BTS: February, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for February, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #2/FEBRUARY, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I hope you all survived the descent of the polar vortex earlier this week. Perhaps you used the "indoor time" to start planning for summer sailing.  One important thing you can do when stuck inside is to check over your sailing gear.  Do those old, worn sailing gloves need replacing?  If you have an inflatable life jacket, is your cartridge in the "green zone."  Do you have a hat and sun glasses to keep you safe from the ravages of the sun? 

Remember, our boats are in the water May 1.  Do you have a waterproof jacket with a fleece lining that can keep you warm and dry on cold spring days?  Don't forget those waterproof pants.  They can come in handy when the weather is cool or wet.  Cotton clothing takes a long time to dry and can keep you chilled if wet.  Nylon clothing dries quickly.  Shoes are also important.  Many types of athletic shoes can slip on wet decks.  Are your soles non-slip and properly grooved for sailing?
 
Plan to attend the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 7.  Program heads will outline their plans for the upcoming sailing season, and you'll have a chance to vote for members of the Sail Chicago Board.  You'll need to be a 2019 member in order to vote.  Membership registration is now open online (see article below).
SAIL CHICAGO ANNUAL MEETING ON MARCH 7

Mark your calendars now! Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 7, at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago.  For directions, click here. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. but do come early to join friends for a drink or dinner.

The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" reports by our Board chairman and program heads, the election of directors for new three-year terms, and a question-and-answer period with the Board.  There will be ample time for discussion and socializing.  The anticipated end time of the meeting is 9:00 p.m.
We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2019 sailing season!
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.  
BOARD SEEKS POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
By Matt Stuczynski, Chairman, Board Development Committee

The election of Board members will take place on Thursday, March 7th, at the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting. The Board is currently seeking potential candidates whom it can recommend to the Sail Chicago membership to fill vacant Board positions. The membership may propose additional candidates at the Annual Meeting, and it will vote on all candidates presented.

Please think carefully about whether you'd like to become a potential candidate to fill a vacant Board position. As a Board Member you should:
  • Be actively involved in at least one area of Sail Chicago activities or programs,
  • Plan to attend all regularly-scheduled monthly Board meetings,
  • Volunteer for and participate in at least one Board committee,
  • Think creatively about ways in which Sail Chicago may better serve its members and the greater Chicago community, and be prepared to turn those thoughts into action.
Board members typically serve a three-year term. If you would like to be considered, or if you know of someone you believe would be a good candidate for a position on the Board, please contact Matt Stuczynski , Chairman of the Board Development Committee.
ALL-DAY WEATHER SEMINAR ON MARCH 9
By Melchior Dikkers, Sail Chicago Instructor

A storm brews up over Chicago
Weather is important to sailors. I was fortunate to first learn about weather from two merchant marine captains at the Naval Club in London. Over the years, I learned more by reading books, attending seminars, and preparing my own practical weather course.  The person that I learned most from about Great Lakes weather and the tools at our disposal here is Mark Thornton.  He is a sailor and graduate of Penn State's renowned weather program.
 
Mark is offering a one-day (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) seminar at Columbia Yacht Club on March 9th.  While I recommend this course to all sailors, I believe it should be mandatory for cruising students (Basic and Bareboat) along with navigation. Mark's presentation is clear, thorough, well-structured, and fast-paced. It is an ideal way to learn about weather and get a base from which to learn more on your own.
 
Lastly, at $50 (the early bird special until February 15th), it is great value and includes lunch.  I still remember my first weather course over 20 years ago, and I think you will remember Mark's.
 
A detailed syllabus can be found here. The link to sign up is  here.
BASIC NAVIGATION SEMINAR ON MAY 11

SAVE THE DATE for our all-day Basic Navigation seminar on May 11, 2019 at Columbia Yacht Club.  Watch future issues of Between the Sheets for further details and registration information.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

We are preparing for the 2019 sailing season and there is plenty of work ahead. As a reminder, second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their member service time commitment for the season. If you would like to return to the same role you had last year, please notify the volunteer coordination team so we can update your service time status and the Sail Chicago org chart. Current openings include:
  • Assistant Registrar: Assist students with course registration and related questions (remote).
  • Membership Coordination: Assist with fielding emails/questions from current and potential new members (remote).
  • Social Chair: Heads up our social planning committee which is in charge of organizing and executing events throughout the season
  • Volunteer Coordination: Assist with documenting, coordinating and tracking member service time (remote).
Winter maintenance opportunities are also available. Please log into your Member Landing Page on the Sail Chicago website to see what's available. 
 
