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T-10 Fleet Gathering at Goose Island – Friday 2/6/2009 6:30PM

Lou Jacob announces:

T-10 Fleet Gathering at Goose Island (Clybourn) Friday 2/6 @ 6:30

A reminder and notice to those who were not on the original Evite invitation:

T-10 folks, friends, and potential crew are gathering at Goose Island Brew Pub (on Clybourn in Lincoln Park), Chicago tomorrow at 6:30pm.

It will be a great time to catch up with friends, crew and many of the new potential crew-members who visited the T-10 boot at Strictly Sail!

If you are interested in racing with the T-10’s this summer, come check it out, remember, you’ve tried the rest now sail with the best!

We can make you a winner!

6 February 2009 | Social Events, Tartan Ten (T-10) | No Comments

Pink Pony Party – Chicago Yacht Club Belmont Station, 6PM, January 31, 2009

(For those who might not already know, the Pink Pony is a Mackinac Island bar, a welcome destination for thirsty sailors at the end of the Mackinac sailboat race.)

Pink Pony Bar & Grill at Chippewa Hotel, Mackinac Island logo -

Race To Mackinac Committee announces:

And, on the evening of the 31st, Chicago Yacht Club will host the annual Pink Pony Party at its Belmont Station. The party will begin at 6 PM. Everyone is welcome.


12 January 2009 | Chicago to Mackinac Sailboat Race, Chicago Yacht Club, Hospitality, Social Events | 1 Comment

Key West Race Week 2009 Send Off Party – January 9, 2009

Here are the details from your hosts:

Goose Island and Mount Gay once again defy the weather, the economy, and the lack of boats at Key West!


3 January 2009 | Key West Race Week (KWRW), Social Events | No Comments

2008 Crowley’s Yacht Yard Annual Yacht-A-Palooza

Crowley’s Yacht Yard

This weekend marks another tradition as the Chicago sailing season approaches. Crowley’s Yacht-A-Palooza arrives this Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Crowley’s Yacht Yard - 2008 Yacht-A-Palooza

“This year we have decided to Lu’au for Yacht-a-palooza. The event, as usual, will feature big discounts on selected store items, the Nautical Donations Flea Market tent, guest speakers, workshops, featured vendors, food, a pig roast, entertainment and prizes…and admission is FREE!”


26 March 2008 | Boat Shows, Hospitality, Racing Technology, Safety, Sailing Promotion, Sailmakers and Sail Lofts, Seminars/Education, Social Events | No Comments

2008 Strictly Sail Chicago

Strictly Sail Chicago 2008

Strictly Sail Chicago has become an annual mid-winter tradition for local Chicago and midwestern sailors.

If you have attended before, you know what to expect. If you have not attended before, you should plan to go.

Here are a few brief items to look for at the show.

The Beneteau 40.7 Fleet and Chicago T-10 Class Association are among some of the racing associations represented.

The University of Illinois Sailing Club will be selling t-shirts to raise funds for sailing activities and competition in Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA) regattas.

Hedlund Marine will exhibit four new LaserPerformance (formerly known as Vanguard) sailboat models, plus new Hobie and Gill sailboats. “This show will be the first time most of Chicago has seen an SB3”, according to John Porter, “and it is also the North American debut of the Bug, a new boat for juniors.”

Harken introduces the innovative new RigTune Pro digital tension gauge and new Black Magic MKIV Loop Block, AirBlock, Flip-Flop block and other designs.

A discount Navy Pier parking coupon is available here.


Click here for more Strictly Sail Chicago 2008 news and info, including complete exhibitor list »

30 January 2008 | College Sailing, Sailing Promotion, Seminars/Education, Social Events, Strictly Sail Chicago | No Comments

Key West Attitude Party


2008 Key West Race Week (KWRW) banner


2008 Key West Race Week (KWRW) rum tent party (2007 photo)


Goose Island Beer Company


The infamous, fun-filled, action-packed annual Key West Race Week send-off party for Chicago racers continues…

KWRW was originally founded by Chicago sailors, and over the years Chicago has had a very strong presence represented among the competing boats. Chicago participation seems to have declined in the past few years, however. Perhaps that is partial inspiration for the small name change for the Key West party. Anyhow, the annual Key West party in Chicago is always a fun gathering of sailors and friends.

