BTS: December 2013

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Issue #12
December, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Steve VanderVoort, Managing Editor

 

Steve VanderVoort

Winter is just around the corner. The leaves have disappeared from the trees, our boats are in storage and we've already had our first snow (although it didn't last long). We've also noticed that the sometimes frantic activity that often characterizes Sail Chicago members is slowing down just a bit.  This gives us the opportunity not only to reflect on the good times we had during the past sailing season, but also to look long term at the future of Sail Chicago.  The Board's Strategic Planning Committee is readying its report for Board discussion and approval; and the Board Development Committee is starting to sift through potential candidates for the Board positions that are opening up early this spring.

 

It's also time for all of our members to start planning for the upcoming sailing season. Remember, we are an all-volunteer organization. Sail Chicago depends upon the volunteer efforts of all its members to keep our organization alive and flourishing. Without your good will and efforts, our organization would disappear very quickly. Currently, we are looking to fill positions in several areas (see article below).  As you plan how you are going to meet your own service requirement during the coming year, you may want to review positions that are available in the Sail Chicago job bank.

 

And speaking of great volunteers, our thanks to Pat Webster, our Social Director, for planning another fabulous end-of-season event (see article in this issue). Not only was it another opportunity for our members to get together, but it was also a time to celebrate the extra-ordinary efforts of some of our most outstanding volunteers. The people who accepted the awards that were offered have gone far beyond meeting their minimum service requirements to Sail Chicago. They have been true examples to all of us of what service to this organization really means. We're grateful to these volunteers who have gone far above and beyond the call of duty.

 

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

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BOARD DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE SEEKS CANDIDATES

 

The Sail Chicago Board Development Committee is seeking potential candidates for Board positions that are becoming vacant. The membership will vote on the candidates presented at the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting, to be held in February or March of next year.

 

Board members are responsible for setting overall direction and policy for for Sail Chicago.  They attend monthly Board meeting and also act as liaisons to the various Sail Chicago program coordinators.  Most Board members are active in at least one other leadership function in Sail Chicago.

 

Any Sail Chicago member interested in becoming a candidate for a Board position should contact Steve VanderVoort.

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the editor...
Board Development Committee Seeks Candidates
Post-Season Dinner
Contribute to Sail Chicago
Sign Up for Service Time
The Four-Mile Crib
Life Jackets for Sale
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Strictly Sail Show
DATES TO NOTE
January 23-26 - Strictly Sail Chicago Show
February 6-8 - U.S. Sailing Leadership Forum (San Diego)
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Safety Director - Andy Miller
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

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Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly
Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Maureen Huston

Frank Loftus
Mike Parapetti
Pat Webster
POST-SEASON DINNER BRINGS A BIG CROWD
Almost seventy Sail Chicago members and friends boarded the Columbia Yacht Club's  "Big Blue Boat" anchored in 
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Pat Webster greets Jay Owens and Minna Greene.
DuSable Harbor to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Event.  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 passed sailing season and to make preliminary plans for  the next one.  

In the meantime, there were a variety of drinks and some fabulous food to enjoy, old and new friends to meet, and fun to be had.

 

The Post-Season Event is also a time for recognition and honors.  Various program areas recognized outstanding participants in each of the following areas:

  • Maintenance Guru - Tom Peterson
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    Tom Peterson accepts maintenance award from Chris Schuler. 
  • Best Sail Chicago Student - Amber Kelly
  • Instructor of the Year - Bob Cohen
  • Volunteers of the Year - Lorna Lubbers, Michael Hart
  • Chairman's Award for Service - Lois Lawson

Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled.

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Mike Swiontek with Norm Linde and wife

 
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.

 

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CONTRIBUTE TO SAIL CHICAGO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

During this Holiday Season, please consider a special gift to Sail Chicago. Here's why:

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This past year Sail Chicago offered:

  • Sailing and racing instruction for over 200 students
  • Free Tiller Times to students
  • Free Member Cruise Outings to Sail Chicago members
  • Free seminars on sailing skills development
  • A variety of classes of sailboats on which to gain experience
  • An opportunity for skipper-certified members to reserve boats for private use at rates well-below the market

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."  Remember, the Internal Revenue Service recognizes Sail Chicago as an official "Not-for-Profit" organization.  What this means for you is that any donation you make to Sail Chicago is "tax-deductible."  To donate, click here.

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IT'S TIME TO SIGN UP FOR SERVICE TIME!

By Christine Garvey

 

It's time for Sail Chicago members to sign up for the service time they need to put in for next year. Each year, all Sail Chicago members are required to do service time. Service time involves taking on a job that helps the organization run. These jobs can be on the water, doing maintenance, or participating in operations. If you cannot perform service time, you must pay an "opt-out" fee of $400. First-year members do not need to do service time their first season, but they must sign up for service time by May 1st for the following season.

 

In preparation for the 2014 season, completed service time is now being recorded by Christine Garvey. All program leaders need to contact Christine to inform her who has completed service time for next season. If you have not done so yet, please notify her as soon as possible. In January, she will contact all members who have not yet signed up for service time in to see what positions they would like to fill or if they want to pay the $400 opt-out fee. Positions must be filled before May 1, 2014.

 

Some open positions are as follows:

  • Assistant treasurer
  • Assistant to the insurance person
  • Assistant to the social director
  • Assistant for mooring registrations
  • Assistant for service time
  • Maintenance coordinator (and assistant)
  • Maintenance members for (all boats)
  • Maintain trailer organization in boatyard (and assistant)
  • Purchasing agent (and assistant)
  • Curriculum coordinator (and assistant)
  • Website (front end)
  • Hotline coordinator (and assistant)
  • Instructors, tiller time and Member Cruise Outing skippers
  • Fundraising coordinator (and assistant) 

Sign up for service time by going to your Sail Chicago homepage and click on the link, 

"sailchicagojobs"   The site is being updated regularly, so if you do not see a job listed that you would like to do, please contact Christine Garvey.

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THE FOUR-MILE CRIB:  WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE AND NOT ONE DROP TO DRINK!
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The Four-Mile Crib with Resident Cormorants

By Gary Thrane

 

Those who sail with Sail Chicago have often sailed by the "Four-Mile Crib," the 19th-century structure that sits several miles off Monroe Street Harbor.   Built in 1891, the Four-Mile Crib worked for many years as one of the principal water-intake sites for the city of Chicago. Nowadays, the Crib serves mainly as a rookery for the numerous cormorants that frequent Lake Michigan waters.

 

In the 1830s, when Chicago was first becoming a village, drinking water was drawn from the Chicago River.   But that source of water soon became unacceptably polluted with sewage from dwellings and businesses along the river.   Chicagoans next turned to Lake Michigan as a source of fresh water.   Since the Chicago River originally flowed into Lake Michigan, it was not long before the waters close to shore were also badly polluted.

 

By 1860, diseases from impure water--cholera, typhoid fever, and dysentery--were felling many Chicagoans.   City leaders reasoned that if the water near to shore was too polluted to be potable, water further out should still be drinkable.   So, in 1863, work began on a "Two-Mile Crib," a water in-take structure two miles offshore.   A tunnel, 60 feet below the lake surface, conducted water from the Two-Mile Crib to a pumping station at the still-standing Water Tower on Michigan Avenue. It says something for the vitality of early Chicago that this major engineering project was undertaken at the height of the Civil War.

 

The Two-Mile Crib was a success, and by 1898, eight offshore cribs, including the Four-Mile Crib, were capable of delivering more than a billion gallons of water per day. Today, six cribs are still visible to those who gaze out across the Lake.   And in this era of terrorist concerns, sailors must stay away from the active water-intake cribs. But the now-idle Four-Mile Crib can still be sailed around, and the cormorants admired.

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SALE!  STOLQUIST LIFE JACKETS FOR SALE AT DISCOUNT
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By Karen Nimrouzi

 

Sail Chicago is selling never-used Stolquist life jackets. These are US Coast Guard Approved Type 3 life vests. Multiple sizes are available: Adult Men XL or M/L; Womens M/L or XS/S. These normally sell for $64.95. Sail Chicago will sell for $35 each or $100, for three jackets.

 

The life jacket has the following features:

* Super-soft buoyancy foam inside both front and back for body hugging comfort,

* Gender-specific, both men's and women's models,

* Full adjustability at sides and shoulders set placement on the torso,

* Waist belt has front SR buckle for easy entry,

* Efficient forward pull adjusters at sides for extra security against ride-up,

* Lengthened front torso for fuller coverage and good fit.

 

Click here for more information.  Anyone interested may also contact Karen Nimrouzi.

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NOTES ON THE SAIL CHICAGO NOVEMBER BOARD MEETING

By Fiona Ray

 

Sail Chicago's Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Nov 7, 2013.  The Board acted on and discussed the following issues:

  • The Board approved nominations for the awards banquet on Nov. 15th.
  • The Board discussed the progress of the Long Term Strategic Planning committee. The committee will present its recommendations to the Board at the December Board meeting.
  • The Board discussed service time and several open positions. Any member who has not fulfilled their service time or is interested in volunteering their skills for the Organization should contact Christine Garvey.
  • The Board formed a Board Development Committee to discuss and nominate candidates for open Board positions. Any member interested in becoming a Board of Directors candidate should contact Steve VanderVoort. 

The Board agreed to field a survey to all skippers to gain insight to boat location preferences for private use. The results will be discussed at the next board meeting.

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STRICTLY SAIL SHOW JANUARY 23-26
 The annual Strictly Sail Chicago Show, the city's largest sailboating extravaganza will be 
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held again this year at Navy Pier, January 23-26.  For Sail Chicago members it's a great opportunity to see what's
happening in the sailing community not only here, but also around the nation.  There'll be vendors selling all kinds of boating gear, from sailing 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.

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Issue #11
November, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Gary Thrane, Associate Editor

 

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As we end another sailing season, it's good to reflect on what we got out of the sailing experience.

 

For me, a big reason to sail is aesthetic. By that I mean that sailing is beautiful. There's nothing quite so lovely as a sailboat under a press of sail, heeling over in a lively breeze. And there's the beauty of the lake and sky with its ever-changing interplay of wind and cloud. And then, of course, for those of us who sail with Sail Chicago, there's the Chicago skyline. Whether draped with storm clouds or glistening in the sun, the Chicago skyline it always stunning.

 

And then there's the wonderful socializing as the boat surges along. We gain an all-too-rare quiet time to talk, far from the electronic interruptions of modern life, with old friends as well as enjoying opportunities to get to know new sailing companions.

 

A feeling of mastery and oneness with nature is surely part of the satisfaction for all sailors. We sailors harness the forces of nature to our bidding. What pity we must feel for the motor boaters who know only how to push the "Start" button.

 

For those who teach with Sail Chicago, there's the special satisfaction that comes with imparting skills and a love of natural beauty to new sailors. Teachers learn how much they know when they teach others, and that experience enhances and deepens one's own sense of mastery.

 

For all these reasons, let us rejoice in our love of sailing. And let us all look forward to next season.

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LAST SEASON'S SUCCESSFUL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
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John Lemon, Sail Chicago's Lead Instructor, recently sent a summary of the Basic Keelboat Instruction Program to the Sail Chicago Board. Highlighting this year's program were the 77 Sail-Into-Summer students and 97 Sail Chicago members who were able to take advantage of our Basic, Intermediate, or Skipper Training courses. The program produced 39 new skippers this year. In addition, 45 sailors participated in our brand new Wednesday night Colgate Racing Program. Our thanks go out to John for his leadership in putting together an extremely successful Instruction program. To read the full report, click here.

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WEATHER FORECASTING CLASS FOR SAILORS
Chicago Sail and Power Squadron is offering a basic two-hour weather and forecasting course for Chicago-area boaters.  The class will take place at Lincoln Park REI at 10:30 a.m., on November 16.  Since Eric Schneider, who usually leads Sail Chicago's weather class, will be unable to do so this year, the offer of a weather class by the Chicago Sail and Power Squadron is especially timely.   If you are interested in attending this class, click here.

The ability to predict the weather conditions in the next few hours is a key aspect of boating safety, and Sail Chicago members should consider availing themselves of this easy opportunity to learn more.  For more information, click here.
IN THIS ISSUE
Refections on the Past Season
Successful Instructional Program
Weather for Sailors
Thanks to All Who Helped
End-of-Year Awards Dinner
Getting Organized!
A Great Party at the Weather Mark
All Is Lost
DATES TO NOTE
November 15 - End of Season Party:  Awards
January 23-26 - Strictly Sail Chicago Show
November 16 - Weather Seminar
February 6-8 - U.S. Sailing Leadership Forum (San Diego)
WHO TO CONTACT

Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Safety Director - Andy Miller
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

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Chairman
Chris Schuler 

Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Maureen Huston

Frank Loftus
Mike Parapetti
Pat Webster
LMSRF NEWSLETTER FEATURES ARTICLE BY JOHN LEMON
The November issue of the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation newsletter features an article by Sail Chicago member, John Lemon.  The article, which appears on page 12 of the newsletter, emphasizes the importance of knowing how to sail on and off a mooring.  To access the newsletter, click here.

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THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED!

By Belinda Routh

 

Thanks to the valiant sailors who sailed the Rhodes 19s and Ideal 18s up from Monroe Harbor to Montrose Harbor on Saturday, October 19.   Even though the weather forecast was ominous, it turned out to be a glorious day with the wind behind us all the way.

 

Thanks also to the volunteers, Mike Lawless, Richard Anderson, and Greg Scannel who offered to

transport sailors back to Monroe.   Greg and Simone Sidel left their car at Montrose and biked to Monroe before boarding the Rhodes 19s for the sail-up.

 

A big thanks expecially to all of you sailors who showed up on Sunday, October 20th, to haul out, power wash, and trailer our Rhodes 19s and Ideal 18s to the boat yard.   Each and every person added their congeniality to this end-of-season harbor work party. And the warm coffee and carbs that Pat Webster brought kept everyone going until the job was over.

 

Richard Anderson works on a Rhodes keel.

Peter Dudak and David Kelpsas went over-and-above the call of duty. Ric Smies worked with Peter on Saturday to assure that the trailers would be ready for the boats. The trailering job was made easier by the new volunteers who offered their cars with the proper trailer hitches.

 

Rich Covello and Marilyn Shipley offered their invaluable expertise. Ed Schroeder

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A Rhodes, heading north during the sail-up 

 came over from the big-boat program to help.  Long time members, Ed Stastica, John Gollogly, Bill Coutre and Tony Routh showed up to offer their support.

 

We of the Rhodes 19 and Ideal 18 Maintenance Teams and sailors, thank everyone who participated. We hope everyone who wants to will sail on our boats next season. If you want to be on our Maintenance Teams, please email Belinda W. Routh for the Rhodes 19s or Michael Hart for the Ideal 18s.   

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STILL ROOM AT THE END-OF-YEAR AWARDS DINNER:  NOVEMBER 15
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Attendees at 2012 Party

By Pat Webster, Social Director

 

Spaces are still available (although limited) for the Sail Chicago awards dinner on Friday, November 15th. We'll enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club*.  If you haven't yet been on "the big boat" this event gives non-yacht club members a chance to check out this iconic yacht club on the lake.   We look forward to an evening of dining and relaxing with friends in this nautical setting. The cash bar will open at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7:00PM.  A delicious menu has been planned by the yacht club's chef including salad, roasted amish breast of chicken with field mushrooms, seasonal ravioli, fresh vegetables, roasted redskin potatoes, assorted gourmet cookies and coffee and tea.  After dinner, the Board of Directors will recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievements or through their volunteerism.

 

Register and pay now by clicking here.   The cost is $32.50/person for Sail Chicago members and their guests and $38/person for Sail into Summer program participants and their guests.  Parking is available in the DuSable Harbor parking lot which is just west of the yacht club for $6.

 

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's event.  Those who have attended in the past have been more than satisfied with the dinner offerings.

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WE'RE GETTING ORGANIZED!

By Christine Garvey


In an effort to improve communication within our organization, we have developed a much-needed structure. Sail Chicago will now be divided up into 6 divisions. They are: Operations, Finance, Marketing, Instruction, Programs, and Maintenance. One or two board members will be assigned to each division so that program leads, volunteers and members in general will have easy board access to report successes, ask questions, and/or relay concerns. Also, this organizational structure allows the board members to have increased knowledge about programs and activities going on within Sail Chicago.

 

Over the next month, board members will make contact with program leads within each division. Those board members are: Alfred Chan (Operations); Steve VanderVoort (Finance); Mike Parapetti (Marketing); Christine Garvey (Instruction); Pat Webster and Maureen Huston (Programs) and Dan Flavin (Maintenance). If you do not receive an email, and think you should have, or have any other questions, please contact one of the above board members.

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A GREAT PARTY AT THE WEATHER MARK!
By Debbie Natoli, Social Committee

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The October 25th Happy Hour at the Weather Mark Tavern on South Michigan Avenue was a big success.  About 40 Sail Chicago Members and their friends and family enjoyed the nautical-themed pub while catching up and meeting new friends.  It was a great night to network with other sailors passionate about Sail Chicago and sailing.  The Rhodes skippers rallied together to talk about their love for the boat. Funny tales of "check-outs gone wrong" were shared and enjoyed. Instructors reminisced with former students . Pat Webster, the "Captain" of the Social committee, has steered us all back to the harbor with lasting memories.  One thing was certain, we are all in the same boat when it comes to love for the club!  Look for another event at the Weather Mark in the spring to get us entusiastic about the 2014 sailing season.

