BTS: July, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for July, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #7/JULY, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

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Colgate 26
ur sailing season is in full swing.  Classes are full, and our other programs are underway.  We've got some social events coming up, and our fleet is just waiting there for skippers to sign up for private sails.
 
This year presents several sailing challenges that haven't necessarily existed in the past.  Our Safety Coordinator, John Lemon, highlights the dangers of sudden storms and submerged water hazards in an article in this issue.  Please read it carefully.
HAPPY HOUR COMING ON JULY 25
Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator
 
Join us for another happy hour at Interurban Boathouse on Thursday, July 25, at 5:00 p.m.  Sail Chicago will provide the appetizers, and you will provide the conversation!  The Happy Hour will be hosted by Cynthia Early--look for the Sailing Chicago table tent. 

Email me ahead of time at if you want to pick up some Sail Chicago swag (tees, hats, canvas bags, & koozies) at the happy hour, and we'll be happy to bring some along!

JUNE HAPPY HOUR BRINGS MANY SMILES
By Cynthia Early


The first 2019 Sail Chicago Happy Hour was held on Thursday, June 27, at Interurban Boathouse.  We had a great turnout, and attendees ranged from first-time sailors to those with 50+ years of experience on the water.  Everyone made new friends and swapped stories while sharing appetizers and enjoying adult beverages.
TILLER TIME NEWS
By Chris Faris, Tiller Time Coordinator

New students can profit from Tiller Time 
After a bit of a slow start in June due to weather and boat availability, Tiller Times are in full swing.  Your Tiller Time Coordinator is working diligently to get as many scheduled as possible.  Last year we had 40 scheduled through July 31.  So far this year we have 38 scheduled, with more on the way.  Thank you to all our Tiller Time skippers who have signed up so far.  We are always looking for more Tiller Time skippers.  If you have questions or would like to become a Tiller Time skipper and have at least two years sailing experience with our Colgate fleet, please contact me.
 
As a reminder, Tiller Times are for the benefit of our member-students to practice elements of what they have learned in class with our experienced skippers.  It is the Tiller Time skipper's responsibility to assess the weather conditions (no more than 15 knots of wind), number and skill of the crew, and to decide whether to proceed with a session.  At times we may have short-range cancellations based on crew or weather conditions, so please accept our thanks for your understanding if a session is rescheduled.
 
Continue to look for more Tiller Times on the schedule.  See you on the water!
 
US SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM DATES
By Alan Summers, Exam Coordinator

The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam will be given August 24 at 9:00 a.m.  The location for the exam is Peet's Coffee. 686 W Ogden Ave, Naperville.

This is an optional written exam.  While you may become a Sail Chicago skipper without taking this exam, preparing for the exam does provide you with another learning opportunity. This U.S. Sailing exam also gives you a one-year membership in U.S. Sailing and means you have the met basic keelboat standards as defined by U.S. Sailing. The certificate can be helpful as a form of accreditation if you are chartering a sailboat elsewhere.

To take the exam, you must have successfully completed Sail Chicago's Intermediate Sailing instruction program. The exam costs $50, so please bring a check made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam. It often takes 4-8 weeks after the exam to receive your confirmation materials from US Sailing. To register for the exam, please contact me here.
SAFETY FOR JULY  
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator 

Keep a weather eye peeled for storms like this.
The thunderstorm season is upon us.  Sailors should review weather forecasts before planned sails and check weather radar before casting off. An excellent radar app that I use is 'Radar Scope'. It does a great job of displaying incoming storm cells.  In unsettled weather, it is also a good idea to turn on your VHF radio and switch to the weather reports on channel 1. If a significant storm is headed for our sailing area, an alarm will sound. Keep in mind that summer storms often pass quickly. Sometimes, the best strategy is to wait for the storm to pass while hove to or anchored rather than attempting to return to your mooring in stormy, windy conditions.
 
Lake Michigan is close to its highest level for the summer. As I noted last month, several lakefront structures are partially submerged. These include the derelict Dime Pier just south of Navy Pier and the Monroe Harbor north and south break walls. These newly submerged structures pose a hazard to unwary mariners. A recent newspaper article highlights some of the problems that high water levels are causing.
 
For the safety of all our sailors and guests, alcohol and illegal drugs are not permitted on Sail Chicago boats at any time. Members should report any violations of this policy.
 
All members are required to be fully aware of the Sail Chicago Sailing Rules and Regulations. They summarize our best practices and help ensure everyone's safety on the water. The Regulations are available at my.sailchicago.org. We depend on every member to sail safely and to follow all the regulations.  Incidents that cause damage or loss of use of our boats affect all members and place a greater burden on our maintenance teams.

REMEMBERING PETER DUDAK

Peter Dudak 
On Monday, July 1, Peter Dudak was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.  Peter was an outstanding sailor and a longtime member and friend of Sail Chicago. Over the years his service to our organization was exemplary.  He was always there to help, and no project was ever too big or too small for him.  For many years, he trailered our fleet to and from the boatyard and Montrose Harbor at the beginning and end of the season.  He always volunteered to staff our booth at the Chicago Boat Show.  When we had picnics at Belmont Harbor, he would volunteer to help set up and take down the event.  He was heavily involved with our Ideals and taught single-handed sailing on them. He was a vital part of our maintenance team. Peter was a man with a ready smile and a kind word for everyone. He was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed.  His presence among us will be sorely missed.
 
If you knew Peter and would like to share your memories of him with his family, please send them to Sail Chicago, Box 101069, Chicago IL 60610, and they will be forwarded.
FIND SKIPPERS AND CREW WITH SHARE-A-SAIL
By Andy Devoto

If you're a skipper looking for crew (or are just wiling to share an otherwise empty seat) or if you're not yet a skipper and are looking for more time on the water, you can reach out to other sailors via Share-a-Sail. New this year, join the Sail Chicago Slack Group and chat your requests in the #share-a-sail channel. Slack is a group messaging app that facilitates discussions by interests (channels) and one-to-one chats. Sail Chicago is already using the Slack app for maintenance and other groups, and we're excited to include a Share-a-Sail channel as well.
  • Click here to join the slack group: https://rebrand.ly/sailchicagoslack 
  • Click the confirmation email and complete your sign up.
  • Download the slack app on your phone and sign in.
  • OR use Slack online here: https://sailchicago.slack.com/
  • Click into "#share-a-sail" in the list of channels and click "Join Channel."
Then you're free to list requests or reply to others.
 
As we've used in the past, you can also join the Share-a-Sail google group and communicate over email.
  • Go to the Sail Chicago Share-a-Sail Google Group page: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/shareasail
  • Click "Subscribe to this group"
  • As a group-member, email shareasail@googlegroups.com with the details of your request (your name, date and time of sail, boat size).
  • All members of the google group will receive every email sent to the group email address. Replies will only go to the original sender.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
By Mark Pashan, Volunteer Coordinator

We need volunteers, especially in two areas:
  • The first is boat maintenance, especially on the Colgates.
  • We also need help in instruction.  We need skippers who can grade skipper exams, and we need someone to contact students as their classes approach to be sure they are ready for class.
As a reminder, first-year members are not expected to perform service time. Second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their service time duties for 2019.
 
As always, up-to-date information can be found at the Sail Chicago Organization chart. If you have any questions, email me.
CRUISING NEWS
By Maureen Huston, Cruising Coordinator

The Cruising Program is testing interim qualification levels for cruising students. Students who successfully complete Basic Cruising 1 (open water course) qualify as crew. Completion of Basic Cruising 2 (Docking / Close-quarter maneuvering) qualifies a member as a First Mate. Skipper status recognizes a member's ability to safely perform all required skills, communicate clearly, and demonstrate confident command of a cruising vessel in a variety of conditions (per U.S. Sailing standards.)
 
Since Basic Cruising courses are divided between Priorities and Calypso, successful students can become qualified as a skipper on both boats without an additional orientation or check-out.

WOMEN ON THE WATER

If you're looking for some virtual excitement, you may want to watch the film Maiden, the story of the first all-women team in an around-the-world sailing race. It's a heart-stopping experience for anyone who's ever sailed an ocean, and for most of us who haven't. For a preview, here's the trailer. 
THE MAGIC OF SAIL

Some Sail Chicago members are not only sailors, but poets as well.  Here's a recent submission from member Dan Stein.  Thanks for sharing the "magic," Dan.
 
The Magic of Sail 
 
Sailing is Magic!
you're in for a treat,
Running free
or on a beat,
 
The wind and the waves
the smiles and belays,
 
You will always learn something
without a doubt,
You will never be sorry
that you went out,
 
Your troubles will vanish
as you slip through the waves,
That! is the "Magic,"
Sailing portrays.
 
© 2019 D. Stein

BOARD NOTES FOR JUNE AND JULY
By Maureen Huston, Board Secretary

The following items were discussed at the Board meetings for June and July:

Unusually bad weather created a lot of challenges for our fleet this year, which in turn affected instruction, class scheduling, program sails, and access to private member sails. Thanks to a lot of hard work by our dedicated maintenance volunteers, most of the fleet is in service and looking better than ever. Many thanks to the many volunteers who stepped up to find ways to keep our programs up and running.
 
Discussions for ways to collaborate with Columbia Yacht Club and Jackson Park Yacht Club are ongoing. Columbia has been very generous in allowing Sail Chicago access to classroom and meeting space. In return, Sail Chicago provides Columbia Sailing School occasional (scheduled) access to some of our Colgates. Sail Chicago and Jackson Park YC are considering options for joint social events in the near future, possibly including something on the water.

The Board is reviewing our current service-time system, and considering ways to improve communication, simplify service time tracking, define and quantify specific needs, and make the best use of our volunteer resources. Member service-time requirements remain the same for now.
 
Technology volunteers are evaluating the programs and systems we currently use to find ways to improve and streamline communication with members and between programs. We have already transitioned most of our event registration to EventBrite.  Several programs are using Slack instead of email.  Tech is considering options for member-wide email communications.

The next Board meeting will be held at Columbia Yacht Club on Tuesday, August 13, at 7:00 p.m. All members are welcome to attend.
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: June, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for June, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #6/JUNE, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I can tell that the sailing season has begun because this issue of Between the
Colgate 26 Racing
Sail Chicago
Colgates
Sheets is chocked full of news and valuable information that you'll need if you're going to have a fun and safe summer on the water.  So, rather than having me bore you with my own musings, read on, and note well everything that's happening.
SEASON KICKOFF SUCCESS
Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator
 
Party-goers at the Season Kickoff
Sail Chicago members and students braved the rain to turn out for the SeasonKickoff Party on May 19th at the Columbia Yacht Club.  Along with drinks, snacks, and good company, guests donated over $500 to pick up a selection of all-new Sail Chicago gear! 
 
