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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wayzata Yacht Club Marks 50th Anniversary. Focused on Racing. Devoted to Fun.

Wayzata Yacht Club marks 50th Anniversary.
Wayzata Yacht Club Marks 50th Anniversary. Focused on Racing. Devoted to Fun. Wayzata, MN, June 19, 2015 --(PR.com)-- To celebrate the Wayzata Yacht Club’s golden anniversary, members are looking back at a rich history and planning for future generations of sailing enthusiasts. Formed in 1965 to comply with zoning laws, the original land for the Wayzata Yacht Club (WYC) was purchased by 15 sailors for $12,000. Over the past 50 years, this private sailboat racing club has evolved from 350-feet of lakeshore that contained a port-a-potty, two parking spaces and buoys and slips for 60 boats to 600-members with two parking lots and a marina that holds 186 boats.

The year-long celebration includes special events such as regattas in June and September and a gala on November 14. In addition, members of the WYC have been documenting the history through interviews with veteran members and past commodores. Videotaped and written stories of these remembrances are posted to the website at history.wyc.org, sent to members via email and collected for a commemorative book, available in Fall 2015.

“In the 1960s, boat launches on Lake Minnetonka could not accommodate sailboats with larger keels. The only place to launch a keelboat was at Reed’s Quiet World, a fiberglass sailboat dealership with a small marina,” explains Pat Maloney, past commodore of WYC. “When the city approached them about violating zoning laws, the owner of the dealership contacted mooring rental customers to purchase the land for use as a private sailing yacht club. This was the inception of the Wayzata Yacht Club.”

WYC is family-friendly, non-exclusive and welcomes people of all backgrounds and ages that are interested in learning how to race sailboats. The WYC small boat program, the Wayzata Community Sailing Center (WCSC) and partnerships with the University of Minnesota and several area high schools have nurtured youth sailing and the next generations of WYC members.

“We have an environment of affordability. Most of the people in the club are middle to upper-middle class,” says Bert Foster, past commodore and longtime board member. “In my judgment, the club has more women sailing, racing and helming, than any other yacht club in the world. I’ll be in a regatta somewhere else with 500 people and they’ll have 30 women. But at Wayzata we’ll have 500 people on a Thursday night and 200 of them will be women.”

“I think one of the biggest successes of the Wayzata Yacht Club is our Thursday night races,” explains past commodore David Onan. “We often have 120 boats and 500 people on the race course. That’s a lot of boats and people. This tells me that folks have a great time at our club. It also points to the success of the yacht club itself.”

To expand awareness of sailing and strengthen the member-base, the club also offers sailing seminars and on-the-water training sessions that are open to the public. Special sailing experiences have also been organized for individuals from the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, disabled veterans and persons with impaired vision. In addition, aspiring sailors with some or no experience can visit the crew waiting for a ride table on any race day for the opportunity to race on a sailboat.

Contiguous land was purchased over several years from various parties. One of these acquisitions, in 1973, included land just west of the club’s original port-a-potty—the Oak Grove Marina, which included run-down family cabins from the late 1800s. The property that is now the east crew parking lot was originally owned by the railroad and was purchased along with a nearby homestead in 1985 for $20,000. The Wise Boat Works and an island pavilion were obtained in 1985 and are now the west parking lot and additional marina space.

“The club’s most crowning achievement is the creation of a culture of passion for sailboat racing,” explains Foster. “Our sailors are passionate sailboat racers.”

The club is home to many one-design and PERF fleets, including Sonar, Ensign, Opti, 470, J/70, J/24, J/22, S2 7.9, Capri 25, Laser and more. WYC started one-design fleet #1 for J/22 and J/24 sailboats. There are now 56 J/22 fleets in the United States with additional fleets globally and over 40 member nations in the J/24 class. The club also hosts national events, including the Junior Olympics and several regattas. Many of the WYC racers have achieved impressive results in North American and World competitions as well as Paralympic and Olympic Games. With remarkable stats like this, it is no accident that Wayzata was voted one of the top sailing towns by Sailing World magazine.

Over the years, many members of WYC crewed in Bayfield, WI during race week with the Apostle Island Yacht Club (AIYC). This yacht club offered Wayzata sailors exciting big boat racing, in a beautiful setting on Lake Superior. As members of AIYC began to retire, they approached WYC to pump new life into Bayfield racing. In 1996, the WYC expanded north to create the Apostle Islands Station (AIS) on Lake Superior in Bayfield Wisconsin.

The most recent land expansion for the Wayzata sailing community was in 2007. A home and land next to the west parking lot was purchased using funds from a generous donation by past commodore Denny Sanford and an army of smaller donors. A separate entity from the WYC, this property is now the growing Wayzata Community Sailing School.

For information on learning how to sail, visit wyc.org. To view video excerpts, see photographs and read stories about the formation and success of WYC, visit history.wyc.org.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Catch the Trolley in Wayzata!

The Lake Minnetonka Trolley is back in Wayzata and making stops all over the city. During the 2015 season, the trolley will run on Thursdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on June 7 until September 3. There are 16 stops marked with the LMT signs throughout our community, running on the hour. A map of the route is located on to the right on this webpage, or printed copies are available at City Hall and various locations in Wayzata.

