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 Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
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 #12
December, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve Vandervoort, Editor
Steve Vandervoort
    
A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Awards Dinner and Celebration at the Columbia Yacht (see article below).  While it was great to get back together with all my summer sailing buddies, for me the heart of the evening was watching as our Chairman, Chris Schuler gave out the awards for outstanding service to some of our member-volunteers who'd gone well beyond the minimum necessary to fulfill their annual service requirement.  My heart swelled with gratitude for the countless hours of service they have given to help make Sail Chicago such a success.
 
One awardee really stood out for me, perhaps because we've worked closely together on several projects over the years and I've had a chance to view her dedication to Sail Chicago "up close and personal."  By her own admission, Pat Webster started off her time in Sail Chicago as a rather timid sailor.  She wasn't quite sure that she'd enjoy being out on the big lake in a small boat, but once there, she found it exhilarating.  With a career in the Naperville public school system and free summers, she had lots of opportunity to sail, and she took advantage of it, becoming an accomplished skipper on all classes of our small keelboat fleet.
 
Pat also became involved with other aspects of Sail Chicago, starting with our winter maintenance program. But she really found her niche as Social Program Coordinator.  As she says, "I love to throw a good party!" and believe me, she really knows how.  She's held this position for as long as I can remember, having great summer picnics for members and friends in the sun and rain, planning parties that range from simple get-togethers at local pubs, to the recent Post-Season extravaganza, to organizing events like our Annual Meeting.  And while I know she's occasionally been frustrated trying to find volunteers to help her, she's always come through in the end.
 
Pat's also served in a leadership capacity on the Sail Chicago Board for several years, where I've worked with her on several Board committees and had the greatest opportunity to watch her in action.  She was always thoughtful and thorough, doing her "homework," and coming to meetings well-prepared.  She also never hesitated to be outspoken for what she believed in. While we didn't always agree on issues that came up, I found her to be a good listener, and she never let differing opinions get in the way of personal relationships.
 
This year has been a big year for Pat.  She took early retirement from the Naperville public school system, and she will be retiring from her position as Social Program Coordinator with Sail Chicago.  This winter she'll be spending a couple of months in Florida, "...to see if I like the climate."  I'm sure she will.
 
Thanks, Pat, for going "above and beyond" in your service to Sail Chicago.  You are the epitome of the volunteer spirit that makes Sail Chicago thrive as a community of dedicated sailors here in our great metropolis of Chicago!
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting - December 10
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - January 14 -18
Board Meeting - January 12
Board Meeting - February 9
Annual Meeting, - March 2
Board Meeting - March 8
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WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - Brandon Sanders
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin &         Annette Faber
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Steve VanderVoort
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - Steven Clar & Julia Liu 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Accident Reporting

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Shawn Lord  

Martin Modahl 

Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski   
SOME GREAT HOLIDAY SAILING GIFTS!
 
Still have some shopping to do for the holidays?  Just click here to head over to Sail Chicago's new
SC Store merchandise
Sail Chicago merchandise
online store.  We've got T-shirts, mugs, hats, and more.   Not only will you be able to give cool stuff, but you'll help spread the word about Sail Chicago.  And you'll be supporting our sailing organization with each purchase. 
 
Orders sent with standard shipping to addresses within the US and Canada must be placed by December 13th at 11:59:59pm EST.   Orders sent with express shipping to addresses within the US must be placed by December 21st at 11:59:59pm EST.

Here's another idea:  why not give the gift of sailing?  Imagine the surprise and delight of your friend or significant other when they open their Holiday present and find a gift certificate for a membership in Sail Chicago.  Or, if they're new to sailing, you can give them a gift certificate for an instruction course of their choosing.  To find out more about this fantastic gift idea, please e-mail our Treasurer. 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STRICTLY SAIL SHOW
Strictly Sail 2016
By Steve VanderVoort, Strictly Sail Show Coordinator

Chicago is about to freeze over and we are longing to be back on the water, but luckily the Midwest's premier sailing show is coming in January to help with the winter blues. Strictly Sail Chicago has joined forces with the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show for a truly spectacular event January 14-18 at McCormick Place.
 
Hundreds of local and national exhibitors will fill the South Hall, giving sailors the chance to preview the latest in sailboats and equipment.   This is a great opportunity for Sail Chicago members and students to make connections in the sailing community, attend seminars, and pick up sailing gear for the upcoming season at a significant discount .
 
Sail Chicago has long been part of this event and we are fortunate to have been well-represented by
Volunteers at 2015 Show
volunteers at our exhibit over the years. Let's make this another great year!  Volunteers will get into the show for free and will have the chance to browse exhibits or tour the boats on display before or after their shifts.   Your commitment will be just a few hours of chatting about your enthusiasm for sailing with potential new members of Sail Chicago--a pretty good deal!
 
Volunteer times are:
 
Thurs, Jan 14: 11am-3pm, 3-6pm or 6-9pm  
Fri, Jan 15: 11am-3pm, 3-6pm or 6-9pm
Sat, Jan 16: 10am-2pm, 2-6pm, 6-9pm
Sun, Jan 17: 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm
Mon (ML King Day): 10am-1pm. 1-5 pm
 
If you'd like to sign up, please contact Sarah Pellegrino via email.   Be sure to include "Strictly Sail" in the subject line, and indicate your 1st and 2nd time slot preferences, cell phone number, and whether you are a student, new member, or veteran sail Chicago member. Hope to see you at the show!
 
To find out more about the show, visit the Strictly Sail Chicago website.
POST-SEASON PARTY HONORS VOLUNTEERS

On the evening of Novermber 13, well over fifty Sail Chicago members and friends boarded the Columbia
Instruction Award winner Bob Lapin (center), Chairman Chris Schuler, Lead Instructor Matt Stuczynski
Chairman Chris Schuler with awardee Bob Lapin & Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor.
Yacht Club's "Big Blue Boat" anchored in DuSable Harbor to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Awards Dinner and Celebration.  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 recent 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.
 
This event was also a time to salute some of our volunteer members who "went beyond the call of duty" in their service to Sail Chicago.  Various program areas recognized outstanding participants in each of the following areas:
  • Maintenance Guru - Norm Linde
  • Best Sail Chicago Student - Ray Beikzadeh
  • Instructor of the Year - Bob Lapin
  • Racer of the Year - Bob Tepper
  • Volunteer of the Year - Arleen Prairie
    Pat Webster
  • Chairman's Award for Service - Pat Webster
Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled.

Many, many thanks to Pat Webster, Sail Chicago's Social Director, and all her helpers who were able to create for us a truly memorable evening.  It was much appreciated by all who attended
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available
All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities.  To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

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 website.  Look under "News/Newsletter."

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U.S. NAVY BUYS 12 COLGATE 26s
Colgate 26
A Colgate with Chicago Skyline

It seems that the most popular boat in the Sail Chicago fleet, the Colgate 26, is also a favorite of the U.S. Navy. The Colgate 26 sailboat has been used to train Naval Academy sailors since 1999. Steve Colgate, the boat's originator, designed the boat specifically for training, with an area for the instructor behind the main cockpit where students learn to sail. The Naval Academy has ordered a total of 42 boats over the years. The 12 new boats will be used specifically for the Academy's collegiate racing program.
SAIL CHICAGO SAILORS ARE US SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFIED
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Sailing Instructor

Sail Chicago is proud to have awarded US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification to our first group of sailors this season after being certified itself this past year as a US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification school. The US Sailing Keelboat Certification System consists of seven levels of certification, offering training for complete beginners through Offshore Passagemaking for blue-water sailors.  Each successive course builds on the previous level and includes hands-on training as well as "book learning.
 
These students passed the on-the-water portion of the test with one of our US Sailing Basic Keelboat certified Instructors as well as an 80-question written test.  Congratulations to our new US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification holders: Diego Cerzosimo, Tom Ellett, Mark Fechner, Brian Johnson, Bob Lapin, Sergio Luntsevich, David Merrill, Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, Peter Nam, Ilya Pisarenko, Aureliusz Rempala, and Jason Wirth."
NOVEMBER BOARD NOTES

The Board met on November 12, 2015, and the following items were covered:
  • Welcome to new board member Adam Wisniewski who is taking over for Bob Lapin.  Bob has been busy on board meeting nights and could not complete his term.
  • Two new BKI instructors: Simeon Stairs and Monte Lewis.
  • A discussion was held on how to recruit new instructors.
  • All boats stored for the winter.  Storage trailer looks great!  It is very organized!
  • Marketing discussed many exciting new ideas.
  • A discussion was held regarding our cruising boat. No decisions have been made.
  • Awards to be given out at the awards banquet are:  Student--Ray Bezekideh, Instructor--Bob Lapin, Racing--Robert Tepper, Volunteer--Arleen Prairie, Chairman--Pat Webster.
Chicago Skyline
 
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 Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
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 #11
November, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve Vandervoort, Editor
Steve Vandervoort
    
Winter is just around the corner. Our fleet is stacked neatly in the boatyard on Canal Street.  We can forget about sailing and Sail Chicago for the next few months.  Or can we?

Remember, as a community sailing program, we are an all-volunteer organization.  The main reason that we can offer such uniquely affordable sailing opportunities to our members and others in the Chicago area is that our dedicated members put in countless hours of service staffing our instruction programs, performing administrative roles, and now most importantly, maintaining our fleet so that future members and students will be able to enjoy sailing on our beautiful Lake Michigan.  It's during the late fall and early spring months that a great deal of this maintenance work is performed.  Patching, repairing, and cleaning our boats and rigging, sorting and repairing our sails, and insuring that each boat is provided with the necessary safety equipment are just a few of the important maintenance tasks that will be carried out.

As members of Sail Chicago, we all pitch in to help with some of these and other tasks.  That's why we have an annual service time requirement built into our membership program.  While new members don't have a service requirement in their first year, they need to have signed up for an activity that will fulfill the requirement by the beginning of the next sailing season if they wish to participate in any on-the-water activities.  Returning members in their third year and beyond must have fulfilled their service requirement by the start of the new sailing season.

For our newer members, a great way to fulfill your service requirement is by becoming a member of a Boat Team. Here you will be part of a team of 5 -7 members who are responsible for keeping one of our boats in tip-top shape for the sailing season.  You'll work on the boat during the fall and spring to prepare it for the next sailing season, and you'll help with minor repairs during the season itself. You're also eligible to participate in weekly "maintenance cruises" with other boat team members throughout the summer.  It's a great way to learn about all of the things that go into boat maintenance, and also an opportunity to meet other enthusiastic sailors in Sail Chicago.  To find out more, please contact Tom Peterson
, our Maintenance Coordinator, or to see a complete listing of other ways you can fulfill your annual service requirement go to the Job Posting Sheet.
GIVE THE GIFT OF SAILING!
 
We've got a great idea for all you early-bird Holiday shoppers:  why not give the gift of sailing?  Imagine the surprise and delight of your friend or significant other when they open their Holiday present and find a gift certificate for a membership in Sail Chicago.  Or, if they're new to sailing, you can give them a gift certificate for an instruction course of their choosing.  To find out more about this fantastic gift idea, please e-mail our Treasurer. 
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE

November 13 - End-of-Season Party 
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - Brandon Sanders
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin &         Annette Faber
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Steve VanderVoort
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - Steven Clar & Julia Liu 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Accident Reporting

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Shawn Lord  

Martin Modahl 

Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski   
END-OF-SEASON DINNER AND CELEBRATION
By Pat Webster, Social Coordinator
 
Pat Webster
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 13.
 
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 7:00PM.  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 our many dedicated volunteers and those who have excelled in the organization.
 
Register by clicking here.  Deadline for registration is Monday November 9th.
 
* Columbia Yacht Club is located in the big ship at Randolph and Lake Shore Drive.  Normally, it is a members' only club, so we're fortunate to be able to have it open up to Sail Chicago for this event. 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available
All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities.  To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

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 website.  Look under "News/Newsletter."

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WHAT TO DO WHEN A SQUALL HITS

Be prepared for rough weather
The sailing season may be over, but it's always wise to review safety pointers.  When those dark clouds start rolling in over the horizon, it's time to start heading for shore.  But what happens if the storm is moving fast and you don't have time to make it?  Here are three suggestions from Boat U.S.:
  1. Tuck and hide,
  2. Hold station,
  3. Heave to.
To find out more about each of these maneuvers, click here.
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD SEEKS MEMBERS TO FILL BOARD POSITIONS

Although the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting is still a couple of months away, the Board is beginning to focus on potential candidates that it can recommend to the Sail Chicago membership to fill vacant Board positions.  The membership may propose other candidates at the Annual Meeting, and it will vote on all candidates presented.

Please think carefully about whether you'd like to become a candidate to fill a vacant Board position.  As a Board Member you should:
  • Be actively involved in at least one area of Sail Chicago activities or programs,
  • Plan to attend all regularly-scheduled monthly Board meetings,
  • Volunteer for and participate in at least one Board committee,
  • Think creatively about ways in which Sail Chicago may better serve its members and the greater Chicago community, and be prepared to turn those thoughts into action.
Board members typically serve a three-year term.  If you would like to be considered, or if you know of someone you believe would be a good candidate for a position on the Board, please contact Steve VanderVoort, Chairman of the Board Development Committee. 
US SAILING TO SPONSOR LEADERSHIP FORUM

US Sailing is once again sponsoring its annual Sailing Leadership Forum this year in San Diego, US Sailing Logo February 4 - 6, 2016.  In its own words, US Sailing says:

Sailing Leadership Forum 2016 offers a unique experience for all types of sailors to connect on important and relevant issues on all aspects of our sport. Leaders from sail training and education, yacht club and sailing organization management, race officials, and industry professionals will meet and learn from one another in the surroundings of this spectacular Southern California venue.