Big thanks to the social committee, board members, and other volunteers who helped at this event!
UPCOMING HAPPY HOURS!
By Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator

Mark your calendars!   Our first happy hour of the season will be Thursday, June 27, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Interurban Boathouse!  This fun, nautically-themed restaurant is conveniently located on Cortland near the north branch of the river and has a happy-hour selection of $4 beers, $5 vodka drinks, $5 glasses of wine, and $5 appetizers.  Our second happy hour will be the same location on Thursday, July 25.
CALLING ALL TILLER TIME SKIPPERS

Our instruction program is in full swing, and that means its time to start scheduling Tiller Times, so our member-students can get out on the water to practice their newly-learned skills.  If you've been a skipper for at least two years and would like to help current students get in some sailing practice, then consider signing on as a Tiller Time skipper.  If you successfully complete five sessions as a Tiller Time skipper, this fulfills your annual service requirement.  For more information or to register as a skipper, contact Chris Faris, our Tiller Time Coordinator.
DATE CHANGE:  BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION EXAM
By Alan Summers, Exam Coordinator

The date for the August Keelboat Certification Exam has been changed.  The exam will now be given on August 24 at 9:00 a.m.  The location is still to be determined. Questions?  Contact me.
SAFETY FIRST ON THE WATER  
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator 

Several items relating to the safety of our members, students, and fleet caught my eye this month.  Here they are:
  • High water levels on Lake Michigan have partially submerged some of the breakwaters in the Chicago Harbor area.  Under certain conditions, parts of the outer breakwater are barely visible. The remains of Dime Pier, adjacent to the south side of Navy Pier, are also almost submerged.  Note that all of these features are clearly shown on nautical charts and are properly marked with lateral aids to navigation (lights and day shapes). Mariners need to familiarize themselves with the location and configuration of all the breakwaters and potential danger zones along the lakefront. Remember also that the underwater structures are much larger than the visible portion, so sailors should leave adequate room when sailing near a breakwater.  Here is the link to the nautical chart for the Chicago Harbor (Chart 14928). Take a few minutes to review it before you head out on the water this summer.
  • If you have sailed in the Chicago area for any length of time, you may have noticed that the foghorn at the Chicago Light no longer sounds continuously.  This is part of the Coast Guard's efforts to modernize sound signal devices (foghorns), beginning in the Northeast U.S.  Older fog detectors have been replaced with Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signals.  If you are near the Chicago Harbor in fog or limited visibility and want to activate the Chicago Light horn, set your VHF radio to channel 83A and key the microphone five times. You can read more here.
  • May was Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  As the weather improves and the sun comes out, we must take care to protect our skin and eyes from harmful UV rays.  Here's a link to a great article on skin protection and sunburn from Shelly Galligan, a sailor, nurse, and expert in on-the-water first aid.   
VOLUNTEER NEWS
By Mark Pashan, Service Time Coordinator

At this time all the boat maintenance teams are fully staffed.  But we are still looking for an assistant social director and for someone to help schedule our instruction classes.  We are also looking for an experienced sailor to help in the curriculum review.
 
As a reminder, first-year members are not expected to complete service time. Second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their service-time duties for 2019.
 
As always, up-to-date information can be found at the Sail Chicago Organization chart.  If you have any questions, email me.
WHITEBOARDS ARE ON BOARD

Colorful diagrams can instruct and soothe the crew. 
It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  That's why whiteboards and dry markers have been installed in most boats in our fleet.  These items can come in very handy when instructors need to explain the intricacies of points of sail or crew overboard quick turn maneuvers.  Tiller Time skippers can also make good use of them to illustrate such things as coming about or jibing.  And lastly, regular skippers can use them to settle pressing technical arguments about sail trim that might otherwise lead to mutiny.
TWO WAYS TO FIND A SKIPPER OR CREW WITH SHARE-A-SAIL
By Andy Devoto

If you're a skipper with open seats, or you're looking for crew, or if you're not yet a skipper and looking for more time on the water, you can reach out to other sailors via Share-a-Sail.
 
New Skippers
Add to the fun with new shipmates. 
New this year,
you can join the Share-a-Sail Slack Group and chat your requests in the #share-a-sail channel.  Slack is a group messaging app that facilitates discussions by interests (channels) and one-to-one chats.  Sail Chicago is already using the Slack app for maintenance and other groups, and we're excited to include a Share-a-Sail channel as well:
  • Click here to join the slack group.
  • Click the confirmation email and complete your sign up.
  • Download the slack app on your phone and sign in.
  • OR use Slack online here.
  • Click into "#share-a-sail" in the list of channels and click "Join Channel."
  • Then you're free to list requests or reply to others.
As in the past, you can also join the Share-a-Sail google group and communicate over email:
  • Go to the Sail Chicago Share-a-Sail Sail Chicago group page.
  • Click "Subscribe to this group".
  • As a member of the group, send an email with the details of your request (Your name, date and time of sail, boat size).
  • All members of the google group will receive every email sent to the group email address. Replies will only go to the original sender.
Questions? Contact me.
MAJOR REPAIRS TO OUR COLGATE FLEET ARE PROGRESSING
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

The average age of our Colgate fleet is 19 years (range 14 - 21 years), so age-related repairs are inevitable.  Nevertheless, an unusually large number of critical repairs have been necessary this spring.  To learn more about this major undertaking, see the specific repairs that are being made, and to see how the boats are being reconfigured, click here.
 
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the volunteers on our maintenance team who spent many hours in inclement weather this spring to make sure that our fleet is up to our standards of safety and reliability.
BECOMING A SAIL CHICAGO SKIPPER
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

New members may wonder why Sail Chicago does not give individual checkouts to those who already have some sailing experience.  The reason is that there is simply too much to learn regarding our boat maintenance protocols, our rules, regulations, and responsibilities, including learning about our group culture.  Furthermore, we have a high standard for skipper competency since you are on your own when you take out a Sail Chicago boat; we do not have staff on call, nor a chase boat, nor an on-duty authority to answer an immediate question.   
 
The typical steps to becoming a Sail Chicago skipper are, thus, to take the Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Prep courses.  Once your Skipper Prep instructor feels that you have passed the on-the-water portion of that class, you will then need to take an online written test that your Instructor will share with you as well as show proof of passing the Basic Keelboat text final exam. Test Coordinator, David Simoens, will then go over the test answers with you.  Marj Benson, our skipper status administrator, collects all this information and grants final skipper status on the member website.
 
Those with previous experience or who have the time to practice and study can often become a skipper in one season; however, many students take two or even more seasons in order to earn their skipper status.  During this process, the prospective skipper should try to sail as much as possible through Tiller Times, Member Cruise Outings, Share-a-Sails, Social Service sails as well as taking advantage of opportunities such as crewing on boats for skipper members.  You'll find this a fun and rewarding process, not just a way to a goal.
CRUISE NEWS & CRUISING UPDATES
By Maureen Huston, Cruising Coordinator

Priorities and Calypso, our 34-foot cruising boats are each safely moored in their slips at Belmont and Burnham Harbors, respectively.  Reservations are now
Calypso
open on my.SailChicago.org.  
 
It's been a long winter, so if your cruising skills need a little refreshing, check the Reservation page on the my.SailChicago.org website for upcoming Rusty Skipper sails (available for Sail Chicago cruising skippers only.)  
 
Member Cruise Outings (MCOs) are coming soon.  MCOs are informal pleasure sails available to all Sail Chicago members.  It's an opportunity for you to get out on the water on one of our cruising boats without the responsibility for skippering a boat.  Login to your Reservations page on my.SailChicago.org, and check for available seats on an upcoming cruise.  MCOs are offered free of charge to members.  MCOs are another one of the many benefits of membership in Sail Chicago.  
 
Cruising Instruction  Our first session of cruising courses is nearly complete. The cruising program offers three on-the-water courses.  Small keelboat skippers are introduced to a variety of systems and equipment commonly found on cruising boats.  Basic Cruising 1 is our introductory level course.  Students have an opportunity to further develop their sailing knowledge and skills as they learn to handle our 34' cruising boats out on the water.  Basic Cruising 2 focuses on docking and controlling a larger cruising boat in close quarters, or confined conditions.  Prerequisites for all cruising courses include Sail Chicago membership and a basic keelboat skipper card.  
 
Introduction to Coastal Navigation was held at Columbia Yacht Club on May 11.  Sail Chicago member Melchior Dikkers shared his extensive cruising experience and navigation expertise with nineteen sailors.  Several of the participants have already signed up, ready to put their new skills to the test in one of our upcoming bareboat cruising weekend courses, an optional overnight course offered to Sail Chicago cruising skippers who have completed a Sail Chicago coastal navigation course.

INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FILM TOUR

If you like water, you'll love this! The International OCEAN FILM TOUR is a celebration of our love of the ocean featuring six, exhilarating and inspiring documentary, ocean adventures, including sailing, surfing, diving, sharks, pirates, and environmental conservation.  It's coming to Chicago on June 12 at the Landmark Century Theater.  To watch the trailer, click here.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. 
MAY BOARD NOTES
By Maureen Huston, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on May 14.  The following items were discussed:
  • Frank McNamara is stepping aside as Vice Chair and volunteer coordinator. Adam Wisneski will complete Frank's term as Vice Chair.  Mark Pashan is taking over responsibilities for volunteer coordination.  Frank will remain on the Board of Directors but will be focusing more on "behind the scenes" tech support and our social media presence.
  • Difficult weather presented several challenges this spring, delaying weather-sensitive maintenance work and complicating preparations for launching our fleet.  Thanks to several dedicated volunteers in maintenance, registration, and instruction, Colgate and cruising courses began right on schedule. Instruction committees reviewed course curricula and made adjustments based on instructor and student feedback.  The committee will continue to meet during and after the season to evaluate current practices and course structure.  Sail Chicago courses are designed in accordance with US Sailing standards.
  • The Social Committee has a summer full of events planned, beginning with the Season Kickoff event held at Columbia on May 19.  Watch Between the Sheets and the Sail Chicago website for upcoming events.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Columbia Yacht Club.
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
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BTS: May, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for May, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #5/MAY, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Chicago's beautiful skyline...from the Lake
Spring is here! Our fleet will be on our moorings in the next week or so, and instruction will begin very soon thereafter.  As has been true in the past, our Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Prep classes are completely full. 

Especially at this time of year, our heartfelt thanks go out to two groups of member-volunteers who make this possible:  Maintenance and Instruction.  Our maintenance teams have been working hard since our boats were put up for the winter to make sure that the fleet would be in tip-top shape to begin our new sailing season.  Since most of the work on the boats is done by volunteers, money that would otherwise be spent to have the work done by others is freed up to allow us to purchase more boats for our fleet.  This year we have added an additional Colgate, thus providing our members more access to sail when they would like.
 
Our volunteer instructors also deserve a big hand.  Many of them have the Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification from U.S. Sailing, and our goal is to have all our instructors certified.  Of course, we are always looking for new instructors.  Please consider becoming an instructor in the future.  If you're not sure you'd like to become one, you can always try it out by becoming a Tiller Time skipper.
 
If you're planning to be out on the water in May or even June, remember to dress appropriately.  While the weather may seem warm on land, temperatures can be 10-20 degrees colder once you're on the water.  Sudden cloudbursts can also chill you to the bone if you don't bring along some foul-weather gear.  And remember our wind guidelines: with an inexperienced crew, don't sail in winds above 15 knots.  Even with experienced crew, if the wind rises to 20 knots or more, head back to the mooring immediately.
 
