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 2/23  Winter Seminar
2017 Racing Rules
 2/28  Notice
Mooring Fees Due
 3/4  Social
Winter Party/Swap Meet
 3/18  Winter Seminar
Sea Survival Course
 4/6  Winter Seminar
Emergency Response
 4/24  Meeting
Fleet Captain Meeting
 4/27  Winter Seminar
Warmup to 2017 Racing
 4/29  Winter Seminar
Race Management
 5/2  Tuesday Evening Seminar
Rules, Tactics, Sail Shape
 5/4  Social
New Member Social
 5/6  Seminar
Saturday On-the-water

Note: Seminar Postponed

The seminar titled Lighthouses of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, scheduled 2/25/2017 at WYC has been postponed.  We're currently looking at either May 20 or June 10th.  Stay tuned for more information. 


RFP - Brand Standards

Submission Date Extended to 3/1/2017

The Wayzata Yacht Club is accepting bids for an initial project to establish consistency of brand and style for online and printed media.  The core objective is to enhance the professional appearance of WYC both online, and in print to ultimately drive greater demand for membership and participation.

You can download the RFP here.

Please email proposals or questions to: media@wyc.org.

 

The Wayzata Yacht Club is a hub of dedicated, passionate sailboat racers nationally recognized for its leadership and growth of a preeminent, innovative regional sailboat racing community.


Property Improvements


We have many improvements slated for the 2017 Season.  

We'll continue the dock improvement program for C dock and the B dock extension.  This will include new electrical for both B and C docks.  Parking lot improvements will be completed early fall of 2017.  Hennepin County won't be complete with work until mid summer 2017.  We'll continue to have access to the lot for most of the spring and early summer, and will work with the contractors to assure the mess is kept to a minimum until the work along the railroad easement is complete.  

Starting in late October we'll start renovating to accommodate over 180 parked cars, improve the surface of granite chips like we have at the West parking lot, and provide some new landscaping.  All of this is required by our PUD process and is the first step to completing those requirements.

All of these dock improvements will make your boat faster, and your crew more skilled!


Reminder: Mooring Fees Due 2/28


By now you should have received an invoice from the Wayzata Yacht Club for your 2017 annual mooring fees.  Not everyone has this opportunity.  These fees are available exclusively to our club members who choose to moor their fancy vessels at the awesome Wayzata Yacht Club facility.  

February 28th comes fast, so please crack open that checkbook.
You can mail your payment to:
Wayzata Yacht Club
P.O. Box 585
Wayzata, MN 55391-0585


If you didn't receive a bill, but really wish you had, please contact Wayne Bren at: accounts@wyc.org.

WYC Winter Party  ...and Swap Meet

Saturday , March 4, Noon at WYC
   

This year, by popular request, we will have the ever popular CHILI COOK-OFF with a twist:
Dig out your excess sailboat parts or equipment with the idea of selling or trading them to another sailor for something you can use.  We know for sure there will be a couple quarts of bottom paint for sale an hand-held VHF radio.  If you have something for a sailboat that you don't need, turn it into cash or something else useful.

The Chili Feed and Cook-Off will kick-off at noon with you being the judge of the best batch (it could be yours). Don't have a signature chili? Bring your best cornbread and/or a dessert to compete for bragging rights and great prizes. Beer and wine will be provided to accompany the party, with hot chocolate for the kids.

Food judging will take place in the clubhouse starting at 12 noon (be sure to place your vote) and we will have activities and a roaring bonfire outside.

Prizes for best chili and best cornbread or dessert.

Food needs to be dropped off no later than 11:30 am (bring chili in a crock pot or roaster).

Final votes will be tallied at 2 pm with prizes awarded for the best in both categories. Come hang out and catch up with everyone!

The fire pit will be blazing: Perfect for catching up with friends you haven't seen since last season. Bring the family--there will be something for everyone.


 

World Champions!


Recently, Wayzata Yacht Club sailor Joel Ronning (Capri 25 #197) took his team to San Francisco to compete with 63 other boats in the J/70 World Championship.  They prepared and executed with near perfection, and ultimately took home 1st place!  Congratulations to Joel and his team for this incredible victory.  If you're interested in hearing what he had to say about the experience, please see below to view some short interview clips with Joel.


