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
 
Chris Schuler & Minna Greene
Chairman Chris Schuler joins Minna Greene at last year's celebration.
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 second year. Sail Chicago's Season-End Celebration will be Friday, November 17, 2017.  Make sure to update your calendar--you won't want to miss this great event!
 
When
Friday, November 17, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
 
Where
Columbia Yacht Club
111 North Lake Shore Drive
(Randolph at Lake Michigan)
Chicago, IL 60601
 
Join us for a buffet dinner, cash bar, and a chance to celebrate a successful sailing season with fellow Sail Chicago members.  We will recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievement or through their volunteer service.
 
New this year is a silent auction to help raise money for fleet renewal.  Just a few of the items donated for the silent auction include:
  • 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.  The cost is $30 per person and there will be a cash bar.  Keep an eye out for further information about how to register. Email Sarah Pellegrino with questions about the event and Rachel Granneman for questions about the silent auction. 

Besides the silent auction, there's always the pleasure of dining with shipmates and reliving the adventures of the last sailing season.   Good food and a fun time are assured.
SERVICE TIME
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
As the end of the season approaches, I want to thank everyone who participated in service time.  It's your hard work that makes this organization run.  Jeff Doyle and Raj Uparkar will be contacting team and program leads, as well as some individuals to get your end-of-season reports.  These reports need to include what went well with your program and what you could do differently next year to make it more efficient.  It's also important to include all members who completed their service time by working with you.
 
Please send in these reports back to them as soon as you are contacted, while all the information is fresh.  We will pass your reports onto the board and record service time.
 
In early spring, I plan to indicate on the website which members have satisfied their service time requirements.  If you go online to pay your dues next spring and your service time is not shown as satisfied, but you think it should be satisfied, please contact Christine Garvey.
 
We still need a second person to help keep the maintenance trailer organized.  And we need a second boatyard coordinator. The boatyard coordinator needs to be at the boatyard to help delegate the work that needs to be done and to document who comes out to help.  Please contact Christine Garvey if you are interested.
THE 2017 CRUISING SEASON
By Bob Lapin

Calypso at anchor
Calypso, our Ericson 34, began its life with Sail Chicago and completed fourBareboat Cruises as well as MCO's, Orientation sessions, and many multi-day rentals.  The boat is fast, well laid out, and all crews have been delighted with its performance.  Its season ends on October 18 when it heads down river for winter storage.  Contact Simeon Stairs if you would like to help.

Priorities was used for basic cruising instruction that introduced five classes to the cruising life.  Many skippers also continue to use Priorities for private sails.  Engine hours were evenly split between the two cruisers, which should ease the use of Priorities.  Priorities heads to winter storage on October 11.  Contact Norm Linde if you can help.

Plans for next year include: a series of winter seminars covering topics of safety at sea, multi-day cruises, weather and coastal navigation; a coastal navigation class in March in preparation for next season's weekend bareboat cruising classes; and an overnight passage making class. 

Many thanks to the maintenance crews, instructors, MCO crews and skippers, Lawrence Hall crews and skippers, the rusty skipper instructors, and all the students and crew that helped make 2017 a great sailing season.

EUROPEAN MARITIME MUSEUMS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
This summer I had the great pleasure of visiting a few of the great seaport cities of Europe and enjoying their maritime museums.   In Kiel, Germany, on the Baltic Sea, one can visit a small, but informative museum with some great displays devoted to "Kiel Week" which is the largest sailing festival in the world.  Kiel Week takes place every year in the last week of June with over 2,000 boats, many of them tall ships, and over 3 million visitors.
 
Hamburg, Germany, is home to what must be one of the world's largest maritime
The International Maritime Museum in Hamburg
museums called the "International Maritime Museum" in Hamburg.  It was started with the private collection of a German shipping magnate and now houses over 40,000 items on 10 floors of an old brick shipping warehouse in Hamburg harbor.  The collection starts with a 3,000 year-old dugout canoe found in the River Elbe to displays on the future of seafaring and ocean exploration.  All displays are expertly captioned in English and German and definitely make this museum worth a visit.

While in Athens, it is difficult to not come across its ancient seafaring history no matter where one goes; unfortunately, the city's main maritime museum was partially closed due to the country's current economic troubles. 
SEPTEMBER BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, September 14, at a new location, the offices of Foresight in the Civic Opera Building at 20 N. Wacker, Suite 100.  (Those wishing to attend future meetings should contact Michael Swisher so that their names can be added to the list for the security guard.) The following items were discussed:

  • Chris Schuler will meet with Columbia Yacht Club to work out details of our continuing relationship.   
  • Maya Teleki asked each Board member to identify potential new Board members for 2018. 
  • Martin Modahl reports that we continue to be in a good financial position.
  • Safety:  There were four incidents during the month that resulted in serious damage to our boats.  John Lemon will summarize the season's incidents and make recommendations to the Board at the October meeting.
  • Maintenance: 
    •  Meridian and Recess have been damaged and will motor to Canal Street, ending their season.  The remaining Colgates will be pulled on October 14 with October 15 as the rain date.
    • Tom Peterson will resign his Maintenance Management position. Plans for his replacement are being finalized.
  • Social:  The 2017 Season End Celebration will be held at the Columbia Yacht Club on November 17.  Nominees for the maintenance, instructor and skipper awards are being sought.

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: September, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for September
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #9/SEPTEMBER, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
Over the past couple of months, I've received many compliments from Sail Chicago members regarding the quality of our newsletter, Between the Sheets. While I'm personally pleased and gratified, I know that a large part of the credit for its success goes to the many members who submit articles for publication on wide-ranging subjects related to sailing.  Several of these contributors submit articles and news items on a monthly basis.  I'm very grateful to these members for their ongoing support, and for the time and effort they put into the articles and news items that they submit. They help immensely to make this newsletter both interesting and relevant to our sailing community.
 
I'd like to encourage other Sail Chicago members to become contributors as well. If you run across an item in a sailing magazine, go on a sailing excursion, or just read a book on sailing that you think others in our community might enjoy, pass it along to me or Gary Thrane.  Don't worry about grammar or editing; we'll take care of that.  Your contribution will help to continue the success of this newsletter.  
Thanks! 
FRIENDS & FAMILY PICNIC IS A GREAT SUCCESS!
By Alexandra Harper and Rachel Granneman
 
Picnic-goers enjoy a Colgate sail. 
Beautiful weather and flyovers from the Air & Water Show made Sail Chicago'sannual Friends & Family Picnic on August 20 a fun and exciting afternoon! Members and guests dined on burgers and hotdogs with potato salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit, and cookies at the Columbia Yacht Club and then got out on the lake on a couple Colgates and a Rhodes.   It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and introduce friends and family to the organization and to sailing!  
 
Special thanks so the skippers who volunteered to help at the event--Tim Rice, Jim Monk, Francis Baumgart, and Joseph Cannon.
END-OF-SEASON DINNER--SAVE THE DATE:  FRIDAY, NOV. 10
 
Our end-of-season dinner will be at the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday, November 10.  Be sure to save the date.  This year, there will be a silent auction for a number of fun items that have been contributed by local businesses including Flagship Tavern & Grill, Koval Distillery, Frogg Toggs, Weather Mark Tavern, Island Party Boat, Twin Anchors Restaurant, Gill, Lagunitas, Whiskey Acres, and others.   

Besides the silent auction, there's always the pleasure of dining with shipmates and reliving the adventures of the last sailing season.   Good food and a fun time are assured.
  
