BTS: December 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for December
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Issue #12December, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

I'm fascinated by rumor... how it starts and where it ends up.  Recently, it seems there has been a rumor circulating among some Sail Chicago members that one or more classes of our fleet will be "going away." 

 

At the November Board meeting, three Sail Chicago members made an impassioned plea to keep four (or at least three) Rhodes 19s at Monroe Harbor.  The Board was also presented with equally impassioned pleas in writing by a dozen or so other members.   

 

More recently, Board members have received at least an equal number of impassioned e-mails from other Sail Chicago members asking to keep our two Ideal 18s in the water.  

 

At its October meeting, the Board approved the 2013 Strategic Plan Update.  In terms of our fleet, the Update recommends that, based upon past and projected usage, two Rhodes 19s and two Ideal 18s be kept at Monroe Harbor.  While the Ideal 18s will be used for instruction during the forthcoming sailing season, there are no current plans to use the Rhodes for formal instruction programs.  The Rhodes will be used, however for Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings, in addition to any private boat use by members.  While the Board may modify the Strategic Plan Update at some point, this is the current planned configuration.

 

In recent years, your Board has embarked on an ambitious fleet renewal program that will provide Sail Chicago with a variety of classes of boats for our sailors for many years to come.  Factors that are considered in selecting  a specific class of boat are appropriateness for instruction, ease of maintenance, and financial viability.  In the longer term, your Board does not want to keep boats in our fleet that are not used for instruction, are costly to maintain, or do not generate enough revenue from instruction or private boat use.

 

It's also important to note that Sail Chicago is not wedded to one particular class of boat.  If you have sailed on a class of boat that you think might be popular with Sail Chicago students and members, please let us know.  Classes of boat that have been suggested for future additions to our fleet include J/70sHarbor 20s, and Capri 22s.

 

The message to Sail Chicago members seems clear:  if you would like to keep a particular class of boat in our fleet, "use it or lose it."

 

I welcome your comments on this editorial.  While they may be edited for brevity, they will all eventually be printed.

 

Finally, I'd like to wish you and yours my best wishes for the Holidays, and a very happy sailing season in the New Year.

 

IN THIS ISSUE
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Opportunities for Service Fair a Big Success
Sign up for Service
Give a Gift and/or Contribute to Sail Chicago
Sail Chicago November Board Meeting
First Winter Seminar "Lifts Off"
Buy a Rhodes and Have Some Fun!

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Frank Loftus
Announcements - Ann Johnston
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Alfred Chan & Iwona Awlasewicz
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
STRICTLY SAIL CHICAGO SHOW JANUARY 24-27
Strictly Sail Logo The annual Strictly Sail Chicago show, the City's largest sailboating extravaganza will be held again this year at Navy Pier, January 24-27.  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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE FAIR A BIG SUCCESS
2012 Volunteer Fair
Opportunities for Service Fair

 The first ever Sail Chicago Opportunities for Service Fair was held on November 13 at the Sulzer Regional Library.  Members and other sailors in the Chicago community flocked to the event to learn about the available opportunities for service and signed up for one or more of their choice.  Representatives from several of Sail Chicago programs were on hand to answer questions and offer advice to those interested in finding out more about service opportunities.  Pizza, salad, and soft drinks were served, as the crowd mingled informally, reviewing the many ways in which they could help Sail Chicago.
SIGN UP FOR SERVICE

 

For Sail Chicago members who missed the opportunity to sign up to fulfill their annual service requirement at the Opportunities for Service Fair, don't despair!  A list of opportunities is still available.  Please review it, and if you find one that appeals to you, follow the online instructions to contact the program coordinator named in the list to learn how you might become involved.  Remember, unless you meet your annual service requirement, you will NOT be able to participate in any Sail Chicago on-the-water activities next season.
GIVE A GIFT AND/OR CONTRIBUTE TO SAIL CHICAGO
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Are you looking for a Holiday gift for that "Special Sailor?"  Then why not enroll them in a "Sail Into Summer" instruction program during the forthcoming sailing season and help them to improve their sailing skills.  Just click here, and you'll find the perfect gift.
  
If you don't have a "Special Sailor," but are still inclined to feel generous during this Holiday Season, consider a donation to Sail Chicago.  Here's why:
  
This is our first year being recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as an official "Not-for-Profit" organization.  What this means for you is that any donation you make to Sail Chicago is "tax-deductible."  Now, please take a minute to read our "pitch:" 

 

This past year Sail Chicago offered:

  • Sailing instruction for over 200 students
  • Free Tiller Times to students
  • Free Member Cruise Outings to Sail Chicago members
  • Free Fun-Racing program
  • Free seminars on sailing skills development
  • An opportunity for skipper-certified members to reserve boats for private use at rates well-below the market
  • Two boats added to our fleet
 If you're passionate about sailing, isn't a donation to this great organization this worth your consideration?  Please help to keep our programs running by clicking here.  We'll be thanking all our donors in future editions of "Between the Sheets."
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SAIL CHICAGO BOARD NOVEMBER MEETING

 

At its November meeting your Sail Chicago Board took action on several items.  They include:

  • Because of a heavy anticipated instruction schedule on the Colgates this coming season, Recess will be moved form Belmont Harbor to Monroe Harbor in order to provide four Colgates at that location.  If another boat is purchased during the spring, it will be moored on the Belmont Harbor can.
  • A $50 sailing credit will be offered to everyone who renews their membership prior to February 28, 2013. 
  • Sail Chicago will offer gift cards for instruction or private boat use.  Details are being worked out. 
  • Three additional tender passes will be purchased for each Colgate moored at Monroe Harbor.  Thus our fleet at Monroe Harbor will have the following number of passes per boat:  Colgates - 5, Rhodes - 2, Ideal - 2.  Passes may be "borrowed" from boats not in use.
  • Next season, Sail Chicago will rent two newly-installed lockboxes at the Monroe Harbor Tender Office:  one for tender passes and one for Monroe Garage parking passes.  The UPS Store facility will no longer be used to hold passes.
  • Now that we are recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit organization, a line item on both the paper and on-line membership forms will suggest a tax deductible contribution to Sail Chicago's Capital Fund.
  • A proposal to open a Web Store for members to purchase caps, tee shirts and other sailing items with the Sail Chicago logo during the months of May and June was approved.

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FIRST WINTER SEMINAR "LIFTS OFF"
 
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Instructor John Lemon explains "lift"
Over 25 sailors gathered in the Lincoln Park REI Community Room just before the Thanksgiving weekend for a lively discussion on the fundamentals of sailing. This seminar was the first of Sail Chicago's winter educational series.
 
Veteran instructors Dan Stein and John Lemon used a variety of models and diagrams to demonstrate the concept of lift as it applies to sailboats.  The same physical phenomenon that generates flight in airplanes allows sailboats to sail into the wind.  Whether the wing (or sail) is curved or flat, if it is angled properly to the wind, air is bent in such a way that it generates a force on the wing or sail.  Properly angling the sail to the wind is key in optimizing upwind sailing.
 
The inspiration for the program came from the book Understanding Flight, by David W. Anderson and Scott Eberhardt, two experts on aeronautics.  The book includes a section on a description of lift as it applies to sailboats.
BUY A RHODES AND HAVE SOME FUN! 
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Sundancer

   Did you ever want to own your own boat?  Now maybe there's an opportunity to do just that, and at a cost-effective price.   Sail Chicago is selling Sundancer, "the yellow boat," that's been part of its fleet for many years.  It comes complete with basic equipment, sails, and a trailer.  Best news of all - the asking price is only $3,000.  It's definitely a bit of a "fixer-upper," but for the right person, it can provide many more years of durable service on the water.  It might also make a great Holiday gift for that special someone.

 

For more information, please contact Frank Loftus.

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BTS November 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for November
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 Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
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Issue #11November, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

Sailing season is over the last of our fleet has been snugly tucked away in its berth at the Canal Street Boatyard.  While there may be some maintenance going on during the winter months, most of that will be done in the early spring as the warmer weather approaches.  

 

Now is a good time to start planning how you will fulfill your annual Sail Chicago service requirement for 2013.  Many of our newer members found that an easy way to do this was through the winter maintenance program.  Since we began our fleet renewal program, however, there's been much less maintenance to do on our boats.  

 

In order to help our members, particularly our newer members, find ways that they can fulfill this requirement, we have arranged a "Volunteer Fair" on Tuesday evening, November 13 (see article below).  If you'd like to get an excellent overall view of the types of activities that might fulfill your annual service requirement and sign up to participate in one, don't miss this opportunity!  Ways in which you can fulfill your service requirements may eventually be posted on the Sail Chicago website or listed in "Between the Sheets," but, for now, your best opportunity will be to visit the Volunteer Fair.

 

Sail Chicago also has the first in a series of winter seminars on a variety of sailing-related topics coming up on November 20.  For more information, see the article below.  It's a time to not only increase your sailing knowledge, but go get together with other Sail Chicago friends as well.

 

CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR BOARD POSITIONS

Although the Annual Meeting is still a few months away, the Board Development Committee is beginning to focus on potential candidates to fill vacant Board positions.  The Board will present a list of candidates it recommends to the membership at the Annual Meeting.  Other candidates may be proposed at the meeting, and members present will then have an opportunity to vote on all candidates presented.
 
Please think carefully about whether you'd like to be considered for a recommendation by the Board to fill a vacant Board position.  As a Board Member you should:
  • Currently be actively involved in at least one area of Sail Chicago activities or programs,
  • Plan to attend all regularly-scheduled monthly Board meetings,
  • Volunteer for and participate in at least one Board committee,
  • Think creatively about ways in which Sail Chicago may better serve its members and the greater Chicago community, and be prepared to turn those thoughts into action.
Board members typically serve a three-year term.  If you would like to be considered, or if you know of someone you believe should be considered for a position on the Board, please contact Chris Schuler, Chairman of the Board Development Committee.
IN THIS ISSUE
Candidates Sought for Board Positions
"Opportunities for Service Fair" November 13
First Seminar in Winter Series Scheduled for November 20
Board Adopts Strategic Plan Update
Instructors Meet to Plan for 2013
2012 Haulout Successful
Post-Season Party a Huge Success
Rookie Instructors Hit the Mark
Great New Wind & Weather Websites
Keep a Log!
HMS Bounty Sinks in Storm

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Frank Loftus
Announcements - Ann Johnston
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Alfred Chan & Iwona Awlasewicz
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
"OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE FAIR" NOVEMBER 13

 By Arleen Prairie and Pat Webster


All Sail Chicago members and others who are interested are invited to an "Opportunities for Service Fair' on Tuesday, November 13th from 6-8:30 pm at Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue. 

 

Your valuable service contributions to Sail Chicago are what keeps sailing education and affordable boat use viable for our Chicago community.  Because of our fleet renewal program and the changing nature of many of our other programs and activities, your opportunities for service to Sail Chicago are also changing and expanding.  Even if you're not currently a member of Sail Chicago, we'd love to have you join us to learn more about these volunteer opportunities.

  

  As you know, there is an annual service requirement for all members each year.  In order to help you meet this requirement in ways that can best utilize your skills and talents, Sail Chicago is offering a new process to help you choose how you will fulfill your annual service requirement and  give back to this thriving group of sailing enthusiasts.  It is the "Opportunities for Service Fair." 

 

The purpose of the Opportunities for Service Fair is to present a complete listing of volunteer opportunities that enables you to explore areas of service that best suit your interests and skills, or will enable you to develop new ones.  Since a goal of our organization is sailing education, you may want to use your service time requirement to learn new skills in boat care and maintenance by becoming part of a boat maintenance team that ensures the safety and seaworthiness of our fleet.  Or you may want to contribute unique skills that you already have to the organization's operation or administration.   

 

Do come to this informal evening if at all possible.  You will be able to discuss your interests with knowledgeable leaders in the organization.  Then sign up for your preferences that evening.   You will be contacted shortly after the fair to confirm your volunteer service choice.  

 

The fair will open at 6:00 pm.  Pizza, salad, and soft drinks will be served at 7:00 pm, and the fair will conclude at 8:30 pm.  There is no charge for this event, but we need your reservation in order to have adequate printed materials and food on hand.  If you are unable to attend the Fair, look for future email announcements or articles in "Between the Sheets"  about how you can meet your annual service requirement.  If you've got questions about the Fair, please contact Pat Webster.  

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FIRST SEMINAR IN WINTER SERIES SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 20
By Paul Demmel, Seminar Coordinator
   
The first in a series of sailing seminars sponsored by Sail Chicago is scheduled for Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the REI Lincoln Park Community Room, 1466 North Halsted.  Presenters are Sail Chicago members Dan Stein, with his ever-popular demonstration of how sailboats work, and John Lemon, delving into the finer points of lift.
 
 
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Why does it move through the water?
You don't need to be a physicist to be a good sailor, but sailboats follow some basic rules of physics as they make their way through the water.  The phenomenon that allows airplanes to fly is also at work whenever sailboats sail upwind.  Do you become uncomfortable when a sailboat heels over?   We'll be discussing how all the forces on the boat can be balanced out to maximize speed and comfort.  Do you have a friend who's interested in this topic?  Bring them along!   But be sure to register early.  Space in the Community Room is limited, and we'd hate to have you disappointed. 

 

The winter seminar series is a collection of talks given in the sailing off-season.  There are many topics of interest to the membership, so we  are actively expanding the seminar series to encompass more material.  Currently, we are planning other seminars  on safety and boarding by the US Coast Guard, and a weather seminar.  Details on each will be available one to two months before the presentations so watch "Between the Sheets" and Sail Chicago Announcements for exact dates, times, and locations.

As we expand this program, we look forward to membership feedback and suggestions.  We've already received several requests for a navigation seminar and also interest in the rules of racing.  Please let us know if you have a topic you're interested in, or have expertise in teaching.  But most importantly, please come prepared to learn more about sailing in an off-the-water setting, foster friendships throughout Sail Chicago, and have a good time.  Questions or comments?  Contact Paul Demmel.
BOARD ADOPTS STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE

 

At its October meeting, the Sail Chicago Board adopted the 2013 Strategic Plan Update that had been previously drafted by the Strategic Planning Committee.  Among other things, the Update recommends that the Board:

  • Adopt a formal mission statement (see headline above),
  • Incorporate Intermediate Sailing and Skipper Training into the "Sail into Summer" program course offerings,
  • Establish two new standing committees - a Membership and Marketing Committee, and a Membership Involvement Committee
  • Manage our growth by investigating the possibility of adding select paid staff and using volunteers who are not members of Sail Chicago,
  • Conduct most sailing instruction on one class of boat (Colgate 26),
  • Continue to modernize our fleet,
  • Establish new maintenance procedures to minimize fleet downtime.

During the coming months the Board will be working hard to implement these recommendations.  To view the complete Strategic Plan Update, click here.

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INSTRUCTORS MEET TO PLAN FOR 2013
By John Lemon, Lead Instructor
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John Lemon

Coming on the heels of our most successful sailing instruction season yet, over 25 of Sail Chicago's volunteer instructors met October 27 to take stock of the 2012 season and to begin planning for 2013 sailing instruction.  With the creation of the Sail into Summer program this year, we significantly expanded the number of new sailors involved in our program.  At the same time, we attracted slightly more new members than in 2011.  The result was that we more than doubled the number of new sailors compared to 2011.  The total number of student classes was over 200, compared to 115 in 2011.  We also 'graduated' a record number of skippers on all our boats--over 40--most of whom are new to Sail Chicago.
 
Key to the success was shifting to the Colgate 26 as our teaching boat for the introductory sailing class, after a fifty-plus year run of teaching on Rhodes 19s.  The Colgate 26 has proved to be very popular among students and instructors alike.  With the expansion of our fleet to four, they are by far the most used boats.  Looking ahead to 2013, we are shifting all of our Basic Keelboat classes to the Colgate 26, now that our fleet is big enough.  We also plan to offer Intermediate and Skipper Training classes through Sail into Summer.  We will continue to use the Ideal 18s for advanced classes like single-handing and spinnaker.  Plans are afoot to begin a Wednesday evening racing program on the Colgates as well.
 
Training new instructors and obtaining US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor certification for our existing instructors went well.  We added six new instructors to our team: Iwona Awlascewicz, Matt Stuczinski, Bob Cohen, Jake Worley-Hood, Michael Hart, and James Porter.  Eight new instructors are in the works for 2013.  Six instructors obtained, or are very close to obtaining, instructor certification through US Sailing, the standard of quality sailing instruction.  All six participated in a grueling three-day evaluation of their teaching and sailing skills.  They are Ilya Letuchy, Alfred Chan, Michael Swisher, Bob Cohen, Matt Stuczinski, and Michael Hart.  Congratulations!
 
Our success would not have been possible without the hard work of our volunteer instructors, who often went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that their students got the best experience possible given the vagaries of wind and weather.  I'd like to thank Michael Hart, who worked tirelessly throughout the summer scheduling the huge increase in new and returning students.
2012 HAULOUT SUCCESSFUL

 

2012 Haulout
2012 Haulout

Saturday, October 20, dawned damp, cold, and cloudy.  Just the kind of weather that the volunteers who were involved in the annual Sail Chicago tradition of "Haulout" dreaded.  Fortunately, however, by ten o'clock that morning the clouds had been replaced by bright sun, and the temperature had risen to a brisk but comfortable 60F.  About 25 volunteers - old hands, new members, and Sail into Summer participants - showed up at Montrose Harbor to pull the boats out out of the water, clean their bottoms, put them on trailers, and ship them off to winter storage at the Canal Street Boatyard.  

 

2012 Haulout
2012 Haulout

By two o'clock pm, the last of the boats had been tucked into their winter storage berths at the boatyard, and the gear and equipment needed for the haulout put away.  This left only a few of the volunteers at the Harbor still reminiscing about their 2012 sailing adventures and planning new ones for the next sailing season. 

 

This year the task was made much easier, because only four boats in our fleet (the Rhodes and Ideals) needed to be sailed up to Montrose and hauled out of the water by crane.  Since our Colgate and Hunter fleet all have motors, most of them had already been moved to winter storage by motoring down the Chicago River to the boatyard. 

 

Sail Chicago member Dan Flavin coordinated these efforts to get our Colgates to the boatyard on a timely basis.  On a cold, windy and rainy Sunday, they were moved one at a time to DuSable Harbor, where a team worked to prep and lower the masts by hand.  The next day they were motored down river to the boatyard.  Our thanks to Dan and his hard-working crew for making this effort possible.

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POST-SEASON PARTY A HUGE SUCCESS
 
2012 Party
Partygoers mingle before dinner
Over seventy Sail Chicago members and guests came to the Columbia Yacht Club's  "Big Blue Boat" anchored in DuSable Harbor to attend Sail Chicago's  annual Post-Season Party. Everyone agreed that it provided a great nautical venue for such a festive occasion.  The party gave both members and guests an opportunity to reminisce about the recently past sailing season and to make preliminary plans for the next one.  In the meantime, there were a variety of drinks and fabulous food. 

The Post-Season Party is also a time for recognition and honors.  Various program areas recognized outstanding participants in each of the following areas:
2012 Party
Chairman Frank Loftus congratulates award winner Dan Flavin
  • Maintenance Guru - Ed Schroeder
  • Best Sail Chicago Student - Loan Le
  • Instructor of the year - Mike Swisher
  • Volunteer of the Year - Dan Flavin
Each person received an engraved beer stein and a a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled.
 
Many, many thanks to Pat Webster, Sail Chicago's Social Director, and all her helpers who were able to create for us a truly memorable evening.  It was much appreciated by all who attended.
ROOKIE INSTRUCTORS HIT THE MARK 
Michael Hart
Michael Hart
By Michael Hart 

Iwona Awlasewicz, Robert Cohen, James Porter, Matt Stuczynski, and Jacob Worley-Hood were our rookie instructors this past season. For the first time in 2012, all basic instruction classes were held on the Colgate 26 and were open to the greater Chicago community through our "Sail Into Summer" program.  On call with our over three dozen veteran instructors, the rookies taught 9 out of the total 32 basic level classes for the season.  
      
The June session was their debut month and fortunately, our second Colgate, Albatross, had already been placed in service to share some of the load for a whopping eleven basic classes that were scheduled. The fact is, almost half of those classes that momentous session were instructed by skippers who taught their inaugural class!
 
Matt Stuzynski's favorite moment as a new instructor:
My favorite moment was on the last night when it seemed that we put the boat away in record time; even the students were surprised how quickly things went at the end and one remarked that it went quickly because "we worked as a team". I will always remember that.

For over fifty years, we have counted on the trusty Rhodes 19 for all of our classes to qualify in becoming a Sail Chicago skipper.  Along came the new keel on the can mid-season last year, our original Colgate, Meridian.  Since rookie instructors begin teaching classes at the basic level, a required Colgate 26 checkout was in order before being part of Sail Chicago's most successful instructional season.     
  
Bob Cohen's appreciation to be a new instructor:
I sold my power boat and decided that sailing was in my blood. I got a chance to sail with some of Sail Chicago's great skippers and instructors and thought I'd like to try and give back to the club. I like to teach and love to sail. Teaching on the Colgate 26's has been a joy. Thanks for the opportunity!
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GREAT NEW WIND AND WEATHER WEBSITES
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By John Lemon, Lead Instructor 
 
I recently became aware of two very good sources for more detailed forecasts of expected wind direction, speed, and precipitation.  These should help sailors make a more informed decision when planning your sails.  Because both sources give hour by hour projections for at least 72 hours in advance, you are able to get better information than is contained in the nearshore marine forecast.  The nearshore forecast often gives predictions like "southwest winds 10 to 20 knots".  For many sailors, there is a significant difference between sailing in 10 knots and sailing in 20 knots.  Knowing that the anticipated wind is closer to 10 or 20 or if it is increasing or decreasing during your planned sail makes a difference.
 
The first is the Sailing Weather Service.  This website was used for the daily weather forecast for the recent Verve Offshore Regatta.  I refer to it often and I have found that it correlates very well with actual wind speed and direction.  The best part is you can see if the wind is trending up, down, or steady during your anticipated sail.  To see it, click here.  As you click through the animation, you will see the wind barbs change direction and intensity.  The model also shows movement of precipitation events through the area.  If you are unfamiliar with interpreting wind barbs, see this page from the U of I Department of Atmospheric Sciences.  
  
National Weather Service Chicgo The National Weather Service also recently added graphical displays of hour by hour forecasted wind, temperature, humidity, and rain and thunderstorm probability.  For information on the Chicgo area, click here.  The advantage to this page is that you can look at the forecasted wind and chances for precipitation at the same time.  Again, this information matches observed wind speeds well.  I suspect that both sites get their data from the same source.
 
For sailors interested in an in depth study of weather, next spring Sail Chicago will again sponsor the Weather for Sailors educational talk by Eric Schneider.  Details will be announced in a future issue of BTS.
KEEP A LOG!

 

Logbook  Now that the 2012 sailing season is behind you, you probably want to start planning your sailing activities for the 2013 season.   Before you do, however, you might want to "log in" your sailing activities for this past year.  A record of your sailing experience can come in very handy if you ever want to charter your own boat in some exotic locale or become certified by the U. S. Coast Guard or another sailing organization.  It can also be just plain fun to be able to look back after a few years of record-keeping to see what you did and how you've progressed.

 

While you can always purchase an "official" logbook, it might be just as easy to create your own on a spreadsheet or word processor.  If you do create your own, you can be as general or as detailed as you wish.  Typical headings in your log might be:  the dates you sailed, the size and class of boat, whether you skippered or crewed, weather conditions, other crew members, and any "incidents" that occurred.  You might also want to log in formal classes or training programs that you've attended.  You'll eventually build a complete record of your sailing experience that you can be proud of!

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HMS BOUNTY SINKS IN STORM 
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HMS Bounty in happier days

Sailors around the world were shocked saddened to learn of the loss of the HMS Bounty off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy in late October.  The US Coast Guard was able to rescue 14 crew members from the ship before it sank, but at last count, two were still missing.

The ship was a replica of the original HMS Bounty that gained fame through the novel "Mutiny on the Bounty," followed by several film versions.  This replica was built specifically for the 1962 film version staring Marlon Brando.  About 10 years ago it underwent a multi-million dollar restoration.  For the full story,  click here.
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BTS: October 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for October
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 Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program that has for over
fifty years been offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction,
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Issue #10October, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

Sailing season is almost over.  Our fleet will be out of the water by October 20.  What lingers are the memories.  For me, my best times on the water this past summer were the times I skippered Tiller Times.  They gave me an opportunity meet some of our newer members and to share my enthusiasm for sailing with others who are perhaps a bit newer with the joy of being "on-the water."  If you've got some favorite memories or photos of this past sailing season that you'd like to share with other members of our community, please let me know.

 

One place where our members can share their summer sailing experiences will be at our annual End-of-Season Party on November 3 (see article below).  It's a great opportunity to re-live our summer sailing experiences and to start finding new sailing buddies for the 2013 sailing season.  In past years, it's been a rollicking good time.

