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Celebrate the end of the 2019 sailing season at the MYC Commodore’s Banquet in the beautiful Mantova Room at Porta Bella.

When: Friday, October 25, 2019 Cocktails and conversation at 6 p.m. Dinner and trophy presentation to follow

Porta Bella Italian Restaurant
425 N. Frances Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703

$48 each per adult
$17 each per child

The above prices include taxes and gratuities

Choose from the menu options below:

Adult Menu Options

Fettuccine with beef tenderloin and portabella mushrooms in gorgonzola sauce.

Chick parmesan

Peppered shrimp alfredo

Manicotti stuffed with spinach and cheeses

Kid Menu Options
Toasted Ravioli with cheese
Chicken tenders

All entrees will be accompanied with a cranberry and blueberry salad and, for dessert, a celebration cake of the 2019 MYC sailing season. Water and soft drinks are included. Alcohol will be available at a cash bar.

Note: Contact Porta Bella directly at 256-3186 if you have other dietary requests.

Let’s make this a successful end to the 2019 season!

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Moonlight Race this Wednesday at 8!

Don't forget to sail the Moonlight Race this Wednesday night, August 14th. Please disregard the time listed in the printed directory and be out there to race at 8pm sharp! Bring flashlights as the weather prediction is for darkness.

Sign up now for the MYC Pizza Party!

Join your fellow MYC sailors for a pizza party after the August 21 race. It will be at the home of Todd and Liz Tiefenthaler, and we will be ordering from Salvatore’s, the best pizza in Madison!

RC-1 is back in service.

Thanks to Scotty Louther, the linkage has been fixed. RC-1 is ready for racing tonight, wind permitting.

RC-1 attacked by nocturnal gremlins!

Upon readying the boat for racing on Sunday morning, it was noticed that the steering was locked. After much study by Team Veloce (Brain, Grant and Dane) and Don Sanford, it was determined that someone forced the steering wheel so hard that the motor was forced past the stop and the linkage was bent like a pretzel.

It is hoped that repairs will be finished in time for the race on Wednesday Evening.

It was Twenty Years ago today...

That Lon Schoor invited 130 E-Boats to come play…

By Don Sanford and Steve Holtzman

It’s the summer of 1997. The camera pans across a lonely stretch of America’s vast interstate highway system somewhere on the vast landscape of Minnesota or Wisconsin. It zooms in on a late-model SUV towing a trailer with a curious object stealthily wrapped in canvas. Above the relentless drone of eight Michelin radials spinning across 12 inches of reinforced concrete we begin to make out the conversation. “If those guys could get eighty boats at their regatta, it’ll be a snap for us to get 100 boats on Mendota…”

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Please join Mendota Yacht Club with our friends from the Four Lakes (power boat) Yacht Club in Three Foot Bay this Sunday at 3pm. Bring water toys, drinks, and food to share. To find us in the boat zoo, look for a suspended red cylinder over a yellow cone near the back of the bay.


The Mendota Yacht Club Bloody Mary Party is Sunday, July 7 at 1 p.m. at the home of Phyllis Ermer, 29 Harbort Drive. You can park your car in the Burrows Park lot and walk to Phyllis’ house. MYC will provide all the fixin’s for great Bloody Marys and a light lunch. There is no charge for this event.

Payton Potluck Picnic

The Payton Potluck Picnic is Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at the Maple Bluff Beach House, 365 Lakewood Blvd.

Club members will provide the side dishes, and Mendota Yacht Club will provide the steaks, potatoes, and beverages.

Fun at Shorewood Boat House

It was chilly and windy, but about 30 people showed up to enjoy the season’s first after-race party at Shorewood Boat House. More people would have come “by sea” but the waves were tricky and made a water landing at the Boat House impossible. People were smiling and laughing as they told their stories of wins, losses, capsizes, tiller breakage, and failed mark roundings.

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The MYC Spring Banquet was a big hit!

Early May was a busy time for MYC volunteers and members.

On Saturday, May 4, a group of volunteers assembled at Burrows Park and accomplished a huge checklist...

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Early May was a busy time for MYC volunteers and members.

Early May was a busy time for MYC volunteers and members.

On Saturday, May 4, a group of volunteers assembled at Burrows Park and accomplished a huge checklist...

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Mendota Yacht Club is Ready for the Sailing Season

On Sunday, May 5, a group of volunteer Scow sailors got RC-1 ready for race committee work. They accomplished a lot.

  • Thoroughly vacuumed the inside of the boat.
  • Cleaned mold off of the seats.
  • Washed and waxed the hull and the cabin top.
  • Organized supplies.
  • Got her on the lift.

