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Awards Celebration

November 14th 2020

Celebrate a great - albiet modified - sailing season!

2020 Wayzata Yacht Club
Virtual Awards Banquet
Saturday, November 14th


Virtual Awards are FREE to attend but you must RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

For security and safety of members, zoom links will be sent the day of the Business Meeting and Awards to minimize the potential for zoom bombing.

Please RSVP before Noon, November 14th if possible! Last minute link invites cannot be guaranteed. 

The link for the member business meeting is separate and will be provided in a separate communication directly to registered members.


4:30 Business Meeting 
5:00 Virtual Awards
5:45 Salute to the Bren Family
6:00 Trivia & Social hour
6:45 Zoom closes
7:00 Silent Auction closes

Despite COVID-19 affecting our racing schedule, WYC came together to complete a full racing schedule with incredible participation. It is more important than ever to honor the deserving members, volunteers, and community who helped make this year possible. With those special folks in mind, our Commodore Andy Spence-Parsons hopes to share with you a fast paced and incredible night honoring those important members with our traditional WYC Special Club Awards: Commodore Special, Doc Sam, Doc Sam AIS, Bail Bond, Foster Award, Sportsmanship, and Andy Crew (Boat of the Year will not be awarded for 2020). 

Interspersed, we'll share a quick toasts with fleet captains, thanks to the production prowess of Petey Crawford. Take a minute with us as well to celebrate Wayne and Steve's retirement by enjoying a quick yarn with Terry Foster. Back for an encore, John Schroeder and friends join us for a quick number, polishing up last year's hit closing number.

Following the banquet hang tight for live WYC Sailing and History Trivia with Matthew Thompson and the WS Team. Don't forget to support our neighbors Wayzata Sailing in the online silent auction, or relax with a choice adult beverage from a member owned business. 

Beer & Wine

Celebrate together while supporting member owned businesses.

Saint Croix Vineyards

Saint Croix Vineyards - Paul Quast 
With each WYC order, 10% will be donated to Wayzata Sailing and those funds will be MATCHED by SCV up to $400. 

Shop their website at and then call the winery at 651.430.3310 between 10AM and 6PM to place your order. Be sure to mention the promo code ìWYCî to ensure the 10% donation and match. Orders will be delivered to your home. 

LynLake Brewery

LynLake Brewery - Paul Cossette
For each Growler of Beer or Root Beer purchased, LynLake Brewery will donate $1.00 to Wayzata Sailing. 
Go to their website at and click on Place Your Order.  From the order menu page, click on "Choose a Menu" and select "WYC". 

Orders will be ready for pickup on Friday afternoon, Nov 13, or Saturday, Nov 14, before noon.  Or WYC volunteers would be happy to deliver! 

Quick Links


RSVP to receive the ZOOM link to attend the event

Silent Auction

Bid on silent auction items, including the parking spots, to support Wayzata Sailing


Donate to Wayzata Sailing to support the next generation of sailors

John Schroeder and Friends

*** Above link will take you to a comprehensive biography. ***

John Schroeder is a professional musician based in Los Angeles. He grew up in Orono, and took sailing lessons at the Wayzata Yacht Club where he raced Optis and 420s.  Some of his first performances were at WYC as a 13 year old with his middle school band, questionably titled Invasive Species. Their first gig was at the after party for the Junior Olympics in 2001 (in which John raced).  They played at the club many times over the next few years, including after the ADA regatta in 2002.

Commodores Bert Foster and Mark Janda were early supporters.    

Since those days John has gone on to become a professional guitarist, touring and performing with Frankie Valli, Pomplamoose, Marc Cohn, Jordin Sparks, and Robin Thicke, among others.  He has played in the Dancing with the Stars house band and has a solo career. 

At this year’s banquet John is bringing a band of friends from the LA music scene, including singer Raquel Rodriguez ( out to play.  This group features Nick Klingenberg on bass, Sam Brawner on drums and Adam Bravo on keys.  Collectively they have performed with artists including Gwen Stefani, Dave Grohl, Anderson Paak, Lettuce, Nik West, Trombone Shorty, the Doobie Brothers, and on TV shows Vanderpump Rules, This is Us and Glee. 

The band specializes in funk, classic rock, yacht rock, and 90s R&B and soul. 

Coming back to play for the banquet is a life-coming-full-circle moment for John.  It’s where he got his start performing, and he's so appreciative of the club for giving him a chance in those early years.  

It’s also a family affair - Rear Commodore Charlie Schroeder is John’s father.