BTS: March, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for March
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #3/March, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
It's been an unseasonably warm winter, and that has some of us already turning our thoughts to the spring sailing season.  Although spring sails can be chilly and the weather is often unpredictable, it can still be lots of fun.  But remember, before the fleet can go in the water, there's a lot of spring maintenance work that needs to be done.  If you're not already a member of a Boat Team, consider signing up.  It's a good way to fulfill your annual service requirement.  If you're not sure how this requirement works, see the Sail Chicago Rules & Regulations or the article in this issue. 
 
Some Sail Chicago members were fortunate enough to sail this winter.  Personally, I just returned from a fabulous week in the British Virgin Islands, bareboating on a Beneteau 41.  I know that other Sail Chicago members will be heading for a week of sailing fun in the BVI later in March.  And another Sail Chicago crew recently raced from Key West to Cuba on a Jenneau 509 (see article below).  We're still looking for a winter sailing coordinator who can help to organize opportunities for other Sail Chicago members to get some sailing in over the winter months.

Our annual meeting was held last week (see article below).  From all reports, this is shaping up to be another great sailing season. Our instruction program opens for business on March 15.  Classes tend to fill very quickly, so don't miss out and sign up early! 
ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING SAILING SEASON

Chairman Chris Schuler addresses Annual Meeting
On Thursday, March 2, over sixty Sail Chicago members and friends gathered at the Chief O'Neill's Pub and Restaurant to enjoy a meal together, to review the prior year's activities, and learn of new plans and programs for the coming sailing season.

After Chairman Chris Schuler called the meeting to order, Treasurer Martin Modahl reported that Sail Chicago ended a successful financial year with a strong balance sheet and a healthy net income.  Matt Stuczynski, our Lead Instructor detailed plans for the instruction program during the upcoming sailing season.  Michael Swisher discussed improvements in the instruction scheduling process, Maya Teleki discussed the expanded Colgate racing program now in its fourth year, Bob Lapin shared his excitement about our new cruising boat, Shawn Lord discussed the need for technically trained members to help with the Sail Chicago website, and Tom Peterson outlined changes in the maintenance program.

Four Directors whose terms had expired were again elected to fill new three-year terms.  They are: Adam Wisneski, Chris Schuler, Matt Stuczynski, and Michael Swisher.  Frank McNamara had previously been appointed by the Board to fill a vacant one-year term (see article in this issue).  Many members lingered after the meeting was formally adjourned to socialize and make plans for the upcoming sailing season.
GOT YOUR SERVICE REQUIREMENT MET?
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
The sailing season is right around the corner, and we need to get open positions filled, so Sail Chicago can run efficient and effective programs.  Service time is the volunteer work that members are required to do every year, except the first one. Please see the table below for open positions and contact me if you'd like to sign up for one.
 
As a reminder, service time needs to be completed by May 1 in order to get sailing privileges.  First year members do not do service time.  Second year members need to have signed up for a job before they can have sailing privileges.  Third year members (and beyond) need to have completed service time prior to the current year to have sailing privileges.
 
Service time is job driven.  Equality of work is attempted, but certainly, some jobs require a bigger time commitment than others.  These jobs have sailing credits attached or other perks, like free sails.
 
We want service time to be a win-win for members.  Get involved in an activity that interests you, so you can enjoy the work, while helping out the organization. You'll meet new sailing friends at the same time!
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful.  You need to have a long-term commitment to Sail Chicago.  Active participation completes service time.
*Membership coordinator - The current coordinator may need to leave the position in the near future.  The coordinator fields questions about the organization and does registrations. This position earns $100 in sailing credits.
*Membership assistant - This person helps out the membership coordinator. Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising coordinator and team:  Creates and implements fundraising activities.  Active participation completes service time.

PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):   Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions

INSTRUCTION
 *Instructors:  One class completes service time and $100 in sailing credits is earned.
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Coordinators- We are looking for 3 people to share the role of coordinator.  3 people doing this job decreases the time commitment.   Division of responsibilities will be determined by those members who fill the positions. Active participation completes service time.   Each person receives $200 in sailing credits.
*Communicator - This person helps the coordinators schedule events and notify members of these events.  Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Boatyard coordinators - We are looking for 2 people to coordinate the boatyard activities.   Active participation completes service time. Each person earns $100 in sailing credits.
*Gas teams:  Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams:  This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season.  5 days of work satisfies service time.

SIGN UP FOR PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION NOW!
 
Registration is now open for Sail Chicago's Pre-sail Orientation.  PSOs give you an introduction to the sport of sailing and Sail Chicago.  You'll learn how to prepare before going sailing, brush up on sailing terminology, equipment, safety rules and emergency procedures (especially as these pertain to our group rules), and ask questions before the Sail Chicago season begins.  First-time students who've enrolled in our classes will receive US Sailing handbooks and handouts, and an orientation.  This class is mandatory for all new members and students!
SAIL CHICAGO MEMBERS RACE LOOSE CANNON TO CUBA
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator
The crew of Loose Cannon on the foredeck

Four current and former Sail Chicago members participated in the ninth Conch Republic Cup/Key West Cuba Race Week, held January 22 to February 3.  John Lemon, Bob Cohen, Pred Bundalo, and Ilya Letuchy, along with Tiller Time coordinator Chris Faris and crew Bill Milleker, chartered a Jenneau 509 from Florida Yacht Group.  The race consisted of three legs:  Key West to Varadero, Cuba; Varadero to Havana, Cuba; and returning from Havana to Key West.  Each leg was about 90 miles long.  The purpose of the race was to foster person-to-person intercultural exchange through the sport of sailing.  Twenty-five boats and over 150 sailors from around the US participated, including several groups of sailors from the Chicago area.  While in Havana we received a rousing welcome at the Hemingway International Yacht Club, which hosted a great reception for the US sailors.  We met Cuban sailors, a few of whom participated in one segment of the race.
 
Although winds were light for the first two legs, forcing us to motor, we had a fresh breeze for the return leg to Key West.  Each race began in the late afternoon and sailed through the night, so we would arrive at our destination during the day when Customs officials were available.  Our boat, Loose Cannon, was a large and comfortable charter boat but not very fast.  Part of the Havana/Key West leg included a race along the Malecon, the famous drive along Havana's north shore. We sailed past the US embassy, where embassy staff cheered us on, so we were told.
 
Race officials planned a several-day layover in Havana so race participants could explore Havana. Families of some of our crew flew to Havana for a few days, and we organized a people-to-people cultural tour through Experience Cuba (expcuba.com). The weather was excellent and the Cuban people were warm and welcoming.  All in all, it was a great winter sailing adventure.
RACING UPDATE
By Maya Teleki, Racing Coordinator
 
There's something new for 2017, a "drop in" format for the Wednesday night
Colgate 26 Racing
Don't miss out on the racing excitement.
Beercan Race series.  In preparation for the season, we will have a pre-sail orientation in March or April to go over rules, strategy, and technique, as well as the format of the new program.
 
Cost of the program will be $75 for the entire season.  Members who have paid for racing will get access to a weekly sign-up, similar to the way that Member Cruise Outings work (with a limited number of seats).  In addition to racing four Colgates, those who want to try their hand at racing the Rhodes or Ideals will be welcome to join as well.  The races are held on the same inshore course that we have done the past two years--just off the north end of the Planetarium, within the outer breakwater of Monroe Harbor.  As usual, free beer and a $10 buffet dinner await racers at the end of the night.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: If you would like to help organize the weekly races, please contact Maya Teleki and meet your annual service time requirements!  More information will follow, but for now just mark the date
in your calendar.
GREAT LAKES OFFSHORE PASSAGE-MAKING EXPEDITIONS
By Paul Uhl, Columbia Yacht Club

Learn how to cruise to exotic locations.
Have you dreamed of crossing the Atlantic, cruising the Pacific Northwest or New England coastline, island hopping, or doing the Caribbean 1500, the milk run, or BaHa Ha Ha?  We have a way to help make that dream a reality.  Aegir Expeditions provides unique offshore passage-making sailing expeditions right here on the Great Lakes for sailors who are interested in gaining long-distance offshore sailing experience. 

We focus on developing your sailing resumé by providing a practical, hands-on learning platform through a variety of long distance, multi-day, non-stop experiences where you as crew are actively involved in every aspect of operating and maintaining a modern Beneteau First 47.7 ocean-cruising boat.  Your experiences include mastering seamanship, navigation, heavy weather tactics, steering and standing watches, sail trim and reefing, anchoring, provisioning, meal preparation, and ongoing vessel maintenance.
 
By eliminating the time and expense of traveling to and from far away or remote destinations, our trips are designed to give day sailors and coastal sailors in the Midwest the skills and confidence to sail anywhere on their own boat by gaining the experience of an extended offshore passage close to home. Visit our website to learn more or to register for our 2017 programs.
FREE WEST MARINE SAFETY SEMINAR
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor 

Join us on Saturday, March 18th
, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at West Marine on Halsted and Division for a free sailing seminar.  The topics will be "General Outboard Motor Safety" and "Safety Gear for Sailing."   The workshop will be held by West Marine staff and geared towards Sail Chicago members.   No pre-registering--you can just pop in.  Hope to see you there!
INSTRUCTION PROGRAM OFFERS NEW ONLINE TEXTBOK AND COURSE
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
US Sailing has come out with an online version of the Basic Keelboat textbook.  Not only is the text now online, but this new version includes quizzes after each chapter and a final test; all must be passed with an 80% minimum before continuing on to the next section.  One can also start and stop at her/his own convenience and your logon access never expires.  The best thing about the online text is that it features animations so that students can actually envision the wind blowing and sails being trimmed in and out.  We will offer this new online version to our new students starting this year.  Anyone is welcome to buy the book online for an introductory offer of $30. You can check it out here.
NEW SKIPPER MENTORS STILL NEEDED
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

With our record number of new Colgate skippers that we had this season (42!!!), we are initiating a Skipper Mentor Program to help welcome our newbie captains as members of Sail Chicago.  Most of our new skippers are not only new to our group, but new to sailing so they could benefit by a Sail Chicago buddy to help guide them into the world of commanding a boat and through the Do's, Don'ts and Culture or our unique community sailing organization.
 
If you would like to be paired up with a new skipper and help pass on your knowledge, contact Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski. Mentors will be asked to be a possible "go-to person" for questions about the group, seamanship and general knowledge and advice.  Ideally, mentors might also accompany our new skippers on practice sails (especially at the beginning of next season) to enable these new skippers to follow our rule of only going out with an experienced skipper during their first, full year of sailing. You do not need to be an Instructor to be a mentor; just willing to share your knowledge and joy of the sport to teach AND learn with a new and enthusiastic Sail Chicago skipper.
THE PRUDENT MARINER
By John Lemon, Safety Director

You may have seen the video circulating on social media last winter that showed a collision between a power boat and a Washington State Ferry boat, near Vashon Island in Puget Sound.  If you missed it, here is a link to the story and the video. (Warning: there's a bit of "salty" language here.)
 
According to Rule 15 of the Navigation Rules, when two power-driven vessels are crossing, the vessel on starboard has right of way.  However, in this case, the operator of the power boat was below deck, the vessel was being steered by autopilot, and there was no one on deck keeping watch.  So the operator of the power boat violated Rule 5 (Look-out), which requires that every vessel maintain a proper look-out AT ALL TIMES by sight and sound and other available means in order to avoid collision.
 
In many cases involving collisions, the Coast Guard apportions responsibility to both parties.  This is due in part to Rule 8 (Action to Avoid Collision), which requires the operators of both vessels to take action to avoid collision, regardless of which is the stand-on and which is the give-way vessel.  In this case, the Coast Guard fined the operator of the power boat for failing to keep watch. The Coast Guard also temporarily suspended the captain's license (Merchant Mariner Credential) of the ferry boat captain because they felt he did not act quickly enough to avoid collision. The captain had over three decades experience as a ferry captain but was working as a relief captain.  Both the Coast Guard and the Washington State Ferry system found that insufficient communication among crew members was a contributing factor.
 
