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The 111th Race to Mackinac is July 12th & 13th
Click the Link Below for Details!

Congratulations Mackinac Racers!

Official Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Site
See you on the Course

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Annual Holiday Party at CYC Monroe Station
Will be filled with Glad Tidings and Joy!
Saturday December 1st 2018   6:00PM

Cocktails from 6:00PM - Buffet dinner starts at 7:30PM
Free Hors d'oeuvres
Two drinks for each Goat will be on us!

    'Tis the season, and we gather for some Holiday Cheer at CYC Monroe Station. The night begins with a lively cocktail hour, with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, followed by an optional buffet dinner in the Main Dining Room.

We'll announce the Fastest Goat to the Island and
we invite the 2018 Class of Island Goats to attend and
Enjoy the Camaraderie of the Society.

Candlelight Dinner
A candlelit dinner at CYC during
The Holidays is a Special Treat.

Buffet dinner will feature Prime Rib of Beef au jus
with Whipped Horseradish Cream,   Almond Crusted Whitefish  &
Garlic Rosemary Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce.

All included at $50.00 per person including tax and gratuity

Dinner Reservations REQUIRED!
* Call the Club Directly 312-861-7777 *
Non-Members can use a Credit Card.

Click Here: To See Photos of Current & Past Events!

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Our 59th Spring Gala at CYC Belmont Station
Saturday    May 4th     2019
Cocktails at 6:00     Dinner at 7:00
Black Tie Preferred

   We gather at CYC Belmont Station to Induct New Goats and Present Special Awards.  The evening is Black Tie Preferred. Goats and their guests look forward to seeing their fellow Goats dressed in something other than Foulies.

A small amount of business is handled including the Election of New Flag Officers, but the real reasons to be there are for the presentation of the Fresh Water Award & The Fastest Goats to the Island, along with the Induction of our New Goats!

Our 2018 Fresh Water Award Recipient
Edwin B. “Ted” Jones

Our 2018 Master Mariner Award Recipients
For Competing in 50 Macs
Art Leonard & John “BB” Whitton

Our 2018 Fastest Goat Award Recipients
Cruising Division
Elsa Gustafson, Suzy Phelps, John Regan,
David Sollitt & Mike Sollitt on Infinite Diversion

Racing Division
Robert Hughes on Heartbreaker

Our 2018 Smoked Goat Award Recipient
Andy Kiener on Safir III

Our 2018 Goat Boats
Bozo’s Circus  
J 35   Sail # 32851              
SC 70 Sail # 25168

Our 2018 Inductees
Our Inductees are invited to tell A Favorite Story
from their experiences during A Mac Race...  Always a highlight of the evening!

Drew Axelrod
Boris Bonutti
Jairo B. Cruz
Maria Cruz
David H. Finlay
Lawrence A. "Larry" Kerner
David Salk
Tom Spees
Bill Tait
Jonathon "JT" Tucker

Cocktails at 6:00     Buffet Dinner at 7:00
Each Goat will each receive Two Complimentary Drinks...
This Year's Buffet Dinner features: Mixed Green Salad, Filet
with Balsamic Mushrooms & Horseradish Cream, Seared Salmon with
Lemon Herb Cream, Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Pesto Sauce,
Wild Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Mixed Vegetables and more...

Seating is Limited, so Reservations are Required!
Call the Club Directly 312-861-7777
Visa & MasterCard Accepted
from Non-Members

$45 per Person All Inclusive

Click Here: To See Photos of Current & Past Events!


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  Pre-Mackinac Race Cocktail Party at
Columbia Yacht Club

Friday July 12th 2019 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    The Upper Deck of Columbia Yacht Club is The Gathering Place
on the Friday evening before the 110th Mac Race.

In the past countless bottles of rum have been won and lost
due to wagers made at this event!

Festivities will run from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
As always, there will be Free hors d'oeuvers &
2 Complimentary Drink Tickets for Active Goats.
Hope to See You There!

