Registrations for the 2019 Racing Season are now being accepted. Deadline for application submission for the first race is May 4th. Download the Registration Form and submit it to Commodore Jim Hellquist.
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|
|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.|
|Nov 2||Sail-A-Bration! Sail Awards Banquet.|
Spring is here. Boats are in the water and the club is open for dinner Fridays and Saturdays! 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.
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.
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.
Everyone had a wonderful time bringing life to the club with song.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
|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.
Sirocco wins 2nd Place in Section 3
Congratulations to Sirocco who won 2nd place in Section 3.
Spitfire wins 3rd place in Section 6
Congratulations to Spitfire who won 3rd place in Section 6.
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.
The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club will conduct its annual Blessing of the Fleet this Sunday, June 2, 2019 starting at 2:00pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase and the Doc Woods band will provide live music.
All boaters are invited to participate by bringing their boats to the club dock or simply join us for the ceremony. You do not have to be a member of the club or dock your boat in Waukegan to participate. Bring your family. Bring your friends.
The Mayor Cunningham of Waukegan is scheduled to speak as well as the commodore of the Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club, Jim Hellquist.
- 2:00 food and beverages available for purchase
- 3:00 ceremony begins: Mayor Cunningham is scheduled to speak
- 3:30 Boat parade and Blessing of the fleet and harbor
Bring your family! Bring your friends! All boaters are invited to come out and enjoy this traditional event.
All members are invited to come out and support the club June 2 whether your boat will be blessed or not.
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.