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Fleet 5 at The Southernmost Regatta

Fleet 5 at The Southernmost Regatta

I was lucky enough to get an invite from Jon Weglarz to sail with him in Key West for the Southernmost Regatta. Its timing was impeccable as it aligned with a cold snap in Chicago. The crew was Jon on Helm, Sean Wilson on Main, Joey Sacconi on headsail trim, Beth...

Why we bought a J105

Why we bought a J105

My focus towards everything has been about improvement, proficiency, and expertise. I enjoy applying this to a wide range of hobbies and sailing is no different. I started out learning to sail through basic training offered at any yacht club, spent some time learning...

Transport to Cleveland (and Back)

Transport to Cleveland (and Back)

The 2024 J/105 North American Championship will be held in Cleveland, Ohio in September. Most of us going will probably want to ship our boats from Chicago over land rather than sail them there.

Why Not Lithium (Yet)

Why Not Lithium (Yet)

When we did the electrical upgrade on our J/105, Kinship, we chose not to use lithium batteries, despite many potential advantages.  What are those advantages, and why did we forego them?

2022 CYC Race to Mackinac

2022 CYC Race to Mackinac

It was a race that will be remembered as “one for the books.” The 113th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac didn’t break any official records, but probably did for the lightning strikes during Saturday night’s storms or the number of waves over the bow on Sunday...

Simulating a Man Overboard on Your Electronics

Simulating a Man Overboard on Your Electronics

For each of the past several years, my good friends on Sealark have organized a unique man overboard drill. In this drill, they make the AIS and DSC transmissions that one would expect in a real man overboard situation.

Tom Petkus Elected to Lake Michigan Sailing Hall of Fame

Tom Petkus Elected to Lake Michigan Sailing Hall of Fame

Tomas Petkus, former J/105 Fleet 5 Captain and long-time skipper of Vytis (#104), has been elected to the Lake Michigan Sailing Hall Of Fame, it was announced Friday.   The formal induction ceremony will take place later in the 2021 sailing season.  The award honors...