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ALL IS LOST
By John Lemon    

By now, many of you have seen the new film about a sailor (Robert Redford) whose sailboat sinks after hitting a shipping container in the Indian Ocean.  He survives eight days on a small life raft.  There is a riveting, real-life story of a sailor who was crossing the Atlantic in the 80s. His sailboat broke apart and sank for unknown reasons.  He survived for 76 days in a small raft very similar to the one in All Is Lost, until drifting ashore on the island Marie Galante, near Guadeloupe, in the eastern Caribbean.  The book is hard to put down and is a good winter read (think adrift in the tropics).  Put it on your holiday gift list: Adrift:  Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan.  The author also served as a technical advisor to the film Life of Pi, much of which involved surviving at sea in a lifeboat for an extended period.

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Issue #10
October, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Steve VanderVoort, Managing Editor

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Continuing our dialogue on safety in Monroe Harbor, Sail Chicago member Manny Conde has weighed in with some interesting comments:

 

"It is not obvious to me that the east channel is better than the west one. It is true that the west channel usually has more traffic, but it has a straight wall without rocks on the bottom. It is very difficult to fend off the rocky wall in the east channel without first getting caught on the bottom.

 

"I feel very safe taking the west channel if the wind is coming straight from the east because there is little danger of getting into irons. I would avoid taking the east channel if the wind is coming from the north or northeast going out, or from the south or southeast going in.

 

"It seems clear that the real danger in the harbor, beside gross distraction, is to lose speed and then drift onto a boat or wall. Having the engine running on neutral on a Colgate takes away most of this danger, but of course that is not an option for the smaller boats.

 

"I know that the official Sail Chicago recommen-dation is to almost never sail (diagonally) through the moored boats, but, in reality, during my three years with Sail Chicago, I've seen many experienced skippers sailing through the moored boats. I don't think it is necessarily a bad idea, particularly now that there is a lot of empty space in the harbor. It is probably safer to do that than to tack your way along a lane in case of east or west wind."

 

It's true that since the moorings in the Harbor were reconfigured last year and since there are now several unused moorings, it's somewhat safer to sail diagonally through the moored boats than it used to be. On the other hand, we are also dealing with the perceptions of our neighboring boat owners, who may believe that we are taking undue risks in sailing close to their boats and not in a channel. In addition to sailing safely, we want to be perceived as being good neighbors by our fellow boat owners. 

 

As a point of reference, our Instruction Program teaches students to sail down a lane to the wider east channel in most circumstances.  It also recommends NOT to sail diagonally through moored boats except in emergency situations.  The important point is that skippers should have the safety of themselves, their crew, and their boats as a first priority when leaving or returning to the harbor.

 

For an excellent discussion of why it's important to learn to sail on and off the can see John Lemon's article in this issue.

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JUDD GOLDMAN SAILORS ARE WINNERS!
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Bridgett Bono and Lawrence Campbell sail an Ideal to third place.
As part of Sail Chicago's outreach program to other sailing organizations, we made our Ideal 18s available to the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program for their use in practicing for the U.S. Sailing-sponsored Disabled Sailing Championship Races held in Milwaukee during the weekend of September 6 - 8. Two of the Judd Goldman participants, Bridget Bono and Lawrence Campbell (pictured here) took third place in the Ideal 18 competition. We are delighted that Sail Chicago was able to help these fine sailors compete.

 

If you'd like more information about the race results, click here. If you'd like to see more pictures of the exciting events during the races, click here. Finally, if you'd like to learn more about the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program and how you can participate, click here.

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor...
Judd Goldman Winners
Party at the Weather Mark
End-of-Year Awards Dinner
Team USA Wins America's Cup
Time to Haul Out the Boats
Importance of Knowing How to Sail on and off the Can
Use Your Credits
September Sail Chicago Board Meeting
Answers to Your Questions
Sail Chicago Reminders
DATES TO NOTE
October 25 - Sail Chicago "Happy Hour"
November 15 - End of Season Party:  Awards
January 23-26 - Strictly Sail Chicago Show
February 6-8 - U.S. Sailing Leadership Forum (San Diego)
WHO TO CONTACT

Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Safety Director - Andy Miller
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

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SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 

Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Maureen Huston

Frank Loftus
Mike Parapetti
Pat Webster
JOIN THE PARTY AT THE WEATHER MARK, OCTOBER 25
By Debbie Natoli, Social Committee

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While the evening is "pay as you go," we'd appreciate knowing approximately how many people will show up, so if you're planning on joining us, please register here.

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END-OF-YEAR AWARDS DINNER:  NOVEMBER 15
2012 Party
Attendees at 2012 Party

By Pat Webster, Social Director

 

Sail Chicago will once again celebrate the season and honor our dedicated and hardworking member volunteers with a gourmet dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club* on Friday evening, November 15th.  It is because of the collaborative efforts of all of our volunteers that Sail Chicago is a successful community sailing program.   We look forward to an evening of dining and relaxing with friends in this nautical setting.  The cash bar will be open at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.  A delicious menu has been planned by the yacht club's chef including salad, roasted Amish breast of chicken with field mushrooms, seasonal ravioli, fresh vegetables, roasted redskin potatoes, assorted gourmet cookies, and coffee and tea.  After dinner the Board of Directors will recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievement or through their volunteerism.

 

Register and pay now, or look for an email announcement in mid-October with a link to register.  Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.  The cost is $32.50/person for Sail Chicago members and their guests and $38/person for Sail-into-Summer program participants and their guests. Parking will be available in the DuSable Harbor parking lot which is just west of the yacht club at reduced off season rates.  (The exact fee was not available at the time of the publishing of this article.) 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's event.  Also, those who have attended in the past have been more than satisfied with the dinner offerings.

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TEAM USA SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS THE AMERICA'S CUUP
America's Cup racing by the Golden Gate Bridge

In what is without a doubt the most exciting match race in the world, Team USA beat Team New Zealand in the 34th running of the America's Cup, held this year in San Francisco.  The victory, a real nail-biter, took 19 separate races over 19 days to complete, ending on September 25 with a victory for Team USA. Team New Zealand jumped out to an 8 to 1 lead early in the match, but Team USA clawed their way back to win the next 8 races, putting them back in contention to retain the Cup. To watch the final race, click here.

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IT'S TIME TO HAUL OUT THE BOATS
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A Colgate readied for the trip to the boatyard
It's "that" time of year, again, time to sign up, and mark our calendars to help put our fleet away for the winter. Our boat crews have already started planning for the haul-out. Here's the schedule:
  • Our Colgates will be prepared for the trip down the river to the boat yard on October 13-14, and they'll be motored down on October 14. If you are able to help with this project, please contact Dan Flavin.
  • Our Rhodes and Ideals will be sailed to Montrose Harbor on October 19, with rain dates of October 20 or 27. If you're able to lend a hand in sailing up the boats or helping catch lines at Montrose, please contact either Belinda Routh for the Rhodes or Michael Hart for the Ideals. The Haul Out date is October 20, with rain dates of October 21, 27 or 28.  If you're able to lend a hand in hauling out the boats, please contact Belinda Routh or Michael Hart.
Our Rhodes and Ideals will be sailed to Montrose Harbor, where they will be sailed into slips. The following day the masts will be unstepped, the boats hauled out, power washed, then lifted onto trailers and driven to the boatyard. Haul-out day has traditionally been a community affair where Sail Chicago members and friends get together to say "Goodbye" to the fleet for another sailing season, and to reminisce about their past summer sailing experiences. If you are a Rhodes or Ideal skipper, or interested in joining the maintenance team, and would like to learn how to sail into a slip or up to the Touch 'n' Go dock at Montrose, please contact Belinda Routh.

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WHY KNOWING HOW TO SAIL ON AND OFF THE CAN IS AN IMPORTANT SKILL

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

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John Lemon

 

New Sail Chicago skipper Brennan Carlson was sailing with friends on a Colgate 26 on the

afternoon ofSeptember 12, the day waterspouts were spotted on Lake Michigan.  Around 3 

p.m. the wind 

suddenly picked up from around 10 knots to 25-30 knots.  Brennan managed to safely sail onto the mooring, despite an engine failure.  Here's what Brennan had to say about the experience:

 

"I was sailing with Dolores Baron and two of my friends on a Colgate 26. My two friends had no sailing experience; they were just there for a pleasure cruise.  We'd read the forecast and knew that heavy winds were supposed to roll in around 5 p.m.   We went out around 1 p.m., and I thought, 'Oh, we'll make sure we are in well before the heavy winds pick up.'   But around 3 p.m. we are sailing near the breakwater in front of Monroe Harbor and something caught my eye: a huge dust cloud rising up from North Avenue beach.   I realized that winds heavy enough to create a dust cloud we could see from several miles must be some serious winds!   Needless to say, I turned us around and headed for the harbor as fast as we could.   Soon, the wind was so powerful that I had the main sail out as far as it would go to let it luff.  With the main luffing, we were under power of the jib only and I still felt like we were heeling too much.

 

"Once we got in the outer harbor, we took the main sail down, turned on the motor, furled the jib, and started heading for the inner harbor.   Suddenly, one of my friends in the back of the boat yelled, "The motor is out!"   I turned around to see the motor smoking.  I thought to my self: without any power this boat will end up on the rocks.   So, we unfurled the jib and started sailing again.  As we approached the inner harbor wall, I had to buy us some time; I decided to go the exact direction none of us wanted to go...back out into the lake.  We tacked and headed back to the outer harbor. Dolores was at the helm, and I got the main sail up (with a reef), then furled in the jib.   Next, I got back to the helm and started heading towards the can.  I remembered in one of my skipper check-out classes with my instructor, Nick Petrovits, we practiced sailing on and off the can.   It just so happened that in that class and on this day we had northerly winds.   So, I simply repeated the steps I had learned and got us all back to the can."

 

This is textbook case of why Sail Chicago teaches sailing off and on our mooring cans as well as close quarters maneuvering in the harbor.   Brennan chose to sail south in the outer channel and across the aisle to the mooring, consistent with the training he received in our Basic Keelboat Program.  Having an experienced heavy-weather sailor like Dolores as crew certainly was valuable.  For another angle on the advantages of mastering engineless sailing, read this article from Sail Magazine.

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A SUCCESSFUL SHARE-A-SAIL PROGRAM

By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

 

Share-a-Sail, an e-mail posting service for skippers and crew to set up sailing dates, was launched earlier this year. The objective of the program is to give Sail Chicago members more opportunities to use our boats when they're not being used for other program activities, and to enjoy comradeship with other dedicated sailors.

 

As the current sailing season comes to a close, it looks like Share-a-Sail has been a resounding success. Fifty-nine Sail Chicago members signed up to be on the e-mail distribution list. That's almost 30% of our membership! On average there were two or three emails a week to the list seeking skippers or crew for sailing dates. Promoting other Sail Chicago programs was not allowed.  

 

If you're looking for new friends to sail with, don't forget to sign up next year. Your inbox will not be flooded with e-mails. While the original sender's e-mail goes to everyone on the list, replies go only to the original sender.

 

As this season winds down we can start dreaming of next spring.  Fair winds to al!

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SKIPPERS: USE YOUR CREDITS

Money Icon The end of sailing season is approaching. Skippers who have sailing credits in their accounts should make sure that they use them before the boats are removed from the harbors later in October. Remember, credits do not carry over from year to year, so use them now to take your friends sailing.

 

Remember also that if you cancel a reservation within 48 hours, your refund is returned to you as a credit, not cash. If you cancel a reservation before the end of the season and would like your refund in cash, you must contact reservation@sailchicago.org

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SEPTEMBER SAIL CHICAGO BOARD MEETING

By Fiona Ray

 

Sail Chicago's Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Thursday, September 12th, 2013:

  • The Treasurer provided a financial update through August, 2013.  As the sailing season is wrapping up, the Organization's income goal for the year has been realized.  While our financial situation is solid, there has been higher than anticipated spending to repair damaged vessels. Thus, there are insufficient funds in the fleet replacement account at this time for the purchase of any additional vessels for the 2014 season.
  • Dan Flavin reported on boat maintenance and plans for the Fall haul out. Priorities is out of service through the season.  The Colgate 26 haul out is planned for Oct 12th, 13th, with the Rhode 19s, the following weekend.  Volunteers are needed to assist.
  • Bob Cohen provided the board with a wrap-up report on the Colgate 26 racing program.  Due to its success and popularity, the program will be continued in 2014.
  • Priorities will be out of service for the remainder of the season.  The Board agreed to pay for repairs out of general funds. 
  • The Board agreed to offer reduced evening boat-usage fees through the end of the season. 

The next Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 8th, (rather than our regular Thursday date due to Director availability). 

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ANSWERS ARE IN THE HANDBOOK

Handbook CoverHave questions about Sail Chicago procedures or rules? There's a great place to find all the answers: the Sail Chicago Handbook is a treasure trove of information regarding our organization.  

 

So, before you reach for the phone to call a Sail Chicago officer or director, please turn first to the Handbook.  Just click on the link to the current edition on your Member page at the Sail Chicago web site.  The Handbook has a great table of contents, so you can find your answer easily and quickly. 

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Tiller Time 
New members and "rusty" skippers can hone their sailing skills by participating in Tiller Time.  If you took a class last year (or have attended at least one class session this season), there's no charge for Tiller Time excursions.  You can sign up for particular sailing dates by visiting the Sail Chicago web site.  Questions?  Contact tillertime@sailchicago.org. 

Share-a-Sail Program 
If you need crew or you want to volunteer as crew, our Share-a-Sail program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from other Sail Chicago members who would like to get together and go sailing.  Both members and Sail-iinto-Summer students can participate.  Questions:  email David Shayne.

 

Ideal Orientations

If you're a Sail Chicago skipper and you're looking for a new adventure, our two Ideal 18s are just a short orientation away.  They are simple to rig and sail. And an Ideal can be sailed by one or two people because of its roller-furling and self-tending jib.   The orientation consists of an overview of the boat and a short sail to get the feel for how it handles. The orientation is also free.   Anyone who is already qualified as an Ideal skipper is invited for a refresher.  To schedule an orientation, contact Peter Dudak or call (630) 577-7946.


Get a $50 Credit for Referring a New Member
Members will receive a $50 credit to their account for every new member who joins Sail Chicago at their invitation.  (Even if your friend decides to just participate in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will still receive a $25 credit.)

Wearing a Life Jacket Is Mandatory When Using a Dinghy
When using a dinghy in either Monroe or Belmont Harbors, be sure to wear a life jacket.  It is Sail Chicago policy that all sailing participants wear life jackets while on the water.
  
Monroe Tender and Parking Passes
Tender and parking passes are available from two lockboxes by the Monroe Harbor Master's office.  See the head of the "Boat Statuses" page at the Sail Chicago web site for details. 

Incident Reports

If you have an incident or accident while sailing a Sail Chicago boat, please follow the instructions in the Sail Chicago Handbook, notify the Safety Director immediately, complete an Incident/Accident Report, and forward it to the Safety Director.

 

Emergency Action Plan
All skippers should familiarize themselves with the Sail Chicago Action Plan.  Please review it either here or in the 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook (published on the Sail Chicago web site). There is also an "Emergency Reference Guide"  that will be placed on all boats in the Sail Chicago fleet. Skippers may also want to print the "Reference Guide" and keep it with their sailing gear.

Sail Chicago Board Meeting Agenda
Members can view the agenda for the next Board meeting on the membership page of the Sail Chicago web site.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets
at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago web site, Sail Chicago.
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BTS: September 2013

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for September
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Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
Issue #9
September, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Steve VanderVoort, Managing Editor

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It's September, and there's just a hint of fall in the air.  But things are far from over for this sailing season.  We still have plenty of sailing left to do.  Members who took classes this summer are still able to take Tiller times, and all members can sign up for Member Cruise Outings. 

 

Of course the best part of the season may still be just getting together with other Sail Chicago members and friends to do some informal sailing while the weather is still reasonably warm and we don't have to don't have to don the heavy foul-weather gear that comes with early and late-season sailing.

 

Our Instruction Program has had another banner year (see article in this issue).  Our thanks go out to John Lemon, our Lead Instructor, and the fine crew of volunteer instructors, schedulers, and behind-the-scenes people he put together who made the Program such a resounding success. 

 

Looking ahead, we will be needing volunteers to help take our Colgates down the river to their winter storage and to haul out our Rhodes and Ideals to get them to the boatyard.  Watch for announcements later in the month for specific dates and details. 

 

And of course there's our Post-Season Banquet on November 15 to look forward to.  Our Social Director, Pat Webster, is already planning the gala event (see article in this issue).

 

Last month's editorial drew a comment from member, David Shayne, regarding leaving and returning a mooring in Monroe Harbor.  Here it is:

 

"I think the West channel is safer in many cases. Now that we are in rows 1 and 2 we have to sail through many boats to get to the East channel. It is narrow and has submerged rocks. It points NE and difficult to sail on a NE wind.

 

"I prefer to motor sail the West channel to the North side of the fairway and then tack out.  One must be careful to drift off the can when there is a wand to not risk running over a mooring line."

 

Again, while there are many ways to depart and return to the Harbor, skippers should always have in mind the safety of themselves and their crew.

 

Finally, a member sent us a link to an excellent video on sailing on and off a mooring, produced by Sail Magazine at the Boston Sailing Center. Please take a few minutes to view it now. The video contains some great tips on how to safely leave and return to a mooring under sail. Note, however, that the crew is NOT wearing life jackets. Remember, it's a rule that life jackets MUST be worn at all times on Sail Chicago boats.

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ANSWERS IN THE HANDBOOK

Handbook CoverHave questions about Sail Chicago procedures or rules? There's a great place to find all the answers: the Sail Chicago Handbook is a treasure trove of information regarding our organization.  

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor...
Answers to Your Questions
Awards Banquet Nov. 15
Colgates Shine in the Verve Races
MCOs Continue in September
Basic Sailing Instruction...a Great Success
August Sail Chicago Board Meeting
Sail Chicago Reminders
DATES TO NOTE
November 15 - End of Season Party:  Awards
February 6-8 - U.S. Sailing Leadership Forum (San Diego)
WHO TO CONTACT

Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Safety Director - Andy Miller
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

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Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Maureen Huston

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Mike Parapetti
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AWARDS BANQUET ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Mark your calendars to save the date for our end-of-the-season celebration to be held at the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evening, November 15th. We look forward to an evening of dining and relaxing with friends in this nautical setting. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The Board of Directors will be on hand to recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievement or through their volunteerism.