Now is a good time to refresh ourselves on the Navigation Rules. A good place to start is articles that appeared in the May and June, 2016, issues of Between the Sheets.
McNAMARA APPOINTED TO FILL VACANT POST
 
The Sail Chicago Board recently appointed Frank McNamara to fill a vacant one-year term on the Board.  We thought you might be interested in learning a little something about him, so we asked him a few questions. Here are his replies:
 
What should we know about you, both professionally and personally?
Professionally, I have a background in international sales and network engineering.  Aside from sailing, I have a wide variety of interests including travel, photography/cinematography, woodworking, web design, triathlon, hiking, and camping.
 
What's your sailing experience?
Prior to joining Sail Chicago in 2013 and enrolling in Colgate 26 courses, my experience was mostly casual sailing on a friend's boat on the west coast or through Sailtime in Chicago.
 
What have you been involved with in Sail Chicago?
I initially became aware of Sail Chicago from its prior affiliation with AYH (my parents took sailing lessons from AYH back in the '60s).  I joined in 2013.  I am a Colgate 26 Skipper, and I've completed the Coastal Navigation and Basic Cruising courses last season to earn my Hunter 34 skipper card.  I look forward to participating in the Bareboat Cruising course this summer as well as spending time on the water honing my cruising skills.  This past season I joined the racing program and I look forward to continuing with it this coming season.  For the last two years I have worked on managing/selling the club's excess inventory.  I have also assisted at the yard, putting boats away for the season as well as with demasting.  I hope to become more involved with boat maintenance moving forward.
 
Why did you accept the position on the Board?
Sail Chicago is a great organization, and it is fortunate that Chicago has an affordable option to introduce people to the joys of sailing.  Even in the short time I have been a member, I have seen it grow and mature.  I would like to help continue to grow our member base (within reason), expand and improve existing programs, and explore new opportunities.
 
What's your vision for the future of Sail Chicago?
Sail Chicago is certainly heading in the right direction and has made a lot of improvements over the past few seasons.  I believe our relationships with Columbia Yacht Club and US Sailing offer the potential for exciting new opportunities.  I think we should continue to explore adding new programs, as well as to ensure our current courses maintain a high level of quality and consistency.
SPRINGING INTO A DOCK
 
Ever wondered how to maneuver one of our cruising boats into a tight space at the fuel dock? Here's a nifty trick that can get you snuggled in and re-fueled in no time.
NOTES FROM THE FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, February 9, at the offices of Grant Thornton.  The following items were discussed:
 
  • A replacement boat for Naked Dance has been identified in Iowa. Chris Schuler will research this further.
  • Details of the March 2 annual meeting were discussed.
  • Maya Teleki suggested that every other board meeting be a phone-in meeting. The idea was discussed and approved. The next meeting on March 9 will be a phone-in meeting. Maya will provide the phone-in details.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."
 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
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BTS: February 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for February
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #2/FEBRUARY, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
Although it's mid-winter, there are still lots of sailing-related activities in which you can participate.  Bob Lapin, our Cruising Coordinator, is offering some winter seminars.  He's also offering a two-day Coastal Navigation course.  This is a requirement for all cruising skippers who would like to take the on-the-water bareboat cruising course this summer. There's also a Marine Weather Seminar at the Columbia Yacht Club, and a Sailing Safety Gear seminar at West Marine. And don't forget our Annual Meeting on March 2. Your attendance will give you a running start on the many new programs and activities planned for the upcoming sailing season and will introduce you to the two new boats in our fleet. For more information on all these activities, see the articles below.
 
As for me, I'm off for a week in mid-February, taking the family sailing in the British Virgin Islands. If any of you are planning other sailing trips to exotic places this winter, we'd love to publish your stories in Between the Sheets once you're back.  Just call or email me your adventures and I'll see that they're published. 
 
Recently a question came up regarding the timing of annual memberships. Sail Chicago runs on a calendar year, January 1 - December 31. While you can pay your membership fee at any time during the year, your 2017 membership will end on December 31. See the article below for specific instructions on how to join or renew your membership.
 
If you haven't yet met your 2017 service requirement (see the Sail Chicago Rules & Regulations).  There are several positions open that can help you do so.  See the articles below for more information.
ANNUAL MEETING MARCH 2

Mark your calendars now! Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 2nd, at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago.  Free street parking is available nearby. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, but do come early to join friends for a drink or dinner.
 
The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" report by our Board Chairman and program heads, election of Directors for new three-year terms, and a question-and-answer period with the Board. There will be ample time for discussion and socializing. The anticipated end time of the meeting is 9 pm.
  
We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2017 sailing season!
START OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW!
 
Colgate 26
Don't miss out on sailing!
Membership in Sail Chicago for 2017 is now open. Renewing members can do so online from the
my.sailchicago.org website. In the "Account Summary" box on the Landing Page (upper right), click on "Renew" and complete the necessary information. It's that simple! New members may sign up through the public website. Remember, if you want access to the Sail Chicago current membership roster, if you would like to use the reservation system, or to vote for Directors at the Annual Meeting, you MUST be a 2017 member.
MET YOUR SERVICE REQUIREMENT?  SIGN UP NOW!
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
Spring is right around the corner and we need to get our maintenance teams ready.  We are continuing to break down maintenance jobs to increase efficiency. Here is a description of the structure and needs.  Please contact Chris Garvey if interested.
 
Co-coordinators (3) Tom Peterson is currently the coordinator for maintenance. We would like 2 more members to be co-coordinators. These 3 people will oversee the program and will each earn $200 in sailing credit.
 
Boatyard coordinators (2):  These people will organize, coordinate (with boat managers and maintenance coordinators), monitor pre and post sail work done in the yard. They will need to designate the work that needs to be done in the yard, so members who come to help can efficiently complete the work. They need to work with the boatyard trailer coordinator to make sure they have all the supplies they need. They will each ear $100 in sailing credit.
 
Boatyard team members: These members will do maintenance and complete their service time by working in the yard. Five days will complete service time requirement.  At this time, we will take as many members as we can get.
 
Maintenance communicator:  This person will help the above coordinators by communicating to members, when necessary.
 
Boat managers:  All boat managers are returning this year.
 
Boat teams:  Team members work with managers to maintain boats. There are always spaces open. Managers set one day/week to do maintenance. After the work is done, a free sail is possible. Service time is satisfied with active participation.

Gas team: We already have a manager. Now we need a team to fill the boats up with gas on Friday nights. Two people at a time are needed to do the job. You need to sign up for 5 Fridays to complete your service time. After filling the boats with gas, you can go out for a free sail.
MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR NEEDS HELP NOW!
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
It's the busy season for membership inquiries and Faith Hillis, our Membership Coordinator, needs help now to help answer inquiries.  Active participation satisfies service time.  Please contact Chris Garvey.
SEASON OPENING CELEBRATION:  MAY 20
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

We're having a party to open our sailing season on Saturday May 20 at the Columbia Yacht Club.  Snacks, pop, and beer will be available.  In addition, several of the boats in our fleet will be on display.  More information will follow, but for now just mark the date in your calendar.
2017 COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE ANNOUNCED
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Bob Lapin
Have you ever wanted to sail from port-to-port around Lake Michigan or learn the finer points of bareboat cruising so you can charter a boat in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean?  Well, now Sail Chicago can provide you with the opportunity. Weekend Bareboat Cruising courses will again be offered in 2017 aboard 
Calypso, our Pacific Seacrest Ericson 34. Calypso was added to the Sail Chicago fleet in late 2016. 
 
In order to qualify for the course, you must be a Cruising Skipper or plan to become one early in the 2017 sailing season. You must also complete an on-shore Coastal Navigation course that will be offered on the Saturdays of February 25 and March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an office location in the south loop.  To learn the details of both the Sail Chicago Cruising courses and the Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  To register for the February 25/March 4 Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  Questions?  Contact me!
CRUISING PROGRAM OFFERS THREE FREE WINTER SEMINARS
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Three no-fee seminars are being offered this winter to begin preparing for the 2017 sailing season.  They will be held at Columbia Yacht Club from 7:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M. on the following dates:
  1. February 7 - Introduction to Coastal Navigation - This seminar presents the highlights of the two-day workshop offered later in the month.  To register, click here.
  2. February 13 - Aids to Navigation - Brush up on your AtoN's before hitting the Caribbean for your winter cruise.  To register, click here.
  3. February 20 - Weather - Presenting this seminar is Melchior Dikkers, a European certified blue-water sailor and instructor.  Come learn from a sailor who has sailed the world and educated skippers to do the same.  To register, click here.
MARINE WEATHER SEMINAR AT COLUMBIA YACHT CLUB
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
 
I attended the Great lakes Marine Weather Seminar at this year's Strictly Sail Show.  This excellent seminar is presented by Mark Thornton, an experienced Great Lakes sailor and professional meteorologist.   Mark is presenting the same seminar at Columbia Yacht Club on February 25 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  The fee is $65 and includes lunch and beer.  The seminar at the Strictly Sail Show was $125 with no lunch so this is quite a deal.  Mark presents a basic foundation to understanding weather and then recommends specific web sites that should be part of every sailor's preparation for a cruise.  He is an excellent presenter whom we will be adding to Sail Chicago's cruising curriculum.  To register, click here.
FREE WEST MARINE SAFETY SEMINAR
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor 

Join us on Saturday, March 18th
, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at West Marine on Halsted and Division for a free sailing seminar.  The topics will be "General Outboard Motor Safety" and "Safety Gear for Sailing."   The workshop will be held by West Marine staff and geared towards Sail Chicago members.   No pre-registering--you can just pop in.  Hope to see you there!
TILLER TIMES ARE ANOTHER SAIL CHICAGO SUCCESS
By Chris Faris, Tiller Time Coordinator

Sail Chicago scheduled 90 Tiller Times this past sailing season. That's the same number as in 2015 and 20 more than in 2014.  Sixteen (16) Tiller Time Skippers delivered these Tiller Time sessions to approximately 220 Sail Chicago sailors.   Many "thanks" to all of our Tiller Time Skippers for contributing their valuable time and expertise to this important Sail Chicago program.  We look forward to expanding the program this year.

Tiller Times allow current member-students an opportunity to practice on the water with an experienced skipper.  There is no fee for Tiller Times.
NEW SKIPPER MENTORS NEEDED
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

With our record number of new Colgate skippers that we had this season (42!!!), we are initiating a Skipper Mentor Program to help welcome our newbie captains as members of Sail Chicago.  Most of our new skippers are not only new to our group, but new to sailing so they could benefit by a Sail Chicago buddy to help guide them into the world of commanding a boat and through the Do's, Don'ts and Culture or our unique community sailing organization.
 
If you would like to be paired up with a new skipper and help pass on your knowledge, contact Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski. Mentors will be asked to be a possible "go-to person" for questions about the group, seamanship and general knowledge and advice.  Ideally, mentors might also accompany our new skippers on practice sails (especially at the beginning of next season) to enable these new skippers to follow our rule of only going out with an experienced skipper during their first, full year of sailing. You do not need to be an Instructor to be a mentor; just willing to share your knowledge and joy of the sport to teach AND learn with a new and enthusiastic Sail Chicago skipper.
DIVVY AT A DISCOUNT
 
Your Sail Chicago Board has been able to arrange a new benefit for our members. Starting today, you'll be able to get a discounted $89 Annual Membership (regularly $99) to Divvy, Chicago's bike share system with thousands of bikes available to you 24/7. We want to encourage a convenient, affordable, and fun way to get around the city and of course to Monroe and Belmont Harbors where our fleet is moored. Visit the Divvy website to learn more about how it works and where stations are located.
 
