BTS: January 2016

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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 #1
January, 2016
By Steve Vandervoort, Editor
Steve Vandervoort
Although we are now in the heart of winter, sailors' thoughts still turn toward the time, not so far off, when Lake Michigan will once again be free of ice and we can hoist a sail. In the meantime, there are a lot of activities that can keep us interested and enthusiastic:
  • The Strictly Sail Chicago Show takes place January 14-18 (see article below).  Please consider volunteering to staff our booth at the show for a few hours.
  • For the more adventurous, the annual U.S. Sailing Leadership Forum takes place February 4-6 in San Diego, CA.  We know that a couple of Sail Chicago members will be attending.  Perhaps you can join them.
  • The date of the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting has just been announced (see article at the bottom of this page).  This is always a great opportunity to get together with other Sail Chicago members to start discussing plans for the upcoming sailing season.
Don't forget to meet your annual service requirement.  If it's not met by the beginning of the 2014 sailing season, you won't be able to participate in any on-the-water activities.  For a list of ways you do this, click here 
It is time to start thinking about meeting your service requirement. The Sail Chicago Jobs website is currently being updated, but we know that we currently need a Tiller Time Coordinator.  The Coordinator organizes Tiller Times by reserving boats for Tiller Time Skippers who request them. The position earns $100 in sailing credits, as well as fulfilling the annual service requirement.  The Coordinator can work anywhere and anytime, as long as they have an internet connection to the Sail Chicago website. There is also a backup person available for emergencies.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Christine Garvey.

Safety on the water is a critical component of our Sail Chicago Instruction Program.  Once you've completed a course, however, it's often easy to forget some of the important boating safety issues learned in class.  Boat US offers an easy way to test your knowledge of boating safety.  Just click here to take their quiz.  If less than 70% of your answers are correct, you may want to consider taking their free online boating safety course.

Longing for spring when you can get back on the water?Our Safety Director, John Lemon, suggests an activity that can get your blood racing while you sit by the fire on a cold winter's night--reading about sailing adventures. He passed along a website that has reviews of some great reads in marine literature.  To find out more, click here.
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - January 14 -18
Board Meeting - January 12
Coastal Navigation Seminar - February 3
Board Meeting - February 9
Annual Meeting, - March 2
Board Meeting - March 8
Announcements - Gary Thrane
Boat Licensing & Registration - Ottilie Young
Bookkeeper - Jay Owens
Between the Sheets - Steve VanderVoort
Chairman - Chris Schuler
Colgate 26 Racing - Bob Cohen 
Cruising - Bob Lapin
Instruction - Michael Swisher
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Norm Linde
Lead Instructor - Matt Stuczynski
Marketing - Adam Wisneski
Member Cruise Outings - Brandon Sanders
Membership - Faith Hillis
Monroe Parking & Tender Passes - Vlad Roshchin &         Annette Faber
Purchasing - Dana Smith
Reservations - Peter Dudak
Safety - John Lemon
Schuler Scholars - Tom Simms
Seminars - Paul Demmel
Service Requirements - Christine Garvey
Share-a-Sail - David Shayne
Social - Michele Cody
Strictly Sail Chicago Show - Steve VanderVoort
Surveys - Gary Thrane
Tiller Time - 
Treasurer - Steve VanderVoort
Webmaster - Alfred Chan


Accident Reporting
Chris Schuler 
Steve VanderVoort
Vice Chairman
 Maya Teleki
 Christine Garvey 

Alfred Chan

Bob Cohen

Shawn Lord  

Martin Modahl 

Tom Peterson
Matt Stuczynski
Michael Swisher
Adam Wisneski   

As part of its offerings, the upcoming Strictly Sail Chicago Show has some fantastic seminars that you can attend, many for free.  Click here to see the listing.  Bob Lapin, our Cruising Program Coordinator, suggests that if you are planning to attend a seminar, you should take some notes of the important points you learn, type them up, and forward them to him here.  He'll turn them into an article that will be published in a future issue of Between the Sheets.  That way we can all benefit from the knowledge that you've gained. Thanks in advance for volunteering.


Fulfill your Annual Service Requirement - Volunteer Opportunities Available
All Sail Chicago members must fulfill an annual service requirement before they can participate in on-the-water activities.  To check out the many volunteer opportunities in Sail Chicago,  click here.

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.

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

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."


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Sail Chicago's Cruising Boat
By Paul Demmel, Seminar Coordinator

Sail Chicago is proud to announce that we will again be holding a winter seminar series.  We are happy to have several presentations lined up and another in progress.  The first seminar of the series will be: An Introduction to Coastal Navigation presented by Bob Lapin.  It will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00 pm.  In this short-form seminar Bob will cover some of the basics of navigation.  Those sailors interested in a more detailed study may take Bob's full 8-hour tuition course over two Saturdays later in the winter.  More details on that course will be forthcoming, but consider this free seminar if you'd like to get started.
Watch your email for further details and a sign-up form for each of the upcoming winter seminars.  Hope to see you there!
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Sailing Instructor

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For those students who have successfully completed Sail Chicago's Skipper Prep and/or
Intermediate course, you are eligible to take the US Sailing Basic Keelboat written test in order to obtain US Sailing Basic Keeboat certification.  We will again offer the written test on Saturday, January 23rd at 1:00 p.m.  Location will be at the Kingsbaker Cafe, 900 W. Van Buren in the West Loop.  Please bring a check for $50 made out to Sail Chicago. This payment includes a one-year membership to US Sailing.  Please confirm your attendance with your name, the last class you took and when, along with your Sail Chicago Instructor's name.

Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd, at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago.  Free street parking is available nearby. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, but do come early to join friends for a drink or dinner.
The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" report by our Board Chairman and program heads, election of Directors for new three-year terms, and a question-and-answer period with the Board. There will ample time for discussion and socializing. The anticipated end time of the meeting is 9 pm.
We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2015 sailing season!
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