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28th Apr


Crow’s Nest 04/29/21

May 7th, the registration deadline for being in the yearbook is quickly approaching. Of course registrations will be accepted after May 7th, however, to put together a yearbook as great as ours has been takes time and we would really like to have them in your hands early! Please go out now and register for the 2021 season if you haven’t done so already!

Speaking of the yearbook; don’t forget a page or possibly pages will be dedicated to the people we’ve lost in the past who’ve left a lasting impact.  If you would like to list a family member, friend or have a suggestion of a person that should be listed, please contact Chris Long at or Emily Haugerud at

The Spring Cleanup of the YC facilities is this Saturday, May 1st.  Many hands make light work, at least I heard that once or twice; please come down to the club at 9:00am and help out.  The efforts will be greatly appreciated by not just the membership, but, also those great folks who are renting our beautiful building.  Any questions please email Margaret Oz at

The Clear Lake Sailing Center registration is up and running!  From youth to adult; beginner to racer; Optis, Bic’s, X boats and 420s; a program is ready and waiting for you!  Register as soon as you can at the classes are sure to fill up fast.  Any questions on the programs or where kids should be placed can be directed to Andi Tisor at

The club racing season kicks off May 29th with the Memorial Day Regatta in honor of Art Tesar, Bob Swanson, Gill Bovard, JIm Larson and John Lundberg.  Sailors, as always, be ready for back-to-back races on Saturday at your respective times. The racing schedule is as follows:

Saturday @ 9:30am – MC and X Fleets
Saturday @ 2:00pm – E, C and Hobie Fleets
Sunday @ 10:00am – MC and X Fleets 

  • E fleet:  Extra racing Sundays – June 6, July 18, August 8, August 29

Head PRO Charlie MacNider reminds us a few rule changes have been made in the new rules edition; Please review the RRS 2021-2024.  If you have questions, a really nice explanation of the changes with diagrams/videos are available at

The following Saturday, June 5th kicks off our social calendar. The Yacht Club building in downtown Clear Lake will be the host location.  If memory serves, the Social Members have the honors of Hors de’ vours at the first party?  We have a way to go, I’ll get back to you on that one!  The Social Event Calendar is as follows:

June 5th – YC (downtown Clear Lake)
June 19th – YC (downtown Clear Lake)
July 17th – Brad and Margaret Oz residence
August 14th – Marcus and Julie Lundberg residence
September 5th Awards Dinner – YC (downtown Clear Lake)

2021 is going to be an exciting year of racing here in Clear Lake!  We’re hosting the 50th MC National Championship; As of right now, we have nearly 70 boats registered with over 100 expected to be in attendance. It’s going to be a spectacular show of sailing ability; Olympians, World Champions, National Champions and more will be in attendance, all managed by a fantastic Race Committee team!  If you would like to volunteer and haven’t been approached, please contact Mark Tesar, Stu Oltrogge, Margaret Oz or Dan Allen.

The second is the annual West Water Clinic for the X boaters. The Sailing Center put on such a great event last year despite the COVID challenge they were asked to hold the event again; and hopefully host the event for years to come!  They’ll have boats coming in from Okoboji and Minnesota lakes in preparation for the X Inland Championships in Wisconsin. Ted Keller of TK Sailing is coming over to coach our sailors on and off the water; it’s so great to have a professional coach like Ted involved with our youth.

Following the two regattas, excitement continues in Clear Lake.  The Carnies will be in town and open up shop on the 30th of June continuing through the 5th of July; The 2nd Annual Boat Parade will be happening on the 4th of July along the same or at least a similar route as last year; On the 5th of July; the Annual Parade down Main Street.  For more details on the local festivities head to; for more detail on the boat parade, hit up Andi Tisor at

The ILYA has a great offer to promote attendance in their Invitational Regattas.  If you haven’t raced an ILYA Invitational Regatta in the past 5 years, the ILYA Promotional Committee will pay your registration fee if you choose to attend one.  That’s all the scow fleets; E, C, MC.

E Invitational – Mendota Yacht Club – July 9-11
C Invitational – Minnetonka Yacht Club – July 16-18
MC Invitational – Okauchee Lake Yacht Club – July 9-11

The ILYA Championships are in Okoboji this year; the event stretching an entire week, August 15 – 21st; the pertinent info can be found at or .  A’s and MC’s race from August 16-18 with the E and C fleets finishing the week August 19-21.  Several boats are planning to attend. If you plan to attend and haven’t made housing arrangements, you may want to do so soon; hotels are filling up quickly.

X Boaters; you’re over at Pewaukee Lake, WI this year for the ILYA Championship.  That runs from July 28 – 31.  Several regattas including, the West Water Clinic, GLSS, Interlakes and more are scheduled to get you ready for the big show!  X Parents; get ready for travelling, trailering and credit card bills; we all know it’s well worth it!!!

If anyone has items for sale they would like listed on the website please email Stu Oltrogge, if you would like it listed in the Crow’s Nest please email Dan Allen:

For Sale – C/MC boat lift – $250 – Contact Don Taylor at 515-979-8430

For Sale – MC 2577 (available in July) – 2013 Melges, enclosed cockpit in great shape – email Dan Allen at for details.

If you haven’t done so yet, please go out to the website and register today!

Stay in the clear air,

Dan Allen
MC 2577 – Relentless

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