 

Even though our sailing season is coming to a close, many of our members are still hard at work.  Help will be needed for our Sail Chicago fleet sail-up and haul-out (see article below).  Also, members of our Strategic Planning Committee are hard at work helping to define Sail Chicago's mission and goals for the next few years.  Their recommendations may well define our course in the future.  And the Board Development Committee is beginning to plan for the election of new officers and directors at our annual meeting in the new year (see article below).

 

Finally, 2012 may well go down as the most successful sailing season in Sail Chicago history.  Our new Sail-into-Summer program has been fantastically successful in getting members of our Chicago community out on the water.  Our fleet renewal program has given us a couple of newer boats that require less maintenance.  Our overall financial situation is excellent.  Our maintenance program is being reconfigured in order to make it easier to keep our fleet in outstanding shape.  Thanks to all our member volunteers for making all this possible!

 

SAIL CHICAGO BOARD CHANGES
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Frank Loftus
Chris Schuler
Chris Schuler
At its September meeting, the Sail Chicago Board elected Frank Loftus as Chairman and Chris Schuler as Vice-President.  Frank will complete Joe Kucharski's term.  Joe resigned from the Chairmanship in  August  and  is moving to Indianapolis.  Chris takes over his position from Frank, who moved up to Chairman.
IN THIS ISSUE
Sail Chicago Board Changes
Sail-up and Haul-out Dates Announced
Celebrate Our Sailing Season!
Candidates Sought for Board Positions
Sailing Instruction Has a Banner Year
Priorities Finishes the Season a Winner
Keep an Eye on the Weather

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Frank Loftus
Announcements - Ann Johnston
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Alfred Chan & Iwona Awlasewicz
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
FLEET SAIL-UP AND HAUL-OUT ANNOUNCED

 

October 13 is the date that's been set for the sail-up for the Rhodes and Ideals in our Sail Chicago fleet.  That's the date when we move the boats from Monroe Harbor to Montrose Harbor, and it will be the last date that you will be able to sail these boats  If you'd like to participate in this Sail Chicago tradition and get in on the last sail of the season, please contact Alfred Chan to reserve your place by not later than Monday, October 8.

  

 The haul-out of these boats will take place on October 20, the following week.  This has traditionally been a time for the entire Sail Chicago community to pitch in and offer a fond farewell to our fleet until the next sailing season.  We'll need a lot of help that day to get the boats out of the water, onto trailers, and transported to our winter storage facility.  Watch for an announcement later in October regarding the details of this event.

 

The other boats in our fleet, the Colgates and the Hunter, will motor down the river in mid-to-late October to the Canal Street boatyard.  The Colgates will drop their masts on Sunday, October 14, and individual Boat Managers will coordinate move to the boatyard.

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COME CELEBRATE OUR SAILING SEASON!
By Pat Webster, Social Director
Renewing Friendships
2011 Post-Season Party

 

All Sail Chicago members and their guests are invited to our end of the season celebration which will be held at the Columbia Yacht Club* on Saturday evening, November 3rd.  We look forward to an evening of dining and relaxing conversation with friends in this nautical setting.  The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.  A delicious menu has been planned by the club's chef including Salad, Dinner Rolls, Amish Breast of Chicken with Sage jus, Fresh Vegetables, Roasted Redskin Potatoes, Seasonal Ravioli, Assorted Gourmet Cookies and Coffee. 


After dinner the Board of Directors will recognize members who have excelled in our Sail Chicago community, either through their achievement or through their volunteerism.  Board members and program chairs will also be on hand to talk about accomplishments of the season and to roll out plans for the next year.


An e-mail announcement has been sent to all members regarding registration for the party.  If you didn't receive it or if you misplaced the e-mail, please contact Pat Webster.  We'd hate to have you miss the party!  Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.  The cost is $35/person.  Free parking will be available in Columbia's parking lot. 

 

*Columbia Yacht Club is located in the big blue and while ship at Randolph and Lake Shore Drive.  It is a members' only club, so we're fortunate to be able to open it up to Sail Chicago for this evening. 

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CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR BOARD POSITIONS

Although the Annual Meeting is still a few months away, the Board Development Committee is beginning to focus on potential candidates to fill vacant Board positions.  The Board will present a list of candidates it recommends to the membership at the Annual Meeting.  Other candidates may be proposed at the meeting, and members present will then have an opportunity to vote on all candidates presented.
 
Please think carefully about whether you'd like to be considered for a recommendation by the Board to fill a vacant Board position.  As a Board Member you should:
  • Currently be actively involved in at least one area of Sail Chicago activities or programs,
  • Plan to attend all regularly-scheduled monthly Board meetings,
  • Volunteer for and participate in at least one Board committee,
  • Think creatively about ways in which Sail Chicago may better serve its members and the greater Chicago community, and be prepared to turn those thoughts into action.
Board members typically serve a three-year term.  If you would like to be considered, or if you know of someone you believe should be considered for a position on the Board, please contact Chris Schuler, Chairman of the Board Development Committee.
SAILING INSTRUCTION HAS BANNER YEAR

 By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

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John Lemon

 

 Sail Chicago's sailing instruction program enjoyed our most successful season yet.  We've hinted at this in articles in previous issues of Between the Sheets, and we thought it would be useful to present a more complete overview now that we're at the end of our instruction season.  I'm not exactly sure where to begin because we accomplished so much in so many areas.  So here goes.
 
Overall, our student enrollment was up a whopping 65% over 2011!  This is due in part to our new Sail into Summer program, which introduced 90 new sailors to the fundamentals of sailing.  All of these new sailors had their Basic Sailing instruction experience on our new Colgate 26s.  However, the Sail into Summer program did not undermine our ability to attract new members.  In fact, we registered almost 80 new members, who enrolled in all levels of our sailing classes, a slight increase over 2011.  Some of those new members came from the ranks of our Sail into Summer students.  Individual students totaled almost 190, not including several dozen students who took advantage of our Colgate qualification classes.  Most striking is that of those students, over 125 enrolled in Basic Sailing, more than for all of our classes for 2011.  We have taken a big step in introducing more people to the joys and challenges of sailing!
 
Here's the breakdown:  53 classes of Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper students.  Totals, give or take a couple:  Basic Sailing - 125, Intermediate - 30, Skipper - 30. 

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Instructing on a Colgate

 Remarkably, at the same time we were training a huge number of new sailors, our dedicated instructors coached a record number of new skippers.  To date we have added over 35 new Basic Keelboat skippers, double last year's number.  And we have pretty much completed orienting all of our existing skippers on the Colgate 26.  Part of this success was due to the fleet improvements and consolidation we implemented over the past year, which enabled us to better utilize and focus the efforts of our volunteer instructors.
 
The Cruising Program organized a number of classes, refreshers, and checkout sails.  To date there are almost 30 new skippers for our 34' Hunter, Priorities.
 
The 2011 season marked a significant change for Sail Chicago in that for the first time in over 50 years, we adopted a new boat, the Colgate 26, as our standard learn-to-sail vessel.  The Colgate 26 has received high marks from students and instructors alike.  The Colgates are our most popular boat for private usage as well.  We made significant strides growing our Colgate fleet in 2012.
 
This success is made possible due to the hard work of our dedicated volunteer instructors, program coordinators, maintenance teams, and behind-the-scenes schedulers.  Many thanks to all of them, too numerous to list here.

 

We are now in the process of organizing lectures for the winter months.  Plans are afoot for programs on:  Theory of Sails and Lift, Weather for Sailors, and Boating Safety.  If you have suggestions for classes or courses you'd like to see offered, send us your ideas

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PRIORITIES FINISHES THE SEASON A WINNER
By Ilya Letuchy, Curising Program Director
Ilya Letuchy
Ilya Letuchy
 
 As the 2012 sailing season comes to an end, the cruising program is winding down with it. We had another excellent year with four introduction to cruising classes, numerous MCOs and Tiller Times, a Port-to-Port cruise and much more. This year 25 members got their skipper status on Priorities and many more enjoyed the sailing that it had to offer. As sad it is to see the weather change, we look forward to another great year ahead!

The boat is coming out of the water on October 13th. There is still plenty of time to squeeze in a private rental or two. 
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER 
By Ed Schroeder, Safety Director
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Ed Schroeder

  Weather is one of the most influential factors in our sailing experience, and it pays us to know the terminology used by forecasters, so that we can accurately judge the safety of conditions as we prepare to leave the harbor. 
For instance:
  • "Weather watch" means bad weather is possible; "weather warning" means bad weather is immiment.
  • Wind predictions are for average velocity, not gusts,
  • Wave predictions are for "significant height" (the average height of highest one-third of waves), not peaks.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published Safe Boating Weather Tips online.  You would do well to review them before your next sail.

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BTS: September 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for September
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fifty years been offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction,
and recreational sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.
Issue #9September, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

There are signs in the air that our sailing season is beginning to approach its end.  After a fantastic summer, our instruction program is starting to slow down a bit (watch for announcements regarding upcoming classes in September).  Fun Racing is over for the season.  The days are growing shorter, and those who sail in the afternoon are aware that they're returning to shore when it's dusk.

 

And yet, we've still got at least eight good weeks to enjoy one another's company aboard one of the many boats in our fleet.  While the days will be shorter, the temperature on Lake Michigan should be mercifully cooler, and the steady breezes that come early in the fall should provide some excellent sailing experiences.  Sail Chicago is also working hard  to make sure that this end-of-season time is a great one for all our sailors.  We've just launched our fourth Colgate (the most popular boat in our fleet) in Monroe Harbor.  Come out and take it for a sail!

 

This issue of "Between the Sheets"  might become known as our "safety issue."  The majority of articles here deal with boating safety issues.  Toward the end of the season, many of us can become a little sloppy in our boat-handling.  These articles offer sound advice and tips on how we can all have a safer boating experience.  Sail Chicago is committed not only to teaching boat-handling skills, but it wants to emphasize the many aspect of boating safety as well.

 

In this issue our Chairman, Joe Kucharski, announces that he's leaving us for a new home in Indianapolis.  We are extremely grateful for his many years of selfless service to Sail Chicago, and we wish him happy sailing on some of Indiana's smaller inland lakes.  Please come back and visit us anytime, Joe.

SAIL CHICAGO POLICIES - ALCOHOL AND ILLEGAL DRUGS
(This occasional series highlights Sail Chicago policies that all members and their guests should be aware of.  These policies may be found in the Sail Chicago Handbook or in the Rules and Regulations, which are an integral part of the Handbook.  The Handbook itself is located on the me Member Page of the Sail Chicago website).
 
Section III (B) of the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations states in points 5 & 6:
 
5. No illegal drugs or alcohol are allowed on board at any time.

6. Do not operate any boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

No AlcoholUsing alcohol or illegal drugs while on board a Sail Chicago boat can represent a real threat to other boats, to say nothing of the safety of passengers and crew.  As an organization we pride ourselves on teaching boating safety, and this policy is consistent with that objective.

The Sail Chicago Board of Directors reserves the right to take appropriate action if alcohol or illegal drug use is discovered aboard any Sail Chicago vessel.
IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
Alcohol & Illegal Drugs
Who to Contact
Celebrate Our Sailing Season!
Monroe Harbor Fleet Moves
A Letter From Our Chairman
Tiller Time = Fun Time
Navigating Around Moored Boats
August Friends & Family
Racing Tragedy Could Have Been Prevented
What is an "Incident?"
Sail Chicago Reminders

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Frank Loftus
Announcements - Ann Johnston
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Alfred Chan & Iwona Awlasewicz
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Website - Ben Farmer
COME CELEBRATE OUR SAILING SEASON!
By Pat Webster, Social Director
Renewing Friendships
2011 Post-Season Party

 

All Sail Chicago members and their guests are invited to our end of the season celebration which will be held at the Columbia Yacht Club* on Saturday evening, November 3rd.  We look forward to an evening of dining and relaxing conversation with friends in this nautical setting.  The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.  A delicious menu has been planned by the club's chef including Salad, Dinner Rolls, Amish Breast of Chicken with Sage jus, Fresh Vegetables, Roasted Redskin Potatoes, Seasonal Ravioli, Assorted Gourmet Cookies and Coffee. 


After dinner the Board of Directors will recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievement or through their volunteerism.  Board members and program chairs will also be on hand to talk about accomplishments of the season and to roll out plans for the next year.


Look for an email announcement in October with a link to register and pay for this event.  Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.  The cost is $35/person.  Free parking will be available in Columbia's parking lot.  Questions:  contact Pat Webster.


*Columbia Yacht Club is located in the big ship at Randolph and Lake Shore Drive.  It is a members' only club, so we're fortunate to be able to open it up to Sail Chicago for this evening. 

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MONROE HARBOR FLEET MOVES
At long last the reconfiguration of the moorings at Monroe Harbor is complete, and the Sail Chicago Fleet has been moved to its permanent location at the south end of the harbor.  High seas when winds blew from the east made it difficult to board our boats in their temporary location and may have caused damage to some of them.  The water at the south end of the harbor is generally much calmer. 

Locations for each boat are:

SN-01 : Albatross
SN-02 : Meridian
SO-01 : Equinox
SM-01 : Eclipse
SP-02 : Two Fish
SQ-01 : Atticus
SQ-02 : Troll
SP-02 : Solstice
 
Please confirm the new locations on the Boat Statuses page of the Sail Chicago website prior to taking out any boat in the Monroe fleet.

 

Remember, when sailing out of Monroe Harbor from our new locations, DO NOT use the southern-most
harbor entrance.  It's too narrow, and in the wrong wind you could end up on the rocks by the Shedd Aquarium.  Also, while it may be tempting to sail a diagonal course through the moored boats, our Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations prohibit this.  You MUST sail by the most direct route possible to the east or west channels and then north to the main fairway leading out of the harbor.  You chance of coming into contact with another boat or creating an "incident" is significantly less if you follow this procedure.
A LETTER FROM OUR CHAIRMAN 
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Joe Kucharski
Joe Kucharski, our current Chairman, recently resigned.  Here is the letter he sent to the Sail Chicago membership announcing his resignation: 

I wish to share some pertinent information with you. Sail Chicago is a  very critical point that needs the support of every board member. Over the last few weeks two important events have occurred in my life that have forced me to resign as chairman and as a member of the board effective with the close of the August board meeting. The first and most immediate event is a hip replacement that I am facing within the next several weeks. The second event is a decision that my wife and I have made to relocate outside the Chicago area to the Indianapolis area. For these reasons I did not feel it was appropriate for me to participate in decisions that I will not be present to follow through on.
  
I appreciate the help and support that I received though my 20 year association with Sail Chicago and will continue to contribute as much as I can to make this transition as smooth and flawless as possible.

 

Thanks again for the privilege to work and sail with each of you.

Frank Loftus, Vice-Chair, has agreed to take over Joe's responsibilities for the remainder of his term.  We appreciate Frank's willingness to step into this role on such short notice.

As for Joe, Sail Chicago will forever be indebted to him for his service to our organization, not only as Chairman, but for the countless hours he spent as Maintenance Director for several years, making sure that our Sail Chicago fleet was ready to sail each spring.  Joe has also been instrumental in reconfiguring our maintenance program to make it more workable and to share maintenance responsibilities among a greater number of people.  

We are grateful for Joe's many years of service, and we wish him well.  May he soon find a lake on which to sail in the Indianapolis area!
TILLER TIME = FUN TIME
By Alena Gordinskaya
  
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Alena Gordinskaya
Hi fellow sailors!  My name is Alena Gordinskaya, and I am brand new with Sail Chicago!  I joined just this summer and I've sailed a lot during my first season, both in classes and most importantly - during Tiller Times.  Here's my story!
 
I found out about Tiller Time from  the May issue of "Between the Sheets."  I signed up for my first Tiller Time after my second class. I've now sailed with different skippers a total of 6 times.  My best experiences were when other students cancelled and I had one-on-one Tiller times with Rich Wagner and Joe Kucharski.
 
Tiller Times are different from formal instruction.  They are pure practice, and I was lucky to sail with skippers who allowed me the maximum independence of decision-making. For me, Tiller Times have allowed me to practice my skipper skills in a very safe environment; I was not told to do anything, yet I knew there was always a very experienced person on board to help me 'just in case'.
 
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Sailing on a Colgate

Joe Kucharsky was probably my best tiller-time skipper.  We sailed one-on-one one Friday evening on 'Troll', one of Sail Chicago's  Rhodes 19s.  The weather was windy and wavy, with gusts up to 25 knots and waves up to 6 feet.  But it was great fun!  The other 2 students who signed up for this Tiller time cancelled.  Once we reached the boat, he said "I'm a passenger here," so I did most of the preparation for sailing with my own two hands, sailed the boat off the mooring and out past the breakwater.  And here the greatest fun began!  Stable 20-knot wind, waves, and sun!  I practiced points of sail and swift tacking in the strong wind. I did not risk jibing in this gusty weather. We got all soaked, tip to toes. I was lucky, I had clothes to change to.  Joe did not, but he still enjoyed it (at least that's what he said).
 
Tiller times are a great opportunity to sail with different skippers and different students. And there is always a good chance to learn something new.  I've learned a few different ways to fold the sails, to coil halyards when sailing, and some important advice on tacking in the strong winds. I've had invaluable practice in sailing more independently.  Having combined the Intermediate Sailing course on a Rhodes 19 with Tiller times and a couple of Fun Races, I felt ready to check out on this boat just a month after my course was over!   Additionally, with tiller times on Colgates, I got to know this boat as well, and I was able to check out as a skipper on this boat as well.
 
I will definitely sign up for more classes and Tiller Times, even though it's almost the end of the season.  I would have signed up for more earlier, but I had classes on Hunter 34 and several trips on it too, including Port-to-Port, Mac race start, and Member Cruise Outings. It's been a busy sailing summer for me.
 
In summary, I believe Tiller Time is a great way get to know more Sail Chicago skippers and students, learn new skills or practice old ones, have interesting sailing and non-sailing related chats, and have fun overall.
NAVIGATING AROUND MOORED BOATS
Dan Stein
Dan Stein
By Dan Stein

  

One of the most common situations we encounter while sailing in and out of the harbors is how to navigate around a moored boat.  We normally have two choices: head up and take the moored boat's bow or fall off and take the stern. Let's consider both are approximately equal; in other words you are headed towards about the middle of the moored boat and you have clear water in both directions, but you've got to make a quick choice or you'll T-bone the other boat.  In this case Sail Chicago has long advocated heading up and taking the bow.  Here's why:

  • A boat naturally wants to head up  This is known as "weather helm," and is due to the sail plan and where the sails exert effort in relationship to the keel.  When you head up you will turn into the wind and the boat will slow down. You can then safely take the bow or tack if necessary.
  • Even if you fail to do either of these, at worst you will wind up in "irons". The boom will be in over the middle of the boat where it will not catch the moored boats rigging. You will be close to stopped and any fending off will be side to side and less severe.  An "in irons" recovery could then take place.

On the other hand, if you decide to fall off and take the stern, here is what you may encounter:

  • Weather helm will be against you reducing the rudders ability to turn the boat.  Easing the main is essential to reduce this force and should be done before or simultaneously with tiller movement. However, if you get hit by a gust or do not make it for any other reason you will find yourself in a very precarious situation. You may be headed bow first for the moored boat with the wind behind you! Any contact in this position may be very hard and dangerous to fend off and most likely result in damage to one or both boats.  
  • You may find yourself too close to the moored boat to change your mind and head up. You may try harder to fall off resulting in a jibe where your boom could fly out on the other side.  Even if you manage to miss the other boat your boom could catch it's rigging or lifelines.

 "A Wise Man Learns by the Mistakes of Others, A Fool by his Own".  Latin Proverb  


note:  Easing the main when falling off should be practiced at all times as a matter of good habit and efficient sailing!


Wishing you the best for the remainder of the season! 

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AUGUST FRIENDS AND FAMILY

By Pat Webster, Social Director

2012 Friends & Family
Friends & Family Picnic

 

 The day was predicted to be hot and stormy, yet 54 people  gathered to picnic and sail at Belmont Harbor on Saturday August 4th.  Old friends connected with each other over the picnic lunch while those new to Sail Chicago had a chance to meet others in the organization.  Skippers took 24 guests out on Priorities and Recess during the afternoon before the storm warnings and concerns for safety caused us to bring the boats in. 

 

It was unfortunate that (like Lollapalooza) we had send everyone home early.  However, this did not seem to diminish the enjoyment of those who attended.  Many thanks to those whose help made this event possible:  Sarah Griffith Adducci, Rich Covello, Chris Garvey, Cindy Hopkins, Maureen Huston, Joe Kucharski, Lois Lawson, John Lemon, Shawn Lord, Mike McCarthy, Jay Owens, Arleen Prairie, John Russell, Ed Schroeder, Dan Stein, Matt Stuczynski, Ken Tentler, Sam Veilleux and Jake Worley-Hood.

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RACING TRAGEDY COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED
Morgan Shoal
Morgan Shoal

 

On April 14, 2012, during the Full Crew Farallones Race out of San Francisco, CA, the boat Low Speed Chase capsized in breaking waves when crossing a shoal around Maintop Island.  Five of the eight crewmembers drowned.  A US Sailing review panel concluded that the primary cause of the capsize was due to the course the boat sailed, which took it over the shoal.  The panel stated that other factors, such as improved safety gear, including life jackets and harnesses, may have helped the sailors' chance of survival.  To read the panel's complete report, click here.

 

Remember, there are also shoals in the Chicago area.  The Morgan and Hyde Park Shoals on the south side of the city are very dangerous, and many boats have been wrecked on them.   That's why Sail Chicago recommends that skippers remain at least half-a-mile offshore when sailing south of Soldier Field.

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WHAT IS AN "INCIDENT?"

By Ed Schroeder, Safety Director

Ed Schroeder
Ed Schroeder

 

One of the more frequent questions I'm asked is, "What is an 'incident,' and do I have to report it?"  The answers can be found in the Rules and Regulations Section of the Sail Chicago Handbook, found on the Member Page of the Sail Chicago website.  The Handbook states:

 

An "incident" is defined as anything other than an accident that could affect safety.  This definition includes:

  1. "Collision" - defined as when a Sail Chicago boat strikes or impacts with another boat or object, regardless of whether damage occurs.
  2. "Contact"- defined as when a Sail Chicago boat touches another boat or object, except touching or rubbing your own mooring buoy or during normal docking.  Hitting another mooring buoy while sailing in the harbor may be grounds for not passing a checkout.
  3. "Minor injury" - defined as other than serious injury, but requiring treatment on the boat, dock, or shore.
  4. "Notification" - defined as a report of, suspicion of, an accident, incident, violation, or interaction, obtained from skippers, members, the complaint hotline, other boat owners, police, or other parties.
  5. "Occurrence" is defined as including the definitions of the words "accidents", "incidents", "violations" and "interactions"
  6. Capsize.
  7. Any sent distress signal, such as yelling, flags, flares, or radio 'mayday'.
  8. Towing or being towed; for emergency or non-emergency reasons.
  9. Any crew overboard.
  10. Any incident that could reasonably be understood to involve liability on the part of Sail Chicago, its instructors, volunteers, or members.

The skipper of any Sail Chicago boat MUST report an accident or incident in the following manner:

 

1. The Skipper(s) shall obtain the following information after any accident, collision, or contact wit another boat.

a. Boat name, registration number, and buoy number, if moored, of all vessels involved.
b. Other boat owner's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.  If more than one Sail Chicago boat is involved, collect information from all Skippers involved.
c. When possible, collect the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all people aboard each boat involved.
d. For each boat, describe the contact locations and extent of damage, if any.
2. The skipper(s) shall notify the Safety Director:
a. Accident:  The skipper of each Sail Chicago boat involved in an accident shall immediately notify the Safety Director and the Sail Chicago Board Chair, followed by a written report to both within 48 hours.
b. Incident:  The skipper of each boat involved in any incident, violation, or interaction shall notify the Safety Director within 24 hours.
3. If any damage was sustained by a Sail Chicago boat, or was caused by a Sail Chicago boat, the skipper shall immediately call the Safety Director, and the Maintenance Hotline or the appropriate Boat Manager.
4. All Sail Chicago members aboard shall discuss the circumstances of the accident/ incident, then the Skipper shall send a written report to the Safety Director.  The report shall be sent within three (3) days, and must include a complete, thorough description of the occurrence.
a. If one or more Sail Chicago members do not concur, then they shall send their own report to the Safety Director.
b.  If the Skipper at the helm is different from the Skipper of record, then both shall send a report.
5. If the Safety Director is involved in the accident, incident, violation, or interaction, then the Sail Chicago Chairperson will perform all duties of the Safety Director for that occurrence.
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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

 

Check Your Boat Status and Report Problems

Before your sail, be sure to check the Boat Statuses page of the Sail Chicago website to learn whether your boat might have been taken out of service.  Also, if you find a problem with your boat, please report it immediately after your sail to Summer Maintenance.  If you have a camera or smart phone, please snap a couple of pictures of the problem and send them along.  

   

Use the Tender Service at Monroe Harbor

Sail Chicago provides enough tender passes for the capacity of every boat in the Monroe Harbor fleet.  Skippers sailing a specific boat should request the packet of tender passes by boat name at the Tender Service Office.  Prior to departure, check the "Boat Statuses" page of the Sail Chicago website for any irregularities.  To report irregularities, contact theMPP CoordinatorFor more information on the use of the Tender Service, see the article in the May issue of "Between the Sheets." 

