Wayzata Yacht Club (WYC) located in Wayzata, Minnesota was founded in 1965 with 16 Ensign’s and 15 O’Day Day sailors. By 1968 there were 30 Ensigns, 32 Day sailors, and about 35 MORC boats. The PHRF class was added in about 1979. The 70's and early 80's saw a very competitive MORC handicap racing fleet.
In the late 70's, a group of sailors made a fleet purchase of the first J/24's produced and became the first One Design J/24 fleet in the world. The early 80's continued this with the J/22 and the creation of J/22 Fleet #1. Sonar fleet #5 was added in the early 80's, and there is also One Design racing for S2.79's, and the longstanding Ensign fleet. WYC has now grown to over 130 boats represented by 5 One Design fleets plus handicap racing fleets using PHRF and MORC rules involving over 600 club members.
WYC is also home to the rebirth of Capri 25 One Design sailing. In 1998, the Capri 25 fleet hosted their first One Design regatta. The Capri 25 fleet, now with over 27 boats, is the largest collection of Capri 25’s in the United States. On Thursday night racing, there are 22-27 Capri 25’s on the starting line, consistently the largest turnout of all WYC fleets.
While hosting several One Design district regattas each year, WYC has also been fortunate to host numerous national regattas attracting sailors from all over the world. These include the 2009 Richardson Cup, 2011 Catalina 25, 250 & Capri 25 National regatta, 2011 Sonar Nationals and the 2013 J/24 Nationals. This year WYC will once again host the Catalina 25, 250 and & Capri 25 National regatta (September 12-14, 2014). Winds at that time of year on Lake Minnetonka historically are in the 8-15 knot range, perfect for a 9 race regatta (include link to NOR). Dust off that trailer and hit the road!
The WYC race committee is second to none. Staffed with full time race officers, 2 race committee boats and dedicated crew, the WYC RC constantly sets a fair course for all fleets. With over 50 years of race management experience, the WYC RC monitors the wind conditions throughout each race day and makes course adjustments as necessary to ensure a fair, competitive race course. Visitors have been widely impressed with the skill and professionalism exhibited by the WYC RC. Don’t even think about starting OCS, you will get caught!