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Chicago-Waukegan Race Amazing Success

Ninety-eight racers participated in the 88th Annual Chicago-Waukegan Race in 2021. After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic it seemed that everyone was ready to get out and have a good time. The weather cooperated, too. The original forecast was for light winds from the north. That would have created a slow slog to the north over the 25.5 miles to Waukegan.

Fortunately, the wind did not read the forecast. Saturday morning the wind swung around to the west and built to 10-15 knots by start time at 0900. As the boats crossed the line the wind was gusting periodically over 20 knots. Boats were hitting hull speed and more with just jib and main. A few boats launched their asymmetrical spinnakers.

It looked like this year’s race could be a record breaker. By 1230 the first racers were crossing the finish line and headed into the north harbor to dock by the club. 

 

 

WYC Cruise schedule set for 2021

Below you will find the cruising schedule for the Waukegan Yacht Club Cruisers. All boaters are welcome to join us, motor and sail. 

Cruisers assemble at dawn at St Joseph River Yacht Club
Cruisers assemble at dawn at St Joseph River Yacht Club
  • 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!

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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.

RSVP deadline is past

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. 

RSVP deadline is past

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.

RSVP deadline is past

2nd Annual WYC trap shoot set for April 3

The second WYC trapshooting event is scheduled for Saturday, April 3, at noon. The event is open to all WYC members and guests.

The event will be hosted at the McHenry Sportsmen’s Club in Johnsburg, Illinois. You do not have to own or bring your own shotgun, there will be extra shotguns so everyone can shoot. Trapshooting is conducted in “rounds”. A round consisted of 25 clays at 5 separate stations. The shooting started at noon and everyone will be able to shoot as least three rounds. The fee covers three rounds but you are welcome to shoot more. An additional fee will be paid on site.

Trapshooting event
WYC members and guests shooting trap in 2020.

Click to Register and Pay in Advance

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 future events. So you may want to apply for a card as soon as possible. You can apply for a FOID card by clicking the following button:

FOID Card website

Note processing of FOID cards has been very slow due to the pandemic. You may not be able to obtain the card before April 3rd. Children may also obtain a FOID card if sponsored by a FOID carrying adult or guardian.