The Washington Island Yacht Club had been a dream of the owners of the Ships Rib, Dick and Sally Clancy, for years. So on a trip to Galena, IL with Betsy and Jay Ward and Patty and John Lehman they steered the group into a comfortable bar and with a few creative imbibements the action items to establish the Yacht Club with it's distinctive burgee (drawn on a napkin) were agreed upon.
The Initial board of directors named in the Articles were:
Richard W. Clancy
John S. Lehman
David R. Ringsmuth
Oakley K. Davidson
John A. Ward
The first board of directors meeting was held on August 2, 1984 aboard the Clancy's sailboat, The Galiant, to approve the by-lays and elect officers. Pete Petrie was successful in obtaining IRS recognition of the club as a 501(c)(7) organization.
Dick Clancy, the heart and soul, passionate educator,
and with Sally, the generous facilitators that outfitted and guided the yacht club from the very beginning through all waters from 1983 until today.
Thank you Dick and Sally
The Lehman Camp
An Important piece of the WIYC history is the fundraising success of the Annual Lobster Boil at the Lehman Camp.
Patty saw to it that fresh lobsters were delivered from Maine. Ray Hansen lent the club his fish boil pot.
And all families joined in to cook, serve, enjoy and clean up.
Fond memories of these times with our kids and their "aunts" and "uncles" (as we older folks were known.
The Ski Platform
It was determined that the club needed a ski raft out in Peterson Bay.
So we built it on barrels provided by John Lehman in the parking lot behind the Ships Rib.
Then John Lehman towed it to the water's edge with Brien's lawn mowing tractor.
Then we launched it and the kids jumped on.
Then we towed it to a perfect spot in Peterson Bay where it was used for many summers.
Special thanks to Andy and Bonnie Munao for pulling it in and out and storing it over the winters.
Over The Years
BLAIR INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
ANNUAL CANOE RUN AND SCAVENGER HUNT
BLESSING OF THE FLEET
ISLAND FAIR ICE CREAM BOOTH FOR CHARITY
CLAY BLAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
MEMORIAL DAY AND LABOR DAY PARTIES
2000 MILLENIAL NEW YEARS CELEBRATION
HOBIE SAIL BOAT TRAINING AND RACES
KAYAK TRAINING AND DAY TRIPS
TPAC THEATER EVENINGS