 

Look for an article in the October BTS with a link to register and pay for this event. An email announcement will also go out in October. Space is limited so be sure to register early.

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SAIL CHICAGO COLGATES SHINE IN VERVE RACES

By Bob Cohen

Verve Cup Race
Verve Cup Race

 

Sail Chicago's fleet of Colgate 26s debuted in this year's Verve inshore Regatta, one of the premier single-design racing regattas in the country. The Verve took place on August 23 and 24 and featured two full days of sailing in great weather, a great breeze, and a field of 50 boats in the keelboat classes.

 

The races took place two nautical miles east of the Chicago Yacht Club's Belmont Station. Our Colgates were mixing it up in a fleet of J70s, Solings, Etchells, Shields, Luders, and J24s.

 

Each race was a windward, leeward course of four legs approximately one nautical mile each. We started fourth with a fleet of five J24s. Our racing teams had to sail fast with good sail trim, maneuver quickly with two spinnaker sets and douses per race, and also take into account shifting winds as we dodged and weaved through the fleet.

 

The Verve was the capstone of our first year of the Colgate 26 racing program. Skipper and racing coach, Nick Petrovits, and his crew took first place, with solid wins on all 6 races. Skippers and coaches Adam Collins and Bob Cohen dueled it out for 2nd and 3rd place with Collins and crew taking second place in four races, and Cohen second in two races.

 

Verve Races (Cohen)

Michael Swisher's view of the Verve
Skipper Adam Collins said, "It was a blast, we all had a great time!" All 12 Sail Chicago racers thoroughly enjoyed the experience and vowed to come back next year with a bigger field of our stalwart Colgate 26s. Many thanks to Sail Chicago's Sam Veilleux, one of the organizers of the Verve for the Chicago Yacht Club. Sam made our entry possible. 

 

Click here for the full race results.

MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS CONTINUE IN SEPTEMBER
Colgate 26

By Mehmet Tasci

 

Member Cruise Outings (MCOs) are informal pleasure sails for all Sail Chicago members and their guests. It is an opportunity for you to get on the water without the responsibility for skippering a boat. It is free for Sail Chicago Members and $20 for each guest.  After logging in at the Sail Chicago web site, you can reserve your seat by clicking "Reserve Program Seats" and then "Member Cruise Outing" .

 

Becoming a MCO skipper is a great opportunity to meet other sailors. As a MCO skipper, you have the option to bring a first mate of your choice on board.  You can fulfill your duties by becoming a MCO skipper 5 times in a season.  If you have fulfilled your duties for this year, you can work towards next year duties by becoming a MCO skipper this year. To find out more, please contact MCO@sailchicago.org.

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BASIC SAILING INSTRUCTION HAS ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!
Colgate 26

By John Lemon

 

Following on the heels of a big expansion of our basic keelboat program in 2012, we continued the success of last year and grew in new ways in 2013. One-hundred-and-forty new-to-Sail-Chicago sailors participated in classes in the course of our four-month instructional season. Of those, 73 are new members and 67 participated through the Sail-into-Summer program.  Of the new members, a dozen started out in Sail into Summer and decided to join Sail Chicago in the course of the summer.  We held 44 four-week classes, with a total of 175 students. For the first time, all of our Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Training classes were held on our growing fleet of Colgate 26s. There is clearly significant demand for sailing education that we are unable to meet, as evidenced by the substantial waiting list we developed after filling all classes in early May. Expanding our instructional program further is one of the main challenges facing the Board of Directors as it heads into the planning process for 2014.

 

While the number of Basic Keelboat students was slightly smaller than last year, we expanded significantly into new areas. Our new Colgate 26 racing program was a huge success (see accompanying article) with a number of participants in three race series as well as the recent Verve Cup regatta. Flying the spinnaker has been reintroduced to our program as a result. Ten skippers participated in single-handing classes on our Ideal 18s, and a dozen returning members earned qualification to sail the Colgate 26. Plans are afoot for a spinnaker clinic later in the month.

 

A number of our new members had prior sailing experience, reflected in the large number of new skippers. Twenty-six sailors earned their skippercard this summer, with their initial qualification on the Colgate 26. We also noticed a significant uptick in the number of Intermediate students, both from new sailors and from returning new members and 2012 Sail-into-Summer participants. We expect that will translate into many new skippers next year.

 

A successful program of this scope simply would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of many volunteers. The heart of the program is our team of over 40 volunteer sailing instructors, too numerous to name here. Thanks also to the following: the scheduling team of Lorna Luebbers, Loan Le, and Dennis Roberts, who all worked long hours to coordinate student and instructor schedules, not an easy feat; Tiller Time coordinator Anke Heinrich; Pre-Sail Orientation coordinators Mary Ann Wilkens and Peter Hays; skipper qualification coordinator Sam Veilleux; Peter Dudak, who handled Ideal orientations; and last, but not least, Bob Cohen, the coordinator and inspiration behind the Colgate racing program. Thanks also to the Colgate maintenance teams who kept the boats in working order throughout the summer.

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AUGUST SAIL CHICAGO BOARD MEETING

By Fiona Ray

 

Sail Chicago's Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on August 8th, 2013.   The Board continued discussion on organizational structure and long-term planning.   The Board approved the following on-the-water incident policy as an amendment to the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations:

 

The skipper of record will have his or her skippercard temporarily suspended when he or she is involved in an incident/accident (event) in which any one of the following have occurred:
  • There is damage to property or equipment as a result of the event exceeding $1,000.
  • There is substantial damage, defined as equipment or boat damage that adversely affects the performance and or safe operation of the boat. 
  • Personal injury occurs as a result of the event.  In addition, to satisfying reporting requirements, skipper privileges may be re-earned through a re-evaluation of the skipper's sailing skills up to and including on-the-water sailing evaluation and/or participation in a sailing class.   Re-evaluation of the skipper must be performed by a U.S. Sailing Certified instructor from Sail Chicago's instruction program.  Additionally, skipper privileges may be suspended by the Safety Directors as a result of an incident/accident for reasons other than those listed above. 

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Tiller Time 
New members and "rusty" skippers can hone their sailing skills by participating in Tiller Time.  If you took a class last year (or have attended at least one class session this season), there's no charge for Tiller Time excursions.  You can sign up for particular sailing dates by visiting the Sail Chicago web site.  Questions?  Contact tillertime@sailchicago.org. 

Share-a-Sail Program 
If you need crew or you want to volunteer as crew, our Share-a-Sail program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from other Sail Chicago members who would like to get together and go sailing.  Both members and Sail-iinto-Summer students can participate.  Questions:  email David Shayne.

 

Ideal Orientations

If you're a Sail Chicago skipper and you're looking for a new adventure, our two Ideal 18s are just a short orientation away.  They are simple to rig and sail. And an Ideal can be sailed by one or two people because of its roller-furling and self-tending jib.   The orientation consists of an overview of the boat and a short sail to get the feel for how it handles. The orientation is also free.   Anyone who is already qualified as an Ideal skipper is invited for a refresher.  To schedule an orientation, contact Peter Dudak or call (630) 577-7946.


Get a $50 Credit for Referring a New Member
Members will receive a $50 credit to their account for every new member who joins Sail Chicago at their invitation.  (Even if your friend decides to just participate in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will still receive a $25 credit.)

Wearing a Life Jacket Is Mandatory When Using a Dinghy
When using a dinghy in either Monroe or Belmont Harbors, be sure to wear a life jacket.  It is Sail Chicago policy that all sailing participants wear life jackets while on the water.
  
Monroe Tender and Parking Passes
Tender and parking passes are available from two lockboxes by the Monroe Harbor Master's office.  See the head of the "Boat Statuses" page at the Sail Chicago web site for details. 

Incident Reports

If you have an incident or accident while sailing a Sail Chicago boat, please follow the instructions in the Sail Chicago Handbook, notify the Safety Director immediately, complete an Incident/Accident Report, and forward it to the Safety Director.

 

Emergency Action Plan
All skippers should familiarize themselves with the Sail Chicago Action Plan.  Please review it either here or in the 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook (published on the Sail Chicago web site). There is also an "Emergency Reference Guide"  that will be placed on all boats in the Sail Chicago fleet. Skippers may also want to print the "Reference Guide" and keep it with their sailing gear.

Sail Chicago Board Meeting Agenda
Members can view the agenda for the next Board meeting on the membership page of the Sail Chicago web site.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets
at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago web site, Sail Chicago.
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BTS: August 2013

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for August
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Issue #8
August, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Steve VanderVoort, Managing Editor

 
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Sail Chicago has always emphasized boating safety as our most important priority.  And our Instruction Program has traditionally had safety on the water in everything we do. Here I'd like to discuss aspects of boating safety in Monroe Harbor.  I've talked with several experienced Sail Chicago skippers and these are some points they brought up that may serve as guidelines to to enhance our experience of boating safety in the Harbor:

  • Before leaving the mooring, a skipper needs to consider at least the following factors: current wind speed and direction, potential changes in the weather, the sailing experience of everyone on board, boat traffic in the lanes and fairways, and the "chop" in the harbor. 
  • When sailing off or on a mooring, the skipper needs to make sure that the appropriate sails are raised and that all hands know the specific procedure for leaving the mooring. The skipper should have clearly explained to the crew Plan A, B, (and perhaps C) for contingencies in leaving the mooring.  As an additional safety precaution, the skipper may consider starting the motor and leaving it in neutral.
  • When sailing out of Monroe Harbor, depending upon conditions, the Skipper may consider using the motor as an assist.  When using the motor, normally the mainsail should be up and sheeted in (not "banging" in the wind), and the jib furled.
  • If projected wind velocities are stronger than 15kt, the skipper should consider reefing the sails. In the harbor.  Reefing should be done while the boat is still secured to the mooring.  It's much easier to shake out a reefed sail in the middle of the Lake than to reef it there, without the protection afforded by the harbor and the steadiness of the mooring. Reefing in open water should be done while sailing on the jib alone with the main eased or the boat in a hove-to position, away from the lee shore.
  • Prior to leaving the mooring, the skipper should choose a channel by which to leave. Typically, this should be shortest practical route to the east channel, by the breakwater. There are several reasons for this:
    • Since the west channel is closer to land, winds there tend to be "fluky,"
    • Powerboats tend to cruise the west channel, particularly on weekends, and some powerboaters do not understand the constraints that a sailboat is under.
    • If a sailboat is in the west channel when the wind is coming from the north or east, there's a risk of being forced onto the seawall along the west channel.
  • In general, the skipper should be careful to choose the course that involves the fewest potential conflicts with other boats and offers the most sea room to get out of a "jam."
  • Sail Chicago boats should ALMOST NEVER sail through the moored boats in order to get to the fairway and out of the Harbor or to return to the mooring. The danger of collisions with other boats and moorings is much greater when sailing through the moorings. Use either the west (or preferably the east) channel when leaving or coming back to the mooring.
  • If a crew member ever feels unsafe while on the water, the crew member needs to tell the skipper immediately.
  • Always remember that we are trying to be good neighbors to our fellow boat owners in Monroe Harbor. This means that we need to make sure they feel safe when they see our boats leaving or returning to our moorings.

The above points are guidelines, not rules. The first priority of skippers must always be the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat, and other boats in the harbor. Any decisions the skipper makes MUST be based upon the principle of SAFETY FIRST!

 

If you have additional points you'd like to make regarding safety while in the Harbor, or if you disagree with any of the points mentioned above, please let me know, and we'll publish them in future issues of Between the Sheets.

IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor...Boating Safety
Answers to Your Questions
August, a Great Month for Sailors!
Member Cruise Outings
Family and Friends Picnics
July Sail Chicago Board Meeting
Sail Chicago Reminders
DATES TO NOTE
August 7-11 - Chicago Match Cup Race*
August 7-11 - Tall Ships, Navy Pier*
August 11 - Friends & Family Picnic*
August 24-25 - Verve Cup Regatta

*  See articles below.
WHO TO CONTACT

Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance - Frank Loftus
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Pre-Sail Orientation -Peter Hays & Mary Ann Wilkens
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Safety Director - Andy Miller
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

 

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Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Maureen Huston

Frank Loftus
Mike Parapetti
Pat Webster
ANSWERS IN THE HANDBOOK

Handbook CoverHave questions about Sail Chicago procedures or rules? There's a great place to find all the answers: the Sail Chicago Handbook is a treasure trove of information regarding our organization.  It contains answers to virtually any question you might have regarding how Sail Chicago works, who to contact, rules and regulations, policies and procedures.

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AUGUST IS A GREAT MONTH FOR SAILORS!
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A tall ship, the brigantine Flagship Niagara, under tull sail

By Steve VanderVoort

 

August is a great time for Sail Chicago members and friends. In addition to our own Friends and Family Picnic and Sail scheduled for August 11 (click here to register), Navy Pier is hosting a dual sailing extravaganza.  Both the Chicago Cup Match Race and Tall Ships Chicago will be at the Pier August 7 - 11.

 

During the Tall Ships Festival, visitors can walk the festival grounds to view the Tall Ships, board a Tall Ship for a dockside tour, or get a taste of life at sea with a sail-away cruise on select Tall Ships. This nautical event also includes fun-filled festivities and educational opportunities for the whole family.

 

A tall ship is a large traditionally rigged sailing vessel. A tall ship can be a schooner, ketch, sloop, brig, barque, brigantine, barquentine, or a full-rigged ship depending on the number of masts and the cut of the sails. Traditional rigs may include square rigs and gaff rigs with separate topmasts and topsails. There will be 14 tall ships at Navy Pier for the festival.

 

The pageantry kicks-off with an opening day Parade of Sail on Wednesday, August 7 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Lake Michigan with Chicago's skyline forming the perfect backdrop as the historic Tall Ships sail into dock at Navy Pier. You can even sail on a Tall Ship during the Parade of Sail and stand on deck as you get a breathtaking one-of-a-kind view of the ships sailing past Navy Pier.

 

Match Cup Racing
Match Cup racers
Sailing of another kind will take place inside the festival grounds as 12 of the world's best teams compete against each other in the Chicago Match Cup. This professional match race sailing competition is the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. If you've never seen a Match Cup race before, be prepared for some thrills and chills. These folks are some of the best sailors in the world, and  they really put their boats through their paces. The March Race is also sponsoring a Youth Day on August 7, and has reserved a special viewing on the third floor of the Navy Pier Ballroom. For more information, click here.
MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS: AN EASY WAY TO GO SAILING
Colgate 26

By Mehmet Ali Tasci

 

Member Cruise Outings (MCOs) are informal pleasure sails for all Sail Chicago members and their guests. It's an opportunity for you to get on the water without the responsibility for skippering a boat. It's free for Sail Chicago Members and $20 for each guest. You can reserve your seat by clicking "Reserve Program Seats" and "Member Cruise Outing on the Sail Chicago web page.

 

Becoming an MCO skipper is a great way to meet other sailors. As an MCO skipper, you have the option to bring a first mate of your choice. You can fulfill your duties by becoming an MCO skipper five times in a season. If you've already fulfilled your duties for this year, you can work towards satisfying next year's duties by becoming an MCO skipper this year. To find out more, please contact MCO@sailchicago.org.

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A GREAT PICNIC AND A GREAT TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

 

F&F 2013 Picnic
Brats, burgers, and more!

It was predicted that the day would be very hot, with thunderstorms in the afternoon, and yet over 50 stalwart Sail Chicago members, Sail-into-Summer students, and their guests showed up at the north end of Belmont Harbor on Sunday, July 22, to enjoy the first Friends and Family Picnic of the season. It turned out to be a beautiful day. A brisk breeze off the Lake cooled things off and allowed folks to really enjoy themselves without becoming overheated. Old friends connected with each other over the Captain's table, laid out with all sorts of picnic goodies and a number of "fancy fixin's" fit for an admiral. Guests, new members, and Sail-into-Summer students had an opportunity to meet some of the "older" members, learn a little more about Sail Chicago, and connect with future sailing buddies.

 

Niral Patel took a lot of great pictures and you can view the album here.

 

Two of our boats, Priorities (our cruising boat) and Naked Dance (the newest addition to our Colgate fleet), were on hand to take people on a series of short "pleasure sails," giving them a feel for the boats

F&F Sailing
Sailing Priorities at Friends and Family Picnic

and an experience of the joy of sailing. The brisk 12kt wind was strong enough to give them a thrill, without overpowering the boats.

 

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Pat Webster, our Social Director, who organized the event and spent countless hours on its planning and execution. Thanks go also to the many members and friends who helped in various ways: Peter Dudak who hauled all the gear to Belmont Harbor and then pitched in to cook the brats and burgers, Chris Schuler, who skippered Priorities, Dan Flavin who skippered Naked Dance, Debbie Natali, who managed the registration table, Niral Patel who helped set up, and many, many more. You all made it a truly a great day!

 

Mark your calendar now for the next Friends and Family Picnic, Sunday, August 11. To register,  click here.

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JULY SAIL CHICAGO BOARD MEETING

By Fiona Ray

 

Sail Chicago's Board of Directors held its monthly meeting on July 11th, 2013:

  • The Treasurer reported that instruction income for the year has exceeded projections (congratulations, Instruction!) and that membership dues income has been solid. There are now more than 200 members.
  • Dan Flavin and Christine Garvey will co-chair the Sail Chicago Strategic Planning Committee. It begins work in September. The Board has nominated six active members to participate on the committee and will confirm their participation this month. Any other members who are interested in playing a role on this important committee are asked to contact the Board.
  • The Board discussed several breakwater grounding incidents that have occurred this season. Three groundings caused damage to Sail Chicago boats (Albatross, Eclipse, and Two Fish). The Board is reviewing new procedures with the Safety Directors to determine appropriate steps to review skippers involved in incidents causing damage or injury.
  • The Board discussed a replacement for Lois Lawson who is resigning after many years as Sail Chicago's membership director (thank you, Lois!)  Members interested in this position should contact Christine Garvey.

