The Michigan City
Yacht Club was founded as a non-profit corporation
"for the promotion of yachting". Every
effort will be made to increase racing activities
sail events, to organize club cruises for power
yachts, to develop the vitally important junior
program and to carry on the social life of the club,
both summer and winter in a manner of interest to
by Mary K. Kelley
This book is
dedicated to Hartley Job, without whom this work
would not have been possible. Over many years he has
kept all of the Windjammers, yearbooks and club
related photographs and newspaper stories. Even in
failing health, his enthusiasm for the club and for
this project has been contagious. Hartley is the
oldest participating member of the yacht club and an
active 85 years old.
K . K.
(Bill) Blackwood, commodore from 1941 to 1945
the 1958 MCYC Yearbook:
"Every era creates a personality to ease the
strain of a period. Heading our club during the
trying war years of 1941 to 1945, when so many of
our young men were in the service, Bill was a full
In the building of our clubhouse, you will
recognize what Bill had set his sights upon, thought
He is gone such a short time, but we still feel
the warmth of his personality. We shall substitute
our memories for his presence.
For his unwavering loyalty to our club and
yacht club respectfully dedicates its 1958
Anniversary Year book to the memory of one fits
finest friends... the late Bill Blackwood."
the 1947 MCYC Yearbook:
For his unwavering loyalty to yachting and the
betterment of harbor facilities; for his
foresight in saving our yacht basin from
impending destruction, the Michigan City Yacht Club
humbly dedicates its 1947 yearbook to the memory of
one of its dearest friends…the late George W.
The many hours spent compiling as much
information as I could from the existing Windjammers
and yearbooks have been a labor of love.
It is my hope that this part of our history will
allow our new members to appreciate all of our
growing pains and appreciate what has been
accomplished over nearly 70 years in the club and
Without all of the written words in the
Windjammers and the yearbooks carefully saved by
Hartley Job, this work could not have been
accomplished. We also owe thanks to Joyce and Jack
Keane whose artwork has graced the covers of many
years of Windjammers and yearbooks. Jack also willed
his drawing of a windjammer to the club for any use
it deems fit.
I apologize for any omission that anyone felt was
important, but if it was not printed, it was not
recorded in these pages. You all have your own
I also want to thank Tom Spartz
for all his help with proofreading and formatting
this work. Special thanks also
goes to Kit and Darlene Kittredge
who have offered Darlene’s office printer and
binder to print this copy. I sincerely hope that
with the advent of the web site that we will be able
to recount our years and record our history 69 years
from now. Next year we will be celebrating our big
7-0. Let’s hope it will really be a special one.
-M. K. K.
I. Frank Mayr
Jr., Secretary of State of the State of Indiana, hereby
certify that the following and hereto attached is a full, true
and complete copy of that certain instrument designated
Articles of Incorporation of MICHIGAN CITY YACHT CLUB, bearing
file date in this office as of May 19. 1933, as the some
appears on file, as the law directs, in this office.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF. I
hereunto set my hand and affix the Great Seal of the State of Indiana, done at my offices, in the
City of Indianapolis this, 25th day of May A. D.
Secretary of State
The Board of Directors of
this corporation shall be nine (9) in number and the names of
Directors elected for the management of its business and
prudential concerns for the first year of its existence are as
Fl. Warren J. H. Lutz E. B. Stover
W. Frey Hugo H.Herbert E. G. Browne
A. Sprague Paul A. KreugerP. C. Gale
The principle office of this
corporation shall be located in the City of Michigan City ,LaPorte
In Witness Whereof, we the
undersigned have hereunto set our hands and seals, this 15th
day of May 1933.
W. Frey E. G. Browne E. B. Stover
A. SpraqueHugo H. Herbert P. C. Gale
H. Lutz Paul A. Krueger Frank R. Warren
State of Indiana
County of LaPorte
Before me, the undersigned, a
Notary Public, in and for said county and state, personally
appeared Frank R. Warren, Harry W. Frey, C. A. Sprague, J. H.
Lutz, E. G. Browne, Hugo H. Herbert, Paul
A. Krueger. E. B. Stover and P. C. Gale,
each of whom signed and acknowledged the foregoing articles of
Incorporation as his voluntary act and deed, said Articles
being executed and acknowledged in duplicate.
Witness my hand and notorial
seal this 15th day of May, 1933.
Irene Wendt, Notary Public
Approved and filed May 19, 1933
Jr., Secretary of State
Filed May 27, 1933 at A. M. James A. Terry. R. L. C.
GWALTER C. (DUDE) CALVERT
of many talents - artist, writer, historian,
commodore in 1947 and a director for four years. In
1958, Commodore Job asked "Dude" to write
a history of the club for the Anniversary year book.
The following is a reprint of the original in
Dude’s inimitable style.
Sitting and reflecting today
in this beautiful clubhouse, comfortable in a big easy chair
and gazing lakeward through the
haze, an imaginary mind could well perceive the ghosts of
former boats surging along to a marine Valhalla. Off to starboard steams the
queenly "United States" in all her pristine
majesty and beyond passes the shades of the "Theodore
Roosevelt," laying their network of courses upon history.
Across the basin the
enveloping fog softens with a silver tinge the hulls of
launches that preceded our fleet. All of them are gone
now-" Seagull" "Archie Roosevelt,"
"Rest-less," "Minnie L.," and others.
These were not the boats of the last century but rather the
boats that graced the basin early in this generation.
The Roaring 20’s brought
dark days to our basin when yachtsmen left their open boats in
mad pursuit of the open roads in that latest fad, the Model T.
All alone at her mooring in the basin lay "Skipper"
Our harbor’s darkest period
started in the 1920’s when city fathers decided the unused
basin could better serve the taxpayers as a baseball diamond
and for several years the basin served as the municipal dump.
Within a short time the area that is now the parking lot was
filled. Dad Hiesman reported every
infraction to the U. S. Engineers in the hope that dumping
would be stopped. It was not until E. G. (Babe) Browne typed
and circulated petitions, requesting that U. S. Engineers stop
the filling, that the order came
through to the city administration to desist.
In the meantime the basin
just grew smaller and continued to fill with weeds.
Although the yacht club did
not exist in fact in 1931, it did in spirit. There were a few
boats in the basin that year and everybody had a lot of fun.
The Heismans had "Surf"
and "White Cap," Babe Brownc,
Bingham, "Jorab," Peters
and Marshke "Pastime,"
and Harry Frey and Doc Ferguson were churning the water in an
outboard speedboat, Pat Shaver’s "Playboat"
was the fastest thing in sight and carried "Pep"
Calvert and Dick Cook as crew. Dr. Frank Warren and R. B. Kellog’s
"Chinook" remained moored in the harbor, unable to
get her tall spar under the walk that bridged the gap.
A popular stopping place for
boatmen was the Harbor Coal Company where the daily government
weather map was always displayed. Owned by John Lutz, the coal
company office also served as the official government customs
office and he as Harbormaster. The conversation topic of
visitors to John’s office was always the same, the basin,
and John would always produce a map and drawing of his idea to
make the basin an ideal yacht harbor. On April 21, 1932, a two
column article appeared in the two local papers entitled
"Why Not a Yacht Harbor?" and signed G. C. Calvert,
inspired as he said by an enthusiastic afternonn
in John Lutz’s office.
The year 1932 saw a few more
boats added to our weed filled basin. Bob Werdine
bought a black Pup sloop, Krebs’
brothers bought a runabout down from Fox lake, and named it
"Krebs Surf." M.C. Murray bought a sea sled. George VanVolkenburg
and Earl Kading reconditioned a
double-ended cruiser and named it "Hesperous."
The Naval Reserves moored their motor-sailor in the basin and
it was about this time that Harry Frey and Doc Ferguson built
a double pontoon rig powered with an outboard motor. It was to
take them on a trip down the Mississippi River but only reached the west beach
where it sank. The two rugged sailors returned to port, loaded
in their wet gear aboard their "Punkin’
Seed" outboard and completed the trip. The sea Scouts,
under Byron Pendergast, were very
active and were planning to build a fleet of some kind. They
finally decided to build a fleet of snipes during the winter.
Came the spring of 1933,
Skipper Pendergast predicted a
fleet of at least five snipes would be launched in the spring.
N. L. Randall bought a steel runabout. Babe Browne gave
"Skipper" a coat of shining black. Scott Holman had
a mahogany speedboat. A husky cutter was under construction at
Frey Brothers lumber yard. Kenneth and Paul Lange bought their
runabout "Anita" from Chicago Hieghts,
Heismans sold "White
Cap" to Egon Kramer of
Chicago, Remster Bingham sold
"Jorab" and ordered
"Jorab II" built. Mired
in harbor silt were Ed Hintze’s
excursion boats "Skater" and "Annie
Wilson." Herold Benson was
hard at work building his cat boat "Wanderer." Ray
Fox, Sr., and Norman Johnson laid the keel for an 18 foot
cutter. Carl Finske bought an
outboard speedboat and Fred Bluhm
was building a sailing scow. Charles Sprague bought a motor
boat and Larry Wendt launched "Zanta."
Fred Bluhm and Winston Pilot built
a scow affair powered with an airplane propeller and
motorcycle engine. It shook itself to death as one wag said
These boats added to the
boats already moored in the basin made mooring a problem and
the only ones to enjoy navigating the weeds in the basin were
mammoth carp who gamboled joyously in the sub-surface in the
There was much gloom in the
marts of trade that year but the lakefront was a beehive of
In was about the middle of
March that the postcard arrived through the mails carrying the
message that anyone interested in boating should meet at the
Naval Reserve Armory on the evening of March 14. The card was
signed by Harry Frey.
March 14 fell on a Tuesday.
It had been a bright and shining day despite the dark gloom
that shrouded the marts of trade in the depression year of
1933 and this was to be the night that "anyone interested
in boating should be at the Naval Reserve Armory at ." The Armory was then
located at the southwest corner of the bridge.
By seven o’ clock that
evening a crowd of 64 men was milling about the Armory
discussing the topics of the day which included Franklin
Roosevelt, who had taken office ten days before as the 31st
president of the United States. His first act had been to
close savings banks across the country; also the government
had begun rounding up money hoarders; local jobless were
asking to work out taxes on city streets; Washington began debate on the beer bill
which would permit the brewing of 3.2 percent beer; and California had just suffered another
This was the background as
the stage was set for our first meeting.
No club ever started with
such a cross-section of local citizenry as gathered at the
armory that evening. Men from every social strata
in the town were in attendance, all drawn together by a common
factor—their love of boating.
By all had gravitated to their
seats and Harry Frey called the meeting to order.
Present that evening were
Harry Frey, Frank Krebs, Leonard Johnson, Davis Root, J.B.
Moore, Fairfax Ernst, James Dean, Theodore Brink, Russell
Gilmore, Clarence Brown, Hartley Job, Stanley Norris, Ole
Johnson, C. J. Wahl, Robert Fox, H. K. Benson, O. J. Blank,
Elwin Greening, Lyle Estes, Scott Holman, C. B. Pendergrast,
E.B. Stover, C. F. Swartzell,
Edmund Browne, Edward Keithley,
J. D. Harsemeyer, G. C. Calvert, Gerold
Fritz, R. J. Hotchkiss, Rudolph Heisman,
Harry Heisman, C. W. Swartzell,
Clyde B. Jarrette, J. H. Link,
Mark Moorman, Ray E. Smith, Dr. M. L. Ferguson, Earl Kaeding,
Roscoe F. Stevenson, R. E. Werdine,
Wilford Hahn, Albert Bates.
W. D. McAlpine,
P. C. Gale, R. B. Kellogg, Robert Ludwig, E.G. Powell, John
Lutz, Edward Spychalski, E. T. Krentz,
Dr. Frank R. Warren, H. H. Herbert, HermonHeisman, Ted VanGiesen,
Edward Luce, Arnold Cota, H. Gaylen
Frey, John Warren, Abraham Hebeisen,
Joseph Krebs, Charles Sprague and Phil Sprague.
Leaning on the navy mess
table that served as the speakers table Harry Frey began by
"Michigan City has many natural advantages for
a harbor. It is close to Chicago and America’s finest homes, and it is
handy to an army of pleasure-loving folks. We have a natural
boat basin that would cost thousands of dollars to duplicate,
but we must improve it."
Ray Hotchkiss as acting
secretary was writing like mad to keep up with the
"Open and widen the
gap." Harry continued, "Sheet
pile the outer edge of the basin, dredge it to sufficient
depth, repair the north break-water and harbor edges.
We must beautify the land adjacent to the harbor and keep the
harbor clear by preventing pollution by industries."
He explained the value of a
good harbor not only for boating recreation but as profit even
to our merchants. He cited the Century of Progress,
that was to open the following year, and its visiting
yachts-men and the possibility of encouraging visiting boats.
In closing, he said the club
had no intention to stress social functions of any project
involving expense to the members.
John Lutz, Harbormaster and
chairman of the Chamber of Commerce harbor committee,
elaborated on the program as outlined by Harry Frey. He said
sand and weed dredged out of the basin could be used to cover
the old breakwater, making it attractive for a walk or drive.
He further explained that the
sand could he used to fill in and grade the bathing beach. He
added that the walk over the gap must be re-moved so that
boats with high masts could enter the basin, and that the gap
should be widened to 80 feet, and the basin dredged to 12 feet
in the middle and to about four feet at the shore.
Hugo Herbert then spoke and
said, "during the Century of
Progress in Chicago there will be many persons
traveling in boats and this city is a logical place for them
to tie up. Then too, Chicago boat owners would come here for
Lieut. E. B. Stover told of
his efforts to get the Great Lakes fleet here. "They want
better facilities to land the men," he said. In closing
he declared that a survey of the liberty parties from the
fleet showed an average of $l,600
spent each time ashore.
Others that spoke that night
in favor of urging the city improve the basin were
Robert Kellogg, Charles Sprague, Roscoe Stephenson, Scott
Holman, and Dr. Frank R. Warren.
On a motion made by Ed Kiethley,
a committee composed of C. B. Pendergast,
Scott Holman, Raymond G. Hotchkiss, Hugo Herbert, and E. T. Krentz,
was named to select officers to be voted on at the next
meeting of the club.
The next day, John Lutz,
Harry Frey, Bob Kellogg, and Nate
Rosenberg, Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, went to Milwaukee to see C. H. Hubberd
of the U. S. Lighthouse Service, about removing the walk over
Results followed quickly for
in the week that followed, the "Illiana,"
survey boat of the U.S. Engineers department, in charge of
Chief Bogey, arrived and began sounding and surveying the
On March 21, 1933 the second meeting was held.
Thirty enthusiastic yachtsmen attended. They counted very few
boats in their fleet, but launched a most ambitious program
for the harbor and basin improvement. Those who registered at
the meeting that night were firmly convinced that their hands
were to rest on shovels and levers operating dredging
equipment rather than on the tillers of yachts
On the motion of Raymond Fox,
Sr., those present unanimously elected Harry Frey, president:
H. H. Herbert, vice president: Charles Sprague, second vice
president, and E. B. Stover: secretary treasurer.
It was a strange coincidence
that the meeting that night fell on the anniversary of the
organizing in Michigan City of the Indiana Yacht Club of
which Dr. A. L. Knapp of South Bend was commodore. Dr. Knapp was at
the meeting that night and gave a short but most interesting
He told of the original yacht
club and its officers-George Culbert,
official mayor: Dr. C. W. Cleveland, rear commodore and Oscar Neimer,
Wilford Miller, Dr. F. R. Warren
and Miss Maude Staiger. He said
Maude could handle a wrench or wheel as efficiently as any man
in the club. Said Dr. Knapp "There is
nothing finer than an organization such as you are building.
I can remember the good times we had."
Dr. Knapp stressed the value
of a good harbor, not only for boating recreation, but for
profit to the merchants. "A yacht harbor is essential to
the boat owner but need not be a burden to the taxpayer; but
profit making municipal asset."
An advisory board, composed
of R. B. Kellogg, P. C. Gale, Ed Keithley,
and E. B. Stover were to work with the harbor committee to the
Chamber of Commerce and to ascertain what equipment was
available such as dredges, pumps, barges, etc., for the
proposed improvements of the harbor and basin.
Short talks also were given
by Ben Hoskins and Mel Hickman. Wayne McAlpine,
in quoting figures as to the amount of sand to be removed form
the basin said, " There are 22
acres of water and this must be deepened to 12 feet in the
middle and taper off to four on the edges."
Harold Benson was asked to
describe the boat he was constructing, but he declined saying,
"I’d rather wait and see if it floats before I say
anything about it."
Mark Moorman told of the
boating in Florida, especially speed boating and
described the breakwaters.
Said John Lutz, "
I helped build the present breakwater in 1875 and while
I hate to see it covered up, we can do wonders with the basin
if we get together and work."
No date was set for the next
meeting but it was decided it would be at the discretion of
During the next month Col. Caples
of the U. S. Engineering department came to the town and
discussed the dredging of the harbor and basin.
Also during the month,
officials of the Lathrop, Schmitt, Putman Company of Sturgeon BayMich., owners of the Diesel motorship
"Material Service" were in town contemplating the
construction of permanent gravel yard just south of the SixthStreetBridge, but shallow water in the
harbor made the plan impracticable
"Material Service" now rests on the bottom off south
Chicago with two bodies in her
hull-sunk in a storm many years ago.
Harry Frey announced that the
Yacht Club would meet in the Naval Armory Tuesday April 25th.
"Plans will be made to incorporate the club," Harry
The next few weekends saw Hurculean
efforts to remove the hulk of the sunken stone bardge
that lay along the basin shore. It made quite a picture.