Columbia Yacht Club will have a Buffet Dinner After Our Event. Make Reservations by calling 312-938-3625
Major Credit Cards Honored for Guests.

Click Here: To See Photos of Current & Past Events!

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Tuesday's Post-Mackinac Race Cocktail Party

On the Veranda of the Island House Hotel
Tuesday, July 16th 2019   1200-1330 Island Time EDT

    Tuesday afternoon following the race from 1200-1330 Island Time,
The Island Goats Cocktail Party is where to be.  

Members and their guest enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres
while sharing tall tales of the 110th Race to Mac. 

Sponsors' door prizes are given out,
followed by an official IGSS group photo. 

This is the Inaugural Year for
A New Island Goat & Mac Race Tradition!

The Boat Load of Goats Awards
2 Flags to be Awarded
One for the Most Goats On-Board &
One for the Highest Average Goat Years On-Board!
Click Here: To See Rules & Entry Info!
Entry Deadline is TBA...

Racers who have just completed their 25th race, and are
planning to join the IGSS, are encouraged to attend.

Be There for the Annual Island Goats Group Photo!

Click Here: To See Photos of Current & Past Events!

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  111th Mackinac Awards Ceremony
Presented by Wintrust

Tuesday July 16th 2019 in The Grand Hotel Tea Garden
14:00 - 18:00 *Island Time* EDT

Sailors Party Tuesday July 16th 2019 in
The Grand Hotel Tea Garden
Tickets required

Bars Hours will be open 14:00 - 18:00 *Island Time* EDT

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USCGC Mackinaw Christmas Tree Ship
Click Here for Christmas Tree Ship Site
Click Here for USCGC MACKINAW WLBB-30 Site

    The Chicago Marine Community in Association with the USCG is Proud to Welcome   The CHICAGO CHRISTMAS SHIP - a not for profit volunteer organization which Benefits Chicago Residents. The CHICAGO CHRISTMAS SHIP Donates Christmas Trees to Families with Children who would not Enjoy
A Decorated Christmas Tree in their Home!

This Event has been Retired

Some History of the Christmas Tree Ship and
City of Chicago's 100th Civic Tree 2013
In Honor of:
Captain Herman Scheunemann

Click Here: To See Photos of Current & Past Events!

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Click Here: To See Photos of Current & Past Events!


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Richard Jennings Celebration of Life
Friday, June 17th at 7:00 PM
Columbia Yacht Club

A Celebration of Dick's Life at Columbia Yacht Club (312) 938-3625

Click to eMail RSVP to Karen Gottwald by June 10th
If you wish to speak as part of the Celebration,
please let Karen know so she can accommodate you.

You can bring any pictures, funny anecdotes, or memories you have of Dick.
Click to Send Photos to Andy at Smithereen

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please donate to the
Jennings Educational Foundation.

A 401c3 charity which benefits working class families.
It's primary goal is to actively participate and promote
the education of their children.

Jennings Educational Foundation
C/O Smithereen
7400 N. Melvina
Niles, IL 60714

Click Here to read The Chicago Tribune Obituary

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2011 Mac Stories Night at
* * * CYC Monroe Station * * *

Saturday, March 26th at 6:00 PM!!
   Buffet Dinner will be available at 7:00
with stories at 8:00

This year The Mac Trophies
will Tell Their Stories!

Hope to See You There!
Open to Adults Only

Buffet Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted for Non-Members
Call 312-861-7777 for Dinner Reservations
Deadline is March 23rd


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A Benefit for the James F. Armstrong Family Trust
Jim is an IGSS Director

Friday November 5th 2010 at CYC's Belmont Station
Timing and Event Details will be posted to the Blog Site See Below!

The Story of Jim's Broken Heart!
Jim's health struggles began in June when he was diagnosed with a sudden and severe case of Myocarditis that has left him in need of a heart transplant.  Jim became the first person in the United States to undergo an experimental procedure where Two Small Pumps were implanted in his heart.  The pumps have allowed him to go home and be with his family while he gets strong enough for his transplant.  Leave it to Jim to make history!