The next Board meeting will take place on Thursday, August 8th. Rob Wakerly will chair as Chris Schuler will be out of town.

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Tiller Time 
New members and "rusty" skippers can hone their sailing skills by participating in Tiller Time.  If you took a class last year (or have attended at least one class session this season), there's no charge for Tiller Time excursions.  You can sign up for particular sailing dates by visiting the Sail Chicago web site.  Questions?  Contact tillertime@sailchicago.org. 

Share-a-Sail Program 
If you need crew or you want to volunteer as crew, our Share-a-Sail program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from other Sail Chicago members who would like to get together and go sailing.  Both members and Sail-iinto-Summer students can participate.  Questions:  email David Shayne.

Get a $50 Credit for Referring a New Member
Members will receive a $50 credit to their account for every new member who joins Sail Chicago at their invitation.  (Even if your friend decides to just participate in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will still receive a $25 credit.)

Using a Dinghy
When using a dinghy in either Monroe or Belmont Harbors, be sure to wear a life jacket.  If the Coast Guard sees you in a dinghy without a life jacket, you may be ticketed.
  
Monroe Tender and Parking Passes
Tender and parking passes are available from two lockboxes by the Monroe Harbor Master's office.  See the head of the "Boat Statuses" page at the Sail Chicago web site for details. 

Emergency Action Plan
All skippers should familiarize themselves with the Sail Chicago Action Plan.  Please review it either here or in the 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook (published on the Sail Chicago web site). There is also an "Emergency Reference Guide"  that will be placed on all boats in the Sail Chicago fleet. Skippers may also want to print the "Reference Guide" and keep it with their sailing gear.

Sail Chicago Board Meeting Agenda
Members can view the agenda for the next Board meeting on the membership page of the Sail Chicago web site.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets
at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago web site, Sail Chicago.
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Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for July
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Issue #7
July, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Steve VanderVoort, Managing Editor

 
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June has been a great month for Sail Chicago. The bad weather we had this spring finally cleared up, and members, students, friends and family have been giving our boats a great deal of use. This demand has created some considerable pressure on our fleet. The good news is that...

 

After an exhaustive search that led us to both the East and West Coasts and points in between, we were finally able to locate and purchase a fifth Colgate 26. The boat comes to us from Nassau, New York, and is named (at least for right now) Naked Dance. Sam Veilleux has graciously volunteered to be Boat Manager. The story of how the boat got its name is too long to tell here, but if you're ever out sailing with Sam, be sure to ask him to tell it to you. Sam is looking for a good crew to help him manage the boat, so if you're interested (it will fulfill your Annual Service Time requirement), please let him know. We hope to have it in the water on a Belmont Harbor mooring, ready to sail, by no later than July 4. Check the Member Reservations page of the Sail Chicago website to find out when it will be available for use.

 

Our Instruction Program continues to cruise along at a good clip. We actually sold out our entire program by mid-May. Next year, we hope to find more volunteer instructors among our members, so we can better keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for our many quality instruction programs. More and more of our instructors are becoming certified under the U.S. Sailing basic keelboat instructor program. This not only adds to our instruction program's prestige, it also creates a commonality of approach to our entire instruction program.

 

Our many other programs are also getting a lot of attention. Our new Colgate Racing Program, in which our entire Colgate fleet at Monroe Harbor participates in the informal Wednesday night races sponsored by the Columbia Yacht Club, is completely sold out for the summer. Our own informal Saturday morning Fun Racing program on our Rhodes 19s out of Monroe Harbor still has spots available, however. Check the Reservations page of the Sail Chicago website under "Reserve Program Seats" to reserve your space.

 

Now that the weather is better, Tiller Times and Member Cruise Outings are also becoming more popular. Be sure to reserve your seats early so that you won't miss out on this opportunity gain some sailing experience and meet new friends.

 

Finally, our social activities are really taking off. We had a very successful New Sailor Welcome Party on Saturday evening, June 29. The company was great, and the home-cooked brats and burgers were delicious. And don't forget to come to our Friends and Family picnics at Belmont Harbor this summer. For more information, watch for announcements and read this and future issues of Between the Sheets. Our thanks to Pat Webster, our volunteer Social Director, for organizing these events.

 

Of course, 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 a passion for bringing the fun of sailing to our entire Chicago community, a passion that is shared by so many of our members. Let's congratulate one another 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.
SAIL THE RHODES 19!
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A Rhodes 19 on a close reach

By Minna Greene

 

Although many of our newer members learned to sail on Sail Chicago's Colgates, there is still a lot of fun to be had on the Rhodes 19s moored in Monroe Street Harbor.   A very seaworthy small keelboat, the Rhodes 19 is responsive and fast. If you've never sailed a Rhodes, you owe it to yourself to try out this easy-to-handle classic.

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
Sail the Rhodes 19
A Successful Instructional Season
An Ideal Education
Colgate Races, a Winner!
Maintenance Team Needed
Managers and Salespeople Needed
Member Cruise Outings
Answering Your Questions
Parking and Tender Passes
Family and Friends Picnic
June Sail Chicago Board Meeting
Sail Chicago Reminders
DATES TO NOTE
July 13 - Chicago/Mackinac Race begins
July 21 - Friends & Family Picnic*
August 7-11 - Chicago Match Cup Race
August 7-11 - Tall Ships, Navy Pier
August 11 - Friends & Family Picnic*
August 24-25 - Verve Cup Regatta

*  See article below.
WHO TO CONTACT

Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance - Frank Loftus
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Pre-Sail Orientation -Peter Hays & Mary Ann Wilkens
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Safety Director - Andy Miller
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

 

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Chairman
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Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Maureen Huston

Frank Loftus
Mike Parapetti
Pat Webster
A VERY SUCCESSFUL INSTRUCTIONAL SEASON IS WELL UNDER WAY!
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John Lemon

By John Lemon

 

Our instruction team has been very busy since May 4, the beginning of our summer sailing class season (despite the unseasonable cold!). Since then, we've held 29 Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper classes (four meetings per class) attended by 114 students. That's as many students as participated in our entire 2011 season!

 

We've just concluded a well-attended series of classes teaching single-handed sailing skills on our Ideal 18s. We've held five Pre-Sail Orientation sessions over the last three months, attended by well over 160 eager sailors. And each week, several Tiller Time sails head out, providing new sailors with the opportunity to practice their skills. This season we've already qualified well over a dozen new skippers.

 

The credit for the success of this busy and demanding schedule goes to our scheduling team, our volunteer instructors, Tiller Time skippers and their coordinator as well as to the maintenance teams that keep our boats shipshape. Thanks to all for your dedication and hard work!

 

Our classes are filled for the entire summer. We have a substantial waiting list but don't expect to expand availability of classes further this season. Next season, we can look forward to continuing growth of our instructional program: it is clear there is burgeoning demand for sailing education and access to sailboats.

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GET AN IDEAL EDUCATION!
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An Ideal 18 on a beam reach

By Peter Dudak

 

If you're a Sail Chicago skipper and looking for a new adventure, our two Ideal 18s are just a short orientation away. They are simple to rig and sail. And an Ideal can be sailed by one or two people because of its roller-furling and self-tending jib. The orientation consists of an overview of the boat and a short sail to get the feel for how it handles. The orientation is also free. Anyone who is already qualified as an Ideal skipper is invited for a refresher. To schedule a (re)orientation, contact Peter Dudak or call (630) 577-7946.

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COLGATE RACING PROGRAM IS A WINNER!

By Robert Cohen

 

Sail Chicago's new Colgate racing program has been a smashing success. Nearly 50 racers have signed up for the program and have gone through our on-the-water training. Sixteen students and four coaches participated in our June series of the Columbia-Yacht-Club-sponsored beer can races!

 

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Colgates racing this June

The first night of races we had 25-knot winds and seas of three to six feet. It was a challenging night for our racing crews!  The second two races saw our Colgate fleet dueling it out in light airs at "nail-biting speeds" of two to four knots, truly a case where every inch of sail trim, weight adjustment, and bit of luck made a difference.  Sailors new to racing got a chance to fly a spinnaker and see what its like to fight for position at the starting line amidst a fleet of over 50 sailboats.

 

The program continues for the July and August sessions and will finish with interested skippers and crews participating in the Verve in-shore Regatta on August 24th and 25th.  Please contact Bob Cohen if you are interested in the Verve regatta.
MAINTENANCE TEAM NEEDED FOR THE NEW ADDITION TO OUR FLEET
By Christine Garvey 

 

Rigging a Colgate
A Colgate team

Sail Chicago has just bought a Colgate that will be on a mooring at Belmont Harbor. The boat is coming from New York, and we hope to have her in the water by July 4.

 

We need a maintenance team for her, and we still need folks for the maintenance teams for some of our other boats, including the Rhodes and Ideals.  If you are interested in joining one of these teams (and satisfying your required Service Time), please go the Sail Chicago web site and login. On your member page, click on the link to "Sail Chicago Jobs."  You can sign up for a maintenance team after you click on "Sail Chicago Jobs," and you will find information about available jobs there.   When you sign up, please include any special skills or knowledge concerning boat maintenance (for example, knowledge of rigging, electrical systems, motors, trailering, or general repairs).

 

If you have any questions, you can contact servicetime@sailchicago.org

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MAINTENANCE MANAGERS AND SALESPERSONS NEEDED

By Christine Garvey

 

SaNo Name Colgateil Chicago needs to fill several positions in our maintenance program:

 

The Assistant Maintenance Coordinator works with the maintenance coordinator to help boat managers solve problems.  Coordinators keep track of supplies and authorize purchases as needed.

 

Boatyard Trailer Managers organize and inventory the boat trailer. Two to four managers are needed.

 

Excess Inventory Salespersons sell our excess and no-longer-needed equipment. Two salespersons are needed.

 

To volunteer, please go to your member sign-in page and click on the link to "Sail Chicago Jobs." If you have any questions, please contact servicetime@sailchicago.org

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS
Hunter 34

By Mehmet Ali Tasci

 

There are still weekday and weekend Member Cruise Outing (MCO) spots available. To reserve your spot, log in at the Sail Chicago web site, and click "Reserve Program Seats." There you will see what openings exist for your preferred sailing times. Member Cruise Outings are a great way to meet fellow sailors and improve your sailing skills. It is free for members and $20 per non-member guest you bring along.

 

There are also opportunities to become an MCO skipper. You can fulfill your Service Time duties by becoming an MCO skipper 5 times in a season. If you've fulfilled your duties for this year, you can work towards next year's duties by becoming an MCO skipper this year. Contact mco@sailchicago.org for more information.

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THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ARE IN THE HANDBOOK
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Have questions about Sail Chicago procedures or rules?  There's a great place to find all the answers: the Sail Chicago Handbook is a treasure trove of information regarding our organization.  It contains answers to virtually any question you might have regarding how Sail Chicago works, who to contact, rules and regulations, policies and procedures.

 

So, before you reach for the phone to call a Sail Chicago officer or director, please turn first to the Handbook.  Just click on the link to the current edition on your Member page at the Sail Chicago web site.  The Handbook has a great table of contents, so you can find your answer easily and quickly.

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PARKING AND TENDER PASSES:  SOME IMPORTANT RULES

By Arleen Prairie

 

Keeping tender and parking passes in lockboxes by the Monroe Harbor Master's office has proved a great convenience. But it is important to treat the passes with care. Some important rules are these:

  • Return passes promptly at the end of your sail. Fellow sailors in the next sailing period may well need them.
  • Always sign the passes out and back in.   The logbook of pass use will be used by Sail Chicago to decide how many passes to order for next year.   Good records mean that we won't spend money needlessly or fail to get the passes we need.
  • Notify the Monroe Passes Program immediately if you forget to return a pass or notice that some are missing. 

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS PICNIC AND SAIL ON SUNDAY, JULY 21
By Patricia Webster

 

Sail Chicago will hold another "Friends and Family" picnic on Sunday, July 21st, at Belmont Harbor from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m..  For those of you who have not yet come to one of these events, it's a great opportunity to introduce your friends and family to sailing and to our organization.  We'll barbecue by the lake, and we'll offer brief sails throughout the afternoon on our Colgates and on our 34' Hunter. 

2012 Friends & Family 
All sailors and their friends and family are welcome.  Watch for the email announcement in order to register for this event.  Registering and pre-paying are necessary in order to ensure that we have food for all.  Cost is $6/Sail Chicago members and their guests; $8/non-members and their guests; $3/all children under 12. Burgers, veggie burgers, brats, salads, desserts, water and soft drinks will be served.  If you have questions, or if you'd like to help, please contact Pat Webster.

 

Also, if your calendar is already booked on July 21st, save the afternoon of Sunday, August 11th, when we'll do it all again.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JUNE SAIL CHICAGO BOARD MEETING

By Fiona Ray

 

Sail Chicago's Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on June 13th, 2013:

  • The Board approved the Emergency Action Plan prepared by the Safety Team Directors (pending verification of TowBoatUS rates). Plan summaries will be placed in a prominent location on all boats.
  • The Board discussed the continuing need for more maintenance managers and volunteers. (Anyone who can help out with maintenance is urged to volunteer.)
  • The Board discussed logistical details of the newly purchased Colgate 26 that will be launched by early July. Sam Veilleux will be Boat Manager.
  • The Strategic Planning Steering Committee reviewed its findings which include: 
    • The significant progress made on the original 2009 long-term plan,
    • Challenges the organization currently faces: leadership turnover, boat availability and allocation (instruction vs. private usage), volunteer availability, and flat/declining membership,
    • The key issues the soon-to-be-constituted Strategic Planning Committee will consider: objectives for organizational growth, organizational structure and leadership, fleet composition, and fund raising.

The Board will soon select members for the Strategic Planning Committee.  It will begin work in September. Anyone who is interested in being involved, please contact a Board member.

 

Members can always view the agenda for the next Board meeting on the membership page of the Sail Chicago web site.

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Tiller Time 
New members and "rusty" skippers can hone their sailing skills by participating in Tiller Time.  If you took a class last year (or have attended at least one class session this season), there's no charge for Tiller Time excursions.  You can sign up for particular sailing dates by visiting the Sail Chicago web site.  Questions?  Contact tillertime@sailchicago.org. 

Share-a-Sail Program 
If you need crew or you want to volunteer as crew, our Share-a-Sail program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from other Sail Chicago members who would like to get together and go sailing.  Both members and Sail-iinto-Summer students can participate.  Questions:  email David Shayne.

Fun Racing
We race Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. out of Monroe Harbor.   Crew signs up on the web site for a modest $10 fee. To register for one of these Fun Races, go the Sail Chicago web site, click on "Reserve Program Seats," choose "Open Racing," click on "Find Seats," pick a date, pick a boat, and reserve a seat.

Get a $50 Credit for Referring a New Member
Members will receive a $50 credit to their account for every new member who joins Sail Chicago at their invitation.  (Even if your friend decides to just participate in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will still receive a $25 credit.)

Fulfill Your Service Requirement   
A list of opportunities to fulfill your annual service requirements 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 this season.

Monroe Tender and Parking Passes
Tender and parking passes are available from two lockboxes by the Monroe Harbor Master's office.  See the head of the "Boat Statuses" page at the Sail Chicago web site for details. 

Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  
Renew your Sail Chicago Membership online using a credit card.  You can now do so from the Membership page of the Sail Chicago website.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal together with a check, click here to print a paper form.

Emergency Action Plan
All skippers should familiarize themselves with the Sail Chicago Action Plan.  Please review it either here or in the 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook (published on the Sail Chicago web site). There is also an "Emergency Reference Guide"  that will be placed on all boats in the Sail Chicago fleet. Skippers may also want to print the "Reference Guide" and keep it with their sailing gear.

Sail Chicago Board Meeting Agenda
Members can view the agenda for the next Board meeting on the membership page of the Sail Chicago web site.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets
at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago web site, Sail Chicago.
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Issue #6
June, 2013
PREPARE TO CAST OFF!

By Steve VanderVoort, Managing Editor

 
Sailing season is here!  Our fleet is in the water and ready to sail.  Our instruction program is well under way, and our reservation system is open to all members who are Skipper-qualified.  The social activities we're planning are numerous.  It's time to get out on the water and enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow sailors.

This spring was not an easy one for getting our fleet ready for launch. The weather was unusually cold and more than a little wet for long periods.  Still, our group of dedicated volunteers worked diligently to make sure that everything was "shipshape" by the middle of May.

 

Our instruction program is having another fantastic 

Colgate 26year. The pace of registration doubled.  By mid-May registration for all of our courses was full.  Our volunteer instructors have been out on the water with their eager students since the first week in May.

 

Our deepest thanks to all our volunteers who pitched in to make it happen. Many went far beyond the call of duty in devoting their time, effort and energy in order to make sure that that our boats are safely equipped, seaworthy, and in good shape for the sailing season.  Now let's go out and have fun on the water!

SIGN UP FOR SERVICE TIME NOW
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Service Time
By Christine Garvey 

 

Sail Chicago maintains its programs and fleet through the good work of its members. Being a volunteer organization ensures that our sailing costs are low and enables us to offer the community free sailing opportunities. Volunteering also gives us occasions to get to know each other.

 

Each member is required to complete volunteer service time each and every year in order to participate in sailing activities the following year.  Members should now be signed up for some service time to ensure that they can participate in Sail Chicago activities next year.  New members are not required to do service time their first season, but doing so is an ideal way to get involved and meet other members of Sail Chicago. In order to sail their second season, new members should be signed up for service time by October 15th.  (Those who cannot or do not wish to volunteer can pay $400 instead of doing service time.)

