Blessing of the Fleet Sunday, June 2

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.

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.

Cruise #1 to Kenosha Canceled

The weather this spring has been terrible. Everyone is behind on boat projects and several boats are still not in the water. The Cruise Committee has decided to cancel the cruise to Kenosha this weekend and we will try to reschedule it for later. 

Stay tuned for more details on the next cruise!

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

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.

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.
Nov 2 Sail-A-Bration! Sail Awards Banquet.

Club open for dinner Fridays and Saturdays

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.

The club is open for drinks and dinner every Friday and Saturday
The club is open for drinks and dinner every Friday and Saturday

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