BTS: December 2011

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for December

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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been offering affordable sailing, water safety, and racing instruction, and recreational sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.

Issue #12December, 2011 
From the Editor...

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

  

Winter is fast approaching, and with the onset of the snow and cold, the sometimes frantic activity that often characterizes Sail Chicago members is slowing down just a bit.  This gives us the opportunity not only to reflect on the good times we had during the past sailing season, but to look long term at the future of Sail Chicago.  The Board has approved the 2012 Strategic Plan Update for Sail Chicago (see the November issue of "Between the Sheets,") and is in the process of implementing the recommended changes.  We have already purchased a second Colgate 26 for our fleet (see below).  A comprehensive survey of Sail Chicago activities should be going out to the membership in the near future.  Watch for it, and please respond with your ideas and suggestions.

 

Because the newer additions to our fleet require less maintenance, Sail Chicago members will need to be more creative in finding ways to fulfill their annual service time requirements.  Joe Kucharski has a few suggestions in an article below that you may with to explore. 

 

In the process of moving out of its winter maintenance facility and restructuring its fleet, Sail Chicago has found many saiiling-related items it no longer needs or wants.  While these items will be offered for sale soon to the general public, we want our members to get first dibs on them.  To see a list of the items available for sale, please read the article below.  If you have no need for anything on the list, perhaps you have a sailor friend who does.

 

Finally, we wish you and yours the best of all Holiday Seasons.  We look forward to a New Year on the water, filled with many new and exciting sailing adventures that will become the basis for the stories we tell around the fire in the hearth next winter.

Sail Chicago Takes Delivery
Albatross
Sail Chicago's New Colgate 26
 
On November 15, Sail Chicago became the proud owner of another Colgate 26. It was trucked in from Harbor Springs, MI and delivered to the Canal Street Boatyard.  The boat is of the same vintage as our first Colgate, and from all accounts, seems to be in excellent shape.  It's been sailed only in fresh water, and thus has not been subjected to the kind of damage that salt water can cause.

Thanks to the superb bargaining skills of Chris Riegel, our Cruising Boat Director, we were able negotiate an extremely reasonable price.  Together with the planned sale of Erica, our Shields, and one or two of our Rhodes, our new boat will have come to us with surprisingly little cash outlay. 

Most Sail Chicago members agree that Meridian, the Colgate 26 that we purchased last year, was by far our most popular boat during this recently past sailing season.  We are delighted to be able to add another to our fleet.  It's also good to note that, as an important part of our Strategic Plan Update for 2012, the purchase of this new addition was done in a timely manner.
IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor...
Sail Chicago Takes Delivery
Who to Contact
Board of Directors
Sail Chicago Barges In
Strictly Sail Chicago
Sail Chicago Sale
Cruising Program Revamps Instruction
Service Time Opportunities
Memorable Moments

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Who to Contact 
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Boats - Chris Riegel
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Dean Hackenberg
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Open Racing - Tom & Hewly Prucher
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Swim Test - Rob Wakerly
Tiller Time - Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Board
Chairman
Sam Veilleux

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
Joe Kucharski


Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

John Lemon
Mike Parapetti

Chris Riegel

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
Sail Chicago Barges In
Michael Hart
Michael Hart
By Michael Hart

Committee
Pat, Annette, and Emily
The "End of Season Party" happened on a barge and not just any barge, a Chicago Yacht Club one.  A night to remember, as sixty members walked down the sturdy gang plank to the floating clubhouse at Belmont Harbor.  Once inside, they had to climb those stairs, but it was all worth it to be greeted at the top by Emily Case and Annette Faber.  All the festivities occurred on the scenic second level and most took advantage of the perfectly situated bar.  And, just as everyone was getting extremely comfortable mingling, dinner was served, an all-you-could-eat delicious buffet selection of mostly Pasta dishes.

Five recipients were awarded  the coveted engraved stein.  The award presenters, John Lemon and Joe Kucharski announced the selections for instructor, student, volunteer and maintenance guru of the year....
  • Instructor of the year

    John Lemon congratulates

     Chris Schuler

    Chris Schuler spent over a month going out this season on our new cruiser instructing classes, in charge of checkouts and even skippering MCO's.  Chris accumulated valuable insight on how to properly handle Priories in a variety of situations and as an instructor conveyed his knowledge to his students while making them feel very comfortable and at ease at the helm.
  • Winifred Ormond lead the cause for the single-handing instruction.  The Ideals used are so sensitive to weight distribution and are perfect candidates for such a class.  Winifred showed students the proper way to sail by oneself and demonstrated techniques steering without always relying on the tiller.
  • Michael Hart came to Sail Chicago four seasons ago, took the new Cruiser and Single-Handing class and was very fortunate to have been taught by both award winning instructors.  He shares his passion for sailing with his ten year old son and as soon as they are out of the harbor, Michael relishes being his 1st mate.
  • Charlie Carpenter, volunteer of the year, not only contributed his required winter maintenance hours, but also drove to Sault Ste. Marie with his Jeep and brought back the very popular addition to the fleet, the Colgate.  A big thanks to Charlie for going way beyond just an extra mile AND CUSTOMS for Sail Chicago.
  • Iwona Awlasewicz was willing to do the most challenging of painting jobs.  The prep work, the chemicals and their work time, always having to adjust the lighting and giving it a second coat. Iwona, our maintenance guru winner, filled in the blanks whenever help was needed to get the job done.
Renewing Friendships
Are we having fun yet?
Pat Webster, our Social Director, has strung together a series of successful events for Sail Chicago.  She really put the icing on the cake for this one, and we certainly did dig into the most awesome cake for desert.

And finally, door prizes were awarded.  Ilya Letuchy won a pair of binoculars, Victor Mateevitsi got a very needed dry bag, and Fiona Ray received one of those expensive inflatable PFDs.  Overall, we all won, being part of a great organization that continues to adapt to it's members needs.  As Joe Kuchaski proclaimed, "It is not the end of the season, just the start of a new one".
Strictly Sail Chicago January 26-29
Strictly Sail LogoThe annual Strictly Sail Chicago show, the City's largest sailboating extravaganza will be held again this year at Navy Pier, January 26-29.  For Sail Chicago members it's a great opportunity to see what's happening in the sailing community not only here, but around the nation.  There'll be vendors selling all kinds of boating gear, from boating gloves to 50 foot sailboats.  There's also a variety of instruction classes for people at all skill levels.  Best of all, Sail Chicago members can enjoy the show for free if they volunteer to help staff our booth.  Watch for more information in "Between the Sheets," announcements, and e-mails early in January about how you can sign up to be part of the fun. 
Sail Chicago Sale
Updates to our fleet have created some excess vessels that are being offered to Sail Chicago members and their friends prior to the general public.  Below are the vessels being offered and their asking prices:
  • Erica (30' Shields) with trailer and full compliment of sails - $7,500
  • Shark (Rhodes 19) with trailer and full compliment of sails - $1.200
  • Albatross (Rhodes 19) with trailer and full compliment of sails - $1,600
  • 4 fiberglass dinghies with oars - $200 each
If you are interested in any of these offerings contact Joe Kucharski
Cruising Program Revamps Instruction
Chris Riegel
Chris Riegel
By Chris Riegel, Cruising Program Director

 

2011 was a truly memorable year for the Sail Chicago Cruising Program.  What with the decision to sell Little Isis and the sudden and unexpected loss of Emotional Rescue early in the season, it seemed for a while as if we wouldn't have a cruising program this year.  Thanks to the quick work of a number of people, however, we purchased Priorities, a Hunter 34 only a couple of weeks after ER's demise.


By purchasing a more modern cruising boat we created the opportunity to teach the principles of modern day cruising on a boat equipped with the necessary features.  We invested the time and energy early on to reshape the cruising program from the bottom up.   The reshaping involved an entirely new training curriculum for the cruising course.  The new curriculum centers around teaching competencies of cruising vs instructions to sail one particular boat. 

  
Along with the new curriculum and instructor's syllabus, we also took steps to retool our instructor and user base.  We realized that many of our members may not have had an opportunity to sail or train on a modern cruising boat.  The need stood out early on to provide additional training with docking, motoring, and steering with a wheel in place of a tiller.  To accommodate a larger number of learning methods we developed a series of training videos intended to offer a refresher or advanced peek into some of the systems and processes that are covered in the courses.  The videos are housed on YouTube and you can view them here.  Based on the positive feedback to date we will look to continue creating more clips next season.

 

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Chicago skyline from the deck of Priorities

We took a few bumps and bruises early on that forced some down time and a slower start to the Cruising classes.  Once we sorted things out, implemented the changes to the curriculum including an internal certification of instructors, we were able to move forward at full speed.  We finished  the season with three full cruising classes complete.  This marked a significant increase in new skippers over years past.


The revised Cruising course for 2012 will consist of four on-the-water classes spread over a two week period, and will contain some material based on the US Sailing Basic Cruising Course guidelines.  All instructors will be US Sailing certified, and the textbook will be the Basic Cruising textbook in the US Sailing Certification Series.  Study aids, including instruction videos and links to relevant websites will be provided.  A written examination covering the material learned in the course and in the textbook will need to be successfully completed prior to skipper checkout.  Expanded Tiller Times will give students the opportunity to practice the skills learned in class for the entire sailing season and the following season as well.


Other cruising programs will include more port-to-port cruises, and classes in bareboat sailing competencies in a variety of situations.  We look forward to a vastly expanded season in 2012, and we hope that many Sail Chicago members will take advantage of the program.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any feedback.

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Service Time Opportunities
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Joe Kucharski
By Joe Kucharski, Winter Maintenance Director

Winter is upon us and traditionally this is the start of what Sail Chicago members have come to know as winter maintenance. This year we are breaking with tradition as we have vacated our in door facility and have made fleet upgrades that require less.

This will not end the requirements of service time for all our members, but it will significantly change what and how we perform the necessary maintenance tasks. The major task that is on tap this year is apply bottom paint to several boats that previously had not had bottom paint applied to them.

The application of bottom paint requires two basic steps:
  1. The first step is to remove all waxes and oils and lightly sand the bottom.
  2. The second step is to apply 3 coats of primer and finishing with the VC-17 bottom paint.
To accomplish this task we will be looking for people to work in teams of 3 or 4 and work on a single boat until the task is complete. The team will be able to decide how and when they would like to work but each member of the team is expected to contribute equally.

We are also be looking for people to clean the interiors of Priorities and Meridian including some sanding and vanishing of some of the woodwork. Varnishing will not be performed until the temperature moderates in the spring but the prep work can be done throughout the winter. These tasks need to be completed by the mid April so that the boats are ready for launch.

If you have questions or are interested in signing up for any of these projects contact Joe Kucharski
Memorable Moments
At the Post-Season Party early in November, Sail Chicago members in attendance were asked to jot down their most memorable sailing moments during this past summer.  Below are some of their responses.
  • Annette Faber:  any time on Meridian
  • Ed Stasica:  surviving a bit of a storm!  As always, sailing with good friends
  • Steve Vander Voort:  sailing on Priorities when the gear shift stuck in reverse, and we had to back into the slip
  • John Lemon:  new boats
  • Frank Loftus:  sailing on Sundays with Minna
  • Tom Peterson:  sailing the Hunter in 25-30 knots
  • Edie Heinemann:  rain!
  • Chris Garvey:  each time I sailed Meridian!
  • Karen Nimrouzi:  out in the Monroe Harbor during the big wind/rain/hail storm in July
  • Andy Miller:  going out in the Colgate 26
  • Arleen Praire;  deciding not to go out on a stormy night.  Radar told us what was coming.
  • Michael Hart:  every time going out
  • Walter Popp:  6 ft waves when taking Meridian form Montrose picnic to Monroe
  • Chris Schuler:  sailing Priorities and watching the sunset with 15 Knots out of the west and no waves

Look for more in future issues of "Between the Sheets."  If you've got a memorable moment you'd like to share, please send it to the BTS Editor.

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BTS: November 2011

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for November

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Issue #11November, 2011 
Guest Editorial - Strategic Planning

Lemon.jpgBy John Lemon, Lead Instructor

  

The Board of Directors adopted a Strategic Plan in the fall of 2009 to develop a long-term plan to expand our membership and renew our fleet.  We have made significant progress over the past two years in implementing this plan.


Implementation of free Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings has added significant value to our New Member Package and to your membership dues.   We want to continue to attract new members and expose them to sailing, in keeping with our motto, "Come Sail with Us."  For 2012, we have created a new membership option that will let potential sailors take a Basic Sailing class and check out our great sport, without the responsibilities and benefits of full membership.  There will be a modest premium for this option, and the introductory classes will be held on our Colgate 26.  We expect that many will upgrade to full membership once they get out on the water.


Our fleet has definitely seen some changes, and more are on the way.  We acquired two Ideal 18s in 2010, and added a Colgate 26 in 2011.  Due to the unplanned demise of our cruising boat Emotional Rescue in May, we purchased a newer 34' Hunter. We also reduced the size of our cruising boat fleet through the sale of Little Isis.  Both the Colgate 26 and the Hunter 34 have been very popular and enjoyed heavy use this season.  We also moved out of our indoor maintenance facility this summer, releasing significant resources to build our fleet and enhance our sailing programs.


Stepping back to view the big picture, however, we see that our membership has declined since the early 2000's, yet our fleet size and composition has remained essentially the same.  The Shields (Erica) and the Montrose racing fleet have seen a substantial decline in skipper activity and usage over the past few years.  The Board felt that it was time to "right-size" our fleet, to bring it in line with our membership goals and overall needs.  A key component of our Strategic Plan is the goal to modernize our fleet, to get away from intensive boat maintenance in order to free up volunteer resources, and to build a fleet that is composed of multiple boats of the same model.


The specific plans for 2012 are:

  • Purchase another Colgate 26 for the Basic Keelboat fleet, for spring 2012 launch,
  • Maintain the Cruising Program at its current level, with one boat (Hunter 34) on a slip at Belmont Harbor,
  • Discontinue the Shields program and sell Erica,
  • Move the Open Racing Program to Monroe Harbor and discontinue maintaining a dry-moored fleet at Montrose Harbor,   
  • The Board is discussing plans for placement of the decommissioned Montrose Rhodes 19s, including augmenting the R19 fleet at Monroe or placing one boat on a star dock at Montrose.  A survey will be sent to members seeking your input. 

The Board also voted to keep membership dues and sailing instruction course fees the same for 2012.  There will be a modest increase in individual usage (rental) fees for our small keelboats, reflecting our increased costs and the fact that rates have not increased since 2004.  Rental fees for our larger boats will also increase to better reflect the value they provide to our members.  Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings will remain free.


We enter 2012 in great shape.  Implementing these steps as the next stage of our overall plan will help grow our membership and continue the process of modernizing and fine-tuning our fleet and our programs.

 

To view the entire Strategic Plan Update, click here.

IN THIS ISSUE
Guest Editorial
Who to Contact
Board of Directors
Board Approves Changes to Tiller Times/MCOs
Haulout Successful!
Storm Batters Monroe Harbor
Take a Hike!
Sailing Opens New Horizons
Crew Overboard!
More Sailing Resources

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Who to Contact 
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Boats - Chris Riegel
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Dean Hackenberg
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Open Racing - Tom & Hewly Prucher
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Swim Test - Rob Wakerly
Tiller Time - Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Board
Chairman
Sam Veilleux

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
Joe Kucharski


Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

John Lemon
Mike Parapetti

Chris Riegel

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
Board Approves Changes to Tiller Times/ MCOs
At its October meeting, your Board approved changes to the Tiller Time and Member Cruise Outing programs that were recommended by the TT/MCO Committee  These changes are outlined below.

