BTS: December 2016

Sail Chicago News for December
MISSION
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE

Next Board Meeting
Thursday, December 8 
at 7:00 p.m.

 
USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Sergio Luntsevich
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 12 /DECEMBER, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Winter is here, our boats are put away for the season.  It's probably time to starting thinking of other things besides sailing... or is it?  There are other places, and at this time of year, much warmer places to sail than Lake Michigan.  Some Sail Chicago members have occasionally enjoyed bareboat excursions to the Caribbean or the Mediterranean at this time of year.  In February, I'll be taking my wife and a couple of other family members on a bareboat cruising adventure to the British Virgin Islands.  
 
Steve Colgate, designer of the Colgate 26, Sail Chicago's primary instruction boat, runs the Offshore Sailing School out of Florida.  In addition to sailing instruction, the School also runs flotillas to some of the Caribbean Islands.  And then there's always the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. It's long been known for its excellent sailing instruction and other sailing opportunities. Perhaps you might enjoy taking a little time to explore these and other winter sailing prospects on the internet.
 
In the meantime, several Sail Chicago members have mentioned to me that they'd love to charter a boat with other members for a winter sailing expedition, but they're not quite sure how to do it or what they'd be getting into.  Remember, Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer organization.  Perhaps there's a member with some chartering experience who could step up to be what we might even call our "Bareboat Coordinator."  They'd be responsible for determining interest, sending out notices, and generally coordinating the charter process.  Who knows, there might even be enough interest to mount a whole flotilla. If you're interested in exploring this further, contact Christine Garvey, our Volunteer Coordinator.
 
In another area, we recently attended a fantastic Sail Chicago "Post Season Party and Celebration" at the Columbia Yacht Club (see article below).  Many thanks to Sergio Luntsevich, our volunteer Social Coordinator, for organizing the event.
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STRICTLY SAIL SHOW
By Steve Vandervoort, Strictly Sail Coordinator
 
Strictly Sail
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 11-14 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
Volunteers at last year's Strictly Sail
well-represented by volunteers at our exhibit over the years. Let's make this another great year!  Volunteers 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 great deal!
 
Volunteer times are:
 
Wednesday, January 11:  2-5 p.m. & 5-8 p.m.  
Thursday, January 12:  11 am-2 p.m., 2-5 p.m., & 5-8 p.m.
Friday, Jan 13:  11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2-5 p.m., & 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, January 14:  10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-5 p.m., & 5-8 p.m.
Sunday, January 15:  10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1-5 p.m.
 
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.  See you at the Show!
 
To find out more about the show, visit the  Strictly Sail Chicago website.

NEW SKIPPER MENTOR PROGRAM
By Matt Stuczynki, Lead Instructor
 
With the record number of new Colgate skippers that we had this season (there
Colgate 26
Experienced skippers can guide new skippers
are 42!), we are initiating a Skipper Mentor Program to help welcome our newbie captains as members of Sail Chicago.  Most of our new skippers are not only new to our group, but new to sailing so they could benefit by a Sail Chicago buddy to help guide them into the world of commanding a boat and through the Do's, Don'ts, and Culture or our unique community sailing organization.  
 
If you would like to be paired up with a new skipper and help pass on your knowledge, contact Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski.  Mentors will be asked to be a possible "go to person" for questions about the group, seamanship, and general knowledge and advice.  Ideally, mentors might also accompany our new skippers on practice sails (especially at the beginning of next season) to enable these new skippers to follow our rule of only going out with an experienced skipper during their first, full year of sailing.  You do not need to be an Instructor to be a mentor; just willing to share your knowledge and joy of the sport to teach and learn with a new and enthusiastic Sail Chicago skipper.
 
SAIL CHICAGO BOARD SEEKS MEMBER TO FILL VACANT POSITION
 
The Sail Chicago Board currently has an open position with a one-year term expiring in March, 2018.  Qualification for Board membership include:
  • 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.
If you or anyone you know would like to be considered to fill the term, please contact Matt Stuczynski. 
 
SERVICE TIME UPDATE
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator
 
It's never too early to start planning for the 2017 season.  If you will not be keeping your service time job, please let me know as soon as possible. Program heads need to let me know what positions they need filled.
 
Although I am not putting the entire chart of open positions in this article, I would like to mention a few open positions:
  • I could use a couple of members to help me with service time documentation. This job will be done by computer, at your own availability. It will satisfy your service time commitment.
  • We need an assistant for Matt Stuczinski, our lead instructor. He needs help with communication/emails, planning and training. This job satisfies your service time.
  • We could use a Seminar Coordinator.  This position manages the logistics of our winter seminars, coordinating with seminar speakers, finding venues, and sending out seminar announcements.  It also fulfills your service time.
POST-SEASON PARTY CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
 
Chris Schuler & Minna Greene
Chris Schuler presents award to Minna Greene
On the evening of Friday, November 18, almost 60 Sail Chicago members and friends boarded the Columbia Yacht Club's "Big Blue Boat" anchored in DuSable Harbor to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Awards Dinner and Celebration.  It was held in a large tent set up on the stern of the boat. Although the weather was a bit chilly, it was warm and toasty inside the tent.  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:
  • Best Sail Chicago Students:  Cait Larson & Mark Yoon
  • Maintenance Guru:  Maureen Huston
  • Instructor of the Year:  Tom Prucher
  • Volunteer of the Year:  Jim Monk
  • Chairman's Award for Service:  Jay Owens
Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled. In addition, Minna Greene was given special recognition as "Protector of the Rhodes Fleet."  Minna has attended almost every Board meeting in recent years to make sure that her beloved Rhodes 19s, for years the backbone of the Sail Chicago fleet, will not be abandoned.  Although the fleet is now getting a little long in the tooth, the boats are still great fun to sail.
 
Many thanks to Sergio Luntsevich, Sail Chicago's Social Coordinator, and all his helpers who were able to create for us a truly memorable evening.  It was much appreciated by all who attended
 
TUCKING PRIORITIES IN FOR THE WINTER
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Putting Priorities, one of our cruising boats, to bed for the winter is not a
Three Sail Chicago maintenance experts at work
simple task, but with teamwork, the job becomes a lot easier.   In the picture to the right, Vern Deason (left), John Muhlenberg (center), and Ed Schroeder (right) go through the 25+ necessary steps.  These sailors have over 150 years of sailing and boat maintenance experience between them and are eager to show you how to care for a cruising boat.  Come out and join them in the spring.  Contact
Norm Linde, the Boat Manager for Priorities, and let him know you would like to be invited to future maintenance opportunities.  It's a great way to get to know the boat and to gain a deeper understanding of how a cruising boat should be maintained.  This knowledge can be extremely valuable should you ever decide to own a boat of your own.  
 
NOTES FOR THE NOVEMBER BOARD MEETING
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, November 10.  The following items were discussed:
  • The purchase of Rubato, our newest Colgate 26, is being finalized.       The professional surveyor said it is like new. Rubato's
    price was $26,000 which is mostly covered by the insurance proceeds from the virtually total loss oEclipse after a lightning strike. (Fortunately, no one was aboard.)
  • Calypso, our newly purchased Pacific Seacrest Ericson 34, is now safely tucked away at Canal Street marina with the rest of Sail Chicago's boats. The maintenance team led by Simeon Stairs has busied themselves preparing the boat for winter and the 2017 cruising season. The little sailing done on the boat at the end of the season demonstrated that it is fast and sails like a dream.
  • Tom Peterson and the maintenance team have implemented a revised scheme to have the Colgates ready earlier in the spring. Three boats were pulled earlier this season and have already had their bottoms painted for the spring. Some fiberglass and other repairs will be professionally contracted to ease the spring workload.
  • Adam Wisneski reported that marketing activities designed to improve our on-line presence have resulted in Sail Chicago now being number two when someone googles "sailing lessons."
  • Matt Stuczynski reported that U.S. Sailing is preparing a First Sail program designed to get more people involved in sailing by offering two-hour introductory sails.  U.S. Sailing continues to work on its online basic keelboat text and test. Both Matt and Michael Swisher need assistants in instruction and registration, so drop them an email if you can help.
  • Next month's meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, at Grant Thornton, 171 N. Clark, Chicago.  As always, all members are welcome.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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 tophotos@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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BTS: November 2016

Sail Chicago News for November
MISSION
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE

Board Meeting
November 10

End-of-Season Party
November 18

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Sergio Luntsevich
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 11 /NOVEMBER, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

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 instruction and 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 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 other opportunities to meet your service requirement, see the article below.
POST-SEASON CELEBRATION, NOVEMBER 18
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator
 
Join fellow sailors to celebrate another great sailing season with a delicious dinner on the lake at the Columbia Yacht Club.  After dinner we will recognize the excellent efforts of our members and students who have helped Sail Chicago thrive.  The event will be held on Friday evening, November 18th starting at 6:30 with a cash bar.  
 
A delicious buffet dinner will be provided by Columbia Yacht Club which is well known for its fine dining.  The menu includes a salad, Amish roasted breast of chicken with field mushrooms, seasonal ravioli, fresh vegetables, roasted potatoes, rolls, assorted gourmet cookies and coffee and tea. 
 
Cost: $30 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Parking is available in the DuSable Harbor lot just west of the yacht club.
 
To register and pay by November 12th, click here  Space is limited, so sign up soon.

PLEASE RETURN MISSING BOAT PASSES
By Vlad Rothkin and Annette Faber, Boat Pass Coordinators

Three parking passes for the Monroe Street parking garage are missing.  If we don't return them we will be charged for them.  Please check your wallets, glove compartments, or desk drawers to make sure that you don't have a parking pass that you forgot to return.  Since it's the end of the sailing season, they no longer work to get you into or out of the garage.  If you find one, please notifyVlad Rothchin or 
CALYPSO JOINS THE SAIL CHICAGO FLEET
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
 
On October 13, Sail Chicago added a newly purchased cruiser to our fleet.  She's Calypso, a 1993 Pacific Seacraft Ericson 34. The search committee of Norris Larson, Bob Lapin, Norm Linde, Jay Owens, Ed Schroeder, and
Simeon Stairs checked out boats throughout the 2016 season.  After examining
numerous boats, the purchase of Calypso was approved by the Board.  What attracted the committee to Calypso was the high quality of construction and excellent condition of this used boat.  Virtually no problems were found during survey.  The boat is about the same size as our Hunter 34, but it has a fin keel and weighs 1200 pounds more--it is solid.

Calypso sails like a dream and is fast.  We motored from Waukegan to Belmont
Under way aboard
Calypso
Harbor at 2500 rpm and made 6.5 to 7 kts, completing the voyage in a little over 4 hours.  In 10 kt breeze, with full main and genoa, Calypso made 6.5 to 7 kts.  On a windier day, with a 15 kt breeze, with a reefed genoa and a full main, we consistently made 7 kts with a 15-degree heel that was very comfortable.  