Imagine, if you can, the tow trucks of Schlunz
Brothers, Rannie Body, and Kroening
Brothers, with their powerful winches all hooked onto the
wreck. In a boat along side the hulk was Chuck Sprague wiring
caps to sticks of dynomite, RufyHeisman up to his neck in the
water taking the wired sticks from Chuck and diving under the
water to place them where they would do the most good. Then
everybody took cover while the sticks were exploded from the
shore. The ensuing dedonations
were heard around the county.
donated a hand winch to assist in dragging the weeds from the
basin. An iron pipe was fastened to the cable and taken to the
center of weeds and then hauled ashore. Tons of weeds were
hauled ashore but still no dent was made in the sum total.
It was about this time that
Gov. Paul McNutt visited and was entertained by Remster
Bingham aboard "Jorab
II." They took a boat trip along the shore and up the
harbor, after which the governor boarded the "U.S.S.
Hawk" for a weekend cruise. Harry Frey remarked
"I’ve been here nine years and I’m glad that at last
a governor has visited someplace in Michigan City besides the prison. It’s a
good omen I tell you."
Next day the newspaper
headlines screamed "City Gets New Industry!" Chicago
Boat Company to Operate Here." N. L. and T. D
. Randall founders of the company,
leased the building just south of the Second Street bridge on the east side and
started construction of a 65 foot cruiser and several smaller
Takes to the Water
In May the stage was set for
the launching of the Michigan City Yacht Club fleet. The
launching was done by crane along the dock on the south side
opposite the Smith Brothers factory. Thousands of people
watched the launching from bleachers on the Smith Brothers
lawn. The bands also were seated there. What a day! Sea Scouts
stood before their boats and announced over the amplifying
system that their best girls would christen their boats. Rudy Hiesman
bent bowlines in clumsy hawsers and put them on all the boats.
P. C. Gale’s clothes adsorbed most of the christening water.
It was red letter day in our young club’s existence.
Following the launching, the
boats were towed into the basin where they lay with their
masts unstepped, being unable to
get them under the gaps overhead walk.
On March 30th, E.
A. Markman of the War department
granted the Yacht Club permission to sheet pile the basin
The Columbia Yacht Club race
that year was sailed as usual. The Michigan City Yacht
Club’s participation consisted of a car marked
"Official Car" and was driven by Dave Root. The car
transported visiting Columbia officials to their headquarters
at Spaulding hotel. Commodore Frey lamented the fact that the
club had no money to entertain the visiting yachtsman as it
would liked to have done, but hoped to be able to do better
the next year.
Recalling the ride he had
aboard "Zanta" with
Larry Wendt, Doc Fergusen said,
"far out in the lake we met Norman Johnson with a party
aboard ‘Three Point Two’ riding the heavy swells like a
duck. Rudy Heisman drove by in
Thomas E. Maloy’s beautiful
cabin speedboat on his way to Chicago. We also had the pleasure that
night of having the dirigible ‘Macon’ pass
directly overhead. From our position on the lake we could see
the Goodyear blimp "Paritian"
soaring over A Century of Progress in Chicago.
During the next few months
plans were prepared by Ellis Powell and Norman Johnson for a
swing bridge to be constructed over the peir
gap. The plans were presented before the 30 members at the
July meeting. At the meeting Harry Frey said, "we
have something here that does not exist anywhere else in the
state of Indiana-a free harbor!" It was
quite an important meeting, Byron Pendergast
told of the Sea Scout activities and Ted VanGiesen
praised the efforts of the members who helped so much in the
attempt to remove the wrecks from the basin.
Marsh submitted his design for a club pennant. It was quite an
elaborate design with a dune and a lake scene in the MC. Jimmy
Dean submitted a more simple design which was accepted and is
the one now being used.
Member- 50 Cents!
P. C. Gale suggested that we
keep the charter open for another month. A person could become
a charter member on payment of 50 cents. In the year 1933, as
you remember, 50 cent pieces were not that plentiful.
John Polson, who was sitting
in the second row, tossed his 50 cents onto the speakers
City Engineer Herbert R.
Peters asked for volunteers among the members to help plan a
survey for the establishment of a definite shore line for
pilings around the basin.
Present that evening for the
first time was Lt. Comm. Sturgis, USNR, Donnelly Leeds and
Dave Root suggested that we
hold races every Sunday among the local sailboats.
"An outboard race has
been suggested," Said Commodore Frey, "but the
drawback would be cash or merchandise, and the club has no
He got no further! John Lutz
jumped to his feet. His deafness kept him in doubt as to the
subject under discussion- - "get started with the
dredging in the basin- get a pump or a scow! I suggest a
committee be appointed! Get a
little dirt moving. We’ve got to make a showing to get
assistance from the state and federal government!" John
Dave Root talked on what he
declared the "outboard nuisance." He asserted
outboard boats had been scooting along the harbor at a fast
rate of speed much to the discomfort of occupants of other
craft. He suggested that all boats in the city be registered
and that an accurate check be kept of them. That work was
assigned to Dude Calvert.
Much satisfaction was
expressed by the Commodore over the fact that the shore line
of the basin had been cleared.
Capt. David Furst
of the Coast Guard was very anxious that boat owners exercise
great care lest there be a casualty. Commodore Frey urged the
use of common sense in the operation of boats.
Babe Browne, Byron Pendergast
and Joe Karras were appointed
members of a committee to inspect boats of members and
non-members to see that they were equipped with safety
"Get a life
preserver," said John Lutz.
The club members did get
stuff moving, as John suggested earlier that evening, and that
about ends the story of how the club got started and what
transpired during the first few meetings. If only they could
get a clubhouse, but that’s another story:
The annual dinner of 1936 was
held on January 8 at Mat-hilda’s
Tea Room with 70 members attending. Following the dinner Harry
Frey, as retiring Commodore, opened the meeting and introduced
the new ‘Commodore-Babe Browne and his officers, Vice
Commodore Dave Root, Rear Commodore P. C. Gale, Secretary R.
L. Vail, and Treasurer P. A. Krueger.
Retiring Commodore Frey
received a handsome lamp and book ends.
The meeting, as usual, became
progressively noisier and when the Commodore introduced the
guests of the evening the ensuing speeches and songs raised
geniality mast-high. Visitors included the O’Rourke
brothers, Frank Hayes, TomLake, Earl Gascoigne,
Bill Whalen, Nat Rubinkam , Bert
Williamson, Bill Ahern, Dave Zimmerman, A. Henninger,
Lewis, George Schaeffer and Dad Ruger.
As the final dulcet tones of
"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" faded into the
smoke-filled room, rendered by that famous Defender of the
Faith Bill Whalen, Commodore Browne announced he had two more
guests to introduce, one of whom held a message of interest to
club members. He introduced Tom Mullen and Frank
the Park Board.
Mullen said the Park Board had authorized Architect Fred Ahlgrim
to draw plans for a clubhouse to be built with W.P.A. labor
for lease to the Michigan City Yacht Club. The building would
be of Norman architecture with a 36 foot tower on the north
end, with construction to start as soon as the frost was out
of the ground. Complete plans would be ready for club approval
at the next club meeting. With that welcome news the meeting
It had been just one month
before, that Commodore Frey had asked members to think and
work on the idea of a clubhouse for next spring, and here it
was one month later laid gently in our laps. Frey was
immediately named chairman of the building committee.
At the March 6 meeting
Chairman Frey submitted plans of the clubhouse for approval.
Secy. Vail was empowered to draw up a resolution to the Park
Board approving plans for the clubhouse.
On April 6-Approximately
one-half of the material to build the clubhouse was assembled
and preliminary steps for actual construction had been
Oct. 2.-Members reported they
were busy locating any discarded rocks, cement blocks etc., to
be used in the clubhouse construction.
Nov. 6-Final plans were
submitted to members for approval. Plans showed a clubhouse of
stone construction with a 36-foot tower.
Jon. 2, 1937-Mr. Jennings suggested that since the city
administration was to build the clubhouse the Yacht Club
should agree to purchase furnishings on completion. A
resounding "AYE" passed the motion by P. C. Gale
seconded by Pi Johnson.
April 2-Chairman Frey
reported the clubhouse could not be completed before the end
of the year and suggested looking for a barge on which to
build a temporary clubhouse.
Oct. l-Jim Drain suggested we
ask the Park Board for a smaller structure than planned.
Saturday April 30, 1938 the newly installed Commodore,
Dave Root, feeling the full bloom of his new office, decided
to stir up some action on the clubhouse, so rounding up Vice
Commodore Hugo Herbert and Director Babe Brown, they descended
upon the stronghold of Mayor Rhinehart
Commodore Root asked if there
wasn’t something the club members could do to further the
status of the proposed clubhouse.
Said the Mayor,
"Only this week I received directive ordering all money
allocated but not spent by January 1 of this year to revert to
the general fund and that has been done."
"Did that include the
appropriation for the clubhouse?" asked Commodore Root.
"Yes," replied the
"What can we do
now?" asked Hugo. With a gesture of finality the Mayor
replied, "Nothing." And so it was that the Michigan
City Yacht Club’s first clubhouse died a-borning.
The next day, May 1, and
following his usual pattern, Hugo Herbert was spending Sunday
morning strolling along the basin shore when Tom Mullen come
along. Hugo was voicing his disappointment to Tom about the
outcome of the clubhouse when Tom interrupted and asked,
"Why doesn’t the club buy the Nolan property. I
understand it can be bought for $3,500. It would be a much
better location than here next to the Oasis."
thought Hugo, "it might just as well be $35,000."
This was 1938 and half the town was still on relief. The club
charter had been kept open for on extra two months to give the
boys a chance to raise 50 cents to join the club-and now we
The following morning Hugo
mentioned the incident to Bill Blackwood at the Citizens Bank.
Bill had no comment at the time, but early Tuesday morning
Bill and Jim Drain burst into Harry Frey’s Lumber company
Bill and Jim had been up all
night (and they looked it) working out a prospectus on
"How To Do It." The main
features stated that the club would be limited to 140 members,
each member being required to buy one participating redeemable
certificate for $25. Annual dues would be $5.00.
The 140 members at $25 would
give the club the needed $3,500 to buy the Nolan property.
The prospectus was presented
at Friday’s meeting but action was tabled until the entire
membership could be informed of the plans and a special
meeting was called for the following Wednesday.
Drain presented the plan at
the Wednesday meeting and $1,000 was pledged on the spot.
Another week of intensive stock selling and the property was
purchased. Work parties were set up and the tearing down and
patching up started. Kroening
Brothers moved in to crib up the house while Henry Phillips’
company moved in with a sand elevator. Frey Brothers donated
the services of a brick layer and cement finisher named Nello.
The hard labor was supplied by members.
The old section of the
present clubhouse, the original Nolan home, was remodeled and
reconditioned and the clubhouse was first used during this
General plans of the building
as it is today were made and excavations for the West Room
basement, the present locker room, were started and the locker
room walls and roof built.
It was during this operation
that the lowest point in the club’s short existence was
reached. It occurred one fall evening when the work party had
completed building the north wall of the locker room. It had
been a hard night’s work carrying the block and laying the
50’x 9’ wall. It was 10 p. m., and the boys had quit for
the night, resting on the piled lumber, and smoking, when a
dull thud brought them to their feet. Flat on the ground lay
the 50 foot wall in a disarray of cement blocks caused by a
team of over enthusiastic back fillers.
In 1939 the locker and wash
rooms were completed, the old building was raised and the
basement excavated in preparation for the construction of the
Tap Room. The construction of t he ‘West Room Lounge and
sail loft during the Fall of
1940-1941 was the first professional work of any proportion
that entered into the construction. In 1949 and 1950, the
Viking Room, Galley and Stewards quarters were added.
1950, under Commodore Herb Zilly,
the clubhouse was opened in its entirety for the first time.
The Michigan City Yacht Club
was founded as a non-profit organization "for the
promotion of yachting." Every effort is being made to
increase racing activities for sail yachts, to organize club
cruises for power yachts, to develop the vitally important
junior program and to carry on the social life of the Club,
both winter and summer in a matter of interest to all members.
The sailing story of the
Michigan City Yacht Club could not be written without
including the story of the Trinity Church Sea Scouts.
Throughout the early days of
the club, in the mad confusion of trying to get everything
done at once, the Sea Scout members presented a united front
to furnish an inexhaustible supply of youthful energy and
Tracing the story of club
sailing and the yacht club fleet the thread leads directly
back to the Sea Scout ship.
It all began in 1930 when
four members of the Trinity Church Boys Scouts Troop No. 3 had
reached the Eagle Scout plateau. At the same time the new Sea
Scout branch of the Boy Scouts of America was gaining
With no more honors to earn
in scouting the four Eagle Scouts of the troop organized,
under Scoutmaster Joseph Bisbee, the first local Sea Scout
The Scouts who formed the
nucleus of the ship, named the "Yankee Clipper,"
were Fox Ernst, Jim Dean, Dick Tuthill
and Ed Luce. The first officers were: Byron Pendergast,
Skipper; P. C. Gale and R. B. Kellog
Committeemen; and H. H. Herbert, Commodore of Pottawattomie
Council. The ship eventually reached a full complement of 32
boathouse of Dad Ludwig.during
the fall of 1930, construction was started on a 40 foot
gaff-rigged sloop for R. B. Kellog
and Dr. Frank Warren. Sailors of the Yankee Clipper were
promised berths as crew members on the sloop that was to be
named "Chinook" and work started immediately.
Visitors to Dad Ludwigs
boathouse were amused to see the Sea Scouts, warmly dressed
for winter, wearing heavy sticky canvas gloves, dipping wooden
plugs into shellac and driving them into the hull of
"Chinook" with wooden mallets. It was a messy job
but it was part of being a sailor.
launched in 1931 and for the next five years she seldom left
the harbor without her Sea Scout crew. After a year of crewing
on the "Chinook" and their past experience in
building boats even though it was limited to driving sticky
plugs in screw holes-the "Yankee Clipper" sailors
decided it was time they had their own boats.
Before moving to Michigan City from Sougatuck,
Pi Johnson had started construction on a Snipe class sailboat
and when he brought the partially built boat to town, Fox
Ernst, Jim Dean, Wilford Hahn and
Skipper Pendergost immediately
began construction of four more Snipes.
In the Spring
of 1933 the Snipe Fleet was ready for launching. The Michigan
City Yacht Club, too, had become a reality and many of the Sea
Scouts were now members of the Club.
In May the stage was set for
the launching of the Sea Scout and Yacht Club fleet.
Others were: H. C. Crosby, Theron
Miller, and Dan Hutton, members of the school board; David Furst
U. S. Coast Guard; Walter Donovan, lighthouse keeper; and Tom
Marlin, assistant light-house keeper.
The boats were then taken in
tow by power boats and paraded before officials and
As the last strains of
"America," played by the High School band, under the
well worn baton of P. J. Myran,
faded into the distance, the boats were towed to the basin to
the biggest red letter day - a capital letter - that is,
"in the club’s short existence." The power of the
club’s publicity committee has never been underestimated
even to this day.
For the next three years the
Snipes formed the nucleus of the club’s sailing fleet, and
races were held at every opportunity. Races were conducted
from Babe Brown's "Skipper," which acted as race
committee boat. The boat flew a large pennant 4x8 feet in size
with the letters "RC." In a heavy blow the sail-like
pennant could lay "Skipper" on her beam ends.
In 1936 the club also boasted
a fleet of racing Corinthian Dinks owned by Dave Root, Bob
Vail, Jim Dean and Red Spychalski.
In the Chicago Tribune regatta that year off MontroseHarbor, Dave Root was awarded a
beautiful and valuable pair of binoculars. This was Arch
Ward’s, of the Chicago Tribune, first attempt to stage a
boat regatta. It was also his last.
The club had no regular
meeting place in 1936 and meetings were held at the Coast
Guard station. the Naval Reserve
Armory and Mark Moormans Dunes
The November meeting in 1936
was held at the cafeteria. Before the meeting members were
studying the November issue of Rudder magazine which carried
plans of a new National One Design sail boat. Before the
meeting was over it was apparent the club was to have a new
class of racing Nationals.
Although the registration
numbers of Nationals today reaches into the thousands, our
club boasted the early numbers of 39 to 43. The local fleet of
Nationals soon reached 14 boats. Some of the owners of
Nationals were: Fax Ernst, Otto Palm, Pi Johnson, Bob &
Dick Palm, Red Spycholski, Jim
Drain, Bud Orr, Emmy Flynn, Fred Berry, George Panea,
Don Lewis, Jim Dean, George Callum,
Les and Harold Schaeffer.
World War II broke up the
fleet and scattered the sailors. Club racing went into the
doldrums with so many members in the armed forces. At the
War’s end and the return of the boys, their first concern
was to find something to sail. Pete Mills was sailing a
Finnish built Tumlaren named
"Samara." It was an excellent boat for this end of
the lake and soon the members of our club had cornered the
market of available Turns. John Heming
owned "Askvig;" Ted
Albers, "Tara;" Glenn Miller, "Ruffa;"
,John Reed, "Ellida;"
John Locke, "Pink Duck ;" and George Callurn’s
Many other member owned boats
both sail and power, have come and
gone in the past 25 years. Long gone too, is the excitement
and confusion of the early days of the club. The next chapter
is being written by the Junior
members as they take over from the aging Sea Scouts. This ends
the story as it looked from here.
Improvement was first
undertaken by the Federal Government in accordance with an Act
of Congress of July 3, 1836. Between 1836 and 1870 east and
west entrance piers were constructed at the mouth of Trail
Creek 1,277 and 1.592 feet long, respectively, protecting a
dredged channel 100 feet wide and 12 feet deep. From the time
of the adoption of the original project in 1870, dredging was
carried on intermittently by both the Federal Government and
the Michigan City Harbor Company, but the scope of the work
done is not known. Work done under the project adopted in 1870
and subsequent modifications resulted in the construction of
the present harbor. The project for the inner harbor channel
in Trail Creek at one time would have extended to the Lake
Erie & Western Railroad bridge
but was curtailed by the act of January 21, 1927, so that the improved channel
now extends to the upper end of the turning basin just above Fourth Street. This same act eliminated the
old east breakwater and pier which enclosed the outer basin.