The Forum will offer keynote speaker presentations and focused group sessions on a wide range of topics such as Growing the Sport, Developing Programs, Marketing & Communications, Administration & Management, Regattas & Racing, and Rules & Officials.

The Sailing Leadership Forum will feature lively and fun social events, hands-on activities, exhibitor displays and demonstrations, pre- and post-forum clinics and seminars for instructor certification, race management seminars, Safety-at-Sea Seminars, and much more.

Sail Chicago has traditionally sent representatives from our organization to the Forum.  For more information and to register, click here.
SAIL CHICAGO SAILORS ARE US SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFIED
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Sailing Instructor

Sail Chicago is proud to have awarded US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification to our first group of sailors this season after being certified itself this past year as a US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification school. The US Sailing Keelboat Certification System consists of seven levels of certification, offering training for complete beginners through Offshore Passagemaking for blue-water sailors.  Each successive course builds on the previous level and includes hands-on training as well as "book learning."
 
Sail Chicago students who gained Basic Keelboat Certification this year passed the on-the-water portion of the test with one of our US Sailing Basic Keelboat certified Instructors as well as an 80-question written test. One of our students even passed the written test with 100%!  The written certification test was offered throughout the season and will be offered again in January.  The cost for the written test is $50 and includes a one-year membership in US Sailing.  Congratulations to our new US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification holders: Diego Cerzosimo, Tom Ellett, Mark Fechner, Bob Lapin, Sergio Luntsevich, David Merrill, Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, Peter Nam, Ilya Pisarenko, Aureliusz Rempala, and Jason Wirth.
OCTOBER BOARD NOTES
By Christine Garvey, Secretary

The Board met on October 8, 2015, and the following items were covered:
  • Budget for next year will be reviewed at the November board meeting and voted on at the December meeting.
     
  • $200 will be given to the Monroe Harbor Tender Fund for the tender drivers.
  • Four new instructors passed the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor course.  One more course may be added this year if we can get enough instructor interest.
  • Maintenance discussed the de-commissioning plan for our fleet.  
  • Awards were discussed for the end-of-the season dinner party.
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Issue #10
October, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve Vandervoort, Editor
Steve Vandervoort
 
Our sailing season is closing down. Just a couple more weeks and our boats will be out of the water and safely tucked away for the winter. That doesn't mean that our volunteer maintenance teams won't be working hard, though. Our boats get a lot of use during the summer months, and there's much work that needs to be done in the off season in order to keep them fit for the following year. Motors have to be winterized and overhauled, rigging and sails inspected and replaced where necessary, repairs made, hulls gel-coated, and much more. If you're ever thinking about owning your own boat, come join one of our volunteer maintenance teams (see the notice on job postings below). It's a great way to learn many of the intricacies of maintaining a sailboat. And it fulfills your annual service requirement.

As I look back on my own participation in Sail Chicago this past season, I believe that the best times I had on the water were as a Tiller Time skipper.  I loved taking students out on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning to help them practice the skills they had learned in their formal instruction programs.  Watching the smiles on their faces as they successfully completed a jibe or a figure 8 or a crew-overboard exercise, or when they'd just "kissed" the bow of the boat against a buoy or mooring ball as they completed a mooring maneuver, filled me with pride at their success. Hopefully, many of our students today will be "giving back" as instructors themselves in future years.

Likewise, I enjoyed just getting out on a boat occasionally to sail with others, either personal friends or other Sail Chicago members. One of the real benefits of being "on-the-water" for four or five hours at a time with someone else is that there's plenty of time to get to know them. I've had some absolutely fascinating conversations with other crew members while on an afternoon or evening sail that I could most likely have never had any place else. Why? Probably just because we have the time to do it.

I've also been a part of a couple of real sailing "adventures" with other Sail Chicago members this past summer, like the time when a front came through and the wind went from 0-25 kts in 30 seconds, just as we were attempting to moor, or the time we lost our way in the fog, or the time a sudden storm cell dumped a couple of inches of rain on us in 10 minutes and then the sun came out and the wind dropped so we had to motor in. These and other adventures will make great stories when I'm sitting around with family and friends on these upcoming cold winter nights. They also help me to look forward to next year's sailing season.
CHICAGO SKYLINE FROM THE LAKE

 Wearing shorts and going for summer
sails are, alas, at an end.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
October 8 - Board Meeting
October 16 - Happy Hour at the Weather Mark
October 17 - Lowering masts on small keelboats
November 13 - End of Season Party 
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - Brandon Sanders
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin &         Annette Faber
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - Steven Clar & Julia Liu 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Accident Reporting

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Shawn Lord  

Martin Modahl 

Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski   
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  

To renew your Sail Chicago membership online using a credit card,click here.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal and pay by check click here to print a paper form.

 

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Join the 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-into-Summer students can participate.

How to take a Boat Out of Service

If you believe that a boat is, for any reason, not safe to sail, you may request that it immediately be taken out of service. Do this by e-mailing outofservice@sailchicago.org. Make sure that the e-mail includes your name, phone number, and e-mail address, the reason why you believe the boat should be taken out of service, and a brief description of the accident or incident that caused the problem (if applicable).


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HAPPY HOUR AT THE WEATHER MARK ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
By Pat Webster, Social Coordinator
 
The Weather Mark Tavern
Meet and mingle with other Sail Chicagoans for a happy hour at the Weather Mark Tavern on Friday, October 16th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  The Weather Mark* is a nautically themed bar and restaurant in the South Loop, and is an all-around great place to connect with fellow sailors.  There will be drink specials ($3 for draft beers, Bud Light and Miller Light, $8 for Dark and Stormies), and fish and chips for $10.95.  We've met up at Weather Mark for other events, and everyone has had a great time, eating, drinking, and catching up with old friends and making new ones.
 
Although this is a pay-as-you-go, no-charge event, the Weather Mark would appreciate advance registration for a head count. To register, please click here.
 
Questions: contact Pat Webster.
 
* The Weather Mark is located at 1503 S Michigan.  Pay-at-the-box street parking is available.
NOVEMBER 13th: END-OF-SEASON BANQUET AT COLUMBIA YACHT CLUB
By Pat Webster, Social Coordinator
 
Pat Webster
Sail Chicago will celebrate the season and honor our dedicated and hardworking member volunteers with a gourmet dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evening, November 13.
 
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 our many dedicated volunteers and those who have excelled in the organization.
 
Register by clicking here or look for registration information in an upcoming email. Space is limited, so be sure to register early.
 
* 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 have it open for a Sail Chicago event. 
MAST LOWERING AND RIVER TRIP DATES ARE SET BUT MORE HANDS ARE NEEDED ON DECK!
By Tom Peterson, Maintenance Coordinator

The dates have been scheduled for the mast lowering and river trip for this year. We are only about two weeks away from getting the boats back in the boat yard.

October 17, Saturday, 9AM   Mast Lowering (probably at Dusable harbor but could be 31st Street). Rain date is Sunday, October 18.  We can use many people during this process to make the work go quickly. It's much better to have too many people than too few, we are hoping to have all the masts lowered and stowed, ready for the river trip, by early afternoon.  There will be coffee and other things in the morning, and sandwiches in the afternoon.  We can use both skilled an unskilled labor, the work is generally not difficult and there is a good opportunity to meet other members and learn about the boats.

October 19, Monday   Motor through the locks and up the river to Canal Street boat yard.  Trips could be scheduled from early in the morning until the evening, depending on crew availability.  Each boat will need at least three people to handle the boat through the locks.  It can be difficult to control the boat when the lock doors open and the water rushes in.  This is an interesting trip up the river and there will probably be a need for a few extra people, although people on the maintenance teams will have first priority.  Anyone else interested, please email
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HARBOR COMINGS AND GOINGS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Last month, in the article, "Saving Our Sails," we gave some reminders aimed at reducing wear and tear on our sails. Maintenance has also asked us to remind everyone NOT to raise the main with the winch--it's too easy to permanently stretch the luff; raising the mainsail by hand should be enough for best performance.
 
Leaving and returning to the mooring are two aspects of every sail that can get a careless sailor in trouble. Here are a few reminders regarding Harbor exits and returns to minimize the risk of stalling and losing control in close quarters; these can also help to avoid complaints from other boaters with whom we share the harbor.  Of course, we like to avoid hard and fast rules, leaving it to the skipper's best judgment given the current realities of wind and wave.  But in normal circumstances, please give these guidelines your consideration:
  • When returning to the moorings, either under sail or power, it is preferable to use the outer (east) channel.  This allows the skipper to set up his/her approach on a close reach, avoids the often fluky air in the inner channel, and avoids the frequent power-boat traffic there.
  • Do not tack your way through the mooring field either coming or going.  Use the channels or the area near the channels for tacking.  If you can lay a line from the harbor mouth directly to your mooring, fine. Otherwise, stick to the open water in the channels for tacks.
  • Don't forget to have clearly discussed back-up plans with crew and all on board when departing and returning to the mooring.  Know what you'll do if the wind shifts or things don't go as planned.
  • Use the controlled, close-reach approach to the mooring, also known as the "fail-safe approach." It is the standard approach taught by Sail Chicago and US Sailing.  We are no longer teaching the "point-and-pray" method which leaves you at the mercy of wind, waves, and traffic.

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SEPTEMBER BOARD NOTES
By Christine Garvey, Secretary

The Board met on September 10, 2015, and the following items were reported:
  • Treasurer  Our income is down, but so are our expenses.  So, we are in a good financial position.  $20,000 was transferred to savings, and the book keeper was given signing rights.
  • Instruction  We gave the written US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification test on Saturday, 9/19/15.  We also just completed two single-handed sailing classes on the Ideal 18s.  In order to take this course the student must be an Ideal skipper for at least a season.
  • Programs  The end-of-season sailing dinner will be November 13th at Columbia Yacht with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.
  • Operations  The many inquiries on the voicemail have nearly ceased although we are still getting email inquiries.  It appears the changes with the website may be working.
  • Maintenance  Plans are being made for de-commissioning our boats.

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Issue #9
September, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve Vandervoort, Editor
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The days are growing noticeably shorter. Soon fall will be officially here. And that means another sailing season is gradually drawing to a close. Believe it or not, we have only a little over a month before our boats will be pulled from the water and hauled away to their winter storage facility. So while there's still some time left, let's get out on the water and go sailing! Call your friends or other Sail Chicago members, schedule a boat for private use, or if you're not a Sail Chicago certified skipper, use our Share-a-Sail list-serve to let skippers know of your availability (see article below).
 
And let's take a little time to thank all of our marvelous volunteers who have helped to make this season possible.   Without them there would have been no season. To the Instructors in our Instruction program, the Tiller Time and MCO skippers, the Boat Managers and maintenance teams who helped keep our fleet afloat, to all those people who work tirelessly behind the scenes on the administrative functions that help Sail Chicago to run smoothly, to our IT staff who designed and built our website, and especially to our program coordinators who provided the insight and leadership to continue to move us forward, we offer our sincere gratitude.
 
Sail Chicago is, after all, a not-for-profit all-volunteer organization. This has both positive and negative consequences. On the down side, our volunteers sometimes have other priorities than Sail Chicago. Things don't always get done as quickly or as efficiently as we would like. Stuff can sometimes slip through the cracks. This means that we sometimes need a little patience and understanding when things don't move as quickly as we would like.
 
On the up side, however, as an all-volunteer organization we can better fulfill our mission to offer quality sailing instruction and affordable sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area. Our member-volunteers are passionate about sailing and want others to enjoy the sport as much as we do. That's why we're so willing eager and to invest the time to "make it happen." This also creates a strong sense of community among our volunteers that is perhaps unique to sailing in the Chicago area.
 
Sail Chicago is not for everyone. For those who simply want to learn to sail or to get out on the water occasionally, other organizations in Chicago offer those opportunities.   But if you're looking for a community of dedicated sailors who are passionate about the sport and who believe in our mission, Sail Chicago is where you ought to be!
 
BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
For those students who have successfully completed Sail Chicago's Skipper Prep and/or Intermediate course, you are eligible to take the US Sailing Basic Keelboat written test in order to obtain US Sailing Basic Keeboat certification.  We will again offer the written test on Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m.  Location will be at the Kingsbaker Cafe, 900 W. Van Buren in the West Loop.  Please bring a check for $50 payable to Sail Chicago. This payment includes a one-year membership to US Sailing.  Please click here to confirm your attendance with your name, the last class you took and when, along with your Sail Chicago Instructor's name.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
September 10 - Board Meeting
September 19 - US Sailing Keelboat Certification Test
October 8 - Board Meeting
October 17 - Lowering masts on small keelboats
November 13 - End of Season Party 
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - Brandon Sanders
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin &         Annette Faber
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - Steven Clar & Julia Liu 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Accident Reporting

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Shawn Lord 

Martin Modahl
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher  
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  

To renew your Sail Chicago membership online using a credit card,click here.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal and pay by check click here to print a paper form.

 

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Join the 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-into-Summer students can participate.