 

Millenium Park and DuSable Harbor Parking Passes Available

Parking Passes are available for the Millenium Park Garage and the DuSable Harbor parking lot.  For more information see the May issue of "Between the Sheets." 

 

Sign up for Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings

Tiller Times and MCOs are a great ways for Sail Chicago members and friends to practice their sailing skills or just have a fun sail.  They're also free to members.  To find out more, see the May issue of "Between the Sheets."

 

Find Sailing Buddies on Facebook or Twitter

Looking for crew or just want to go sailing sith someone from Sail Chicago.  No problem!  just post a comment on the Sail Chicago page of Facebook or Tweet your request.

 

Sail Chicago Handbook Available

The 2012 Sail Chicago Handbook is available on the member page of the Sail Chicago website.  It contains the most complete description of our programs and activities available, together with many practical "how to's."  It also contains the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations, and Policies.

 

Renew Your Membership  

There are now two ways to renew your membership.  You may either do it online, or you may print a paper membership form and mail it to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Bonus Credits

If you add at least $100 to your reserve account by check (no credit cards) with Sail Chicago, you will receive an additional 5% in sailing credits.  Mail your check, together with a note to add the funds to your account, to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Get Credit for a New Member

For every new member who joins Sail Chicago at the invitation of a current member, the current member will receive a $50 credit to their reserve account.  If someone participates in the "Sail into Summer" program, current members will receive a $25 credit.  In order for the referring member to get a credit, the new member needs to make reference to the referring member on the Sail Chicago Membership Application.

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BTS: August 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for August
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 Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program that has for over
fifty years been offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction,
and recreational sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.
Issue #8August, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

While the July heat seemed oppressive to many in the Chicago area, students and members of the Sail Chicago community often had a much different experience out on Lake Michigan.  The air seemed to be 10-15 F cooler once a boat got out of the harbor, and  available wind  seemed far greater this year than during July last year.  In spite of a few outsized thunderstorms which occasionally swept through the city, and, fortunately, in which no Sail Chicago boats were involved, July proved to be a great sailing month.

  

And our many sailing programs have become increasingly popular.  Our Basic Sailing Instruction course continues to lead the way in our instruction program curriculum, far exceeding our expectations.  Both Tiller Times and Member Cruise outings continue to be popular among our members and guests, their popularity being limited only by the number of skippers who are available.  And as more people discover that racing really can be "fun," our Sunday morning Fun Racing program is gaining steadily in popularity.   Utilization of our cruising boat, Priorities, is up considerably this year over last year.  Our outreach to Lawrence Hall Social Services for endangered youth  continues apace.

 

In order to relieve the pressure on our Colgates, by far the most popular boats in our fleet, we just purchased another Colgate (see article below).  As soon as it can be prepared for sailing, it will be in the water on a mooring, most likely in Monroe Harbor.

 

But there's still a lot of work to do.  Sail Chicago is initiating a new an exciting boat management program that promises to keep our fleet in tip-top shape all year long.  For more information and to sign up, please see the article below. 

 

The Board's Strategic Planning Committee will also be meeting soon to formulate plans for the next year and years following regarding how we, as a not-for-profit community sailing program, can continue to grow and better serve the people in the greater Chicago area.  Being an all-volunteer organization, our plans and dreams are limited only by the energy and enthusiasm of our members.  Fortunately, thus far our member volunteers have stepped up nicely to help make this a very successful summer for Sail Chicago. 

 

SAILING EDUCATION SEMINARS PLANNED

BooksA vital part of Sail Chicago's mission is to educate people in the greater Chicago community regarding sailing skills and boating safety.  To help fulfill that mission, Sail Chicago is planning a series of educational seminars this fall and winter on a variety of topics related to sailing.  We are already planning seminars on "Weather for Sailors" and "Coastal Navigation."

 

If you have a sailing topic on which you would like more information, or if you are aware of someone who has a particular expertise in a subject related to sailing or boating safety, please let us know.  It will help us in our planning efforts.   

IN THIS ISSUE
Sailing Education Seminars Planned
Public Charity Status Helps Sail Chicago
New Boat Management Program Initiated
Another Colgate Added to Our Fleet
Safe Boating Reminders from SMP
Lessons Learned on Port-to-Port
Instruction Enters Home Stretch
Fun Racing Continues Sunday Mornings
2012 Olympics Brings Sailing to You
The Soul of an Instructor
Sail Chicago Reminders

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Joe Kucharski
Announcements - Ann Weaver
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Alfred Chan & Iwona Awlasewicz
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Website - Ben Farmer
PUBLIC CHARITY STATUS HELPS SAIL CHICAGO

IRS Logo  Now that the Internal Revenue Service has granted Sail Chicago "Public Charity" status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, many new advantages open up for us as a community sailing program.  Several of our vendors offer significant discounts to public charities, thereby saving us considerable amounts of money.  We are also in the process of applying to State of Illinois for a state sales tax exemption.

 

One of the most attractive advantages is that members and others who contribute money or other assets to Sail Chicago may now take a tax deduction for their contributions,  AND... many employers will match the contributions made by their employees, thereby virtually doubling the amount contributed.

 

One of our members recently discovered that his employer will contribute an amount based upon the number of hours that the employee contributes to a public charity.  He applied to his employer for a contribution based upon the time he has donated to Sail Chicago, and his employer is sending us a check for over $500.  PLEASE contact your employers to see if they offer matching gift programs for public charities in which their employees are active!  If your employer tells you they need the Sail Chicago tax identification number (TIN), please contact our Treasurer, Jay Owens, for that information.

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NEW BOAT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM INITIATED
By Joe Kucharski, Chairman
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Joe Kucharski

 

Sail Chicago is initiating a new boat management and maintenance program.  This system will integrate our current Boat Managers into a comprehensive boat management system and provide continuity of service through a team approach.  Each boat will have an assigned team team deal with all aspects of boat maintenance and boat repairs.  Members of each team will work together to ensure that the boat is in top shape not just during the sailing season, but throughout the year.


Under this new system Boat Managers are the true keepers of each vessel, and they provide leadership in the long term care of the vessel they manage. Boat Managers will have an Assistant Manager who even as a second in command, as well as being a potential successor to the current Boat Manager. The Assistant Manager is appointed by the Boat Manager.  These positions need to maintain a close working relationship.  Members of Sail Chicago will be able to sign up to be part of the team on a specific boat for a 12 month period.


Members need to sign up for a specific position such as sails, rigging, miscellaneous gear etc.  Prior knowledge for the position is not required but preference given to those who possess skills in these areas.  Since this is based on a team approach, all Members are expected to help with a variety of maintenance issues with their assigned boat.  Thus, even if you sign up for the rigging position, you may be called upon to assist in a sail issue or general maintenance of the boat.  The bottom line is the team will act as the owners of the boat.


Boats in each class will be maintained to the same standard so that supplies can be standardized, with cross training and shared knowledge within each class.  From time to time, the team from one boat may be able to assist the team of another boat accomplish a specific task where more effort may be required or a specialized skill is needed.


The commissioning and de-commissioning of boats will be conducted by each team for each boat.  Each team will be required to have an active part in these functions and be responsible for their boat. Securing the boats for the winter will also be the function of the team as well as all initial checks at launch.


This approach provides greater opportunities to learn additional skills and better support since the team is familiar with the boat and can take ownership in keeping their boat in top condition.  Another benefit for the team will be that the Boat Manager will direct maintenance sails, and participation in these sails will rotate through the team.

 

Watch for a sign up announcement in the next two weeks and be the first to sign up for the job and boat you wish to be part of. We are starting this program with our Colgates.  Signing up now will allow you to fulfill your service requirement for the following sailing season.  Again, this is a 12 month commitment and will complete your service time and summer maintenance requirement. 

 

If you have questions about this program please direct them to maintenance@sailchicago.org

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ANOTHER COLGATE ADDED TO OUR FLEET

In accordance with a resolution passed by the Board at its June meeting, another Colgate 26 has been added to the Sail Chicago fleet.  This brings to four, the total number of Colgates added in the past two years and is consistent with our long term  strategic plan for fleet renewal.  Our Colgates have quickly become by far the most popular boat in our fleet.

No Name Colgate
"No Name"

 

The reason for this latest purchase is that, since all Basic Sailing classes are being taught on Colgates, and those classes have proven to be extremely popular this year, there was little time available on the Colgates for other program activities.  This purchase will allow us more flexibility to satisfy our alternative programming needs.

 

Our current addition comes with no name attached, so that's what we'll call it for time being.  "No Name" was purchased from a private owner in Cape May, NJ, who used it primarily for racing.  Its overall operation and handling are consistent with our other Colgates.  Watch for future announcement about where the boat will be moored and how to access it.

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SAFE BOATING REMINDERS FROM SUMMER MAINTENANCE

By Alfred Chan, Summer Maintenance Coordinator

 

Here are some reminders that will help you to have a fun and safe boating experience during the remainder of our sailing season: 

  • Report major maintenance issues to the Summer Maintenance Program (SMP) and the relevant Boat Manager.  We make it easy:  via email at smp@sailchicago.org (send along a few photos of the issue if you have a smart phone handy), boat status page, or maintenance hotline at 312-409-9000 ext 2.  If the issue isn't noted on the boat status page, we may not know about it.
  • If you report a minor maintenance issue via the checkout sheets, be sure to clearly print your name so we can determine who to contact for clarification/follow-up of any issues you find.
  • If you use any spare parts, bandages, or batteries, note it in the checkout sheet so we know what to replace.
  • Be careful not to twist/rotate the boom.  This puts strain on the gooseneck.  We've had to replace several of them on different boats.  The gooseneck only pivots up and down and sideways, but doesn't twist/rotate.
  • Never approach a mooring going downwind.  You can't stop the boat, and this puts unnecessary strain on crew, railings, cleats, chafing gear, mast buoys, etc.
  • On boats with jib furlers, keep just a little bit of tension on the jib sheets as you furl to prevent loose wraps from fouling the drum.
  • On the Colgates, the gauge on the external gas tank gets stuck and is thus inaccurate.

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LESSONS LEARNED ON PORT-TO-PORT
By Michael Swisher
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Mike Swisher

 

We recently completed our first Port-to-Port cruise of the season.  We lived to tell about it, and we're even still talking to each other.  In fact, after a very long day it appeared that everyone had a great time.  Six people confined on a boat for almost 14 hours is no easy feat, but our crew and passengers came through it with flying colors.

 

Six hearty souls, Alena Gordinskaya, Iwona Awlasewicz, Dan Flavin, Robert Wakerly, Chris Schuler and myself left Belmont Harbor aboard Priorities, our Hunter 34 at 7:30 am, with enough food and drinks (non-alcoholic) to satisfy 15.  We had a Westerly 10 knot wind that propelled us to Waukegan in 6 hours 21 minutes with relatively little engine use (avg speed 4.73 knots).  Conversations on the boat included all things sailing, navigation toys and methods, and lots of other fun topics.  We got to know each other pretty well.

2012 Port-to-Port
Port-to-Port Crew

 

Activities at Waukegan Harbor are sparse at best.  For eats there's a hot dog stand, deli and ice cream parlor, all with only outside seating.  We were yearning for some AC, but that wasn't in the cards.  There is a park for cooking out and games, but when you've been sitting in 90 degrees plus for a long time, outside activities aren't desirable.  We still spent a relaxed two hours there eating and talking. 

 

The sail back to Belmont was a little longer, just over 7 hours, due to a pretty strong headwind.  We were under wind power for about half the trip, but tacking on the final leg would have added at least 1.5 hours to an already seven hour trip.  We decided to drop sails and steam the last 16 or so miles, making the total trip from Waukegan just over 34 nm (tacking would have made it 45 nm). We were a little more sedate on the trip home, arriving about 10:30 pm.  Tidying up the boat got us out of the harbor on time around 11:00 pm.


Many thanks go to the crew for a great sail.  Next time I'd like to plan an all-nighter across the lake, making each day (or more) a lot easier, with more sailing too.  Next stop for me (when you're reading this) is nighttime sailing in the Virgin Islands.  I'll be thinking of you.

 

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INSTRUCTION ENTERS HOME STRETCH

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor 

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John Lemon

 

We are heading into the final month of our sailing instruction season.  It has been a record-breaking summer for Sail Chicago with well more than double the number of new sailors compared to the 2011 season.  Experienced sailors continue to become members even this late in the season, due to our excellent educational program and the many options we offer for both organized group sails and individual usage.  We have signed up more new members than 2011 while at the same time enrolling over 90 new sailors in our Sail into Summer program.
 
Our volunteer instructors have been hard at work training more advanced sailors as well.  As of the end of July, we have almost twenty new Rhodes/Ideal skippers, twenty new Colgate skippers, and almost twenty-five new skippers on our cruising boat, Priorities.  You have likely seen some of them taking the helm on their first sail as skipper.  Congratulations to all of you.  And a hearty thanks to our dedicated volunteer instructors who do this purely for the joy of teaching others to sail.

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FUN RACING CONTINUES SUNDAY MORNINGS THROUGH AUGUST 
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By Dolores Baron, Fun Racing Coordinator
 

More and more members of Sail Chicago have taken advantage of the new Fun Racing program.  We continue to sail out of Monroe Harbor every Sunday morning in August. With several small races, everyone had a chance to skipper at least once. 

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Rounding the mark at Fun Racing

 

Remember, Fun Racing is a free activity included in your Sail Chicago member benefits.  It helps newer members refine their sailing skills and gives experienced skippers a chance to have fun and impart their knowledge to newer sailors.  It's a great way to meet other members as well. 


Each Sunday before the race, we'll have a brief review of racing rules (room at the mark, timed start, right of way, etc).  Then we'll rig the boats, set the marks, and start racing!  An experienced skipper will be assigned to each boat, and the crew will be varied. We meet at Monroe Harbor  8:00-8:15 at the tender dock on Monroe Street and finish around noon.  We need to leave the boats not later than 12:30 pm.  To register, sign up on-line at the Sail Chicago website.  Sign on with your password, click on "Reserve Program Seats," choose "Fun Racing," click on "Find Seats," pick a date, pick a boat, reserve a seat.   For more information please e-mail me.  

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 2012 OLYMPICS BRINGS SAILING TO YOU 

Olympics Logo 2012 Although the Olympic sailing competition began July 29, there's still a lot of action left for you to watch on television.  If you do, you'll be witnessing some of the best competitive sailing in the world.  Sailing events continue through mid-August, and NBC will be broadcasting them live.  To find out when, you can go to the NBC Olympics website.  For the latest news and other stories on how the competition is going, visit the Official Olympics website.  And for other information and stories on theU.S. Sailing Team, you can also visit their website.  We're hoping for a U.S. victory at the 2012 London Olympics!

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THE SOUL OF AN INSTRUCTOR

Michael Swisher has been an active member of Sail Chicago since 1995.  He's contributed immensely to Sail Chicago's success over the years, often in unnoticed but important ways.  Here he reflects on his sailing history, Sail Chicago, his current role as instructor, and life in general.

 

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Michael Swisher (rear) instructing on a Colgate

I was first taken sailing in 1980 on a Hobie Cat in the Florida intercostals and immediately fell in love with the sport.  I found I could make boats go, but didn't really understand why.  Marty (my wife) and I moved to Chicago, were I was introduced to Sail Chicago by friends Bruce and Ruth Woll.  I found that Sail Chicago was a perfect vehicle for my sailing bug.  I got my Skipper card in 1997.   Until last year I spent most of my time repairing the Rhodes and the other pocket cruisers (Melody, Little Isis, ER), heading the fiberglass team for a number of years.  This was rewarding but frustrating, as I seemed to spend more time in the shop than on the water.

 
At the same time, my interest in sailing was growing.  I made a couple trips to the Caribbean and the Virgin Islands to learn to sail cruising catamarans, and I acquired a number of certifications.  Suddenly, I was interested in becoming an instructor.  As we upgraded our fleet with the Ideals and Colgates, less maintenance was required, giving me the perfect opportunity to begin teaching with Sail Chicago. 

 

What a wonderful experience it is to teach someone else to how to do what you truly love.  There is (almost) nothing better than being on the water, cruising along just letting the wind push you.  I don't even feel the need to be on the tiller; just being there with others who have the same joy is plenty for me.  You won't find better people than those in Sail Chicago.

 
Teaching on a Colgate enhances my experience as an instructor.  Colgates are perfectly set up for beginners to learn, and they're very stable even in high winds.  They have an outboard motor, which makes it easy to get on and off the mooring in light or heavy winds.   Thus, we can spend more time sailing.  They also have a large cockpit, comfortable for up to six people.  Once students have

experienced the Colgate, they can move on to the smaller Rhodes and Ideals to learn the finer points of sailing and boat handling.

 
I strongly encourage everyone who's a skipper to sign up for tiller times and to become a Sail Chicago instructor.  Take your friends out when you get the chance. Teach them what you're doing.  There's no better way to learn than to explain it to someone else.  I learn something in every class.  And I'm just so happy to be able to go along for the ride! 

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

 

Check Your Boat Status and Report Problems

Before your sail, be sure to check the Boat Statuses page of the Sail Chicago website to learn whether your boat might have been taken out of service.  Also, if you find a problem with your boat, please report it immediately after your sail to Summer Maintenance.  If you have a camera or smart phone, please snap a couple of pictures of the problem and send them along.  

 

Register Now for Summer Maintenance

If you haven't registered for your week of SMP, DO IT NOW!  SMP is required of all current Sail Chicago members prior to participation in any on-the-water activities.  For more information, see the article on SMP in the May issue of "Between the Sheets."

 

Fun Racing Continues Sunday Mornings

Build your sailing skills with a little fun competition on Sunday mornings at Monroe Harbor.  For more information, see the article on Fun Racing in the May issue of "Between the Sheets."  If it's your first time at Fun Racing, please e-mail the Fun Racing Coordinator when you sign up.  

 

Use the Tender Service at Monroe Harbor

Sail Chicago provides enough tender passes for the capacity of every boat in the Monroe Harbor fleet.  Skippers sailing a specific boat should request the packet of tender passes by boat name at the Tender Service Office.  Prior to departure, check the "Boat Statuses" page of the Sail Chicago website for any irregularities.  To report irregularities, contact theMPP CoordinatorFor more information on the use of the Tender Service, see the article in the May issue of "Between the Sheets." 

 

Millenium Park and DuSable Harbor Parking Passes Available

Parking Passes are available for the Millenium Park Garage and the DuSable Harbor parking lot.  For more information see the May issue of "Between the Sheets." 

 

Sign up for Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings

Tiller Times and MCOs are a great ways for Sail Chicago members and friends to practice their sailing skills or just have a fun sail.  They're also free to members.  To find out more, see the May issue of "Between the Sheets."

 

Find Sailing Buddies on Facebook or Twitter

Looking for crew or just want to go sailing sith someone from Sail Chicago.  No problem!  just post a comment on the Sail Chicago page of Facebook or Tweet your request.

 

Sail Chicago Handbook Available

The 2012 Sail Chicago Handbook is available on the member page of the Sail Chicago website.  It contains the most complete description of our programs and activities available, together with many practical "how to's."  It also contains the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations, and Policies.

 

Renew Your Membership  

There are now two ways to renew your membership.  You may either do it online, or you may print a paper membership form and mail it to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Bonus Credits

If you add at least $100 to your reserve account by check (no credit cards) with Sail Chicago, you will receive an additional 5% in sailing credits.  Mail your check, together with a note to add the funds to your account, to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Get Credit for a New Member

For every new member who joins Sail Chicago at the invitation of a current member, the current member will receive a $50 credit to their reserve account.  If someone participates in the "Sail into Summer" program, current members will receive a $25 credit.  In order for the referring member to get a credit, the new member needs to make reference to the referring member on the Sail Chicago Membership Application.

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BTS: July 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for July
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 Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program that has for over
fifty years been offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction,
and recreational sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.
Issue #7July, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

June has been a month filled with good news for Sail Chicago.  First, we learned that that our application with the Internal Revenue Service to receive public charity (501)(c)(3) status has had a favorable determination.  Thus we can officially call ourselves a not-for-profit organization (see the banner above).  This also means that when you make a contribution to Sail Chicago (boats, equipment, money, etc.), your contribution is tax-deductible.

 

Second, we are in great shape financially.  Restructuring our maintenance program last year has created some truly significant cost-savings this year.  That, plus a wildly successful instruction program this summer, thanks largely to our newly-conceived "Sail into Summer" initiative, will allow us to significantly expand our fleet and our programs in the future. 

 

Of course success also can bring new challenges.  The large number of instruction courses, particularly the Introduction to Sailing course held on our Colgate 26s, the most popular boats in our fleet, has created a shortage of time periods that those boats can be used in other Sail Chicago programs.   In order to relieve this congestion, the Board, at its June meeting approved the purchase of another Colgate 26.

 

Third, our many other programs are getting a lot of attention.  Our service projects with Lawrence Hall Social Service and Urban Youth are in full swing.  We've scheduled more Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings than we have in the past, and demand is still growing.  We recently held one of our most successful Friends and Family picnics ever.  Fun Racing on Sunday mornings is off to a great start.  And the Summer Maintenance Program is keeping our fleet in tip-top sailing shape.

 

None of this is possible without our volunteers.  They are the life-blood and backbone of this organization.  I'm constantly amazed when I see many of our Sail Chicago members volunteering for three, four, or five projects at a time.  To me, this indicates the passion for bringing the experience of sailing to our Chicago community that so many of our members have.  Let's congratulate each other on our work together to continue Sail Chicago's mission:  to bring quality sailing instruction and affordable sailing opportunities to everyone in the Chicago area.

 

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If you're wondering how you can be involved in some of Sail Chicago's programs, please go to the ongoing feature, "Sail Chicago Reminders," found at the bottom of this newsletter.

MORE MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS SCHEDULED
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By Emily Case, MCO Coordinator

 

Be sure to check the Member Cruise Outing Schedule, as many have been added recently for July and August.  We are trying to offer a weekly Wednesday night fireworks cruise on the Hunter as well as a biweekly Friday evening and Sunday afternoon cruise on one of the Colgates. Other times may also be offered. Take advantage of one of these opportunities to get out on the water with friends and/or family. MCOs are free for all Sail Chicago members($20 per guest).  Please email the MCO Coordinator if you have any questions or would like to volunteer as a skipper.

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
More Member Cruise Outings Scheduled
Who to Contact
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See the Chicago Match Cup Race July 14
Friends & Family to Meet at Belmont Harbor August 4
Practice You Sailing Skills During Tiller Time
Friends & Family Enjoy the Ride
Variety is the Spice of Life
Events Added to Cruising Program
Fun Racing off to a Fast Start
Racing Rockstar
A New Member Speaks Up
Coast Guard Releases 2011 Boating Survey
Sail Chicago Reminders

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Chairman - Joe Kucharski
Announcements - Ann Weaver
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Alfred Chan & Iwona Awlasewicz
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Website - Ben Farmer
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Chairman
Joe Kucharski 

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
 Frank Loftus

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Maureen Huston

Ilya Letuchy
Mike Parapetti

Chris Schuler

Steve VanderVoort
Sam Veilleux
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
SEE THE CHICAGO MATCH CUP RACE SATURDAY, JULY 14 
 By Pat Webster, Social Director
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Chicago Match Race Center is bringing 12 of the world's top-ranked skippers and their teams to compete for their share of the $100,000 total prize money purse as part of the Alpari Match Cup Racing Tour.  The race which will be held over July 10-15 can be viewed from the end of Navy Pier.  According to a press release, "...A race village will be constructed at the end of the pier, just meters away from where the action will be held in Chicago Match Race Center's equally-matched TOM 28 class keelboats. Bleachers for spectators, tents for sponsors and vendors, and live commentary will all be part of the show.
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional sailing series featuring nine World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with "Special Event" status. . . .   Racing takes place close to the shore so that spectators and fans can follow the racing in a virtual on-the-water stadium."

Join fellow Sail Chicagoans to view the Saturday, July 14 morning race which starts at 9:00 AM.  The event is free to the public.  Watch for more information in an email announcement as the date approaches.  Questions:  contact Pat Webster.
FRIENDS & FAMILY TO MEET AT BELMONT HARBOR AUGUST 4

By Pat Webster, Social Director

 
All are welcome to join us for another Friends and Family Picnic on Saturday August 4th from 1-5.  For the first time we are bringing this event to the north end of Belmont Harbor, where we will get to sail Priorities, our 34' Hunter, from its home slip.  

 

For those who have attended this event in the past, you're familiar with the agenda for the day:  time with friends and family eating and sailing.  The picnic gives you an opportunity to introduce your friends and family to sailing without having to commit them to an entire afternoon or evening in a boat.  Happily everyone who wanted to go for a brief sail during our last picnic was able to do so.  Look for details to come in a mid-July email announcement.  Also, contact Pat Webster if you'd like to volunteer to help out with any aspect of the event, e.g.  set up, grilling, skippering or crewing, or clean up.

