BTS: April, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."
 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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BTS: March, 2018

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

Registration is now open for Sail Chicago's Pre-Sail Orientations.  The Pre-Sail Orientation gives you an introduction to the sport of sailing and Sail Chicago. You'll learn how to prepare before going sailing, brush up on sailing terminology, equipment, safety rules and emergency procedures (especially as these pertain to our group rules), and ask questions before the Sail Chicago season begins.  First-time students who've enrolled in our classes will receive US Sailing handbooks and handouts, and an orientation.  This class is mandatory for all new members and students!  A number of dates are available.  To register, click here.
ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING SAILING SEASON
 
On Thursday, March 1, over sixty Sail Chicago members and friends gathered at the Chief O'Neill's Pub and Restaurant to enjoy a meal together, to review the prior year's activities, and learn of new plans and programs for the coming sailing season.
 
After Chairman Chris Schuler called the meeting to order and gave a brief summary of last year's activities, Treasurer Martin Modahl reported that Sail Chicago ended a successful financial year with a strong balance sheet and a healthy net income.  Sarah Wirth outlined upcoming social events for the summer sailing season, Matt Stuczynski detailed plans for the instruction program and reviewed the new "wind guidelines" recently approved by the Board.  Maya Teleki discussed the expanded Colgate racing program now in its fifth year, Bob Lapin shared his excitement about the many upcoming events in the Cruising Program, and Joe Cannon outlined new goals for the maintenance program.
 
Four Directors whose terms had expired were again elected to fill new three-year terms.  They are: Joe Cannon, Frank McNamara, Martin Modahl, and Maya Teleki.  Many members lingered after the meeting was formally adjourned to socialize and make plans for the upcoming sailing season.
SERVICE TIME POSITIONS OPEN
By Chris Garvey

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."
 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

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

This chart contains the jobs that still need to be filled.  Taking one of these jobs will fulfill service time requirements.  Please contact  for more information.
 
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long-term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
*Help needed with service time to write out job descriptions.
 
FINANCIAL
*No open positions
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):  Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors:  One class completes service time and $100 in sailing credits is earned.
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Coordinators- We are looking for 3 people to share the role of coordinator. 3 people doing this job decreases the time commitment. Division of responsibilities will be determined by those members who fill the positions. Active participation completes service time. Each person receives $200 in sailing credits.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
Boatyard coordinators - We are looking for 2 people to coordinate the boatyard activities.   Active participation completes service time. Each person earns $100 in sailing credits.
 
ANNUAL MEETING:  MARCH 1, 2018

A past-year annual meeting 
Mark your calendars now!  Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 1, at Chief O'Neil's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago.  For directions, click  The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, but do come early to join friends for a drink or dinner.
 
The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" reports by our Board chairman and program heads, the election of directors for new three-year terms, and a question-and-answer period with the Board. There will be ample time for discussion and socializing. The anticipated end time of the meeting is 9 pm.
  
We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2018 sailing season!
SAIL CHICAGO'S WINTER SEMINAR SERIES ARE FILLING FAST
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

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

Calypso under pwer
Have you ever wanted to sail port-to-port around Lake Michigan and learn the finer points of bareboat cruising so you can charter a boat in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean?  Well, now Sail Chicago can provide you with the opportunity. Weekend Bareboat Cruising courses will again be offered in 2018 aboard Calypso, our Pacific Seacrest Ericson 34.  To qualify for the course, you must be a cruising skipper or plan to become one early in the 2018 sailing season.  You must also complete an on-shore Coastal Navigation course that will be offered on the Mondays of February 26 and March 5 from 6 PM to 9:30PM. at the Columbia Yacht Club.  

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

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

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

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

The election of Board members will take place on March 1 at the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting. The Board is currently seeking potential candidates whom it can recommend to the Sail Chicago membership to fill vacant Board positions.  The membership may propose additional candidates at the Annual Meeting, and it will vote on all candidates presented.
 
