BTS: November, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for November
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #11/NOVEMBER, 2018
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've even had our post-season Party.  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 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
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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.  Two articles in this issue of Between the Sheets give you details about ways in which you can meet your annual service requirement and have a good time doing it.
MEMBER SURVEY--PLEASE PARTICIPATE TO PLAN NEXT YEAR

The Sail Chicago Board has created a short survey questionnaire regarding issues for the
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Help us be ready for next season 
Sail Chicago fleet.  The Board counts on member input to create programs and policies that really fit the way members make use of Sail Chicago.   
 
In the next day or two, current members will receive an emailed invitation to participate in this short survey.  Please click on the link in the email.   That will take you right to the survey.   It will take no more than a few minutes to click through.  And there's plenty of room for you to add comments and suggestions if you'd like.  Thanks for your help!
NEED SERVICE TIME CREDIT?  POSITIONS ARE OPEN
By Frank McNamara

Even though the sailing season has ended, we still need volunteers to assist during the off-season.  Get a head start on your credit for next season and keep involved with Sail Chicago during the winter months by contributing to one of the following areas:
  • Assistant Registrar:  Help students with registration and related questions,
  • Email Support:  Additional assistance is needed to help field and answer emails from current and potential members,
  • Insurance/Licensing:  Help with keeping our insurance and individual boat licenses current.
If you need more information or would like to volunteer, please contact me.
SERVICE TIME OPPORTUNITIES IN MAINTENANCE
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

Tom Peterson and I are identifying projects that can be carried out through the off-season.  These projects will fulfill member service obligations for 2019.  Some can be accomplished by individual members, and some will require small teams (typically two to four members).
 
A wide variety of projects will be offered, including hardware installation on the boats, sail cleaning, and protocol writing.  Some work will take place in the boat yard, some in a more controlled environment, and some can be done from the comfort of home.
 
Detailed information on specific projects will be posted as "Announcements" on the Landing Page of the Sail Chicago website as their scope and requirements are finalized.  So, check there on a regular basis in the coming weeks if you are looking for new ways to satisfy your membership service obligation.
PARTY CONCLUDES A GREAT SAILING SEASON

On the evening of October 5, well over seventy Sail Chicago members and friends boarded the Columbia Yacht Club's "Big Blue Boat," anchored in DuSable Harbor,
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Some scenes from the recent banquet
to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Awards Dinner and Celebration.  Everyone agreed that Columbia's floating home 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.  A silent auction of nautically-themed items was a welcome addition to the festivities. Proceeds from the auction will go toward the maintenance of our fleet.
 
This 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:
 
Maintenance Guru - Maureen Huston
Best Sail Chicago Students - Chuck Carrington, Valerie Franks, Selma Loesche
Instructor of the Year - Ray Beikzadeh
Volunteer of the Year - Pete Heflin
Chairman's Award for Service - Joe Cannon
 
Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled.
 
Many, many thanks to Sarah Wirth and Rachel Granneman who created for us a truly memorable evening.  It was much appreciated by all who attended.
STEERING WITH SAILS, BOAT TRIM, AND TILLER
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

As recently as mid-October, I saw some of our skippers trying to steer the Colgates one way or another with the tiller pushed all the way back, suddenly looking perplexed as nothing was happening and then trying to push even more. Of course, these skippers momentarily forgot that this action acts more as a brake on the boat rather than turning the boat.  I have done it recently myself as it seems to be instinctive to push the tiller further the more the more you want to turn, but we know that this just puts the rudder at a right angle to the forward way of the boat, slowing or stopping it.
 
Sail trim is also key to turning the boat, especially in heavy winds.  For example, you can only fall off quickly if you ease the main; this is especially important in crew-overboard maneuvers when a quick dip downwind is necessary and just does not happen until the main is eased.   
 
Finally, do not forget that weight and heel will help you turn the boat; especially in lighter winds where slight changes in boat trim (by moving crew around) can pay deep dividends when racing.  Although these are simple ideas, they can be easily forgotten in tense situations and when in close quarters.  I use the winter to reflect on and visualize these ideas so that they become instinctive next season.  
RHODES AND IDEALS HEAD TO THE BOATYARD
By Art Witkiewicz

The weather cooperated to give us a beautiful, warm, sunny day after a weekend of rain and cold.  We had a strong, mostly SW, wind from 10-20+ kts that whisked Two Fish up to Montrose from Monroe on a broad reach in only about an
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An Ideal after being lifted out of the harbor
hour-and-a-half.  So, we decided to prolong our enjoyment by dousing our jib and sailing around the Montrose area and giving our tracking App a workout!  We met Tim Rice en route on Blue Fish who also took advantage of the summer-like conditions to sail around with his crew, Debbie Natoli and Eugene Novikov.  Later, Manoel Conde with Ken Sinko sailed Solstice into the harbor just before sunset.
GOING DOWN THE RIVER

If you missed the opportunity to take one of our Colgates down the Chicago River to its winter quarters, you can still share in the fun in virtual reality.  Just click here to join the crew.  Our thanks to Sail Chicago member Mike Frost for documenting the journey.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

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. 
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: October, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for October
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #10/OCTOBER, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Our sailing season will soon be ending.  From what I've heard from other members of our sailing community, it's been a very good year--lots of time on the water, lots of fun, a great learning experience, and pride that we are all part of the larger Chicago sailing community.  Last night, we had a wonderful end-of-season party which is the traditional wrap-up to our sailing year.  But, since the party was a little earlier than usual this year, if you've still got the urge to sail, there are a couple of weeks left in which you can do so.
 
Although the sailing season may be ending, this doesn't mean that we can forget
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Maintenance in the boatyard
about Sail Chicago until next year.  Remember, one of the reasons we're able to successfully fulfill our mission is that we are an all-volunteer community of dedicated sailors.  That means we all need to "pitch in" to help make the organization run effectively.  Service time is one way in which we can do just that. Although first-year members are exempt from service time requirements, members starting their second year must have signed up by May 1 to complete their requirement.  All other members must have fulfilled that requirement by May 1 if they want to secure on-the-water privileges.
 
In the next few weeks you will be receiving several notices about ways in which you can help Sail Chicago and also meet your annual service requirement (see page 4 of the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations).  We'll need many hands to de-mast our boats and take them down the river to winter storage.  Once they're there, we will also need help winterizing the boats, inventorying supplies, checking
Volunteering for our outreach programs can earn credit for service time 
sails, and keeping our trailer organized.  While it may sound like a lot of work, it's also fun because in addition to keeping our fleet in tip-top shape, you'll have a chance to meet new sailing buddies, learn more about our boats, and swap yarns about the past sailing season.  So, when you see a notice in your inbox or in an article in Between the Sheets requesting help, please respond with enthusiasm.

A BUMPER CROP OF NEW COGATE SKIPPERS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Students in a Sail Chicago class
This season, our Sail Chicago instructional program was pleased to grant skipper status to upwards of 60 new skippers!  To our new skippers, please take advantage of all the opportunities Sail Chicago offers to get out on a boat and practice to enhance your learning.  To our veteran skippers, please remember back when you learned from a veteran sailor and think about becoming a mentor yourself through Tiller Time, Member Cruise Outings, etc.
 
Many hearty thanks to Marjorie Benson who keeps records and maintains our skipper learning database.  Additional hearty thanks to Alex Pedenko who has overseen and corrected more than 200 Sail Chicago written skipper skills tests and who will need to hand-over this task in the coming year.  Please contact our Service Time coordinator, Frank McNamara, and/or me, if you are interested in taking over Alex's test correction duties.
BASIC KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR (BKI) EVALUATIVE COURSE

To raise the skills of our instructors and continue to align our instruction program with the US Sailing certification process, Sail Chicago has adopted a goal of having all of our instructors pass the BKI evaluation in the next three years.  Sail Chicago will provide financial support as well as provide a get-ready-for-certification training program for our instructors.
 
BKI Simeon Stairs helped with a general framework for this plan, and now BKI Monte Lewis has been organizing our training and logistics for this Initiative. Thanks to Monte, who has organized on-land, on-the-water, and virtual training, we had seven of our instructors going through the program this season.  Monte has also collaborated with the instruction program at Columbia Yacht Club which has been invaluable to our drive and has also helped strengthen our partnership with Columbia.
 
This year's seven instructors who participated in the BKI Evaluative Course are Melchior Dikker, Norris Larson, Clement Auffray, Pred Bundalo, Jim Monk, Aldo Caronia and Dan Pilch.  Here are some comments from the recent grads:
 
"This was a great experience because I had the opportunity to learn not only from the instructors, but also from other Sail Chicago sailors during the preparation for the test. The solo sailing practice also improved my skills." - Aldo Caronia
 
"While the preparation was more extensive and more stressful than I had anticipated, the support shown by the Sail Chicago BKI alums and the teamwork shared with fellow class mates made for an overall very positive learning experience and elevated my sailing knowledge and abilities." - Dan Pilch
 
"Taking the BKI was one of the greatest learning experience of my sailing. It was not just another stamp on my resume, it was both challenging and teaching beyond what I expected. This experience really pushed me to push my sailing knowledge, skill and teaching to the next step. I am so proud of having successfully passed it." - Clement Auffray
 
SEPTEMBER BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met at the offices of Morningstar, 22 West Washington, at 7:00 p.m. on September 13. 
  • Matt Stuczynski reports that we now have several new U S Sailing certified keelboat instructors after a summer of well-coordinated practice sessions. Congratulations!
  • Safety Director, John Lemon, recommended actions be taken on several incidents occurring during the month.  Several skippers will be held partially financially responsible for damages to the boats.  Other actions involved the revocation of skipper cards.
  • Maintenance Manager, Joe Cannon, reports that wave action from storms and boat traffic has been pummeling our fleet which is now moored close to the mouth of Monroe Harbor.  Damage has resulted.  Joe will meet with Westrec to determine options for moving our boats.
  • Secretary and Cruising Boat Coordinator, Bob Lapin, is moving to Cleveland in October.  His duties will be assumed by Maureen Huston, who was welcomed to the Board to complete the term of Maya Teleki.
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on either October 9 or 11 at a location to be determined.
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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

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. 
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

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BTS: September, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for September
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #9/SEPTEMBER, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

We're starting into the fall season, and there's only about six weeks of sailing left before we pull our fleet from the water, still time enough to get out for a few good sails.  For me, it's been a great summer on the water.  I've enjoyed many good sails with friends both in and out of Sail Chicago, but what I've enjoyed most is my experience as a Tiller Time skipper.  Passing on my knowledge and love of sailing to others is a real thrill for me, and it's part of the "service" that members of Sail Chicago perform to encourage the sport of sailing in the Chicago area.  I can only assume that members who are instructors, on maintenance teams, or who are involved in other areas of service feel the same way I do.
 
One young woman has been with me on several Tiller Times this summer.  I've watched her progress from being a rather timid beginner to becoming a real master at the helm.  She's turning into a great sailor in no small part because she's out on the water a lot.  Our sailing instruction program is one of the best--if not the best--in Chicago, but it's also true that the only way to become a great skipper is to practice, practice, practice.  So, while there's still time this season, let's all get out on the water and practice our sailing skills.
EDITORIAL CLARIFICATION

Two of the articles in the August issue of Between the Sheets, "Board Notes" and "From the Editor," may have misrepresented the seriousness of the boating incidents/accidents reported to our Safety Director so far this year.  In a note to the Board, John Lemon, our Safety Director, states, "I think it is worth noting that while we have had a few incidents this summer, there have been no groundings, no significant damage to our boats, and no boats out of service due to incidents/accidents.  That is a big improvement over the past couple years."
END OF SEASON BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION OCTOBER 5
By Sarah Wirth

Columbia Yacht Club
Every year, Sail Chicago ends the sailing season with festivities, food, drinks, and member recognition, and we are thrilled to invite our members, students, and their guests back to Columbia Yacht Club for a third year.
 
Join us for a buffet dinner, cash bar, and a chance to celebrate a successful sailing season with fellow Sail Chicago members on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6:00 p.m.  We will recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievement or through their volunteer service.
 
This year, the event will include our second annual silent auction fundraiser, and it's going to be even bigger and better than last year!  A number of awesome companies have donated products and tickets to support Sail Chicago, including Ronstan, Harken, Spinlock, Quantum, Shedd Aquarium, Copper Fiddle Distillery, Chicago Athletic Clubs, First Ascent, City Winery, and more! All proceeds will go toward fleet renewal.
 
The event is open to members, students, and 1-2 guests.  The cost is $30 per person and there will be a cash bar. Email Sarah Wirth with questions about the event and Rachel Granneman for questions about the silent auction.
 
More details and registration are available on the event page website here.
FINAL HAPPY HOUR OF THE SEASON!

The first 10 people to come to our last Happy Hour of the season will receive a free drink on Sail Chicago!  We will be at Elephant & Castle from 5-6:30 p.m. on.
 