 

Members can find service assignments/jobs by clicking on the "Sail Chicago Jobs" link on their Sail Chicago home page. To sign up for a job, click on any job listed there. The head of the program for that job will be automatically notified, and that person should, in turn, get in touch with you.  Members are responsible for securing a service time job, so they must choose another job if no one replies to their first application.  (All of those heading programs should verify that jobs and assignment needs for their programs are listed correctly.)  

 

More information about service time can be found on page 7 of the Sail Chicago Handbook.  If you have any questions about service time, please contact Christine Garvey.

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FUN RACING BEGINS
Fun Racing

By Dolores Baron

 

Fun Racing starts Saturday, June 8.   We race from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Three boats are available, and those wishing to skipper should email me.   Crew signs up on the web site for a modest $10 fee.  Skippers sail for free.  To register for one of these Saturday morning Fun Races at the Sail Chicago web site, click on "Reserve Program Seats," choose "Open Racing," click on "Find Seats," pick a date, pick a boat, and reserve a seat.  I hope to see you there!

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
Service Time Sign-up
Fun Racing Begins
Monroe Harbor Passes
ARTICLE TITLE
Social Events Planned
Launching New Sailors
Instructional Program, a Big Success
May Sail Chicago Board Meeting
PFDs for Kids
In memory of Tom Keaveny
Emergency Action Plan
Sail Chicago Reminders
DATES TO NOTE
July 13 - Chicago/Mackinac Race begins
July 29 - New Sailors Party*
July 21 - Friends & Family Picnic*
August 7-11 - Chicago Match Cup Race
August 7-11 - Tall Ships, Navy Pier
August 11 - Friends & Family Picnic*
August 24-25 - Verve Cup Regatta

*  See article below
WHO TO CONTACT

Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance - Frank Loftus
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Pre-Sail Orientation -Peter Hays & Mary Ann Wilkins
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

 

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Chairman
Chris Schuler 

Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Chris Garvey

Maureen Huston

Frank Loftus
Mike Parapetti
Pat Webster
NEWS ABOUT MONROE HARBOR PARKING AND TENDER PASSES

By Arleen Prairie, MPP Coordinator 

 

Tender service passes and East Monroe parking passes are now available in the lockboxes outside the Monroe Harbor tender office. Having ready access to these passes is a great convenience, but it is important to keep the lockboxes locked so only Sail Chicago members have access. There have been reports that lockboxes are sometimes left unlocked.  Just closing the lockbox door is not sufficient to lock it.  After closing the lockbox door, spin the dial at least one full turn and test to be sure that the door is locked.  Also, help us safeguard the passes by not sharing combinations with non-members.

 

The East Monroe Garage has changed the time when passes are accepted.   On weekdays, the parking garage now accepts our parking passes starting at 10:00 a.m.  As before, there is 24-hour access on weekends.

 

The lockbox numbers and combinations for both parking and tender service passes can be found at the top of the Boat Status page of the Sail Chicago website.  For more information on how to use the passes, see the article in the May issue of Between the Sheets.

 

If you have questions or comments on the Monroe Passes Program, please email Arleen Prairie

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SAIL CHICAGO MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY
If you're a Sail-Into-Summer student who's decided after taking a class that you'd really like to become a full member of the Sail Chicago community and participate in our many other programs and activities, or if you'd just like to join without subscribing to the New Member Package, you can now do so from the Membership page of the Sail Chicago website.  Better still, just click here and do it now..

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SAIL CHICAGO SOCIAL EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED
By Patricia Webster

 

We're kicking off our social season with a party on Saturday, June 29, to welcome all new sailors to Sail ChicaRenewing Friendshipsgo. We want to give everyone an opportunity to network with other new sailors as well meet some of our long-time Sail Chicago sailors. Getting to know other members is a great way to make "sailing connections" for more opportunities to sail.

 

A complimentary barbecue with appetizers, salads, and desserts will be provided. The party will be held in a lakefront condo building, and fireworks can be viewed later in the evening. Watch for an announcement with an invitation to join the fun. Space is limited, so be sure to register as soon as you get the email invitation.

2012 Friends & Family
 

The social committee is also planning our traditional "Friends and Family Picnics" on Sunday, July 21, and Sunday, August 11. At these gatherings, you will not only get the  chance to mingle with other sailors, but you are welcome to bring guests and get them out on a boat for a short sail. More details will follow in July.

 

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PSOs LAUNCH MORE NEW SAILORS!

Before they can begin any on-the-water training, all Sail into Summer students and new members

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must attend a two-hour, on-land Pre-Sail Orientation (PSO).   This program prepares prospective sailors for what may well be their first on-the-water experience, gives them a basic knowledge of sailing theory, and explains how they can take advantage of the many sailing opportunities with Sail Chicago.  Four sessions have been held so far, attended by over 125 eager new sailors.  

 

Pictured here is a group of new graduates from the May 25 PSO proudly showing 

off their new Sail Chicago T-shirts.  One more session will be held on June 20
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SAIL CHICAGO INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM IS A BIG SUCCESS

By John Lemon

 

 Sail Chicago's Basic Keelboat Instruction Program is enjoying another record year. All Basic,

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 Intermediate, and Skipper classes were sold out near the beginning of May, with over 

New Skippers
New Skippers Class

175 students registered. In addition, our new Colgate 26 racing program has sold out for all three racing series. Session I students just finished their classes, and Session II began Saturday, with 64 students under the watchful eyes of 16 instructors. Qualification/orientation classes on the Colgate26 and singl

e-handing classes on the Ideal 18 are open for registration. Both require that you have a current Sail Chicago skippercard.

 

Sailing is becoming more popular, and many more people are seeking sailing lessons than Sail Chicago can accommodate. As a not-for-profit community sailing program whose mission is sailing education, we strive to offer access to sailing to as many as

possible. But as a volunteer organization, we can't always meet that demand.

 

For those still wanting to get out on the water and learn to sail this summer, we suggest the following sailing programs.

  

The Chicago Park District operates a community sailing program through the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program that includes an adult learn-to-sail program, similar to Sail Chicago's.  The fees are comparable and there is good availability of classes.  To find out more about the Park District program, contact Bill James at 312-745-1700. 
Other learn-to-sail programs:

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAY SAIL CHICAGO BOARD MEETING

By Fiona Ray

 

Sail Chicago's Board of Directors held its monthly meeting on May 9, 2013. The following issues were addressed:

  • Dan Flavin was named to one of the two open seats on the Board. His term expires in March, 2015. Congratulations and welcome, Dan!
  • One week prior to its monthly meetings, the Board will publish its next meeting agenda on the Sail Chicago website members' page. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. The Board welcomes member input, suggestions, and possible solutions for Sail Chicago issues.
  • The 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook has been approved and will be posted on the website. The Handbook contains all current Sail Chicago rules and regulations. 
  • The Board approved a motion to acquire an additional Colgate-26 or similar boat (e.g., J-24 or Sonar) to meet private use needs.
  • The Board discussed the need for additional volunteer resources and more management oversight to keep the organization running smoothly. John Lemon will be finishing his term as head instructor this season, so there is a need, not only for additional instructors, but also for a new head instructor. The maintenance program also needs a chairperson to oversee and manage boat managers and communicate maintenance needs. (The current chair, Frank Loftus, is relocating temporarily for work reasons.) There was discussion regarding the need for paid administrative and instructional resources. 
  • The Board will be revisiting the organization's current 2013 Strategic Plan and creating a committee to develop strategic recommendations regarding growth and resources. Any members interested in working on this committee when it is formed should contact the Board.

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PFDs FOR KIDS
PFDs for Kids

By Patricia Webster

 

In previous seasons, our boats were stocked with life jackets for children. There was one per boat, and they were quite old. Sail Chicago's Board has purchased a new supply of child-sized vests, four vests that fit children who weigh between 30-50 pounds and four youth vests that fit those weighing between 50-90 pounds. This will ensure that children using the vests will have a better fit than was provided by the old vests.  

The new vests will not be stored on the Colgates, Ideals or Rhodes, but will be kept in Sail Chicago's storage trailer which is located at the boatyard on Canal. (Children's vests that are currently on Priorities will remain on Priorities.) To use the vests, please send an email to Assistance@sailchicago.org at least 24 hours prior to your sail. You will then get information about how to pick up these vests. (Children's vests that are currently on Priorities will remain there.) These vests are meant for members' guests as are the adult-sized vests we store on our boats.  If you have children who are sailing regularly, it would be best to fit them with their own vests. 

 

IN MEMORY OF TOM KEAVENY
Long-time Sail Chicago Instructor and member Tom Keaveny passed away Friday, May 31.  He joined Sail Chicago in 1965 and earned his skipper card that same year.  Tom taught dozens of students the fundamentals of sailing as his way of giving back to sailing and to our organization.  He will be sorely missed. 
 
Visitation will be held Thursday June 6th, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd, (2 blocks south of Lake Avenue) Glenview.  Family and friends will meet Friday, June 7th, for a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters, Northbrook. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Tom Keaveny Endowed Fund at Children's Mercy Hospital, c/o Resource Development, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO. 64108, is appreciated. 

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THE EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN 

Sail Chicago now has an Emergency Action Plan.  The Plan defines what counts as an emergency and lists specific procedures to follow in order to provide assistance and to document what happened.  It's extremely important that all Sail Chicago skippers and crew become familiar with this plan.  Please review it either here or in the 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook (published on the Sail Chicago website). There is also an Emergency Reference Guide that will be placed on all boats in the Sail Chicago fleet. Skippers may also want to copy the Reference Guide and keep it with their sailing gear.

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Tiller Time 
New members and "rusty" skippers can hone their sailing skills by participating in Tiller Time.  If you took a class last year (or have attended at least one class session this season), there's no charge for Tiller Time excursions.  You can sign up for particular sailing dates by visiting the Sail Chicago web site.  Questions?  Contact tillertime@sailchicago.org. 

Share-a-Sail Program 
If you need crew or you want to volunteer as crew, our Share-a-Sail program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from other Sail Chicago members who would like to get together and go sailing.  Both members and Sail-iinto-Summer students can participate.

Get a $50 Credit for Referring a New Member 
Members will receive a $50 credit to their account for every new member who joins Sail Chicago at their invitation.  (Even if your friend decides to just participate in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will still receive a $25 credit.)

Fulfill Your Service Requirement   
A list of opportunities to fulfill your annual service requirements 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 this season.
  
Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  
Renew your Sail Chicago Membership online using a credit card.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal together with a check, click here to print a paper form.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets
at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago web site, Sail Chicago.
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Issue #5
May, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...
 By Gary Thrane, Associate Editor

 

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Those of us who take guests out on Lake Michigan are accustomed to advising that they bring along a warm sweater and/or jacket...even if it's over 80 degrees in the city.  Such advice becomes especially appropriate as we enter the May sailing season.

 

A bit of geological history can help explain why this advice makes sense.   

 

Lake Michigan was formed by the last great glacier to advance from the north: the great Wisconsin Glacier.   This glacial event reached its greatest extent about 22,000 years ago.  At that time, the Wisconsin Glacier extended a good way down Illinois. Where Chicago now stands, scientists estimate that the ice was thousands of feet thick.

 

Ice still covered the Chicago area 15,000 years ago. When the first native Americans arrived around 12,000 years ago, they found "Lake Chicago" (as the geologists now call it), an enormous lake of melt water damned by the still retreating glacier.   Eventually, the glacier's retreat opened up the north end of what is now Lake Michigan, and water could flow eastward into Lake Huron and then down the St. Lawrence.  

 

Despite our justifiable worries about global warming, scientists tell us that we may well be currently in an "inter-glacial period."   (Glaciers have repeatedly advanced and retreated for the last three million years.)   Technically, we're still in the Ice Age. Recent history could well be just a warm spell that will be followed by another 25,000-year (or longer) glacial cold snap.

 

So, when you tell guests to bring something warm, you can explain that, "we're going to be sailing on an enormous puddle left by a very, very, very big ice cube."

 
INSTRUCTION PROGRAM IS UNDER WAY!

 By John Lemon

 

Student Sailors on the First Day of instruction, May 4

Our Basic Keelboat instruction program is now under full sail. Over 80 people attended Pre-Sail Orientations held April 20 and 23 at REI, Lincoln Park. Our first wave of on-the-water classes started Saturday, May 4, with 50 new and experienced sailors scheduled for classes in May. Five new instructors are also getting their first experience in the instructor's seat.

 

Registration for sailing classes has continued at a torrid pace. All Intermediate classes are full for the summer.   Only a handful of Basic and Skipper classes remain in July and August.   If you or a friend is considering getting out on the water this summer, now is the time to book your class.

 

Upcoming are two more sessions of Pre-Sail Orientation, scheduled Thursday, May 23, at 6:00 PM, and Saturday, May 25, at 10:00 AM. Attendance at Pre-Sail is required for all sailors new to Sail Chicago for the 2013 sailing season. You'll learn what you need to know to navigate to your first lesson and beyond, meet other sailors, and receive your course textbook and Sail Chicago t-shirt. If you haven't registered yet, please go to our website and do so today. Anyone is welcome to attend and audit, but we ask that you register as well.

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U.S. COAST GUARD OPEN HOUSE
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, the local United States Coast Guard will host an open house from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The open house will be held at the Coast Guard Calumet Harbor Station, 4001 East 98th Street, Chicago.

 

The open house will feature demonstrations of boating safety practices as well as demonstrations of Coast Guard rescue equipment. All those interested in learning about boating safety are encouraged to attend. The open house signals the kick-off of National Safe Boating week.

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
Instruction Program Is Under Way
U.S. Coast Guard Open House
Monroe Tender and Parking Passes
Share-a-Sail Program
Emergency Action Plan
New Safety Directors
Tiller Time
Fun Racing, Year Two
Let's Sail the Rhodes More!
Rhodes 19 Boat Manager Needed
April Board Meeting Minutes
Sail Chicago Reminders
DATES TO NOTE
 
May 11 - Midwest Women's Sailing Conference
May 18 - U.S. Coast Guard Open House*
July 13 - Chicago/Mackinac Race begins
July 21 - Friends & Family Picnic
August 7-11 - Chicago Match Race Cup
August 7-11 - Tall Ships, Navy Pier
August 11 - Friends & Family Picnic
August 24-25 - Verve Cup Regatta
 
*See article this issue.

WHO TO CONTACT

Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance - Frank Loftus
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Pre-Sail Orientation -Peter Hays & Mary Ann Wilkins
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

 

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Chairman
Chris Schuler 

Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly

Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Chris Garvey

Maureen Huston

Frank Loftus
Mike Parapetti
Pat Webster
MONROE HARBOR TENDER AND PARKING PASSES
Colgate Sailing

By Arlene Prairie 

 

Beginning May 3, Sail Chicago is providing easy access to Tender Service Passes and East Monroe Garage Parking Passes through the use of lockboxes outside the Monroe Harbor Tender Office. All qualified Sail Chicago skippers may begin using these passes by May 3rd.

 

Sail Chicago skippers can use both the parking passes and the tender passes for either program or personal sails. For each use, the skipper is responsible for signing out passes and returning them promptly. Help us monitor this benefit we all share by contacting us at mpp@sailchicago.org when you notice any discrepancy...including if you're the one who's unintentionally left a pass in your sail bag.

 

The lockbox number and the combination for both parking and tender service passes are available on the boat status page of the Sail Chicago web site.  

 

Parking Pass: One parking pass is available for the skipper of each boat for a rental period. The parking pass must be used for both entry and exit of the car. To obtain the pass for parking, access the lockbox for parking passes after briefly parking your car in the cul-de-sac on Monroe, east of Lakeshore Drive. Sign out one pass in the Parking Pass Log Book. After your sail, return the parking pass as soon as possible for another skipper's use. Be sure to sign the pass in.

 

Tender Passes: In the lockbox, you will find packets labeled for each Sail Chicago boat in Monroe Street Harbor. The number of passes for each boat type is:

 

Ideals and Rhodes: Two passes per boat,

Colgates: Five passes per boat.

 

In addition to these packets of tender passes, an additional six "Flex Passes" are included in the lockbox to be used as needed. For example, if you are sailing Atticus for either program or pleasure, you select the packet of tender passes for Atticus containing the two passes. If there are a total of four going sailing on Atticus, you can also select two Flex Passes. Sign these all out in the Tender Pass Log Book.

 

After a scheduled sail, skippers must return the tender passes to the lockbox at least 30 minutes before the next rental period. For weekday nights, Colgate sailors must call the tender by 5:00 p.m. to be sure of returning the passes on time. This is extremely important because instruction on these boats begins promptly at 5:30 pm weekdays.

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SHARE-A-SAIL PROGRAM
By David Shayne

 

Rigging a Colgate

Want to share a boat? Need crew, a skipper, or want to join an existing group on aspecific date? Sign up for Share-a-Sail and connect with other Sail Chicago members and students. Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail, then list your name and email address. Once you're admitted to the Group, you'll be able to post and receive email from like-minded sailors. Only current Sail Chicago members and Sail-into-Summer students can join.  Questions?   Email David Shayne or Steve VanderVoort (May 11 - June 2 only).

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EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN ISSUED

Thanks to the hard work of Robert Wakerly, Fiona Ray, and Ed Schroeder, Sail Chicago now has an Emergency Action Plan.  The Plan defines what counts as an emergency and lists specific procedures to follow in order to provide assistance and to document what happened.  It's extremely important that all Sail Chicago skippers and crew become familiar with this plan.  Please review it either here or in the 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook (published on the Sail Chicago website).  There is also an Emergency Reference Guide that will be placed on all boats in the Sail Chicago fleet. Skippers may also want to copy the Reference Guide  and keep it with their sailing gear.