ECLIPSE AMAZES PRIORITIES CREW

Amazed crew watches eclipse
Eclipse as seen from Priorities
On August 21 Norm Linde, together with assorted friends and family boarded Priorities, Sail Chicago's Hunter 34 cruising boat. Sailing out into Lake Michigan in beautiful weather, skipper and crew waited anxiously for the magic moment as the clouds started to roll in.  Luckily, just before the moon started to pass in front of the sun, the clouds parted, and everyone got a spectacular view of this marvelous phenomenon.
US SAILING CEO OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY REVIEW
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator
 
Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing, has recently published an open letter to sailors regarding safety.  It provides access to a great deal of useful safety information. 
 
Sailing, as Gierhart notes "remains one of the safest water-based recreational activities."   More than other boaters, sailors have to pay attention to weather and wave. And the result is that sailing "accounts for an extremely small percentage of the total boating accidents."   See the pages 48 - 51 of U.S. Coast Guard Boating Statistics Report.
 
Nevertheless, accidents do happen, and US Sailing has conducted accident reviews to sharpen understanding of how such events can be prevented. (These reviews can be accessed             

US Sailing also has a range of educational programs aimed at enhancing safety at sea.   Also a number of other safety-oriented resources, available online, are listed at the close of Geirhart's US Sailing article, available here.  Gierhart's open letter will definitely repay your attention.

Sail safely!
SINGLE-HANDED SAILING THE IDEAL 18
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
Ideal 18 single-Handed
An Ideal being single-handed.
For those skippers already familiar with the Ideal 18s, we will again be offering a single-handed sailing course this season.  The two-session course will start this month with classes on Saturday, 9/23, and Sunday, 9/24.  The course will deal with the special and thrilling aspects of single-handling a boat; what to expect, what to plan for, and how to handle various situations unique to sailing solo.  The class can accommodate three students who will gain the confidence to go out on their own and learn to develop the keen judgment that single-handed sailors acquire, all the while, learning a deeper respect for the wind, waves, and elements around them.  You can sign up on the my.sailchicago.org website under "Instruction." The cost is $100.  There will also be a second class, should there be enough interest, offered on 10/7 and 10/8.

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."
BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Secretary
 
There was no Board meeting this August, but the next Board meeting is scheduled for September 14.
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: August, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for August
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #8/AUGUST, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
From time to time this year we've had one or more of our boats placed out of service for repairs that were needed, ultimately because people who were sailing them did not exercise good judgment.  Placing a boat out of service causes problems for our instruction and racing programs, and reduces the availability of our fleet for private use.
 
I'd like to share with you some views on prudence. First, what does it mean? The Google dictionary defines prudence as the quality of being prudent or cautious. Some synonyms include: wisdom, good judgment, common sense, shrewdness, caution, care, forethought, and circumspection. How does this apply to us as sailors?  I think in many ways.  Here are some questions that you, as a prudent sailor, might ask yourself:
 
Before the sail  Who will be sailing with you?  What is their experience level? Can you depend upon them to do the right thing if you run into an emergency? What's the weather forecast like?  Are there small craft warning?  If so, should you cancel the sail?  (Don't worry, if you do, you'll get a sailing credit for future use.) Should you reef prior to leaving the mooring?  (If you feel a need to ask this question, you should definitely reef!)  Have you checked the status of your boat on the Sail Chicago website?  Is there anything wrong with it that might cause a problem while you are sailing?  Based upon the conditions at the harbor, what's your plan for leaving the mooring?  Do you have a contingency plan?  Have you communicated the plans to your crew so that each person knows exactly what they are doing?
  
During the sail  How effective is your communication with your crew?  When in doubt, over-communicate, and don't change course until you are positive your crew fully understands what will happen and what they should do to make it happen.  What's the weather like?  Does it seem to be changing?  What do the clouds tell you?  Is the wind shifting?  Do any of your crew look sick?  If so, ask them and be prepared to return to the harbor immediately!  Are they aware of what to do in a crew overboard situation?
 
After the sail  Have you developed a specific plan to return to the mooring based upon the conditions in the harbor?  Should you furl the jib?  Will you use the motor instead of sailing to the can?  If the motor dies, what's your alternative plan?  Does your crew know the plan and what their specific job is to make it an uneventful return?  Have your recorded in the log book and reported online the things that you found need attention from maintenance?  Have you left the boat in the condition you would like to find it the next time you sail?
FRIENDS & FAMILY PICNIC ON AUGUST 20
By Alexandra Harper
 
Bring your friends and family for a burger and a brief sail, from noon until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 20, at the Columbia Yacht Club!   Register for the event here.   If you are a skipper who is available to help bring a few of our Colgates over to the Columbia Yacht Club dock and take a group out for a brief sail, please contact us here to let us know.  We need your help to make sure as many people as possible can enjoy a sail!  
FREE RHODES 19 AND IDEAL 18 ORIENTATIONS
By Tim Rice

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

During the recent Chicago to Mackinac Race, a crew member on the Farr 400 Meridian X fell overboard during a sail change in the middle of the night.  The wind had increased from 15 to 40 knots and the crew was working to reduce sail.  This man-overboard experience was eye-opening for all involved.  Both the crew member who fell overboard and the boat skipper wrote descriptions of what happened, which were published in the online sailing press (see below). 
 
The crew member was in the water for over an hour, in the dark, before he was rescued by his mates. The boat's skipper estimated that they were sailing at 18 knots at the time of the man overboard event, and they sailed about two miles away from the site before they got the sails under control and turned around to rescue him.  The crewman in the water had a safety light and whistle, but the light failed at some point. 
 
There were many lessons learned from this experience.  I'm sure they will be incorporated into future Safety at Sea seminars as well as safety equipment requirements for the Mac Race.  Here are a few suggestions to enhance your sailing safety even if you are not sailing offshore:
  1. Attach a working LED light and whistle to your life jacket, even for sailing in daylight hours.
  2. Skippers: practice your crew-overboard maneuvers in a variety of situations.
  3. When you are taking out friends/family/co-workers, discuss emergency notification procedures and show someone how to use the VHF radio.
I encourage everyone to read the chilling reports from the crew member describing his overboard experience here.  You can also read the instructive report from the boat skipper's perspective here.

Sail safely!
SAILING IN THE HARBOR
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
To the right is a photo of the 1st century B.C., octagonal "Tower of the Winds"which I saw this summer at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens.  Each side of the tower has a depiction of the corresponding wind direction.  Each image depicts the different wind properties and highlights the constantly changing nature of the winds.  That leads me to this article about our constantly changing and, sometimes very fluky, winds in Chicago's Monroe Harbor.
 
Here are some thoughts and reminders about harbor sailing and how easy it is for a boat to stall due to lost steerage after a puff, lull or change in wind direction.  
 
When sailing in the harbor, it's critical to keep the boat under way AT ALL TIMES and to have a PLAN B and maybe a PLAN C should you get a lull, puff or wind change.  If you don't have way on the boat, you cannot steer:  she must be moving.  Plan B and C could be to TACK or FALL OFF.  Of course, for these plans to work, the proper course must be chosen to begin with and, these decisions need to be made immediately.  This underscores the importance of having contingency plans discussed and made BEFORE a course is chosen.
 
Another thing to keep in mind is DO NOT sail above moored boats, but rather steer a safer course below them.  Sailing above boats leaves little or no room to easily fall off should that be necessary.
 
Finally, some Skippers chose to have the motor running as a backup should they lose steerage (which is fine) but when doing this you need to engage the motor immediately after the boat stalls and, if you do use this as an option, there must be a crew person at the motor and ready to engage the motor immediately if that command is given.  
 
Please keep the shifting winds in mind whenever you go out and remember the importance of Plans A, B and C in our constantly changing wind environment.

SCHULER SCHOLARS LEARN SAILING SKILLS
By Tom Simms, Schuler Scholars Coordinator

Schuler Scholars on the tender
Launched in 2001 by philanthropist Jack Schuller, the Schuler Foundation provides college scholarship assistance to bright motivated underprivileged high schoolers.   These students are identified in 8th grade and receive counseling and tutoring throughout high school and college.  One supplemental Schuler program that helps to achieve an 80% success rate (graduate from a selective private college or university) is the "exposure program".  This program is designed to provide cultural, civic and social experiences that enhance their overall education. 
 
