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Lake Bluff Yacht Club is located in Lake Bluff, Illinois along the shore of Lake Michigan north of Chicago.  This provides an excellent place to enjoy sailing and learn in many varied sailing conditions.

Our Activities include a Summer Sunfish racing series, Fall Sunfish racing series, annual Invitational Regatta, and host to several recent Sunfish Class Association Sunfish regattas including Women's North American Championship, Regional Sunfish Regattas, and various Junior Regattas. Our fleet racing occurs every Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.     ....show more lbyc....

Mission Statement:  "The Lake Bluff Yacht Club will be a world class Sunfish sailing club providing the highest quality sailing programs, including racing instruction, family participation, social activities, and community involvement"

Membership consists of 130 families in Lake Bluff and the surrounding communities.

If you are an experienced racer but have not been active in a while, we have an easy way to get back into one-design competition. We have a collection of club boats and a friendly, experienced fleet of racers who also compete in other sailboat racing venues including the Chicago to Mackinac race.

Youth Sailing instruction is provided in partnership with the Lake Bluff Park District. Visit the Lake Bluff Park District website for more information.

Many Social events throughout the year provide both sailors and non-sailors with opportunities for fun and companionship.  Events include a Brunch on the Bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, and a Lobster Boil on the beach.


For questions on - Slot Assignments, Boat Compound Keys, Boat ID Tags, Boat Storage - contact Building & Grounds committee, Tim Flentye-boatstorage@lakebluffyachtclub.org, or use our 'contact us' page.

If you are interested in getting more involved in LBYC to help with Social activities or Sailing activities, send an email to our 'general' mailbox at general@lakebluffyachtclub.org, or use our 'contact us' page.


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Sailors heading for Dallas, TX! Jun 18, 2015  Rich Chapman

This weekend six LBYC racers will be heading for the Lone Star State to sail in the Sunfish North American Championships held at Rush Creek Yacht Club.  The regatta will take place on Lake Ray Hubbard and will be sailed over 4 days.  Holly, Fritz, Charlie, Meg, Gretchen and Rich have been putting in some extra training time in order to prepare for the regatta.  The fleet will feature approximately 60 sailors not only from the US, but Guatemala, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru as well.

You can get more information about the regatta and follow the results here:  http://www.rcyc.org/2015/sunfish-north-american-champs-622-27/

 

 
Just Call Us Crazy Jun 02, 2015  John Palizza

When you haven’t sailed all winter, and the first three Sundays of the sailing season present conditions that prevent racing, you’re apt to resort to desperate measures. So it was on Monday, when Rich Chapman suggested we go out for sailing practice. The air temperature was about 52 degrees, just about matching the coolness of the water. To top things off, there were 2 – 3 foot waves left over from the 20 knot winds we had on Sunday. This did not deter the intrepid sailors of the Lake Bluff Yacht Club however. Eight sailors showed up, just for a practice sail. That’s more boats than many clubs get on a regular racing day.

We donned wetsuits, fleeces and spray tops and launched into Lake Michigan. And what do you know – when we got out on the water it was great. The wind was blowing about 13 – 15 mph, which meant that you had enough speed to power through the chop, and you could do some surfing coming down off the waves. It was just a lot of fun. My only complaint was that by the end of the session, I could barely feel my wet fingers. But hey, that’s a good excuse to drink rum afterwards. 

 
Averages Can Be Deceiving May 27, 2015  John Palizza

The good news is that, on average, conditions have been perfect for sailing over the past two Sundays. The bad news is that you can’t sail averages.  On Sunday, May 17th seven intrepid sailors made their way down to the beach to do what sailors all over the world do – stand around, look at the sky, gauge the wind and waves and mutter among themselves.  Of the seven who came to the beach, six eventually rigged their boats and five launched into the surf. Unfortunately, the combination of high winds, choppy water and chilly conditions resulted in racing being cancelled.

Sunday, May 25th saw the converse of the previous week’s high winds – little to no wind. The result was eleven boats bobbing around on Lake Michigan collecting lake flies and chilly toes. After an hour of waiting for the wind to show up, we called it a day and went in for refreshment.

So just remember, when someone tells you that, “On average, things are pretty good” they may really be saying that, on an individual basis, things could be a whole lot better.

 
Off to a Great Start May 11, 2015  John Palizza

The season has started for the Lake Bluff Yacht Club – Saturday saw both the Boats In / Compound Clean Up and the Spring Cocktail Party. I’m happy to report that both events were a success; well attended by both old members and new members.

I noticed something interesting about both events. It must be the Midwestern work ethic that prevails here in Lake Bluff, but both events got off to early starts. The boat compound was pretty much cleaned up by 11:00 AM, so that people showing up later to help found that they could get credit for putting in an appearance without doing too much work. On the social side, my wife Donna and I arrived at that evening’s party at the 7:00 PM start time, only to find it in full swing.