A Wonderful Update!
Jim's new heart arrived late on October 14th and it was successfully implanted on October 15th.  
He has made remarkable progress and is due to be released from the hospital in time for Halloween.  
Follow the progress on the blog link below. Way to Go Jim!

Save the Date and Join Us in Helping Jim, his Wife and his 3 Young Daughters!

For the Latest Details of the Event and Auction Item Submission Forms
Check out the Blog: Have A Heart for Stretch!
Thank You!

Committee Members
Kevin D'Aprile
Jon Flusser
Peter Goldman
Angela Graham
Jennifer Kloud
Laura Zeman Martin
Bob McNamara
John O'Connor
Polly Pinderski
Colleen Shaughnessy
Gary Stewart
Gerard Wolf

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ESPN Classic Presents:
Super Sailing Saturday

11:00AM EDT Saturday, November 6th

Gary Jobson presents an in-depth look at the challenges and rigors of racing sailboats in long distance competitions.   Join the crews of several boats as they race to Bermuda, across the Atlantic Ocean, on the Great Lakes for the Mac and even around the world.   A special focus is on the roughest ocean races on record including the 1979 Fastnet Race and the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race.

Click for ESPN's Classic Site

Click for Jobson Site  &  His ESPN Reports

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Double Goat Honor Roll
Congratulations to All!
The Honor Roll and Trophy have been Successfully Completed.
See the Honors & Awards Page for Results.
Many Thanks to Those who Made it Possible!

Committee Members
Robert J. Wiesen, Co-Chair
Chicago Yacht Club

Gene T. McCarthy
Chicago Yacht Club

Don Glasell
Chicago Yacht Club
John S. Barbour, Co-Chair
Bayview Yacht Club

Sandra K. Thompson
Bayview Yacht Club

Special Thanks To:
Chicago Yacht Club
John E. Regan, Commodore
James W. Clark, General Manager

Island Goats Sailing Society
Jamie Lowe, Commodore
Bayview Yacht Club
Timothy P. LaRiviere, Commodore
Mark David Steffke, General Manager

Society of Mackinac Island Old Goats
John S. Barbour, Commodore
Financial Sponsors
John S. Barbour
Peter Barrett
Bayview Yacht Club
Lawrence R. Brink
Chicago Yacht Club
Douglas DeVos
Timothy J. Dittrich
Marc Hollerbach
Richard Jennings
David Jochum
Terry J. Kohler
Perry Lewis
William C. Martin
W. Seth Martin
Gene T. McCarthy
Andy McCormack
Dennis J. McDonnell
Nils L. Muench
John L. Nedeau Sr.
Robert Nepstad
North Sails
J. Stuart Pettitt
Peter W. Reicheisdorfer
Paul G. Snow
Stone Barrett Foundation
Jerome Sullivan
Gail McCarthy Turluck
William R. Wagner
Ruzica & Robert J. Wiesen
Sasha James Wiesen

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The 33rd America's Cup February 8th 2010

Click Here for The Official 34th America's Cup Site
Click Here for The CupInfo 2010 Site
Click Here for The Scuttlebutt 2010 Site
Click Here for The SailingAnarchy 2010 Site

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Fundraiser for The Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum, Inc.
Was on Thursday May 25th 2006   6:30PM CYC Monroe Station
Call to make a Late Pledge at 312-861-7777

Click Here to Visit the Museum's Site

Click Here to Visit USCG Historic Photo Gallery

Built by the Toledo Shipbuilding Co., Ohio, the MACKINAW cost 10 million dollars when completed. The MACKINAW's keel was laid on March 20, 1943, and the icebreaker was commissioned on December 20, 1944.

