BTS: April, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for April, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #4/APRIL, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Our Instruction program is now open for business, and if history is any example, classes will fill very fast.  If you're interested at all in taking any classes, I'd suggest that you sign up as quickly as you can to get your most-desired dates and times.
 
Our recently-held annual meeting highlighted plans for our many sailing programs during the coming season (see article below).  Four new directors were elected to our Board at the meeting, and we look forward to their contributions to our ongoing success.  And this reminds me that Sail Chicago is one of the very few community sailing programs in the nation that has no paid staff.  What we do have, however, a group of volunteer members who are passionate about sailing and who want to share their enthusiasm with others.
 
Colgate 26
A Colgate with Chicago skyline
I also know that an all-volunteer organization can have an occasional downside. Sometimes things don't happen as quickly as we would like, and occasionally stuffcan 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've recently added another Colgate 26 to our fleet, bringing the total to eight.  This will give us added flexibility in programming, and it will allow our members more opportunities to reserve our Colgates for private use.
 
We look forward to seeing you all "on the water" this coming sailing season! 
SAIL CHICAGO ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS FUTURE PLANS

On Thursday, March 7, more than 60 Sail Chicago members and friends gathered at Chief O'Neill's Pub and Restaurant to enjoy a meal together, to review the prior year's activities, and to learn of new plans and programs for the coming sailing season.
 
Members enjoyed dinner as well as an informative annual meeting. 
Chairman Chris Schuler called the meeting to order and gave a summary of lastyear's activities.  Our membership grew to 325 in 2018.  In addition to our ongoing mutually beneficial relationship with the Columbia Yacht Club, we have recently established contact with the Jackson Park Yacht Club, and we are planning several joint activities with them.  Treasurer, Martin Modahl, reported that Sail Chicago ended a successful financial year with a strong balance sheet and a healthy net income.
 
Matt Stuczynski, our Lead Instructor, reported that we made 52 new Colgate skippers last season.  He stated that the new wind guidelines approved by the Board last year had helped in preventing several serious accidents.  A goal of the Instruction Program is to have all Sail Chicago instructors certified as Basic Keelboat Instructors within three years.
 
Dan Maloney, Co-Racing Coordinator, summarized some new and exciting plans for racing during the coming season.  Cost for participation will remain the same - $75 for the entire season.  Racing's new motto is, "Let's have fun, be safe, and don't break things."
 
Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator, outlined new goals and programs for the coming year.  New this year will be a "Maintenance Boot Camp" for new members. Moorings for some of our Colgates have been moved farther back into the mooring field where the water is less choppy.  Members interested in meeting their service requirements through maintenance should look at the "Announcements" section of the my.sailchicago.org website.
 
Four Directors whose terms are ending are Sarah Wirth, Bob Lapin, Shawn Lord, and Brian Johnson.  Our thanks to these folks for their loyal service.  New Board members elected at the meeting are Norris Larson, Nick Brait, Rachel Granneman and Bhargav Patel.
 
If you missed the meeting but would like to review the presentation slides, link to my.sailchicago.org/membership/files/annual meeting.   
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Preparations are well under way for the 2019 sailing season, and we still need help in various areas, both hands-on and remote.  Many members have already been helping at the boatyard with spring prep work.  For more information, members should log in to see the "Announcements" section on the my.sailchicago.org website.
 
As a reminder, members must fulfill their service time requirement to be eligible for on-the-water privileges.  First-year members are exempt from this requirement, but are welcome to help if they wish.  Second-year members must sign up for a job by May in order to have their service time requirement met for the season.  Members must complete the job they signed up for during their second season to have their service time satisfied for their third season, etc. ("pay it forward" system).  An opt-out fee of $400 is available for members who would prefer not to sign up for service time.
 