This new and exciting benefit is for Sail Chicago members only. We hope you'll take advantage of it. To obtain your discount code email Sarah Pellegrino.  Enjoy your ride.
SAIL CHICAGO MAKES A SPLASH AT STRICTLY SAIL SHOW
 
Sail Chicago volunteers at Strictly Sail
Sail Chicago once again made its presence felt in a big way at the 2017 Strictly Sail Chicago Show, January 11 - January 15, at McCormick Place.  Our newly-renovated Sail Chicago booth was an integral part of the US Sailing Pavilion. Almost fifty Sail Chicago members generously donated their time to help staff the booth during the five day event.  Their efforts were not unrewarded.  Almost one-hundred Show visitors signed up to learn more about Sail Chicago's instruction and racing programs.  Thanks to all those who helped to make our presence at Strictly Sail Chicago felt in a very positive way.  We're grateful for your efforts.
The ever-challenging bowline
KNOTS TO KNOW        

Spring maintenance season hasn't started yet and sailing season is still far in the future. Perhaps it's time to catch up on a few activities that will make us better sailors this coming summer.  Sail Magazine has published a great article on "Seven Essential Knots for Sailors" that makes knot-tying look easy.  So read the article, get some rope, and start practicing.
DECEMBER BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, December 8.  The following items were discussed:

  • Rubato, our newest Colgate 26, is safely stored in Canal Street and will be ready for our 2017 sailing season.
  • The winter seminar series is being set up and is announced in this issue of Between the Sheets.
  • Tom Peterson reported that the standing rigging on two Colgates will be replaced.  The split haul-out went well and the launching for the 2017 season will also be split with four boats launched first followed by three the following week.
  • The Strictly Sail show will be held at McCormick Place from January 11 through January 15 this year.  Sail Chicago will have a booth in the U.S. Sailing pavillion.  Volunteers are needed.
Next month's meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, at Grant Thornton, 171 N. Clark, Chicago.  As always, all members are welcome.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.

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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #1/JANUARY, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

It's a New Year and, I hope you'll notice, Between the Sheets has a new and simpler format.  We've been made aware that more and more people are accessing their emails on their mobile devices, and the format we were using was not particularly mobile friendly.  If you are reading this on a mobile device, I hope that you're having a better experience than you did with the December and prior issues.  

We're also going to make an attempt to shorten articles and eventually perhaps even place them in separate links so you can browse this newsletter more easily and quickly.  If you've got an opinion as to which format you prefer, please let me know.  If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you have no preference.  
2017 COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE ANNOUNCED
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Bob Lapin
Have you ever wanted to sail from port-to-port around Lake Michigan or learn the finer points of bareboat cruising so you can charter a boat in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean?  Well, now Sail Chicago can provide you with the opportunity. Weekend Bareboat Cruising courses will again be offered in 2017 aboard Calypso, our Pacific Seacrest Ericson 34. Calypso was added to the Sail Chicago fleet in late 2016. 

In order to qualify for the course, you must be a Cruising Skipper or plan to become one early in the 2017 sailing season. You must also complete an on-shore Coastal Navigation course that will be offered on the Saturdays of February 25 and March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an office location in the south loop.  To learn the details of both the Sail Chicago Cruising courses and the Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  To register for the February 25/March 4 Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  Questions? contact me!
CRUISING PROGRAM OFFERS THREE WINTER SEMINARS
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Three no-fee seminars are being offered this winter to begin preparing for the 2017 sailing season.  They will be held at Columbia Yacht Club from 7:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M. on the following dates:
  1. February 7 - Introduction to Coastal Navigation - This seminar presents the highlights of the two-day workshop offered later in the month.  To register, click here.
  2. February 13 - Aids to Navigation - Brush up on your AtoN's before hitting the Caribbean for your winter cruise.  To register, click here.
  3. February 20 - Weather - Presenting this seminar is Melchior Dikkers, a European certified blue-water sailor and instructor.  Come learn from a sailor who has sailed the world and educated skippers to do the same.  To register, click here.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MARCH 2

Mark your calendars now! Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 2nd, at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago.  Free street parking is available nearby. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, but do come early to join friends for a drink or dinner.
 
The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" report by our Board Chairman and program heads, election of Directors for new three-year terms, and a question-and-answer period with the Board. There will be ample time for discussion and socializing. The anticipated end time of the meeting is 9 pm.
  
We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2016 sailing season!
U.S. SAILING SAFETY AT SEA SEMINAR
By Matt Stuczynski, Instruction Coordinator


The US Sailing sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminar at the Strictly Sail Chicago Show provides the best curriculum for safety techniques and skills for offshore sailors. This full-day seminar is modeled after the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman training that features live demonstrations and renowned keynote speakers that covers practical ways to stay safe on the water. This certified program for offshore sailors is required for many races and recommended for anyone who wants to learn about safety related to offshore sailing. US Sailing members can receive a discount. Register for the seminar now.

Although there is a fee for this seminar, there are many other free, short sessions all weekend long at the Strictly Sail Show; from weather, to engine maintenance, to seamanship, and lots more. For more information, click here.  The Show runs January 11 - 15 at McCormick Place. Look for the Sail Chicago booth, a part of the U.S. Sailing Pavilion.
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD SEEKS MEMBER TO FILL VACANT POSITION

The Sail Chicago Board currently has an open position with a one-year term expiring in March, 2018.  Qualification for Board membership include:
  • Be actively involved in at least one area of Sail Chicago activities or programs,
  • Plan to attend all regularly-scheduled monthly Board meetings,
  • Volunteer for and participate in at least one Board committee,
  • Think creatively about ways in which Sail Chicago may better serve its members and the greater Chicago community, and be prepared to turn those thoughts into action.
 If you or anyone you know would like to be considered to fill the term, Please contact Matt Stuczynski.

SAIL CHICAGO PLAYS "RUBATO", SEEKS "VIVACE"
By Tom Peterson, Maintenance Coordinator

We have purchased a new Colgate, Rubato (built in 2005). The boat was sailed in fresh water in NY and is in extremely good condition. "Rubato" is a musical term referring to an expressive and rhythmic freedom by a slight speeding up and slowing down of the tempo. ("Vivace" is another musical term that means lively and fast.) We look forward to getting Rubato out on the water this coming spring.

Sail Chicago is always looking for boats to replace or expand our existing fleet. If you come across a Colgate 26 that is for sale please contact any board member or email board@sailchicago.org. The boat should have been sailed in fresh water only, be in excellent condition, and ideally should not have ablative bottom paint (which is normally used on salt water boats). We prefer white as the hull color as it's not as prone to gel coat fading.
MONROE TENDER PASSES TO BE ELIMINATED

John Lemon, our Safety Director, passed along to us the following information from the Monroe Harbor Tender Office.  As soon as we have more information, we'll let you know.

We will be eliminating the use of tender passes for Monroe permittees. Instead of just receiving two seasonal passes and having to purchase additional seasonal passes or daily rides, all Monroe permittees and their guests will be able to ride at no additional charge.

In order to ensure only boaters and their guests have access, the gates to the tender dock will remain closed and will require a code for access to the tender dock. Each permittee will receive two unique codes for their own use and to give to their guests. Boaters will also have the option to change their codes, get additional codes, or an access card for an additional card.
DECEMBER BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, December 8.  The following items were discussed:

  • Rubato, our newest Colgate 26, is safely stored in Canal Street and will be ready for our 2017 sailing season.
  • The winter seminar series is being set up and is announced in this issue of Between the Sheets.
  • Tom Peterson reported that the standing rigging on two Colgates will be replaced.  The split haul-out went well and the launching for the 2017 season will also be split with four boats launched first followed by three the following week.
  • The Strictly Sail show will be held at McCormick Place from January 11 through January 15 this year.  Sail Chicago will have a booth in the U.S. Sailing pavillion.  Volunteers are needed.
Next month's meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, at Grant Thornton, 171 N. Clark, Chicago.  As always, all members are welcome.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.

See what's happening on our social sites:
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BTS: December 2016

Sail Chicago News for December
MISSION
Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE

Next Board Meeting
Thursday, December 8 
at 7:00 p.m.

 
USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Sergio Luntsevich
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 12 /DECEMBER, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Winter is here, our boats are put away for the season.  It's probably time to starting thinking of other things besides sailing... or is it?  There are other places, and at this time of year, much warmer places to sail than Lake Michigan.  Some Sail Chicago members have occasionally enjoyed bareboat excursions to the Caribbean or the Mediterranean at this time of year.  In February, I'll be taking my wife and a couple of other family members on a bareboat cruising adventure to the British Virgin Islands.  
 
Steve Colgate, designer of the Colgate 26, Sail Chicago's primary instruction boat, runs the Offshore Sailing School out of Florida.  In addition to sailing instruction, the School also runs flotillas to some of the Caribbean Islands.  And then there's always the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. It's long been known for its excellent sailing instruction and other sailing opportunities. Perhaps you might enjoy taking a little time to explore these and other winter sailing prospects on the internet.
 
In the meantime, several Sail Chicago members have mentioned to me that they'd love to charter a boat with other members for a winter sailing expedition, but they're not quite sure how to do it or what they'd be getting into.  Remember, Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer organization.  Perhaps there's a member with some chartering experience who could step up to be what we might even call our "Bareboat Coordinator."  They'd be responsible for determining interest, sending out notices, and generally coordinating the charter process.  Who knows, there might even be enough interest to mount a whole flotilla. If you're interested in exploring this further, contact Christine Garvey, our Volunteer Coordinator.
 
In another area, we recently attended a fantastic Sail Chicago "Post Season Party and Celebration" at the Columbia Yacht Club (see article below).  Many thanks to Sergio Luntsevich, our volunteer Social Coordinator, for organizing the event.
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STRICTLY SAIL SHOW
By Steve Vandervoort, Strictly Sail Coordinator
 
Strictly Sail
Chicago is about to freeze over, and we are longing to be back on the water.  But luckily the Midwest's premier sailing show is coming in January to help with the winter blues.  Strictly Sail Chicago has joined forces with the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show for a truly spectacular event, January 11-14 at McCormick Place.  Hundreds of local and national exhibitors will fill the South Hall, giving sailors the chance to preview the latest in sailboats and equipment.  This is a great opportunity for Sail Chicago members and students to make connections in the sailing community, attend seminars, and pick up sailing gear for the upcoming season at a significant discount.
 
Sail Chicago has long been part of this event and we are fortunate to have been
Volunteers at last year's Strictly Sail
well-represented by volunteers at our exhibit over the years. Let's make this another great year!  Volunteers get into the show for free and will have the chance to browse exhibits or tour the boats on display before or after their shifts.   Your commitment will be just a few hours of chatting about your enthusiasm for sailing with potential new members of Sail Chicago--a great deal!
 
Volunteer times are:
 
Wednesday, January 11:  2-5 p.m. & 5-8 p.m.  
Thursday, January 12:  11 am-2 p.m., 2-5 p.m., & 5-8 p.m.
Friday, Jan 13:  11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2-5 p.m., & 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, January 14:  10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-5 p.m., & 5-8 p.m.
Sunday, January 15:  10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1-5 p.m.
 
If you'd like to sign up, please contact Sarah Pellegrino via email.  Be sure to include "Strictly Sail" in the subject line, and indicate your 1st and 2nd time-slot preferences, cell phone number, and whether you are a student, new member, or veteran sail Chicago member.  See you at the Show!
 
To find out more about the show, visit the  Strictly Sail Chicago website.