We look forward to a safe and fun summer on the water!
COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE, MAY 11
By Maureen Huston, Cruising Coordinator

The Sail Chicago Coastal Navigation Course is being offered on May 11 at Columbia Yacht Club.  This course is a prerequisite for anyone wanting to take the Bareboat Cruising Course and is open only to Sail Chicago members. For more information or to register, click here and scroll down to "Coastal Navigation." Note: the registration link is not available through the my.sailchicago.org website.
SEASON KICKOFF PARTY MAY 19
By Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator
 
Sail Chicago members and students are invited to our Season Kickoff Party Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the lower deck at the Columbia Yacht Club!  We'll have snacks and drinks, and you can check our cruiser Calypso, which will be tied up at the dock.  There will also be some brand-new Sail Chicago merchandise available, including tees, hats, bags, and more!  Besides meeting other members and networking, the fun will also include cornhole and a knot-tying contest!  Sail Chicago members and students are welcome to attend and bring one guest.  There is no charge.
 
We are looking for coolers for the drinks!  Please email me if you can bring a cooler. Driving?  Parking instructions here.
ON-THE-WATER CRUISING COURSES ARE OPEN
By Maureen Huston, Cruising Coordinator

Hunter 34
Cruising is fun
Basic Cruising, Docking, and Bareboat Cruising courses are available for Registration. If you are not able to view courses or access online Registration, please email me, subject line: Cruising Courses 2019. Please
 include your name, email and phone number. Return email will include a list of courses with descriptions, prerequisites, and course dates, as well as steps to register for cruising courses. 

Sail Chicago membership and  Sail Chicago Basic Keelboat Skipper status are REQUIRED for ALL Sail Chicago on-the-water cruising courses

On-the-water courses include:
* Basic Cruising   
Docking (Prerequisite Basic Cruising) 
* Bareboat Cruising (Prerequisites: Coastal Navigation, Basic Cruising, Docking)

Schedule: 
Four classes per course, Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6 - 9:30 pm for 2 weeks. (Note exceptions for Memorial Day 5/27, and Labor Day 9/2.) Each course is scheduled on both Priorities(Belmont Harbor) and Calypso (Burnham Harbor.) Specific dates and location and additional details provided with email. 

Cost: $240 per course

Questions or Registration Info:  email me
RACING SEASON BEGINS MAY 22!
By Dan Maloney and Adam Hinz, Racing Coordinators

Sail Chicago racers, on a close reach
The Wednesday "beer can" racing tradition begins in just a few short weeks. R
acing is a fun, low-cost way to develop your sailing skills, including mastering theart of flying a spinnaker.   It's also a great way to make new friends.  Racing experience is not required but some sailing experience is desired.  We can even help you get matched up with others to form a team.  Depending on weather conditions, you can typically expect to get in two or three races each evening. Racing members meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Yacht Club tender dock.  For a mere $75 you can sail as little or as much as you like for the entire season.   Please sign up in the racing section of the Sail Chicago website.
 
Beyond beer can racing:  the Columbia Yacht Club Colors Regatta is happening June 1-2.  The Sail Chicago has agreed to support racers by offering a discounted rate ($250 per team) to rent a Colgate for the weekend for racers interested in participating in this regatta or the Verve later in August.  Please contact us ASAP if you're interested in this exciting event as teams are currently forming.
 
Questions about Sail Chicago Racing? Please email us at danielcmaloney@gmail.com or hinz.adam@gmail.com.
U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM DATES
By Alan Summers, BKI Exam Coordinator

The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam will be given on the following dates:  June 22 at 9:00 a.m., July 13 at 9:00 a.m., and August 31 at 9:00 am.  The locations for the exam will be determined soon.
 
This is an optional written exam. While you may become a Sail Chicago skipper without taking this exam, preparing for the exam does provide you with another learning opportunity.  This U.S. Sailing exam also gives you a one-year membership in U.S. Sailing and means you have the met basic keelboat standards as defined by U.S. Sailing.  The certificate can be helpful as a form of accreditation if you are chartering a sailboat elsewhere.
 
To take the exam, you must have successfully completed Sail Chicago's Intermediate Sailing instruction program.  The exam is $50, so please bring a check made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam.  It often takes 4-8 weeks after the exam to receive your confirmation materials from US Sailing.  To register for the exam, please contact Alan Summers.
INFLATABLE LIFE JACKET CLINIC ON JUNE 15

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) is sponsoring a hands-on seminar on inflatable life jacket maintenance and use. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15, at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club which is located at Montrose Harbor.  For information on how to register, click here.  Seating is limited to 50, so if you're interested, you should act quickly. Boaters are encouraged to bring their inflatable life jackets to the event.  Every sailor who uses an inflatable life jacket should attend. 
IT'S TIME TO REVIEW NAVIGATION RULES 
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator 

As we head out onto the lake for another sailing season, it would be prudent for all sailors to review the US Coast Guard's navigation rules (sometimes referred to as the "rules of the road").  These rules define a series of actions required of mariners to avoid collisions at sea (anywhere on the water).  The most important concept contained in the navigation rules is that it is the responsibility of all mariners to take every possible action to avoid collision.  Articles in the May and June, 2016, issues of Between the Sheets provided a summary of some of the rules.  To find the 2016 May and June articles, go to our newsletter archive here. 
 
If you are interested in a more thorough study of the rules, you can purchase a copy of the complete rules--Navigation Rules & Regulations Handbook.  The book contains side-by-side presentations for both inland and international (ocean) rules.  There are three main sections: 1. Steering and Sailing Rules; 2. Lights and Shapes; and 3. Sound and Light Signals.  It is well worth reading.  You won't know what you don't know until you study this book.  To order the book, click here.
CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS & CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS

Sail Chicago is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit (charitable) organization.  This means that your annual membership fees may well be a tax-deductible contribution.   
 
Your contribution (which could include your annual membership fee) to Sail Chicago can be enhanced if the company that employs you has a matching gift program for employees' charitable contributions.   We recently received a contribution from a corporation that matched a gift from one of its employees who is a member of Sail Chicago.   A quick check with your company's human resources department or charitable giving officer could result in a doubling of your Sail Chicago membership fee.  We would be very grateful!
SERVICE TIME OPPORTUNITIES
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Mark Pashan will be taking over as Service Time Coordinator during the month of May. Inquires to volunteer@sailchicago.org will now be answered by Mark. If you have any questions regarding last year's service time, I will still be following-up via volunteer@sailchicago.org
 
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 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 org chart for current available opportunities. 
 
Currently, we are especially in need of volunteers to assist on our Social Committee.  The Sail Chicago Social Committee plans our season kickoff and end-of-season events, as well as several social gatherings throughout the season.  It's a fun role and a great way to meet other members. 
 
Boat maintenance teams also still have spots which need to be filled.  Teams typically go out once a week during the sailing season to maintain an assigned boat.  Please see the Sail Chicago org chart for up to date openings.
 
Please email volunteer@sailchicago.org for further detail on these roles, to sign up for a role, or with any other questions regarding service time.

COLGATE CABIN ORGANIZATION
By Marilyn Shipley

Life jackets hanging in a Colgate cabin
Our cabin organization team has been working to improve our sailing experience.  We purchased all new PFDs this year because the old ones got so smelly and moldy.  We're hoping that by hanging t
Solar panel hanging on mast in Colgate cabin
he jackets they will stay drier and fresher. We also placed an"S hook" on the cabin mast so that we can hang the solarpanel there while the boat is underway (see pictures).  We're hoping that this will prevent damage from just placing the solar panel in the cooler or randomly in the cabin.  We have other ideas including securing the hatch covers so they don't slide around while the boat is underway, but we haven't developed these fully yet.  It is a work in progress.
 
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.

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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: 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
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
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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: 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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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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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
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
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BTS: December, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for December
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #12/DECEMBER, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Wreath
The 2018 sailing season is now nothing but memories and the stories we tell one another about the good times we've had on the water this past summer. Our boats are tucked away for the winter, and we won't think about them until early spring when they come out of hiding to be fitted for the new season.
 
But in midst of this Holiday Season there is still time to think of sailing. Some Sail Chicago members are planning sailing trips to the Caribbean in the coming months, where they can exercise their sailing skills in new venues. Others are looking forward to the Chicago Boat Show in January. Here, in addition to seeing what's new afloat, they can attend seminars on all sorts of sailing-related matters and brush up on some practical skills they can put to good use next sailing season. They may also be able to pick up some new sailing gear at discounted prices from the vendors who will be there. Many of us will also volunteer at the Sail Chicago booth during the Show (see article below). Here we can share our love of sailing with people who may be attending the Show for the first time and are looking for ways to get out on the water.
 
Whatever your winter plans, we hope that your experience of the upcoming Holidays is filled with joy and good cheer, and we look forward to seeing you again on the water in the New Year!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE CHICAGO BOAT SHOW

Chicago is about to freeze over, and we are longing to be back on the water, but luckily the Midwest's premier boat show is coming to McCormick Place January 9-13 to help us get over the winter blues.  The Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show is a truly spectacular event. 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 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, during or after their shifts.   Your commitment will be just a few hours of sharing your enthusiasm for sailing with potential new members of Sail Chicago--a great deal!
 
Suggested Volunteer times are...
 
Wednesday, January 9: 2-5pm, 5-8pm  
Thursday, January 10: 11 am-2pm, 2-6pm or 6-9pm
Friday, January 11: 11am-2pm, 2-6pm, 6-9pm
Saturday, January 12: 10am-1pm, 1-5pm, 5-8pm
Sunday, January 13:  10am-1pm. 1-5 pm
 
...or suggest your own.

NEW THIS YEAR IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL YOUR 2019 ANNUAL SERVICE REQUIREMENT BY VOLUNTEERING AT THE BOOTH FOR A TOTAL OF 20 HOURS THROUGHOUT THE SHOW. You may schedule your volunteer time over multiple days, and you will be given first preference regarding the hours that you volunteer. Other volunteers who are not fulfilling their service requirement will be scheduled on a first-come-first served basis.

If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Mary Egan via email.   Be sure to include "Chicago Boat Show" in the subject line, indicate your 1st and 2nd preferences for the day(s) and time(s) you want to volunteer, and your cell phone number.  See you at the Show!
 
To find out more about the show, visit the Chicago Boat Show website
CHICAGO YACHT CLUB LIFE JACKET CLINIC DECEMBER 9
By John Lemon, Safety Director

In light of the concerns about inflatable life jackets following the death of Mac racer Jon Santarelli last summer, Chicago Yacht Club is sponsoring a Life Jacket Clinic Saturday, December 9, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm, at CYC's Monroe Station (adjacent to the Monroe Tender Dock). I encourage all sailors to attend and to let your boating friends know as well.
 
Chicago Yacht Club says, "Bring in your inflatable PFD. Learn how to repack it, how and when to maintain it, how to find out about product recalls and updates, and how to know when it's time to replace. Join industry experts from Crowley's, Spinlock, Mustang, Absolute Indoor, Onyx, and Crewsaver for hands on education. The clinic is free and open to all in the Chicago boating community, but advanced registration is required by calling the CYC Front Desk at 312-861-7777."
 
