANDS. That’s the sign that we need your help.

Thanks!

Sail Awards Top Off Great Sail-A-Bration

Almost 90 members and guests turned out Saturday, November 16 to celebrate a great boating season and the racers who participated in our racing program.

Sirocco III takes 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer Series.
American Dream takes home 1st place in Section 2 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
American Dream takes home 1st place in Section 2 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Unplugged takes home 1st place in Section 3 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Unplugged takes home 1st place in Section 3 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Spitfire takes home 2nd place in Section 1 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Spitfire takes home 2nd place in Section 1 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Elecktra takes 2nd place in Section 3 of our Wednesday Summer Series.
Elecktra takes 2nd place in Section 3 of our Wednesday Summer Series.
Spitfire takes home 1st place in our first Annual Mayor's Regatta
Spitfire takes home 1st place in our first Annual Mayor’s Regatta
Husaria had the best corrected time of all WYC boats in the 2019 Chicago – Waukegan Race
Spitfire made the best time for a Mackinac Race boat
Spitfire made the best time for a Mackinac Race boat
Vincitore took the best times of any WYC boat in the Nood and Verve races
Vincitore took the best times of any WYC boat in the Nood and Verve races
Sirocco III took the best times of any WYC boat in the Mackinac Race in its section as well as 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer and Fall Offshore series.
Sirocco III took the best times of any WYC boat in the Mackinac Race in its section as well as 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer and Fall Offshore series.
Spitfire took 2nd place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer Offshore series.
Spitfire took 2nd place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer Offshore series.
Spitfire took 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Fall Buoy series.
Spitfire took 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Fall Buoy series.
Lucille Marie took home the trophy for the Last Race Race to and from Kenosha.
Lucille Marie took home the trophy for the Last Race Race to and from Kenosha.
The winning crew from Lucille Marie
The winning crew from Lucille Marie

Click here to see all the photos from the Sail-A-Bration.

Oktoberfest brought the best of the wurst

Oktoberfest was a fun time at the club. Guests dined on bratwurst, smoked sausage, sauerkraut, and hot homemade pretzels. Oompah band music filled the air and people were dancing polkas in the club. 

oktoberfest
Oktoberfest at the club

Don’t miss the upcoming Sail-A-Bration and Commodore’s Ball.

All members are invited! Don’t miss the biggest party of the year!

Sail-A-Bration Goes Off with a Bang!

Almost 90 members and guests came to Waukegan Yacht Club on Saturday, November 16, to celebrate the 2019 boating season, our racers and Commodore Jim Hellquist. The club opened at 6pm and our guests started to gather for cocktails and appetizers.

Cocktails at the Sail-A-Bration
Cocktails at the Sail-A-Bration

Dinner was served at 7pm. The buffet of mandarin orange salad, roast beef, chicken piccata, grilled vegetable medley and mashed potatoes was generous and delicious.

Dinner was served at plentiful and delicious.

The sail awards were given out at 8pm. Among the winners were crews of Sirocco III, Spitfire, American Dream, Unplugged, FasTen, Elecktra and Lucille Marie. Click here to check out all the awards.

Sirocco III took home many honors at the Sail Awards.

After the awards were completed, the band Sons of Chicago kicked off the dancing. The dance floor was full of revelers most of the evening.

The Band Sons of Chicago played after the awards.

Black and Blues Dinner and Party fun for all!!

Members and guests dressed in black and white and came to celebrate one of the BLUES, a truly American forms of music! 

Dinner was Shrimp or Chicken Jambalaya and Red Beans and Rice and hot and moist cornbread!

Shrimp Jambalaya
Some members took it up a notch and wore their Blue Brothers regalia!
Everyone who attended had a great time. Don’t miss our next event!

Oktoberfest is scheduled for October 19th!
Don’t miss it!

Last Race, Race (Kenosha) hard slog north!

The Last Race, Race to Kenosha kicked with a bang on Saturday. The weather was cold and rainy and the wind was gusting over 20 knots according to the weather reports. Although it looked doubtful any racers would brave the conditions, 9 boats eventually appeared in the harbor and docked alongside the club.

One boat, Flying Spaghetti Monster, came all the way from Chicago, one from the Waukegan Yacht Club, Lucille Marie, and the rest were from Kenosha, having sailed down just that morning.

The Last Race, Race uses a reverse PHRF starting sequence. The boat with the highest rating leaves first and the rest of the fleet takes off based on their handicap.

The first racer left the club at 10:30 on the dot. The boat was cast off and motored out of the harbor into the gusting north wind and biting rain. The rest of the racers departed in sequence with Husaria bringing up the rear 40 minutes later.

The race north was a slog through 4-6 foot waves and strong winds.

The wind and waves were roaring in from the north so all the racers hauled their sails in tightly and prepared for a long slog to Kenosha.

As the race wore on the winds calmed a bit but stayed strong and hard from the north. Most of the racers tacked far out into the lake and then cut back to shore.

The 12.7 mile race turned into a 20-25 mile race as all the boats tacked into and away from shore. By 3:00pm all the racers had pulled into harbor. Some of the boats went to the Kenosha Yacht Club. Others rented piers in Kenosha harbor.

The rain disappeared for while but made an appearance off and on all night.

Flying Spaghetti Monster sailed back to Chicago on Sunday.
Unfortunately, they used their motor and were disqualified from winning the race.

The next morning only two boats made the trip back to Waukegan. Lucille Marie was declared the winner although it had been the slowest boat on both days. Sometimes the hare wins and sometimes the tortoise. Congratulations!