Since 2014, Sail Chicago has partnered with Schuler Scholars to provide these students with
exposure to sailing.  Our program has grown from one Colgate per week to four Colgates; totaling over 100 students sailing on Wednesday afternoons.   Sailing in a boat for two and half hours provides an opportunity for enlightening conversation.  In addition to "sail" talk and instruction, our volunteers and the students often discuss their schooling and future plans.  Fifteen Sail Chicago members have volunteered to share their time, experience and love of sailing to contribute to the education of these deserving students.
 
If you would like more information about the Schuler program or the two other Sail Chicago volunteer youth programs, please check out the Community Outreach page of the Sail Chicago website.  To view what it's like for a student to experience a rugged afternoon of sailing, click here.

NEW SKIPPERS FOR CALYPSO
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
 
As of August 1, we have 47 cruising skippers of which 36 have successfully completed the orientation on Calypso and are now qualified to sail both cruising boats.  Nineteen students have completed or will enter training as new cruising skippers.  The last class of the season begins August 7.  Twelve students have participated or will participate in bareboat cruises.  The last bareboat cruise of the season is scheduled for August 11.
FEELING GOOD ON BOARD
 
When sailing, you're out there to have fun, right?  Well, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you have a good time before, during, and after your sail. Remember, you're on the water for 4-5 hours, and that can be a long time.
 
Before  Don't eat a huge meal before departing.  Slather on plenty of sunscreen, and be sure to wear clothing that will protect you from the sun. Even on cloudy days those ultraviolet rays can penetrate your skin and leave a nasty burn later in the day. Don't forget to fill your water bottle, and make one last stop at the bathroom.
 
During  Hydrate!  Drink frequent small amounts from your water bottle.  Eat fruits with high water content.  Grapes and oranges are great.  Remember that alcohol dehydrates.  Besides, it's not allowed on Sail Chicago vessels while sailing.
 
If you start to feel sick, tell your skipper immediately.  Many people find that sea-bands (wrist-bands that stimulate pressure points on the wrist) help to prevent sea sickness.  Others say that chewing candied ginger or eating a few ginger snaps helps to settle the stomach.  If you continue to feel sick, do NOT go below deck, but concentrate your gaze far out to the horizon.  Finally, if you think you might vomit, make sure to lean over the leeward side of the boat.
 
After  If you've done everything indicated above, you should be able to be get back on shore feeling great, having had a very enjoyable sail.
NOTES FOR JULY BOARD MEETING
By Bob Lapin, Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, July 17. The following items were discussed:

  • The Board is finalizing/revising the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations relating to damage to boats when skippers elect to sail in high-wind situations. Skippers electing to sail in these conditions may face financial responsibility for damage done to boats. Details to follow.
  • A practice-mooring can will be placed at the entrance to Monroe Harbor.
  • Three incidents resulted in damage to Rubato and Riverfolk.
  • Chris Schuler is investigating the possibility of buying another Colgate currently located in Iowa.
  • Martin reported that financials are in good shape and funds are available to acquire a Colgate.
  • Our annual picnic will be held at Columbia Yacht Club on August 20. The end-of-year dinner will be Friday, November 10.
  • We have lost our meeting room at Grant Thornton and are looking for a new meeting site.
     

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

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BTS: July 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for July
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #7/JULY, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
I just checked my calendar, and it looks like we're almost half-way through our summer sailing season.  The summer solstice passed us on June 21, and the days are starting to get shorter.  If you haven't been sailing much, it's time to get out on the water!
 
Even though the weather often didn't cooperate, our members and students did a lot of sailing in May and June.  Classes have been so full that we've encouraged some of the students on our wait list to take classes at Columbia Yacht Club's newly minted Adult Sailing Program.  We continue to work with the Club to explore ways in which our programs can benefit each other.  We are currently using the Club's facilities for some of our programs and activities, and they are helping us to gas up our boats.  In return, we are referring students to them and occasionally letting them use one of our boats for instruction purposes.
 
Our service projects for young people are also going strong.  We are sponsoring summer sailing cruises for students involved with Lawrence Hall Youth Services and with Schuler Scholars.  For our members, Tiller Times and Members Cruise Outings are filling quickly.  And if you're a skipper looking for crew or crew looking for a skipper to take you out, don't forget Share-A-Sail, our information sharing list-serve that puts people with similar interests and availability together (see article below).
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."
NEW CHICAGO WATERWAY SAFETY VIDEO
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator  
 
The Chicago Harbor Safety Committee (CHSC) was founded in 2013 to address the increase in use of the Chicago waterways and lakefront.  It is a partnership comprising the major stakeholders using our area waterways--tour boats, water taxis, yacht clubs, kayakers, and canoers, recreational boating organizations, charter operators, commercial vessel operators, etc.  Also involved are key government agencies such as the US Coast Guard as well as environmental organizations and citizen advocacy groups.
 
The CHSC recently released a 31-minute educational video that will be important in advancing boating safety in our waters.  It features great drone photography that shows many features of concern to boaters on the lakefront and Chicago River system.  The video also includes excellent basic boater safety information. 
 
I had the pleasure of attending the premier showing of the video at the Chicago Yacht Club Thursday, June 29.  In attendance were representatives of many of the organizations in the Committee. With Lake Michigan in the background, it was a fitting opening for this important initiative.
 
The video is available online. I urge everyone to take the 31 minutes to watch it. Even if you are an experienced boater, you will learn something and come away with a greater awareness of boating safety in our area. Here is the link:
NO MORE TENDER PASSES
 
Remember, tender passes are no longer needed at Monroe Harbor.  The Monroe Harbormaster is in the process of installing a gate with a combination lock at the entrance to the tender dock.  As soon as the gate is installed, we'll let you know the combination.  The combination will also be available on the my.sailchicago.org website when you reserve a boat.
READING THE CLOUDS
 
This cloud could mean wind gusts.
Here are some tips from Member Ed Schroeder on what the clouds overhead can tell us about approaching weather.  Keep in mind, there are plenty of exceptions to these rules of thumb--but you have to start somewhere:
  • Taller clouds generally bring more wind.
  • Flat tops or "boiling" tops can bring brisk wind speeds and sudden wind shifts.
  • Slanted rain generally indicates there is wind. Squalls often move in the direction of (or sideways to) the slant, so don't assume that the cloud is "dragging" the rain behind it, as it might appear.
  • Track cloud/storm movement by taking bearings on the center of the storm (not the edges).
  • Watch for whitecaps below the clouds, indicating strong gusts.  Watch sailing vessels under those clouds, too.
  • "Tilted" clouds often bring wind.
  • THE FIRST GUST, USUALLY A COOL DOWNBURST. CAN STRIKE ONE-TO-TWO MILES BEFORE THE CLOUD IS OVERHEAD, AND BEFORE THE RAIN STARTS, SO REDUCE SAIL EARLY.
  • The strongest gusts and the increased wind accompanying the squall generally blow in the direction of the cloud movement, i.e. outward from the "front" of the cloud.  However, increased wind blows outward from all sides of the cloud.
  • SQUALLS DO NOT NECESSARILY COME FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE CURRENT WIND, SO SQUALLS COMING FROM A WEATHERLY DIRECTION ARE NOT THE SQUALLS TO WORRY ABOUT.  IT IS THE ONES TO THE RIGHT OF THE TRUE WIND, ABOUT 30 DEGREES, THAT ARE HEADED TOWARD YOU (i.e. IF A SOUTHERLY WIND IS BLOWING, IT IS THE SQUALLS TO THE SOUTHWEST TO WATCH FOR).
  • The strongest wind comes with or just before the light first rain. If the squall arrives already raining hard, the worst winds are usually past, but strong gusty winds are still possible.
  • Behind any squall is often an eerie calm.
TELLING TELLTALES
 
Ever wonder what those funny looking pieces of yarn pasted on the jib and the leech of the mainsail are for? Well, they're there to make you a better sailor. But how do they do that?