Tiller Time
  • Purpose - to practice skills learned in on-the-water classes.
  • Member Eligibility - students who have had at least one on-the-water class in their current sailing course, new skippers (current and following sailing season), and "rusty" skippers who have not skippered a boat on which they are skipper-qualified for at least a year.
  • Reservations - students may sign up for up to two Tiller Times at a time.
  • Cost - no cost
  • Skippers - receive service time credit and $50 in sailing credits after completing five Tiller Time sails and an online survey after each sail.

Member Cruise Outings
  • Purpose - pleasure sail for members and guests
  • Cost - no cost to members.  Guests pay $20.
  • Reservations - members may sign up for one MCO at a time.
  • Cancellation Fee - a $20 fee will be charged for each member and guest who cancels within 48 hours or who doesn't show up for an MCO sail.
  • Skippers - receive service time credit after completing five MCO sails and an online survey after each sail.  They may also bring a mate on all MCOs except on Ideal 18s.
For more information, please see the complete report of the TT/MCO Committee.
Haulout Successful!
Loading the Trailor
Loading the Trailer

Saturday, October 22 dawned bright and sunny as Sail Chicago members prepared for the annual haulout of the Sail Chicago Rhodes and Ideal fleet from Montrose Harbor .  By 9:00 am trucks and SUVs were lined up along the roadway by the cranes along the

harbor, ready to load the boats onto the trailers.  A slight delay, caused by the launching of the Monroe Harbor Vanguard fleet for a final season race delayed the procedure a bit, but soon the first of the boats had their masts removed and were ready to be hoisted onto trailers, with their hulls power-washed before being transported to the winter storage facility at the Canal Street Boatyard. 

2011 Haulout
Power-washing the hull

 

In the meantime, Social Director Pat Webster arrived with treats in hand to provide the 40 or so Sail Chicago members who had shown up for the haulout with lots of coffee, doughnuts, and bagels. 

 

The new Sail Chicago trailer was also on hand, making it especially easy to load all the gear from the boats into it for easy transport to the boatyard.  By 3:00 pm all was completed, and the boats were safely tucked away for the winter.  The only regret, expressed by several members, was that the day would have been perfect for one last sail.

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Storm Batters Monroe Harbor
Monroe Harbor StormOn Tuesday and Wednesday, October 19 & 20, a severe storm and high winds battered sites along Lake Michigan, including Monroe Harbor in downtown Chicago.  Seven boats were totally destroyed, and 20 boats were severely damaged in one of the worst storms to hit the area.  Boats were torn form their moorings and battered against the south seawall by the Shedd Aquarium.  Because of it's lack of sheltered space, Monroe Harbor is particularly vulnerable to storms such as this.  Earlier this past spring in a similar storm, Emotional Rescue, a Sail Chicago cruising boat, was torn from it's moorings and slammed against the south
seawall for a total loss.  

Monroe Harbor Storm
This time we were more lucky.  The sail-up to Montrose Harbor that was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 15, was postponed to Sunday, October 16, due to high winds and bad weather.  While the weather was still not good on Sunday, all our Rhodes moored at Monroe Harbor made it safely to the more sheltered Montrose Harbor where they were moored on docks instead of on mooring balls.  All of our boats survived the storm's destruction, although Meridian, which was still attached to a mooring in Monroe Harbor, had some minor damage from drifting boats.  We are working with our insurance company to make sure that Meridian is returned to its pre-storm excellent condition. 

To view more photos of the destruction at Monroe Harbor from Tom Wagner, click here.
Take a Hike!
By Dolores Baron

Sailing is over for the year.  Now it's time to look for some fun non-sailing activities we can all do together.  Back in the "old days," when Sail Chicago was still affiliated with American Youth Hostels, I used to lead hiking trips for the group.  I would like to start this up again.  We will go to nearby areas of interest and hike at a moderate pace.  I've planned two such events for Sail Chicago members and guests:
 
Sunday,  November 13
Chicago Botanic Garden
Meet at 9:00 am
Cost:  free

We can share rides.  Let me know where you live and we can see how we can connect.

We will park on Forestway Drive, just off of Dundee, were there is parking next to a school. We will then enter through the south gate, walk up to the gardens and buildings where we will look around, have lunch and walk back.
 
Sunday, November 20
Morton Arboretum
Meet at 9:00 am in the main building
Cost:  $11 or $10 for seniors.
 
We can share rides.  Let me know where you live and we can see how we can connect.

The Arboretum is a lovely place to hike. If you have not seen it you will be amazed. It is a series of circular trails, so we can make it as long or short as we wish.  We will have a short walk in the morning and return to the Main building for lunch at their restaurant. Then we can continue for the afternoon.

If there is enough interest we can also set up a city hike for the weekend of December 3/4.

If you're interested in any of these adventures, contact me at doloresbaron@gmail.com or 312-643-2827.
Sailing Opens New Horizons
By Michael Hart, Sail Chicago Member

(This is one of a series of articles by Sail Chicago members regarding their sailing experiences with Sail Chicago or on their own.)
 
I grew up in Chicago, lived along the lakefront for more than half of my adult life and have certainly taken advantage of the 26 mile bike path.  Up until recently, the boats and their harbors were just added scenery to an already picturesque lakefront.

My primary boating experience was water skiing at my grandparents' summer home in Salem, Wisconsin during my youth.  I spent many summer days filled with fun and adventure on Hooker Lake, but never thought as an adult that it was worthwhile to get any kind of boat.

Before I became interested in sailing, I went through certification as a kiteboarder.  I've felt the adrenaline rush of the power of the wind in my hands and only then did I start to take a closer look at all those sailboats out on the water.  Sail Chicago appealed to me four seasons ago and it seems to be getting better every year.

Jonathan Hart
Jonathan Hart at the helm on Equinox
Along comes the single-handed class, I can go out anytime without having to consider anyone else's schedule.  Instead of time being the determinant, favorable weather conditions rule. Very simply, that skews the probability of having a good sail by leaps and bounds.  I'm available and within less than an hour of scheduling a rental, I can be on the boat and out of the harbor.

It also makes it easier to go out with non-members that are maybe younger or have never sailed before.  My ten year old son, Jonathan, is home during the summer, and if it's a nice afternoon, lets go.  We've done it a few times already and not only is it a great way for him to learn, but it reinforces what I've learned by teaching him.

And as for mentors, Winifred Ormond is tops in a long line of great ones at Sail Chicago.  The focus, and very contagious, is her joy in sailing solo.  And, the day you experience sailing without manning the tiller, is the day that will literally alter your perception of sailing.
Crew Overboard!
 By Ed Schroeder, Safety Director
Ed Schroeder
Ed Schroeder
 
We have had a remarkable sailing season, thankfully without any bodily harm to our fellow Sail Chicago members.
 
Although, at this time, Priorities is the only Sail Chicago boat fitted with a "LifeSling", one can learn valuable COB tactics from many U-Tube sites. Two such sites for using the LifeSling are as follows:
 
"LifeSling-Crew Overboard Rescue-Seattle Sailing Foundation"
 
"LifeSling-Shorthanded Crew Overboard Recovery-Sailing Quarterly". This is narrated by Gary Jobson, world famous America Cup sailor.
 
If we can't be sailing in Chicago,we can at least keep practicing and studying valuable safety lessons during the winter months. And, perhaps, you can use your new-found skills when you charter that boat in exotic warm locations.
More Sailing Resources

 In response to last month's "Between the Sheets" on sailing resources, Chris Riegel, Cruising Boat Director, reports that there are several nifty apps available to sailors through the Apple ITunes Store.  These include apps on:

 

Navigation:

MotionX-GPS - shows and tracks your position

Imray Charts - plan and share your routes

Navionics - a complete marine navigation system

 

Education and Training:

Points of Sail - a basic description for the novice sailor that really makes sense

Rules and Signals - a handy reference guide to rules and signals at sea, including harbor markings

 

Weather:

Weather LCD - weather anywhere

Windmeter - read the current windspeed from your iPhone

Windfinder - Find wind predictions anyplace

 

 Thanks, Chris, for the heads up on these valuable resources.  If you readers have located any other resources you would like to share, please let me know.

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BTS: October 2011

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for October

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Issue #10October, 2011 
From the Editor

By Steve VanderVoort, Between the Sheets Editor

  

Sailing season is rather quickly coming to an end.  The Sail Up and Haul Out for our Monroe fleet will occur in a couple of weeks (see article below).  After that, the season will be only memories.


I've got some great memories of this past sailing season.  They start with my participation in getting the boats in the water in April.  I took a great spinnaker class in the early spring, and another single-handed class later in the summer.  Both gave me additional confidence and competence in my sailing skills.  I even took a couple of orientation sessions on Priorities, our new cruising boat.  Next year, I hope to be able to skipper the boat.


My best memories, however are of the several Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings that I skippered.  These gave me a opportunity to meet new sailors and to renew friendships with old sailing friends from years past. 

 

Of course, I also enjoyed just renting a boat and taking out my wife or some of my non-sailor friends (hoping, of course, that they'd become interested enough to eventually join Sail Chicago).


So, as the sailing season comes to a close, I've got some fond memories, but I'm also starting to look forward to the sailing season next year, when I've already got some new things I'd like to accomplish.


Do you have any memories of this past sailing season that you'd like to share?  If so, please let me know.  I'd love to publish them in "Between the Sheets."  If you'd like to share your memories on a more informal basis, plan to come to the Post-Season Banquet (see article below).

 

Annual Service Projects Available 
Kucharski
Joe Kucharski

By Joe Kucharski, Maintenance Director

 

Annual Service is a critical component of Sail Chicago.  As you complete the 2011 sailing season it's time to start thinking about your Annual Service requirement for the 2012 season. In the past couple of years we've made significant changes to members' Annual Service requirements which can be satisfied through maintenance:

  • We've moved to a project-based program for maintenance, and 
  • We no longer have an indoor storage facility in which to work during the winter months. 

This means that we will be performing many of our maintenance projects out-of-doors as soon as the boats are removed from the water in late October.  

 

If you are interested in putting your Annual Service requirement behind you early, we have a couple of projects that need immediate attention.  The first project is to organize our utility trailer. This needs to be completed by October 20, in time for our haul out. This project will require sorting material, repackaging supplies and equipment and labeling containers.

 
The second project consists of cutting up sections of a boat hull and deck into smaller sections. This project needs to be completed by October 15.  If you are interested in earning service time for either of these projects contact Joe Kucharski.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Service Time Projects Available
End of Season Banquet November 4
Head 'em and Haul 'em
Regatta Ends Open Racing
Ask the Expert - Project-based Maintenance
New Member Speaks Up
Sailing Resources Available

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Who to Contact 
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Bookkeeper - Mark Burns
Cruising Boats - Chris Riegel
Fleet 12 Racing - Sally Hamann
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Instruction/Registration - David Bowen
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Open Racing - Tom & Hewly Prucher
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Summer Maintenance Program - Dean Hackenberg
Social - Pat Webster
Swim Test - Rob Wakerly
Tiller Time - Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Board
Chairman
Sam Veilleux

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
Joe Kucharski


Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

John Lemon
Mike Parapetti

Chris Riegel

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
End of Season Banquet - Friday, November 4
By Pat Webster, Social Director

Join your fellow sailors on Friday, November 4th at 7:00 PM at the Chicago Yacht Club at Belmont for an evening of reminiscing about the season and sharing sailing stories with old and new friends.  Celebrate the end of another successful sailing season at a great spot on the water, as those who have excelled this year will be honored at the dinner.   An Italian themed dinner buffet will be served.  It will include Italian Salad and Garlic Bread, Spaghetti with Marinara or Meat Sauce, Fettuccini Chicken Alfredo, Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables, Saffron Linguini Fruit de Mere, coffee, tea and dessert.  A cash bar will also be available.
    
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Chicago Yacht Club - Belmont
The Chicago Yacht Club is located at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive.  Free parking will be available at the Belmont Harbor Club Parking Lot, which is located south and a little west of the Yacht Club.  Access can be gained by exiting Lake Shore Drive at Belmont (or directly from Belmont), then turning south along a small access road which is next to the bike path.

The cost for attending this event is $28/person.  In order to attend, you must send a check made out to Sail Chicago to Pat Webster, 195 North Harbor Drive, Apt 5205, Chicago, IL 60601-7541 by SATURDAY  OCTOBER 29TH .  Checks received after that date may not be able to secure your reservation.  Please include an email address or phone number, so that you can receive a confirmation of your reservation.   Also, since Sail Chicago is charged by the number of people in the room, only those who have paid for dinner will be allowed to attend the event.  Unfortunately it isn't possible to come just for drinks.

If you have questions or would like to help on the night of the event, please contact Pat Webster at 312-861-1673.
Head 'em and Haul 'em
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By Joe Kucharski, Winter Maintenance Director
 
The leaves are changing and the temperatures and beginning to cool.  That can mean only one thing:  the sailing season will soon end.  In a few weeks week we will begin the move our fleet north to Montrose Harbor, haul the boats out of the water, and move them to their winter home.

2010 Haul Out
2010 Haul Out
The sail up will occur October 15, weather permitting and the haul out will occur October 22. As we've done in the past, if you would like to participate in the sail up you will need to submit your name to Joe Kucharski not later than October 10.  In your email indicate whether you would like to skipper or crew.  Assignments will be based on first come first served basis with consideration of skill for skippers.  All participants will be notified by e-mail.  On the day of the sail we will depart Monroe Harbor at 9:00 AM and will take approximately 2 hours to reach Montrose Harbor depending on wind.

On October 22 we will begin the haul out at approximately 9:00 AM at Montrose Harbor, and will need as many people as possible there to help.  Boats will be unrigged, equipment will be removed and the hulls power-washed.  While there is a significant amount of work to be done, there is always a lot of socializing that goes on, swapping stories of the year's sailing adventures.  With enough volunteers we can complete the haul out within 3 or 4 hours. This year we will have our new utility trailer on site so that sails and equipment can be put away and inventoried quickly and efficiently.  See you at both the sail up and haul out!  If you are interested in either of these projects contact Joe Kucharski.

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Chris Riegel, our Cruising Boat Director, reports that Priorities, the Sail Chicago cruising boat, will be moved up the Chicago River to the Canal Street Boatyard on Saturday, October 22.  Until then, it remains available to be sailed.  If you're a crusing boat skipper, you can sign up through the reservation system on the Sail Chicago website.
Regatta Ends Open Racing for the Year

 By Tom &Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators

  

2011 Regatta Sundancer
Sundancer Winning Crew
2011 Regatta Troll
Troll Winning Crew

The Saturday after Labor day ten sailors filled three boats at Montrose Harbor.  Four races were held and there was a tie for first place.  Sundancer (Ken Tentler, Minna Green, and Art Witkiewicz) and Troll (Sally Hamman, Barb Tenuta, and Tom Prucher) tied with two first places and two second places each. 

 

After the race four more members joined in the picnic at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club.  We all ordered off the lunch menu and spun some sailing yarns under the tree.  It was a fitting conclusion to a great Open Racing season.  Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated.

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Ask the Expert - Project-based Maintenance
(Got a question about one of our programs or policies?  Send your question to Ask the Expert.  We'll direct your question to the right Sail Chicago expert, and post popular interest topics here in this column.) 
 
Question:   What is Project-Based Maintenance? Will it satisfy my Annual Service requirement? 
 
Answer:  by Joe Kucharski, Maintenance Director

As the temperatures continue to drop and the leaves begin to turn, sailing will soon be but a distant memory.  The sailing experience continues, however, with members working together on maintenance projects, and preparing our fleet for the 2012 season.  Maintenance work  begins immediately after the boats come out of the water in October.  We will be looking for everyone to play an active role in getting the fleet ready.
 
