Their boats are cardboard, their coveted trophy is a pink flamingo and their annual regatta is held in a cornfield.
Bolingbrook Yacht Club members say they have just about everything discriminating mariners could want - except water.With Lake Michigan some 30 miles away, residents of this Chicago suburb have formed a unique version of one of the lakeside city's most elite cliques.
"You make do with what you have," said Commodore Dennis Scott, head of the club jokingly named "Bolingbrook by the Sea."
The club was founded 10 years ago by residents of this landlocked one-time farm community who wanted to shake the town's rube reputation.
In their annual "regatta," Bolingbrook yachtsmen run, cheat and bribe their way through an obstacle course in a cornfield, though the event also can be held on the Village Hall lawn.