One of the greatest assets Chicago Yacht Club has is its commitment to on-the-water activities. The Chicago Yacht Club has always dedicated a significant amount of its resources to promoting the events and activities that draw so many of us to yachting. When we add in the extremely active and devoted volunteer base within the Chicago Yacht Club, we find ourselves with yachting events that are destined for success.
Our yachting activities focus on interests of our three major membership groups: racing sail, cruising sail and power boating. The Chicago Yacht Club hosts a number of events for the benefit of our membership, which fall in the following categories: offshore and one-design sailboat racing, powerboat predicted log and cruising activities for both our power and sail fleets.
For our sailboat racing enthusiasts, the Club and its Race Committee run four annual national-level regattas, as well as the regular season schedule of over 30 one-design and offshore races. The regattas include The Sailing World NOOD Regatta, The North American Challenge Cup for Disabled Sailors, The Verve Cup Regatta and The Timme Angsten Memorial Regatta - one of the longest-running annual collegiate regattas in the country, and the annual Great Lakes High School Championships - one of the most prestigious high school regattas in the Midwest.
Our signature race is the highly-anticipated annual Race to Mackinac held every July. "The Mac" is the convergence of over 300 offshore sailboats, 3000 sailors, hundreds of volunteers, and tens of thousands spectators.
The Cruising Sail Fleet is an active fleet of sailors interested in cruising -- to ports on Lake Michigan and Great Lakes, to distant ports of call (some have been to the Caribbean and around the world!), or just local cruising with family and friends. The Fleet manages an active schedule of events throughout the year, both on and off the water, such as: weekend cruises to other Lake Michigan harbors, rendezvous at more distant destinations, educational seminars of interest to beginner and more experienced cruisers, dock parties and navigational events on the water, and off-season social events. The Fleet welcomes all members to share the knowledge and fun of cruising under sail -- in Chicago and at other interesting destinations.
The Chicago Yacht Club's Power Fleet has achieved international recognition by hosting important competitive events focused on powerboating. For example, the Fleet competes against various Chicago yacht clubs in twelve predicted log contests throughout the year that challenge our power boaters' navigational skills. In addition, the Club has hosted the North American Cruiser Association's North American Invitational Championships (NAI) multiple times. Above and beyond the camaraderie the Fleet enjoys at cruises and dock parties, they also share a commitment to civic duty for the City of Chicago and host several charitable events each year, such as the Disabled Cruise and Chicago Park District camp events.