West Hawk Lake Yacht Club – Summer 2017

What a beautiful summer, bug free and warm but sadly not a lot of wind for sailing……hard to believe that we’ve put away the boats for the winter already.  For the twelfth summer the club ran one of the largest Learn-to-Sail programs in the province, using exclusively our club sail boats for only the second time in our recent history.  Three courses were offered; CANSail 1-3 introductory programs for youth and adults plus an intermediate class.  Unfortunately the windsurfing program had to be cancelled due to no certified instructors being available. 

The LTS program was again a success with thirty one students taking part.  We also welcomed back ten Girl Guides from Caddy Lake who had an incredible week of wind.  There were some hard core girls in this group who thrived in the crazy wind they had their week!  Hopefully we’ll see them back next summer.  We also had excellent instructors come from across Manitoba to teach this year, Graham Moll, Kayden Polachek and Laura Hrichishen.  

Congratulations to our youth & adult racers! 

Brennan Agar represented us very well again in her Laser Radial:  Homecoming Regatta – Gimli YC (6th), Prairie Wind Regatta – Gimli YC (4th), Fish Fly Cup – Falcon YC (6th).

Tom Saunders and crew Derek Hayden in their Albacore KC6614 “Stealth Pig” took the 2017 Season Series & WHLYC Open championship.  This was Tom’s 5th time putting his name on the Cup, the last time in 1976!  Brennan Agar, last year’s winner, in her Laser L198367 finished 2nd in a tight race with 3rd place going to Paul Krestanowich in his Laser L4867 “Rainbow Warrior”.  Thanks to the seven boats that took part in this year’s races, hopefully we can build upon this year’s success with even more boats participating.   

WHYLC Opti Championships AM  - 1st – Lucas Hendrikson, 2nd – Moira Sie, 3rd – Theo Sie   

 WHYLC Opti Championships PM  - 1st – Cole Anseeuw, 2nd – Aaron Krestanowich, 3rd – Noah Hayden   

Paul Krestanowich (Major Official) and Brennan Agar (Social Media) represented our club and were selected as officials for the Canada Games at the Gimli YC in August.

On a sad note we were told of the recent passing of Dr. Jim Mitchell at the age of 97 by his daughter Susan.  He was one of the founding members of the original West Hawk Yacht Club in 1959 and served a term as commodore.  He raced a Fireball in the weekly series and built one of the original wood Cadet sailboats the club used for their Learn to Sail programs.  We used his Cadet for our LTS programs for our first 5 years after we resurrected the club in 2006, now that’s well built!  Our sincerest condolences to the family.

As many of you have noticed this year we have not been emailing out for bingo volunteers.  Sport Manitoba has changed the way they hand out bingo dollars and volunteers are no longer required as the bingos have been changed to electronic only.  With our capital campaign in full swing and the building of our new docks & storage garage this winter Sailing Manitoba has been very generous in giving us two bingo grants totaling $1,500 towards our capital campaign.

The new storage site beside Big Island Landing has now been cleared of the brush and a few trees thanks to Paul Krestanowich & Kevin Anseeuw.  We finally received our building permits from Parks & the Office of the Fire Commissioner in late August.  The nine concrete pads were set and leveled in September thanks to Kevin Harbottle, Adam Krestanowich & Aeden Loschiavo.  The floating dock & ramp will be installed in January/February, they are built but will be easier to install on the frozen lake.  The storage garage will be built when the weather warms slightly in March and the lake is still frozen for us to get the lumber delivered.  Carrying it through the bush from the road would not be fun!  When we are ready to build and dates are set we will email the full membership to see who can help our local carpenters.  Thank you again for those that have donated generously towards our capital campaign, we could not complete this legacy without your help!  We are still a few thousand dollars away from the goal for those that would still like to donate please contact Paul Krestanowich at info@whlyc.ca or 204-479-7100.

Going forward we promise to give you updates on the building, dock, site, etc., please check our website for regularly.  www.whlyc.ca

Have a great winter and we’ll see you on the water soon!