Reefing the main is a snap because all the reefing can be done from the cockpit.  The dodger was also very helpful coming down from Waukegan with the temperature at 38 degrees.  More fun is certainly in store next season as we put the asymmetrical spinnaker through its paces.  The maintenance crew, led by Simeon Stairs, is winterizing Calypso and determining the improvements to get it ready for the 2017 season. Come check it out next season.
 
A RECORD NUMBER OF NEW SKIPPERS!
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor, and Michael Swisher, Program Coordinator
 
Many hearty thanks to our team of amazing Instructors and to our Check-Out Team of Marj Benson and Alex Pedenko whose dedicated work helped our group check out 42 new Colgate skippers this year.  This number is nearly double most recent previous years and all 42 skippers are new to our organization.  Welcome to all the new skippers!  We remind them to re-read the "Keelboat Skipper Personal Statement" that they signed when they passed the on-the-water part of our skipper requirement tests.   That statement emphasizes following the directives in the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations handbook so that they can continue to learn and enjoy many, many years of growth as a sailor and skipper.
 
THANKS TO SCHULER SCHOLARS VOLUNTEERS
By Tom Simms, Schüler Scholars Sailing Coordinator
 
The Schüler Scholar sailing program has just completed its third year.  I would
Schuler Scholars enjoy an afternoon Colgate sail
like to take this opportunity to thank each of the 13 Sail Chicago members who generously volunteered their Wednesday afternoons to share their love of sailing with these deserving students.  The response from the Schüler Foundation has been overwhelmingly positive.  With the continued support of the Sail Chicago Board of Directors, we hope to expand the program to provide more enriched sailing experiences for these young scholars.
 
A GREAT SAILING LESSON!  Viva el barco de vela!
 
Sail Chicago's Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski, was recently captured on video by Univision giving a sailing lesson to an enthusiastic neophyte.  The video clip is both instructive and hilarious.  To witness the entire experience click here. (Hint: it helps if you speak Spanish.)

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you to everyone who has been working this season to make the organization run effectively.  Now it's time to put the boats to bed for the winter, and we need all the help we can get.  If you need service time, you can sign up for a boatyard team.  But, even if you are set with your own service time completion, we could still use your help.   Please contact Tom Peterson  and/or watch for announcements regarding when the work is being done (see "Haul Out..." article in this issue).
 
Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.

OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team:  Creates and implements fundraising activities.  Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):  Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors:  One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator:  Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance. Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties:  Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams:  Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams:  This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season. 5 days of work satisfies service time.
  
For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey. 
 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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 tophotos@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."

Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: October 2016

Sail Chicago News for October
MISSION
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE

Board Meeting
October 13
De-Masting Our Boats
October 15
Motor Our Boats Upriver
October 17 
End-of-Season Party
November 18

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 10 /OCTOBER, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I've recently heard from some of our Boat Managers that they have found some of the boats in our fleet to be in less that tip-top condition when they board the boat for a maintenance sail.  Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer program.  We don't
Rigging a Colgate
Getting Her "Shipshape and Bristol Fashion"
have an expensive professional staff to make minor repairs or to clean up after our members.  That's one of the main reasons that we are able to offer our members so many and such affordable sailing opportunities.  But this also means that our members have a responsibility to clean up after themselves and, after sailing, to leave the boat in a condition that they would like to find it. Often it's just the small things that don't take much time, but can make all the difference to the skipper who sails the boat after you do.  Here's a partial ialac6
list passed on to me by some of our Boat Managers:
  • Secure the wand to the port foredeck.  If it's on the starboard foredeck, people entering or leaving the boat may step on it and break it.
  • Secure the traveler to port for a similar reason.  It gives the people coming on board or leaving the boat more room to step out of the way of the next person, a big plus if the boat is rocking.
  • Fully complete both the pre-sail and post-sail checklist, noting any items that need attention. This checklist provides you with a multitude of good reminders and alerts you to any problems with the boat. It also serves to notify future skippers of problems.
  • When unfurling the jib, make sure to keep some tension on the furling line by letting it run through your hands.  If you don't, the line may wind itself back on the furling disk and get tangled.  If this happens, you'll have a really tough time furling the jib again at the end of your sail.
  • When you leave the boat take another look around the cabin to make sure that no items, including any garbage, are left behind, and that gear has been properly stowed.  Boat Managers tell me that all sorts of weird things have been found on our boats.
  • If you use the VHF radio, make sure that you turn it off before you lock the hatch.  Batteries can wear down quickly if the radio is left on.
  • As you lock the hatch, make sure that the numbers on the lock are facing the right direction so they can be read easily by the next person.
  • If you've reefed the mainsail, as a courtesy to the next skipper, please untie the nettles and loosen the reef lines so the mainsail can be raised smoothly and easily.
  • Report any malfunctions or repairs needed on the member page of the Sail Chicago website.  It's remarkably easy, it only takes a couple of minutes, and it alerts the Boat Managers and everyone who sails the boat after you.
  • If you have an "incident" (see the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations), immediately report it to the Safety Director. Having a description from you about what happened protects both you and Sail Chicago. Again, this can be done very simply through the member page of the Sail Chicago website.
  • In short, please leave the boat the way you would like to find it.
Obviously, this is only a partial list. If you have any comments or pet peeves about what you've found or not found on our boats, please let me know and I'll pass them on to our members in a future issue of Between the Sheets.

END-OF-SEASON HAUL-OUT AND MAINTENANCE
By Tom Peterson, Sail Chicago Maintenance

The end of the sailing season is almost here, we need to be out of the harbors before October 31.  The Rhodes, Ideals, and the four remaining Colgates are set to go out of service on October 15.  We will motor the boats up the Chicago River on the 17th of October to our winter facility at Canal Street Marina.
 
Colgate at the Yard
A Colgate Ready for Winter Quarters 
We are looking for a number of volunteers to help take down the masts on October 15, both for the Colgates and the Ideals.  Some volunteers should be experienced, but we can use help from those who are there to learn.  If you are interested (and we hope you are!), send an email to Lois Lawson
 who is assigning people to the various jobs.  Please include your experience level, but, again, we can use people who are at any level of experience.
 
If you are interested in the Colgate river trip on October 17, contact Kristen Miller.   Let her know your available times, whether you are a skipper, and if
Heading Upriver
you have gone through the locks before.
 
After the boats are in the yard, we are hoping to get some serious work done to make the Spring launch easier.  Anyone can help, we will try to get out there at least one day a week until the weather turns bad. If you want to know if we will be out there working on a particular day, either email me, Tom Petersonor call my cell, 773-241-4870.

We're hoping to get some new people involved in these activities.  Don't feel put off if you haven't done maintenance before, we will get you involved as much as you want.  And if you have any suggestions let me know when you see me, or email them to me.

END-OF-SEASON PARTY ON SATURDAY, NOV. 18
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Mark your calendars to save the date for Sail Chicago's end-of-the-season celebration that will be held at the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evening,
2010 Post Season Party
A Past End-of-Season Party
November 18th.  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 November Between the Sheets with a link to register and pay for this event. An email announcement will also go out later in October. Space is limited so be sure to register early. The event is open to Sail Chicago members, students, and their guests. This year the fee will be $30 per person for both members and guests.

PLEASE RETURN PARKING AND TENDER PASSES!
By Annette Faber & Vlad Roshchin, Monroe Pass Coordinators

The end of our sailing season is fast approaching, and currently we have two parking passes and several tender passes missing from our lockboxs.  Skippers, please check your wallets and sailing gear to make sure that you haven't forgotten to return a pass that you used earlier in the season.  Use of these passes is a privilege and on the honor system. If we don't return them by the end of the season, we will be charged for them.  That money could be better spent in more productive ways for Sail Chicago.  At the end of the season, the passes are automatically canceled and will no longer be usable.  Thanks for your cooperation.

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you to everyone who has been working this season to make the organization run effectively.  Now it's time to put the boats to bed for the winter, and we need all the help we can get.  If you need service time, you can sign up for a boatyard team.  But, even if you are set with your own service time completion, we could still use your help.   Please contact Tom Peterson and/or watch for announcements regarding when the work is being done (see "Haul Out..." article in this issue).

Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.

OPERATIONS
 
*Website help:  ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team:  Creates and implements fundraising activities.  Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):  Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors:  One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.

MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator:  Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance. Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties:  Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams:  Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams:  This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season. 5 days of work satisfies service time.


For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.

THE LEGEND OF THE PIG AND THE ROOSTER

A Sailor's Pig & Rooster T-Shirt
Here's a bit of sailor's lore from Sail Chicago member David Shayne:  

Back in the day, sailors would tattoo a pig on one foot and a rooster on the other. It was believed that this would give the sailor the ability to walk on water if they had to abandon ship.  This came from the claim that when merchant ships that sank while carrying live animals, the crates that the carried the pigs and roosters always floated ashore. Thus, by having a pig and rooster tattooed on either foot, sailors could make it to land.  (Even if you have such tattoos, Sail Chicago still requires you to wear a life jacket!)
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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 tophotos@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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BTS: September 2016

Sail Chicago News for September
MISSION
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
September 8

U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
September 17

Board Meeting
October 13

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 9 /SEPTEMBER, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Sail Chicago is a "community sailing program."  Just what does that mean, and how are we different from other sailing programs?  First, it might help to explain what we are not.  We are NOT a sailing "club."  This may sound a little strange to some of our older members who refer occasionally to the organization as a "club."  In fact, there are distinct and important differences.  First, our mission (see the column to the left for our Mission Statement) is not to serve our members exclusively, but to provide sailing opportunities and instruction for the broader Chicago community.  Second, we have been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization or "public charity."   This means that contributions, financial or otherwise, made to Sail Chicago are deductible from your federal income tax. Third, we have been recognized by the U.S. Sailing Association as a true "community sailing program."  The Association's Community Sailing Committee has the following mission:

The mission of the US Sailing Community Sailing Committee is to promote and support community sailing in the United States. We recognize diversity as essential to achieving our mission; for us, diversity refers to the differences of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, age, beliefs, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, family status, physical ability, appearance and ideas. We are committed to achieving greater diversity throughout the sport and fostering an environment that is more inclusive.

To help us achieve our mission, we seek to identify organizations that provide the highest quality of education and support access to sailing for all. These are organizations that align with the standards set forth by US Sailing and offer safety, fun, and learning through their programming.

Finally, and perhaps most important, is the attitude of our members. We are bound together not only by our love of sailing, but by a desire to pass that love on to others in our wider community through the work that we do in providing quality instruction to our members and students and in offering affordable sailing opportunities for others in the wider Chicago community.  We are proud of the service we offer, and most of us work hard at volunteer tasks that promote our mission.  It's what makes our own "community" so special!