PRACTICE YOUR SAILING SKILLS DURING TILLER TIME 
By Chris Garvey, Tiller Time Coordinator 
Chris Garvey
Chris Garvey

  

Students and new skippers:  take advantage of Tiller Time, the free sailing opportunity to practice your sailing skills under the guidance of an experienced skipper.  Seats are available on Tiller Times that are already posted.  To sign up, log onto the Sail Chicago website and click on "program seats".  Then, click on "Tiller Time" to check for availability.  If  you are unable to log on, contact me (but don't use my personal e-mail address). 

 

Skippers are always needed for more tiller times.  Remember, 5 tiller times and completion of the survey satisfies your volunteer hours for  2013, and gives you $50 in sailing credits.  Contact Chris now at the above link!
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FRIENDS AND FAMILY ENJOY THE RIDE
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Enjoying a snack at Friends & Family
Saturday, June 16 dawned somewhat inauspiciously - high winds and the threat of thunderstorms, but that didn't deter the Sail Chicago stalwarts from executing a well-planned Friends and Family event at Montrose Harbor for Sail Chicago members and their friends.  Social Director Pat Webster was on hand by noon, marshalling the troops and setting up a picnic buffet fit for an Admiral.  Many sail Chicago members had pitched in to provide home made salads and baked goods for the event.

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Ready to sail at Friends & Family
Over 70 people signed up to attend the event, which included a chance to get out on one of the boats in the Sail Chicago fleet, either a Colgate 26 or Priorities, our Hunter 34.  While the sky grew dark in the early afternoon, and winds rose to gusts of 30 knots, by mid-afternoon the storm  clouds had passed to the north, the wind calmed, and everyone who wanted to go sailing had a chance to do so. 

Our deepest gratitude to all those Sail Chicago members who made the experience such a memorable event:  the skippers who sailed the boats from Monroe and Belmont Harbors, the folks who prepared and cooked the delicious food, and those helped set up and organize this wonderful event.  We'll look forward to seeing you at the next Friends & Family event on August 4.
VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

Sail Chicago wants its members and students to be comfortable in sailing a variety of keelboats.  That's why we currently have four different classes of boats in our fleet.  Each class has its advantages, and it's well worth learning to sail on them all.  From smallest to largest, they are:

Ideal 18
Ideal 18

 

Ideal 18s (2) - This is the smallest of our keelboats.  It has a relatively narrow beam for its size, a small cuddy, and a roller-furling, self-tacking jib.  With the mainsail stowed on the boom, preparation for sailing takes only minutes.  It's very agile, turns on a dime, and is great in light winds.  The heavy keel also makes it a safe boat in stronger winds.  It comfortably seats 2-3 people.  It's also the only boat in our fleet on which we offer a single-handed sailing course.

 

Rhodes 19s (4) - This boat was for a long time the only day-sailer in the Sail Chicago fleet and is still a favorite of many Sail Chicago "old timers."   Relatively broad of beam, it provides a very stable sailing experience and performs well in moderate to brisk winds, although in strong winds it can be subject to broaching.  It has a large cuddy, adequate for storing lots of gear.  As a class, this boat has been around a long time and is one of the most popular day-sailers ever produced.  Because our Rhodes 19s were acquired at different times, each is configured a little differently.  Since these boats are among the oldest in our fleet, and because they contain a fair amount of wood trim, considerable maintenance work is required to keep them in good sailing condition.

 

 Colgate 26s (3, soon-to-be 4) - these boats, acquired only recently as part of our fleet, have quickly become the favorites of many Sail Chicago members.  They were designed to appeal equally to family day-sailors, racers, and instruction programs.  Currently all of our Introduction to Sailing courses are taught on these boats.  The cockpit is exceptionally large, easily holding 6 people, and below deck there is a great deal of room to stow gear.  The boat has a roller-furling jib, and the mainsail is flaked on the mast for easy raising and lowering.  Although the boat can easily be sailed on and off the mooring, it has an outboard motor, which can be a blessing when the boat is becalmed or when there's no breeze in the harbor, but a fresh wind offshore.

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Colgate 26

 

Hunter 34 (1) - Currently our only cruising boat, Priorities is equipped with a wheel instead of a tiller for steering, a roller-furling jib, and an inboard Diesel engine.  The mainsail is stored on the mast for easy rigging.  It's the only boat in our fleet that's moored on a dock at Belmont Harbor.  It's also the only boat that's equipped with such electronic instruments as a depth gauge and an auto pilot.  Below deck, the cabin is large, and has a sink, refrigerator, and head.  It's maximum capacity is seven people, and it can sleep six relatively comfortably.  It's an ideal boat for those Sail Chicago members who would like to gain experience on a larger boat before embarking on their own bareboating experience in exotic locations around the world.  Sail Chicago members also use it occasionally for port-to-port cruises around Lake Michigan.

 

We are indeed fortunate to have a variety of boats on which to gain experience.  Learning to sail more than one class of boat gives us the confidence we need to become better, more competent sailors. 

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EVENTS ADDED TO CRUISING PROGRAM
Ilya Letuchy
Ilya Letuchy
By Ilya Letuchy, Cruising Program Director

 

 Summer is well underway and if you still haven't had a chance to experience a sail on Priorities, Sail Chicago's cruising boat, sign up for a Member Cruise Outing on the Sail Chicago website or read below for other sailing opportunities!

 

 Introduction to Cruising:

There is one spot left in the August Introduction to Cruising course!  This is the last introduction to cruising course of the season so sign up soon!  The dates for the August course are:  Tue 8/21, Thur 8/23, Tue 8/28, Thur 8/30.

 

Port to Port:

Announcing the first Port to Port Cruise of the season. Enjoy an all day cruise on Priorities from Belmont to Waukegan and back.  There's no experience required, and all Sail Chicago members are welcome!

 

When: Sunday, July 22 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Boat Sharing Fee: $50 per person 

Lunch: Potluck BBQ on the Boat!

 

There are only 5 spots available. To sign up, please click here.  

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Chicago as seen from the deck of Priorities

 

Start of the Chicago/Mackinac Race:

Come out and watch the start of the most popular race on Lake Michigan. You'll have the opportunity to watch world class sailors set off for their multiple day journey!

 

When: Saturday, Jul 21 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Where: Belmont Harbor

Boat Sharing Fee: $20 per person 

 

There are 6 spots available on Priorities and 4 on Recess . To sign up, please click here.  

 

Private Use:

Is there a better way to experience summer in Chicago than aboard the 34' Hunter?  Priorities is available for private use by qualified skippers during periods when the boat is not being used for instruction or other program activities.  Sign up on the Sail Chicago website now to guarantee your preferred date time period. Not a skipper?  No problem! Skippers are always looking for an eager first mate!  Reach out to your fellow sailors and go sailing!

 

For any questions regarding the Cruising Program, please contact me.

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FUN RACING OFF TO A FAST START

By Dolores Baron, Fun Racing Coordinator

Dolores Baron
Dolores Baron

 

Fun Racing has had a fast start, great weather and great crews.  Fun was had by all.  We inflated markers kept on the boats, set a race course and had as many races as we could fit in.  Everyone had a chance to skipper a race. 


Remember, Fun Racing is a free activity included in your Sail Chicago member benefits.  It helps newer members refine their sailing skills and gives experienced skippers a chance to have fun and impart their knowledge to others.  It's a great way to meet other members as well. 
Fun Racing
Ready to round the mark at Fun Racing
(Photo by Alena Gordinskaya)

Each Sunday before the race, we'll have a brief review of racing rules (room at the mark, timed start, right of way, etc).  Then we'll rig the boats, set the marks, and start racing!  An experienced skipper will be assigned to each boat, and the crew will be varied. We meet at Monroe Harbor  8:00 at the tender dock on Monroe Street and finish around noon.  We need to leave the boats not later than 12:30 pm.  To register, sign up on-line at the Sail Chicago website.  Sign on with your password, click on "Reserve Program Seats," choose "Fun Racing," click on "Find Seats," pick a date, pick a boat, reserve a seat.   For more information please e-mail me.  
RACING ROCKSTAR
Michael Hart
Michael Hart

By Michael Hart

 

 Nick Petrovits has a relatively short but storied history with Sail Chicago.  He not only started learning to sail with us back in '08, but also got checked out as a Sail Chicago Skipper in his first year.  In addition to filling his schedule with sailing classes, he was very active in our Open Racing Program and the CCYC Wednesday Night Fleet 12 Races at Montrose Harbor.  In recognition of his fast start in his initial season, he was awarded the coveted title of Sail Chicago Student of the Year.

For the next couple of seasons he continuing to be active in racing, moved on to become a qualified skipper on Emotional Rescue, Sail Chicago's former cruising boat.  He also started teaching basic sailing classes on our Rhodes 19s.  At about the same time that he became more familiar with our Ideal 18's, he had the opportunity to crew on a 44' Grand Soleil Racer named Eagles Wings.

Nick Petrovits
Nick Petrovits


 Before leaving us briefly in '11 to live in Singapore for a year, Nick attained ASA101, 103, and 104 certifications.  He did his first private charter in the Gulf of Mexico, and the boat that he started crewing on was 5th overall in the Mackinac Cup and won 3rd in its fleet in the MAC.  The boat was heralded as Boat of the Year in the Area III PHRF 2 class.

After a week-long charter in Phuket, Thailand, he said goodbye to Southeast Asia for now and is back this year being very active in a variety of Sail Chicago activities.  This spring, after having been appointed Boat Manager on Priorities, Sail Chicago's cruising boat, he spent a number of weekends in the boatyard with Ed Schroeder and his team, readying Priorities for the upcoming sailing season.  As an instructor, he has already taught an Introduction to Cruising course on Priorities, and he will start teaching his third  Basic Sailing course to new members and Sail into Summer students.

Recently, Nick took first place in the Chicago NOOD section ORR2, crewing as bowman for Eagles Wings.  His summer vacation will consist of his participation in the 104th Chicago MAC Race and the Harbor Springs Regatta at the end of July. 

An engineer by trade, Nick understandably enjoys knowing about the mechanics of sailboats.  Whether he is in the boatyard, instructing, or crewing, his passion for the sport is undeniable.  He's always trying to improve his sailing skills and will be seeking ASA certification as a Keelboat Instructor this fall. 

While he may have the willingness to listen to experienced "old salts" at every chance, Nick is by far the true definition of a racing rockstar.  Sail Chicago benefits immensely from his many contributions and we're glad that he's returned from halfway around the world.  

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A NEW MEMBER SPEAKS UP
Karen Winters is a new member of Sail Chicago.  Earlier this year she decided to enroll in almost every instruction course that Sail Chicgo has to offer.  Many Sail Chicago members take a few years to become skippers, but Karen wants to "do it all" in one summer.  We thought it might be interesting to find out why.  Here's what she responded:
Karen Winters
Karen Winters

How did you happen to join Sail Chicago?
I moved to Chicago so I could live on beautiful water and still keep all the perks of a great city. I wanted to ensure that I was surrounded by great architecture, music and art but still able to have a boat. While I have always had power boats in the past (except for a Sunfish), sailing with my friends in the Caribbean allowed me to experience the excitement and tranquility of moving through the water on wind power which I found mesmerizing. As I investigated sailing schools in Chicago I came across the Sail Chicago website and was very impressed with the many offerings at such reasonable prices. I also liked the fact that this was a nonprofit organization; if you're going to teach others to sail and volunteer your time to do so, you must really love it. There were also opportunities to mingle with others who have the same interest and learn from those with many years of experience.
 
 Why did you sign up for so many classes at the outset?
I decided to use this summer to determine if I loved sailing enough to purchase a sailboat and take on the responsibility of ownership. I knew I needed to take my skill sets from 0 - 60 in order to make the decision and learn about sailing a larger boat, crew responsibilities and the upkeep required.  While I could sail a small sailboat, I was self taught and knew little about the what and why.  Taking all the classes will give me a broader perspective on sailing and its requirements as well as getting me out on the water on a regular basis.

What have been your joys and frustrations with the organization thus far?
I've only had positive experiences with Sail Chicago. My instructors have both been very skilled and yet patient and understanding as I've tried to put the pieces together.  They've done a great job of challenging me without pushing too hard too quickly.  As an educator I know that can be a fine line.  My fellow students have also been great partners in the learning process.  Have I had frustrations?  Yes, for sure. It's not just learning the physical/navigational skills of sailing that can cause frustration.  Combining the new skill sets with a "foreign" language including boat parts, rigging/preparation, and taking directions from your instructor in a vocabulary you're just learning can be a real juggling act. Throw in a few bouts of sea sickness and I can honestly say that every moment has not been complete joy!!!  But I keep going back and it gets easier with every class. I'm in for the long haul.

How do you see yourself contributing your time and talent back to Sail Chicago in the future?
I see several areas where I can contribute to the organization.  I have good organizational and computer skills and can work well with people. I'm also pretty handy and may be able to help with some of the maintenance needed for our fleet.  While I can't repair engines or electrical systems, I'm good with tools for minor repairs/replacement and can scrub, sand and paint.  And, who knows? I just might get good enough to be an instructor in a few years to pay it forward!
COAST GUARD RELEASES 2011 BOATING SURVEY

Coast Guard logoThe United States Coast Guard has recently released it's 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics survey.  Here are only a few of the interesting facts regarding recreational boating in 2011:

  • In 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4588 accidents that involved 758 deaths, 3081 injuries and approximately $52 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
    • The fatality rate was 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.  This rate represents a 14.8% increase from last year's fatality rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
    • Compared to 2010, the number of accidents decreased 0.35%, the number of deaths increased 12.8% and the number of injuries decreased 2.3%.
  • Seventy (70) percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, eighty-four (84) percent were not reported as wearing a life jacket.
  • Only eleven percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction. 
  • Eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.

 To read the complete statistical analysis,click here.

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

 

Check Your Boat Status and Report Problems

Before your sail, be sure to check the Boat Statuses page of the Sail Chicago website to learn whether your boat might have been taken out of service.  Also, if you find a problem with your boat, please report it immediately after your sail to Summer Maintenance.  If you have a camera or smart phone, please snap a couple of pictures of the problem and send them along.  

 

Register Now for Summer Maintenance

If you haven't registered for your week of SMP, DO IT NOW!  SMP is required of all current Sail Chicago members prior to participation in any on-the-water activities.  For more information, see the article on SMP in the May issue of "Between the Sheets."

 

Fun Racing Continues Sunday Mornings

Build your sailing skills with a little fun competition on Sunday mornings at Monroe Harbor.  For more information, see the article on Fun Racing in the May issue of "Between the Sheets."  If it's your first time at Fun Racing, please e-mail the Fun Racing Coordinator when you sign up.  

 

Use the Tender Service at Monroe Harbor

Sail Chicago provides enough tender passes for the capacity of every boat in the Monroe Harbor fleet.  Skippers sailing a specific boat should request the packet of tender passes by boat name at the Tender Service Office.  Prior to departure, check the "Boat Statuses" page of the Sail Chicago website for any irregularities.  To report irregularities, contact theMPP CoordinatorFor more information on the use of the Tender Service, see the article in the May issue of "Between the Sheets." 

 

Millenium Park and DuSable Harbor Parking Passes Available

Parking Passes are available for the Millenium Park Garage and the DuSable Harbor parking lot.  For more information see the May issue of "Between the Sheets." 

 

Sign up for Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings

Tiller Times and MCOs are a great ways for Sail Chicago members and friends to practice their sailing skills or just have a fun sail.  They're also free to members.  To find out more, see the May issue of "Between the Sheets."

 

Find Sailing Buddies on Facebook or Twitter

Looking for crew or just want to go sailing sith someone from Sail Chicago.  No problem!  just post a comment on the Sail Chicago page of Facebook or Tweet your request.

 

Sail Chicago Handbook Available

The 2012 Sail Chicago Handbook is available on the member page of the Sail Chicago website.  It contains the most complete description of our programs and activities available, together with many practical "how to's."  It also contains the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations, and Policies.

 

Renew Your Membership  

There are now two ways to renew your membership.  You may either do it online, or you may print a paper membership form and mail it to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Bonus Credits

If you add at least $100 to your reserve account by check (no credit cards) with Sail Chicago, you will receive an additional 5% in sailing credits.  Mail your check, together with a note to add the funds to your account, to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Get Credit for a New Member

For every new member who joins Sail Chicago at the invitation of a current member, the current member will receive a $50 credit to their reserve account.  If someone participates in the "Sail into Summer" program, current members will receive a $25 credit.  In order for the referring member to get a credit, the new member needs to make reference to the referring member on the Sail Chicago Membership Application.

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BTS: June 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for June
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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been
offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction, and recreational
sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.
Issue #6June, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

The 2012 summer sailing season is in full swing at Sail Chicago.  We are both excited and a bit overwhelmed by the numbers of people who have signed up to take our sailing instruction courses this summer, either as new members or through our newly conceived "Sail into Summer"  

program for new sailors.  Several early participants in "Sail Into Summer" have already chose to become full members in Sail Chicago in order to take advantage of the other programs and free sailing opportunities that we have to offer.  As an all-volunteer organization, we need to continually expand our membership if we are to remain successful and true to our mission (see statement above).  On that score, our summer is off to a great start!

 

Recess, our third Colgate 26 and most recent addition to our fleet, was recently launched in Belmont Harbor.  Instruction classes on the boat have already been scheduled, and qualified skippers may use it when it's not being used for other program activities (see article below).

 

Social events for both our new and returning members have been planned, and more are on the way (see article below).  These events allow Sail Chicago members and friends who might not otherwise have a chance to meet, to connect and find others with whom they can sail in the future.

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This month we are introducing something new in "Between the Sheets,"  For this and future issues, we are including at the bottom of the issue an article titled "Sail Chicago Reminders."  This article has important ongoing information about Sail Chicago and its activities.  We hope that this addition will save you time and effort in attempting to locate information in the archive of past BTS issues found on the member page of the Sail Chicago website. 

 

2012 SAIL CHICAGO HANDBOOK AVAILABLE
The 2012 Sail Chicago Handbook has been published online.  It contains the most complete description of our programs and activities available, together with many practical "how to's."  It also contains the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations and Policies. 

The Handbook is updated throughout the year, so make sure that you have the latest revision date if you'd like to use it as a reference.  Check the publication date on the cover page.
 
NEW MEMBERS ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR MCOs

New members - we're encouraging you to sign up for one of Sail Chicago's many Member Cruise Outings.  It's a great way to get to know the different types of boats in our fleet that you might eventually wish to skipper.  It will also give you an opportunity to meet other Sail Chicago members.

 

To sign up, just log onto the Member Page of the Sail Chicago website, choose the "Reserve Program Seats" bar, select the "Member Cruise Outing" button, and select your seat.  It's that easy!   New MCOs are added as skippers step up to host, so check back often for open seats and new outings.  

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IN THIS ISSUE
Sail Chicago Handbook Available
New Members Encouraged to Sing Up for MCOs
Sail Chicago Instruction Swings into Action
Cruising Program off to Flying Start
Join Friends and Family June 16 for a Picnic
Use "Recess" to Sail
Volunteers Move Fleet
Basic Cruising Gets Underway
Priorities Gets a Makeover
Check your Life Jacket (PFD)!
Know the Board- Ilya Letuchy
Sail Chicago Reminders

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Joe Kucharski
Announcements - Ann Weaver
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Alfred Chan & Iwona Awlasewicz
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
Website - Ben Farmer
BOARD
Chairman
Joe Kucharski 

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
 Frank Loftus

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Maureen Huston

Ilya Letuchy
Mike Parapetti

Chris Schuler

Steve VanderVoort
Sam Veilleux
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
SAIL CHICAGO INSTRUCTION SWINGS INTO ACTION
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John Lemon
By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

 

 Our Basic Keelboat Instruction program is off to a great start.  42 sailors braved the cooler May weather, beginning our first round of classes May 5.  This year we began teaching our Basic Sailing classes on our new Colgate 26s.  Students and instructors have given the boat high marks as a great learning and teaching boat.


June looks to be a very busy month.  Over 60 students have begun classes, including 44 new sailors in Basic Sailing.  We've also begun skipper qualification classes on our Colgate 26.

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Ready to sail on Meridian


 I'd like to personally welcome each of the over 130 new sailors who have chosen to sail with Sail Chicago this summer, whether through our Sail into Summer program or our New Member Package.  I have met many of you at April and May Pre-Sail Orientation classes and hope to meet all of you on the water and at the many events we have planned throughout the summer.  Being a part of Sail Chicago is a great way to not only embark on a life-long learning adventure but also to meet and make lifelong friends, both on and off the water. 


If you are planning to continue your sailing education this summer, act soon, as our classes are filling up fast.  We have limited availability for July Intermediate and Skipper Training classes, June Colgate Qualification class, and have just opened up August  Intermediate and Skipper Training classes for registration.  The August Sail into Summer Course  for people who are not Sail Chicago members is now open as well.  We hope to post our Spinnaker and Single-Handed (solo) sailing classes soon, so watch for announcements or notices in the July issue of "Between the Sheets."

 

If you are signed up for sailing lessons in July or August and have not already registered for Pre-Sail Orientation, you can do so now.  It's a pre-requisite for all Sail Chicago on-the-water courses.  Are you thinking about taking sailing lessons this summer?  Come find out what it takes to get out on beautiful Lake Michigan at Pre-Sail Orientation..


All this is possible because of the hard work and dedication of our volunteer instructors and the other volunteers who coordinate membership, registration, and our website.  I'd like to thank Michael Hart, who has worked tirelessly pulling together the class schedules, working to fit every sailor into a class. 

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CRUISING PROGRAM OFF TO FLYING START 
By Ilya Letuchy, Cruising Program Coordinator 
Ilya Letuchy
Ilya Letuchy
 

It's warm outside so summer must be finally here!  If you haven't had a chance to experience a sail on Priorities, sign up for a Member Cruise Outing on the Saoil Chicago website or come out for a ride during the Friends & Family picnic on June 16th. 

 

May Curising Boat Refresher Clinics for returning curising skippers were a big success!   Ten skippers took advantage to jump-start the summer and get out on Priorities.

 

The May Introduction to Cruising Course has just finished.  Congratulations to new Priorities skippers Steve, Dan, Tom, and Tim!   The June and July sessions are now full and August is filling up as well!  To register for the August session please click here.


 
Is there a better way to experience summer in Chicago than aboard the 34' Hunter?  Priorities is available for private use by qualified skippers during periods when the boat is not being used for instruction or other program activities.  Sign up on the Sail Chicago website now to guarantee your preferred date time period. Not a skipper? No problem! Skippers are always looking for an eager first mate!  Reach out to your fellow sailors and go sailing!

 

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JOIN FRIENDS AND FAMILY JUNE 16

By Pat Webster, Social Director

 

Join us for our first social event of the season.  We'll barbecue and sail on Saturday, June 16th at Montrose Harbor from 1-5 pm.  All sailors and their friends and family are invited.  We'll meet in the

grassy area just east of the Corinthian Yacht Club.  Free on-street parking is available, or you can use a fenced-in lot across the street and just west of the Yacht Club. 

 

2011 Friends & Family
Enjoying Friends & Family in 2011

This will be a great opportunity to introduce your love of sailing to those who have not yet "gotten on board".  We'll have two of our Colgates and Priorities, our 34' Hunter ready to take you, your family, and friends sailing (weather permitting, of course). 

 

Enjoy great barbecue fare:  burgers, brats, veggie burgers, salads, chips and desserts and non-alcoholic beverages.  There's a non-refundable fee of $7 per person ($3 for kids 12 and under) to cover the cost of the food.  There are no picnic tables in the area, so be sure to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.  If we can't barbecue because of rain, we'll re-schedule.


If you plan to join us, please register and pay online by June 11th.  This deadline is necessary in order ensure we will have enough food for all.  If you have any questions please contact me.  Also, true to Sail Chicago's tradition and spirit of volunteerism, we need help with with food prep, set up, grilling, clean up, etc.  Please let me know if you're able to help.

 

USE "RECESS" TO SAIL 
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Joe Kucharski

By Joe Kucharski, Chairman

 

Sail Chicago recently added a new boat, Recess, to it's fleet.  It's another Colgate 26 (Sail Chicago's most popular boat), and it's moored in Belmont Harbor.  Basic sailing classes have already been scheduled, and Colgate-qualified skippers may use the boat when it's not being used for instruction or other program activities.  A dinghy with a capacity of three people is available for access to the boat.  Skippers who would like to use it need to sign up on the reservations page of Sail Chicago website.

Recess Launch
Sail Chicago stalwarts Joe Kucharski, Sam Veilleux, and Frank Loftus launch Recess at Belmont Harbor

 

Recess came to us all the way from Washington, where it had been sailing for a few years.  Chris Riegel, a former Sail Chicago member who recently moved to the Seattle area, was instrumental in negotiating a favorable price, inspecting the boat, and making sure that it was fit for use by Sail Chicago members.  Many thanks, Chris!

 

As you board Recess, you may notice a couple of minor difference s from the other Colgates in our fleet.  The most significant is the large port in the forward deck that, when opened, brings much light and air into the cabin.  The motor is also a little different.  It's functionally the same, however, and operates in a similar fashion. 

