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Sail-A-Bration Set for November 16

Make your plans to come to the biggest party of the year. Sail-A-Bration has it all. Music, food and awards!

All members, guests and racers are invited.

Don’t miss this year’s best time.

6:00-7:00pm Cocktails
7:00-8:00pm Dinner 
8:00-8:30 Sail Awards
8:30-10:30 Sons of Chicago band

Cost $55

RSVP Today!
Includes dinner, tax and gratuity

(Price increases Nov 8)

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!

Save the Date!

The Club has several races and events scheduled before the end of the year. Please mark them down and make plans to attend.

Sailboat Races/Cruises

  • Race to and from Waukegan to Winthrop Harbor, Saturday, Sept 14, 1000. Cookout on the dock at the Club.
  • Race/Cruise 1 from Waukegan to Racine, Saturday, Sept 14, 1000
  • Race/Cruise 1 from Racine to Waukegan, Sunday, Sept 15, 1000
  • Race/Cruise 2 from Waukegan to Racine, Saturday, Sept 21, 1000
  • Race/Cruise 2 from Racine to Waukegan, Sunday, Sept 22, 1000
  • Race/Cruise from Waukegan to Kenosha, Saturday, Sept 28, 1000
  • Race/Cruise from Kenosha to Waukegan, Sunday, Sept 29, 1000

Parties

  • Black and Blues party. Saturday, Oct 5. Dinner and Music
  • Octoberfest party. Saturday, Oct 19. Dinner and Music
  • Sail-A-Bration (Commodore’s Ball and Sail Awards) Saturday, Nov 16
  • Glogg and Tom and Jerry Party. Decorate the Club! Saturday, Dec 7.
  • New Years Eve Party. Tuesday, Dec 31.

Fall Series Races start Sunday, Sept 8

Fall Series Races #1 and #2 are scheduled for Sunday, Sept 8. Race #1 starts at 1100. First warning at 1055. Race #2 will follow immediately after Race #1. The course will be set up by the Race Committee based on the shoal buoy and the wind direction.

A cookout will be set up on the dock at the Club after Race #2. All members and racers are welcome.

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

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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.

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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.