U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION
The next U.S. Sailing written certification test will be given on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 am, Starbucks, 7112 W North Avenue, Oak Park.  Please bring with you a check for $50 payable to Sail Chicago.  All Sail Chicago members who have successfully completed our Intermediate Sailing course are eligible to take the test. For questions or to register please contact 

THINK ABOUT A RIVER TRIP!
By Kristen Miller, Maintenance Communications Assistant

Down the river!
Attention all sailors!  We are quickly approaching that time of the year when the weather cools down and sailing season is coming to an end.  Each year we take a trip up the river to get our boats out of the water and to the Canal Street Boat yard for routine maintenance work.  

This year we will be taking two trips.  The first one will be late September, early October to move two of our Colgates.  The second will be mid to late October to move the last four.  Each boat needs at LEAST three members, max of six, to help motor the boats through the locks and up the river.  The trip takes about two hours and is a really cool and unique experience.  We are even offering incentive this year - $30 in sailing credits to the first three volunteers per boat.  Each boat needs at least one skipper certified member but all members are encouraged to volunteer as crew and experience the river trip!  If interested for either of the two trips, email me immediately to reserve a spot!  If you've got questions, let me know.  Exact dates and times will be based on member availability.

SAFETY FIRST:  NAV LIGHTS AND COAST GUARD
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

As we head into the early fall and earlier sunsets, it's important to remember that navigation lights, sometimes called running lights, are an important component of safe boating after dark. The red and green bow lights, the white stern light, and the white masthead light for boats under motor power allow other vessels to see your boat, understand who you are and what you are doing (sail or power) and take proper action to avoid collision. 

USCG regulations requires that running lights be exhibited between sunset and sunrise or during periods of limited visibility i.e. fog. Sailboats less than 7 meters (23 feet) are not required to exhibit lights but must have
 a flashlight at hand to illuminate the sail to avoid collision. It's important for skippers to check both the Fleet Status page in the reservation system and to verify that ALL running lights are operational if sailing after sunset. The Colgates are longer than the 7 meter exemption, thus they must have operating running lights and may not substitute a flashlight illuminating the sail. Skippers should switch to another boat for evening sails if the lights on the boat you have reserved are not working properly.
A-OK with the U.S. Coast Guard

On another note, I was sailing my own boat recently and was boarded by the Coast Guard for a routine safety check. The Coast Guard carries out these inspections to ensure that all boats have the required safety equipment. There is no implication of wrong-doing if you are boarded. The Coast Guard may board your boat without cause. If you are polite and cooperate, you will have no problems. That is, unless you are operating a vessel in an unsafe manner.  The Coast Guard asked to see my registration and ID, life jackets for everyone on board, a throwable flotation device, visual distress signal (flares), sound making device, and fire extinguisher (boats with engines). The also inquired about my marine sanitation device (head). Only Priorities is fitted with a head. They were very pleasant, found everything in order, and proceeded to inspect other vessels in the area. Sail Chicago skippers should note that the items on the boat checklists in bold are Coast Guard legally required safety equipment. If any of those items are missing or inoperable, you should switch boats or cancel your sail.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FRIENDS & FAMILY PICNIC

The Friends & Family Picnic on the aft deck of the Columbia Yacht Club.
Sunday, August 7, will be a day to remember for the lucky Sail Chicago members who attended the organization's annual Friends & Family Picnic and Sail.  Over 60 members and friends registered for the event, which was held for the first time this year on the aft deck of the Columbia Yacht Club's "big blue boat" anchored in DuSable Harbor.  Unlike former picnics that had been held in the past on the grass at Montrose or Belmont Harbors, this was a truly elegant setting.  Round tables with linen tablecloths had been set up under a large canopy which kept the hot sun away, but allowed the lake breeze to cool the picnickers.  And the buffet was both beautiful and delicious--hamburgers, sausages, grilled chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, mixed fruit, and all the fixin's delighted the participants.

Of course, there was also time for members to get their friends and family out for a sail.  Three of our Colgates were waiting at the Columbia Yacht Club's private dock to board passengers and get them out on Lake Michigan. Seasoned sailors had a chance to meet old friends, and new members had the opportunity to get acquainted with future sailing buddies.  Everyone agreed it was a great time.  Many thanks to our Social Coordinator, Sergio Luntsevich, for organizing the event and following through for us.  This picnic is just one of the many ways in which Sail Chicago and Columbia Yacht Club are cooperating with one another to enhance each other's programs. Look for more cooperation in the future.

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

We need people to help de-commission the boats.  I have created a "boatyard team" to help the individual boat maintenance teams commission and  de-commission the boats.  This job includes taking down and putting up the masts, the river trip to the boatyard, and work at the yard.  You will need to work 5 days to complete service time.  The river trip has not been considered service time in the past because it's such a fun thing to do.
 
Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help--ASP.net knowledge helpful.  You need to have a long-term commitment to Sail Chicago.  Active participation completes service time.
 
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team--Creates and implements fundraising activities   Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars).  Must have weekday afternoons available.  5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers--You may bring your own first mate. 5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers--You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors--One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator--Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator--Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance.  Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams--Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition.  Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties--Specialists will be called on when needed.  Active participation completes service time.
*Gas teams--Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams--This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season.  5 days of work satisfies service time.
 
 
For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.

URBAN YOUTH SAIL PLANS TO EXPAND FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR
By Betsy Newton, Urban Youth Sail Coordinator

For over 30 years, Sail Chicago has sponsored Urban Youth Sail in partnership with Association House, a community center in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago.  We give young clients of Association House an opportunity to sail on Lake Michigan.  It enables the participants to experience Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago in a different way.  This year, skippers Mark Fechner and Tim Rice participated in the program.  

Next year, we hope to schedule the program on a bi-weekly basis (on weekdays to be determined).  We welcome both new skippers who can sign up as first mates and get to know the program as well as experienced skippers who want to enjoy weekday sailing with eager young participants.  Email Betsy Timm Newton with any questions.

SAIL CHICAGO PROVIDES SCHULER SCHOLARS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAIL
By Tom Simms, Schuler Scholars Sail Coordinator

Schuler Scholars enjoy a sail
We just completed our third season. It was another very successful endeavor.  Sail Chicago provided two boats with a skipper and a 1st mate for nine different high schools from the northern suburbs as well as Chicago proper.  In all, 70 students were given the opportunity sail.  Thirteen Sail Chicago volunteers manned the boats.  

We are already looking forward to the 2017 season where we can again offer two crewed Colgates on Wednesday afternoonss from mid-June thru mid-August.  Also, I would like to offer the schools an extra boat or two if the interest level at a particular school is very high. 

TALL SHIPS VISIT CHICAGO

An American schooler was one of the tall ships visiting Chicago.
Chicago's Navy Pier once again hosted a Festival of Tall Ships, July 27-31, and many Sail Chicago members were on hand to see them on parade or to tour the ships during the weekend. It was an exciting time to see the sailing ships of yesteryear docked at Navy Pier. There was everything from a Spanish galleon to a Viking longship that had sailed all the way from Norway.  Member, Jay Owens, sent us this picture of a visiting American schooner.  We look forward to their return in future years.
WE NEED YOUR SAILING PHOTOS!

Sail Chicago is developing a new backdrop banner for our booth at the annual Strictly Sail Chicago Show this coming January, and we are looking for the
perfect photo for the background.  Ideally, the photo will contain a background shot of the Chicago skyline with several Sail Chicago boats in the foreground.  If you have a photo like that, or one of a different sort that you think might be suitable and it's in .jpg format, please send it along to  Who knows, you might see it reproduced on an 8'X10' banner at the Strictly Sail Show.
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The board met on September 1 at 7:00 p.m.    Members are always welcome. Discussion items included: 
  • The Board made a decision to purchase Calypso, a 1993 Pacific Seacraft Ericson 34.  Negotiations will begin today. We will keep Priorities through next season to determine the feasibility of keeping two cruisers. 
  • Extensive discussions were held to consider optimizing our maintenance procedures. Tom Peterson will begin taking several boats to Canal Street earlier this year to begin prep for next season in the fall rather than the spring. 
  • Eclipse, one of our Colgate 26s, was struck by lightening whiile moored at Monroe Harbor and the damage is extensive. It looks like a total loss. A search for a replacement will begin.  An electrical engineer will assess our boats to determine if lightening protection is available. 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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 tophotos@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."

Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: August 2016

Sail Chicago News for August
MISSION
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Friends & Family Picnic
August 7
Board Meeting
August 11
Happy Hour at the Weather Mark
August 25
Board Meeting
September 8

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 8 / AUGUST, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I remember back when I was a new member of Sail Chicago. I had a lot of questions about the organization. Where could I get information about reservations, the status of a boat I wanted to reserve for private use, upcoming events in which I could participate, reporting a boating accident or mal-function, finding crew to sail with me, fulfilling my annual service requirement, etc., etc.  I found the organization rather opaque and difficult to navigate.  I suspect that's also true of some of our newer members today.  And yet, I believe that today we have many more information resources available that we did back when I was a newbie.
 
Let's start with Between the Sheets.  Our monthly newsletter tries to keep you up to date on a variety of programs, events, and issues in Sail Chicago.  Past issues can be a good source of information.  They can be found on the Sail Chicago website under "News."  Also, the maroon sidebar on the left of each issue tries to keep you up to date on events, who to contact for specific information, and other ongoing useful information.  Individual announcements are also published for events happening where registration is often necessary.  We try to keep these announcements to a minimum so as not to spam you.  If you're not getting them, you may want to search your junk mail folder.
 
If you're looking for crew or would like to crew for others, signing up for Share-a-Sail might be a good bet.  You can do it through Google Groups.  See the July, 2016 issue of Between the Sheets for specific instructions.  And if you're looking for ways to fulfill your annual service requirement, look in the current issue of BTS.  You'll find listings of current open positions for which you may qualify.  If you have questions regarding your service requirement, contact Christine Garvey, our Volunteer Coordinator.
 
A quick review of the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations may answer many of your questions about the organization.  This online manual covers everything from membership qualifications and registration to use of the reservation system to reporting of boating accidents.  It also states our policies on equal opportunity and harassment.   You can find a link to the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations under "Useful Information" to the left.
 
Finally, there's one last place to find information.  When I was a newbie and was frustrated, I'd email Lois Lawson, who was then our Membership Coordinator. She'd always have an answer for me, or she'd find someone for me who did. Now our Membership Coordinator is Faith Hillis. You can reach her at 

FRIENDS AND FAMILY PICNIC & SAIL, AUGUST 7
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join us for a picnic and a sail on Sunday, August 7, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.!
 
This 
The Columbia Yacht Club
year there's something new and exciting!  It's a joint event with the 
Columbia Yacht Club.   We'll picnic on the Club's dock and offer brief sails on boats in our Colgate fleet throughout the afternoon.  Come join old friends and meet new friends.

We're planning to offer sails on our Colgates.  
We need Colgate skippers who can set aside time to take folks out for a short sail.  If you can help out, please let me know as soon as possible.
 
This is a great opportunity to get your non-sailing friends and family out on the water for a brief sail.  Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch complete with 1/2 pound hamburgers, all beef hotdogs, grilled chicken breasts, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit, dessert, and all the fixin's. There's a $10 per person charge for Sail Chicago members and guests ($5 for all kids under 12) to cover the cost of the food. The fee is non-refundable.  In the event of rain, the buffet will be moved to the aft deck of the Club.
 
