Race to Racine

Notice of Race

Saturday 9/21/19 Warning 0955 hrs, 1st Start 1000 hrs

Starting Line: Between a staff displaying an orange flag on Waukegan Yacht Club committee boat and course Mark “W”*.

Course Leave Course Mark “Z” to port*.

Distance 22.1 nm

Finish Between a staff displaying an orange flag on committee boat and course Mark “W”. Leave course Mark “R” to Starboard. The committee boat will be west of Course Mark “R”. See NOTE ‘A’ re: no committee boat on station.

Time Limit No time limit (Record your time, boat ahead and behind if possible when committee boat not on station.) Use GPS time.

Notes: Mark “W” is shoal buoy #3 FL G 2.5s (N 42.21.7 W 87.47.9)
Mark “Z” is the day marker on the water intake for the former Zion Nuclear Power Plant (N 42.26.5 W 87.47.2)
Mark “R” Reef West End Buoy #1 FL G 4s (N 42.43.5 W 87.46.0)

NOTE ‘A’ – For all races when the committee boat is not on station, take your own time and the boat ahead and behind. You must finish within 5 boat lengths of the designated finish mark and perpendicular to the course from the last mark. All finishes are between the mark and committee boat. If no boat is on station, the mark will be left to port on all southbound races and to starboard on all northbound races.

Last Race, Race! (Kenosha)

Notice of Race

Saturday 09/28/2019 1st Start 10:30 hrs

Starting Line: This is a Le Mans start. The skipper holds onto the brass bar rail in the WYC bar until released by the race committee to run to his/her boat. The boat can motor out of the channel and put up sails at the harbor entrance or motor sail to the harbor entrance. Do not make a wake and get a speeding ticket!

Marks Leave Course Mark “Z” to Port.*

Distance 12.7 nm

Finish Between South Pier Head and the Outer Breakwall Light

Dock at the yacht club in Kenosha.
The Kenosha Yacht Club has modified their dock to deal with the high water levels.

Time Limit No time limit (Record your time, boat ahead and behind if possible when committee boat not on station.) Use GPS time.

Note: Racers may register the day of the race at the Waukegan Yacht Club. All racers must submit their PHRF rating upon registration.

* Note: Mark Z is the day marker at the end of the water intake for the former Zion Nuclear Power Plant ( N 42.26.5 W 87.47.2 ).

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 5. 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.

Winthrop and Racine race/cruises swapped

The sail committee has decided to swap the Winthrop and Racine race/cruises this month. The Winthrop Race/Cruise is now scheduled for Sept 14. The Racine Race/Cruise is scheduled now for Sept 21-22. Please adjust your schedules and if you reserved a berth in either harbor you will need to change your reservation. We apologize for any inconveniences.

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.

Pig and Corn Roast Amazing

The Pig and Corn Roast on Sunday celebrated the First Annual Mayor’s Regatta. Spitfire was declared the winner of the regatta and received an award directly from Waukegan’s Mayor, Sam Cunningham. The mayor participated in the race by sailing on Sirocco 3. Unfortunately, some boats forgot to mark their times of finish and could not be scored.

Mayor Sam Cunningham awards Spitfire the trophy for winning the regatta.
Mayor Sam Cunningham awards Spitfire the trophy for winning the regatta.

Once all the racers made it back to the club the Pig and Corn Roast formally began.

Members line up to partake of the Pig and Corn roast celebrating the Mayor's Regatta.
Members line up to partake of the Pig and Corn roast celebrating the Mayor’s Regatta.

The tables were bursting with wonderful food, including Pulled Pork, Barbecue Ribs, Baked Beans, Creamy Hash Brown Casserole, Corn on the Cob, Taffy-Apple Salad, bread and muffins. Even the Mayor joined us for a wonderful meal.

Mayor Cunningham in food line
Mayor Cunningham joins in on the Pig and Corn Roast.

The meat was traditional pit barbecue cooked at the club by member volunteers in a smoker using Apple wood chips.

12 racks of ribs set up in the smoker for cooking.
12 racks of ribs set up in the smoker for cooking.

Over 60 people went through the line and no one went away hungry. All the food was delicious and everyone had a great time.

The event was topped off by free shots of Mount Gay rum provided by the Regatta winner. If you didn’t stick around you missed out!

THANKS!!

We want to give special thanks to our members who volunteered to prepare and serve the amazing dinner and run the Mayor’s Regatta:

Thanks go to Viki Rollins, Don Pound, Jeanne and Russ Valin (and their friend Karen), Susan and Jim Maivald and Howard Larson who helped to set up the tables and cook and serve the food. Thanks to Denise Lapins who made the Creamy Hash Brown Casserole and Taffy-Apple salad. Yummy!

More thanks go to Bob Christenson and Howard Larson who volunteered to operate the committee boat during the Regatta and Mark LeVan and Jim Hellquist who worked with the crew to set the race marks. You guys did an amazing job! If you see any of the volunteers around the club, give them a kind word.

Volunteers make this club work! Please consider lending a hand soon. There’s lots to do around the club and it won’t get done without you!

Mayor’s Regatta kicks off new tradition

The First Annual Mayor’s Regatta started at 1100 am with seven boats participating. The race was hotly contested as the boats raced around the innovative “W” course. The W shape was to honor the yacht club’s home in Waukegan for the last 92 years. Spitfire was declared the winner of the regatta and received an award directly from Waukegan’s Mayor, Sam Cunningham.

The mayor participated in the race by sailing on Sirocco 3. Unfortunately, some boats forgot to mark their times of finish and could not be scored.

The Mayor’s Regatta has been added to the club’s official schedule and is sure to become one our popular traditions.