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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:

2019 Waukegan Joseph Conrad Yacht Club Calendar

May 4 Racing Rules Class 11am-3pm.
Race registration forms submitted.
May 17-19 Cruise to Winthrop or Kenosha.
All motor and sail boats welcome.
June 2 Blessing of the Fleet and cookout!
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.

Club open for dinner Saturday, April 20

Spring is here. Boats are in the water and the club is open for dinner starting this Saturday! Doors open at 5:30pm. Come in and grab a cold cocktail and a hot meal! Bring the whole family! Guests are welcome.

Unless otherwise noted, the club will be open on all Fridays and Saturdays through October! Come out and support the club.

Wonderful performances highlight shanties and carols! Kolęda Żeglarska!

January 5th the winter night was brightened by wonderful performances by Grzegorz Tyszkiewicz and Natalia Kawalec. Songs varied from popular tunes to tales from the sea to English and Polish folk tunes. The singers alternated easily between English and Polish in a delightful bilingual concert.

Janusz Klupiec introduces singer Grzegorz Tyszkiewicz

Many of the songs were popular standards and the audience joined in to sing the choruses. In several songs the singers provided the words to the audience so they could join in.

Grzegorz Tyszkiewicz sang for over two hours alternating between English and Polish.
Grzegorz Tyszkiewicz sang for over two hours alternating between English and Polish.

Everyone had a wonderful time bringing life to the club with song.

Members were very appreciative of the great performaces
Members were very appreciative of the great performaces

Audience members joined in on the choruses of many tunes.
Audience members joined in on the choruses of many tunes.

One attendee wrote:

“This was a terrific evening at our club. The Shantie theme and entertainers, put us in a toe tapping mood. Everyone was smiling! The young woman who wrapped up the night will probably be on the Voice or one of those competitive shows, everyone concurred. If members stayed home to choose between reruns of Doc Martin and Sports Central they don’t know what they missed. Tonight was fun and thanks to those that made it possible!” Ellie Vick

Thanks to Zibby Jarzabek, Darek Olszewski and everyone else who helped to plan and execute this wonderful event. We hope to have many more in the future.

Last Race, Race to Kenosha Great Success

The Last Race, Race drew over 20 boats to participate in our last port-to-port race for 2018. Boats sailed down from Kenosha that morning and Waukegan boats came over to dock at the club for our Le Mans start sequence. The sun came out and the wind died as the racers left the harbor and for the first hour the boats floated just past the breakwater by the red lighthouse.

About an hour passed and a line of clouds moved in from the west and brought some light winds that built all morning and into the afternoon. Most boats arrived in Kenosha before 3pm. Leading the way was Madcap Express which took the trophy but everyone had a great time for the last major race of the season.

The wind clocked around to the east overnight and built to 15 knots or higher. Four foot waves were pushed in from the east and provided a bumpy ride for the boats that stayed at the Kenosha Yacht Club that night. In the morning, the race back was canceled due to weather, but the concern over high winds and choppy waters was misplaced. The wind and waves fell off all morning until by 1pm the lake was nearly calm and the winds dropped to 5 knots or less.

 

 

Race to Racine fun for all

The Fall Series of Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club kicked off Saturday, Sept 15 with light winds. Racers worked every gust and lift to make their way north. The first boat finished just after 2pm.

The lake was full of boaters coming out of every harbor.

Lanteen-rigged sailboat on Lake Michicgan
Lanteen-rigged sailboat sails from Kenosha, Wisconsin.Lanteen-rigged sailboat sails from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Lighthouse at Racine Harbor entrance
This lighthouse welcomes visitors to Racine Harbor

crew of sailing vessel Spitfire at dinner
The Spitfire crew waits for their food order after finishing first

Race/Cruise to Winthrop Harbor

The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club went to Winthrop Harbor Saturday, Sept 22 & Sunday, Sept 23. The event was open to all Waukegan members and guests.

The race started at noon (1200) for all sections. The wind was brisk from the northeast allowing the fleet a fast trip up the shore. All boats were finished before 3pm. Racers and cruisers gathered at the harbor building for a free meal and cocktails sponsored by North Point.

Many of the boats stayed overnight and were provided a hearty breakfast.

