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Introduction and Summary
You Don't have to be a sailor to enjoy the benefits of LYC. The LYC, open to boaters and non-boaters alike, offers members numerous boating events, nautical education/sailing instruction, Oconomowoc business connections and year-round social activities. From on-water treasure hunts to lakeside family picnics and supporting the community, the LYC provides a wide array of social and professional networking opportunities. This is your opportunity to become part of the fun that is LYC.
The La Belle Yacht Club (LYC) was founded in 1878 by Oconomowoc families dedicated to the goal of building a club with a warm and friendly attitude that meets the needs of its diverse members. Today’s LYC families remain committed to the founders’ goals and welcome all to join in nurturing new traditions and creating lasting memories on our beautiful lake.
Additionally, the LYC is affiliated with the La Belle Yacht Club Sailing School (LYCSS) which offers a complete range of youth sailing instruction. Involvement in the LYCSS affords families the opportunity to learn the lifetime skill of sailing in a fun atmosphere where students are taught based on age and skill. Many of our members today met their best friends as part of attending summer sessions at LYCSS. Kickoff meeting is in mid-May with classes starting early June.
Annual Membership is $80 for a family, $50 for an individual and $35 for an unmarried single between age 21 and 30. Everyone interested can look at our upcoming schedule of events, LYC Event Registration Nav Page , Yearbook Calendar-Racing Schedule and sign up as new members on our website LabelleYachtClub.ORG Member Signup / Information
LYC is the hub of social activity around Lac Labelle. We host 8 or more social events from May thru September each year with many of them being complementary to members. We also have a year round bookclub which often meets on pontoon boats during the summer. Prospective members are invited to attend an event to experience the fun and meet other members.
Almost all events are held outside on Lac Labelle and provide a mix of adult and family oriented outings. You do not have to be a sailor to join or have fun as a member of LYC as everyone with an interest in enjoying the lake are welcome. Some 40% of our members are not residents on the lake.
LYC does not have a central building or club to hold activities which means that members host many social activities outside at their homes on the lakefront. This is a great way to see the many beautiful areas of Lac LaBelle while meeting old and new friends with homes on and off the lake.
May includes a kickoff party to welcome new members as well as summer only residents back for the summer. This an adult party around the second weekend in May. May is also home to the annual Memorial Day Picnic on the first Saturday of the holiday weekend. Yearbooks with information and schedules for the upcoming year are distributed and sailing fleets elect their captains for the year. This is a great time to meet others in the club and volunteer to be a third or crew for the sailing fleets.
June is home to the Treasure Hunt race and adult party. Food and beverages are part of this event after an onlake treasure hunt which is fun to either watch or participate.
July marks the Commodore's Ball which includes a dinner and dancing for all generations. This adult activity is planned by the current commodore and varies in location and attire. The Thursday, Friday or Monday around the July 4th weekend is also the site for an informal golf tournament hosted by the Mileich family at a local course. The awards and trophies are unique and varied year to year with hackers and aces all taking home prizes.
August includes a corn roast with adult and youth beverages and activities for the entire family including games and competitions.
An Adult Float or tie-up party is held the Saturday of a full moon where there are no out of town regattas scheduled. This activity involves member bringing appetizers and taste treats as well as their favorite cocktail of the summer. The Yacht club provides a barrel or two of beer. The party has been known to move across various venus and is the source of stories and escapades of night sking, special party attire etc. If there is wind, those sailors who are able will participate in a light hearted night race with the tie-up acting as the starting line and a racing mark. Special sailing attire is encouraged.
September is home to the Labor Day weekend picnic, annual club meeting and Adult and youth egg toss competition. Its a lot more fun than it sounds with eggs flying and breaking 100 feet in the air.
In October or November the club holds its awards banquet. While sailing oriented, this is a chance to see friends once more before the holidays.
The sailing school holds a fundraising event and auction either early in the year or as part of the kickoff. LYCSS organizational meetings for parent and sailors is generally held in Mid-May. Fun silent and live auction items are included along with some great libations.
Many LYC members also volunteer on boards and committees in the Oconomowoc area. This includes the Art Festival, Oconomowoc Foundation and the Annual Parade of Lights and Firework show on the lake in mid-August.
LYC social benefits include:
- Summer lakeside picnics, treasure hunts, Commodore’s Ball, float parties, corn roast, Egg Toss. At least eight social events during the year many complementary with membership)
- Year round Book Club
- Volunteer opportunities
- Reciprocity with other yacht clubs in Wisconsin and around the world.
Labelle Yacht Club began sailing in 1878 and was the first lake in the Midwest to host competitive sailing. In the early days, sailing was reserved for the wealthy who could afford custom boats. In the 1930s organizations such as the Inland Lake Yachting Association created class rules which resulted in One Class boats which were essentially the same specification for all boats of the class. This reduced the cost of purchasing a boat so that the average sailing enthusiast could afford a boat that was competitive with every other boat in that class.
LYC was a founding member of the ILYA and also of the Wisconsin Yachting Association which is the closest regatta we have to a State Championship.
Today LYC supports racing for 4 classes of boats. Two youth class (Opti and X Scow) and two adult classes ( C and MC Scows). There are about 50 total boats in the LYC fleet with racing taking place from mid-May with the multi-state Labelle Tune-Up Regatta and ending in mid September with the MC Black and Blue Chip regatta. We also host the Opti LOPN regatta every 4 years, the X Boat Quint Regatta every 5 years and the C and X WYA Regattas on rotating 8 year schedules. These are great opportunities to meet and make friends with sailors from around the state.
The LYC, open to boaters and non-boaters alike, offers members numerous boating events, nautical education/sailing instruction, Oconomowoc business connections and year-round social activities. From on-water treasure hunts to lakeside family picnics and supporting the community, the LYC provides a wide array of social and professional networking opportunities. This is your opportunity to become part of the fun that is LYC.
LYC boating benefits include:
- Weekly organized Opti, X boat, MC scow and C scow races and regattas as well as WYA and ILYA sanctioned off-lake regattas.
- Meeting with and learning from National Champion scow sailors
- Training in how to set race courses and judging races
- Enjoying pontoon and motor boat tie-up social events
- Parent child joint activities to build inexpensive boats to sail for fun.
Youth Sailing School and Racing
LYC has a strong history of youth sailing with many participants winning local, state and national championships throughout our history. LYC supports two youth fleets including the optimist for 8-15 year olds and X Scow for 10 to 15 year olds. Younger sailors start with Opti's and then often serve as crew on X scows and eventually become skippers of X scows.
Many in our membership have gone on to have success and earn letter and regatta at the national level in both high school and college sailing.
The LYC non profit Sailing School runs beginner, intermediate and competitive racing classes for Opti and combined classes for all levels of X scow sailors and crews. Sailing school kickoff meeting is in Mid-May and classes run from mid June thru mid August each season with competitive races most weeks. Please see the sailing school page on the LabelleYachtClub.Org website for detailed information, signup and class schedules.Sailing School Enrollment Info
Sailors do not have to be members of LYC to participate in sailing school but skippers of both Opti and X Scows must be members of LYC to participate in the LYC sponsored races each week.