How to take a Boat Out of Service

If you believe that a boat is, for any reason, not safe to sail, you may request that it immediately be taken out of service. Do this by e-mailing outofservice@sailchicago.org. Make sure that the e-mail includes your name, phone number, and e-mail address, the reason why you believe the boat should be taken out of service, and a brief description of the accident or incident that caused the problem (if applicable).


Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
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Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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NOVEMBER 13th: END-OF-SEASON BANQUET AT COLUMBIA YACHT CLUB
By Pat Webster, Social Coordinator
 
Mark your calendars to save the date for Sail Chicago's end-of-the-season celebration that will be held at
Pat Webster.
the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evening, November 13th.  We look forward to an evening of dining and relaxing with friends in this nautical setting.  The evening will begin at 6:30 with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:00PM.  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 Between the Sheets 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. This event is open to Sail Chicago members, students, and their guests.
MISSING PARKING AND TENDER PASSES

Currently several parking passes are missing from the Sail Chicago lockbox at Monroe Harbor. The missing passes have not been signed out. Skippers, if you use a pass, please return it promptly after use. If you don't promptly return the passes, it's not fair to other skippers who want to use them in the future. In addition, Sail Chicago will incur substantial fines for passes not returned to the Harbormaster at the end of the sailing season. Please remember that the use of parking passes is a privilege.

Several tender passes are also missing. One entire set of passes was lost overboard. The loss of these passes is not as critical because Sail Chicago will not be fined if they are not returned, and the tender drivers generally do not ask for passes when they know that you are going to a Sail Chicago moored boat.
USE SHARE-A-SAIL TO GO SAILING

By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

 

There's still plenty of time to get out on the lake but summer is fleeting (pun intended).   Join and use Share-a-Sail to secure crew or a qualified skipper.   Just go to Google Groups, search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.   Be sure to give your whole name.   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-into-Summer students can participate.   And if you do not have your email address or phone on the directory, please add either or both.   Check your directory listing or see the article below. It's tough to reach you otherwise.

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HOW TO PUBLISH OR REVISE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IN THE MEMBER DIRECTORY
By Faith Hillis, Membership Coordinator

A number of students and members have their contact information set to private in the member directory.  In some cases this has prevented teachers and tiller time instructors from contacting students with important messages.   If you would like your contact information to be available to other members, please ensure that your profile is set to public in the directory.   (The information on the members-only site is not visible to the general public.)
 
To check your current directory settings, log into your member account at my.sailchicago.org.  Click on your email address, which is displayed at the top right of the membership area, and select "manage profile" from the drop-down menu.   Just above your emergency contact information, you can select whether to share your information with other members or not.
HELP DECOMMISSION OUR BOATS FOR WINTER
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A Sail Chicago boat is hauled out for winter
By Tom Peterson, Maintenance Coordinator
 
The Sail Chicago season will soon end with lowering the masts in the harbor and motoring the boats up the Chicago river. The mast lowering will take place on October 17th with a rain date of October 18th.  Motoring the boats up the river will take place early the next week.
 
Both events are quite interesting, and we need a limited number of additional people every year as the membership changes.   The purpose is to transfer knowledge about the boats and how to maintain them to as many people as possible.   The mast lowering will take place in either Dusable or 31st Street harbor, and involves some equipment that we have used for a number of years.   No specific knowledge is required, it's good to have additional people to prepare the boats, and normally the process takes about 4 or 5 hours starting at 9am. Motoring the boats up the river is done a few boats at a time, so we can use a few people both during the day and in the evening.   The trip takes under two hours, but transportation back downtown can add a bit to that.
 
If you are interested in taking part in either event and learning about another part of the Sail Chicago process, contact Tom Peterson as soon as possible, so we can include you in scheduling
S.O.S.  SAVE OUR SAILS!
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
Here are some reminders from Instruction, Maintenance, and the Safety Director regarding best practices for reducing wear on our sails.
 
1. If you are motor-sailing, do not fly the jib. It will just flog and wear the sail out unless you are motor-sailing on a beam reach, in which case you should be under sail alone anyway.
 
2. If you are motor-sailing, trim the main in hard to the centerline and motor a course that fills the main. It may mean taking a less direct course.   This does two things: reduces wear and tear on the mainsail and gives you a slight boost in speed. If there is no breeze, sheet the main in hard to minimize flogging.
 
3. Resist the temptation to motor in or out of the harbor with no sail hoisted. The motor is auxiliary power and should not be depended on.
 
4. When raising the sails on the mooring, hoist main first and jib second. Returning to the mooring, reverse the order.
 
5. When departing, make your plans, and discuss all contingencies with your crew. Then, raise your sails and go. Do not sit on the can with sails flogging.
 
6. Ditto for returning to the mooring. Once a mooring line is secured, drop the sails quickly. This reduces wear and tear on the sails and eliminates the risk of sailing around the can.
AUGUST 8th PICNIC, A SUCCESS.
Sailors enjoy a picnic at Belmont Harbor.
By Pat Webster, Social Coordinator
 
Approximately 80 Sail Chicago sailors and their guests picnicked and sailed
at Belmont Harbor on Saturday, August 8th.  Many new skippers were there with
guests, while old friends had the opportunity to connect and catch up.
The temperatures and winds were favorable which contributed to getting everyone out on a sail who wanted to do so.
 
It's difficult to coordinate and run an event like this, and many Sail Chicagoans volunteered and were involved to make the afternoon a success. Michele Cody, Rose Drever are social committee members who helped in many ways along with Ken Tentler who manned the grills throughout the afternoon.   Fifteen others were responsible for bringing three of our Colgates up and back from Monroe to Belmont, and for taking many out on sails. They included: Merle Baker, Ray Beikzadeh, Peter Dudak, Norris Larson, Tom Moffitt, Kelsey Mok, Jim Monk, Tom Peterson, James Quinn, Fiona Ray, Ric Smies, Holger Sube, Anthony Syracuse, Rich Wagner,
and Adam Wisneski.
 
Steve VanderVoort also played a huge role by coordinating the sails throughout the afternoon.  Finally, Peter Dudak deserves our thanks for helping with set-up, clean-up and transporting all of the gear to and from the picnic.
 
Without everyone's efforts this event would not have been possible. If you're interested in getting involved with social events as a member of next season's social committee, please contact Pat Webster or Michele Cody.  It's a great way to meet other sailors and to help others have the opportunity to meet each other.  Since Sail Chicago does not have a physical meeting place, social events provide that opportunity.
CHECK OUT THE SAIL CHICAGO BLOG

Did you know that Sail Chicago has a blog? It's located on the Sail Chicago website, and it contains timely posts on sailing events and activities around the Chicago area, relevant articles from past issues of the Sail Chicago newsletter Between the Sheets, and a host of other sailing information. To view the latest postings,click here .  Don't forget to bookmark the page so you can find it again easily. If you'd like to post an article, contact Adam Wisneski.  
AUGUST BOARD NOTES
By Christine Garvey, Board Secretary   

The following items were reported to the Board at its August meeting:
  • Three new instructors have been appointed. They are: Adam Jabs, David Merrill, and Katy Carlyle.
  • Columbia Yacht Club has generously offered space for Sail Chicago to hold a CPR training class.
  • 17 students have completed the Cruising Course on Priorities, our cruising boat.
  • Nine students have completed the Bareboat Cruising Class.
  • The annual Sail Chicago Picnic had a good turnout and all enjoyed themselves.
  • The third racing session is underway.
  • The "no alcohol aboard Sail Chicago boats" policy is still in effect (see Section 4 of the Sail Chicago Rules & Regulations).
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Issue #8
August, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Gary Thrane, Associate Editor

 

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Well, the weather has finally turned summery!  All through June, it seemed like it was never going to clear up, or even warm up.  But at last, sailors can go forth without automatically donning their foul weather gear.  If you're a skipper, we hope you've been out for private sails.  Members can also get  out on the Lake with MCOs (Member Cruise Outings).  Students can sign up for, and skippers can lead, Tiller Times. Skippers can also have fun as they fulfill their volunteer duties out on the water (see "Summer Youth Programs" article below).  

 

If you're looking to go out with an experienced skipper or you are a skipper looking for crew, consider the Sail Chicago Share-a-Sail program (see article below).

 

(An error on the Sail Chicago web site has been corrected:  the maximum number of people who can sail on Priorities is seven as has always been the rule in the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations.)

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STEVE COLGATE TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL SAILING HALL OF FAME
Colgate 26 Racing
Colgates under sail.

  

Steve Colgate, designer of the Colgate 26, the backbone of our Sail Chicago fleet, will be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame on October 4. To learn more about Steve, his many accomplishments, and his contributions to the art and science of sailing, click here.

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USE SHARE-A-SAIL TO GO SAILING

By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

 

There's still plenty of time to get out on the lake but summer is fleeting (pun intended).   Join and use Share-a-Sail to secure crew or a qualified skipper.   Just go to Google Groups, search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.   Be sure to give your whole name.   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-into-Summer students can participate.   And if you do not have your email address or phone on the directory, please add either or both.   Check your directory listing. It's tough to reach you otherwise.

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NO MORE THAN SEVEN PEOPLE PERMITTED ON PRIORITIES
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Priorities

An error on the Sail Chicago web site has been corrected.  Priorities skippers should be aware that the maximum number of persons allowed on Priorities is seven (7).  When in doubt about what is required, skippers should consult the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations.
BAREBOAT CRUISING PROGRAM GETS UNDER WAY

Sail Chicago's Bareboat Cruising Program is off to a great start!  To read more about the first adventure and to see some photos of the first excursion, click here.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
July 9 - Board Meeting
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - 
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin &         Annette Faber
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - Steven Clar & Julia Liu 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

Maintenance Hotline and 

Accident Reporting

312-409-9000

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Dan Flavin

Bob Lapin

Shawn Lord
Martin Modahl
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher  
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  

To renew your Sail Chicago membership online using a credit card,click here.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal and pay by check click here to print a paper form.

 

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Join the 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-into-Summer students can participate.

How to take a Boat Out of Service

If you believe that a boat is, for any reason, not safe to sail, you may request that it immediately be taken out of service. Do this by e-mailing outofservice@sailchicago.org. Make sure that the e-mail includes your name, phone number, and e-mail address, the reason why you believe the boat should be taken out of service, and a brief description of the accident or incident that caused the problem (if applicable).


Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities.  To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

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 website.  Look under "News/Newsletter."

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SINGLE-HANDED SAILING SKILLS FOR THE IDEAL 18
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Ideal 18
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
For those small keelboat skippers already familiar with the Ideal 18's, we will again be offering a single-handed sailing course this season. The two-session course will be starting this month with classes on Sunday, August 16th, and Saturday, August 29th. The course will deal with the special and thrilling aspects of single-handling a boat; what to expect, what to plan for, and how to handle various situations unique to sailing alone. The class can accommodate three students who will gain the confidence and skills to go out on their own. 
 
Interested small keelboat skippers can sign up on the Sail Chicago web site's instructional page.   The cost is $100.
NEW BASIC AND INTERMEDIATE CLASSES AVAILABLE
Students in a recent class
Sail Chicago's instruction program is having another great year!  Due to popular demand, we have added a couple of Basic and Intermediate courses to our instruction roster.  If you like to see if these newly added courses are still available, please go to the instruction page of the Sail Chicago website in the near future.

As an all-volunteer organization, we are grateful to the instructors who volunteer their time to teach these courses. 
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS ARE UNDER WAY!

 

Schuler Scholars on a recent sail.

Sail Chicago sponsors three summer community outreach programs aimed at Chicago-area youth.  Some wonderful sails have been completed and it seems likely that more than a few young people now see sailing as a sport they'd like to learn. The three programs are:

  • Urban Youth Sailing  Sail Chicago here works with Association House which is dedicated to promoting health and educational opportunities for multi-cultural enrichment. Urban Youth sailors are aged ten to 13, and they receive their first experience sailing with us on one of our Colgates. Trips out on the Lake last for an hour or two and meet at 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday in July and August at Monroe Street Harbor.
  • Schüler Scholar Program This organization works with high-potential but under-served students to prepare them for attendance at the most competitive colleges and universities.  All through high school, Schuler scholars are tutored and counseled to ensure they reach their high potential. Sail Chicago provides one of the Schuler Scholar Program's enrichment activities by sponsoring sails aboard our Colgate fleet. Sails last for two to three hours and leave at 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday from mid-June to mid-August from Monroe Harbor.
  • Lawrence Hall Youth Services For eight years, Sail Chicago has worked with this service organization to provide a sailing experience for the adolescents that they serve. The young people who sail with us get to take the helm of our cruising boat, Priorities, and learn a bit about the art of sailing.  Sails last for two to three hours and leave Belmont Harbor at 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday from mid-June to August 31.

Every youth program cruise has a Sail Chicago skipper and first mate supervising.  Counselors from the various programs also sail with us.  Sail Chicago volunteers earn service time for their sails as well as the satisfaction of helping very deserving youth...and having a lot of fun, too.   To volunteer for any of these programs contact the Sail Chicago program coordinator by clicking on any one of these: Urban Youth, Schuler Scholar, or Lawrence Hall.