Please reference the Sail Chicago organization chart for available opportunities.  Current openings include, but are not limited to:
 
Social Coordinator:  In charge of the Sail Chicago social planning committee which organizes and executes social events for the club throughout the season.
Social Committee Members:  Assist the Social Coordinator with event planning and execution.
Course Scheduler:  Communicates with instructors via the Instructor Preference Survey as well as email to develop the Core Course Instruction Schedule. Remote.
Strictly Sail Show Coordinator:  Arranges for a Sail Chicago booth at the Strictly Sail Chicago Show (part of the Chicago Boat & RV Show) at the end of January, makes sure that all fees are paid, works with the Marketing Coordinator for marketing materials to hand out, and makes sure that the booth is staffed with Sail Chicago volunteers. 
Strictly Sail Assistant:  Schedules Sail Chicago member volunteers to staff the booth during the Strictly Sail Chicago Show and assists the Show Coordinator in setting up and taking down the booth before and after the Show.
Volunteer Service Time Tracker:  Assists Volunteer Coordinator with tracking member service time fulfillment during the season and follows up with members at the end of the season.
Boat Team Members:  Assist with weekly maintenance and upkeep of assigned boat throughout the sailing season. Please reference the Sail Chicago org chart for current openings.
 
Please email me for further detail on these roles, to sign up for a role, or with any other questions regarding service time.
MAINTENANCE CORNER
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator
 
Sail Chicago Maintenance Volunteer Opportunities
All maintenance planning and scheduling is now accomplished using the collaboration app, Slack.com.  Members can sign up on the Landing page at my.sailchicago.org.  When the boats are ready, the river trips will be scheduled using the spreadsheet protocol established last year.  These spreadsheets will be accessed through the Landing Page when the time comes.
 
New Mooring Locations
The southern end of the Monroe mooring field provides easy access, but exposes the boats to rather rough conditions.  We are experimenting with a few new locations that are more sheltered, but pose slightly increased navigational challenges.  Riverfolk will be on B-3, Meridian will be on U-1, and our new boat, Poco Veliero, will be on V-2.  All other boats will remain on the same moorings as last year.
 
Estimating Fuel levels
The gas tanks on the Colgates and Rhodes are irregularly shaped, making it difficult to estimate fuel status and leading to many false reports of low fuel.  Jim Monk has solved the problem by adding fluid, one gallon at a time, to the three-gallon capacity tank and marking the level:

One gallon reaches this embossed printing:
STORAGE, FILL, AND IN-USE POSITION
Two gallons reaches the horizontal seam of the gas can.  (Although the container seam may suggest it is only half full, it is really two-thirds full.)
Three gallons (max capacity) reaches this embossed printing: SAFE FILL LEVEL
 
We hope this is a simple but definitive solution to a recurring problem.  Thank you Jim!
COAST GUARD ADVICE ON INFLATABLE LIFE JACKETS

The U.S. Coast Guard has recently issued guidelines for the use and maintenance of inflatable life jackets.  To read more, please click here.  Thanks to Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder for passing along this valuable information.
CREW OVERBOARD!

Why is practicing crew overboard drills so important for our members and students? This video answers the question.  When a young sailor fell overboard during a roll tack, her teammate at the helm was able to get her back on board in less than a minute.  Let's all keep practicing this maneuver.  Thanks to member John Lemon for posting it on the Sail Chicago Facebook website.
A POTENTIAL SAILING ADVENTURE, DOWN UNDER
By Gary Thrane

During a recent visit to Sydney, Australia, I was admiring the city's beautiful natural harbor when a three-masted ship hove into view.   She was motoring under the famous Harbor Bridge, but there was no mistaking her 18th-century build.  I immediately suspected I might be seeing the Sydney Maritime Museum's replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour.
 
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Endeavour docked in Sydney Harbor
A walk the next day over to Sydney's Darling Harbor confirmed my suspicion. Endeavour had just returned from a cruise and was now docked at her berth by the Maritime Museum.
 