NEW SKIPPER MENTOR PROGRAM
By Matt Stuczynki, Lead Instructor
 
With the record number of new Colgate skippers that we had this season (there
Colgate 26
Experienced skippers can guide new skippers
are 42!), we are initiating a Skipper Mentor Program to help welcome our newbie captains as members of Sail Chicago.  Most of our new skippers are not only new to our group, but new to sailing so they could benefit by a Sail Chicago buddy to help guide them into the world of commanding a boat and through the Do's, Don'ts, and Culture or our unique community sailing organization.  
 
If you would like to be paired up with a new skipper and help pass on your knowledge, contact Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski.  Mentors will be asked to be a possible "go to person" for questions about the group, seamanship, and general knowledge and advice.  Ideally, mentors might also accompany our new skippers on practice sails (especially at the beginning of next season) to enable these new skippers to follow our rule of only going out with an experienced skipper during their first, full year of sailing.  You do not need to be an Instructor to be a mentor; just willing to share your knowledge and joy of the sport to teach and learn with a new and enthusiastic Sail Chicago skipper.
 
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD SEEKS MEMBER TO FILL VACANT POSITION
 
The Sail Chicago Board currently has an open position with a one-year term expiring in March, 2018.  Qualification for Board membership include:
  • Be actively involved in at least one area of Sail Chicago activities or programs,
  • Plan to attend all regularly-scheduled monthly Board meetings,
  • Volunteer for and participate in at least one Board committee,
  • Think creatively about ways in which Sail Chicago may better serve its members and the greater Chicago community, and be prepared to turn those thoughts into action.
If you or anyone you know would like to be considered to fill the term, please contact Matt Stuczynski. 
 
SERVICE TIME UPDATE
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
It's never too early to start planning for the 2017 season.  If you will not be keeping your service time job, please let me know as soon as possible. Program heads need to let me know what positions they need filled.
 
Although I am not putting the entire chart of open positions in this article, I would like to mention a few open positions:
  • I could use a couple of members to help me with service time documentation. This job will be done by computer, at your own availability. It will satisfy your service time commitment.
  • We need an assistant for Matt Stuczinski, our lead instructor. He needs help with communication/emails, planning and training. This job satisfies your service time.
  • We could use a Seminar Coordinator.  This position manages the logistics of our winter seminars, coordinating with seminar speakers, finding venues, and sending out seminar announcements.  It also fulfills your service time.
POST-SEASON PARTY CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
 
Chris Schuler & Minna Greene
Chris Schuler presents award to Minna Greene
On the evening of Friday, November 18, almost 60 Sail Chicago members and friends boarded the Columbia Yacht Club's "Big Blue Boat" anchored in DuSable Harbor to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Awards Dinner and Celebration.  It was held in a large tent set up on the stern of the boat. Although the weather was a bit chilly, it was warm and toasty inside the tent.  Everyone agreed that it provided a great nautical venue for such a festive occasion.  The party gave both members and guests an opportunity to reminisce about the recent sailing season and to make preliminary plans for the next one.  In the meantime, there were a variety of drinks and some fabulous food to enjoy, old and new friends to meet, and fun to be had.
 
This event was also a time to salute some of our volunteer members who "went beyond the call of duty" in their service to Sail Chicago.  Various program areas recognized outstanding participants in each of the following areas:
  • Best Sail Chicago Students:  Cait Larson & Mark Yoon
  • Maintenance Guru:  Maureen Huston
  • Instructor of the Year:  Tom Prucher
  • Volunteer of the Year:  Jim Monk
  • Chairman's Award for Service:  Jay Owens
Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled. In addition, Minna Greene was given special recognition as "Protector of the Rhodes Fleet."  Minna has attended almost every Board meeting in recent years to make sure that her beloved Rhodes 19s, for years the backbone of the Sail Chicago fleet, will not be abandoned.  Although the fleet is now getting a little long in the tooth, the boats are still great fun to sail.
 
Many thanks to Sergio Luntsevich, Sail Chicago's Social Coordinator, and all his helpers who were able to create for us a truly memorable evening.  It was much appreciated by all who attended
 
TUCKING PRIORITIES IN FOR THE WINTER
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Putting Priorities, one of our cruising boats, to bed for the winter is not a
Three Sail Chicago maintenance experts at work
simple task, but with teamwork, the job becomes a lot easier.   In the picture to the right, Vern Deason (left), John Muhlenberg (center), and Ed Schroeder (right) go through the 25+ necessary steps.  These sailors have over 150 years of sailing and boat maintenance experience between them and are eager to show you how to care for a cruising boat.  Come out and join them in the spring.  Contact
Norm Linde, the Boat Manager for Priorities, and let him know you would like to be invited to future maintenance opportunities.  It's a great way to get to know the boat and to gain a deeper understanding of how a cruising boat should be maintained.  This knowledge can be extremely valuable should you ever decide to own a boat of your own.  
 
NOTES FOR THE NOVEMBER BOARD MEETING
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, November 10.  The following items were discussed:
  • The purchase of Rubato, our newest Colgate 26, is being finalized.       The professional surveyor said it is like new. Rubato's
    price was $26,000 which is mostly covered by the insurance proceeds from the virtually total loss oEclipse after a lightning strike. (Fortunately, no one was aboard.)
  • Calypso, our newly purchased Pacific Seacrest Ericson 34, is now safely tucked away at Canal Street marina with the rest of Sail Chicago's boats. The maintenance team led by Simeon Stairs has busied themselves preparing the boat for winter and the 2017 cruising season. The little sailing done on the boat at the end of the season demonstrated that it is fast and sails like a dream.
  • Tom Peterson and the maintenance team have implemented a revised scheme to have the Colgates ready earlier in the spring. Three boats were pulled earlier this season and have already had their bottoms painted for the spring. Some fiberglass and other repairs will be professionally contracted to ease the spring workload.
  • Adam Wisneski reported that marketing activities designed to improve our on-line presence have resulted in Sail Chicago now being number two when someone googles "sailing lessons."
  • Matt Stuczynski reported that U.S. Sailing is preparing a First Sail program designed to get more people involved in sailing by offering two-hour introductory sails.  U.S. Sailing continues to work on its online basic keelboat text and test. Both Matt and Michael Swisher need assistants in instruction and registration, so drop them an email if you can help.
  • Next month's meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, at Grant Thornton, 171 N. Clark, Chicago.  As always, all members are welcome.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it tophotos@sailchicago.org.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."

Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: November 2016

Sail Chicago News for November
MISSION
Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE

Board Meeting
November 10

End-of-Season Party
November 18

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Sergio Luntsevich
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 11 /NOVEMBER, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Winter is just around the corner. Our fleet is stacked neatly in the boatyard on Canal Street.  We can forget about sailing and Sail Chicago for the next few months.  Or can we?
 
Remember, as a community sailing program, we are an all-volunteer organization.  The main reason that we can offer such uniquely affordable instruction and sailing opportunities to our members and others in the Chicago area is that our dedicated members put in countless hours of service staffing our instruction programs, performing administrative roles, and now most importantly, maintaining our fleet so that future members and students will be able to enjoy sailing on our beautiful Lake Michigan.  It's during the late fall and early spring months that a great deal of this maintenance work is performed.  Patching, repairing, and cleaning our boats and rigging, sorting and repairing our sails, and insuring that each boat is provided with the necessary safety equipment are just a few of the important maintenance tasks that will be carried out.
 
As members of Sail Chicago, we all pitch in to help with some of these and other tasks.  That's why we have an annual service requirement built into our membership program.  While new members don't have a service requirement in their first year, they need to have signed up for an activity that will fulfill the requirement by the beginning of the next sailing season if they wish to participate in any on-the-water activities. Returning members in their third year and beyond must have fulfilled their service requirement by the start of the new sailing season.
 
For our newer members, a great way to fulfill your service requirement is by becoming a member of a Boat Team.  Here you will be part of a team of 5 -7 members who are responsible for keeping one of our boats in tip-top shape for the sailing season.  You'll work on the boat during the fall and spring to prepare it for the next sailing season, and you'll help with minor repairs during the season itself. You're also eligible to participate in weekly "maintenance cruises" with other boat team members throughout the summer.  It's a great way to learn about all of the things that go into boat maintenance, and also an opportunity to meet other enthusiastic sailors in Sail Chicago.  To find out more, please contact Tom Peterson, our Maintenance Coordinator, or to see other opportunities to meet your service requirement, see the article below.
POST-SEASON CELEBRATION, NOVEMBER 18
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator
 
Join fellow sailors to celebrate another great sailing season with a delicious dinner on the lake at the Columbia Yacht Club.  After dinner we will recognize the excellent efforts of our members and students who have helped Sail Chicago thrive.  The event will be held on Friday evening, November 18th starting at 6:30 with a cash bar.  
 
A delicious buffet dinner will be provided by Columbia Yacht Club which is well known for its fine dining.  The menu includes a salad, Amish roasted breast of chicken with field mushrooms, seasonal ravioli, fresh vegetables, roasted potatoes, rolls, assorted gourmet cookies and coffee and tea. 
 
Cost: $30 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Parking is available in the DuSable Harbor lot just west of the yacht club.
 
To register and pay by November 12th, click here  Space is limited, so sign up soon.

PLEASE RETURN MISSING BOAT PASSES
By Vlad Rothkin and Annette Faber, Boat Pass Coordinators

Three parking passes for the Monroe Street parking garage are missing.  If we don't return them we will be charged for them.  Please check your wallets, glove compartments, or desk drawers to make sure that you don't have a parking pass that you forgot to return.  Since it's the end of the sailing season, they no longer work to get you into or out of the garage.  If you find one, please notifyVlad Rothchin or 
CALYPSO JOINS THE SAIL CHICAGO FLEET
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
 
On October 13, Sail Chicago added a newly purchased cruiser to our fleet.  She's Calypso, a 1993 Pacific Seacraft Ericson 34. The search committee of Norris Larson, Bob Lapin, Norm Linde, Jay Owens, Ed Schroeder, and
Simeon Stairs checked out boats throughout the 2016 season.  After examining
numerous boats, the purchase of Calypso was approved by the Board.  What attracted the committee to Calypso was the high quality of construction and excellent condition of this used boat.  Virtually no problems were found during survey.  The boat is about the same size as our Hunter 34, but it has a fin keel and weighs 1200 pounds more--it is solid.

Calypso sails like a dream and is fast.  We motored from Waukegan to Belmont
Under way aboard
Calypso
Harbor at 2500 rpm and made 6.5 to 7 kts, completing the voyage in a little over 4 hours.  In 10 kt breeze, with full main and genoa, Calypso made 6.5 to 7 kts.  On a windier day, with a 15 kt breeze, with a reefed genoa and a full main, we consistently made 7 kts with a 15-degree heel that was very comfortable.  

Reefing the main is a snap because all the reefing can be done from the cockpit.  The dodger was also very helpful coming down from Waukegan with the temperature at 38 degrees.  More fun is certainly in store next season as we put the asymmetrical spinnaker through its paces.  The maintenance crew, led by Simeon Stairs, is winterizing Calypso and determining the improvements to get it ready for the 2017 season. Come check it out next season.
 
A RECORD NUMBER OF NEW SKIPPERS!
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor, and Michael Swisher, Program Coordinator
 
Many hearty thanks to our team of amazing Instructors and to our Check-Out Team of Marj Benson and Alex Pedenko whose dedicated work helped our group check out 42 new Colgate skippers this year.  This number is nearly double most recent previous years and all 42 skippers are new to our organization.  Welcome to all the new skippers!  We remind them to re-read the "Keelboat Skipper Personal Statement" that they signed when they passed the on-the-water part of our skipper requirement tests.   That statement emphasizes following the directives in the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations handbook so that they can continue to learn and enjoy many, many years of growth as a sailor and skipper.
 
