BTS: October 2016

Sail Chicago News for October
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.

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October 13
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October 15
Motor Our Boats Upriver
October 17 
End-of-Season Party
November 18

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Brian Johnson
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Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

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ISSUE NO. 10 /OCTOBER, 2016 
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I've recently heard from some of our Boat Managers that they have found some of the boats in our fleet to be in less that tip-top condition when they board the boat for a maintenance sail.  Sail Chicago is an all-volunteer program.  We don't
Rigging a Colgate
Getting Her "Shipshape and Bristol Fashion"
have an expensive professional staff to make minor repairs or to clean up after our members.  That's one of the main reasons that we are able to offer our members so many and such affordable sailing opportunities.  But this also means that our members have a responsibility to clean up after themselves and, after sailing, to leave the boat in a condition that they would like to find it. Often it's just the small things that don't take much time, but can make all the difference to the skipper who sails the boat after you do.  Here's a partial ialac6
list passed on to me by some of our Boat Managers:
  • Secure the wand to the port foredeck.  If it's on the starboard foredeck, people entering or leaving the boat may step on it and break it.
  • Secure the traveler to port for a similar reason.  It gives the people coming on board or leaving the boat more room to step out of the way of the next person, a big plus if the boat is rocking.
  • Fully complete both the pre-sail and post-sail checklist, noting any items that need attention. This checklist provides you with a multitude of good reminders and alerts you to any problems with the boat. It also serves to notify future skippers of problems.
  • When unfurling the jib, make sure to keep some tension on the furling line by letting it run through your hands.  If you don't, the line may wind itself back on the furling disk and get tangled.  If this happens, you'll have a really tough time furling the jib again at the end of your sail.
  • When you leave the boat take another look around the cabin to make sure that no items, including any garbage, are left behind, and that gear has been properly stowed.  Boat Managers tell me that all sorts of weird things have been found on our boats.
  • If you use the VHF radio, make sure that you turn it off before you lock the hatch.  Batteries can wear down quickly if the radio is left on.
  • As you lock the hatch, make sure that the numbers on the lock are facing the right direction so they can be read easily by the next person.
  • If you've reefed the mainsail, as a courtesy to the next skipper, please untie the nettles and loosen the reef lines so the mainsail can be raised smoothly and easily.
  • Report any malfunctions or repairs needed on the member page of the Sail Chicago website.  It's remarkably easy, it only takes a couple of minutes, and it alerts the Boat Managers and everyone who sails the boat after you.
  • If you have an "incident" (see the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations), immediately report it to the Safety Director. Having a description from you about what happened protects both you and Sail Chicago. Again, this can be done very simply through the member page of the Sail Chicago website.
  • In short, please leave the boat the way you would like to find it.
Obviously, this is only a partial list. If you have any comments or pet peeves about what you've found or not found on our boats, please let me know and I'll pass them on to our members in a future issue of Between the Sheets.

By Tom Peterson, Sail Chicago Maintenance

The end of the sailing season is almost here, we need to be out of the harbors before October 31.  The Rhodes, Ideals, and the four remaining Colgates are set to go out of service on October 15.  We will motor the boats up the Chicago River on the 17th of October to our winter facility at Canal Street Marina.
Colgate at the Yard
A Colgate Ready for Winter Quarters 
We are looking for a number of volunteers to help take down the masts on October 15, both for the Colgates and the Ideals.  Some volunteers should be experienced, but we can use help from those who are there to learn.  If you are interested (and we hope you are!), send an email to Lois Lawson
 who is assigning people to the various jobs.  Please include your experience level, but, again, we can use people who are at any level of experience.
If you are interested in the Colgate river trip on October 17, contact Kristen Miller.   Let her know your available times, whether you are a skipper, and if
Heading Upriver
you have gone through the locks before.
After the boats are in the yard, we are hoping to get some serious work done to make the Spring launch easier.  Anyone can help, we will try to get out there at least one day a week until the weather turns bad. If you want to know if we will be out there working on a particular day, either email me, Tom Petersonor call my cell, 773-241-4870.

We're hoping to get some new people involved in these activities.  Don't feel put off if you haven't done maintenance before, we will get you involved as much as you want.  And if you have any suggestions let me know when you see me, or email them to me.

By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Mark your calendars to save the date for Sail Chicago's end-of-the-season celebration that will be held at the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evening,
2010 Post Season Party
A Past End-of-Season Party
November 18th.  We look forward to an evening of dining and relaxing with friends in this nautical setting.  The evening will begin at 6:30 with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:00PM.  The Board of Directors will be on hand to recognize those who have excelled in the organization, either through their achievement or through their volunteerism.

Look for an article in the November Between the Sheets with a link to register and pay for this event. An email announcement will also go out later in October. Space is limited so be sure to register early. The event is open to Sail Chicago members, students, and their guests. This year the fee will be $30 per person for both members and guests.

By Annette Faber & Vlad Roshchin, Monroe Pass Coordinators

The end of our sailing season is fast approaching, and currently we have two parking passes and several tender passes missing from our lockboxs.  Skippers, please check your wallets and sailing gear to make sure that you haven't forgotten to return a pass that you used earlier in the season.  Use of these passes is a privilege and on the honor system. If we don't return them by the end of the season, we will be charged for them.  That money could be better spent in more productive ways for Sail Chicago.  At the end of the season, the passes are automatically canceled and will no longer be usable.  Thanks for your cooperation.

By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you to everyone who has been working this season to make the organization run effectively.  Now it's time to put the boats to bed for the winter, and we need all the help we can get.  If you need service time, you can sign up for a boatyard team.  But, even if you are set with your own service time completion, we could still use your help.   Please contact Tom Peterson and/or watch for announcements regarding when the work is being done (see "Haul Out..." article in this issue).

Below is the list of positions that still need volunteers.

*Website help: knowledge helpful. You need to have a long term commitment to Sail Chicago. Active participation completes service time.
*Fundraising Coordinator and team:  Creates and implements fundraising activities.  Active participation completes service time.
*Community sailing skippers and first mates (Laurence Hall, Urban Sail, Schuler Scholars):  Must have weekday afternoons available. 5 sails completes service time.
*MCO skippers:  You may bring your own first mate.  5 sails completes service time.
*Tiller Time skippers:  You may not bring your own first mate because you need to be confident and competent to give the tiller up to students.  5 sails completes service time.
*No open positions
*Instructors:  One class completes service time
*Assistant program coordinator:  Active participation completes service time.

*Assistant Coordinator:  Helps the coordinator manage boat maintenance. Active participation completes service time.
*Boat teams:  Helps make and keep the boats in safe, sailing condition. Active participation completes service time.
*Repair specialties:  Specialists will be called on when needed. Active participation completes service time.
* Gas teams:  Going out at least 5 Fridays during the season will complete service time.
*Boatyard teams:  This team is responsible for getting the boats ready for the beginning and end of the season. 5 days of work satisfies service time.

For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.


A Sailor's Pig & Rooster T-Shirt
Here's a bit of sailor's lore from Sail Chicago member David Shayne:  

Back in the day, sailors would tattoo a pig on one foot and a rooster on the other. It was believed that this would give the sailor the ability to walk on water if they had to abandon ship.  This came from the claim that when merchant ships that sank while carrying live animals, the crates that the carried the pigs and roosters always floated ashore. Thus, by having a pig and rooster tattooed on either foot, sailors could make it to land.  (Even if you have such tattoos, Sail Chicago still requires you to wear a life jacket!)

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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