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4th May


Crow’s Nest 05/05/21

May 7th, the registration deadline for being in the yearbook is in just a couple days! Of course registrations will be accepted after May 7th, however, everyone wants to be in the yearbook, don’t they?!?! 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

A couple updates to the all important Social Schedule!  Saturday, June 5th kicks off our social calendar at the yacht club building downtown. Commodore Chris Long plans to have a food truck on site; it’s pretty obvious we still need to be cautious and vigilant with our COVID protocols so all are protected. Please do not bring any food items to share to this event; also if you’re feeling ill please stay home, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to socialize this summer! The Social Event Calendar is as follows:

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

Have you registered yet? 5 minutes, it’s really easy!

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.

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

Of course you can’t race if you haven’t registered!  Please go do so now.

2021 is going to be an exciting year of racing here in Clear Lake!  We, the Clear Lake Yacht Club are hosting the 50th MC National Championship; With 7 weeks remaining until the start we have 72 boats registered with over 100 expected to be in attendance. This could be one of the largest one design regattas in the country in 2021!  Former Olympians, previous National Champions and more will be in Clear Lake to test their mettle against our gorgeous lake, Mother Nature and the rest of the sailors!

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

Is your registration paid yet? What are you waiting for?

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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