THANKS TO SCHULER SCHOLARS VOLUNTEERS
By Tom Simms, Schüler Scholars Sailing Coordinator
 
The Schüler Scholar sailing program has just completed its third year.  I would
Schuler Scholars enjoy an afternoon Colgate sail
like to take this opportunity to thank each of the 13 Sail Chicago members who generously volunteered their Wednesday afternoons to share their love of sailing with these deserving students.  The response from the Schüler Foundation has been overwhelmingly positive.  With the continued support of the Sail Chicago Board of Directors, we hope to expand the program to provide more enriched sailing experiences for these young scholars.
 
A GREAT SAILING LESSON!  Viva el barco de vela!
 
Sail Chicago's Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski, was recently captured on video by Univision giving a sailing lesson to an enthusiastic neophyte.  The video clip is both instructive and hilarious.  To witness the entire experience click here. (Hint: it helps if you speak Spanish.)

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you to everyone who has been working this season to make the organization run effectively.  Now it's time to put the boats to bed for the winter, and we need all the help we can get.  If you need service time, you can sign up for a boatyard team.  But, even if you are set with your own service time completion, we could still use your help.   Please contact Tom Peterson  and/or watch for announcements regarding when the work is being done (see "Haul Out..." article in this issue).
 
Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.

OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team:  Creates and implements fundraising activities.  Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):  Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors:  One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator:  Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance. Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties:  Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams:  Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams:  This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season. 5 days of work satisfies service time.
  
For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey. 
 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it tophotos@sailchicago.org.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."

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BTS: October 2016

Sail Chicago News for October
MISSION
Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE

Board Meeting
October 13
De-Masting Our Boats
October 15
Motor Our Boats Upriver
October 17 
End-of-Season Party
November 18

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 10 /OCTOBER, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I've recently heard from some of our Boat Managers that they have found some of the boats in our fleet to be in less that tip-top condition when they board the boat for a maintenance sail.  Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer program.  We don't
Rigging a Colgate
Getting Her "Shipshape and Bristol Fashion"
have an expensive professional staff to make minor repairs or to clean up after our members.  That's one of the main reasons that we are able to offer our members so many and such affordable sailing opportunities.  But this also means that our members have a responsibility to clean up after themselves and, after sailing, to leave the boat in a condition that they would like to find it. Often it's just the small things that don't take much time, but can make all the difference to the skipper who sails the boat after you do.  Here's a partial ialac6
list passed on to me by some of our Boat Managers:
  • Secure the wand to the port foredeck.  If it's on the starboard foredeck, people entering or leaving the boat may step on it and break it.
  • Secure the traveler to port for a similar reason.  It gives the people coming on board or leaving the boat more room to step out of the way of the next person, a big plus if the boat is rocking.
  • Fully complete both the pre-sail and post-sail checklist, noting any items that need attention. This checklist provides you with a multitude of good reminders and alerts you to any problems with the boat. It also serves to notify future skippers of problems.
  • When unfurling the jib, make sure to keep some tension on the furling line by letting it run through your hands.  If you don't, the line may wind itself back on the furling disk and get tangled.  If this happens, you'll have a really tough time furling the jib again at the end of your sail.
  • When you leave the boat take another look around the cabin to make sure that no items, including any garbage, are left behind, and that gear has been properly stowed.  Boat Managers tell me that all sorts of weird things have been found on our boats.
  • If you use the VHF radio, make sure that you turn it off before you lock the hatch.  Batteries can wear down quickly if the radio is left on.
  • As you lock the hatch, make sure that the numbers on the lock are facing the right direction so they can be read easily by the next person.
  • If you've reefed the mainsail, as a courtesy to the next skipper, please untie the nettles and loosen the reef lines so the mainsail can be raised smoothly and easily.
  • Report any malfunctions or repairs needed on the member page of the Sail Chicago website.  It's remarkably easy, it only takes a couple of minutes, and it alerts the Boat Managers and everyone who sails the boat after you.
  • If you have an "incident" (see the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations), immediately report it to the Safety Director. Having a description from you about what happened protects both you and Sail Chicago. Again, this can be done very simply through the member page of the Sail Chicago website.
  • In short, please leave the boat the way you would like to find it.
Obviously, this is only a partial list. If you have any comments or pet peeves about what you've found or not found on our boats, please let me know and I'll pass them on to our members in a future issue of Between the Sheets.

END-OF-SEASON HAUL-OUT AND MAINTENANCE
By Tom Peterson, Sail Chicago Maintenance

The end of the sailing season is almost here, we need to be out of the harbors before October 31.  The Rhodes, Ideals, and the four remaining Colgates are set to go out of service on October 15.  We will motor the boats up the Chicago River on the 17th of October to our winter facility at Canal Street Marina.
 
Colgate at the Yard
A Colgate Ready for Winter Quarters 
We are looking for a number of volunteers to help take down the masts on October 15, both for the Colgates and the Ideals.  Some volunteers should be experienced, but we can use help from those who are there to learn.  If you are interested (and we hope you are!), send an email to Lois Lawson
 who is assigning people to the various jobs.  Please include your experience level, but, again, we can use people who are at any level of experience.
 
If you are interested in the Colgate river trip on October 17, contact Kristen Miller.   Let her know your available times, whether you are a skipper, and if
Heading Upriver
you have gone through the locks before.
 
After the boats are in the yard, we are hoping to get some serious work done to make the Spring launch easier.  Anyone can help, we will try to get out there at least one day a week until the weather turns bad. If you want to know if we will be out there working on a particular day, either email me, Tom Petersonor call my cell, 773-241-4870.

We're hoping to get some new people involved in these activities.  Don't feel put off if you haven't done maintenance before, we will get you involved as much as you want.  And if you have any suggestions let me know when you see me, or email them to me.

END-OF-SEASON PARTY ON SATURDAY, NOV. 18
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Mark your calendars to save the date for Sail Chicago's end-of-the-season celebration that will be held at the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evening,
2010 Post Season Party
A Past End-of-Season Party
November 18th.  We look forward to an evening of dining and relaxing with friends in this nautical setting.  The evening will begin at 6:30 with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:00PM.  The Board of Directors will be on hand to recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievement or through their volunteerism.

Look for an article in the November Between the Sheets with a link to register and pay for this event. An email announcement will also go out later in October. Space is limited so be sure to register early. The event is open to Sail Chicago members, students, and their guests. This year the fee will be $30 per person for both members and guests.

PLEASE RETURN PARKING AND TENDER PASSES!
By Annette Faber & Vlad Roshchin, Monroe Pass Coordinators

The end of our sailing season is fast approaching, and currently we have two parking passes and several tender passes missing from our lockboxs.  Skippers, please check your wallets and sailing gear to make sure that you haven't forgotten to return a pass that you used earlier in the season.  Use of these passes is a privilege and on the honor system. If we don't return them by the end of the season, we will be charged for them.  That money could be better spent in more productive ways for Sail Chicago.  At the end of the season, the passes are automatically canceled and will no longer be usable.  Thanks for your cooperation.

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you to everyone who has been working this season to make the organization run effectively.  Now it's time to put the boats to bed for the winter, and we need all the help we can get.  If you need service time, you can sign up for a boatyard team.  But, even if you are set with your own service time completion, we could still use your help.   Please contact Tom Peterson and/or watch for announcements regarding when the work is being done (see "Haul Out..." article in this issue).

Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.

OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team:  Creates and implements fundraising activities.  Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):  Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors:  One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.

MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator:  Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance. Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties:  Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams:  Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams:  This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season. 5 days of work satisfies service time.


For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.

THE LEGEND OF THE PIG AND THE ROOSTER

A Sailor's Pig & Rooster T-Shirt
Here's a bit of sailor's lore from Sail Chicago member David Shayne:  

Back in the day, sailors would tattoo a pig on one foot and a rooster on the other. It was believed that this would give the sailor the ability to walk on water if they had to abandon ship.  This came from the claim that when merchant ships that sank while carrying live animals, the crates that the carried the pigs and roosters always floated ashore. Thus, by having a pig and rooster tattooed on either foot, sailors could make it to land.  (Even if you have such tattoos, Sail Chicago still requires you to wear a life jacket!)
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it tophotos@sailchicago.org.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."

Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: September 2016

Sail Chicago News for September
MISSION
Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
September 8

U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
September 17

Board Meeting
October 13

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 9 /SEPTEMBER, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Sail Chicago is a "community sailing program."  Just what does that mean, and how are we different from other sailing programs?  First, it might help to explain what we are not.  We are NOT a sailing "club."  This may sound a little strange to some of our older members who refer occasionally to the organization as a "club."  In fact, there are distinct and important differences.  First, our mission (see the column to the left for our Mission Statement) is not to serve our members exclusively, but to provide sailing opportunities and instruction for the broader Chicago community.  Second, we have been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization or "public charity."   This means that contributions, financial or otherwise, made to Sail Chicago are deductible from your federal income tax. Third, we have been recognized by the U.S. Sailing Association as a true "community sailing program."  The Association's Community Sailing Committee has the following mission:

The mission of the US Sailing Community Sailing Committee is to promote and support community sailing in the United States. We recognize diversity as essential to achieving our mission; for us, diversity refers to the differences of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, age, beliefs, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, family status, physical ability, appearance and ideas. We are committed to achieving greater diversity throughout the sport and fostering an environment that is more inclusive.

To help us achieve our mission, we seek to identify organizations that provide the highest quality of education and support access to sailing for all. These are organizations that align with the standards set forth by US Sailing and offer safety, fun, and learning through their programming.

Finally, and perhaps most important, is the attitude of our members. We are bound together not only by our love of sailing, but by a desire to pass that love on to others in our wider community through the work that we do in providing quality instruction to our members and students and in offering affordable sailing opportunities for others in the wider Chicago community.  We are proud of the service we offer, and most of us work hard at volunteer tasks that promote our mission.  It's what makes our own "community" so special!


U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION
The next U.S. Sailing written certification test will be given on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 am, Starbucks, 7112 W North Avenue, Oak Park.  Please bring with you a check for $50 payable to Sail Chicago.  All Sail Chicago members who have successfully completed our Intermediate Sailing course are eligible to take the test. For questions or to register please contact 

THINK ABOUT A RIVER TRIP!
By Kristen Miller, Maintenance Communications Assistant

Down the river!
Attention all sailors!  We are quickly approaching that time of the year when the weather cools down and sailing season is coming to an end.  Each year we take a trip up the river to get our boats out of the water and to the Canal Street Boat yard for routine maintenance work.  

This year we will be taking two trips.  The first one will be late September, early October to move two of our Colgates.  The second will be mid to late October to move the last four.  Each boat needs at LEAST three members, max of six, to help motor the boats through the locks and up the river.  The trip takes about two hours and is a really cool and unique experience.  We are even offering incentive this year - $30 in sailing credits to the first three volunteers per boat.  Each boat needs at least one skipper certified member but all members are encouraged to volunteer as crew and experience the river trip!  If interested for either of the two trips, email me immediately to reserve a spot!  If you've got questions, let me know.  Exact dates and times will be based on member availability.

SAFETY FIRST:  NAV LIGHTS AND COAST GUARD
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

As we head into the early fall and earlier sunsets, it's important to remember that navigation lights, sometimes called running lights, are an important component of safe boating after dark. The red and green bow lights, the white stern light, and the white masthead light for boats under motor power allow other vessels to see your boat, understand who you are and what you are doing (sail or power) and take proper action to avoid collision. 

