Waukegan Yacht Club is back in business. The bar and kitchen will be open Wednesday. Thursday and Friday from 4pm-9:30pm. We ask all members to turn out to support the club.
Chicago Waukegan Race
We need help for the Chicago Waukegan Race, June 19-20. This is WYC’s #1 fundraiser for the year. We need to make sure it goes successfully. We need people to sell tickets, serve food and help out throughout the club and dock. Please send your name and contact info to social @waukeganyachtclub.com and how you’d like to help.
The Waukegan Yacht Club burgee is well known around the world and is available for purchase through the WYC Club store. Founded in 1927, WYC is one of the oldest yacht clubs on the Great Lakes. In March, the WYC board voted to return to the traditional burgee. We ordered a set of burgees and they are now in stock.
Order yours today and fly it proudly from your yardarm.
All members in good standing are invited to submit a framed 8″ X 10″ photo of their boat to be hung within the club for 2021. We will have one wall dedicated to members who participate in our weekly races and the photos will be displayed each week in the order of that week’s race results. Each week after the race on Wednesday we will have an impromptu ceremony at the club to honor that week’s winners and set their photos in the proper order. All racers are encouraged to attend and participate.
Another wall will display photos of all other members’ boats. Photos can be of sail or power boats and may include your skipper and crew. Photos may include name plaques identifying the boat or skipper’s name.
The first WYC race is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21. This will be a practice race and not count toward flags or awards. All racers are encouraged to participate to get their boats and crews into shape for the upcoming season. The club is also planning a Fish Fry for April 23. You may bring your photos on either dates or anytime afterward, whenever the club is open.
We hope that all members submit photos for our “Wall of Fame”! If your photo does not have a plaque identifying the boat or owner, please identify your photo in another way so we know who it belongs to.
The commemorative t-shirt for the 2021 Chicago-Waukegan Race is now available for pre-order. This year’s shirt features an original design that honors this historic sailboat race. Over 60 sailboats are participating in this year’s race at this writing and 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 19. Shirts ordered before the race, 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.
Dear WYC members and friends.
Thanks you all for your generous donations. In less than 24 hours we raised enough money to purchase a new ice machine. We now have all of the equipment at the moment to make sure all of our future events are held with the level of service you would expect from us.
We have been working tirelessly to make sure the Chicago-Waukegan race is the type of event that you should expect from the club. All members and friends of WYC should come out and volunteer during the race.
We look forward to spending the summer with you all.
Open for Drinks and Dinner
As you’re aware we are open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. The new menu is getting excellent reviews and service is fast. Bring a friend or the entire family down, try it out.
We still need your help on the following items:
- Come eat and drink at the club. We have the best view in Waukegan. The club looks fantastic.
- We need more staff – do you know anyone – send them to Bo Haroer. Better yet, come volunteer on a couple nights
Look for our upcoming events
Save the dates and come join us for these upcoming events.
- July 4th fireworks party and fundraiser for members and guests
- June 19 the Chicago to Waukegan Race is back on.
- August 14 the new Waukegan to Milwaukee race the Milwaukegan! Thanks to Rolf Wagner, Howard and Bill LaVanne for spearheading the planning.
Let’s make 2021 a year to remember!
Plans for the first 2021 WYC Cruise to Muskegon had to be modified due to the latest bout of inclement weather. Winds that swung around to the north on Wednesday, May 26, have not relented. At first the Cruise Committee targeted New Buffalo as an alternate destination, but the strength of the wind and wave conditions scrapped that idea too. The goal of the Cruise Committee is to have fun cruising. It’s one thing to get hit with bad wind and waves when you are already out in the lake, it’s another thing to run out willingly into it. So, the best option for this weekend is Montrose Harbor in Chicago.
The winds and waves are suppose to ease by noon Saturday. Boats are planning to leave Waukegan before that time. Winds are predicted to be around 20 knots. That seems like a lot except that the course to Montrose is due south, with the winds. WYC raced up to Racine last year in stronger winds and everyone had a great time.
Cruisers have already made reservations for the harbor using the service Dockwa. Rates are charged at $2.25 a foot. You can also obtain electrical connections and water. Toilet and showers are included in the price. The facilities in Montrose modern and up-to-date. Dining is available at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) and nearby in the Uptown, Lake View and Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago.
Come join the fun! Cruise with WYC!
Saturday, May 22, Waukegan Yacht Club will hold Off Shore Race #2 from Waukegan to Zion. All racers are invited. You do not have to be a member to race.
The starting line for the Zion race will be a line between the Committee Boat and Waukegan Green Bell Buoy #3. First Warning is 1055. Starting time is 1100 for all boats.
No Committee Boat
On any race when no committee boat is present the racers will assign an official starter among themselves. The starter will establish and announce the official race time. That time will pertain to the start and finish times. Please adjust your timepieces accordingly to conform to the official time during the race.
When no committee boat is present, the starting line will be an imaginary line between the Green Waukegan Lighthouse and Green Bell Buoy #3. After the first warning,
Spinnakers are not permitted prior to the race start. If appropriate, you may launch spinnakers after crossing the starting line when it is safe to do so.
Racers will proceed north to Zion to make the finish line in a safe and appropriate manner.
The Finish Line is a imaginary line 090º T extending no more than 600 feet east from the Zion intake marker. Boats finish when any part of the boat or sails cross this line. Mark your time and the names of the boats ahead and behind and report to Sail @waukeganyachtclub.com. Although there is no exclusionary zone at Zion any more, racers are asked to stay east of the Zion intake marker until after you finish. Once you finish you are free to operate in any manner as appropriate.