For a full explanation of how you can use telltales to improve your sailing technique, click here.
CASTING OFF AND RETURNING:  COMMUNICATION IS KEY
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
When casting off, it is crucial that the bow person and skipper communicate effectively by issuing clear commands and repeating/acknowledging those commands.  Also, many problems can be forestalled by talking about the process beforehand.  Especially in higher winds, the bow person needs to turn and direct their voice towards the stern while the skipper speaks loudly towards the bow (where a flapping jib can make it hard for the bow person to hear).  Of course, the bow person must never completely release the second bow cleat until clearly given the command to "Cast Off"; it is not easy to hold on to the 26-foot Colgate in higher winds by the mooring line alone; rather, the bow person should either loop the mooring line around the aft end of the cleat or, better yet, keep the aft end of the mooring line loop ON the cleat and lifting up the front end of the loop just above the cleat; in this way, you can take mechanical advantage of the boat hardware (cleat) rather than your own muscle force.
 
When returning to the can, crew communication is just as crucial with the bow person directing their voice aft and the skipper forward; using arms to point and immediately call "Abort!" if making the can will not be possible.  Also, bow crew have been observed wasting valuable time gingerly placing the pick-up wand on the deck and then looking for the mooring line loop.  But the pickup wand is meant to be quickly picked up just in order to get the mooring line.  Therefore, as soon as the crew can safely pick up the line running to the mooring line, the wand can be quickly thrown back in the water.  Then the bow person will hand over hand the line running from the wand to the mooring line loop.  Get that mooring line loop quickly on a bow cleat and then yell "Made" or "We're On" to the skipper.  
Thanks to Barb Tenuta and Nick Brait for these suggestions.
FREE RHODES 19 AND IDEAL 18 ORIENTATIONS
By Tim Rice

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

Ideal single handing
Single-handling an Ideal 18
Look soon on the "Learn" page of the SailChicago website to sign up for a Single Handed Course on the Ideal, tentatively scheduled for Tues/Thurs July 25/27, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  The Ideal 18 is nicely suited for single-handed sailing and the only boat in our fleet which allows this.  We need 3 students to make the class work.  Students MUST have a current skipper card, be qualified to sail the Ideal, and have a record of being the Person in Charge (skipper) of either private rentals, classes, Tiller Times, MCOs, etc.  The class is not designed for recent skipper graduates.  It assumes some experience as a skipper and experience with the Ideal.  Students will learn the finer points of independent sailing and what it takes to safely take the Ideal out on their own. 

FIVE-SAIL PROMOTIONS FOR CRUISING BOATS

Our cruising boats are available for special rates:

  • Priorities -
    5 sails for $350.  These sails may be used during any rental period and reduces maximum rental charge to $70 per rental period. Click here to register through Constant Contact.
  • Calypso - 5 sails for $450.  These sails may be used during any rental period and reduces maximum rental charge to $90 per rental period. Click here to register through Constant Contact.
Orientation sails on Calypso will be scheduled during the week of July 10. Sign up on the web site
SAIL CHICAGO OFFERS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION
 
A Sail Chicago student attains student skipper status by passing the on-the-water skipper prep class, the Basic Keelboat online final exam (for new students starting in 2017), and the Sail Chicago skipper prep online written exam.
 
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But Sail Chicago also administers the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification written exam which is recognized around the country as a benchmark in sailing education and can be taken after successfully completing our Intermediate course.  This  exam does not grant you any Skipper privileges in Sail Chicago and a student does not have to take this exam to become a Sail Chicago skipper.  It is just another sailing exam, reviews your knowledge,  and the cost is $50.   A one-year membership to US Sailing is included in the fee.
 
We will offer dates and times for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam in the Sail Chicago newsletter.  Please notify Alan Summers one week or more in advance if you wish to take the US Sailing exam.  Please bring a check for $50 made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam and the name of your Intermediate of skipper prep class instructor.   
CALYPSO'S LAKE MICHIGAN CRUISING PASSAGE
By Brian Johnson

Calypso
Sail Chicago members Iwona Awlasewicz, Bill Christopher, Mary Gegenhuber and Brian Johnson set out on an extended Lake Michigan cruising passage aboard Calypso, Sail Chicago's newest cruising boat, on the evening of Friday June 30. The first leg was over 250 nautical miles to Sutton's Bay, Michigan. Calypso and crew arrived safely 47 hours later after cruising non-stop through a myriad of conditions. Along the way they cruised past Sleeping Bears Dunes in the early morning hours and safely navigated through the Manitou Passage during a squall. Grand Traverse Bay was a welcome sight on Sunday afternoon. The crew used a two person, two-hour shift approach to keep Calypso in capable hands at all times. Night sailing was enjoyable under the stars and 3/4 moon with outstanding sunsets and sunrises. The crew successfully deployed the asymmetrical spinnaker in some light down wind conditions enroute to Leland, Michigan on Tuesday, making over 5 knots in 8 to 10  knots of following wind. 

On Wednesday, the crew left for Frankfort, Michigan with projected SW winds of 15-20 knots. While in the Manitou Passage, Calypso encountered sustained winds on her bow of 20-25 knots with gusts into the mid-30 knot range. Waves built to 6-8 feet and we didn't feel comfortable continuing to Frankfort so we headed to the relative safety of Sleeping Bear Bay and anchored near Glen Arbor for 12 hours. At 2 AM on Thursday the crew elected to make a run across the lake to Sturgeon Bay to avoid the projected 30+ knot northerly winds on eastern Lake Michigan the following two days. At the time of this writing, Calypso was sailing under main and spinnaker just east of Rawley Point in Wisconsin heading south to return to Burnham Harbor on Sunday the 9th. Until... we noticed a severe thunderstorm on radar over northern Wisconsin requiring us to head straight west into the harbor at Two Rivers, WI where we waited out the storm.
FOR SAFETY, TEST YOUR INFLATABLE PDF!
By Edward Schroeder

On a recent sail, we discovered that our crew did not know how to inspect and service their inflatable PFD.  None had ever opened the Velcro flaps and none knew where the "green inflator status" indicator was. 

Your life and the lives of those you care about may depend on a working PDF.  Here's what you need to do to be sure everyone who uses an inflatable PDF is safe: 
 
Before each use, make sure:
  • There are no rips, tears, excessive abrasion or holes, all seams are securely sewn, and the cover, straps, and hardware are still strong.
  • The oral-inflation dust cap is in the stowed position.
  • The PFD is not twisted.
  • All zippers, closures, and waist buckle are secure.
  • Your inflator status indicator is green.  Some PFDs have more than one status indicator! Refer to your product manual if you're not sure.
  • The inflator pull-tab is hanging on the outside.
Every two months, perform the following tests and inspections: 
  • Oral Inflation Valve Test   Fully inflate the PFD using the oral inflator, and then hold the valve under water. If bubbles appear, deflate the PFD, and re-inflate it again.
  • Leak Test   To test for air leakage, orally inflate your PFD until firm and then let it sit inflated for 16 hours.  A PFD with a leak in it will not hold its firmness and should be replaced.
  • Bobbin Inspection and Replacement   Your inflatable PFD may use a bobbin activation system. This is a yellow "pill" with white powder inside. When the white powder dissolves, it activates a pin that punctures the CO2 cylinder and inflates your PFD.  Inspect the pill to make sure it's still intact and replace the pill if it looks compromised.
Before each sailing season, perform this annual maintenance and inspection:
  • Perform a thorough visual inspection.
  • Perform the oral inflation valve test.
  • Perform the leak test.
  • Clean the inflatable PFD.
  • Check for dirt and corrosion and replace all corroded parts.
  • Record "Annual" in permanent ink on the PFD service record label.
And sail safely!
NOTES FOR JUNE BOARD MEETING
By Bob Lapin, Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, June 13.  The following items were discussed:



  • US Sailing Keelboat text book is now online and access codes have been given to students.  Students will take the online test as well as the Sail Chicago test which requires knowledge of Sail Chicago, the Colgates, and Monroe harbor.
  • A women-only cruise is being planned.
  • The picnic is being planned for August 20 at Columbia Yacht Club.
  • Two incidents have occurred where skippers took boats out in high winds and incurred damage.  US Sailing Basic Keelboat and Basic Cruising certifications cover winds from 5 to 15 knots.  Skippers should use caution when sailing in winds above those limits.         Guidelines and possible consequences are being finalized by the Board.
  • Maintenance is pursuing outside handyman labor to help keep our boats maintained.
  • The next meeting will on July 13 at a site to be announced.

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: June 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for June
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #6/JUNE, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
We've got a big issue of Between the Sheets this month.  The sailing season is in full swing. Many events and activities have already taken place, and there are also lots more planned for the near future.  Rather than have me take up more space with my own musings, I encourage you to read carefully all the articles below so that you, too, will know what's going on and can choose those events and activities in which you would like to participate.  See you on the water!

SEASON KICKOFF SPECTACULAR
 
Welcome to the Kickoff
Saturday, May 20, dawned dark and wet, but by 1:00 p.m., the rain had let up and the sky was a bit brighter.  Almost 50 Sail Chicago members and friends gathered at the Columbia Yacht Club's "big blue boat" to celebrate the start of another sailing season.  Our new cruising boat, Calypso, was tied at the dock so that both members of Sail Chicago and the Yacht Club could get a close look at her.
 
Knot fun at the Kickoff
Inside, there was beer, soft drinks, and snacks for all. There was also a raffle to raise money for our fleet renewal program.  Bob Knapp won the raffle, receiving a cash prize of $50.  Many present also entered a knot-tying contest.  After member Norris Larson demonstrated how to tie a number of nautical knots, Jason Wirth organized the contestants.  Simeon Stairs was the big winner, and much fun was had by all.  Thanks to Sarah Pellegrino, Board Member for organizing the event, to our new Social Coordinator, Mary Therese Hennessy, and to Social Committee/Fundraising Committee members, Alexandra Harper and Rachel Granneman, for planning the raffle.
SKIPPERS AND MATES NEEDED FOR LAWRENCE HALL PROGRAM
By Norm Linde, Lawrence Hall Coordinator
 
Sail Chicago has partnered with Lawrence Hall Youth Services since 1996 by providing sailing experiences for under-privileged youth in the Chicago area.  Every other Thursday afternoon during the summer sailing season, one of our cruising boats, Priorities, leaves Belmont Harbor with 3-4 Lawrence Hall youth and a chaperone aboard, to experience the fun and excitement of sailing on Lake Michigan.
 
We need both cruising boat skippers and mates to help us maintain this valuable program for disadvantaged Chicago youth.  If you have questions about the program or would like to serve as a skipper or mate, please 

CALYPSO ORIENTATION PROVES ENLIGHTENING
By Steve VanderVoort
 
Calypso under power
On Saturday, May 13, I had the privilege of participating with four other Sail Chicago members in an orientation on Calypso, our new Erickson cruising boat.  I was frankly a little skeptical about Sail Chicago's need for a second boat as part of our cruising program, and I was curious to see if this boat would be worth the cost.  Calypso is located on the O Dock on the west side of Burnham Harbor, half way between Soldier Field and McCormick Place, only a short ten-minute bike ride from the tender dock at Monroe Harbor.  The first thing that impressed me was the clean restroom facility just south of the dock, both close and convenient.
 
The boat itself is in pristine condition.  The controls are easy to manage, and the diesel motor is very responsive.  I understand that the former owner kept it in fresh water and only sailed it a couple of times a year.  Simeon Stairs, the Boat Manager, and his maintenance crew have done a great job at readying it for service this summer.
 
The day was beautiful, with strong, steady winds of about 15-18 kts.  Norm Linde was our orientation master.  We motored out of the harbor, and, as the wind began to pick up, we decided to reef the mainsail.  This was particularly easy, because all reef lines are handled from the cockpit, and no one has to be on deck for the procedure. We put Calypso through her paces, tacking, jibing, sailing close-hauled and on a beam reach.  When it was my turn at the helm, I found her very responsive to every turn of the wheel, with very little weather helm, even in the strong winds.
 
Docking as a different story.  A strong southwest wind like we had tends to push the bow of the boat away from the dock, so a strong forward throttle with a quick reverse is necessary to make sure the boat heads straight and true and stops in time.  I'll need a little more practice before I feel really comfortable with this procedure.  But, all in all, my orientation was a great experience, and I think the boat will contribute much to our Cruising Program.
ORIENTATION SAILS ON 
CALYPSO
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
 
Calypso is safely moored in Burnham Harbor, and the web site is now open for reservations.  Calypso did its first Bareboat Cruise of the season on June 2, 3, and 4 with Norris Larson as skipper.  The maintenance team under the leadership of Simeon Stairs has produced excellent documentation of the boat's system that will be a great aid in learning to operate our newest cruiser.  Sixteen Hunter skippers have successfully completed orientations on Calypso.  All future orientations, rusty skipper sails and MCO's will announced on the Sail Chicago reservation website. Check it out
REFRESHER SAILS FOR CRUISING SKIPPERS ABOARD PRIORITIES
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Cruising skippers who want to refresh their acquaintance with Priorities can now do so.  In the my.sailchicago.org website check for "Refresher" under Seat Availability.
PRIORITIES CREW LENDS A HELPING HAND
By Norm Linde, Priorities Boat Manager
 
Grateful Skipper and crew
Grateful skipper & crew rafting with Priorities
On a recent trip "up the river" to bring our cruising boat, Priorities, to her summer berth in Belmont Harbor, Norm Linde and his crew were able to literally "rescue" another boat headed in the same direction that had lost power.  The skipper and crew of the other boat were very grateful Norm Priorities was able to lend a helping hand. To read the full story of this adventure and its outcome, 
NEW SAIL CHICAGO SKIPPERS:  MENTORS ARE AVAILABLE
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor   
 
If you are one of our new Colgate skippers (we had a record 42 new skippers last season), we are initiating a Skipper Mentor Program to help welcome you as members of Sail Chicago.  This program is meant to help those who might like some advice on the Do's, Don'ts, and Culture of our unique community sailing organization.  
 
If you would like to be paired up with a Sail Chicago mentor, contact Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski.  Mentors will be a "go-to person" for questions about the group, seamanship, and general knowledge and advice.  In some cases, mentors might also accompany new skippers on practice sails (especially at the beginning of this season) to enable these new skippers to follow our rule of only going out with an experienced skipper during their first, full year of sailing.

FIVE-SAIL PROMOTION FOR CRUISING BOATS
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

The cruising committee announces the return of the five-sail promotion:

Priorities - 5 sails for $350.  These sails may be used during any rental period and reduces maximum rental charge to $70 per rental period.  Click here
to register.
 
Calypso - 5 sails for $450.  These sails may be used during any rental period and reduces maximum rental charge to $90 per rental period.  Click here to register.

TILLER TIME IS HERE!
By Chris Faris, Tiller Time Coordinator
 
Welcome to this season's Tiller Time.
 