In addition, the Wayzata Bar & Grill and the Wayzata Wine & Spirits is sponsoring the trolley to run during the month of July for concerts featured at the Wayzata Depot, with a special route (listed below) that will assist people from the east to west end along Lake Street from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights.

Questions? Email lakeminnetonkatrolley@gmail.com or call the company that owns and operates the trolley at (763) 551-1919.

2015 TROLLEY STOPS - Wednesday Night Concerts in July
(A loop of approximately 15 minutes)

-Wayzata Village Shops
- The Muni
- West Clock Tower Parking Lot
- The Wayzata Depot
- West Clock Tower Parking Lot
- The Muni
- Wayzata Village Shops

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WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ITEM DESCRIPTION PRESENTER JM AM KW BA ST VOTE PAGE #
1 Roll Call
2 Approve Agenda
3 Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
a. Trudy Richter - Bushaway Update
4 Consent Agenda 2
a.

Get on the boat and head to Wayzata!

Cast off and head to Wayzata via boat!  We have places for you to tie up and go out and discover all the opportunities to dine and shop here!



Get on the boat and head to Wayzata! The... - City of Wayzata (Local Government): "Get on the boat and head to Wayzata! The transient docks at the Depot are installed for public use."







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Pull out the swimsuits and head to Wayzata Beach!

The City of Wayzata is going to open the beach on Wayzata Bay on June 6--check out the new docks that have been installed!

New docks at the Wayzata Beach. Image courtesy Wayzata Chamber Facebook page.


Wayzata, MN - Official Website: "Wayzata Beach Opening June 6

Wayzata Beach will have lifeguards on duty beginning June 6 through August 9 from noon to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. All public parks are closed for access between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Parking permits are needed at the beach for some parking spaces. Beach parking permits are free to residents and available at City Hall. Residents must provide name, address, license plates numbers registered at their Wayzata address. A number of non-permit parking spaces are available at the back of the lot and along streets."



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Wayzata's Jarrett Heflin and Halcyon Brown and "crew" heading to USRowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota Florida

Back Row: Gavin Siegert, Mac Bendickson, George Esau, Ryan Rudow, Olivia Zoner, Christina Anderson, Sam Fischer, Brayden Cadwallader Front Row: JJ Heflin, Halcyon Brown and Grace Beck


"The Boys (and Girls) in the Boat" swept their way to four podium finishes at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships earning spots to compete in the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals.

Wayzata residents JJ (Jarrett) Heflin (junior, Wayzata High School) and Halcyon Brown (sophomore, Breck)  will be heading to Sarasota Florida to compete in the US Rowing Youth Nationals, June 12-14th.  JJ and Halcyon row with the Long Lake Rowing Crew, a non-profit start up community team that they both have helped develop and grow.

The LLRCrew took 12 rowers to compete at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships in Batavia, Ohio, competing with a record number of participants.  36 Midwestern clubs were represented from 10 states with 446 entries and over a thousand rowers. The team kicked off their rowing season by competing where many teams end. All twelve rowers qualified for the finals, with 6 rowers (4 boats) qualifying to compete in the premier youth rowing event in the United States, the U.S. Youth National Regatta, in Sarasota Florida on June 12-14th with over 1500 athletes competing from over 150 clubs across the country, all vying for National titles.

Mac Bendickson, Gavin Siegert, George Esau, JJ Heflin placing 3rd in Midwest Jr. Championships; Qualifying for Nationals


Senior Mac Bendickson (Orono) stunned the competition and finished First in the Mens Youth Single competition.  Sophomore Halcyon Brown (Wayzata/Breck)  and Senior Olivia Zoner (Orono) placed Second in the Women's Youth Double and Juniors JJ Heflin (Wayzata) and George Esau (Orono) placed Third in the Mens Youth Double competition. Mac, JJ and George added junior Gavin Siegert (Blake) to their 4X boat, racing and placing Third in the Mens Youth Quad, which qualified the boys in the boat to compete at Nationals in that event.

To achieve the national level results in such a short time is almost unheard of in the rowing world where most clubs have long traditions and histories. When asked about the recent performance Coach Nicholas Miller responded, "I am thrilled by how well these kids have represented our program and our community. They have put in a great deal of hard work and it's paying off. I am very proud of all of them."

The Long Lake Rowing Crew (LLRCrew) makes it's home at the new Birch's On The Lake (opening late summer/fall), known to most area residents as the old Billy's Lighthouse.

photo D60 8875 LLRCrew Boys Quad : Mac Bendickson, Gavin Siegert, George Esau, JJ Heflin placing 3rd in Midwest Jr. Championships; Qualifying for Nationals

Photo of the LLRCrew Regional team  Back Row: Gavin Siegert, Mac Bendickson, George Esau, Ryan Rudow, Olivia Zoner, Christina Anderson, Sam Fischer, Brayden Cadwallader
     Front Row:  JJ Heflin, Halcyon Brown and Grace Beck

For more information on how to join the LLRCrew: www.longlakerowing.org
Face Book: Long Lake Rowing Crew
Twitter:  @LLRCrew

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