Vanguard 15


Fleet 67 is one of the largest Vanguard 15 fleets in the country.  We participate in many local events and racing series in fleet and team racing, as well as traveling to regional events.  Every Thursday night we run racing and then meet in the club to unwind over a couple beers.  We include some simple drills to start off most evenings to encourage improvement of all our skills and helping out people who are new to the boat.  We also travel to some regional events where you might find yourself camping out near Milwaukee or sleeping in a converted bank after riding a mechanical bull in Nashville.

How to Get Involved

If you want to try out the boat and meet the sailors just come on down to the harbor.  Our fleet is sponsored by Goose Island and we have 2 sponsored V15's that are free to use.  Just use the contact info below to use one.  Once you have realized we are the most fun fleet on the lake all you have to do is buy a boat and become a member if CCYC which is the most affordable club around, then you be a permanent member of the fleet!

See you out there!
Val Smith, Fleet Captain

  • Boats for Sale
    • There are the local boat that are currently for sale:

      Hull Number
      Contact Info
      Additional Information
       1395  Vanguard 15 (V15) with all lines, blocks, blades, sails along with a dolly and trailer for transportation available in Chicago. Lightly sailed (cruising a dozen times in 10 years by original owners) and stored in barn until last year when brought to Chicago for racing out of Montrose harbor. Pretty and fast boat in good condition with original sails. #1395. Lines and blocks in great shape. Second place in Inshore Verve last year. Amazing boat and accessories for the price.
       1135  1700 Freshly washed down, it hasn't sailed in four years, but was stored three feet off the ground, with its hull cover and a tarp securely fastened.  Hull is no. 1135 - c. 2002, pro: one of the very lightest years, in my opinion, of original Vanguard construction.  It's a light boat, and it points very well (coincidentally, so did the 2002 Laser I sailed in high school). Con: although the hull is totally dry, it's not a super firm boat.  It shudders a little smacking down the back of a wave or into steep chop.  Overall I think it's a great club* boat/team racing boat (*as opposed to a thoroughbred, travel to major events around the country sort of boat) - this is great because that's sort of where the class is finding itself lately.  Comes with some upgraded rigging, dolly, blade bag, mast cover, two covers (hull and mast-up), two suits of sails.  One suit is ready for heavy and air/or team racing, and the other is a middle-of-the-road suit, adequate for club competition.   On the matter of maintenance:  there are two chips in the gel coat on the bow, just above the entry.  An inspection port got kicked out, and I fixed it with duct tape, so that's a bother.  Finally, there are four repairs around the waterline where spider/compression cracks had formed.  There isn't a gelcoat finish on those spots any longer, but the repairs are excellent.  Three layers of additional glass and West System are laid up behind the hull in those areas, and the epoxy in those spots is polished and [was] waxed to a shine.  They're arguably the stiffest parts of the boat.
       747  1600
      #747 is currently at Belmont Harbor, it has all the standard parts, plus:
      - dolly
      - 2 covers, one for upright storage and a bottom cover
      - stay masters
      - blade bag and mast condom
      $1600 or best offer 
      Vanguard 15 - Wilmette
      Top quality, competitive/race ready boat, includes many upgrades and extras. 
      ~15 days sailing in freshwater 
      Stored in a heated, dry basement during off-season.
      Stiff and dry hull, never experienced water in the hull after a sail. 
      Hull and rigging are in pristine condition with few cosmetic blemishes.

      Detailed PDF with photos and gear list available if contacted. 

      VERY motivated to sell due to move to Colorado, no v15 fleet in Denver…

      located in milwaukee

  • Fleet Events
    • Thursday Night Results

      Event PRO/RC Info
       5/7 Vlad Cup
       5/12 Thursday Fleet Racing
      Val Smith
       5/19 Thursday Team Racing
       Raj Laud
       5/21 Windy City Team Race

       5/26  Thursday Fleet Racing Mick Schroff
      6/2 Thursday Fleet Racing
      Ben Marden
      Thursday Team Racing
      Lu Han
       Thursday Fleet Racing  Jacob Karlin
      6/23 Thursday Fleet Racing
      Andy Graff
      6/30 Thursday Team Racing
      Ned Turney
      7/7 Thursday Fleet Racing
      Andy Camarda
       7/14 Thursday Fleet Racing
      Chris Burger
      7/21 Thursday Team Racing
      Augi Hernandez
      7/28 Thursday Fleet Racing
      Dave Stix
      7/30 Hobleman

       8/4 Thursday Fleet Racing

      8/6 Thursday Team Racing

      8/13 Thursday Fleet Racing

      Verve Cup Inshore







      10/11-12 Nagawika
      10/11 Fall Frostbiting Begins
      10/24 Hairy Scary Team Race


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