Commodore's Corner

Weatherby Lake Yacht Club Messages from the Commodore:

Commodore's Letter - Posted 2018-09-20

Since many of us have lives beyond this wonderful playground of Weatherby lake it might do us well to remember open mindedness, vision, and caring for others can expand beyond the 2 mile radius of Weatherby Lake when we assess those in need, as most of us do, as well as our home here at Weatherby.  

WLYC has also taken into account another vision: that is the feeling and learning experience of competing with other entities around the area with our junior sailing teams and coaches as a new and exciting time for all of us who support junior sailing, as well as the historical financial support for the junior sailors as we watch them grow in self confidence.  

Please join us for the award dinner on November 17th at the community center at 7:00 p.m.   Lastly, the Thanksgiving day sail on November 22nd will begin at 10 a.m. with brunch to follow at Rika Jolie's House, 7917 NW Potomac Ave.  All please bring a covered dish or dessert. WLYC will provide beverages.

I have enjoyed my year as Commodore and want to thank all who have put in so much of their valuable time and treasure creating and executing the Social and Sailing events. 

Bon Voyage,

Red McLaughlin


Commodore's Letter - Posted 2018-08-27

We want to thank all the people who came out to the King Series and Vintage Car Party Saturday, August 25th. It was a record turnout!

The WLYC wants to extend an apology to anyone who paid for dinner at this great event but were victims of us running out of food. We just plain underestimated the crowd size that would show up.

We would like to ask each person/family (number of bracelets), who failed to get food, to let us know by sending me an email: or text to 217-779-2719.

We will make sure we get you on a list for complimentary tickets at out next event which will be the Long Distance Race on September 15th. Thanks for understanding and we value each and every person being a part of WLYC events.

Fair winds,

Red McLaughlin


Commodore's Letter - Posted 2018-08-18

The Weatherby Lake Junior Sailing program is taking another step out into the sailing world and are hard at it preparing this time for entering teams into the high school regional sailing championship.  Coaches Pete Pierce, Jim Kennedy, Paul Fetterman along with John Perlik and Paige Perlik are guiding the kids again as well as coordinating the logistics of it all.

This event will be held at Shawnee Mission Park on September 2nd.  More information can be found on the Weatherby Lake Junior Sailing Facebook page as well as the Weatherby Lake Families Club page.

Don’t forget the Weatherby Lake Yacht Club’s annual long distance race and party for all residents will be held on September 15th.  Good food, good music, and beverages for all.

Check our web site for all events and news at

Fair winds,

Red McLaughlin


Commodore's Letter - Posted 2018-07-20

Light up the lake night on June 29th was a great success again with more boats decorated spectacularly than ever.  We again thank all who participated in the typical Weatherby Lake imagination and execution.

On July 26th we will have celebrated our yearly adaptive sailing lunch and sail boat rides handled by our sailors for many of the youngsters from the "Ability KC" Therapeutic learning Center and Rehabilitation Institute Of Kansas City.  This year will be even more special as the Yacht Club presents the institute with checks totaling $1000.00 to help in their good works.  

Greg Carlile has been managing this project for many years now as it has grown and become more important for all the youngsters participating as well as the sailors donating their time.

Important dates in August and September as shown below on WLYC events will be:

Aug 25th, Saturday, 6 pm, C-Point, Sailors King series Party and BBQ hosted by our local WL experts

September 15, Saturday, 7 pm, C-Point, Long distance race and Party. 

All residents are invited to the above events.  

Check our web site for all events and news at

Fair winds,

Red McLaughlin


Commodore's Letter - Posted 2018-06-21

Another successful progressive dinner was enjoyed by many on June 16th and we thank all of the people that worked to set it up and all the people who joined in the festivities. The auction for the junior sailors was again successful in raising money for the junior sailors program.

We have our drive started for raising money for the charity of “Ability K C” in addition to the yearly welcoming of the kids in need of rehabilitation from the Kansas City area to Weatherby for a day on the lake. We will keep all advised on the progress.

Let’s all remember light up the lake night is fast approaching. June 29th. Don’t forget to display your creativity in joining in the fun and beauty.

Contact me if interested in setting up a date to learn what sailing is like. We have our world class sailors anxious to accommodate.

Please be sure to check regularly to keep up on all the events within the Yacht Club.

Fair winds,

Red McLaughlin


National Safe Boating Week - Posted 2018-05-20

Here is a quick reminder to all boat owners that this is National Safe Boating Week.  Let's do our part to raise awareness every chance we get.


Commodore's Letter - Posted 2018-05-20

Be sure you don't miss the biggest party of the year at Weatherby Lake, Saturday June 16th. Entertainment by one of the best blues bands in the country - LIVE FROM WEATHERBY LAKE-IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

Remember the Yacht Club represents sailing and other fun gatherings throughout the year. The Yacht Club also sponsors the Junior Sailing program as well as charitable functions for the ABILITY KC program.

REMEMBER: You don't have to own a boat to be a member of the Yacht Club family.

Fair winds,

Red McLaughlin