We are racing this year – come race with us . . . 

  • Most Sundays at 1:30pm, April – October
  • Most Wednesdays at 6:30pm, May – August
  • Holiday and invitational regattas

See the Calendar for details.

The typical race lasts 20 – 30 minutes with three or four being held on Sunday afternoons and two or three on Wednesday evenings.

Any sailboat 20 feet and under is welcome.  We have active Laser and 470 fleets and a variety of other boats such as Rebel, MC Scow, Force 5, and RS Aero that make up our Miscellaneous Fleet.  The Miscellaneous Fleet races as a group, but corrected times are computed based on the Portsmouth Handicap System to determine the finishing positions. As a result, anybody can race.  On Wednesday evening, all boats race in the Miscellaneous Fleet.

Members of 470 Fleet 45 are not only active locally, but also on a national level.  We have produced many top sailors including National and Junior National Champions and numerous top sailors have visited and raced at Lake Opeka.

Social Activities

Besides racing, we are a social club with several parties and other activities every season.


Membership in the Des Plaines Yacht Club is just $40/year.  Other costs for boat launching are payable to the Des Plaines Park District.

For more information, send email to

Craig Bezek, Commodore, at  commodore@desplainesyachtclub.com
The club email box, info@desplainesyachtclub.com

For information on Lake Park, visit the Des Plaines Park District site, www.dpparks.org/parks-facilities/lake-park-marina/