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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!

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-kids
Oktoberfest for kids

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) Saturday Sept 26

It’s been a crazy summer for most of us. Sailing has been our one reprieve from bad and worse news. On Monday, we sent out a survey to all members and regular racers. The replies are in! There is interest in supporting the Annual Last Race Race from Waukegan to Kenosha. About 20 boats have confirmed their participation so at this moment the race is a GO!

The first start is set for 1030 using a reverse PHRF rating system. The fee for the race is $10. The start is a Le Mans style start where all skippers come to the club and leave from the bar at their designated start time. Please try to arrive no later than 1000. Please bring and wear a mask while you are in the club. 

26 foot Coronado sailboat
Boats may tie up on the dock wall next to the club. The water levels may be high on Saturday. We advise moving north of the club where the wall is higher.

Boats leave the harbor under power and raise sails as soon as they pass the Red Light House at the harbor entrance, depending on wind direction and conditions. There used to be a restriction to stay east of  the Zion intake marker but the plant was decommissioned and demolished last year so there is no further restriction.

The finish mark is an imaginary line between the Kenosha breakwater light and the south pier light at the Kenosha harbor entrance. Please note your finish time and report it to sail@waukeganyachtclub.com. Note the boat ahead and behind if pertinent. 

finish line for Kenosha
Finish line for Last Race Race to Kenosha

The Race is a two leg race and finishes back in Waukegan. You can race back on Saturday or stay overnight and leave Sunday morning. The start on Sunday begins at 0900 from the Kenosha Yacht Club in the same manner as it began.

The finish line of leg 2 is an imaginary line between bell buoy #3 and the green light house at the Waukegan Harbor entrance. 

Waukegan finish line
Waukegan finish line

If you race back on Saturday please record your start time on the return leg. The starting line in that situation will be the same as the finish line.

Good luck!

Pig and Corn Roast Amazing

The Pig and Corn Roast on Sunday celebrated the First Annual Mayor’s Regatta. Spitfire was declared the winner of the regatta and received an award directly from Waukegan’s Mayor, Sam Cunningham. The mayor participated in the race by sailing on Sirocco 3. Unfortunately, some boats forgot to mark their times of finish and could not be scored.

Mayor Sam Cunningham awards Spitfire the trophy for winning the regatta.
Mayor Sam Cunningham awards Spitfire the trophy for winning the regatta.

Once all the racers made it back to the club the Pig and Corn Roast formally began.

Members line up to partake of the Pig and Corn roast celebrating the Mayor's Regatta.
Members line up to partake of the Pig and Corn roast celebrating the Mayor’s Regatta.

The tables were bursting with wonderful food, including Pulled Pork, Barbecue Ribs, Baked Beans, Creamy Hash Brown Casserole, Corn on the Cob, Taffy-Apple Salad, bread and muffins. Even the Mayor joined us for a wonderful meal.

Mayor Cunningham in food line
Mayor Cunningham joins in on the Pig and Corn Roast.

The meat was traditional pit barbecue cooked at the club by member volunteers in a smoker using Apple wood chips.

12 racks of ribs set up in the smoker for cooking.
12 racks of ribs set up in the smoker for cooking.

Over 60 people went through the line and no one went away hungry. All the food was delicious and everyone had a great time.

The event was topped off by free shots of Mount Gay rum provided by the Regatta winner. If you didn’t stick around you missed out!

THANKS!!

We want to give special thanks to our members who volunteered to prepare and serve the amazing dinner and run the Mayor’s Regatta:

Thanks go to Viki Rollins, Don Pound, Jeanne and Russ Valin (and their friend Karen), Susan and Jim Maivald and Howard Larson who helped to set up the tables and cook and serve the food. Thanks to Denise Lapins who made the Creamy Hash Brown Casserole and Taffy-Apple salad. Yummy!

More thanks go to Bob Christenson and Howard Larson who volunteered to operate the committee boat during the Regatta and Mark LeVan and Jim Hellquist who worked with the crew to set the race marks. You guys did an amazing job! If you see any of the volunteers around the club, give them a kind word.

Volunteers make this club work! Please consider lending a hand soon. There’s lots to do around the club and it won’t get done without you!

Cruise to St Joseph Wonderful

The Waukegan Yacht Club Cruisers completed a successful cruise to St Joseph, Michigan this Sunday. The weather was perfect and the lake provided no surprises. 

Three boats had planned to cruise on Friday, but one had to drop out for personal reasons. The Cruisers departed from the fuel pier around 1100. The wind was fresh from the northwest and the boats were able to achieve hull speed for the first 20 miles. Unfortunately, the wind dropped to 3-4 knots and the cruisers resorted to their engines for the remainder of the journey. 

Caramar pulls out toward the fuel pier to rendezvous with the other cruisers.

The boats covered the remaining 40 miles in good time and arrived just after midnight Eastern time at the entrance of St Joseph. The boats docked at the St Joseph River Yacht Club shortly afterward and watched in amazement as a huge lake freighter backed out into the channel. From the conversation heard on channel 72, the freighter had actually waited until the cruisers had passed safely out of the channel.

Dawn found the cruisers in good spirits and ready to explore the town. Some discovered a breakfast venue nearby and then crossed the drawbridge into downtown St Joe. The main street was alive with people shopping and dining at the local restaurants. A farmer’s market was still in full swing in a park overlooking the lake. 

Cruisers assemble at dawn at St Joseph River Yacht Club
Cruisers assemble at dawn at St Joseph River Yacht Club after a late arrival.

A couple of WYC members flew over to St Joe and met the cruisers for dinner at the Yacht Club. Everyone had a wonderful meal and enjoyed the great company.

The Cruisers and some surprise guests met for dinner at the St Joe Yacht Club
The Cruisers and some surprise guests met for dinner at the St Joe Yacht Club

Sunday morning came early and the cruisers were up and ready to go. The sun was bright and the sky partly cloudy. The wind was fresh again this time from the southwest. As soon as the boats passed the last lighthouse sails were up and they were off toward Waukegan at hull speed.

St Joe Lighthouse
The view of the St Joe Lighthouses as the cruisers motor out of the harbor.

The wind held most of the day until the boats came within 10 miles of home. Engines were revived and the last short distance passed quickly.

Cruising back to Waukegan
Cruisers enjoying the sail back to Waukegan.

The first cruiser entered harbor around 6:00 pm. After the boats were tied up and closed down, the cruisers met for a celebratory dinner at Casa de Samuels on Belvidere in downtown Waukegan. A fitting end to a wonderful adventure.

You do not need to be a member of the Waukegan Yacht Club to cruise with us. All motor and sail boats are welcome. Come join the fun!

If you want more info, send an email to sail@waukeganjosephconrad.org.

88th Annual Chicago-Waukegan Race amazing!

On June 22, the Waukegan Yacht Club hosted the 88th Annual Chicago-Waukegan Race. Over 120 boats participated in this year’s race. Over 500 sailors descended on the club and the weather turned out nicely although rain threatened all day. Want to know who won? Check out the list of finishers here.

Sailboats preparing to start a race
Chicago-Waukegan race start off Montrose Harbor

Over all the racers who participated in the race in 2019, many chose to dock and raft off at the club. The dock offered food and drink to the thirsty and hungry racers. Mount Gay flowed liberally.

Racers rafted off the dock by the club.

Dinner was served starting at 5:30pm and ending at 7:30pm. A live band played after dinner and well into the night and the dance floor was full. 

Many volunteers turned out to help with the committee boat, ticket sales, dinner, and the party on Saturday night and for the breakfast on Sunday. Thanks to all those volunteers who came out to help. We could not have done it without you!

Chicago-Waukegan volunteers Joanna Tarnawski, Eleanor Vick and Erik Hellquist.
Chicago-Waukegan volunteers Joanna Tarnawski, Eleanor Vick and Erik Hellquist.

Want to get a piece of history? Buy our 2019 commemorative Chicago-Waukegan Race t-shirt. The 100% heavy-weight cotton t-shirts were very popular Saturday and Sunday, but we still have some shirts on hand for sale. Order one today and pick it up tat the club, or have it shipped right to your house. Don’t wait. we only have a few shirts left in each size!  

Chicago-Waukegn comemorative t-shirt

Click here to order your shirt now

Buy your 2019 Chicago-Waukegan Race T-shirt now

The commemorative t-shirt for the 2019 Chicago-Waukegan Race is now available for pre-order. This year’s shirt features an original design that honors two great cities and a historic sailboat race. Over 100 sailboats are participating in this year’s race and all the names of the racing boats are featured on the back of the shirt.

Order your shirt(s) today to be guaranteed delivery on Saturday, June 22. Shirts ordered before Saturday, will be available for pickup at the club after the race. Only a limited number are being made. Don’t miss your chance to capture a bit of history.

Click here to order a shirt now