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A Perfect Fall Evening on the Shore of Nagawicka Lake

On September 26th, the Nagawicka Lake Yacht Club was able to host their Trophy Banquet and celebrate the accomplishments of our sailors and honor our volunteers.  Newly minted Commodore Emeritus, Craig Heinze, was the emcee for the evening passing out trophies and giving everyone a bit of a history lesson on our club’s former members.  Everyone was then encouraged to take pictures in front of the large NLYC 125 Years sign in the yard, followed by dinner and dancing.  Thank you to our party hosts; Alison Lux & Nicole Kurfis, plus their assistants: Hardy, Jayson, MaryLloyd and Paul.  The trophies were set up by a team of volunteers lead by Rebecca Cleary, thank you all, they looked stunning in the natural light this year!

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Rainbow over Nagawicka - Photo Credit:  Jayson Kufis

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August 1st Commodore Letter

Dear NLYC Members,

It’s hard to believe that it is August and sailing will be winding down in about 45 days. To me this feels like a fast, but yet the never ending summer. Starting August 1, 2020 the State of Wisconsin made mask coverings required . What does this mean to the NLYC?

Responsibility: While we implement preventative measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 during club activities, we cannot guarantee that you, or members of your family, will not become infected with Covid-19 during club activities or in using the clubhouse, yacht club equipment, or the grounds. Therefore, you are responsible for the health and safety of yourself and your family, NOT the NLYC, the Board of Directors, or the Covid-19 Committee. This is similar to your assuming the responsibility of partaking in sailing. If your crew is not a member or you have guests on the premises please note that it is your responsibility to make them aware of and follow these stipulations.

Common Sense and Safety Measures: Please do NOT enter the club grounds if you feel sick or if you come into contact with someone who feels sick or has felt sick or if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms . Even if you think your allergies are acting up or it’s just a head cold, please stay home until your symptoms resolve.

The Building is open but remains restricted to restrooms only and the remainder of the building remains CLOSED . This includes using any NLYC supplies from the closet or bar area, water from the kitchen sink, bar area and the ICE MACHINE so these areas do not need to be deep cleaned and sanitized. When entering the NLYC clubhouse please put on your personal protective mask. This must be worn at all times when in the building. I know many of us (including myself) have not been following this protocol. I appreciate all the members who have been following procedures and protocol and not been taking liberties using NLYC supplies or entering the bar and kitchen areas. Food also should never be brought into the clubhouse even when passing through to the outdoor space on the deck by the bathrooms.

Once again the Board and Covid-19 Committee will continuously monitor and evaluate the health and safety of our members over the summer, as well as any applicable changes in regulations and guidance offered by the city, county, state, and the nation. Again, you are responsible for the health and safety of yourself and your family, NOT the NLYC, the Board of Directors, or the Covid-19 Committee. Please make sure that this message is communicated to all family members who utilize the NLYC clubhouse and grounds. This includes your adult children who may participate in racing or sailing school.


On a more cheery note the much awaited 125th Anniversary Annuals/Yearbooks are ready for pick up at the club! This annual is a nice snapshot of the NLYC history. I would like to publicly thank Michele Heinze for her countless hours that she puts in on this project (and believe me I witness this first hand each year). Michele has been the driving force on the annuals for the past 16 years! That is an impressive run for any NLYC volunteer job. When you look at the sheer numbers of the net-profit that the book brings in yearly...that is well over $20,000 and probably closer to $30,000 made for the NLYC with her leadership. This year with financial uncertainty for many businesses was no exception. With that being said, please thank Michele and patronize our advertisers for their financial support of our club. If you enjoy the history you have read in the book I recommend you buy or re-read the Nagawicka Lake Yacht Club a century in the spirit of sailing put together by Lori Petersen and Chuck Hajinian. This is a great book and limited copies are still available.

A few other thank you’s are also in order. First, thank you to all the judges who have volunteered their time so us sailors can enjoy our normalcy on the water. If you would like to get more involved in judging please contact Kevin Monahan . The NLYC is always looking for judges at all levels and any help you are willing to give is appreciated. Second is to the sailing school board, instructors, and Sharon Kraklow (and all her volunteers). Sailing school and Sharon are killing it in a number of ways. Sharon’s adult sailing class is overflowing with participants. Sharon donates all her time as well as many members to help support the passion of sailing. Financially sailing school is helping support and grow the club.

Thank you to all the members who are making this year work. We want you! Are you looking to support the NLYC in a volunteer way and make a difference in the direction of the club? Each year the NLYC BOD loses and gains 3 members. Would you like to join the BOD? We are looking for members with various amounts of experiences. What are the qualifications? An open mind, a listening ear, availability to attend meetings once a month, and follow through with tasks (delegated or lead). Please contact me if you would like to make a difference.

Again please wear your face coverings and practice social distancing. The following quote was passed on to me: “Think of wearing face masks as a team sport; it requires the participation of each team member to be successful. When everybody wears masks together, it can be quite effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.” - Dr. Daniel J. Durand Sincerely, Commodore Craig Heinze


5 Reasons Why All Kids Should Sail

There might be nothing in the world that packs as many life lessons as the activity of sailing. It teaches teamwork, engineering, history, patience, oceanography, ecology…all in one fell swoop. Because of this, we believe every kid should learn to sail and here’s the top five reasons why. Feel free to add your own.

Welcome to Nagawicka Lake Yacht Club!

Nagawicka Lake Yacht Club was established in 1895 exclusively for sailboats. We are based on the shore of Nagawicka Lake in Delafield and Hartland, Wisconsin with a quaint lake-side club house. The club has an active membership that are involved in sailing for pleasure and competition with a racing program that has over 80 races scheduled each season. Our club races Opti, X Boat, 420's, MC Scow, C Scow and E Scow. A range of instructional programs are offered to both adults and children for the experienced or novice sailor. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. Today, the fine facilities, excellent racing program and frequent club social activities combine to offer a wholesome family experience.

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