Captain Cook, Britain's great sailor and explorer, looms large in Australian history. It was he who explored and first charted the Australian east coast during the years 1768-1771, sailing His Majesty's Bark, Endeavour.  On this voyage, Cook also circumnavigated the two islands of New Zealand, proving them to be not part of a semi-mythical southern continent, Terra Australis.  
 
Today, the replica of Endeavour makes her home at the Sydney Maritime Museum.  But she still makes a number of sea voyages during the year, including one all the way to New Zealand.  Adventurous amateur sailors can sign up to act as crew on these voyages.  Those who sign on must work the ship as they did in olden days, including climbing the masts and sleeping in hammocks.  If you're planning a trip down under and you're ready for this kind of adventure, you can check out details here.  Maybe you could even get a book out of it: Ten Days before the Mast.
INSTRUCTORS COMPLETE WINTER PROJECT
By Mike Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

A student progress committee of Sail Chicago instructors has been meeting on winter weekends to update our curriculum and improve communication with students.  We have finished the following:
  • Updated the basic course lesson grid and indicated the absolute essentials required to move on from the basic to the intermediate course,
  • Clarified and improved the "Learn" page on the Sail Chicago website in order to minimize students signing up for the wrong class,
  • Discussed some new course offerings as well as our approach to adaptive sailing for students of different physical abilities,
  • Wrote some sample language for instructor-student initial phone calls,
  • Worked on a way to identify student progress within the Sail Chicago website directory.
Many thanks to the following Sail Chicago instructors who devoted several winter Saturday and Sunday afternoons in order to improve our instruction:  Clement Auffray, Iwona Awlesewicz, Melchior Dikkers, Norris Larson, Jim Monk, Dan Pilch, and Dan Stein.
OUR READERS CONTINUE TO RESPOND

In the February issue of Between the Sheets we saw a sailboat get into trouble on a seawall and asked our readers to respond with things they might have done to either get out of trouble or to avoid the situation altogether.  Here's Sail Chicago member Dan Stein's reply:
 
"They should have sailed more towards the windward side or middle of the body of water they were in, staying a healthy distance away from a lee breakwater.  If they could not have held that point of sail, then tack, backing the jib if necessary, or using auxiliary power and putting some safe distance between themselves and the rocks before tacking back and continuing on their way."
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
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Share your Photos
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Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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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: March, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for March, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #3/MARCH, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Sailing season will eventually return to Chicago. 
I don't know about you, but to me it seems that this winter's weather has beenparticularly harsh.  Now the days are growing longer, however, and occasionally there's a touch of spring in the air.  Perhaps it's time to start thinking about sailing.  But before we can venture out on the Lake, there's a lot of work still to do to get our fleet ready for the season.   
 
As the days start to warm up, we'll be seeing increasing activity at the boatyard.  Especially if you are searching for ways to meet your service requirement for the current year, helping with spring maintenance can be a great way to not only make sure our boats are "shipshape," but to feel a part of our sailing community as well.  To find out how you can help, just log into your Sail Chicago website's landing page and look under "Announcements."  And while you're there, if you haven't already renewed your Sail Chicago membership, now would be a good time to do so.
 
Don't forget to attend the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 7 (see article below).  Learn about what's happening during the upcoming sailing season and enjoy socializing with friends.
SAIL CHICAGO ANNUAL MEETING ON MARCH 7

Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 7, at Chief O'Neil's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago. For directions, click hereThe 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 ending 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!
PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION (PSO) REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Attendance Is Mandatory for New Members and New Students!
By Mary Ann Wilkens and Peter Hays, PSO Coordinators

PSOs have long been a fixture of Sail Chicago.
Registration is now open for Sail Chicago's Pre-Sail Orientations (PSO).  The Pre-Sail Orientation (PSO) gives you an introduction to Sail Chicago and the sport of sailing.  You'll learn how to prepare before going sailing, brush up on sailing terminology as well as reviewing sailing equipment, safety rules, and emergency procedures (especially as these pertain to Sail Chicago rules).  And you'll have the opportunity to ask questions before the Sail Chicago season begins. 

