From the editor - 01/2015

Steve VanderVoort

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

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

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

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