To achieve our maintenance goals, we will continue to offer project-based maintenance opportunities.  Here's how it works:  each member signs up for a particular project.  Once that project is complete, your Annual Service Requirement is satisfied.  It's that easy!  One of the many advantages of the project-based maintenance program is the built-in flexibility, offering the possibility for members to tailor their projects to fit their personal objectives:
  • Members can work on a project individually, or choose to form a team, and work with other members,
  • Members may choose projects by tasks they are already good at, or try something new and take advantage of maintenance training opportunities,
  • All projects have completion deadlines, but members can plan their own individualized work schedules and are no longer locked into just Saturdays.  Remember, though, all maintenance has to be completed within a fixed time frame, since some projects cannot be started until others are complete. Therefore, it is each member's responsibility to complete the project they sign up for within the allotted time.

Individual Project Sheets describing the functions and tasks required are available at the haul-out at Montrose Harbor on October 15, and at the boat yard.  (Sign up early for the most choices!)  Watch future issues of "Between the Sheets" for news of online access, coming soon!   Members can also see Joe at the Year-end Banquet at Belmont Harbor on November 4. 

 

You have the opportunity to sign up for functions or tasks that suit your interests and skills, or you may choose to learn how to do something new.  If any member is unfamiliar with a function or task required for a project, training is available to provide the information and the skills required to complete the project.  In some cases, we work in teams of three or more, due to the nature of the activity (e.g., hull or bottom painting).  Members who would like to work together can sign up as a team, or you can volunteer to join a team and meet other members.  Individual projects mean members have the option to plan around their personal time demands.  Projects still have to be completed on time, but members don't have to fit themselves into a 'one-size-fits-all' maintenance schedule.

 
The goal of the maintenance program is to support Sail Chicago's motto "Come Sail With Us" by providing a safe, clean, well-equipped fleet we can all be proud to sail.  Members' participation in the maintenance program makes Sail Chicago sailing possible. See you at the boat yard!

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New Member Speaks Up

 By Chris Grzych, First Year Sail Chicago Member

Chris Grzych

Chris Gryczh

 

(Chris Gryczh is a first year member of Sail Chicago.  In this article, he relates some of his experiences and hopes for the future.  Ed.)

 

My main interest in sailing began to take flight in late 2005 while on spring break in Punta Cana with my then girlfriend, now wife, Rachel.  I began to notice how much the wind picked up in the afternoon each day around 3:00 pm.  It would dramatically change into a strong choppy northern blow.  I decided that I would take out a Sunfish sailboat around 2:30 pm and just head as far out as I could get in half-an-hour, change direction, and see what it would be like to catch this powerful northerly wind.  My plan worked well, I had a blast sailing back onto shore rather quickly.  I really loved hitting the waves at high speed.  I liked it so much that I've tried it every vacation since with varying results.


Based on that experience, I knew I wanted to learn more about sailing.  I did a lot of research on Google.  After exploring several options, I came to the conclusion that Sail Chicago offered me the greatest benefit for the least cost.  I particularly liked the idea that lessons were being offered at different locations (both Monroe and Montrose Harbors) and on a variety of boats.


This being my first year in Sail Chicago, I decided to plunge right in.  I started with the basic keelboat course.  My instructor, Tom Keaveny, was incredibly knowledgeable, and he can really set you straight in a very quiet, purposeful way.  For me, he was the perfect instructor for my introduction to sailing.  My intermediate instructor, Sally Hamann, has allowed me to finally understand the true depth of what Tom was alluding to in my introductory course, and she has encouraged me to put it all into practice.


Unfortunately, I have not had much chance to be around other Sail Chicago members other than my sailing instructors and fellow students.  Sadly, Tiller Time and Open Racing have not been as big a part of my summer as I had hoped.  My wife and I just bought our first home, and that has taken up far more of my time this summer than I would have liked.  I'm looking forward to next year when I will be able to have much more opportunity to get out on the water with other Sail Chicago members.

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Sailing Resources Available

 Often Sail Chicago members ask, "Where can I go to get more technical information about sailing and boating safety?"  The answers are not always obvious.  Here are three basic references covering different aspects of these topics: 

 

coast Guard logoThe first is a U.S. Coast Guard publication that should be mandatory reading for all sailors, titled A Boater's Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats.  It contains basic requirements and safety information for both power boats and sailboats.  You may download the online version and read it at your leisure.  If you've taken the Dryland course with Sail Chicago, you probably received a copy.  This is a newer updated version.

 

The second resource is more technical.  It's published by NOAA, and is titled U.S. Chart No. 1.   This publication outlines the standard symbols and abbreviations used in charts published by the United States.   It's a "must have" for anyone participating in Sail Chicago's cruising program.

 

The third resource is online, and is published jointly by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It's titled Navigation Rules Online.  Again, if you're planning to participate in Sail Chicago's cruising programs, or if you're looking forward to a bareboating experience on a cruising boat in the Caribbean or elsewhere, this is a valuable resource.

 

If you have other sailing resources available that you would like to share, please notify the BTS Editor, and they will be published in future issues.

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BTS: September 2011

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for September

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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been offering affordable sailing, water safety, and racing instruction, and recreational sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.

Issue #9September, 2011 
From the Editor

By Steve VanderVoort, Between the Sheets Editor

 

Since I hadn't taken any instruction with Sail Chicago in a couple of years, I decided this year that it was about time.  In reviewed the course offerings, the Single-Handed course on the Ideals looked like it might be interesting. 

 

"You're not going to be sailing a boat alone!" my wife told me.  I explained that sailiing single-handed was different form sailing solo.  It meant that if my crew got sick, was disabled, fell overboard, etc., that I'd be both competent and confident to sail the boat by myself.

 

The course is normally scheduled with three students for two sessions.  Since I was the only student who signed up for this particular time slot, however, my instructor, Winifred Ormand, and I decided that one session might be enough and that we'd go to two if she felt it was necessary.

 

We met on a beautiful Saturday morning with a wind that was challenging but not overpowering.  After an hour or so of formal instruction, Winifred told me that it was now my turn and that I should just sail, pretending that she wasn't there.  I rigged the boat, sailed off the mooring, tacked, jibed, came about, and moored the boat all by myself!  I felt a new exhileration and confidence as I did all thse things with no help.

 

Perhaps the most enlightening part of the whole day was when Winifred taught me how to sail the Ideal without using the tiller.  Many of us, even advanced skippers, have the mistaken belief that we need a tiller attached to a rudder in order to make a boat do what we want it to.  Winifred told me that it's called a "sail" boat, not a "rudder" boat or a "tiller boat" for a reason.  She lashed down the tiller and then showed me that just by shifting my weight in the boat or by maneuvering the sails, I could make the boat do my bidding.  So I learned how to sail a straight course, come about, and jibe - all without using the tiller.  It was the biggest sailing "Ah-Ha!" I've had in years.  For more information on how to do this, click here.

 

Although this sailing season is a bit long in the tooth, as you look forward to sailing again next year, you might want to look over some of Sail Chicago's instruction offerings.  You, too, might just have an "Ah-Ha!" experience.

Year-end Banquet November 4

 Join your fellow sailors on Friday, November 4th at 7:00  PM at the Chicago  Yacht Club at Belmont Harbor for our annual celebration of the season.  A buffet dinner will be served and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.  Look for details about the evening, including the menu, cost and how to register in the next BTS and in email announcements. 

Open Racing Season Ends
By Tom & Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators 

 

Open Racing closed the season on August 27.  The races were on twelve of the Saturdays in June, July, and August with only two cancellations due to weather.  Thanks to all who participated and made it a successful season.
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Spinnakers up at Open Racing

IN THIS ISSUE
Year-End Banquet November 4
Open Racing Season Ends
Who to Contact
Board of Directors
End of Season Regatta September 10
Another Great Friends & Family!
MPP Successfully Expands Program
Take Five Minutes for US Sailing
Instruction Program Completes Successful Season
Only a "Little Bump!"
New Use for Old Sails
Sail Chicago Reminders

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Who to Contact 
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Bookkeeper - Mark Burns
Cruising Boats - Chris Riegel
Fleet 12 Racing - Sally Hamann
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Instruction/Registration - David Bowen
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Dean Hackenberg
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Open Racing - Tom & Hewly Prucher
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Swim Test - Rob Wakerly
Tiller Time - Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Board
Chairman
Sam Veilleux

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
Joe Kucharski


Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

John Lemon
Mike Parapetti

Chris Riegel

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster

End-of-Season Regatta & Picnic

 

Montrose Harbor

September 10, 2011 

 

Racing from 8:00-1:30 PM

Picnic from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

 

  • Six boats on the starting line, Multiple races, Spinnakers!
  • Beginning racers are assigned to boats with experienced skippers
  • Everyone gets to steer a race 

Register online at SailChicago.org/Member sign in

"Reserve Program Seats/Open Racing/Find Seats"

Racing Fee $20.00 

 

Picnic, catered by CCYC, starts after the racing ends. 

Picnic costs $12, pay on race day.


Another Great Friends & Family!
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Manny, Winifred, and Dan:  sailed Meridian from Monroe Harbor to Montrose Harbor for Friends & Family

 August 27 marked the second Sail Chicago Friends and Family outing for the current sailing season.  Almost sixty people showed up to eat burgers, brats, great salads, and plenty of watermelon.  But the real treat of the day was to give our newcomers an opportunity to sail some of our boats.

 

Several boats were on hand, including three of our Rhodes 19s, Priorities, our new Hunter 34, and Meridian, our new Colgate 26.  After feasting on the fixin's, skippers, together with new and old friends and family piled into the boats to get a real first hand experience of what sailing is all about.  The day was beautiful, and the winds were strong enough (approaching 20k) to send shivers down the spines of some of the newer sailors, but with the experienced Sail Chicago staff, everyone

2011 Friends & Family

Mike, Lexie, and Pat helped organize the event

returned home safely.  Hopefully, with the kind of thrilling ride that many of them had, they will be inspired to become skippers themselves someday.

 

Many thanks to Pat Webster who took responsibility for organizing the whole event, Peter Dudak who transported all the picnic supplies and equipment to the site at Montrose Harbor, Mike Swiontek who cooked those delicious burgers and brats, and Lexie Antonio who helped with the food preparation and kept track of all the administrative details.  And special thanks to the crews that sailed Meridian and Priorities up to Montrose Harbor, and to the skippers who gave so graciously of their time to make sure that all our friends and family had a great sail! 

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MPP Successfully Expands Program
 By Arleen Prairie, Monroe Passes Coordinator

 

The Monroe Passes Program (MPP) has a much higher usage this year because passes are available to many more skippers. Through the wonderful cooperation of the tender service office at Monroe Harbor, our own tender passes were made available to skippers of Meridian and small keelboats.
Sail Chicago skippers simply stop at the harbor tender office and ask for our tender passes. This means that skippers who do not drive to the harbor have easy access to tender passes. In addition, with slight adjustment to the rental period so that skippers return the passes to the tender office by the beginning of the next rental period, passes are available for every rental period, morning, afternoon and evening. For example if I sail during the morning, I hail the tender service by 12:30 pm, returning to the dock so passes are back in the tender office by 1:00 pm, available for the next sail.

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Sail Chicago members take the tender

This year Meridian purchased two additional passes, so four passes are always available for the boat at the tender office. When more than four sailors sail together, it is simple to divide the cost of the extra passes needed among the group.  For the small keelboats, four passes are kept at the tender office especially for skippers who do not drive to the harbor.  The remaining tender passes for the small keelboats and all the parking passes are available at the UPS Store as they were last year.

This program has worked well only because members use these passes responsibly and communicate quickly when they discover passes missing at either the tender office or the UPS Store. Skippers who write and say, 'OOPS! The pass was still in my bag when I got home. I'll return it tomorrow' really rate high on the 'good' points.  Really, this is expected of every MPP user. This is what makes it possible to offer this program, which benefits us all.

Many kudos on MPP come streaming to me, like Lois Lawson's recent email, "Thanks for creating this wonderful program.  What a 'back-breaking' saver this is (no more lifting heavy dinghies), as well as the monetary savings (parking and tender fees)." 

 

Take Five Minutes...

 

US Sailing LogoU.S. Sailing, one of the premier sailing organizations in the United States, is asking our help.  They would like to know how they could better attract new members to their organization.  In order to do that , they would like to know what might attract sailors to join.  They have prepared a brief survey that they are asking both members and non-members to complete.  

 

Many members of Sail Chicago are also members of U.S. Sailing.  In addition, several of our own instruction programs are based upon similar programs sponsored by that organization.  We owe a lot to them in helping to foster both interest in sailboat and boating safety.  Please take five minutes now to complete the survey.  It will really help them out!

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Instruction Program Completes Successful Season

Lemon.jpgBy John Lemon, Lead Instructor

 

Our sailing instruction programs enjoyed another successful summer.  While enrollment in our Basic Keelboat classes was down somewhat from 2010, we still conducted over 100 four-week classes on our Rhodes 19s and Ideal 18s.  We've added an eager group of new skippers to our ranks as well.

 

New this year was the addition of a single-handing course on the Ideal 18.  This course provided a number of members with training and practice that enhance their boat-handling skills, whether they wanted to be more confident taking out non-sailors or if they intended to sail solo.  The Ideal 18 proved to be the perfect boat for this course.

 

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Getting some instruction

Our biggest challenge, and one we met well, was integrating two new boats into our fleet.  We acquired a lightly-used Colgate 26 in March and began training instructors and conducting  orientation/checkout sessions in mid-April.  In the space of two short months we qualified over 60 skippers, from members who were previously qualified on our larger boats or possessed US Sailing Instructor Certification.  In addition, another ten R19/I18 skippers enrolled in a two-session qualification course.  Since mid-summer, Meridian has been heavily used for both private rentals and many Tiller Times and Member Cruises.

 

Following the untimely demise of Emotional Rescue, we acquired the 34' Hunter, Priorities, in mid-June.  Cruising Coordinator Chris Riegel didn't let the delayed start  become an obstacle.  A dozen members enrolled in courses to broaden their cruising boat skills and knowledge.

 

As always, the key to the success of our instruction programs is the dedication and hard work of our volunteer instructors, as well as the administrative staff who works behind the scenes to pull everything together.

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It was only a "Little" Bump!
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By Ed Schroeder, Safety Director

In the past two years there have been a number of only "slight bumps" to "other" boats by Sail Chicago boats that have been properly reported and probably as many that have not been reported.


They were probably "not reported ' not that the skipper wanted to break Sail Chicago Rules but because the skipper thought the contact so minor that it need not be reported.


One such "slight bump" contact cost Sail Chicago (your money) approximately $1,000. An outboard engine was "slightly bumped"; later the engine would not start. The owner had the boat towed by a commercial towing company to Crowley's at 93rd St, where they repaired the engine.


Our SC boats are being carefully monitored by both Westrec and the Park District for the many contacts between our boats and "other" boats. We have been extremely fortunate, to date, that these contacts have not involved death, loss of limb or serious financial problems.


Please remember, not only do the Rules and Regulations make it mandatory to report ALL contacts to the Safety Director within 24 hours but to the Harbor Master "as soon as possible". The view of the "slight contact" from a person on another boat, and the conclusion drawn, may be very different from that of the skipper of the SC boat. What is reported to the Harbor Master from that other observer, who may or may not have an ulterior motive, can be easily balanced or negated by a timely report from the SC skipper.


If one sails long enough, each of us will probably have an Incident. What we do about it is the point of this article.

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New Use for Old Sails

 

Earlier this year, at the request of Matt Stuczynski, a Sail Chicago member, we donated our old and unused sails to the Uptown branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago for a summer art project.  This project, the first in a proposed series, was developed by members of Uptown community and was implemented in collaboration with The Boys and Girls Club.  Club students decided the design and made the work as a part of their summer arts programming.