When:  Thursday, September 13, 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: Elephant & Castle, 113 W Adams Street, Chicago, IL
VOTE FOR THE SAIL CHICAGO BURGEE!
By Rachel Granneman, Fundraising Coordinator

Possible Sail Chicago burgees
Sail Chicago is getting its own burgee!  Members and students submitted designideas for our very own triangle flag, and now it's time to vote!  You can check out the submissions and 

The deadline for voting is September 22.  Members and students will choose the top 3 designs, and then the Board will make the final determination.  We hope to then have our new Sail Chicago burgees available on display and for purchase at our End of Season Dinner on October 5!
GET A CREW OR BE CREW...AND GO SAILING!
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

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September's here, and we've got lots of good sailing days left in the season.  If you need crew or you want to crew in order to get out on the water, our Share-a-Sail Program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail.  Register your name, first and last, and your email address. Then you'll be able send and receive emails to and from other participants who are eager to sail with you.  Replies go only to the sender, so you will not be plagued with responses to other senders--there is no "reply to all."  To post an email in Share-a-Sail specify the date and time you plan to sail and your name.  It's that easy!  Questions? 
SQUALL COMING!

This photo was taken from a Monroe Harbor tender a few minutes before a squall hit during the Labor Day weekend.  It serves as ample warning to keep a "weather eye peeled" for changing weather conditions.  Luckily, all the boats in our fleet were safely tucked into the Harbor, and no damage was done.  Thanks to member,
A Labor Day squall
Dawn Milne, for the photo.
 
Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder has excerpted from the September 2018 issue of Sail Magazine an article on what to do when a squall hits, and you're on a sailboat.  It's a great summary of the article, and it has some valuable information for anyone sailing on Lake Michigan.  To view it,
SAIL CHICAGO'S ON FACEBOOK
By Rachel Granneman, Fundraising Coordinator

We're on Facebook!  If you are, too, be sure to "like" and "follow" our page at: https://www.facebook.com/sailchicago.

You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities.  You'll also get a sneak-peak at the silent auction items that will be part of our fundraiser at the End of Season dinner, October 5.  
SAIL CHICAGO MEMBER ON COVER OF INVERNESS LIFE MAGAZINE

Member Jay Owens sent us a recent article from Inverness Life.  It details the life of long-time Sail Chicago member Vern Deason and his wife Medora.  Vern was a very active member of Sail Chicago in past years and contributed much to its founding and initial success.
MOTORING (WITH NO WIND) ON LAKE MICHIGAN
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

With no wind on Monday, August 13, Jay Owens, Ken Lapin, Norm Linde, and Bob Lapin motored to Michigan City where we had a lovely meal at Fiddlehead Restaurant.  Calypso motored at 6.7 knots for a quick trip.
 
Dining in New Buffalo 
On Tuesday, the winds were fair as we headed to New Buffalo, but as soon as the sails went up, the wind died, and we forced to motor to New Buffalo.  We spent two nights in New Buffalo to avoid storms in the forecast.  We ate twice in the Bentwood Tavern (see photo) after a swim in the Osleka Marina's pool.  
 
On Thursday, with no wind, we motored to Montrose, where we were treated to a welcome by the Air Force demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, doing a practice session.  After a drenching thunderstorm Thursday night, we motored home to Burnham where we cleaned up the boat and celebrated our "Great Lakes Motoring Adventure."  Despite the uncooperative weather, a good time was had by all. 

If you're a cruising boat skipper, perhaps you could plan your own "cruising adventure" next year."
AUGUST BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met by phone on August 9.
 
Adam Wisneski reported that the consultant for the better organization of our volunteers, Debra Cohen, will begin a series of interviews and on-line surveys this month.  All members are encouraged to participate.
 
A 50% reduction of rental fees went into effect during the middle of July.  The goal was to increase use of our boats and provide more value to our members. Shawn Lord will evaluate the effect of the rental-price reduction since its close in the middle of August.
 
Instruction is overwhelmed with emails, receiving a hundred a day.  Frank McNamara, Michael Stuczynski, and Michael Swisher are clearing this backlog.
 
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on September 13 at Columbia Yacht Club.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

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. 
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

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BTS: August, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for August
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #8/AUGUST, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

At Sail Chicago the safety of our members, students, guests, and boats is of primary importance.  Last year several of our boats hit the seawall.  While there were no personal injuries, these incidents caused several boats in our fleet to be placed out of commission, sometimes for weeks at a time.  This wreaked havoc with our instruction and racing programs and limited the number of boats in our fleet available for private use.

This year we were assigned new moorings close to the fairway.  It was hoped that this would make it easier to depart and return to our moorings without creating an incident.  But in some respects, it has been made more difficult.  Last year there were several empty moorings around our boats. That's not true this year.  The effect is that the boats seem more tightly packed together and therefore easier to hit when departing or returning to the mooring.  In fact, several of our boats have hit other boats this summer.

There seems to be a myth in Sail Chicago that you will only be considered a good skipper if you can sail on or off a mooring without the help of a motor. I think this is a holdover from the days when our fleet consisted only of smaller boats, not our 26' Colgates, and when our boats had no motors.  While it's important that our skippers know how to sail on and off a mooring when a motor is inoperable, your Sail Chicago Board is now recommending that skippers use a motor assist whenever available (see Board Notes and article below).  It reserves the right to impose penalties on skippers who damage other boats (see Sail Chicago
Rules and Regulations
)
Remember, the truly great skippers are the ones who put the safety of their crew, students, guests, and boats first!
JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL FRIENDS & FAMILY PICNIC

Our 2018 Friends & Family Picnic will be 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, at Columbia Yacht Club!  We are excited to bring the Sail Chicago community together with friends and family for food, fun, and sailing!  The event will take place on the lower level of Columbia Yacht Club right as you walk inside.
 
Read more about the event and  Driving?  Parking instructions are here.
 
Sail Chicago members at last summer's picnic
Skippers and first mates will be taking Sail Chicago members and friends and family out on short sails.  We are also thrilled to be designing our own burgee and are looking to our members to draw up their ideas for the burgee at the event.  (Don't worry, we will be sending out info on how to submit online!)
 
Sail Chicago members and guests are welcome to attend.  This year, we want to keep costs low for members and students.  We are asking for a suggested donation of $5 per person but it is not required for entry.  You can donate in cash upon arrival.  Please remember this is a Sail Chicago event that is special for members and students, and we ask that you are respectful of the number of guests.
 
We are still looking for skippers and first mates to take Sail Chicago members and guests out on short sails during the event!  Please email me
if you can help.  
NEXT HAPPY HOUR:  AUGUST 23
By Loan Le

Originally scheduled for August 2, our August Happy Hour will now be on Thursday, August 23, at Weather Mark Tavern located at 1503 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  There is free street parking on State Street south of Roosevelt after 6:30 p.m., and Weather Mark Tavern is a short walk from the Roosevelt "L" station.  Please join us and your fellow sailors--we will have appetizers and a free drink for the first 10 arriving sailors!  Questions? Contact Loan Le.
JOIN SHARE-A-SAIL
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

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If you need crew or you want to crew, our Share-a-Sail Program is just what you need.  On your computer, go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail. Register your name, first and last, and your email address. Then you'll be able send and receive emails to and from other participants who are eager to sail with you.  Replies go only to the sender, so you will not be plagued with responses to other senders.  There is no "reply to all."  To post an email in Share-a-Sail specify the date and time you plan to sail and your name.  It's that easy!  Questions? 
 
Reminders to those using Share-a-Sail: email to shareasail@googlegroups.com.  All 300 plus subscribers will get your post.  Only you will get the responses.  Please give your full name and the date and time of your prospective sail.  Use Share-A-Sail only for personal boat use. No MCOs, Tiller Times or Maintenance sails.  And, no non-Sail Chicago boats.
 
Get out on the lake before the season is over!
THE NEXT BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM
By Alan Summers, Certification Coordinator 
 
The September basic keelboat boat certification exam is being offered on September 8 at 8:30 AM at Peet's coffee on 686 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville.   Please notify me if you plan to take the exam.
RACING PROGRAM--THE INSHORE VERVE
By Cait Larson, Racing Coordinator

The summer has been flying and we have a month of racing left!  Interested members can still sign up and get in a few races before the end of the season.
 
Coming up August 25-26 is the annual Chicago Inshore Verve!  It's a great two days of racing and meeting other racers from different organizations.  Skippers and crew are currently organizing, so if you want to participate, contact me to be placed on our Verve team's spreadsheet, so we can find you a boat!
TOSSING A LINE REQUIRES PRACTICE

Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder recently sent us this article from Practical Sailor Magazine.  It offers great advice on how to get a line from you to another boat or to shore.
HEY, SAILOR!  MOTOR ON AND OFF THE MOORING!
By Matt Stuczynski

Just a reminder that our new Sail Chicago Wind Guidelines strongly recommend that the boat's motor be running and ready to be immediately engaged, if needed, while departing and returning to the mooring.  Although we expect that all sailors should be able to sail on and off the can when needed (e.g. if the motor fails), the boat's motor should be used anytime the skipper believes conditions do not warrant sailing on and off the can as well as to avoid collisions anywhere within the inner harbor. 

These Guidelines have been approved by the Sail Chicago Board.
  • Up to 15 knots, acceptable conditions for all boats.
  • 15 - 20 knots, proceed with caution for more experienced skippers.
  • Greater than 20 knots, don't go out or return to harbor once that wind level is reached.
  • Motors on the Colgates and Rhodes should be running anytime the boat is between the mooring can and the inner-harbor mouth.  A trained member of the crew should be at the engine and be ready to engage it immediately if needed.
  • The ultimate decision to sail or not to sail is the skipper's. Should a skipper not observe the above guidelines and an accident occurs, existing rules and regulations provide for possible Board responses.  Every skipper should review Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations, Section 5, paragraph 5, section 2 for possible consequences.
SAFETY FIRST!
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

Reefing  A few people have asked about the use of the second reef point on the Colgates.  At what wind speed should you consider going to the second reef?  Are there general guidelines?

While there is no general policy regarding the use of multiple reef points, here is a good rule of thumb:  If you think you need two reefs at the beginning of your sail, you probably should not sail.  The wind will likely exceed our guidelines (up to 15 knots; up to 20 knots for experienced sailors).  However, if you are sailing and the wind increases, it's certainly appropriate to reef down to the second reef to return to the harbor safely.

Colgate control panel for navigation lights.
Navigation lights  The proper use of navigation lights is as follows:  You can see from the photo that there are four switches: Nav, Cabin, Mast Fore, and Mast Aft.The Nav lights are for sailing between sunset and sunrise or in limited visibility (such as fog).  No mast light should be on if you are under sail power only. 

If you are motoring, even with a sail raised, switch on the Mast Fore light.  That is the equivalent of what is technically a masthead light (sometimes referred to as a "steaming light"), and it tells other boaters you're motoring. 

The only time you should display Mast Fore and Mast Aft together is if you are at anchor, aground, or showing the tender driver your location for pickup at night. 

Displaying incorrect navigation lights could lead to a collision.  For example, if you are under sail only but displaying your Mast Fore (masthead light), an approaching power boat would assume you are motoring and would follow rules for crossing power boats.
PFD DOESN'T INFLATE, RESULTING IN A TRAGEDY
By Ed Schroeder

A fatal accident on the Chicago-Mackinac race prompts me to update this advisory from 2015 regarding the care and use of personal flotation devices (PFDs).
 
The following account of the accident comes from Nick Berberian, Rear Commodore at the Chicago Yacht Club:  "At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Saturday Jon Santarelli, age 52, aboard  Imedi, was moving toward the stern to make a routine sail adjustment, unfortunately at that precise time, a large wave hit the boat, causing him to slip into the water...Jon was wearing a personal flotation device that is designed to automatically inflate when it comes into contact with the water.  The crew members have reported that the device did not inflate."
 
Although they can fail, personal flotation devices remain an essential tool for survival at sea.  There is wide-spread agreement that boaters need to wear the appropriate type of PFD while sailing in any boat on any water.  A properly maintained auto-inflating PFD has proven itself to be a versatile and effective device for offshore sailing where great mobility and an abundance of flotation is required.  However, it is important to recognize that auto-inflate vests are not our only option.  Small boat and inshore sailors are often better served by a conventional, inherently buoyant PFD.  It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each device when choosing the right one for a particular activity:
  • Whatever your choice in a PFD, always ensure that it is properly fitted and secured.
  • If you're using your own auto-inflating PFD, inspect it every time you put it on and conduct an air test annually.
  • Know how to manually inflate your PFD.  Finding the pull cord is not always easy.
  • Finally,  consider upgrading your whistle (the whistles that come with auto-inflatable PFDs are often inadequate).  The Fox whistle is best.
JULY BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met at the Morningstar Building on July 12.
 