In addition, there is an interesting discussion about inflatable PFDs posted recently in Sailing Scuttlebutt. You can read the article here.
INSTRUCTION TO IMPROVE STUDENT PROGRESS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Last winter the whole Instruction Corp along with a smaller Safety Committee wrote the new SC Wind Guidelines. This winter a group of about 10 SC Instructors are involved in a Student Progress and Curriculum Committee. The group's aim is to streamline our students progress through to Skipper status, to build in some accountability within our system and to further standardize what and how our Instructors teach. Any member is welcome to offer suggestions or ideas to the committee to help support our work. Questions or comments? Please contact me.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE BOATS GONE?

Good question. Monroe Harbor is now half empty during the sailing season. At least some of the answers can be found in a recent article in the Chicago Tribune that was forwarded to us by Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder. To get the full story, click here.
HOW NOT TO FLY A SPINNAKER

Flying a spinnaker can be fun, and it makes you look great. But you also need to be sure you know what you're doing and that you have some experienced crew on board when you do. Otherwise, you could really land yourself in trouble, like these sailors did. To watch the whole debacle, click here, and let it be a good lesson for us all.
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.
 
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BTS: November, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for November
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #11/NOVEMBER, 2018
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've even had our post-season Party.  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 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
Maintenance on a Colgate
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.  Two articles in this issue of Between the Sheets give you details about ways in which you can meet your annual service requirement and have a good time doing it.
MEMBER SURVEY--PLEASE PARTICIPATE TO PLAN NEXT YEAR

The Sail Chicago Board has created a short survey questionnaire regarding issues for the
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Help us be ready for next season 
Sail Chicago fleet.  The Board counts on member input to create programs and policies that really fit the way members make use of Sail Chicago.   
 
In the next day or two, current members will receive an emailed invitation to participate in this short survey.  Please click on the link in the email.   That will take you right to the survey.   It will take no more than a few minutes to click through.  And there's plenty of room for you to add comments and suggestions if you'd like.  Thanks for your help!
NEED SERVICE TIME CREDIT?  POSITIONS ARE OPEN
By Frank McNamara

Even though the sailing season has ended, we still need volunteers to assist during the off-season.  Get a head start on your credit for next season and keep involved with Sail Chicago during the winter months by contributing to one of the following areas:
  • Assistant Registrar:  Help students with registration and related questions,
  • Email Support:  Additional assistance is needed to help field and answer emails from current and potential members,
  • Insurance/Licensing:  Help with keeping our insurance and individual boat licenses current.
If you need more information or would like to volunteer, please contact me.
SERVICE TIME OPPORTUNITIES IN MAINTENANCE
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

Tom Peterson and I are identifying projects that can be carried out through the off-season.  These projects will fulfill member service obligations for 2019.  Some can be accomplished by individual members, and some will require small teams (typically two to four members).
 
A wide variety of projects will be offered, including hardware installation on the boats, sail cleaning, and protocol writing.  Some work will take place in the boat yard, some in a more controlled environment, and some can be done from the comfort of home.
 
Detailed information on specific projects will be posted as "Announcements" on the Landing Page of the Sail Chicago website as their scope and requirements are finalized.  So, check there on a regular basis in the coming weeks if you are looking for new ways to satisfy your membership service obligation.
PARTY CONCLUDES A GREAT SAILING SEASON

On the evening of October 5, well over seventy Sail Chicago members and friends boarded the Columbia Yacht Club's "Big Blue Boat," anchored in DuSable Harbor,
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Some scenes from the recent banquet
to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Awards Dinner and Celebration.  Everyone agreed that Columbia's floating home 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.  A silent auction of nautically-themed items was a welcome addition to the festivities. Proceeds from the auction will go toward the maintenance of our fleet.
 
This 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:
 
Maintenance Guru - Maureen Huston
Best Sail Chicago Students - Chuck Carrington, Valerie Franks, Selma Loesche
Instructor of the Year - Ray Beikzadeh
Volunteer of the Year - Pete Heflin
Chairman's Award for Service - Joe Cannon
 
Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled.
 
Many, many thanks to Sarah Wirth and Rachel Granneman who created for us a truly memorable evening.  It was much appreciated by all who attended.
STEERING WITH SAILS, BOAT TRIM, AND TILLER
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

As recently as mid-October, I saw some of our skippers trying to steer the Colgates one way or another with the tiller pushed all the way back, suddenly looking perplexed as nothing was happening and then trying to push even more. Of course, these skippers momentarily forgot that this action acts more as a brake on the boat rather than turning the boat.  I have done it recently myself as it seems to be instinctive to push the tiller further the more the more you want to turn, but we know that this just puts the rudder at a right angle to the forward way of the boat, slowing or stopping it.
 
Sail trim is also key to turning the boat, especially in heavy winds.  For example, you can only fall off quickly if you ease the main; this is especially important in crew-overboard maneuvers when a quick dip downwind is necessary and just does not happen until the main is eased.   
 
Finally, do not forget that weight and heel will help you turn the boat; especially in lighter winds where slight changes in boat trim (by moving crew around) can pay deep dividends when racing.  Although these are simple ideas, they can be easily forgotten in tense situations and when in close quarters.  I use the winter to reflect on and visualize these ideas so that they become instinctive next season.  
RHODES AND IDEALS HEAD TO THE BOATYARD
By Art Witkiewicz

The weather cooperated to give us a beautiful, warm, sunny day after a weekend of rain and cold.  We had a strong, mostly SW, wind from 10-20+ kts that whisked Two Fish up to Montrose from Monroe on a broad reach in only about an
2011 Haulout (1)
An Ideal after being lifted out of the harbor
hour-and-a-half.  So, we decided to prolong our enjoyment by dousing our jib and sailing around the Montrose area and giving our tracking App a workout!  We met Tim Rice en route on Blue Fish who also took advantage of the summer-like conditions to sail around with his crew, Debbie Natoli and Eugene Novikov.  Later, Manoel Conde with Ken Sinko sailed Solstice into the harbor just before sunset.
GOING DOWN THE RIVER

If you missed the opportunity to take one of our Colgates down the Chicago River to its winter quarters, you can still share in the fun in virtual reality.  Just click here to join the crew.  Our thanks to Sail Chicago member Mike Frost for documenting the journey.
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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BTS: October, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for October
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #10/OCTOBER, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Our sailing season will soon be ending.  From what I've heard from other members of our sailing community, it's been a very good year--lots of time on the water, lots of fun, a great learning experience, and pride that we are all part of the larger Chicago sailing community.  Last night, we had a wonderful end-of-season party which is the traditional wrap-up to our sailing year.  But, since the party was a little earlier than usual this year, if you've still got the urge to sail, there are a couple of weeks left in which you can do so.
 
Although the sailing season may be ending, this doesn't mean that we can forget
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Maintenance in the boatyard
about Sail Chicago until next year.  Remember, one of the reasons we're able to successfully fulfill our mission is that we are an all-volunteer community of dedicated sailors.  That means we all need to "pitch in" to help make the organization run effectively.  Service time is one way in which we can do just that. Although first-year members are exempt from service time requirements, members starting their second year must have signed up by May 1 to complete their requirement.  All other members must have fulfilled that requirement by May 1 if they want to secure on-the-water privileges.
 
In the next few weeks you will be receiving several notices about ways in which you can help Sail Chicago and also meet your annual service requirement (see page 4 of the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations).  We'll need many hands to de-mast our boats and take them down the river to winter storage.  Once they're there, we will also need help winterizing the boats, inventorying supplies, checking
Volunteering for our outreach programs can earn credit for service time 
sails, and keeping our trailer organized.  While it may sound like a lot of work, it's also fun because in addition to keeping our fleet in tip-top shape, you'll have a chance to meet new sailing buddies, learn more about our boats, and swap yarns about the past sailing season.  So, when you see a notice in your inbox or in an article in Between the Sheets requesting help, please respond with enthusiasm.

A BUMPER CROP OF NEW COGATE SKIPPERS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Students in a Sail Chicago class
This season, our Sail Chicago instructional program was pleased to grant skipper status to upwards of 60 new skippers!  To our new skippers, please take advantage of all the opportunities Sail Chicago offers to get out on a boat and practice to enhance your learning.  To our veteran skippers, please remember back when you learned from a veteran sailor and think about becoming a mentor yourself through Tiller Time, Member Cruise Outings, etc.
 
Many hearty thanks to Marjorie Benson who keeps records and maintains our skipper learning database.  Additional hearty thanks to Alex Pedenko who has overseen and corrected more than 200 Sail Chicago written skipper skills tests and who will need to hand-over this task in the coming year.  Please contact our Service Time coordinator, Frank McNamara, and/or me, if you are interested in taking over Alex's test correction duties.
BASIC KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR (BKI) EVALUATIVE COURSE

To raise the skills of our instructors and continue to align our instruction program with the US Sailing certification process, Sail Chicago has adopted a goal of having all of our instructors pass the BKI evaluation in the next three years.  Sail Chicago will provide financial support as well as provide a get-ready-for-certification training program for our instructors.
 
BKI Simeon Stairs helped with a general framework for this plan, and now BKI Monte Lewis has been organizing our training and logistics for this Initiative. Thanks to Monte, who has organized on-land, on-the-water, and virtual training, we had seven of our instructors going through the program this season.  Monte has also collaborated with the instruction program at Columbia Yacht Club which has been invaluable to our drive and has also helped strengthen our partnership with Columbia.
 
This year's seven instructors who participated in the BKI Evaluative Course are Melchior Dikker, Norris Larson, Clement Auffray, Pred Bundalo, Jim Monk, Aldo Caronia and Dan Pilch.  Here are some comments from the recent grads:
 
"This was a great experience because I had the opportunity to learn not only from the instructors, but also from other Sail Chicago sailors during the preparation for the test. The solo sailing practice also improved my skills." - Aldo Caronia
 
"While the preparation was more extensive and more stressful than I had anticipated, the support shown by the Sail Chicago BKI alums and the teamwork shared with fellow class mates made for an overall very positive learning experience and elevated my sailing knowledge and abilities." - Dan Pilch
 
"Taking the BKI was one of the greatest learning experience of my sailing. It was not just another stamp on my resume, it was both challenging and teaching beyond what I expected. This experience really pushed me to push my sailing knowledge, skill and teaching to the next step. I am so proud of having successfully passed it." - Clement Auffray
 
SEPTEMBER BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met at the offices of Morningstar, 22 West Washington, at 7:00 p.m. on September 13. 
  • Matt Stuczynski reports that we now have several new U S Sailing certified keelboat instructors after a summer of well-coordinated practice sessions. Congratulations!
  • Safety Director, John Lemon, recommended actions be taken on several incidents occurring during the month.  Several skippers will be held partially financially responsible for damages to the boats.  Other actions involved the revocation of skipper cards.
  • Maintenance Manager, Joe Cannon, reports that wave action from storms and boat traffic has been pummeling our fleet which is now moored close to the mouth of Monroe Harbor.  Damage has resulted.  Joe will meet with Westrec to determine options for moving our boats.
  • Secretary and Cruising Boat Coordinator, Bob Lapin, is moving to Cleveland in October.  His duties will be assumed by Maureen Huston, who was welcomed to the Board to complete the term of Maya Teleki.
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on either October 9 or 11 at a location to be determined.
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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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BTS: September, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for September
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #9/SEPTEMBER, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

We're starting into the fall season, and there's only about six weeks of sailing left before we pull our fleet from the water, still time enough to get out for a few good sails.  For me, it's been a great summer on the water.  I've enjoyed many good sails with friends both in and out of Sail Chicago, but what I've enjoyed most is my experience as a Tiller Time skipper.  Passing on my knowledge and love of sailing to others is a real thrill for me, and it's part of the "service" that members of Sail Chicago perform to encourage the sport of sailing in the Chicago area.  I can only assume that members who are instructors, on maintenance teams, or who are involved in other areas of service feel the same way I do.
 