USCG regulations requires that running lights be exhibited between sunset and sunrise or during periods of limited visibility i.e. fog. Sailboats less than 7 meters (23 feet) are not required to exhibit lights but must have
 a flashlight at hand to illuminate the sail to avoid collision. It's important for skippers to check both the Fleet Status page in the reservation system and to verify that ALL running lights are operational if sailing after sunset. The Colgates are longer than the 7 meter exemption, thus they must have operating running lights and may not substitute a flashlight illuminating the sail. Skippers should switch to another boat for evening sails if the lights on the boat you have reserved are not working properly.
A-OK with the U.S. Coast Guard

On another note, I was sailing my own boat recently and was boarded by the Coast Guard for a routine safety check. The Coast Guard carries out these inspections to ensure that all boats have the required safety equipment. There is no implication of wrong-doing if you are boarded. The Coast Guard may board your boat without cause. If you are polite and cooperate, you will have no problems. That is, unless you are operating a vessel in an unsafe manner.  The Coast Guard asked to see my registration and ID, life jackets for everyone on board, a throwable flotation device, visual distress signal (flares), sound making device, and fire extinguisher (boats with engines). The also inquired about my marine sanitation device (head). Only Priorities is fitted with a head. They were very pleasant, found everything in order, and proceeded to inspect other vessels in the area. Sail Chicago skippers should note that the items on the boat checklists in bold are Coast Guard legally required safety equipment. If any of those items are missing or inoperable, you should switch boats or cancel your sail.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FRIENDS & FAMILY PICNIC

The Friends & Family Picnic on the aft deck of the Columbia Yacht Club.
Sunday, August 7, will be a day to remember for the lucky Sail Chicago members who attended the organization's annual Friends & Family Picnic and Sail.  Over 60 members and friends registered for the event, which was held for the first time this year on the aft deck of the Columbia Yacht Club's "big blue boat" anchored in DuSable Harbor.  Unlike former picnics that had been held in the past on the grass at Montrose or Belmont Harbors, this was a truly elegant setting.  Round tables with linen tablecloths had been set up under a large canopy which kept the hot sun away, but allowed the lake breeze to cool the picnickers.  And the buffet was both beautiful and delicious--hamburgers, sausages, grilled chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, mixed fruit, and all the fixin's delighted the participants.

Of course, there was also time for members to get their friends and family out for a sail.  Three of our Colgates were waiting at the Columbia Yacht Club's private dock to board passengers and get them out on Lake Michigan. Seasoned sailors had a chance to meet old friends, and new members had the opportunity to get acquainted with future sailing buddies.  Everyone agreed it was a great time.  Many thanks to our Social Coordinator, Sergio Luntsevich, for organizing the event and following through for us.  This picnic is just one of the many ways in which Sail Chicago and Columbia Yacht Club are cooperating with one another to enhance each other's programs. Look for more cooperation in the future.

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

We need people to help de-commission the boats.  I have created a "boatyard team" to help the individual boat maintenance teams commission and  de-commission the boats.  This job includes taking down and putting up the masts, the river trip to the boatyard, and work at the yard.  You will need to work 5 days to complete service time.  The river trip has not been considered service time in the past because it's such a fun thing to do.
 
Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help--ASP.net knowledge helpful.  You need to have a long-term commitment to Sail Chicago.  Active participation completes service time.
 
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team--Creates and implements fundraising activities   Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars).  Must have weekday afternoons available.  5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers--You may bring your own first mate. 5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers--You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors--One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator--Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator--Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance.  Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams--Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition.  Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties--Specialists will be called on when needed.  Active participation completes service time.
*Gas teams--Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams--This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season.  5 days of work satisfies service time.
 
 
For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.

URBAN YOUTH SAIL PLANS TO EXPAND FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR
By Betsy Newton, Urban Youth Sail Coordinator

For over 30 years, Sail Chicago has sponsored Urban Youth Sail in partnership with Association House, a community center in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago.  We give young clients of Association House an opportunity to sail on Lake Michigan.  It enables the participants to experience Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago in a different way.  This year, skippers Mark Fechner and Tim Rice participated in the program.  

Next year, we hope to schedule the program on a bi-weekly basis (on weekdays to be determined).  We welcome both new skippers who can sign up as first mates and get to know the program as well as experienced skippers who want to enjoy weekday sailing with eager young participants.  Email Betsy Timm Newton with any questions.

SAIL CHICAGO PROVIDES SCHULER SCHOLARS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAIL
By Tom Simms, Schuler Scholars Sail Coordinator

Schuler Scholars enjoy a sail
We just completed our third season. It was another very successful endeavor.  Sail Chicago provided two boats with a skipper and a 1st mate for nine different high schools from the northern suburbs as well as Chicago proper.  In all, 70 students were given the opportunity sail.  Thirteen Sail Chicago volunteers manned the boats.  

We are already looking forward to the 2017 season where we can again offer two crewed Colgates on Wednesday afternoonss from mid-June thru mid-August.  Also, I would like to offer the schools an extra boat or two if the interest level at a particular school is very high. 

TALL SHIPS VISIT CHICAGO

An American schooler was one of the tall ships visiting Chicago.
Chicago's Navy Pier once again hosted a Festival of Tall Ships, July 27-31, and many Sail Chicago members were on hand to see them on parade or to tour the ships during the weekend. It was an exciting time to see the sailing ships of yesteryear docked at Navy Pier. There was everything from a Spanish galleon to a Viking longship that had sailed all the way from Norway.  Member, Jay Owens, sent us this picture of a visiting American schooner.  We look forward to their return in future years.
WE NEED YOUR SAILING PHOTOS!

Sail Chicago is developing a new backdrop banner for our booth at the annual Strictly Sail Chicago Show this coming January, and we are looking for the
perfect photo for the background.  Ideally, the photo will contain a background shot of the Chicago skyline with several Sail Chicago boats in the foreground.  If you have a photo like that, or one of a different sort that you think might be suitable and it's in .jpg format, please send it along to  Who knows, you might see it reproduced on an 8'X10' banner at the Strictly Sail Show.
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The board met on September 1 at 7:00 p.m.    Members are always welcome. Discussion items included: 
  • The Board made a decision to purchase Calypso, a 1993 Pacific Seacraft Ericson 34.  Negotiations will begin today. We will keep Priorities through next season to determine the feasibility of keeping two cruisers. 
  • Extensive discussions were held to consider optimizing our maintenance procedures. Tom Peterson will begin taking several boats to Canal Street earlier this year to begin prep for next season in the fall rather than the spring. 
  • Eclipse, one of our Colgate 26s, was struck by lightening whiile moored at Monroe Harbor and the damage is extensive. It looks like a total loss. A search for a replacement will begin.  An electrical engineer will assess our boats to determine if lightening protection is available. 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it tophotos@sailchicago.org.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."

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BTS: August 2016

Sail Chicago News for August
MISSION
Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Friends & Family Picnic
August 7
Board Meeting
August 11
Happy Hour at the Weather Mark
August 25
Board Meeting
September 8

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 8 / AUGUST, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I remember back when I was a new member of Sail Chicago. I had a lot of questions about the organization. Where could I get information about reservations, the status of a boat I wanted to reserve for private use, upcoming events in which I could participate, reporting a boating accident or mal-function, finding crew to sail with me, fulfilling my annual service requirement, etc., etc.  I found the organization rather opaque and difficult to navigate.  I suspect that's also true of some of our newer members today.  And yet, I believe that today we have many more information resources available that we did back when I was a newbie.
 
Let's start with Between the Sheets.  Our monthly newsletter tries to keep you up to date on a variety of programs, events, and issues in Sail Chicago.  Past issues can be a good source of information.  They can be found on the Sail Chicago website under "News."  Also, the maroon sidebar on the left of each issue tries to keep you up to date on events, who to contact for specific information, and other ongoing useful information.  Individual announcements are also published for events happening where registration is often necessary.  We try to keep these announcements to a minimum so as not to spam you.  If you're not getting them, you may want to search your junk mail folder.
 
If you're looking for crew or would like to crew for others, signing up for Share-a-Sail might be a good bet.  You can do it through Google Groups.  See the July, 2016 issue of Between the Sheets for specific instructions.  And if you're looking for ways to fulfill your annual service requirement, look in the current issue of BTS.  You'll find listings of current open positions for which you may qualify.  If you have questions regarding your service requirement, contact Christine Garvey, our Volunteer Coordinator.
 
A quick review of the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations may answer many of your questions about the organization.  This online manual covers everything from membership qualifications and registration to use of the reservation system to reporting of boating accidents.  It also states our policies on equal opportunity and harassment.   You can find a link to the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations under "Useful Information" to the left.
 
Finally, there's one last place to find information.  When I was a newbie and was frustrated, I'd email Lois Lawson, who was then our Membership Coordinator. She'd always have an answer for me, or she'd find someone for me who did. Now our Membership Coordinator is Faith Hillis. You can reach her at 

FRIENDS AND FAMILY PICNIC & SAIL, AUGUST 7
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join us for a picnic and a sail on Sunday, August 7, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.!
 
This 
The Columbia Yacht Club
year there's something new and exciting!  It's a joint event with the 
Columbia Yacht Club.   We'll picnic on the Club's dock and offer brief sails on boats in our Colgate fleet throughout the afternoon.  Come join old friends and meet new friends.

We're planning to offer sails on our Colgates.  
We need Colgate skippers who can set aside time to take folks out for a short sail.  If you can help out, please let me know as soon as possible.
 
This is a great opportunity to get your non-sailing friends and family out on the water for a brief sail.  Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch complete with 1/2 pound hamburgers, all beef hotdogs, grilled chicken breasts, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit, dessert, and all the fixin's. There's a $10 per person charge for Sail Chicago members and guests ($5 for all kids under 12) to cover the cost of the food. The fee is non-refundable.  In the event of rain, the buffet will be moved to the aft deck of the Club.
 
Come early to register for a sail on one of our Colgates.  Stay late to share sailing stories and have a good time. To register, click here.

SAIL CHICAGO HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAY, AUG. 25
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join other Sail Chicago members and students on Thursday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m.  Meet new friends, reconnect with old sailing buddies, and compare your best sailing stories!
 
We will be at the Weather Mark Tavern, everyone's favorite nautical-themed
The Weather Mark Tavern
restaurant and tavern, located conveniently in the South Loop. Walk, bike, drive, or take public transit-just make sure to come!  The Weather Mark is easily accessible by bus and train, and "pay at the box" street parking is available.
Thursday specials include half-price select appetizers. Thursday drink specials are $15 domestic buckets. In addition, for Sail Chicago members only, $5 Skyy Vodka and $5 Mt. Gay Rum drinks.  For those who would like to participate, Team Trivia Night begins at 7:30 PM.
 
This should definitely be a fun evening!  Don't miss out on this night of food, drinks, and fun!  Bring your family and friends!  There is no entrance fee for this event, but we do need to know how many people are coming! Please register here.

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Thanks so much to Michael Johnson for stepping up to coordinate the gas team. We all love getting on a boat that has gas, right? Often the maintenance teams are busy doing maintenance, so it has been difficult to also fill up. Right now, the boat teams are taking gas team responsibilities until we can develop a team of its own. If anyone is interested, please let me know. The boats are gassed up on Friday evenings.
 
We are continuing to look for some important positions to be filled. We need assistants for Instruction and Maintenance. It's a wonderful way to meet members and learn new skills. We are also attempting to delegate the work so it's not too much work for a few people.
 
Our website transition team also needs help.  An effective website is key to the organization's success.  So, if you are interested or need more detailed information, please contact me.
 
Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers:
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help -ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago.   Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team - Creates and implements fundraising activities Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars). Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers - You may bring your own first mate. 5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers - You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.   5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors - One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator - Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator - Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance.   Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams - Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties - Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams - Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
 
 
For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.

SIGN UP FOR RACING!
By Maya Teleki, Racing Co-Coordinator

Colgate 26 Racing
Cogates racing to a mark\
Last call for interested racers to sign up for the August racing session!  We have been having a great time.   Weather has foiled us a couple of times, but there is always free beer on tap at Columbia (rain or shine!). Intermediate sailing level or above is the prerequisite. 
Sign up here or contact Maya Teleki if you have any questions! 
 
