BTS: June 2013

Between the Sheets: News from Sail Chicago for June
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 Sail Chicago is a not-for-profit community sailing program. 
Its mission is to offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety, and to provide affordable sailing opportunities to its members and others in the Chicago area.
Issue #6
June, 2013

By Steve VanderVoort, Managing Editor

Sailing season is here!  Our fleet is in the water and ready to sail.  Our instruction program is well under way, and our reservation system is open to all members who are Skipper-qualified.  The social activities we're planning are numerous.  It's time to get out on the water and enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow sailors.

This spring was not an easy one for getting our fleet ready for launch. The weather was unusually cold and more than a little wet for long periods.  Still, our group of dedicated volunteers worked diligently to make sure that everything was "shipshape" by the middle of May.


Our instruction program is having another fantastic 

Colgate 26year. The pace of registration doubled.  By mid-May registration for all of our courses was full.  Our volunteer instructors have been out on the water with their eager students since the first week in May.


Our deepest thanks to all our volunteers who pitched in to make it happen. Many went far beyond the call of duty in devoting their time, effort and energy in order to make sure that that our boats are safely equipped, seaworthy, and in good shape for the sailing season.  Now let's go out and have fun on the water!

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Service Time
By Christine Garvey 


Sail Chicago maintains its programs and fleet through the good work of its members. Being a volunteer organization ensures that our sailing costs are low and enables us to offer the community free sailing opportunities. Volunteering also gives us occasions to get to know each other.


Each member is required to complete volunteer service time each and every year in order to participate in sailing activities the following year.  Members should now be signed up for some service time to ensure that they can participate in Sail Chicago activities next year.  New members are not required to do service time their first season, but doing so is an ideal way to get involved and meet other members of Sail Chicago. In order to sail their second season, new members should be signed up for service time by October 15th.  (Those who cannot or do not wish to volunteer can pay $400 instead of doing service time.)


Members can find service assignments/jobs by clicking on the "Sail Chicago Jobs" link on their Sail Chicago home page. To sign up for a job, click on any job listed there. The head of the program for that job will be automatically notified, and that person should, in turn, get in touch with you.  Members are responsible for securing a service time job, so they must choose another job if no one replies to their first application.  (All of those heading programs should verify that jobs and assignment needs for their programs are listed correctly.)  


More information about service time can be found on page 7 of the Sail Chicago Handbook.  If you have any questions about service time, please contact Christine Garvey.


Fun Racing

By Dolores Baron


Fun Racing starts Saturday, June 8.   We race from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Three boats are available, and those wishing to skipper should email me.   Crew signs up on the web site for a modest $10 fee.  Skippers sail for free.  To register for one of these Saturday morning Fun Races at the Sail Chicago web site, click on "Reserve Program Seats," choose "Open Racing," click on "Find Seats," pick a date, pick a boat, and reserve a seat.  I hope to see you there!


From the Editor
Service Time Sign-up
Fun Racing Begins
Monroe Harbor Passes
Social Events Planned
Launching New Sailors
Instructional Program, a Big Success
May Sail Chicago Board Meeting
PFDs for Kids
In memory of Tom Keaveny
Emergency Action Plan
Sail Chicago Reminders
July 13 - Chicago/Mackinac Race begins
July 29 - New Sailors Party*
July 21 - Friends & Family Picnic*
August 7-11 - Chicago Match Cup Race
August 7-11 - Tall Ships, Navy Pier
August 11 - Friends & Family Picnic*
August 24-25 - Verve Cup Regatta

*  See article below

Announcements - Gary Thrane
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
BTS Editor  - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising Program - Nick Petrovits
Fun Racing -Dolores Baron
Human Resources - Frank Loftus
Instruction Scheduling - Lorna Luebbers
Lead Instructor - John Lemon
Maintenance - Frank Loftus
Marketing - Mike Parapetti
Member Cruise Outings - Mehmet Tasci
Membership - Lois Lawson
Pre-Sail Orientation -Peter Hays & Mary Ann Wilkins
Seminars -Paul Demmel
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Pat Webster
Tender & Parking Passes - Arleen Prairie
Tiller Time - Anke Heinrich
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort


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By Arleen Prairie, MPP Coordinator 


Tender service passes and East Monroe parking passes are now available in the lockboxes outside the Monroe Harbor tender office. Having ready access to these passes is a great convenience, but it is important to keep the lockboxes locked so only Sail Chicago members have access. There have been reports that lockboxes are sometimes left unlocked.  Just closing the lockbox door is not sufficient to lock it.  After closing the lockbox door, spin the dial at least one full turn and test to be sure that the door is locked.  Also, help us safeguard the passes by not sharing combinations with non-members.