Come early to register for a sail on one of our Colgates.  Stay late to share sailing stories and have a good time. To register, click here.

SAIL CHICAGO HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAY, AUG. 25
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join other Sail Chicago members and students on Thursday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m.  Meet new friends, reconnect with old sailing buddies, and compare your best sailing stories!
 
We will be at the Weather Mark Tavern, everyone's favorite nautical-themed
The Weather Mark Tavern
restaurant and tavern, located conveniently in the South Loop. Walk, bike, drive, or take public transit-just make sure to come!  The Weather Mark is easily accessible by bus and train, and "pay at the box" street parking is available.
Thursday specials include half-price select appetizers. Thursday drink specials are $15 domestic buckets. In addition, for Sail Chicago members only, $5 Skyy Vodka and $5 Mt. Gay Rum drinks.  For those who would like to participate, Team Trivia Night begins at 7:30 PM.
 
This should definitely be a fun evening!  Don't miss out on this night of food, drinks, and fun!  Bring your family and friends!  There is no entrance fee for this event, but we do need to know how many people are coming! Please register here.

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Thanks so much to Michael Johnson for stepping up to coordinate the gas team. We all love getting on a boat that has gas, right? Often the maintenance teams are busy doing maintenance, so it has been difficult to also fill up. Right now, the boat teams are taking gas team responsibilities until we can develop a team of its own. If anyone is interested, please let me know. The boats are gassed up on Friday evenings.
 
We are continuing to look for some important positions to be filled. We need assistants for Instruction and Maintenance. It's a wonderful way to meet members and learn new skills. We are also attempting to delegate the work so it's not too much work for a few people.
 
Our website transition team also needs help.  An effective website is key to the organization's success.  So, if you are interested or need more detailed information, please contact me.
 
Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers:
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help -ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago.   Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team - Creates and implements fundraising activities Active participation completes service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars). Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers - You may bring your own first mate. 5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers - You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.   5 sails completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors - One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator - Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator - Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance.   Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams - Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties - Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams - Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
 
 
For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.

SIGN UP FOR RACING!
By Maya Teleki, Racing Co-Coordinator

Colgate 26 Racing
Cogates racing to a mark\
Last call for interested racers to sign up for the August racing session!  We have been having a great time.   Weather has foiled us a couple of times, but there is always free beer on tap at Columbia (rain or shine!). Intermediate sailing level or above is the prerequisite. 
Sign up here or contact Maya Teleki if you have any questions! 
 
Also this month is the Inshore Verve Cup Regatta on August 27 & 28.  This is the signature event of the racing season, so find some sailing partners and sign up. 
 
PRACTICE MOORING CAN
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Thanks to a team effort from the Instruction and Maintenance teams (hats off to Tim Ryan and Tom Peterson), and with approval from the Monroe Harbormaster, we have set up a practice mooring can in the transient mooring area near the south end of the Harbor mouth.  The idea is to provide a place to practice the Close Reach approach to a can safely away from other moored boats and the busy west channel, but realistically with mooring cans and the east channel as elements to consider.  The transient cans are marked with orange tape and generally do not have numbers, but this one (marked number 2), is approximately 3 cans south of the harbor mouth and 3 cans west of the east channel break-water.   "Sail Chicago Practice" is marked on the weathered wand itself and includes a long, sturdy line between the wand and two functional mooring lines.   A brass hook attaching the two mooring lines to the wand tether should be easy to handle in the event you need to use the mooring can in an emergency situation.

As always, try to avoid sailing in between boats, use the aisles and outer channel and try to avoid the inner channel due to fluky winds and heavy motor boat traffic. Finally, keep in mind that this practice mooring can might be a good option as a safety retreat in heavy weather instead of going back to the boat's home mooring.

July Board Notes
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The board met on July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the downtown offices of Grant Thornton, a venue arranged by our Vice Chair, Maya Teleki.   Members are always welcome.  (Next Board meeting Aug. 11.)   Discussion items included: 
  • Optimizing the maintenance process  We depend too heavily on a few very dedicated sailors to keep our fleet in service. Tom Peterson and Shawn Lord will be working with the boat managers to develop the haul-out plan, streamline spring plans and consider bringing back the summer maintenance program.  We need more help.  We welcome ideas.
  • Website  Our web master is moving to the west coast.  Alfred Chan has developed a very specific software program that handles our on-line activities in a marvelous way.  Shawn Lord and Martin Modahl will be working with Alfred to learn the system.   We still need someone with ASP.net coding expertise.
  • Up-grading our cruising boat   A team is searching for a newer cruiser. The criteria for a new cruiser include; being well-built by a quality builder, 1993 or later model, excellent condition with no deck cracks or stained cabin cushions, sleeps five, cost under $60K, and 34-36 feet in length. The team has looked at a Pearson 36, Beneteau 34, Ericson 34, and Catalina 32. The leading candidate is the Ericson 34.   
  • Social Activities Report   Our new social chairman, Sergio Luntsevich, reported on activities that include our annual picnic at Columbia Yacht Club on August 7 and monthly happy hours at the Weather Mark on the last Thursday of each month.
  • Safety   John Lemon reported on six incidents that occurred during the month; each involved mooring under sail in high winds.  Matt Stuczynski reminds all skippers that the cautious sailor approaches the mooring with sails up and the engine running and, doesn't go out in weather that is beyond his/her experience.  Matt also reduced the top winds in our wind guidelines which were sent to each skipper.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

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
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Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

Share your Photos
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Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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Sail Chicago News for July
MISSION
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
July 14
Tiller Time Skipper Training
July 26
Happy Hour at the Weather Mark Tavern
July 28
Board Meeting
August 11

USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 7 / JULY, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Believe it or not, we're almost at the mid-point in our sailing season.  Although May wasn't particularly hospitable for sailing, June turned out to be, for the most part, beautiful.  If tradition holds out, the rest of July and August should be great sailing weather.

It's been a good year so far.  Membership is up over last year, and our boats seem to be getting a lot of use.  Thanks to our many volunteer instructors, our mission to "...to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety..." is being fulfilled.  Our classes are full and waiting lists abound. If we had more qualified instructors, we could be offering more classes.  Our hope is that our enthusiastic new skippers this year will consider becoming instructors in a couple of years in order to pass on their experience, knowledge, and love of sailing to other new students.

Because we are an all-volunteer organization, our member-volunteers are our life-blood.  They are the ones who keep the organization going.  Recently three members have stepped up to fill major positions left vacant by former members who've moved out of town.  Brandon Sanders is our new Member Cruise Outing Coordinator.  MCOs provide our members and friends an opportunity to sail on a boat with an experienced skipper in an easy-going social atmosphere.
Chris Faris is our new Tiller Time Coordinator.  Tiller Time is an opportunity for our member-students to get additional time on the water with experienced Sail Chicago skippers who help them to practice the skills they learn in their formal instruction programs.

Sergio Luntsevich is our new Social Coordinator.  He's responsible for planning and executing activities that bring our members and friends together in a friendly and social atmosphere.  He's already organized a series of "Happy Hours" at the Weather Mark Tavern and Grill (see article in this issue), and is busy planning our annual picnic in August.  Rumor has it that this year the picnic will have some exciting new features. Look for more information in announcements and the August issue of Between the Sheets.

These are only three of our member-volunteers who put in countless hours making Sail Chicago a great sailing community.  Committee members, maintenance staff, instructors, and everyone involved invest much of themselves in the organization throughout the year.  For them and their service we are very grateful.  We still have openings available (see article in this issue). Please consider volunteering where your talents can be best used.

SERVICE TIME UPDATE:  POSITIONS STILL UNFILLED
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Maintenance is creating a new "Gas" team.  This team will go to the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evenings and go out with their RIB driver to fill up all the gas tanks on our boats.  Members of the existing teams can join this specialized team and/or non-team members can simply join this team.  If you are a non-team member and participate in the gas team for your service time, you will need to go out 5 Fridays to complete your service time.  We will also need a coordinator for this team who will do the schedule.  The coordinator will receive $100 in sailing credits.

Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.
OPERATIONS

*Website help -ASP.net knowledge helpful.  You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago.  Active participation completes service time.


FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team - Creates and implements fundraising activities   Active participation completes service time.
*Assistant treasurer - This person needs to enjoy doing their own financials/taxes and be committed to the organization.  Active participation satisfies service time.

PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars).  Must have weekday afternoons available.  5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers - You may bring your own first mate. 5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers - You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.


MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors - One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator - Active participation completes service time.

MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator - Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance.  Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams - Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition.  Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties - Specialists will be called on when needed.  Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams - Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.



For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.


TILLER TIME SKIPPER TRAINING
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

For those who have thought about leading Tiller Time groups and getting more involved in Instruction, we are offering the chance to bone-up on some basic sailing skills as well as learn some tips and tricks for being an effective Tiller Time Skipper:
 
Tuesday, July 26, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
 
Please respond 
here if you would like to attend.

MONTHLY SAIL CHICAGO HAPPY HOUR
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join other Sail Chicago members and students on the last Thursday of each month for a Happy Hour at the Weather Mark Tavern.  Our next get-together will be Thursday, July 28 starting at 6:00 PM.  Meet new friends, reconnect with old sailing buddies, and compare your best sailing stories!
 
The Weather Mark is everyone's favorite nautical-themed restaurant and tavern, located conveniently in the South Loop, 1503 South Michigan Ave.  Walk, bike, drive, or take public transit-just make sure to come!  It's easily accessible by bus and train, and "pay at the box" street parking is available.
 
Thursday specials include 1/2 price select appetizers. Thursday drink specials are $15 domestic buckets. In addition, for Sail Chicago members only, $5 Skyy Vodka and $5 Mt. Gay Rum drinks.  Also, for those who would like to participate, Team Trivia Night begins at 7:30 PM.
 
This should definitely be a fun evening! Don't miss out on this night of food, drinks, and fun! Bring your family and friends!  There is no entrance fee for this event, but we do need to know how many people are coming!  Click here to register.

SKIPPERS NEEDED FOR MEMBER CRUISE OUTINGS
By Brandon Sanders, MCO Coordinator

Colgate Sailing
Skipper MCOs for extra fun.
The Member Cruise Outing program gives members an opportunity to get out on the water for a free sail and bring along their friends at a small cost.  It's a great way to practice your boating skills and get to know others in Sail Chicago, and it's just another great benefit of membership.

We need qualified Sail Chicago Skippers to sign up for MCOs. A skipper can bring along a first mate.  And skippering five MCOs satisfies your service time for next year.  If you'd like to volunteer as a skipper, please contact me by e-mail.  I will try my best to accommodate last minute requests, however 2 business days is preferred.