 

This newest acquisition and upgrade to our fleet provides additional sailing capacity and makes the experience of sailing a Colgate 26 more accessible.  So let's get out there and sail!

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VOLUNTEERS MOVE FLEET 
By Michael Hart 
Michael Hart
Michael Hart
 
On Sunday, April 29, just one day after a successful annual sail-down of the Sail Chicago fleet from Montrose to Monroe Harbor, the Monroe Harbor Master ordered all boats moored at the South end of Monroe Harbor moved North to DuSable Harbor.  This meant that our four Rhodes and two Ideals were now being temporarily evicted. 
 
Since we are an all-volunteer organization, word of the sudden move to DuSable Harbor had to get out quickly.  Out of over 250 emails sent, many Sail Chicago members  (Dan Stein, Manny Conde, Belinda Routh, Shawn Lord, Mike Swiontek, Dolores Baron, Tom Peterson, John Gollogly, and brand new member Karen Winters) responded by phone to team leader Jay Owens on Monday morning, April 30, a day that was in the 40's, had a light to heavy rain, fog lingering, less than 5 kts of wind.  Unfortunately, Jay's cell phone was waterlogged from a couple of hours of sitting in the pouring rain at Monroe Harbor, and the calls didn't get through to him.  Instead, he had to rely on the few contacts he had made the previous day. To make matters even worse, since the tender service didn't start its seasonal operation until May 1st, we had only our two trusted service to ferry us to our boats.  
    
They will be forever known as the Fab Five, performing a fast break move even before the game/season started.  Leader Jay Owens, Tom Simms, David Kelpsas, Dan Flavin, and Steve VanderVoort moved 60% of our fleet, under horrible conditions and without the tender. They came together with the natural instincts of a Wolf Pack, howl, to get the job done.
                  
Day two, May 1st, the landlord decides overnight to take us back under the following conditions; we stay at the North end of Monroe Harbor.  A dwindled Fab Five, along with the biggest and baddest wolf, John Gollogly, quickly swung into action.  This time, too much wind for even the pack, strong and south, meant that a boat tacking through the DuSable Harbor entrance stood good chance of being blown into the seawall.

Call in the reinforcements, the SMP volunteers and Boat Managers, who waited until better weather conditions prevailed to complete the move from DuSable back into Monroe.  A big thanks to Alfred Chan and Iwona Awlasewicz on their leadership in the Summer Maintenance Program for not only getting the boats in place, but also ready for service.

There was gossip that the original decision to close the South end of the harbor may have extended beyond the reason given; to better align the mooring,.  Even though the cans had already been put in place for the season, if one asks a tender operator, you'll be told the number spots are being reduced by 100 from 900 to 800.  Better placement between cans allows for incorporating greater scope, making the moorings more stable.  Since we have been forewarned not to venture into the South end of Monroe Harbor even after NATO, it seems very plausible a realignment is in progress.
BASIC CRUISING GETS UNDERWAY 
2012 Basic Cruising Class
Students Dan Flavin, Tom Simms, Tim Ryan, with instructor Nick Petrovits
 
The first Basic Cruising Course of the sailing season has just finished, and four happy new skippers now have the opportunity to take our cruising boat, Priorities," out on their own  to entertain friends and family or to just have fun with other Sail Chicago members.  Perhaps a couple are even dreaming of bareboating on their own in some exotic locale. 
 
In addition to learning the intricacies of a new boat, the largest in the Sail Chicago fleet, the students were presented with some significant challenges by the weather; everything form gale-force winds to pouring rain, to beautiful starlit evenings.  Instructor and veteran sailor Nick Petrovits saw them though their ordeals with a calmness and aplomb that only comes with lots of experience on the water.
 
Priorities is proving to be a very popular boat.  Instruction classes are full for June and July, and August is filling quickly.  If you're interested in getting a feel for this wonderful boat, check out Member Cruise Outings under "Reserve Program Seats" on the Reservations Page of the Sail Chicago website.  You may also register for the Basic Cruising course in August.
PRIORITIES GETS A MAKOVER

During this past winter, a small band of Sail Chicago stalwarts spent countless hours at the Canal Street Boatyard refitting Priorities, Sail Chicago's cruising boat.  The boat was new to Sail Chicago last summer, although it had been sailed by a private owner for several seasons previously.  Over the 2011 sailing season, several minor problems with the boat were noted to be addressed during the winter maintenance season. 

 

Many of the Sail Chicago members who volunteered to work on Priorities over the winter were old hands at boat repair or had substantial engineering or electrical experience.  Under the direction of long time member and current Safety Director Ed Schroeder, they worked diligently to insure that Priorities would be in tip-top shape for this summer's sailing season.  Here's a roster of the crew and what each accomplished:   

  • Jack Shubat: engine, fuel system, mast compression post
  • John Muhlenberg: sanitation system, mast compression post.(Provider of excellent coffee cake)
  • Mike Swiontek: engine, fuel system, installation of BoomKicker to replace topping lift..
  • Dave Kelpsas: installation of BoomKicker to replace topping lift.
  •  Nick Petrovits: installation of BoomKicker to replace topping lift, sanitation system.
  • Steve VandeVoort, Jay Owens: removing leaks at hull/deck joint and genoa tracks.
  • Dean Hackenberg, John Gollogly: rigging, removal of dodger/bimini framing, cleaning exterior.
  • Tom Keaveny, Ken Seinko, Andy Miller: teak treatment, cleaning exterior.
  • Ted Soszynski; new master control panel and re-wiring of helm control panel, bilge and sump pumps, new AM-FM radio, checking and re-placing all electrical wiring.
  • Vern Deason; replacing gasketing for all portlights and many hatches. 
  • Swiontek, Muhlenberg, Shubat , Gollogly  and Petrovits worked on thru-hull valves

Our warmest thanks to these dedicated Sail Chicago members who put in so much time and effort over the winter to make sure that our cruising boat would be "ship-shape" for the summer sailing season.

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CHECK YOUR LIFE JACKET (PFD)! 

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 By Ed Schroeder, Safety Director

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Ed Schroeder

 

Your life jacket (PFD) is an essential part of your sailing equipement and is required to be worn during all Sail Chicago on-the-water activities.  Here's how to make sure it will do the job for you, should an emergency happen:

  1. After you put on your life jacket, place your arms over your head, have someone pull up on the shoulders of the jacket to insure that the jacket is snug while in the water. Your chin, head and neck should not slip thru the jacket. Adjust the straps for a snug fit.
  2.  Do not put your foulies or jacket over the life jacket.
  3.  If you have an inflatable life jacket, check the cartridge and actuating "pills' to see that they are OK. If you have an inflatable jacket with a built-in safety harness, assure that the "D"-rings are still accessible when the unit is inflated. Orally inflate your life jacket to determine that the "D"-rings are accessible.
  4. Put on your life jacket before you enter the tender or dingy. It is also advised to wear your life jacket while on the docks; we have had members fall off the docks accidently.

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MEET THE BOARD - ILYA LETUCHY
Ilya Letuchy
Ilya Letuchy
(This is an occasional column authored by members of the Board.  Hopefully, it will allow Sail Chicago members an opportunity to know the folks who set long term policy for our organization.)

 

How and when did you first become involved in sailing?
I was always drawn to water but I didn't have an opportunity to get involved in sailing until college.  When I saw that the University of California, Santa Barbara actually offered sailing as a course, I jumped at the opportunity. It was 2001 but I still remember casting off on a Capri 14.2 for the first time trying to figure out how I am actually sailing upwind.
 
What's the best time you've ever had sailing?
There isn't any one time that sticks out but most of the best memories come from my experiences in the Caribbean.  The water temperature is in the 80s, the sun is always shining, and the next adventure is just around the corner.  There is an endless supply of islands, cays, and coves to explore, with something for everyone. 
 
What was your scariest sailing experience?
The most recent experience was on our passage from St. Lucia to St. Vincent (Bequia).  It's a 55nm crossing through the open Caribbean sea.  Once you leave land behind, the wind begins to blow, the swells pick up and you realize that you are in charge!  My crew was green in more ways than one but once their stomachs settled, we enjoyed our 25+ knot winds all the way down to Bequia. 
 
How and when did you become involved with Sail Chicago?
I became involved with Sail Chicago in 2010 right after we moved to Chicago from San Francisco. I was looking for a flexible and affordable way to get on the water and after a quick Google search I realized that Sail Chicago was a perfect fit. 
 
What do you enjoy most about Sail Chicago?
The best part of Sail Chicago is its flexibility. On any day of the week, there is always a boat available. Whether it's a warm evening after work or a leisurely Sunday morning, whenever the mood strikes you, you can be out on the water within 30 minutes.
 
What motivated you to join the Board?
I absolutely love what Sail Chicago offers to the community and in the short three years that I have been a member, I've seen it get better and better. I knew that I want to be part of it in every way. I am passionate about sailing and I want to do everything I can to move the organization forward.
 
What positions have you held on the Board?
In my short time on the board, I've had the opportunity to take over the Cruising Director position. It's a very exciting time for the cruising program and I am glad to be part of it. Priorities was a huge success last year and I look forward to taking the program to the next level.
  
What do you believe should be Sail Chicago's most important goals?
 In my opinion, Sail Chicago's most important goals are to offer sailing education and affordable sailing to the community. It not only means having boats available but also spreading the entusiasm we all share for sailing to everyone around us.

  

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

 

Check Your Boat Status and Report Problems

Before your sail, be sure to check the Boat Statuses page of the Sail Chicago website to learn whether your boat might have been taken out of service.  Also, if you find a problem with your boat, please report it immediately after your sail to Summer Maintenance.  If you have a camera or smart phone, please snap a couple of pictures of the problem and send them along.  

 

Register Now for Summer Maintenance

If you haven't registered for your week of SMP, DO IT NOW!  SMP is required of all current Sail Chicago members prior to participation in any on-the-water activities.  For more information, see the article on SMP in the May issue of "Between the Sheets."

 

Fun Racing Continues Sunday Mornings

Build your sailing skills with a little fun competition on Sunday mornings at Monroe Harbor.  For more information, see the article on Fun Racing in the May issue of "Between the Sheets."  If it's your first time at Fun Racing, please e-mail the Fun Racing Coordinator when you sign up.  

 

Use the Tender Service at Monroe Harbor

Sail Chicago provides enough tender passes for the capacity of every boat in the Monroe Harbor fleet.  Skippers sailing a specific boat should request the packet of tender passes by boat name at the Tender Service Office.  Prior to departure, check the "Boat Statuses" page of the Sail Chicago website for any irregularities.  To report irregularities, contact theMPP CoordinatorFor more information on the use of the Tender Service, see the article in the May issue of "Between the Sheets." 

 

Millenium Park and DuSable Harbor Parking Passes Available

Parking Passes are available for the Millenium Park Garage and the DuSable Harbor parking lot.  For more information see the May issue of "Between the Sheets." 

 

Sign up for Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings

Tiller Times and MCOs are a great ways for Sail Chicago members and friends to practice their sailing skills or just have a fun sail.  They're also free to members.  To find out more, see the May issue of "Between the Sheets."

 

Find Sailing Buddies on Facebook or Twitter

Looking for crew or just want to go sailing sith someone from Sail Chicago.  No problem!  just post a comment on the Sail Chicago page of Facebook or Tweet your request.

 

Renew Your Membership  

There are now two ways to renew your membership.  You may either do it online, or you may print a paper membership form and mail it to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Bonus Credits

If you add at least $100 to your reserve account by check (no credit cards) with Sail Chicago, you will receive an additional 5% in sailing credits.  Mail your check, together with a note to add the funds to your account, to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Get Credit for a New Member

For every new member who joins Sail Chicago at the invitation of a current member, the current member will receive a $50 credit to their reserve account.  If someone participates in the "Sail into Summer" program, current members will receive a $25 credit.  In order for the referring member to get a credit, the new member needs to make reference to the referring member on the Sail Chicago Membership Application.

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BTS: May 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for May
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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been
offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction, and recreational
sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.
Issue #5May, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

"With so many opportunities to gain sailing experience in the Chicago area, why should I become a member of Sail Chicago?"  That question is asked more often than we'd care to admit.  Here's my response:

 
When you join Sail Chicago, you're becoming part of a community of people who are passionate about the recreational sport of sailing.  They've got lots of experience, and a strong desire to share that experience with other enthusiastic sailors.  As a part of that community, you've got loads of opportunities to learn the art of sailing, not only through formal on-the-water sailing courses led by excellent instructors, but through many of our more informal programs as well.

 

We at Sail Chicago firmly believe that the best way for you to develop your sailing skills is to simply get a lot of sailing under your belt.  That's why we've developed an outstanding series courses for sailors at a variety of skill levels.  And that's why our fleet contains a series of boats in a variety of sizes and classes - to give you the experience of sailing many different types of boats.

 

That's also why we've developed a number of informal programs and activities where you can sail for free.  Tiller Times allow current students to practice the skills they've learned during formal instruction in a more informal setting with a Sail Chicago-qualified skipper.  Member Cruise Outings allow our members to experience the fun of sailing on a variety of boats, thereby allowing them to see for themselves if they'd like to take formal classes to learn how to sail them.  And our Sunday morning Fun Racing program allows members to hone their sailing skills in a more competitive environment.

 

When our fleet is not being used for formal or informal instruction programs, Sail Chicago members who are qualified skippers may, for a nominal fee when compared to other sailing programs in the Chicago area, use our boats to take family and friends sailing.  And since everyone who's a member of Sail Chicago loves to sail, there's never a shortage of crew for skippers who'd like to get out on the water on a sunny summer afternoon or evening.

 

Of course, you may not be convinced that you'd really enjoy sailing.  That's why we designed our "Sail into Summer" program.  In this program, you'll be introduced to sailing through our four-session on-the-water Basic  Sailing Course, which doesn't require membership in Sail Chicago.  We're betting that after you complete that course, you'll want to become a full member of our community.

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In a bit of news, on April 18 Sail Chicago's Safety Director Ed Schroeder turned 85 years old.  Congtratulations, Ed!  May the wind always fill your sails!

 

FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO MEET AT MONTROSE HARBOR

By Pat Webster, Social Director

 

 The first Friends & Family Sail and Picnic will be held on Saturday, June 16th at Montrose Harbor from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity to share your interest in sailing with friends and family members who may be unfamiliar with or new to sailing.  Our larger boats, a Colgate 26 and Priorities, a 34' Hunter, will be ready to take those interested out on the water for a brief sail.  A picnic lunch will be provided at a charge of $7/adult and $3/child under 12.  Look for the Sail Chicago Announcement later in May.

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NATO SUMMIT MAY CREATE PROBLEMS

 The NATO Summit, scheduled to be held at Chicago's McCormick Place May 20 - 21, may create significant problems for Sail Chicago members who would like to sail out of Monroe Harbor during the week of the Summit.  While nothing difinitive has yet been published, it's rumored that Monroe Harbor may be closed at various times before, during, and/or after the conference.  If you plan to sail out of Monroe Harbor during that time, please watch the newspapers for more information or call the Monroe Harbormaster's Office at (312) 742-7643.

 

IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
Friends & Family to Meet at Montrose Harbor
NATO Summit May Create Problems
Who to Contact
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Sailing Season Now Open
Ues of Tender Service at Monroe Harbor Expanded
Register Now for Summer Maintenance!
Boat Managers Needed
Pre-Launch Gets Fleet Ready to Sail
Don't Miss Out, Register Now!
Help Sail Chicago - Become a Team Leader
Learn New Skills at Fun Racing
Let's go Cruising!
Skipper Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings!!!
Monroe Parking Passes Available for Skippers
Be Safe - Know the Weather and Your Boat
Board Takes Decisive Action
Pre -Sail Orientation Opens to Rave Reviews
Would You Like to Buy a Boat?
Find Sailing Buddies on Facebook and Twitter
Thanks, Dean!
Sail Chicago Reminders

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Maintenance Hotline

312-409-9000 or

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Joe Kucharski
Announcements - Ann Weaver
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Summer) - Alfred Chan & Iwona Awlasewicz
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
BOARD
Chairman
Joe Kucharski 

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
 Frank Loftus

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Maureen Huston

Ilya Letuchy
Mike Parapetti

Chris Schuler

Steve VanderVoort
Sam Veilleux
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
SAILING SEASON IS NOW OPEN
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Let's go sailing!

The 2012 sailing season is now officially open!  Sail Chicago's small keelboat fleet at Monroe Harbor is in the water and ready to sail.  Qualified Skippers may start reserving boats immediately.  Just log onto the Sail Chicago website, and once on the Reservation Page, find the boat of your choice, reserve it for your desired time, and go sailing.  Just make sure that you have adequate funds in your boat use account.

 

This year, most Sail Chicago members and guests will be using the tender service to get to the boats in Monroe Harbor.  To learn more about how to use the tender service, see the article on the use of the tender service elsewhere in this issue of "Between the Sheets."  For those who do not want to use the tender, two service dinghies are available at the south end of Monroe Harbor, but remember, due to weight restrictions, only two people, including gear, are allowed in a dinghy at one time.

 

Our cruising boat, Priorities, is scheduled to be in its slip on the E Dock in Belmont Harbor by not later than Monday, May 7.  Cruising boat skippers may start reserving it then.

USE OF TENDER SERVICE AT MONROE HARBOR EXPANDED

By Arleen Prairie, MPP Coordinator

 

Tender passes for all Sail Chicago sailors will be available at Monroe Harbor starting this season. This will enhance the ease of getting to and from all boats moored at Monroe. The goal of Sail Chicago is to use tender passes for all sails, eliminating reliance on the dinghies, although two service dinghies are available (remember, weight restrictions allow only two people per dinghy).

Sail Chicago has purchased enough tender passes to provide for the capacity of every boat in the Monroe Harbor fleet.  Pass allocations are as follows:
  • Ideals - 3 passes
  • Rhodes - 4 passes
  • Colgates - 6 passes
Skippers sailing a specific boat will request the packet of tender passes by boat name at the Tender Service Office.

Skippers MUST promptly return the passes to the Tender Office after each sail.  Passes need to be returned BEFORE the time of the next rental period. For afternoon sails, the passes must be returned by 5:30 pm.  Last sailing season skippers did an excellent job of returning passes on a timely basis.  With the expanded use of passes this season, all our sailors at Monroe Harbor depend on your continued cooperation.  

Look for an upcoming Sail Chicago Announcement detailing the use of our tender passes this year.
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REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER MAINTENANCE!

As part of their Annual Service Requirement, Sail Chicago members (except new members in their first summer) must register for one week of our Summer Maintenance Program (SMP), and be available to work during that week.  Both Service Time and SMP obligations must be satisfied for members to participate on-the-water activities.  Members assigned to SMP each week will be contacted should their assistance with maintenance be required.  Members who aren't available to fulfill their SMP commitment will need to re-register for another week before participating in on-the-water activities. 
 

To register for Summer Maintenance:
  1. E-mail smp@sailchicago.org (preferred) 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 7 and ending the week of Monday, October 8. 
     
  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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BOAT MANAGERS NEEDED

Have you ever thought about fulfilling your Annual Service Requirement by becoming a Boat Manager on one of our small keelboats?  Once a week, you'll perform a maintenance check on your assigned boat, doing any normal maintenance or repairs that you find necessary or that have been reported to you by the Summer Maintenance Coordinator.  At least once a month, you'll be responsible for giving the boat a thorough cleaning.

 

If repairs are beyond the scope of your abilities, The SMP Coordinator will help you to locate someone in Sail Chicago who can help.  The SMP Coordinator will also notify you on a weekly basis of those Sail Chicago members who have signed up for the following week's SMP duty.  If repairs or maintenance require more than one person, you can always call someone on SMP duty that week for additional help.

 

As a Boat Manager you have the authority to block out one five-hour period on the sailing schedule to perform your weekly maintenance check.  This period should be during non-peak hours or when the boat is not being used for instruction.  Becoming a Boat Manager are also fulfills your required SMP duty.  In order to become a Boat Manager, you must be a qualified Skipper on the class of boat you are managing.

 

For more information or to sign up, contact SMP@sailchicago.org.
PRE-LAUNCH GETS FLEET READY TO SAIL
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Pre-launch crew on a break

The morning of April 14 dawned cold and dreary, with a good chance of thunderstorms rolling in later, but that didn't stop a group of intrepid Sail Chicago members from showing up at the Canal Street Boatyard to do whatever needed to be done in order to get the fleet ready for launch on the following weekend.   Approximately 20 members showed up in their oldest of clothes with assorted children and dogs, prepared for whatever the day would bring.  Under the determined leadership of the stalwart Frank Loftus, assignments were made and the crew started to work. 

 

Because of earlier bad weather and an intervening holiday weekend, the various scheduled maintenance projects had gotten a little behind.  While much of the work had been done, several boats still needed to have their bottoms painted with anti-fouling copper paint.  And then there was the miscellaneous gear to sort out and load on the boats that were ready to be towed to Montrose Harbor the following weekend.  Under Frank's excellent direction, tasks were accomplished smoothly and efficiently.

 

2012 Pre-Launch
Painting her bottom

On the other side of the river, at the north end of the boatyard, another crew, under the firm direction of old salt Ed Schroeder, was in the midst of getting Priorities, our cruising boat, ready for launch on May 5.  These guys have been working through the cold and snow of winter to make sure that the pride and joy of our fleet will be in the best possible shape for a summer of sailing fun.  Since Priorities is a new boat to Sail Chicago, there was a lot to learn, but Ed and his crew are managing to make sure that it's ready to go on time.

 

An unexpected  highlight was an impromptu picnic sponsored by the Canal Street Boatyard staff.  The hotdogs, chips and drinks were a welcome break from the hard work during the rest of the day.  Our humble thanks to all who participated in helping to get our fleet ready for launch. 

 
DON'T MISS OUT, REGISTER NOW!
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John Lemon
By John Lemon, Lead Instructor 
 
Registration for summer 2012 sailing classes continues at the fastest rate in many years.  Over 100 sailors have enrolled in introductory and advanced classes to date.  Courses currently available are:
Session 1 (May ) is full; classes begin Saturday, May 5.  Session 2, beginning June 2, is filling quickly.  Don't delay-once the weather warms up everyone will want to get out on the water!

Look for news about our Spinnaker and Single-Handed Sailing classes later this month.

The Basic Keelboat Program seeks a volunteer to assist with class registration, answering questions from prospective students, and managing our online registration process.  Please email me if you are interested.  Our class scheduler, Mike Pancoast, had to relinquish his duties and Michael Hart has stepped in to handle all the scheduling on an interim basis.  Please e-mail him if you have questions regarding scheduling.  
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HELP SAIL CHICAGO - BECOME A TEAM LEADER
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Joe Kucharski

 By Joe Kucharski, Chairman

 

Currently we have three team leader positions open. These positions are essential in providing us all with services that keep us sailing each season.  They each come with sailing credits and fulfill the annual Member Service requirement.  Most importantly, they provide a vital service to everyone in Sail Chicago.  Please let me know of your interest soon.  


The positions that are open are:

 

Sail Team Leader - This position leads a team of volunteers who inspect, inventory and order sails for the fleet. This team also distributes sails to each boat at launch and ensure sails are properly identified and stored at the end of the sail season. This team leader is also responsible for repairs or replacements of damaged sails during the sail season.

 

 Electrical Team Leader - This position has the opportunity to work with our current team leader to learn the various electrical systems on the boats and the battery maintenance.  This person should have good mechanical skills and a knowledge of electrical systems is desirable but not necessary. 

 

Launch Team Leader - This team leader is responsible for coordinating both launch and haul out activities. You will coordinate boat assignments for sail up and sail down, coordinate with harbor masters for temporary mooring assignments. This position coordinates dates with instruction for the dates of launch. The team leader will also ensure boats are placed on the proper moorings at the time of launch.  
LEARN NEW SKILLS AT FUN RACING 
By Dolores Baron, Fun Racing Coordinator
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Dolores Baron

 

 Come join us for Fun Racing Sunday mornings at Monroe Harbor.  This activity will be free to all members, so come on out and race with us.  It's a great way to have fun, make new

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Spinnakers up at Fun Racing

friends, and improve your sailing skills all at the same time.   

 

Each Sunday before the race, we'll have a brief review of racing rules (room at the mark, timed start, right of way, etc).  Then we'll rig the boats, set the marks, and start racing.  An experienced skipper will be assigned to each boat, and the crew will be varied from week to week.  The races will be short, so that everyone has a chance to be at the helm for at least one race.  The rest of the crew will trim the jib, work the traveler and watch for other boats.


 Fun Racing will start Sunday June 3rd and continue through the second Sunday in September (skipping the labor day weekend).  We meet at the Monroe Harbor Tender Dock at 8:00 am and finish around noon. 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.   For more information please e-mail me.

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LET'S GO CRUISING!
By Ilya Letuchy, Cruising Boat Director 
Ilya Letuchy
Ilya Leytuchy
 
 
May is finally here and it couldn't come fast enough!  I hope everyone is as excited as I am to get back on the water.  Below are a couple of announcements from the cruising program to get the sailing season started right!
 
