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2018 Spaghetti Dinner Reunion + Fundraiser – April 8 @ 4 pm

It’s time for our annual Spaghetti Dinner Reunion + Fundraiser!

Help us celebrate WYCYF Junior Sail at our biggest event of the year.  Enjoy a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, raffles, camaraderie and more, surrounded by boats in the beautiful showroom of Larsen Marine Service, Inc.  Bring the whole family or crew > Special donor tables are available! Please invite your friends + help spread the word.

Here’s how to RSVP


Junior Sailors: We need your help to serve guests; please RSVP by using the link above. (All junior sailors who volunteer will get a free spaghetti dinner!)

Parents and Friends: We are collecting items for our silent auction. If you have items, services or experiences to donate, please contact us at

We need your help to run this event, as well!  If you can help out behind-the-scenes, please contact us at


What:          2018 Spaghetti Dinner Reunion + Fundraiser

When:         Sunday, April 8 from 4 pm to 6 pm

Where:        Larsen Marine Service, 625 E. Sea Horse Dr., Waukegan, IL 60085

Why:           This is a fun way for Junior Sail alumni, friends, students and parents to kick-off the sailing season while raising money to improve our
fleet, safety equipment and scholarship fund


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Annual Picnic + Awards Ceremony – Aug 18

Parents, Junior Sailors, Friends + Alumni ~

Please join us Friday, Aug. 18 for our annual end-of-season picnic and awards ceremony. The potluck event will take place from 4:30 to 7 pm at the Waukegan / Joseph Conrad Yacht Club.

Sailors, parents, siblings and friends from all sessions are invited. We’ll supply the subs and soft drinks; we ask that you provide a dish depending on the first letter of your last name: A-J bring appetizers; K-S bring a side dish; T-Z bring dessert.

A highlight of the evening: Students can bring their parents and siblings out for a sail in the harbor to show off their new skills! And, we’ll also present six awards to deserving students.

We hope to hold the picnic outside in front of the Club. (If inclement weather, we’ll be indoors.)

Please RSVP by Aug 14 so we can ensure enough food and fun for everyone! We can’t wait to celebrate the end of an awesome summer of sailing with you!

To RSVP, please reply to with the number of people attending.  See you on the 18th!


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Mike Caplan from FOX 32 is Coming to Visit Junior Sail This Week!

Mike Caplan [FOX32] comes to visit WYCYF Junior Sail!

Mike returns to WYCYF Junior Sail, and will be giving a presentation on severe weather as well as talking about water safety – Thursday, June 29th from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Waukegan Yacht club – all are welcome.

About Mike Caplan:

Mike Caplan was born and raised in Lake County and is proud to call it home. Mike is the weekday morning meteorologist at FOX32 television in Chicago. Mike maintains an active presence on social media where his Facebook posts are among the most followed in Chicagoland. Mike is a graduate of Illinois State University and the College of Lake County. He also completed the meteorology program at Mississippi State University. Mike has a wife, son and a full compliment of three dogs, one of which was adopted from the Perfect Pet program. Besides meteorology, Mike is also a professional photographer. He and his wife own Caplan Studios Photography, providing services from head shots to model portfolios to weddings. Mike and his wife travel and often find themselves in cold places like Iceland or Yellowstone in winter.

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2017 Season Starts Monday! Be Prepared…

Parents & Junior Sailors, here’s what you need to remember to bring to class on Monday.

Junior Sailors and Parents, we’re right on the edge of starting the 2017 Junior Sail Season! I can’t wait to meet you and your children as we make our way through the summer.
The staff and I wanted to take this opportunity to send out a quick reminder of the things students should bring to class during our time together this year.
Life Jackets/Vests:
WYCYF Junior Sail provides life jackets for use, but many of you might prefer getting your own. Life Jackets must be US Coast Guard-approved Type II or Type III(recommended) personal floatation devices. Life Jackets are required to be worn at all times when on the dock, in a boat, and any place in between.
Drinking water/Refillable water bottle:
Please bring your own – We have committed to not using disposable bottles to help keep them out of our lake.
Sunscreen / Sunblock / Rash guards / Under Armor / Performance long-sleeve shirts and or leggings:
Protect yourself and your skin from the sun – you can still burn even when the sky is overcast.
You will more than likely get wet at some point or another during the day – you should have something to dry off with.
Swimming Suit:
Swim/water comfort test on the 1st day and Swim suits are very comfortable to sail in all season.
Dry Change of Clothes:
The ride home after class is a lot more pleasant in dry clothes.  
Closed-toe & rubber sole shoes:
I can’t stress this enough – NO FLIP-FLOPS –
Good traction makes sailing easier. Plus, feet are crucial to what we do…You’ll want to keep them protected!
Windbreaker/Foul weather gear:
We sail rain or shine, hot or cool weather – please have clothing options that will protect you for potential weather conditions.
Sunglasses with retainer strap: (Croakies…etc)
Protect your eyes and protect your sunglasses.
— Full Day Students —
Don’t forget to bring your lunch and/or a snack or money to buy lunch and/or snack – Instructors will chaperone students to Dock Side for Lunch or Ice Cream..
Any questions? Contact me directly and I will be happy to explain.
We’re looking forward to a great season with you!
Colin Classen, Program Director
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Join us! – WYCYF 2017 Spring Fling & Parent Info Session