One young woman has been with me on several Tiller Times this summer.  I've watched her progress from being a rather timid beginner to becoming a real master at the helm.  She's turning into a great sailor in no small part because she's out on the water a lot.  Our sailing instruction program is one of the best--if not the best--in Chicago, but it's also true that the only way to become a great skipper is to practice, practice, practice.  So, while there's still time this season, let's all get out on the water and practice our sailing skills.
EDITORIAL CLARIFICATION

Two of the articles in the August issue of Between the Sheets, "Board Notes" and "From the Editor," may have misrepresented the seriousness of the boating incidents/accidents reported to our Safety Director so far this year.  In a note to the Board, John Lemon, our Safety Director, states, "I think it is worth noting that while we have had a few incidents this summer, there have been no groundings, no significant damage to our boats, and no boats out of service due to incidents/accidents.  That is a big improvement over the past couple years."
END OF SEASON BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION OCTOBER 5
By Sarah Wirth

Columbia Yacht Club
Every year, Sail Chicago ends the sailing season with festivities, food, drinks, and member recognition, and we are thrilled to invite our members, students, and their guests back to Columbia Yacht Club for a third year.
 
Join us for a buffet dinner, cash bar, and a chance to celebrate a successful sailing season with fellow Sail Chicago members on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6:00 p.m.  We will recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievement or through their volunteer service.
 
This year, the event will include our second annual silent auction fundraiser, and it's going to be even bigger and better than last year!  A number of awesome companies have donated products and tickets to support Sail Chicago, including Ronstan, Harken, Spinlock, Quantum, Shedd Aquarium, Copper Fiddle Distillery, Chicago Athletic Clubs, First Ascent, City Winery, and more! All proceeds will go toward fleet renewal.
 
The event is open to members, students, and 1-2 guests.  The cost is $30 per person and there will be a cash bar. Email Sarah Wirth with questions about the event and Rachel Granneman for questions about the silent auction.
 
More details and registration are available on the event page website here.
FINAL HAPPY HOUR OF THE SEASON!

The first 10 people to come to our last Happy Hour of the season will receive a free drink on Sail Chicago!  We will be at Elephant & Castle from 5-6:30 p.m. on.
 
When:  Thursday, September 13, 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: Elephant & Castle, 113 W Adams Street, Chicago, IL
VOTE FOR THE SAIL CHICAGO BURGEE!
By Rachel Granneman, Fundraising Coordinator

Possible Sail Chicago burgees
Sail Chicago is getting its own burgee!  Members and students submitted designideas for our very own triangle flag, and now it's time to vote!  You can check out the submissions and 

The deadline for voting is September 22.  Members and students will choose the top 3 designs, and then the Board will make the final determination.  We hope to then have our new Sail Chicago burgees available on display and for purchase at our End of Season Dinner on October 5!
GET A CREW OR BE CREW...AND GO SAILING!
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

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September's here, and we've got lots of good sailing days left in the season.  If you need crew or you want to crew in order to get out on the water, our Share-a-Sail Program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail.  Register your name, first and last, and your email address. Then you'll be able send and receive emails to and from other participants who are eager to sail with you.  Replies go only to the sender, so you will not be plagued with responses to other senders--there is no "reply to all."  To post an email in Share-a-Sail specify the date and time you plan to sail and your name.  It's that easy!  Questions? 
SQUALL COMING!

This photo was taken from a Monroe Harbor tender a few minutes before a squall hit during the Labor Day weekend.  It serves as ample warning to keep a "weather eye peeled" for changing weather conditions.  Luckily, all the boats in our fleet were safely tucked into the Harbor, and no damage was done.  Thanks to member,
A Labor Day squall
Dawn Milne, for the photo.
 
Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder has excerpted from the September 2018 issue of Sail Magazine an article on what to do when a squall hits, and you're on a sailboat.  It's a great summary of the article, and it has some valuable information for anyone sailing on Lake Michigan.  To view it,
SAIL CHICAGO'S ON FACEBOOK
By Rachel Granneman, Fundraising Coordinator

We're on Facebook!  If you are, too, be sure to "like" and "follow" our page at: https://www.facebook.com/sailchicago.

You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities.  You'll also get a sneak-peak at the silent auction items that will be part of our fundraiser at the End of Season dinner, October 5.  
SAIL CHICAGO MEMBER ON COVER OF INVERNESS LIFE MAGAZINE

Member Jay Owens sent us a recent article from Inverness Life.  It details the life of long-time Sail Chicago member Vern Deason and his wife Medora.  Vern was a very active member of Sail Chicago in past years and contributed much to its founding and initial success.
MOTORING (WITH NO WIND) ON LAKE MICHIGAN
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

With no wind on Monday, August 13, Jay Owens, Ken Lapin, Norm Linde, and Bob Lapin motored to Michigan City where we had a lovely meal at Fiddlehead Restaurant.  Calypso motored at 6.7 knots for a quick trip.
 
Dining in New Buffalo 
On Tuesday, the winds were fair as we headed to New Buffalo, but as soon as the sails went up, the wind died, and we forced to motor to New Buffalo.  We spent two nights in New Buffalo to avoid storms in the forecast.  We ate twice in the Bentwood Tavern (see photo) after a swim in the Osleka Marina's pool.  
 
On Thursday, with no wind, we motored to Montrose, where we were treated to a welcome by the Air Force demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, doing a practice session.  After a drenching thunderstorm Thursday night, we motored home to Burnham where we cleaned up the boat and celebrated our "Great Lakes Motoring Adventure."  Despite the uncooperative weather, a good time was had by all. 

If you're a cruising boat skipper, perhaps you could plan your own "cruising adventure" next year."
AUGUST BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met by phone on August 9.
 
Adam Wisneski reported that the consultant for the better organization of our volunteers, Debra Cohen, will begin a series of interviews and on-line surveys this month.  All members are encouraged to participate.
 
A 50% reduction of rental fees went into effect during the middle of July.  The goal was to increase use of our boats and provide more value to our members. Shawn Lord will evaluate the effect of the rental-price reduction since its close in the middle of August.
 
Instruction is overwhelmed with emails, receiving a hundred a day.  Frank McNamara, Michael Stuczynski, and Michael Swisher are clearing this backlog.
 
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on September 13 at Columbia Yacht Club.
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
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Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
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BTS: August, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for August
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #8/AUGUST, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

At Sail Chicago the safety of our members, students, guests, and boats is of primary importance.  Last year several of our boats hit the seawall.  While there were no personal injuries, these incidents caused several boats in our fleet to be placed out of commission, sometimes for weeks at a time.  This wreaked havoc with our instruction and racing programs and limited the number of boats in our fleet available for private use.

This year we were assigned new moorings close to the fairway.  It was hoped that this would make it easier to depart and return to our moorings without creating an incident.  But in some respects, it has been made more difficult.  Last year there were several empty moorings around our boats. That's not true this year.  The effect is that the boats seem more tightly packed together and therefore easier to hit when departing or returning to the mooring.  In fact, several of our boats have hit other boats this summer.

There seems to be a myth in Sail Chicago that you will only be considered a good skipper if you can sail on or off a mooring without the help of a motor. I think this is a holdover from the days when our fleet consisted only of smaller boats, not our 26' Colgates, and when our boats had no motors.  While it's important that our skippers know how to sail on and off a mooring when a motor is inoperable, your Sail Chicago Board is now recommending that skippers use a motor assist whenever available (see Board Notes and article below).  It reserves the right to impose penalties on skippers who damage other boats (see Sail Chicago
Rules and Regulations
)
Remember, the truly great skippers are the ones who put the safety of their crew, students, guests, and boats first!
JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL FRIENDS & FAMILY PICNIC

Our 2018 Friends & Family Picnic will be 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, at Columbia Yacht Club!  We are excited to bring the Sail Chicago community together with friends and family for food, fun, and sailing!  The event will take place on the lower level of Columbia Yacht Club right as you walk inside.
 
Read more about the event and  Driving?  Parking instructions are here.
 
Sail Chicago members at last summer's picnic
Skippers and first mates will be taking Sail Chicago members and friends and family out on short sails.  We are also thrilled to be designing our own burgee and are looking to our members to draw up their ideas for the burgee at the event.  (Don't worry, we will be sending out info on how to submit online!)
 
Sail Chicago members and guests are welcome to attend.  This year, we want to keep costs low for members and students.  We are asking for a suggested donation of $5 per person but it is not required for entry.  You can donate in cash upon arrival.  Please remember this is a Sail Chicago event that is special for members and students, and we ask that you are respectful of the number of guests.
 
We are still looking for skippers and first mates to take Sail Chicago members and guests out on short sails during the event!  Please email me
if you can help.  
NEXT HAPPY HOUR:  AUGUST 23
By Loan Le

Originally scheduled for August 2, our August Happy Hour will now be on Thursday, August 23, at Weather Mark Tavern located at 1503 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  There is free street parking on State Street south of Roosevelt after 6:30 p.m., and Weather Mark Tavern is a short walk from the Roosevelt "L" station.  Please join us and your fellow sailors--we will have appetizers and a free drink for the first 10 arriving sailors!  Questions? Contact Loan Le.
JOIN SHARE-A-SAIL
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

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If you need crew or you want to crew, our Share-a-Sail Program is just what you need.  On your computer, go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail. Register your name, first and last, and your email address. Then you'll be able send and receive emails to and from other participants who are eager to sail with you.  Replies go only to the sender, so you will not be plagued with responses to other senders.  There is no "reply to all."  To post an email in Share-a-Sail specify the date and time you plan to sail and your name.  It's that easy!  Questions? 
 
Reminders to those using Share-a-Sail: email to shareasail@googlegroups.com.  All 300 plus subscribers will get your post.  Only you will get the responses.  Please give your full name and the date and time of your prospective sail.  Use Share-A-Sail only for personal boat use. No MCOs, Tiller Times or Maintenance sails.  And, no non-Sail Chicago boats.
 
Get out on the lake before the season is over!
THE NEXT BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM
By Alan Summers, Certification Coordinator 
 
The September basic keelboat boat certification exam is being offered on September 8 at 8:30 AM at Peet's coffee on 686 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville.   Please notify me if you plan to take the exam.
RACING PROGRAM--THE INSHORE VERVE
By Cait Larson, Racing Coordinator

The summer has been flying and we have a month of racing left!  Interested members can still sign up and get in a few races before the end of the season.
 