First-time students who've enrolled in our classes will receive Sail Chicago instructional handouts as well as the classroom orientation.  The PSO is mandatory for all new members and new students!  We encourage all Sail Chicago members to join us to greet our new members as well as see the PSO updates.  Several dates are available.  To register, click here.
SAFETY FIRST: FREE CLINICS ON AUTO-INFLATING LIFE JACKETS
By John Lemon, Safety Director

Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) has published its final report on the death of sailor Jon Santarelli at the start of the Mac Race last summer.  It contains the results of their investigation as well as a series of recommendations, which apply to all sailors, not just racers. The report also addresses important lessons learned regarding the use and maintenance of auto-inflating life jackets.  Here are a few key points in the report:
  • Detailed recommendations regarding team communication and the importance of having clearly identified man-overboard procedures;
  • Safety gear inspection;
  • Practice drills for boat handling in crisis situations, and for the person in the water;
  • Overall enhanced training and maintenance recommendations for inflatable life jackets;
  • What to watch for in drowning situations.
Every sailor should read and study the full report and appendices and take to heart the conclusions and recommendations.  Here is the link to the full report.
 
Following up on some of the conclusions of the report, both CYC and Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) are sponsoring hands-on seminars on inflatable life jacket maintenance and use.  
  • The event at CYC will take place Sunday, March 24, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Monroe Station, 400 E Monroe.  Details are available on the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Facebook page.  Or call Chicago Yacht Club at 312-861-7777 to register. The event is free, but registration is required due to high demand.
  • The event at CCYC, the Inflatable PFD Clinic, will take place 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on April 28 at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club.  For more information, click here. 
Boaters are encouraged to bring their inflatable life jackets to the events.  Every sailor who uses an inflatable life jacket should attend one of these important events. 
CHECK YOUR COMPASS!  MAGNETIC NORTH IS ON THE MOVE!

North is a moving target!
The latest scientific research shows that the north and south magnetic poles are on the move.  This could create problems, not only for airplanes and boats, but for our smartphones as well.  To read more about the consequences of these
movements, click here.  Thanks to Sail Chicago member Jay Owens for alerting us to this phenomenon.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Chris Garvey cleans the trailer
There's a job for every skill.
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 organization chart.  The duties of all but Boat Team Member in the list below can be performed remotely.  Only Boat Team Members must be available to come to harbors.  Current openings at this time include:
  • Assistant Registrar:  Assist students with course registration and related questions.
  • Course Scheduler:  Communicates with instructors via the Instructor Preference Survey and email to develop the Core Course Instruction Schedule.
  • Assistant Registrar: Communicates with students concerning instruction questions and necessary modifications to the students courses, refunds, etc. Coordinates with PSO team to ensure proper scheduling.
  • Social Chair: Heads up our social planning committee which organizes and executes social events throughout the season.
  • Volunteer Coordination: Assists with coordinating and tracking member service time responsibilities.
  • Instruction Lead Assistant:  Assists Lead Instructor in keeping track of paperwork and records as well as work related to teaching curriculum.
  • Boat Team Members: Assist with weekly maintenance and upkeep of assigned boat throughout the sailing season.  Boat Team Members must be available to come to harbors.
Additional openings will become available as we approach the beginning of the sailing season.  Please email me for further details on these roles, to volunteer for one of the roles mentioned above, or with any questions about service time from last season.
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?

In response to last month's article regarding the video of a sailboat in trouble, two Sail Chicago members have responded with what they would have done differently to avoid the situation or to get themselves out of trouble.  Here are their answers:
  • Too much jib sail up. They should have had reefed main for directional ability to turn back out. - Ed Schroeder
  • "Beware a lee shore" is an old sailing mantra.  One should stay far from the shore or any other barriers to the leeward of the boat. - Steve VanderVoort
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
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Share your Photos
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Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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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: 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
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Sail Chicago
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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.
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Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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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
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