 

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Uptown Boys and Girls Club Art Project

The piece responds to a question posed in last summer's design workshops In A New Light: What Makes A Neighborhood Well?  Participants indicated that 'diversity', 'inclusiveness' and 'getting to know each other' makes a neighborhood well.  Participating community members also picked 'making connections' and 'educational opportunities' as supporting themes.


Using these themes, the workshop group formed to implement the "Temporary Spice" project by collecting the fabric material used from the community, organizing volunteers to prepare 3500 pieces of fabric and inviting volunteer staff that taught 6 weeks of summer arts program at the Boys and Girls Club. Between the workshops, donors, volunteers, 46th Ward Aldermanic staff, 48th Ward Aldermanic staff, and Boys and Girls Club staff, more than 30 people have been involved in making this project possible.


You can view the results of the project in the picture that accompanies this article.  Better still, visit it in person at the Robert R. McCormick Boys and Girls Club at 4835 N. Sheridan Road (1 block north of Lawrence/Sheridan intersection) Chicago, IL. 60640.


Thanks, Matt, for helping to "make it happen!"

Sail Chicago Reminders

 

Summer Maintenance

If you haven't signed up for Summer Maintenance, do it now by e-mailing smp@sailchicago.org or phone the Maintenance Hotline at 312-409-9000.  As part of our Annual Service Requirement, all members of Sail Chicago (except new members in their first summer) must register for one week of  Summer Maintenance if they would like to participate in any on-the-water programs. 

 

Boat Status

Prior to your scheduled sail, check the Boat Status page on the Sail Chicago website to learn whether or not your boat is in service.  Don't be disappointed by getting to the harbor and finding that your boat is out of commission.  If you experience a problem with your boat notify Summer Maintenance immediately using the phone number or e-mail above.  If you think the problem is serious, you may remove the boat from service through the Boat Status Page on the Sail Chicago website.

 

Incident Reporting

If you are a skipper and the boat you are sailing comes into contact with ANY other object (another boat, a seawall, rocks, etc.) you MUST immediately notify Summer Maintenance by calling the Maintenance Hotline at 312-409-9000 or e-mailing smp@sailchicago.org, or 312-409-9000.  You must also file a complete written report (see checklist) with the Safety Director .

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BTS: August 2011

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for August

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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been offering affordable sailing, water safety, and racing instruction, and recreational sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.

Issue #8August,, 2011 
From the Editor

By Steve VanderVoort, Between the Sheets Editor

 

During the week of the July 4 holiday, my wife and I attended the family camp owned by the alumni association my university.  We've been traveling to the camp on Walloon Lake in Michigan for the past 30 years.  Many of the same people come back year after year, and we've formed a kind of community that's almost like family.

 

One of the people there is a man we've come to know and love.  He's a great sailor, and we've bareboated all around the Caribbean with him and his family during winters past.  Last year he discovered that he had a rare form of spinal tumor.  By the time it was excised, he had lost the use of both legs.  Although hes been practicing physical therapy, he's been pretty depressed that he may never walk again.

 

When I saw him at camp this year in his wheelchair, I was determined to get him "on-the-water" at all costs.  The camp has a small fleet of Ensigns (similar to our Rhodes 19s), and, with the help of the camp's boating staff, I was able to get him on a boat and behind the tiller every day.  A truly remarkable change overtook him.  As the week progressed, he began to realize that he could get at least some of his old life back.  He started smiling again and talking about other things that he would be doing when he returned home.  The positive changes I saw him him were truly remarkable.

 

In thinking about my friend and his experience, I was reminded of the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program for people with disabilities, located right here in Chicago.  The program runs out of Burnham Harbor and is available to all people with physical handicaps.  If you know a handicapped person who you think might enjoy learning to sail a small keelboat, please contact the program. 

Summer Solstice Celebrated

 The Summer Solstice was celebrated with Tiller Times on five consecutive Tuesday evenings at Montrose harbor beginning on the Summer Solstice, June 21.  Two or three boats went out each time.  Just before sailing, everyone joined in sharing a light snack and conversation.  This extended celebration was great fun for all those who attended.

News from the Board

June Board Meeting 

  • We will be soon moving out of our indoor maintenance facility, thereby saving approximately $1,500/month in maintenance costs.  These funds will be put toward other Sail Chicago programs.
  • Board members expressed concern that some Sail Chicago members are signing up for multiple Tiller Times, thereby limiting the number slots available to others.  Current Tiller Time guidelines will remain in place for this season, but will be reviewed for the following year in hopes that more people will be able to take advantage of Tiller Times.  
  • Because of concern for boater safety, The Board set new standards for the maximum number of people on Sail Chicago boats.  They are:
    • Dinghies - 2 people
    • Rhodes - 4 people
    • Ideal - 3 people
    • Colgate 26 - 6 people
    • Shields - 5 people
    • Hunter - 7 people
  • In another concern for safety, the Board changed the Sail Chicago incident procedures to state that if a boat makes contact with another boat or fixed object, that boat will be taken out of service until an inspection can be made.  The skipper's on-the-water privileges will also be suspended  until cleared by the the Safety Director or the Board.
  • In order to clarify the role of the Safety Director, the Board stated that the Safety Director's role is to, "Conduct safety investigations and to make safety recommendations to the Board."
  • Rob Wakerly was appointed Insurance Director.
IN THIS ISSUE
Summer Solstice Celebrated
News from the Board
Who to Contact
Board of Directors
Friends and Family in August
Regatta Scheduled
It's Never Too Late to Learn
Handheld Flares - Be Careful!
Friends & Family Gather
Open Racing Continues in August
It's a Priority!
New Incentives for Tiller Time Skippers
Sail Chicago Reminders

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Who to Contact 
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Bookkeeper - Mark Burns
Cruising Boats - Chris Riegel
Fleet 12 Racing - Sally Hamann
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Instruction/Registration - David Bowen
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Dean Hackenberg
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Open Racing - Tom & Hewly Prucher
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Swim Test - Rob Wakerly
Tiller Time - Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Board
Chairman
Sam Veilleux

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
Joe Kucharski


Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

John Lemon
Mike Parapetti

Chris Riegel

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
Friends and Family Sail - Doing it Again in August!
By Pat Webster, Social Director

 

We had so much fun at our Friends and Family Sail earlier this season that we're doing it again on Saturday, August 27th.  It will be held at Montrose Harbor (in the grassy area just east of Corinthian Yacht Club) from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  We will be barbecuing and taking members and their guests out on our Rhodes 19 fleet, Meridian our Colgate 26, and on Priorities our 34 foot motor cruiser.  This will be a great opportunity to introduce your friends and family to sailing and to Sail Chicago.  It might also give you an opportunity to go out on a boat you haven't previously sailed.  Sailing of course is weather dependent.  (We had hoped to hold this event earlier in the month at Monroe, but logistically it just wasn't feasible.)
Although there will be no charge for sailing, $7 per person will be charged for the picnic lunch.  It will include brats, burgers, veggie burgers, salads and sweets as well as soft drinks and water.  Money will be collected at the harbor.  Please register by August 22, 2011  so that we can be sure to have enough food for all who attend.  Similarly if you have registered and find that you cannot attend, please cancel as soon as possible.  Contact Pat Webster by email to register.  Also, if you would like to help out with the picnic, please indicate that when you register.

Street parking is available and there is also a pay at the box parking lot just west of the Corinthian Yacht Club.
 
If you have friends or family members whom you think might be interested in an introductory sailing experience, please invite them to join us for a great afternoon so sailing and socializing.  They'll have a chance to take a sail and meet some great people who love to share their enthusiasm for sailing.
Come to the Regatta on September 10
Tom & Hewly Prucher

Tom & Hewly Prucher

By Tom & Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators

 

AHOY RACERS AND ALL OTHER SAIL CHICAGO MEMBERS! Mark your calendars for the End-of-Season Regatta and Picnic, Saturday, September 10 at Montrose Harbor. The regatta starts at 8:00 am. The picnic starts at approximately 2:00 pm, after the regatta.

 

Regatta

Preparing for the Regatta

End the racing season with a bang. Whether you're racing for the first time or the hundredth, the excitement and adrenaline rush never fade. You'll experience the thrill of converging on the upwind mark and jockeying for position on the run downwind. Competition is keen and always fun.


Several races will be held so that everyone gets to participate and experience the thrill at the tiller. Experienced skippers will captain each boat. Others will crew or skipper individual races.


To register for the Regatta, sign up on line at Member Sign In/Reserve Program Seats/Open Racing/Find Seats/Sept 10.  The cost is $20.


After the race, join friends old and new for the picnic. Relive the race and reminisce about the summer's sailing. The cost of the picnic is TBD, payable at the door. Please let us know if you are coming so we can have enough food.

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It's Never Too Late to Learn

 Although summer sailing is well underway, Sail Chicago has a few spaces available in sailing classes on all our boats. Take advantage of this opportunity to sharpen your sailing skills and expand your experience. We have openings in the following classes. Course fee is $200 unless otherwise noted.

  • Basic Sailing
  • Intermediate Sailing
  • Single-handing on the Ideal 18 (must have skippercard)
  • Colgate 26 qualification (must have skippercard)
  • Shields skipper/crew (must have skippercard to qualify as skipper)
  • Introduction to Cruising on our new Hunter 34 (must have skippercard if you want to try to qualify)

Follow this link to the registration form for dates and times. Refer to your Sail Chicago Handbook and recent issues of BTS for course descriptions. If you want to sign up for any of these courses, email instruction@sailchicago.org   your selection and follow up by sending the form and payment as indicated. Don't delay--space is limited!  

 

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Handheld Flares - Be Careful!
Ed Schroeder

Ed Schroeder

By Ed Schroeder, Safety Director 

 

All of our boats are equipped with handheld flares; in an emergency, pyrotechnic signals remain one of the best ways at attracting attention. Recently, however, a burning flare caused more problems than it solved.

 

FlareAccording to a recent article in "Practical Sailor" magazine, during a training course at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, a USCG-approved Orion handheld flare melted through its handle and began dripping hot slag on the trainee who was, luckily, wearing leather gloves. The hot slag had burned all the way to the plastic end cap and then melted its way through the cap itself.

 

The user needs to recognize that they are literally holding fire in their hand and should be prepared to cope with a malfunctioning flare, including holding the burning flare at an angle, holding the flare over the water and wearing heavy leather gloves.

 

It would be good practice, while on a pleasant sail, to read the directions on one of the flares that might save your life.

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Friends & Family Gather 
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John Lemon

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

 

Over 85 friends, family and members attended the picnic Saturday, July 16. Everyone had a great time and many friends and family members attended. There was a great mix of new and seasoned members and a number of children attending.  The only downside was that due to light winds, we were unable to bring Erica and Meridian to help with sailboat rides so not everyone got a chance to get out.


Pat Webster did a tremendous job and she deserves our thanks for her hard work.  Special thanks also goes out to Marilyn Shipley, Lexie Antonio and Annette Faber.  Marilyn lent her hand in transporting all of the gear and food and also in doing a fantastic grilling job, and Lexie and Annette were instrumental in making the event happen with all of their behind the scenes work.  Lois Lawson and Ed Schroeder were also on hand to help set up.

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Open Racing Season Continues Through August
Tom & Hewly Prucher

Tom & Hewly Prucher

By Tom & Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators 

 

Fog

We even race in the fog!

Open Racing closes the season with four Saturdays in August.  Come out on Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The racing is for old salts and for anyone who has taken just one Basic Sailing class.  Positions are assigned in each boat to balance the skill levels and to allow beginners to learn from more experienced sailors.


Sign up on line at Member Sign In/ Reserve Program Seats /Open Racing/Find Seats/pick a date, pick a boat.  The cost is $20.


E-mail OpenRacing@SailChicago.org for more information.

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It's a Priority!

 

Hunter 34

Hunter 34

The Board has recently heard from several members that they are disappointed that Priorities, Sail Chicago's new Hunter 34 cruising boat, has not been available to more people.  the Board recognizes this and has scheduled twice-weekly Member Cruise Outings for the remainder of the season.  We hope to schedule more as skipper availability increases.  

 

Several problems compounded to make it difficult to schedule these activities on Priorities previously. 

  • We did not expect to have a new cruising boat this year, but when Emotional Rescue, our former cruising boat, was damaged beyond repair in a big storm early in the summer, we immediately searched for and purchased a new cruising boat.
  • A few weeks after Priorities was purchased, the engine broke down, and it took almost two weeks to get a new part installed.
  • Since Priorities is new to Sail Chicago, current cruising boat instructors and skippers have had to become familiar with it's operations, and this has taken more time than expected.  The safety of everyone on board has been a primary concern here.

 As the summer progresses, we hope to have increasing numbers of people out on Priorities. There are currently openings in skipper classes.  If you're interesting in skippering this marvelous curising boat please sign up.  For more information, contact the Curising Boat Director, Chris Riegel.  If you'd like to get a feel for the boat, please come to the Friends and Family outing on August 27 (see article above).

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Incentives for Tiller Time Skippers

Thinking about skippering a tiller time?  Here's a couple more things to think about.  Basic keelboat skippers who do 5 tiller times:

  1. Get $50 in sailing credits
  2. Get service time for next year satisfied
  3. Get to meet new people
  4. Get to have "boat loads" of fun!

Who could ask for more???  Contact Chris Garvey to sign up, right away!

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Sail Chicago Reminders

 

Summer Maintenance

If you haven't signed up for Summer Maintenance, do it now by e-mailing smp@sailchicago.org or phone the Maintenance Hotline at 312-409-9000.  As part of our Annual Service Requirement, all members of Sail Chicago (except new members in their first summer) must register for one week of  Summer Maintenance if they would like to participate in any on-the-water programs. 

 

Boat Status

Prior to your scheduled sail, check the Boat Status page on the Sail Chicago website to learn whether or not your boat is in service.  Don't be disappointed by getting to the harbor and finding that your boat is out of commission.  If you experience a problem with your boat notify Summer Maintenance immediately using the phone number or e-mail above.  If you think the problem is serious, you may remove the boat from service through the Boat Status Page on the Sail Chicago website.

 

Incident Reporting

If you are a skipper and the boat you are sailing comes into contact with ANY other object (another boat, a seawall, rocks, etc.) you MUST immediately notify Summer Maintenance by calling the Maintenance Hotline at 312-409-9000 or e-mailing smp@sailchicago.org, or 312-409-9000.  You must also file a complete written report (see checklist) with the Safety Director .

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BTS: July 2011

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for July

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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has been offering affordable sailing, water safety, and racing instruction, and recreational sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area for over fifty years.

Issue #7July, 2011 
From the Editor

By Steve VanderVoort, Between the Sheets Editor

 

When I first joined Sail Chicago, I knew that I had to brush up on my sailing skills.  I thought of myself as a pretty good sailor, but it had been a few years since I'd been out on the water.  I took the Skipper Prep Course, but what I found most helpful in preparing me for my Skipper checkout was Tiller Time.  Through Tiller Time, I had an opportunity to meet several people who would eventually become sailing companions when I could finally rent boats on my own.  I also learned a great deal of practical information from Tiller Time Skippers who were able to offer me a variety of sailing tips and techniques that I would never have picked up in the Skipper Prep course alone.
 
This is now my second year as a Tiller Time Sipper.  Although I'd love to become a full-blown Instructor, my summer schedule is a little hectic, and I can't commit the time to the regular hours necessary.  I can, however, practice some informal instruction during my Tiller Times.  As an additional bonus, I've met some wonderful people and I've had a chance to pass along my enthusiasm for sailing to a whole new generation of potential Sail Chicago skippers, many of whom I hope will become future sailing companions.  I love it, and I look forward to doing it for many years to come!
 
Skippers, think about sharing your knowledge and skills with others.  Sign up to Skipper one or two Tiller Times and see if you like it.  I guarantee that once you try it, you'll be hooked.
 