WYCYF 2017 Spring Fling


Sunday, May 7 from 1 – 3 pm

The WYCYF Junior Sail Program is hosting its annual 2017 Spring Fling at the Waukegan Yacht Club. Join us and learn about our youth sailing program, enjoy a pizza buffet, and have some fun racing in a rain gutter regatta! You’ll meet student sailors, instructors and parents! Get answers for all your questions about our Adventure Sail, Kinder Sail and Race Team offerings.

Our Adventure Sail and Race Team programs teach kids the fundamentals of sailing, seamanship, respect for the environment, and leadership. The programs focus on racing skills or pleasure sailing respectively for kids from 8 though 17 years old. New this year, our Kinder Sail program is designed to teach children ages 5 to 8!

Please RSVP at with a list of who will be attending and the sailors ages by April 30.

As an incentive to sign up by May 7, we’re offering a private sail lesson for your child. Download registration forms here:

We’ll be accepting registrations and payment on May 7.

We hope you’ll consider signing your children up to learn the life-time skill of sailing while having an awesome summer adventure.

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WYCYF Junior Sail Annual Spaghetti Dinner + Reunion – April 9

Last year's Annual WYC Junior Sail Spaghetti Dinner + Reunion also was held in the showroom of Larsen Marine Service.

The Annual WYCYF Junior Sail Spaghetti Dinner + Reunion returns!

Please join us on Sunday, April 9 when WYC junior sailors will serve salad, spaghetti, and garlic bread in a room full of energy and anticipation of summer winds and fun on Lake Michigan.   Larsen Marine will be our host for the evening with this fun event located in their beautiful showroom.

WHEN:       Sunday, April 9, 4-6 pm
WHERE:     Larsen Marine Service, 625 E Sea Horse Drive, Waukegan, IL 60085


The Spaghetti Dinner is our kick off event for our summer 2017 program.  You’ll enjoy raffles, a silent auction, the unveiling of the NEW extended WYC Junior Sail schedule, and meet current Junior Sailors, parents, board members and alumni.  And, of course, don’t forget the SPAGHETTI!!

This fundraising event supports the Waukegan Yacht Club Junior Sail program. Waukegan Yacht Club Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Last year’s event was a real blast!  Check out these photos from 2016:

Junior Sailors and parents: We need volunteers to help organize the raffles, auction and outreach activities for this event, as well as Junior Sailors to serve food (Junior volunteers eat for free!). Let us know if you can help:


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2017 Youth Sailing Registration is Now Open!

Registration for our new and expanded youth sailing program is now open! View the 2017 schedule and program offerings and download forms here.

Highlights include:

Multiple week and student discounts

The more youth sailing sessions you sign up for, even for multiple children, the more you save!

Expanded program offerings

This year, Junior Sail has added KinderSail and Racing Team options, as well as extended the program so it starts earlier and ends later in the summer to accommodate more school schedules.

Bonuses for early registration!

Register on or before April 9 (date of our Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser) and receive

  • 1 hour private lesson per child
  • 1 gear bag raffle entry per child (drawing on April 9 – during Spaghetti Dinner event)

Register by May 7 (date of our Annual Spring Fling get-together and parent information session) and receive

  • 1 hour private lesson per child

Conveniently located at Waukegan Harbor at the Waukegan Yacht Club

We hold our classes at Waukegan Yacht Club, but you do not need to be a Yacht Club member to participate. Waukegan Harbor is an easy drive from the north, west and south. A number of our students take the Metra train up from the North Shore every morning. We can make arrangements to have a sail instructor meet your children at the station and walk the two short blocks to the Yacht Club.

Please share program information with friends and family. Help us grow the Junior Sail program!

Questions? Contact

View program details here.

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Give the Gift of Sailing!

WYCYF Junior Sail has been making sailors for more than 50 years. We offer programs for youth ages 5 to 17 that teach boating safety, basic seamanship, racing, sportsmanship and respect for the environment.

Give your child or grandchild the gift of sailing & experiences that last a life time!

Price Details:

Gift Certificates for the 2017 season are $160/week for HALF Days or $320/week for FULL Days, and this will

Lock in the 2016 discount rate for the 2017 season! (limit 6 weeks per student)

Under the tree – or forward via email:

When purchase is confirmed, you will receive a printable gift certificate file.

Student Family will choose dates:

The 2017 season runs weekly sessions from June 5 to August 18

Visit gift certificate page or email for details.

Offer ends December 31. Payment must arrive by Jan 15, 2017 for certificate to be valid.