Adam Wisneski presented a proposal to bring in a consultant to help us better organize, lead, and communicate with our volunteers.  The proposal was accepted. Adam will put together a committee to work with the consultant who will assess through interviews, recommend corrective action and guide the implementation plans to improve our volunteer efforts.

A 50% reduction of rental fees for all boats and all times was discussed and approved.  The goal is to increase use of our boats and provide more value to our members.  The reduced fees will begin on July 16 and last for 30 days.
 
Joe Cannon will purchase two new Yamaha engines to improve reliability.  A Tohatsu engine will be taken to the dealer to see if its performance can be improved.
 
The new mooring arrangements in Monroe harbor make it difficult to get on and off the can without difficulty as demonstrated by the six Incidents this season where Sail Chicago boats struck other moored boats.  The Board is encouraging skippers to motor on and off the can if there is any question about safely doing so.
 
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on August 9 and will be conducted at a site to be determined.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
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BTS: July, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for July
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #7/JULY, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Summer is here at last, and after an extended period of unpredictable weather the long-term forecast seems to be warm and sunny. We hope you've already had a chance to get out on the water, even with the past unpredictable weather patterns. Now that things seem to be improving, there's really no excuse not to be enjoying sailing on Lake Michigan in our fleet of Colgates, Rhodes, Ideals, and our cruising boats Calypso and Priorities. If you're a Sail Chicago certified skipper, you can schedule a boat for private use when it's not being used for other program functions. If you're not a skipper yet, schedule a Tiller Time if you've taken an instruction class in the past year, or sign up for a Member Cruise Outing. Both are free for members. And if you feel more energetic, you can always sign up for our Colgate Racing program, where you can quickly hone your sailing skills.

Boating safety is always a concern here at Sail Chicago. Our Rules and Regulations state that no alcohol is allowed on any boat in our fleet, and that everyone on board a boat in our fleet must wear a life jacket. Also, there is no swimming off any of our boats. For a more comprehensive list of do's and don'ts while on the water, click here.
ANNUAL SAIL CHICAGO PICNIC - AUGUST 11

SAVE THE DATE! August 11 at Columbia Yacht Club. Watch for more information to follow.
HAPPY HOUR JULY 19
By Bob Knapp

Our next Happy Hour will be Thursday, July 19 at Interurban Boathouse located at 1438 W. Cortland on the Chicago River beginning at 6 p.m.!  There is ample free lot parking and is a short walk from the Clybourn Metra station. Please join us and your fellow sailors as again we will have appetizers and a free drink for the first 10 arriving sailors!
SEASON'S FIRST HAPPY HOUR A BIG SUCCESS
By Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator
Happy Hour!
We had a good turnout at our first happy hour of the season! Sail Chicago members and students came together to share delicious apps (quesadillas, veggies, and wings) and of course, libations. Sailors had a chance to get to know each other and show off their trivia knowledge!
U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM
By Alan Summers
 
The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam will be given during the pre-sail orientations at Columbia Yacht Club on the following date:  7/31/18 at 7:00 p.m.
 
This is an optional written exam.  It is a US Sailing exam and has no bearing on your skipper or Sail Chicago status. You may be a Sail Chicago skipper without taking this exam.  This US Sailing exam gives you a one-year membership in US Sailing and means you have the met basic keelboat standards as defined by U.S. Sailing. The exam is $50, so please bring a check made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam. It often takes 4-8 weeks after the exam to receive your confirmation materials from US Sailing. To register for the exam, please contact Alan Summers.
SILENT AUCTION - ITEMS NEEDED
By Rachel Granneman, Fundraising Coordinator

We are starting to solicit donations for our second annual silent auction fundraiser, which will take place at our end-of-season dinner! We are looking for gift cards, event tickets, etc. If you have a connection with a company who may be willing to donate goods or services, please contact Rachel Granneman. We are not looking for donations of used items.
CALYPSO SKIPPERS - CHART PLOTTER TRAINING LESSONS
By Jeremy Shaw

Do you wish you understood how to use the GPS system on Calypso?   Then come to this hands-on chart plotter learning session conducted by Jeremy Shaw.  You will learn how to create waypoints and routes, record the track you've sailed, estimate the time to port, mark crew-overboard positions, view AIS and DSC position reports, create routes and waypoints on your computer and more.  After a 45 minute walk through, we will leave the harbor and go for a sail (weather permitting) with each person taking turns plotting a route, and then following it at the helm.
 
We will also cover basic DSC (Digital Selective Calling) usage on the VHF radios. DSC is used for more than just the distress button.

I've updated the charts and electronics and am looking forward to introducing you to this vital skill for cruisers.  The session will be held for all Calypso skippers (no guests please) at Burnham harbor.  Contact Jeremy Shaw if you wish to attend. The date for this class will be determined based on the availability of interested parties.
JULY CRUISING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

If you're a cruising boat skipper or crew, or you'd like more information about our cruising program, please click here to view the latest Cruising Notes.  It contains some valuable information about orientations on Calypso, rusty skipper sails on Priorities, and hard lessons learned on a recent cruising expedition.
MAINTENANCE MISCELLANEOUS
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

Trouble starting an outboard engine?
If multiple pulls on the starter cord do not generate even a hint of ignition, try disengaging the kill switch tab, then re-inserting it. Sometimes the switch settles in the off position, so the engine will not start no matter how many adjustments are made with the throttle and choke.
 
Other troubles with the engines?
With the new mooring configuration and wind guidelines, we have an increased reliance on the outboard engines. Therefore, it is important to identify any engine that does not have a high level of dependability and, if necessary, replace it. Please report any problems to maintenance@sailchicago.org (even minor problems that you are able to overcome - except the kill switch issue).
 
A new member of the fleet.
You may have noticed the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) rafted to Equinox on X10. This RIB is used to facilitate maintenance on the Colgates, Rhodes and Ideals in Monroe Harbor. For those wishing to sail Equinox, separating the RIB is a simple matter of releasing some spring clips. To see how, click here.
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

We are still looking to fill a few volunteer roles.  If you still need to satisfy your service time, or have a scheduling conflict with your current role, we have a need for the following:
  • Excess inventory sales: Sorting and selling our excess inventory in re-usable condition, via Ebay, Craigslist, etc. Aside from picking up inventory, this can be a remote position.
  • Email monitoring: We are currently lacking in this area and need additional help. Remote.
  • Instruction Registrar: Liaises with students who have scheduling conflicts, arranges class transfers, student cancellations, assists with PSO organization and online instruction manual codes, and answers general instruction questions. Remote; all work is handled on the computer or over the phone.
  • Scheduler: Liaises with instructors who have scheduling conflicts, enters class/boat reservation modifications or additions, and helps with the initial construction and input of the instruction schedule. Remote; all work is handled on the computer or over the phone.
These positions meet service requirements.  Even if you've met your requirement for the current year, one of these positions may be more appealing than the area where you're currently volunteering.  They will qualify you for service time next year. If you'd like more information, please contact me.
SCHULER SCHOLAR VOLUNTEERS HONORED
By Tom Simms, Schuler Scholars Coordinator

Schuler Scholars Volunteers
Providing sailing opportunities to the Chicago community is the mission of Sail Chicago. To further this goal, we are celebrating the fifth season of Sail Chicago's association with the Schuler Foundation.  In its twentieth year, this foundation tutors, councils and educates under-privileged Chicago-area students through high school and college. They have an incredible success rate of 94%.  Sail Chicago provides these deserving students with a fun sailing experience.
 
On June 6, the Schuler Foundation hosted a luncheon at the Columbia Yacht Club for the the Sail Chicago volunteers.   Eleven of the our sixteen volunteers enjoyed lunch and listened to a presentation by Margaret Falter, Volunteer Manager of the Schuler Foundation. We learned more about the foundation and the population it serves. Additionally, we discussed safety practices and procedures for our Wednesday afternoon sail.
 
If you are interested in volunteering for the Schuler sailing program, please contact me.  Sail Chicago also provides sailing opportunities to under-privileged children through Lawrence Hall Social Services and the Association House of Chicago. Learn more about all three programs on the Sail Chicago website.
COAST GUARD BOARDS CALYPSO
By Monte Lewis

coast Guard logo
It's not uncommon for the Coast Guard to request to come aboard to conduct a routine safety inspection. On the evening of July 10th, as our MCO was just getting underway, we were leaving Burnham Harbor when the Coast Guard vessel hailed us and asked us to dock nearby. The team still had fenders out, but was stowing docking lines. They quickly pulled the lines back out and we docked Calypso neatly. 

The Coast Guard team greeted us and explained they have a goal of boarding every boat in the Chicago Marinas. First thing they want, of course, is the boat's license and registration. I frantically searched the boat for paperwork and found it in a large envelope marked "license and registration" in the navigation table. Next, they ask about your safety equipment: fire extinguishers, horn, flares, etc. Finally, they complete the paperwork and provide us with a copy. If we are boarded again, show your paperwork and they'll move on to the next boat - it's in the envelope in the nav table.
PHOTOS NEEDED
By Mary Egan, Strictly Sail Coordinator

Got any photos of our boats or on the water activities? I'd love to see them. We're putting together a marketing piece for next year's Strictly Sail Show at McCormick Place, and we need some great photos to show the world what Sail Chicago does.  Please email me your photos or tell me how I may retrieve them. Many thanks!
SAILING IN GUSTY WINDS

Bob Lapin recently sent us this article from Practical Sailor Magazine dealing with how to manage sailing in gusty winds. It's also a good read on the benefits Lake Michigan has for Chicago sailors. Thanks, Bob.
JOIN SHARE-A-SAIL
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

If you want crew or want to crew, our Share-a-Sail Program is just what you need. On your computer, go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail. Register your name, first and last, and your email address. Then you'll be able send and receive emails to and from other participants who are eager to sail with you. Replies go only to the sender so you will not be plagued with responses to other senders. There is no "reply to all." To post an email in email in Share-a-Sail specify the date and time you plan to sail and your name. It's that easy! Questions? Contact me.
SEA SCOUT CONNECTION
By Francis Baumgart

Last season, I returned to Sail Chicago (where I originally learned to sail) after 13 years of teaching Sea Scouts on large boats.
I am writing this article is because the Sea Scout program is looking for skippers who would like to volunteer as adult advisors on our keelboat - the "Edward B. Stein" (it's a red colored C&C 34, moored at N-2 in Monroe harbor). We sail it every Monday evening and most weekends.

In addition, many of you have children and grandchildren who you might love to expose to sailing. For the kids, it is an awesome experience to be part of a crew that actually sails the boat. For 9 years my skipper raced in the MAC and I would drive up to Mackinac Island with 6 Sea Scouts. We would then spend the next 5 days sailing, port to port, back to Chicago. Each day, after sailing, we would duck into a harbor on the east side of Lake Michigan for a good meal and to sleep.

We welcome anyone who is qualified to become a skipper on a large keel boat and any girls or boys between the ages of 11 and 20. There are often more girls than boys, but all are welcome aboard (with their parents or guardians) to sail with us and determine if they are interested in the experience.

If interested please contact me by email or phone me at 312-671-2049.
CHICAGO MARITIME MUSEUM - WORTH A VISIT

The Chicago Maritime Museum opened in a new venue adjacent to the Bridgeport Art Center in 2016. It's a treasure trove of Chicago and Great Lakes maritime history. Some afternoon when you've had to cancel a boat reservation because of foul weather, you may want to spend some time exploring this fascinating museum.  Here's a brief video showing you what to expect.
SAILING INTO OBLIVION
By Steve VanderVoort

Rounding Cape Horn in "The Mighty Sparrow"
A friend of mine, Jerome Rand, has just completed a solo circumnavigation of the Globe in "The Mighty Sparrow," his Westsail 32. On Sunday, July 1, he sailed into Gloucester, MA Harbor after 271 consecutive days at sea. I've been following him on his daily posts in Facebook, "Sailing into Oblivion." He faced innumerable challenges, not the least of which were taking what seemed like weeks in bad weather and high seas to get around Cape Horn at the tip of South America, and running out of food near the Falkland Islands. If any members of Sail Chicago have a trip like this in mind, I'd be happy to put you in touch with him. Here he is on a practice run in 2017.
JUNE BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Board has purchased a motorized RIB (rigid inflated boat) to assist maintenance. The RIB is moored on the Equinox mooring ball. Procedures to get on and off the mooring ball will be communicated to all Ideal skippers. Columbia Yacht Club will continue to refuel our boats and the RIB will be used to top off tanks when missed by Columbia Yacht Club and complete other maintenance activities.
 
Matt Stuczynski requested that wording be added to our website informing all students that four classes are not guaranteed. Instructors will make every effort to get out on the water or reschedule classes, but during a spell of bad weather, it may not be possible to get out on the water or conduct all four classes.
 