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NEW SAFETY DIRECTORS APPOINTED

Sail Chicago has new Safety Directors. Andy Miller is the Director and Michael Swisher is the Assistant Director. Because of the importance of this position to our members and to our fleet, your Board decided that a "team approach" would work best. In the event one person is not available, the other person can respond. Ed Schroeder, our former Safety Director for many years, resigned the position a couple of months ago. We are grateful to Ed for his many years of service to Sail Chicago.

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TILLER TIME
Anke Heinrich
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  By Anke Heinrich
 
This year's Tiller Time Program is starting with its first program sail on Saturday, May 11.  You can reserve a program sail through the Sail Chicago member's web site at no cost if you have taken a class last year or have completed at least one class sail this year.  In addition, "rusty skippers" can use this program also to refresh their skills.  Enjoy the additional practice sails!  If you have questions or suggestions regarding the program, please contact tillertime@sailchicago.org. 

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A NEW FUN RACING SEASON!

 By Dolores Baron

 

During Fun Racing last year, we had a lot of fun, sharpened our sailing skills, and made new friends. We're sure that will be
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true again this season. But this year will be a bit different. First, we will meet Saturday Morning at 8 a.m. at the tender dock (by the Harbor Master's office) in Monroe Harbor. Second, if you skipper a boat, it will be free. Otherwise, there will be a $10 fee. 
 
Crew will sign up on the Sail Chicago web site, but those who wish to skipper must email me to find out if there is a spot open. Fun Racing will start Saturday, June 1, and continue to August 31.

 

Here's what to expect: Each Saturday before the race, we'll have a brief review of racing rules (room at the mark, timed starts, 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.

 

To register for one of these Saturday morning Fun Races, sign up on-line at the Sail Chicago website.  Click on "Reserve Program Seats," choose "Open Racing," click on "Find Seats," pick a date, pick a boat, and reserve a seat.  (Again, those who want to be skippers must email me to check for available skipper slots.)  For more information, please email me.

 

New sailors (who have had at least one class) will find that Fun Racing is a great way to sharpen sailing skills. And we're looking forward to some of our experienced people rejoining us. Come one and all and join the fun!

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LET'S SAIL THE RHODES MORE THIS SEASON!

By Minna Greene

  Rhodes 19

We will have three Rhodes 19s in the water this summer, but the Sail Chicago Board has indicated that we need to use the boats more frequently. Last summer, the Rhodes remained on their moorings too much. We need to get out on the Rhodes more often for pleasure sails and Fun Racing. Only increased use will ensure that we can keep three Rhodes in the water in 2014.

 

So, come out and sail, sail, sail on the Rhodes 19s!

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URGENT NEED FOR RHODES 19 BOAT MANAGER
 

We will have three Rhodes 19s in the water soon, but we have only two boat managers to manage them. We need one more person who is willing to adopt our "orphaned" Atticus for the summer. Could that person be you?  If you are interested in being a boat manager for Atticus, please call or email Minna Greene.

NOTES ON THE SAIL CHICAGO APRIL BOARD MEETING

By Chris Garvey

 

At the April Sail Chicago board meeting the following issues were addressed:

 

  • New club officers were elected: Chris Schuler was elected chairman; Rob Wakerly, vice-chair; Fiona Ray, secretary; and Steve VanderVoort, treasurer.
  • It was decided that the board agenda will be published one week prior to each meeting, once a procedure for doing so has been developed.
  • A proposal was made to hire an instructor to teach classes we are unable to find volunteer instructors to teach. This proposal was discussed, but no decision was made.
  • A proposal regarding the availability of child life jackets was made and is currently being revised.
  • A Flex Pass proposal was made and passed to offer extra tender passes for Monroe Harbor.
  • An Emergency Action Plan was presented and passed with modifications.
  • Summer maintenance was discussed, and the program will continue to be evaluated as this is the first season with a new maintenance structure.
  • Sail Chicago continues to be tax-exempt for charitable donations, but the club was denied status as a sales-tax-exempt club.
  • Chris Garvey was named chair of the Membership Involvement Committee. Although some goals of this committee are still to be developed, one responsibility will be the monitoring and documentation of service time.
  • The positions of Laurence Hall Coordinator and Safety Director were discussed.
  • Pat Webster presented ideas for summer social events.
  • Further use of the Sail Chicago Meet Up Group as a marketing tool was discussed.
  • A proposal was made and accepted to maintain the Belmont Harbor mooring until a new Colgate can be purchased. In the meantime, either a Rhodes or Ideal will take over the space.
  • SMP Hotline is continuing to take calls on boat maintenance needs.
  • Appointments to open board positions were discussed and will be followed up by the board development committee.   

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
  
Get a $50 Credit for Referring a New Member 
Members will receive a $50 credit to their account for every new member who joins Sail Chicago at their invitation.   (Even if your friend decides to just participate in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will still receive a $25 credit.)

Fulfill Your Service Requirement   
A list of opportunities to fulfill your annual service requirements 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 this season.
  
Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  
Renew your Sail Chicago Membership online using a credit card.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal together with a check, click here to print a paper form.

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BTS: April 2013

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for April
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Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
Issue #4
April, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...WE WERE JUST LOCAL COLOR
 By Gary Thrane, Associate Editor

 

One of the best things about learning to sail, and becoming a skipper, with a group like Sail Chicago is the almost automatic

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assurance that it gives to others that you can handle a sailboat on big waters like Lake Michigan.

 

Many years ago, I learned to sail with Sail Chicago's predecessor organization, American Youth Hostels.   I was soon sailing the AYH 31-footer, Endeavor, and teaching newcomers.   I convinced a sailing friend who had his own boat that we and our wives should look into bareboating in the Caribbean.   He was game, and we rented a 34-foot sailboat for ten days in the British Virgin Islands.   When I told the rental company that I had sailed on Lake Michigan for several years, they replied, "You won't have any problem down here."

 

This trip turned into one of our most memorable vacations.   We sailed where we wanted every day and enjoyed the freedom of dropping anchor in whatever cove seemed most inviting.

 

After ten days of cruising, we were due to return the boat. The last night we anchored by Peter Island across Francis Drake Channel from Tortola where we would return the boat.   We had pretty much eaten all our provisions, and we were menaced by what threatened to be our last dinner: canned hot dogs.

 

Ashore, we knew that the Peter Island Yacht Club, an elite resort, featured a fine-dining restaurant.   After ten days on a 34-foot boat, none of us looked like "elite diners."   So, on one hand, we faced the shameful prospect of being turned away by the restaurant's maître d', and on the other, we faced a "feast" of canned hot dogs.

 

In the end, canned hot dogs seemed worse, and we headed ashore.   A peek into the dining room revealed the well-dressed diners we had dreaded.   We began by apologizing to the maître d' for our salt-encrusted garb.   "It's not a problem," he assured us.   Then, he added with a sly grin, "We just tell our guests that you're visiting yachtsmen...it adds to the local color."  So, if nothing else, sailing with Sail Chicago may earn you a spot as "local color."

 

SAILING CLASSES ARE FILLING RAPIDLY!

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

 

May 4 marks the beginning of Session 1 classes, with a full complement of students.  Thanks to our dedicated volunteer instructors, 50 students will be heading out during that week.  We are all hoping for a blast of warm weather before the end of April.

 

If you are thinking about signing up for a sailing class this summer, we encourage you to register soon.  At the current pace, we will fill up most of our classes by mid-May.  There is still space in June 
Basic Sailing and all July and August classes.  Check out our 
learn-to-sail web page for more information.  If you tried to sign up for a class that is currently full, or would like to take a class earlier in the summer, you can add your name to a waiting list.

 

See you on the water!

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$50 CREDIT FOR REFERRING NEW MEMBERS

 

Sail Chicago members have always been encouraged to invite their friends to join, and now there is an incentive to do so.   Members will receive a $50 credit to their account for every new member who joins Sail Chicago at their invitation.   (Even if your friend decides to just participate in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will still 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.  To assure proper credit, the new member must identify the referring member on the Sail Chicago membership application.  

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor
Sailing Classes Are Filling Rapidly
$50 Credit for Referring New Members
Who to Contact
Mandatory Pre-Sail Orientation
Bringing Skippers and Crew Together
The Colgate Racing Program
Fun Racing
Skippers Needed for MCOs
Weather for Sailors
The End of Summer Maintenance
Sail Chicago Reminders
DATES TO NOTE
May 11 - Midwest Women's Sailing Conference
July 13 - Chicago/Mackinac Race begins
August 7-11 - Chicago Match Race Cup
August 7-11 - Tall Ships, Navy Pier
August 24-25 - Verve Cup Regatta
  
*See article in this issue
WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Frank Loftus
Announcements - Gary Thrane
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Frank Loftus
Colgate 26 Racing - Fiona Ray
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance - Frank Loftus
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Pre-Sail Orientation -Peter Hays & Mary Ann Wilkins
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort

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IT'S FREE:  MANDATORY PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION FOR ALL NEW SAILORS
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If this is your first season with Sail Chicago, you must attend one Pre-Sail Orientation session before you head out on the water.  Pre-sail Orientation is intended to give you an introduction to the sport of sailing and Sail Chicago. The course includes preparation before going sailing, sailing terminology, equipment, basic boat handling, seamanship, safety rules, emergency procedures, and a review of knots. Students who have enrolled in on-the-water classes will receive US Sailing handbooks, handouts, and a Sail Chicago T-shirt. 

All Pre-Sail Orientation sessions will meet at the Lincoln Park REI Store.   Six different dates and times are available, starting Saturday, April 20.   To see dates and times and to register click here: Pre-Sail Orientation Session.   Everyone interested in attending, whether new sailor or not, should register for a specific date and time.


Current Sail Chicago members who would like a review or interested non-members are encouraged to attend free of charge  (Note: Auditors do not receive handbook or Sail Chicago T-shirt.)  This is an excellent way to check out Sail Chicago and sailing!

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ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS

 

On March 13, more than sixty Sail Chicago members and students gathered at the St. Vincent DePaul Center in Chicago to review the prior year's activities and to learn of new plans and programs for the coming sailing season.

 

After Chairman Frank Loftus called the meeting to order, Treasurer Jay Owens reported that Sail Chicago ended a successful financial year with a cash balance of almost $45,000.  These funds are being used to pay expenses before member dues and class registration fees start coming in. Remaining funds will be directed toward our continuing fleet renewal program.

 

Last year, the basic instruction program was opened up to non-members through the Sail into

John Lemon accepts Lifetime Achievement Award
John Lemon accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

Summer Program.  Lead instructor, John Lemon, reported that this new program was highly successful and virtually doubled the number of students enrolled in basic instruction.   John gave special thanks to the many instructors and instructors-in-training for their service and dedication to the program.   After John's report, former Sail Chicago Chairman Bob Gerber presented a surprise, and well-deserved, "Lifetime Achievement Award" to John for his many years of service and leadership to Sail Chicago.

 

This year, all basic keelboat instruction will be on our fleet of Colgate 26s, with skipper certification also available on our Rhodes 19 and Ideals.   Registration for the 2013 instruction season began February 3, and enrollments are far ahead of this same time last year.

 

Two new programs for the 2013 season were also highlighted. Fiona Ray shared plans for a new Colgate 26 racing program that will be held on Wednesday evenings for 

Colgate 26 Racing
Colgate Racing

three months this summer in conjunction with races of the larger Chicago sailing community.   The first month is already at capacity, and spaces for the second month are filling rapidly. 

 

Four Directors were elected to fill vacancies created by expiring terms: Alfred Chan, Chris Garvey, Mike Parapetti, and Steve VanderVoort.   Finally, Board member Rob Wakerly fielded questions from the membership to the Board, after which many attendees continued an informal meeting across the street at the Halsted Harp.

 

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RECENT SAIL CHICAGO BOARD ACTIONS
  

At its March meeting, the Sail Chicago Board gave full approval to:

  • A continuation of the $50 bonus credit for any current Sail Chicago member who refers a new member to Sail Chicago,
  • A plan (proposed by Fiona Ray) to encourage last year's Sail into Summer students to become members of Sail Chicago,
  • A "Share-a-Sail" Plan (proposed by Steve VanderVoort) to provide a communications forum for skippers who need crew and for crew looking for opportunities to sail.

The board also confirmed Anke Heinrich as Coordinator of Tiller Time and Mehmet Tasci as Coordinator of Member Cruise Outings.

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BRINGING SKIPPERS AND CREW TOGETHER

Skippers, have you ever wanted to take out a boat in our fleet for private use, but can't find crew to go with you?  Newer members or Sail-into-Summer students have you ever wanted to go sailing at a particular time and date, but you can't find a skipper who's able to take you out?  Now there's a solution to both problems!

Sail Chicago now has a list-serve on Google Groups called, "Share-a-Sail."  Members of this group can email one another to arrange sailing dates for private boat use.  Just send an email to the group and wait for responses.  Examples of possible emails might be:

  • "Skipper looking for crew to sail on weekday afternoons during July."
  • "Sail-into-Summer student looking for a skipper to crew with on a Friday evening in June."

If you're interested in signing up for this new communication tool, go to Google Groups and search for "shareasail."  Request to join the group and, if you're a Sail Chicago member or a current Sail-into-Summer student, you'll be admitted to the group.  If you have problems locating the group or if you have questions, please contact our Share-a-Sail Coordinator,  David Shayne.

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THE COLGATE RACING PROGRAM

By Bob Cohen, Colgate 26 Racing Program Committee 

 

On March 20th, Sam Veilleux met with representatives from Columbia Yacht Club to formalize Sail Chicago's participation in the Monroe Harbor Wednesday Night "Beer Can" Racing Program. Members of Sail Chicago will now be invited competitors, along with members of Columbia Yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club, Burnham Yacht Club, an d Midwest Open Racing Fleet (MORF).  The Sail Chicago Racing program will enter our four Colgate 26's each Wednesday night for racing throughout the summer. Our members will also be encouraged to participate as Race Committee volunteers--look for more details soon.  This recognition gives Sail Chicago wider exposure in Chicago's sailing community, and racing in a larger fleet will be even more exciting. 

 

The response to the Colgate 26 racing program has been tremendous. Spots for June were sold out within the first few weeks, and July is almost sold out.  If you would like to participate in this exciting

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program, don't delay. Sign up now!

 

The program is designed to race each Colgate 26 with a skipper/racing coach and four crew members. In the course of each session, crew will learn to work the racing positions of helmsman, foredeck crew, jib and spinnaker trimmer, main trimmer, and pitman (working the halyards).   Participants will learn racing tactics conforming to U.S. Sailing's most recent Racing Rules of Sailing:  2013-2016.   Special emphasis will be placed on the finer points of sail trim and taking advantage of shifting winds.

 

The program begins with a pre-racing seminar and two weeks of training before the actual racing session begins.  Each session includes races on four Wednesday evenings in June, July, and August. Sailors new to racing may sign up as crew, while experienced racing skippers may sign up as individuals, or consider chartering the boat for an entire session and recruiting their own crew. The cost is $100 per four-week session per individual; $400 to charter a boat for a four-week session.

 

The capstone event for the summer will be the Verve Inshore Regatta, August 24-25, at Belmont Harbor.  To get more information on this program, to learn if you qualify for participation, and to sign up for one of the sessions, click here.

FUN RACING: YEAR TWO

By Dolores Baron

 

Last year, we had a lot of fun, sharpened our sailing skills, and made new friends.

 

This year will be a bit different. First, we are going to meet SATURDAY MORNING at 8 a.m. at the tender dock in Monroe Harbor.  Second, if you skipper a boat, it will be free. Otherwise, there will be a $10 fee. 

 

Crew will sign up as usual on the web site.  Those who wish to skipper should email mRhodes 19e to find out if there is a spot open.

 

I want to encourage every one to come.   New sailors (who have had at least one class) will find that, besides being fun, it is a great way to sharpen your sailing skills.   And we really could use some of our experienced people to rejoin us.  I hope you will come and join the fun.

 

Each Saturday 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 Saturday, June 1, and continue to August 31.  We meet at Monroe 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. (Except for those who want to be skippers who will email me.)  For more information please e-mail me.

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SKIPPERS NEEDED FOR MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS
Colgate Sailing
 By Mehmet Tasci

Member Cruise Outings (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.
 

We need MCO skippers for the sailing season. If you're an experienced Sail Chicago skipper please consider signing up to skipper. 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.To find out more, please contact MCO@sailchicago.org.

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WEATHER SEMINAR HITS SAIL CHICAGO

 By Michael Swisher

 

Tuesday evening, March 12, thirty-four hearty souls braved the elements for Sail Chicago's seminar,

Michael Swisher
Michael Swisher

Weather for Sailors.  Erik Schneider educated us on many facets of weather and how it affects our time on the water--from avoiding potentially dangerous situations to using it to enhance our sailing experience.  We learned about off-shore winds and thermals, air-pressure highs and lows, the cause and meaning of various cloud formations, advancing fronts and much more.   The weather is not just something you check before you go out--subtle changes can also tell you of approaching storms that could otherwise creep up on you if you're not paying attention.  Some points Erik thinks are especially important are:

  • The prudent skipper should always check official advisories and expected weather conditions before setting sail.
  • Skippers should always monitor the weather while sailing, using a marine radio or smart phone and observe if other boats are heading to harbor en masse.
  • A storm crossing into the lake miles away, but still within view, can still create strong wind and waves affecting your boat.  Don't assume your distance is safe.

Erik also informed us of a number of Internet sites, some for forecasting and tracking current weather

patterns, and others more geared for education. We will be making these available to members in the near future.

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THE END OF THE SUMMER MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
 
Sail Chicago's Summer Maintenance Program, for so long a vital part of our sailing program, has been discontinued.  Each boat in our fleet now has a permanent, year-round maintenance team headed by a Boat Manager. Thus, there is no longer a need for a Summer Maintenance Program.