JOIN SHARE-A-SAIL FOR MORE SAILING
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator 

Get more time on the lake. No need to sit on shore and sigh...or twist arms to
Colgate Graduates
Your crew or extra skipper may be waiting for your message.
shanghai crew.  
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 sail.  It's a great way to get more time at the tiller, gain sailing experience, and lower the cost.

See you on the lake.  Any questionsemail me.

TO REEF OR NOT TO REEF...THE COUNSEL OF PRUDENCE
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Ideal 18
A Colgate, close-hauled in a moderate breeze
Due to some heavy and gusty winds this season, our Safety Director, John Lemon, our Program Director, Michael Swisher, and I want to remind you of the Sail Chicago traditional wind guidelines (below).  Most importantly, choosing to go out depends on your best judgment, crew and skipper capability, experience, wind direction, wave height, etc. The usual rule of thumb is to reef if anyone on the crew even thinks it might be a good idea. The Colgate 26 reaches hull speed when winds reach about 12-13 knots, so it should probably be reefed at any higher wind speed.
 
Here are the wind guidelines and appropriate skill level for crew:
  • 0-10 knots (Gentle Breeze):  Full sail can be raised. Crew should have completed the Basic Sailing Course or equivalent.
  • 11-16 knots (Moderate Breeze): Sail should be reefed at higher-end 13-16 knots.  Crew should have completed the Intermediate Sailing Course or equivalent.
  • 17+ knots (Fresh Breeze):  Responsible skipper should cancel unless with another Sail Chicago Skipper or equivalent.
Remember, too, that first-year skippers MUST have at least one other experienced skipper or equivalent on board on any sail during their first 12 months.  Having another experienced sailor on board will help you best plan and execute in challenging conditions.  In the harbor have fenders out and ready for possible fending off.  Retreat to the safety of an empty can (maybe to our new practice can) at the harbor entrance if conditions exceed your capabilities.
 
The only thing worse than canceling a sail on a windy day with friends is sailing in conditions beyond your capabilities and causing property damage or injury.

FREE RHODES 19 AND IDEAL 18 ORIENTATIONS
By Tim Rice

Ideal 18 at Sunset
An Ideal under sail
If you're a Colgate 26 skipper and would like to try a different boat, you can participate in aIdeal 18 or  Rhodes 19 orientation.  Orientations are FREE to Colgate skippers.  After one or more on-the-water sessions, you'll be qualified to sail either our Ideal 18s or our Rhodes 19s.  The Rhodes and Ideals are fun to sail and quicker to maneuver than a Colgate, and they have a 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 or an Ideal can give you more flexibility in scheduling private sails during busy
Rhodes 19
A Rhodes on a close reach
times when many of our other boats are in use.
 
To schedule an on-the-water Ideal 18 or 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 Rhodes session be scheduled for a different date/time, please contact Tim Rice.  For a different date/time for an Ideal orientation, contact Peter Dudak.

BACK-UP SKIPPERS FOR NEW PRIORITIES SKIPPERS
By Tim Rice

Are you a new skipper who would love to take your family or friends out for a cruise on Priorities, but hesitate because you're not sure you can handle whatever the lake throws at you?

Our new Back-Up Skipper program is set up to provide you with an experienced
Hunter 34
Priorities under sail
skipper who will accompany you and your guests out onto the lake. Plan your cruise as you would normally by checking available Priorites dates on
 the website.  Then call or email any or all on the following list of volunteer skippers to see if one is free for that day.  There is no additional cost beyond the rental.  

The Back-Up Skippers are Bob Lapin, Norris Larson, Jay Owens and Simeon Stairs.  (Phone numbers and email addresses are available in the member directory on the Sail Chicago web site.)

The philosophy of the program is to provide you as skipper with back up to help you handle situations you may have never encountered previously.
 
If anyone reading this is experienced and willing to be added as a Back-Up Skipper, please let me know, and you will be added to the list.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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."

Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: June 2016

Sail Chicago News for June
MISSION
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
June 9
America's Cup at Navy Pier
June 10-12
Board Meeting
July 14
USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 6 / JUNE, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Our 2016 summer sailing season is in full swing.  Classes are full, Tiller Times, and Member Cruise Outings are being scheduled, and plans for summer social activities are well under way.  Perhaps it's time to take a few minutes to look back on our history--where we've come from, and, more importantly, where we're heading.

Sail Chicago was, for many years, a division of American Youth Hostels.  About fifteen years ago, AYH decided it wanted to concentrate on hosteling, and it closed down most of its ancillary activities, like the sailing program.  In 2003, the AYH members who wanted to continue the sailing program formed an Illinois corporation with the name Sail Chicago, and they purchased the boats, mostly Rhodes 19s, from AYH for a nominal sum.

For the first 7-8 years of its life, Sail Chicago operated pretty much as a private, members-only sailing club.  There was no permanent staff.  Member-volunteers did all the maintenance work on the boats and ran sailing classes for the newer members during the summer sailing season.  Then, about 5 years ago, under the strong leadership of its Chairman and Board of Directors, Sail Chicago began some fairly radical changes that transformed it into a true community sailing program.  It developed a mission statement (see under "Mission" on the masthead to your left) that placed a strong emphasis on sailing and boating safety instruction.  It received a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit designation from the Internal Revenue Service.  It began a fleet renewal program that ended up making the Colgate 26 the boat of choice for our instruction program.  It expanded the instruction program and opened it up to non-member students.  It started a successful Colgate Racing program that is now a part of the long-standing Wednesday evening Chicago "Beer Can" races on Lake Michigan.  It formalized an affiliation with U.S. Sailing, a national sailing organization that promotes sailing and sailboat racing throughout the United States, and it now offers U.S. Sailing certification to qualified students.

What about the future for Sail Chicago?  Recently the Columbia Yacht Club has formed a separate not-for-profit organization for its instruction program.  Sail Chicago is exploring a closer affiliation with them.  We are finding many areas of synergy that could benefit both organizations.  See the article in this issue.

We have maintained our tradition of strong member-volunteer involvement, and, as an all-volunteer organization, we expect all of our members to explore ways in which they can promote our mission.  We always have areas of work in which our members can participate.  Right now, one of the main impediments to our future growth is a lack of qualified member-volunteer instructors.  If we had more instructors, we could offer more classes to our students, and we could do a better job at fulfilling our mission.  If you'd like more information regarding how to become an instructor, contact our Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski.

MEMBER INVOLVEMENT/SERVICE TIME:   SOME ROLES FILLED, BUT MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Our webmaster, Alfred Chan, has notified us that he expects to be moving out of the State by the end of the year.  We cannot thank him enough for all the time and energy he has put into our website.  He will be missed!  A transition plan is being developed.   If you are an ASP.net web developer, please consider joining the team. This person would fix bugs, add features, and keep our site flexible to meet the demands of the organization.
 
Also, our instruction coordinator needs an assistant.  Remember, a large part of our revenue is obtained from classes.   The cost for these classes help keep rental costs low. It's a big job at the start of the season and an assistant is needed to help coordinate and communicate with students and instructors.
 
We have a new Social Coordinator:  Sergio Luntsevich.  He is very excited about taking on this role and meeting our members.  He can always use help planning parties so if you are interested contact Chris Garvey.  
 
We also have created a new position of Archivist, and Rebecca Holloway and Dolores Baron have taken on this role.  They will be going through old documents and talking to members to collect information on our history.
 
Another new position is Fundraiser Coordinator and team. Sail Chicago is 501c3, so donations are tax deductible. This position is open to be developed, but could start with a silent auction at our end of the year party. Anyone up for it?
 
Our boat teams have been starting to fill up nicely, but we still have open boat team positions.  We are attempting to break down the jobs so all the work does not fall on a few people.   If you have knowledge in special areas such as motors, electrical, painting, plumbing, or rigging, please notify the service time coordinator.  You will be called up as repair experts when needed.
 
We also need an assistant coordinator for maintenance. This job would mostly be administrative, helping the coordinator organize and communicate with boat teams.
 
Right now, service time jobs will be listed in Between the Sheets and with the service time coordinator.  We no longer have the jobs list on the website. The coordinator would like service time to be a win-win situation and will work with members to get a good fit.  Personal contact is usually best to get this result.
 
Remember, Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer organization.  If you'd like to have on-the-water privileges during the upcoming sailing season, you must have fulfilled your annual service requirement (see the Sail Chicago Rules & Regulations).  Currently several important positions in our organization remain open.  They include:
OPERATIONS
 
*Website help -ASP.net knowledge helpful. You need to have a long-term commitment to Sail Chicago.     Active participation completes service time.
 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator and team - Creates and implements fundraising activities Active participation completes service time.
*Assistant treasurer - This person needs to enjoy doing their own financials/taxes and be committed to the organization. Active participation satisfies service time.
 
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars). Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers - You may bring your own first mate. 5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers - You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students. 5 sails completes service time.
*Social committee members - Helps plan parties. Active participation completes service time.
 
MARKETING
*No open positions
INSTRUCTION

*Instructors - One class completes service time
*Curriculum help - We need someone with experience in word processing and graphics. Active participation completes service time.
*Assistant program coordinator - Active participation completes service time.
 
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator - Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance. Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams - Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties - Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.


For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.
JOIN SHARE-A-SAIL FOR MORE SAILING
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.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from 
Colgate Sailing
A Colgate and her crew on a close reach
other Sail Chicago members who would like to get together and go sailing.  Both members and non-member 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 sail.  It's a great way to get more time at the tiller and gain sailing experience.

TILLER TIME SKIPPER TRAINING
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

For those who have thought about leading Tiller Time groups and getting more involved in Instruction, we are offering the chance to bone-up on some basic sailing skills as well as learn some tips and tricks for being an effective Tiller Time Skipper.  We plan to offer two sessions in conjunction with our Pre-Sail Orientations (PSOs) on the following two evenings:
 
Saturday, June 25th from 10-12:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 26th from 6-8:30 p.m.
 
Please respond 
here if you would like to attend either session.
SPINNAKER CLASSES ON A RHODES 19
By Minna Greene

Come Join the Fun!!   Have you ever seen brightly colored spinnaker
Spinnaker
A Rhodes 19 flying a spinnaker
sails out on the lake and wished that you could sail with one? Now you can by signing up for spinnaker classes being offered this summer on July 10th, 17th and 24th.  If you would like to take the class but Saturdays would work better for you please contact me.

The classes consist of three lessons and cost $100. You will learn the skills involved in all three spinnaker positions: the deck work of manning the spinnaker pole, the cockpit work of rigging, raising, flying and lowering the spinnaker and the skipper responsibilities of keeping the spinnaker filled and jibing with the spinnaker.  Qualifications to take the class:  Completion of Intermediate sailing class or Rhodes or Colgate skipper.  To register for the class please visit the "Learn" page on the  Sail Chicago website.

THE PRUDENT MARINER:  THE RULES OF THE ROAD
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

Last month, we looked at a series of Navigation Rules that set the general framework for encounters between vessels.  This month we will review the specific Rules that govern the three possible situations that have the potential for collision: overtaking, crossing, and meeting head on. Rules 11 through 18 govern "Conduct of Vessels in Sight of One Another".
 