The old east breakwater was
originally 1,411 feet long. It extended in an easterly
direction to the junction with the old east pier, which
extended southerly 1225 feet to the shore. These structures
were completed in 1884. The old east breakwater was originally
11 feet high above normal water surface of the lake. Prior to
their abandonment in 1927 no repair work was done on these
structures. Storm seas gradually breached the breakwater and
much of the stone filling was washed into the basin. The old
east pier gradually disappeared by continued advancement of
There was no park in 1884 but
in 1891 apparently influences were at work to establish a lake
front park. As may be observed in the
following quotations taken from a Michigan City newspaper.
Dispatch. of Friday, July 17.
1891: "The number of people going to the East beach
is remarkable: Perhaps no less than one thousand crossed
the bridge last evening and the number each evening does
not fall far short of this. If a place which is a mere
waste of sand can attract such crowds what would be the
result if a park were established there?"
July, 18. 1891. "Bathing has become quite popular
with the young people, the EastBeach being the favorite resort.
If someone would put up a permanent bath house and supply
same with suitable bathing costumes for rental purposes
they could do a big business during pleasant
July 22, 1891: "Boating has grown so
popular of late in Michigan City that it ought to be an easy
matter to organize a permanent boat club here. The
Dispatch knows of half a dozen young men who stand ready
to become charter members of such an organization.
The assurance of a lakefront
park was announced in The Dispatch of August 19, 1891.
The basin formed by the old
east breakwater and east pier was originally about 35 acres in
extent. The eastern portion has been filled in by drifting
sand and the dumping of ashes and refuse reducing the water
area by about one third. Prior to 1936 the basin had never
been dredged and could only be used by small craft, the size
of which was limited by the narrow opening in the east pier.
Sail yachts could not use it because of an overheadfixed bridge. Originally
this entrance was 467 feet wide and was entirely closed in
1904. The small opening in the pier was made in 1906 and was
about 15 feet wide with a depth of about 4 feet,
The Life Saving Station was
equipped with one slide to launch boats into the harbor and
another slide to launch boats into the basin. Mr. Judson
Alexander built a two story icehouse near the Life Saving
Station and cut many tons of ice during the winter months, as
did several other parties.
In 1907 the Indiana Club was
organized and plans for a clubhouse in the basin were
considered but did not materialize.
About 1910 C. E. Labady
operated a boat livery from his pier in the basin. Hunting was
permitted at the lakefront; shooting was done from the piers
and in some instances from Mr. Labady'sduckblind which was anchored in
the center of the basin. Mink could be found in the breakwater
across the North side of the basin and muskrats often chewed
mooring lines in two. Mr. Labady’s
own flock of ducks would hurry acrossthe basin at his special
call, which was of all things, a cowbell.
In 1930 the width and depth
of the "gap" as it was familiarly known, were
increased somewhat but the water in the basin was fouled to
such a large extent by sea weeds that little of its area was
available for anchorage purposes.
In September 1933 local
yachtsmen began an agitation for improvement of the basin for
yachts. They were supported by the officials of the city and
the park trustees, as well as by the Lake Michigan Yachting
This effort resulted in the introduction, by Congressman Pettingill,
of a resolution adopted by the River and Harbor Committee of
the House of Representatives, United States to review previous
reports on the harbor with a view to determine "whether
it is advisable to modify the existing project in any way at
this time." Public hearings were held by the U. S.
Engineers both in Chicago and in Washington. Through the sustained and
vigorous efforts of all concerned we now enjoy a yacht basin
second to none on Lake Michigan. The basin was dredged in 1936
to a depth of 12 feet in the northern portion and 8 feet in
the southerly portion, and the entrance to the basin through
the east pier was widened to 66 feet. Subsequently the old
east breakwater was rebuilt in concrete. A
navigation light was established at the entrance and a
great deal of beautification work was done by the park
trustees. The only facility lacking to make the harbor
complete is a public pier or landing for visiting yachts. It
is the hope of yachtsmen that at some time in the not too
distant future this facility will be provided by our city
5, November 21 Thursday, May25, 1989
Club. . .
Lady on the LakeWith
a Notable, Colorful Past
she is, on the lakefront ….a building in white, comfortably
inviting and friendly. She’s been newly be-decked with
outside verandas ruffled in red and white umbrellas. Here,
members and guests relax in the open air, on stage to view the
sunsets with a new performance every night. She sits serenely,
(we use the nautical "she" for the Yacht Club as all
sailors do for their ship). .welcoming boaters and protecting
the harbor basin like the matriarch of Michigan City that she is.
But beneath that worldly
appearance, at her heart there’s the simple home of a family
once drawn to live at the waterfront. The former Nolan house
still exists within the sprawling building. Wings have been
added, basement and second floors, crafted and hammered into
place by a hardy group of people years ago who had a love of
boating in their blood and wanted to keep it alive and pulsing
for others to enjoy. They were willing to make that happen.
And happen it did. Over three
hundred members enjoy the Yacht Club now, according to Clyde Zeek,
elected Commodore last January. The schedule is filled with
events for boaters of every age, level of skill or size of
craft. Sixteen-foot lasers share the water with the Rubaiyt,
a 60 foot Queen of our inland sea, though the average size
boat is a manageable 25-footer. Motor launches outnumber
sailing vessels 3 to 1, but the sailing events are the lustre
of the Club’s life. The Columbia, coming again on June 10th, has
been sailing to Michigan City each year for the almost 100
years of its running. When the Columbia’s armada
of sails sweep into the harbor, boatsmen
or not, people turn out with binoculars and cameras to see the
jibs and gennys and spinnakers
As host club, members have
responsibility for posting times and handicaps, presenting
first-leg winners plaques, and of course, feeding the hungry
crews. One hundred fifty sailed the Columbia last year. This year promises
as many, or more.
Though parties, meetings and
prime time dining make the Yacht Club a year round gathering
place for the "locals", the opening of the deck
(this year on Mother’s Day weekend), is the unofficial start
of the season for members. A ‘Cook What You Catch’ fishing
tourney feasted members on the 20th, and the Commodore’s
Ball makes it official on May 27th. The Ball brings out all
the "First Mates", the Club’s Auxiliary for wives.
While boats have been in dry dock, the First Mates have been
raising funds through their annual style show and other
doings. Pat (Mrs. Roger) Mignery
Carrying on the founders’
tradition of sharing the fun and skill of boating, classes for
fledgling boaters are an important
part of each year’s schedule. Rich Hanks and Mike Kiss
direct a program that grows bigger every year, taking on all
ages and levels of skill from novices as young as ten to sixty
plus. (More about this in another issue).
The Club owns four Lasers (a single-sail, 16 to 20 footer),
and is hoping to add two more. Commodore Zeek
(a power launch skipper himself), says ‘Sailboats still have
that romance of the true seafarer, but these classes teach
everyone to have a real respect for the lake.’ He emphasizes
the need for this respect for any activities on or near the
water and congratulates the Coast Guard for its outstanding
warning system on lake conditions. The weekly TGIF (Thank God
It’s Friday) socials at the Club offer members and guests a
chance to take up the offer of fellow members for a
As all boaters do, the Lady
on the Lake could swap a lot of stories.
Why, she even hosted the Pan-Am Olympic game one year! But she
has left most of the stories to Hartley Job, Director Emeritus
of history and by-laws, former Commodore who was there when it
all began in 1933. In a speech given to the Historical
Society, he posed the question: "Let’s vision Michigan City without the lake. Without
boating and fishing. What would we have?" The
resource of Lake Michigan as a factor in the City’s
economy and as a growth attraction has always been in
Hartley’s vision. He points out one boat, a 30-foot
Newfoundland-style sloop as the pivot for boating interest.
Built by Dad Ludwig for Bob Kellogg and Doctor Warren and
later owned by Warren, Harry Frey and Doctor Ferguson, it
became a Ship for Sea Scouts (Hugo Herbert was Skipper). It
was there that Hartley along with others began the interest
that turned into a lifelong contribution to boating in Michigan City.
The old Armory building was
the place for the first meeting when the idea of a yacht club
began to interest people, people like Harry Frey who became
the first commodore. In 1936 the formative club purchased the NolanHome and started a series of
building phases that never seemed to stop. Hartley can look at
the walls of a second floor addition and say, "I helped
hammer that." Many members built their own boats, too --
Snipes and Lightenings, the same
type used in the Pan-Am games of 1987. Their launch was the
coal chute at the Lutz property on the harbor, a tricky launch
at its best.
Way We Were. Fifty years ago. A view of
Preserving the harbor for the growing interest in boating
became a challenge for the newly formed club. A dumping ground
for city rubbish, the basin was becoming an endangered
species. Members took on the job of doing something about it.
Marshalling the Schaffers, father
and sons, an engineering study was commissioned and in 1938.
Federal funds were made available for a dredging of the basin.
Since then currents have maintained the levels of 8-feet south
and 12-feet north established then though shifting sands at
the northern breakwater have affected that level in recent
Regatta Race Committee.
Though the 40’s and 50’s names like Calvert, Hotchkiss,
Moorman, Dean and Moss are threaded throughout the Club’s
history. Later, with the Park Board’s purchase of the Heisman
property, the names of
developers show up--Bensz, Georg,
Williams and Schnable. Matt Georg
took over basin management at "Pop" Heisman’s
death, put in slips and filled in an area where the wreck of
an old barge had been a concern for Yacht Club members since
the 30’s. The end of the 50’s decade was coming. The Yacht
Club was no longer an adolescent. Boating and fishing were an
integral part of
’s life and economy. The scene was set for the next
stage…. a Port Authority to enable future managed growth and
development. As Commodore in 1957 and 1958, Hartley Job had a
leading role and Mark Moorman’s Dunes Cafe would become the
gathering place where plans would be laid. But that’s a
sequel. The Michigan City Yacht Club was growing up.
Ye Landlubbers. ..The Yacht club is Wide Open to All
11, Number 21 Thursday, June
Gone are the days when a 30-foot sloop or premier power
boat was the ticket to enjoying membership in the Michigan
City Yacht Club.
’s Dowager Queen of the lakefront is reaching out to hold
court for commoners, boating people, of course, but also those
who just love the ambience of the lake.
"It’s a sign of the times," said Yacht Club
manager, Dave Howe, who came on board to manage the club in
January. "People just don’t have the leisure time they
used to have and it shows in how clubs like this are used. You
just don’t have the 40-hour work week of the good old
days." Dave made his entrance along with the New Year at
the Club’s New Year’s Eve gala, bringing a broad
background with him. "It was a great entrance for
me," he noted, "A chance to get to know the new
Commodore Tom Blank, the staff and other members, very, very
Dave came to the Yacht Club from a hotel management company
that gave him experience in managing places like the Carleton
Lodge and Holiday Star Resort in Merrillville where he did the
purchasing for the restaurant, convention center and theatre,
food and beverage procuring as well as running its fine dining
restaurant; a Marriott Courtyard, hotels in Warsaw and
Valparaiso, The construction and opening of a new Fairfield
Inn, and Mr. Steak were some other job experiences along the
way. A native Hoosier, Dave lives in
with his wife, Patty, and daughters Loren and Christine, ages
5 and 6. The girls’ drawings hang behind his desk, and a
framed photo has the banner that they are "Dad’s Fan
Club"; Dad in turn calls them his "two angels".
Sitting behind his desk, however, isn’t Dave’s
management style. He prefers a hands-on style, pitching in to
do what’s needed, when it’s needed, because he’s been
there, in the ranks. Dave is the archetypal model for working
your way through college; while going to Purdue’s Hotel and
Restaurant Management degree program in
, he worked in a hotel kitchen by night. Continuing study is
still on Dave’s program as he continues classes at Purdue
North Central, including one last spring in Human Resources.
Right now, Dave isn’t interested in making a big splash
and changing things at the Yacht Club. "I’m more
interested in getting to know the members and the club’s
operation," he said. "Then we can apply some of the
things I’ve learned in the business. Working in a non-profit
club like this is a little different than working in the
profit-oriented commercial line I’ve been in. It’s a
change, but it still comes down to knowing your staff and your
customers, who, in this case, are the members."
Last weekend, the Yacht Club kicked off its current
membership drive with a big party and the grand opening of the
open air deck, the first of a season that will hold many
events, including the upcoming Columbia Race the weekend of
June 10th. One of the management problems Dave and the Club
faces is the Spring and Summer
surge when a bare-bones winter staff must expand to three
times its size. The outdoor deck is open for food service, and
the new pavilion, built last year to replace a former tent,
will provide food and beverage service for the rafts of
visiting boats that bring hundreds, even thousands, to the
Columbia and Tri State races, and the marina‘s annual boat
show. Building up a summer staff when other local restaurants
and shops are gearing up as well for summer trade, then
slimming down for the winter months, is a problem; however, it
is not unknown for members and the board of directors to pitch
in and help when the big lakefront events occur.
Talking about the need for service staff, Dave said that
it’s pretty well known that
has become more of a service-oriented economy than its former
and The Works and a growing list of restaurants, a case in
point. "Without some real statistics in front of me, I
think that tourism is on the rise in Michigan City and will be
what the city‘s potential will be based on and revive it.
It’s attractive to people from
because it’s not that long of a drive, to enjoy the lake and
avoid the prices of
. We’re probably a quarter of what it would cost to join a
Gearing up for a big event like the coming Columbia Race
weekend makes the Yacht Club something more than what we are
the other 360 days of the year, Dave noted, with a semi truck
needed to bring in and store food for the crowd. "Does it
help to make a reservation at the club, some people ask?"
Dave continued. "Of course.
It’s like giving a big party without knowing how many people
are going to attend and stretching your house to fit them
all." A committee from the club will join in helping Dave
prepare for the 150 or more boats that will come in, and past
experience has members pitching in to bus and serve food, give
bar-tenders a hand, whatever is needed.
Dave has some old hands at the Yacht Club that know the
ropes to help through the busy times of summer: On Walz
the day cook, and Donna Glossenger,
wait staff, have been around for 20 and more years; Kathleen Roose,
the dining room supervisor has heen
there for 10; even Hill Graff, chef, has seen the club through
two years of events. Dave is the first to say that the
employees are the most important ingredient in making the club
attractive. "Your people, your employees represent
you," he said, "You’re only going to be as good as
they are. You take care of your people and they’ll take care
of your customers or members in the case of the Club. I
can’t stress enough how important people are in this
Getting to know and enjoy people is the pitch that Rear
Commodore Dan Hosna is using to
encourage membership in the Michigan City Yacht Club. The
Club’s recent newsletter, The Windjammer, edited by Mary
Kelley, notes some of the upcoming events that make the MCYC
people-friendly for new and current members. Just in June, for
instance, there is a roster that includes a Steak/Corn Roast,
the Columbia Race, a Photo/Boat Cook-out, Father’s Day
Brunch, Stargazers Deck party, and a repeat of last year’s
outstanding Luau. And that’s just for openers of a full
"The first event we’re sponsoring in our
New Membership Drive
is the OpenHouse for boat owners in the
," Dan Hosna said. "Then
there will be another in July for condo and boat slip owners.
Our goal is to add 50 new members this year to bring the
membership up to 300. We want to let them know that the Club
is a great place to have good food and drinks, and a great
place to make new friends." Mary Kelley added,
"It’s also a great place to have private parties, a
wedding or some other event. The Club really does give good
service and we have an excellent chef. And being a Club member
makes you feel you are part of
something." To help newcomers become acquainted, there is
a long-standing tradition of The Round Table off the bar.
Unlike the exclusive Captain’s Table on ocean liners, open
only by invitation, the Yacht Club’s Round Table is open to
anyone dropping in. Just pull up a chair and make yourself at
home – singles welcome - is the standing invitation here.
Mary finds it easy to reminisce about the involvement of
club members through the years. Started in 1933 when Harry
Frey headed a drive for its organization, (one of the
founders, Hartley Job, is now Director Emeritus), Mary talks
about the days when the Amberg’s
sailing yacht Harem spilled over with their four daughters
(and one son, Edward J, III) and all their friends during
sailing season. The Yacht Club was founded to increase racing
activities for sail-boats and cruises for power boats; develop
a Junior Program, and carry on a social life both summer and
winter for members - activities that arc having a renewal
"Racing Round the Buoys" is underway this year,
spear-headed by Vice Commodore of Sail, Jack Edds.
In conjunction with the Washington Park Sailing Club, the MCYC
will sponsor five races this season that can include family
cruising sailboats and mark the beginning of a new impetus for
racing now that ratings have been simplified. He is also
organizing a Junior Sail program for young sailors 8-14 years
of age with sailing instructor Captain Tim Dry. Three 3-week
sessions are planned, using Optimist prams as the
instructional boat. If space is available, members may sponsor
a youngster outside of their family circle. For power boaters,
Vice- Commodore Power, has planned several power cruises along
the coast, one in July going to the Chicago Yacht Club. For
the less than serious boaters, there are some other fun things
planned - like the Inflatable Boat Regatta in July where
anyone with an 8-foot dinghy (or even a motored rowboat) can
compete on a treasure hunt around the marina.
"The Yacht Club has always had a spirit of
camaraderie. That’s what has built this club, that feeling
among its members" Mary said. "Of course we didn’t
have the things we have now. Everyone was swinging on cans,
using dinghies to get out to their boat; everyone had sea
stories. (They still do, piped in
son-in-law Dan)." "In the old days" Mary
continued, "Everyone pitched in. There even used to be a
each year for ‘screen painting
days’ when everyone would come out and pitch in. Of course,
we don’t do that any more. But the camaraderie is still
there when we get together to help for the big races and boat
show." Mary Amberg Kelley
puts that same feeling of friendliness into the newsletter she
edits for the Yacht Club.
