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Town Hall Followup Report

September 18, 2020

On behalf of myself and the Waukegan Yacht Club Board of Directors I want to thank everyone who attended Tuesday night’s Town Hall Meeting.  I hope you found it informative. 

As reported, our first step is to fill a nomination slate of officers & directors for the upcoming year.  I am very happy to report that we have nine or ten people who have volunteered to be on the nomination slate. In addition, the people who have volunteered have good qualifications and skills needed to fill these roles and improve our Club. This slate of new officers will be voted in on the December 10th Board Meeting by members of the club in good standing. 

During the meeting we discussed the challenges and opportunities we have to move this Club forward.  It may or may not be in our current building because of the high rent rates, but we are fortunate to have so many enthusiastic members who want to continue having a presence at the Waukegan lakefront.  Furthermore, we will have new board members who have creative and new ideas for needed change.

With the New Year, this board will have to tackle difficult decisions. These decisions will include a possible new lease from the Port District, or a change in venue for the Club. Our financial situation is not good, therefore dues may need to be increased.

The new board will be seeking our membership’s support as they try new membership drives, new revenue streams, and new ways of moving us forward. I ask for your patience as we develop new concepts, I ask for your understanding that not every new idea implemented will be a success, I ask for your continued support and your continued membership while we work together towards a fresh start with new approaches. 


Kathy Larsen Sivia
Past Commodore

Save the Club! Town Hall

The Waukegan Yacht Club invites you to attend a Town Hall Meeting on:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
At 7 pm
Held at the

Waukegan Yacht Club
199 North N Harbor Pl,
Waukegan, IL 60085
Invited to Join in on the Discussion of Topics Include:
  • Current and Past Waukegan Yacht Club Members
  • Waukegan Harbor Slip Tenants
  • Anchorage Yacht Club Members
  • Waukegan Port District

Agenda Items and Discussion Topics include:

  • Bring new and creative ideas on how to move the Club forward
  • Current situation of Club Membership and Finances
  • Options for renewing a lease agreement with Port District
  • Filling a nomination slate for Officers and Directors to be voted in for the New Year
  • Structuring a New Board of Directors to Lead
    • Wednesday Night Race Series, Port to Port Race Series, WYC Cruisers
    • Ideas to structure a plan to grow membership
    • Ideas to structure a plan to increase revenue
    • Ideas on Possible Food Service or Catering Options

Face masks are required; we will meet in the main dining room area with plenty of social distancing.

Good luck! Be safe!

For more information
contact Kathy Sivia

Great turnout for first racing night of 2020

On Wednesday, June 17, the Waukegan Yacht Club hosted it’s first race for 2020. We had a great turnout with 8 boats participating in the start. The winds were light from the northeast. After the fleet made the turn around the mark the wind clocked around to the northwest and lightened. 

All racers are welcome to participate in the Waukegan Yacht Club racing series. Due to the pandemic we have combined the fees for all races. Click below to access and download the application. Payments should be submitted as soon as possible. 

2020 Race Registration fillable form
Click to download 2020 Race Registration fillable form

2020 Race Registration Form

WYC racing tonight! June 24

The Waukegan Yacht Club Wednesday night racing starts tonight, Wednesday, June 24. At this time we are planning to have one start at 1840 unless we get enough boats to have multiple starts. Boats will be scored in their normal sections. First warning at 1835.

Tune in to VHF channel 69 prior to the start for specific details and courses.

All racers are welcome. 

Club closed and events have been postponed due to Covid-19

The Waukegan Yacht Club is following state and local government advisories to prohibit all face-to-face activities. We have postponed all events scheduled for March and April as of this writing. We are monitoring the daily reports and will advise members when the club reopens and events can be scheduled.

In the meantime we ask that all members stay safe and take all precautions to prevent infection and communication of the virus. 

Racing Rules 2020

Saturday April 18, 2020 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Event date is past

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Racing Crew Class 2020

Saturday April 4, 2020 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Event date is past

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Racing Crew Class

Sunday March 1, 2020 11:00 AM

The Racing Crew class prepares non-racers for what to expect as a crew member on a typical racing sailboat. You will learn terms and terminology and many practical operations for racing crew.

You must register before attending this class

Event date is past

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Great turnout for Movie Night 2

Our last Movie Night featured Ford vs Ferrari, an excellent movie detailing the creation and development of Ford Motor Company’s entry into professional racing.

Dinner consisted of Pasta with pesto or marinara, homemade meatballs and salad. 

Great turnout for Movie Night #2

We had a great turnout for Movie Night #2. Members and guests chat over dinner before the movie starts.


Members and guests chatting around a table

Old and new members enjoyed a dinner of pasta with pesto or marinara, homemade meatballs and salad.

Movie Night setup

The Waukegan Yacht Club provided a great location for Movie Night.

We had a great turn out of almost 30 people. Everyone had a great time. Hope to see you at our next event.

Trap shooting is scheduled for Saturday, February 22. Click here for more details.

WYC Trapshooting goes off with a bang!

The first WYC trapshooting event occurred Saturday, February 22, at noon. The event was attended by 14 members and their guests and everyone had bang.

The event was hosted at the McHenry Sportsmen’s Club in Johnsburg, Illinois. Several members brought extra shotguns so everyone could shoot. Trapshooting was conducted in “rounds”. A round consisted of 25 clays at 5 stations. The shooting started at noon and everyone was able to shoot as many rounds as they wanted. The group continued shooting until after 3pm.

Get your own FOID card

Although you don’t need a FOID card to shoot you do need one to buy your own ammunition or a gun. We plan on scheduling another event soon. So you may want to apply for a card. You can apply for a FOID card by clicking the following button:

FOID Card website

Note that it can take 20-30 days to receive your card. Children may also obtain a FOID card if sponsored by a FOID carrying adult or guardian.