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About Wayzata Yacht Club

Our Vision
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.

About WYC
The Wayzata Yacht Club (WYC) oversees one of the largest sailboat racing programs in the United States. Our Lake Minnetonka racing programs include over 65 keel boat races each season, conducted primarily in 22-25' keelboats, with participation of up to 130 boats for evening races.

The Wayzata Yacht Club also sponsors racing in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior via our Apostle Islands Station (AIS) in Bayfield WI. This big boat schedule includes both buoy racing and off-shore sailing with boats that compete throughout the Great Lakes.

The Wayzata Sailing School (WSS) is our nationally recognized and accredited sailing school. This program includes summer day camps and youth racing programs. We are proud to host the University of Minnesota racing team as part of our club. Many youth sailors train at WYC and compete nationwide as members of the Wayzata Sailing Team.

Club History
The Wayzata Yacht Club was founded in 1965 by 15 sailors who had purchased newly introduced fiberglass sailboats. These sailors moored their boats on land that had been a boat landing since the very first settlers formed Wayzata in the 1870's. Ownership of this marina was in flux at the time and the sailors decided to purchase the property.

The early WYC decided that to remain viable it must become a racing/social club and not a marina. Our early club history rode the wave of new fiberglass boats entering the market.

Sailing seminars are a regular part of the WYC schedule during the summer and winter. Approximately 30 seminar sessions are hosted yearly with programs for all levels of adult sailors.

The Minnesota Women's Sailing Team sails out of WYC and introduces many female sailors to J22's each year.

One-Design Racing
In 1965 our program began with about 16 Ensigns and 15 O’Day Daysailors. Early one-design fleets included upwards of 40 Ensigns, with large fleets of Flying Scots and Etchells. MORC was popular at that time and made up the majority of boats along with the newly popular PHRF.

In the late 1970's six visionary sailors purchased new J24's. Hulls #6 and #7 still sail locally. These boats quickly became J24 Fleet #1. When the J22 came to market, J22 Fleet #1 was formed for Lake Minnetonka including both WYC and MYC.

WYC is also home to one-design fleets for Sonar, S2 7.9, Laser, and the very successful and unique Capri 25 fleet. Approximately 80% of WYC currently races one-design.

Current Programs
WYC continues to expand the quality of our programs and reach out to our community as a sailing resource. With Judge Training seminars to improve the quality of local racing, schools and seminars to improve the quality of our sailors, and website/e-mail to improve communication to our members we look forward to the next 40 years of racing.


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.
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