Longtime members, the Amberg
began sail racing in the
1950’s when they built their first boat. A love of sailing
seeped into the family’s blood; daughter MaggiSpartz, now director of the Unity
Foundation, sailed many a Mac with her dad; daughter Susan is
a Penguin racer out of Chicago, the Frostbite Fleet, that
races until the ice forms. When the "Skipper" became
Commodore in 1970, Mary resurrected the Windjammer and became
its editor for seven years. Then after a hiatus of 20 years,
she became editor again last year.
Dan, who married the Amberg’s
daughter, Jan, has a long history with the club as well. He
started crewing on the Skipper’s Harem, then moved on to his
own sailboats, opting recently for a 31-foot power boat, Paper
A walk along the
slips comes up with other names like Paper Chase that add a
bit of whimsy to their owners
occupation. The years have seen boats
like Big Mac III, who else but Rod Lubeznik;
By Georg, Matthew Georg,
of course; Capital Gains, Charles Greenwald; Point Blank, Tom
Blank, Burton Ruby’s Rubaiyat,
along with the noted names of the Reese’s Cadence, and
Harmon’s Wizo just some that
have sailed the Big Mac race. They often dock at other yacht
clubs along the
, since membership in the Michigan City Yacht Club means
reciprocity with other yacht clubs, as well as
and Pottawattomie Country Clubs.
A stargazing party on the deck, a Hawaiian Luau complete
with fire-eaters, Power Cruises, the Clam Bake, Casino Night
for the public, Country Western, Wine Tasting, Halloween and
Christmas parties, the New Year’s Eve Gala, and
commodore’s Ball, plus a place to bring family and friends
to meet and eat any day of the week-all this and more is in
store for members. And now that Racing Sails are on the
docket, there is an early morning weekend call for people
interested in learning or sharpening sailing skills to come
and crew on a boat that might need extra hands.
With a reminder from Mary Kelley that: "the Michigan
City Yacht Club is wide open for women, too. It’s a great
place with a great view for business lunches or just spending
a social hour or two," she said. "We were the first
to encourage women’s membership and they are very
welcome." And as Rear Commodore Dan steers the course for
new members, he is also reaching
out to all members to volunteer for the Columbia Yacht Race
weekend on June 10 and 11. Cooks, servers, beer wagon people
and breakfast wait people are needed. "It’s fun!"
he said. "And a great way to get to
know your fellow club members." There will also be
some yacht club shirts available for the helpers. The rest of
the landlubbers will have their own fun, watching the armada
of soaring sails tack their way into the harbor, just one of
the perks of beach area life.
The Beginning-In 1933, the Michigan City Yacht Club began
as a group of enterprising yachtsmen, headed by newly
elected commodore Harry Frey, gathered to form an
organization dedicated to the promotion of yachting on our
lakefront. Those involved were: Dr. Frank R. Warren,
Charles A. Sprague, John H. Lutz, H.H. Herbert, Paul
Krueger, Earl B. Stover, and Edmund G. Browne. Mr. Browne
applied for the original charter which was granted by the
Secretary of the State of Indiana on May 27, 1933.
Harry Frey - Commodore
was elected the newly formed organization’s first
commodore and continued to serve in that capacity through
the people attending the first meeting of the Michigan
City Yacht club, Hartley Job is the only member still
serving in 2002.
E G "Babe" Brown - Commodore
plans for a clubhouse and boating facilities werethe
goal of our second commodore,.
Dave Root – Commodore
The clubhouse dreams came to
fruition when the last
Privately owned property in WashingtonPark was
to be for sale. The price of the property was
successful plan was developed by T.M.
Blackwood and James Dram to
sell 140 member-ships at $25 each to raise the necessary
1938 the membership was limited to the original 140
remodeling of the old squatter’s home (Nolan by name) by
ambitious members was begun.
H. H. Herbert - Commodore
basement to contain a locker room and washrooms was
first foundation work collapsed and had to be rebuilt.
of the west room lounge (this is the dining room today)
and a sail loft were completed in 1940 - 1941 under
commodore T.M. Blackwood and was the first professional
work of any proportion that had entered the
old building was razed and the basement excavated for the
construction of the Taproom.
1940, we added a screen door at the main entrance that was
designed by Mark Moorman and built and installed by Harry
Windjammer was printed on green paper and was full of news
and original cartoons and drawings by Frank Hopkins.
Ralph Green, captain of the U.S.C.G.R, was a guest and
speaker at the June meeting of the MCYC. He spoke on the
compass and its use.
common name for the Columbia race was the Chicago-MichiganCity race.
were over 80 visitors who arrived on out-of-town yachts
first issue of the WINDJAMMER, under the editor, T.M.
Blackwood, was dated July 1, 1939.
were sold on a splendid boat and motor to be awarded to
the holder of the lucky receipt showing the purchase of a
25-cent cement block to be used in further club house
Davis was our new steward.
August. we hosted the National
regatta and anticipated 40 National one-design sloops. To
make reservations at the Spaulding hotel after the race,
guests were asked to call Vice
commodore J. Drain whose phone number was 115.
new members were accepted in July.
Dean wrote about the Chicago-Mackinacrace
and bemoaned the fact that there was hardly any wind, but
swarms of flies. It took their boat 70 hours to finish. He
said, "We are so darn tired that we can hardly see,
so you are pretty lucky to get even this excuse for
Coast Guard chief, F.R. DeRosia,
wrote interesting columns for the Windjammer.
were 11 boats who raced each
Schaeffer of the U.S. Corps of Engineers reminisced a bit
about Michigan City back in 1908 -" The engineering
department deepened the then narrow gap in the east pier
to 60-feet so that visiting power boats could get into the
basin. The Lighthouse people wouldn’t raise the overhead
bridge so that kept out the sail yachts. 1 can recall many
pleasant vacation periods spent at anchor on my own boat
which was the only boat in the basin, except the few
operated by Mr. Heisman."
showers had been plastered and were ready for permanent
porch roof and supporting columns were installed, needing
only the eaves to complete it.
lighting of the lawn with mast head lamps really made our
little club a most attractive spot at night.
paneling completed the locker room to accommodate visitors
during the big regatta.
M. Blackwood - Commodore
The new commodore announced
payment in full of
original loan to purchase club property. He also
of plans to finish the basement and furnace
M. Blackwood - Commodore.
percent of the club membership was in the armed services.
and Mary Baber were the new
Marion (Mellor) Biel presented the flag pole and
the club bought a new radio/victrola.
Myron closed the season by falling in the basin.
M.Blackwood - Commodore.
wartime economy...gasoline rationing.
Brown was named commander of the Coast Guard Reserve to
man the local Coast Guard Station replacing the regular
crew that had left for sea duty.
surgeon, Dr. R. L. Kerrigan,
opened the swimming season on March 12..kept
all his clothes on for warmth.
were 50 yachts entered in the Columbia Yacht Club race.
Blackwood – Commodore
commodore submitted plans for clubhouse enlargement.
rationing still in effect.
coast guard station operated by club members.
Moss and Ray Rape co-chair the 2nd annual Beachcomber’s
Bail. The write-up in the Windjammer by John Coulter was a
real hoot as he wrote it as an illiterate red neck.
"What with all the good fun and lousy singing and so
on the party should ought to be writ up rite good but
don’t do two gud a job or
them folks what weren't there will feel perty
clubhouse has two new coats of paint and had gold leaf on
the front door.
Windjammer was being sent to members in the armed
services. This delivery was greatly appreciated as they
wrote letters home which were then printed in the
1944 (our fifth) yearbook was edited by T.M. Blackwood. It
was dedicated to our members in the armed forces. This
year we had 10 Life Members, 132 regular members, 25
Junior members, 12 non-resident members (all from
Chicago), 7 honorary members and 3 1 military members.
annual match race between the LaPorte
Yacht Club and the MCYC was held in September and raced on
PineLake. The Junior Yacht Club
members also competed, but the MCYC boat crews were
surprised what PineLake had to offer and were
defeated 62 points to 47 points.
Blackwood - Commodore
Frey exhibited plans for the club improvement.
parties were a great success.
Whelan loses arm in war accident.
Elko lost in action aboard sub SHARK.
Kohn Hemming decorated by Field Marshall Montgomery
somewhere in Germany with the Order of the British Empire for meritorious service.
year we had 3 life members, 30 regular members and 9
junior members, all of whom were in the military.
civilian members totaled 163.
are returning from war duty.
Calvcrt named to membership
committee of the LMYA.
Whelan was annual dinner speaker.
skating was good.
1946 yearbook was dedicated to Peace.
had 25 life members and 191 other members.
G.C. Calvert -
officials and Park Board chairman, T.C. Mullen, met with
Colonel W.P. Trower, U.S.
Engineer officer in charge of this district, to seek state
aid in soil erosion survey of Lake Michigan shore.
were 180 clam hungry boaters attending the 2nd annual Clam
Urnes returned from world
cruise aboard brigantine YANKEE.
room and basement, which were part of phase I of the new
building program, were added.
had 29 Life Members and 202 other members.
G.C. Calvert -
were made made to:
a first floor to the east end on top of the basement.
the new kitchen.
a second floor.
George Fomey was the new
Johnson, sailing a Turn, outscored all other skippers in
the Toronto regatta in the Canadian
National exhibit. Walter Bauer was crewman.
Calvert and Henry Young are new co-editors of the
Windjammer, relieving Bill Blackwood as editor.
opening on April 23, 1949.
closed down for installation of the new galley.
increase from $10 to $20 a year.
Vail - Commodore
were made for members to complete the second floor
machines were ruled illegal and had to be removed.
Club’s income drastically reduced.
Pi Johnson -
Heisman died March 17.
were 200 members and guests who attended the spring dinner
Johnson commodore again ??
of the WINDJAMMER were John and Barb Heming.
Segelstrom named commodore
were 70 boats in the Columbia race and eight Michigan City boats participated.
defeated Columbia yacht club in a bowling
Viking Room was air conditioned with a screened in porch.
Michigan City versus BumsHarbor for a deep water port
became interesting conversation.
celebrated the burning of the mortgage obtained during
construction of phases I and II.
was a year of big parties and much activity.
March the New Buffalo Yacht Club was organized.
April, members discussed the formation of a local chapter
of the U.S. Power Squadron.
saw the re-organization of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
and Ruth Morrison were club stewards.
were afoot for a junior sailing program.
clubhouse was painted and new outside
lights were installed.
booths were refinished in the Taproom.
were 320 members this year.
Handly was an honorary member.
Windjammer bunch consisted of editor
Bob Lievensee, Bill Udell,
Hal Wellman, Dick Blank and Eldon Coons. It took a
I and a 1/2 cent stamp to mail one.
had six Lightnings in our
were over 100 boats in the Venetian Night Parade.
had over 300 in attendance the night of the Lobster Pot.
flagpole was painted for $75
were over 2,000 boats in Michigan City.
lamps were bought for the lounge.
hocked the hook?" was the hue and cry from members
when they discovered that the ships anchor we had in the
yard disappeared during the Tri-State race weekend.
was the year they started charging a fee to get into the
new phone booths and an intercom system were installed in
the club. One phone booth was in the Junior Room.
were all were looking forward to another year of parties.
The Michigan City News Dispatch was around to take
pictures and write about the parties.
came and plans were announced for a series of public
courses in boat handling.
Morrison was steward.
the February meeting, commodore Job called for
consideration of clubhouse enlargement. In March, plans
were presented for additional room and improvements to the
club house. A fact-finding committee was appointed in
April to seek cost relative to building. The motion to
proceed was defeated by a majority of sailors.
was the first year of a Junior Sailing program to teach
children how to sail. It was handled by Aled
Davies who continued the program for the next few years.
September, the commodore reported the general fund was up
and the bar proceeds down.
O’Dell, steward, became ill with TB. A big party was
thrown to raise money for him.
asked for a loan of $20,000 to put an addition on the east
wing. At that time the Viking Room had a large window
overlooking the lawn. The proposed 20’ by 40’ addition
off the front would create a cocktail lounge, a cloak
room, table and chair storage and a proposed terrace area.
If a basement were to be created, then the cost would rise
by $1,500. The plans were received with overwhelming
enthusiasm by members.
stewards, Ruth and Harry Morrison, went on vacation to Florida but were back in February.
new refrigerator was donated to the galley and everything
was a glistening white after a facelift.
New Buffalo Yacht Club requested that copies of the
Windjammer be sent to their officers.
NBYC held a successful dance at the Rio and many MCYC members were
there for the fun.
Social calendar was filled with many parties including an
Easter Ham bingo party in March, Spring Fever Party,
Beachcomber’s Ball, Lobster Pot and the Christmas String
bowling game in the Taproom had some serious contenders,
One member had 17 games of 200 or more. One member
actually had a perfect game Of 300. There were many prize
Fendt - Commodore
very active junior program under Alan Davies. There were
instructions for 12-to-18 years
olds. Of the 35 who completed this year, two were Larry
Job and Dan Spyhalski.
Coast Guard Auxiliary was actively teaching boating.
Roumel of New Buffalo visited
MCYC asking members to appear at a hearing to support the
construction of a refuge harbor at New Buffalo. Over 300
attended the hearing.
Gary Boat Club was moved by Midwest Steel from Bums Ditch
to New Buffalo.
Lightning Fleet discussed plans for hosting the Midwest
Michigan City Port Authority began a plan to develop a
basin for pleasure boats and were
looking at the harbor for commercial crafts. This became a
big concern for the club because of the
tremendous increase in pleasure boating in Michigan City.
was looking at Michigan City as a commercial port.
Dredging would solve the problems of slips for pleasure
boats. It would also solve the problem of industrial
shipping in the river.
editor said, "The Michigan City Yacht Club is qualified
as no other group to voice good judgment in these matters and
the possibilities for mishandling are alarming."
Keane was editor of the Windjammer.
and Thelma Krueger were our congenial hosts in the galley
Great Lakes Star championship was held in Michigan City.
first Sailing Dinghy fleet of 18 boats was organized.
Power Squadron had its debut this year. It was organized
with 27 members.
Moorman - Commodore
March District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps, Chicago, was
directed to make a survey and report on the advisability
of further navigational improvements in our harbor.
Coast Guard installed a new diaphragm on the fog horn. It
is now known as "the big burp."
commodore, Les Schaeffer, died.
were 39 graduates from the Power Squadron courses.
were submitted by the Park Board and Port Authority for
developing a yacht harbor.
year ended with a fire that destroyed that famous
"Haven of missing yachtsmen" - the pavilion at
had a Venetian Night parade with 200-300
Indiana was here and we had a Tommy
Bartlett water show.
Lievensie - Commodore
Club had a new face-lift. The dining room was moved to the
lounge, the Viking Room was changed to the lounge and the Junior
room renovated to use as a meeting room.
were 400 members and guests to celebrate the remodeling.
and Thelma continued to be in charge of the galley.
Whelan, one of the best known and loved personalities in Chicago yachting, died.
had another fine dinner dance with 130 people attending.
Cup eliminations were held in Michigan City.
hosted the Hoosier regatta by the Lightning Fleet.
Kimble was editor of the Windjammer this year.
skin divers club was formed, but no one seemed to know
much about it.
barge, the CLAMDIGGER, went aground in a storm when her
towline snapped. There were five men on board, all of whom
were rescued after nine hours. Fax Ernst and Rudy Kreiger
were among the rescuers.
many hours of decorating by members, the club looked
downright glamorous for our Open House in April.
and Thelma Krueger resigned as our stewards.
Lake Michigan reached an ah-time low of
575.80 feet above sea level.
May petitions were circulated for up-stream dredging to E
announced a re-organizational meeting and elected Dan Spyhalski
as Junior Commodore.
Eddy, WWII wizard, brought his 40’ Junk into the harbor.
It sported red sails and the interior looked like a giant
Coast Guard Auxiliary was scuttled. Attempts to reorganize
it proved futile.
Thomburgh was editor of the
Windjammer and was grateful for volunteer typists to type
Michigan City Power Squadron held its first meeting with
the election of officers for 1962-63. After they received
their charter, they started teaching classes.
had an amazingly large racing schedule.
Lakes Marine purchased the Smith Brothers property. A
drawing of the proposed building was done by Jack Keane
and printed in the May issue of the Windjammer. The
building was to be called the Marine building and have a
general rental store, as well as a retail division for
boating goods and boats. Also planned was winter storage
in four different warehouses.
Solberg - Commodore
and Lil Lombardi retired after
three years of club stewardship.
had a new color TV in the Taproom and it was hoped that
raffles, tip boards etc. would pay for it.
stag golf tournament was held in June. After the day on
the course, a dinner was served and many prizes were
St. Pat’s party was so well attended that we had to set
up tables in the lounge, hall and dining room.
had a robbery at the club in February. The display near
the front door was broken into and all the merchandise was
were underway for the "Fitting Out" party.
the fashion show, with clothes from Grieger’s,
went off in April. In addition to the modeling, there was
also a skit and music by Artie Zimm
and his band.
had an Open House and expected over 100 boats to tie up
had a lot of social exchanges with the New Buffalo Yacht
Club and the Gary Boat Club.
Thornburgh - Commodore
was still editing the Windjammer. Dick Kimball took over
30 members and children dragged out the old Christmas
decorations and had fun figuring out what to do with them,
but even so, the club ended up looking quite festive. With
the fire going in the fireplace, they had a delicious
pot-luck dinner with the storm brewing outside.
Christmas party was well-attended and the MCYC symphony
quintet made up of Jean Segelstrom,
Harriet Spyhalski, Mildred
Klein, Fritz Chrisman and Ruth Werdine
played carols for singing.
lost Harry Schnablc, owner of Schnable
Boat Mart in LaPorte.
