BTS: November 2016

Sail Chicago News for November
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.

Board Meeting
November 10

End-of-Season Party
November 18

Boat Licensing & Registration
Between the Sheets
Colgate 26 Racing
Brian Johnson
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Lead Instructor
Member Cruise Outings
Monroe Passes
Annette Faber
Dana Smith
Schuler Scholars
Service Requirements
Sergio Luntsevich
Strictly Sail Chicago Show
Tiller Time 
Chris Faris
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Vice Chair - Maya Teleki
Secretary - Bob Lapin
Treasurer - Martin Modahl

Bob Cohen
Brian Johnson
Shawn Lord  
Sarah Pellegrino
Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski  

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By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Winter is just around the corner. Our fleet is stacked neatly in the boatyard on Canal Street.  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 our 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 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.
For our newer members, a great way to fulfill your service requirement is by becoming a member of a Boat Team.  Here you will be part of a team of 5 -7 members who are responsible for keeping one of our boats in tip-top shape for the sailing season.  You'll work on the boat during the fall and spring to prepare it for the next sailing season, and you'll help with minor repairs during the season itself. You're also eligible to participate in weekly "maintenance cruises" with other boat team members throughout the summer.  It's a great way to learn about all of the things that go into boat maintenance, and also an opportunity to meet other enthusiastic sailors in Sail Chicago.  To find out more, please contact Tom Peterson, our Maintenance Coordinator, or to see other opportunities to meet your service requirement, see the article below.
By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator
Join fellow sailors to celebrate another great sailing season with a delicious dinner on the lake at the Columbia Yacht Club.  After dinner we will recognize the excellent efforts of our members and students who have helped Sail Chicago thrive.  The event will be held on Friday evening, November 18th starting at 6:30 with a cash bar.  
A delicious buffet dinner will be provided by Columbia Yacht Club which is well known for its fine dining.  The menu includes a salad, Amish roasted breast of chicken with field mushrooms, seasonal ravioli, fresh vegetables, roasted potatoes, rolls, assorted gourmet cookies and coffee and tea. 
Cost: $30 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Parking is available in the DuSable Harbor lot just west of the yacht club.
To register and pay by November 12th, click here  Space is limited, so sign up soon.

By Vlad Rothkin and Annette Faber, Boat Pass Coordinators

Three parking passes for the Monroe Street parking garage are missing.  If we don't return them we will be charged for them.  Please check your wallets, glove compartments, or desk drawers to make sure that you don't have a parking pass that you forgot to return.  Since it's the end of the sailing season, they no longer work to get you into or out of the garage.  If you find one, please notifyVlad Rothchin or 
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator
On October 13, Sail Chicago added a newly purchased cruiser to our fleet.  She's Calypso, a 1993 Pacific Seacraft Ericson 34. The search committee of Norris Larson, Bob Lapin, Norm Linde, Jay Owens, Ed Schroeder, and
Simeon Stairs checked out boats throughout the 2016 season.  After examining
numerous boats, the purchase of Calypso was approved by the Board.  What attracted the committee to Calypso was the high quality of construction and excellent condition of this used boat.  Virtually no problems were found during survey.  The boat is about the same size as our Hunter 34, but it has a fin keel and weighs 1200 pounds more--it is solid.

Calypso sails like a dream and is fast.  We motored from Waukegan to Belmont
Under way aboard
Harbor at 2500 rpm and made 6.5 to 7 kts, completing the voyage in a little over 4 hours.  In 10 kt breeze, with full main and genoa, Calypso made 6.5 to 7 kts.  On a windier day, with a 15 kt breeze, with a reefed genoa and a full main, we consistently made 7 kts with a 15-degree heel that was very comfortable.  

Reefing the main is a snap because all the reefing can be done from the cockpit.  The dodger was also very helpful coming down from Waukegan with the temperature at 38 degrees.  More fun is certainly in store next season as we put the asymmetrical spinnaker through its paces.  The maintenance crew, led by Simeon Stairs, is winterizing Calypso and determining the improvements to get it ready for the 2017 season. Come check it out next season.
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor, and Michael Swisher, Program Coordinator
Many hearty thanks to our team of amazing Instructors and to our Check-Out Team of Marj Benson and Alex Pedenko whose dedicated work helped our group check out 42 new Colgate skippers this year.  This number is nearly double most recent previous years and all 42 skippers are new to our organization.  Welcome to all the new skippers!  We remind them to re-read the "Keelboat Skipper Personal Statement" that they signed when they passed the on-the-water part of our skipper requirement tests.   That statement emphasizes following the directives in the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations handbook so that they can continue to learn and enjoy many, many years of growth as a sailor and skipper.
By Tom Simms, Schüler Scholars Sailing Coordinator
The Schüler Scholar sailing program has just completed its third year.  I would
Schuler Scholars enjoy an afternoon Colgate sail
like to take this opportunity to thank each of the 13 Sail Chicago members who generously volunteered their Wednesday afternoons to share their love of sailing with these deserving students.  The response from the Schüler Foundation has been overwhelmingly positive.  With the continued support of the Sail Chicago Board of Directors, we hope to expand the program to provide more enriched sailing experiences for these young scholars.
A GREAT SAILING LESSON!  Viva el barco de vela!
Sail Chicago's Lead Instructor, Matt Stuczynski, was recently captured on video by Univision giving a sailing lesson to an enthusiastic neophyte.  The video clip is both instructive and hilarious.  To witness the entire experience click here. (Hint: it helps if you speak Spanish.)

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. 

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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