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.

Mayor’s Regatta kicks off new tradition

The First Annual Mayor’s Regatta started at 1100 am with seven boats participating. The race was hotly contested as the boats raced around the innovative “W” course. The W shape was to honor the yacht club’s home in Waukegan for the last 92 years. 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.

The Mayor’s Regatta has been added to the club’s official schedule and is sure to become one our popular traditions.

Cruise to Kenosha great fun!

The first cruise for Waukegan Yacht Club went off with a bang Saturday! We were supposed to cruise to Montrose Harbor in Chicago, but the wind and weather dictated a change. The Cruisers decided to switch it up and sail to Kenosha, Wisconsin instead.

The cruise north went off smoothly. Departure started after 9 am and sails were raised by 9:30. The wind was a steady 12-14 knots from the south and the pace was a good 6 knots most of the way. 

Kenosha Harbor lighthouse
Kenosha Harbor lighthouse marks the entrance

A storm blew up just after the first boat arrived and fog settled down for most of the afternoon, but we had a blast. One boat docked at the Kenosha yacht club while the other reserved a pier in the marina. 

We found a great Irish pub near the harbor and waited out the rain with food and drink. Afterwards the cruisers met up at a wine bar. As the evening closed in we decided to gather aboard one of the boats and had an impromptu party. 

The cruisers all met up on board Caramar.

The next club cruise is set for Aug 9-11 to Michigan! Don’t miss it.