Let's take the easiest one first: overtaking (passing).  Rule 13 is crystal clear on this--the overtaken vessel has absolute right of way in all situations, regardless of whether the overtaking vessel is a powerboat or sailboat or ocean liner. Further, the rule emphatically states that the overtaking vessel may not become a crossing vessel and then exercise rights over the overtaken vessel.  The overtaking vessel must stay clear "until she is finally past and clear".  If you are not sure you are in an overtaking situation, assume you are and act accordingly.
 
There are two rules that govern crossing situations: Rule 12--Sailing Vessels, and Rule 15--Crossing Situation.  For sailboats, there are two possible situations: crossing on opposite tacks and crossing on the same tack. In the first case, the sailboat on starboard tack has the right of way over the sailboat on port tack. For sailboats on the same tack, the windward (upwind) vessel must stay clear of the leeward (downwind) vessel. For powerboats crossing each other, the vessel on the right has right of way, and the give-way vessel is encouraged to go astern of the stand-on vessel. Note that sailboats motoring, even if a sail is up, follow the rules for powerboats. This is sometimes called the "red light rule" since the give-way vessel (on the left) will see the red (port) navigation light of the stand-on vessel.
 
Rule 14 - Head On Situation--applies to power driven vessels. This is the only case in the Rules where neither vessel has right of way.  Both are required to alter course to avoid collision, and they are encouraged to alter course to starboard so they pass port-to-port.  Again, a sailboat under motor power must follow this rule.  Two sailboats meeting head on are governed by the Rule 12 starboard/port tack situation.
 
What is required of a skipper if the possibility of collision exists in any of these situations?  Rule 16 requires that the give-way vessel "take early and substantial action to keep well clear".  Make your intentions clear.  Rule 17 states that the stand-on vessel keep her course and speed. In other words, don't make the give-way vessel guess what you are doing.  If it appears that the give-way vessel is not following the Rules, the skipper of the stand-on vessel may maneuver to avoid collision.
 
If everyone on the water followed these few simple rules, most collisions would be avoided.  Key to a fun and safe sail:  keep a lookout, be aware of your event horizon, and always be prepared to maneuver in accordance with the Navigation Rules. You can study the Navigation Rules here.

AMERICA'S CUP RACES IN CHICAGO, JUNE 10-12
The weekend of June 10-12 will be the first time ever that an America's Cup qualifying race will be held on fresh water, and Chicago is the chosen home for the event. If you are planning to use a Sail Chicago boat during the event be
sure to reserve it early. Also, while on the water, be particularly vigilant. The in-shore area of Lake Michigan will be very crowded with other boats during the weekend. Also, the America's Cup boats that will be racing are extremely fast and very large. You don't want any nasty on-the-water surprises during your sail.

An On-Water Guide has recently been published. It should give you most of the information you will need to enjoy the weekend. To review the Guide, click here.

DISCUSSIONS WITH COLUMBIA YACHT CLUB CONTINUE
Discussions with Columbia Yacht Club about ways in which our two organizations might coordinate efforts and work together are continuing.  It turns out that there are several areas of potential common interest.  Bob Lapin, our Cruising Coordinator and current Board member, recently attended one of those discussions.  Click here to review his summary of that discussion.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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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BTS: May 2016

Sail Chicago News for May
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
May 12
Tiller Time Training
May 19
Board Meeting
June 9
America's Cup at Navy Pier
June 10-12
USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 5 / MAY, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Sailing season is upon us!  Our smaller keelboats are already in the water, and our cruising boat will go in next week.  Our Instruction Program is off to a great start.  Classes in almost all of our categories are full at least through mid-July.  More sessions will occasionally be added to the roster later in the season, so if you didn't have an opportunity register for the class you wanted, keep checking back on the Sail Chicago website for more opportunities.

One of the reasons we aren't able to offer more classes is that our stalwart group of instructors is limited.  If you're a member of Sail Chicago who's been a skipper for a couple of years and would like to share your enthusiasm for sailing with others, there's no better way to do that than by becoming an instructor.  As an Instructor, you fulfill your annual service requirement and, depending upon the number of classes you teach, you can earn sailing credits.  You are also eligible for a 40 percent discount on select Gill sailing gear.  To learn more about how you can become a qualified instructor, contact our Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski.

Registration is also open for our Racing Program.  Several four-week racing sessions will be held as part of the Columbia Yacht Club's Wednesday evening inshore racing series.  Racing is a great way to hone your sailing skills, to meet others who love to sail, and to experience the exhilaration that comes when competing in a highly-charged environment.  It's also just a lot of fun!  To learn more, visit the Sail Chicago website and click on "Race," or see the article below.

Soon qualified Skippers will be able to sign out boats for private use when they're not being used in other Sail Chicago program activities.  Remember, though, early in the season it's still cold, especially when you're on the water.  If you're going out for a sail, be sure to dress appropriately.  Wear a heavy, waterproof jacket, a warm hat, and consider purchasing waterproof outer pants. There's nothing worse than shivering in a cold, wet cockpit for a couple of hours while others on the boat who are warmly dressed are having a great time.

RACING REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
By Maya Teleki, Racing Co-Coordinator
 
Colgate 26 Racing
Close-hauled Colgates approaching a mark
The 2016 Colgate Racing Season is now open for registration.  New this year: we have lowered prices for individual member registration ($150 for a 4-week session), and also have an option for reserving the boat for the entire season (for that option you'll have to fill it with your own crew).   
Sign up and join us for Wednesday night inshore racing from the Columbia Yacht Club--and there's free beer and fireworks at Columbia after each night's race!

EVEN OUR SMALLEST BOAT IS READY!

During the latter part of April two of our stalwart member-volunteers, Lewis
Our dinghy is essential for maintenance.
Wagy and Ric Smies, moved the Sail Chicago dinghy from the boatyard to its space along the Monroe Harbor seawall. The dinghy is used by our maintenance team to move materials to and from our boats moored in Monroe Harbor.  It was one part of a much larger effort to ready our fleet for the 2016 sailing season.  Our boats are now in the water, thanks to the countless volunteer hours logged by our other member-volunteers who are part of our maintenance and boat teams.  Our heartfelt thanks to you for making this sailing season possible!  And a special thanks to Tom Peterson for spearheading this year's effort.


MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Remember, Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer organization.  If you'd like to have on-the-water privileges during the upcoming sailing season, you must have fulfilled your annual service requirement (see the Sail Chicago Rules & Regulations).  Currently several important positions in our organization remain open.  They include:
 
OPERATIONS
*Service Time Committee
*Website help
*Archivist 
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars)
*MCO skippers 
*Tiller Time skippers 
*Social committee members
MARKETING
*Committee members
INSTRUCTION
 
*Instructors
*New skipper coordinator, 
*US Sail certification coordinator
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator, boat teams, repair specialties
*Boatyard trailer team member
SOCIAL
*Coordinator
*Committee members

For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.

TILLER TIME SKIPPER TRAINING
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

We had some good learning and insightful discussion at our first Tiller Time Training on April 26th.  For those who have thought about becoming a Tiller Time skipper and being involved in Instruction, we are offering the chance to bone-up on some basic sailing skills as well as learn some tips and tricks for being an effective Tiller Time skipper.  We plan to offer another session, in conjunction with our Pre-Sail Orientation (PSO), on Thursday, May 19th from 6-9 p.m.   Please contact me if you would like to attend.  We look forward to some informative talk at Tiller Time Training!
 
REFRESHER SAILS FOR NEW SKIPPERS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Calling all new skippers from 2015.  Those who gained Sail Chicago Skipper status in 2015 and would like a refresher sail, we will be putting together groups of you with Sail Chicago Instructors for a refresher sail this spring to go over some of your new skills that you may have forgotten over the winter.  New Skippers are also most welcome to attend a Pre-Sail Orientation (dates are on the website under "Learn") in order to refresh what you first learned last year as well as meet some new students and other Sail Chicago Instructors.

If you're interested in a refresher sail, please contact Lead Instructor  Matt Stuczynski.
 
MONROE PASS PROGRAM UNDER WAY
By Annette Faber, MPP Co-Coordinator

New tender passes and parking passes are now in the same lockboxes with the same combinations we used last year and are available for immediate use. This year the Harbormaster will have a new system for passes.  Each person boarding an outgoing tender will individually swipe a pass through a card reader. No swipe will be needed for the return trip.  The change means that we will have some new procedures for tender pass use.
  1. All tender passes are flex passes.
  2. The skipper signs out in the register located in the lockbox the the number of passes they are using, the boat they are sailing, and the time and date.
  3. The skipper distributes the passes to the crew who swipes the pass as they enter the tender.
  4. The skipper immediately collects all the passes from the crew and returns them to the lockbox at the end of the sail, signing in the register the time they were returned.
The procedure for using parking passes is the same as last year. If anyone is unsure about the procedures for passes please look at the front page of the pass register in the lockbox for easy explanations.  

As a courtesy to other sailors, please return all passes promptly.  If you lose a pass please report it immediately to MPP@sailchicago.org.

Here's to better sailing weather soon.

THE PRUDENT MARINER:  THE RULES OF THE ROAD
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

As we prepare for another season on the sometimes busy nearshore waters of Lake Michigan, it's a good time to review what mariners call the "Rules of the Road."  We usually reduce them to a handful of rules that govern crossing, meeting, and overtaking situations between vessels.  However, those rules are a small part of a comprehensive set of US Coast Guard regulations that were first formalized in the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, and are commonly called 72 COLREGS.  You will also see them referred to as "Navigation Rules, International--Inland".  The Inland Rules apply to the Great Lakes, bays adjacent to the oceans, and major rivers in the US.  So, the Inland Rules apply to us.
 
The Rules are available here.  All skippers are responsible for knowing the Rules.  Each rule contains paragraphs that are applicable in both international and inland waters as well as rules applicable in one or the other.  So, be sure you are checking the applicable inland rule.  It's a good pre-season exercise to review the Rules.  
 
It's impossible to summarize the Rules in this article.  But there are a few key rules:  Rule 1 states that the Rules apply to every vessel, always, everywhere. Rule 2 holds every skipper responsible for following the rules--no exceptions. Rule 5 requires every vessel to maintain a look-out at all times. Rule 6 requires you to proceed at a safe speed such that you can avoid collision and stop in an appropriate distance.  Rule 7 says that if you think there is a risk of collision, then there is a risk, and you have to act accordingly.  Rule 8 requires you to act in a positive manner that is clear to other vessels, in ample time to avoid collision, and is safe. The overriding rule is to take whatever action is necessary to avoid collision, even if another boat is not following the rules and forces you to deviate from the rules to avoid collision.
 