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IMPORTANCE OF TILLER TIME CANCELLATIONS

By Steven Clar and Julia Liu, Tiller Time Coordinators

 

We are happy to see so many students signing up for Tiller Times this season. Tiller Times are important opportunities for students to practice what they learned in class and to hone their skills. Since there are limited availabilities for Tiller Time, in the event anyone can't make his or her scheduled session, please make sure to cancel your reservation on the website as soon as possible so the seat can be made available for other students to sign up. Last-minute cancellations not only prevent your fellow students from a Tiller Time opportunity, but in some cases, could force the whole Tiller Time to be cancelled since Colgate's require at least three sailors on board.

Also, if you sign up for a Tiller Time, please be sure your contact information is available on the website since skippers often need to notify students of Tiller Time changes or cancellations. You can check to see that your contact info is available and up to date at the Sail Chicago member directory. Some people left their contact info private unintentionally since they didn't see the check-box to mark it public. If you prefer to keep your contact info listed as private, please email your contact info to your skippers so they have a way to get in touch with you. Thanks and enjoy the water!
 

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JULY BOARD NOTES

By Christine Garvey, Board Secretary   


The following items were reported to the Board:
  • Instruction  Classes have sold out.  But a few more may be added.
  • Maintenance   Meridian is back on the water.  Tom Peterson will take over for Dan Flavin as maintenance coordinator for the rest of the season.
  • Marketing   The new website has about 400 hits each week and comes up 2nd or 3rd when people search for sailing lessons in Chicago.  200 names have been added to our email list for potential members.
  • Programs   Four or five boats participate in racing each week.

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Issue #7
July, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, Editor

 

Summer is here at last and after an extended period of unpredictable weather, the long term forecast seems to be warm and sunny.  We hope you've already had a chance to get out on the water, even with the unpredictable weather patterns.  Now that things seem to be improving, there's really no excuse not to be enjoying sailing on Lake Michigan in our fleet of Colgates, Rhodes, Ideals, and our cruising boat, Priorities.  If you're a Sail Chicago certified skipper, you can schedule a boat for private use when it's not being used for other program functions.  If you're not a skipper yet, schedule a Tiller Time if you've taken an instruction class in the past year, or sign up for a Member Cruise Outing. Both are free for members.  And if you feel more energetic, you can always sign up for our Colgate Racing program, where you can quickly hone your sailing skills.

 

Don't forget our social events.  The biggest one of the summer is coming up in a month.  It's our annual Sail Chicago picnic.  Here you can not only stuff yourself with gourmet delights, meet new sailing buddies, and swap sailing stories, but you can go sailing on one of our Colgates or on our cruising boat as well.  Look for more detailed information in the article below.

 

Boating safety is always a concern here at Sail Chicago. Our Rules and Regulations state that no alcohol is allowed on any boat in our fleet, and that everyone on a boat must wear a life jacket at all times (see article below).  Also, there is no swimming off any of our boats. For a more comprehensive list of do's and don'ts while on the water, click here.

 

Finally, remember that we are an all-volunteer organization.  This means that we've all got to pitch in and do our part to keep Sail Chicago strong and thriving. Several important positions in the organization need to be filled quickly (see article below).  Without people who are willing to step up, some of our programs will come to a halt.  All of these positions allow members of fulfill their annual service requirements, and some of them offer sailing credits.

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JOIN THE SHARE-A-SAIL PROGRAM

By David Shayne

 

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 register your full name and email address there.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from other Sail Chicago participants who are eager to sail with you.  Both members and Sail-into-Summer students can participate.

 

Get more time on the lake and develop your sailing skills. You won't have to sit on shore or shanghai crew.   Again, Sail-into-Summer students are welcome---it's a great way to gain more sailing experience.

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EIGHT BELLS:  SHEILA REILLY

Sheila Reilly, a longtime member of Sail Chicago and a sailing instructor for over twenty years, recently passed away.  She retired from Sail Chicago in 2007.  Many of our "old timers" in Sail Chicago will remember her fondly.

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IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
July 9 - Board Meeting
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - 
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin &         Annette Faber
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - Steven Clar & Julia Liu 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

Maintenance Hotline and 

Accident Reporting

312-409-9000

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Dan Flavin

Bob Lapin

Shawn Lord
Martin Modahl
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher  
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  

To renew your Sail Chicago membership online using a credit card,click here.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal and pay by check click here to print a paper form.

 

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Join the 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-into-Summer students can participate.

How to take a Boat Out of Service

If you believe that a boat is, for any reason, not safe to sail, you may request that it immediately be taken out of service. Do this by e-mailing outofservice@sailchicago.org. Make sure that the e-mail includes your name, phone number, and e-mail address, the reason why you believe the boat should be taken out of service, and a brief description of the accident or incident that caused the problem (if applicable).


Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities.  To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

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 website.  Look under "News/Newsletter."

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VOLUNTEER POSITIONS OPEN

By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

 

Several important volunteer positions are currently open to Sail Chicago members. Anyone who volunteers for one of them will have their service requirement met for the following year. In some cases, these positions also qualify for a bonus to the volunteer's member account with Sail Chicago. These open positions include:

  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Strictly Sail Show Coordinator
  • Colgate Boat Managers and team members
  • Member Cruise Outing Skippers 
To find out more about these and other open positions, click here or contact Christine Garvey

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FRIENDS AND FAMILY PICNIC:  SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
By Pat Webster, Social Chairman

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Brats, burgers, and other good things will be served.

Join us for an afternoon of picnicking and sailing on Saturday, August 8th, at the north end of Belmont Harbor from 1-5 PM.  We'll barbecue by the lake and go out on brief sails throughout the afternoon on three of our Colgates.*  This is a great opportunity to introduce friends and family to sailing and to Sail Chicago.  All sailors and their friends and family are welcome.

 

The cost for the event is $5 for Sail Chicago members and their guests; $7 for students/non-members and their guests; $3 for all children under 12.**   Burgers, veggie burgers, brats, salads, cookies, water and soft drinks will be served.  Be sure to bring something to sit on, as there are no picnic tables.  

 

Colgate 26
Sails on Colgates are featured.
If you're interested in helping with sailing a Colgate up to Belmont Harbor or back to Monroe Harbor, or if you're interested in taking people out on the boats during the afternoon, please contact Pat Webster.

In order to ensure that we have food for all, please register by not later than August 2. To register,click here.

 

  * Sailing is weather-dependent.

  ** Money is non-refundable should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather.

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CREW OVERBOARD!  SOMETHING TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT

By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

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Joh Lemon

 

Recently an experienced racer and sailor fell overboard during a race on the Columbia River.  For those of you who have wondered what the experience is like, here is a first-hand account.

 

The story underscores the importance of:

 

1)     Regularly practicing crew overboard maneuvers, on as many different boats as you can, and

 

2)     ALWAYS WEARING A LIFEJACKET!

 

This account may also convince you to resist the temptation to try to practice a "live crew" overboard maneuver.  The risks are simply too great for all but the most experienced sailors under tightly controlled conditions.  Instead, practice with a fender with a length of line attached.  Using a lifejacket is not recommended, as other boaters may see the lifejacket in the water and put in a call to the Coast Guard and/or Marine Police.

 

If you have questions about proper execution of crew overboard maneuvers, contact one of Sail Chicago's volunteer sailing instructors.  Details of the standard maneuvers, the Quick Stop and the Quick Turn, are shown in the US Sailing Basic Keelboat manual distributed to all students. 

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TAKE THESE SAILING TIPS TO HEART

 

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A Colgate and Chicago skyline.

These tips on good sailing practices come from some of our more experienced Sail Chicago skippers. Please note them carefully and practice them as you sail.

 

Raising the Main  Don't use a winch to raise the mainsail or to tighten the main halyard. Using a winch will stretch the sail's luff and will drastically shorten the usable life of the sail.  Instead, have a crew member stand at the mast and sweat the halyard while another crew in the cockpit pulls on it.

 

Tacking in the Outer Channel  When tacking in the Monroe Harbor outer channel, leave at least a full boat length of water between your boat and the breakwater. Lake Michigan has risen a couple of feet over the past year or so, and the rising water has submerged some of the rocks along the breakwaterl that had previously been exposed.  If you're not careful, you may catch your keel on one of the submerged rocks.

 

Being a Good Neighbor  Sail Chicago shares Monroe Harbor with many other boats. Remember that other boat owners could panic when they see you sailing close to their moored boats and may report you to the Harbormaster, even though you might be sailing safely.  To avoid this, sail through the inner or outer channels when attempting to reach the main fairway, and plot a course that stays as far away as possible from other boats.

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JUNE BOARD NOTES

By Christine Garvey, Board Secretary 

  • Our income thus far has not met budgeted projections.  A major reason for that is that classes are opening later than last year. 
  • Dan Flavin, our Maintenance Coordinator, will be moving from Chicago shortly.  We are seeking a replacement for him.
  • The Colgate Racing program has a new Facebook page.
  • Members and friends may now donate to Sail Chicago via our website.
  • We are seeking a Fundraising Coordinator.  The person filling this position will meet their service requirement for next year.

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Issue #6
June, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, Editor

 

The 2015 summer sailing season is in full swing at Sail Chicago. We are both excited and a bit overwhelmed by the numbers of people who have signed up to take our sailing instruction courses this summer. Our newly-designed website has most major functions up and running.  We continue to add features that will make it easier in the long run to register for classes and social events, to find information regarding boat availability as well as rules and regulations.  When the web site is complete, it promises to make our organization run more smoothly and be more functional for our members and students. We are well on our way to that goal.

 

We have also added a seventh Colgate 26 to our fleet: River Folk.  It's one of our newer boats.  We have consolidated our Colgate fleet at Monroe Harbor. That way, if a boat is put out of service for a class or other program activity, another boat can be easily substituted. We also have two Rhodes 19s at Monroe Harbor. Colgate skippers can sail these boats after a brief orientation (see article below).  Being qualified to sail a variety of small keelboats enhances skills and also allows for some flexibility on days when many boats are being used at once.

 

Several of our Sail Chicago stalwarts are resigning from positions that they've held for several years (see article below).  Please remember, we are an all-volunteer organization.  Won't you consider stepping up to take your turn at helping us to serve our members and the greater Chicago community!  You'll fulfill your annual service requirement, in some cases receive sailing credits, and get the satisfaction of knowing that you're playing a vital role in this community sailing program.

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JOIN THE SHARE-A-SAIL PROGRAM

By David Shayne

 

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-into-Summer students can participate.

 

Get more time on the lake.  You won't have to sit on shore or shanghai crew. Non-sailors are often undependable or prone to mal de mer.  An easy way to get eager, skilled crew is to use Share-a-Sail.  Find it on Google Groups.  Sign up with your full name so members can recognize you and then send and receive emails as to when you are available to cruise.  Sail-into-Summer students welcome too.  It's a great way to get more tiller time and gain more sailing experience.

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IN MEMORIAM:  BRIAN HIGGINS

Brian Higgins, UIC Professor, Herman Melville scholar, and longtime Sail Chicago member recently passed away at age 71.  Although he had not been active in Sail Chicago for several years, many of our more senior members may remember him as one of the Sail Chicago instructors who taught them their first set of basic sailing skills.  We appreciate his many years of service to Sail Chicago.

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IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
June 11 - Board Meeting
June 20 - Summer Sailstice
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - 
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - Steven Clar & Julia Liu 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

Maintenance Hotline and 

Accident Reporting

312-409-9000

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Dan Flavin

Bob Lapin

Shawn Lord
Martin Modahl
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher  
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  

To renew your Sail Chicago membership online using a credit card,click here.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal and pay by check click here to print a paper form.

 

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Join the 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-into-Summer students can participate.

How to take a Boat Out of Service

If you believe that a boat is, for any reason, not safe to sail, you may request that it immediately be taken out of service. Do this by e-mailing outofservice@sailchicago.org. Make sure that the e-mail includes your name, phone number, and e-mail address, the reason why you believe the boat should be taken out of service, and a brief description of the accident or incident that caused the problem (if applicable).


Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities.  To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

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 website.  Look under "News/Newsletter."

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

 

Maintenance Coordinator:  Dan Flavin, our current Maintenance Coordinator, is moving to Florida at the end of the summer. He has done a marvelous job of defining the maintenance lead position as administrative in nature and has developed a structure for delegation of duties which makes the entire system more effective than before he took the lead. Many thanks to Dan. We need someone to try to fill his shoes. This position earns $200 in sailing credits.

 

Social Coordinator:  Pat Webster is retiring from her position in the Naperville Public School system this month, and her future has yet to be decided. After years of planning and organizing a multitude of picnics and other social events, she is also retiring as the Sail Chicago Social Coordinator. Many thanks, Pat.  You throw a great party!  Who is interested in taking over this position? It earns $100 in sailing credits. 

  
Member Cruise Outing (MCO) Coordinator:  We are still looking for an MCO Coordinator.  This person schedules MCOs and earns $100 in sailing credits. 
 
Boat Manager:  We are still in need of a boat manager for Wind Horse.  This position earns $100 in sailing credits.

There are many more positions available.  Please click here to view them.

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TAKING A BOAT OUT OF SERVICE

 

If you believe that a boat in our Sail Chicago fleet is, for any reason, not safe to sail, you may request that it immediately be taken out of service.  Do this by e-mailing outofservice@sailchicago.org.  Make sure that the e-mail includes:

  • Your name, phone number, and e-mail address,
  • The reason why you believe the boat should be taken out of service,
  • A brief description of the accident or incident that caused the problem (if applicable).

