PLYC holds 50th annual PLYC/Wallwork Regatta

420sOn July 26th and 27th, the 50th  annual regatta was held on Pelican Lake.  This was a major event and brought out a new recent high 34 sailboats from the area.  Saturday’s races brought winds out of the west at 15knots, building to 20 throughout the day.  Sunday brought excessive winds and the races that day were canceled for safety reasons.

The Open division's 28 boats were divided into three fleets; 11 in the Low DPN, 12 in the High DPN, and 5 in the Center board fleet.  The C fleet had 6 boats competing.

low dpn

There was good competition in all the fleets, but the winners of each fleet were consistent in winning all three races.  In the Low DPN Fleet, it was Tyler Dunphy of Gull Lake taking top honors.  In the High DPN, Jeff and Anne Peltier finished first.  In the Centerboard Fleet, it was Kent Deardorff and Dominic Todd that finished first.  Tyler Dunphy also finished first overall among the 28 boats in the Open Division.  In the C Fleet, Jason Ostbye finished first as well as winning the Brian Opskar Memorial trophy.

banquetThis being the 50th anniversary of both PLYC and the Regatta, the Saturday night banquet was held at the Doug Burgum Bungalow and catered by Big J’s Smokehouse where a large crowd of 160 people enjoyed the festivities and were treated to a brief history of the Regatta as well as the Yacht Club and Sailing School.  Memorabilia was on display from years past, including trophies, T-shirts, Slide shows, vintage regatta videos.  Tables were all lined with old sails, and there were sailing school boats on display as well as an E Scow party center to mark the occasion.

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Sailing School is off and running

Sailing School is off and running!  Session one is the biggest session ever with 20 kids on 15 boats.  Instructors, Kent Deardorff, Even Furr and Domminic Todd work to keep everything on task.  There is a good mix of 1st time sailors and returning students to keep things interesting.

sailing school

20 students and 15 boats all in one picture!!

Pelican Lake Yacht Club celabrates 50 years

This summer PLYC is celebrating both the 50th year of their annual regatta, formally known as the “Wallwork Regatta” and the 50th anniversary of their existence on Pelican Lake. 

The regatta originated on Lake Melissa and was shared in the early years between Melissa, Cotton, Pelican, and Big Cormorant Lakes. This will be the 33rd year it has been on Pelican Lake and has been here exclusively since 2001. 

The original members of the Pelican Lake Yacht Club were Warren Diederich (Commodore), Dick Berg, John Berkey, Joe Burgum, Bob Cherry, Dale Haakenstad, Jim Houghton, Don Johnson, Duane Nagle, Bob Scheel, Bill Schlossman, Ed Simonson, Phil Smith and Les Wold.  

The Saturday night regatta banquet on July 26th will feature some of the sailors of the past and well as early pictures and memorabilia.   To accommodate the larger than normal crowd, the banquette will be held at the Doug Burgum Bungalow, 51643 Pelican Point Dr.  If you would like to join in on that festivity or order a 50th anniversary shirt with special logo contact Jeff Peltier (701) 238-6270 by July 11th.  More details of the regatta can be found at  

PLYC's 5th annual Sail-Fest, PLYC's sailing meet & greet and Potluck, Saturday, June 21st


Looking at the past for signs of Progress at Pelican Lake Yacht Club

Club HousesWe tend to loose track of progress when it happens in small increments, so here is a picture of our 1st clubhouse in 1981 vs the current version after replacing the windows this summer.  Likewise the docks as they were in 1981, 2004, and now in 2011.



 Clubhouse gets new windows! 

New windows were purchased and Bob Simmons, Dick Chadinha and Jeff Peltier volunteered their time to put the windows in and fix the siding.

new windows

This year's rafting party was a big hit!

rafting party

There were nine boats in all (eight for this picture) joining in the festivities.  This year's event was held in the deepest part of Pelican lake, just west of Senn's point, with the anchor dropped in 68' of water.  It was a fun night of entertainment with many spectator boats swinging by including two different groups from the "Big Pelican" and topped off with an encore performance by the Trollwood singing girls.


Pelican Lake Sailing School has it's biggest year ever in Youth Sailing.

This was the biggest year ever for the Youth Sailing Program with 30 students spread over three 2-week sessions. The instructors Medora Sletten, Reed Deardorff, and Kent Deardorff made sure it was both a fun and a learning experience, with many students planning to return next year. A group from Concordia College is expected in September to wrap up the season. Support from the lake association, along with the newly established “Brad Burgum Endowment” go a long way toward keeping the costs low for the youth of our lake.

This spring a Sailing School Endowment Fund was established in honor of Brad Burgum for all he had done for the sport of sailing over the years.  Brad passed away this winter, but left behind quite a legacy. The fund has been growing all summer and will focus on reducing the cost for students in the growing youth sailing program on the lake.


Pelican Lake Yacht Club has a new Burgee

PLYC BurgeeThe new burgee fits the criteria of a properly designed burgee, which means it views much better from a distance and should last much longer.  It incorporates a portion of the

 "P" signal flag  P flag and a portion on the

"L" signal flag   L flag in the shape of our lake.