Also this month is the Inshore Verve Cup Regatta on August 27 & 28.  This is the signature event of the racing season, so find some sailing partners and sign up. 
 
PRACTICE MOORING CAN
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Thanks to a team effort from the Instruction and Maintenance teams (hats off to Tim Ryan and Tom Peterson), and with approval from the Monroe Harbormaster, we have set up a practice mooring can in the transient mooring area near the south end of the Harbor mouth.  The idea is to provide a place to practice the Close Reach approach to a can safely away from other moored boats and the busy west channel, but realistically with mooring cans and the east channel as elements to consider.  The transient cans are marked with orange tape and generally do not have numbers, but this one (marked number 2), is approximately 3 cans south of the harbor mouth and 3 cans west of the east channel break-water.   "Sail Chicago Practice" is marked on the weathered wand itself and includes a long, sturdy line between the wand and two functional mooring lines.   A brass hook attaching the two mooring lines to the wand tether should be easy to handle in the event you need to use the mooring can in an emergency situation.

As always, try to avoid sailing in between boats, use the aisles and outer channel and try to avoid the inner channel due to fluky winds and heavy motor boat traffic. Finally, keep in mind that this practice mooring can might be a good option as a safety retreat in heavy weather instead of going back to the boat's home mooring.

July Board Notes
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The board met on July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the downtown offices of Grant Thornton, a venue arranged by our Vice Chair, Maya Teleki.   Members are always welcome.  (Next Board meeting Aug. 11.)   Discussion items included: 
  • Optimizing the maintenance process  We depend too heavily on a few very dedicated sailors to keep our fleet in service. Tom Peterson and Shawn Lord will be working with the boat managers to develop the haul-out plan, streamline spring plans and consider bringing back the summer maintenance program.  We need more help.  We welcome ideas.
  • Website  Our web master is moving to the west coast.  Alfred Chan has developed a very specific software program that handles our on-line activities in a marvelous way.  Shawn Lord and Martin Modahl will be working with Alfred to learn the system.   We still need someone with ASP.net coding expertise.
  • Up-grading our cruising boat   A team is searching for a newer cruiser. The criteria for a new cruiser include; being well-built by a quality builder, 1993 or later model, excellent condition with no deck cracks or stained cabin cushions, sleeps five, cost under $60K, and 34-36 feet in length. The team has looked at a Pearson 36, Beneteau 34, Ericson 34, and Catalina 32. The leading candidate is the Ericson 34.   
  • Social Activities Report   Our new social chairman, Sergio Luntsevich, reported on activities that include our annual picnic at Columbia Yacht Club on August 7 and monthly happy hours at the Weather Mark on the last Thursday of each month.
  • Safety   John Lemon reported on six incidents that occurred during the month; each involved mooring under sail in high winds.  Matt Stuczynski reminds all skippers that the cautious sailor approaches the mooring with sails up and the engine running and, doesn't go out in weather that is beyond his/her experience.  Matt also reduced the top winds in our wind guidelines which were sent to each skipper.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it tophotos@sailchicago.org.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."

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BTS: July 2016

Sail Chicago News for July
MISSION
Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
July 14
Tiller Time Skipper Training
July 26
Happy Hour at the Weather Mark Tavern
July 28
Board Meeting
August 11

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 7 / JULY, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Believe it or not, we're almost at the mid-point in our sailing season.  Although May wasn't particularly hospitable for sailing, June turned out to be, for the most part, beautiful.  If tradition holds out, the rest of July and August should be great sailing weather.

It's been a good year so far.  Membership is up over last year, and our boats seem to be getting a lot of use.  Thanks to our many volunteer instructors, our mission to "...to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety..." is being fulfilled.  Our classes are full and waiting lists abound. If we had more qualified instructors, we could be offering more classes.  Our hope is that our enthusiastic new skippers this year will consider becoming instructors in a couple of years in order to pass on their experience, knowledge, and love of sailing to other new students.

Because we are an all-volunteer organization, our member-volunteers are our life-blood.  They are the ones who keep the organization going.  Recently three members have stepped up to fill major positions left vacant by former members who've moved out of town.  Brandon Sanders is our new Member Cruise Outing Coordinator.  MCOs provide our members and friends an opportunity to sail on a boat with an experienced skipper in an easy-going social atmosphere.
Chris Faris is our new Tiller Time Coordinator.  Tiller Time is an opportunity for our member-students to get additional time on the water with experienced Sail Chicago skippers who help them to practice the skills they learn in their formal instruction programs.

Sergio Luntsevich is our new Social Coordinator.  He's responsible for planning and executing activities that bring our members and friends together in a friendly and social atmosphere.  He's already organized a series of "Happy Hours" at the Weather Mark Tavern and Grill (see article in this issue), and is busy planning our annual picnic in August.  Rumor has it that this year the picnic will have some exciting new features. Look for more information in announcements and the August issue of Between the Sheets.

These are only three of our member-volunteers who put in countless hours making Sail Chicago a great sailing community.  Committee members, maintenance staff, instructors, and everyone involved invest much of themselves in the organization throughout the year.  For them and their service we are very grateful.  We still have openings available (see article in this issue). Please consider volunteering where your talents can be best used.

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  POSITIONS STILL UNFILLED
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Maintenance is creating a new "Gas" team.  This team will go to the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evenings and go out with their RIB driver to fill up all the gas tanks on our boats.  Members of the existing teams can join this specialized team and/or non-team members can simply join this team.  If you are a non-team member and participate in the gas team for your service time, you will need to go out 5 Fridays to complete your service time.  We will also need a coordinator for this team who will do the schedule.  The coordinator will receive $100 in sailing credits.

Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.
OPERATIONS

*Website help -ASP.net knowledge helpful.  You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago.  Active participation completes service time.


FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team - Creates and implements fundraising activities   Active participation completes service time.
*Assistant treasurer - This person needs to enjoy doing their own financials/taxes and be committed to the organization.  Active participation satisfies service time.

PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars).  Must have weekday afternoons available.  5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers - You may bring your own first mate. 5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers - You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.


MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors - One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator - Active participation completes service time.

MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator - Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance.  Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams - Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition.  Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties - Specialists will be called on when needed.  Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams - Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.



For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.


TILLER TIME SKIPPER TRAINING
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

For those who have thought about leading Tiller Time groups and getting more involved in Instruction, we are offering the chance to bone-up on some basic sailing skills as well as learn some tips and tricks for being an effective Tiller Time Skipper:
 
Tuesday, July 26, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
 
Please respond 
here if you would like to attend.

MONTHLY SAIL CHICAGO HAPPY HOUR
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join other Sail Chicago members and students on the last Thursday of each month for a Happy Hour at the Weather Mark Tavern.  Our next get-together will be Thursday, July 28 starting at 6:00 PM.  Meet new friends, reconnect with old sailing buddies, and compare your best sailing stories!
 
The Weather Mark is everyone's favorite nautical-themed restaurant and tavern, located conveniently in the South Loop, 1503 South Michigan Ave.  Walk, bike, drive, or take public transit-just make sure to come!  It's easily accessible by bus and train, and "pay at the box" street parking is available.
 
Thursday specials include 1/2 price select appetizers. Thursday drink specials are $15 domestic buckets. In addition, for Sail Chicago members only, $5 Skyy Vodka and $5 Mt. Gay Rum drinks.  Also, for those who would like to participate, Team Trivia Night begins at 7:30 PM.
 
This should definitely be a fun evening! Don't miss out on this night of food, drinks, and fun! Bring your family and friends!  There is no entrance fee for this event, but we do need to know how many people are coming!  Click here to register.

SKIPPERS NEEDED FOR MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS
By Brandon Sanders, MCO Coordinator

Colgate Sailing
Skipper MCOs for extra fun.
The Member Cruise Outing program gives members an opportunity to get out on the water for a free sail and bring along their friends at a small cost.  It's a great way to practice your boating skills and get to know others in Sail Chicago, and it's just another great benefit of membership.

We need qualified Sail Chicago Skippers to sign up for MCOs. A skipper can bring along a first mate.  And skippering five MCOs satisfies your service time for next year.  If you'd like to volunteer as a skipper, please contact me by e-mail.  I will try my best to accommodate last minute requests, however 2 business days is preferred.

JOIN SHARE-A-SAIL FOR MORE SAILING
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator 

Get more time on the lake. No need to sit on shore and sigh...or twist arms to
Colgate Graduates
Your crew or extra skipper may be waiting for your message.
shanghai crew.  
An easy way to get eager, skilled crew is to use Share-a-Sail.  Find it on Google Groups.  Sign up with your full name, so members can recognize you,and then send and receive emails as to when you are available to sail.  It's a great way to get more time at the tiller, gain sailing experience, and lower the cost.

See you on the lake.  Any questionsemail me.

TO REEF OR NOT TO REEF...THE COUNSEL OF PRUDENCE
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Ideal 18
A Colgate, close-hauled in a moderate breeze
Due to some heavy and gusty winds this season, our Safety Director, John Lemon, our Program Director, Michael Swisher, and I want to remind you of the Sail Chicago traditional wind guidelines (below).  Most importantly, choosing to go out depends on your best judgment, crew and skipper capability, experience, wind direction, wave height, etc. The usual rule of thumb is to reef if anyone on the crew even thinks it might be a good idea. The Colgate 26 reaches hull speed when winds reach about 12-13 knots, so it should probably be reefed at any higher wind speed.
 
Here are the wind guidelines and appropriate skill level for crew:
  • 0-10 knots (Gentle Breeze):  Full sail can be raised. Crew should have completed the Basic Sailing Course or equivalent.
  • 11-16 knots (Moderate Breeze): Sail should be reefed at higher-end 13-16 knots.  Crew should have completed the Intermediate Sailing Course or equivalent.
  • 17+ knots (Fresh Breeze):  Responsible skipper should cancel unless with another Sail Chicago Skipper or equivalent.
Remember, too, that first-year skippers MUST have at least one other experienced skipper or equivalent on board on any sail during their first 12 months.  Having another experienced sailor on board will help you best plan and execute in challenging conditions.  In the harbor have fenders out and ready for possible fending off.  Retreat to the safety of an empty can (maybe to our new practice can) at the harbor entrance if conditions exceed your capabilities.
 
The only thing worse than canceling a sail on a windy day with friends is sailing in conditions beyond your capabilities and causing property damage or injury.

FREE RHODES 19 AND IDEAL 18 ORIENTATIONS
By Tim Rice

Ideal 18 at Sunset
An Ideal under sail
If you're a Colgate 26 skipper and would like to try a different boat, you can participate in aIdeal 18 or  Rhodes 19 orientation.  Orientations are FREE to Colgate skippers.  After one or more on-the-water sessions, you'll be qualified to sail either our Ideal 18s or our Rhodes 19s.  The Rhodes and Ideals are fun to sail and quicker to maneuver than a Colgate, and they have a different "feel" at the helm.  Fees for their use are less than a Colgate's, and as few as two people can sail them.  Becoming qualified to sail a Rhodes or an Ideal can give you more flexibility in scheduling private sails during busy
Rhodes 19
A Rhodes on a close reach
times when many of our other boats are in use.
 
To schedule an on-the-water Ideal 18 or Rhodes 19 orientation session, visit the Sail Chicago website and select Seat Availability from the Reservation menu. There should be some sessions listed under Orientation. To request that a Rhodes session be scheduled for a different date/time, please contact Tim Rice.  For a different date/time for an Ideal orientation, contact Peter Dudak.

BACK-UP SKIPPERS FOR NEW PRIORITIES SKIPPERS
By Tim Rice

Are you a new skipper who would love to take your family or friends out for a cruise on Priorities, but hesitate because you're not sure you can handle whatever the lake throws at you?

