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Thousand-Year Flood Dominates MYC Trophies

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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!

Click here to register for the banquet

WHERE: Essen Haus


HOW MUCH: Adults $39.00
Big Kids$19.00
Little KidsFree

MENU (Served Family Style):

Hors D’ Oeuvres

Fresh Fruit Tray
Assorted Meats and Cheeses
Stuffed Mushrooms w/ Four Cheeses
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Assorted Sausage & Sauerkraut

BBQ Pork Ribs
Baked Chicken
Kase Spaetzle (Vegetarian)

House Salad

Coffee, Tea, Milk, Soda

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
German Fries
Hot Soft Pretzels

Red Cabbage
Vegetable of the Day

Apple Strudel

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.

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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...

The 2018 season began with a slow start on Saturday due to very light winds...

Bill Ward’s Legacy Lives On

Bill Shelton was the main caretaker for Bill Ward after his accident on RC 1 in 2006. Since Bill Shelton passed away 5 months before Bill Ward, there was a need for someone else to look after Bill Ward’s affairs...

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.

That's All Folks!

The final races of the Fall Series were a great success. With winds 10-15 with gusts over 20 knots, it was a fun ride!

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Black helicopters intercept Veloce!

More details as we get them, no reports of any arrests yet!

Wendy's Bloody Mary party...

...has been moved to Grant's Bayside house! The party time will still be from 1pm until 4pm.

Perfect Wednesday Night for Sailing!

With light to medium winds and moderate temperatures, we had great turnout with 28 boats racing!

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Peyton Regatta Success

With barely enough wind on Saturday and almost too much wind on Sunday, we got in a full slate of races for the Keelboats, 3 races for the E-Scows and a pair of races for the MC-Scows.

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Sunday Hydraulic Blowout!

Even with some minor technical issues, we did get racing in. Major thanks to Keith Rosenbaum and Tom Teska for making the race possible.

Wednesday Night Racing!

The evening began with a breeze of 10-15 kts for some fun sailing. 22 boats came out representing every fleet.

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Please note that there are several important changes in the 2017 MYC Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions (NOR/SSI) and in the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).

We strongly suggest that you review the rules and take note of the several important changes.

Memorial Day Weekend

We had no racing on Saturday due to lack of wind, but Memorial Day was a fun day to be out on the water!

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2017 Racing Season is On!

After a 24 hour delay brought on by the icky weather rule, MYC had a great start to the sailing season. Six keelboats ventured out into the stout, chilly breeze.

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Spring Party Success

MYC started the social season on Saturday with a fantastic party at the Gorwitz home. Feauring roast tenderloin, wine, cheese, beer and of course copious amounts of rum!