For a more complete description of how to report an accident or incident, please review the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations, found at my.sailchicago.org/Membership/Rules & Regulations

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COLGATE SKIPPERS:  EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS TO THE RHODES 19 

 

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A Rhodes 19 on a close reach

If you're a Colgate 26 skipper and would like to try a different boat, you can participate in a Rhodes 19 orientation.  After one or more on-the-water sessions, you'll be qualified to sail our Rhodes 19s.  The Rhodes is fun to sail and quicker to maneuver than a Colgate, and it has a slightly different "feel" at the helm.  Fees for their use are less than a Colgate's, and as few as two people can sail them.  Becoming qualified to sail a Rhodes can give you more flexibility in scheduling private sails during busy times when many of our other boats are in use.

 

To schedule an on-the-water Rhodes 19 orientation session, visit the Sail Chicago website and select Seat Availability from the Reservation menu. There should be some sessions listed under Orientation. To request that a session be scheduled for a different date/time, please contact Tim Rice. 

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POINTERS FOR PEACEFUL SAILING
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Matt Stuczynski
We all enjoy sailing for its peace and quiet, and your sails should be as silent as you can make them, not just for a peaceful sail, but also to reduce wear and tear on the sails.  You can ensure a quiet sail by proper sail trim for your point of sail.  The same goes for sitting at the can; do not raise your sails until you are ready to cast off and you have already gone through your departure plans (including plans B and C) with your crew.  Luffing the sails at the can is loud, uncomfortable, and hard on the material. 

One additional point about sail care:  Boat Maintenance has asked us NOT to raise the main with a winch.  It's not necessary for complete hoisting, and using a winch tends to stretch and distort the sail cloth.

 

Another reminder is to not practice or sail too much around the busy harbor mouth. Also, don't forget that tender drivers and boat owners can get nervous (especially those sitting on their boats) as we sail through the harbor.  Finally, remember that the west channel tends to have fluky, light winds and a lot of big boat traffic; stay away from the west channel as much as you can and when prudent.  

 

As we get into high summer, here's wishing you lots of peaceful and quiet sailing!

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COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE PUT TO GOOD USE

By Bob Lapin

 

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A Hunter 34 sailing free

On May 6, Priorities, Sail Chicago's Hunter 34, headed down river on its way to Belmont Harbor.  Norm Linde was at the helm with Norris Norton, Flávio Salinas, Bill Christopher, Ray Beikzadeh and Bob Lapin as crew.  It is a slow process as 6-8 boats circle patiently, dodging river taxis and sighteeing boats, while waiting for each bridge to open.  All went well until the Lake Street brdige.  We watched for two hours as two men with a hammer and screw driver banged away on this mammoth structure to get it to open.  Finally, on our way we entered the locks to leave the river and enter Lake Michigan.  

 

As we left the locks, we were met with a solid wall of fog that obscured the breakwater. We could see Navy Pier a hundred yards to port.  A quick check of the new charts with dividers and parallel rules gave us a course to steer to the north opening of the Oak Street Breakwater.  Upon reaching the opening, a course was plotted to the mouth of Belmont Harbor. Thirty-four minutes later Belmont Harbor entrance appeared out of the fog about a hundred yards to port--not bad for dead reckoning. 

 

Priorities is fully supplied with up-to-date charts and plotting tools, all set for the next adventurer.  

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KNOW THE SAIL CHICAGO BOARD: MAYA TELEKI

 (Your Sail Chicago Board has three new members and one returning member elected at the Annual Meeting in March. In the May issue of Between the Sheets we profiled Martin Modahl.  This month profiles Maya Teleki.)

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I work as an office manager and my current skill set includes: event planning, administration, budgeting, communication, document production/formatting, project management, process improvement.

I am interested in learning more about website design and development.

 

What about your sailing experience?

I grew up windsurfing on Georgian Bay in Canada, with a few Albacore sailing courses thrown in. I didn't sail after high school until 2012 when I went out for an afternoon on an Ideal 18 with my husband and was hooked!

 

What's been your involvement in Sail Chicago?

During my first year as a full-fledged member (2013) I took classes, did Tiller Times and participated in one racing session. This past year, I was the assistant boat manager on one of the Colgates, coached during all three racing sessions and raced in the Inshore Verve. I also worked with Bob Cohen to keep the racing program running smoothly.

 

What motivated you to join the Sail Chicago Board?

I have a number of ideas about ways in which Sail Chicago could continue to grow and change in a healthy way, while still remaining true to its mission. I am eager to contribute those ideas to the Board, along with the skills and energy to implement them. I also enjoy working in team settings and look forward to collaborating with other Board and non-Board members to keep improving Sail Chicago.

 

What's your vision for the future direction of Sail Chicago?

I think a big part of what draws people to Sail Chicago (and the reason people stay with it) is the sense of community fostered by the organization. I would like to see a continued focus on developing that community through more regular opportunities to interact with other members on and off the water, such as Friday Night Social Sails, monthly Racing Regattas, and youth-oriented programs to get the younger generation sailing (both with and without their parents). 

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MAY SAIL CHICAGO BOARD NOTES

Several items of business were discussed at the May meeting.  Among them were:

  • The Board did a thorough review of the new Sail Chicago website.  Some work still needs to be done.  The webmaster is seeking help from members with some technical knowledge of computer programming. 
  • Three Instructors have taken the US Sailing basic keelboat certification course. They have taken the written exam, but the day of the on-the water-exam was too windy to go out.  Alternate plans for the evaluation are being made.
  • The Sail Chicago Maintenance Coordinator is leaving at the end of the summer.  A replacement is being sought.

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Issue #5
May, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, Editor

 

Our boats are in the water and ready to sail, even if the weather is still a little chilly near the lake. Our instruction program is underway--classes on our Colgates have begun.  None of this would have been possible without the countless hours spent by our member-volunteers cleaning, painting, rigging, and many other tasks that keep our fleet in fit form on the water.

 

We are a not-for-profit, all-volunteer, community-sailing program.  The only way we continue to exist is through the efforts of our member-volunteers.  I am constantly amazed at the time and energy many of them devote to Sail Chicago.  Of course, they are passionate sailors, but that's not all.  I think that many of them love the community that's involved in providing affordable sailing opportunities to people in the Chicago area.  Working on a boat-maintenance project, planning and executing social events for members and friends, teaching others new sailing skills--these all provide a sense of gratification and a feeling of camaraderie with others who share the same passion for sailing.

  
But being an all-volunteer program also has a few disadvantages.  Our volunteers have other obligations to career and family.  Many of us live far from where most of our activities take place.  Other priorities can sometimes get in the way of our best intentions.  Hence, not all things get done on as timely a basis as we would like. Nevertheless, as long as our member-volunteers continue to "pitch in," we will be able to continue to provide quality sailing instruction and affordable sailing opportunities.

 

And speaking of "pitching in," we have a couple of opportunities to become more involved in the Sail Chicago community (see articles below).  We currently need volunteers to help us coordinate our social events and to schedule our Member Cruise Outings.  We also need a boat manager for one of our Colgates.  Please consider stepping up to volunteer in one of these areas. Member-volunteers who have preceded you have allowed you these sailing opportunities. Perhaps now it's your turn?

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INSTRUCTION FOR TILLER-TIME SKIPPERS

 By Steve Clar and Julia Liu, Tiller-Time Coordinators

 

  
New this season, we will be offering training for skippers who would like to lead Tiller Times. If you have had your skipper card for at least a year, you are probably thinking about skippering Tiller Times, but may not feel quite comfortable or ready to teach others.  Students rely on their Tiller-Time skippers to help practice newly-learned skills, and this one- or two-sail training by one of our qualified instructors will help prepare you to be an efficient and effective Tiller-Time skipper.  While optional, we hope you take advantage of this exciting new training! 

 

 

For more information, including dates, or to sign up for training, contact Matt Stuczynski.   Also, as a reminder to anyone wanting to skipper Tiller Times, if you have not already provided us with your availability, please sign up here and you will be contacted for your time and date availability. 

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CHICAGO MARITIME MUSEUM EVENT


 
Thanks to Sail Chicago member Kenn Sinko for alerting us to an event at the Chicago Maritime Museum. On Friday, May 15 at 7:00 pm, the Museum will host a presentation on World War II U.S. Navy Aircraft of Lake Michigan. For more information, click here.

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IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
May 9 - Kickoff the Season Event
May 14 - Board Meeting
June 11 - Board Meeting
June 20 - Summer Sailstice
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - 
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - Steven Clar & Julia Liu 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

Maintenance Hotline and 

Accident Reporting

312-409-9000

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Dan Flavin

Bob Lapin

Shawn Lord
Martin Modahl
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher  
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  

To renew your Sail Chicago membership online using a credit card,click here.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal and pay by check click here to print a paper form.

 

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Help our Community Outreach Programs
Please consider volunteering to skipper or crew on a weekday afternoon sail with one of our three groups that take underprivileged children sailing. Skippering five or more times will fulfill your service requirement for the following year. For more information on the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Urban Youth, and Schuler Scholars, go to the Sail Chicago Website.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Join the 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-into-Summer students can participate.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities.  To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

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 website.  Look under "News/Newsletter."

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SPRING PRE-SAIL ORIENTATIONS WELCOME A NEW CREW OF STUDENTS/MEMBERS

By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

 

Our spring Pre-Sail Orientations (PSOs) started at the end of April with an eager group of new students, new members, and Sail Chicago instructors.  This first PSO was held at the striking, new, Jeanne 

A Pre-Sail Orientation

Gang-designed WMS Boathouse which now hosts the rowing center for the Chicago Park District.  Our second PSO was held, thanks to Nick Philp and the Columbia Yacht Club, in their beautifully wood-paneled salon, on the upper deck of the Club's boat, Abegweit, which overlooks Monroe Harbor. The best part of being on Abegweit was that we could point out the window to real-life examples of what we were teaching, such as the green and red navigation lights right there at the harbor mouth.  Thanks to our PSO coordinators Mary Ann Wilkens and Pete Hayes as well as our Sail Chicago Instructors Nick Brait, David Kelpsas, Emma Lynch, Jim Monk, and Tom Prucher. 

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CRUISING-SKIPPER ORIENTATION SCHEDULED FOR MAY 9

Hunter 34
Priorities, under sail

By Bob Lapin Cruising Coordinator

 

Priorities motors down the river and slides into slip E-39 at Belmont Harbor on May 6. Many new features have been added, and Saturday, May 9, has been reserved to brief you on all the changes including the Digital Selective Calling feature of the handheld VHF radio, new maintenance procedures, revised fueling system, new lazy jack system, and the whisker pole for downwind sailing.

 

Four, two-hour sessions are scheduled from 9-11; 11-1; 1-3; and, 3-5. Let me know which one you will be attending.  The system changes are so significant that you will not be able to use the boat until you have attended an orientation session.  Also let me know if you cannot make the May 9 date and we will schedule another. The E-gate code is 132.

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SOCIAL COORDINATOR NEEDED
Pat Webster
By Pat Webster, Social Coordinator

Would you like to meet a lot of great sailing enthusiasts?  Would you like to have the opportunity to develop fun events that bring our membership together?   I have just the volunteer opportunity for you.  


 
I have coordinated social events for Sail Chicago for about the last six years, and it has been a great experience.  I've met and gotten to know people I never would have, if I had not been in this role.  I've also had the satisfaction of seeing sailors connect with each other and form sailing relationships, families come to picnics and get out on our boats, members enjoy a great dinner at Columbia Yacht Club, and, of course, I've been the recipient of many expressions of appreciation.  


 
But it's now time for me to move on, which opens the door for others to create their vision of what social events in Sail Chicago could and should be.  So, please consider volunteering for our current social committee with the idea of becoming the social coordinator next season.  And contact me if you have questions. 

MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS NEED YOUR HELP
Chris Garvey
Christine Garvey

By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator 

 

The Member Cruise Outing program gives members an opportunity to go out for a free sail and bring along their friends at a small cost.  It is a wonderful benefit of membership.  We need skippers to sign up for MCOs.  A skipper can bring along a first mate, and skippering 5 MCOs satisfies your service time for next year.  If you'd like to volunteer as a skipper, please contact me.

 

We are still looking for someone to coordinate this program.  The coordinator is in charge of scheduling the sails and recruiting skippers.  Please sign up on the Sail Chicago job site or contact me for more information.

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SAIL CHICAGO OFFERS U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION
Matt Stuczynski

By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor 

 

As we announced previously, we are proud to now have an officially sanctioned US Sailing Basic Keelboat program.  We will begin offering US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification after our first classes this summer.  Those seeking the certification need to pass an on-the-water examination by one of our Basic Keelboat Certified instructors as well as pass a written exam.  Those with a student mastery of our Sail Chicago Intermediate Course curriculum are eligible to seek certification.  The on-the-water evaluation will be given by instructors and the written exams will be administered in conjunction with the next Pre-Sail Orientations (PSOs).  The next PSOs are Thursday, May 28, 6-8:30 pm and Saturday, May 30, 10-12:30 pm at the Columbia Yacht Club.

 

  
If you are interested in obtaining the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification, contact your Instructor and/or the Instruction program, and we'll help get you started on this exciting new goal.  

 

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KNOW YOUR SAIL CHICAGO RULES AND REGS!

 

The Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations have been updated for 2015. They cover such vital areas as membership requirements, use of the reservation system, boating activities, safety on the water, incident and accident reporting, our emergency action plan, and much, much more.