Coming up August 25-26 is the annual Chicago Inshore Verve!  It's a great two days of racing and meeting other racers from different organizations.  Skippers and crew are currently organizing, so if you want to participate, contact me to be placed on our Verve team's spreadsheet, so we can find you a boat!
TOSSING A LINE REQUIRES PRACTICE

Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder recently sent us this article from Practical Sailor Magazine.  It offers great advice on how to get a line from you to another boat or to shore.
HEY, SAILOR!  MOTOR ON AND OFF THE MOORING!
By Matt Stuczynski

Just a reminder that our new Sail Chicago Wind Guidelines strongly recommend that the boat's motor be running and ready to be immediately engaged, if needed, while departing and returning to the mooring.  Although we expect that all sailors should be able to sail on and off the can when needed (e.g. if the motor fails), the boat's motor should be used anytime the skipper believes conditions do not warrant sailing on and off the can as well as to avoid collisions anywhere within the inner harbor. 

These Guidelines have been approved by the Sail Chicago Board.
  • Up to 15 knots, acceptable conditions for all boats.
  • 15 - 20 knots, proceed with caution for more experienced skippers.
  • Greater than 20 knots, don't go out or return to harbor once that wind level is reached.
  • Motors on the Colgates and Rhodes should be running anytime the boat is between the mooring can and the inner-harbor mouth.  A trained member of the crew should be at the engine and be ready to engage it immediately if needed.
  • The ultimate decision to sail or not to sail is the skipper's. Should a skipper not observe the above guidelines and an accident occurs, existing rules and regulations provide for possible Board responses.  Every skipper should review Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations, Section 5, paragraph 5, section 2 for possible consequences.
SAFETY FIRST!
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

Reefing  A few people have asked about the use of the second reef point on the Colgates.  At what wind speed should you consider going to the second reef?  Are there general guidelines?

While there is no general policy regarding the use of multiple reef points, here is a good rule of thumb:  If you think you need two reefs at the beginning of your sail, you probably should not sail.  The wind will likely exceed our guidelines (up to 15 knots; up to 20 knots for experienced sailors).  However, if you are sailing and the wind increases, it's certainly appropriate to reef down to the second reef to return to the harbor safely.

Colgate control panel for navigation lights.
Navigation lights  The proper use of navigation lights is as follows:  You can see from the photo that there are four switches: Nav, Cabin, Mast Fore, and Mast Aft.The Nav lights are for sailing between sunset and sunrise or in limited visibility (such as fog).  No mast light should be on if you are under sail power only. 

If you are motoring, even with a sail raised, switch on the Mast Fore light.  That is the equivalent of what is technically a masthead light (sometimes referred to as a "steaming light"), and it tells other boaters you're motoring. 

The only time you should display Mast Fore and Mast Aft together is if you are at anchor, aground, or showing the tender driver your location for pickup at night. 

Displaying incorrect navigation lights could lead to a collision.  For example, if you are under sail only but displaying your Mast Fore (masthead light), an approaching power boat would assume you are motoring and would follow rules for crossing power boats.
PFD DOESN'T INFLATE, RESULTING IN A TRAGEDY
By Ed Schroeder

A fatal accident on the Chicago-Mackinac race prompts me to update this advisory from 2015 regarding the care and use of personal flotation devices (PFDs).
 
The following account of the accident comes from Nick Berberian, Rear Commodore at the Chicago Yacht Club:  "At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Saturday Jon Santarelli, age 52, aboard  Imedi, was moving toward the stern to make a routine sail adjustment, unfortunately at that precise time, a large wave hit the boat, causing him to slip into the water...Jon was wearing a personal flotation device that is designed to automatically inflate when it comes into contact with the water.  The crew members have reported that the device did not inflate."
 
Although they can fail, personal flotation devices remain an essential tool for survival at sea.  There is wide-spread agreement that boaters need to wear the appropriate type of PFD while sailing in any boat on any water.  A properly maintained auto-inflating PFD has proven itself to be a versatile and effective device for offshore sailing where great mobility and an abundance of flotation is required.  However, it is important to recognize that auto-inflate vests are not our only option.  Small boat and inshore sailors are often better served by a conventional, inherently buoyant PFD.  It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each device when choosing the right one for a particular activity:
  • Whatever your choice in a PFD, always ensure that it is properly fitted and secured.
  • If you're using your own auto-inflating PFD, inspect it every time you put it on and conduct an air test annually.
  • Know how to manually inflate your PFD.  Finding the pull cord is not always easy.
  • Finally,  consider upgrading your whistle (the whistles that come with auto-inflatable PFDs are often inadequate).  The Fox whistle is best.
JULY BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met at the Morningstar Building on July 12.
 
Adam Wisneski presented a proposal to bring in a consultant to help us better organize, lead, and communicate with our volunteers.  The proposal was accepted. Adam will put together a committee to work with the consultant who will assess through interviews, recommend corrective action and guide the implementation plans to improve our volunteer efforts.

A 50% reduction of rental fees for all boats and all times was discussed and approved.  The goal is to increase use of our boats and provide more value to our members.  The reduced fees will begin on July 16 and last for 30 days.
 
Joe Cannon will purchase two new Yamaha engines to improve reliability.  A Tohatsu engine will be taken to the dealer to see if its performance can be improved.
 
The new mooring arrangements in Monroe harbor make it difficult to get on and off the can without difficulty as demonstrated by the six Incidents this season where Sail Chicago boats struck other moored boats.  The Board is encouraging skippers to motor on and off the can if there is any question about safely doing so.
 
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on August 9 and will be conducted at a site to be determined.
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.

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."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.

See what's happening on our social sites:
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BTS: July, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for July
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #7/JULY, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Summer is here at last, and after an extended period of unpredictable weather the long-term forecast seems to be warm and sunny. We hope you've already had a chance to get out on the water, even with the past unpredictable weather patterns. Now that things seem to be improving, there's really no excuse not to be enjoying sailing on Lake Michigan in our fleet of Colgates, Rhodes, Ideals, and our cruising boats Calypso and Priorities. If you're a Sail Chicago certified skipper, you can schedule a boat for private use when it's not being used for other program functions. If you're not a skipper yet, schedule a Tiller Time if you've taken an instruction class in the past year, or sign up for a Member Cruise Outing. Both are free for members. And if you feel more energetic, you can always sign up for our Colgate Racing program, where you can quickly hone your sailing skills.

Boating safety is always a concern here at Sail Chicago. Our Rules and Regulations state that no alcohol is allowed on any boat in our fleet, and that everyone on board a boat in our fleet must wear a life jacket. Also, there is no swimming off any of our boats. For a more comprehensive list of do's and don'ts while on the water, click here.
ANNUAL SAIL CHICAGO PICNIC - AUGUST 11

SAVE THE DATE! August 11 at Columbia Yacht Club. Watch for more information to follow.
HAPPY HOUR JULY 19
By Bob Knapp

Our next Happy Hour will be Thursday, July 19 at Interurban Boathouse located at 1438 W. Cortland on the Chicago River beginning at 6 p.m.!  There is ample free lot parking and is a short walk from the Clybourn Metra station. Please join us and your fellow sailors as again we will have appetizers and a free drink for the first 10 arriving sailors!
SEASON'S FIRST HAPPY HOUR A BIG SUCCESS
By Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator
Happy Hour!
We had a good turnout at our first happy hour of the season! Sail Chicago members and students came together to share delicious apps (quesadillas, veggies, and wings) and of course, libations. Sailors had a chance to get to know each other and show off their trivia knowledge!
U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM
By Alan Summers
 
The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam will be given during the pre-sail orientations at Columbia Yacht Club on the following date:  7/31/18 at 7:00 p.m.
 
This is an optional written exam.  It is a US Sailing exam and has no bearing on your skipper or Sail Chicago status. You may be a Sail Chicago skipper without taking this exam.  This US Sailing exam gives you a one-year membership in US Sailing and means you have the met basic keelboat standards as defined by U.S. Sailing. The exam is $50, so please bring a check made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam. It often takes 4-8 weeks after the exam to receive your confirmation materials from US Sailing. To register for the exam, please contact Alan Summers.
SILENT AUCTION - ITEMS NEEDED
By Rachel Granneman, Fundraising Coordinator

We are starting to solicit donations for our second annual silent auction fundraiser, which will take place at our end-of-season dinner! We are looking for gift cards, event tickets, etc. If you have a connection with a company who may be willing to donate goods or services, please contact Rachel Granneman. We are not looking for donations of used items.
CALYPSO SKIPPERS - CHART PLOTTER TRAINING LESSONS
By Jeremy Shaw

Do you wish you understood how to use the GPS system on Calypso?   Then come to this hands-on chart plotter learning session conducted by Jeremy Shaw.  You will learn how to create waypoints and routes, record the track you've sailed, estimate the time to port, mark crew-overboard positions, view AIS and DSC position reports, create routes and waypoints on your computer and more.  After a 45 minute walk through, we will leave the harbor and go for a sail (weather permitting) with each person taking turns plotting a route, and then following it at the helm.
 
We will also cover basic DSC (Digital Selective Calling) usage on the VHF radios. DSC is used for more than just the distress button.

I've updated the charts and electronics and am looking forward to introducing you to this vital skill for cruisers.  The session will be held for all Calypso skippers (no guests please) at Burnham harbor.  Contact Jeremy Shaw if you wish to attend. The date for this class will be determined based on the availability of interested parties.
JULY CRUISING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

If you're a cruising boat skipper or crew, or you'd like more information about our cruising program, please click here to view the latest Cruising Notes.  It contains some valuable information about orientations on Calypso, rusty skipper sails on Priorities, and hard lessons learned on a recent cruising expedition.
MAINTENANCE MISCELLANEOUS
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

Trouble starting an outboard engine?
If multiple pulls on the starter cord do not generate even a hint of ignition, try disengaging the kill switch tab, then re-inserting it. Sometimes the switch settles in the off position, so the engine will not start no matter how many adjustments are made with the throttle and choke.
 
Other troubles with the engines?
With the new mooring configuration and wind guidelines, we have an increased reliance on the outboard engines. Therefore, it is important to identify any engine that does not have a high level of dependability and, if necessary, replace it. Please report any problems to maintenance@sailchicago.org (even minor problems that you are able to overcome - except the kill switch issue).
 
A new member of the fleet.
You may have noticed the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) rafted to Equinox on X10. This RIB is used to facilitate maintenance on the Colgates, Rhodes and Ideals in Monroe Harbor. For those wishing to sail Equinox, separating the RIB is a simple matter of releasing some spring clips. To see how, click here.
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

We are still looking to fill a few volunteer roles.  If you still need to satisfy your service time, or have a scheduling conflict with your current role, we have a need for the following:
  • Excess inventory sales: Sorting and selling our excess inventory in re-usable condition, via Ebay, Craigslist, etc. Aside from picking up inventory, this can be a remote position.
  • Email monitoring: We are currently lacking in this area and need additional help. Remote.
  • Instruction Registrar: Liaises with students who have scheduling conflicts, arranges class transfers, student cancellations, assists with PSO organization and online instruction manual codes, and answers general instruction questions. Remote; all work is handled on the computer or over the phone.
  • Scheduler: Liaises with instructors who have scheduling conflicts, enters class/boat reservation modifications or additions, and helps with the initial construction and input of the instruction schedule. Remote; all work is handled on the computer or over the phone.
These positions meet service requirements.  Even if you've met your requirement for the current year, one of these positions may be more appealing than the area where you're currently volunteering.  They will qualify you for service time next year. If you'd like more information, please contact me.
SCHULER SCHOLAR VOLUNTEERS HONORED
By Tom Simms, Schuler Scholars Coordinator

Schuler Scholars Volunteers
Providing sailing opportunities to the Chicago community is the mission of Sail Chicago. To further this goal, we are celebrating the fifth season of Sail Chicago's association with the Schuler Foundation.  In its twentieth year, this foundation tutors, councils and educates under-privileged Chicago-area students through high school and college. They have an incredible success rate of 94%.  Sail Chicago provides these deserving students with a fun sailing experience.
 