 

Remember, however, Sail Chicago members (except new members) must still fulfill an Annual Service Requirement if they would like to participate in any on-the-water activities. To view a list of positions available and contacts, click here.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
  
Fulfill Your Service Requirement Before the Sailing Season Starts  
A list of opportunities&nbsnbsp;to fulfill your annual service requirements 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 this season.
  
Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  
Renew your Sail Chicago Membership online using a credit card.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal together with a check, click here to print a paper form.

Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets
at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago web site, Sail Chicago.

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BTS: March 2013

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for March
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March, 2013
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

Boating safety continues to be a big part of Sail Chicago's activities and programs.  Our instruction program has always stressed safe boating techniques and procedures.  The upcoming March seminar will help us to be better able to read and react to changing weather conditions on the water.  An article in this issue of Between the Sheets discusses the towing service that's available to us if Priorities, our cruising boat, gets into trouble on the water.  A Sail Chicago committee is putting together an emergency action plan that should be ready by the forthcoming sailing season (more about that in a future issue).  It's important to keep our members, students, and guests safe and secure on the water!

 

Activities for the upcoming sailing season are well under way.  Registration for sailing instruction classes has been open since the beginning of February, and a new racing series for our Colgate 26s is planned.  A revised parking and tender pass program for Sail Chicago skippers has been set up (see article).  Soon our fleet will be in the water and ready to sail.  Don't forget to start or renew your membership (see Sail Chicago reminders at the end of this issue).  If you're already a member, don't forget to sign up for your annual service requirement.  

 

Get a preview of all that's in store for our summer sailing season.  Attend the Annual meeting on March 13 (see article below). 

 

ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING ON MARCH 13

By Pat Webster, Social Director

 

 All Sail Chicago members are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 13th.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 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.

2012 Annual Meeting
2012 Annual Meeting

 

We urge 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 2013.

 

We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2013 sailing season!  

IN THIS ISSUE
Attend the Annual Meeting March 13
All you Need to Know About the Weather
Board Endorses Candidates
Register Now for Sailing Instruction
Racing Seminar Encourages Participation
Need a Tow?
Monroe Parking and Tender Pass Update
Board Notes
Great Sea Stories
Sail Chicago Reminders
DATES TO NOTE
March 12 - Weather and Sailing Seminar*
March 13 - Sail Chicago Annual Meeting*
May 11 - Midwest Women's Sailing Conference
July 13 - Chicago/Mackinac Race begins
August 7-11 - Chicago Match Race Cup
August 7-11 - Tall Ships, Navy Pier
August 24-25 - Verve Cup Regatta
  
*See article in this issue
WHO TO CONTACT
Chairman - Frank Loftus
Announcements - Ann Johnston
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Colgate 26 Racing - Fiona Ray
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
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Social - Pat Webster
Tiller Time -Chris Garvey
Treasurer - Jay Owens

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WEATHER ON MARCH 12
By Paul Demmel, Seminar Coordinator  
  
 
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Back by popular demand, Erik Schneider will be presenting the Weather for Sailing seminar on Tuesday, March 12th, 7:00 pm, at REI Lincoln Park.  For our final seminar of the winter series, we are excited to welcome Erik back to learn more about a most important topic:  weather.  Erik is a US Sailing certified Regional Race Officer, Club Judge and Powerboat Instructor with over 10 years of experience running regattas.  He is also a  sailor and, of course, a weather enthusiast.  Many topics related to weather will be covered. 
  
Don't miss this opportunity to brush up on your skills before getting back on the water.  Topics include Chicago wind patterns, thermals, cloud types, and severe weather signs.  The seminar is free, but space is limited.  You must register in advance.  A social hour will follow the seminar.
BOARD ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION AT ANNUAL MEETING
  
The Sail Chicago Board has endorsed four candidates to fill electable positions on the Board.  They are

To review the Candidate Fact Sheet for each, please click on the names listed above.  Remember, you will not be able to vote for candidates unless you are a current member (dues for 2013 paid).  You may pay your current dues at the meeting with a check only (see article above).  To save yourself some time, however, why not log onto the Sail Chicago website right now and pay with a credit card

  
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REGISTER NOW FOR SAILING INSTRUCTION

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

 

Registration for summer 2013 Basic Keelboat sailing classes opened February 3, and we are off to a running start.  Over 40 people have already registered for classes beginning in May.  This is twice as many as were registered at this time last year!  Session I (May) classes are almost full, so if you want to get an early start on your sailing education, register soon.  Each session lasts four weeks and you have the option of weekly classes or twice per week classes (limited availability).  Session start dates are:

  • Session I    May 4
  • Session II    June 1
  • Session III   June 29  (break for 4th of July)
  • Session IV   August 3
Rigging a Colgate
Instruction on a Colgate 26

Based on the tremendous success of our Sail into Summer program in 2012, we have extended that option to all of our Basic Keelboat classes.  You can now register for Basic Sailing, Intermediate, and Skipper Training classes without the requirement of membership in Sail Chicago.  Whether you want to "test the waters" or enhance your sailing skills, there is a sailing class for you.

 

There is no limit to the number of Sail into Summer classes that you can sign up for through the Sail into Summer option. We hope the many sailors who participated in the program last year will return to further their sailing education. The course fee for all Sail into Summer classes is $250 for four lessons.  Our New Member Package, which includes 2013 dues, one sailing class (four lessons), and access to practice sailing and recreational cruises, remains an attractive option at $400.  Additional classes, and classes for renewing members, remain $200 for four lessons.


With the growth of our Colgate 26 fleet, we will now be teaching all Basic Keelboat classes on the Colgate 26, which is the premier sailing training boat on the water today.  All of our Basic Keelboat classes are held at Monroe Harbor.  More information is available on the Sail Chicago website.  

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RACING SEMINAR ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION

By Bob Cohen

 

It was a cold February night at REI Lincoln Park, but 25 participants at Sail Chicago's racing seminar were thinking about warm summer nights racing Colgate 26's around markers at Monroe Harbor.  This was the first of several seminars and educational activities put on by our new racing program.

 

Racing Seminar
Nick Petrovits shares his racing experience

Former Sail Chicago chairman, Sam Veilleux, gave the audience of both new and experienced sailors an overview of the many facets of racing.  He showed great pictures of races of one design (all boats exactly the same), match races, offshore, inshore, dinghy racing and more.  He described his experiences racing the classic Shields yachts and compared them to other designs.  Sail Chicago instructor and boat manager, and experienced off shore racer Nick Petrovits described racing on large boats in fleets of many styles of yachts in Performance Handicap Racing Fleets as well as the mechanics of how racing works.  With dry marker in hand, Nick showed the crowd how the courses are laid out and what tactics are used at the starts, the mid course marks, and the finishes, and just how racing involves a great mixture of sailing skill, teamwork, and a knowledge of the rules to develop winning tactics.


Finally Adam Collins presented Sail Chicago's Colgate 26 racing program - a series of educational seminars, on the water training, and 4 weeks of beer can races at Monroe Harbor.  Each racing session will last for 4 Wednesday evenings in June, July, and August.  Sailors new to racing may sign up for a berth as crew, while experienced racing skippers may sign up as individuals, or consider chartering the boat for an entire session and recruit their own crew. The cost will be $100 per four week session per individual, and $400 to Charter the Boat for a four week session.


The response to this new program has been fantastic.  At least one participant of the Racing Seminar joined Sail Chicago as a member that night, and wrote us saying, "I have signed up for both the July racing sessions and the Skipper training sessions in June.  I will be happy to have the opportunity to learn to sail the Colgate 26 before moving into the racing course."


June is full, and July and August are filling up fast. Register NOW for the July or August series before it's too late!

 

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NEED A TOW?

 

Skippers on Priorities, our Hunter 34, take note:  Sail Chicago has contracted with Boat U.S., a commercial towing company, to provide assistance should trouble arise on the boat.  The types of assistance provided are:

  • Non-emergency towing
  • Fuel delivery and jump-starts at sea
  • Soft undergrounding assistance
The 24 hour dispatch number is 800-391-4869.  Boat U.S. may also be reached by VHF radio on channel 16.  Remember, this insurance program is for non-emergency use only.  If you are aboard Priorities in an emergency situation, call the U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes Search and Rescue line at 800-321-4400.  Please copy this information and carry it with you when you sail on Priorities.
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MONROE HARBOR PARKING AND TENDER PASS UPDATE
By Arleen Prairie, MPP Coordinator
  
New for the 2013 sailing season:  the Monroe Tender Service will offer lockbox storage.  This means changes in both Parking and Tender Pass programs for Sail Chicago skippers.  This season skippers may pick up both passes at the lockboxes in the Monroe Harbor Tender Office.  Temporary parking is located in the cul-de-sac on Monroe, east of Lakeshore Drive.
 
Skippers currently holding the mailbox and door key for the UPS Store at 201 East Ohio may return the keys for a $20 refund on your deposit.  You may return the keys anytime the UPS store is open [M- F, 9 a.m.--6:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 - 5,  Sun (closed). Questions?  Phone the UPS Store at 312-644-6245.
  
The new MPP system will be up and running by May 4. We will have a detailed description of use of both parking and tender passes in the May issue of Between the Sheets. 
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BOARD NOTES

By Fiona Ray, Board Secretary 

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Ilya Letuchy
 
 At its February meeting, the Sail Chicago Board learned that Ilya Letuchy will resign from the Board at the end of March.  He recently moved to the West Coast, where we hope that he will find many opportunities to sail. 
  
In addition to his service on the Board, Ilya has been instrumental in creating a successful cruising program that has attracted many new participants during his time in that position.  Recently he has been working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to make sure that our Cruising Program is in compliance with all Coast Guard rules and regulations.  We applaud his efforts and wish him safe and happy sailing in his new
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Dan Flavin
location.
  
In other news, Dan Flavin is heading the Membership Involvement Committee and has developed an online tool for helping to manage our volunteer service needs.  Members who are looking for activities to fulfill their annual service requirements can click here.

The board discussed the U.S. Coast Guard mandate that requires a USCG licensed captain on board our cruiser, Priorities, for any Sail Chicago program activities (classes, MCO, tiller times).  We currently have at least two Sail Chicago skippers who are on track to become Coast Guard licensed captains.   We are working closely with the Coast Guard to comply with this requirement, and we plan to be fully compliant by the 2014 sailing season.
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A SERIES OF GREAT SEA STORIES
By Steve VanderVoort
 

Cover ShotFor you sailors who love a good sea story, here's a suggestion for a great read: The Master and Commander series (informally known as the Aubrey/Maturin series) by Patrick O'Brian. It consists of 22 books (plus one unfinished book) describing the adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey of the British Navy and his friend, Dr. Stephen Maturin, during the Napoleonic Wars. A couple of books in the series were made into a film starring Russell Crowe.

 

The scope of the series is world-wide. It takes you from London to the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, everywhere throughout the world that the British engaged Napoleon. O'Brian had originally planned on a ten-volume series, but the books proved to be so popular that he expanded them to over twenty. In the tenth volume he apologizes that he had to extend the time frame of the war with Napoleon because he was running out of time with which to complete the adventures.

 

It took me over two years to read the complete series. I would have been lost if I had not purchased a lexicon of 18th century British naval terms and a book of maps detailing the adventures of Aubrey and Maturin. Our Sail Chicago Chairman, Frank Loftus, tells me that he has read the complete series at least twice, and he is thinking about starting again. 

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SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
  
Fulfill Your Service Requirement Before the Sailing Season Starts  
A list of opportunities to fulfill your annual service requirements 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 this season.
  
Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  
Renew your Sail Chicago Membership online using a credit card.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal together with a check, click here to print a paper form.
  
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BTS: February 2013

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for February
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FROM THE EDITOR...
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By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

It seems that this issue of Between the Sheets is mostly about racing.  The Sail Chicgo Board has approved two racing programs for 2013:  the traditional "Fun Racing" program, and a new and exicting Colgate 26 racing program that is part of our overall instruction program.  At least four articles in this issue discuss some aspect of racing.  Other areticles highlight the following activities:

  • Registration for our basic keelboat instruction classes is now open,
  • The Strictly Sail Chicago Show saw over 40 Sail Chicago volunteers turn out to staff our booth
  • Over 30 people turned out to hear John Lemon's presentation on coastal navigation basics.  More seminars are planned for February and March.   

Don't forget to review upcoming dates for Sail Chicago events and activities (see "Dates to Note" to the right).

 

If you're still wondering how you're going to fulfill your annual service requirement, don't forget to review the list of ways you can do that (see notice below). 

 

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP - GET A CREDIT
  
Sail Chicago membership renewals are available NOW!  If you sign up before February 28, you'll receive a $50 credit in your reservation account.  Take advantage of this limited offer!  Just a couple of clicks of your mouse, and it's done.
  
NEW COLGATE 26 RACING PROGRAM LAUNCHES
By Bob Cohen, Colgate 26 Racing Program Committee 
  
This summer Sail Chicago will launch an educational program for new and experienced sailors and racers.  Participants will have an exciting opportunity to pit their skills against other skippers and crews at Monroe Harbor during four weekly Wednesday night races.

Sail Chicago's newly expanded fleet of four sleek and swift Colgate 26's will each race with a skipper and four crew members. Throughout each session, they will learn to work the racing positions of helmsman, foredeck crew, jib and spinnaker trimmer, main trimmer, and pitman working the halyards.  Sailors will learn racing tactics in the context of U.S. Sailing's most recent "Racing Rules of Sailing- 2013-2016".  Racing sailors will also learn the fine points of sail trim to make the most out of shifts, puffs, and lulls in the wind. They will hone their powers of observation so they can read the water and watch for signs of changing conditions.

Colgate 26 RacingThe course includes a pre-racing seminar and two weeks of training before on-the-water racing begins. Each racing session will last for 4 Wednesday evenings in June, July, and August. Sailors new to racing may sign up for a berth as crew, while experienced racing skippers may sign up as individuals, or consider chartering the boat for an entire session and recruit their own crew. The cost will be $100 per four week session per individual; $400 to Charter the Boat for a four week session.

The capstone event for the summer will be the Verve Inshore Regatta, August 24-25 at Belmont Harbor.  Our goal will be to create a Colgate 26 class and we will be reaching out to the Chicago Park District and private Colgate owners to get together five boats, the minimum fleet size. This will be a big accomplishment for Sail Chicago and will help put us on the map as serious racers.

To get more information on this program, to learn if you qualify for participation, and to sign up for one of the sessions, click here.  Our hearty thanks for putting this all together go to the Sail Chicago Colgate 26 Racing Program Committee: John Lemon, Sam Veilleux, Fiona Ray, Adam Collins, Brad Demeter, and Bob Cohen.
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IN THIS ISSUE
New Colgate 26 Racing Program Launches
Don't Miss the Introduction to Racing Seminar
Register Now for Basic Keelboat Classes
Sail Chicago at Strictly Sail
Hone Your Racing Skills This Winter
Coastal Navigation Seminar Hits the Mark!
Board Notes
The Chicago Lighthouse
Sign up for Service
Annual Meeting - Save the Date
Calling All Women Sailors
Chicago Maritime Festival February 23
DATES TO NOTE
February 1 - Registration for sailing and racing classes opens*
February 7 - Sail Chicago Board meeting
February 13 - Racing Basics Seminar*
February 23 - Chicago Maritime Festival*
February 28 - Last day for membership renewal credits*
March 12 - Weather and Sailing Seminar
March 20 - Sail Chicago Annual Meeting*
May 11 - Midwest Women's Sailing Conference*
August 7-11 - Chicago Match Race Cup
August 7-11 - Tall Ships, Navy Pier
August 24-25 - Verve Cup Regatta
  
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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
DON'T MISS THE INTRODUCTION TO RACING SEMINAR FEBRUARY 13
By Paul Demmel, Seminar Coordinator
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Sam Veilleux at the helm of his boat "Hellcat"
  
Join us at REI Lincoln Park on February 13 for our second educational seminar of 2013, an Introduction to Racing.  Former Chairman of Sail Chicago Sam Veilleux will discuss racing basics, his experience racing his Shields, and the many other people and activities that go into putting on a successful race.  These include the Race Committee and Judges.
  
Other topics will include a brief introduction to off-shore racing and an introduction to the new Sail Chicago racing program for 2013.
  
The seminar is free, but space is limited.  You MUST register in advance to attend.  A social hour will follow the seminar.
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REGISTER NOW FOR BASIC KEELBOAT CLASSES

 By John Lemon, Lead Instructor 

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Registration for summer 2013 Basic Keelboat classes is now open.  We are again offering sailing classes at three levels: Basic Sailing, Intermediate, and Skipper Training.  Sail Chicago teaches to the standard set by US Sailing, and many of our instructors are US Sailing certified.  Each course consists of four lessons, once per week for a month-long session.  Session start dates are:  May 4, June 1, June 29, and August 3.  The May 4 and June 1 sessions are now open for registration; the June 29 and August 3 sessions will be available in the near future.  A limited number of classes meet twice per week for two weeks.

 

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Colgate 26
We are delighted to report that due to the expansion of our Colgate 26 fleet, all Basic Keelboat classes will be taught on the Colgate 26.  In 2012, over 100 new sailors had their first sailing experience on a Colgate 26. 

 

Based on the popularity of our Sail into Summer program in 2012, we have extended the program to include Intermediate and Skipper classes as well.  Now there is a class available for sailors at all levels.  Whether you are new to sailing and want to get out on the water in our introductory course or are an experienced sailor and want to sharpen your skippering skills, Sail Chicago has a class for you.  Sailors are not limited to one course through the Sail into Summer program--you may begin with the course appropriate to your sailing skills and add the next level course later in the summer.  The course fee remains $250 for each session of four lessons. 
  