For more information or to schedule yourself as a Tiller Time Skipper please contact Chris Garvey, our Tiller Time Coordinator.

 

News from the Board

May Board Meeting 

  • Over sixty people have joined Sail Chicago's new social networking site at Meetup.com.  At least half of them plan to attend one of the Dryland classes.
  • The Board is working with Tom & Hewly Prucher and Dolores Baron to improved usage of the boats at Montrose Harbor.
  • The Board approved an expenditure of up to $2,000 for the services of an attorney to help Sail Chicago secure a 501(c)(3) not-for -profit status with the Internal Revenue Service.
Incentives for Tiller Time Skippers

Thinking about skippering a tiller time?  Here's a couple more things to think about.  Basic keelboat skippers who do 5 tiller times:

  1. Get $50 in sailing credits
  2. Get service time for next year satisfied
  3. Get to meet new people
  4. Get to have "boat loads" of fun!

Who could ask for more???  Contact Chris Garvey to sign up, right away!

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Congratulations New Graduates!
Colgate Graduates

First Colgate Graduates

 

Sail Chicago recently graduated its first-ever class of Colgate 26 Skippers.  Hearty congratulations to new Colgate Skippers Tom Peterson, Jennifer Newton, James Porter, and Tom Moffitt. 

 

Not to be outdone, a second class of proud graduates are now able to skipper Meridian.  These new graduates include  Tom Simms, Tim Schick, David Arnolds, and Matilda McFarland.  Happy sailing, folks!

 

Please don't feel left out.  You, too, can skipper Meridian, Sail Chicago's largest small keelboat.  If you'd like to become a a Colgate Skipper there's still plenty of time left in this sailing season to do so.  You may sign up for a class on the Sail Chicago website.  If you've got questions about the course please contact John Lemon, Sail Chicago's Lead Instructor.

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IN THIS ISSUE
News from the Board
New Incentives for Tiller Time Skippers
Congratulations New Graduates!
Who to Contact
Board of Directors
Friends and Family Outing July 16
Lean to Sail Single-Handed
We've Got Our PRIORITIES Set!
New Members Introduced at Party
Tender Passes Now Available at Tender Service Office
Learn to Sail the Shields
Learning to Fly at Spinnaker Class
How Do I Report an Incident?
Open Racing Off to a Flying Start!
Summer Solstice Celebrations Continue
Sailors Learn About the Weather
Meet the Board - Rob Wakerly
Sail Chicago Reminders

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Who to Contact 
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Bookkeeper - Mark Burns
Cruising Boats - Chris Riegel
Fleet 12 Racing - Sally Hamann
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Instruction/Registration - David Bowen
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Dean Hackenberg
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Open Racing - Tom & Hewly Prucher
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Swim Test - Rob Wakerly
Tiller Time - Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Board
Chairman
Sam Veilleux

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
Joe Kucharski


Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

John Lemon
Mike Parapetti

Chris Riegel

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
Friends and Family Outing Set for July 16

 On Saturday, July 16th Sail Chicago is once again hosting a social sailing event for our members and their guests.  It will be held at Montrose Harbor from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  We will be barbecuing and taking folks out on our Rhodes 19 fleet, Meridian our Colgate 26, Erica our 30 foot Shields racing boat, and on Priorities, our Hunter 34 cruising boat and newest addition to our fleet.  This will be a great opportunity to introduce your friends and family to sailing and to our organization.  It might also give you an opportunity to go out on a boat you haven't previously sailed.

 

Although there will be no charge for sailing, $7/person will be charged for the picnic lunch.  It will include brats, burgers, veggie burgers, salads and sweets as well as soft drinks and water.  Money will be collected at the harbor.  Please register by July 12th so that we can be sure to have enough food for all who attend.  Similarly if you have registered and find that you cannot attend, please cancel as soon as possible.  Contact Pat Webster by email to register.  Also, if you would like to help out with the picnic, please indicate that when you register.
 
If you have friends or family members whom you think might be interested in an introductory sailing experience, please invite them to join us for a great afternoon so sailing and socializing.  They'll have a chance to take a sail and meet some great people who love to share their enthusiasm for sailing.

If you can't make this event, we are planning to do another "Friends and Family Sail" at Monroe Harbor on Sunday, August 14thSAVE THE DATE.

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Learn to Sail Single-Handed
Ideal 18 single-Handed

Sailing solo

 

If you've ever felt the urge to go it alone, now's your chance. The Sail Chicago Board of Directors recently authorized single-handed sailing on the Ideal 18s. And to prepare experienced skippers to take the boats out on their own, we are offering instruction in solo sailing.

 

In the two-session class you will learn techniques for rigging the boat, sailing on and off the mooring, tacking, jibing, trimming for all points of sail, heaving-to, reefing underway and executing an MOB drill...all by yourself!  Students will receive coaching from an on-board instructor and then have a chance to sail sans crew while the instructor follows in another boat.  With its roller furler, self-tacking jib, easy reefing system and simple rig, the Ideal is the perfect boat for a beginning solo sailor.  Not only will you hone your skills, single-handing will boost your confidence and prepare you to skipper with a shorthanded or inexperienced crew on any boat.

 

If you're a current Ideal 18 skipper and are interested in becoming qualified for single-handed sailing, The course fee is $100. Classes will be scheduled based on student interest and instructor availability.  Please sign up through the Sail Chicago Instruction Packet.  For more information please contact  John Lemon.

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We've Got Our Priorities Set!
Chris Riegel

Chris Riegel

By Chris Riegel, Cruising Boat Director 

 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our new boat to the Sail Chicago family.  PRIORITIES, a 1984 34 foot Hunter weighing in at 11920 lbs.  We selected this boat for its ability to provide a modern day cruising platform well suited for instruction as well as private day and weekend rentals.  The boat is located on the north end of Belmont Harbor at F dock in slip #51.  Former ER skippers who are in good standing are eligible to check out on the boat at no cost.  Checkouts are currently in process for ER instructors.  Former ER skippers will be receiving an email with specifics on scheduling.

Hunter 34

Hunter 34


We expect the boat's larger layout to provide more comfort and convenience, particularly for port-to-port and cross lake visits.  Some of the features include a furling jib, wheel steering, lazy jacks, self tailing winches, autopilot (for extended cruising), refrigeration, pressurized water system, shower, shore power, and multiple cabins.

 

Basic cruising classes are in session.  We have room for additional students and plan to offer additional classes based on demand. Classes are held 2 x per week for 3 weeks. To sign up please send your email to cb@sailchicago.org.  Port to port cruises are expected to kick off within the next few weeks.  Stay tuned for more details.


PRIORITIES greatly elevates our ability to teach the basics of modern cruising as well as preparation for bareboat chartering or weekend trips across the lake. Our new insurance policy does cover the boat anywhere within Lake Michigan.  Private rental rates are $75 for Off Peak Sessions, and $100 for On Peak Sessions.  Extended rentals are eligible for a discount; after the 2nd consecutive rental session, the 3rd is free.  Extended cruising eligibility (across the lake) is subject to the review and discretion of the Cruising Program.  For extended rentals, please contact the Cruising Boat Director.

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New Members Introduced at Party
2011 Party

Party-goers were met by the smiling faces of Maureen Huston and Annette Faber

Well over fifty Sail Chicago members and guests showed up at a party on June 4 honoring new Sail Chicago members.  The setting was perfect for such an event - the Club Room at the Park Shore Condominium building overlooking both DuSable and Monroe harbors.  While a severe weather system had swept through the Chicago Loop earlier in the day, It had cleared out a couple of hours before the party began.  The evening was perfect for such an event.  For those wanting a great view of the lakefront, they could stroll out to the patio where Sail Chicago members Mike Swointek and Ken Tentler were cooking up some fabulous brats and burgers


Organized by Sail Chicago's Social Director Pat Webster, and ably assisted by Lexie Antonio, the party proved to be a great way for new members to meet old members, and for both old and new members to hook up with future sailing buddies throughout the summer.  Everyone, new and old members alike, seemed to have some sailing stories they loved to swap.  Several members and guests were seen moving from table to table just so they could spin the same yarns to a  new audience.

 

2011 Party

Old and new members swap sailing stories while chowing down.

Of course, the food was fantastic as well.  In addition to the grilled brats and burgers, there were all kinds of salads, watermelon, strawberries, and other fruits.  Topping it all off was a delicious key lime pie and three different kinds of cake.  What a feast for a bunch of hungry sailors!

 

In order to help newer members get to know some of the old hands, the party goers were given a question sheet when they came in asking them to find out some facts about other new and old members they met during the evening.  Once the sheets were completed, they were gathered up and a drawing was held for the winners, each of whom received a door prize.  The winners were returning member John Larson, and new members Mark Fechner, Mike Kozubek, and Kivanc Miheak.  Winners and losers all agreed that it was a great evening!

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Tender Passes Now Available at Tender Service Office

By Arleen Prairie, MPP Coordinator 

 

Through the generosity of the harbormaster and the tender service staff at Monroe Harbor, some of our tender passes are being held at the tender service office for use by our Sail Chicago skippers. The tender service staff simply keeps them available by request and takes no responsibility for their safekeeping.  Sail Chicago is trying out the program to see if it works for us.
 
By placing tender passes with the tender service, we enhance the use of these in two ways:

  • Skippers who do not drive to the harbor can easily access the passes right at the tender service office.
  • By having the tender passes at the harbor, the passes are available at the beginning of each boat use period through a slight change in the period. When the tender passes kept at the tender service office are being used for a sail, the rental period ends ½ hour earlier so the passes are again available at the tender service by the beginning of the following rental period.

Four tender passes for Meridian are now available at the tender service office .  They are NOT available from the UPS Store.   Currently, two passes are available for small keelboats and can be obtained from the tender service office on a fist-come-first-served basis.  Other passes are available, as usual, at the UPS Store. 
 
Skippers report that if they have more passengers than tender passes, it is simple and inexpensive for all to share the cost of buying the extra passes needed from the tender office.
 
Want more information? MPP users can find the details of this expanded tender pass use in the log book at the UPS box, or just request the specific information for all skippers at Monroe by sending an e-mail to mpp@sailchicago.org.

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Learn to Sail the Shields

By Jacob Worley-Hood, Shields Coordinator


Now that the summer is in full force, it is time to think about sharpening you sailing skills and challenging your yourself to learn to sail a fun and exciting boat.  Shields classes teach the fundamentals of Shields sailing and will leave you confident sailing this exhilarating boat.  
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Erica, Sail Chicago's Shields 

We offer several options for Shields classes.  First of all you can take the "Skipper" class if you are already a Small Keelboat Skipper.  You can also take a "Crew" class if would like to become a top notch crew member but are not yet a Sail Chicago skipper.  

Lastly, we are excited to offer Intermediate Sailing Classes on the Shields.  This means that if you have taken a beginner class on a Rhodes or Ideal, you can take your Intermediate class on a bigger boat before returning to the smaller boats for the Skipper Prep Class.  This will give you experience on a wide range of boats and will help you to become a better sailor.

Classes run every month for 4 week sessions.  Sign up using the instruction form in the Sail Chicago Instruction Packet.  Contact Jacob Worley-Hood for more information.
Learning to Fly at Spinnaker Class
Flaking the Spinnaker

Learning to flake a spinnaker

It was a full house for the Spinnaker Class that was held on June 4.  All four Sail Chicago boats at Montrose Harbor were filled to capacity with both instructors and students eager to learn the finer points of spinnaker handling.  Since spinnakers will again be used this year in Open Racing, those wanting to win need to know how to handle a spinnaker on the downwind leg of each race. 


The weather was perfect for such instruction - a good 10k NW breeze was able to fill the sails without being overpowering.


After some preliminary on-shore instruction by longtime Sail Chicago member Sally Hamann on how to rig a spinnaker, the boats were launched and the individual instruction began.  Each boat had an instructor, a skipper, and two students.  Everyone had an opportunity to

Spinnaker

Success on the first try!

rotate positions from the helm, to the foredeck, to handling the spinnaker sheet and guy.  By the end of the morning class, everyone agreed that there's considerably more to flying a spinnaker than meets the eye.  It's a matter of constantly adjusting the sheet, the guy and the rudder to make sure that the chute stays filled with air - not an easy or simple job.  Everyone came away from the class, however, with more confidence regarding their spinnaker-handling skills. Thanks to Tom & Hewly Prucher for organizing the class, and to the fine instructors who did such a great job at imparting their knowledge.

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How Do I Report an "Incident?"
Ed Schroeder

Ed Schroeder

 By Ed Schroeder, Safety Director

 

We all know that every time there is an "incident" on the water, we need to report it.  Not many of us know, however, specifically what it is we need to report and who we need to report it to.  Our Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations state that every time there is an incident that involves a Sail Chicago boat, we need to report it to:

Of course, the question then becomes, "What, specifically, do I report?".  The answer is found in the attached checklist.  If you follow this as a guide, you will have no trouble in reporting an incident, and you will not be asked a lot more questions by the Safety Director.

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Open Racing Off to an Flying Start!
Tom & Hewly Prucher

Tom & Hewly Prucher

By Tom & Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators

  
Spinnaker Demystification Day June 4 was wildly successful with eight sailors becoming familiar with the use of the spinnaker in racing.
  
On 6/18 Dolores Baron, Stan Rolka, and Mel Tracy in Dolphin took first place beating Steve Faydash, Minna Greene, and Michael Kozubek in Sundancer by just one point.
  
On 6/25 Art Witkiewicz, Job Evers, and Minna Greene in Sundancer tied Dolores Baron, Bill Coutre, and Tom Prucher in Troll for first place.
  
Spinaker Racing
Open racing with spinnakers,.  Two Fish leads Troll.
The Open Racing program on Saturday mornings is for both novice and experienced sailors who want to improve their skills and have fun.  It is not a class; any member can attend based on interest and availability.  This is also an opportunity for anyone who just wants to sail without having to find his or her own crew.
  
Several short races are run so that novice sailors learn from more experienced ones.  Rotating positions in the boat develops teamwork.  Sailors improve their starting techniques, sail trim, boat trim, and tactics, and learn the rules of racing.  Although the races are competitive, the emphasis is on having fun while learning new skills.  The program coordinators assign sailors to equitably balance the skill levels between boats.
  
Open Racing starts at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday mornings at Montrose Harbor and runs until 1:00 P.M. or until all of the boats are put away.  For more information, click here.
Summer Solstice Celebrations Continue

 

2011 Summer SolsticeSummer Solstice celebrations at Montrose Harbor began on June 21 the longest day of the year.  The celebrations will continue on every Tuesday at 6:00 PM through July 12.  The celebration is a shared snack and social get together prior to tiller time based on everyone's schedule.  The sailing begins at 6:00.  There were two boats signed out on 6/21 and more boats will be added.  For more information, contact Tom& Hewly Prucher

 

In the picture on the left, Jim Monk, Cindy Hopkins, Chris Garvey, and Mel Tracy enjoy a snack before Tiller Time at Montrose during the Summer Solstice celebration.

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Sailors Learn About the Weather 
Weather Seminar

Eric Schneider discusses the weather

On Monday, June 27, over twenty Sail Chicago members and friends gathered in the community room of REI Lincoln Park to learn more about one of a sailor's favorite topics - the weather.  Eric Schneider, Principal Race Officer for the Chicago Yacht Club, and Bob Roiblat, also from the Club presented those assembled with a variety of topics regarding the weather and how it can affect a sailing experience.  They also emphasized the various weather hazards and how to anticipate sudden weather changes and deteriorating conditions.
  
