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Awards Banquet

November 16th, 2019

Celebrate a Great Sailing Season




Double Tree Hotel • St. Louis Park • Minnesota



RSVP on or before November 2 - $60 per person 
RSVP after November 2 - $70 per person 

All reservations must be received and paid for by November 9, 2019

DANCE ONLY No reservations needed. Pay at the door. $20 per person. 

*Table and Seating requests cannot be guaranteed past the RSVP deadline. Dinner reservations are mandatory.  No walk-ins at the door.


4:30 Business Meeting 

5:00 Cocktails, Games, 

5:00 Silent Auction to benefit WCSC

6:30 Plated Dinner 

7:30 Awards Presentation 

9:00-12:30 Music & Dancing


Seasonal Chopped Salad
(Arugula, Spinach, Kale, Roasted Butternut Squash, Maple Glazed Walnuts, Cranberries, Humboldt Fog Blue Cheese and Red Onions)
Maple Vinaigrette Dressing

Warm Rolls & Butter



Braised Beef with Fig Jus
Served with Cheddar Polenta & Brussels Sprouts

Skuna Bay Salmon with Lingonberry Gastrique
Served with Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Grilled Asparagus

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
Zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms,
peppers and onion cooked in a vegetable jus,
topped with scallion potatoes.

Dessert - Preset
New York Style Cheesecake with Chocolate & Caramel Sauce
Brown Butter Cake with Raspberry Sauce &
Fresh Berries


Wine and Champagne are available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Cash bar is available.


  • Hammer Schwingen – You all know what this is!   
  • Bow Line Tying: How good are you?  Fast??  One  handed!!  Behind the Back!!  Eyes closed!!  Test yourself against the best WS students and WYC members!     
  • Money Grab - Grab the most play money in the windy booth and win fabulous PRIZES
  • Music/Dancing - John Schroeder and Friends


Make a night of it, reserve a room!

DoubleTree Hotel • Minneapolis

Park Place 1500 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park

WYC block until Oct 26th, $109; or until full!

Booking QuickLink

Use Group Code WYA


Quick Links

John Schroeder and Friends

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

John Schroeder

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.

 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 - Commodore Charlie Schroeder is John’s father.