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A new slate of officers for South Shore Yacht Club was sworn-in at the Change of Watch party this past weekend.  They will take office November 1st.  George Artka will be the new Commodore.  Ken Dziubek will be the Vice Commodore and Jerry Kedziora will be the Rear Commodore.  Rick Shoos will be the Financial Secretary and Jeremy Burns will be our Treasurer.  (I will become the Corresponding Secretary.)  Three others will begin three-year terms as Directors.  They are:  Cookie Mueller, George Graubner and Rick Trisco.  Congratulations to all and thank you for your willingness to serve the club.

Three individuals will be leaving the Board at the end of the month.  They are:  Bob Aring, Bruce Nason and Russ Berg.  Both Bob and Bruce have served on the Board for more than a decade, including a stint as Commodore.  Bruce received the Al & Erv Nickel award for outstanding service to the club in 2012 and Bob received the award for 2013.  Russ Berg has been on the Board for six years and has chaired the Powerboat committee.  We will miss their dedication, hard work and advice.

As I pass the baton to George, the Club is in good shape.  Membership, thanks to the ideas of Tom Gale and others, as well as Bruce Nason’s hard work, has improved greatly and we are nearing capacity.  Financially, the club has weathered the “great recession” and is on much firmer ground than it was in 2008. 

We have some challenges ahead, and we will continue to look at how to address several issues associated with low water levels, namely the docks and the channel along the breakwall.  I invited John Dargle, Director of Milwaukee County Parks, to lunch at SSYC with George, Pat Nora and me.  We talked about the club, about the beach (and the parking lot’s contribution to the beach’s issues), about our lease, about “big ticket” issues we’re facing (pavement, docks and finger piers) and about the breakwall.  We all took a short ride in the tender along the breakwall to the rubble gap.  John was able to see first-hand how low the wall has gotten in a few places. 

Speaking of low water issues, we’ve received a bid for the work necessary for obtaining a dredging permit.  We plan to include it in the 2014 budget.

I want to thank all of you for your support over these past two years while I’ve been at the helm.  We’ve made it through some stormy weather, and I hope that George will experience calm winds and favorable seas. 

Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your Commodore.

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Mon, Jun 24
Tue Jun 25 @05:00PM
Taco Tuesday
Wed, Jun 26
Lunch Lakeside Lounge
Wed, Jun 26
Mark Stever Memorial Race
Wed, Jun 26
Rum Party

Sailing and Racing

SailboatsIf you are interested in sailing, and more specifically racing, there are ample opportunities to join one of our racing fleets, or to crew on one of the boats in those fleets.  The women's fleet races on Mondays, small boats race on Tuesdays.  Big boats race on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  And the double handed fleet races on Fridays.

You can learn more about the various racing fleets by clicking here.  And the racing schedule (for all fleets) is available here.


PowerboatOur power boaters are active fishermen.  An annual fishing contest is held in July.  

In addition, our power boaters host a number of events, usually on Thursdays as well as many weekends.

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KaszubeCupSSYC offers sailing lessons and a year-round program for children ages 8 - 18.  We offer a six-week series of lessons in Opti's, 420's and Lasers.  Our juniors attend a number of regattas throughout the summer, and host one of thelargest regattas on Lake Michigan, the Kaszube Cup.

Click here to learn more about the Junior program, and here to find out more about the Kaszube Cup regatta.

Social Activities

PartyThe restaurant is open every Friday for lunch and dinner.  

The Entertainment Committee hosts various parties, including:

  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Disco Night
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Review of the Fleet
  • Corn Roast
  • Change of Watch
  • New Year's Eve

and many other, less formal, events throughout the year.

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