The Rules do not quantify these concepts--what is a safe speed, when to act to avoid collision, how much to turn, etc.  It is up to the individual mariner to determine a safe speed, given the vessel, visibility, traffic, and sea state, for example.  And Rule 2 means there are no excuses, period.  Understanding and applying the Rules are an essential part of developing good seamanship.  Next month we will review the meeting, crossing, and overtaking Rules in more detail.

COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE HITS THE MARK
By Jay Owens, Bookkeeper
 
2013 Coast Navigation Seminar
A Coastal Navigation class
Sail Chicago's Cruising Program is off to a great start.  The Coastal Navigation course was fully booked within hours of its listing on our web site.  The momentum continued when all 12 students, four coaches and instructor Bob Lapin met for the first session of the two-session class at the excellent downtown facilities provided by Grant Thornton.  The students took to the demonstration charts, parallel rulers, and dividers as quickly as they do to sailing the Colgates and were soon locating positions, charting courses, and converting compass readings between True and Magnetic.  The enthusiasm continued unabated as all of the students were eager to learn more about the mechanics and maintenance of a sailboat with an inboard engine by volunteering to participate in the maintenance of our cruising boat, Priorities.  Following the class, participants navigated across the street to Ronny's Steak House for food, refreshment, and sailing comradery.

 
BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met on April 14.  Some of the items discussed are being passed on to our members to keep them apprised of current activity.
  1. Sail Chicago is in discussions with Columbia yacht Club about a closer relationship.  We have boats and they have facilities.  Stay tuned for specifics as they develop.
  2. Instruction reports that we have 4 or 5 new instructors and several others are in the pipeline for later this season.  The number of instructors is the limiting factor in scheduling classes.  We need more instructors to satisfy the needs of our members.  Twenty nine instructors attended the instructors meeting on Saturday 4/2/16 and reviewed plans for the 2016 season.
  3. Michael Swisher needs volunteers to help with scheduling.  Several action assignments were taken to address this need.
  4. In an effort to bring more members into our racing program, students registered for classes in July and August will be contacted and encouraged to sign up for racing in May and June to get back on the water earlier than their classes will allow.
  5. Cruising - The engine for Priorities has been rebuilt and reinstalled.  We are all anxious to check it out.  The Board also approved the assembling of a committee to begin the search for a newer cruiser.  The committee is being formed and criteria for a new boat established.

SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement
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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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."

Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: April 2016

Sail Chicago News for April
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Coastal Navigation Class
April 9 and 16
Board Meeting
April 14
Tiller Time Training
April 26
Colgate Mast Raising
April 23
Board Meeting
May 12
Tiller Time Training
May 19
America's Cup at Navy Pier
June 10-12
USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements 
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Open
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 4 / APRIL, 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Our Instruction program is now open for business, and if history is any example, classes will fill very quickly. If you're interested at all in taking any classes, I'd suggest that you sign up as quickly as you can if you'd like to get your most-desired dates and times.

Recent years have seen significant changes to our Instruction program. Sail Chicago has moved from a small sailing "club" to a true metropolitan community sailing program. Instruction has become a major area of focus, not just for our members but for the entire Chicago community. We are committed to enhancing safe sailing opportunities for everyone in the Chicago area. In the past couple of years we have formed a much closer relationship with U.S. Sailing, an umbrella organization that promotes sailing and sail-racing opportunities across the nation. We teach according to U.S. Sailing standards, and we offer U.S. Sailing basic keelboat certification to anyone who is able to complete our Intermediate Sailing course and pass a U.S. Sailing written exam.

Our Cruising program is also unique among community sailing organizations. Very few such programs offer the opportunity to take a coastal navigation course or to participate in port-to-port cruising instruction. Our Cruising program has also expanded dramatically over the past couple of years. Look for some new course offerings on our website.

Currently we are looking at new ways that we can partner with the Columbia Yacht Club. We have found many areas of common interest, and we are exploring those areas where we can be of mutual benefit and assistance to each another. This is an exciting new initiative and one that could significantly benefit both of our organizations. Stay tuned for more on this exciting opportunity.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the full support of our member-volunteers. We are one of the very few community sailing programs in the nation that has no paid staff. What we do have, however, a group of people who are passionate about sailing and who want to share their enthusiasm with others. But an all-volunteer organization can also have an occasional downside. Sometimes things don't happen as quickly as we would like, and occasionally stuff can fall through the cracks. On the other hand, our volunteer spirit has allowed us to keep our costs extremely low while at the same time providing adequate funds to sustain our continuing fleet maintenance and renewal programs.

We look forward to seeing you all "on the water" this coming sailing season! 

SAILING CLASS SCHEDULES ARE RELEASED 
Our summer sailing classes are now open!  Check out our many course offerings here.  
 
New sailors learn to sail in our program
There are a wide variety of courses open at all levels of sailing competence. Remember, once you successfully pass your Intermediate Sailing course, you become eligible to take the U.S. Sailing written exam and receive your Basic Keelboat Sailing certification. 
 
As always, however, if you want to become eligible to sail our boats on your own, you must complete the Skipper Prep class, which teaches those skills. Don't delay, though. Our courses tend to fill up very quickly. To maximize your choice of dates and courses, act now!
 
HELP GET OUR BOATS READY
Our fleet should be in the water and ready to sail by May 1, but before then there's a lot of work to be to make sure that they're seaworthy. You can help! During the next few weekends, from now until April 17, we'll be at the Canal Street boatyard*, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Don your work clothes and join us to help our volunteer maintenance leaders get
Volunteers work on a Colgate
our boats shipshape.  As an added benefit, you'll learn a lot about what it takes to maintain a sailboat, and you'll meet other members with whom you can go sailing this summer.   Jobs will range from sorting gear, to cleaning, painting, and waxing.  Can't make the whole day?  Come for part, lend a hand, and learn something, too.  Questions?  Contact Tom Peterso
n or Shawn Lord.
 

*  The Canal Street Boatyard is near Chinatown, just north of Cermak Road on the east side of the south branch of the Chicago River.

HELP RAISE OUR MASTS ON APRIL 23
Learn the complicated dance of raising the mast on a 26-foot Colgate sailboat! April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. is the date (April 24 rain date).  Columbia Yacht Club at the north end of Monroe Harbor is the place.  This is the final step in getting our boats ready for the summer sailing season.  Treats will be provided. If you're planning to join us, please RSVP here so we can keep you updated. Questions? Contact Tom Peterson or Shawn Lord.
 
FULFILL YOUR ANNUAL SERVICE REQUIREMENT
By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Remember, Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer organization.  If you'd like to have on-the-water privileges during the upcoming sailing season, you will need to have fulfilled your annual service requirement (see the Sail Chicago Rules & Regulations).  Currently several important positions in our organization remain open.  They include:
 
OPERATIONS
*Service Time Committee
*Website help
*Archivist
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising Coordinator
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars)
*MCO skippers 
*Tiller Time skippers 
*Social committee members
MARKETING
*Committee members
*Responder to emails from website
INSTRUCTION
*Registrar, scheduler
*Instructors
*New skipper coordinator, 
*US Sail certification coordinator
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator, boat teams, repair specialties
*Boatyard trailer team member
SOCIAL
*Coordinator
*Committee members
For more information on these and other open positions, contact Chris Garvey
TILLER TIME TRAINING
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

For those who have thought about being a Tiller Time skipper and, maybe even being involved in Instruction, we are offering the chance to bone-up on some basic sailing skills as well as learn some tips and tricks for being an effective Tiller Time skipper.  We plan to offer two sessions, in conjunction with our Pre-Sail Orientations (PSOs) on the following two evenings: Tuesday, April 26th from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday, May 19th from 6-9 p.m.   Please RSVP here if you would like to attend.  We look forward to some informative talk at Tiller Time Training!
 
NEW COASTAL NAVIGATION CLASS ANNOUNCED
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Sail Chicago's cruising program will hold a second coastal navigation class on April 23 and 30.  The class will be held in a downtown office building with state-of-the-art facilities.  This class is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to enroll in this season's Bareboat Cruising course which plans and conducts a weekend sail to a foreign port.  Last season's cruises went to Waukegan and Michigan City.  Click here to register.

PREPAID PRIORITIES RENTALS NOW AVAILABLE 
PLUS PRIORITIES TO ATTEND THE WORLD CUP RACES
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Priorities skippers will be interested in a prepaid rental option:  five sails for
Hunter 34
Priorities
just $350.   If you are interested, please contact Bob Lapin, and we will work out the details. 
 
A pass has been purchased that permits Priorities to raft-up on the periphery of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series race course and observe the races on June 10-12.  These are races held around the world to identify a challenger for the cup race in Bermuda in 2017.  Check out this one-and-half minute videoand I'm sure you will not want to miss it.
 
Sign-up opportunities will be presented in the May BTS.

THE PRUDENT MARINER:  COAST GUARD APPROVES USE OF ELECTRONIC CHARTS
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

The US Coast Guard recently approved the use of electronic charts (nautical maps) in lieu of paper charts, maps, and nautical publications. This was done in recognition of the Coast Guard's belief that "official electronic charts provide substantially more information to the mariner, and therefore may enhance navigational safety beyond that of official paper charts. Official electronic charts can provide the mariner with substantially more navigational information than a paper chart."  
 
A little background is required. The Coast Guard requires all commercial ships to carry a complete set of up-to-date charts, along with other publications such as the Coast Pilot and Light List.  Keeping the charts up to date is a time-consuming manual procedure. In this electronic age, charts published by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are updated electronically on a regular basis. NOAA states that their electronic charts meet the standards of nautical charts required by the Coast Guard. Further, NOAA stopped printing charts in 2014 and has switched to print-on-demand.
 
The prudent mariner never relies on only one source of navigational information. Thus, the Coast Guard requires ships that do switch to use of electronic charts have a backup of either traditional paper charts or a completely independent second electronic system.
 
As recreational boaters, we are not required by the Coast Guard to carry nautical charts. As I noted, the new rules only apply to commercial ships. As prudent mariners, many of us do have GPS receivers and/or carry paper charts, and we should use them.  Before you decide to burn all of your paper charts, consider that paper charts remain an excellent primary (or secondary) navigation system.   Being able to read and understand a nautical chart is a valuable skill, and you can learn that skill from Sail Chicago through our course on Coastal Navigation.
 
You can read complete US Coast Guard letter and standards here.   
 
MONROE HARBOR MOORINGS
Sail Chicago will have essentially the same moorings at Monroe Harbor that it had last year.  For a diagram of the moorings at the south end of the Harbor, click here.  John Lemon, our Safety Coordinator, points out that there will be more open areas to the south and east available for maneuvering, depending on other activities in the harbor.  The area to the east will be for transient moorings, and the area to the south will be for special events.  
 
Remember, when leaving the Harbor, never leave from the south channel.  It's narrow and shallow.  Always depart using the main fairway in the center of the Harbor to the north of where our boats are moored. Use of the outer (east) channel is recommended, to avoid powerboat traffic in the inner (west) channel.
 
