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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. 

Sincerely,

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
PastCommodore@waukeganyachtclub.com

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. 

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.

Movie night fun first event of 2020

We had a good turnout for our first Movie Night of 2020. The bar was open and members caught up after a brief winter hiatus from club events. The movie was chosen by attendees and was “Yesterday” a fantastic tale that examines what would happen if you were the only person on the planet who remembered the Beatles. 

Poster for movie Yesterday
Poster for the movie Yesterday

 

Movie night at the club
Movie night at the club

Dinner was served before the movie and consisted of deep dish pizza and spinach salad with cherry tomatoes. 

Deep dish pizza and spinach salad
Deep dish pizza and spinach salad

Don’t miss our next movie night, Saturday, February 15, 2020.

2020 Calendar! Save the dates

The Waukegan Yacht Club Social Committee met on Jan 12 and set the dates for our upcoming events in 2020. Here are dates and events we scheduled. Please add these to your calendar and try to join us.

NOTICE: All events scheduled for March and April have been postponed due to concerns about Covid-19. We will follow the advice of the state and local government and notify members when the club re-opens and events are rescheduled. Please stay safe.

Red indicates the date has changed.

 

February

Sat, Feb 1 Movie Night at the Club. Free. Bar open 6:00pm. Movie starts: 7:00pm.
Sat, Feb 8 Dance Party at the Club. CANCELLED
Sat, Feb 15 Movie Night at the Club. Free. Bar open 6:00pm. Movie starts: 7:00pm.
Sat, Feb 22 Trap Shooting. All members welcome. Details soon.
Sat, Feb 22 Dance Party at the Club. Free. Bar open 6:00pm. CANCELLED

March

Sunday, Mar 1 Waukegan Harbor Opens
Sunday, Mar 22

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Celestial Navigation Class begins Open to all. Click here to register today. 11:00am

Saturday, Mar 28 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Launch O’Day 17s
(Match Racing begins) All members are invited to race. 11:00am
Saturday, Mar 28 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Spring Break Luau
(Wear Hawaiian Shirts) Bar open 6:00pm. Dinner: 7:00pm.

April

Club opens Saturdays for dinner after April 4.
Club open Fridays for dinner after April 10.

Saturday, April 4 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Club Opens for season.
Sunday, April 5 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Racing Crew Class
Friday, April 10 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Club Open
(Club open all Fridays and Saturdays except as otherwise noted) All members and guests welcome.
Saturday, April 11 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Fish Fry
(Live Music)
Friday, April 17 Christoper Cross (Genesee Theater) Click for tickets
Sunday, April 19 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Racing Rules Class
Wednesday, April 22 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Wednesday Races begin.
Club Open for dinner to all racers and their guests.
Sunday, April 26 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Garage Sale at the Club.
Sell your surplus gear at the club. Details soon.

May

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Saturday, May 2 Storm the Docks (Membership Drive. Volunteers needed)
Sat, May 9 WYC Regatta | Open House
The Club is open to members and guests. All are welcome to sail and race small boats in the harbor next to the club. Events start at 11am and will continue all afternoon. Come on down and join the fun. Bring the kids and grandkids! Club Open for dinner to all racers and their guests.
Sunday, May 10 Storm the Docks (Membership Drive. Volunteers needed)
Saturday, May 16 New Member Welcome Meet and Greet and Orientation (Club open for dinner)
Saturday, May 30 Race/Cruise Waukegan to Winthrop harbor. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.
Sunday, May 31 Race/Cruise Winthrop harbor to Waukegan. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.

June

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Friday, June 19 Waukegan to Chicago Race. For racers traveling down to Chicago
Satuday, June 20 Chicago to Waukegan Race (Volunteers needed to serve dinner and for race committee)
Sunday, June 21 Waukegan to Chicago Race (Volunteers needed to serve breakfast and for race committee)

July

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Saturday, July 4 Cookout at the club. Club open for fireworks.
Saturday, July 18 Chicago – Mac Race
Friday-Sunday, July 24-26 Club Cruise – Cruise to Chicago (Port: TBD) All members welcome. Motor and Sail.

August

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Saturday, Aug 9 Mayor’s Regatta All racers welcome.
Pig Roast! BBQ Blowout!
Aug 14-16 Club Cruise to Michigan (Port: TBD) All members welcome. Motor and Sail.

September

Club open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.
All members and guests are welcome.

Saturday, Sept 12 Race. Waukegan to Winthrop Harbor and back. All members welcome. Motor and Sail. Cookout at the club.
Saturday, Sept 19 Race/Cruise. Waukegan to Racine. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.
Sunday, Sept 20 Race/Cruise. Racine to Waukegan. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.
Saturday, Sept 26 Race/Cruise. Waukegan to Kenosha. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.
Sunday, Sept 27 Race/Cruise. Kenosha to Waukegan. All members welcome. Motor and Sail.

October

Saturday, Oct 3 Black and Blues Dinner and Party.
Saturday, Oct 17 OktoberFest Dinner and Party at the Club

November

Saturday, Nov 14 Sail-A-Bration

December

Saturday, Dec 5 Decorate the Club. Glogg and Tom and Jerry Party.

Social Committee Meeting Sunday, Jan 12

All members are invited to join the Social Committee, Sunday, January 12th at 2:00 pm to plan our social calendar for 2020.

All events are created and run by volunteer members. We need your help! 

All members are required to volunteer time to facilitate the operations of the club each year. It’s time to step up and take charge. 

Please join us. We need your help and input.