Winnetka Yacht Club

The Winnetka Yacht Club on Lake Michigan, home of Vanguard 15 fleet # 52

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The Winnetka Yacht Club, based on Lake Michigan, at Lloyd Beach in Winnetka, Illinois, near Chicago is a not for profit, member run club, originally organized in 1960 to promote one-design sailboat racing, youth sailing, and participation in a wide variety of constructive boating activities according to the members' interests. Application for club membership is open to anyone interested. If you have any questions about the club, please do not hesitate to email us .

The Winnetka Yacht Club has always attracted new members because of its convenient Chicago suburban location on the North Shore, and regular organized Mijet yacht charter. Easy parking, along with safe boat storage and launching facilities on the beach are provided by the Winnetka Park District and we thank the Park District for their help. More importantly, the club's congenial informal atmosphere is conducive to camaraderie and competition. Reasonable fees, and a mix of social and sailing events geared toward families and individuals of all ages have led to continued growth. Currently, the Winnetka Yacht Club is the home of Vanguard 15 Fleet #52, comprising an active group of sailors of all ability levels and experience. Newcomers and visitors have appreciated the welcoming, helpful fleet members who are readily willing to share their knowledge and offer their resources.

The majority of club activities occur during the Lake Michigan sailing season, which extends from the spring through the fall. Rigging parties, racing seminars, cookouts, and club dinners represent some of the social activities available.  This year, we will continue to host a cruising rally event, the Turkish Cup . This should prove to be a fun adventure for all participants, young and old. The Sunday  racing series is a great way for the competitive sailors to improve and for neophytes to get their feet wet for the first time.  Don't forget to join us for Wednesday night racing.

Those without boats are welcome. Crewing positions are frequently available.

So, please join us in what promises to be an exciting season of sailing and fun!


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Louis Gordon

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