If the seminar participants didn't know terms like veer, backing, gradient wind, and coriolis force,when they came in, they certainly did once the seminar was finished.  Eric also provided the group with an extensive list of weather-related websites and other places to go to find forecasts that can help sailors prepare themselves  for a good, safe sail.  He reminded the group that if you have a weather radio aboard your boat, it's the law that the radio must be on at all times during your sail.  Small boats without a radio should always be aware of other boats on the lake and, if there are no other boats, head for the handiest harbor available.as quickly as possible.
  
Seminar participants agreed that the information provided will enhance their sailing experience and will help them to sail safer and better.  Thanks to Paul Demmel for organizing the event.
Meet the Board - Rob Wakerly
(This is an occasional column authored by members of the Board.  Hopefully, it will allow our members an opportunity to know the folks who set long term policy for Sail Chicago.)
Rob Wakerly

Rob Wakerly

  

How and when did you first become involved in sailing?

 I first went sailing with some fellow college interns of mine in South Carolina for a day.  It was a great experience and I looked for opportunities to sail after that.  Once I moved to Chicago I researched some sailing clubs and organizations and decided on Sail Chicago because of the instruction, boat accessibility, and amazing value it offered.

 

What's the best time you've ever had sailing?

I once went sailing with someone my dance teacher connected me with and we sailed a 42' top of the line (when it was built) aluminum hulled racing sailboat from the 1970s.  It was a fine Sunday afternoon and the weather was fantastic.  It was so relaxing sailing out past the water crib on the beautiful vessel.  We cracked some jokes and I heard some great old sailing stories in addition to learning a thing or two from some older fellows.

What was your scariest sailing experience?

My scariest sailing experience also happens to be my first.  I went sailing with some fellow interns down a secluded river to a private beach near Charleston, SC for the day.  Only two of the crew had any sailing experience and we became quite challenged once we heard that a violent storm was coming.  We loaded the sailboat, making our way up river back to the dock from where we rented the boat.  About half way into the 30 minute trip back, the storm hit, delivering ever increasingly hard wind, rain, then hail, and lightning.  Fortunately we were able to pull the sails down and use the tiny outboard to motor the last 15-20 minutes.  The whole time I was frightened not only because of my lack of experience, but because I didn't feel comfortable in the middle of the river with a thirty foot metal mast sticking into the air while lightning flashed around me.  We made it back safely and I figured that if I still wanted to learn to sail after that experience, it was definitely something that piqued my interest.
 

How and when did you become involved with Sail Chicago?

I became involved with Sail Chicago as a member first in 2009 taking the beginners on the water course.  In 2010 I served the organization by coordinating the Swim Test, allowing skippers to satisfy one of the criteria toward their skipper cards.  That season, I took Intermediate sailing and participated in the swim test myself to go on and earn my skipper card by the end of the season.
 

What do you enjoy most about Sail Chicago?

I enjoy the sense of community in the organization.  Sail Chicago offers such great programs, from instruction, to boating opportunities, to social activities, and it's amazing when you consider that it's all made 100% possible by volunteers and people taking initiative. 
 

What motivated you to join the Board?

I didn't know much about the responsibilities of the Board and wanted to learn more.  Once I attended a Board meeting and saw the collaboration and true desire to do what is best for the organization in an efficient way, I was motivated to be a member.  I'm here to serve the organization as well as work with some great people and gain some valuable experience.
 

What do you believe should be Sail Chicago's most important goals?

I believe Sail Chicago's most important goals are to provide instruction and sailing opportunities to people of the Chicagoland area and to operate in a safe and financially responsible way.

Sail Chicago Reminders

 

Summer Maintenance

If you haven't signed up for Summer Maintenance, do it now by e-mailing smp@sailchicago.org or phone the Maintenance Hotline at 312-409-9000.  As part of our Annual Service Requirement, all members of Sail Chicago (except new members in their first summer) must register for one week of  Summer Maintenance if they would like to participate in any on-the-water programs. 

 

Boat Status

Prior to your scheduled sail, check the Boat Status page on the Sail Chicago website to learn whether or not your boat is in service.  Don't be disappointed by getting to the harbor and finding that your boat is out of commission.  If you experience a problem with your boat notify Summer Maintenance immediately using the phone number or e-mail above.  If you think the problem is serious, you may remove the boat from service through the Boat Status Page on the Sail Chicago website.

 

Incident Reporting

If you are a skipper and the boat you are sailing comes into contact with ANY other object (another boat, a seawall, rocks, etc.) you MUST immediately notify Summer Maintenance by calling the Maintenance Hotline at 312-409-9000 or e-mailing smp@sailchicago.org.  You must also file a complete written report of the incident with the Safety Director.

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BTS: June 2011

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for June

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Issue #6June, 2011 

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Sail Chicago is a volunteer-driven organization that instills confidence, teamwork, and a sense of community through a range of educational and recreational sailing programs that emphasize sailing competence and boating safety.  We are committed to providing access to the enjoyment of sailing to everyone in the greater Chicago area.

 

With boats located in four separate harbors along Chicago's lakefront, Sail Chicago has for over fifty years been offering sailing instruction and access to sailing without the cost of private ownership and boat maintenance.  Our many sailing programs include outreach to Chicago youth, adult sailing instruction at a variety of levels, recreational sailing, cruising, and racing.

 

From the Editor...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
Steve VanderVoort
 
In April, I found an ancillary benefit to my Sail Chicago membership - other members may invite you to exotic places.  Ed Schroeder and Lois Lawson had chartered a 45' Hunter for a week to sail around the Spanish Virgin Islands of Vieques and Culebra, just east of Puerto Rico, and they invited my wife and me to go along.  Also on board was Sail Chicago member Jack Shubat and Ed's daughter, Debbie.  Younger Sail Chicago members who heard of our planned adventure promptly dubbed it "the geezer cruise," but we didn't care - we felt young-at-heart, and we had a great time!
  
The boat turned out to be vastly over-accessorized, what with air-conditioning, a plasma TV, an electric refrigerator and freezer, power flush toilets, and an abundance of electronic navigation equipment.  This was hardly what we'd been used to with our Sail Chicago fleet.  We were impressed until we realized that we would have to run the motor virtually 24/7 in order to keep a decent charge on the batteries. 
 
Spanish Virgin Islands
Members of the "Geezer Cruise"
 
While Vieques was disappointing (it had been used for target practice by the US Navy for about 20 years during and after WW II, and there was still some unexploded ordinance lying around),  Culebra was a delight.  The beaches were magnificent, and we all agreed that the snorkeling was about the best we'd ever experienced.  The weather was sunny (mostly), The wind was a steady 15-20K ENE, and the meals, prepared primarily by Chef Shubat, were the equal of any fine Chicago restaurant.
  
Yes, Sail Chicago membership does, indeed, have its benefits!  I would never have had the opportunity to experience such a fantastic adventure if it hadn't have been for the friends I've met here.
Sail Chicago Donates Old Sails

As many of you know, this year Sail Chicago acquired new sails for its Monroe fleet.  Of course, the question now becomes, what do we do with all those old blown-out sails.  Thanks to Sail Chicago member Matt Stuczynski, we have the answer.

 

Matt ran across a group of local Chicago artists who are collecting material for a summer art program with the Uptown Boys and Girls Club.  This material will be transformed into a temporary art project that will be exhibited in August.  He has volunteered to pass our old sails on to them.  It's great to see them being put to such colorful use.  Let us know, Matt, where the exhibit is in August, and we'll take some pictures to share with other Sail Chicago members.

IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor...
Sail Chicago Donates Old Sails
Who to Contact
Board of Directors
Are You Set to Sail?
Final Dryland is on the Horizon
Tiller Times are Fun for Skipper & Crew
Learn to Fly (a Spinnaker)!
Know the Weather on June 27
Want to Sail Meridian?
Watch for Shoals!
Have Fun at Open Racing
Enjoy Friends & Family on July 16
Maintenance Reporting Saves Down Time
Don't Miss Basic Keelboat Instruction
Cruising Program Recovers from "Bump"
Sail Chicgo Members Navigate Course
"Don't Fry Day" Celebrated May 27
Parking and Tender Passes Available
Ideal Jib Covers Create Flap
Meet the Board - Chris Schuler
Sail Chicago Reminders

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Who to Contact 
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Bookkeeper - Mark Burns
Cruising Boats - Chris Riegel
Fleet 12 Racing - Sally Hamann
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Instruction/Registration - David Bowen
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Dean Hackenberg
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Open Racing - Tom & Hewly Prucher
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Swim Test - Rob Wakerly
Tiller Time - Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
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Chairman
Sam Veilleux

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
Joe Kucharski


Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

John Lemon
Mike Parapetti

Chris Riegel

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
Are You Set to Sail?

 

Please remember that in order to participate in on-the-water activities with Sail Chicago this season you need to be current in each of the following areas:

  1. Membership dues paid  
  2. Scheduled for Summer Maintenance* (contact smp@sailchicago.org or call 312.409.9000)
  3. Service time requirement met* (make sure that your team captain reports your completed service time)
  4. Adequate funds in your Member Account to cover the cost of the activity.

Once these four items are complete, you will be able to rent boats, take classes, participate in tiller times, open racing, and member cruise outings. 

 

And each time before you sail, don't forget to check the "Boat Statuses" page on the Sail Chicago website to learn of potential problems with your boat.  If you don't, you may find yourself and your crew left "high and dry" on shore. 

 

Finally, report any problems with your boat to the Maintenance Hotline, 312-409-9000 or smp@sailchicgo.org.

 

*New members are exempt from these requirements.

Final Dryland Is on the Horizon
 
The final Dryland of this year's sailing season will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club at Montrose Harbor.  This introductory class in sailing is also an introduction to Sail Chicago.  It's free, not just to members, but to anyone in the Chicago area.  If you
Yellow PFD

Yellow PFD

have friends who you think just might be interested in sailing but are always busy with something else, bring them to Dryland and we'll help convince them! 
  
As an added bonus, this year attractive modern yellow PFDs with lots of nice features, including plenty of adjustment straps, reflective stitching, and comfortable fit are available for the extraordinarily low price of $50 (including tax).  Don't miss out! 
  
While Dryland is free to everyone, it helps us to plan if we know who will be attending.  Please let Dan Flavin know you'll be there.  Thanks.
Tiller Time is Fun for Skippers & Crew
chris Garvey

Chris Garvey

By Chris Garvey, Tiller Time Coordinator

 

Basic Keelboat Skippers needed to skipper Tiller Times

 
Skippers are needed for basic keelboat Tiller Times.  Basic keelboat Skipper includes certification on the Rhodes (at Monroe or Montrose Harbors), the Ideal 18's and the Colgate 26 (both at Monroe Harbor).  You can become a Tiller Time skipper if you have been a Rhodes Skipper for at least one year (for the Rhodes) or are a certified Skipper on the Ideals or the Colgate.

 

Tiller Time Skippers may schedule a Tiller Time any time of the day and any day of the week that a boat is not being used for formal instruction.  In order to offer as many sailing opportunities as possible to our Sail Chicago members, we are trying to be very flexible with regards to your time and schedule.

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The benefits of being a Tiller Time skipper include:

  • You will have fun sailing!
  • You will be able to meet new people who may crew for you on future sails.
  • You can fulfill your service time requirement by signing up for 5 tiller times.

If you are on a Rhodes or the Colgate, you can bring a first mate of your choice, so that in the event no one signs up, you can still go out and sail.  (Please note:  When sailing on an Ideal 18, the first mate choice is not an option).  To sign up, please contact Chris Garvey.
  

Sail Chicago Members - Sign up for Tiller Times

  

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Having fun during Tiller Time

Members can sign up for Tiller Time on the Sail Chicago website.  After logging in, click on "Reserve Program Seats" to find an open date and seat.  In order to give a greater number of people to participate in Tiller Time, you may make only 2 reservations at the same time.  If you are unable to find a Tiller Time at a time that's convenient for you, check back later at the Sail Chicago website.  New Tiller Times are being scheduled throughout the summer. 

 
Make sure you contact the skipper BEFORE the sail in order to confirm the date, time and place to meet.  Since we are offering multiple times, harbors, and boats, we want to make sure everyone is meeting at the correct place and time.
 
Last year Tiller Time was extremely popular.  If you need to cancel, please do so at least 24 hours prior to the sail.  But, please cancel rather than just not show up.  Valuable time is wasted waiting for people at the harbor only to have them not show up, and someone may be able to take your place.  Tiller Time skippers may determine whether or not to cancel the sail due to bad weather at the harbor.  Often, it may be raining in the city, but at the water's edge it is not raining and ok to sail.

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Learn to Fly (a Spinnaker)!
Tom & Hewly Prucher

Tom & Hewly Prucher

By Tom & Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators

 

On June 4th, the Open Racing Program will introduce the use of spinnakers in racing.  At the dock we will learn how to rig the spinnaker. We'll talk about the basics of raising, jibing, and lowering the spinnaker.  We will go out on the water, weather permitting, to practice downwind sailing. We will finish the day racing with spinnakers.

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Learning to fly (a spinnaker)!


There will be a boat captain, a "drill leader/instructor", and two crew on

each boat.  For the four boats there are only eight seats available.  We have limited those seats to sailors with some experience, essentially anyone who has taken classes last year or before. 


Register online beginning May 24th at www.sailchicago.org.  The cost is $20.  Complete the "Member Sign In", click on "Reserve Program Seats", choose "Open Racing", click on "Find Seats", pick the date (June 4th), pick a boat, and reserve a seat.  For more information e-mail openracing@sailchicago.org

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Know the Weather on June 27
By Paul Demmel, Seminar Coordinator
Milwaukee Lighthouse

The weather is always with us.

  
Please join us Monday, June 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the community room of the REI Lincoln Park store, 1466 N Halsted Street, Chicago, for the second sailing seminar of the season on Weather and Sailing!  Topics include:
  • Preparation
  • General Chicago wind patterns
  • Thermals
  • Cloud types
  • Severe weather signs
  • Dying wind signs
Our instructor Erik Schneider is a US Sailing certified Regional Race Officer and Powerboat Instructor, a sailor and a weather enthusiast.  No registration required.  Questions?  Please contact Paul Demmel.  
Want to Sail Meridian?
By John Lemon, Lead Instructor
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John Lemon

  
Since we launched Meridian, our new Colgate 26, last month, we've been busy integrating her into our Basic Keelboat fleet.  We have conducted over a dozen orientation sessions and have checked out 40 skippers from the ranks of current ER, Isis, and Erica skippers!  The first Tiller Time sail went out last week, and by all accounts everyone enjoyed the experience.  More Tiller Time sails are scheduled in the next few weeks, and members are encouraged to sign up to sail this excellent boat.
 
Everyone who has sailed the Colgate 26 has been impressed with its ease of sailing, well-thought-out design, and comfortable cockpit.  It is maneuverable enough to sail in and out of the harbor in many conditions.  We have sailed the boat in 25+ knot winds and have felt very safe and comfortable sailing on a reefed main and furled jib.
Meridian

Chicago skyline from Meridian

 
The Basic Keelboat program is offering a short qualification course for all current Rhodes/Ideal skippers beginning in June.  The course will consist of two on-the-water sessions; the course fee is $100. Classes will be scheduled based on instructor availability. The course will cover aspects of sailing a larger boat, using the furling jib, reefing, and operating the boat under motor power.  Meridian is equipped with a 3-HP outboard motor that gives the skipper the option of motoring in and out of the harbor and docking to pick up passengers.  Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to reserve the boat for your own use.
 
For skippers contemplating gaining qualification to sail our cruising boats, this course is an excellent intermediate step.  The class will introduce you to many features found on larger cruising boats, yet the Colgate 26 is responsive and maneuverable similar to our smaller keelboats.  Sign up using the online form.  Indicate times you are generally available, i.e. evenings, weekends, etc.  If you have questions regarding the course, email C26Instruction@sailchicago.org.
Watch for Shoals! 
Morgan Shoal

Chart of the Morgan Shoal

 
Summer is here, and it's time to have fun with our Sail Chicago fleet.  Remember though, that even on the best of days, danger is always lurking, not only on the water, but UNDER it as well. 