January there were 17 hardy souls who braved the cold to
go on a hay ride. Afterwards they met at the club for a
chili supper. They were looking for more ads to help cover
the cost of the Windjammer.
Port Authority said that they would dredge Trail Creek as
far as Goerg’s Marine so
that it would be five feet deep and 50 feet wide. The
water was so low that some didn’t know if they could
launch or not.
were trying to revamp the Junior Sailing program.
Richard Thornburgh told us
that it was a long time between issues of the Windjammer
because three of our advertisers failed to send their
checks in to cover the 12 issues. However, he was able to
mail out a December issue because one of our members gave
him a generous cash donation.
revealed plans for the proposed marina and the WINDJAMMER
carried a two page picture of the proposed development. Ex
Coast Guard, George Olsen, was named as first Marina
Superintendent of the newly completed WashingtonPark marina.
Olsen - Commodore
hustled in 30 new members.
year saw the sailing of the 75th annual Columbia Yacht
Club race to our city.
Taylor took over as the manager for the Port Authority.
and Mrs. Joe Rork were our new
stewards. They were also managing the Baily
galley was closed during the summer months. But we had
another grand opening in November with a fish fry and the
club really looked festive for Christmas after 30 of our
eager members decorated the club for the holidays. Their
efforts were accompanied by member Larry Hill who played
galley opened with new managers and a new menu: Broiled Lake Superior whitefish almondine
- $2.75, New York Strip steak - $4.95, Prime rib - $3.75.
Hamburger with lettuce and tomato - 65 cents.
we found no written record for this year.
Thomas Armstrong - Commodore
was a lot of discussion about adding a "First
Mates" or women’s auxiliary to the club.
Michigan City harbor was dredged to
"E" Street and head of navigation extended from 6th Street to "E" Street.
August we received an 8"x14" sheet in the mail
that shouted "Welcome back to the Windjammer!"
the summer, according to the commodore, we had a very
successful L.M.Y.A. Open house,
about 80 boats came in representing 22 clubs. We had
caterer George Brown serve a total of 193 delicious
dinners and before departing in the morning, crews enjoyed
rolls and coffee.
sail squadron was very active with racing and the Treasure
social calendar was full and we needed the support of the
of members tossed around ideas of how the women could help
with the success of the club.
EvelynSolberg put a powder puff jar
in the Taproom which collected approximately $15 to pay
for a new lamp shade. During the L.M.Y.A Open House, some
of the gals sold chances on bottles of booze and grossed
$120. This will pay for the shutters for three windows in
the upstairs lounge. Fax Ernst was drafted to paint and
install the shutters. They said these were a big
improvement over the drawn drapes which were always
getting wet, sun-faded and rotting.
treasure hunt sponsored by the sail squadron in July
brought out the "terrier" in those attending.
People were running all over the beach pawing in the sand
looking for the prizes that were really handsome!
was the year we sponsored jointly the inaugural race from Michigan City to St. Joe. The race was
dismal as the wind disappeared, so we had to motor up to
enjoy the hospitality of the SJRYC.
Bob Freier Commodore
Hershey starts as club manager and brings activities back
was the popular pastime for some of our members during the
winter. The group would rendezvous at the club for
cocktails and dinner after some vigorous outdoor activity.
were being told that our ballroom was an ideal place for a
Bunco game or a fashion show,
hoping to get some activity going.
Bob Hershey wrote in his Windjammer
that our improvements were many: A new bar designed for
your drinking pleasure. New carpeting to enhance the
decor. Beautiful new silverware compliments your dinner. A
piano bar giving your group that intimate feeling. The Eye
catching neon sign to identify your club. Comfortable
banquet chairs to make our banquets more successful.
entertainment committee wanted to know if the members
wanted a New Year’s Eve Party and sent out a request
form in the Windjammer.
the Halloween party was hastily planned, but the buffet
was excellent and some of the costumes were pretty clever
item in the Windjammer noted that the club has a public
address system with microphones to aid in the delivery of
the November issue, Phyllis Job said that it was decided
to put out a Windjammer again so members will know
what’s going on at the club. The reporters are not good
annual tree trimming party was held in December and
members were told to bring their own table service and
drinks. Also a hot dish and a salad or dessert. The fire
in the fireplace and Christmas carols ended the evening.
was a live radio broadcast emceed from our dining room at Tuesday thru Friday on WMCB
FM. We were encouraged to come for lunch and participate
in the discussions.
loved the Feather Party in November.
Lawrence (Bud) Lang - Commodore
new membership program started which increased membership
in the club.
bar and galley were closed in February this year to give
our manager, Bob Hershey, a vacation.
gals were raving about how nice the ladies lounge upstairs
looked. New paneling, new carpeting and a fancy new
lavatory was installed.
Coast Guard Auxiliary had their Change of the Watch dinner
in January. Bernie Solberg
became the commodore.
E.J. (Ted) Amberg- Commodore
clubhouse sported a new roof.
dining room was refurbished. (Dick Van Schehema
offered the professional design services from their bank
new floor went into the kitchen.
Sailing committee ordered five new C-Larks for club use.
new junior room was created.
of our boats entered the Chicago-Mackinac
Amberg (Kelley) became editor
of the Windjammer.
Junior Yacht Club was organized for the season. George Callum
donated several OWL hulls to the club. Members rallied and
finished all the boats. Roger Pecen
was commodore and Jan Amherg (Hosna)
club sponsored adult sailing classes both basic and
Bob Hershey brought a baby grand piano into the lounge and
put up a blue neon sign in the dining room window. He had
envisioned a piano lounge (that didn’t last long).
club held its first boat navigational contest known as the
Ralph Green and sixteen boats were entered.
held our first MCYC Invitational Regatta which was a huge
success with 60 boats starting. Power boat skippers
offered their vessels as committee boats.
were over 100 guests, parents and junior sailors at the
annual Junior Awards banquet.
had seven MCYC boats in the Chicago-Mac race this year.
"Harbors and Rivers Committee" was formed. To
become a member of this auspicious group you had to have
fallen in the drink. We had a surprisingly large
was our cook and nobody could do perch the way she did.
Hershey, our previous manager, died from a heart attack.
Corps of Engineers spent most of the summer repairing our breakwalls.
Keeley and Dick Kimball
constructed some new dinghy racks for us.
had a good turn out for the Feather Party considering the
nasty weather. Afterwards, there was dancing and singing
to the music of Andy th’
Dandy in the Taproom.
Brown, our new manager, and Andy Anderson (th’
Dandy) lived in the stewards quarters upstairs.
with the help of bus boys and a lot of Brasso,
set up the old binnacle and the cannons (complete with
fuses) in the foyer to create a salty scene. We were
looking forward to a booming year.
of our most favorite Coast Guard Chiefs was Joe Kraynak
who contributed to the Windjammer each month. We had great
camaraderie with the Coasties.
had an "Operation Clean Sweep" in November when
members were in every nook and cranny of the building
sorting out junk, restowing
and throwing out what looked like a mountain of debris.
The Taproom was the biggest job when everything was moved
out and the walls and floor were scrubbed squeaky clean
along with all the furniture, light fixtures and
remodeling of the Junior Room is a milestone in the
history of the club. The work began with the wrecking
crew. The room was completely stripped to the cement blockwalls. After a clean-up crew
removed all the debris, the work began in earnest. The
floor had to be broken and repoured
to blanket the existing drain and to level the whole
floor. New heating ducts were installed. The beams were
reinforced and the lolly
columns were removed. The existing iron beams were boxed
in with rough cedar. A completely new wiring system was
installed for adequate lighting as well as wall outlets.
Plumbing was installed for the newsink.
The walls, being badly out of plumb, were studded to
square things up a bit. Wallboard was installed and then
covered with paneling to insure better insulation. The new
drop ceiling was installed along with the light fixtures
and finished heating vents. New doors were hung, and
everything, then was stained and varnished. The
installation of the carpeting was the last of the major
work. This, then, is our contribution to the progress of
the club. The idea for this project was conceived, planned
and executed by Bob Frier, but
not without the help of the many, whose names shall go
into the annals of club history with gratitude for their
patience, talent, contributions and most of all, their
197 I, our club was
valued at $85,000 but has had no major renovations for 10
Amberg, in his November
Windjammer letter, said, "With more new slips and
boaters, the MCYC must lead boating in Michigan City or be swallowed by
William A. Kenefick -
new commodore promised implementation of the building
program, a membership drive and club remodeling and
room was redecorated.
officers approved remodeling plans.
submitted plans for a land based VHF-FM radio station
which became a reality with the Call letters KTR-941.
displayed a proposed club exterior. Monday, April 10
Kenefick sets June 24 for the
purpose of inspecting the new club facilities and
rededication of the club.
June, the local Power Squadron won the Midwest
"N" Club educational award at Chicago ceremonies. The trophy is
July I, Juniors participated in
the Sears Cup championships in Chicago.
Jim Badgley reports timbers
and railroad ties are a harbor hazard. Penn Central is
asked to do something about the railroad bridge which is
the past two months we have lost two commodores - Mark
Moorman and John Fendt.
were 200 boaters on hand for the Annual Lobster Pot.
were 10 MCYC boats entered in the annual Tri-State race.
Commodore Kenefick said that
we were second only to the Chicago Yacht Club with our
active sailing fleet.
had a lot of competition when the bowling machine was in
manager, Dave Brown, bought an electronic piano for the
"Pickled Peppers", our home-grown musical group
led by Andy th’ Dandy, our
in-house musician and poet.
also had the Dave Brown "Regretta",
a race down the creek in the club’s owl fleet. It was a
and Junior sailors pitched in
to pick up mountains of debris in the yard and weed, rake
and water the grounds.
furniture truck arrived with the new dining room furniture
and 30 people were on band to unload and set up the
furniture before the club opened in the morning to greet
the Columbia fleet.
T.G.I.F. nights were memorable. Zona
Harman made a big and beautiful TGIF flag that was flown
on Friday nights. The cannon was
shot off to welcome the weekend.
built our lending library.
was the big rage. Crews were filling balloons with water
and pitching them at innocent by-standers and other crew
men. It was the rage until someone was seriously hurt. End
were all enjoying the world famous sailor, Peter Barrett,
when the police came in and said there was a potential
race riot in the park and that we should leave quickly
was the year the Boating Safety Act was passed. This meant
that now the Coast Guard could board your boat to make
sure you had proper safety equipment.
had Happy Hour every day between 5 and p.m.with
cocktails costing 50 cents and dinners were served Friday
and Saturday nights ONLY during the winter months.
hosted an LMYA Open House with 55 guest boats.
for the new addition to the dining room was held in April.
In June, we dedicated the addition. Many members took part
in the construction and the decorating to ready the room
for Columbia Yacht Club sailors.
year there was much damage to the shores and homes along
the lake due to high water levels and storms. The area was
featured in the National Geographic magazine which showed
the houses that fell into the lake and local people
filling sand bags.
were upset by the poor service from the U.S. Postal
service. It was taking up to a month for the Windjammer to
be delivered to Chicago and suburbs. The Nat’1
Assoc. of Professional Bureaucrats gave its annual award
to the Postal service for "Snailistic
movement of the special delivery mail" and a salute
for it. "dynamic inaction
for forthright twiddlism".
sent our junior sailors to the Columbia yacht Club to compete in
the Sears Cup.
Eugene Robinson - Commodore
Job begins her 15th year as the Windjammer’s
taproom was completely redone. A ceiling was put up where
there was a gaping hole, a
salty light fixture adorned a cozy corner area. Walls were
scrubbed and waxed. The bar was stripped of its Formica
cover and it was discovered that the bar top had been made
out of pear wood. It was stripped of old varnish, restained
and took many coats of bar varnish
Windjammer was desperate for a typewriter. All of our
typing was done with borrowed machines that made it
difficult to read the copy after it was printed, so we had
a BIG rummage sale to make money for an IBM Selectric.
We came up $100 short of our goal and the board refused to
give us the difference. We had to settle for a cheaper
one. A few years later, the machine gave up and the club
bought a new IBM Selectric for
a higher price.
Sheets was our cook.
paneling was put up in the women’s head downstairs to
cover unsightly cracks and falling walls.
had a hand-crafted box covered with soap labels for people
who wanted to make speeches, a popular pastime that year.
had a lot of inter-club camaraderie with the New Buffalo
were six MCYC boats entered in the Chi-Mac.
hosted an LMYA Open House again this year with 65 boats
arriving with 225 people aboard and 18 cars and 52 people.
There were 249 dinners served.
members were sailing vicariously with Vince Poczik,
a club member who decided to sail around the world in a
25-foot boat. He would send films of his travels and they
would be developed here and posted on a big board in the
foyer, along with his letters. Mike Milligan made us a
time chart so that we could track his voyage.
Greenwald was heading up the Junior Sail program this
social committee was comprised of 13 people, six married
couples and one stag.
was the year NIPSCO put the strobe lights on its stack.
had a marvelous vaudeville show with all MCYC talent.
the Commodore’s Ball we celebrated our 40th
anniversary. The taproom was opened afterwards having been
closed for remodeling.
and her "models in motion" gave us a beautiful
the racing season the club served brunch on Sundays from
10 to 2.
power fleet scheduled six events and the fishermen
scheduled seven separate days for their fishing contest.
Michigan City News Dispatch carried our race results.
had a rip-roarin’ party to
clean up the yard.
Fred Kahn - Commodore
Junior Sailing program was in full swing.
of our members donated mercury vapor lights and installed
them along the sea wall. Also donated were the steel
had 17 cribbage players in heavy competition on Saturdays
during the winter.
Lundeen built our new trophy
had special gourmet dinners every weekend, flaming roast
duck ala orange, chateaubriand, steak teriyaki and
complete lobster dinner during March.
th’ Dandy, our in-house
musician and poet, entertains the girls 1974..
Richard Murphy - Commodore
all enjoyed the Dunes Cup Trophy match races. Like boats
from two different clubs competed in buoy races.
the middle of October, sidewalks, buildings, cars and
boats were consistently covered with NIPSCO soot fallout.
were really lucky to have a handyman extrordinaire
on the payroll.
trustee report told us that we incurred a $19,000 loss
from poor operations in the galley and bar.
had a lively cribbage group during the winter and in March
they held their awards dinner.
Milligan - Commodore
had a blessing of the fleet on a cold rainy day in May.
Father Charles Doyle officiated.
Harman’s WIZO placed first in section after the Chi-MaC
lost Palmer Myron.
were upset because NIPSCO spit out its uglies
all over the boats in our Venetian Night parade. We had 37
boats entered this year. Andy th’
Dandy and his Dixieland group entertained the spectators.
were 12 boats entered in the Ralph Green contest.
May came on board as our new manager.
received a new table tennis table as a donation. This was
set up in the junior room and there were many hot battles.
treasurer’s report indicated that for the past two
months of the year, the club will lose $11,000, while the
galley and bar will make $15,000 leaving a net surplus of
Brown took over as editor of the Windjammer.
had nice long, interesting articles in the Windjammer
written by Harbormaster Jim Maule.
had a fish bake this year with over a hundred pounds of
fish being donated and prepared by MCYC fisherfolks.
Gary Post Tribune gave mighty nice write-ups on the Dunes
Cup Races. These races pitted like boats against like
boats and good seamanship was rewarded.
year we had 18 members in the Cribbage Tourney group.
Richard Van Scheltema -
remodeled and enlarged the dining room and put new
equipment in the galley.
sponsored a club fishing contest, a Ralph Green
Navigational contest and a predicted log contest.
installed a new TV in the bar.
May was our manager and John Ruff was our chef.
was the year of the "deep Freeze". Even by March
no one could believe that this wasn’tthe
beginning of another ice age.
had a very nice Venetian Night parade and
the boats went around the lighthouse to watch the
lost Dr. Tom Armstrong.
threw a "Basin Street Bash" on Memorial Day
weekend that featured great food and a Dixieland band.
Manager Chris May had to turn away customers because WC were
Dr. Peter Pilecki -
manager Chris May resigned leaving staff and club members
to run the club until we hired James Hoyne.
road around the marina was repaved and the breakwall
put up a tent for the Columbia race crews and a heavy wind
came up and tore off the top of the tent. Everyone ran for
the club or their boats. The storm lasted all night.
had a great fish bake with the fish donated and prepared
by club fisherfolks..
Gene Burrows - Commodore
Pressley is the new manager who came to us from the
Whitehall Hotel in Chicago.
banded together to clean and redecorate the Taproom. It
was done in nautical style and featured a pub menu, games
and activities and informal attire. Jack Keane spearheaded
had a plant drive for the new wing because we needed more
was the first year that you had to have a parking sticker
in order to park west of the monument.
Charles Doyle blessed our fleet this year.
of May 15, the club was open for dinners.
were Five Divisions in the sailing fleet with 42 boats
participating in the races.
was the year we got a new phone number -879-3363.
boats competed in the MCY C fishing contest. There were
five Chinooks caught that weighed over 17 pounds. Fish
were donated and prepared by the fisherfolk.
There was coho stuffed with
shrimp, sweet and sour salmon and barbecued salmon. Chef Omsby
put out a beautiful salad table.
Smith was entertaining in the Tap Room every Friday night.
Members enjoyed her guitar music.
Porter and Janice Duffy were editing the Windjammer.
boaters enjoyed the challenge of the Ralph Green
competition and had a special Power Awards dinner.
manager Charley Pressley left the club.
McDonald - Commodore
club saw two new managers, Jim Peny
and Bruce Natale.
membership drive was held which resulted in many new mcmbers.
McDonald was editing the Windjammer.
club was serving Sunday brunches.
had a record 65 new members listed in August. In October,
we had 19 more new members.
had a Frost Bite series from Sept 21 thru Oct. 12.
Junior Sail program continued to be a success.
new flag pole was donated by Alan Hill and Ron Muckway,
which flew a new burgee on November 3.
were only 12 boats entered in the Venetian Night parade.