VOYAGE OF THE SUZY WONG
On March 10 approximately 20 Sail Chicago stalwarts gathered at the Columbia Yacht Club to hear Steve Jackson relate his adventures aboard a 40-foot sailboat that he and three other ex-Navy sailors ha
Suzy Wong
 attendees
d built and sailed from Hong Kong to Florida in the early 1960s.

While they had all been in the Navy, none had had any significant experience on a sailboat.  In those days there was no GPS, so they had to navigate by sextant.  Steve told the group that such a voyage today would be much too dangerous, especially along the African coast and up through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.  At the time of their adventure, there were still remnants of the British Empire across the southern ocean, and they were saved from potential trouble several times along the way by British officials. 

To find out more or to get the book that relates the whole adventure, click here
 
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement
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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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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Sail Chicago News for March
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting
March 8
Seminar:  Suzy Wong
March 9
Instructors' Meeting
April 2
Coastal Navigation Class
April 9 and 16
Board Meeting
April 14
America's Cup at Navy Pier
June 10-12
USEFUL INFORMATION
WHO TO CONTACT
Announcements 
Boat Licensing & Registration
Bookkeeper
Between the Sheets
Chairman
Colgate 26 Racing
Cruising
Instruction
Insurance
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Marketing
Member Cruise Outings
Membership
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Purchasing 
Dana Smith
Reservations
Safety
Schuler Scholars
Seminars
Service Requirements
Share-a-Sail
Social
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Surveys
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Treasurer
Webmaster
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - 
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Directors
Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Martin Modahl
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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ISSUE NO. 3 / MARCH 2016 
FROM THE EDITOR...
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

At the recently-held Sail Chicago annual meeting, I gave my final Treasurer's report and I must confess that  I had some very mixed feelings.  I've been on the Board for the past six years, three of those as Treasurer.  I've been a vital part of some exciting changes in our organization during that time, and recent indications are that more significant changes will be coming in the not to distant future.  

I have really enjoyed the opportunity to help shape the future of Sail Chicago and, in some respects, I'd like to continue to be part of that effort.  On the other hand, I know that, particularly in volunteer organizations, leadership can become stale if it's in place too long.  That's why I decided not to run for a third term on the Board.  New people bring new vitality and creativity to any organization, and this is certainly true of Sail Chicago. Replacing me as Treasurer will be Martin Modahl.  He's been on the Board for a year and has been "in training" during that time.  I know that he'll do an excellent job as Treasurer, and I'll still be around to back him up if he needs it.

Our newly elected Board members will also make great additions to the team. Brian Johnson is our new Insurance Coordinator.  He brings with him a lot of experience in the industry, and a real dedication to sailing.  Bob Lapin has served terms on the Board twice before.  He currently runs our Cruising program, and he has done a fine job at revitalizing it over the past couple of years.  Shawn Lord has just re-upped for a three year term.  He's been a real gift to our Maintenance program and has been actively helping our webmaster in making our website transparent and simple to navigate.  Sarah Pellegrino is a relatively new face in Sail Chicago.  She brings with her a real energy, enthusiasm, sense or organization, and a commitment to do whatever it takes to make our organization even better than it is.  These dedicated folks will do a great job in helping to continually move Sail Chicago to the forefront of sailing in the Chicago area.

And speaking of volunteering, remember that we are an all-volunteer organization and a community of people dedicated to promoting safe sailing.  All of us need to chip in and do our part.  Another article in this issue lets you know of specific areas where you can help out and fulfill your service requirement as well. 
COASTAL NAVIGATION CLASS IN APRIL
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
Bob Lapin

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. Weekend and five day Bareboat Cruising courses will be offered in 2016 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 2016 sailing season. You must also complete an on-shore Coastal Navigation course that will be offered on the Saturdays of April 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an office location in the south loop.  To learn the details of our cruising courses and the Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  To register for the April 9 and 16 Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  Questions? Contact me!
HAVE YOU MET YOUR ANNUAL SERVICE REQUIREMENT?
Remember, Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer organization.  If you'd like to have on-the-water privileges during the upcoming sailing season, you will need to have fulfilled your annual service requirement (see the Sail Chicago Rules & Regulations).  Currently several important positions in our organization remain open.  These include:
OPERATIONS
*Service time committee
*Website help
*Archivist
FINANCIAL
*Fundraising coordinator
PROGRAMS
*Community sailing skippers (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars)
*MCO skippers 
*Tiller Time skippers 
*Social committee members
MARKETING
*Committee members
*Responder to emails from website
INSTRUCTION
*Registrar, scheduler
*Instructors
*New skipper coordinator, US Sail certification coordinator
MAINTENANCE
*Assistant Coordinator, boat teams, repair specialties

If you'd like more information on one of these or other open positions please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Chris Garvey.  
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW!
Now's the time to renew your Sail Chicago membership! Click here to log into your account. In the "Account Summary" panel on the right, where it says "Non-Member", click "Upgrade/Renew" and follow the instructions.  Click here for help.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEMINAR AT STRICTLY SAIL SHOW
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator
 
I attended a very informative and useful seminar at the Strictly Sail show in January: National Weather Service Marine Products and How to Navigate the NWS Website, presented by Amy Seeley. Amy is an enthusiastic sailor and has been a National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist for 25 years. A fairly new NWS product is the Great Lakes Weather page. This page includes detailed weather forecasts going out five days for each of the Great Lakes, with graphical forecast maps for hazards, wind speed and gusts, wave height and period, and temperature. This data is continuously updated so it can provide a near to real time forecast that can be extremely valuable to mariners. If you select Lake Michigan wind speed, for example, the display will step through the wind speed forecast in three hourincrements for the upcoming five days. This will give mariners an idea of the trend in wind direction and velocity as weather systems pass through our area. Since it is updated continuously, it can be more accurate than the nearshore marine forecast, which is updated every six hours each day.

Amy also reported on the addition of a new nearshore buoy off Wilmette, IL, which will help improve the accuracy of the nearshore marine forecasts. One of the problems facing meteorologists who prepare the nearshore marine forecasts is the lack of adequate data upon which to base their projections. Joining nearshore buoys in Michigan City (Buoy 45170) and South Haven (Buoy 45168), the new buoy, Buoy 45174, is a welcome addition. All are currently out of service for the winter. You can find them at the National Data Buoy Center.

The Great Lakes Weather page contains links to vast amounts of historical and current information of interest to all mariners.

Amy also introduced a new experimental product, the Enhanced Data Display. This sophisticated tool allows users to plan custom routes on land and water by car, foot, bicycle, or boat and to obtain detailed forecast information for each stage of the trip. If you visit this page, check out the route planner at the lower left side of the web page. Click the drop down menu labelled "Public/Marine Forecast" to access the weather route planner. Once you enter a route, you can enter boat speed, draw a custom route, and generate a graphic showing estimated time of arrival along with the forecasted weather along the way. I am looking forward to using this great tool for preparing for offshore voyages on Lake Michigan this summer. I encourage you to visit the site, explore it, and provide comments to the NWS.

Another good source of weather information is the "Hourly Weather Forecast Graph". The graph provides detailed forecast data on temperature, wind speed and direction, precipitation, sky cover, and relative humidity.
AMERICA'S CUP COMES TO CHICAGO
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
 
For the first time in its 164-year history, an America's Cup qualifying round will be held in fresh water - Chicago.  Seven qualifying races are being held around the world to determine which team will challenge the defender, Oracle in Bermuda in 2017.  The races will be held off navy Pier during the weekend of June 10-12.  The boats are 45 feet long cats with wing like main-sails, they "fly" at speeds up to 35 knots.  A Grandstand will provide the best viewing at the end of the pier.  Check out the website for tickets and details.  Sail Chicago has purchased a boat pass for Priorities that permits us to raft-up on the periphery of the race course to watch the races.  More details to follow.

VOLUNTEER AT AMERICA'S CUP
America's Cup is looking for qualified volunteers, who love customer service and supporting fans' needs, to work a minimum of two shifts between Friday, June 10th and Sunday, June 12th. There may be additional opportunities available before and after these dates as well. All volunteers must be 18 or over.
Opportunities will include:
  • Guest Services
  • Fan Zone Ambassador
  • Media Center & TV
  • VIP Hospitality
  • Transportation Assistants
  • Volunteer Registration & Hospitality
If interested in volunteering, please apply here . Keep in mind, there may be specific roles that require a short phone interview. If needed, a representative from Chicago Sports Commission will reach out over the next several weeks to learn more about your skills and experience. All applicants will be notified of their status by mid-March. Accepted applicants will be able to select specific shifts at that point.

ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING SEASON
By Michele Cody, Social Coordinator
Members and friends share plans  at the Annual Meeting

 
On Wednesday, March 2, over sixty 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 Lead Instructor detailed plans for the Instruction Program during the upcoming sailing season. Maya Teleki discussed the expanded Colgate Racing Program now in its third year. 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: Brian Johnson, Bob Lapin, Shawn Lord, and Sarah Pellegrino.  Finally, the Board members present fielded questions from the audience members.  Many lingered after the meeting was formally adjourned to socialize and make plans for the upcoming sailing season. 
THIS IS SAILING!
Do you have a friend whom you've tried to interest in sailing but who just doesn't seem to get the joy and exhilaration you feel when you're out there with the wind in your face and your hand on the tiller.  Well here's something that might help.  U.S. Sailing has produced a video that captures some of what we all experience when we're out there on a sailboat.  Share it with your friend, and perhaps they'll become excited enough to go sailing with you.
WHY KNOT?
An interesting app for iPhone and Android recently came to our attention.  If you've ever struggled with trying to tie a bowline or were wondering what a sheepshank is, it might help.
FEBRUARY SAIL CHICAGO BOARD NOTES
By Christine Garvey, Board Secretary
  • Chris Schuler, Matt Stuczinski and Michael Swisher reported on the information gained from attending US Sailing Leadership Forum.  Their attendance helped to increase communication and form relationships with other sailing organizations.
  • Instruction discussed putting a US Sailing "dryland" course online.  In order to cover these costs, basic, intermediate and skipper prep classes will increase by $15.
  • Mast raising on the Colgates are scheduled for April 23/24.  Harbor opens May 1st.
  • Class registration should open early March.
  • Annual dues can be paid now.
  • Racing seminar should be scheduled in March.
  • Archived BTS go back to 2011.
  • Service time still needs to be put on the website.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement
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.

Read the Sail Chicago Blog
Keep up to date on the events and activities of Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community. Read the sail Chicago blog on a regular basis. You can find it on the Sail Chicago website under "News."

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."
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
Sent by btseditor@sailchicago.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact

BTS: February 2016

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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.
IN THIS ISSUE
DATES TO NOTE
Board Meeting 
February 11
Annual Meeting
March 2
Board Meeting
March 8
Seminar:  Suzy Wong
March 9
Instructors' Meeting
April 2
Coastal Navigation Class
April 9 and 16
Board Meeting
April 14
America's Cup at Navy Pier
June 10-12
USEFUL INFORMATION