The MACKINAW is literally land-locked, her size not permitting her to leave the Great Lakes. Built of steel, 'Big Mac's' length is 290 ft., beam 74 ft., draft 19 ft., displacement 5,252 tons, maximum speed 16 knots. A diesel electric power plant delivers 10,000 h.p. through twin screws in the stern and one in the bow. The bow propeller is employed to churn the water beneath the ice, changing its static buoyancy. The resulting combined forward and downward motion when the MACKINAW drives its great bow onto the ice makes the icebreaker capable of breaking through 4 feet of solid sheet 'blue' ice. The MACKINAW has also plowed through 37 ft. of 'windrow' (broken) ice. It is capable of cutting a channel 70 ft. wide to accommodate the largest of the Great Lakes ore carriers.

During navigation season, the MACKINAW is used to handle the heaviest buoys on the lakes with the aid of its two 12-ton cranes, to carry fuel and supplies to light stations, to serve as a training ship, and to assist vessels in distress when necessary.

The MACKINAW, WAGB 83, will be decommissioned on June 9th 2006 and soon after will be turned over to the Museum. This will mark the end of a 61 year career breaking ice on the upper Great Lakes, serving as a goodwill ambassador through the region and providing her special assistance to the Chicago Mackinac Race.

Please join us at the Fundraiser and lend your support to this Great Vessel.

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Gala Delivery Cruise aboard the Icebreaker Mackinaw
Hope you all had a Great Time aboard the Final Voyage!

Icebreaker Finds Permanent Home in Mackinaw City

Following its decommissioning June 10th 2006, The Icebreaker Mackinaw, WAGB 83, will prepare to move to it's new home in Mackinaw City.   After years of hard work, coordinating with all levels of government, the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, Inc. is pleased to have found this permanent home.

Early plans called for it to remain at its original homeport of Cheboygan.   But faced with spending $3 million to create new mooring facilities, the decision was made to move to an existing dock in Mackinaw City.   From the Historic Chief Wawatam Railroad Dock the ship will operate as a public museum telling the story of its 61-year career breaking ice on the upper Great Lakes.

We invite you to Help the IMMM in their important mission: Creating an innovative, educational museum that will promote the role of the Coast Guard and their Ships in the Great Lakes Region.

Please Join Us for this Final Voyage Aboard The Mackinaw

Wednesday June 21st 2006   13:00 - 17:30 EDT
Call Marilyn McFarland 231-436-5664

(Make Sure to Mention that you're an Island Goats Sailing Society Member)

For a suggested donation of $200 or more passengers will enjoy a cruise through the Straits of Mackinac, refreshments and music.

Up to 500 Mackinaw fans and supporters will have this last chance to sail aboard the Mackinaw with Commander Joseph McGuiness and his capable crew at the helm as the ship is delivered from its historic home port in Cheboygan to its new dock in Mackinac City.

Bus transportation will be provided from the Crossings parking lot in Mackinaw City at noon. The ship will depart Cheboygan at 1 p.m. and is expected to arrive at its new berth in Mackinaw City around 5:30 p.m.

For More Info on the Mackinaw See Far Below or

Click Here to Visit the Museum's Site

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Click Here for The NBC Olympics Site

Click Here for The NBC Sailing Site
Click Here for International Sailing Federation's Website
Click Here for US Sailing Team's Website

Click for Jobson Site for His NBC & ESPN Reports

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Nitemare on Monroe Street
An evening with Tom Neill
Friday   April 18th   2008

   Enjoy a great evening for a tribute to Tom Neill an incomparable yachtsman and competitor.   World famous sailor Gary Jobson will emcee this rollicking evening of reminiscence.   If you have a story that fits the program, call Jim Armstrong at 847.498.7721.

Tom has graciously encouraged that this event be supported by friends and foes (If Any) to help him support the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation.   Net proceeds from this event will Benefit the Foundation, so a part of the $125.00 ticket price is tax deductible.

More details: Monroe Station, Open Bar From 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM For Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks. Cash Bar for Cocktails.

Sit down dinner with wine followed by the program.   Dress code business casual.   If you cannot attend you may send a donation to the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation.

All donors will be acknowledged. Call the CYC front desk to make reservations 312.861. 7777.   Tickets will be picked up at registration the night of the event. We expect a sell out and seating will be based on first come first served.   See you there.


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Click for Regatta Site

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