The East Monroe Garage has changed the time when passes are accepted.   On weekdays, the parking garage now accepts our parking passes starting at 10:00 a.m.  As before, there is 24-hour access on weekends.


The lockbox numbers and combinations for both parking and tender service passes can be found at the top of the Boat Status page of the Sail Chicago website.  For more information on how to use the passes, see the article in the May issue of Between the Sheets.


If you have questions or comments on the Monroe Passes Program, please email Arleen Prairie


If you're a Sail-Into-Summer student who's decided after taking a class that you'd really like to become a full member of the Sail Chicago community and participate in our many other programs and activities, or if you'd just like to join without subscribing to the New Member Package, you can now do so from the Membership page of the Sail Chicago website.  Better still, just click here and do it now..


By Patricia Webster


We're kicking off our social season with a party on Saturday, June 29, to welcome all new sailors to Sail ChicaRenewing Friendshipsgo. We want to give everyone an opportunity to network with other new sailors as well meet some of our long-time Sail Chicago sailors. Getting to know other members is a great way to make "sailing connections" for more opportunities to sail.


A complimentary barbecue with appetizers, salads, and desserts will be provided. The party will be held in a lakefront condo building, and fireworks can be viewed later in the evening. Watch for an announcement with an invitation to join the fun. Space is limited, so be sure to register as soon as you get the email invitation.

2012 Friends & Family

The social committee is also planning our traditional "Friends and Family Picnics" on Sunday, July 21, and Sunday, August 11. At these gatherings, you will not only get the  chance to mingle with other sailors, but you are welcome to bring guests and get them out on a boat for a short sail. More details will follow in July.




Before they can begin any on-the-water training, all Sail into Summer students and new members

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Students wih New Sail Chicago T-Shirts
must attend a two-hour, on-land Pre-Sail Orientation (PSO).   This program prepares prospective sailors for what may well be their first on-the-water experience, gives them a basic knowledge of sailing theory, and explains how they can take advantage of the many sailing opportunities with Sail Chicago.  Four sessions have been held so far, attended by over 125 eager new sailors.  


Pictured here is a group of new graduates from the May 25 PSO proudly showing 

off their new Sail Chicago T-shirts.  One more session will be held on June 20

By John Lemon


 Sail Chicago's Basic Keelboat Instruction Program is enjoying another record year. All Basic,

John Lemon

 Intermediate, and Skipper classes were sold out near the beginning of May, with over 

New Skippers
New Skippers Class

175 students registered. In addition, our new Colgate 26 racing program has sold out for all three racing series. Session I students just finished their classes, and Session II began Saturday, with 64 students under the watchful eyes of 16 instructors. Qualification/orientation classes on the Colgate26 and singl

e-handing classes on the Ideal 18 are open for registration. Both require that you have a current Sail Chicago skippercard.


Sailing is becoming more popular, and many more people are seeking sailing lessons than Sail Chicago can accommodate. As a not-for-profit community sailing program whose mission is sailing education, we strive to offer access to sailing to as many as

possible. But as a volunteer organization, we can't always meet that demand.


For those still wanting to get out on the water and learn to sail this summer, we suggest the following sailing programs.


The Chicago Park District operates a community sailing program through the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program that includes an adult learn-to-sail program, similar to Sail Chicago's.  The fees are comparable and there is good availability of classes.  To find out more about the Park District program, contact Bill James at 312-745-1700. 
Other learn-to-sail programs:



By Fiona Ray


Sail Chicago's Board of Directors held its monthly meeting on May 9, 2013. The following issues were addressed:

  • Dan Flavin was named to one of the two open seats on the Board. His term expires in March, 2015. Congratulations and welcome, Dan!
  • One week prior to its monthly meetings, the Board will publish its next meeting agenda on the Sail Chicago website members' page. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. The Board welcomes member input, suggestions, and possible solutions for Sail Chicago issues.
  • The 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook has been approved and will be posted on the website. The Handbook contains all current Sail Chicago rules and regulations. 
  • The Board approved a motion to acquire an additional Colgate-26 or similar boat (e.g., J-24 or Sonar) to meet private use needs.
  • The Board discussed the need for additional volunteer resources and more management oversight to keep the organization running smoothly. John Lemon will be finishing his term as head instructor this season, so there is a need, not only for additional instructors, but also for a new head instructor. The maintenance program also needs a chairperson to oversee and manage boat managers and communicate maintenance needs. (The current chair, Frank Loftus, is relocating temporarily for work reasons.) There was discussion regarding the need for paid administrative and instructional resources. 
  • The Board will be revisiting the organization's current 2013 Strategic Plan and creating a committee to develop strategic recommendations regarding growth and resources. Any members interested in working on this committee when it is formed should contact the Board.


PFDs for Kids

By Patricia Webster


In previous seasons, our boats were stocked with life jackets for children. There was one per boat, and they were quite old. Sail Chicago's Board has purchased a new supply of child-sized vests, four vests that fit children who weigh between 30-50 pounds and four youth vests that fit those weighing between 50-90 pounds. This will ensure that children using the vests will have a better fit than was provided by the old vests.  

The new vests will not be stored on the Colgates, Ideals or Rhodes, but will be kept in Sail Chicago's storage trailer which is located at the boatyard on Canal. (Children's vests that are currently on Priorities will remain on Priorities.) To use the vests, please send an email to at least 24 hours prior to your sail. You will then get information about how to pick up these vests. (Children's vests that are currently on Priorities will remain there.) These vests are meant for members' guests as are the adult-sized vests we store on our boats.  If you have children who are sailing regularly, it would be best to fit them with their own vests. 


Long-time Sail Chicago Instructor and member Tom Keaveny passed away Friday, May 31.  He joined Sail Chicago in 1965 and earned his skipper card that same year.  Tom taught dozens of students the fundamentals of sailing as his way of giving back to sailing and to our organization.  He will be sorely missed. 
Visitation will be held Thursday June 6th, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd, (2 blocks south of Lake Avenue) Glenview.  Family and friends will meet Friday, June 7th, for a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters, Northbrook. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Tom Keaveny Endowed Fund at Children's Mercy Hospital, c/o Resource Development, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO. 64108, is appreciated. 



Sail Chicago now has an Emergency Action Plan.  The Plan defines what counts as an emergency and lists specific procedures to follow in order to provide assistance and to document what happened.  It's extremely important that all Sail Chicago skippers and crew become familiar with this plan.  Please review it either here or in the 2013 Sail Chicago Handbook (published on the Sail Chicago website). There is also an Emergency Reference Guide that will be placed on all boats in the Sail Chicago fleet. Skippers may also want to copy the Reference Guide and keep it with their sailing gear.


Tiller Time 
New members and "rusty" skippers can hone their sailing skills by participating in Tiller Time.  If you took a class last year (or have attended at least one class session this season), there's no charge for Tiller Time excursions.  You can sign up for particular sailing dates by visiting the Sail Chicago web site.  Questions?  Contact 

Share-a-Sail Program 
If you need crew or you want to volunteer as crew, our Share-a-Sail program is for you.  Just go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail and leave your name and email address there.  You'll be able to post and receive emails from other Sail Chicago members who would like to get together and go sailing.  Both members and Sail-iinto-Summer students can participate.

Get a $50 Credit for Referring a New Member 
Members will receive a $50 credit to their account for every new member who joins Sail Chicago at their invitation.  (Even if your friend decides to just participate in the "Sail into Summer" program, you will still receive a $25 credit.)

Fulfill Your Service Requirement   
A list of opportunities to fulfill your annual service requirements is still available.  Please review it, and if you find one that appeals to you, follow the online instructions to contact the program coordinator named in the list to learn how you might become involved.  Remember, unless you meet your annual service requirement, you will NOT be able to participate in any Sail Chicago on-the-water activities this season.
Renew Your Sail Chicago Membership Now  
Renew your Sail Chicago Membership online using a credit card.  If you'd prefer to mail in your renewal together with a check, click here to print a paper form.

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