 

Members are responsible for following these rules and regulations. Those who don't may find that their membership is suspended, so it pays to know what's in them and how to find them if there's a question. They are located on the member website.  To review them now, click here

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KNOW THE SAIL CHICAGO BOARD: MARTIN MODAHL

 (Your Sail Chicago Board has three new members and one returning member elected at the Annual Meeting in March.  In the April issue of Between the Sheets we profiled Bob Cohen. This month profiles Martin Modahl.)

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I enjoy computer programming, contemporary art, playing guitar, and physical exercise

 

What about your sailing experience?

I've had instruction and been on Member sails with Sail Chicago. I crew and skipper on Wednesday Beer Can races out of Montrose Harbor, and I've participated in Race Week at the Offshore Sailing School.

 

What's been your involvement with Sail Chicago?

I've been a student in the Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Prep Instruction programs. I've participated in many Tiller Times, and I worked on the winter haul-out this year. I'm currently Sail Chicago's Assistant Treasurer.

 

What motivated you to join the Sail Chicago Board?

I believe I have good organization skills, and I enjoy finance and accounting.  I want to contribute these strengths to Sail Chicago.

 

What's your vision for the future direction of Sail Chicago?

I think Sail Chicago makes sailing very accessible to people who might have no experience on the water.  The organization has room to grow very organically, reaching more people in Chicago while still keeping the quality of instruction and community very high. 

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APRIL SAIL CHICAGO BOARD NOTES
Several actions were discussed at the April Sail Chicago Board meeting:
  • The purchase of River Folk, our latest Colgate, was approved
  • Membership count is lower than last year at this time, but instruction opened later than last year.
  • The Handbook has become obsolete because all the information can be found on the website or in the Rules & Regulations, which are posted on the my.sail.chicago website.  To review, click here.
  • Maintenance is working hard to get all the boats ready for the season.
  • Open service time positions include MCO coordinator, test checker, boat manager for Windhorse and other maintenance positions.

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Issue #4
 April, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, Editor

 

After a long, cold winter, our fleet will be in the water and ready in less than a month. Many thanks to all our volunteers who worked so diligently over the winter months, making sure that each of our boats is in tip-top condition for instruction, racing, and private use. We are fortunate to have you as a part of Sail Chicago.  


 
For those who are not familiar with our fleet, we have four classes of boats available for instruction and for private use. All are keelboats. For many years Rhodes 19s were our main boat of choice. They have a roomy cockpit and are very stable. They have also been among the most successful classes of boat ever developed. We currently have two remaining in the water.


 
A few years ago, we began a fleet renewal project. We initiated it by purchasing two Ideal 18s, a small maneuverable craft that's great in light winds and for single-handed sailing. Because of its small size, however, it was not particularly useful for our rapidly expanding instruction program.


 
The next class of boats we considered were Colgate 26s. These were considerably larger, had cockpits that could seat 6 people comfortably, and were designed specifically as instruction boats. We found that these met our needs perfectly, and we've continued to add them to our fleet as our needs have expanded. We will have seven in the water during the upcoming sailing season.


 
We've always had a cruising boat as a part of our program. When our Alberg was destroyed in a storm that pounded Monroe Harbor a few years ago, we decided to purchase a Hunter 34. That boat has met our needs beautifully. We continue to add new features to it that make it easier for us to take longer trips around Lake Michigan. Our Cruising program also has expanded instruction opportunities this year.


 
In summary, we've got a great fleet in excellent shape that should continue to meet our needs for years to come.

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FULFILL YOUR SERVICE REQUIREMENT:  TWO NEW OPENINGS


 
We've recently had two important positions become available that need to be filled prior to the start of the sailing season. They are:

  • Member Cruise Outing (MCO) Coordinator  This person is responsible for scheduling MCOs throughout the summer, and coordinating specific times with MCO Skippers.  Good administrative skills are helpful.
  • Monroe Parking and Tender Pass Coordinator  This person will organize the parking and tender passes in the lockboxes located at Monroe Harbor.  At the start of the sailing season they will obtain the passes from the Harbormaster. Throughout the summer they will occasionally check the lockboxes to make sure that all passes are accounted for.

If you're interested, or if you'd just like more information, please go to the Sail Chicago Jobs website or contact Christine Garvey.

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Colgate Sailing
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
April 9 - Board Meeting
April 26 - Colgate Launch
April 29 - Hunter Launch
May 2 - Rhodes & Ideal Launch
May 9 - Kickoff the Season Event
May 14 - Board Meeting
June 20 - Summer Sailstice
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - 
Membership - Faith Hillis
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tender & Parking Passes (Monroe) - Bill Prindible
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

Maintenance Hotline and 

Accident Reporting

312-409-9000

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
Secretary
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Dan Flavin

Bob Lapin

Shawn Lord
Martin Modahl
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher  
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities.  To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

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 website.

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CLASS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Registration for classes in Sail Chicago's Instruction Program is now open.  To review the available courses, click here, scroll down, and sign up.  To filter classes by type, date, or time, click "Tags."  

If you are already a member of Sail Chicago and would like to register for a class, click here.  If you have questions about the class registration process, click here.

 

REGISTRATION FOR SAIL CHICAGO RACING IS OPEN
spinnakers
Racers running before the wind under spinnaker

By Maya Teleki, Racing Coordinator

 

Registration for all three racing sessions is now open and spots are filling up quickly.   Don't let the cold weather fool you--racing season is just over a month away!   We will have a pre-race orientation on April 25th and the first on-the-water practice session is Wednesday, May 13th.  Wednesday night Beercan Races begin May 27th.  As a reminder, this year we will be doing an inshore course, rounding marks just off the Adler Planetarium and the south end of the breakwater.   We hope to get 2-3 races in each night, weather permitting.


 
New this year is the Sunday evening "Intro to Racing" practice and instructional sessions. These will be two, four-week sessions on Sunday nights with the first session starting May 24th and the second one starting June 14th.   Priority will be given to intermediate-level sailors with little to no racing experience, but the sessions will also be open to experienced racers who want more time on the water.  Sign up here.

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KICKOFF-THE-SEASON EVENT MAY 9
Pat Webster
By Pat Webster, Social Coordinator

Join us on Saturday, May 9th at 6:30 PM at the Weather Mark Tavern* for our first social event of the season. The Weather Mark is a nautical-themed bar and restaurant which makes for a great place to connect with old sailing friends and make new ones. 

 

Weathermark Tavern

We would especially like to welcome our new members/sailors that evening.  Sail Chicago will provide one drink and limited appetizers for members and for students currently registered for a class.  Guests are welcome to join us for $8/person, pay at the door.  The Weather Mark also serves a nice dinner, with some discounted food and drink specials; so plan to stay to continue talking sailing, after you've enjoyed an appetizer or two.

 

Watch for an email announcement for more details and to register.  Although there is no charge for this event (except for guests) we'd appreciate your early registration so that we can be sure to have enough food available. 

 

*The Weather Mark is located at 1503 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago.  

SAIL WITH SCHULER SCHOLARS THIS SUMMER
Schuler Scholars under sail
By Tom Simms, Schuler Scholars Coordinator

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on some of Chicago's underserved youth and at the same time fulfill your annual service requirement? Consider volunteering in the Schuler Scholar Sailing Program.  The Schuler Scholar Organization prepares under-resourced, high-potential students to succeed at the most competitive private colleges and universities.  These students are typically the first generation in their families to be college bound and are from populations that are under-represented on college campuses.

 

You can share your love of sailing with these worthy high school students by volunteering to skipper or serve as first mate on a Colgate 26. We sail Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. from mid-June though mid-August.  All volunteers are greatly appreciated, whether you join us for one Wednesday sail or throughout the summer.  You can find detailed information about this and other volunteer opportunities on the Sail Chicago website.  You can also contact Tom Simms, the Schuler Scholar coordinator.

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TILLER TIME IS BACK

By Steven Clar & Julia Liu, Tiller Time Coordinators

 

Soon it will be time to sign up for Tiller Time.  For members who are taking classes, new skippers, or rusty established skippers, Tiller Time offers additional learning on the water with a qualified Sail Chicago skipper.  This is an opportunity to practice skills and maneuvers that were learned in classes and to build more confidence.  Learning to sail is much like learning to play a musical instrument--improvement and "muscle memory" require practice beyond just going to lessons.  So, the best way to feel more confident about sailing is to get out there and spend more time sailing!


 
This year, we will continue our policy of allowing students to register for a maximum of two Tiller Times at any given point.  This was initiated last year as a way to assure all students fair access to a limited number of Tiller Times.  In response to student and member feedback, the number of available slots was increased near the second half of last year's season.  


 
Specific Tiller Times will be added to the schedule throughout the sailing season.   Once they become available, you can sign up by logging onto my.sailchicago.org/Reservation/SeatAvailability. Check this site frequently for new times.  For more information on Tiller Times, click here.


 
If you are a qualified Sail Chicago skipper and would like to help out by skippering some Tiller Times, email either Steve Clar or Julia Liu with your general day-and-time availability.  If you skipper five (5) or more Tiller Times during the current sailing season, you will fulfill your service requirement for the following year and earn a $50 credit.  Thanks in advance for your help in this very important part of our instruction program.

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SIGN UP FOR SHARE-A-SAIL
David Shayne
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

Ahoy mates!  We often want to go out on Lake Michigan but don't have a full crew. Share-a-Sail is the answer. Sign up for our distribution group and you can send and receive email invitations for a particular date and time.  And the responses go only to you-there is no reply to all. It's an easy way to make it possible to go out and cut the cost. 

New sailors can team up with experienced ones-at least one skipper has to be on board and you can practice while making new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport. Just go to Google Groups, search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.  Please list your whole name so you can be identified. Then you'll be able to post and receive emails from other Sail Chicago members and students who would like to get together and go sailing. Questions: Contact me. If you were on the list last year, you remain unless you tell me to drop you.
LIFE JACKETS--ESSENTIAL TO BOATING SAFETY!

By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

 

Soon, Sail Chicago members will be heading out on the water. It is important to remember that wearing a life jacket is the single most important thing you can do for your safety. And Sail Chicago's policy is that life jackets must be worn any time you are on or near the water during an official Sail Chicago activity.

 

Now is a good time to inspect your personal life jacket. If you have a vest-type life jacket, check for tears and wear on the fabric covering. If there is any damage, you should replace your life jacket. The US Coast Guard discourages the use of damaged life jackets and may not consider a damaged one to be part of the legally required complement on a boat.

 

For inflatables, BoatUS has a great description of inflatable life jacket care on their website at Inflatable Life Jacket Care    Inflatable life jackets require more regular inspection and care because it's not always obvious if the integrity of the life jacket has been compromised.  You should inspect the cartridge to ensure that it hasn't been discharged and the inflator for corrosion and serviceability. The vest should be inflated with the mouth tube to ensure that it does not leak.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the importance of wearing your life jacket and the testing of different types, you'll find a good start at The Life Jacket Test.

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COASTAL NAVIGATION PLOTS A NEW COURSE
2014 Coastal Navigation Seminar Attendees
Students in a coastal navigation seminar


 F
or three half-day sessions in late March, 13 bareboat cruising wannabes showed up in the REI Lincoln Park Community Room for the first in-depth Coastal Navigation Course that Sail Chicago has offered.  Taught by seasoned skipper Bob Lapin, this hands-on course explored the finer points of 

Bob Lapin

navigating coastal waters.  Participants learned how to plot a course, calculate time/speed/distance, take bearings and fixes, adjust for and set drift, and much, much more.


 
Due to the popularity of the March course, it's being offered again in April. The April course is also filled to capacity.  Coastal Navigation is a requirement for an on-the-water Bareboat Cruising Course that will be offered aboard Priorities, our cruising boat, later in the year.

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KNOW THE SAIL CHICAGO BOARD: BOB COHEN

(Your Sail Chicago Board has three new members and one returning member elected at the Annual Meeting in March. Over the next few issues of Between the Sheets we'll give you an opportunity to get to know them a little better. First up is Bob Cohen.)

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a pulmonary and critical care physician with a specialty in occupational lung disease. I worked for 32 years at Cook County Hospital, last as chair of the department, and then retired from there and moved to UIC in the School of Public Health and to Northwestern to run their Occupational Lung Disease program. I love teaching and training the next generation of health professionals, caring for patients, and research.


 
What about your sailing experience?

I first learned to sail on a sunfish in high school, sailed at Northwestern as an undergrad, and then intermittently on J22's a few times a summer until four years ago when I met Sail Chicago. I then joined, took my skippers class, and checked out on the Hunter 34, Rhodes 19, Ideal 18, Colgate 26, single handing, and then became an instructor, got certified as an Instructor by US Sailing, and have enjoyed teaching and racing since then. I have sailed as crew on a Farr 38 in beer can races and sailed on a Catalina 400 in the 2013 Mackinac race. For the last four years, I've become addicted to sailing, and I sail anywhere and any time I can.


 
What's been your involvement with Sail Chicago?

I've been an instructor for three years, and have taught basic classes as well as single handing on the Ideal 18. I started the Colgate 26 racing program and led it for the past two years. I have, with the help of our racing committee and coaches built the program up to five boats fielded over 17 weeks of sailing. The program has received a good deal of positive feedback with sailors enjoying the advanced sailing skills they learn as well as the social aspects and comradeship of the program.


 
What motivated you to join the Sail Chicago Board?