Zion Intake Marker
The Zion intake has been given a facelift with a completely new light and day markers. The intake marker is a steel pole and all boaters should stay well clear of it. Depths are charted between 10-12 feet west of the intake.
Race #3 Wednesday, May 19th
Section 3 First Warning: 1840, Start: 1845
Sections 1 & 2 First Warning: 1845, Start: 18:50
May be 2 marks for different sections
Off Shore Race #2 – Waukegan to Zion,
Saturday, May 22nd
The WYC Off Shore Race #2 is scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd. The Race is from Waukegan Bell Buoy #3 to the Zion marker and starts at 1100. See the 2021 WYC Sailing Instructions linked below for more details.
Do you need crew? Do you want to crew? Send your contact info and interest to:
Sail @ waukeganyachtclub.com
We will connect crew with boats!
All racers are invited!
You don’t have to be a
WYC member to race!
Cruise to Muskegon starts in 10 Days!
WYC Cruisers! it is getting close to our departure for Muskegon, MI and Muskegon Yacht Club (MYC). We will be calling them soon about transient slips and costs. If you are planning on joining us on this cruise send an email to email@example.com so we can make arrangements. Click here to see more Muskegon info.
We are watching the weather and hope the winds are in our favor for the trip. If weather is totally adverse to make Muskegon, we may change the destination port on short notice.
“Don’t ever believe the weather reports,” is one of Jim Maivald’s favorite aphorism, especially when it come to sailing. “You can’t know what the weather is until you get to the harbor.”
If you believed the weather report for Saturday, May 8th, you would have thought there would be no wind and a long boring race to Winthrop harbor. But, you would have been wrong. The wind was blowing lightly from the northeast at 10am and kept building until start time. At 1100. the wind was at 4-6 knots from ENE.
The WYC Committee Boat was already on station by 1030 waiting for the fleet of racers. Unfortunately, it was a poor turnout for our first WYC Off-Shore race. Only three WYC racers appeared on the line. The first warning went off promptly at 1055. At 1100, the cannon sounded and the racers were off!
As we raced north the sun broke out of the overcast and the rest of the race was in bright sunshine that belied the chilly temperature. We passed east of the new Zion intake marker at over 5 knots.
Winds filled in nicely and we had nearly a record run to Winthrop. The first boat crossed the finish line at 12:32:52 for an average speed of over 4.9 knots.
The racers opened the patio at The Tropics restaurant in the Northpoint marina and had a great lunch before heading back. The sail back was just as fun but not as sunny.
Don’t miss our next Off-Shore Race, May 22 from Waukegan to Zion and back!
Welcome Family, Friends, and Alumni of WYC Junior Sail! Join WYCYF for this event filled with energy and anticipation of summer winds on Lake Michigan!
The Waterfront Tailgate is their kick-off fundraising event for the summer of 2021. Pack up your coolers and deck chairs for some tailgating fun on the lakefront. Bring your own food or preorder PIZZAS for pick up at the event.
Join us for this great new fundraising event to support WYCYF Junior Sailing! Waukegan Yacht Club Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations made at the event may be deductible and documentation will be available during the event or you may choose to have it emailed after for your tax purposes.
Poor weather/rain date is May 2. Announcements will be made via email by 9 AM on May 1 if the rain date is necessary
Below you will find the cruising schedule for the Waukegan Yacht Club Cruisers. All boaters are welcome to join us, motor and sail.
- Winthrop, IL – May 8. Practice Cruise. We will cruise up to the harbor and have lunch and then return. You welcome to stay the night and return the next day.
- Muskegon, MI – Memorial Day Weekend. Leave on Friday, return on Monday or Sunday, depending on wind and weather.
- Chicago, IL – (Montrose, Belmont or Monroe) June 26. We will pick the final destination closer to the date.
- St Joe, MI – July 24 (Alternate: New Buffalo). Final destination will be designated closer to the departure date.
- Milwaukee, WI – Aug 14. WYC is working on a new port-to-port race which will have a cruising division.
- Racine, WI. – Sept 18. This is a long time traditional race. Racers and Cruisers are welcome to participate.
- Kenosha, WI – Sept 25. This is part of our traditional Last Race, Race. Racers and Cruisers are welcome to participate.
The WYC Cruisers are dedicated to cruising and will pick nearby destinations from time to time for impromptu cruises. Join our mailing list if you’d like to be added to our mailing list to be notified of upcoming cruises.
For scheduled cruises you are welcome to reserve a pier or other accommodation at the destination harbor. Most reservations can be cancelled up to the same day as arrival.
If you do not have a boat, let us know you are interested in joining the cruise as crew! We will pair you up with a boat.
Please join us for all our cruises!
After two failed attempts Waukegan Yacht Club finally got our first 2021 race under our belt. The wind was very unpredictable at first. It shifted 20-30 degrees several times before the race started and almost died. But after delaying the start of the race for 20 minutes section one responded to the cannon on the Committee boat and jumped off to windward. Fortunately, the wind filled in and the race was on.
As the picked up the bunched up racers started to separate. The skies were spackled with thin clouds the temperature brisk. The air was crystal clear and the visibility unlimited. Chicago sat proudly on the southern horizon begging for a visit.
As the wind picked up the mark, so tiny on the eastern horizon, approached quickly. Most racers made the mark with only two tacks.
Although we started late, the fleet made it to and around mark in record time. The wind shifted finally to the south allowing everyone to sail right to the mouth of the harbor.
You could not have asked for better conditions for the first race, although 70 degrees would have been appreciated by everyone. Is your boat in the water? Are you signed up for WYC racing? It’s never too late! Come out and join the fun! All racers are welcome.
All racing skippers must provide crew on the WYC Committee boat a minimum of three times during the season. Please schedule your time on the boat by clicking below: