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Garage Roofing on Friday, April 20

April 18, 2018 – Volunteers met at the club yesterday and tore off the old roof. They replaced the skylights and started roofing the garage. The work was about half done Tuesday afternoon. The remainder of the work will be completed on Friday, April 20, weather-permitting. All members are asked to join the crew to help complete this important task! We have all the tools we need, just wear your dirty clothes and work gloves and bring your enthusiasm.

Price slashed for Dinner and Dancing Saturday!

The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club slashed the price of the dinner on Saturday. The menu has been changed to a buffet, featuring salad, chicken and beef, pasta, breadsticks and dessert. Coffee or tea is included. Items may be different than those pictured above.

Guests who have already paid can choose between a refund or drink coupons of equal value.

All are welcome. Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today!

Cash bar opens: 6:00pm

Dinner served: 7:30pm

Music: 7:00pm

Cost: $31.00

(Price includes entertainment fee | Gratuity not included)

Click here to reserve your spot today.

Limited Seating | Advanced Payment Required

Sailboat racing crew class great success

Saturday, March 10, the club taught one of our first new series of classes and seminars. Saturday nine eager sailors joined us to learn various skills to become crew on racing sailboats this year.

crew class student tying a bowline
Crew class students learned how to tie some basic knots

The class taught terms and terminology, sail trim, winch basics, skills in rope work, basic first-aid and what to expect on a racing sailboat.

woman tying a bowline
Crew class student tying a bowline

Students were all looking to join racing crews this year.

Club commodore demonstrates knot tying
Commodore Jim Hellquist demonstrates how to tie a knot properly.

Learn Sailboat Racing Rules on Sunday

Get off the couch and come racing this year! Before you race, you need to know the rules.

Do you think you already know the rules?

Come to the club on Sunday morning at 11am to learn the rules of sailboat racing. If you plan on racing your own boat or racing on someone else’s crew this is a must-attend class!

There is NO cost to this class, but you MUST register in advance to attend.


Register for the Sail Racing Rules and Strategy

Welcome to the Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club

Harbor view of Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club
Harbor view of Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club

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.

cocktail bar at Waukegan Joseph Conrad Yacht Club
Have a cocktail at the bar or order a tasty treat from the kitchen.

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.

people riding in a powerboat
The club has an active power squadron

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!

clouds reflected on the water in Waukegan Harbor
Another beautiful day in Waukegan Harbor

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.

Three smiling people sailing on lake michigan
Sailing on the lake is a fun group activity.

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.

sailing dinghies in the harbor
The club’s fleet of sailing dinghies and small sail craft are all available to members

You can see that there are many reasons to join the Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club. So, what are you waiting for?