Sea Survival Training

 


WYC will host a Sea Survival Training class on the weekend of March 18/19th.  The class will follow the WORLD SAILING OFFSHORE PERSONAL SURVIVAL COURSE curriculum, including: Principles of Survival, Personal Equipment, Preparation, Abandon Ship procedures, use of pyrotechnics, fire fighting, radio procedures, and more.

This is an intensive course that is 16 hours in length over two days, including not less than two hours of wet drills in a swimming pool. Each participant will also receive the latest RYA Sea Survival Book. This class will teach you the essential skills to keep you, your crew mates, and the boat safe as you sail on the Great Lakes and beyond.  Eric Hill the instructor is crew on a Royal Canada Air Force Rescue Helicopter. He is also a yacht racer and has both personal and professional experience to share with us.  Price is $399+tax. Register here.


Twin Cities Regional Sailing Association


WYC Member Jeff Cameron is setting up a US Sailing Regional Sailing Association for the Twin Cities area, the Twin Cities Regional Sailing Association (TCRSA).  One significant benefit the Association is its inclusion into US Sailing.  This creates the opportunity to host various US Sailing’s Championship events (see below).  The winner of these events may be named as the US representative in international regattas in those disciplines.  This organization will be beneficial to the adult and youth sailors of the Twin Cities by allowing greater access to national events.  Please volunteer to help make this association a reality!  Please contact Jeff Cameron at cameron@bipl.net if you are interested in helping out or sitting on the board.

U.S. Adult Champ U.S. Youth Champ Chubb U.S. Jr Champ
U.S. Singlehanded Champ U.S. Match Racing Champ U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champ
U.S. Offshore Champ U.S. Multihull Champ U.S. Team Racing Champ
U.S. Disabled Champ U.S. Jr Women’s 2-Hand Champ U.S. Jr Women’s 1-Hand Champ
U.S. Youth Match Racing Champ Intl Women’s Keelboat Champ Champ of Champs



The 2017 Star of the North Regatta will be held Sept 15, 16, 17 on beautiful Lake Minnetonka as usual.  After a very successful 10-race regatta in 2016 we're really looking forward to this next one.  We have several ideas in the works that will continue to enhance the competition and continue to expand this great event.

So, save the date.  We expect this to be awesome!


Wayzata Ranked Top U.S. Sailing Town


Sailing World magazine has ranked the City of Wayzata a top sailing town in the nation.  Our busy racing schedule, commitment to youth sailing and our community sailing center, our four season sailing, and great social community all contributed to the ranking.  Congratulations to everyone on...well...being you. 

Read the entire story: Sailing World
No Really, it's true: 
LakeShore Weekly News


Wayzata Community Sailing Center

  Join the Club!
Early registration for summer 2017 is open now.  Register by January 31st, 2017 to secure your perks.
Early Registration Flyer

And check out the new WCSC website while you're at it!
A cool new experience that better reflects our community, programs, and legacy.


Wanted: Co-Skipper

Velocity Girl looking for a co-skipper for the 2017 Newport-Bermuda

  With Velocity Girl (GBR 932R) only just finishing her refit I have changed my itinerary for this year and plan to race in the Newport Bermuda 1-2, the solo race starts on June 2nd.  We will be racing on behalf of the Gillette Children’s Hospital. I will be looking for a co-skipper for the return double handed race on June 15th from Bermuda to Newport RI. This race is organized by the Newport Yacht Club RI.
Velocity Girl ‘GBR 932R’ a VQ32 is specially designed for shorthanded offshore racing and has a strong pedigree including Fastnet, Round Britain, Trans-Atlantic and Great Lakes races. She has been through a major refit preparing for offshore races and is ready to go.
              

I am looking for a co skipper with a great attitude and whether you have more or less experience than me we should be competitive and have a great experience. I would also take a ‘junior’ sailor 18+ who expressed interest in offshore racing and in representing Minnesota.

  • - Must be in Bermuda by June 10th.
  • - Prepared to share drive back to MN with Velocity Girl on her trailer.
  • - Ideally has offshore experience and taken the Sea Survival Course.
  • - Deliver Velocity Girl to Newport by May 5th.
The co-skipper is welcome to fly out and take part in warm up sails in Newport before the start of the solo race on June 2nd. All expressions of interest please email richard.lett@leclairgroup.com – I will seek to find the very best candidate for a competitive entry into this race. Velocity Girl's itinerary will include the Solo Trans Superior, Transpac, OSTAR, Cowes Week and Newport Bermuda 1-2 between now and 2020.