Waukegan Mac Racers win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

Three Waukegan boats took part in this year’s race to Mackinac Island and finished safely. All three of our boats won top honors in their sections. Everyone should congratulate the following boats, their skippers and crew:

Boat Skipper(s) Finish Time
Husaria Kris Kaminski 1d 21h 28m 29s
Sirocco 3 Robert Klairmont 2d 3h 52m 18s
Spitfire Jonathan Burba, Mike Cunningham and Jim Hellquist 2d 11h 29m 22s

Husaria win 1st Place in Section 2

Congratulations to Kris and his crew for pulling in a 1st Place finish in their section.

The crew of the sailing vessel Husaria accept the first place award for section 2 in the Mac Race
Kris Kaminski and his crew accept the flag for 1st Place in Second 2

Sirocco wins 2nd Place in Section 3

Congratulations to Sirocco who won 2nd place in Section 3.

Sirocco crew accepts 2nd Place trophy
Sirocco crew accepts 2nd Place trophy

Spitfire wins 3rd place in Section 6

Congratulations to Spitfire who won 3rd place in Section 6.

3rd place flag for spitfire in Mac Race
Spitfire wins 3rd place in their division of the Mac Race.

We wish all the racers safe travels as they bring their boats home. This year the race was marred by bad weather and the loss of one crewman from the boat Imedi. We pray for his family and friends.

 

87th Chicago-Waukegan Race Great Success!

On June 16th the Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club hosted the 87th annual Chicago-Waukegan sailboat race. Nearly 130 boats registered for the race and over 100 took part in the race.

Sailboats preparing to start a race
Chicago-Waukegan race start off Montrose Harbor

This year the weather was unpredictable as usual. The wind started briskly coming from the south from 5-7 knots. Most boats immediately launched their spinnakers and the various sections started to battle it out for the lead.

sailboats preparing to start a race
Chicago-Waukegan race start off Montrose Harbor

A little over an hour after the last boat crossed the starting line the wind abruptly swung around to the northeast at over 10 knots. The shift caught many boats unprepared as their crews jumped into action to dose their chutes.
Now the race had shifted to a close hauled beat to windward. But, as they say, “if you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait five minutes.” Less than another hour passed and the wind began to shift around to the east and not long afterward back to the south once more.
Chutes came out again and this to stay. At first, the wind was steady and strong, but ebbed over the next few hours. Fortunately, for most of the fleet they were able to stand to Waukegan and the finish line. By 2:00pm, the majority of racers had crossed the line and retired to the north harbor where they rafted off the club dock, or to berths they had rented in the south harbor. Waukegan racers simply went off to their own berths.

sailboats finishing race with spinnakers
Boats finishing the 87th Chicago-Waukegan race

The weather in Waukegan was sunny and warm and perfect for a cookout. Grills were fired up and many racers grabbed a burger, brat or hot dog and a cold brew or rum and coke. The club and dockside was alive with members, racers and guests.

dockside at the club
The dock was filled with members, racers and guests

Dinner was an Italian buffet and was served starting at 5:30pm. Food went fast and actually ran out by 8:00pm. Live music started by 7:30pm and rocked the club for a few hours before the awards were made. The party continued well into the night.

people drinking at the club
All parts of the club were humming with conversations, laughter and sea stories.

Sunday morning came early and many sailors and guests took advantage of Bo Harper’s Bloody Mary bar! Many took advantage of the hot breakfast provided by the club. By 8:00am, the Committee boat cast off to set up the starting line. The first section started at 9:05 and each following section went off in 5 minute increments. In less than an hour all 9 sections were gone.

sailboats racing away
In a blink of the eye the racers were gone, headed back to Chicago

The Board of Directors would like to thank the following volunteers who made this event a major success:
Claudia Aisenberg, Larry Beliant, Jeff Bernachi, Colin Classen, Richard Fee, Yvonne Fee, Mary Ellen Giffels, Jose Guzman, Bo Harper, Lynne Hellquist, Erik Hellquist, John Johnson, Barbara Klupiec, Chris Klupiec, Mark LeVan, Jim Maivald, Paul McEntee, Aaron Milks, Kim Nerheim, John Rouse, Viktoriya Rouse, Tom Sivia, Nikki Sullivan, and Al (Jeep) Trefts. Let us know  if we missed your name.

volunteers selling tickets for food and drink
Volunteers made this year’s event a tremendous success

Sailboat Racing Rules moved to Saturday, May 4th

Sorry! Due to unforeseen circumstances the class has been moved to Saturday, May 4th

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 Saturday, May 4 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.

FREE

Register for the Sail Racing Rules and Strategy