FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
|Sailing season will eventually return to Chicago. |
I don't know about you, but to me it seems that this winter's weather has beenparticularly harsh. Now the days are growing longer, however, and occasionally there's a touch of spring in the air. Perhaps it's time to start thinking about sailing. But before we can venture out on the Lake, there's a lot of work still to do to get our fleet ready for the season.
As the days start to warm up, we'll be seeing increasing activity at the boatyard. Especially if you are searching for ways to meet your service requirement for the current year, helping with spring maintenance can be a great way to not only make sure our boats are "shipshape," but to feel a part of our sailing community as well. To find out how you can help, just log into your Sail Chicago website's landing page and look under "Announcements." And while you're there, if you haven't already renewed your Sail Chicago membership, now would be a good time to do so.
Don't forget to attend the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 7 (see article below). Learn about what's happening during the upcoming sailing season and enjoy socializing with friends.
SAIL CHICAGO ANNUAL MEETING ON MARCH 7
Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 7, at Chief O'Neil's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago. For directions, click here. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 p.m., 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 ending time of the meeting is 9:00 p.m.
We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2019 sailing season!
PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION (PSO) REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Attendance Is Mandatory for New Members and New Students!
By Mary Ann Wilkens and Peter Hays, PSO Coordinators
Registration is now open for Sail Chicago's Pre-Sail Orientations (PSO). The Pre-Sail Orientation (PSO) gives you an introduction to Sail Chicago and the sport of sailing. You'll learn how to prepare before going sailing, brush up on sailing terminology as well as reviewing sailing equipment, safety rules, and emergency procedures (especially as these pertain to Sail Chicago rules). And you'll have the opportunity to ask questions before the Sail Chicago season begins.
First-time students who've enrolled in our classes will receive Sail Chicago instructional handouts as well as the classroom orientation. The PSO is mandatory for all new members and new students! We encourage all Sail Chicago members to join us to greet our new members as well as see the PSO updates. Several dates are available. To register, click here.
SAFETY FIRST: FREE CLINICS ON AUTO-INFLATING LIFE JACKETS
By John Lemon, Safety Director
Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) has published its final report on the death of sailor Jon Santarelli at the start of the Mac Race last summer. It contains the results of their investigation as well as a series of recommendations, which apply to all sailors, not just racers. The report also addresses important lessons learned regarding the use and maintenance of auto-inflating life jackets. Here are a few key points in the report:
- Detailed recommendations regarding team communication and the importance of having clearly identified man-overboard procedures;
- Safety gear inspection;
- Practice drills for boat handling in crisis situations, and for the person in the water;
- Overall enhanced training and maintenance recommendations for inflatable life jackets;
- What to watch for in drowning situations.
Every sailor should read and study the full report and appendices and take to heart the conclusions and recommendations. Here is the link to the full report.
Following up on some of the conclusions of the report, both CYC and Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) are sponsoring hands-on seminars on inflatable life jacket maintenance and use.
- The event at CYC will take place Sunday, March 24, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Monroe Station, 400 E Monroe. Details are available on the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Facebook page. Or call Chicago Yacht Club at 312-861-7777 to register. The event is free, but registration is required due to high demand.
- The event at CCYC, the Inflatable PFD Clinic, will take place 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on April 28 at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, click here.
Boaters are encouraged to bring their inflatable life jackets to the events. Every sailor who uses an inflatable life jacket should attend one of these important events.
CHECK YOUR COMPASS! MAGNETIC NORTH IS ON THE MOVE!
The latest scientific research shows that the north and south magnetic poles are on the move. This could create problems, not only for airplanes and boats, but for our smartphones as well. To read more about the consequences of these movements, click here
. Thanks to Sail Chicago member Jay Owens for alerting us to this phenomenon.
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator
We are preparing for the 2019 sailing season and there is plenty of work ahead. As a reminder, second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their member service time commitment for the season. If you would like to return to the same role you had last year, please notify the volunteer coordination team so we can update your service time status and the Sail Chicago organization chart. The duties of all but Boat Team Member in the list below can be performed remotely. Only Boat Team Members must be available to come to harbors. Current openings at this time include:
Additional openings will become available as we approach the beginning of the sailing season. Please email me for further details on these roles, to volunteer for one of the roles mentioned above, or with any questions about service time from last season.
- Assistant Registrar: Assist students with course registration and related questions.
- Course Scheduler: Communicates with instructors via the Instructor Preference Survey and email to develop the Core Course Instruction Schedule.
- Assistant Registrar: Communicates with students concerning instruction questions and necessary modifications to the students courses, refunds, etc. Coordinates with PSO team to ensure proper scheduling.
- Social Chair: Heads up our social planning committee which organizes and executes social events throughout the season.
- Volunteer Coordination: Assists with coordinating and tracking member service time responsibilities.
- Instruction Lead Assistant: Assists Lead Instructor in keeping track of paperwork and records as well as work related to teaching curriculum.
- Boat Team Members: Assist with weekly maintenance and upkeep of assigned boat throughout the sailing season. Boat Team Members must be available to come to harbors.
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?
In response to last month's article regarding the video of a sailboat in trouble, two Sail Chicago members have responded with what they would have done differently to avoid the situation or to get themselves out of trouble. Here are their answers:
- Too much jib sail up. They should have had reefed main for directional ability to turn back out. - Ed Schroeder
- "Beware a lee shore" is an old sailing mantra. One should stay far from the shore or any other barriers to the leeward of the boat. - Steve VanderVoort
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.
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