Hope to see everyone there!

Here’s the announcement, courtesy Tony Bowker of Goose Island Brewpubs:

Goose Island Brewpubs are once again hosting a winter ‘ice breaker’ with the support of our friends at Mount Gay Rum. The invitation follows. I hope to see you there.

Sailor, relieve your cabin fever at the umpteenth annual Key West Race Week Kick-Off Party. This is for everyone with a Key West attitude, not only for those lucky enough to have a KW ride, or sporting enough to have sent their own boat.

Please note the change of venue to:

Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 North Clark St.
(Red Line to Addison or park in the lot on Addison opposite Wrigley Field)

Friday, January 11th – 6pm
Map: link

As usual, you can drink Mount Gay Rum cocktails for a cause and enjoy special pitchers of Goose Island’s ales, locally crafted form the waters of Lake Michigan.

Everyone welcome. Even power boaters! Just make sure they can navigate to Wrigleyville, not the pub on Clybourn.

7 January 2008 | Key West Race Week (KWRW), Social Events | No Comments

2007 Tri-State Regatta:
St. Joe, Bloody Mary’s, and Volleyball

2007 Tri-State Regatta logo


Longbranch Bloody Mary Mix logo

Unofficial race sponsor
Link: Longbranch Bloody Mary Zinger

2007 Tri-State Regatta Volleyball announcement

More fun this weekend…

30 August 2007 | Boat of the Year race series, Columbia Yacht Club, Jackson Park Yacht Club, LMSRF Area III, Michigan City Yacht Club, Social Events, St. Joseph River Yacht Club, Tri-State Regatta | No Comments

Dead of Summer party: R.I.P.?

Dead of Summer

News has reached us that the long-running and highly-popular Dead of Summer party will not be held by Columbia Yacht Club this year.

What are they thinking?

Did anyone really think that “Rock the Dock” in June was rocking?

I think not…

Bring back the tie-dye!

31 July 2007 | Columbia Yacht Club, Hospitality, Racing Events Schedule, Social Events | No Comments

More 2007 Boat Carnage

Seagoon suffered damage after hitting a submerged rock in the shallows of Beaver Island on Port Huron Mackinac return delivery. Stringer damage was serious and the boat is not expected to race again this season.

Raven suffered a tiller failure on Mackinac return delivery, which was fixed. The boat was in Chicago to race Sunday.

Jahazi was seen in Muskegon at Torreson’s last weekend, appearing to have keel damage which was repaired.

Karma ran aground during Chicago Mackinac race and withdrew.

Regardless is rumored to have run aground.

Barracuda and her keel were recovered and transported to Manistee, where her fate remains to be decided. Hopefully she will be repaired and racing again soon.

The Island House awards party for Chicago Mackinac race may be dead, also. By all accounts, the Grand Hotel party was superior in all respects.

31 July 2007 | Beneteau 40.7, Boating Disasters, Chicago to Mackinac Sailboat Race, Chicago Yacht Club, Hospitality, Social Events | No Comments

Beer Can College – Wed. May 16, 2007 – Columbia Yacht Club

Beer Can Racing Season starts soon!

Mark your calendar for Wed., May 16, 2007, 6:00PM at Columbia Yacht Club for Beer Can College. Beer Can Prep School is not a prerequisite!

Learn more about beer can racing. Open to all interested. In addition to Beer Can College, Gary Jobson will be presenting, followed by a party and cash bar.

12 May 2007 | Beer Can Racing, Columbia Yacht Club, Racing Events Schedule, Seminars/Education, Social Events | No Comments

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