May Refresher Clinics - As promised, all existing Priorities Skippers are welcome and encouraged to participate in the May Refresher Clinics - an opportunity to get together with other skippers to reacquaint yourself with the boat.  Dates for the clinics are: 
  • Sunday, May 20th 8am - 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 23rd 6pm - 10:30pm
  • Sunday, May 27th 8am - 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 30th 6pm-10:30pm
To register, please email me specifying which session you would like to sign up for.  Please note that you must be a current Priorities skipper and have paid your 2012 membership dues.
 
Introduction to Cruising Course - The May, June and July sessions are now full!  To register for the August session please click here.
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SKIPPER TILLER TIMES AND MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS!!!
 
Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings (MCOs) have a new look this year.  In previous years they were tied together by the same Coordinator.  This year there are two different Coordinators, Chris Garvey for Tiller Times and Emily Case for MCOs.  Although both programs are free to Sail Chicago members, the qualifications for participation have changed. These guidelines were published in the April issue of "Between the Sheets," BTS, but please refer to the Tiller Time Guidelines and MCO Guidelines if needed. 
Chris Garvey
Chris Garvey
 
Both programs need skippers.  If you're an experienced Sail Chicago skipper, please consider signing up to skipper in one or both of these programs.  It's a great way to meet new people and to pass along your sailing skills to folks who really want to learn to sail.  In addition, if you skipper five or more times in one of these programs, your annual service requirement will be met.  Tiller Time skippers have the added benefit of receiving a $50 credit to their sailing accounts once they've completed five Tiller Times.  Program Coordinators may determine skipper qualifications.
Emily Case
Emily Case

 
If you are interested in being a skipper for either program, please email Chris for Tiller Times and Emily for MCOs with the following information (copy and paste so you don't forget!):
  • Name
  • Email address and/or phone number
  • Boat Preference (Rhodes, Ideals, Colgates, Hunter)
  • Availability (Dates and Times - be as specific as possible. These times are not guaranteed but will give the coordinators an idea for scheduling.)  

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MONROE PARKING PASSES AVAILABLE FOR SAIL CHICGO SKIPPERS
By Arleen Prairie, MPP Coordinator 

 

Monroe Harbor parking passes will again be held at in a rental box at a convenient location beginning May 2nd.  Parking passes are for either Millennium Park or DuSable Harbor. The DuSable pass enables you to use the pass anytime-including weekday mornings. The Millennium Pass can be used after 11 am on weekdays and anytime on weekends.

One parking pass per Skipper of a boat during the boat use period is available, although some restrictions apply.  Priority is given to evening sails during weekdays and afternoon sails on weekends.  If you participated in the MPP program last year, please feel free to continue its use.  Other Skippers, if you think you might like to use the program, please contact me.   
BE SAFE - KNOW THE WEATHER AND YOUR BOAT!
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Joe Kucharski
By Joe Kucharski, Chairman

 

 We have officially entered the sailing season and the summer-like weather in March seems to have gotten every sailor in the mood to be on the water.  Unfortunately April has brought us back to reality and reminds us that changes in weather on Lake Michigan are the norm.  For those of us who have good memories, we can recall a freak snow storm that occurred on May 15, 1997.  Because weather conditions can change so rapidly, we want to remind everyone to seriously consider weather forecasts  and respect the resource we call "the lake".


Safety is a strong tradition in Sail Chicago.  The checklist that you complete prior to your sail walks you though an organized inspection of your boat's mechanical attributes and safety equipment.  In recent years the number of Coast Guard boardings of pleasure vessels has been increasing.  Last year our fleet was boarded at least three times and the inspections of our vessels  found no safety violations or concerns.  This season we expect the boardings by the Coast Guard to be at or above last year's level.  

 

coast Guard logoBeing proactive, this year we have had a Coast Guard inspection prior to launching our boats.  If you check the port bow of our fleet you will see a red decal indicating that the vessel has passed a Coast Guard safety inspection.  There is also a document in the tool box that indicates the detail of the inspection and the date of the inspection.  While the decal may discourage a Coast Guard boarding, if they do board a boat during your sail they will ask for the inspection document.  Presenting this document will shorten the boarding and get you on your way sooner.  We have also added a pamphlet of Coast Guard rules to the tool box which summarizes several regulations including lighting requirements for vessels.


Take the time to review the Coast Guard pamphlet and the inspection document.  It's your responsibility to know and comply with all Coast Guard regulations.  As a skipper you are personally responsible for compliance with these regulations and, most importantly, the safety of your crew.


Be safe! 

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BOARD TAKES DECISIVE ACTION

 At its April meeting, your Sail Chicago Board took decisive action in a number of areas:

  • New officers were elected.  They are:
    • Chairman - Joe Kucharski
    • Vice-Chairman - Frank Loftus
    • Secretary - Fiona Ray
    • Treasurer, Jay Owens
  • The Board authorized the purchase of a third Colgate 26 to augment our fleet for the 2012 sailing season.  Our current Colgate 26s have proven extremely popular with members, and since they will now be used primarily for instruction purposes this summer, the Board felt that we needed to add to our capacity in this class of boat.
  • During periods when our boats are not being used for instruction, they are available for use by members who are qualified skippers.  The schedule of boat use fees has been slightly revised.
  • The Board decided to retain the mooring at Belmont Harbor previously occupied by the Shields (which has been sold), and to moor one of our boats there during the current sailing season.
  • Sam Veilleux was appointed to fill a one-year term vacancy on the Board created when Chris Riegel left to assume a new job on the West Coast. 

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PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS!
Michael Hart
Michael Hart

By Michael Hart

 

 All the stars were out for this gala event, the premier of "Pre-Sail Orientation."  With much anticipation surrounding this production, most of those in attendance were in their seats well in advance of the show.  Taking the stage, famed Producer and Director Danelo Flaviano, aka Dan Flavin, in charge of the whole event & PSO,  answered preliminary questions along with legendary star Davide Kelpsasio, aka Instructor David Kelpsas, before the scheduled starting time.      


About fifty potential sailing stargazers new to the organization crammed into the REI Lincoln Park community room.  Half signed up by using our website, the other through our partner REI, with not even a noticeable no show.  With class registrations on the increase over last year, not only are more students attending as a prerequisite before going out on the water, the doors are open for those interested in sailing with the opportunity to learn more about our organization.

2012 Pre Sail Orientation
David Kelpsas models the latest fashion in sailing gear


The "Pre-Sail Orientation" is a two act play with a brief intermission.  Act I consists of an introduction to Sail Chicago: who we are, our events throughout the season, what kind of boats we have, costs and the classes being offered.  The first Act was mildly impressive, but keep your eye on a young starlet named Emily Case who is expect to be showcased in several future performances.


In Act II, the "Instructors", as opposed to the "Producers", took over.  The various scenes consisted of soliloquies by David Kelpsas and Nick Brait elaborating the essentials on what to expect and be aware of before going out on the water, while veteran performer Tom Keaveny soon had everyone tied up in bowlines and stopper knots.  But certainly, and I'm not alone, the showstopper was seasoned performer Mike McCormick on his fascinating rendition of sailing concepts. 


For those registered members in the audience participating in the on-the-water section, they received a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Textbook and US Coast Guard Safety Manual.  Everyone who attended received a line (formerly a rope), in order to practice the knots they had memorized during the performance.


Critics have acclaimed the PSO Troupe's opening night of the much anticipated production to be a huge theatrical success.  To demonstrate how successful the evening actually was, several in the audience were even moved to sign up for future Sail Chicago events like the "Sail into Summer" or the "New Member Package."   

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUY A BOAT?
 Updates to our fleet have created some excess capacity.  Below are the boats being offered and their negotiable asking prices:
  • 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 or anyone you know are interested in any of these offerings contact Joe Kucharski.
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FIND SAILING BUDDIES ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Facebook Icon Have you ever wanted to go sailing with other Sail Chicago members but don't know who to call because you don't know who might be free at a particular date and time?  Or are you not yet able to take out a boat on your own but would love to crew with an experienced skipper?  One way to TwitterIconsolve your problem might be to post a notice on Sail Chicago's Facebook page or Tweet your availability. 


Here are some examples of posts or tweets you might want to use:

  • "New SC member looking to crew on a Colgate 26 Sundays in June"
  • "Just finished Intro to Sailing, need more experience but don't know a lot of people in SC.  Help!"
  • "Skipper looking for crew on Priorities, Sunday, July 15."

All you have to do is to "Like" the Sail Chicago website on Facebook, or join us on Twitter.  See you on the water!

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THANKS, DEAN!

After years of service  to Sail Chicago as the Summer Maintenance Program Coordinator, Dean Hackenberg is resigning.  Whenever there was any trouble with a boat, Dean was always the man to notify first.  His prompt action in getting in touch with the appropriate people meant that our boats would be back in service quickly.  We're grateful for his devotion to the cause.

 

The position of SMP Coordinator is being taken over by Alfred Chan and Iwona Awiasewicz (yes, it takes two people to fill Dean's shoes).  Out thanks to both of them for stepping up to this responsibility.  You can reach both Iwona and Alfred at SMP@sailchicago.org.

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

 

Renew Your Membership  

There are now two ways to renew your membership.  You may either do it online, or you may print a paper membership form and mail it to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Bonus Credits

If you add at least $100 to your reserve account by check (no credit cards) with Sail Chicago by May 31, you will receive an additional 10% in sailing credits.  If you do so after that, you will receive a 5% credit.  Mail your check, together with a note to add the funds to your account, to Sail Chicago, Attn:  Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas, Chicago, IL  60622.

 

Get Credit for a New Member

For every new member who joins Sail Chicago at the invitation of a current member, the current member will receive a $50 credit to their reserve account.  If someone participates in the "Sail into Summer" program, current members will receive a $25 credit.  There is no limit on the number of credits you may receive for encouraging your friends to join Sail Chicago.  In order for the referring member to get a credit, the new member needs to make reference to the referring member on the Sail Chicago Membership Application.

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BTS: April 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for April
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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been
offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction, and recreational
sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.
Issue #4April, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

If you're receiving "Between the Sheets" for the first time, WELCOME!  Hopefully, this newsletter will help to keep you informed about the great things that are happening at Sail Chicago this sailing season.  We hope you take advantage of our many instruction programs and varied activities.  Read on....

 

The early spring this year has made a lot of people more anxious than ever to start sailing again.  Not to worry!  the annual spring launch is scheduled for the end of April (see article below).  Before that takes place, however, there's still plenty of work that has to be done to put our fleet into tip-top shape for the upcoming sailing season.  Come down to the Canal Street Boatyard on Saturday mornings to learn how you can help.  Earn your service requirement in the process.

 

Our instruction programs are off to a great start!  All of our May classes are full, and June classes are filling rapidly.  If you'd like to take sailing instruction at any level this summer, sign up now (see article below).

 

Remember, there's lots of ways members can sail for free this summer.  You qualify for Tiller Time if you're a student in any of our outstanding instruction programs.  Member Cruise Outings are always free to members (guests pay a charge).  And this year for the first time Fun Racing on Sunday mornings will be free to members.  Take advantage of these programs and get out on the water. 

 

Grab your calendar and a pencil right now.  The dates for our summer social events have just been announced (see article below).  Here's another opportunity for still more free sailing for our members and guests.

 

If you've got a friend who might be interested in sailing, bring them to one of Sail Chicago's Pre-Sail Orientations (formerly known as "Dryland").  In addition to getting acquainted with some sailing basics, they'll learn a lot more about Sail Chicago. It's open to all people in the Chicago area.  And our Sail into Summer Program allows non-members to take one four-session basic sailing course on one of our Colgate 26s. 

 

This summer we want everyone out sailing!

INVITE A MEMBER - GET A CREDIT
 At its March meeting, your Sail Chicago Board approved a program for inviting new members to join Sail Chicago.  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 $50 credit to their account.  If your friend participates in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will receive a $25 credit.  There is no limit on the number of credits you may receive for encouraging your friends to join Sail Chicago.  Credits will be issued only to current members in good standing after their friends have actually joined and paid appropriate fees.  The new member needs to make reference to the referring member on the Sail Chicago membership application.  
IN THIS ISSUE
Invite a Member - Get a Credit
Instruction Programs More Popular Than Ever
Get Ready to Sail - Come to PSO!
Get Ready for Launch
Skippers Needed for Tiller Times and MCOs
Spring is Here!
Dates Set for Summer Social Activities
Join the Fun (Racing, That Is)
Two Ways to Renew
2012 Annual Meeting Highlights
Get your Bonus Credits
Cruising Courses Now Available

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Joe Kucharski
Announcements - Ann Weaver
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens
BOARD
Chairman
Joe Kucharski 

Treasurer
Jay Owens
Vice Chairman
 

Secretary
Frank Loftus 

Maureen Huston

Ilya Letuchy
Mike Parapetti

Fiona Ray

Chris Schuler
Steve VanderVoort
Rob Wakerly
Pat Webster
INSTRUCTION PROGRAMS MORE POPULAR THAN EVER
By John Lemon - Lead Instructor 
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John Lemon
 
Although it is barely April and the boats are not in the water yet, our Basic Keelboat instruction program has hit the ground running.  As a result of implementing our online class registration system, the pace of enrollment in learn to sail classes is significantly ahead of previous years.  Almost 60 people have signed up for Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper classes to date, as well as a dozen who have signed up for advanced sailing classes.  Our May Basic Sailing, Skipper Training, Introduction to Cruising, and Colgate Qualification classes are now full.  Intermediate Sailing classes are right behind them and will fill up very shortly.  Don't delay a day longer if you are thinking about signing up for classes in June or July! 
 
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Spring Sailing Class
Our new offering, Sail into Summer, has gotten a very good response, and our New Member Package continues the popularity we enjoyed last year.  Registration for both options is about even, so we have over 30 new sailors already signed up to get out on the water with Sail Chicago.  Those of you who have signed up for Sail into Summer always have the option to upgrade to full membership for an additional $200. This is the best way to further your sailing education. And New Members may add a second sailing class (Intermediate or Skipper Training) for $200.
 
Our Pre-Sail Orientation classes (see article below) are proving popular.  This year we have partnered with REI and are holding the classes in REI's Lincoln Park store community room.  As part of our enhanced effort to promote sailing, and Sail Chicago as one way to get into sailing, Pre-Sail Orientation classes are open to the public.  REI has publicized the April sessions on their website and through their member emails.  Quite a few new sailors are bringing friends as well.
 
Plans are underway to offer Spinnaker and Single-Handed Sailing classes; watch future issues of "Between the Sheets" for details.
 
Whether you have never sailed before or are an 'old salt', there is a Sail Chicago class that will enhance your sailing skills.  And if you are an experienced skipper and wish to pass along your passion for sailing through teaching others to sail, you may want to consider joining our dedicated group of volunteer sailing instructors.  Email me If you are interested.
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GET READY TO SAIL - COME TO PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION (PSO)
By Dan Flavin, Pre-Sail Orientation Coordinator
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Dan Flavin
 

  

Thinking about taking sailing lessons this summer?  Come to Pre-Sail Orientation and find out what you need to know in order to get out sailing on beautiful Lake Michigan.  You'll get an overview of how sailboats work, sail theory, nautical terminology, sailing gear, knots, and boating safety. You'll learn what you need to know in order to be prepared for your first on-the-water lesson.  You'll receive your textbook, boating safety materials, and details of your class schedule.  This is also a great opportunity to meet other sailors and find out about sailing-related activities for the entire summer.  Do you know someone who wants to learn to sail? Bring them along.

 

Our Pre-Sail Orientation (PSO) is for people who signed up for the "New Members Program", "Sail into Summer", or anyone who wants to learn more about getting into sailing.  In order to attend you MUST register.  Currently we are taking reservations for the first and second sessions.  Click on the link for your desired PSO to register.

 

Session 1 - Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 - 8:30 PM*

Session 2 - Saturday, April 28, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM*

Session 3 - Saturday, May 19, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM*

Session 4 - Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 - 8:30 PM*

Session 5 - Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 - 8:30 PM*

Session 6 - Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 - 8:30 PM*

*Doors Open half hour prior for check-in.  Class topics repeat each session

 

All sessions will be held in the REI Lincoln Park Community Room, 1466 North Halsted, Chicago.

Pre-Sail Orientation Topics Include:

 

Sail Chicago - boats, people, fun! 

Sailing Concepts - how sails work, basic sail trim, sailing directions

Sailing Preparation - what to wear, what to bring, where to meet  

Sailing Environment - weather, rules of the road, basic navigation aids

 

All new Sail Chicago members are required to attend PSO.  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!  Questions?  Contact us!   

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GET READ FOR LAUNCH
By Joe Kucharski, Maintenance Director 

We are preparing the boats for launch and the process will take 3 weeks to complete. Below is the schedule and locations for each activity. The launching activities are a great opportunity to not only get the boats in the water but build relationships with you fellow sailors.

  • Saturday April 14 9:00AM    Canal Street Marina           Prelaunch (Load gear in boats)
  • Saturday April 21 9:00AM    Montrose Harbor                Launch (Put boats in the water)
  • Saturday April 28 9:00AM    Montrose Harbor                Sail down to Monroe harbor

 

Look for further announcements in next month's issue of "Between the Sheets.".

SKIPPERS NEEDED FOR TILLER TIMES AND MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS

Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings (MCOs) have a new look this year.  In previous years they were tied together by the same Coordinator.  This year there are two different Coordinators, Chris Garvey for Tiller Times and Emily Case for MCOs.  Although both programs are free to Sail Chicago members, the qualifications for participation have changed.

Chris Garvey
Chris Garvey

 

Tiller Times are now reserved exclusively for on-the-water-sailing practice by student members who are enrolled in a Sail Chicago sailing course, new Skippers, and "rusty" skippers.  for more specific information and qualifications, please refer to the Tiller Time Guidelines

Emily Case
Emily Case

 

MCOs are informal pleasure sails for all Sail Chicago members and their guests.  People who would like to get out on the water without the responsibility for skippering a boat can do so under the guidance of a qualified Sail Chicago Skipper and crew.  For specific details on how the program works, please refer to the MCO Guidelines

 

Both programs need skippers.  If you're an experienced Sail Chicago skipper please consider signing up to skipper in one or both of these programs.  It's a great way to meet new people and to pass along your sailing skills to folks who really want to learn to sail.  In addition, if you skipper five or more times in one of these programs, your annual service requirement will be met.  Tiller Time skippers have the added benefit of receiving a $50 credit to their sailing accounts once they've completed five Tiller Times.  Program Coordinators may determine skipper qualifications. 

 

To find out more, review the Guidelines above or contact either Chris or Emily

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SPRING IS HERE (IN CASE YOU DIDN'T NOTICE)
Joe Kucharski
By Joe Kucharski, Maintenance Director 
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Launching Equinox

Spring has arrived early in Chicago and from the looks of things the sailing season will also get an early start. Westrec and the Chicago Park District have announced that the harbors will open effective March 31. We are feverishly working to get our fleet ready for launch and there is the possibility that we will be launching one or more boats early provided that an adequate number of people participate in getting the boats ready for launch. If you have not yet met your service requirement, now is the time for you to come to the boat yard and help prepare the fleet for launch.

If you have a desire and a willingness to serve Sail Chicago, the following functions are in need of a team leader.  Serving as a team leader earns you sail credits and gives you the opportunity to learn new skills while serving Sail Chicago.  The following positions are currently available:
  • Sail team
  • Electrical team
  • Summer Maintenance coordinator
If you have an interest in any of these positions, contact me for details and responsibilities.
 
Come down to the boat yard on any Saturday between 9:00 AM and noon (except April 7) and see either Frank Loftus or Joe Kucharski for a project that allows you to complete your service time. Once you have received a project you will be able to perform the task on schedule that fits your personal schedule.
 
See you at the boat yard!
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DATES SET FOR SUMMER SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
By Pat Webster, Social Director 
2010 Picnic Raising the Main
Friends & family prepare to go sailing

Saturday, June 16 will see the first of two Friends & Family get-togethers.  This first one will be held from 1-5:00 pm at Montrose Harbor.  Members are encouraged to bring along their friends and family who may be interested in exploring summer sailing opportunities with Sail Chicago.  Priorities, our 34 foot Hunter and our Colgate 26 will be available to take folks out on sailing excursions.  Don't hesitate to join in the fun!  More details about the event will be available as the date approaches.
 
 A second Friends & Family picnic is planned for Saturday, August 4th also at Montrose Harbor. 
 
Sail Chicago members and friends can also join fellow sailors to watch the Alpari World Match Racing Tour being held at Belmont Harbor on Saturday, July 14th.  According to the Chicago Match Race Center website  the event will bring 12 of the world's top-ranked skippers and their teams to compete.  Details to follow.
 
And finally, preliminary plans are also under way for Sail Chicago's annual post-season party later in the fall.  Please be sure to look for more information in future issues of "Between the Sheets."
 
JOIN THE FUN (RACING, THAT IS) 
 By Dolores Baron, Fun Racing Coordinator  
Dolores Baron
Dolores Baron

 

 Come join us for Fun Racing Sunday mornings at Monroe Harbor.  This activity will be free to all members, so come on out and race with us.  It's a great way to have fun, make new friends, and improve your sailing skills all at the same time.   

 

Each Sunday before the race, we'll have a brief review of racing rules (room at the mark, timed start, right of way, etc).  Then we'll rig the boats, set the marks, and start racing!  An experienced skipper will be assigned to each boat, and the crew will be varied

from week to week.  The races will be short, so that everyone has a chance to be at the

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Rounding the mark at Fun Racing

helm for at least one race.  The rest of the crew will trim the jib, work the traveler and watch for other boats.


 Fun Racing will start Sunday June 3rd and continue through the second Sunday in September (skipping the labor day weekend).  We meet at Montrose Harbor at 8:00 am and finish around noon.  We will need to leave the boats not later than 12:30 pm. 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.   For more information please e-mail me.

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RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TWO WAYS
 It's time for all Sail Chicago members to renew your membership.  This year there are two ways to do it:
  1. With our new internet-based renewal form, just a couple of mouse clicks and your 2012 membership renewal is complete.  Yes, it really is just that easy! 
  2. If you'd like to do it the old fashioned way, download a paper renewal form, print it, and mail it to Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 10169, Chicago, IL  60610-8914, together with your check payable to Sail Chicago.

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2012 ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS CHANGES
Michael Hart
Michael Hart

By Michael Hart 

 

 If you were one of the unfortunate who couldn't attend the recent Sail Chicago Annual Meeting, you are in the minority.  The sailors came out in droves to hear about all the great changes that continue to be put in place.  Even potential and brand new members joined the assembly on the 2100 block of N. Halsted in the clean, bright and accommodating DePaul Center.

More than likely you will never hear the following words uttered during a meeting of a sailing organization, especially within a non-for-profit focused one like ours.  Efficiency, standardization, streamline, realignment, and reengineering are just a few.  We are already on the path toward decreasing expenses through a reduction in storage facility costs, centralizing and maintaining the correct balance of Rhodes at Monroe Harbor and a considerable savings accrued without the former Shields, which was seldom used.  With these being the major cost cutters, many other smaller steps toward savings and efficiency cumulatively add up to be just as noticeable.

2012 Annual Meeting
2012 Annual Meeting


 The doors are now opening, the barriers have been lifted, and now everyone can experience the joy of sailing.  Access before membership, bringing sailing to the masses, totally progressive and labeled, "Sail into Summer."  A new member package and a variety of specialized classes will turn one summer into multiple and hopefully a lifetime of seasons with Sail Chicago.

Printing and filling out the class registration form, writing a check, preparing the envelope, getting a stamp and finding a postal box are a thing of the past.  Today, now, the adventure in sailing starts this second.  You are registered instantaneously for classes, membership, and ready to begin or continue your adventure on the water with great people, in the most beautiful of cities.

This article is certainly a synopsis of all that was said and other articles have and will elaborate in more detail the many changes that are taking place in Sail Chicago.  To relive the flow and content of the event, the Annual Meeting slideshow presentation includes usage statistics for the boats and website, dates for planned events and the results from the survey taken by members.  During these tough economic times we haven't participated in any creative financing, only appropriate leveraging of our assets.  Jay Owens, the Treasurer, elaborated with his Financial Results.          

Our leaders, two of whom will be serving for the first time, IIya Letuchy and Fiona Ray, have a chance to build upon the positive direction we are already taking.  After the election, a quarter of our leadership are outstanding women with most of the representatives being under the age of 40.  The twelve member board is comprised of individuals that understand the need to incorporate the latest trends in marketing and technology while at the same time possessing a great passion to sail.  Also, congratulations to returning Board members Pat Webster and Robert Wakerly.

The meeting after the meeting


Samuel T. Veilleux has been the major influence in bringing about most of the aforementioned changes.  His announcement that he is stepping down as Chairman after six years led to a genuine standing ovation in appreciation. Our Vice Chairman, Joe Kucharski, moves to the top of the chain of command.  Joe will certainly do well in controlling expenses, reducing maintenance even further and has the luxury in working with a Board that will bring in new sailors.  As for the one responsible for training those sailors, Lead Instructor John Lemon has left the Board to not only focus on a greater influx of students, but to organize and oversee a more diverse curriculum.