Another option for enrolling in our sailing classes is through our New Member package, which is designed for sailors interested in gaining access to more on-the-water activities.  Membership in Sail Chicago gives you the opportunity to participate in practice sails and recreational cruises, both of which are free (based on volunteer availability).  Another significant benefit of membership is that once you achieve skipper qualification, you may access our fleet of boats for your own private use, when they are not in use for sailing classes.  Private usage rates are significantly lower than comparable rental or charter rates in the Chicago area.  The fee for the New Member package is $400, which includes one four lesson sailing class (appropriate to your sailing ability), 2013 member dues, and access to the practice sails and cruises.  Additional classes are $200 each.

 

The course fee for returning members who are current with their 2013 dues is $200 for each four-lesson class.

 

All new sailors receive US Sailing's Basic Keelboat manual and must attend one Pre-Sail Orientation session before you head out on the water.  The orientation sessions are held at REI Lincoln Park; dates and times will be announced in future issues of this newsletter.  In addition, Sail Chicago offers educational seminars and social events open to all sailors throughout the year.

 

Click here to begin the registration process.  See you on the water!!

SAIL CHICAGO, A BIG SPLASH AT THE STRICTLY SAIL CHICAGO SHOW

Sail Chicago Volunteers at Strictly Sail
Sail Chicago Volunteers at Strictly Sail Chicago

Sail Chicago once again made its presence felt in a big way as one of the exhibitors at the 2013 Strictly Sail Chicago show, January 24 - January 27, at Navy Pier.  The event is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and covers virtually everything a sailor or boat owner needs to know about boats, gear, accessories as well as where and how to sail, how to earn certifications, and much, much more.  Hundreds of exhibitors jammed Navy Pier's Festival Hall to display their wares and discuss the finer points of sailing with the crowd that attended the event.

 

Over 40 Sail Chicago students and members generously donated their time to staff our booth during the event.  Our motto, "Come Sail with Us," could be heard echoing throughout Festival Hall at Navy Pier during the show.  The efforts of our volunteers were not unrewarded.  Many Show visitors signed up to learn more about our new Colgate Racing Program and "Sail into Summer," our New Member Package.

 

Sail Chicago members who came to the event also had the opportunity to renew acquaintances and friendships with other sailors in the Chicago area.  Several 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 a few 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 throughout the years.

 

Thanks to all those who helped to make our presence at Strictly Sail Chicago felt in a very positive way. We look forward to repeating this success again next year. 

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HONE YOUR RACING SKILLS THIS WINTER
  
Yes, it's the middle of winter.  Yes, you'd love to be out sailing on beautiful Lake Michigan.  Yes, you'd like to practice your racing skills in order to be prepared for Sail Chicago's new Colgate Racing program.  Well, you can get a head start right now.  Just log in at Virtual Regatta, outfit your boat, and set your course.  You can engage in racing practice, race against other boats, or participate in some of the world's great racing championships.  While it may not be the same as feeling the wind in your face as you round a mark, it can still be a bit of a thrill.
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If you'd like a bigger racing thrill, go to the Vendée Globe website to learn more about this 80-day just-completed, around-the-world, single-handed sailboat race that's held once every four years.  Alex Thomson won the race on January 30.
  
US Sailing LogoAnd finally, if you're interested in learning how you can gain some racing skills practice once you're out on the water, Sail Chicago Board member Mike Parapetti has just returned form the annual US Sailing Symposium in Clearwater, FL, where he picked up these tips on coaching drills for sailors.  Many thanks, Mike, for sharing them with us.
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COASTAL NAVIGATION SEMINAR HITS THE MARK
2013 Coast Navigation Seminar

On January 22, well over thirty stalwart sailors braved one of this season's coldest evenings to attend the second in Sail Chicago's winter seminar series at REI Lincoln Park Community Room.  Lead instructor John Lemon did a great job of clarifying one of the trickiest topics in sailing - Coastal Navigation. He presented a broad overview of the subject, giving just enough detail to whet attendees' appetites for more information.

 

John began by detailing some of the resources available to sailors for learning more about coastal navigation. These include such sources as the US Sailing book on  Coastal Navigation, NOAA's U. S. Chart 1, and the U. S. Coast Guard's weekly Notice to Mariners. He then went on to describe some of the necessary tools for coastal navigation, such as a current nautical chart, a parallel rule, dividers, and a hand bearing compass. Although he didn't specifically discuss GPS navigation, a few members mentioned helpful apps on their mobile devices that contain GPS. These include Saild and iNavx.  Other, more detailed seminars are also available.  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is running two in February:  "Sailing Skills and Seamanship," and "Weekend Navigator." 

 

Throughout the seminar, John stressed the importance of sailors knowing where they are on the water at all times. This is particularly critical in emergencies when a skipper must notify the Coast Guard of an accident or capsize.  John demonstrated how to plot a course and how to find your boat's location through sightings of shore landmarks.  He also pointed out that even in the day-sails that most Sail Chicago members and students take, there can be hidden dangers, such as Morgan and Hyde Park Shoals where many boats have run aground (both shoals are south of McCormick Place.)

 

After a question and answer period, the group adjourned to a local tavern where they continued their discussion of coastal navigation in a more informal atmosphere.

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BOARD NOTES
  
At its January meeting, the Board acted on a proposal to eliminate the Summer Maintenance Program as part of the annual member service requirement.  Each boat in our fleet now has a boat maintenance team headed by a Boat Manager that is responsible for the year-around maintenance of the boat.  Hence the Summer Maintenance Program seems redundant.  Members of each team fulfill their annual service requirement simply by being on the team and keeping their chosen boat ready to sail.
 
The Board also accepted proposals for two separate racing programs:
  • The Colgate Racing Program:  This summer the four Colgates in our fleet will participate in the popular Wednesday evening racing events, a favorite activity of Chicagoland sailboat racers,
  • Fun Racing:  The three Rhodes in our fleet will race against each other out of Monroe Harbor on Saturday mornings.
More information on both of these activities will follow in future issues of "Between the Sheets."
  
The February Board meeting has been moved ahead one week to Thursday, February 7, in the community room of The Edge Condominiums
    
THE CHICAGO HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE
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By Gary Thrane, Associate Editor

 

One of the pleasures of sailing with Sail Chicago is the chance to take a close look at historic and scenic features of the Chicago lakeshore.   One such prominent feature is the Chicago harbor lighthouse.  This historic lighthouse's light still guides mariners into Chicago harbor and the entrance of the Chicago River.  It's deep foghorn still sounds, warning fog-enveloped sailors.  

 

The Chicago harbor lighthouse is more than 100 years old.  It was first erected in preparation for Chicago's hosting of the 1893 World's Fair.  Along with the Museum of Science and Industry, the lighthouse is a unique surviving edifice of that long-ago world event.  Meant to showcase Chicago's end-of-the-19th-century modernity, it featured a then state-of-the-art Fresnel lens to focus the lighthouse's beam to the maximum distance.

 

The lighthouse, 48 feet tall, is constructed of brick and clad in iron plate.  Living quarters for the lighthouse crew were a part of the original design, and the lighthouse keepers resided in the 18-foot diameter tower during their duties.  

 

Chicago LighthouseIn 1917, the Federal government provided funds to move the Chicago lighthouse from its original site, at the mouth of the Chicago River, to the tip of the outer breakwater.  That's where we see it now.  Two small buildings were added on either side to accommodate a boathouse and a new foghorn. It was only in 1935 that electricity provided the illumination.  

 

The four-man crew of the lighthouse, in its new, isolated location, served two weeks on and one week off.  Loneliness in this outpost so close to, and yet so far from, downtown Chicago was sometimes a problem.  There were reports of occasional suicidal behavior.

 

In 1979, the Chicago lighthouse was fully automated, and further psychological perils were obviated.   In 1997, its exterior was restored.  The lighthouse is on the list of National Historic Places.


The Chicago harbor lighthouse is not open to the public, but those who sail with Sail Chicago can get an up-close look.

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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 held last November, 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.
  
ANNUAL MEETING - SAVE THE DATE!
  
The Sail Chicago Annual Meeting for members and guests has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, in the Conference Room at the St. Vincent DePaul Center in Chicago.  More information will follow in future issues of "Between the Sheets," but in the meantime please be sure to mark your calendar.
  
CALLING ALL WOMEN SAILORS
By Pat Webster, Social Director 
  
Womens Sailing ConferenceThe 3rd Annual Midwest Women's Sailing Conference will be held at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center on Saturday, May 11.  In addition to a keynote speech delivered by Betsy Alison, the only female sailor currently in the National Sailing Hall of Fame, a variety of workshops led by experienced, knowledgeable female instructors will be offered throughout the day, two sessions in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon. Classes being offered, for both beginning and advanced sailors, are: Introduction to Sailing, Practical Spinnaker Handling (hands on), Basic and Advanced Sail Trim, Weather on the Water, Docking, and Knots. 
  
The conference is sponsored by a not-for-profit organization which, like Sail Chicago, is run totally by volunteers and instructors who donate their time and energy for the love of the sport.  Sail Chicago members who attended last year and found the day to be very instructive and informative.   
  
Availability is limited to 100 women, so if you're interested, be sure to register early in order to be able to attend and to go to the workshops of your choice.  The fee for the day's activities is $125 prior to May 1st, and if space is available, $135 thereafter.  For more information and to register, click here.  
CHICAGO MARITIME FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 23

 

2012 Maritime FestivalDiscover Chicago's diverse maritime community and heritage!  The annual Chicago Maritime Festival's full lineup of seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops explore a range of topics, including underwater archeology, safety at sea, marine art, history, model boat building for kids, and much more. 

 

At the evening concert enjoy intrernational maritime music by Forebitter, Talitha MacKenzie, Lee Murdock, David Jones, and Tom & Chris Kastle.  For more information, click here.     

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BTS: January 2013

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for January
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RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP - GET A CREDIT
  
Sail Chicago membership renewals are available NOW!  If you sign up before February 28, you'll receive a $50 credit in your reservation account.  Take advantage of this limited offer!  Just a couple of clicks of your mouse, and it's done.
  
FROM THE EDITOR...
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By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

 

Although we are now in the heart of winter, sailors' thoughts still turn toward the time, not so far off, when Lake Michigan will once again be free of ice and we can hoist a sail.  In the meantime, there are a lot of activities that can keep us interested and enthused. 

  • The Strictly Sail Chicago Show takes place the end of January (see article below),
  • Sail Chicago will be sponsoring more sailing seminars during the coming months (see article in this issue),
  • For the more adventurous, the annual U.S. Sailing Symposium takes place January 23-26 in Clearwater, FL.

In other news, Gary Thrane has accepted the position of Associate Editor of "Between the Sheets."  He's been a member of Sail Chicago since 2010, and he's currently our Survey Coordinator.  You'll be seeing his name frequently in future issues.

 

Don't forget to meet your annual service requirement (see article below).  If it's not met by the beginning of the 2013 sailing season, you won't be able to participate in any on-the-water activities.

 

The Sail Chicago Annual Meeting has just been announced (see article below).  Don't miss it!  It will provide a preview of our activities for the upcoming sailing season

 

And finally, remember, if you renew your membership now, you'll get a $50 sailing credit (see article below).

 

COASTAL NAVIGATION SEMINAR JANUARY 21

By John Lemon, Lead Instructor

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Our first seminar of 2013 will be an Introduction to Coastal Navigation.  Despite the widespread availability of GPS devices and navigation programs for smartphones, sailors still need know how to read a paper chart (map).  Examples abound of mariners who ran aground because they relied exclusively on GPS and did not use traditional navigation methods.   Coastal Navigation comprises a set of basic skills required for safe sailing in coastal waters, so that you know where you are and know how to safely navigate to your destination.


Coastal Navigation Topics to be covered include reading nautical charts, understanding how to plot your position and course, dead reckoning, aids to navigation, keeping the ship's log, and electronic navigation.  We'll look at planning a simple voyage in southern Lake Michigan to help you gain awareness of boating hazards in the local sailing environment.
 
The seminar will be held Monday, January 21, at 7 PM, in the community room at REI Lincoln Park, 1466 N. Halsted (near North & Clybourn).  The seminar is free; you must register in advance to attend.  A social hour will follow the seminar.    

 

IN THIS ISSUE
Renew Your Membership - Get a Credit
From the Editor
Coastal Navigation Seminar January 21
Dates to Note
.... And Still More Seminars
Strictly Sail Chicago Show January 24 - 27
Annual Meeting - Save the Date
December Board Meeting Notes
Sail Chicago Sails in Uptown
Sailors' Talk: Novices Know a Lot
Sign up for Service
DATES TO NOTE
January 21 - Coastal Navigation Seminar*
January 24-27 - Strictly Sail Chicago Show*
February 13 - Racing Basics Seminar
February 28 - Last day for membership renewal credits*
March 12 - Weather and Sailing Seminar
March 20 - Sail Chicago Annual Meeting*
  
*See article in this issue

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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
...  AND STILL MORE SEMINARS PLANNED
We've got more to look forward to this winter to keep us interested in sailing.  Our Seminar Committee is hard at work preparing more seminars on interesting and relevant sailing topics.  Those currently scheduled are:
  • Racing Basics - February 13
  • Weather and Sailing - March 12
All Seminars will be held in the REI Lincoln Park Community Room starting at 7:00 pm.  Look for registration information in future issues of "Between the Sheets."
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STRICTLY SAIL CHICAGO SHOW JANUARY 24 - 27

 

Strictly Sail Logo It's that time of year again when Chicago sailors begin to long for a brisk 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 to Navy Pier January 24-27.  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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Strictly Sail Chicago Show

  

The good news is that Sail Chicago is part of this extravaganza.  Many of our 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 and students.  It's a great way to promote our 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 24 - 25:  11a-2p, 2-5p, 5-8p
  • Saturday, January 26:  10a-1p, 1-4p, 4-7p
  • Sunday, January 27:  10a-1p, 1-5p

 If you'd like to sign up or would like more information about the Sail Chicago booth, please contact Mary Ann Aubrey by e-mail or by phone at (630) 858-8513 .  If you're sending an e-mail, put "Strictly Sail" in the subject line,  include your 1st and 2nd time preferences, your cell phone number, and whether you're a new member, Sail Into Summer student, or an "old timer."  Remember, preferred time slots go quickly, so SIGN UP NOW!  See you at the Show!

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ANNUAL MEETING - SAVE THE DATE!
  
The Sail Chicago Annual Meeting for members and guests has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 in the Conference Room at the St. Vincent DePaul Center in Chicago.  More information will follow in future issues of "Between the Sheets," but in the meantime please be sure to mark your calendar.
  
 DECEMBER BOARD MEETING NOTES
  By Fiona Ray, Board Secretary
  
At its December Board meeting, your Board of Directors voted to to include three Rhodes 19s in our fleet at Monroe Harbor.  This will allow the Fun Racing program to race all three Rhodes.  Program coordinator Dolores Baron is putting together a plan that will most likely move Fun Racing from Sunday to Saturday mornings.  For more information on the Fun Racing program, watch future issues of "Between the Sheets."
  
The Board also adopted a plan for Communication with Members.
  
SAIL CHICAGO SAILS IN UPTOWN
   
In 2011 Sail Chicago member Matt Stuczynski suggested that we donated our old and unused sails to the Uptown Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago for a summer art project. 
Boys & Girls Club Uptown
Uptown Boys & Girls Club
This project, the first in a series, was developed by members of Uptown community and was implemented in collaboration with the Uptown Boys and Girls Club.  Club students decided on the the design and made the work as a part of their summer arts programming. 
  
This past summer, Phase Two of the project was implemented.  Volunteer staff taught 6 weeks of summer arts program at the Boys and Girls Club.  Between the workshops, donors, volunteers, 46th Ward Aldermanic staff, 48th Ward Aldermanic staff, and Boys and Girls Club staff, more than 30 people have been involved in making this project possible.  The results can be seen in the accompanying photo. 

Thanks, Matt, for helping to "make it happen!"
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SAILORS' TALK:  NOVICES KNOW MORE THAN THEY THINK THEY DO
By Gary Thrane, Associate Editor  
Gary Thrane
Gary Thrane

 
When the young Charles Darwin began his five-year voyage in 1831 aboard HMS Beagle, he was a complete landlubber.  He tells us that the ship's officers, with whom he shared quarters, "treated me with undeviating kindness."   But he goes on to say that when they spoke with each other about sailing the ship, "they might as well have been speaking Hebrew." 

 
Would-be sailors can find the way sailors talk about their boats and sailing almost impenetrable.   But a closer look reveals that a good deal of sailing language is part of ordinary English.   Sailors on HMS Beagle referred to the leading edge of the bow as "the head of the ship."   Most people feel that expressions like "astern," "abeam," and "aloft" are pretty nautical, but "ahead" is just regular English.   (Square-rigged ships like Darwin's, were generally following trade winds, so the head of the ship was the down-wind area on board.   It was here that a seat was rigged as a toilet.   That's why the facility on a vessel is still referred to as "the head.")


Sailors call the motion of a boat through the water "the way on the boat."  That, too, can seem pretty salty, but when we talk about "making headway" or "getting under way," that's just ordinary speech.   And the helmsman has to take into account the fact that his boat is not just making headway; it is also blown to some degree sideways (or to the lee).   When we "allow for some leeway" in our everyday plans, we are doing what the helmsman must do.


The side of a sailboat that the wind is blowing across determines whether she's on a port or starboard tack.   If you're not making the progress to windward that you'd like, you can "try the other tack."   (You know you're not dealing with a sailor if he writes, "the other tact," a not uncommon error.)
The lines that keep the ship's mast from toppling forward or backward are called "stays."   Those that steady the main mast are especially important, just like the individual who is the "mainstay" of an organization.

  
If the wind gets on the wrong side of a ship's sails, she's "taken aback."   But sailing novices should not be "taken aback" when they encounter sailors' talk-they're already using a fair amount. 

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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 held last November, 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.
  
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