On June 6, the Schuler Foundation hosted a luncheon at the Columbia Yacht Club for the the Sail Chicago volunteers.   Eleven of the our sixteen volunteers enjoyed lunch and listened to a presentation by Margaret Falter, Volunteer Manager of the Schuler Foundation. We learned more about the foundation and the population it serves. Additionally, we discussed safety practices and procedures for our Wednesday afternoon sail.
 
If you are interested in volunteering for the Schuler sailing program, please contact me.  Sail Chicago also provides sailing opportunities to under-privileged children through Lawrence Hall Social Services and the Association House of Chicago. Learn more about all three programs on the Sail Chicago website.
COAST GUARD BOARDS CALYPSO
By Monte Lewis

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It's not uncommon for the Coast Guard to request to come aboard to conduct a routine safety inspection. On the evening of July 10th, as our MCO was just getting underway, we were leaving Burnham Harbor when the Coast Guard vessel hailed us and asked us to dock nearby. The team still had fenders out, but was stowing docking lines. They quickly pulled the lines back out and we docked Calypso neatly. 

The Coast Guard team greeted us and explained they have a goal of boarding every boat in the Chicago Marinas. First thing they want, of course, is the boat's license and registration. I frantically searched the boat for paperwork and found it in a large envelope marked "license and registration" in the navigation table. Next, they ask about your safety equipment: fire extinguishers, horn, flares, etc. Finally, they complete the paperwork and provide us with a copy. If we are boarded again, show your paperwork and they'll move on to the next boat - it's in the envelope in the nav table.
PHOTOS NEEDED
By Mary Egan, Strictly Sail Coordinator

Got any photos of our boats or on the water activities? I'd love to see them. We're putting together a marketing piece for next year's Strictly Sail Show at McCormick Place, and we need some great photos to show the world what Sail Chicago does.  Please email me your photos or tell me how I may retrieve them. Many thanks!
SAILING IN GUSTY WINDS

Bob Lapin recently sent us this article from Practical Sailor Magazine dealing with how to manage sailing in gusty winds. It's also a good read on the benefits Lake Michigan has for Chicago sailors. Thanks, Bob.
JOIN SHARE-A-SAIL
By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator

If you want crew or want to crew, our Share-a-Sail Program is just what you need. On your computer, go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail. Register your name, first and last, and your email address. Then you'll be able send and receive emails to and from other participants who are eager to sail with you. Replies go only to the sender so you will not be plagued with responses to other senders. There is no "reply to all." To post an email in email in Share-a-Sail specify the date and time you plan to sail and your name. It's that easy! Questions? Contact me.
SEA SCOUT CONNECTION
By Francis Baumgart

Last season, I returned to Sail Chicago (where I originally learned to sail) after 13 years of teaching Sea Scouts on large boats.
I am writing this article is because the Sea Scout program is looking for skippers who would like to volunteer as adult advisors on our keelboat - the "Edward B. Stein" (it's a red colored C&C 34, moored at N-2 in Monroe harbor). We sail it every Monday evening and most weekends.

In addition, many of you have children and grandchildren who you might love to expose to sailing. For the kids, it is an awesome experience to be part of a crew that actually sails the boat. For 9 years my skipper raced in the MAC and I would drive up to Mackinac Island with 6 Sea Scouts. We would then spend the next 5 days sailing, port to port, back to Chicago. Each day, after sailing, we would duck into a harbor on the east side of Lake Michigan for a good meal and to sleep.

We welcome anyone who is qualified to become a skipper on a large keel boat and any girls or boys between the ages of 11 and 20. There are often more girls than boys, but all are welcome aboard (with their parents or guardians) to sail with us and determine if they are interested in the experience.

If interested please contact me by email or phone me at 312-671-2049.
CHICAGO MARITIME MUSEUM - WORTH A VISIT

The Chicago Maritime Museum opened in a new venue adjacent to the Bridgeport Art Center in 2016. It's a treasure trove of Chicago and Great Lakes maritime history. Some afternoon when you've had to cancel a boat reservation because of foul weather, you may want to spend some time exploring this fascinating museum.  Here's a brief video showing you what to expect.
SAILING INTO OBLIVION
By Steve VanderVoort

Rounding Cape Horn in "The Mighty Sparrow"
A friend of mine, Jerome Rand, has just completed a solo circumnavigation of the Globe in "The Mighty Sparrow," his Westsail 32. On Sunday, July 1, he sailed into Gloucester, MA Harbor after 271 consecutive days at sea. I've been following him on his daily posts in Facebook, "Sailing into Oblivion." He faced innumerable challenges, not the least of which were taking what seemed like weeks in bad weather and high seas to get around Cape Horn at the tip of South America, and running out of food near the Falkland Islands. If any members of Sail Chicago have a trip like this in mind, I'd be happy to put you in touch with him. Here he is on a practice run in 2017.
JUNE BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Board has purchased a motorized RIB (rigid inflated boat) to assist maintenance. The RIB is moored on the Equinox mooring ball. Procedures to get on and off the mooring ball will be communicated to all Ideal skippers. Columbia Yacht Club will continue to refuel our boats and the RIB will be used to top off tanks when missed by Columbia Yacht Club and complete other maintenance activities.
 
Matt Stuczynski requested that wording be added to our website informing all students that four classes are not guaranteed. Instructors will make every effort to get out on the water or reschedule classes, but during a spell of bad weather, it may not be possible to get out on the water or conduct all four classes.
 
The next meeting was held at 7 PM on July 12 and was conducted by tele-conference.
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.

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."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.

See what's happening on our social sites:
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: June, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for June
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #6/JUNE, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
  
Sail Chicago provides many opportunities to gain sailing experience at no cost to its members.  Sometimes these can provide an opportunity to earn service credit as well.  Here are a few of the ways:
 
Member Cruise Outings - MCOs are offered free to members and provide an opportunity to get out on the water with an experienced skipper.  Members who want to experience a casual sail or learn about a boat they haven't sailed before can sign up on the Reservations page of the my.sailchicago.org website.
 
Tiller Times - This program is designed for member students to practice the skills they learn in their formal classes under the guidance of an experienced skipper. We believe that the best way to become a competent sailor is to gain lots of experience, and this is a good way to do it.  Member students may sign up on the Reservations page of the my.sailchicago.org website.
 
Maintenance Sails - Members who serve on boat maintenance teams can participate in weekly maintenance sails.  They spend some time on the boat doing normal maintenance, and once that's complete, they take the boat out for a sail. To sign up for a maintenance team contact 
 
Service Sails - Sail Chicago has partnered with youth organizations and social service agencies such as Lawrence Hall Youth Services and the Schuler Scholars program to provide opportunities for youth to get out on the water and experience the fun of sailing.  Contact info@sailchicago.org or watch future issues of Between the Sheets for more information.
 
Of course, our boats are always available (for a fee) to Sail Chicago skippers when
Sailing in Chicago with a beautiful skyline
not in use by other programs.  If you're not a skipper or if you're a skipper looking for crew, you can always sign up for Share-a-Sail, a community forum that lets skippers and potential crew communicate with each other.  Contact David Shayne
for more information.
 
Sail Chicago member David Kelpsas has written a "Letter to the Editor" commenting on my last month's editorial column. To read it, click here.
SAILING SEASON WAS KICKED OFF WITH A PARTY!
By Sarah Wirth

In May, Sail Chicago students and members got together on a rainy Sunday at the Columbia Yacht Club to have drinks and mingle.  Students dropped by before their classes and the group got a refresh on their knots, thanks to Matt 
Tying a Bowline at the Kickoff
Learning the ropes...and the knots
Stuczynski (head of instruction) and Jason Wirth.  Nick Brait walked away with the grand prize after successfully tying knots behind his back.
 
We also had a small fundraiser by raffle, and prizes such as dry bags and Sail Chicago swag were awarded. The raffle raised around $200 that will go toward fleet renewal. Thanks to Kelsey Simoens for organizing food and drinks, Rachel Granneman for organizing the raffle, and all who brought coolers and helped us set up. Last but certainly not least, thanks to Maureen Huston, Joe Cannon, and the crew who brought down Calypso in what were true Chicago weather conditions!
FIRST HAPPY HOUR IS JUNE 21
By Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator

The first Happy Hour of this sailing season will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the Flagship Tavern in Lakeview.  Come join in the fun, munch on appetizers, meet other sailors, and swap sailing stories.  The first ten people to show up will get a free drink ticket.
HAVE YOU MET YOUR SERVICE REQUIREMENT?
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Many volunteer positions have been filled at this point, but we do still have a few more roles to assign. As a reminder, first-year members are not expected to complete service time but are welcome and encouraged to do so.
 
Second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their service time duties. If you have any questions or still need to sign up for a volunteer role, please send an email 
PARKING PASS GUIDELINES
By Vlad Roshchin, Monroe Parking Pass Coordinator

As part of our mooring fee, one parking pass is allowed for each boat at Monroe Harbor.  These passes are only available for skippers and instructors who will be sailing a boat during the period the pass is being used.  The pass must be signed out in the booklet and returned one-half hour before the start of the next period so that the next skipper can use the pass.  Each pass is labeled with the name of the boat where it is assigned.  If the pass for your boat is missing, do not use the pass from another boat.  If you lose a pass or find one missing, please report it immediately to me so that it can be replaced.  If you park your car in the Monroe Drive circle while getting a pass, leave your flashers on and put a note on your windshield. While we don't guarantee it, doing so may prevent your car from being ticketed.

This program is dependent upon the cooperation of all skippers and instructors.  Please do your part.
INSTRUCTION PROGRAM CONTINUES ONLINE TEXTBOOK, NOW WITH ONLINE TESTING 
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
 
Sail Chicago will continue to offer our new students the US Sailing online version of the basic keelboat textbook.  In addition, we will now require passing this online
A basic sailing class reviews sailing principles while waiting for the Monroe tender. 
text/course in order to gain Sail Chicago skipper status.   The new online version of the text includes quizzes after each chapter and a final test; all quizzes must be passed with an 80% minimum before continuing on to the next section.  One can also start and stop at her/his own convenience and logon access never expires.   The best thing about the online text is that it features animations so students can more easily envision the wind blowing and sails being trimmed in and out.  
 
Anyone is welcome to buy the book online for $50 while we are offering it to our students as part of their course fee.  You can check it out here.
BASIC KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR (BKI) EVALUATIVE COURSE
By Monte Lewis

To raise the skills of our instructors and continue to align our instruction program with US Sailing certification process, Sail Chicago has chosen to adopt a goal of having all of our instructors pass the BKI evaluation in the next three years.  Sail Chicago will provide financial support, as well as provide a get-ready for certification training program for our instructors.
 