 

There are several shoals in the Hyde Park area, stretching from 45th Street to 59th street along Jackson Park.   Morgan Shoal is the most dangerous.  Lying half a mile off 48th Street in Hyde Park, the bedrock of the shoal rises to just 6 feet below the Lake Michigan surface.  Depending upon weather conditions and wind direction, that depth can vary by as much as a foot. 

 

Unless there's bright sun, it is impossible to see the shoals from the deck of an approaching vessel.  Ed Schroeder, our Safety Director suggests that if you're sailing south of McCormick Place, stay at least three quarters of a mile from shore, and if you're sailing in unfamiliar waters anywhere, first review the charts.

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Have Fun at Open Racing Starting June 11
Tom & Hewly
Tom & Hewly Prucher

By Tom & Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators

 

Calling all racers - experienced, not so experienced, and new to the sport!  Join us most Saturday mornings at Montrose Harbor for Open Racing!  You will improve your sailing skills (it is immediately obvious how well you are sailing!), learn a new vocabulary (room at the mark, protest, heading up, timed start), get to know wonderful people (no explanation needed), and have a great time in the process.

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Heading toward the finish line

We have several short races so that anyone who is interested has a chance to skipper a race.  Other jobs are rotated around the boat so everyone can time the start, work the traveler, trim the jib and watch out for the other boats.  You do not need to find crew; we make the boat assignments, putting experienced and inexperienced sailors in each boat.  Sailing dates are:

 

June 11, 18, 25

July 9, 16, 23, 30

August 6, 13, 20, 27

 

We meet at Montrose Harbor at 8:00 AM and finish about 1:00 PM.  The Open Racing fee is $20 per racing day.  To register, sign up on-line at the club website sailchicago.org.  Sign on with your password, click on "Reserve Program Seats", choose "Open Racing", click on "Find Seats", pick a date, pick a boat, reserve a seat. For information e-mail us.  
Enjoy Friends & Family on July 16

By Pat Webster, Social Director 

2010 Picnic Organizers

Sail Chicago members at 2010 Friends and Family Barbecue

 

On Saturday, July 16th Sail Chicago is once again hosting a social sailing event for our members and their guests.  It will be held at Montrose Harbor from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  We will be barbecuing and taking folks out on our Rhodes 19 fleet, our Colgate, and possibly our larger boats as well.  Save the date so you can enjoy a great afternoon of sailing camaraderie. 

 

If you have friends whom you think might be interested in an introductory sailing experience, plan to bring them along.  They'll have a chance to take a sail and meet some great people who love to share their enthusiasm for sailing.

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Maintenance Reporting Saves Down Time

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Joe Kucharski

By Joe Kucharski, Winter Maintenance Director 

 

 During the course of the sailing season we encounter those times when parts fail and repairs are required.  The normal process requires that the failure be recorded and reported to the summer maintenance program as quickly as possible especially when the failure makes the vessel non functional.  As part of the reporting process we are requesting that if you encounter a mechanical failure and have a camera phone or a camera with you please take photographs of the problem area and submit them to smp@sailchicago.org.

 

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Boat in need of maintenance

The reason for this reporting is to minimize the amount of down time we experience for repairs. Currently after a report is made someone generally has to go out to the boat, determine what is needed and make a second trip out to the boat to install the component.  The photographs can be forwarded to the summer maintenance team on call and will provide the maintenance team with information and allow us to secure the components and make one trip out to the boat, make the repair and return the boat to service.  Your cooperation is appreciated and keeps our fleet  operational.  Sail on!

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Don't Miss Out on Basic Keelboat Instruction

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

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John Lemon

 

Warm weather is here!  Get out on the water and sharpen your sailing skills in a Basic Keelboat class!
 
After suffering through a miserable May, June's warm weather is upon us.  The Basic Keelboat Instruction program has a number of classes at all levels (Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Prep) available for the session beginning June 4.  If you haven't joined Sail Chicago yet and taken advantage of our New Member package, you still have time to get out on the water.  We still have

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Basic Keelboat Instruction

room in our Basic Sailing

classes for you.  You can still sign up for Dryland class in June and get in a full

summer of sailing.  The New Member package entitles you to many free sailing and social activities as well. 

 
If you are currently a member and are thinking about enrolling in a class, don't delay. Intermediate Sailing, Skipper Prep, and Introduction to Racing classes are available if you want to expand your skills under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
 
Classes are also available in the sessions beginning July 9 and August 6.  Details are available on our website.  You can sign up using our online enrollment form.
 
See you on the water!

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Cruising Program Recovers from "Bump"
Chris Riegel

Chris Riegel

By Chris Riegel, Cruising Program Coordinator 

  
On Sunday May 15, Emotional Rescue broke loose from its mooring in Monroe Harbor during a severe storm that started late Friday and continued throughout the weekend.  Gale force winds together with two foot waves pounded the boats at the south end of the harbor.  At least one boat sank, while others were torn form their moorings.
  

The Chicago Police Marine Unit was able to pull ER from the south harbor wall to the north touch-and-go.  The damage sustained by the boat was critical enough, however, that our insurance company declared ER a total loss.  While we are saddened by the loss, we are grateful that no one was harmed, and that the insurance company has offered to reimburse us the full insured value of the boat.

 

What happens next, and what does this mean for the lofty goals established for this year's Cruising Program? 

 

First, when dealt lemons make the best lemonade money can buy!  We are in the process of selecting a more modern cruising boat replacement that allows us to teach up-to-date cruising as well as to offer a private rental in a capacity new to this organization.  We intend to take full advantage of the "buyers' market" for used cruising boats.  Some of the features in the modern cruising boats under consideration include:  

  • Furling Jib
  • Instrumentation (Speed/Wind/Depth/Modern GPS)
  • Wheel steering
  • Self Tailing winches
  • Lazy Jacks
  • Autohelm
  • Water System
  • Stove and Oven

Second, classes and program activity will continue as scheduled.  Our first Cruising Class is scheduled for this Saturday (June 4th).  This class will start as scheduled on Meridian.  Although technically part of the small keelboat program, Meridian provides an excellent "teaching platform" given the layout and size of the cockpit.  We anticipate having the new cruising boat in place within the next few weeks.

 

In summary, we remain focused on the continued improvement and offerings of the Cruising Program.  We do not anticipate any delays to classes or program activities.  I view this bump in the road as an opportunity to modernize and continue to add value to the program's offerings.  As always, I am interested in hearing your feedback and answering any questions.

 

Onward and upward!

 

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Sail Chicago Members Navigate Course
Coastal Navigation Class

Merle Baker kicks off Coastal Navigation class

On Tuesday, May 24, over 20 Sail Chicago members and friends gathered in the REI Lincoln Park Community Room to learn about the intricacies of coastal navigation.  Instructors and Sail Chicago members Merle Baker and Winifred Ormond presented the group with the tremendous variety of aids to navigation that are available to sailors today, not only traditional charts, tide books, sighting compasses, dividers, rulers, etc., but electronic devices like GPS systems, depth-sounders, electronic charts and plotters.  But the best were the tales they wove of the times in their own sailing experiences where a firm knowledge of navigation skills was absolutely essential.

 

After the formal part of the presentation, members were allowed to closely inspect the charts that the instructors had brought along and to plot their own courses using traditional course-plotting techniques.  The conclusion that many members came to is that, while electronic navigation aids are easy and helpful, the batteries can discharge and the electronics can fail.  Therefore, it's safest to always go to sea with a traditional chart and know how to use it.

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"Don't Fry Day" Celebrated May 27
Hat, sunscreen, glasses 
This little-known holiday, celebrated the Friday before Memorial Day each year, should have much greater public awareness, especially among sailors, who are often exposed to the ravages of the sun.  It's particularly easy for sailors to get too much sun because, in effect, they're double-dipping every time they go out:  direct exposure to the sun's UV rays plus the rays reflected back from the water's surface. 
  
While we all know how painful a sunburn can be, it's the insidious long-term effects of sun exposure that are particularly dangerous - melanoma and skin cancer are among them.  That's why we always lather up with sunscreen, wear sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat.  UV protective clothing can also be an important part of any sailor's wardrobe. 
  
Although, as sailors, we're all aware of these basic rules of sun-protection, the friends we take sailing may not be.  Please make sure that your friends are properly equipped for the sun before you take them out.  You'll be doing them a big favor!
Parking and Tender Passes Available Again
 

Monroe Harbor Parking  and Tender Passes are now available for skippers of small keelboats, including Meridian.  As a skipper for a designated sail, you may obtain one pass for the parking garage, and two passes for the tender service.

 

Because the East Monroe Garage is closed this season for repairs, you have two options:

  1. Millennium Park: Opens at 10 am M-F; 24hours on Sat and Sun
  2. DuSable Harbor: 24/7 access

At Monroe Harbor one parking pass and two tender passes are granted to each of the six small keelboats and to Meridian. The passes may be signed out by the designated skipper for these boats for the 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. rental period OR during the day as long as the passes are returned to the UPS mailbox by 5:00 p.m. The only cost is $30 to rent keys from The UPS Store. The passes are available at a nearby downtown location with 24/7 access.

 

Montrose Harbor Parking Pass for skippers will be available by May 15.  

 

If you are a returning pass user for either harbor, or if you are new and would like more information about the program, email mpp@sailchicago.org.  

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Ideal Jib Covers Create Flap 
There have been problems with the jib covers on both Ideals coming unsnapped and unzipping themselves in the high winds of late.  The result is a wind sock at the top of the mast until the wind calms down, which adds wear and tear to the cover.  the Summer Maintenance Program will be placing some sail ties or short pieces of line on board.  At the end of the sail, Ideal skippers need to tie a sail tie around the cover, above and below the clew of the jib.
Meet the Board - Chris Schuler

(This is an occasional column authored by members of the Board.  Hopefully, it will allow our members an opportunity to know the folks who set long term policy for Sail Chicago.) 

Chris Schuler

Chris Schuler

 

How and when did you first become involved in sailing?

My grandparents introduced me to sailing.  My grandfather was retired military and they had a boat on Carlyle Lake near St. Louis.  When we'd visit in the summers we'd go out and he'd let me take the tiller and give me a spot on land to point the bow towards.  I thought it was so cool to be 9 years old in charge and steering the boat.  Later, in high school they gave me a wooden El Toro dinghy that was in pretty bad shape.  I spent an entire winter stripping it down to the wood, resetting all the nails and repainted and varnished it.  It was my first experience with winter maintenance and it was beautiful when I finished it.  I would drive it up to a lake in the summer and sailed it quite a bit, learning by feel.

 

What's the best time you've ever had sailing? What was your scariest sailing experience?

Best time and scariest time happen to be the same.  Back again on Carlyle Lake sailing with my father and grandfather.  We were pretty far out on the lake when a microburst storm came out of nowhere.  The wind started to howl and the rain was coming down in buckets.  He doused the sails and started the motor to get to the lee side of a small island on the lake and they threw me into the cuddy with my arms wrapped around the mast.  The boat was getting tossed about and as I looked out into the cockpit all I could hear was the outboard motor noise as it came in and out of the waves.  I was pretty scared but the visual memory burned into my brain were the huge smiles on my rain soaked father and grandfather.  I think of that day often when sailing a Rhodes on gusty days with good size waves.  My smile would have matched theirs on that day. 
 

How and when did you become involved with Sail Chicago?

I've lived in Chicago since 1994 and for many years would see boats sailing and wishing I could be out there with them.  Funds didn't allow a new car much less a boat so I put it out of my mind as impossible for many years.  My wife knew I wanted to get out there, so she did some research and found out about Sail Chicago and their classes.  She gave me my lessons as a Christmas gift.  That was 6 years ago.  I got my skippers card that summer and checked out on ER the following summer.

 

What do you enjoy most about Sail Chicago?

I enjoy getting the opportunity to teach lessons.  I really love teaching the beginner class, introducing the new excited students to sailing on lake Michigan and talking about all that Sail Chicago has to offer them. 
 

What motivated you to join the Board?

I was encouraged to join by Sam Veilleux.  We talked this spring at the instructors meeting, and he let me know that positions had come available and that they would like my help.  Being on the board will be a great way to give back to Sail Chicago. 
  

What do you believe should be Sail Chicago's most important goals?

One goal should be to reach out to those lost Chicago sailors that think sailing on Lake Michigan isn't possible without a huge bank account.  I want Chicagoans to realize that for the last 50 years a great group of sailors have been working together to create a wonderful sailing community and that it's open to everyone that wants to get involved.

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Sail Chicago Reminders

 

Summer Maintenance

If you haven't signed up for Summer Maintenance, do it now by e-mailing smp@sailchicago.org or phone the Maintenance Hotline at 312-409-9000.  As part of our Annual Service Requirement, all members of Sail Chicago (except new members in their first summer) must register for one week of  Summer Maintenance if they would like to participate in any on-the-water programs. 

 

Boat Statuses

Prior to your scheduled sail, check the Boat Statuses page on the Sail Chicago website to learn whether or not your boat is fit to sail.  Don't be disappointed by getting to the harbor and finding that your boat is out of commission.  If you experience a problem with your boat or are part of an accident on the water, notify Summer Maintenance immediately using the phone number or e-mail above.

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BTS: May 2011

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for May

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Issue #5May, 2011 

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Sail Chicago is a volunteer-driven organization that instills confidence, teamwork, and a sense of community through a range of educational and recreational sailing programs that emphasize sailing competence and boating safety.  We are committed to providing access to the enjoyment of sailing to everyone in the greater Chicago area.

 

With boats located in four separate harbors along Chicago's lakefront, Sail Chicago has for over fifty years been offering sailing instruction and access to sailing without the cost of private ownership and boat maintenance.  Our many sailing programs include outreach to Chicago youth, adult sailing instruction at a variety of levels, recreational sailing, cruising, and racing.

 

From the Editor...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
Steve VanderVoort
 
Is spring here yet?  There's some disagreement on the subject, but it is a fact that most of our Sail Chicago fleet is in the water and ready to sail.  The questions is - are we ready?  Please note below the requirements to participate in on-the-water activities, and then check make certain that all your requirements are met.  We'd hate to have anyone disappointed at the last minute because they forgot to fulfill a specific requirement. 
  
And there's a lot you can participate in, whether it's improving your sailing skills or just having fun on the water with friends.   This issue of "Between the Sheets" is filled with news about Sail Chicago offerings for the spring and summer sailing season.  Please read below and take advantage of as many as you can.  Remember, if you have questions or need help, there are plenty of resources right here in this issue to get you started.  One good place to look is the "Who to Contact" list (see the right-hand column).  We look forward to seeing you "On-the-water" this summer.
Are You Ready to Sail?

 

Please remember that in order to participate in on-the-water activities with Sail Chicago this season you need to be current in each of the following areas:

  1. Membership dues paid  
  2. Scheduled for Summer Maintenance* (contact smp@sailchicago.org or call 312.409.9000)
  3. Service time requirement met* (make sure that your team captain reports your completed service time)
  4. Adequate funds in your Member Account to cover the cost of the activity.

Once these four items are complete, you will be able to rent boats, take classes, participate in tiller times, open racing, and member cruise outings. 

 

And each time before you sail, don't forget to check the "Boat Statuses" page on the Sail Chicago website to learn of potential problems with your boat.  If you don't, you may find yourself and your crew left "high and dry" on shore. 

 

Finally, report any problems with your boat to the Maintenance Hotline, 312-409-9000 or smp@sailchicgo.org.

 

*New members are exempt from these requirements.