Student Members: How to Sign Up  If you are currently enrolled in an on-the-water course and have completed at least two sessions of formal instruction this year or, if you took an on-the-water course last year, you are eligible to participate in Tiller Time to hone the skills you learned in class.  If, after checking the Seat Availability page of the Sail Chicago website, you find you are marked as not eligible to sign up for Tiller Time, please 
 
More Skippers Are Needed  We need seasoned skippers to lead Tiller Times. If you'd like to share your knowledge and love of sailing with our current member students, this is the place for you!  Also, if you are interested in becoming an instructor in our Instruction Program, but aren't quite sure, this is a great way to find out.  The timing of Tiller Times is flexible and can be built around your schedule.  If you think you might be interested in trying this out, please let me know.  All I'll need are the dates and times you might be available.  And thanks for your help!
DISCOUNTED PARKING AT GRANT PARK GARAGES

John Lemon, our Safety Director recently told us that the Grant Park Garages are offering discounted parking for online only purchase.  If you're planning to sail out of Monroe Harbor and are driving down, you may want to check out the rates.
U.S. COAST GUARD STATISTICS ARE CLEAR:  
WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET! 
By John Lemon, Safety Director 

Every year the Coast Guard compiles information on recreational boating incidents and fatalities.  Sadly, for 2016 compared to 2015, there was a 12% increase in fatalities, an 11% increase in injuries, and a 7.3% increase in accidents.  According to the Coast Guard, operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure ranked as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.  Further, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

More alarming: 80% of the 701 fatalities were drownings, and of those, 83% were not wearing life jackets.  "Wearing a life jacket, regardless of whether or not a state or federal law requires one to be worn, is the single greatest factor in preventing death from drowning," said Capt. Scott Johnson, Chief of the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety at Coast Guard Headquarters. "All boaters should wear a life jacket at all times when on the water, no matter your age, physical ability, or condition."
 
The most important conclusion we can draw from this report: Wear your life jacket.  Period.

Sail Chicago requires that everyone participating in an official sail (class, Tiller Time, MCO, maintenance sail, etc.) wear a life jacket at all times while on or near the water.
 
You can read the full Coast Guard report here
GREAT BOOKS FOR SAIL CHICAGO SAILORS!
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

I just returned from a week at the beach and caught up on some reading.  Two of the books I read may be of special interest to Sail Chicago sailors. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Dirty Waters by R.J. Nelson.  I heard Nelson speak during the winter and put his book on my reading list.  The sub-title is "Confessions of Chicago's Last Harbor Boss."  Bob took over harbor management during the Harold Washington administration with the task of cleaning up corruption in Chicago Harbors.  (The previous three harbor bosses were in federal prisons on corruption convictions.) It is a fascinating insight into the Chicago Harbors.
 
Maneuver and Dock Your Sailboat Under Power was written by Grant Headifen and is full of exercises that demonstrate techniques that help us maneuver our cruisers in many different wind situations.  The book contains many QR codes that take you to animations that demonstrate the maneuvers.  Sail Chicago will be conducting docking classes based on these exercises. You may want to pick up a copy.
NOTES FROM THE MAY BOARD MEETING
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, May 11.  The following items were discussed:
  • Chris Schuler will meet with Columbia Yacht Club to work out details of our continuing relationship.  Sail Chicago students who could not find seats in sold-out Sail Chicago classes will be encouraged to contact Columbia Yacht Club.  These students will do their class with Columbia Yacht Club instructors on Sail Chicago boats.
  • Both Sail Chicago and Columbia Yacht Club are pleased with our relationship so far.  We appreciate use of their docks and facilities. They will also fuel our boats and provide assistance to our boats on the water with their powered RIB.  More details will follow as the relationship is further developed.
  • Sail Chicago is researching email handling systems to better track incoming emails.  We are not satisfied that they are handled in a timely and competent manner.
The next meeting will be a phone-in meeting on June 8.
 
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: May, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for May
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #5/MAY, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
Our sailing season is getting underway.  Most of our fleet is now in the water or soon will be.  Our Instruction Program begins classes in the middle of the month, and very soon Sail Chicago skippers will be able to reserve boats for private use.  Our Wednesday evening racing begins May 24, and our season-opening social event is scheduled for May 20. 
 
Yes, there's a lot going on, and it's all thanks to our member-volunteers who put in countless hours making it happen, from maintaining our fleet to performing the administrative functions that help to keep our organization running reasonably smoothly.  This month I'd like to give a special "shout-out" to our instructors, without whom our program would be non-existent. These men and women, many of whom are certified instructors with U.S. Sailing, devote a lot of time and energy in preparing for and executing our instruction program.  Although they are not paid, as would be the case with a for-profit organization (which we are not), they do it because they enjoy the teaching experience and want to pass on their love of sailing to a new generation of sailors.
 
Frankly, an area when we can use help from our more experienced member-skippers is in our Instruction Program.  A month or so ago when we opened class registrations for May and June, the classes filled within a few days.  July and August classes recently opened, and they are filling rapidly.  If we had more volunteer-instructors, we could fill even more classes.  If you think you might be interested in instructing but aren't certain that it would be for you, you might consider becoming a Tiller Time skipper.  That experience could help you determine if helping students to learn good sailing skills is something that would interest you enough to become an instructor.

ORGANIZATION CHART AND SERVICE TIME
by Chris Garvey
 
The Organizational Chart is now on the my.sailchicago.org website.  Look under the drop down menu for Membership and click on "files" to view it.  The majority of jobs are listed there along with the name of the member doing the job.  Please send me any additions or corrections.

THERE ARE STILL OPEN POSITIONS FOR SERVICE TIME
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
There are 33 members who have paid their membership dues, but have not completed their service time yet for this season.  Below are listed the positions still available for our member-volunteers who would like help in fulfilling their annual service requirements.  For more information please contact 
 
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
 
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team:  Creates and implements fundraising activities.  Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):  Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors:  One class completes service time and $100 in sailing credits is earned.
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Coordinators- We are looking for 3 people to share the role of coordinator.  3 people doing this job decreases the time commitment.  Division of responsibilities will be determined by those members who fill the positions.  Active participation completes service time.  Each person receives $200 in sailing credits.
*Communicator - This person helps the coordinators schedule events and notify members of these events.  Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
Boatyard coordinators - We are looking for 1 more person to coordinate the boatyard activities.  Active participation completes service time.  Each person earns $100 in sailing credits.
* Gas teams:  Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Gas team leader:  This person is responsible for scheduling the gas team.  Active participation completes service time.
*Boatyard teams:  This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season. 5 days of work satisfies service time.

WIND GUIDELINES FOR SAFE SAILING
Matt StuczynskiLead Instructor

As we are about to begin our sailing season, our Safety Director, John Lemon, and I want to remind you of the Sail Chicago traditional wind guidelines (below). Most importantly, choosing to go out depends on your best judgment, crew and skipper capability, experience, wind direction, wave height, etc.  The usual rule of thumb is to reef if anyone on the crew even thinks it might be a good idea.  The Colgate 26 reaches hull speed if the wind is about 12-13 knots, so sails should probably be reefed at any wind speed above this. Remember, reefing in the harbor is a lot easier and safer than reefing once you're out on the lake.
 
NEW SKIPPERS should remember:  first-year Skippers MUST have at least one other experienced SKIPPER or equivalent aboard during their first year sailing with Sail Chicago.
 
Here are the Wind Guidelines and appropriate skill level for crew:
  • 0-10 kts (Gentle Breeze):  full sail, crew should have completed the Basic Sailing Course or equivalent
  • 11-16 kts (Moderate Breeze):  reefed sail at higher-end 13-16 kts, crew should have completed the Intermediate Sailing Course or equivalent
  • 17+ kts (Fresh Breeze):  should cancel unless with another Sail Chicago skipper or equivalent.
Having another experienced sailor aboard will help you best plan and execute in challenging conditions.  In the harbor, have fenders out and ready for possible fending off.  Retreat to the safety of an empty can at the harbor entrance if conditions exceed capabilities.
 
