By Steve VanderVoort, Editor

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

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

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