Our new Back-Up Skipper program is set up to provide you with an experienced
Hunter 34
Priorities under sail
skipper who will accompany you and your guests out onto the lake. Plan your cruise as you would normally by checking available Priorites dates on
 the website.  Then call or email any or all on the following list of volunteer skippers to see if one is free for that day.  There is no additional cost beyond the rental.  

The Back-Up Skippers are Bob Lapin, Norris Larson, Jay Owens and Simeon Stairs.  (Phone numbers and email addresses are available in the member directory on the Sail Chicago web site.)

The philosophy of the program is to provide you as skipper with back up to help you handle situations you may have never encountered previously.
 
If anyone reading this is experienced and willing to be added as a Back-Up Skipper, please let me know, and you will be added to the list.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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BTS: June 2016

Sail Chicago News for June
MISSION
Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
June 9
America's Cup at Navy Pier
June 10-12
Board Meeting
July 14
USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 6 / JUNE, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Our 2016 summer sailing season is in full swing.  Classes are full, Tiller Times, and Member Cruise Outings are being scheduled, and plans for summer social activities are well under way.  Perhaps it's time to take a few minutes to look back on our history--where we've come from, and, more importantly, where we're heading.

Sail Chicago was, for many years, a division of American Youth Hostels.  About fifteen years ago, AYH decided it wanted to concentrate on hosteling, and it closed down most of its ancillary activities, like the sailing program.  In 2003, the AYH members who wanted to continue the sailing program formed an Illinois corporation with the name Sail Chicago, and they purchased the boats, mostly Rhodes 19s, from AYH for a nominal sum.

For the first 7-8 years of its life, Sail Chicago operated pretty much as a private, members-only sailing club.  There was no permanent staff.  Member-volunteers did all the maintenance work on the boats and ran sailing classes for the newer members during the summer sailing season.  Then, about 5 years ago, under the strong leadership of its Chairman and Board of Directors, Sail Chicago began some fairly radical changes that transformed it into a true community sailing program.  It developed a mission statement (see under "Mission" on the masthead to your left) that placed a strong emphasis on sailing and boating safety instruction.  It received a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit designation from the Internal Revenue Service.  It began a fleet renewal program that ended up making the Colgate 26 the boat of choice for our instruction program.  It expanded the instruction program and opened it up to non-member students.  It started a successful Colgate Racing program that is now a part of the long-standing Wednesday evening Chicago "Beer Can" races on Lake Michigan.  It formalized an affiliation with U.S. Sailing, a national sailing organization that promotes sailing and sailboat racing throughout the United States, and it now offers U.S. Sailing certification to qualified students.

What about the future for Sail Chicago?  Recently the Columbia Yacht Club has formed a separate not-for-profit organization for its instruction program.  Sail Chicago is exploring a closer affiliation with them.  We are finding many areas of synergy that could benefit both organizations.  See the article in this issue.

We have maintained our tradition of strong member-volunteer involvement, and, as an all-volunteer organization, we expect all of our members to explore ways in which they can promote our mission.  We always have areas of work in which our members can participate.  Right now, one of the main impediments to our future growth is a lack of qualified member-volunteer instructors.  If we had more instructors, we could offer more classes to our students, and we could do a better job at fulfilling our mission.  If you'd like more information regarding how to become an instructor, contact our Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski.

MEMBER INVOLVEMENT/SERVICE TIME:   SOME ROLES FILLED, BUT MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Our webmaster, Alfred Chan, has notified us that he expects to be moving out of the State by the end of the year.  We cannot thank him enough for all the time and energy he has put into our website.  He will be missed!  A transition plan is being developed.   If you are an ASP.net web developer, please consider joining the team. This person would fix bugs, add features, and keep our site flexible to meet the demands of the organization.
 
Also, our instruction coordinator needs an assistant.  Remember, a large part of our revenue is obtained from classes.   The cost for these classes help keep rental costs low. It's a big job at the start of the season and an assistant is needed to help coordinate and communicate with students and instructors.
 
We have a new Social Coordinator:  Sergio Luntsevich.  He is very excited about taking on this role and meeting our members.  He can always use help planning parties so if you are interested contact Chris Garvey.  
 
We also have created a new position of Archivist, and Rebecca Holloway and Dolores Baron have taken on this role.  They will be going through old documents and talking to members to collect information on our history.
 
Another new position is Fundraiser Coordinator and team. Sail Chicago is 501c3, so donations are tax deductible. This position is open to be developed, but could start with a silent auction at our end of the year party. Anyone up for it?
 
Our boat teams have been starting to fill up nicely, but we still have open boat team positions.  We are attempting to break down the jobs so all the work does not fall on a few people.   If you have knowledge in special areas such as motors, electrical, painting, plumbing, or rigging, please notify the service time coordinator.  You will be called up as repair experts when needed.
 
We also need an assistant coordinator for maintenance. This job would mostly be administrative, helping the coordinator organize and communicate with boat teams.
 
Right now, service time jobs will be listed in Between the Sheets and with the service time coordinator.  We no longer have the jobs list on the website. The coordinator would like service time to be a win-win situation and will work with members to get a good fit.  Personal contact is usually best to get this result.
 
Remember, Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer organization.  If you'd like to have on-the-water privileges during the upcoming sailing season, you must have fulfilled your annual service requirement (see the Sail Chicago Rules & Regulations).  Currently several important positions in our organization remain open.  They include:
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help -ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long-term commitment to Sail Chicago.     Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team - Creates and implements fundraising activities Active participation completes service time.
*Assistant treasurer - This person needs to enjoy doing their own financials/taxes and be committed to the organization. Active participation satisfies service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars). Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers - You may bring your own first mate. 5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers - You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students. 5 sails completes service time.
*Social committee members - Helps plan parties. Active participation completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION

*Instructors - One class completes service time
*Curriculum help - We need someone with experience in word processing and graphics. Active participation completes service time.
*Assistant program coordinator - Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator - Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance. Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams - Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties - Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.


For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.
JOIN SHARE-A-SAIL FOR MORE SAILING
If you need crew or you want to volunteer as crew, our Share-a-Sail program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from 
Colgate Sailing
A Colgate and her crew on a close reach
other Sail Chicago members who would like to get together and go sailing.  Both members and non-member students can participate.

Get more time on the lake.  You won't have to sit on shore or shanghai crew. Non-sailors are often undependable or prone to mal de mer.  An easy way to get eager, skilled crew is to use Share-a-Sail.  Find it on Google Groups.  Sign up with your full name, so members can recognize you and then send and receive emails as to when you are available to sail.  It's a great way to get more time at the tiller and gain sailing experience.

TILLER TIME SKIPPER TRAINING
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

For those who have thought about leading Tiller Time groups and getting more involved in Instruction, we are offering the chance to bone-up on some basic sailing skills as well as learn some tips and tricks for being an effective Tiller Time Skipper.  We plan to offer two sessions in conjunction with our Pre-Sail Orientations (PSOs) on the following two evenings:
 
Saturday, June 25th from 10-12:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 26th from 6-8:30 p.m.
 
Please respond 
here if you would like to attend either session.
SPINNAKER CLASSES ON A RHODES 19
By Minna Greene

Come Join the Fun!!   Have you ever seen brightly colored spinnaker
Spinnaker
A Rhodes 19 flying a spinnaker
sails out on the lake and wished that you could sail with one? Now you can by signing up for spinnaker classes being offered this summer on July 10th, 17th and 24th.  If you would like to take the class but Saturdays would work better for you please contact me.

The classes consist of three lessons and cost $100. You will learn the skills involved in all three spinnaker positions: the deck work of manning the spinnaker pole, the cockpit work of rigging, raising, flying and lowering the spinnaker and the skipper responsibilities of keeping the spinnaker filled and jibing with the spinnaker.  Qualifications to take the class:  Completion of Intermediate sailing class or Rhodes or Colgate skipper.  To register for the class please visit the "Learn" page on the  Sail Chicago website.

THE PRUDENT MARINER:  THE RULES OF THE ROAD
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

Last month, we looked at a series of Navigation Rules that set the general framework for encounters between vessels.  This month we will review the specific Rules that govern the three possible situations that have the potential for collision: overtaking, crossing, and meeting head on. Rules 11 through 18 govern "Conduct of Vessels in Sight of One Another".
 
Let's take the easiest one first: overtaking (passing).  Rule 13 is crystal clear on this--the overtaken vessel has absolute right of way in all situations, regardless of whether the overtaking vessel is a powerboat or sailboat or ocean liner. Further, the rule emphatically states that the overtaking vessel may not become a crossing vessel and then exercise rights over the overtaken vessel.  The overtaking vessel must stay clear "until she is finally past and clear".  If you are not sure you are in an overtaking situation, assume you are and act accordingly.
 
There are two rules that govern crossing situations: Rule 12--Sailing Vessels, and Rule 15--Crossing Situation.  For sailboats, there are two possible situations: crossing on opposite tacks and crossing on the same tack. In the first case, the sailboat on starboard tack has the right of way over the sailboat on port tack. For sailboats on the same tack, the windward (upwind) vessel must stay clear of the leeward (downwind) vessel. For powerboats crossing each other, the vessel on the right has right of way, and the give-way vessel is encouraged to go astern of the stand-on vessel. Note that sailboats motoring, even if a sail is up, follow the rules for powerboats. This is sometimes called the "red light rule" since the give-way vessel (on the left) will see the red (port) navigation light of the stand-on vessel.
 
Rule 14 - Head On Situation--applies to power driven vessels. This is the only case in the Rules where neither vessel has right of way.  Both are required to alter course to avoid collision, and they are encouraged to alter course to starboard so they pass port-to-port.  Again, a sailboat under motor power must follow this rule.  Two sailboats meeting head on are governed by the Rule 12 starboard/port tack situation.
 
What is required of a skipper if the possibility of collision exists in any of these situations?  Rule 16 requires that the give-way vessel "take early and substantial action to keep well clear".  Make your intentions clear.  Rule 17 states that the stand-on vessel keep her course and speed. In other words, don't make the give-way vessel guess what you are doing.  If it appears that the give-way vessel is not following the Rules, the skipper of the stand-on vessel may maneuver to avoid collision.
 
If everyone on the water followed these few simple rules, most collisions would be avoided.  Key to a fun and safe sail:  keep a lookout, be aware of your event horizon, and always be prepared to maneuver in accordance with the Navigation Rules. You can study the Navigation Rules here.

AMERICA'S CUP RACES IN CHICAGO, JUNE 10-12
The weekend of June 10-12 will be the first time ever that an America's Cup qualifying race will be held on fresh water, and Chicago is the chosen home for the event. If you are planning to use a Sail Chicago boat during the event be
sure to reserve it early. Also, while on the water, be particularly vigilant. The in-shore area of Lake Michigan will be very crowded with other boats during the weekend. Also, the America's Cup boats that will be racing are extremely fast and very large. You don't want any nasty on-the-water surprises during your sail.

An On-Water Guide has recently been published. It should give you most of the information you will need to enjoy the weekend. To review the Guide, click here.

DISCUSSIONS WITH COLUMBIA YACHT CLUB CONTINUE
Discussions with Columbia Yacht Club about ways in which our two organizations might coordinate efforts and work together are continuing.  It turns out that there are several areas of potential common interest.  Bob Lapin, our Cruising Coordinator and current Board member, recently attended one of those discussions.  Click here to review his summary of that discussion.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."

Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
Sent by btseditor@sailchicago.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact

BTS: May 2016

Sail Chicago News for May
Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
May 12
Tiller Time Training
May 19
Board Meeting
June 9
America's Cup at Navy Pier
June 10-12
USEFUL INFORMATION