The next meeting was held at 7 PM on July 12 and was conducted by tele-conference.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: June, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for June
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #6/JUNE, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
  
Sail Chicago provides many opportunities to gain sailing experience at no cost to its members.  Sometimes these can provide an opportunity to earn service credit as well.  Here are a few of the ways:
 
Member Cruise Outings - MCOs are offered free to members and provide an opportunity to get out on the water with an experienced skipper.  Members who want to experience a casual sail or learn about a boat they haven't sailed before can sign up on the Reservations page of the my.sailchicago.org website.
 
Tiller Times - This program is designed for member students to practice the skills they learn in their formal classes under the guidance of an experienced skipper. We believe that the best way to become a competent sailor is to gain lots of experience, and this is a good way to do it.  Member students may sign up on the Reservations page of the my.sailchicago.org website.
 
Maintenance Sails - Members who serve on boat maintenance teams can participate in weekly maintenance sails.  They spend some time on the boat doing normal maintenance, and once that's complete, they take the boat out for a sail. To sign up for a maintenance team contact 
 
Service Sails - Sail Chicago has partnered with youth organizations and social service agencies such as Lawrence Hall Youth Services and the Schuler Scholars program to provide opportunities for youth to get out on the water and experience the fun of sailing.  Contact info@sailchicago.org or watch future issues of Between the Sheets for more information.
 
Of course, our boats are always available (for a fee) to Sail Chicago skippers when
Sailing in Chicago with a beautiful skyline
not in use by other programs.  If you're not a skipper or if you're a skipper looking for crew, you can always sign up for Share-a-Sail, a community forum that lets skippers and potential crew communicate with each other.  Contact David Shayne
for more information.
 
Sail Chicago member David Kelpsas has written a "Letter to the Editor" commenting on my last month's editorial column. To read it, click here.
SAILING SEASON WAS KICKED OFF WITH A PARTY!
By Sarah Wirth

In May, Sail Chicago students and members got together on a rainy Sunday at the Columbia Yacht Club to have drinks and mingle.  Students dropped by before their classes and the group got a refresh on their knots, thanks to Matt 
Tying a Bowline at the Kickoff
Learning the ropes...and the knots
Stuczynski (head of instruction) and Jason Wirth.  Nick Brait walked away with the grand prize after successfully tying knots behind his back.
 
We also had a small fundraiser by raffle, and prizes such as dry bags and Sail Chicago swag were awarded. The raffle raised around $200 that will go toward fleet renewal. Thanks to Kelsey Simoens for organizing food and drinks, Rachel Granneman for organizing the raffle, and all who brought coolers and helped us set up. Last but certainly not least, thanks to Maureen Huston, Joe Cannon, and the crew who brought down Calypso in what were true Chicago weather conditions!
FIRST HAPPY HOUR IS JUNE 21
By Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator

The first Happy Hour of this sailing season will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the Flagship Tavern in Lakeview.  Come join in the fun, munch on appetizers, meet other sailors, and swap sailing stories.  The first ten people to show up will get a free drink ticket.
HAVE YOU MET YOUR SERVICE REQUIREMENT?
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Many volunteer positions have been filled at this point, but we do still have a few more roles to assign. As a reminder, first-year members are not expected to complete service time but are welcome and encouraged to do so.
 
Second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their service time duties. If you have any questions or still need to sign up for a volunteer role, please send an email 
PARKING PASS GUIDELINES
By Vlad Roshchin, Monroe Parking Pass Coordinator

As part of our mooring fee, one parking pass is allowed for each boat at Monroe Harbor.  These passes are only available for skippers and instructors who will be sailing a boat during the period the pass is being used.  The pass must be signed out in the booklet and returned one-half hour before the start of the next period so that the next skipper can use the pass.  Each pass is labeled with the name of the boat where it is assigned.  If the pass for your boat is missing, do not use the pass from another boat.  If you lose a pass or find one missing, please report it immediately to me so that it can be replaced.  If you park your car in the Monroe Drive circle while getting a pass, leave your flashers on and put a note on your windshield. While we don't guarantee it, doing so may prevent your car from being ticketed.

This program is dependent upon the cooperation of all skippers and instructors.  Please do your part.
INSTRUCTION PROGRAM CONTINUES ONLINE TEXTBOOK, NOW WITH ONLINE TESTING 
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
Sail Chicago will continue to offer our new students the US Sailing online version of the basic keelboat textbook.  In addition, we will now require passing this online
A basic sailing class reviews sailing principles while waiting for the Monroe tender. 
text/course in order to gain Sail Chicago skipper status.   The new online version of the text includes quizzes after each chapter and a final test; all quizzes 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 logon access never expires.   The best thing about the online text is that it features animations so students can more easily envision the wind blowing and sails being trimmed in and out.  
 
Anyone is welcome to buy the book online for $50 while we are offering it to our students as part of their course fee.  You can check it out here.
BASIC KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR (BKI) EVALUATIVE COURSE
By Monte Lewis

To raise the skills of our instructors and continue to align our instruction program with US Sailing certification process, Sail Chicago has chosen to adopt a goal of having all of our instructors pass the BKI evaluation in the next three years.  Sail Chicago will provide financial support, as well as provide a get-ready for certification training program for our instructors.
 
The BKI is not a course in the traditional sense, but rather a three-day intensive
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evaluation of our instructors' ability to teach sailing to the US Sailing Keelboat Certification System Standard.  This standard is the most rigorous in the country and requires practice, study, and preparation by even the most gifted and experienced professional instructors. There is little formal training, education, or time for practice during the BKI evaluation.
 
Two students attended the recent BKI evaluation in early May hosted by Columbia Yacht Club.  Prior to the BKI Evaluation, we ran a land class with practice exams and an On the Water session to practice single handling COB drills.  We are planning to schedule our own BKI Evaluation at the end of the season, but will need a minimum of six participants for US Sailing to send out an instructor trainer to run the class.  If you are an instructor and are interested in participating in the BKI Evaluation at the end of the season, send a quick email to me.
U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM
By Alan Summers
 
The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam will be given during the pre-sail orientations at Columbia Yacht Club on the following dates: 6/9/18 at 9:00 a.m., 7/14/18 at 9:00 a.m., and 7/31/18 at 7:00 p.m.
 
This is an optional written exam.  It is a US Sailing exam and has no bearing on your skipper or Sail Chicago status. You may be a Sail Chicago skipper without taking this exam.  This US Sailing exam gives you a one-year membership in US Sailing and means you have the met basic keelboat standards as defined by U.S. Sailing. The exam is $50, so please bring a check made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam. It often takes 4-8 weeks after the exam to receive your confirmation materials from US Sailing. To register for the exam, please contact Alan Summers.
WATCH FOR DERECHOS WHEN SAILING!

What the heck is a derecho?  Sail Chicago member Jay Owens recently sent us a notice that one may have recently been developing in the Mid-Atlantic states. Unlike tornados, with strong circular winds, derechos form in a straight line, and they can be devastating.  Chicago has been subject to derechos occasionally. When you're out on a boat keep a watchful eye for rapidly worsening weather conditions (derechos can form very suddenly) and dark cloud formations moving in a straight line across the horizon.  Head for the harbor immediately.  For more information on derechos, 
FIVE-SAIL PACKAGES FOR CRUISING BOATS

Five-sail packages for our cruising boats are again available at the same prices as last year.  See the May issue of Between the Sheets for the links to register.
CHART PLOTTER TRAINING FOR CALYPSO SKIPPERS
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Do you wish you understood how to use the GPS system on Calypso?   Then come to this hands-on learning session conducted by Jeremy Shaw.  You will learn to create waypoints and routes, record the track you've sailed, estimate the time to port, and how to mark crew-overboard positions.  After a brief walk-through, we will leave the harbor and go for a sail with each person taking turns plotting a route, and then following it at the helm.
 
Jeremy has updated the charts and electronics and is looking forward to introducing you to this vital skill for cruisers.  The session will be held for all Calypso skippers (no guests please) at Burnham harbor on May 28 and June 4 from 1800 to 2200.  There is room for four skippers at each session.  Contact Jeremy Shaw if you wish to attend.  Eight people are already on the waitlist and are being scheduled.
CRUISING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
 
The "Procedure Manuals for Priorities and Calypso" can now be found on the Sail Chicago website.  Go to membership/files/cruising documents.
 
Sail Chicago now has a membership to the Great Lakes Cruising Club for the 2018 season.  Their many members update a website with all the latest information on harbors and harbor towns on the Great lakes.  Please contact Bob Lapin if you would like specific information.
PRIORITIES GOES UP THE RIVER

Jay Owens reports that the recent trip of our Hunter 34, Priorities, "up" the river
Priorites crew poses for a river photo.
to her summer berth was fun, but not without its problems.  It was a beautiful day for a sail, one of the few in May, with none of the usual freezing rain, high winds, or tsunamis.  Joe Sjostrom brought along donuts and coffee, which endeared him to the rest of the crew.  The second drawbridge on the route opened about half way, but then lost power.  Luckily the crew was able to maneuver the boat to the far side of the bridge, where the mast just barely squeaked under it. Priorities is now tucked away in its slip, right next to a huge powerboat.  Skippers will have to be very careful when maneuvering the boat in and out of slip.  Fortunately, Priorities carries plenty of bumpers.
HOW AND WHEN TO REPORT MAINTENANCE ISSUES
By Joe Cannon and Tom Peterson

Remember that any issue reported on the "Status" page of the my.sailchicago.org web page will trigger a response from the maintenance team.  While any problem that affects safety or performance should be reported, think carefully before submitting issues that might be better handled other ways.  The maintenance
teams have quite a bit of work to do and are frequently very busy.
 
Issues that should be reported posted on the Status page:
  • Anything that affects boat safety, especially rigging, motor, and safety equipment.
  • Very low gas (but we have had a lot of false reports here.  The new tanks have a rated capacity of 3 gallons, but do not look full when containing this volume).  We will develop a reliable gauge/dipstick ASAP to deal with this issue.
  • Damage to the boat.  It's important to report this as soon as it's noticed
  • If there is a serious issue that you feel could put another user at risk, TAKE THE BOAT OUT OF SERVICE AND NOTIFY THE NEXT SKIPPERS who may not check the web site in time.
Issues that might be resolved other ways:
  • Found items from previous trips:  try contacting earlier skippers directly.
  • Cleanliness issues can be reported on the checkout sheet.  The maintenance team reads these reports weekly.
  • Duplicates of existing issues.  It doesn't really help to add them again.
  • Suggestions for improvement;  instead, email maintenance@sailchicago.org
  • Missing items that do not affect the safety or functionality of the boat.  Email the boat manager directly.
There are three levels of severity:
  • Yellow: Caution, be advised...
  • Orange: Repairs needed, but seaworthy.
  • Red: Unsafe, take out of service.
  Red is self-explanatory.  Next month examples of yellow and orange alerts will be presented.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND NEW MAINTENANCE RULES
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

Many members are having difficulty finding volunteer opportunities to fulfil their service requirement.  New opportunities are in development and should be available soon.  Examples of the service work under consideration include:
  • Teams to refuel the Colgates and Rhodes on a weekly basis (or more often, if needed).
  • A detailing team to remove deck stains and oxidation, then seal the surface with an appropriate non-slip deck wax.
  • A fiber-glassing team to repair superficial chips, crazing, and previous less-than-elegant patchwork on the decks, cockpits, and in the cabins.
With implementation of the new wind guidelines, a checklist that incorporates consideration of weather conditions into pre-sail preparations has been developed and will be on board within the week.  A new checklist for weekly use by the maintenance teams is also in development, which will include more detailed inspection of the outboards than current practice.
 
In addition, the detailed instructions for outboard engine operation, described in previous issues of BTS, will soon be affixed to the inner side of the fuel hatch covers on the Colgates and tethered under the stern decks of the Rhodes.
 
Skipper Alert:  While on the subject of the outboards, there have been numerous reports of the engines "failing" to lock into a straight-ahead position.  However, the steering adjustment screw at the back of the shaft was never meant to lock the engine into a straight-ahead orientation. Page 9 of the Tohatsu manual explicitly states: "The steering adjustment screw is used to adjust the friction load of the steering, but not to fix the steering.  Excess tightening of the adjustment screw may cause damage to the swivel bracket."

 

Furthermore, the engine is not locked in a vertical position when the gear shift is in forward. The engine needs to be able to "kick up" if a floating or submerged object is hit by the shaft while the boat is moving forward.  Otherwise, severe damage to the engine and/or transom of the boat will occur.
MAY BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met at the Morningstar building on May 10.
 
Boats are in the water. Classes and rentals are up and running.  The hard work of everyone is appreciated as we begin the sailing season.
 
The Board authorized an expenditure of up to $2,100 for the acquisition of a motorized rigid inflated boat.  Joe Cannon will look at options and report back next month.
 
