The Ordway Handicap and Picnic is set for Sunday, July 8th at 11:00 AM starting in the Yacht Club Bay and followed at 1 PM by the traditional picnic on the Ordway’s lawn sponsored by the WBYC Sailing Committee and the Ordway family.
IMPORTANT: Any sailboat from the lake may race in the Ordway Handicap race. Participants in the race are invited to the post race picnic at 10 Dellwood Avenue, BUT – Reservations are required! Please respond to JGOhandicap@outlook.com to reserve your spot at the picnic. Please include the type of boat and names that will be attending the picnic in your email reservation.
The Ordway Handicap tradition started in 1947 when Charlotte Ordway, a founding member of the Saint Paul Garden Club and wife of WBYC sailor Jack Ordway, Sr. hosted a luncheon, at her summer home on White Bear Lake, for national officers who were meeting in Saint Paul. To enhance the setting, Mrs. Ordway offered a trophy for a handicapped sailing race with the condition it start, end and be sailed in the bay in front of her home. Unfortunately, the weather did not co-operate and the race was cancelled. The trophies were repurposed for a 4th of July race now known as the Ordway Handicap and a picnic was held after the race on the Ordway’s lawn until the mid-sixties. Last year, the picnic was revived by the Ordway Family.