Our thanks to our Social Director, Pat Webster, for once again putting on an Annual Meeting that will long be remembered! 

GET YOUR BONUS CREDITS 

 If you're a Skipper who sails a boat for private use, you may want to think about adding to your reserve account early.  If you add at least $100 to your account by cash or check, you will receive a bonus in sailing credits based upon the total dollars you add.  Here's the schedule:

  • By April 30 - 20% of the amount added
  • By May 31 - 10% of the amount added
  • The rest of the sailing season - 5% of the amount added.

Remember, you must add at least $100 by check (no credit cards) in order to receive the credit.  Mail your check together with a note to add the amount to your account, to Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas St, Chicago, IL  60622. 

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CRUISING COURSES NOW AVAILABLE 

By Ilya Letuchy, Cruising Program Director 

Ilya Letuchy
Ilya Letuchy

 

 I am very excited to be taking over the Cruising Program this year!  We got off to a great start last year and I look forward to another great season!  Here is a sneak peak at what we have planned:

 

May Refresher Clinics - Since Priorities, our Hunter 34, is still fairly new to Sail Chicago, we invite everyone who earned their skipper card on Priorities last year to refresh their skills.  There will be 4 individual sessions scheduled throughout May for current Priorities skippers to get together and reacquaint themselves with the boat.  These clinics are free, and we strongly encourage every Priorities skipper to attend at least one.

Introduction to Cruising Course - Once again, we'll be offering an Introduction  to Cruising course.    It's open to any member who has completed another Sail Chicago on-the-water sailing course.  Whether you are just interested in finding out what it's like to sail a larger boat, you are on track to become a skipper, or you are thinking about chartering a sailboat in an exotic locale, this is the course for you (skipper candidates must possess a Sail Chicago Skippercard).   It's designed to teach the basics of operating a larger sailboat with an inboard motor.  In addition to a review of sailing skills, students will be introduced to reefing a larger sail, docking, motoring, anchoring, inboard diesel operation, VHF radio, nautical charts (maps) and crew coordination.  Our May course is already full.  To register for our June, July or August courses click here.
  

Tiller Time - This year we'll be hosting Tiller Time on Priorities.  Tiller Times will be open to all students currently enrolled in a cruising course.  The purpose of Tiller Time is to provide an opportunity to practice sailing skills learned in class with a different skipper.


 
Docking Clinic - This year we are introducing Docking Clinics.  Docking Clinics will be specific Tiller Time sessions dedicated completely to docking.  This is a great opportunity to supplement the sailing skills that you learn in the class and get additional practice time.  These will be scheduled to coincide with the classes and are open to students registered in our Introduction to Cruising course.


Member Cruise Outings (
MCOs) - this is a great opportunity for any member to sail on Priorities, Sail Chicago's large cruising boat.  It's a chance to experience a larger boat whether you want to "get your feet wet" or just come out for the ride.  Regular Sail Chicago MCO rules will apply.


Port-to-PortThis year we will bring back port-to-port cruises.  Spend the entire day cruising on Lake Michigan.  These are one day or overnight cruises to a nearby ports that give you the chance to enhance your cruising skills.  On each of these cruises, those interested will be introduced to plotting and maintaining a course using both chart and compass techniques and the GPS.  Marine radio techniques and radio communications will be introduced as well.  Watch future issues of "Between the Sheets" for more details on dates and cost.

I'm excited about our many program offerings for this upcoming sailing season.  If you've got questions regarding anything outlined here, please contact me
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BTS: March 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for March
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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been
offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction, and recreational
sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.
Issue #3March, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

The days are getting longer, and the moderating weather seems to indicate that spring is just around the corner.  As if these signs weren't enough, activities in Sail Chicago are becoming more numerous.  Because all of our boats are now stored outside, winter maintenance has turned into "spring maintenance" (see article below).  If you still need to fulfill your service time requirement, check out the article to see how to do it through maintenance.  

 

The Sail Chicago Annual Meeting, a sure sign of spring, will be held on March 22 (see article and details below).  And don't forget to go to the Sail Chicago website to sign up for those sailing classes you've been meaning to take.  With a couple of new program offerings, signups have been moving quickly. 

 

Sail Chicago is again this year sponsoring a "Learn to Sail" seminar on Thursday, March 29, starting  7:00 pm, at REI Lincoln Park.  We have invited three other sailing schools in the Chicago area to join us.  Each organization will briefly present their sailing instruction programs, and then seminar participants will have an opportunity to talk informally with the representatives.  REI has publicized this event to their members, and as of March 1, all spaces were filled and there was a waiting list.  This is a hopeful sign of renewed interest in sailing by Chicago area residents.

 

If you're reading this newsletter for the first time, you'll probably notice that our volunteer members start to get really active at this time of year.  We all want to make this the best sailing season ever, and we're committed  to helping everyone in the Chicago area experience the fun and enjoyment of sailing.  

 

We hope you will join us in many of our activities.  Check out our new Sail into Summer program on our website, or if you just want to spend a couple of hours learning more about Sail Chicago, sign up for one of our Pre-Sail Orientations.  They're very informative and free for everyone. 

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TWO WAYS
 It's time for all Sail Chicago members to renew your membership.  This year there are two ways to do it:
  1. With our new internet-based renewal form, just a couple of mouse clicks and your 2012 membership renewal is complete.  Yes, it really is just that easy! 
  2. If you'd like to do it the old fashioned way, download a paper renewal form, print it, and mail it to Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 10169, Chicago, IL  60610-8914, together with your check payable to Sail Chicago.

If you bring your renewal form to the Annual Meeting on March 22 (see article in this issue), you MUST pay by check.  Credit card payments will NOT be accepted at the Annual Meeting.

IN THIS ISSUE
Two Ways to Renew
Annual Meeting March 22
Volunteers Step Forward
Get your Bonus Credits
Dont Forget Your Service Rquirement!
Sign Up for Sailing Instruction
2012 Cruising Program Unveiled
Get Qualified on a Colgate
31st Street Harbor to Open in May

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WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Program - Ilya Letuchy
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Emily Case
Open Racing - Dolores Baron
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
Safety - Ed Schroeder
Social - Pat Webster
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 ANNUAL MEETING MARCH 22

 By Pat Webster, Social Director

 

All Sail Chicago members are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 22nd.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6:45 pm.  It will be held in the 2nd floor meeting room of the St. Vincent DePaul Center, 2145 North Halsted (Halsted and Webster). Underground parking at the Center is available at no charge and is accessible from Webster Street.   Cars must be out of the parking lot by 9:00 pm.  The meeting will end by not later than 8:45 pm.  After the formal meeting we will adjourn to the Halsted Harp, a local establishment at 2138 N Halsted, for 

refreshments and continued conversation.

 

The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" report by our Board Chairman, election of Directors, program reports and a question answer period with the Board. This year presentations will be streamlined so that there will ample time for discussion.

 

2011 Annual Meeting

We encourage all returning members to renew their memberships on the Sail Chicago website prior to the meeting.  This will reduce the time needed to get everyone signed in and seated.  For those members who have not renewed by the night of the meeting, checks along with paper membership forms will be accepted at the meeting.  We CANNOT accept credit card payments at the meeting. You may only renew your memberships with a credit card if you do so online.  In order to vote for Board candidates, members must have paid their dues for 2012.

 

We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2012 sailing season!

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VOLUNTEERS STEP FORWARD

Recently there have been several changes in volunteer positions at Sail Chicago. These include:

 

Ilya Letuchy
Ilya Letuchy

Chris Riegel, Cruising Program Coordinator of Sail Chicago has moved to the Seattle area. Taking his place is Ilya Letuchy.  During this past sailing season, Ilya was the boat manager for Priorities, Sail Chicago's cruising boat.  We're looking forward to a continuation and expansion of the Cruising Program under Ilya's guidance.

Dolores Baron
Dolores Baron

 

Tom & Hewly Prucher, long-time Coordinators of Sail Chicago's Open Racing Program resigned after this past sailing season. Taking their place is Dolores Baron.  Dolores has been an enthusiastic racer for several years.  She's also part of the Sail Chicago Instruction Program.  This year Open Racing will be held out of Monroe Harbor on Sunday mornings.

Emily Case
Emily Case

 

Emily Case has accepted the newly-created position of Member Cruise Outing (MCO) Coordinator.  Previously the positions of Tiller Time Coordinator and MCO Coordinator were under the guidance of Chris Garvey.  Because the guidelines for Tiller Times and MCOs have changed this year, the positions have been split.  Emily, a relatively new member of Sail Chicago, brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to the job.

 

Shawn Lord will be taking over the position of Standing Rigging Coordinator from Steve Faydash.  They will be working closely together this spring as Shawn "learns the ropes."   He will assume full responsibility for the standing rigging during the haul-out this coming fall.

 

Many thanks to all our volunteers, past and present, who have given so much of their time, effort, and energy in order to help make sailing available to out entire Chicagoland community.

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GET YOUR BONUS CREDITS 

 If you're a Skipper who sails a boat for private use, you may want to think about adding to your reserve account early.  If you add at least $100 to your account by cash or check, you will receive a bonus in sailing credits based upon the total dollars you add.  Here's the schedule:

  • By April 30 - 20% of the amount added
  • By May 31 - 10% of the amount added
  • The rest of the sailing season - 5% of the amount added.

Remember, you must add at least $100 by check (no credit cards) in order to receive the credit.  Mail your check together with a note to add the amount to your account, to Lois Lawson, 2019 W Thomas St, Chicago, IL  60622. 

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DON'T FORGET YOUR SERVICE REQUIREMENT
Joe Kucharski
Joe Kucharski
By Joe Kucharski, Winter Maintenance Director

 

Spring is just around the corner and soon it will be time to launch our fleet.  In preparation for our launch we are beginning to prep our boats for the season.  Since this is our first year with an outdoor maintenance facility, we have been waiting for the weather to moderate before we begin our spring projects.  On Saturday March 10, 2012 we will be meeting for the first time this season to perform general maintenance on our small keel boats.

 

To fulfill your service requirements come to the Canal Street Boatyard on the morning of March 10 and sign up for open projects.  We are continuing with our project-based maintenance program that allows you to sign up for a maintenance project and complete it on your schedule.  The good news this year is that the projects that are required will take far fewer hours than projects of the past.  Much of this has to do with the work than has been done on our fleet over the past several years and the upgrading of our fleet with vessels like the Ideals and the Colgates.

 

We continue to seek team leaders for the positions of:

  • Miscellaneous gear,
  • Electrical gear
  • Summer Maintenance Coordinator 

If you volunteer for one of these positions, your service time requirements are automatically met.  If you have an interest or desire more information, please see Joe Kucharski on March 10 or contact him. We look forward to seeing you on March 10.

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SIGN UP NOW FOR SAILING INSTRUCTION
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John Lemon
By John Lemon, Lead Instructor
  

Summer sailing classes opened for registration during Strictly Sail, and we have had an excellent response.  If you're thinking about taking a sailing class this summer, now is the time to sign up and beat the rush!  Our new online registration system makes it easier than ever to plan your sailing summer and enroll in the classes you want.

 

Our Basic Keelboat program offers classes at every skill level, for both new sailors and for those who wish to refine your sailing skills. 

 

If you are new to sailing or have been on a sailboat but need to expand your knowledge and skills, Basic Sailing is for you.  If you completed Basic Sailing last summer or have some experience and want to further your knowledge and skills, sign up for Intermediate Sailing.  Skipper Training, (formerly Skipper Prep) is the course for those who are on track to qualify to sail Sail Chicago boats on their own or who just want to learn more about the challenges of skippering a smaller keelboat.  Class sessions begin May 5, June 2, July 7, and August 4.  All classes are held at Monroe Harbor.  Each class consists of four lessons, held weekly for four weeks or twice-weekly for two weeks.

 

BASIC SAILING is a fun introduction to our great sport and is totally hands-on-you'll be steering the boat on your first lesson.  You will learn boat handling skills in open water- preparing the boat to sail, reading the wind, sailing upwind and downwind, steering the boat through turns, starting and stopping, as well as an introduction to weather and safety. Basic Sailing classes are held on our new Colgate 26s, the premier sailing training boat in the US.

Rhodes 19
Gaining instruction on a Rhodes 19

 

INTERMEDIATE SAILING puts together all the skills you learned in Basic Sailing--points of sail, sail trim, weather, and right-of-way rules--and introduces you to boat handling in close quarters, i.e. sailing in the harbor.  The class will help you develop the skills you need to skipper a small keelboat under the guidance of an experienced sailor or sailing instructor.  You will learn to leave and return to a mooring under sail and to plan a simple day sailing excursion in nearby waters.  This class is held on our Rhodes 19s and Ideal 18s to enhance your boat handling skills.

 

SKIPPER TRAINING develops the specific skills you need to pass our on-the-water sailing exam, one of the requirements to qualify to sail our basic keelboats on your own.  The course focuses on harbor sailing, mooring departures and returns, crew overboard maneuvers, heavy weather sailing tactics, and the skills you need to successfully coordinate a crew.  The on-the-water evaluation is included in the course.  This class is also held on our Rhodes 19s and Ideal 18s.

 

Participation in one PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION class is required of everyone who is new to Sail Chicago.  The class introduces you to safety and basic sailing concepts and is a great place to meet other sailors and to learn more about all of Sail Chicago's programs.  You will receive class materials as well.  Do you have a friend, relative, or significant other who is interested in sailing?  Bring them along!  Classes will be held at REI Lincoln Park, 1466 N Halsted, Chicago, and are free and open to the public.  Once you sign up for a class, you will receive details on dates and times.  Check future issues of BTS for details.

 

If you are new to sailing, check out our Sail into Summer offering, an opportunity for beginning sailors to try our Basic Sailing class without committing to a full Sail Chicago Membership for just $250.  For those who want to take advantage of all Sail Chicago has to offer, we are again offering our New Member Package, including Sail Chicago Membership, Pre-Sail Orientation (formerly Dryland), a Basic, Intermediate or Skipper Training sailing course, and access to free Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings, as well as invitations to all social events.  The package is $400 and new members may add additional classes for $200 each.  Course fee for returning members is $200 per class except as noted above. 

 

Questions?  Email instruction@sailchicago.org  

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2012 CRUISING PROGRAM UNVEILED
Ilya Letuchy
Ilya Letuchy
 By Ilya Letuchy, Cruising Program Coordinator

 

 I am very excited to be taking over the Cruising Program this year!  We got off to a great start last year and I look forward to another great season!  Here is a sneak peak at what we have planned:

 

May Refresher Clinics - Since Priorities, our Hunter 34, is still fairly new to Sail Chicago, we invite everyone who earned their skipper card on Priorities last year to refresh their skills.  There will be 4 individual sessions scheduled throughout May for current Priorities skippers to get together and reacquaint themselves with the boat.  These clinics are free, and we strongly encourage every Priorities skipper to attend at least one.
Hunter 34
Hunter 34

Introduction to Cruising Course - Once again, we'll be offering an Introduction  to Cruising course.    It's open to any member who has completed another Sail Chicago on-the-water sailing course.  Whether you are just interested in finding out what it's like to sail a larger boat, you are on track to become a skipper, or you are thinking about chartering a sailboat in an exotic locale, this is the course for you (skipper candidates must possess a Sail Chicago Skippercard).   It's designed to teach the basics of operating a larger sailboat with an inboard motor.  In addition to a review of sailing skills, students will be introduced to reefing a larger sail, docking, motoring, anchoring, inboard diesel operation, VHF radio, nautical charts (maps) and crew coordination.  To learn more about the course and to sign up for a specific session, please click here 
 

Tiller Time - This year we'll be hosting Tiller Time on Priorities.  Tiller Times will be open to all students currently enrolled in a cruising course.  The purpose of Tiller Time is to provide an opportunity to practice sailing skills learned in class with a different skipper.


 
Docking Clinic - This year we are introducing Docking Clinics.  Docking Clinics will be specific Tiller Time sessions dedicated completely to docking.  This is a great opportunity to supplement the sailing skills that you learn in the class and get additional practice time.  These will be scheduled to coincide with the classes and are open to students registered in our Introduction to Cruising course.


Member Cruise Outings (
MCOs) - this is a great opportunity for any member to sail on Priorities, Sail Chicago's large cruising boat.  It's a chance to experience a larger boat whether you want to "get your feet wet" or just come out for the ride.  Regular Sail Chicago MCO rules will apply.


Port-to-Port - This year we will bring back port-to-port cruises.  Spend the entire day cruising on Lake Michigan.  These are one day or overnight cruises to a nearby ports that give you the chance to enhance your cruising skills.  On each of these cruises, those interested will be introduced to plotting and maintaining a course using both chart and compass techniques and the GPS.  Marine radio techniques and radio communications will be introduced as well.  Watch future issues of "Between the Sheets" for more details on dates and cost.

I'm excited about our many program offerings for this upcoming sailing season.  If you've got questions regarding anything outlined here, please contact me
QUALIFY TO SAIL THE COLGATE 26

Colgate 26 qualification is open to members who are already qualified to sail our Rhodes 19s and Ideal 18s (skippercard holders). The Colgate 26 has proven to be very popular due to its large, comfortable cockpit, well-thought out layout, and ease of handling in all conditions. We now have two Colgate 26s in our fleet.

Colgate 26
Colgate 26

 

This course will enable skippers to gain familiarity with the sailing characteristics of a larger boat. You will learn about equipment not found on our smaller boats, including reefing and roller furling systems, winches, and VHF radio. You will gain experience using the outboard motor to leave and return to the mooring can as well as approaching and leaving a dock.  Learning to skipper the Colgate 26 is a good way to gain the skills and confidence to qualify to sail our 34' Hunter, Priorities.  This class consists of two lessons; the course fee is $100.  All classes are held at Monroe Harbor.  To sign up for a course, click here.  

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31ST STREET HARBOR TO OPEN IN MAY
Michael Hart
Michael Hart
By Michael Hart
 
Olympics or not, the 31st St. Harbor will be opening this sailing season.  Considering the close proximity to Soldier Field, some may think the new harbor was designed to take on the shape of a football.  Actually, it more accurately resembles the outline of a monohull heading southeast.     

A freshly laid three stage innovative breakwater system starts along the last bend of the 31st St. Beach House Pier and arches outward and south for half a mile.  The shoreline that the harbor has incorporated was constructed over three years ago along with the then new beach house and it's concrete pier/breakwater.
31st Street Harbor
31st Street Harbor

Twelve floating pier columns of differing lengths will hold close to 1,000 vessels.  The greatest concentration of slips will be amongst the center piers that extend further out into the harbor allowing for forty to over fifty boats per side.  As for the longest of the yachts, up to two hundred feet, they'll be close to the entrance of the harbor.     

A multi-lane boat ramp that has been in place ever since the shore was upgraded finally has a driveway that leads to it.  Located off the starboard bow of the boat shaped harbor, a floatable breakwater separates the launch area from the slips.  The ramp has been designed to accommodate small craft better with the added intention in eliminating the launch area that has created havoc at Burnham Harbor.  Diversey, Hayes, 95th and now 31st Street has a usable ramp, one that is even more extreme than those found at the abutting Burnham Skateboard Park. 
31st Street Marina
31st Street Marina

The Marina's community center will be sitting atop an enclosed 300+ car garage with an accessible green roof promenade.  The environmentally friendly facility with LEED certification will not only service the boaters traditional needs, but will also be open to the public.  Visitors and boaters alike will be able to dine at a sit-down restaurant and then enjoy even better views by strolling around the harbor to the new Lake Michigan overlook on Point Park.

Youth sailing programs and small craft storage will make being out on the water more accessible.  A larger playground and access to an already inviting beach will entice families.

Beyond the standard dock amenities, close proximity and choice of either 200 outdoor or indoor 50' max. heated boat storage spots, marine store, fuel dock and dedicated showers will fulfill most on and off the water conveniences for boaters.  Overall, an additional four acres of parkland space has been created, and the breakwater will even have a path that'll allow fishing.

If the 31st Street lakefront area does indeed become a destination place for Chicagoans and possibly tourists, the on-site parking lot with two additional nearby options almost quadruples the former number of available spaces.  

Currently, Sail Chicago has no plans to moor any of the boats in our fleet at the harbor.  Even so, everyone has access to this new yacht club setting and can avoid the Museum Campus congestion by taking the Stevenson Expressway or South Lake Shore Drive.   
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BTS: February 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for February
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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been
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Issue #2February, 2012 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

If this is your first time reading "Between the Sheets," WELCOME!  We're delighted you're here.  This monthly newsletter from Sail Chicago will help to keep you informed about what we're doing and how you can become involved.  We're committed to helping everyone in the Chicago area experience the fun and enjoyment of sailing, and we hope you will join us in many of our activities. 

 

Several of our members have been working hard recently to update our website.  We have streamlined our membership renewal and class registration system, using technology to do most of the work for us instead of relying on a few over-worked volunteers to do the heavy lifting.  Now, perhaps those volunteers can spend more time sailing instead of pushing paper!

 

Our instruction programs also have a new look.  John Lemon and Mike Pancoast have been working hard to streamline Sail Chicago's course offerings.  "Sail into Summer" (see article below) is a new offering for anyone in the Chicago area who wants to learn the basics of sailing.  Basic keelboat instruction now comprises Basic Sailing, Intermediate Sailing, and Skipper Training.  The signup procedure for all of these programs has also been streamlined (see article below).

 

Many thanks to all our volunteers for all their hard work!

TIME TO PAY YOUR DUES

 It's time for all Sail Chicago members to renew their membership.  This year, thanks to the hard work of our technical volunteers, we've made it especially easy.  With our new internet-based renewal form, just a couple of mouse clicks and your 2012 membership renewal is complete.  Yes, it really is just that easy!  Of course, if you'd like to do it the old fashioned way, you can update your information online, print it, and mail it to Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 10169, Chicago, IL  60610-8914, together with your check, but why waste the stamp?
 

Many thanks to Ben Farmer and Ed Pescetto for all their hard work getting this up and running, and especially to Sam Veilleux for coordinating the effort.
"SAIL INTO SUMMER"
New this year to our instruction program is a "Sail into Summer" package that encourages everyone in the Chicagoland community to get some basic sailing instruction without having to make a commitment to full membership in Sail Chicago.  It's perfect for people who think they might like to try sailing, but are not sure whether or not they'll enjoy it.  For a fee of $250, you receive one Pre-Sail Orientation session and a four-session on-the-water Basic Sailing course on a 26' sailboat.  In addition, you can sign up later for full membership in Sail Chicago for an additional $200. 

If you're new to sailing and you think you might be interested in getting a little sailing experience, sign up for "Sail into Summer."  It only takes a couple of mouse clicks.  And don't forget to encourage your friends to sign up as well.

If you're pretty sure you like to do a fair amount of sailing this summer, then explore our New Member Package.  It's an economical way to develop and practice your sailing skills all summer long, while getting to know some great people.  See you on the water! 
IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
Time to Pay Your Dues!
"Sail into Summer"
Who to Contact
Board
Annual Meeting March 22
Class is in Session!
Marketing Makeover
Spring is in the Air
Instructors Enlightened
Instruction Fleet Sees Changes
Sail Chicago Makes a Splash!
Sail Chicago at NSPS
Chicago Maritime Festival February 25

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Announcements - Ann Weaver
Bookkeeper - Mark Fechner
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Boat - Chris Riegel
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Pre-Sail Orientation - Dan Flavin
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
ANNUAL MEETING MARCH 22

 The Sail Chicago Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, March 22 at the St. Vincent DePaul Center, 6:30 pm.  More information will follow in the March issue of "Between the Sheets."  Mark your calendar now!.

CLASS IS IN SESSION

Thanks to the hard work of John Lemon and Mike Pancoast, Sail Chicago already has some course offerings posted on our website.  Basic Sailing, Intermediate Sailing, and Skipper Training courses are listed for the months of May and June.
 
New this year:

  • Time frames have been shortened.  Although individual courses still consist of four separate sessions, instead of spreading out individual sessions over a four week period, many will now be offered on the twice-weekly basis.  This will allow you to complete a particular course more quickly, so you can move on to the next or get more informal practice through Tiller Times.  This may also allow you to check out as a Skipper sooner.
  • All Basic Sailing courses are being taught on our Colgate 26s.  Intermediate Sailing and Skipper Training will continue to be taught on the Rhodes 19s.
  • "Dryland" has been renamed "Pre-Sail Orientation." Since this one session course is now open to anyone interested in sailing, its contents have been re-focused.
  • Skipper checkout is now part of the Skipper Training course.

Explore the course details on the Sail Chicago website and sign up before it's too late!  Keep checking back; new course offerings will appear throughout the next few months.

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MARKETING MAKEOVER

Strictly Sail 2012 Banner Sail Chicago is taking a giant leap forward in its marketing effort this year.  Under the direction of Mike Parapetti, all of our marketing materials have a new, cleaner look (just look to your left).  Now we have a common theme and colors running through all of our print materials and our website, even on this publication's masthead.  The flyer and brochure that we used during the Strictly Sail Chicago Show both do a great job at clearly explaining the Sail Chicago programs that are open to both new members and the wider Chicagoland community.  Please don't hesitate to download both of these items, print some copies, pass them out to your friends, and post them on bulletin boards at your office or local Starbucks.
 