The only thing worse than canceling a sail on a windy day with friends is sailing in conditions beyond your capabilities and causing property damage or injury.

REFRESHER AND ORIENTATION SAILS FOR CRUISING SKIPPERS
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Cruising skippers who want to refresh their acquaintance with Priorities or get familiar with our new cruiser, Calypso, can now do so:

Rusty skipper sails on Priorities will be available soon on the my.sailchicago.org web site for existing Priorities skippers.  Please sign up under the "Refresher" category once "Seat Reservations" are available. These dates are the evenings on May 16 and May 30, and the mornings of May 21 and 28.
Orientation sails on Calypso will be available shortly. The dates are the evenings of May 15, 16 and 30; and the mornings of May 21 and 28.  The mooring location has not been confirmed at this time.  We have asked for a slip at DuSable or Belmont or a mooring ball at Monroe in that order of priority.
SEASON-STARTING EVENT ON MAY 20
By Sarah Pellegrino, Board Member
 
Join Sail Chicago members at Columbia Yacht Club for a Season Kickoff party on May 20 at 2:00 p.m.  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 new Ericson 34, Calypso, the new Colgate 26, Rubato, as well as our Rhodes 19 and Ideal 18. 
 
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 and (fingers crossed!) nice weather. The event will take place on the Rail Deck (lower level of Columbia Yacht Club) right as you walk inside. Sail Chicago members and guests are welcome to attend. There is no cost.  To register for the event, please click  Parking is available in the 
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Sail Chicago members and guests are welcome to attend.  There is no cost.  Since Sail Chicago is bringing its own beer, it would be a big help if some members can bring coolers.  If you can bring a cooler, please email me.
 
Stick around after the Sail Chicago Season Kickoff Event for Columbia Yacht Club's first annual fundraiser for their sailing school at 6:30 pm on May 20. Find out more information on their  Contact Columbia Yacht Club for further information.
NEW SAIL CHICAGO SKIPPERS:  MENTORS ARE AVAILABLE
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor 
 
If you are one of our new Colgate skippers (we had a record 42 new skippers last season), we are initiating a Skipper Mentor Program to help welcome you as members of Sail Chicago.  This program is meant to help those who might like some advice on the Do's, Don'ts, and Culture of our unique community sailing organization.  
 
If you would like to be paired up with a Sail Chicago mentor, contact Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski.  Mentors will be a "go-to person" for questions about the group, seamanship, and general knowledge and advice.  In some cases, mentors might also accompany new skippers on practice sails (especially at the beginning of this season) to enable these new skippers to follow our rule of only going out with an experienced skipper during their first, full year of sailing.

SKIPPER MENTORS STILL NEEDED
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

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

The cruising committee announces the return of the five-sail promotion:

Priorities - 5 sails for $350.  These sails may be used during any rental period and reduces maximum rental charge to $70 per rental period.  Click here to register through Constant Contact.
 
Calypso - 5 sails for $450.  These sails may be used during any rental period and reduces maximum rental charge to $90 per rental period.  Click here to register through Constant Contact.

ORIENTATION SAILS ON CALYPSO OFFERED

Calypso is safely moored in Burnham Harbor.  If you are now a cruising skipper and would like to sign up for orientation sails, click the link by the time slot that works for you and sign up in Constant Contact. 
 
For Saturday, May 13 at 0900 click here.
For Saturday, May 13 at 1200 click here.
For Saturday, May 13 at 1500 click here.
For Sunday, May 14 at 0900 click here.
For Sunday, May 14 at 1200 click here.
For Tuesday, May 16 at 1730 click here.

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

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, April 13.  The following items were discussed:

  • Chris Schuler will meet with Columbia Yacht Club to work out details of our continuing relationship to include using their instructors to conduct classes for Sail Chicago students who could not register for classes because Sail Chicago classes filled so quickly.
  • Sail Chicago website is being studied to determine if a priority system can be established for students registering for classes.
  • Purchase of another Colgate will not be pursued; instead the hull of Naked Dance will be refinished.
  • The racing season registrations opened with 15 sign-ups.  The fee is $75 for the entire program. 
  • Maintenance is in full swing to prepare our boats for the season and get them into the water.
  • The May Board meeting is scheduled for May 11 by phone.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

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

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

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

Sail Chicago Newsletter for April
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #4/APRIL, 2017
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
 
Sail Chicago is truly a unique organization in Chicago and, perhaps in the whole nation, in that it is an all-volunteer community sailing program. This is the main reason that we can keep the costs of sailing affordable for our member-volunteers.  But affordable cost is only one benefit of our all-volunteer program. Volunteering builds a sense of community and a personal investment in our many programs.  That's why so many of our members are so passionate about sailing. And volunteering helps to build strong relationships among our members that are helpful in finding other skippers and crew with whom to sail.  Volunteering for maintenance projects can also teach you much about how are boats are sailed and how to keep them in safe working order.
 
Our expectation is that each of our members will volunteer to help the organization in ways that account for at least 20 hours of time annually.  Many of our members put in substantially more time than this.
 
Currently, our maintenance team is getting our boats ready to go into the water the first part of May.  Much help is needed in this preparation process if we are going to keep on schedule.  Please consider volunteering for this important work by reviewing the schedule outlined in this email that was recently sent to all members.  Remember, you need to have met your annual service requirement by May 1 or pay a $400 opt-out fee if you would like to have on-the-water privileges for the upcoming sailing season.
VOLUNTEER FOR OPEN POSITIONS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
We have the following positions available for our member-volunteers who would like help in fulfilling their annual service requirements.  For more information please contact 
 
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long-term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
*Membership assistant - This person helps the membership coordinator. Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team:  Creates and implements fundraising activities.  Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):  Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors:  One class completes service time and $100 in sailing credits is earned.
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Maintenance Coordinators- We are looking for 3 people to share the role of coordinator. 3 people doing this job decreases the time commitment. Division of responsibilities will be determined by those members who fill the positions. Active participation completes service time. Each person receives $200 in sailing credits.
*Communicator - This person helps the coordinators schedule events and notify members of these events. Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
Boatyard coordinators - We are looking for 2 people to coordinate the boatyard activities.   Active participation completes service time. Each person earns $100 in sailing credits.
* Gas teams:  Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams:  This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season. 5 days of work satisfies service time.
HELP NEEDED AT THE BOATYARD
By Tom Peterson, Maintenance Coordinator
 
Helping out at spring maintenance
We are preparing all the boats in the fleet for their trip to the harbors. We can use quite a bit of help for the next four weekends with occasional weekday sessions.  Below is a listing of the dates, with a sample of some of the tasks we need to complete before launch.  If you are interested in more information, email or call Tom Peterson or Cozy Whittington.  Also, let us know if you are interested in the river trip, and we will contact you closer to the date.

