1969-1973 Henry Luber
1973-1977 Izydor Ryzak
1977-1979 Dr. Jerzy Krzaczynski
1979-1983 Miroslaw Niedzinski
1983-1987 Wojciech Niedzinski
1987-1991 Cpt.Andrzej Piotrowski
1991-1993 Jerzy Kalinski
1993-1995 Stanislaw Paskiewicz
1995-1997 Kazimierz Potocki
1997-2001 Izydor Ryzak
2001-2003 Janusz Ciurla
2003-2005 Wojciech Niedzinski
2005-2007 Casimer Chlebek
2007-2009 Jarek Fin Finowicki
2009-2011 Krzysztof Kaminski
2011- 2013 Walter Kotaba
2013-present Cpt.Gregory Golabek
''The true peace of God begins at any point 1,000 miles from the nearest land.” — Joseph Conrad
For over 45 years, the Joseph Conrad Yacht Club (JCYC) has followed the same passion for sailing as their namesake, famed Polish-born novelist and captain, Joseph Conrad. Founded on November 2, 1969, by a young group of Polish-American sailing enthusiasts, notably; Albert Lada, Ireneusz Geblewicz, Isidore Ryzak, Henry Luber, and Mark and Anna Sokolowski, JCYC became the first Polish sailing club outside of Poland, quickly establishing itself as a model for future clubs around the US and throughout the world.
The initial fleet included sailboats, “AEOLUS”, “FREJA”, “KAROLINKA”, “KORMORAN”, “RASCAL”, “SEAHAWK”, “STAR”, and “VELA”, but soon began to grow as word of the new club spread with the help of public events like the first yachting ball and Polish Constitution Day Parade in the spring of 1970.
In 1988, JCYC expanded from a mainly social club into the sport of competitive sailboat racing with Andrzej Piotrowski’s sloop, “SOLIDARITY”, participating in that year’s MAC Race. Much how the “Solidarity Movement” brought new life in their native Poland, “SOLIDARITY” changed the face of the club forever. The club held its first official club race in 1994, “Regatta for the Golden Button of the Commodore”, igniting a tradition of racing that carries on to this day.
In 2000 the JCYC joined the Chicago yachting Association (CYA), becoming the 12th official member of the CYA sailing community. Boats like “PINBALL WIZARD”- Leszek Ziolkowski and “LIGHTNING”- Kris Kaminski have become known throughout the Chicago sailing community for their racing prowess. “PINBALL WIZARD” successfully competing in the MAC, Verve, Tri State, and JCYC regattas. But perhaps most notable is Kris Kaminski’s “LIGHTNING” taking the Theodore M. Dunlop trophy at the 2003 MAC Race. The club continues to blend both social and competitive sailing events, embodying the sailing spirit
The JCYC prides itself as a social organization dedicated to Chicago’s Polish community, holding several sailing events, seminars, and picnics throughout the season for club members and anyone interested in the sport of sailing.
In fact, two JCYC sponsored regattas were held this season; “The JCYC Annual Regatta” on July 9th, with first division winner “YELLOW MELLOW”- Waldemar Emmerich taking top honors, followed by “GRYTVIKEN”- Piotr Madrzyk and “ERIZO DE MAR”- Antoni Czupryna. “ULLNAS” Jerzy Ocytko finished first in the second division followed by “KAROLYNKA”- Andrzej Suchodolski and “SOMEWHERE IN TIME”- Michal Golabek.
The second race of the season, “The Commodore’s Cup Regatta” was held on August 27th, with “GRYTVIKEN” placing first in the first division, followed by “GLASS SLIPPER”- Marek Bakowski, and “ERIZO DE MAR”. Once again, we saw “ULLNAS” clinching the second division honors, with “MONIKA”- Witek Nowicki, and “KAROLINKA”- Andrzej Suchodolski following across the finish.
Four JCYC skippered sailboats also successfully competed in the 103rd Race to Mackinac; “ERIZO DE MAR”- Antoni Czupryna, “FORTE SEA”- Gregory Golabek, “GRYTVIKEN”- Piotr Madrzyk, and “KOKO LOKO”- Tomek Kokocinski all finishing in their respected divisions.
After a fulfilling sailing season, the club looks forward to hosting its annual JCYC Gala, where members and guests can end the year with dinner and dancing, while recounting the many experiences and achievements they shared over the course of the 2011 season — But most importantly, plan for an even better 2012!