Bob Lapin reported that the cruising program is moving toward a goal of having Coast Guard licensed instructors in the cruising program.   The Board approved the motion to reimburse instructors for expenses incurred while obtaining the license.  The Board placed conditions that include:
 
  • Applies to new applications only and is not retroactive,
  • A maximum five license reimbursements per year,
  • The new licensee will submit a request to the Board for reimbursement and will be reimbursed full expenses once the license is obtained,
  • It is expected that instructors receiving the reimbursement will teach at least four classes.
 
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 14 at the Morningstar building. 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
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BTS: May, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for May
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #5/MAY, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
  
Sailing season is almost here!  Our Colgates are heading to their moorings at Monroe Harbor this weekend, with the rest of our fleet to follow soon thereafter.  Our Instruction Program is set to get under way in mid-May, and classes have almost filled. If you've been thinking of taking a class but putting it off, be sure to sign up NOW!  If you're an experienced sailor who would like to share your enthusiasm for the sport with others, consider becoming an instructor. For more information, contact Lead Instructor Matt Stuczynski. A good way to see if you might like to instruct a class is to skipper a few Tiller Times.  Chris Faris, our  can help you here.
 
The boats in our fleet will soon be available for private use by qualified skippers.  If you're planning to sail in May, or even June, dress appropriately.  Wear a heavy, waterproof jacket, a warm hat, and consider purchasing waterproof outer pants. There's nothing worse than shivering in a cold, wet cockpit for a couple of hours while others on the boat who are warmly dressed are having a great time.
 
Also, be aware of our Wind Guidelines.  With an inexperienced crew, don't sail in winds above 15 knots.  Even with experienced crew, if the wind rises to 20 knots or more, head back to the mooring immediately.  Skipper status at U.S. Sailing, our affiliate organization, qualifies a skipper to sail in not more than 15 knot winds.
 
Remember, as a skipper or instructor, you are responsible for the welfare of your boat and crew.  Last year several of our boats were damaged and had to be removed from service for extended periods because skippers lost control of their boats in high winds and ran them into sea walls. This was not
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A Colgate on a broad reach 
fair to our Instruction Program, which lost class time, to other skippers who wanted to use the boats, or to our maintenance volunteers who spent many hours hauling out, inspecting and repairing boats; not to mention the repair expense incurred by the organization.  Sail Chicago does not offer classes in "heavy weather sailing."  Those wishing to learn this skill should find another organization that teaches it.  Skippers and instructors are expected to follow our Wind Guidelines.  The Board reserves the right to discipline those who don't.  To learn more about a skipper's personal financial obligation in case of damage to a boat consult the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations.
 
This year our Monroe Harbor fleet will be moored along the first line of moorings balls north of the fairway leading out to Lake Michigan.  This should make it easy for us to leave and return to our moorings and should limit possible damage to our boats from hitting sea walls or other objects.
SEASON KICKOFF PARTY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 20
By Sarah Wirth

Sail Chicago members and students are invited to our Season Kickoff Party on Sunday, May 20, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Columbia Yacht Club.  We are keeping it casual with beer and snacks and most importantly... the Sail Chicago fleet will be on display at the dock including our Ericson 34 cruiser, Calypso, as well as other boats from the fleet, including both the Colgate 26 and Rhodes 19.
 
Meet with members of the maintenance crews who keep these boats in tip-top shape for the season, network with Sail Chicago members for future crew opportunities, and meet members of the Board.
 
There will not be any sailing, just brews, snacks, and (fingers crossed!) nice weather.  You will also have the chance to win Sail Chicago swag (hint: start practicing your sailing knots!).  The event will take place on the lower level of Columbia Yacht Club right as you walk inside.
 
Sail Chicago members and students are welcome to attend and bring one guest. There is no cost.  Since Sail Chicago is bringing its own beer, it would be a big help if anyone is able to bring a cooler. Email sarahnwirth@gmail.com if you can bring a cooler. To register for the event,  Driving?  Parking instructions
 
DATE AND TIME: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM
By Alan Summers
 
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The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam will be given at the pre-sail orientations at Columbia Yacht Club on the following dates: 6/9/18 at 9:00 a.m., 7/14 at 9:00 a.m., and 7/31 at 9:00 a.m.
 
This is an optional written exam.  It is a US Sailing exam and has no bearing on your skipper or Sail Chicago status.  You may be a Sail Chicago skipper without taking this exam.  This US Sailing exam gives you a one-year membership in US Sailing and means you have the met basic keelboat standards as defined by U.S. Sailing.  The exam is $50, so please bring a check made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam.  It often takes 4-8 weeks after the exam to receive your confirmation materials from US Sailing.  To register for the exam, please contact Alan Summers.
 
SAILING CLASSES FOR WOMEN
By Maureen Huston

In an effort to encourage the involvement of women in sailing, Sail Chicago is sponsoring a couple of sailing classes for women only:
 
Women's Intermediate
Where: Monroe Harbor, Colgate 26'
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 6/23, 6/24, and 6/30, and 7/1/, 1-5 pm.
Cost: $240 (members); $315 (non-members)
Instructor: Maureen Huston
Prerequisite: Basic Sailing (or equivalent skills)
 
Women's Basic Cruising
Where: Belmont Harbor, Priorities
When: Monday and Thursday,
7/2, 7/5, 7/9, and 7/12/2018, 1-5 pm.
Tiller Times on Friday, 7/6, and 7/13/2018, 1-5 pm.
Cost: $240 per course (members only)
Instructor: Maureen Huston
Prerequisite: Must be a Sail Chicago small keelboat skipper
 
To register:  There is no online registration. To register click here to email.  Please be sure to include your name, phone, email, and which course you are interested in.  There is very limited availability. Spaces will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.  If there is enough interest, more classes may be added at a later date. Already registered in another class?  Specify that you wish to transfer from your existing class to a women's class, and which class section you want to transfer from.
CRUISING PACKAGES AGAIN AVAILABLE
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Sail Chicago Cruising Five-Sail packages are again available at the same prices as
One of Sail Chicago's cruisers, Calypso 
last year.

These packages enable a skipper to take five weekend or evening sails for the same price as a weekday afternoon cruise.  This is great for skippers sailing in the evenings and/or weekends.  For skippers interested in a multi-day sail, a 30% discount from list price provides a less expensive option. If you are interested in the five-day option, click on one of the links below.  If you would like a multi-day rental, email 
 
For Five Sails on Calypso for $450, 
 
For Five Sails on Priorities for $350, 
RACING IS HERE!  JOIN THE FUN!
By Cait Larson, Racing Coordinator 

Racing season is upon us!  Our first Inshore Colgate race will be held Wednesday, May 23, at Columbia Yacht Club.  Racers will meet at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday
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Racing Colgates
through September 12 for boat and skipper assignment.  Regardless of the forecast, we will meet and assess conditions on site.  Racers are advised to bring warm clothes even on warm days, as the temperatures on the lake are always cooler.  If you haven't signed up for racing yet,  Season tickets are $75, and you can race as much or as little as you like.
 
Racing is a great opportunity to hone your sailing skills, fly the spinnaker, learn racing etiquette, and build camaraderie with your fellow sailors. You will also get to meet other sailing community members at the Beer Can Inshore and Offshore Race cash buffet and awards ceremony held after each race, generously hosted by Columbia.  For questions or more information about this upcoming race season, please  

See you on the water!
CHART PLOTTER TRAINING
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Sail Chicago Cruising is offering Chart Plotter Training to Calypso skippers.  Do you wish you understood how to use the GPS system on Calypso?  Then come to this hands-on learning session conducted by Jeremy Shaw.  You will learn to create way points and routes, record the track you've sailed, estimate the time to port, and how to mark crew-overboard positions.  After a brief walk-through, we will leave the harbor and go for a sail with each person taking turns plotting a route, and then following it at the helm.
 
The session will be held for all Calypso skippers (no guests, please) at Burnham Harbor on May 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  There is room for four skippers.  When you register, there is room for 12 people to sign up. The first four will get the opportunity to sail on May 14 and the rest will be on a waiting list for subsequent sessions.  Once we see how many people are interested, we will schedule additional sessions.
 
If you would like to attend this session,
OUTBOARD ENGINE INSTRUCTIONS
By Ed Schroeder

The "outboard engine committee," comprised of Ed Schroeder, Jack Shubat, John Muhlenberg, and Art Witkiewicz, have completed two sets of instructions for operating the outboard engines with the new EPA-approved fuel tank systems. Two sets of instructions are necessary, as the Yamaha engines are slightly different than the Tohatsu and Mercury engines.  It is planned that the proper instructions will be attached to the inner lid of the lazarettes that contain the new fuel tanks.  Hopefully, we will have fewer problems this season with engines stopping at very dangerous times.
GOING STRONG AT 91!

At 91 years old, Ed Schroeder is most probably the oldest member of Sail Chicago; and he's been around for many, many years.  He first joined when we
Ed Schroeder 
were still affiliated with American Youth Hostels.  Ed's been heavily involved in sailing and maintaining our cruising boats over the years and is currently working with Norm Linde, Boat Manager on Priorities, our Hunter 34, which he has practically re-built from scratch.  He is an absolute font of knowledge on the detailed workings of cruising boats, and what little he doesn't know he'll find for you in a jiffy on the internet. 

As a cruising boat instructor, Ed has probably taught more cruising classes over the years than anyone else in Sail Chicago.  A self-styled curmudgeon, he's got some very definite opinions on almost any subject you can name.  In the winter when Lake Michigan freezes over and he can't sail in Chicago, he charters a cruising boat in the Caribbean and invites friends, family, and fellow Sail Chicago members to join him.

Ed, we wish you many more years of sailing with Sail Chicago!
KNOW YOUR COLGATE COLORS
By Maureen Huston

Did you know the Colgates are now color-coded?  Much of the equipment on the Colgates has been color-coded to help identify what belongs to each boat.  Tools, dock lines, spars, fenders, engines, cabin locks, etc., have all been color-coded for the boats as follows:
 
     * Albatross = Purple
     * Meridian = Turquoise
     * Naked Dance = Yellow
     * Recess = Red
     * Riverfolk = Orange
     * Rubato = Blue
     * Wind Horse = Green
 
If you find tools or equipment for a different boat on a Colgate, please be kind and make an effort to return it to the boat where it belongs.  The goal is to ensure consistency across the fleet, so that every boat has access to the same sets of tools and equipment all season long.

Mooring wands have also been color-coded and marked with the boat name and mooring number to help sailors return the boats to their assigned moorings.  Have colorful and happy sailing!
MOUSE LINES EXPLAINED
By Tom Prucher

What are mouse lines?  Why are they important?  Why should I use them?  What's the new procedure for tying them?  For answers to all these questions and more, click here.  And if you're still not sure of the correct way of tying them, click here to watch the video.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

We are still looking for a few members to fill out our boat maintenance teams. Our boat maintenance teams typically head out once a week to keep our boats in top shape.
 
We are also looking for volunteers to help with answering emails sent to Sail Chicago.
 
As a reminder, first-year members are not expected to complete service time, although they are welcome and encouraged to do so. Second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their service time duties. It is your responsibility to contact us and ensure you have signed up for a job to meet your volunteer commitment for the season.
 
As always, up to date information can be found on the Sail Chicago Organization Chart. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for a position, please email me.
APRIL BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met at the Morningstar building on April 12.
 
Boat preparations are proceeding well and are expected to be on time to begin the season as planned. The hard work of everyone is appreciated.
 
Student registrations are at an all-time high with 58 classes scheduled. We have four new instructors who will be shadowing experienced skippers before conducting their first classes. The first US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor certification will be conducted during the first weekend in May.
 
Sail Chicago "Rules and Regulations" were reviewed and updated.
 
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on May 10 at the Morningstar building. 
 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: April, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for April
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #4/APRIL, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
  
Spring is here and sailing classes are open!  It won't be long before our fleet is in the water and ready to sail.  If you're thinking about taking a sailing class this summer but haven't signed up, do it now!  Our classes fill very quickly, and we hate to disappoint anyone who's interested in learning how to sail or improving their sailing skills.  If you're new to sailing and not quite sure whether the Sail Chicago program is right for you, Stu Gilfillen, Director of Education at Sail Chicago offers some suggestions on how to choose a sailing school (see article below).
 
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A Colgate with Chicago skyline 
Although we're looking forward to another fabulous summer on Lake Michigan,there's still a lot of work that needs to be done to prepare our boats for a summer of safe sailing.  As the Sail Chicago website so prominently says, "We run on volunteer power."  We're going to need lots of help to get our fleet in the water by the time classes start.  If you're looking for ways to fulfill your annual service requirement, if you'd like to learn more about how a sailboat functions, or if you'd just like to meet more people in Sail Chicago, contact Joe Cannon, our Maintenance Coordinator, and he'll make it happen.
WHAT SAILING SCHOOL IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
 
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If you're new to sailing, if you've never sailed but would like to learn, how do you go about choosing a sailing school that's right for you?  Particularly in Chicago, summertime finds a lot of choices for the newcomer--everything from commercial sailing schools to courses offered by yacht clubs, to not-for-profit community sailing programs like Sail Chicago.  Stu Gilfillen,
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Director of Education at U.S. Sailing, has a few thoughts on the matter.  To view his suggestions, 
 
Sail Chicago seems to stack up well against the criteria Stu offers!
SERVICE TIME UPDATE
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Please note there was a typo in last month's Between the Sheets.  Emails regarding volunteering should be directed to 'volunteer@sailchicago.org', not 'volunteer@sailchicago.com'.