The BKI is not a course in the traditional sense, but rather a three-day intensive
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evaluation of our instructors' ability to teach sailing to the US Sailing Keelboat Certification System Standard.  This standard is the most rigorous in the country and requires practice, study, and preparation by even the most gifted and experienced professional instructors. There is little formal training, education, or time for practice during the BKI evaluation.
 
Two students attended the recent BKI evaluation in early May hosted by Columbia Yacht Club.  Prior to the BKI Evaluation, we ran a land class with practice exams and an On the Water session to practice single handling COB drills.  We are planning to schedule our own BKI Evaluation at the end of the season, but will need a minimum of six participants for US Sailing to send out an instructor trainer to run the class.  If you are an instructor and are interested in participating in the BKI Evaluation at the end of the season, send a quick email to me.
U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM
By Alan Summers
 
The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam will be given during the pre-sail orientations at Columbia Yacht Club on the following dates: 6/9/18 at 9:00 a.m., 7/14/18 at 9:00 a.m., and 7/31/18 at 7:00 p.m.
 
This is an optional written exam.  It is a US Sailing exam and has no bearing on your skipper or Sail Chicago status. You may be a Sail Chicago skipper without taking this exam.  This US Sailing exam gives you a one-year membership in US Sailing and means you have the met basic keelboat standards as defined by U.S. Sailing. The exam is $50, so please bring a check made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam. It often takes 4-8 weeks after the exam to receive your confirmation materials from US Sailing. To register for the exam, please contact Alan Summers.
WATCH FOR DERECHOS WHEN SAILING!

What the heck is a derecho?  Sail Chicago member Jay Owens recently sent us a notice that one may have recently been developing in the Mid-Atlantic states. Unlike tornados, with strong circular winds, derechos form in a straight line, and they can be devastating.  Chicago has been subject to derechos occasionally. When you're out on a boat keep a watchful eye for rapidly worsening weather conditions (derechos can form very suddenly) and dark cloud formations moving in a straight line across the horizon.  Head for the harbor immediately.  For more information on derechos, 
FIVE-SAIL PACKAGES FOR CRUISING BOATS

Five-sail packages for our cruising boats are again available at the same prices as last year.  See the May issue of Between the Sheets for the links to register.
CHART PLOTTER TRAINING FOR CALYPSO SKIPPERS
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Do you wish you understood how to use the GPS system on Calypso?   Then come to this hands-on learning session conducted by Jeremy Shaw.  You will learn to create waypoints and routes, record the track you've sailed, estimate the time to port, and how to mark crew-overboard positions.  After a brief walk-through, we will leave the harbor and go for a sail with each person taking turns plotting a route, and then following it at the helm.
 
Jeremy has updated the charts and electronics and is looking forward to introducing you to this vital skill for cruisers.  The session will be held for all Calypso skippers (no guests please) at Burnham harbor on May 28 and June 4 from 1800 to 2200.  There is room for four skippers at each session.  Contact Jeremy Shaw if you wish to attend.  Eight people are already on the waitlist and are being scheduled.
CRUISING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
 
The "Procedure Manuals for Priorities and Calypso" can now be found on the Sail Chicago website.  Go to membership/files/cruising documents.
 
Sail Chicago now has a membership to the Great Lakes Cruising Club for the 2018 season.  Their many members update a website with all the latest information on harbors and harbor towns on the Great lakes.  Please contact Bob Lapin if you would like specific information.
PRIORITIES GOES UP THE RIVER

Jay Owens reports that the recent trip of our Hunter 34, Priorities, "up" the river
Priorites crew poses for a river photo.
to her summer berth was fun, but not without its problems.  It was a beautiful day for a sail, one of the few in May, with none of the usual freezing rain, high winds, or tsunamis.  Joe Sjostrom brought along donuts and coffee, which endeared him to the rest of the crew.  The second drawbridge on the route opened about half way, but then lost power.  Luckily the crew was able to maneuver the boat to the far side of the bridge, where the mast just barely squeaked under it. Priorities is now tucked away in its slip, right next to a huge powerboat.  Skippers will have to be very careful when maneuvering the boat in and out of slip.  Fortunately, Priorities carries plenty of bumpers.
HOW AND WHEN TO REPORT MAINTENANCE ISSUES
By Joe Cannon and Tom Peterson

Remember that any issue reported on the "Status" page of the my.sailchicago.org web page will trigger a response from the maintenance team.  While any problem that affects safety or performance should be reported, think carefully before submitting issues that might be better handled other ways.  The maintenance
teams have quite a bit of work to do and are frequently very busy.
 
Issues that should be reported posted on the Status page:
  • Anything that affects boat safety, especially rigging, motor, and safety equipment.
  • Very low gas (but we have had a lot of false reports here.  The new tanks have a rated capacity of 3 gallons, but do not look full when containing this volume).  We will develop a reliable gauge/dipstick ASAP to deal with this issue.
  • Damage to the boat.  It's important to report this as soon as it's noticed
  • If there is a serious issue that you feel could put another user at risk, TAKE THE BOAT OUT OF SERVICE AND NOTIFY THE NEXT SKIPPERS who may not check the web site in time.
Issues that might be resolved other ways:
  • Found items from previous trips:  try contacting earlier skippers directly.
  • Cleanliness issues can be reported on the checkout sheet.  The maintenance team reads these reports weekly.
  • Duplicates of existing issues.  It doesn't really help to add them again.
  • Suggestions for improvement;  instead, email maintenance@sailchicago.org
  • Missing items that do not affect the safety or functionality of the boat.  Email the boat manager directly.
There are three levels of severity:
  • Yellow: Caution, be advised...
  • Orange: Repairs needed, but seaworthy.
  • Red: Unsafe, take out of service.
  Red is self-explanatory.  Next month examples of yellow and orange alerts will be presented.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND NEW MAINTENANCE RULES
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

Many members are having difficulty finding volunteer opportunities to fulfil their service requirement.  New opportunities are in development and should be available soon.  Examples of the service work under consideration include:
  • Teams to refuel the Colgates and Rhodes on a weekly basis (or more often, if needed).
  • A detailing team to remove deck stains and oxidation, then seal the surface with an appropriate non-slip deck wax.
  • A fiber-glassing team to repair superficial chips, crazing, and previous less-than-elegant patchwork on the decks, cockpits, and in the cabins.
With implementation of the new wind guidelines, a checklist that incorporates consideration of weather conditions into pre-sail preparations has been developed and will be on board within the week.  A new checklist for weekly use by the maintenance teams is also in development, which will include more detailed inspection of the outboards than current practice.
 
In addition, the detailed instructions for outboard engine operation, described in previous issues of BTS, will soon be affixed to the inner side of the fuel hatch covers on the Colgates and tethered under the stern decks of the Rhodes.
 
Skipper Alert:  While on the subject of the outboards, there have been numerous reports of the engines "failing" to lock into a straight-ahead position.  However, the steering adjustment screw at the back of the shaft was never meant to lock the engine into a straight-ahead orientation. Page 9 of the Tohatsu manual explicitly states: "The steering adjustment screw is used to adjust the friction load of the steering, but not to fix the steering.  Excess tightening of the adjustment screw may cause damage to the swivel bracket."

 

Furthermore, the engine is not locked in a vertical position when the gear shift is in forward. The engine needs to be able to "kick up" if a floating or submerged object is hit by the shaft while the boat is moving forward.  Otherwise, severe damage to the engine and/or transom of the boat will occur.
MAY BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
 
The Sail Chicago Board met at the Morningstar building on May 10.
 
Boats are in the water. Classes and rentals are up and running.  The hard work of everyone is appreciated as we begin the sailing season.
 
The Board authorized an expenditure of up to $2,100 for the acquisition of a motorized rigid inflated boat.  Joe Cannon will look at options and report back next month.
 
Bob Lapin reported that the cruising program is moving toward a goal of having Coast Guard licensed instructors in the cruising program.   The Board approved the motion to reimburse instructors for expenses incurred while obtaining the license.  The Board placed conditions that include:
 
  • Applies to new applications only and is not retroactive,
  • A maximum five license reimbursements per year,
  • The new licensee will submit a request to the Board for reimbursement and will be reimbursed full expenses once the license is obtained,
  • It is expected that instructors receiving the reimbursement will teach at least four classes.
 
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 14 at the Morningstar building. 
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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BTS: May, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for May
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #5/MAY, 2018
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
  
Sailing season is almost here!  Our Colgates are heading to their moorings at Monroe Harbor this weekend, with the rest of our fleet to follow soon thereafter.  Our Instruction Program is set to get under way in mid-May, and classes have almost filled. If you've been thinking of taking a class but putting it off, be sure to sign up NOW!  If you're an experienced sailor who would like to share your enthusiasm for the sport with others, consider becoming an instructor. For more information, contact Lead Instructor Matt Stuczynski. A good way to see if you might like to instruct a class is to skipper a few Tiller Times.  Chris Faris, our  can help you here.
 
The boats in our fleet will soon be available for private use by qualified skippers.  If you're planning to sail in May, or even June, 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.
 
Also, be aware of our Wind Guidelines.  With an inexperienced crew, don't sail in winds above 15 knots.  Even with experienced crew, if the wind rises to 20 knots or more, head back to the mooring immediately.  Skipper status at U.S. Sailing, our affiliate organization, qualifies a skipper to sail in not more than 15 knot winds.
 
Remember, as a skipper or instructor, you are responsible for the welfare of your boat and crew.  Last year several of our boats were damaged and had to be removed from service for extended periods because skippers lost control of their boats in high winds and ran them into sea walls. This was not
Colgate 26
A Colgate on a broad reach 
fair to our Instruction Program, which lost class time, to other skippers who wanted to use the boats, or to our maintenance volunteers who spent many hours hauling out, inspecting and repairing boats; not to mention the repair expense incurred by the organization.  Sail Chicago does not offer classes in "heavy weather sailing."  Those wishing to learn this skill should find another organization that teaches it.  Skippers and instructors are expected to follow our Wind Guidelines.  The Board reserves the right to discipline those who don't.  To learn more about a skipper's personal financial obligation in case of damage to a boat consult the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations.
 
This year our Monroe Harbor fleet will be moored along the first line of moorings balls north of the fairway leading out to Lake Michigan.  This should make it easy for us to leave and return to our moorings and should limit possible damage to our boats from hitting sea walls or other objects.
SEASON KICKOFF PARTY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 20
By Sarah Wirth

Sail Chicago members and students are invited to our Season Kickoff Party on Sunday, May 20, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Columbia Yacht Club.  We are keeping it casual with beer and snacks and most importantly... the Sail Chicago fleet will be on display at the dock including our Ericson 34 cruiser, Calypso, as well as other boats from the fleet, including both the Colgate 26 and Rhodes 19.
 
Meet with members of the maintenance crews who keep these boats in tip-top shape for the season, network with Sail Chicago members for future crew opportunities, and meet members of the Board.
 
There will not be any sailing, just brews, snacks, and (fingers crossed!) nice weather.  You will also have the chance to win Sail Chicago swag (hint: start practicing your sailing knots!)