Spring Maintenance Schedule:

April 1/2 (Sat/Sun) 9:00am - 1:00pm - general maintenance, all boats
April 8/9 (Sat/Sun) 9:00am - 1:00pm - general maintenance
April 15/16 (Sat/Sun) 9:00am - 1:00pm - general maintenance
April 22/23 (Sat/Sun) 9:00am - until done - general maintenance
April 24/25 (Mon/Tues) motor Colgates up river (tentative)
April 26 (rain date 29th) Cruisers motor up river to harbor
April 29/30 (Sat/Sun) raise masts on Colgates
April 29 (Sat) Rhodes and Ideals to Montrose on trailers
April 30 (Sun) Rhodes and Ideals to Monroe Harbor (rain date May 6/7)
 
Colgate Task Samples:
  • Check anchor rode length and condition, replace as needed
  • Inspect all lines for condition, and replace any missing or worn
  • Distribute new standing rigging to three boats, and document
  • Reinforce winter damaged mast stands for river trip
  • Verify all items present that are on boat safety checklist
  • Check dates on air horns, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers
  • Check winches, clutches, cleats, repair or replace as needed
  • Replace bilge pump line on Rubato with new hose
  • Clear out cabin and clean each boat inventory parts
  • Collect cleaning supplies and determine which are still usable
  • Inspect and test power tools in trailer, especially buffers
  • Scrub decks and add surface protection
  • Toolbox inventory and preparation
Please consider coming out and helping with maintenance, even if you have another volunteer job.
CRUISING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES FIVE-SAIL PROMOTION

The cruising committee has announced the return of the five-sail promotion for 2017:

  • Priorities - Five sails for $350. These sails may be used during any rental period and reduces maximum rental charge to $70 per rental period.  Click here to register through Constant Contact.
  • Calypso - Five sails for $450. These sails may be used during any rental period and reduces maximum rental charge to $90 per rental period.  Click here to register through Constant Contact.
REFRESHER AND ORIENTATION SAILS FOR CRUISING SKIPPERS
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Cruising skippers who want to refresh their acquaintance with Priorities or get familiar with our new cruiser, Calypso, can now do so:

Rusty skipper sails on Priorities will be available soon on the my.sailchicago.org web site for existing Priorities skippers.  Please sign up under the "Refresher" category once "Seat Reservations" are available. These dates are the evenings on May 16 and May 30, and the mornings of May 21 and 28.
Orientation sails on Calypso will be available shortly. The dates are the evenings of May 15, 16 and 30; and the mornings of May 21 and 28.  The mooring location has not been confirmed at this time.  We have asked for a slip at DuSable or Belmont or a mooring ball at Monroe in that order of priority.
SEASON-STARTING EVENT ON MAY 20
By Sarah Pellegrino, Board Member
 
Join Sail Chicago members at Columbia Yacht Club for a Season Kickoff party on May 20 at 2:00 p.m.  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 new Ericson 34, Calypso, the new Colgate 26, Rubato, as well as our Rhodes 19 and Ideal 18. 
 
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 and (fingers crossed!) nice weather. The event will take place on the Rail Deck (lower level of Columbia Yacht Club) right as you walk inside. Sail Chicago members and guests are welcome to attend. There is no cost.  To register for the event, please click  Parking is available in the 
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Sail Chicago members and guests are welcome to attend.  There is no cost.  Since Sail Chicago is bringing its own beer, it would be a big help if some members can bring coolers.  If you can bring a cooler, please email me.
 
Stick around after the Sail Chicago Season Kickoff Event for Columbia Yacht Club's first annual fundraiser for their sailing school at 6:30 pm on May 20. Find out more information on their  Contact Columbia Yacht Club for further information.
A VERY PLEASANT VISIT TO THE CHICAGO MARITIME MUSEUM
By Tom Simms, Schuler Scholars Coordinator
 
Chicago Maritime Museum
If you're getting anxious to start the sailing season, you might consider a trip to the  Chicago Maritime Museum.  Located at 1200 West 35th St, right on the river, it makes for a very pleasant excursion into Chicago's nautical history.  The exhibits and artifacts trace the huge impact our waterways had on the development of our city.  Beginning with the earliest explorers on through the reversal of the Chicago River and continuing to the Mackinac races and all the events along the way, it is very informative.  

My visit with fellow Sail Chicago member, Jim Grodzins, was made especially enjoyable due to the warm welcome and personal tours offered by Kellogg Fairbanks, the Executive Director and Dan Glasell, the Office Manager. This museum is located inside the Bridgeport Art Center, so you can also enjoy visiting some of their galleries, studios and workshops.
NEW SKIPPER MENTORS STILL NEEDED
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

With our record number of new Colgate skippers that we had this season (42!!!), we are initiating a Skipper Mentor Program to help welcome our newbie captains as members of Sail Chicago.  Most of our new skippers are not only new to our group, but new to sailing so they could benefit by a Sail Chicago buddy to help guide them into the world of commanding a boat and through the Do's, Don'ts and Culture or our unique community sailing organization.
 
If you would like to be paired up with a new skipper and help pass on your knowledge, contact Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski. Mentors will be asked to be a possible "go-to person" for questions about the group, seamanship and general knowledge and advice.  Ideally, mentors might also accompany our new skippers on practice sails (especially at the beginning of next season) to enable these new skippers to follow our rule of only going out with an experienced skipper during their first, full year of sailing. You do not need to be an Instructor to be a mentor; just willing to share your knowledge and joy of the sport to teach AND learn with a new and enthusiastic Sail Chicago skipper.
RECESS DAMAGE REPAIRED
By Tom Peterson, Maintenance Coordinator
 
Last year Recess, one of our Colgate 26s, sustained damage from a run along the harbor wall, and a temporary repair was made with the boat out of the water at Belmont Harbor during the season.  We wanted to get the boat properly repaired, so we had Mick from Lakeshore Marina take it into his bay and look at the damage.
A view of the damaged area in Recess's hull
 
It was instructive to see what can happen when a boat even takes a glancing blow to the harbor wall, which is what happened in the case of Recess.  While there was visible grinding bow damage, what was not apparent was that the boat developed finger like cracks about eight feet back from the bow that popped all the bottom paint off large areas. The blow compressed and pushed out the areas of the hull back from the bow. There was an area of about 4 feet on both sides where the damage was bad enough that we had to have it stripped and fiber glassed. Recess is now repaired and looks great after Mick buffed and waxed the full hull, but it was an expensive repair (about $4,000) that we would like to avoid in the future.
NOTES FROM THE MARCH BOARD MEETING
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, March 9, by phone.  The following items were discussed:

  • Chris Schuler nominated and confirmed as chairman; Martin Module nominated and confirmed as treasurer; Bob Lapin nominated and confirmed as secretary; and Maya Teleki nominated and confirmed as vice chair.
  • Frank McNamara welcomed as a new board member.
  • New season memberships are reported to be off to a great start.
  • Sail Chicago has adopted US Sailing's online textbook for basic keel boat classes.
  • A May 20, kickoff party is being planned jointly with Columbia Yacht Club.  Shawn Lord is arranging skippers for our boats.
  • Maintenance is in full gear in order to prepare our boats for the up-coming season. A new messaging system will be used to remind members that their help is needed.
  • Colgates will motor down the river on April 24, May 1 and May 2 with mast raising on April 29 and May 6. Rain dates are April 30 and May 7.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

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

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BTS: March, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: February 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW SKIPPER MENTOR PROGRAM
By Matt Stuczynki, Lead Instructor
 
With the record number of new Colgate skippers that we had this season (there
Colgate 26
Experienced skippers can guide new skippers
are 42!), we are initiating a Skipper Mentor Program to help welcome our newbie captains as members of Sail Chicago.  Most of our new skippers are not only new to our group, but new to sailing so they could benefit by a Sail Chicago buddy to help guide them into the world of commanding a boat and through the Do's, Don'ts, and Culture or our unique community sailing organization.  
 
If you would like to be paired up with a new skipper and help pass on your knowledge, contact Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski.  Mentors will be asked to be a possible "go to person" for questions about the group, seamanship, and general knowledge and advice.  Ideally, mentors might also accompany our new skippers on practice sails (especially at the beginning of next season) to enable these new skippers to follow our rule of only going out with an experienced skipper during their first, full year of sailing.  You do not need to be an Instructor to be a mentor; just willing to share your knowledge and joy of the sport to teach and learn with a new and enthusiastic Sail Chicago skipper.
 
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD SEEKS MEMBER TO FILL VACANT POSITION