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 4/27  Winter Seminar
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 4/29  Winter Seminar
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 5/2  Tuesday Evening Seminar
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 5/6  Seminar
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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. 


 

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.


Meet Blake Middleton

WYC Principal Race Officer


Sailing Resume

Started racing at Minnetonka Yacht Club in 1972 in X boats, M scows, E scows, Laser, 470, Yngling, and more.  Started racing at Wayzata Yacht Club in 1975 in MORC, J/24, and more.  Current Principal Race Officer at Wayzata Yacht Club.

  • 2012-present: US Sailing Certified Regional Race Officer
  • 2015-present: Race Manager & PRO. Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Miami, FL
  • 1997-present: Race Manager & PRO. Minnetonka Yacht Club & Wayzata Yacht Club. 
  • 1995-1998: Sailing Forum Leader, America Online
  • 1986-1995: Head Sailing Coach/Director of Sailing, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 1987-1992: Head Instructor, Junior Sailing Program; Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda, CA
  • 1985-1990: Clinic Director, United States Yacht Racing Union. Instructor Trainer
  • 1985-1986: Sales Manager, Laser West, Costa Mesa, CA
  • 1984-1985: Assistant One-Design Director, US Sailing, Newport, RI
  • 1984: Assistant Sailing Coach, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Race Management background

  • PRO at over two dozen US National or North American Championships, including multiple High School & College Nationals and US Sailing Championships.
  • PRO at many dozens of local and regional regattas, plus national and international regattas in MN, FL, CA , Australia end elsewhere

A few Personal Results 

  • 1st Place MYC/WYC Championship of Champions@Minnetonka YC (MN) 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013
  • 7th Place (108 boats) 1992 Laser North Americans @Eugene, OR
  • 2nd Place (skipper) 1994 Fireball North American Championships @Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 1st Place (40 boats) 1983 Sunfish Midwest Regional Championships @Lake Carylse (IL)
  • 1st Place 1979 ILYA M Scow Invitational @Upper Minnetonka YC (MN)
  • 1st Place 2000 ILYA MC Scow Invitational @Upper Minnetonka YC (MN)


Hear More from Blake




Race Management Seminar 04/29/2017


A US Sailing One Day Race Management seminar will be hosted at Wayzata Yacht Club on Saturday, April 29th. The head instructor will be International Race Officer John Strassman. The course is open to everyone, and that includes all Wayzata YC members! 
 
You are invited to attend, whether you are interested in helping out on the RC team during club races, or assisting at WYC-hosted regattas doing timing or flags or mark and course setting. This course is the gold standard for how race management is done around the country, and internationally. 
 
In addition to the professional race management staff members from WYC & MYC, this course is open to volunteers from both clubs, and folks from all around the upper Midwest. It's limited to 30 total spots, and 17 spots remain as of March 20th. Seminar cost is $55, which includes course packet, online testing (for those hoping for certification) and lunch (by Blanchard catering). US Sailing Membership is required. If you are new to membership, US Sailing offers a discounted special introductory membership you can sign up for before you register for the course. 
 
Link: http://www.ussailing.org/race-officials/find-a-seminar/race-officer-seminar-calendar/
 
Scroll down near the bottom of the list for the Wayzata YC course, and click on the "Enroll now" button to see the details.

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!


 

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.


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. 

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!


2017 Schedule is Published

The official club schedule is published, and loaded onto the Wayzata Yacht Club website.
You can view it here.



Wine Tasting and Fundraiser Annually in June

The Burton Cup is also the

MS Cup 


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