I would like to help support Sail Chicago's mission of sailing education and outreach to the community. I would like to see if we can broaden our appeal to attract more African American and Latino members as well as continue the trend in attracting younger members and women to our organization.   I would also like to continue to develop the racing program and instructor development to advance our sailing knowledge to even higher levels so that we can pass this along to our members.


 
What's your vision for the future direction of Sail Chicago?

I'd love to see us continue to broaden our appeal to wider sectors of the Chicago Sailing community. Continue to go beyond basic, intermediate and skipper training to include cruising courses, spinnaker courses, more single-handing courses, beginning and advanced racing, as well as instructor and racing coach training. I also think our relationship with US Sailing is a wonderful opportunity to advance our goals and I fully support deepening that relationship and offering as wide a range of US Sailing training courses as possible. I think our outreach to the other Chicago Sailing Community organizations including the Park District, and some of the yacht clubs is an important strategy.

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SAIL CHICAGO WELCOMES WORLD-CLASS RACERS TO CHICAGO
Stars & Stripes and Abracadabra, two of America's Cup racers


 
Two of the world's most famous America's Cup Class sailing yachts will be seen regularly racing along Chicago's lakefront this summer.  Stars & Stripes and Abracadabra are being made available to individuals and groups to participate in the fun of sailing on a world-class racing boat.  Teams of 20 sailors on each of the boats can also compete in racing activities.  Both boats have competed in the America's Cup and can reach speeds of up to 25 knots.


 
The new company, appropriately named  Next Level Sailing, has both boats for charter at a cost of $3,150 per three-hour period.  It will be catering to corporate team-building activities and to private groups for entertainment. Chicago will be the only city in the United States where guests can be involved in racing these World Cup yachts.  The boats will be docked in Burnham Harbor.


 
Sail Chicago welcomes this new addition to the Chicago sailing community and wishes it much success. We are convinced that its activities will enhance interest in sailing among old salts and landlubbers alike.

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MARCH SAIL CHICAGO BOARD NOTES
Several items were discussed at the March Sail Chicago Board meeting:
  • Boat use fees for weekday mornings have been reduced.
  • US Sailing certification will be offered to Sail Chicago members in the Instruction program.
  • Dates for the launch of the fleet were announced.

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Issue #3
March, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort

By Steve VanderVoort, Editor

 

At last we can begin to see the end of winter.  The cold spell is broken and the snow is quickly melting.  That means our boat teams will soon be back in the boatyard readying our fleet for the upcoming sailing season;  If you need to fulfill your annual service requirement, being a member of a boat team is a great way to do so.  For more information the the article in this issue.  

 

We're also looking for Boat Managers for two of our Colgates.  You could be of real service by volunteering for one of these positions.  

 

Dates for the launch of our fleet have been set.  If you can help with that, please see the article below to contact our Maintenance Coordinator. 

 

Our Coastal Navigation course has proven so popular that we've had to add new sessions.  If you missed the original sign-up and would like to register, see the article below.  This course is a prerequisite for the Bareboat Cruising course that will be offered later this summer.

 

Sail Chicago's Annual Meeting again proved to be a popular event.  This year people could come early to enjoy dinner and drinks with others in our sailing community.  We learned about upcoming plans for the forthcoming sailing season and elected a new slate of Directors.  Read more about them in future issues of Between the Sheets. 

 

Under the able leadership of Adam Wisnewski, our Marketing Coordinator, the Sail Chicago marketing program is taking on a new look.  Adam is asking your help in a couple of areas.  First, he'd like you to dig around in your old sailing photo collections and forward any that are particularly good to him.  Second, he'd like to boost our position on Yelp by having more people rate Sail Chicago.  To get the details on how you can do both of these, see the articles below.  

 

Finally, it looks like we will be adding a seventh Colgate 26 to our fleet for the upcoming sailing season.  We have put a deposit on a boat that's currently in winter storage in New York.  Once the covering comes off the boat we will have it inspected, and if all goes well, we will have it transported to a mooring in Monroe Harbor and ready to sail by early summer. 

 

COAST GUARD AUXILIARY BOATING SAFETY CLASSES 

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers regular classes in boating safety and other boating topics.   A good number of these classes are conducted in the Chicago area in the next few months. Sail Chicago Members may wish to review the Coast Guard Auxiliary course offerings here.

 


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IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
March 12 - Board Meeting
April 9 - Board Meeting
April 26 - Colgate Launch
April 29 - Hunter Launch
May 2 - Rhodes & Ideal Launch
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - 
Membership - Faith Hillis
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tender & Parking Passes (Monroe) - Bill Prindible
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

Maintenance Hotline and 

Accident Reporting

312-409-9000

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 
Secretary
 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Bob Lapin

Shawn Lord
Martin Modahl
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Maya Teleki
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities.  To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.

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 website.

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BAREBOAT CRUISING AND COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSES OPEN
Bob Lapin

By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

 

Have you ever wanted to sail from port-to-port around Lake Michigan or learn the finer points of bareboat cruising so you can charter a boat in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean?  Well, now Sail Chicago can provide you with the opportunity.  A new Bareboat Cruising course will be offered in 2015 aboard Priorities, our Hunter 34. 

In order to qualify for the course, you must be a Cruising Skipper or plan to become one early in the 2015 sailing season. You must also complete an on-shore Coastal Navigation course. Since the March course filled quickly, we have opened a new course on April 15 from 10:30 am  to 5:30 pm at REI Lincoln Park.  To learn the details of both the Bareboat Cruising course and the Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  To register for the April 15 Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  Questions? Contact me !
FLEET LAUNCH PLANNED

Plans for the spring launch of the Sail Chicago fleet are under way.  Our Colgate 26s will motor up the Chicago River to DuSable Harbor on April 23.  During the April 25 weekend the masts will be raised and the rigging tuned.  On May 1 they will be placed on their moorings in Monroe Harbor, ready for the first round of instruction classes and private boat use for members who are skippers.

On May 2, our Rhodes 19s and Ideal 18s will be put into the water at Montrose Harbor, where the masts will be raised and the rigging tuned.  They will be sailed from Montrose Harbor to their moorings at Monroe Harbor on either May 3 or May 9, depending on weather conditions. 

Our Cruising boat, Priorities, will motor up the river to its dock at Belmont Harbor on either April 29 or May 6, depending on the weather.  

The launch of our fleet is always a festive time, marking the start of another sailing season.  If you are able to help with with any part of this multi-pronged effort, please contact our Maintenance Coordinator, Dan Flavin.
 
ANNUAL MEETING OUTLINES PLANS FOR NEW SAILING SEASON
2015 Annual Meeting

 

On Tuesday, March 3, over fifty Sail Chicago members and friends gathered at the Chief O:"Neill's Pub and Restaurant to enjoy a meal together and to review the prior year's activities and learn of new plans and programs for the coming sailing season.

 

After Chairman Chris Schuler called the meeting to order, Treasurer Steve VanderVoort reported that Sail Chicago ended a successful financial year with a strong balance sheet and a healthy net income.  Matt Stuczynski, our Led Instructor and Michael Swisher, our Instruction Coordinator detailed plans for the upcoming sailing season. Maya Teleki discussed the expanded Colgate Racing now in its third year. Pat Webster summarized the our social activities for the year, and Tom Simms gave a report on Sail Chicago's sailing programs for disadvantaged youth..

  

Four Directors were elected to fill vacancies created by expiring terms: Bob Cohen, Dan Flavin, Martin Modahl, and Maya Teleki.  Finally, Chris Schuler took the microphone again to field questions from audience members.  Many members lingered after the meeting was formally adjourned to socialize and make plans for the upcoming sailing season.

 

If you'd like to review the slideshow presented at the Annual Meeting, please click here . 

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YOUR PHOTOS ARE NEEDED!
By Adam Wisneski, Marketing Coordinator

Do you have photos of your good times on the water with Sail Chicago?  We need your help! We're looking to gather photos of our boats, our students, and our members on and off the water. And we've just made sharing them with us really, really easy. 

Take a couple minutes now, and dig through your old Sail Chicago pics and send them to photos@sailchicago.org

To submit, just attach your pictures to the email and our automated system will organize them. Big thanks to Sail Chicago member Ron Klecka, and our webmaster, Alfred Chan, who've set the whole thing up.

And this season, remember to send any photos we can use for social media, flyers, programs and slideshows to that email address as well. 

Thanks!

Note: These photos will be used for social media, presentations, and other promotional materials. Be sure not to send photos that you're not okay with us using for those purposes. 
TAKE A MINUTE TO REVIEW SAIL CHICAGO ON YELP
By Adam Wisneski, Marketing Coordinator
 
Want to help grow Sail Chicago? It's easy! 

Take the next 5 minutes and review us on Yelp!  

Yelp! is one of the most popular ways that people search for things to do. A high rating on Yelp! will make Sail Chicago more visible to people who are looking for a way to learn how to sail. 

The more reviews you have, the higher your organization's potential rating. 

Don't know what Yelp! is? Not sure how to review something? I made a video that shows you how!


When you've watched the video, click on the Yelp icon and get started!

MAKE SURE YOUR SERVICE REQUIREMENT IS MET!


Because we are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit community sailing program, Sail Chicago members have traditionally been required to fulfill an annual service requirement by the start of the sailing season in order to gain on-the-water privileges for that season.  Returning members must fulfill their service requirement by May 1.  Members who were new in 2014 must sign up for a specific service activity by May 1.  Members who do not meet this requirement may still gain on-the-water privileges by paying a $400 opt-out fee.

 

This year, for the first time, you MUST report your member service on your annual membership registration form.  If you need to sign up for a specific service activity, please click here to review a list of those available.  If you have questions, please contact Christine Garvey.

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US SAILING CERTIFICATION BRINGS BENEFITS
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By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor and 
Michael Swisher, Instruction Coordinator

Since becoming a US Sailing certified sailing school this past year, Sail Chicago can now offer Basic Keelboat Certification to our students who successfully pass the program. We are thrilled that this internationally recognized certification acknowledges the quality of our sailing education efforts and puts us in the same league as many great sailing educational programs in the area and throughout the country.  Of course, this designation makes it encumbent upon us to maintain our standards and to further align our curriculum and teaching to the US Sailing program.  Those students seeking US Sailing certification need to pass an On the Water and the US Sailing Basic Keelboat written test.  Basic Keelboat certification includes a one-year membership to US Sailing.  Current Sail Chicago skippers will be able to gain certification by passing the OTW and written test.  Stay tuned throughout the season as more details will follow.  

 

FEBRUARY SAIL CHICAGO BOARD NOTES
Several items were discussed at the February Sail Chicago Board meeting:
  • Tom Simms explained the Schuler Scholars Program and how it works. Skippers and mates are needed.
  • Pat Webster reviewed plans for the Annual Meeting on March 3.
  • Dan Flavin presented the 2015 Strategic Plan Update.
  • Adam Wisneski reviewed plans to update the facing page of the Sail Chicago website.
  • Steve VanderVoort volunteered to integrate the information in the Sail Chicago Handbook into the website.
  • Matt Stuczynski outlined plans to offer US Sailing basic keelboat certification to Sail Chicago members who are skippers.

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Issue #2
February, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Gary Thrane, Associate Editor

 

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So, we've already endured a lot of what Old Man Winter throws at Chicagoans.   And the days have indeed been getting longer for more than six weeks now.  Can the summer solstice be far off?   Well, at least we can start thinking about enjoying Lake Michigan this coming summer.

 

Now may be a good time to replace worn sailing gear. At any rate, I keep getting ads from marine suppliers for sales on equipment that can only be used months from now.   Practicing essential sailing knots is always a good use of indoor time (see "Fit to Be Tied" below).   And now is definitely a good time to "re-up" and renew your Sail Chicago membership.   If you want to vote at the annual meeting on March 3 (see article below), you must be a paid-up member.

 

One final bit of nagging: have you fulfilled your required service time?   If not, see another article below.

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BOARD ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR OPEN BOARD POSITIONS
Each year four positions on the Sail Chicago Board open up for new candidates or for current Board members whose three-year terms are expiring.  This year, your Board has endorsed four candidates to fill those positions.  They are:

The names of these candidates, together with the names of any other Sail Chicago members who would like to run for the Board, will be placed on the ballot and voted upon by the entire Sail Chicago membership at the Annual Meeting (see article in this issue of Between the Sheets). 

If you'd like to find out more about the candidates who are endorsed by the Board, click on each of the names above.  If you'd like to have your name placed on the ballot, contact Steve VanderVoort.

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COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE FILLS UP FAST

By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

 

The 2015 Sail Chicago Cruising program is off to a fast start.  All 13 places in the March Coastal Navigation Course have been filled by Sail Chicago members eager to add cruising to their sailing skills. If you are interested in attending this class but missed signing up, please contact me by March 1.  If there is sufficient interest, we will schedule an additional class.

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IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
February 12 - Board Meeting
March 3 - Sail Chicago Annual Meeting
March 12 - Board Meeting
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - 
Membership - Faith Hillis
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Emma Lynch
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tender & Parking Passes (Monroe) - Bill Prindible
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

Maintenance Hotline and 

Accident Reporting

312-409-9000

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly
Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Bob Lapin

Shawn Lord
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Pat Webster
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

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 website.

