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Today’s Practice Race for 2021 POSTPONED

The first practice race for 2021 scheduled for today is Postponed until April 28th.

It’s been a busy year so far for the Waukegan Yacht Club. After a terrible 2020, which included the tragic and unexpected loss of our Commodore, Jim Hellquist, WYC got a new breath of life. The new commodore and board of directors has been working long and hard to make 2021 a great year for the club.

This year has already seen some amazing things. We had an RC Boat Build and Race, then over 20 members and non-members turned out to participate in our Spring Cleanup. The club has never looked better!

Unfortunately, the weather stepped in to spoil our plans to get the Committee boat painted and launched. We had a crew assembled to paint the boat last weekend but we had to delay the effort due to rain. The boat finally go painted but not soon enough to get her in the water for today’s practice race.

The practice race has been rescheduled for April 28th. Practice races don’t count toward awards or standings, but they allow you to shake out your gear and crew and get ready for the season. Come out and join us. All racers are welcome!

Click here to see our 2021 Race Schedule

6pm seating sold out!

We still have plenty of space at 7pm and 8pm!
Reserve your spot now.
WYC Fish Fry, April 23.

See the Details and RSVP Today! 

The 6pm seating has sold out. We are keeping the total seating at each serving limited for maximum safety and to optimize service and quality.

We will have PerchCod and a premium Salmon entree available.
large garden salad is also be offered.
You will be able to dine in the club or take the food to go. 

The dinner and side salads can be ordered with or without grilled chicken and can be served in the club or with your take-out order.

We still have two dinner services: 7pm and 8pm. 
Tables will be spaced for effective separation.
Tables will be available for parties of 2, 4, 6 or 8 and can be reserved. 

All food must be ordered and paid for in advance.

Click here to start your reservation

Thanks to all who participated in our Spring Clean Up at the Club!

You are the greatest asset
of the club!

On Saturday, April 17th, 24 members and guests gathered for the Spring Clean Up and tackled a daunting challenge! The club was closed most of 2020 and had not been cleaned and maintained for nearly a year. Bo Harper, Howard Fassnacht and Jim Maivald planned and organized a cleaning crew of volunteers to tackle this big job and many people stepped up and pitched in. Thanks to all of you who answered the call!

Please thank these members and guests next time you see them! If you helped out and don’t see your name, please let me know and we will correct the oversight!

Derek Barlass Non-member
Jonathan Burba Member, Director
Kim Burns Non-member
Walter Burns Non-member
Fred Byergo Member
Bob Christiansen Member
Jeff Davenport Member
Bernie Dekok Non-member
Howard Fassnacht Members, Rear Commodore
Jason Fergurson Member, Commodore
Bo Harper Member, Vice Commodore
Anna Kepinski Member
Jim Maivald Member, Director
Susan Maivald Member
Alice McAvoy Non-member
Sean O’Neil Member
Collin Palmer Member
Dave Perrone Member
Kathy Sivia Member, Past Commodore
Tom Sivia Member
Randy Syme Member
Russ Valin Member
CJ Villaini Non-member
Nancy Villaini Non-member
cleaning the front of the club
Cleaning the front of the club


cleaning the front of the club
We cleaned front and back, inside and out.


We cleaned front and back, inside and out.
The power washer was busy all day.


garbage bags fill with leaves and branches
Garbage bags filled with leaves and branches


All sides of the club were cleaned
All sides of the club were cleaned.


carpets were cleaned
The carpets were cleaned throughout the club.


even the backyard was cleaned
Even the backyard was cleaned and tidied up.


Carpets cleaned
Window were cleaned inside and out.

2 days left to order for the 2021 WYC Fish Fry, April 23

There are only 2 days left to place your order for the Waukegan Yacht Club Fish Fry. The club is making big plans for 2021! Our Race Schedule has been published. The kick off for 2021 season will be a Fish Fry on April 23.

We’re offer four great entrees, including Cod, Perch, Salmon and a Large Garden Salad. All food must ordered and paid for in advance and can be requested to dine-in or take-out. Make plans to join us for the WYC Fish Fry!

Doors will open at 5:00pm for the first sitting in the restaurant at 6pm. Additional seatings will be available for 7pm and 8pm. 

Click here to start your reservation

Racing Rules Class 2021

Sunday April 18, 2021 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

If you plan on racing your boat or participating as crew aboard a racing sailboat you should be familiar with the Racing Rules of Sailing. The rules are formulated to make racing safe, fair and enjoyable for all participants. It is critical that everyone is informed and knowledgeable about the rules. Racers who know the rules can often use them to gain an advantage over other boats in the race. 

This class will cover the basics for beginners and refresh your understanding of the rules so that everyone is on the same playing field. If you are a US Sailing member you should have received a copy of the rulebook as part of your membership. Please bring your copy and pen and notebook.

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Racing Crew Class 2021

Sunday April 25, 2021 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Waukegan Yacht Club has a long history and tradition of sailboat racing and competition. Each year since its founding in 1927 the club has hosted a series of races for members and fellow sailers. You do not need to be a member of the Club to race or participate as a crew member.

This class will introduce you to the terms and terminology of sailboat racing and expectations of crew members on a racing boat. It is free of charge but you must RSVP in advance to attend. This class may be held aboard a member’s boat, so please dress appropriately. Wear soft-soled shoes preferably with white non-marking bottoms. 

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Members’ Wall of Fame

For years, the Waukegan Yacht Club has displayed photos of members boats on the walls of the bar inside the club. Unfortunately, many of the photos hanging on the walls today are of boats of members that are no longer part of the club. The WYC Sail Committee has decided that the photo wall should be updated with photos of the boats of current members. 

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.
Framed photo of member boat
Submit a photo of your boat to hang on the wall of Waukegan Yacht Club

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. 
framed boat photos
Frames should be plain black or brown and no more than 1″ in width on all four sides.

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.
Please make sure all frames are plain black or brown and no more than 1″ in width on all four sides. The maximum dimensions of any framed photo should be no more than 12″ x 13″. At this time we’d like to hang photo only in portrait mode. 

RC Iceberg Regatta

Come join the fun and race your RC sailboat!
All RC Sailors are welcome!

Date/Time: March 20 at 12 noon.
Cost: $20 at the door.

Food/Beverage: pizza, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. (Donation to consume)

Prizes: First, Second and Third place trophies.

Races: 2 practice races.
3 prize races.

Obtain your sail numbers by clicking here

If you cannot obtain sail numbers prior to the race
please bring proof of purchase to the race.

Click this link to reserve your spot for the Regatta

Space limited to 25 people per state mandate

$20 cash at door for members and guests

RC Iceberg Regatta

Saturday March 20, 2021 12:00 PM

Date/Time: March 20 at 12 noon. 

Cost: $20 at the door. 

Food/Beverage: pizza and beverages. (Donation to consume) 

Prizes: First, Second and Third place trophies. 

Races: 2 practice races.
3 prize races.

Event date is past