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Sail Awards Top Off Great Sail-A-Bration

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.

Sirocco III takes 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer Series.
American Dream takes home 1st place in Section 2 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
American Dream takes home 1st place in Section 2 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Unplugged takes home 1st place in Section 3 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Unplugged takes home 1st place in Section 3 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Spitfire takes home 2nd place in Section 1 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Spitfire takes home 2nd place in Section 1 in our Wednesday Summer racing series
Elecktra takes 2nd place in Section 3 of our Wednesday Summer Series.
Elecktra takes 2nd place in Section 3 of our Wednesday Summer Series.
Spitfire takes home 1st place in our first Annual Mayor's Regatta
Spitfire takes home 1st place in our first Annual Mayor’s Regatta
Husaria had the best corrected time of all WYC boats in the 2019 Chicago – Waukegan Race
Spitfire made the best time for a Mackinac Race boat
Spitfire made the best time for a Mackinac Race boat
Vincitore took the best times of any WYC boat in the Nood and Verve races
Vincitore took the best times of any WYC boat in the Nood and Verve races
Sirocco III took the best times of any WYC boat in the Mackinac Race in its section as well as 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer and Fall Offshore series.
Sirocco III took the best times of any WYC boat in the Mackinac Race in its section as well as 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer and Fall Offshore series.
Spitfire took 2nd place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer Offshore series.
Spitfire took 2nd place in Section 1 in the WYC Summer Offshore series.
Spitfire took 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Fall Buoy series.
Spitfire took 1st place in Section 1 in the WYC Fall Buoy series.
Lucille Marie took home the trophy for the Last Race Race to and from Kenosha.
Lucille Marie took home the trophy for the Last Race Race to and from Kenosha.
The winning crew from Lucille Marie
The winning crew from Lucille Marie

Click here to see all the photos from the Sail-A-Bration.

Oktoberfest brought the best of the wurst

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. 

oktoberfest
Oktoberfest at 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!

Sail-A-Bration Goes Off with a Bang!

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.

Cocktails at the Sail-A-Bration
Cocktails at the Sail-A-Bration

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.

Dinner was served at plentiful 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.

Sirocco III took home many honors at the Sail 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.

The Band Sons of Chicago played after the awards.

Black and Blues Dinner and Party fun for all!!

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!

Shrimp Jambalaya
Some members took it up a notch and wore their Blue Brothers regalia!
Everyone who attended had a great time. Don’t miss our next event!

Oktoberfest is scheduled for October 19th!
Don’t miss it!

Last Race, Race (Kenosha) hard slog north!

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 race north was a slog through 4-6 foot waves and strong winds.

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.

Flying Spaghetti Monster sailed back to Chicago on Sunday.
Unfortunately, they used their motor and were disqualified from winning the race.

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!

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Pig and Corn Roast Amazing

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.

Mayor Sam Cunningham awards Spitfire the trophy for winning the regatta.
Mayor Sam Cunningham awards Spitfire the trophy for winning the regatta.

Once all the racers made it back to the club the Pig and Corn Roast formally began.

Members line up to partake of the Pig and Corn roast celebrating the Mayor's Regatta.
Members line up to partake of the Pig and Corn roast celebrating the Mayor’s Regatta.

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.

Mayor Cunningham in food line
Mayor Cunningham joins in on the Pig and Corn Roast.

The meat was traditional pit barbecue cooked at the club by member volunteers in a smoker using Apple wood chips.

12 racks of ribs set up in the smoker for cooking.
12 racks of ribs set up in the smoker for cooking.

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!

THANKS!!

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!

Cruise to St Joseph Wonderful

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. 

Caramar pulls out toward the fuel pier to rendezvous with the other cruisers.

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. 

Cruisers assemble at dawn at St Joseph River Yacht Club
Cruisers assemble at dawn at St Joseph River Yacht Club after a late arrival.

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.

The Cruisers and some surprise guests met for dinner at the St Joe Yacht Club
The Cruisers and some surprise guests met for dinner at the St Joe Yacht Club

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.

St Joe Lighthouse
The view of the St Joe Lighthouses as the cruisers motor out of the harbor.

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.

Cruising back to Waukegan
Cruisers enjoying the sail back to Waukegan.

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 sail@waukeganjosephconrad.org.