In addition, Mike Kozubek is handling the social media angle, making sure that we are up-to-date with announcements on Facebook and Twitter.  Mike Parapetti has organized a Meetup Group, where people in the Chicago area who are interested in sailing can sign up.  As of right now, the Group has over 100 members.  We plan to invite them to the Sail Chicago Pre-Sail Orientations that will be held later in the spring.  Hopefully, many of those attending will decide to become members of Sail Chicago.
 
Steve VanderVoort has organized a seminar for people in the Chicago area who are interested in sailing.  It will be held in the REI Lincoln Park community room on Thursday, March 29.  Three other sailing organizations have been invited to participate.  They are, Chicago Sailing, Third Coast Cruising, and the Columbia Yacht Club.  Each group will have a ten-minute formal presentation, followed by an opportunity for participants to chat informally with representatives from the organizations.  Everyone is invited to attend this seminar.  Space is limited to not more than 50 participants, however.  If you plan to come, you need to  register with REI in order to make sure you've reserved a space.

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR

By Joe Kucharski, Winter Maintenance Director

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Joe Kucharski
 

Normally by this time if the year Sail Chicago members have spent many hours cutting, sanding, fiber glassing, painting, varnishing, etc. This year we begin a new era where there are fewer projects, and the work is being done outside. Within the next few weeks we will begin the maintenance projects necessary to launch our vessels at the end of April.
 
This year we are launching two boats in Monroe Harbor that were formerly dry-moored at Montrose Harbor.  In addition to anti-fouling paint, we must apply three coats of primer to their hulls.  Weather is a consideration in completing this project so we are looking for teams that can make short work of this task.
 

Skyline from Priorities
Chicago from the deck of Priorities
One team has already been working on Priorities, our cruising boat, since fall and have accomplished much to get it ready for launch. We've been replacing some old through-the-hull valves, repairing the compression post, correcting some wiring that was damaged and tightening over 100 deck bolts that were potential sources for leaks. We aim to eliminate as many leaks as possible and repair the damage that previous leaks have caused,  We will complete most of these repairs this spring, but the final work will not be completed until next fall. 

 

In the coming weeks we will start our spring maintenance program and are looking for volunteers to participate in getting our boats ready for the late April launch.  If you have already submitted your name, you will be contacted shortly with an assignment.  If you would like to meet your service time requirements through our maintenance program, please contact me.

 

In addition to workers for specific projects, we are seeking a Rigging Leader and a Miscellaneous Gear Coordinator.  If you are interested in either of these positions, let me know.  In addition to meeting service time requirements, both positions offer sailing credits as compensation for the extra effort that is required.

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INSTRUCTORS ENLIGHTENED

By Michael Hart

Michael Hart
Michael Hart

 

On an exceptionally warm Saturday in January, a day when the instructors could have been mentoring, John Lemon was enlightening 30 attending skippers on the new horizons for 2012.  A streamlined fleet of eight will be moored at Monroe Harbor:  2 Colgates, 4 Rhodes and 2 Ideals.  The 34' Hunter will remain docked and ready for it's second season of service up at Belmont.

 

Lead Instructor
Lead Instructor John Lemon

 New sailors will now begin instruction on either one of the two Colgates as their first experience with Sail Chicago.  Even those who opt out of becoming members will be able to enjoy the same introductory Basic Sailing sessions.  And yes, the Rhodes 19s will continue to play a very active and important role in teaching close-quarters boat handling skills for the Intermediate Class and Skipper Training. 


Classes will still meet four times, but at a faster pace. We are moving away from one class a week to a Mon/Wed, Tues/Thurs and Sat/Sun schedule.  With the new online student registration system in place, the registration process should be much easier.  We thank Dave Bowen for his dedication in the past several years for manually coordinating both student and instructor assignments.  This year, Michael Pancoast will be assisting with the remaining task of assigning instructors to  scheduled classes.  

2012 Instructors Meetring
2012 Instructors' Meeting


 We have certified instructors and must maintain them. The U.S. Sailing Keelboat Certification enhances our credibility, makes for better skippers and demonstrates various teaching styles.  Lead Instructor, John Lemon, is committed to continuing this great tradition with both our existing and the following new instructors:  Iwona Awlasewicz, Michael Hart, Jake Worley-Hood, James Porter and Matt Stuczynski.

INSTRUCTION FLEET SEES CHANGES

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

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John Lemon

 

Since the late 1950s, Sail Chicago has relied on the Rhodes 19 as the workhorse of our adult learn-to-sail program.  Back in 2009, your Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan that included a major effort to modernize our fleet.  In 2010 we purchased two Ideal 18s, and in 2011 we purchased two Colgate 26s, our second one arriving after the end of the sailing season.   Last year, we focused our efforts on familiarizing Sail Chicago skippers with the Colgate 26 and were able to qualify over 70 skippers and instructors.

Meridian
Sailing fun on a Colgate 26

 

With the addition of our second Colgate 26, Albatross, we are now in a position to integrate our Colgate 26s into our instructional fleet.  Beginning in the 2012 sailing season, all Basic Sailing classes will be held on the Colgate 26. This boat is the premier sail training keel-boat in the US today.  Everyone who sailed Meridian last season was delighted with how well she sailed and her large, comfortable cockpit. Beginning this year, all our new sailors to learn to sail on our "newest and best." Both boats will be moored at Monroe Harbor.


The boat handling skills and close-quarters maneuvering we are able to teach on our small keelboats are very important in our sailing training programs.  We will continue to teach Intermediate Sailing and Skipper Training on the Rhodes 19s and Ideal 18s.  Because we are still transitioning our fleet, qualification to skipper on the Colgate 26 will follow as a separate short class after members obtain their Basic Keelboat skipper qualification.  Details for the Colgate 26 qualification class will appear in future issues of "Between the Sheets."

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SAIL CHICAGO MAKES A SPLASH
2012 Strictly Sail
2012 Strictly Sail Show
 Sail Chicago once again made its presence felt in a big way at the 2012 Strictly Sail Chicago show, January 26 - January 29, at Navy Pier.  The event is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and contains virtually everything a sailor or boat owner needs to know about boats, gear, accessories, where and how to sail, certifications, and much, much more.  Hundreds of exhibitors jammed Festival Hall (see picture) to display their wares and discuss the finer points of sailing with those attending.

Sail Chicago was one of those exhibitors.  Over 30 Sail Chicago members generously donated their time to help staff our booth during the event.  Our motto, "Come Sail with Us," could be heard echoing throughout Festival Hall during the show.  New for us this year was a slide show broadcast on a large overhead monitor that highlighted Sail Chicago's many program offerings. 
2012 Strictly Sail Volunteers
Volunteers Jaqi Green, Peter Dudak, and Nate Conley
 
An additional benefit of attending the event for the Sail Chicago members was the occasion to renew acquaintances and friendships with other sailors in the Chicago area.  Many of the people who stopped by our booth told us that they had first been introduced to sailing by taking lessons through Sail Chicago.  Most were current boat owners, and several had assumed important roles in other sailing organizations in the Chicago area.  It was rewarding for our current members to learn what a significant impact Sail Chicago has had on the Chicago sailing community over the years.

Many thanks to everyone else who helped to make the show such a success.  We look forward to doing the same thing next year.
 
SAIL CHICAGO AT NSPS 

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

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John Lemon

 

US Sailing LogoOver 250 program directors, instructors, volunteers, parents and industry representatives looking to rejuvenate their sailing programs attended US Sailing's 2012 National Sailing Program Symposium (NSPS) January 11-14 in Long Beach, California.  Chairman Sam Veilleux and Lead Instructor John Lemon braved the warm weather, sand, and palm trees to attend.  Sail Chicago supports our leadership and instructor development by helping to sponsor Sail Chicago members at  events like this and others, including last year's Yacht Club Summit, and instructor certification courses. 

 

2012 NSPS
Taking a break at NSPS

The Symposium was jam-packed with workshops and panels (over 50 total) and presentations that covered every aspect of running a sailing program, from communications and marketing, to community outreach, to recruiting instructors and keeping sailors active in the sport.  Working lunches afforded the opportunity to network with sailing programs from around the country.  Other attendees from Chicago included representatives from the Judd Goldman program (Chicago Park District), Chicago Yacht Club, and Columbia Yacht Club.


Community sailing programs like ours played a significant role in the gathering, reflecting their growing role in providing access to sailing throughout the country.   A common theme  was the need for sailing organizations to expand their efforts to make sailing available to everyone and to lower the obstacles to getting people out on the water.   We learned that our "Sail into Summer" initiative is right on track-many programs have reduced or eliminated membership requirements and now offer sailing lessons to the general public, with resounding success.


It was not all work-there were hands-on equipment demos with manufacturer representatives at a sailing program nearby. Sam and I sailed a Laser Bahia, a fun, fast, stable dinghy.  The impressive program, the wide range of experiences shared, and the enhanced networking gave us new, fresh insight into challenges affecting Sail Chicago and sailing programs nationwide. To read more about the program, click here.

2012 NSPS
Ready to Sail at NSPS

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CHICAGO MARITIME FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 25

2012 Maritime Festival Discover Chicago's diverse maritime community and heritage!  A full lineup of seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops explore a range of topics, including underwater archeology, boating safety, marine art, tall ships, lighthouses, and privateers. Several seminars will focus on the War of 1812. 

 

At the evening concert enjoy music by acclaimed performers from around the world, including Serre l'Écoute, Tom Lewis, Jerry Bryant, Calico Jack, and Tom and Chris Kastle.  For more information click here.

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BTS: January 2012

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for January
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Sail Chicago is a community sailing program that has for over fifty years been
offering affordable sailing and water safety instruction, and recreational
sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.
Issue #1January, 2012 
From the Editor...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

Now that winter seems to have settled in for a while, interest in sailing seems to have dwindled to a trickle.  And yet, there are a couple of bright spots.  The Strictly Sail Chicago Show is coming to Navy Pier January 26 - 29 (see article below).  Sail Chicago has always had a significant presence at this event, and we will do so again this year.  

 

U.S. Sailing will hold its annual National Sailing Programs Symposium January 11 - 14.  Several Sail Chicago members will be making the trek to sunny Long Beach, CA to attend the symposium.  Hopefully, they will bring back much valuable information that can be shared with the Sail Chicago membership.

 

In other news, U.S. Sailing's Hanson Rescue Medal has been awarded to the Chicagoans who were able to rescue three sailors whose Rhodes 19 had overturned in a violent storm off Montrose Harbor last spring.  For the full story, click here.

 

If you're wondering how you will ever get your service time requirements met, Sail Chicago has several coordinator positions open that fulfill those requirements.  For more information and details, see the article below.

 

Finally, the Sail Chicago Board has commissioned a membership survey in the hope of getting getting member feedback on various Sail Chicago areas and programs.  The first part of the survey is going out very soon.  For details, see the article below.

 

Calling All Sailing Instructors...

Remember, the Winter Instructors' Meeting is being held Saturday, January 7, 2012, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the REI Lincoln Park Community Room, 1466 N Halsted St., Chicago.  Questions? email leadinstructor@sailchicago.org.  It's going to be a great meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

 

We Need your Pictures
Hey Photographers, we want to SEE what you did last summer with Sail Chicago.  Please post them to Facebook or send them to Sail Chicago for an opportunity to share them in upcoming issues of Between the Sheets and our 2011 Sail Chicago photo album. If possible, please provide us  with a brief description of the photo including, date and passengers.

Monk's the Man!

Jim Monk has been a Sail Chicago member since 1978, with a couple of years off in the middle to do some sailing on his own.  Michael Hart recently interviewed him.  To read about Jim's tales of the "Good Old Days" in Sail Chicago, his years of service to the organization, and his thoughts on Sail Chicago's future, click here.

 

Hart Appointed Archivist
Michael Hart
Michael Hart
 
At its December meeting, the Sail Chicago Board appointed Michael Hart as Archivist for the organization.  The role of the archivist is to preserve the important history and documents of Sail Chicago, and to make them accessible to the membership.  Over the coming months, Michael will be selecting, categorizing, and archiving memorabilia from Sail Chicago's past.  If you have any old memories or artifacts of Sail Chicago in days-gone-past, please contact Michael.  In future issues of Between the Sheets we'll be sharing with you some of the things he finds.
IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
Calling All Sailing Instructors
We Need Your Pictures!
Monk's the Man!
Hart Appointed Archivist
Who to Contact
Board of Directors
Thoughts from the Chairman
Sign Up for Strictly Sail Show!
Positions Available
Your Input is Needed!
Mayday! Mayday!
PFD Recall
Equal Opportunity and Harassment
More Memorable Moments

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Who to Contact
Chairman - Sam Veilleux
Announcements - Ann Weaver
Bookkeeper -Mark Fechner
BTS Editor - Steve VanderVoort
Cruising Boat - Chris Riegel
Instruction (Dryland) - Dan Flavin
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance (Winter) - Joe Kucharski
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Membership - Lois Lawson
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
Thoughts from the Chairman
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Sam Veilleux
By Sam Veilleux, Chairman, Sail Chicago

It's the beginning of a new year, so what better time to reflect on the past season and start looking forward to getting out on the water again next summer.  Here's what I've been thinking about recently, and I'd encourage each of you to share your own thoughts.

Following on the success of the addition the two Ideal 18s to the fleet in 2010, in 2011, Sail Chicago added an unprecedented 3 "new to us" boats to our fleet - Meridian, a Colgate 26, Priorities, a Hunter 34, and finally this fall, Albatross, a second Colgate 26.  We've reduced the average age of our fleet drastically, reduced the demands on our maintenance volunteers, and provided members with some alternative vessels for different sailing needs.  I was pleased to be personally involved in the acquisition and commissioning of several of these vessels, and have the following fond memories:
  • Launching, rigging, and test-sailing Meridian with Mike Parapetti and John Lemon in early May,
  • Leading a few of the initial checkout/orientation sessions on Meridian,
  • Delivering Priorities from Racine to Chicago with Chris Riegel and Victor Mateevitsi,
  • Taking out the first Member Cruise Outing on Priorities.
There were some things that I didn't get to do with Sail Chicago that I'll try to be more involved in next season.  We exist for the purpose of teaching sailing and sailing skills, and I didn't get out on the water for that purpose as much as I'd like to, due to other demands on my time.  Fortunately, some of those other demands were also sailing related.   Any day on the water is better than a day at the office, in my opinion.  In addition to running my Shields racing program Hellcat, as I have for several years, I also took on several new challenges:
  • Helping my friend and crew member Mike Parapetti, ready,  launch, and sail his newly-purchased cruising boat and compete in Wednesday night 'Beer Can' races,
  • Volunteering for Race Committee for the Rhodes 19 Nationals at Corinthian Yacht Club,
  • Taking over the chairmanship of the Verve Cup Inshore regatta at Chicago Yacht Club, and having record competitor turnout, great wind, and a great regatta overall,
  • Traveling to Long Island, NY to compete in the Shields Nationals,
  • Day sailing with my wife Jennifer and son Isaac on many different boats, including several times aboard Priorities.
I'd like you all to think about a common theme of these activities.  They're all things that I do with friends and family.  For most of us, sailing isn't a solitary activity.  The best way to increase the time that we get to spend on the water is to make it something that we share those around us.  There is also no better way to grow our sport and to grow our membership in Sail Chicago.  So encourage your friends to try one of our classes, or you could rent Priorities or a Colgate 26 and take out your family or co-workers for an afternoon to introduce them first-hand.  Perhaps try something new, whether by signing up for one of Sail Chicago's ongoing educational activities, try crewing on a race boat, or plan a dream trip to a far-off sailing destination.  I wish you all the best in 2012.
StrictlySailSign up NOW for Strictly Sail Show!

It's that time of year again when Chicago sailors begin to long for a tasty breeze on a narrow reach, but looking across the cold expanse of snow and ice that line the lakefront, they can only dream of warm sunny days at the tiller. 

 

Luckily there's a bit of relief in sight.  The Strictly Sail Chicago Show is coming January 26-29.  Held at Navy Pier around this time each year, it's the premier sail boating event in the Midwest.  Over 300 exhibitors join thousands of Chicago sailors to get a preview of the newest boats and equipment, to renew old friendships, to attend instruction classes (many for free), and to anticipate that time when we can be back "on the water."

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Sail Chicago's Booth at last year's Strictly Sail Chicago Show

  

The good news is that Sail Chicago is part of this extravaganza.  Indeed, many of the Club's newer members first learned about Sail Chicago by stopping at our booth and talking with members who had been around for a while.  In fact, the Sail Chicago's participation in the Strictly Sail Chicago Show has become one of the best recruiting tools we have for attracting new members.  It also provides others who are interested in learning how to sail an opportunity to gain information about Sail Chicago's top-rated sailing instruction programs. 

 

For the past several years Sail Chicago has been well-represented by volunteers at the show.  They take turns, generally in three or four-hour shifts, to staff the booth and share their sailboating experiences with the folks who stop by.  It also gives the volunteers an opportunity to meet other Sail Chicago members with whom they might well be sailing the following summer.  Better still, they get into the show for free (tickets normally cost at least $20), and have an opportunity to visit other exhibitors' booths or attend seminars and instruction classes once their shifts are over.  If you'd like more information about the show, please visit the Strictly Sail Chicago website

 

Volunteer times are:

  • Thursday and Friday, January 26 - 27:  11a-2p, 2-5p, 5-8p
  • Saturday, January 28:  10a-1p, 1-4p, 4-7p
  • Sunday, January 29:  10a-1p, 1-5p

 If you'd like to sign up or would like more information about the Sail Chicago booth, please contact Charlie Carpenter by e-mail or by phone at (708) 443-5530.  If you're sending an e-mail, put "Strictly Sail" in the subject line,  include your 1st and 2nd time preferences, and your cell phone number.  Remember, preferred time slots go quickly, so SIGN UP NOW!  See you at the Show!

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PositionsSail Chicago Positions Available
Sail Chicago has a number of positions open for its members to fill.  These include:

 

Launch Coordinator - The person who fills this position will work with our Maintenance Director, Joe Kucharski, to make sure that the launch of our Sail Chicago fleet in the spring runs smoothly, and that the fleet haul-out in the fall is well-coordinated.

 

Member Cruise Outings Coordinator - Sail Chicago skippers volunteer to skipper MCOs, times are posted on the registration system, and members sign up.  This position involves scheduling and monitoring the MCO program for our Sail Chicago fleet.  It is similar to the the Tiller Time Co-coordinator, a position currently held by Chris Garvey.

 

Open Racing Coordinator - Open Racing is one of the best ways that members have to practice and enhance their sailing skills. The person who fills this position will run the Open Racing program out of Monroe Harbor for several weekends during the sailing season.

Marketing/Website Assistant Coordinator - The person filling this position doesn't need a lot of technical or computer skill, but they should be familiar with social networking media.  The objective is to keep the Sail Chicago website current with upcoming events and photos, and post updates to Facebook, Twitter, and other networking sites.
 
Instruction Registrar - Under the direction of the Instruction Program, this person will administer class scheduling via an online system (new this year), answer questions from prospective students and members regarding sailing class enrollment and scheduling, and work with the web site and marketing teams to ensure that all available class seats are filled.  Activity on class enrollment begins in early February, right after the Strictly Sail Chicago Show, and will continue into the summer months.  Good organizational skills and a familiarity with web applications is needed.

Summer Maintenance Program Coordinator - This person filling this position supervises individual Boat Managers and works closely with the Maintenance Director to ensure that all boats in the Sail Chicago fleet are in good working order.  They schedule Sail Chicago members for a week of summer maintenance, monitor the Summer Maintenance Program hotline, and notify the Safety Director and other appropriate Sail Chicago members when maintenance is needed on particular boats.

 

Members who fill these positions will  meet their annual service time requirements.  They may also receive sailing credits that can be used for private boat rentals.  If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions, please click here.
SurveyYour input is needed!
Survey 
In order to implement the Sail Chicago Long Range Strategic Plan, your Board has identified many different options. To choose the most appropriate and effective options, The Board wants to make sure that there is significant input from the Sail Chicago membership.  Earlier in the year it commissioned a Survey Committee to develop a broad-based survey, and, with the help of Gary Thrane, our Survey Coordinator, a comprehensive survey has been put together.

Since the complete survey consists of almost two-hundred questions (a real burden to answer all at one time), the Survey Committee decided to group the questions by subject matter and send them to the Sail Chicago membership throughout the year in batches of not more than 25 questions each.  The first set of questions will be e-mailed to all members on Thursday, January 5.  This set deals primarily with members' general satisfaction with Sail Chicago, and with fleet usage and placement.  Answers are due back by not later than Tuesday, January 10

We cannot stress how important it is that all our members respond to this survey.  Your input is vital if the Board is to make decisions regarding Sail Chicago's future that really respond to member needs and desires.  As a special "Thank You" for taking the time to share your valuable insights, we are offering all those who complete this survey a $5 credit to their sailing accounts.  If you'd like to receive the credit, please attach your name to the bottom of the survey.
"Mayday, Mayday!"

By Ed Schroeder, Safety Director

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Ed Schroeder

 

 According to a recent article in "This Old Boat " magazine, in an emergency situation, your adrenalin shakes plus poor lighting may force you to squint to read the digital readout on your ship's radio, and you begin:  "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday..."  

 

Right after you identify your vessel, you start to read off the coordinates that you hope will bring help to your exact location.  But what exact, easily understandable words do you utter into the microphone?  If your GPS position were in Degrees Decimal Minutes (GPS Coordinates), it might read as:  N 42 degrees 21.078 minutes     W 087 degrees 56.765 minutes.

Mayday!
Mayday! Mayday!

Spoken variations might include saying 'north" and "west' before the digits instead of after them, not saying "north" or "west" at all, using the word 'point' instead of "decimal' to indicate the start of the fractional part of the numbers, calling out any leading zeros in the coordinates, and saying compound names instead of calling out each digit's name in proper turn. (use "four two" instead of "fortytwo').

 

Unless you're calling from near the equator, anyone listening to your emergency plea, particularly the Coast Guard, will be aware whether you are north or south of the equator and probably west or east longitude.  It is more important that you first give out the numbers of your coordinates before your message dies out.  The Coast Guard would also prefer Mayday calls with the Minutes reported to just two decimal places instead of the displayed three decimal places.  In other words, the Coast Guard would prefer to hear the above example position read as:

 

"Four two degrees two one decimal zero (not "oh") seven minutes North,

 Eight seven degrees five six decimal seven six minutes West."  

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PFD Recall 
If you have a Mustang Survival PFD, please check this recall notice.  The life you save could be your own!  Thanks to Mike Swiontek for alerting us to this potentially dangerous situation.
Equal Opportunity and Harassment
At its December meeting, the Sail Chicago Board approved two important policies that will affect all Sail Chicago members.  They are:
 
Harassment Policy - This policy confirms that Sail Chicago is committed to providing an environment based on mutual respect and teamwork and should therefore maintain an environment that is free of harassment.  The policy statement goes on to define what is meant by harassment and to outline specific steps that members needs to take if they believe that they are being harassed.  To read the entire policy statement, click here.
 
Equal Opportunity Policy - This policy confirms that Sail Chicago strives for equal opportunities for all members and is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment that is free of discrimination.  The policy statement goes on to describe specifically what is meant by discrimination, and it describes the specific action steps that a member should take when discrimination is experienced of suspected.  To read the entire policy statement, click here.
More 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.  We published some of their responses in the December issue of "Between the Sheets."  Here are the remainder: 
  • Victor Mateevitsi:  chartering Priorities for a weekend
  • Lois Lawson:  sailing on Priorities the first time
  • Mark Fechner:  paddling from the outer break wall to Monroe in an Ideal
  • David Shane:  ran out of wind and paddled in; meanwhile Winifred Ormond cruised by!  Maddening
  • Mike Swiontek:  strong gusts, loss of ER
  • Fiona Ray:  getting caught in storm with students  -- 6 ft waves in Monroe and pouring rain and hail
  • Ed Schroeder:  the day that the "Emotional Rescue" went onto the wall in Monroe Harbor
  • Tony Routh:  2nd sail on Colgate - 35 knots and exciting
  • Belinda Routh:  Pat Webster's work in organizing this get together.  And every time I'm on a Sail Chicago boat - sailing or moored
  • John Muhlenberg:  wonderful sail taking Priorities up (down?) the river
  • Emily Case:  sadly one of the students in my beginner class being hit by the boom  ):   He came out okay and from then on called himself the "boom-fighter".
  • Dolores Baron:  while teaching a class in strong winds the reef line came off.  We had to anchor, take down sails to fix it.
  • Jay Owens:  ate lunch
  • Dan Stein:  rowing out to find wind.  Rowing in we didn't, sailing downwind on jib alone, to can.
  • Pat Webster:  taking a class on Meridian, getting more familiar with the Ideals and "brunching" on lox and bagels while sailing on Priorities
Thanks to all for your sharing!
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