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
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