The Jackson Park Yacht Club is expanding its footprint to include 31st Harbor and officially raised the JPYC flag at 31st Harbor on Saturday, August 26th. JPYC will be integrating 31st Harbor residents into annual summer and off-season events & programming, which includes sailboat racing, adult & youth sailing lessons, boater education/safety, and social activities. Furthermore, JPYC will provide organized leadership representing 31st Harbor boaters concerns and advocating on their behalf with stakeholders in the larger boating community.
That’s right SailGP’s Great Britain Team is coming again to visit the JPYC Foundation on Wednesday June 14th at 5:30 pm.
Driven by Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, the Great Britain SailGP Team comprises of some of the country’s top sporting talent with Olympic medals across multiple sports. As part of its partnership with SailGP, the JPYC Foundation has “adopted” this team during their stay in Chicago to compete in the SailGP Chicago Grand Prix on June 16 and 17.
Adopting the British team seemed only natural since our beloved Director of Youth Sailing, Johnny Mercer, was also British! Although Johnny’s off sailing the high seas (we miss him terribly), he prepared us well to host the Great Britain team by already teaching us the funny phrases the Brits use!! Gidday chaps and all that!!
Please come by the club and join us in welcoming and getting to know the Great Britain team:
Great Britain Team arrives 5:30 pm
Welcome Remarks and Great Britain Team Presentation followed by Q&A from 5:30 to 6:00 pm
Food, Drinks and Mingling 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Dinner will be available for purchase from the Galley (cost approximately $15, depending on meal selected)
Let’s make Johnny proud and show these Brits what he taught us by making them feel welcome in Chicago and cheering them on while they race on June 16 and 17 — the Great Britain team will be flying the JPYC Burgee/flag when they race!!
JPYC Beer Can Racers – you can meet the team before you head out for your race!!
Tickets to attend and meet the team are free, but you need to RSVP here!
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Captain Bill Pinkney – a Chicago native, long-time friend to JPYC, and the first African American to sail around the world solo via the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn.
Sunday June 4, 2023 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Jackson Park Yacht Club 6400 S. Promontory Drive
Captain Bill Pinkney will be signing his book and telling stories of his adventures. Children are encouraged to attend.
Reserve Free Ticket: Tickets to the book signing are free, but be sure to RSVP here.
Order Book: To order your copy of Sailing Commitment Around the World for $25.00, tax included, click here.
ATTN JPYC MEMBERS: Please put “JP” after your name when ordering to indicate that you are associated with JPYC, so that part of the book sales proceeds will be donated to support our Youth Sailing Programs.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Jackson Park Yacht Club?
Are you a member who knows someone who is interested in becoming a member? Maybe, you’re a member who is interested in learning more about upcoming events, joining a committee or just networking with fellow members. If any of these apply to you, join us at the Open House and get to know our club and members.
Board members and committee chairs will be available to answer your questions. A raffle for a free one-year new membership will be drawn. Light refreshments will be served, and tours will be given to prospective members.
Note: The free membership raffle is available to never before members only.
Hard to believe sailing season is right around the corner!!! The complete junior sailing course offerings and session dates for the 2023 season are listed here. Please review the dates carefully as some of the dates have changed since originally posted.
Registration for Spring/Summer/Fall sailing will open as follows:
• JPYC Member Registration Opens on Friday, March 24th at 9:00 am
• General Public Registration Opens on Friday, April 14th at 9:00 am
Please be sure to register as soon as possible to ensure your spot!
Hannah Mills from the SailGP Great Britain team stopped by the Jackson Park Yacht Club for an amazing visit.
She talked about her road to winning Olympic gold as well as her efforts to protect our oceans and what we can all do to save the environment that we sail & live in. Hannah inspired everyone present — especially our young female sailors.
We were so glad to welcome Hannah to the JPYC family and show her our Corinthian spirit. The club was decorated in a British theme and the galley even had fish and chips on the menu! JPYC members and JPYC Foundation youth sailors & instructors all got fired up — waving British flags and yelling “The British are coming!!!” when she walked on stage! Daryl, the Club Steward, even wore a Bobbie hat (the British police officer hat) and Rear Commodore Ken Harris wore a Beefeater/bear hat (the hats the Buckingham Palace Guards wear)!
As part of its partnership with SailGP, the JPYC Foundation “adopted” the Great Britain team during their stay in Chicago to compete in the SailGP Chicago Grand Prix on June 18 and 19. We’re so thankful that Hannah made the time to visit and wish her and the Great Britain Sail GP team luck this weekend. Sail fast!