Thanks you very much for getting the WLW into shape for the season!

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Sign up now for the MYC Spring Banquet

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. MYC Spring Banquet

Spring has arrived and MYC sailing is just around the corner. Join your fellow MYCers in celebrating the start of the season at the MYC spring banquet.

As in the past several years, the event will be hosted by Dave and Lori Gorwitz at their home. The social committee is busy lining up the menu, but it is certain to be as varied and delicious as it has been in the past. Stay tuned!

The cost is a $25 donation per person and kids are free.

Register here for this event.

Don't forget to register for the 2019 season!

The flood waters are abating, we are looking forward to a great season this year!

Meet Ron Curio, Your 2019 Commodore.

Meet Ron Curio, Your 2019 Commodore.

It is fortuitous that Ron Curio, a man who has loved and studied wind and weather all his life, would become commodore of the Mendota Yacht Club.

Ron started sailing at Hoofers in 1965 when he came to UW as an undergraduate in meteorology. When he wasn’t at Science Hall learning about weather and atmosphere, he would immerse himself in the weather while sailing at Hoofers. He never felt guilty about the time he spent on Tech Dinghies and Interlakes because he felt like he was working on his major.

Once he got his BA in Meteorology, he moved to Washington DC to work with the National Meteorological Center. His main job there was to plot maps by hand. It didn’t take him long to discover sailing on the Potomac, where he sailed on a Dragon, a boat similar to a Lightning.

In 1970, he moved to Chicago to work for the weather bureau. Not wanting to be far from the water, he took up residence in Chicago’s Lincoln Park near Lake Michigan. Since it was early in his career, he couldn’t afford Chicago’s pricey yacht club market, so he joined the American Youth Hostel. As a member of AYH, he sailed a Rhodes 19 on Lake Michigan. It wasn’t long until he started teaching sailing to other hostel members, and this enabled him to sail for free.

It was during a dryland weather lecture for classes preparing to sail that he met his future wife, Kathryn, a Nursing student at the University of Illinois. They didn’t “connect” immediately, but later when Ron led a Youth Hostel trip to Door County, Ron and Kathryn hit it off. They were married in March, 1974, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and began sailing together on a Rhodes 19. On the day Nixon resigned in August of 1974 they bought their own Rhodes. They loved sailing together. Kathryn was awesome on the spinnaker, and in 1985, just before they moved to Madison, after their second child was born, Ron and Kathryn won the Rhodes 19 fleet championship.

Before moving to Madison, Ron began his search for a new boat. He contacted Mendota Yacht Club to learn which fleets sailed in the club and settled on the M-20. He purchased one before moving to Madison even though he knew nothing about scows. The boat suited him, but as the fleet slowly dwindled, Ron found himself on a boat without a fleet. He learned of an MC fleet in Pewaukee and started commuting to bi-weekly races. He was thrilled when he discovered that an MC fleet was taking root on Lake Mendota and came back to sail with the MYC.

Ron has several goals as Commodore of MYC. First and most important, he wants the club to have a fun and successful sailing year. He is hoping to improve club communications, something that is a challenge in a decentralized club without a central boat house. He feels this can be done by making the MYC website our “virtual” club house. He’s hoping the website can become the “go to” place for members when they want to learn what is happening in the club. Finally, Ron would also like to enhance coordination with Hoofers and the Madison Youth Sailing Foundation. He is hoping to organize at least one event with these clubs this year.

If You Can’t be in the Tropics, Pretend You Are

Unless you were vacationing in Playa del Carmen this past week-end, the place to be on Saturday night was the Four Lakes Yacht Club where roughly 65 boaters from four different ...


Frost quakes are popping and booming on roofs, decks, and the lakes. The young (and young at heart) are ice skating on driveways and sidewalks. Winter sailors are scurrying around looking for the smoothest and fastest ice. With all this cold-weather activity, it’s hard to think about summer sailing. But that’s exactly what Linda Baumann, MYC’s 2019 Social Chair, has been doing. She has assembled a slate of social events that will match the year’s sailing and racing for fun and excitement.

Thaw out at the Tropical Party!

***Tropical Party***
By 4LYC, MYC, LMSC, 4LIYC, Madison Kiteboard, and

Sat. Feb. 23rd
6pm Drinks, 7pm Buffet Dinner
Breakwater Restaurant
6308 Metropolitan Lane, Monona

$20 & Cash Bar (Advanced Purchase Required) To help the cook shop, please RSVP by Feb. 16th