I guess we’re just a work hard / play hard kind of club.

 
Boats-in and Spring Cleanup Day Apr 28, 2015  John Palizza

Ah, springtime and a young man’s (or woman’s) thoughts turn to …sitting in a small fiberglass boat and getting splashed with really cold water until their teeth start to chatter. But before we can do that, and prove that it truly is cooler near (or in) the lake, we need to get our boats in the compound and the compound in shape.

Your Yacht Club board, in its wisdom, has decided that this year boats-in day will be Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (May 16th in the event of rain). This is a change from previous years when spring-cleaning for the compound was on Mother’s Day. After due consideration it was decided that way too much spousal capital was being used by holding a Yacht Club function on Mother’s Day, so now cleanup in on the same day as our Spring Cocktail Party. The theory here is that people will work up a hearty thirst working for the Club and then have the Club pay for their drinks.

Now that’s what I call a fair deal.

 
Logo Apparel for Lake Bluff Yacht Club Mar 26, 2015  John Palizza

Why would you walk around town with pictures of polo ponies or alligators on your clothing when you could proudly announce your allegiance to the Lake Bluff Yacht Club instead? 

You can now purchase Lake Bluff Yacht Club logoed merchandise through the Lands’ End Business Outfitter’s website. Our dedicated URL is:

    ces.landsend.com/lakebluffyachtclub

and we have established 3 logos for you to use when you order: a dark colored logo for use with light colored clothing, a light colored logo for use with dark clothing and a logo that is sized for use with baseball caps.  Just go to the site, set up an account, and order to your heart’s content.  Once you select the size and quantity of merchandise you want, a pop up window will appear asking you to select the type of logo you want and where you desire it to be placed. 

There’s a wide selection of merchandise available, from polo shirts, to fleeces, to baseball caps, so there is something for every taste and budget.  Last, but certainly not least, Lands’ End often runs promotions where the cost of logo application is free. For example, their current promotion (Code: WELOGO) runs through April 3rd.

We hope that everyone will turn out around town in spiffy Lake Bluff Yacht Club logo apparel.

 
New Site and Blog Mar 22, 2015  Leland

Welcome to our new LBYC website.  The site will work equally well on PC, tablet or phone - content and functionality are the same. 

Please use the now blog to post questions, comments, activities, and anything of interest to other LBYC members.

 
J Sheppard Regatta 2014 Nov 08, 2014  Leland
            J Sheppard Jr 2014


*** Scoring Information...


Scoring Method is:                              Low Point
Minimum Score for DNC is:                           0
Minimum Starters for a Race to count is:            0
DNC          = All Entrants  +                      1
DNF          = All Starters  +                      1
DNS, RAF     = All Starters  +                      1
DSQ,DNE,DGM,BFD,OCS =  ''    +                      1
Number of Throwouts - #                             0
 -> Number of Races Scored:                         4
First Place Points:                               1.00
Must sail in Percent of Races to Qualify:           0
A SCORE of 'NC' means:                          Not Counted
     __________________________________
Place Name................ SCORE Number RC_1 RC_2 RC_3 RC_4
1 Rich Chapman 4   1 1 1 1
2 Fritz Hanselman 8   2 2 2 2
3 Scott Schappe 14   3 5 3 3
4 Gretchen Seymour 19   7 3 4 5
5 Pierce McCall 23   4 4 8 7
6 Leland Brpde 29   6 9 10 4
7 Charlie Rush 34   5 8 7 14
8 Doug Warren 37   9 7 12 9
9 Mike West 40   12 11 11 6
10 Holly Hanselman 41   13 10 6 12
11 Rolando Borger 43   14 6 13 10
12 Andrew Brunner 45   16 11 10 8
13 Larry Hammond 48   11 15 9 13
14 David Handelman 50   15 12 5 18
15 Bill Perley 50   10 14 15 11
16 Meg Parra 61   8 13 17 DNF
17 John Palizza 68   19 17 16 16
18 Jack Sheppard 69   17 19 14 19
19 Rob Stelling 73   20 18 20 15
20 Micheal Homer 73   18 16 19 20
21 Janet Murphy Ryan 81   DNS DNS 18 17
22 Cooper Daley 83   21 20 21 21

 

 
Racing Workshop Aug 21, 2014  Leland

We held our 2nd racing workshop this past Sunday before races started.  Present were:

  • Rob Stelling
  • Regis Charlot
  • William Cowlin

Doug Warren and I answered questions and tossed ideas around about how to go faster, and about how to get a better start.  We drew pictures on a white board showing where to put tel-tales, and walked through various right of way scenarios.  We then helped everyone to rig their boats for the windy conditions that day and all went racing.

The NE wind and resulting waves were a challenge for all.  The beginners held in there despite tricky waves and many capsizes.

 
2nd Team Race Day Jul 19, 2014  Leland

We had our 2nd Team race today with a 3 person team from LBYC and another 3 person team from Winnetka.  The wind was light but enough to make us go.

Lots of interesting tactics.  The most entertaining was the entire Winnetka Flotilla ganged up of Rob on the last leg of a race to make sure he finish 5th instead of 3rd or 4th.

LBYC Team:  Leland Brode, John Palizza, Rob Stelling.

Winnetka Team:  Tom Law, Joe Eppstein, Josh Mark

Race 1

  • LBYC 10 pts
  • Winnetks 11pts

Race 2

  • Winnetka 9pts
  • LBYC 12pts

Race 3

  • Winnetka 9 pts
  • LBYC 12 pts
 
Looking for a used Paddle Board Jul 19, 2014  Mike Arvia
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Our First Team Race Jun 21, 2014  Leland

Today was our first Team Racing.  Many thanks to John Palizza for the suggestion and setting it up, and for getting some participants from Winnetka.  Our next Team Racing date is July 12th.  Here are the results...

Rich Chapman   LBYC Team  1st

Joe Eppstein       WYC Team    2nd

Leland Brode      LBYC Team   3rd

Dave Michals       LBYC Team  4th

Tom Law               WYC Team   5th

John Palizza         WYC Team   6th

__________________________

LBYC Team  8 pts

WYC Team  13 pts

 
LBYC Lost and Found May 11, 2014  Leland
A woman's corduroy jacket with cell phone was found at the LBYC Spring Cocktail Party last night, May 10th.
 

Please call Sue Raymore at 847 372-2655

 
2014 Membership Mar 02, 2014  Leland

The 2014 membership page is now updated.  You can download the 2014 membership application form.

 
Seeking Used Sunfish Jan 11, 2014  Meg

All,

I am on the hunt for a used Sunfish, and Sandy Rapp directed me this way.  If you know of any for sale, would you please advise?  Thank you. (312) 221-8367.

Hope to join the line this summer!

Meg

 

 

 
Fall Series Oct 08, 2013  Doug

The fall series has another 2 weekends to go.  The weather has been great so far this year and the water is still warm.  

Come on out if you can.

 
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paddling Jul 22, 2013  Helen

Sunday July 21 was a great paddling day too!  Had many fun rides back into the beach on the crazy waves.  Sort of a "yahoo" kind of a day.  All the swimmers were having a great time playing in the surf. And Carmen brought tasty snacks for us to share under the Shelter after the sailors got in around 4 PM.  If you weren't there you missed a terrific afternoon.  Next group paddle is Sunday Aug 4 at 1:30 PM and next "Waterfront Day" is August 18 - check your LBYC schedule and come on down.

 
Great Sailing Day Jun 25, 2013  June 23rd Sailint

Sunday, June 23rd was a great day of sailing.  We got in 4 races in moderate but shifty winds.  12 people came out for a great time on the water.  Competition was tight.

Earlier, 2 people participated in the Learn to Race program.  Next program is scheduled for July.  All sailors who want to learn to race are welcome.

 

 
paddling Jun 10, 2013  Helen

Yesterday  June 9 group paddle was surfin' FUN w/ pros Kristen &Tim Flentye talking newbie moi through it. Next up is Sat June 22 around 3:30 PM before the Pig Roast.  see you there!

 
paddling Jun 03, 2013  Helen

Hey all you paddlers!  if you weren't there - and there were too many of you - you missed a great group paddle lead by Kristen Flentye.  Five of us kayaked from Sunrise Beach down to Lake Forest beach and back.  The water was fine and nobody went in...come on down for the next one June 9. We start organizing our gear around 1:30 PM for a planned 2 PM departure to somewhere out there.

 
Sunday Racing May 30, 2013  Racing continues on June 2nd.

Sunday racing is in full swing.  Sailors of all levels of experience are invited to join the Sunday weekly race series.  Boats leave the beach by 1:00 and racing starts at 1:30.

 

Please join us.

 
Fall Series Starts Sunday Sep 14, 2012  Doug Warren

All Sunfish Sailors - The first races of the 2012 fall race series start on Sept. 16th.  The water is still warm and fair winds are predicted.  Come on out and have some fun on the water.  Series standings are reset again so everyone gets a fresh start.

 
J Sheppard Regatta NOR Aug 24, 2012  Leland

John Sheppard Jr. Memorial Regatta

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Lake Bluff Yacht Club (Lake Michigan-beach launch)

Lake Bluff, IL

1.  Rules:  The regatta will be governed by the 2009-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing, the prescriptions of the US Sailing Association, the rules of the International Sunfish Class Association, except as any of these altered by the Sailing Instructions.

2.  Eligibility and Entry:  All Sunfish sailors are eligible to race.

3.  Schedule of events:

            Sunday           11:00am-12:00pm  Registration

                                    12:30pm  Skipper's Meeting

                                    1:30pm  First warning gun 1-5 races

                                    4:00pm  No race will start after

                                    Cookout on the beach immediately after racing

                                   

4.  Registration:  Competitors may register at the Lake Bluff Yacht Club on the day of the regatta or by completing the entry form and sending it with the appropriate fees to:  Lake Bluff Yacht Club, PO Box 292, Lake Bluff, IL  60044.

5.  Sailing Instructions:  Will be available at the registration desk and reviewed at the Skipper’s Meeting.

6.  Courses:  The courses will be either Windward/Leeward, Triangle or a combination thereof.

7.  Number of Races:  Five races are scheduled.  One race shall constitute a regatta.

8.  Scoring:  Scoring will be low point scoring system in accordance with Appendix A2 of the  racing rules.

9.  Prizes:  Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 finishers and the top junior.

10.  Regatta Site:  Lake Bluff Yacht Club

            Directions: From the south:  I-94 north to Rt. 176.  176 east into Lake Bluff.  Go all the way to the end of the road, go one block north to the park entrance.

From the north:  I-94 south to Rt. 41 south.  Continue to Rt. 176. Turn east and go all the way to the end of the road, go one block north to the park entrance.

 

SKIPPER’S NAME:_________________________________

 

PHONE: H)_______W)________E-MAIL________________

 

ADDRESS:___________________________CITY:____________

 

STATE:_________ZIP:___________

YACHT CLUB AFFILIATION:__________________________

 

Entry Fee $10______Junior Sailors-Free

 
J Sheppard Memorial Regatta Aug 24, 2012  Leland

The John Sheppard Memorial Regatta is this Sunday, August 26th.  First race starts at 1:30 PM.

 
Commodore's Cup #1 Jun 06, 2012  Rich

What an awesome day of sailing!  Shifty winds, flat water, sunshine, 15 boats and great competition!  Thanks to all who came out to race.  Hope to see all of you and more this Sunday!

 

 
2012 NA's May 01, 2012  Doug

Sign up for the 2012 NA's now.  We promise a great regatta with good competition and social events.  This year is the 50th Sunfish NA's.  Join the celebration.

 
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Spring Mar 22, 2012  Rich

Looking forward to a great season on the water!  Two short months until we hit the water.  Start getting the boat ready now!

 

 
Fall Series - Yes or No Sep 27, 2011  Doug

The last two weeks we have not had enough sailors to go out and race. Granted the weather has not been ideal.  I hope we can rustle up a few bodies before the season is over.

 
Sunfish Masters Sep 13, 2011  Leland

We had two perfect sailing weather days for the 2011 Sunfish Master's regatta on Sept 10th and 11th - 5 to 10 knots with flat water.  Thanks to Doug Warren for a great job organizing the event.

 
Windy Sunday Sep 05, 2011  Leland

Nine boats went out today (Sunday) with a forecast of 20 to 25 knots later in the day.  The Waukegan Harbor weather site showed 15 with gusts to 20 at 3:00 PM when we were out so the forecast was close. 

There was a debate about sailing tomorrow (Monday) with forecasts to 30 knots.  30 knots was the near shore forecast listed Sunday morning, they increase the forecast late Sunday to 35 knots, and as of late Sunday night the near shore forecast now says 40 knots.  I have made other plans.  I will be curious what the sailors find when they get to the beach on Monday. 

And the wave forecast is 8 to 12 feet - near shore.  Don't get too close!

 
Sunday Races Jul 25, 2011  Leland

It looked discouraging with Sunday morning storms.  Then 6 sailors showed up at the beach with a view of glassy water.  Someone noticed rippled water on the horizon and it was headed our way.  We finally got some very nice wind ( 6 - 8 knots) and flat water.  We had five races, but had to change to the course 4 times with wind coming from the Northeast, then East, then Northeast, then North. The Near Shore weather forcast said the wind was supposed to be 10 - 20 from the Southwest, then 10 out of the West - not very accurate.  Anyway it was a great day for sailing, and hope all of our Mac Race and Sunfish North Americans travelers return to sail next week.

 
NA's Jul 21, 2011  Kevin Considine

Good luck to all the folks sailing in the North Americans this weekend... do LB proud!

 
New Blog Page Jul 18, 2011  Leland

Our new Blog - post your comments, thoughts, activities, questsions, etc. on LBYC's own blog page

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