This was the first year of the In-Water Boat show. Hartley
Job was a real mover and shaker for this event.
Alan Hill -
voted to start a minimum billing system which was
First Mates organization was reinstated after many years.
Fisher and Gail Walker were co-editors of the Windjammer.
Johnson listed 13 things that needed doing to improve the
condition of the club. Many members rallied to the call
and accomplished much.
bar featured 21 different beers from as many countries.
Natalie was our club manager and Don Martin was our chef.
contributed many dollars to buy a "RadarRange".
Kacena donated and delivered a
were 22 boats entered in the MCYC fishing contest. Two
Chinooks over 19 pounds were caught. The ensuing fish-fry
was a great success.
second Annual In -Water Boat show was being held in
Happy-hours Wednesday through Saturday from 4 to 7, all
drinks were half-price.
lost Ted Albers.
had a "Parking Lot" rummage sale in October.
Halus wrote a fishing column
for the Windjammer which told all there was to know about
the current fishing scene. The social calendar showed a
full schedule of events which were all well-attended.
New Buffalo Yacht club captured the Dunes Cup trophy this
year for the first time since 1975.
First Mates organization was re-established.
We even had a Thanksgiving Day buffet!
October, a $25 minimum went into effect.
the Sail Awards banquet, 180 dinners were served.
was the year that our cook, On Walz,
had a serious auto accident.
Lewis "Corky" Noe
(Beginning of the year)
Bruce Wyman – Commodore
(End of the year)
were many: kitchen equipment and floor new windows, trophy
case and an enclosure in the foyer.
First Mates purchased a portable public address system and
a Santa Claus suit.
billing system was completely computerized for more
Halus continued his in-depth
fishing column for the Windjammer.
make money to replace the badly deteriorated upstairs, we
were offering the first 40 members an opportunity to see a
picture of their boat displayed in our bar room (for a
fee, of course).
of the Windjammer again this year was Mabel
Fischer with her staff of Phyllis Job, Jan Kacena,
Marilyn Noe and Ron Halus.
Firs Mates announced their new organization in a meeting
on March 25, 1982.
woe, the Junior Sail program was literally up in the air.
The winds in April picked up and moved our little boats as
far as the Coast Guard parking lot. The fate of the fleet
was in the hands of the insurance company. In April the
board approved five Laser II’s
f or their program. Michael Kiss was our new instructor
for a full summer schedule. There were also adult classes.
First Mates held a fashion show with a great turn out with
champagne and clothes from Barbie’s in New Buffalo. They
also had a bake sale which
more money for their yacht club endeavors.
Columbia race had adverse winds and
as a result, the fleet didn’t start to arrive until .
Volunteers worked hard to feed the hungry crews.
fishermen did it again, caught all the fish then prepared
it in sumptuous ways for the members.
manager was Roy Fielding.
had a full house at our Luau thanks to about 23 boats from
the MORF sail group that came from Chicago.
July, the steak and corn roast was bursting at the seams
in the tent and we had 140 for dinner in the clubhouse.
volunteers came to the fore to help with the Boat Show and
the Tri-State race.
Corky Noe resigned from the
club and Bruce Wyman became acting commodore in September.
First Mates held a special Dinner Dance in October and
they sponsored an Aerobic Dance program led by Grace
Junior Sail Program was an outstanding success.
served Thanksgiving dinner this year. The Halloween party
was extra fun this year because the Yacht Club crew had
special games that turned out to be hilarious.
Ron Halus - Commodore
banner year at MCY C. New attendance records were set at
all the outside events.
members participated in Club events and volunteered their
time. As a result, me income helped maintain the club’s
highlight of the year was the Commodore’s formal Ball,
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the club. The club was
packed for the event - "a great tribute to the
leadership provided by commodore Halus."
Our first commodore, Harry Frey was there to share the
occasion and it was a memorable event.
lost Russ Segelstrom, Bruce
Paul, Les Smith and Hobie
Timberlake was the harbormaster and he wrote a nice column
for the Windjammer every month. He noted that me ice in
the harbor was four feet thick this winter.
Coast Guard station personnel added words of wisdom and
caution to the Windjammer this year.
Fielding was our manager.
social, boating and fishing schedule for the season was
only did we have an Easter Brunch, but also an Easter egg
fisherfolks sponsored another
special fish dinner and dancing with music by Satin and
club was hopping during the New Orleans night with the Dixieland
hosted the 91st Columbia race in which 250 boats
participated. The sailing wasn’t too pleasant as there
was little wind and lots of flies.
August and September we printed the names of 28 new
marina threw a retirement party for dock guard Jack
Callahan. Jack’s niece was flown in for the occasion and
he was presented with a nice recliner.
MCYC board hosted a dinner party for all he volunteers who
helped out during the year. Debbie Smith was on hand to
entertain and to play her guitar to the voices of
Segelstrom’s Feather party
was in full swing.
First Mates were so active that they had their own column
in the Windjammer each month.
Ron Halus - Commodore
year can be characterized as BIG in member participation.
ACTIVE in special events, 33 club sponsored events and
parties. SUCCESSFUL in club improvements." These were
the words quoted in the Windjammer to describe the year.
First Mates deserve special recognition for their
leadership and hard work in refurbishing and redecorating
the entire upstairs. A year of solid progress!
manager, Roy Fielding resigned for personal reasons.
First Mates hosted a CPR course and arranged a trip to Chicago to see Lauren Bacall
in "Woman of the Year." In April they arranged a
fashion show with the "Sportin’
Life" and in May they had a Mother and Daughter
Breakfast where vintage clothes were modeled.
learned that Andy the’ Dandy, our in-house musician and
poet, died in December in Iowa. We lost IrvFrigon.
new chef was Rick Panfel.
300 and the 500 decks were recovered and the fish cleaning
station was built.
Commodore’s Ball was quite elegant this year. The dinner
entrees were Veal Oscar w/Bemaise
sauce, or filet medallions w/Bordelaise sauce. Music was
provided by Tom Mile and the Beachcombers.
fishermen caught them and prepared a sumptuous meal again.
Bruce Wyman was in charge of the Junior Sail Program.
new hood has been installed in the galley to help
eliminate rising heat.
project was underway for the downstairs bar to have an ice
cream parlor this summer. Pizza and hot dogs would also be
were trying to raise. money
to replace old windows.
lost our past commodore, Babe Brown. He helped organize
and was the first commander of the U.S. Coast Guard
Reserve and Auxiliary in the 1940’s. At the age of 16 he
passed a Coast Guard pilot’s test that allowed him to
handle boats up to 65 feet.
had a Polish Ethnic Night and after dinner there was a
and Mary were running the club until we hired a new
First Mates organized a special Luncheon for family
members with fashions and a show by "Return
Engagement." They also had children’s clothes from Mayers.
Several businesses donated to the First Mates and to the
fifth annual Boat Show was held this year. Norm Schultz
and Ron Benz said that this should be the best show ever.
First Mates had a Nacho machine at the Boat show and made
a nice profit to help them finance the remodeling of the
upstairs powder room. They were also planning a hayride.
It was a BYOB and Chili or chicken soup at the yacht club.
lost Richard Kaccna, Ed Westphal,
Dr. James Carver and Dennis Coso.
Fisher informed members that after 10 years with the
Windjammer, her services were no longer needed.
on the 600 dock celebrated Christmas in August with
decorated boats, a tree and a full Christmas dinner.
Vasicek became our new club
manager. He came with a most creditable background.
Jordan took over as editor of the Windjammer.
had another special night for the hard working volunteers.
The dinner was prime rib and a Caesar salad. Everyone felt
that they had been repaid for their time and effort.
started taking applications for winter memberships with a
$25 initiation fee and a $25 minimum.
December, the First Mates held their first annual
"Ornament Exchange" with the
"Minnesingers" providing the entertainment.
Mike Jones - Commodore
was a year of solid progress... membership increased by
more than 50, the club’s finances are on a solid footing
and club management is keeping a tight rein on expenses.
But most important to this year’s success is the
increase in member’s use of the club including
outstanding support for special events.
of the Windjammer was Art Jordan.
First Mates were lauded by the board and members for
completely re-doing the upstairs women’s lounge.
annual dues were raised from $25 to $30.
the January board meeting the board decided that we needed
better financial management, more members and increased
usage by present members.
devised a new financial plan with good response from
members. Dick Christian offered to help to make sure we
operate within a tight budget each month.
Wednesday was "Family Dinner Night".
hired manager Kenneth Duszynski.
Darazee was appointed bar
new membership drive was launched and as an incentive to
new members, their dues wouldn’t start until July 1.
First Mates held a most successful fashion show with
clothes from several different area stores.
New Orleans party was enjoyed by over
hosted the 93rd Columbia Yacht Club race. The organizers
of this race planned for extra local hotel rooms for the
sailors, chartered air-conditioned motor coaches to do the
driving to and from the hotels, a buffet breakfast and
after 12 noon, a wine tasting and style show AND a
"greeting the fleet" dinner and evening party.
Lake Michigan was at a record high with a
predicted high of 585.47 inches.
the summer months, Sunday morning breakfasts were served.
200 Dock was inviting everyone to their 3rd
Annual dock party with a cash bar, dinner and dancing to
the music of a live band.
head cook, Dennis Pritchard was killed in an automobile
year we had over 200 boats in the Tri-State race.
the fifth annual boat show they added 720 feet of new dock
space and had more than 300 boats on display.
MCYC Laser fleet had races every Wednesday night.
new cook was Steve Senglaub.
the winter season, Bingo games were being held every
George Todd -
landmark year at MCYC. The world class Pan American
yachting competition was held. MCYC was the headquarters
and centerpiece for the games in August. Key volunteer
positions for hundreds of tasks were filled by club
the First Mates contributed their time and money
generously to improve the club.
trustees, First Mates, staff and member volunteers deserve
a special thanks for their many
was the year of major shoreline destruction. In December
50 mph winds and 10- 15 foot seas lashed at the dunes, Two
houses went down in BeverlyShores and seriously damaged Lakeshore Drive in Long Beach. The lake water was 30
inches above normal in November.
Feather party this year was so well-attended that there
weren’t enough Bingo cards to go around.
you paid your annual dues of $350 in a lump sum, the Club
paid you 12.5 percent, a savings of $44 over the monthly
year long, folks were gearing up for the Pan-Am races next
Forney arranged to have two Senior IU students to study
the club’s operations to see how we could improve our
efficiency and accuracy. This study was in addition to
having a consultant from his firm work with the study
February the Club was closed for cleaning and repairing.
The galley, bar and hallways were cleaned and painted.
Draperies were cleaned and re-hung and all the carpeting
Bowl Sunday played to a full house.
had a "Harry Frey" night - "One of the most
entertaining nights of the year," said the
Windjammer. Harry regaled members with great stories about
the club in the long ago. (Alan Hill taped this.) Among
other things, he said that the wall around the club was
built by the WPAduring
manager bought a colorful array of MCYC items which were
on display in the foyer.
Jordan was editor of the Windjammer and the annual
MCYC was host to Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association
event. Over 200 people watched the exciting races.
New Orleans Bash was a huge success. It was reported that
it was loud, boisterous and late.
Junior program boasted of
having five laser II’s in
its training fleet.
was a nice breakfast at the club every Sunday.
were the new owners of a popcornmachine
and new computer system.
94th Columbia race finishers didn’t
arrive until after due to fog and no wind.
Only 35 boats finished, the rest came in under power.
boats participated in the fourth annual "Tug Boat
was the fourteenth consecutive year for the famous
Wolverine Cruise from Chicago Yacht Club to Michigan City - then to South Haven and
onto Eldeans at MacatawaBay.
officers of the Club voted a special $50 assessment to
make over-due payments on the bank loan. Seems that our
food and bar service didn’t have the volume to cover our
First Mates donated some new drapes for the bar and new
curtains in the upstairs head.
September the Club sponsored a "Volunteers
party" to thank all the members who contributed their
time and money throughout the year.
sponsored the Lee Wahl Invitational Regatta for 40
off-shore racing sailboats
were told that 30 to 40 percent of our revenue comes from
outside events. As a result, it was decided to improve the
outside cooking facilities by adding a concrete platform,
water and natural cooking gas.
Tri-State race had a 200 boat fleet with 2,500 sailors.
denizens were amazed to see a Chevy Van blow up right
outside the window. They found out later that it was all
part of a movie called "Terror Squad" that
needed a power plant in the background.
was the year they started to build the Lighthouse Place mall.
Army Corps of Engineers agreed to dredge the harbor and
Trail Creek in preparations for the Pan-Am games. Two to
eight feet of-sediment was the amount to be dredged out of
the harbor. Trail Creek will have 50,000 cubic yards
Forney - Commodore
motto was "1987 a year of SPIRIT and TRADITION".
Our goal to be the best Yacht Club on the Great Lakes made some giant strides
this year with the addition of the "Foredeck"
and the painting and redecorating of the entire club and
the main dining room.
said that this year’s was the biggest Sail Awards
200 dock held their annual dock party at the club.
lost long-time and coIorfuJ
member, Dick Cook and Ed Rouda.
was a drawing by Jack Keane of the proposed new deck to be
known as the "Foredeck", in the Windjammer. The
contributions were coming in fast and by early in the
year, 100 members donated more than $42,00O to help with
our goal of $50,000.
commodore’s goals were to increase net growth by 20
percent and to enforce the By-Laws for membership
admittance. He also intended to achieve a 25 percent
increase in member usage. Also on his list was to operate
the Club at a break even level.
was a grand plan for the expansion of Washington Park
Marina. The $15 million dollar plan would add 560 slips.
7 was the date designated for the official ground breaking
for the new deck.
First Mates held their 6th annual Fashion show and
luncheon with fashions presented by the Peacock shop in Stevensville, Michigan.
were looking for volunteers for the Pan Am games.
sponsored the second annual Collegiate Racing event. Notre
Dame swept the fleet leaving Purdue, Marquette and De Paul
in their wake.
May issue of the Windjammer told us that the foredeck was
open for business.
was not a good month for club usage. Bar sales were down
$1,400 from 1986 and $2,700 lower than budget. The galley
sales were down $3,500 from 1986 and $6,500 lower than
renovation was moving slowly. The mirrored mantle was
installed in May, which made the room look larger.
to the commodore, our club usage was up during April and
May over last year.
main entrance to the club was changed which allowed for a
wider entrance and an improved weather shield.
the cooperation of the mayor’s office, we got a newly
blacktopped parking area.
you know that then Purdue professor Jerry Smith designed
our new deck?
Mother’s day we had new deck furniture.
and parents all enjoyed the Easter brunch by Chef Steve
and the Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds.
First Mates sold ice cream at the Columbia race this year and learned
that it was a big money maker. The cookbook safes needed
more support from members, they said.
visit of the warship JUNO and the first Pan Am qualifying
races on May 30 kicked off the big summer events.
Commodore’s Ball marked our 54th anniversary.
was an official notice that Channel 70 was no longer
available for recreational use.
corresponding secretary this year was Drew Barry who
supplied the members with all the
goings on at the board meetings. In the August issue of
the Windjammer he noted that the club was in the best
financial position it has been in years and well ahead of
budget for next year.
Pan Am games were held in August and we served breakfast
for 11 consecutive days.
were very upset about the fencing that been installed for
security a full month ahead of the games because it made
us look like a compound.
welcoming ceremonies for the Pan Am participants were held
at Ames Field on August 9.
treasurer’s report stated that we planned to retire a
$27,000 of debt this year. The debt was used for Club
repairs and the completion of the new deck.
bar and galley safes were 10 percent over last year, but
still 9 percent below budget. Tent safes were at 47
percent over 1986 and 23 percent above budget. The Pan Am
income was very disappointing.
Slush machine in the deck’s bar,
has paid for itself already.
were having our third annual "Take-out Auction".
Ron Hams was the enthusiastic auctioneer and he raised
almost $800. All the money made from these sales went to
the club to improve tent cooking facilities.
were proud of Ted Reese and his CADENCE as they took first
place in the Class A division
in the Port Huron to Mackinac
board encouraged everyone to pay their bills by the end of
the month, if not, a service charge of 1 -1/2 percent was
First Mates held a craft show was a big hit. Their
cookbooks were also selling well.
November, the Treasurer’s report noted that our overall
net income was $7,000 down from 1986, but because we had
an assessment in ‘86, we were doing better than last
local marinas increased their winter storage rates this
lost our favorite server, "Tiny" Kaloides,
when she was killed in a tragic automobile accident on
Monday, October, 5.
December, we had accepted 35 new members.
staff worked hard to decorate for Halloween, but very few
attended the Halloween party.
instituted "Early Bird" special dinners on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between and .
First Mates gave us a new 40-inch Quasar TV and VCR as
well as reviving the Tap Room.
January, Commodore Forney, talked about all the positive
things that were part of 1987, the club usage increased.
Without incurring additional debt, thanks to contributions
of time, money and materials, we added about $100,000 of
value to the club... in addition to the physical changes,
we have three new sailboats, a new outboard engine, air
conditioner, grills, race course marks, tables, lights,
pictures, TV, VCR, tent, semi-trailer etc.. During our
major events, we made a 50 percent profit margin. The
First Mates did an outstanding job for us. The Junior Sail
participation increased by 400 percent. We had good
management and a superior staff. Our tent sales were up 16
percent over 1986. We also retired three bank loans and
spent $27,000 on club improvements with NO assessment.
Trost - Commodore
full social schedule was printed in the February issue to
give members time to plan ahead. Also printed was
the complete offshore racing schedule and the Laser Fleet
the Change of the Watch, Commodore Forney was presented
with a portrait of himself created by Jack Keane.
Coast Guard station was completely renovated this year.
The crew was based at the armory building during the work.
