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87th Chicago-Waukegan Race this weekend!

The biggest event of the season is happening this weekend! This year the 87th Chicago-Waukegan race will see over 100 area sailboats racing from Montrose Harbor in Chicago to Waukegan Harbor. Many members will be racing in the fleet and the club will be alive with hundreds of racers. All members are encouraged to come down to the club and enjoy the spectacle. If you are available we could use extra volunteers!

sailboats with spinnakers
Last year’s Chicago-Waukegan race finishers

Grills will be fired up on the pier with burgers, brats and hot dogs served all afternoon. Dinner will be an Italian buffet starting at 5:30pm. Live music and dancing will follow. Don’t miss this exciting event.

More Racing and Ribs!

This Wednesday night the club will feature barbecue ribs for dinner! Don’t miss your race or your rack!

BBQ ribs
BBQ ribs at the club

The club will be OPEN for dinner tonight starting at 5:30pm.

All members and guests are invited! Come out and support the club.

Offshore Race #2 postponed. Race will be rescheduled soon.

Offshore Race #2 to Winthrop Harbor was postponed due to weather forecasts. We will reschedule as soon as possible.

Club racing has started! But it’s not too late to submit your registration. All racers are encouraged to submit their registration forms as soon as possible. You do not have to be a member to race with Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club. The club offers a full schedule of racing opportunities, including the weekly summer series, the offshore races and the Fall series.

You don’t have to race every race. You can also sign up for single races. So, get off the couch and join the fun!

2018 Racing Registration form
2018 Racing Registration form

Click to down the racing registration form

Click below to download the Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club Racing Instructions

Racing Rules for WJCYC
Racing Rules for WJCYC

Good food and good times at Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Regatta

The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Regatta was moved to May 19 and went off on schedule at 11:00am. The weather looked threatening all morning but was perfect during the event. There was no rain and the winds were light and from the east.

Attendees were greeted with the club’s Committee boat and new Coronado sailboat tied up to the club’s wharf. Guests were given rides around the harbor and some brave souls even checked out our El Toro sailing dinghies. We even had coloring books available for children.

26 foot Coronado sailboat
A Coronado 26 was donated to the club last year. All club members are welcome to use it.

The club’s barbecue was fired up and turned out hamburgers and sausages for all the hungry sailors. The bar had plenty of ice cold beverages for all attendees.

The flag pole was dressed for a party showing flags from many nations. If you don’t see a flag from your heritage, donate one to the club we will fly it at the next event.

Club flagpole
The club was dressed for company on Saturday.

If you didn’t come down to the club on Saturday you missed a fun event!

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?