Please email me for further detail on these roles, to volunteer, or with any questions about previously completed service time.
SAIL CHICAGO SCORES AT THE CHICAGO BOAT, RV, AND SAIL SHOW
 
Sail Chicago volunteers at our booth
Sail Chicago once again made its mark on the 2019 Chicago Boat, RV, and Sail Show, January 8 - 13, at McCormick Place.  Our booth, #101, was the first that visitors to the sail section of the show saw as they entered.  Its display of all sorts of sailing paraphernalia immediately caught their eye, and many came over to see what it was all about. 

Our volunteers who manned the booth had great fun telling visitors the advantages of community sailing programs like Sail Chicago and swapping sailing stories with "old salts."  Our thanks to the many Sail Chicago members who volunteered to set up and staff the booth during the five-day event.  Our presence at the Show will encourage many folks to visit our website, sign up for classes, and become members.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

This video shows a sailboat in real trouble.  After you've viewed the video, email us to let us know what you would have done differently to avoid the situation or to get yourself out of trouble.  We'll publish your answer in next month's issue of
Between the Sheets.  Thanks to Sail Chicago member Jay Owens for supplying the video.

JANUARY 2019 BOARD MEETING NOTES
By the Board Secretary

The Board of Directors met by phone conference on January 10, 2019.
  • 2019 membership is open, and membership renewals have started coming in.  Members are encouraged to renew ASAP to facilitate planning and communication.
  • The Board is considering a variety of programs and solutions for managing Volunteer Coordination and Service Time tracking.  Maintenance has implemented Slack to facilitate coordination and communication among volunteers.
  • Adam Hinz and Dan Maloney have confirmed they will head up our Racing Program in 2019.
  • Two new advanced keelboat courses were approved for 2019: Sail Trim and Spinnaker.  Thanks to Melchior Dikkers for developing the curricula and taking the lead on implementation.
  • Kudos to all Boat Show volunteers for an outstanding job this year!
  • Transfer requests have been submitted to Westrec to relocate a few of our Colgates in Monroe Harbor.
  • The Board is in ongoing communication with both Columbia Yacht Club and Jackson Park Yacht Club to discuss opportunities to collaborate socially, and possibly share resources for instruction and/or mutual members' benefit.  We are planning some joint social activities in 2019, so watch future issues of Between the Sheets for future events.
  • We are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator and a Social Coordinator for 2019.
The next Board meeting will be held at Columbia Yacht Club on Tues, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
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Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here. 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.
 
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: January, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for January, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #1/JANUARY, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Chicago, a great place to sail!
It's the New Year, and time to start thinking sailing.  This past year was a great one for Sail Chicago.  We offered more classes, had more students, and graduated more skippers than ever before.  Our membership ranks swelled to new highs.  We added another Colgate to our fleet.  And 2019 promises to be even better. We're streamlining our operations, making things run more efficiently, and we're revamping our volunteer program.
 
Speaking of volunteers, let's give a shout-out to all our member-volunteers who worked so tirelessly to keep Sail Chicago afloat, fill our sails, and push us ahead. Without you we wouldn't exist.  Remember, though, keep your service requirement up to date.  If you're wondering if your requirement has been met or have questions about how you can meet it, get in touch with Frank McNamara, our Volunteer Coordinator (see article below).
 
Don't Forget:  Chicago Boat Show
If you're looking for something to do while you're waiting to get back on the water, join us at the Chicago Boat Show, January 9-13 at McCormick Place where you'll find everything sailing. Climb aboard the latest cruising boats, attend a multitude of seminars, get yourself some new sailing gear at considerable discounts. And while you're there, stop by the Sail Chicago booth to say "Hello" and meet some new friends.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Even though the new year has just begun, there is plenty of work ahead preparing for the upcoming sailing season.  As a reminder, second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their member service time commitment for the season.  Get a head start on the coming season and remain involved in the Sail Chicago during the winter months by contributing to one of the following areas: 
  • Assistant Registrar: Assist students with course registration and related questions (remote).
  • Membership Coordination: Assist with fielding emails/questions from current and potential new members (remote).
  • Insurance/Licensing Coordinator: Maintain our insurance and individual boat licenses.
  • Volunteer Coordination: Assist with documenting, coordinating and tracking member service time (remote).
Winter maintenance opportunities are also available (please see Joe Cannon's article in this issue of Between the Sheets for further information).
 