We are still looking for members to help with preseason preparations and maintenance at the boatyard.  Turnout has been good so far, but we can always use more help.  We will be at the boatyard every weekend until the boats are in the water.

Maintenance work on a Colgate 
Boat teams also need to be filled, and we have a few spots left.  Opportunities will be posted on the organizational chart as requirements are confirmed.
 
As a reminder, Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer organization.  First-year members are not expected to complete service time, although they are welcome and encouraged to do so.  Second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their service time duties.
 
For up-to-date volunteer openings please visit the Sail Chicago Organizational Chart at my.sailchicago.org.  You can locate it under Membership/Files/Sail Chicago Organizational Chart.  All questions and volunteer requests should be sent to volunteer@sailchicago.org.
 
WE'RE GETTING READY TO LAUNCH!
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

Maintenance work at the Canal Street Marina has been progressing well, thanks to stalwart members who have endured the cold weather of March.  Much of the work that can be done in the cold is finished: we hope that warmer weather will arrive soon so that we can begin washing and painting.

We can use many more volunteers once the washing and painting begins.  In addition, a number of more technical tasks remain to be done, which provides members with an opportunity to learn more about the construction and functional characteristics of our boats.  Weekend maintenance plans (dictated by the weather) are updated regularly in the "Announcements" section on the My Sail Chicago landing page (the first page after logging in).  A link to a sign-up sheet is also posted there, once weekend plans are finalized.
TILLER TIME REPORTS IMPRESSIVE GAINS

Chris Faris, Tiller Time Coordinator, recently reported on Tiller Time activities during the 2017 sailing season. Tiller Time sails offer Sail Chicago member-students an opportunity to practice, for free, the skills they learn in their formal classes. Here are a few statistics from the report:
  • Tiller Times were up 11% in 2017 with a total of 100 sails for the season. The distribution across months is very similar to that of previous years.
  • Approximately 105 member-students participated in Tiller Times in 2017.
  • Fourteen Sail Chicago members acted as Tiller Time skippers.  Most of them skippered 5 or more Tiller Times, thereby fulfilling their annual service requirements.  Barb Tenuta and Tim Rice led the pack, skippering 20 and 18 Tiller Times respectively.
Our thanks to Chris Faris for organizing and administering this program, unique among sailing organizations in the Chicago area.
MARCH BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met by phone conference call on March 8, 2018.
 
Board Officers were elected:
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chairman - Frank McNamara
Treasurer - Martin Modahl
Secretary - Bob Lapin
 
An instructor meeting will be held at the Wicker Park Library on April 7.
 
Processes were discussed for opening our season to student registrations. Actions were taken to assure that our members from last year are the first to be notified of open classes.  The general public will be notified 48 hours after our members.
 
The Board is adjusting our marketing efforts to focus more on assessing and improving member retention and not simply attracting new members.

The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 8 at a location to be determined.
 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: March, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for March
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #3/MARCH, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
  
It's warming up just a bit, the sun is a little higher in the sky, and our Sail Chicago members are starting to think about getting out on Lake Michigan again.  But before that can happen we need to prepare our fleet for launch.  This will take a lot of work from our maintenance teams and from many other folks in our membership who pitch in to help get the boats ready.
 
Maintenance work can yield a better understanding of how sailboats work. 
I remember when I was a newer Sail Chicago member, being part of a maintenance team was the easiest way for me to fulfill my annual service requirement.  It taught me a lot about the technical aspects of the boats in our fleet, and it also helped me to meet many new friends in Sail Chicago whom I later sailed with during the summer.  If you're looking for a way to meet your annual service requirement, I'd suggest that you consider joining a maintenance team.  I hope you have as great an experience as I did.
 
I attended the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting this past Thursday, and I was again impressed with the dedication of our Sail Chicago Board and with the members who head up our various activities during the sailing season.  From their reports during the meeting, it looks like will have another exciting season to look forward to, with many program innovations.  More information on these will be coming in future issues of Between the Sheets and other email announcements.  Watch for them.
SIGN UP FOR A PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION NOW!

Registration is now open for Sail Chicago's Pre-Sail Orientations.  The Pre-Sail Orientation gives 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!  A number of dates are available.  To register, click here.
ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING SAILING SEASON
 
On Thursday, March 1, 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 and gave a brief summary of last year's activities, Treasurer Martin Modahl reported that Sail Chicago ended a successful financial year with a strong balance sheet and a healthy net income.  Sarah Wirth outlined upcoming social events for the summer sailing season, Matt Stuczynski detailed plans for the instruction program and reviewed the new "wind guidelines" recently approved by the Board.  Maya Teleki discussed the expanded Colgate racing program now in its fifth year, Bob Lapin shared his excitement about the many upcoming events in the Cruising Program, and Joe Cannon outlined new goals for the maintenance program.
 
Four Directors whose terms had expired were again elected to fill new three-year terms.  They are: Joe Cannon, Frank McNamara, Martin Modahl, and Maya Teleki.  Many members lingered after the meeting was formally adjourned to socialize and make plans for the upcoming sailing season.
SERVICE TIME POSITIONS OPEN
By Chris Garvey

Frank McNamara is the new Service Time Coordinator.   His contact email is volunteer@sailchicago.com.   If you have any questions about last year's service time, please contact him and he will forward on to me.
 
Right now, we are actively looking for members to help with maintenance and getting the boats ready for the season. The harbor generally opens on May 1 and we are the first boats in the water so our May classes can start in a timely fashion. That means, when the weather turns nice, we start working on the boats in the boatyard. Regardless of weather in April, we are at the boatyard every weekend. Sometimes it's a challenge, but it always gets done with the help of our volunteer members.
 
Boat teams also need to be filled. Boat managers are currently verifying who of their team is returning, and confirming when their teams will meet.  This updated information will be posted on the organizational chart as soon as we know it.
 
We are also looking for members to participate on our social committee.  It's a fun job and a fun way to meet other members.  The social committee plans a few parties during the year, usually at the Weather Mark; a picnic with boat rides for family and friends; and our end of the season dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club. Please let us know if you'd like to help out.
 
We do not require service time of first-year members, but they are always welcome and encouraged to help out.  It's a great way to meet new sailing friends.  Second-year members need to sign up for a job to get their service time satisfied on the website.  Then, they need to do that job for year 3 and so on. It's a "pay it forward" system.
 
Service time is job oriented. Some jobs take more time than others.  But, basically, we ask members to come out 5 times to complete their service time.  For Example, 5 times at the boatyard, 5 Tiller Times, 5 Member Cruise outings, etc.  Some Jobs also get sailing credit.
US SAILING LEADERSHIP FORUM
 
US Sailing Logo (new)
Each year U.S. Sailing sponsors a Leadership Forum.  It's an opportunity for the leaders in a variety of sailing organizations, yacht clubs, community sailing programs, sailing schools, etc. to get together to share ideas, learn from one another, and develop community ties.  This year the Forum was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, January 31-February 2.  Sail Chicago has traditionally helped to send up to three Board members to the Forum.  This year, Bob Lapin was one of them.  Bob has completed a report on the Forum to the Board which you may find interesting.  To view it, click here.   If you'd like to get a taste of what else happened at the Forum, click here.
MAINTENANCE PROGRAM UPDATE

Joe Cannon is our new Maintenance Coordinator. He's responsible for seeing that our fleet is prepared for our upcoming sailing season and that our boats are kept in good working order throughout the summer and fall. In this role he's come up with many excellent ideas about how our Sail Chicago community can make maintaining our fleet more productive and fun.  To read more about his plans, click here.
SAIL CHICAGO RACING SEASON WILL SOON BE HERE

Colgate 26 Racing
Colgates rounding a mark 
Racing season will be here before you know it. Running from May 30 to September 29, Columbia Yacht Club will once again be graciously hosting us for a season of Wednesday night races and the always-favorite, after-race buffet dinner and beer.  This year's season will see the addition of new Colgates being purchased by Columbia to add to the competition.  Those interested may choose to participate in the Colors Regatta this year, hosted by Columbia, on June 2-3 as well as the Verve Regatta in late August.  For more on the Colors Regatta, click here.  

We are also announcing that Sail Chicago member Cait Larson will be taking over as Racing Coordinator this season.  Cait has been a regular at Sail Chicago's Wednesday night races for the past two years and has done the Verve Regatta twice as well.

Nothing makes you a savvy sailor faster then racing!  Come learn to fly a spinnaker, develop your ability to make quick, seaman-like decisions, and, maybe, create some truly interesting life stories.    
U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
We are happy to announce that the Sail Chicago Board has voted on an initiative for all Sail Chicago instructors to become US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor certified within three years. The rationale for this is simply to strengthen the general knowledge, skill and experience base as instructors, but also to better align us with US Sailing requirements and standards. The Board will do all it can to help support our instructors in this process.  In order to back this effort, the Board will now reimburse Sail Chicago instructors for the full cost of the course upon completion and with a commitment to teach for Sail Chicago.  The Board will also cover Sail Chicago instructors' BKI Re-Certification fees.
 
I am happy to announce that Basic Keelboat Certified Instructor, Monte Lewis, will coordinate this effort.  Monte will help support our Instructors by coordinating training and keeping track of where instructors are in the process.  Monte is an accomplished and experienced sailor and Sail Chicago Instructor who is a relatively recent BKI course graduate which makes him ably familiar with the course and the requirements to pass it.
  
For those interested in knowing more, here is a link to the requirements to pass the course.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE STEERING FAILS 

You're out on Lake Michigan when suddenly you realize that your boat is heading uncontrollably into the wind.  When you move the wheel or tiller, you find to your surprise that this action has no effect.  You check your radio to call for help, but you discover that the battery is dead.  What can you do?  To find out more,
 
Thanks to Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder for this timely advice.
FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met at the offices of Morningstar, 22 W Washington, on Thursday, February 8.
 
Chris Schuler, Matt Stuczynski and Bob Lapin reported on attending the US Sailing Annual Leadership Forum in St Petersburg, Florida, from Jan 31 to Feb 3.   (See article in this issue of Between the Sheets.)
 
Chris Schuler and the Columbia Yacht Club are in discussions to purchase a small boat with engine to help fuel and support our fleet.
 
The Board approved a budget of $4,500 to support the certification of Sail Chicago instructors.
 
Sarah Wirth announced the social calendar for the 2018 season: the annual meeting is March 1; the season kickoff social will be on Saturday, May 19; Happy Hours will be June 21, July 19, Aug 12, and Sept 13; the picnic will be Aug 18; and the Awards Banquet is scheduled for Oct 12.
 
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 8 at a location to be determined later.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: February, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for February
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #2/FEBRUARY, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
  
Colgate 26
A Colgate 26 on a summery sail 
In the dead of winter, it's hard to imagine that we'll be back on the water again in just a few months.  Still, there are plenty of activities to keep us interested in sailing.  For those who volunteered to help man the Sail Chicago booth at the Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show, we had a taste of what life on the water will be like next summer (see article in this issue).  Sail Chicago also has some activities coming up in the next couple of months.  Winter seminars on nautical subjects have been organized, and our annual meeting is coming up March 1 (see articles in this issue).
 
For those of you who would just like to hunker down in a cozy corner with a good book and wait for winter to pass, I have a suggestion.  I just finished reading Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago's Last Harbor Boss by R.J. Nelson.  He tells the story of how he was brought in under Mayor Harold Washington's administration to literally "clean up" the Chicago harbors after decades of corruption and pollution.  Much of what he did in the '80s and '90s is still visible today, including the type of mooring buoys we use, the tenders that ferry us to our boats, and the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program.  If you'd like to relish a slice of Chicago Harbor history, it's a great read.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FULFILL SERVICE REQUIREMENT
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
We are gearing up for the 2018 sailing season.  I am including the chart (see below) of available jobs that fulfill member service time requirements.  This list will be updated as program coordinators continue to determine their needs, so stay tuned!
 
As a reminder... You must fulfill a service time requirement if you would like on-the-water privileges.  First-year members do not need service time, but we are happy to have you participate.  Second-year members need to sign up for a job by May 1 before their service time requirement can be satisfied for the season.  They need to complete the job they signed up for during their second season in order to have their service time satisfied for their third season.  It's a "pay it forward" system.
 
Service time is job based, not hours based.  Every job has different time commitments, but if it's a job you like to do and one we need done, it's a win-win. The opt out fee of $400 is available for members who do not want to do service time.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions about the service time you've done or want to do.
AVAILABLE SERVICE TIME POSITIONS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

This chart contains the jobs that still need to be filled.  Taking one of these jobs will fulfill service time requirements.  Please contact  for more information.
 
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long-term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
*Help needed with service time to write out job descriptions.
 
FINANCIAL
*No open positions
 
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.
*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.
 
ANNUAL MEETING:  MARCH 1, 2018

A past-year annual meeting 
Mark your calendars now!  Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 1, at Chief O'Neil's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago.  For directions, click  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" reports by our Board chairman and program heads, the 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 2018 sailing season!
SAIL CHICAGO'S WINTER SEMINAR SERIES ARE FILLING FAST
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Two no-fee seminars are offered this winter to prepare you for the 2018 sailing season.  If you're interested, register soon--the seminars are quickly filling.  They will be held at Columbia Yacht Club from 7:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M. on the following dates:
  • Weather for Sailors February 5.   This seminar presents essential weather information for a safe and fun day of sailing on Lake Michigan.  The recently approved wind guidelines will be presented and discussed.  Key web sites and apps will be shared.   To register, 
  • Passage-Making - February 12.  Sail Chicago's cruising program has offered Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising for the past three seasons.  We now have enough experienced cruisers that we will add Coastal Passage Making this season.  Coastal Passage Making involves overnight transits requiring crew shifts, and sleeping and eating aboard a moving sail boat.  Come learn what is necessary for a successful passage.  Several Sail Chicago skippers will discuss last summer's successful overnight sails.  To register,   
COASTAL NAVIGATION SEMINAR
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Calypso under pwer
Have you ever wanted to sail port-to-port around Lake Michigan and 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 2018 aboard Calypso, our Pacific Seacrest Ericson 34.  To qualify for the course, you must be a cruising skipper or plan to become one early in the 2018 sailing season.  You must also complete an on-shore Coastal Navigation course that will be offered on the Mondays of February 26 and March 5 from 6 PM to 9:30PM. at the Columbia Yacht Club.  

To learn the details of both the Sail Chicago Cruising courses and the Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  

To register for the February 26/March 5 Coastal Navigation Course, click here

Questions? 
US SAILING SAFETY-AT-SEA SEMINARS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
US Sailing Logo (new)
If our Sail Chicago Winter Seminars are not enough to fulfil your craving for off-season learning, US Sailing is offering two safety-at-sea seminars in our area this year.  One is sponsored by Columbia Yacht Club on March 10th, and another, sponsored by the Chicago Yacht Club, is a two-day seminar on April 7th and 8th (with a hands-on second day).  Cost for the one-day seminar is $125 ($100 for US Sailing members).  Registration can be found here.
 
These seminars are intense, emergency-preparedness trainings, mainly dealing with offshore COB and storm situations.  They are regularly sponsored by the local yacht clubs as a service to their members in preparation for the Race to Mackinaw each summer.
SAFETY FIRST:  THE PERILS OF SAILING BEYOND YOUR SKILL LEVEL OR FAILING TO INSURE EQUIPMENT IS PROPERLY USED
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

A recent incident in Redondo Beach, California, highlights the importance of sailing in conditions that are within your skill level, experience, and the experience of your crew and passengers.  Two sailors who headed out in strong winds and high waves almost came to grief on the harbor breakwater.  The incident also highlights the importance of staying well clear of the lee shore (the shore the wind blows toward).  Herman Melville devotes an entire, but short, chapter of Moby Dick to the subject, "The Lee Shore" (chapter 23).
 
For more details and incredible video showing the incident and the resulting rescue, click 
here.
 
The perils of avoidable equipment failure were illustrated in a fatal accident on the Clipper Around-the-World Race.  In this case, a crewman was swept overboard when his tether fitting failed.  For details, click here.
BOARD SEEKS POTENTIAL CANDIDATES

The election of Board members will take place on March 1 at the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting. The Board is currently seeking potential candidates whom it can recommend to the Sail Chicago membership to fill vacant Board positions.  The membership may propose additional candidates at the Annual Meeting, and it will vote on all candidates presented.
 
Please think carefully about whether you'd like to become a potential candidate to fill a vacant Board position.  As a Board Member you should:
  • 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.
Board members typically serve a three-year term.  If you would like to be considered, or if you know of someone you believe would be a good candidate for a position on the Board, please contact Matt Stuczynski, Chairman of the Board Development Committee.
SAIL CHICAGO GETS RAVES AT THE CHICAGO BOAT, RV, AND SAIL SHOW

Volunteers man Sail Chicago's booth.
Sail Chicago once again made its presence felt in a big way at the 2018 Strictly Sail Chicago Show, January 10 - 14, at McCormick Place. The Sail Chicago booth was an integral part of the US Sailing Pavilion, and it attracted newcomers and "old salts" alike. 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. Many 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!
WHEN IS A KNOT NOT A KNOT?

A bowline
We know that a knot in a line (not a rope) can have many uses on a boat.  Most ofus also know that a knot is a measurement of nautical speed, but how did that term arise?  Another term we sailors are familiar with is a ship's "log."  But why is it a "log?"  Well, that's also tied to the "knot" (pun intended).  To find out more, click here.  Thanks to Jay Owens for bit of nautical trivia. 
HOW TO BUY SAIL CHICAGO GEAR

SC Store merchandise
We've recently had inquiries about how our members can purchase gear with the Sail Chicago Logo attached.  In fact, Sail Chicago has a "store" where you can purchase all kinds of merchandise with our logo.  This gear is great for gifts or for personal use.  The Store can be accessed through the Sail Chicago website or you can click here to view what's available.
JANUARY BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met by phone on Thursday, January 11.
 
Martin Modale, Treasurer, presented the 2018 budget.  A few details need to be worked out before it is finalized, but Sail Chicago is in an excellent financial position.
 
Joe Cannon, our new Maintenance Coordinator, reported that all the mooring balls at Monroe will be on the north side of the harbor in 2018.  Joe will request Sail Chicago moorings be assigned to the outer-most, southern row.
 
Plans for the annual Meeting were presented by Maya Teleki, board Vice Chair.  The meeting will be held at the same site as last year, Chief O'Neill's Pub, on March 1.
 
Chris Schuler, Matt Stuczynski and Bob Lapin will represent Sail Chicago at the US Sailing Annual Leadership Forum being held in St Petersburg, Florida, from Jan 31 until Feb 3.  
 
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on February 8 at a location yet to be determined. 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: January, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for January
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #1/JANUARY, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
  
Although winter has now settled in around us, our thoughts can still turn toward the time, not so far off, when Lake Michigan will once again be free of ice and we can hoist a sail.  In the meantime, there are some events and activities right here in the Chicago area that can help to keep our focus on sailing.
 
One is the Strictly Sail Chicago Show, coming up January 10 - 14 at McCormick Place. Please consider volunteering to staff our booth at the show for a few hours.  It's a great way for you to share your love of sailing with others.  You'll also get into the Show for free. To learn more or to sign up contact 
 
Another is the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting, which will be held this year on Thursday, March 1, at   Be sure to mark your calendar now.  The meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come early and enjoy some great eats with other members of Sail Chicago
 
Don't forget to meet your annual service requirement.  If it's not met by the beginning of the 2018 sailing season, you won't be able to participate in any on-the-water activities.  For more information on how to meet this requirement contact 

SERVICE TIME UPDATE
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
It's time to start planning for 2018.  I will have the detailed service time chart available for the February issue of Between the Sheets, but I know we need maintenance, winter seminar, and social programs coordinators.  We always need members to work in the boat yard and boat teams.  We need skippers to do Member Cruise Outings, Tiller Times and teach sailing.  So, start thinking about what jobs interest you and will work into your schedule.  Remember, there is always the opt-out fee of $400 if you do not want to or don't have the time to do service time.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions about the service time you've done or want to do.

IMPROVING THE RELIABILITY OF OUR OUTBOARD ENGINES
By Ed Schroeder

John Muhlenberg, Jack Schubat, Art Witkiewicz, and I have reviewed the outboard-engine manuals and have updated our procedures.  They have also discovered new equipment that may improve our engine reliability.  

Sail Chicago is now in the process of updating all nine of the outboard engine fuel systems. We are updating the fuel tanks and hoses to EPA-approved equipment. This includes fittings not previously found on our fuel systems such as Fuel Demand Valves (FDV), EPA-approved primer bulbs, and tank-end sprayless connectors.

The FDV and the fuel connector have a sealing mechanism which prevents pressurized fuel from entering the engine which may cause the engine to stop from excessive fuel (flooding). They also prevent fuel system overflow and possible fuel spillage.  (The absence of these EPA-approved fittings is one reason our engines have sometimes been difficult to start as well as having a tendency to stop at inopportune times.)

SAIL CHICAGO'S 2018 WINTER SEMINAR SERIES
By Bob Lapin

Two no-fee seminars are offered this winter to prepare you for the 2018 sailing season.  They will be held at Columbia Yacht Club from 7:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M. on the following dates:
  • Weather for Sailors February 5.   This seminar presents essential weather information for a safe and fun day of sailing on Lake Michigan.  The recently approved wind guidelines will be presented and discussed.  Key web sites and apps will be shared.   To register, 
  • Passage-Making - February 12.  Sail Chicago's cruising program has offered Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising for the past three seasons.  We now have enough experienced cruisers that we will add Coastal Passage Making this season.  Coastal Passage Making involves overnight transits requiring crew shifts, and sleeping and eating aboard a moving sail boat.  Come learn what is necessary for a successful passage.  Several Sail Chicago skippers will discuss last summer's successful overnight sails.  To register,   

PERSONNEL CHANGES IN MAINTENANCE
By Tom Peterson, Volunteer Coordinator

Next year there will be a few changes in the people heading up our fleet-maintenance program.  Joe Cannon has graciously agreed to be the Board maintenance representative for the remainder of my term and will stand for the same position at the annual meeting next March.  I've really enjoyed working with maintenance, and will continue to do so, but it's become a problem because my busy times at work coincide with the busy spring and fall times for the boats.
 
While Joe is taking on the Board position, the actual maintenance manager position
Maintenance work for Sail Chicago
is going to be handled by a number of people, including Shawn Lord, Peter Nam (one of the boatyard managers), other people who wish to remain anonymous, and me when I have available time.  There are also a few positions that we still are in the process of filling.  We haven't worked out the general contact means yet, but it will probably be something like a shared phone or discussion list, that several active maintenance people can respond to quickly.  More on this will be coming as we become closer to spring boatyard work.
 
During the past few years, those who maintain the cruisers, Ideals, and Rhodes have been doing a great job using something of their own distributed method of maintenance. In the past couple of years, however, our Colgates seem to have had maintenance problems.  This is significant because much of Sail Chicago's revenue depends on our Colgates being in top condition for instruction, racing, and for personal use.  We hope that making some changes will help our Colgates have fewer problems than in the past few years.  Joe Cannon has already made many great suggestions, and we are hoping to get input from boat managers at the spring boat managers Meeting to be announced soon.  In addition, having more than one person managing maintenance should allow flexibility when someone becomes unavailable.
 
We have set up the maintenance@sailchicago.org address to distribute emails to everyone on the "maintenance committee".  This should be the contact method for maintenance in the future, whenever there are questions, suggestions, or matters that need immediate attention.  If you have any suggestions or comments about Sail Chicago boat maintenance, feel free to email to this address.

UPDATING SAIL CHICAGO'S INSTRUCTIONAL CURRICULUMS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

New Skippers
New Sail Chicago skippers
A Sail Chicago group has been hard at work revising and updating our curriculumgrids for the Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Prep classes.  We have also been revising the On-the-Water Skipper Skills Standards (the "checkout sheet") as well as the Skipper Skills Standards packet that further explains the Standards.  Next on the list is the Pre-Sail Orientation curriculum and, eventually, working with the board, the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations.  Thanks go to our hard-working and eagle-eyed committee members: Nick Brait, Bob Lapin, Tom Prucher, and Simeon Stairs with new member Fiona Ray now on board.  The committee welcomes comments from members, so please contact any member of the group with your suggestions.

SEMINARS AT THE STRICTLY SAIL SHOW
By Bob Lapin

There are many interesting seminars at this year's Strictly Sail Show.  Here are a few that caught my eye which may be of interest to you:
 
  • Wed, Jan 10 at 3:30 - Navigation Strategies in room 102a
  • Wed, Jan 10 at 4:45 - Diesel Engine Maintenance in room 102bc
  • Thurs, Jan 11 at 11:45 - Weather:  Low pressure in room 103a
  • Thurs, Jan 11 at 2:15 - Weather:  Thunderstorms in room 102a
  • Friday, Jan 12 at 11:45 - Cruising the Michigan Shore in room 101b
  • Friday, Jan 12 at 4:45 - Docking and Anchoring for Two in room 103a
  • Saturday, Jan 13 at 10:30 - Demystifying the Wind in room 102a
  • Saturday, Jan 12 at 11:45 - Asymmetrical Spinnaker in room 102bc
 
For more details, check them out on the Strictly Sail Show website.

