The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club commenced its Fall Racing Series Saturday, Sept 8 which extends through September until Oct 13. All racers are welcome. You do not need to be a member to race. Don’t miss out on all the fun. Sign up today!
The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club Social Committee met on Tuesday, Aug 28 and set dates for our Fall and Winter calendar to the end of the year.
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events and support as many as you can. The Club cannot continue to operate if members do not support our activities. Paying your dues on time is not enough to keep the doors open and keep the club financially healthy. We need the participation of all members in our activities and events, too.
If you don’t see an activity you like, please join us at our next Social Committee meeting and suggest an event or activity that you would support. All suggestions are welcome!
Click the links on the events below to see more information.
|Sept 1 –||Bar and club open at noon for special powerboat race.|
|Sept 5 –||Race 17 – Last Wednesday Race.|
|Sept. 8 –||Polonia Regatta. Skipper meeting 1100. Start 1200. Race to Zion and back.|
|Sept. 9 –||Buoy race #1 & #2 1100 start. Bar will be open and grill food 1300 after race|
|Sept 12 –||Adult sailing starts. (Six Sessions: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17). $175 members. $250 non members.|
|Sept 15 –||Offshore Race #1 Waukegan to Racine 0930 start|
|Sept 16 –||Offshore Race #2 Racine to Waukegan 1000 start|
|Sept 22 & 23 –||Race/Cruise to Winthrop Harbor . Race and Party sponsored by North Point.|
|Sept. 23 –||Offshore #3 Louie’s Last Regatta Milwaukee, WI|
|Sept. 29 –||LAST RACE RACE – Waukegan to Kenosha.|
|Sept. 30 –||LAST RACE RACE – Kenosha to Waukegan|
|Oct. 6 –||Dinner Details to follow|
Nov 11 –
|Celestial Navigation (4 classes) (1100-1500).
$20 for members,
|Oct 13 –||Buoy race #4 & #5 Start 1100|
|Nov. 10 –||Sail Awards Banquet and Commodore’s Ball|
|Dec. 1 –||Italian dinner|
|Dec. 9 –||Holiday Decoration and Kids Christmas party.|
|Dec. 31 –||New Year’s Party.|
The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club’s celestial navigation class is scheduled to begin Sunday, October 6 covering dead-reckoning, fixes by visual bearings, chart reading, and various topics to prepare students for taking their first sun line.
The class is organized in four session that will discuss sextant use and calibration, computing sun, star and planet observations to produce lines of position (LOP), computing latitude and longitude, and other topics for obtaining fixes anywhere in the world using celestial observations.
You do NOT need to be a member to sign up! This seminar is open to the general public and offered to club members at the cost of materials.
The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club provides a full-service yacht club to boaters and watercraft enthusiasts on the north shore. During the sailing season we have weekly club races and a special schedule of fall races. When the harbor is open the club offers dinner service for members and guests on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Off-season the club is also open and available for special events and parties. Members can access the clubhouse 24/7 to use the showers and bathrooms and for safe harbor.
Not interested in racing? We boat along one of the best cruising grounds in North America. Whether you want to go for a weekend or for a month, there are places to go. Cruising with a group gives you the added camaraderie of boating with friends and the added security of numbers. Power boaters will get there faster and sailors will get there cheaper but, on the dock, the drinks and food and love of our lake are the same.
Cruising with the Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club is a no–host event. We try, when possible, to have slips close together. On the day of the cruise, we meet for a brief “captains’ meeting” to work out final details. First boat to the destination helps the later arrivals. Generally, we have a get-together on the dock where each boat brings an hors d’oeuvres and their favorite beverage. There is then the opportunity to go out for dinner as a group or eat aboard. On the return departure, guess who helps with the dock lines!
Don’t own a boat? No problem, the club owns an impressive fleet of dinghies and small sail craft that are free to use by all members. In 2017, the club received the donation of a 27-foot sloop. In 2018, this boat will be available to members for both racing, cruising or just daysailing.
Don’t know how to sail? The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club offers and hosts classes for adults, youth and children in sailing, crewing, basic seamanship, sailboat racing and even navigation. Classes are free or discounted for members.
You can see that there are many reasons to join the Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club. So, what are you waiting for?
The Last Race, Race drew over 20 boats to participate in our last port-to-port race for 2018. Boats sailed down from Kenosha that morning and Waukegan boats came over to dock at the club for our Le Mans start sequence. The sun came out and the wind died as the racers left the harbor and for the first hour the boats floated just past the breakwater by the red lighthouse.
About an hour passed and a line of clouds moved in from the west and brought some light winds that built all morning and into the afternoon. Most boats arrived in Kenosha before 3pm. Leading the way was Madcap Express which took the trophy but everyone had a great time for the last major race of the season.
The wind clocked around to the east overnight and built to 15 knots or higher. Four foot waves were pushed in from the east and provided a bumpy ride for the boats that stayed at the Kenosha Yacht Club that night. In the morning, the race back was canceled due to weather, but the concern over high winds and choppy waters was misplaced. The wind and waves fell off all morning until by 1pm the lake was nearly calm and the winds dropped to 5 knots or less.
The Fall Series of Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club kicked off Saturday, Sept 15 with light winds. Racers worked every gust and lift to make their way north. The first boat finished just after 2pm.
The lake was full of boaters coming out of every harbor.
The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club is racing / cruising to Winthrop Harbor Saturday, Sept 22 & Sunday, Sept 23. This event is open to all Waukegan members and guests.
Racing to Winthrop Harbor
The race will start at noon (1200) for all sections. First warning will be at 1155. The starting line extends 090 degrees from Green Buoy #3 (1 mile east of the entrance to Waukegan Harbor). Leave the buoy to port and do not cross the line before 1200.
The finish line extends 100 yards 090 degrees from the Winthrop Harbor entrance. Boaters will mark their own finish time and report that time to Jim Hellquist.
Three Waukegan boats took part in this year’s race to Mackinac Island and finished safely. All three of our boats won top honors in their sections. Everyone should congratulate the following boats, their skippers and crew:
|Husaria||Kris Kaminski||1d 21h 28m 29s|
|Sirocco 3||Robert Klairmont||2d 3h 52m 18s|
|Spitfire||Jonathan Burba, Mike Cunningham and Jim Hellquist||2d 11h 29m 22s|
Husaria win 1st Place in Section 2
Congratulations to Kris and his crew for pulling in a 1st Place finish in their section.
Sirocco wins 2nd Place in Section 3
Congratulations to Sirocco who won 2nd place in Section 3.
Spitfire wins 3rd place in Section 6
Congratulations to Spitfire who won 3rd place in Section 6.
We wish all the racers safe travels as they bring their boats home. This year the race was marred by bad weather and the loss of one crewman from the boat Imedi. We pray for his family and friends.
Dinner was an Italian buffet and was served starting at 5:30pm. Food went fast and actually ran out by 8:00pm. Live music started by 7:30pm and rocked the club for a few hours before the awards were made. The party continued well into the night.