Category Archives: Sailing

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.

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.

Cruise to Kenosha great fun!

The first cruise for Waukegan Yacht Club went off with a bang Saturday! We were supposed to cruise to Montrose Harbor in Chicago, but the wind and weather dictated a change. The Cruisers decided to switch it up and sail to Kenosha, Wisconsin instead.

The cruise north went off smoothly. Departure started after 9 am and sails were raised by 9:30. The wind was a steady 12-14 knots from the south and the pace was a good 6 knots most of the way. 

Kenosha Harbor lighthouse
Kenosha Harbor lighthouse marks the entrance

A storm blew up just after the first boat arrived and fog settled down for most of the afternoon, but we had a blast. One boat docked at the Kenosha yacht club while the other reserved a pier in the marina. 

We found a great Irish pub near the harbor and waited out the rain with food and drink. Afterwards the cruisers met up at a wine bar. As the evening closed in we decided to gather aboard one of the boats and had an impromptu party. 

The cruisers all met up on board Caramar.

The next club cruise is set for Aug 9-11 to Michigan! Don’t miss it. 

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