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In Memoriam: Stanislaw “Stan” Zelazny

Stanislaw “Stan” Zelazny age 62, of McHenry passed away on December 3, 2018.  He was born in Poland the son of Stefan and Janina Zelazny. He is survived by his wife Maria Zelazny; his daughters Justyna Zelazny and Regina Zelazny.

A visitation will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care 1415 W. Algonquin Rd., (one mile west of Rt. 31) Algonquin/Lake in the Hills.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 with a Prayer Service to begin at 9:15 AM from the funeral home and proceed to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 111 S. Hubbard St. in Algonquin, for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 AM.

Services will conclude at the Church. Interment will be held privately.

Online condolences may be directed at or for information
please call (847) 458-1700.

Informal Members’ New Years Party

This year the club is NOT planning a formal New Year’s Eve party, but the club will be open at 7:30pm for an Informal Members’ New Years party. Bring store-bought snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Please, no homemade food. There will be no band but we do have a great sound system and lots of CDs to help ring in the new year.

Don’t have any plans for New Year’s Eve?

Come to the club for an intimate night on the lake.

Annual Meeting set for December 13

The Annual Meeting of the Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club has been set for December 13, 2018. The meeting will commence at 7:30 pm and part of the agenda will be to vote for the 2019 slate for the board of directors.

All members in good standing are invited to attend the meeting and to vote for the board of directors. Under Section12.3, a member in good standing means a member who has not been suspended, expelled, resigned, has had membership rights terminated, is delinquent or is on a leave of absence.

If you have any questions regarding whether you are a member in good standing, please email Denise Lapins at secretary @

The proposed slate of officers has been sent to all members via email.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to submit an absentee ballot, please contact me and I will email you a ballot.  All ballots must be received prior to the election on December 13, 2018.

Last Race, Race to Kenosha Great Success

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.



Race to Racine fun for all

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.

Lanteen-rigged sailboat on Lake Michicgan
Lanteen-rigged sailboat sails from Kenosha, Wisconsin.Lanteen-rigged sailboat sails from Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Lighthouse at Racine Harbor entrance
This lighthouse welcomes visitors to Racine Harbor
crew of sailing vessel Spitfire at dinner
The Spitfire crew waits for their food order after finishing first

Race/Cruise to Winthrop 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.

Waukegan Mac Racers win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

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:

Boat Skipper(s) Finish Time
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.

The crew of the sailing vessel Husaria accept the first place award for section 2 in the Mac Race
Kris Kaminski and his crew accept the flag for 1st Place in Second 2

Sirocco wins 2nd Place in Section 3

Congratulations to Sirocco who won 2nd place in Section 3.

Sirocco crew accepts 2nd Place trophy
Sirocco crew accepts 2nd Place trophy

Spitfire wins 3rd place in Section 6

Congratulations to Spitfire who won 3rd place in Section 6.

3rd place flag for spitfire in Mac Race
Spitfire wins 3rd place in their division of the Mac Race.

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.