First Mates held their annual fashion show in April with
clothing from JH Collectibles at Lighthouse Place.
club was expecting over 60 Lasers from the Great Lakes
Championship fleet in June.
was a big membership drive going on and there was even a
thermometer poster in the foyer showing our progress.
treasurer’s report in March noted that club usage was
ahead of 1987. This was helpful because our cash flow
would be tight until mid-June. Our accounts payable were
in excellent shape.
Dude Calvert wrote an article for the Lighthouse Museum
News which told about the 19th Naval Reserve
Division, which came into being 66 years ago and saw duty
in WW 11. Fax Ernst was among the local men who were sent
to Boston and stayed on the USS
Constitution for a while. Fax said that sailors who served
on Old ironsides must have been a lot shorter because our
men had to stood when walking
were gearing up for the annual fishing tournament in May.
commodore discovered an interesting little fact that
concerned the Columbiarace,
as we call it The sailors in Chicago call it the Michigan City race.
race is the oldest fresh water consecutively held race in
the United States.
brought the Annual Hog Roast and the return of the power
cruises to our calendar.
NIPSCO fall out was so bad this year that Clyde Zeek
wrote a scathing letter to the harbormaster, Lew
Timberlake, demanding some answers.
membership drive brought in 40 new members in August, but
60 less than their goal
gang" at the club, spearheaded by Ron Halus,
donated a 30-inch fan for the kitchen which made a
dramatic difference in the heat level.
August, Tovi Kiss became the
new editor of the Windjammer with the first computer
generated issues when Art Jordan retired to Florida.
lost Mrs. Harry Frey, Don Swartzlander,
Grace Boese and Ken
winds made the St. Joe - Michigan City leg of the Tri - State the
fastest in history. There were white waves in Trail Creek
up to five feet high. The Coast Guard had its hands full
trying to moor all the boats. The C. G. Captain put out a
call to boaters at to help dock sail boats and
30-50 responded to the call. Charter boat captains and
volunteers stepped in to guide the sailboats to a safe
mooring and help them tie up. The sailors had undying
J-22 fleet had a full race schedule.
hosted the Lee Wahl Trophy race and we even had New
Buffalo boats in contention.
were two "weather" days during the Boat Show and
the Tri-State race which affected the
income. This loss of anticipated revenue plus a carryover
deficit from 1987 of about $11,000 are two of the reasons
that the board approved a $50 assessment in November and a
small dues increase. Commodore Trost
told members that the Club needs a new roof and the
carpeting in the dining room and bar will be
needing replacing. He was hoping to be able to
build a gas grill in the tent next spring. These items
plus renovation of restrooms downstairs, kitchen
improvements and improved landscaping all around.
entered into a reciprocity agreement with Long Beach
Country Club on a year-round basis.
First Mates held their Fur and Jewelry fashion show in
had a net gain of nearly 60 new members this year.
neon sign of our logo was hung on the east side of the
galley continued its offer of Early Bird specials each
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Sailing Schedule was printed in March and listed races for
the Offshore fleet, the J-22’s, the Laser fleet and
Special events. It was a full listing of races.
First Mates held a style show in April which featured
apparel from the Whitaker House in New Buffalo
lost the "Skipper", Ted Amberg.
town of Pentwater, Michigan, asked for our help to keep
the PentwaterHarbor dredged. Because of budget
cuts, they were very concerned that they would no longer
have a harbor. They wanted us to join them in a letter
the March meeting of the board, they announced five new
Applegate, who analyzes and reports the condition of the
club, said that the Club is in the best shape it’s been
on for some years.
the April meeting, it was announced that the fishing
tournament buffet will be in the tent this year. Also that
there are 35 boats signed up for the Power Cruise.
April we hosted the Hoosier College Invitational Regatta
There were six participating schools.
Steve resigned. He was with us for 3 ½ ears.
commodore of Sail, Ted Reese, planned an eciting
and extensive race schedule for us.
children had a great time at the annual Easter Brunch and
Egg hunt with the bunny.
galley announced that there will be no Early Bird dinners
during the summer, but would resume in the fall. Also that
we were serving breakfast on Sunday mornings.
Clubs new chef was Gerald Rissman,
who had worked at many prestigious Clubs.
the July meeting of the Board, we were told that our sales
were down in July and a committee has been formed to
evaluate the normal operations of the club. The new roof
has been completed and we would be getting a new west door
soon. In addition, we were expecting a gas log in the
dining room fireplace
club was host for the Easer North American Championship
regatta in August.
1989 Power cruise to Holland was enjoyed by nine yachts.
Beacher did a special story
about the lakefront and the club in the July 27 issue.
the August board meeting we learned that new siding and
trim had been installed on the club house. We welcomed 10
the September meeting, we heard that The First Mates are
re-doing the Taproom - carpet and wall coverings are
ordered. They needed help getting all the old stuff out of
had a lot of willing volunteers this year again.
hosted the J-22 Indiana State Championships this summer.
the October meeting of the board, we learned that the west
entrance doors have been
We welcomed six new regular members and six
can’t forget to mention the fun day at ArlingtonPark in October. Our club was
the "sponsor" of the sixth race and some were
privileged to go the Winner’s Circle and present a
blanket with ‘Michigan City Yacht Club" on it to
the winning horse, Curly Fries.
Ted Reese -
feelings about the club were summarized in a short
thought: "Bite off more than you can chew..then chew it. Plan for more
than you can do then do it. Set a course for places far..keep your watch and there you
club manager was Jill Holmquest.
club was decorated beautifully for the Candlelight dinner
and the staff looked sharp in their new uniforms.
May was secretary this year and he made sure the minutes
from each month’s meeting were printed in the
Windjammer. He said that new siding for the club will be
started in January. Also that we were planning to repair
the carpeting and looking into buying a corn roaster and a
new outdoor grill.
lost Polly Smales, Dr. Norman
Henderson, Frederick Sayre, Mrs. John Duffy and Robert Panaytoich
manager’s baby died in February in Indianapolis.
Windjammer was edited this year by Art Jordan.
in the March issue was a volunteer form. This enabled the
rear commodore to have an early idea as to how many people
he could count on for help.
lights were installed on the east side of the club.
had a new manager, Belkis
membership drive’s theme was "Challenge 1990".
New membership packets will include a burgee and pins.
Sponsors of new members received a blazer patch or a lapel
pin. At the February meeting we had five confirmed new
members and seven first readings.
were lots of hi-jinks, dancing and door awards as well as
an excellent Irish stew at the St. Patrick’s Day party.
April we had I6 new members.
hired Chef Marie Dykhuts.
sail schedule was announced in May which included three
classes: The offshore division, the J-22’s, and the
laser fleet. These races are in addition to Friday special
events. Included in the Friday Frolics were dinghy races.
May we hosted the Mother’s Day Brunch, the Foredeck
opening party and a Hog Roast in the tent.
dining room was elaborately decorated for the Easter
Brunch and a great time was had by the Easter Bunny, the
kids and the old folks during the Easter egg hunt.
First Mates sponsored a fashion show in April.
Junior Sail Program was organized and ready to go. This
also included classes for adults.
capital improvements were substantial this year and galley
sales were down. New grills for the tent were ordered and
improvements were made in the electrical system.
had a blessing of the fleet this year in June. As the
boats pass in review, they were blessed by a clergyman.
held a Spring Regatta in May which lasted for three days.
June, we hosted the Laser Great Lakes Championship Regatta
where 36 boats competed. This was the fourth regatta held
by the MCYC.
July we held the J-22 District Championship Regatta.
the July meeting, we learned that club usage was down due
to weather. A new oven and potato oven were ordered. There
were three first readings for new members, nine second
readings and three resignations.
were still bring served on
October another Take-out Auction was held which went well.
December issue of the Windjammer was done by someone other
than Tovi Kiss, who had
Larry Wall -
club manager was Belkis Green.
seafood buffet was featured every Friday night.
Kittredge was spearheading the
club was filled to capacity for the St. Pat’s Party.
First-Mates sponsored an elegant style show with
cocktails, lunch and clothes modeled from the Whittaker
House in New Buffalo.
Easter Brunch was a huge success and all enjoyed the magic
annual fishing tournament started in May.
had a full racing schedule with a separate racing schedule
for the J-22 Fleet and a Friday night "Fun and
lost George Callum who owned
the FOUR GRACES.
year we had a brand new tent because our old one was
completely destroyed during a wind storm.
manager was quite pleased with the success and attendance
at the Commodore’s Ball and the Mother’s Day Brunch.
Board sent out survey questionnaires to give them a
pipeline to the membership.
membership committee was sending out two guest passes with
your monthly statements in an effort to enthuse friends to
join the club.
June they changed the Friday night seafood buffet to
alternating different ethnic themes each Friday.
were happy that the deck was finally opened and serving a
lost a founding member, Dr. Maurice Ferguson.
Smith was entertaining with her guitar in the dining room
Port Authority was involved in the "Riverfest"
festivities and also a Venetian Night parade.
power group had a much looked forward to cruise to Holland, Michigan.
Feeney was editor of the Windjammer.
were five boats entered in the first inflatable boat race
member donated vertical blinds for the bar room.
WIZO won the Chi-Mac again!
Green, manager, resigned in October. She had been with us
for two years
Annual In-Water Boat show attendance was down 20 percent.
October we had a "Take-out Party and Auction" -
this was a buffet dinner and auctioning off all of your
old boat stuff.
bar and galley sales were down substantially and the
commodore said that we have to have more membership usage.
had to take over responsibilities for running the club
while we were without a manager.
trustees were authorized to install a billiard table,
electronic dart board and a pin-ball machine in the Tap
November, the First Mates presented a "Holiday Glitz
and Glamour" fashion show and dinner with fashions by
Judee’s in LaPorte.
was the year the Warren building closed, so our two
past commodores, Hams and Kittredge
had to move their business location.
Don Porter -
Cam was our manager.
were being served both Saturday and Sunday.
was a membership incentive advertised in the newspaper. If
you came to the club for dinner, you would get one meal
Feeney was editing the Windjammer.
First Mates have contributed something in the area of
$25,000 worth of items up to this year. They were planning
on installing a handicapped accessible washroom on the
Fifties and Sixties party was a huge success with the hula
hoop and bubble gum blowing competition... lots of penny
loafers and saddle shoes.
manager, John Cain, said that the club had a reputation
for being a stuffy old supper club and we want to make the
club fun again.
membership secretary said that over the past 14 months, we
lost a little over 100 members.
Cam said that the deck was closed more than it was open.
The deck menu had been limited and served on paper plates
and napkins and with plastic silverware. He said that we
would offer a diverse dinner menu served with china,
silver and linen dinner napkins.
the first time in the club’s history a woman is being
sought for the job of rear commodore. The commodore chosen
was Lisbeth Slattery.
new head on the main floor was finished thanks to the help
of many volunteers and the First Mates
deck was painted.
Halus raised $4,000 to have an
extension put on the deck so that we could have a full
menu served. Members got together and made it happen.
Actually, the contributions came to $5,700, so Halus
suggested that we use the additional money to build a
wheelchair ramp and he did.
were working very hard to create some inventive measures
for increasing our membership and were also working very
hard to control expenses by working a zero budget system;
that is, not spending money we don’t have.
of July we had 55 new members.
100th Columbia race had 112 entries and 12
of them got stuck in the sand at the outer harbor. It
poured buckets but everyone ran under the two tents and
partied until late.
the annual Halloween party prizes were given in two
categories: Super heroes and Entertainers. They also gave
a prize for the WORST costume.
club sponsored a trip to ArlingtonPark in September. They all bet
on a horse called "Follow the Fleet", but she
lost Bill Udell this year.
J. Connors became our new chef
was noted that the board of directors was concerned about
the waning interest in both sail and power activities.
Participation in both has dropped so low that some events
have been canceled. A special committee was formed to try
to revitalize the power and sail programs.
had a small fire and Mayes Roofing paid to have all
carpets and walls cleaned.
Rega became our editor and
missed the August issue because he was in the hospital and
wrote an editorial farewell piece from the hospital in
much waning and filling out forms, the Casino night came
to the MCYC. It was estimated that over 400 people passed
through the club.
May put on a most successful navigational contest as well
as a fishing contest where everyone won a prize.
First Mates finished their cook book and the Windjammer
was running some of their recipes.
of August, we had 61 new members.
bar has made the most money this year, but the galley
showed great improvement, most likely because of the
increase on new membership and participation.
had a "Bear’s Buffet" every time the Bears
Taproom was opened on Friday and Saturday nights and pizza
and light snacks were served.
board voted to give a contribution to the First Mates for
their Needy Christmas fund.
May came up with the idea that a nice gift for your son or
daughter would be a membership to the club that carries no
minimum and greatly reduced application fee.
George May -
Cross is our manager.
Nite was planned for July.
First Mates were going to have a "Get to Know
You" outing over the fourth of July.
ramp was finished this year and Larry Wall stepped in when
the low bidder backed out. There was still money left over
to add some new deck furniture.
Board met with Lloyd Gordon who specializes in
restaurant/club evaluations. He said that the major areas
of improvements and the most difficult to achieve were:
club food, office management, club membership and club
event management. He said there was one area that needs to
be accomplished for the club to survive and that is club
usage with a 550+ membership.
sent out a member survey asking for responses to the food
quality, attitude and friendliness of staff, cleanliness
of the club, and prices of food and beverage. Only 47
members replied, but they were all positive responses
August through September, we gained 110 Promotional
members. In the October issue of the Windjammer, there was
a listing of 183 Promotional members..(
1993 - Continued)
Port Authority sponsored the "River Fest" again
learned that the First Mates were organized during WW II,
with the Yacht Club serving as a place where the wives of
our fighting men could assemble socially. After the war,
the group disbanded, only to be re-organized in 1981 This
year they sponsored a "Five Star Extravaganza"
in November with dinner and a fashion show with apparel by
Judee’s in LaPorte.
Power group had a most extensive program this year.
Windjammer printed a bit of history that was given to them
by Harry Frey explaining how the Club got the Indiana flag. "Back when the
Club was asking for a lot of help in the basin project, we
made the mistake of offering then, Governor McNutt, the
use of a boat when he was at the ‘summer white house’,
as they called the cottage at the Dunes State park which
he used frequently. Much to our embarrassment, he eagerly
accepted and WC didn’t have a suitable boat, After
a lot of scrambling, we finally got one from the Randall
Brothers just being finished at the old Winski
warehouse at the 2nd Street bridge. During the summer,
he came up several times and on one unforgettable weekend
we took him to the World’s Fair. For the trip he gave us
the State flag for the Club. Needless to say, it was
eventful summer for those of us involved."
were still talking about the incredible Halloween and
Christmas decorations that were created by Kathleen Roose
and Jennifer Freese.
("Kit") Kittredge -
Windjammer was printed with computer
type and a new format and edited by Mary Kelley.
First Mates gave the dining room a fresh new look and
added new blinds and chandelier
new pavilion was completed on June 30 and members bought
new picnic tables for it.
had some great parties like the Western Line Dance, the
Luau, the Commodore’s Ball,
which also featured a magic show, the Clam Boil and the
the September issue of the Windjammer, there were over 20
new members listed.
800 dock was completed and winter damage repaired.
Creek was dredged. The Port Authority hosted the River
Fest and the Venetian Night parade.
only real downer this year was the unexpected cost of
First Mates continued their "Sharing and Caring"
with the needy at Christmas time.
Tap room was opened every Friday and Saturday night with
music for dancing.
club had a booth at the "Spotlight on Business"
show at the OrakTemple. Penny, our club secretary
promoted the club on three radio stations in three minute
had 32 sponsors for tables at our Casino Night when the
club was filled to capacity.
Harman’s WIZO took first in section and first in fleet
in the Chi-Mac.
club entered a boat in the cardboard boat race called
Creek" and it didn’t sink.
First Mates bought a new American flag.
had a great treasure hunt during our Dinghy Derby.
manager this year was Dave Cross.
First Mates painted and wallpapered the walls, in the bar
room, installed new curtains, had the badly scratched bar
stools refinished and installed a cabinet for MCYC
merchandise. We also had new navy blue table cloths on
order. From there the group went into the dining room
where they installed cornices over the smaller windows and
hung new metallic blinds. They also bought new shades for
MCYC Power group had plenty of events: The bottom painters
Beer Bash, Fishing Tournament, Power cruise (Chicago) Raft party and Power
Blank - Commodore
rallied ‘round the TV for a big Super Bowl bash which
was sponsored by the Isle of Capri casino. It included a
big screen TV in the dining room, a free buffet and free
beer during the game.
February we all snuggled in for an evening of cruising, Caribbean foods and rum during the
Anchor Downer party.
staff and volunteer members joined forces to clean, paint
and repair the whole club. Professional help was needed to
rebuild the galley floor and install tiles.
were getting concerned about the decline of the perch
Cross resigned as Club manager in December and Dave Howe
"hit the floor running" came in as our new
manager just in time to plan and set up the New Years Eve
50’s Hop was a huge success. Commodore Blank had his
Harley Davidson parked in the club so people could have
their pictures taken on it.
First Mates donated $500 to the club and purchased a
freezer and another microwave.
Edds was doing yeoman’s duty
with the Junior Sailing group.
our shut-down in January, members showed up with saws,
drills, sanders, and supplies to rip out the south dining
room interior wall and construct a new one complete with
additional electrical outlets. We also contracted with
Wall Constructors to repair a section of our galley floor
that was a health and safety hazard. The floor had to be
built from the joists upward. Chef Bill is quite pleased
with the new floor. Our manager, Dave Howe said the club
personnel were onhand
to clean from the sail loft to the lower level. The club
staff was put to work cleaning all the trophies in the
trophy case. It was a dazzling display.
