Almost 90 members and guests turned out Saturday, November 16 to celebrate a great boating season and the racers who participated in our racing program.
Oktoberfest was a fun time at the club. Guests dined on bratwurst, smoked sausage, sauerkraut, and hot homemade pretzels. Oompah band music filled the air and people were dancing polkas in the club.
Don’t miss the upcoming Sail-A-Bration and Commodore’s Ball.
All members are invited! Don’t miss the biggest party of the year!
Almost 90 members and guests came to Waukegan Yacht Club on Saturday, November 16, to celebrate the 2019 boating season, our racers and Commodore Jim Hellquist. The club opened at 6pm and our guests started to gather for cocktails and appetizers.
Dinner was served at 7pm. The buffet of mandarin orange salad, roast beef, chicken piccata, grilled vegetable medley and mashed potatoes was generous and delicious.
The sail awards were given out at 8pm. Among the winners were crews of Sirocco III, Spitfire, American Dream, Unplugged, FasTen and Lucille Marie. Click here to check out all the awards.
After the awards were completed, the band Sons of Chicago kicked off the dancing. The dance floor was full of revelers most of the evening.
Members and guests dressed in black and white and came to celebrate one of the BLUES, a truly American forms of music!
Dinner was Shrimp or Chicken Jambalaya and Red Beans and Rice and hot and moist cornbread!
Oktoberfest is scheduled for October 19th!
Don’t miss it!
The Last Race, Race to Kenosha kicked with a bang on Saturday. The weather was cold and rainy and the wind was gusting over 20 knots according to the weather reports. Although it looked doubtful any racers would brave the conditions, 9 boats eventually appeared in the harbor and docked alongside the club.
One boat, Flying Spaghetti Monster, came all the way from Chicago, one from the Waukegan Yacht Club, Lucille Marie, and the rest were from Kenosha, having sailed down just that morning.
The Last Race, Race uses a reverse PHRF starting sequence. The boat with the highest rating leaves first and the rest of the fleet takes off based on their handicap.
The first racer left the club at 10:30 on the dot. The boat was cast off and motored out of the harbor into the gusting north wind and biting rain. The rest of the racers departed in sequence with Husaria bringing up the rear 40 minutes later.
The wind and waves were roaring in from the north so all the racers hauled their sails in tightly and prepared for a long slog to Kenosha.
As the race wore on the winds calmed a bit but stayed strong and hard from the north. Most of the racers tacked far out into the lake and then cut back to shore.
The 12.7 mile race turned into a 20-25 mile race as all the boats tacked into and away from shore. By 3:00pm all the racers had pulled into harbor. Some of the boats went to the Kenosha Yacht Club. Others rented piers in Kenosha harbor.
The rain disappeared for while but made an appearance off and on all night.
The next morning only two boats made the trip back to Waukegan. Lucille Marie was declared the winner although it had been the slowest boat on both days. Sometimes the hare wins and sometimes the tortoise. Congratulations!
No room for additional guests
Friday, September 27, 8:00pm
Come watch the worst movie about sailing ever made.
Contest and Games!
Win a prize for finding all the errors and goofs.
Club is open for dinner and drinks
The 2019 Waukegan Yacht Club race results are now posted on the site. It took a while to compile the results because some of the racers had not submitted complete racing applications earlier.
The Pig and Corn Roast on Sunday celebrated the First Annual Mayor’s Regatta. Spitfire was declared the winner of the regatta and received an award directly from Waukegan’s Mayor, Sam Cunningham. The mayor participated in the race by sailing on Sirocco 3. Unfortunately, some boats forgot to mark their times of finish and could not be scored.
Once all the racers made it back to the club the Pig and Corn Roast formally began.
The tables were bursting with wonderful food, including Pulled Pork, Barbecue Ribs, Baked Beans, Creamy Hash Brown Casserole, Corn on the Cob, Taffy-Apple Salad, bread and muffins. Even the Mayor joined us for a wonderful meal.
The meat was traditional pit barbecue cooked at the club by member volunteers in a smoker using Apple wood chips.
Over 60 people went through the line and no one went away hungry. All the food was delicious and everyone had a great time.
The event was topped off by free shots of Mount Gay rum provided by the Regatta winner. If you didn’t stick around you missed out!
We want to give special thanks to our members who volunteered to prepare and serve the amazing dinner and run the Mayor’s Regatta:
Thanks go to Viki Rollins, Don Pound, Jeanne and Russ Valin (and their friend Karen), Susan and Jim Maivald and Howard Larson who helped to set up the tables and cook and serve the food. Thanks to Denise Lapins who made the Creamy Hash Brown Casserole and Taffy-Apple salad. Yummy!
More thanks go to Bob Christenson and Howard Larson who volunteered to operate the committee boat during the Regatta and Mark LeVan and Jim Hellquist who worked with the crew to set the race marks. You guys did an amazing job! If you see any of the volunteers around the club, give them a kind word.
Volunteers make this club work! Please consider lending a hand soon. There’s lots to do around the club and it won’t get done without you!
The Waukegan Yacht Club Cruisers completed a successful cruise to St Joseph, Michigan this Sunday. The weather was perfect and the lake provided no surprises.
Three boats had planned to cruise on Friday, but one had to drop out for personal reasons. The Cruisers departed from the fuel pier around 1100. The wind was fresh from the northwest and the boats were able to achieve hull speed for the first 20 miles. Unfortunately, the wind dropped to 3-4 knots and the cruisers resorted to their engines for the remainder of the journey.
The boats covered the remaining 40 miles in good time and arrived just after midnight Eastern time at the entrance of St Joseph. The boats docked at the St Joseph River Yacht Club shortly afterward and watched in amazement as a huge lake freighter backed out into the channel. From the conversation heard on channel 72, the freighter had actually waited until the cruisers had passed safely out of the channel.
Dawn found the cruisers in good spirits and ready to explore the town. Some discovered a breakfast venue nearby and then crossed the drawbridge into downtown St Joe. The main street was alive with people shopping and dining at the local restaurants. A farmer’s market was still in full swing in a park overlooking the lake.
A couple of WYC members flew over to St Joe and met the cruisers for dinner at the Yacht Club. Everyone had a wonderful meal and enjoyed the great company.
Sunday morning came early and the cruisers were up and ready to go. The sun was bright and the sky partly cloudy. The wind was fresh again this time from the southwest. As soon as the boats passed the last lighthouse sails were up and they were off toward Waukegan at hull speed.
The wind held most of the day until the boats came within 10 miles of home. Engines were revived and the last short distance passed quickly.
The first cruiser entered harbor around 6:00 pm. After the boats were tied up and closed down, the cruisers met for a celebratory dinner at Casa de Samuels on Belvidere in downtown Waukegan. A fitting end to a wonderful adventure.
You do not need to be a member of the Waukegan Yacht Club to cruise with us. All motor and sail boats are welcome. Come join the fun!
If you want more info, send an email to email@example.com.