Invite a Member - Get a Credit
  
BonusAt its March meeting, your Sail Chicago Board initiated a program for inviting new members to join.  While current members have always been asked to encourage their friends to join, now there is an incentive for doing so.  For every new member who joins Sail Chicago at the invitation of a current member, the current member will receive a boat rental credit of $50 for the 2011 sailing season.  There is no limit on the number of credits a current member may receive for encouraging friends to join Sail Chicago.  Credits will be issued only to current members in good standing after their friends have actually joined and paid dues.  The new member needs to make reference to the referring member on the Sail Chicago membership application.
IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor...
Are You Ready to Sail?
Invite a Member - Get a Credit
Who to Contact
Board of Directors
Fleet Ready to Sail (Mostly)
Now is the Time to Sign Up
Ready to Sail? Come to Dryland!
Learn Coastal Navigation Basics
It's Party Time!
Spinnaker Class June 4
Tiller Times are Fun for Skipper & Crew
Help Get the Word Out
Something for the Socially Minded
Open Racing Starts June 11
Meridian Set to Sail

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Who to Contact 
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Bookkeeper - Mark Burns
Cruising Boats - Chris Riegel
Fleet 12 Racing - Sally Hamann
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Instruction/Registration - David Bowen
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Dean Hackenberg
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Open Racing - Tom & Hewly Prucher
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Swim Test - Rob Wakerly
Tiller Time - Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Board
Chairman
Sam Veilleux

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
Joe Kucharski


Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

John Lemon
Mike Parapetti

Chris Riegel

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
Our Fleet is Ready to Sail (Mostly) 
 
Saturday, April 23 was "Launch Day" for most of the Sail Chicago fleet.  We had well over 25 enthusiastic participants both at the Canal Street Boatyard and at Montrose Harbor.
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Ready to go to Montrose Harbor

  The somewhat cloudy day got off to an early start at 7:30 am at the boatyard with crews showing up to to trailer the boats, which had been loaded with sails and other gear the week before, to the Montrose Harbor.  Joe Kucharski, Winter Maintenance Director, had done a great job at planning the operation.  Things were right on schedule, with the first boat pulling out of the yard around 8:30 am.  More cars and trucks with trailer hitches pulled up at intervals throughout the morning to transport the boats up Halsted to Montrose and then across Lake Shore Drive to the harbor. 
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Stepping the mast at Montrose Harbor

  
In the meantime, another crew at the yard was preparing to move the dinghies to Monroe Harbor where they were eventually locked into their places along the lakefront at the harbor. 
  
Of course, nothing ever goes quite as expected.  One boat got dislocated from its trailer going over a pothole in Halsted, suffering some minor damage to its bow.  Another boat lost its mast as the trailer went over a curb at Montrose Harbor.  Both incidents were minor, however.  The boats should be repaired and ready to sail very shortly.
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Part of the launch team at Montrose

  
Things moved smoothly at Montrose Harbor.  Team captain Frank Loftus had hoped to step the masts of the boats that had been dry-moored at Montrose Harbor over the winter on Friday, but an all-day rain prevented that operation.  By the time the first boat arrived a Montrose, the sky was clearing and the sun shone the rest of the day for the first time in weeks.  While there were the usual minor complications in launching and rigging the boats, nothing serious was noted, and the Montrose crew was finished by mid-afternoon.
  
In the meantime, back at the boatyard, the crew there was doing a final cleanup of the maintenance facility.  This is the last year that Sail Chicago's will have an indoor maintenance facility.  A 24 foot enclosed trailer has now been moved to the boatyard.  It will become the winter home for Sail Chicago equipment storage.  Kudos to Joe Kucharski for getting our fleet into such good shape that an indoor facility is no longer needed, and we can instead spend that money in other, more productive ways that enhance the programs and activities of Sail Chicago.
Now is the Time to Sign Up
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John Lemon

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

 

Sail Chicago's sailing instruction season is underway.  Over 40 new members attended Dryland (Shore School) classes held April 19 and 23 at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club.
  
Over 60 new and returning members have signed up for Basic Keelboat and Cruising classes beginning May 7 and June 4 respectively.  See more details regarding course offerings and dates and times on our website and in previous issues of this newsletter.  Classes are beginning to fill up for the early part of the summer.  If you are a new member thinking about adding a class later in the summer, NOW is the time to sign up. 
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Students in Basic Keelboat Instruction

 

Do you have friends or family members who have been thinking about learning to sail?   Take advantage of the member referral bonus and put sailing dollars in your account.
  
Soon the rain will clear, the sun will come out, and the lake will be covered with dozens of white sails.  Sail Chicago's instruction program is the quickest and most economical way to free yourself from the traffic, noise, and congestion of the city and enjoy the cool breezes of Lake Michigan.

 

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Ready to Sail?  Come to Dryland!
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Dan Flavin

By Dan Flavin, Dryland Coordinator

 
Is this your first season with Sail Chicago?  Just thinking about joining?  An old salt who wants to have fun?  Did you know you can bring a friend who is interested in learning to sail?  Join us for Dryland classes. You'll meet instructors, find out about Sail Chicago, meet new members, and find out how much fun you can have all summer long! 


Dates are Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Tuesday, June 14,  6:30 - 9:30 pm.  Class topics repeat at each session.

  

All new members are required to attend Dryland - it's your orientation to your on-the-water class and introduction to Sail Chicago.  And it's included in your New Member package!  If you haven't joined Sail Chicago yet, you don't need to prepay to attend.  But if you do join, you'll get the Basic Keelboat text, plus a ton of helpful handouts! 
 
We're looking forward to meeting you!  Returning members may audit Dryland.  Questions? Email us at instruction@sailchicago.org. 

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Learn Coastal Navigation Basics May 23
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Chicago Coastal Chart

 

Join us for the first of a planned series of seminars on important sailing topics, Monday, May 23rd, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at REI Lincoln Park.  This seminar is a high level introduction to the subject of coastal navigation, which involves plotting and following a course generally within sight of land, using paper charts and GPS.  Topics to be covered include:

  • chart (nautical map) reading
  • lateral aids to navigation
  • understanding latitude and longitude
  • compass basics and correcting for magnetic deviation
  • use of standard map plotting tools (parallel rulers and dividers)
  • charting a course to a fixed location
  • taking bearings and fixes while underway
  • dead reckoning
  • correcting for leeway and current
  • GPS (global positioning system) navigation
  • Local knowledge can be worked in as well.

Veteran Sail Chicago cruisers Merle Baker and Winifred Ormond will share presenting duties.  Many of you know both from participating in Port to Port Cruises on Sail Chicago's 30' cruising boat, Emotional Rescue.  Winifred is also an experienced open ocean racer and has participated in the Newport, RI, to Bermuda race many times, contending with weather and the Gulf Stream current while crossing the high seas.  Questions?  Contact Paul Demmel.

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It's Party Time! 
By Pat Webster, Social Director
  
Join fellow Sail Chicago members in welcoming our new members to our Sail Chicago at a BARBECUE ON THE LAKE.  This is our first social event of the season and it will give new members a chance to meet our other members who have been around for a while.  Both will enjoy delicious food and drink. There's no charge, just lots of opportunities to get to know someone new and connect with old friends.  It's a great way to expand your list of sailing buddies as the new season rolls out.  Also, stay and enjoy a great view of the Navy Pier fireworks.   
 
2010 Mid-Season Party

2010 Barbecue

The party will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 7-11 pm, at the party room of 195 North Harbor Drive, near Randolph and the lake.  Perhaps you would like to join us after an afternoon of sailing on one of our Rhodes in Monroe Harbor, or after  sailing on the ER or on our new Colgate.  Or come join us after you have completed your landlocked afternoon activities.  It will be a barbecue with burgers, brats, veggie burgers, salads, sweets and soft drinks provided.  You're welcome to bring something a little harder to drink.  If you need vegetarian food, please let us know when you sign up.
 
Because the event is being held in a condo party room, we have to follow the condo rules, which means you must pre-register..  Anyone not signed up will not be allowed to enter.   If you plan to come, notify  Pat Webster by not later than May 28th.  Space is limited; so it will be first come first served.  
 
Another great way to meet people is to help with the party . Contact Pat if you'd like to do so, or if you have any questions.
Spinnaker Class June 4
Tom & Hewly Prucher

Tom & Hewly Prucher

By Tom & Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators 

  
On June 4th, the Open Racing Program will introduce the use of spinnakers in racing.  At the dock we will learn how to rig the spinnaker. We'll talk about the basics of raising, jibing, and lowering the spinnaker. 
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Spinnaker Up!

We will go out on the water, weather permitting, to practice downwind sailing. We will finish the day racing with spinnakers.


There will be a boat captain, a "drill leader/instructor", and two crew on each boat.  For the four boats there are only eight seats available.  We have limited those to sailors with some experience, essentially anyone who has taken classes last year or before. 


Register online beginning May 18th.  The cost is $25.  Complete the "Member Sign In", click on "Reserve Program Seats", choose "Open Racing", click on "Find Seats", pick the date (June 4th), pick a boat, and reserve a seat.  For more information e-mail Tom & Hewly.

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Tiller Time is Fun for Skippers & Crew
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Chris Garvey

By Chris Garvey, Tiller Time Coordinator

 

Basic Keelboat Skippers needed to skipper Tiller Times

 
Skippers are needed for basic keelboat Tiller Times.  Basic keelboat Skipper includes certification on the Rhodes (at Monroe or Montrose Harbors), the Ideal 18's and the Colgate 26 (both at Monroe Harbor).  You can become a Tiller Time skipper if you have been a Rhodes Skipper for at least one year (for the Rhodes) or are a certified Skipper on the Ideals or the Colgate.

 

Tiller Time Skippers may schedule a Tiller Time any time of the day and any day of the week that a boat is not being used for formal instruction.  In order to offer as many sailing opportunities as possible to our Sail Chicago members, we are trying to be very flexible with regards to your time and schedule.

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The benefits of being a Tiller Time skipper include:

  • You will have fun sailing!
  • You will be able to meet new people who may crew for you on future sails.
  • You can fulfill your service time requirement by signing up for 5 tiller times.

If you are on a Rhodes or the Colgate, you can bring a first mate of your choice, so that in the event no one signs up, you can still go out and sail.  (Please note:  When sailing on an Ideal 18, the first mate choice is not an option).  To sign up, please contact Chris Garvey.
  

Sail Chicago Members - Sign up for Tiller Times

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Having fun during Tiller Time

 
Members can sign up for Tiller Time on the Sail Chicago website.  After logging in, click on "Reserve Program Seats" to find an open date and seat.  In order to give a greater number of people to participate in Tiller Time, you may make only 2 reservations at the same time.  If you are unable to find a Tiller Time at a time that's convenient for you, check back later at the Sail Chicago website.  New Tiller Times are being scheduled throughout the summer. 

 
Make sure you contact the skipper BEFORE the sail in order to confirm the date, time and place to meet.  Since we are offering multiple times, harbors, and boats, we want to make sure everyone is meeting at the correct place and time.
 
Last year Tiller Time was extremely popular.  If you need to cancel, please do so at least 24 hours prior to the sail.  But, please cancel rather than just not show up.  Valuable time is wasted waiting for people at the harbor only to have them not show up, and someone may be able to take your place.  Tiller Time skippers may determine whether or not to cancel the sail due to bad weather at the harbor.  Often, it may be raining in the city, but at the water's edge it is not raining and ok to sail.

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Help Get the Word Out
Sail Chicago Poster Sail Chicago has developed a couple of advertising pieces that we hope will promote sailing with us this summer.  The first is a poster that you can download to your computer, print, and put on bulletin boards in your office, condo association, or anyplace that gets a lot of traffic.  The second is a press release that you can send to your local paper or put in a newsletter.  Both can help to get the word out about our great organization!
  
Please help do your part in publicizing our great organization!  The more members we have, the more everyone benefits!  Of course the best way to secure new members is through personal contact.  Don't forget to ask a friend!
Something for the Socially Minded

Did you have a great time sailing last season?  Would you like to become more active in Sail Chicago?  Meet more people?  Find friends to sail with this summer?  Would you like to meet your service requirement?  A great way to do this is to help organize social events.
 
Sail Chicago runs a number of events in the summer, but to do these well it takes a group of people to plan, organize and carry out the events.  And we're always looking for new ideas for additional events that will appeal to our membership.    If you've got a little time and can take the responsibility for some follow-through, please contact Social Director Pat Webster.  She'd be delighted to hear from you!

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Open Racing Begins Saturday, June 11
Tom & Hewly
Tom & Hewly Prucher

By Tom & Hewly Prucher, Open Racing Coordinators

  
Open Racing is a fun competition where we sail several short races, allowing the crew to rotate between races.  Experienced racers, skippers, intermediate sailors, and students are assigned boats in order to balance the experience between the boats.  The less experienced sailors can learn from the more experienced ones.  The only requirement is that you are currently taking a class or have completed a class.
 
Downwind Mark

Downwind Mark

We meet at Montrose Harbor at 8:00 AM and finish about 1:00 PM.  New for this year is an increase to $25 per racing day.  To register, sign up on-line at the Sail Chicago website.  Sign on with your password, click on "Reserve Program Seats", choose "Open Racing", click on "Find Seats", pick a date, pick a boat, reserve a seat.   Online sing-ups begin Wed May 18.  For information e-mail Tom & Hewly Prucher.
 Meridian Set to Sail
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At the helm on Meridian

 

On a cold but sunny Saturday in mid April, a few Sail Chicago members launched Meridian, Sail Chicago's new Colgate 26, the newest addition to our fleet, and took her on on her inaugural sail on Lake Michigan.  There was a 20+ knot wind, and foul weather gear was a must, but the consensus of the crew was that she handled beautifully.  "She sails like a dream," said Sail Chicago Chairman Sam Veilleux.  Board members Mike Parapetti and John Lemon shared crew duties with Sam on the quick trip from Belmont Harbor to her temporary home in ER's slip in DuSable Harbor.
 
Meridian will be fully integrated into the Sail Chicago Basic Keelboat instruction program this summer and in the future.  It should also be available for Tiller Times as summer progresses, so that all Sail Chicago members can have an opportunity to get experience on the boat.
 
Orientation sessions are underway for instructors and current ER, Isis and Shields skippers.  Once we have sufficient instructors available, we will offer the qualification course for current small keelboat skippers described in the April BTS

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Your Introduction to Cruising
 
Emotional Rescue

Emotional Rescue, Sail Chicago's Cruising Boat

If you've ever dreamed of skippering a cruising boat but have never had the chance, here's your opportunity for some in-depth experience.  Sail Chicago's Introduction to Cruising Skills course will introduce you to such cruising essentials as sail selection and reefing, docking, motoring, anchoring, inboard diesel operation, VHF radio, nautical charts (maps), and crew coordination.  Classes meet twice each week, Saturday morning and Tuesday evening for a total of six sessions.  Your only necessary qualification is to have completed one other Sail Chicago on-the-water sailing course.   Specific dates are:
  
Session 1   June 4th   - June 21st

Session 2   June 25th  - June July 16th

Session 3   July 19th    - Aug 6th

Session 4   Aug 9th    - Aug 30th

 

Sign up now to reserve your space.  Questions? Contact Chris Riegel, Cruising Boat Coordinator.

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Register Now for Summer Maintenance

By Dean Hackenberg, Summer Maintenance Coordinator 

 


 

To register for Summer Maintenance:
  1. E-mail smp@sailchicago.org or phone the Maintenance Hotline at 312-409-9000. 
     
  2. Follow the instructions on the voicemail message.  Leave your name, phone number, a preferred week and alternate week starting Monday May 2nd and ending the week of Monday, October 3rd. 
     
  3. Confirmation of your SMP week can be found at the members section of the Sail Chicago website under your member profile.

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