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ANNUAL SAIL CHICAGO MEMBERSHIP MEETING--MARCH 3

By Pat Webster, Social Coordinator 

 

Pat Webster

Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd, at Chief O'Neill's™ Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago.  Free street parking is available nearby. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, but do come early to join friends for a drink or dinner.

 

The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" report by our Board Chairman and program heads, election of Directors for new three-year terms, and a question-and-answer period with the Board. This year, presentations will be streamlined so that there will ample time for discussion and socializing. The anticipated end time of the meeting is 9 pm.

 

If you have not renewed your Sail Chicago membership on line, paper membership forms will be at the meeting registration desk.  We CANNOT accept credit card payments at the meeting, so remember to bring your checkbook. In order to vote for Board candidates, members MUST have paid their dues for 2015.

 

We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2015 sailing season!   

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MAKE SURE YOUR SERVICE REQUIREMENT IS MET!


Because we are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit community sailing program, Sail Chicago members have traditionally been required to fulfill an annual service requirement by the start of the sailing season in order to gain on-the-water privileges for that season.  Returning members must fulfill their service requirement by May 1.  Members who were new in 2014 must sign up for a specific service activity by May 1.  Members who do not meet this requirement may still gain on-the-water privileges by paying a $400 opt-out fee.

 

This year, for the first time, you MUST report your member service on your annual membership registration form.  If you need to sign up for a specific service activity, please click here to review a list of those available.  If you have questions, please contact Christine Garvey.

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SAIL CHICAGO A REAL SUCCESS AT STRICTLY SAIL SHOW
Sail Chicago's booth at the Boat, RV, and Strictly Sail Show

By Emma Lynch, Strictly Sail Show Coordinator

 

The newly combined Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show brought nearly 50,000 visitors to McCormick Place Jan 14th-18th to check out the latest in boating equipment and services and learn more about sailing.  This is the largest event of its kind in the Midwest, and thanks to our wonderful volunteers, Sail Chicago was well represented among the exhibitors.   More than 40 Sail Chicago students and members generously donated their time to staff our booth and share their enthusiasm for sailing with newcomers and veteran sailors alike.

 

Thank you to everyone who helped us out!   Your efforts paid off as we have many new Chicago area residents signed up to learn more about the great instruction and racing programs available through Sail Chicago.  We also had many former members stop by the booth to share stories about how they got their start in Sail Chicago and about the positive impact our organization has on the community.

 

This was a great way to make ourselves known to potential new members, and we look forward to participating again next year!   If you have suggestions on how to enhance our presence at this show or other venues in future, please email Emma Lynch.   Thanks again for helping us get a head start on our 2015 season!

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FLEET USAGE IN 2014
Colgate 26


 
Have you ever wondered what is the best time to reserve a boat for private use? Have you ever tried to reserve a boat but found that the one you wanted was unavailable? Board member Dan Flavin has prepared a chart  that shows what our fleet utilization was like for this past sailing season. The chart shows percentages of times that various boats were rented for the different rental periods.  It does not include the use of our fleet for program activities such as instruction, racing, tiller times, or member cruise outings, but only private boat use. This chart will be helpful to the Board in determining our fleet composition in future years. Perhaps it will also be helpful to you in predicting when the boat you want will be available.

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FIT TO BE TIED, WAITING FOR SPRING
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

 

Winter is a perfect time to sit by the fire, or a window with a snowy view, and practice knots.  There are hundreds of books on knots and, these days, of course, "there's an app for that."   In fact, there are lots of knot-tying apps, but one that I have found particularly helpful and practical is "What Knot to do in the Greater Outdoors" from Columbia Sportswear.   It seems to be one of the more straightforward apps that I have seen. You can search the app for knots by category or name and then follow step-by-step screen instructions to tie the perfect knot.   The graphics are simple, clear, and easy to follow.   Check it out...and good luck with that bowline!

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WHAT'S IN A WORD:  FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

 

How often have you said that you've seen some flotsam and jetsam when you're out for an afternoon sail?   Likely what you're referring to on Lake Michigan is plastic bottles, half-deflated Mylar balloons, or water-soaked, partially-submerged lumber.  But what really is flotsam and jetsam?

 

Flotsam and jetsam are, in fact, two different things, but it's easy to see how they got linked like "ham and eggs."   Technically, "flotsam" is defined as goods that float upon the sea after a ship has sunk; "jetsam" refers to goods that have been thrown overboard during an emergency to lighten the ship.  So, probably what you're seeing on the lake is neither flotsam nor jetsam, but just someone's carelessness. But when you're out sailing, if you spot any of these objects, it can be a great opportunity to practice your Crew Overboard maneuvers while cleaning up the lake at the same time.  And it won't matter what you call it.

 

But if you spot a trail of what is truly jetsam, you should probably hail the vessel responsible and ask if they need assistance.  And if you see what is truly flotsam, look for survivors.

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JANUARY SAIL CHICAGO BOARD NOTES
Several issues were discussed at the January Sail Chicago Board meeting:
  • The Sail Chicago Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm, at Chief O'Neill's Pub, 3471 N Elston, Chicago.
  • Two boat managers are needed for our fleet of Colgates.
  • Spring launch dates for our fleet will be staggered.  A tentative start date is April 24.
  • Class schedules for instruction are being prepared.  The tentative start date for classes is May 2.

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Issue #1
January, 2015
FROM THE EDITOR...

By Steve VanderVoort

Steve VanderVoort

 

While most of us may still be recovering from the Holidays, a few lucky Sail Chicago members could have decided get out of this winter weather and charter a boat in a place like the Caribbean, Mediterranean, or the South Pacific.  

 

For most of us, however that's still a dream, but perhaps a little closer to reality than many of us might imagine.  Bob Lapin, our cruising Boat Coordinator, has just hatched a plan that could help make your dream come true. This year he will be offering a cruising course on Priorities, our Hunter 34.  Be careful, though, the course comes with a couple of qualifications you'll need to meet.  While you don't have to be a cruising boat skipper right now, you should plan to become one early in the 2015 sailing season.  You must also have completed an on-shore navigation course that's being offered in March. For more detailed information, please see the article in this issue.

 

Don't forget that the Strictly Sail Chicago boat show is taking place January 14-18. This year it's in a new venue --McCormick Place, where it will be bigger and better than ever.  Sail Chicago will have a booth at the Show, and we're asking your support in helping us staff the booth throughout the Show.  You'll be able to get in for free if you do.  The Show is a great place to learn more about sailing, to stock up sailing gear, and to meet old friends.  To learn how you can volunteer to staff the booth, please see the article in this issue.

 

Finally, our ties with US Sailing grow ever stronger.  This year for the first time, US Sailing has agreed to produce for free the marketing flyers that we use at the Strictly Sail Chicago Show.  They will also, for the first time, have a booth at the Show.  We are also working with the organization to determine if we are able to offer US Sailing certification for sailing courses taken through Sail Chicago.  Stay tuned for further developments. 

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NEW BAREBOAT CRUISING PROGRAM DEBUTS IN 2015
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By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

 

Have you ever wanted to sail from port-to-port around Lake Michigan or learn the finer points of bareboat cruising so you can charter a boat in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean?  Well, now Sail Chicago can provide you with the opportunity.  A new Bareboat Cruising course will be offered in 2015 aboard Priorities, our Hunter 34. In order to qualify for the course, you must be a Cruising Skipper or plan to become one early in the 2015 sailing season. You must also complete an on-shore Coastal Navigation course that will be offered in March, 2015.  To learn the details of both the Bareboat Cruising course and the Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  To register for the Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  Questions? Contact me!

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Editor...
New Bareboat Cruising Program
Dates to Note
Who to Contact
Useful Information
Sail Chicago Board
Sail Chicago Reminders
Strictly Sail Needs Your Help!
Met your Annual Service Requirement?
A Sailing Resort for the 99%
DATES TO NOTE
January 8 - Board Meeting
January 14-18 - Strictly Sail Chicago Show
January 21-24 - US Sailing National Symposium
February 12 - Board Meeting
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - 
Membership - Faith Hillis
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tender & Parking Passes - Bill Prindible
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan
USEFUL INFORMATION

Maintenance Hotline and 

Accident Reporting

312-409-9000

safety@sailchicago.org
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD
Chairman
Chris Schuler 
Treasurer
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Rob Wakerly
Secretary
Fiona Ray 

Alfred Chan

Dan Flavin

Chris Garvey

Bob Lapin

Shawn Lord
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Pat Webster
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

  

Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available

All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

Join or Renew Your US Sailing Membership at a Discount Through MVP
Sail Chicago members can join or renew their US Sailing membership at a $10 discount through the US Sailing Member Value Partner program.

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases.  It's a great way to both give and receive.  To get started, click here.

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 website.

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STRICTLY SAIL SHOW NEEDS YOUR HELP!

By Emma Lynch, Strictly Sail Show Coordinator 

 

IStrictly Sail 2015f you are looking for a sailing fix in the city this winter, join Sail Chicago January 14th-18th at the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show at McCormick Place.  This is a fun opportunity for new and veteran sailors and racers to browse vendor exhibits, attend instructional seminars, make sailing connections, and, of course, stock up on sail gear at a discount!

 

Sail Chicago needs your help to represent our organization to the Midwest sailing community. Volunteers will get into the show for free, and will have the chance to browse the show before or after

their shift. Spend a few hours talking about your love of sailing, and leave with new connections and gear to get you excited for the upcoming season.

Ed Jacob, Mike Swiontek, Amber Kelly
Last year's booth at Strictly Sail

 

Below are the time slots we still need volunteers for:


Wed, Jan 14: 2-6pm or 6-9pm

Thurs, Jan 15: 11am-3pm, 3-6pm or 6-9pm

Fri, Jan 16: 11am-3pm, 3-6pm or 6-9pm

Sat, Jan 17: 2-6pm, 6-9pm

Sun, Jan 18: 2-5pm

 

Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time during the Show. For questions, or to sign up, please contact Emma Lynch via email.  Be sure to include "Strictly Sail" in the subject line, and indicate your 1st and 2nd time slot preferences and phone number where you can be easily reached.  Hope to see you at the show!

 

To find out more about the show and exhibitors, visit the Strictly Sail Chicago website.

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WONDERING HOW TO MEET YOUR ANNUAL SERVICE REQUIREMENT?

By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
Christine Garvey

The New Year is here, and it's time to start thinking seriously about how you're going to meet your annual service requirement.  A few positions have cropped up that, in addition to meeting your service requirement, are vital to the success of this coming sailing season.

  • Our Instruction program has openings for a scheduler and registrar. The scheduler coordinates classes with instructors and boat reservations. The registrar coordinates students, their progress, and student surveys.  Knowledge of internet use, computers, MS Excel, and Sail Chicago are all helpful.  If you have any questions about these positions, you can contact our Instruction Coordinator, Michael Swisher
  • Our Member Cruise Outing (MCO) Coordinator position also needs to be filled. This person schedules the MCO cruises throughout the season.  They will earn $100 in credits to their Member Account.

To sign up for these or other open positions, click here.  If you have already signed up for a position and have been accepted, there is no need to sign up each year.  If you have any questions regarding how you can fulfill your annual service requirement, please contact me.

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A SAILING RESORT FOR THE 99%

By Tom Ellett

 

(Here at Between the Sheets, we're always looking for tips on unique places to sail.  Sail Chicago member Tom Ellett recently passed along the following information on a recent winter sailing vacation he had.  While Sail Chicago does not endorse any recommendations made, we appreciate his sharing his  experience.  If you've got a favorite sailing spot you'd like to share, please let us know.  Ed.) 

 

Like many Sail Chicago members, I joined the organization with the hope of one day having sufficient credentials and experience to be able to escape Chicago's winter on a chartered sailboat in some tropical locale. As a newly-minted skipper, I'm not there yet.  However, a brief article in Sail magazine provided an intermediate solution to my problem.

 

Key Lime Sailing Club
Over the holidays, my family and I traveled to the Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, Florida, for a sailing vacation.  It may be overstating things to call KLSC a "resort," as that word evokes images of luxury accommodations and commensurate prices.  KLSC offers a handful of modest cottages on Florida Bay, each with its own well-used Catalina 22 sailboat, along with access to snorkeling gear, standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, bicycles, and a Sunfish for rates as low as $140 per night (a little higher at holidays and peak season).  Throw in some hammocks, gas grills, and a thatched-roof tiki hut and you have a resort, right? There isn't a bar or restaurant on the property, but a number of them are within walking distance.
 
The sailing on Buttonwood Sound offers approximately 30 square miles of water, nearly all of which is within the boundaries of Everglades National Park, with islands and mangrove swamps to explore.  Dolphins, manatees, and pelicans will be your companions as you glide over the shallow, aquamarine water.  At least once during your stay, you'll be invited for a sunset cruise on the owner's 35-foot catamaran.
 
A thorough orientation to the boat is given the morning after your arrival and each morning a weather briefing is provided (sustained winds of 20 knots will keep the boats on the dock and you must return by sunset).  Qualifications are on the honor system with no resume or certifications required as for a typical charter.  If you feel like you're not quite up to the task, KLSC also offers
lessons, but the Catalinas are easy boats to sail if you're comfortable with Sail Chicago's Colgate 26s.

Key Lime Sailing Club's competitors are few, and given the value it offers for money, fewer still.  If you're looking to extend your sailing season beyond Chicago's short summer, but not quite ready for (or can't afford) a charter in the Caribbean, KLSC is a great option. You can discover more on the KLSC website  

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