Texas Bar-B-Que had a sell-out
crowd. They even had a hay ride round the park and Fedders
lost past commodores Bill Kenefick
Job was reporting to us from "our Florida desk" during the
had fundraising for capital improvements. We needed to
raise $12,000 to cover the cost of the new galley floor.
Club directory listed 303 members.
was the year we were trying to get enough money to
"Save the Catwalk"
Army Corps of Engineers were busy resurfacing the west
pier at the mouth of Trail Creek. An 8-inch concrete cap
was laid to make the pier safer for fishermen.
were 12 boats participating in the power cruise to the
Chicago Yacht Club. From all reports it was a great time
for all to be treated with kid gloves as very special
guests. They will remember the pampering they received
with delicious food, great service, good music and
fireworks from Navy Pier. We planned to reciprocate when
the CYC came to MCYC for our Clam Boil.
Howe was our manager, who not only managed, but also was a
had an intense meeting with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
because boaters found it so difficult to register their
boats in LaPortecounty.
About the "officials", Ron Halus
said, "They cover their ignorance with
arrogance." Members were told to find a more
knowledgeable source with our representatives and senators
to solve their problems and answer questions.
Zeek was still keeping members
abreast of the marina doin’s
in the Windjammer, but he retired from the Port Authority
in the fall and we missed his commentaries.
Blank complained that we have a great lack of
participation and that our financial strength has been
weakened over the past five years. He also said that the
annual fishing tournament didn’t have its normal
attendance. In July we welcomed eight new members.
the 103rd annual Columbia race this year, we
80 boats on June 10. We entertained with food and music in
had a great Dinghy Derby this year with a Treasure Hunt.
Clues were scattered all the way from the basin up to the
commodore Hosna had a
"boat float" at which time he would photograph
club made the feature page of the Videttc
Messenger from Valparaiso. Featured were Jack Edds
and his boat and Dan Hosna and
his boats. We all agreed it was good PR for the club.
enjoyed another River Fest with the excitement of the
cardboard boat races.
was the year of the Lady Bug. An article in the Windjammer
said that the exotic species was brought by the Federal
Government to control citrus scale.
had seven new members in August.
commodore told us that we only had a loss of $4,000 in the
first six months of 1995 compared to a net loss of $26,000
in the same period last year. Fundraising contributed
$22,000 to our bottom line.
Harman’s WIZO managed to take a first in their section
after having been socked with a terrific storm during the
88th running of the Chicago-Mackinac
race. There were 29 boats knocked out of the race.
Boating did a nice profile of Ron Halus
in the August 1995 issue.
made $11,000 for the two weeks we worked the Boat Show and
the Tri-State race. The boat income for August was $10,951
as compared to $15,757 for the same month last year. The
variance was mainly due to outside events of ‘94
contributing $10,373 as compared to $5,959 in ‘95.
Edds had a sailing simulator
to help neophytes learn the fundamentals of sailing.
ship’s clock stopped working and we were starting a
"fix the clock" fund as it was going to cost
$500 to repair..
Dan Hosna - Commodore
became commodore when Tom Blank resigned at the beginning
of his second term.
First Mates bought a much-needed new hot water heater.
50’s Hop was a hoot! Lot’s of fun and great 50’s
Hosna and friend painted and
retiled the men’s head.
hosted the Hoosier Coho Club fishing Derby and the 22nd annual Sea Ray
running of the 104th Columbia race was dismal. It was so
foggy we couldn’t see the boats until they were tied up.
It was so cold that the sailors all went inside rather
than being in the pavilion
had great challenges during our annual Dinghy Derby. We
had more boats and more people than last year.
Harman’s WIZO became a three-time winner in the Chi-Mac
race in their section.
Tittle’s WINDIGO took first
to finish and first in section in the Port Huron-Mac race.
commodore and crew painted all the graffiti off of the
lighthouse. He was also busy taking photos of members
boats to display over the bar. Many volunteers manned the
pavilion during the Boat show and the Tri-State race.
Clam Boil was moved indoors into the Tap room because of
lost members ArdeeSmales,
Pep Calvert E. P. Boeniger,
Fax Ernst, Judy Sprague and Jack Keanc.
Dan Hosna - Commodore
First Mates contributed a new reach-in cooler, a carpet at
the entrance and a new refrigerator.
cleaned and painted our offices topside and installed new
carpeting. The floor in the walk-in cooler was replaced
with galvanized metal.
had a big clean-up during our down time in January with
repair of dining room chairs, galley cleaning, painting,
carpet cleaning and general cleaning.
the spring volunteer’s power-washed the building, deck
and pavilion, washed all the windows, hung side curtains
on the canopy, painted the deck railings, caulked the
roof, replaced shingles, cleaned the gutters, unloaded the
deck furniture, painted the tin roof over the bay window,
replaced the facia on the
pavilion, painted the back fence and trimmed bushes and
raked leaves. (Whew!)
had some really successful power cruises.
cold spring put a damper on Junior Sail classes and the
Hoosier fishing tournament.
wall and drive area between the club and the museum were
winds and heavy rain hit the harbor area in August. There
were trees down, power outages and thousands of dollars of
art work damaged at the Art festival.
had a good crowd to help get the junior racing boats
cleaned and stored and to get the deck furniture stored
for the winter.
mourned members Jim Martin, Wilma Smales,
Dr. Peter Pilecki, Ed (Red) Spyhalski,
Bill Russell, Dr. Dave Frank, Paul Rega,
Marian Carlisle, Mrs. LincStuder
and past editor, Mabel Fisher.
Hosna - Commodore
hosted a Coast Guard Appreciation night dinner.
Oberle spearheaded a BIG
rummage sale. We made good bucks and had a big crowd.
club was forced to close in March due to severe storm
conditions. We had no heat or power and lots of snow. The
storm undermined the catwalk at the north end of the
sloop AMERICA came to visit and give
the Nina, Columbus’ flagship was here for
suffered the inconvenience of the Franklin Street bridge repairs for months,
not only to the foot and vehicular traffic but also the
of down time cleaning with the help of lots of volunteers.
Mates sponsored the "Caring and Sharing" program
again this year. Members gave generously of gifts and food
for the needy.
Anchor Downer party was a lot of fun with good
May, a crew came in to sand off all
the old paint off the deck and seal it. The bar was
repaired and a side bar installed by Eric Miller and the
First Mates bought new deck chairs.
lighthouse was painted again this year by club members.
Dave Howe resigned in September and George Todd took over
as interim Manager until we hired Scott Clement.
had the best Halloween party ever thanks to the
decorations by Kathleen Roose
and Brian, our bartender.
First Mates donated a new steamer to the galley.
mourned the deaths of Bob Freier,
Roger Pecen, Dick Flanagan and
Oberle - Commodore
cleaning operation in January again..
A big crew took loads of stuff out, Barb and Eric Miller
decorated the women’s head topside, the club’s
carpeting was cleaned and floors sealed, we have new
ceiling tiles in the barroom now. The front door was
painted and the hall from the dining room to the board
room as well. The Tap room and board rooms were carpeted
and completely repainted. A new ceiling was put up in the
lighthouse we repainted AGAIN!
group from the 300 dock donated beautiful new table covers
for the bar room.
great difficulty members opened the mysterious safe they
found in the basement. It was empty.
had a new phone system installed.
Columbia fleet took refuge in the
club from the heavy rains.
Dinghy Derby was a real challenge this year because we had
to "go to sea. "
had a fun-filled golf tournament this year at the Muni
Lake Michigan water levels went way down
after a record high in 1998.
lost Pat McNeill, Gary Poelstra,
Hany Frey, John Chalik
and Vaughn Shepherd.
MCYC racing team participated in the Yacht Club challenge
at the "Strictly Sail" boat show in Chicago. They ended up a few
seconds short of the qualifying heat for the gold. There
were 30 club members there to cheer them on.
deck was a popular spot this summer even though we had
several nights when Mother Nature went on a rampage.
Rhonda resigned her job as chef and Jackie and Rob took
over the galley.
had crab races at the "Fisherman’s Wharf"
lights were installed and old ones repaired in the Tap
room, also new light fixtures were installed in the
downstairs women’s head.
and June Ruby donated a whole new set of signal flags,
which were put to good use on the weekends.
ceiling fan over the round table was donated and installed
Oberle - Commodore
didn’t close down for repairs, but we still managed to
get a lot of painting, cleaning and repair work done. New
tile was set in the downstairs hall floor, the dining room
was painted, the trophy case was cleaned out, new
carpeting was installed in the board room, bar room and
the Tap Room, new tile floor was installed in the bar room
under the bar stools, fresh new steps were replaced and
carpeting laid on the front stairs and porch, new
carpeting and tile flooring were installed in the upstairs
raffled off an electric scooter.
water level in the Lake continued to drop and the
area lost 150 slips in Trail Creek and the basin due to
Clement, our manager, resigned in April. Kathleen Roose,
our assistant manager, took over as acting manager.
Leukemia Cup, spearheaded by Chuck Dzugas,
was a great success. We had Miss Teen Indiana and
single-handed racing sailor, Neal Peterson as guests.
most fun and the biggest money maker was the jello
members painted the lighthouse again to cover up all the
two-ton lift south of the pavilion was reactivated and a
floating dock added to facilitate small boat access.
Hosna and her crew dazzled
members with their "Hot Summer Nights" fashion launch
.a true evening of
elegance. The receipts from the show enabled us to install
a new sound system on the deck and help pay for a new
commercial microwave oven for the galley. (The First Mates
also pitched in).
new color TV was installed in the bar. We manned a
membership booth at the B&E Open House.
new weather station was installed by members and was a
great addition to the club.
later it was stolen. Whoever took it was probably
disappointed that it didn’t work because he didn’t
take all the stuff on the roof.
Oberle and Jon Jollief
found a beautiful vintage pool table inChicago. After many hours of
hauling and installing we finally have a playable table in
the Tap room.
hosted "Taste of a Nation" this year which was a
"Nina" was here again and moored along the wall
of the new MillenniumPark.
had our second annual MCYC golf tournament at Michigan City’s North course. Afterward
we had an award ceremony and a terrific hog roast on the
volunteers were willing and able to help with the Boat
Show and the Tri-State race.
First Mates bought six 8-foot tables for the club as our
old ones were actually falling apart.
lost Mrs. Paul Brown, Jack Edds,
Al Ostling, Bill Schmidt, Mrs.
Jerry Parker (Elisabeth) and past commodore Leonard
year the galley got a complete overhaul. Club members
cleaned, painted and built new shelving for the galley and
one member even donated a whole new floor in the north
half of the galley.
had a big membership promotion this year, starting with a
booth at B&E Open House. We were selling lighthouse
posters and giving away cards entitling the bearer to
specially priced drinks between and , good only for St.
Patrick’s Day. We were also raffling off a barbecue
grill as well as to advertise our St. Pat’s dinner which
was open to the public.
old sail loft was attacked by a frenzy of women who tried
to sort our all the debris and did a noble job.
were accepting no cash transactions in the bar or galley.
Members and guests had to pay with credit cards.
pay phone had been taken out of the cloak room and there
was no long distance calling allowed on club phones
without a calling card. These measures were taken to cut
our phone costs which had accelerated.
to the treasurer, last year the galley lost money. (The
net profits were less than zero, and under budgeted sales
by $72,000.) The bar was $3,700 over budget sales but
$13,009 under budget net income.
commodore gathered an advisory council comprised of past
commodores to help with intermediate and long range
planning for the club.
Solings were delivered to the
club for member use under a skipper/lease program. The
boats will be used for basic keel boat training.
hired a management consultant, Robert Estum,
to make us more efficient.
welcomed On Walz, our cook,
back. She had been visiting her family in Thailand.
server, Donna Glossinger, who
had been with us for 2.5 years was let go.
Lake level was at its lowest
since 1965, seven inches below the record low in 1964.
had an enthusiastic and successful sailing program this
year, both with the juniors and the seniors.
commodore wanted to put an end to pesky rumors by writing
a "Rumor Knots" column for the Windjammer. Also,
in order to squelch rumors, he asked Sally McManis
to be an ombudsman who was to answer members
questions because of her affiliation with the board
Commodore’s Ball was unusual this year because the
dinner featured special items made by Char Dzugas
and photos of attendees youth
were required. It was fun guessing who was who.
were 58 boats sailing in the Columbia this year in June.
Roose celebrated her 15th year
with the club by being named our new manager. Former
manager, Chris May came aboard to help adjust to her new
McMillan family donated a changing station for our main
floor washroom. Stewart McMillan also set the club up on
its own web site. We had a good rating from the Health
Department. Robin Davie, a "Premier Around
Alone" sailor, came to talk to us in January at our
First Mates were responsible for having our wobbly chairs
Junior Sail program had 20 students enrolled who sailed on
Optimist Prams and solings.
Dzugas made it possible for us
to have CPR classes at the Club.
August, it was reported that we were up another $15,000
because of the controls we put into place.
hosted the Poker Run crowd for lunch in the pavilion.
There were 50 "Go-Fast" boats tied up to the
Survivor Dinghy Derby started after the Poker Run boats
left. It lasted up to hours, then
the Gilligan’sIsland party started with roast
pork and Caribbean chicken on the menu then
dancing on the deck.
club’s goal this year was to fund a $20,000 Point of
Sale computer system with two terminals. George Pazak
supplied all the wiring and did the installation which
saved the club many thousands of dollars.
new pool cue rack was donated as well as new balls and
cues to be used on our vintage table. A member donated a
new baize table cover which was needed badly. The table
was moved into the Board/Junior room.
had a great Boat Show committee and lots of willing
bought and installed a new hot water heater, thanks to the
generosity of Nancy Porter.
First Mates contributed $1,700 toward the installation of
a new furnace
generous member made a generous donation to cover the cost
of the insurance for the Junior Sail program.
October, the commodore said that we were up $60,000 versus
were all in shock on September 11 when the World Trade
Center/Pentagon was destroyed by terrorists in New York and Washington.
Boat Show in August was cut a little short because of a
severe storm. Nonetheless, we did well financially.
club was actively negotiating to join an existing
educational 501c3 foundation to help the sail and power
groups to benefit from tax-deductible donations.
lost Bernie Solberg, Jean Segelstrom,
Dr. Edward Bruchan, Barbara Zawacki
and Jim Condon.
Charles Dzugas - Commodore
stayed open during January and February but we were able
to get some of the Tap room walls cleaned and spot painted
and painted the galley steps.
Zeek thanked club members for
their contributions of food and gifts for the needy at
Christmas. She said that she and Clyde and Nancy and Bob Forney had been
delivering these special gifts for 12 years.
commodore said that the difference between 2000's losses
and 2001’s profits is over $50,000.
many years of helping the club, the First mates decided to
call it quits. A sad day for the club, indeed.
generous donor was responsible for the new American flag
flying from the staff. The old one was so tattered we were
ashamed to fly it.
Sailor’s committee was delighted to have Gale Browning
as guest speaker. Gale is a solo sailor who sailed in the
mini-Transat race among other
MURPH, the sea scouts tug, sunk at the Trail Creek Marina.
an effort to get new members, a plan to recruit people
21-30 years old was proposed.
May, we completed the first pass at spring cleaning.
Kieffer was hired as manager
after Kathleen Roose was let
go after 16 years of service to the club.
new manager tried to activate the Tap room with a juke
box, video games and live entertainment. The name of the
room was changed to the "Boater’s Bar".
hosted a Thistle Regatta in June.
June we posted 10 new members.
lost Harriet Spyhalski.
our bookkeeper, who was a shining light in the office,
resigned, but continued to help the new bookkeeper, Bob.
"Cook Your Own" was a big winner this year.
Members cooked their own New York Strip steaks or chicken
on our grills for a nominal price.
was the year of the dredge. a
great inconvenience at the harbor area but a great
necessity. Tons of silt etc.,
were hauled out of Trail Creek at the Club’s wall among
other areas. The water level was so low that it was almost
impossible to get into the harbor.
members were written about in the summer edition of LAKEmagazine.
Good publicity for the Club.
July 13 more new members were recruited by John Whelan.
Kiefer was let go after a short time and Michael Mellen
was hired as our new manager in July.
club hosted another Poker Run when 2.50 racers invaded our
pavilion for a feast of three roasted pigs. Many
volunteers appeared to make this a smooth affair before
the "Go Fast" boats took off for other ports.
had seven boats in the Chi-Mac. Best time was recorded by
Rob Forney’s GERONIMO who came in 2nd in section.
Job was looking for someone to take over the care and
feeding of the By-laws. He had this awesome responsibility
for many years and felt that he needed a rest.
Unfortunately, no one volunteered for the job.
new manager, Mike Mellen,
started grilling chops, steaks, chicken and fish on the
grill on the deck every weekend and members loved it.
new law was passed that involved boaters and their boats.
It stated that any boat leaving the scene of an accident
resulting in injury or death was considered a felony and
punishable by a jail term and a $10,000 fine.
front door got a fresh coat of paint for the season. The
life ring that had been on the door blew off in a storm
and one of the letters was missing. Hartley Job had the
letters replaced by a sign painter.
volunteered to get the floor in the walk-in cooler
Kelley resigned after eight years as editor of the
Windjammer in September.
McMillan assumed the role of editor and sent the October
issue out over our web site.
Uni-sex head was given a
bright new look by Julia
were concerned about the level of uncollectable
bad debt (3% of annual budget) and requested that club
members voluntarily authorize a credit card on file.
Members with deliquencies
would be charged the unpaid amounts.
the September issue of the Windjammer, Phyllis Job has
spent nearly 50 years of dedicated reporting. Because she
has loved the club and contributed so much toward letting
the members know what was going on, not only at the club,
but while cruising up the lake and then later, how old
members were who retired to Florida. The Club gives her a
great vote of thanks for all her years of service and
lost past commodore, GwalterCowdin
Culvert who died at the age of 99 in Lowville, New York on December 17, 2002.