U.S. SAILING:  YEAR IN REVIEW

As you probably know, Sail Chicago is an affiliate of U.S. Sailing.  U.S Sailing been
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extremely helpful to us in offering guidance on getting many of our programs started.   We also use its materials in many of our instruction program. U.S. Sailing recently published its "Year in Review."  If you'd like to learn more about its many involvements, 

DECEMBER BOARD NOTES:  WIND GUIDELINES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met by phone on December 14. 

Lead Instructor Matt Stuczynski recommended wind guidelines to the Board which were discussed and approved. The wind guidelines had been discussed
A thunderstorm bears down on the lakefront
at the Instructors' meeting on November 18 where there was also general agreement. The instructors wanted more training on weather and to have the guidelines discussed at pre-sail orientations.  Matt will follow-up on these issues.  The guidelines are:
  • Up to 15 knots, acceptable conditions for all boats
  • 15 - 20 knots, proceed with caution for more experienced skippers
  • Greater than 20 knots, don't go out or return to harbor once that wind level is reached.
  • It is strongly recommended that the engines on the Colgates and Rhodes be running anytime the boat is between the mooring can and the inner-harbor mouth.  A trained member of the crew should man the engine and be ready to engage it immediately if needed.
  • The ultimate decision to sail or not to sail is the skipper's.  Should a skipper not observe the above guidelines and an accident occurs, existing rules and regulations provide for possible Board responses.  Every skipper should review Sail Chicago  paragraph 5, section 2 for possible consequences.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: December, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for December
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #12/DECEMBER, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
It's December, that month when our thoughts are probably the farthest from sailing.  And yet it may well be that time of year when you want to start thinking about how you will fulfill your annual service requirement.  While members in their first year with Sail Chicago don't have a service requirement, by May 1 of your second year you need to have signed up for a job that meets the requirement, and by your third year you need to have completed your service requirement by May 1 if you are to maintain your on-the-water privileges.  Of course, you can always pay a $400 opt-out fee, but we'd much rather that you log in the service time.
 
Sail Chicago is different from a sailing club or a commercial sailing organization.  As a not-for-profit community sailing program, we depend upon our community of members to provide the volunteer effort that keeps the program not only alive, but flourishing.  We each have a responsibility to the other members of our community to find some area where we can volunteer to be of service.  Many of our newer members start out their service careers as part of a boat team.  Each boat team consists of 4-6 members who are responsible for the maintenance of one of the boats in our fleet.  In addition to helping them meet other Sail Chicago members, these volunteers can learn the finer points
Chicago Lighthouse
...until next season!
of how the boats in our fleet are maintained.  To learn more about available positions, watch for articles in Between the Sheets, email notices, or contact Christine Garvey, our Volunteer Coordinator.
 
The Between the Sheets staff wishes everyone a joyous Holiday Season and a New Year filled with great sailing experiences!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STRICTLY SAIL SHOW

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 10-14 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 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 sharing your enthusiasm for sailing with potential new members of Sail Chicago--a great deal!
 
Volunteer times are:
 
Wednesday, January 10: 2-5pm, 5-8pm  
Thursday, January 11: 11 am-2pm, 2-6pm or 6-9pm
Friday, January 12: 11am-2pm, 2-6pm, 6-9pm
Saturday, January 13: 10am-1pm, 1-5pm, 5-8pm
Sunday, January 14:  10am-1pm. 1-5 pm
 
If you'd like to sign up, please contact Mary Egan 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.

PARTY CAPS A GREAT SAILING SEASON
 
2017 End of Season Party at ColYC
Sail Chicago sailors celebrate another successful year.
On the evening of November 17, well over eighty 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.  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 year for the first time, a silent auction of nautically themed items was held.  Proceeds from the auction will go toward the maintenance of our fleet.
 
This 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:
 
Maintenance Guru - Marilyn Shipley
Best Sail Chicago Students - Fergus Clare and Jeremy Shaw
Instructor of the Year - John Muhlenberg
Volunteers of the Year - Rachel Granneman and Alexandra Harper
Chairman's Award for Service - Matt Smith
 
Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled.

Many, many thanks to Rachel Granneman, Sail Chicago's Social Coordinator, and Alexandra Harper, our Fund-raising Coordinator, who created for us a truly memorable evening.  It was much appreciated by all who attended.

FALL INSTRUCTORS' GATHERING
By Matt Stuczynski

Students under sail
A group of 24 Sail Chicago instructors got together on Saturday, November 18,  at the Sulzer Library in Chicago to go over the past season and plan ahead for the next.  The meeting agenda was to brainstorm and provide feedback to the Sail Chicago Board committees on safety and curriculum.  The focus was to address, limit, and, if possible, end the number of incidents we have had over the last few years.  The instructors focused on wind guidelines, how to avoid loss of steerage/loss of way, and how to improve instructor-student training.  If you see one of our dedicated, volunteer instructors who work both on and off season, please thank them for their work.  

NOTES FROM THE NOVEMBER BOARD MEETING
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, November 9, at the offices of Foresight in the Civic Opera Building at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 100.  (Non-board members who wish to attend meetings should contact Michael Swisher so their names can be added to the list for the security guard.)
 
Safety Director John Lemon reported on the results of a Safety Committee meeting held on October 26.  There were four recommendations:  
  • Establish wind guidelines for all boats, 
  • Require engines to be running and manned anytime a boat is leaving or returning to the mooring,
  • Encourage our instructors to attain US Sailing's Basic Keelboat Instructor status, 
  • Seek implementation advice from instructors during the all-instructor meeting on November 18.
Sail Chicago will also assure that weather instruction is provided during pre-sail orientations, seminars, and on-the-water instruction.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: November, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for November
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #11/NOVEMBER, 2017
SEASON-END CELEBRATION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17
 
We are so excited to invite Sail Chicago members, students, and their guests, to our Season-End Celebration on Friday, November 17, 2017. For the first time, we are hosting a silent auction to raise money that will go toward renewing our fleet.
 
Register for the Season-End Celebration here. 
 
Columbia Yacht Club, site of this year's Season-End Celebration
When
Friday, Nov
ember 17, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
 
Where
Columbia Yacht Club
111 North Lake Shore Drive
(Randolph at Lake Michigan)
Chicago, IL 60601
 
We are like no other organization in Chicago. As you know, our boats see heavy use during the sailing season, and it's up to our volunteers on the maintenance teams to keep them in tip-top shape!  By participating in the silent auction, you can help Sail Chicago with our fleet renewal efforts as some boats will eventually need to be retired.
 
Just a few of the items donated for the silent auction include:
  • Chicago Cubs Fergie Jenkins autographed photo (value:  $85),
  • Cocktail-making class for two at Koval Distillery, craft distiller, in Chicago,
  • Frogg Toggs rain suit including a choice of men/women's style, color, and size,
  • Dinner for two at Chicago's famous Twin Anchors Restaurant,
  • Gill Pro sailing gloves,
  • $40 in gift cards for Weather Mark Tavern.
For updates on silent auction items check Sail Chicago's Facebook page
 
The event is open to members, students, and their guests and includes a buffet dinner.  The cost is $30 per person, and there will be a cash bar.  Email Sarah (Pellegrino) Wirth with questions about the event and for questions about the silent auction, email Rachel Granneman
 
Register for the event here.
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
The sailing season is over, and our fleet has been safely tucked away in the Canal Street Marina for the winter.  There are still sailing-related activities going on among the members of the Sail Chicago community, however.  Our boat teams, headed by Boat Managers have already begun their maintenance functions to prepare our fleet for the next summer.  They will continue to work at the Marina, primarily on the weekends, until the weather prevents them from doing so.  Being part of a boat team is a great way for our newer members to learn some of the intricacies of boat maintenance and to meet other members of the Sail Chicago community.
 
Our End-of-Season Gala is coming up Friday, November 17 (see article above). This year it will again be held at the Columbia Yacht Club (the big blue boat at the south end of DuSable Harbor).  Make sure to get your reservation in early.  As we head into winter, we'll also be offering some winter seminars on sailing-related topics.  Watch for upcoming announcements and future articles in Between the Sheets.
 
Remember also that the Strictly Sail Chicago Show will be returning to McCormick Place January 10-14.  In the December issue of Between the Sheets we'll be asking Sail Chicago members to help us man our booth at the show. It's a great time to see all things sailing. The show also contains much useful sailing information in terms of seminars and exhibits. Volunteers get in free.
 
Now is also a good time to consider how you plan to meet your annual service requirement.  This requirement must be met by the time that sailing season begins next May if you want to participate in any on-the-water activities.
WINTER SEMINAR COORDINATOR NEEDED
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
We are currently looking for someone to organize our winter seminar program. This person receives service time credit for working with the instruction team to determine what seminars to offer our members over the winter months. It's a great opportunity to learn something while getting together with each other during those non-sailing months.
 
Please contact Christine Garvey if you are interested.
INSTRUCTORS FOR ALL SEASONS
By Matt Stuczynski and Michael Swisher

Instruction (1)
A Sail Chicago instructor oversees practicing students 
Although the boats are out of the water, Sail Chicago instructors are still at work discussing the events of the last season and planning for the next.  Our instructionteam is always reviewing and fine tuning our three curriculum lesson grids for the Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Prep classes as well as the curriculum for our Cruising Program.  Our main goal is to further align the Sail Chicago curriculum to that of the US Sailing Basic Keelboat program.  A curriculum committee does much of the review and all Sail Chicago instructors will meet on November 18 (2:00-4:00 p.m. at Sulzer Library) to discuss this past season and make plans for the coming year.
 
If you have any curriculum or lesson suggestions or other ideas, please share with Leadinstructor@sailchicago.org.  
WOMEN'S MCO A SUCCESS!

Women sailors at helm of Calypso
A few weeks ago, Sail Chicago hosted its first women's Member Cruise Outing on Calypso.  As the skipper, Maureen Huston, described it, "It was a spectacularly perfect day, and everyone took a turn at the wheel with stand-by help as needed." The event evoked a high level of interest, and Sail Chicago looks forward to similar events in the future.
NOTES FROM THE OCTOBER BOARD MEETING: SAFETY ISSUES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, October 12 at a new location, the offices of Foresight in the Civic Opera Building at 20 N. Wacker, Suite 100.  Guests should contact Michael Swisher so that their names can be added to the list for the security guard.

Safety Director John Lemon reported that the high number of Incidents in the past three years jeopardizes our reputation in the sailing community, increases our costs and takes boats out of service.  There were 12 Incidents in 2017, 13 in 2016 and 7 in 2015 where Sail Chicago boats struck the west harbor wall, breakwater or other boats.  These Incidents occurred during mooring departure or return; and while leaving or returning to the mooring field.  Most occurred during classes and were caused by loss of way and therefore, steerage in high winds.  The Board has established a Safety Committee which is meeting to develop a corrective action plan to include revised procedures, training and wind guidelines.  These issues will be discussed at the Instructors' meeting on Nov 18
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: October, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for October
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #10/OCTOBER, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
Another sailing season is ending soon. By the end of the month our fleet will be out of the water and tucked away in their winter berths.  All in all, it's been a good year.  We've had well over four-hundred members and students participating in our
Colgate 26
A Colgate under sail
programs.  There've been a few mishaps with our boats, but nothing life-threatening.  Generally, skippers have been very good about not taking undue chances with the boats or their crew when the weather is bad or when winds are strong.  Our maintenance teams have worked hard to keep our fleet ship-shape. Our instruction program has turned many sailing novices into sailing enthusiasts, and Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings have allowed people to get out on the water to practice their sailing skills.  All-in-all, we've done a great job this year at fulfilling our mission:  ...to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago
Ideal 18 at Sunset
An Ideal on a broad reach
area.
 
But although the sailing season may be ending, this doesn't mean that our work is ending.  Remember, one of the reasons we're able to successfully fulfill our mission is that we are an all-volunteer community of dedicated sailors.  That means we all need to "pitch in" to help make the organization run effectively.  In the next few weeks you will be receiving several notices about ways in which you can help Sail Chicago and also meet your annual service requirement (see page 4 of the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations). We'll need many hands to de-mast our boats and take them down the river to winter storage. Once they're there, we will also need 
Spinaker Racing
A Rhodes, flying a spinnaker
help winterizing the boats, inventorying supplies, checking sails, and keeping our trailer organized.  While it may sound like a lot of work it's also fun, because in addition to keeping our fleet in tip-top shape, you'll have a chance to meet new sailing buddies, learn more about our boats, and swap yarns about the past sailing season.  So, when you see a notice in your inbox or in an article in Between the Sheets requesting help, please respond with enthusiasm.

DATE CHANGE:  THE SEASON-END CELEBRATION IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17