West Hawk Lake Yacht Club Inc. - Spring 2017

We have been approved for a 20' x 24' storage garage and 16' x 20' floating dock just east of Big Island Landing!  The club has gotten all the applications, permits, etc. for approval to Manitoba Conservation at Falcon Lake and their head office in Winnipeg.  Cross your fingers we should be building in early July!  Bingos, grant applications and a capital campaign should also begin shortly.  Please call or email us if you would like to volunteer for one of our bingos, donate $ to the cause, or help us build.  When the building committee comes to ask for money please give generously!

We have also incorporated, effective April 2017 we are now know as the West Lake Yacht Club Inc., see our new by-laws on the link below.

WHLYC By-Laws.pdf

The website is updated with the summer of 2016 pictures and our Learn to Sail classes are booked for July 24-28/17 and Learn to Windsurf Aug.10-13/17.  We will continue to offer assistance to folks with boats sitting on their docks, under their cottages or “somewhere out behind the cottage” in restoring those boats to sailable condition. Anyone interested in our programs should be sure to contact us early in spring to avoid disappointment.  Email us at info@whlyc.ca if you have any questions or would like to help out. 



West Hawk Lake Yacht Club – Summer 2016

Wow, what a crazy summer, first forest fires, then floods, I kept waiting for locusts!  It’s hard to believe that we’ve already packed up the boats and are getting ready for winter. 

Kudos to our club hosting the Manitoba Games and impressing Sport Manitoba in our first major event hosting in over 30+ years, even if we did have a little trouble on day one trying to set marks in 300’+ of water!  Volunteers from near and far across the province came to make sure the athletes were treated to an incredible event.  While it’s difficult to thank everyone that had a hand in this event special thanks to Evan Owen, who just missed out on a spot racing at the MB Games but volunteered every day including helping run the windsurfing races.  As well, Shaun Harbottle from CBC Cottages for helping us with everything from erecting the eating tent, lending us his tools & truck, allowing us to park trailers & boats on his property, and feeding the kids when we ran out of certain items the MB Games forgot to send us!  The MB Games was a huge benefit to the club as we were gifted a few legacy items for hosting including two VHF radios, extra line & anchors and a full set of racing flags that we used in August for our first adult races in over 30 years. 

For the eleventh summer the club ran one of the largest Learn-to-Sail programs in the province, using a mix of club boats and those of the Sailing Manitoba mobile program.  Four courses were offered; CANSail 1-2 introductory programs for youth and adults plus intermediate & windsurfing programs for youth.  Fantastic weather all summer long provided some great days to get the sails up but the flooded docks made for a venue change from the usual Halprin beach to the Krestanowich family dock.  The program was again a success with thirty one students taking part. 

Congratulations to our youth & adult racers!  Brennan Agar represented us very well again in her Laser Radial:  Sail West – Gimli YC (5th), Ice Breaker Cup – Falcon YC (2nd), Homecoming Regatta – Falcon YC (2nd), WHLYC Open – WHLYC (1st) and coaching Eastman at the MB Games!

Robert Chidderton – WHLYC via Star Lake & Croatia attended BOOT CAMP and Provincial Optimist Championships but twisted his ankle before the races and had to withdraw after doing extremely well in 2015.  Next year Robert!

WHYLC Opti Championships - Overall  - 1st Place – Aaron Krestanowich, 2nd Place – Owen Ryan & Noah Hayden (tie), 3rd Place – Paige Martin        

 U10 - 1st Place – Lucas Hendrikson, 2nd Place – Alec Wallace, 3rd Place – Karter Watson

U13 - 1st Place – Natalie Nedelmann, 2nd Place – Mitchell Watson, 3rd Place – Oliver Forsythe      

WHLYC Open - 1st Place – Brennan Agar (Laser Radial), 2nd Place – Bruce Samson (Laser), 3rd Place – Paul Krestanowich (Laser)         

A big THANK YOU to our bingo and fund raising volunteers this year; Jim Adams, Sharon Krestanowich, Brian Byczkowsky, Mike Tottle, Pam Reimer, Leah Peters, Bill Krestanowich & Paul Krestanowich.

Have a great winter and we’ll see you on the water soon!