Please think carefully about whether you'd like to become a potential candidate to fill a vacant Board position.  As a Board Member you should:
  • Be actively involved in at least one area of Sail Chicago activities or programs,
  • Plan to attend all regularly-scheduled monthly Board meetings,
  • Volunteer for and participate in at least one Board committee,
  • Think creatively about ways in which Sail Chicago may better serve its members and the greater Chicago community, and be prepared to turn those thoughts into action.
Board members typically serve a three-year term.  If you would like to be considered, or if you know of someone you believe would be a good candidate for a position on the Board, please contact Matt Stuczynski, Chairman of the Board Development Committee.
SAIL CHICAGO GETS RAVES AT THE CHICAGO BOAT, RV, AND SAIL SHOW

Volunteers man Sail Chicago's booth.
Sail Chicago once again made its presence felt in a big way at the 2018 Strictly Sail Chicago Show, January 10 - 14, at McCormick Place. The Sail Chicago booth was an integral part of the US Sailing Pavilion, and it attracted newcomers and "old salts" alike. Almost fifty Sail Chicago members generously donated their time to help staff the booth during the five day event. Their efforts were not unrewarded. Almost one-hundred Show visitors signed up to learn more about Sail Chicago's instruction and racing programs. Many thanks to all those who helped to make our presence at Strictly Sail Chicago felt in a very positive way. We're grateful for your efforts!
WHEN IS A KNOT NOT A KNOT?

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

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

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."
 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

IMPROVING THE RELIABILITY OF OUR OUTBOARD ENGINES
By Ed Schroeder

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

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

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

SAIL CHICAGO'S 2018 WINTER SEMINAR SERIES
By Bob Lapin

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

PERSONNEL CHANGES IN MAINTENANCE
By Tom Peterson, Volunteer Coordinator

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

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

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

SEMINARS AT THE STRICTLY SAIL SHOW
By Bob Lapin

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

U.S. SAILING:  YEAR IN REVIEW

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

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

The Sail Chicago Board met by phone on December 14. 

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

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."
 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STRICTLY SAIL SHOW

Chicago is about to freeze over, and we are longing to be back on the water,
but luckily the Midwest's premier sailing show is coming in January to help with the winter blues.  Strictly Sail Chicago has joined forces with the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show for a truly spectacular event, January 10-14 at McCormick Place. Hundreds of local and national exhibitors will fill the South Hall, giving sailors the chance to preview the latest in sailboats and equipment. This is a great opportunity for Sail Chicago members and students to make connections in the sailing community, attend seminars, and pick up sailing gear for the upcoming season at a significant discount.
 
Sail Chicago has long been part of this event and we are fortunate to have been well-represented by volunteers at our exhibit over the years.  Let's make this another great year!   Volunteers get into the show for free and will have the chance to browse exhibits or tour the boats on display before or after their shifts.   Your commitment will be just a few hours of sharing your enthusiasm for sailing with potential new members of Sail Chicago--a great deal!
 
Volunteer times are:
 
Wednesday, January 10: 2-5pm, 5-8pm  
Thursday, January 11: 11 am-2pm, 2-6pm or 6-9pm
Friday, January 12: 11am-2pm, 2-6pm, 6-9pm
Saturday, January 13: 10am-1pm, 1-5pm, 5-8pm
Sunday, January 14:  10am-1pm. 1-5 pm
 
If you'd like to sign up, please contact Mary Egan via email.   Be sure to include "Strictly Sail" in the subject line, and indicate your 1st and 2nd time-slot preferences, cell phone number, and whether you are a student, new member, or veteran sail Chicago member.  See you at the Show!

To find out more about the show, visit the Strictly Sail Chicago website.

PARTY CAPS A GREAT SAILING SEASON
 
2017 End of Season Party at ColYC
Sail Chicago sailors celebrate another successful year.
On the evening of November 17, well over eighty Sail Chicago members and friends boarded the Columbia Yacht Club's "Big Blue Boat," anchored in DuSable Harbor, to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Awards Dinner and Celebration.  Everyone agreed that it provided a great nautical venue for such a festive occasion.  The party gave both members and guests an opportunity to reminisce about the recent sailing season and to make preliminary plans for the next one.  In the meantime, there were a variety of drinks and some fabulous food to enjoy, old and new friends to meet, and fun to be had. This year for the first time, a silent auction of nautically themed items was held.  Proceeds from the auction will go toward the maintenance of our fleet.
 
This was also a time to salute some of our volunteer members who "went beyond the call of duty" in their service to Sail Chicago.  Various program areas recognized outstanding participants in each of the following areas:
 
Maintenance Guru - Marilyn Shipley
Best Sail Chicago Students - Fergus Clare and Jeremy Shaw
Instructor of the Year - John Muhlenberg
Volunteers of the Year - Rachel Granneman and Alexandra Harper
Chairman's Award for Service - Matt Smith
 
Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled.

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

FALL INSTRUCTORS' GATHERING
By Matt Stuczynski

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

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

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

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."
 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.
 
Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.
Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here.
Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."
 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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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

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: 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.
 
US Sailing Logo (new)
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.

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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."
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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 
.


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."