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We understand that the County has just lifted the “No Wake” restriction from Lake Mendota. Maybe it’s time to try for a (late) Fall Season. Just kidding….

But while we have your attention, Dane County Land & Water Resources Department will be holding public meetings regarding the 2018 flooding. These are interesting programs and ought to be of interest to:

  • anyone who was affected by the high water on Lake Mendota this summer
  • any who lives in Dane County

County staff will provide information on factors that contributed to the flooding, next steps and initiatives to reduce future flooding and improve Dane County's ability to respond to flooding. They’ll also take questions from attendees.

These meetings are free and open to the public:

  • Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at 6:00 Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Road Madison)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Stoughton County Club 3165 Shadyside Drive Stoughton) the event is free but for this date and location sign-up is required here

For more information on the 2018 flooding click here.

Donald Sanford

Thousand-Year Flood Dominates MYC Trophies

On October 26, around 50 sailors and their families gathered at the Essen Haus to celebrate the 2018 sailing season. In spite of the shortened racing season, spirits were high as people shared sailing stories along with the family-style dinner.

Commodore Dave Gorwitz was a masterful Master of Ceremonies as he thanked the volunteers who made MYC racing and socializing possible, and announced the recipients of this year’s trophies.

Congratulations to the following season winners:

  • Spring series Keelboat D I—Hoofer boat Sassafras
  • Spring series Keelboat D II—Dave Elsmo
  • Summer season championship E-Scow—Lon Schoor
  • Summer season championship Keelboat D I—Chuck Duroni and David Niemann
  • Summer season championship Keelboat D II—Dave Elsmo
Summer season championship MC Scow—Ron Curio

The huge winner of all the late-season races was the thousand-year flood, which claimed the trophies for every Keelboat fall series race, the Labor Day Around-the-Lake race, the Labor Day Handicap, the Fox Cup, and Kathy’s Cup.

The evening ended with the traditional Changing-of-the-Guard ceremony. Dave Gorwitz, with a deep breath of relief, passed the Commodore’s flag to Ron Curio. Ron passed the Vice Commodore’s flag to Pete Mooney. Charlie Goehring was not present to accept his Rear Commodore’s flag.

Best wishes to Commodore Ron for a successful upcoming year!

2018 Commodore’s Banquet!

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018 TIME: 6 p.m. Cocktails at the Bar and Hors D’Oeuvres 7 p.m. Dinner 8 p.m. Awards 8:30 p.m. Polka Band! WHERE: Essen Haus

The Annual Membership Meeting is coming! Bring your trophies!

The upcoming Annual Membership Meeting is on Wed. Sep. 12 at 6 p.m.

People gather for drinks and/or dinner on their own at 6… meeting starts promptly at 7.

The plan is to have the meeting at the Essen Haus as has been customary. We will make an announcement if that changes.

Please return trophies at the Annual Membership Meeting. If you can’t attend (or can’t get a crew member to drop the trophies off at the meeting for you), then you must drop your trophies off at the Commodores house between now and Sunday, Sep. 16 – at the LATEST.

Message from the Commodore regarding the season.

Dear MYC Sailors,

I wanted to provide you all with an update on the status of MYC racing.

As a result of the recent and unprecedented rainfall, Lake Mendota is subject to an indefinite slow-no-wake restriction. The high water has also compelled us to haul RC1 and RC2 out of the water. Maple Bluff Marina, where we keep RC1, is officially closed for the season; the docks and boatlifts have been removed and will not be reinstalled this season. We considered moving RC1 to Skipper Buds or one of the other marinas, but even if we were to have done so it would not have been practical for our race officer to get to and from the racing area at 5 mph, besides, our committee boats do not have bottom paint – that would have made for a huge mess had we left them in the water.

Most of the docks on Lake Mendota, including those at Burrows Park, have been pulled out. Even if Burrows were usable, the MYC scow racing season would have ended on Labor Day anyway. While many of you with keelboats on moorings still have your boats in the water, your competitors who keep their boats on lifts have had to pull their boats.

It is extremely unlikely that the slow-no-wake restrictions will be lifted anytime soon. As long as the restrictions are in place, holding further club races is, regrettably, unfeasible. Should the no-wake restriction be lifted, we will reevaluate whether to hold any fall-series keelboat races.

Fall is one of the best times to get out on the lake. Lake Mendota is open for sailing. If you are lucky enough to have your boat in the water, enjoy! Sadly, mother nature has dictated that our 2018 racing season is likely complete.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Annual Membership Meeting and the Fall Banquet. Check the MYC website for updates.

David M. Gorwitz
MYC Commodore

All MYC racing is suspended until further notice.

No racing at least until the slow no wake restriction is lifted. Also note that we have had to haul RC1 out that and her home, Maple Bluff Marina, is closed for the rest of the year.

It is reasonably likely that we are done for 2018.

Epic floods disrupt Wednesday night racing

The Wednesday night race is cancelled due to the Slow-No-Wake from the county.

Photo gallery!

PIZZA, pizza PIZZA And BEER!!!!

Who: MYC sailors and friends

What: All you can eat pizza and beer for $5.00

Where: Tim and Darby Sugar’s house.

When: 6:30 PM.

Why: Because eating pizza, drinking beer and telling sailing stories is so much fun!

Moonlight Race tonight!

The annual moonlight race was set for July 25th.

Wendy's Bloody Mary Party has been rescheduled..

The annual moonlight race was set for July 25th.

The Payton Regatta!

Back-to-back races on Sat/Sun at 10 a.m. The Sunday races count as part of the Summer Series (unless expressly stated otherwise in the SSIs).

The Directories are available!

Avanti wins the Memorial Day race in her first outing...

Avanti wins her first race!

Avanti wins the Memorial Day race in her first outing...

And so it begins...

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Bill Ward’s Legacy Lives On

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Spring Banquet on May 12th!

Club members and guests celebrated the beginning of summer and the upcoming sailing season with fellow sailors at the 2018 Spring Banquet on May 12th. Commodore Gorwitz has graciously hosted the banquet at his home once again.