Please email me for further detail on these roles, to volunteer, or with any questions about previously completed service time.
COLLECT SERVICE TIME FOR WINTER MAINTENANCE PROJECTS
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator 
 
All kinds of work needs doing before the season starts.
Second-year member looking for a service opportunity?  Established member looking for something different?  New teams are being created this winter to perform routine pre-launch tasks and non-routine equipment upgrades. Established members will be partnered with newer members to spread maintenance knowledge more widely through the organization.  The teams will have the independence to accomplish their work according to their own schedules and the dictates of the weather.  Not all projects need to be carried out at the yard: some can be done in member's garages or other interior spaces.
 
A list of available projects can be found here.  At this site, you can indicate interest in up to five projects.  You will then gain access to an online collaboration hub where you can learn more about each project, ask questions, and provide suggestions (if you have experience with the tasks involved). Ultimately, you can commit to a project at this hub if it seems like a good fit. Resulting teams can use the hub to plan, coordinate, and schedule their activities. The maintenance coordinators will monitor progress and provide assistance every step of the way.  There will also be a provision for suggesting projects not on the list.
 
If you already have an established service role with Sail Chicago, there is no need to explore these opportunities.  However, if all goes well, there will be fewer open calls for workers at the yard this spring.

RESULTS OF THE RECENT 2018 MEMBER SURVEY
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By Adam Wisneski

Ninety-one Sail Chicago members completed the survey that was fielded on November 5, 2018.  Here are some top-line results.
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    A lot of happy sailors in Sail Chicago
    Overall, folks are very satisfied with their membership in Sail Chicago.   They see it as a good value for the money and for their service time. More than 80 percent of members said they were "very satisfied" with our organization overall.
  • Members overwhelmingly prefer Monroe Street Harbor for mooring boats.  Easy transportation to the harbor is the clear deciding factor.  Only one survey respondent listed Monroe Harbor as "Not good for me."
  • Members are divided about the placement of Sail Chicago moorings in Monroe Street Harbor.  Wave action makes it hard to transfer from tenders and to rig and un-rig the boats.  Members are, therefore, concerned about the current location.  But they also see the moorings as too tightly spaced, so there are clear advantages to being near the accessible edge of the mooring field.  Transfer requests have been submitted to move some Colgates to the more protected, eastern ends of rows T, U, and V as well as row B.  Any transfer depends upon mooring availability, so not many boats are likely to move next season.  That will provide an opportunity to try new locations with only limited impact on the status quo."
  • About 85 percent of members were aware of the price reduction for private boat use last season.  Half of those who knew about it said it encouraged them to sail more often
DECEMBER 2018 BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin

The Sail Chicago Board met at the Columbia Yacht Club at 7:00 p.m. on December 11.
 
Four Sail Chicago instructors have successfully completed, or are in the final stages of completing, requirements for a US Coast Guard captain's license.  Please congratulate Maureen Huston, Nick Brait, Norris Larson, and Dan Pilch.
 
Members clearly prefer Monroe Harbor.
Maintenance Manager, Joe Cannon, reports that wave action from storms and boat traffic is pummeling our fleet located at the mouth of Monroe Harbor.  Joe will submit transfer requests to Westrec to move our boats further north in the Harbor.  A member survey indicated a strong preference for Monroe Harbor.
 
To simplify getting mooring permits onto each boat, Joe Cannon will collect and distribute all mooring permits in 2019.
 
Frank McNamara, Joe Cannon, Adam Wisneski, and Bhargav Patel, our new IT coordinator, are working to automate Sail Chicago volunteer job opportunities to make it easier for members to sign-up for service time on line.  This project also stems from results of the member survey done by Adam Wisneski and reflects an ongoing Board initiative to improve Sail Chicago volunteer opportunities.
 
The next Board meeting will be a phone-in meeting held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10.  Contact Frank McNamara for information on joining this meeting
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS

Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
When you shop online at Amazon Smile, Sail Chicago will receive a donation of .5% of your eligible purchases. It's a great way to both give and receive. To get started, click here. 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.
 
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
Sent by btseditor@sailchicago.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact