A very enjoyable trip to visit Katelyn and Drew in Wayzata, MN

Posted By on September 14, 2016

Tempus fugit (Latin phrase) for "Time flies" when you’re having fun!  … and we certainly had a good time this past weekend with our pregnantRBK_onMinnehaha160910 daughter Katelyn and husband Drew. This trip to Minneapolis was the first since Thanksgiving 2015 — shame on us — but at least we waited for great weather to visit.


Katelyn did a lot of planning for our visit and lined up terrific activities — she even tried out a couple new recipes. We in turn brought her a few of Grandma Corbett’s recipes from her several boxes and books (items she was to get from my parents estate), but it willMinnehaha_BK160910 take a little more space for us to move all of my moms’ cookbooks, etc.

DrewMinnehaha160910Our day started with a festival in Wayzata, MN (their town), which was celebrating James Day Hill Days which was worth the visit on its own. We walked the streets and visited the booths, shops and displays on Saturday … and took a ride on the restored 1906 steamship Minnehaha. The sky was blue, blue, blue with a few white puffy clouds, temperature 80 F or so with a perfect breeze off of Lake Minnetonka. The sailboats were out in force racing as we made a loop on Wayzata Bay … very picturesque (thanks for sending me your photos Drew!)


Sailing history: The Minnetonka Yacht Club, was founded in 1882 and one of the club’s founders, Hazen Burton, is credited with developing the inland lake racing scow in 1893. I’ve heard the original is on display in nearby Excelsior, MN?


IceCreamRBK160910The fun was not done because the day was not over; we returned for fireworks out over the lake. We laid out our blankets and sat on the wateFireworksWayzata_BRK160910r’s edge to a terrific pyrotechnical show topped off by the passing of a train whistling and rumbling by a few feet from where we were sitting. I forgot just how a locomotive shakes the ground.


See part 2 …  hopefully tomorrow.


  • Found this older Sailing World article interesting …

    The question was tabled after one evening’s race. “What if you had to relocate?” Someone asked. “And it could be some place where there was a ton of racing and a cool, laid-back scene?”

    The group instantly dismissed the talent-laden havens of San Diego, Newport, and Annapolis as high quality sailing spots, but just too known. This had to be something off the radar, the sort of place where nearly everyone on the racecourse knows your name.
    Someone’s road atlas, dog-eared and tattered, was soon splayed out and the search for small-town sailing bliss was underway. There was possibility with each blue blotch-lakes, harbors, bays, and open oceans-the options were overwhelming. But we caught wind of their plight and picked up the task, gathering opinions and experiences far and wide to narrow the search to a mere handful amongst thousands of underrated sailing towns.

    We had our demands: we had to have weeknight beer can racing-that would be our “in.” There had to be a community sailing program from which we could poach new and eager crew. Sailing conditions had to be reliable, there had to be a walk-in fleet so we wouldn’t have to start anew. And, of course, there had to be one good watering hole. With all due respect for the natives of the following towns and cities, we apologize for spot burning, but thanks for putting out the welcome mat at the county line.

    Wayzata, Minnesota
    The Wayzata Sailing Foundation recently bought Mrs. Rosekrans’ house next door to Wayzata YC. The dilapidated home ended up here in this lakeside community some 60 years ago after being hauled across frozen Lake Minnetonka. Before the year is out, the house will be spruced up enough to accommodate the swelling populace of the Wayzata Community Sailing School, which is responsible for more than 400 tykes each summer.
    Such a facility wouldn’t get much attention in most towns, but to Wayzata’s residents, to whom sailing is as much a way of life as surfing is to any California coastal town, the sailing school is a big deal-the school is its future. Observe Wayzata’s vacant slips on any given Thursday night during the summer high season and you’ll quickly understand that the racing scene is the pulse of Wayzata. “The marina will be nearly empty,” says local Steve Bren. “The town is awed by the site of so many boats on the bay. It’s definitely the one thing that gives the city its flavor.”

    Wayzata has a work hard, play hard personality, says Dallas Johnson, a longtime resident, and life here simply evolves around the lake, whether Minnetonka is in its liquid or solid state. “Living close to the lake in Wayzata or another Lake Minnetonka neighborhood really helps,” says Johnson. “Suburbia world surrounds the lake and it’s an entirely different world.”

    Wayzata itself is only a couple of small neighborhoods, but an idyllic place to live and raise a family, he adds. Bike trails, beaches, and a variety of small businesses maintain the lakeshore town feel. There are a few hangouts populated by sailors: Sunny’s (Sunsets) and the city-owned Muni (Wayzata Bar & Grill), but the place you’re sure to find them en masse is at Wayzata YC on Thursday nights. The parties are the biggest and best on the lake says Bren, and the racing beforehand pulls in 130 or so boats from all around the lake.

    There are happening scenes in nearby Excelsior and Spring Park, but Wayzata’s location right off the interstate and its proximity to downtown, says Johnson, lends itself to an easy, 15-minute commute for the weeknight warriors, many of whom work in Minneapolis’ biotech and financial businesses. On tap each evening at one of three yacht clubs is one-design racing in big, active fleets of small keelboats and scow classes born on the lake over the past century.

    And when the lake freezes, the runners come out. “People actually like winter here,” says Johnson. “It compresses the sailing season into something you appreciate, and the ice boating and kite sailing are fantastic in the winter.”

    -Dave Reed

    Wayzata, Minnesota
    Estimated population: 3,922
    Chamber of commerce says: “Charming”
    Conditions: Three-season if you want, ice boating for diehards
    Hometown fleet: J/24 Fleet No. 1, the oldest J/24 fleet in the world
    For after-race suds: The Muni
    Employable if: Science, math, and technology are your thing
    Next big regatta: J/24 North Americans in September

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