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88th Annual Chicago-Waukegan Race amazing!

On June 22, the Waukegan Yacht Club hosted the 88th Annual Chicago-Waukegan Race. Over 120 boats participated in this year’s race. Over 500 sailors descended on the club and the weather turned out nicely although rain threatened all day. Want to know who won? Check out the list of finishers here.

Chicago-Waukegan race starting line
The view of downtown Chicago from the race starting line.

Over all the racers who participated in the race in 2019, many chose to dock and raft off at the club. The dock offered food and drink to the thirsty and hungry racers. Mount Gay flowed liberally.

Racers docked and rafted out from the club dock.
Chicago-Waukegan Racers docked and rafted out from the club dock.

Dinner was served starting at 5:30pm and ending at 7:30pm. A live band played after dinner and well into the night and the dance floor was full. 

Many volunteers turned out to help with the committee boat, ticket sales, dinner, and the party on Saturday night and for the breakfast on Sunday. Thanks to all those volunteers who came out to help. We could not have done it without you!

Chicago-Waukegan volunteers Joanna Tarnawski, Eleanor Vick and Erik Hellquist.
Chicago-Waukegan volunteers Joanna Tarnawski, Eleanor Vick and Erik Hellquist.

Want to get a piece of history? Buy our 2019 commemorative Chicago-Waukegan Race t-shirt. The 100% heavy-weight cotton t-shirts were very popular Saturday and Sunday, but we still have some shirts on hand for sale. Order one today and pick it up tat the club, or have it shipped right to your house. Don’t wait. we only have a few shirts left in each size!  

Commemorative T-shirt for 2019 Chicago-Waukegan race
Commemorative T-shirt for 2019 Chicago-Waukegan race

Click here to order your shirt now

Buy your 2019 Chicago-Waukegan Race T-shirt now

The commemorative t-shirt for the 2019 Chicago-Waukegan Race is now available for pre-order. This year’s shirt features an original design that honors two great cities and a historic sailboat race. Over 100 sailboats are participating in this year’s race and all the names of the racing boats are featured on the back of the shirt.

Order your shirt(s) today to be guaranteed delivery on Saturday, June 22. Shirts ordered before Saturday, will be available for pickup at the club after the race. Only a limited number are being made. Don’t miss your chance to capture a bit of history.

Click here to order a shirt now

Race to Zion scheduled for Saturday

Offshore Race/Cruise #1 to Zion has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. The race will commence at 1100. First warning will be at 1055. If no committee boat is on station the starting line will be a line from green buoy #3 to the Waukegan south harbor light. Depending on how many boats participate, there may be one or more sections.

Tune to VHS channel #69 for details 15 minutes prior to the first section start (1055).

The course will be north to the Zion buoy (see WJCYC racing rules, mark Z) and back to green buoy #3. The starting, turning and finishing marks must be kept within 100 yards when passing.

We have received reports that the Zion exclusion buoy has been removed. The original buoy was located at coordinates N 42.26.5 W 87.47.2. Use these coordinates in your GPS device as the turning mark. An plain post marks the end of the water intake for the former cooling towers. If you do not have a GPS device use this post as the turning mark. The turning mark is a line extending 300 yards east of this post. Stand well clear of this post as depths may be restricted.

Report start and finish times to Commodore Jim Hellquist as well as boat names ahead and behind.

Race #2 kicks off the season with a bang

The weather for May 15th was ideal for our first race. Winds were moderate at 7-10 knots from the south. Waves were light and barely noticeable. Although the weather this spring has been terrible seven boats showed up for the race and combined for a single section start. All in all it was a beautiful night for a race.

Lake Michigan PHRF unveils new cert process

The Lake Michigan Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (LMPHRF), a not-for-profit corporation serving individuals who competitively sail cruising/racing monohull and multihull boats primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, unveiled a new online process for issuing and updating PHRF handicap certificates.

Their new entry system is now ready for use. Previous certificate holdings should receive a login-id automatically. If you don’t contact the group using this email lmphrf@lmphrf.org

Click here for instructions on how to use the system. They are now beginning to issue handicap certificates. Owners will be notified via e-mail when their certificate is available. 

Great turnout for fleet prep

We had a great turnout on Saturday, April 27, to get the club’s boats ready for launching. Members showed up to the club at 10am and traveled the short distance to Larsen Marine where the boats are stored.

members painting the club's boats
(Left to right) Russ and Jeanne Valin and Anna and Andy Kepinski
sand and paint the bottom of the committee boat.

The bottoms of the Committee Boat and the Coronado 24 were sanded and painted and the hulls polished. Unfortunately, the snow started to fall heavier and we could not get to the club’s T-10 or the O’Day 17s. We’re hoping to finish those boats by next Sunday, May 5th.

members polishing the committee boat
With such a great turnout the work progressed rapidly

Since we had so many volunteers all the work was completed before noon and we went back to club for beer and pizza. 

member polishing the hull
Jeanne waits to pull off the masking tape as Andy polishes the hull and Anna paints the bottom.
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Thanks to Jonathan GaetzAnna and Andy KepinskiHoward LarsonJim Maivald, and Jeanne and Russ Valin. Without your help the jobs would not have gotten done! Thanks to Jim and Erik Hellquist for organizing and coordinating the project. 

We need more help next Sunday, May 5th, weather permitting, to get the rest of the fleet ready for the water. Please help if you can.

Free Safety Check May 4th

The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club has invited a safety expert to come to the club to inspect safety gear. Bring your life vests and other safety gear to the club on May 4th, from 11am – 3pm.

Don’t take a chance with your life or the life of your family and crew.

Save the dates

The social committee met on Wednesday, April 17 to finalize the calendar for 2019. Here’s a list of important dates you should hold open to join the festivities at the club:

(Dates and times may change without notice.)

2019 Waukegan Joseph Conrad Yacht Club Calendar

May 4 Racing Rules Class 11am-3pm.
Race registration forms submitted.
May 17-19 CANCELED Cruise to Winthrop or Kenosha.
We will try to reschedule this cruise for June.
June 2 Blessing of the Fleet and cookout! 2:00pm
Public Welcome!
June 21 Waukegan-Chicago PHRFection race
June 22 Chicago-Waukegan Race. Party at the club.
June 23 Waukegan-Chicago Race. Waukegan-Milwaukee (SSYC) Race.
July 6 Club closed for private wedding
July 12-13 Chicago-Mac Race
July 19-21 Cruise to Chicago, Belmont or Montrose. All motor and sail boats welcome.
August 4 Mayor’s Regatta. Pig and Corn Roast.
Aug 9-11 Cruise to New Buffalo, MI. All motor and sail boats welcome.
Aug 30-Sept 2 Tri-State Race.
Sept 21 Black and Blues Party.
October 12 OKTOBERFEST!
Nov 2 Sail-A-Bration! Sail Awards Banquet.