BTS: July 2016

Sail Chicago News for July
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
July 14
Tiller Time Skipper Training
July 26
Happy Hour at the Weather Mark Tavern
July 28
Board Meeting
August 11

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
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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ISSUE NO. 7 / JULY, 2016 
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Believe it or not, we're almost at the mid-point in our sailing season.  Although May wasn't particularly hospitable for sailing, June turned out to be, for the most part, beautiful.  If tradition holds out, the rest of July and August should be great sailing weather.

It's been a good year so far.  Membership is up over last year, and our boats seem to be getting a lot of use.  Thanks to our many volunteer instructors, our mission to " offer quality instruction in sailing and boating safety..." is being fulfilled.  Our classes are full and waiting lists abound. If we had more qualified instructors, we could be offering more classes.  Our hope is that our enthusiastic new skippers this year will consider becoming instructors in a couple of years in order to pass on their experience, knowledge, and love of sailing to other new students.

Because we are an all-volunteer organization, our member-volunteers are our life-blood.  They are the ones who keep the organization going.  Recently three members have stepped up to fill major positions left vacant by former members who've moved out of town.  Brandon Sanders is our new Member Cruise Outing Coordinator.  MCOs provide our members and friends an opportunity to sail on a boat with an experienced skipper in an easy-going social atmosphere.
Chris Faris is our new Tiller Time Coordinator.  Tiller Time is an opportunity for our member-students to get additional time on the water with experienced Sail Chicago skippers who help them to practice the skills they learn in their formal instruction programs.

Sergio Luntsevich is our new Social Coordinator.  He's responsible for planning and executing activities that bring our members and friends together in a friendly and social atmosphere.  He's already organized a series of "Happy Hours" at the Weather Mark Tavern and Grill (see article in this issue), and is busy planning our annual picnic in August.  Rumor has it that this year the picnic will have some exciting new features. Look for more information in announcements and the August issue of Between the Sheets.

These are only three of our member-volunteers who put in countless hours making Sail Chicago a great sailing community.  Committee members, maintenance staff, instructors, and everyone involved invest much of themselves in the organization throughout the year.  For them and their service we are very grateful.  We still have openings available (see article in this issue). Please consider volunteering where your talents can be best used.

By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Maintenance is creating a new "Gas" team.  This team will go to the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday evenings and go out with their RIB driver to fill up all the gas tanks on our boats.  Members of the existing teams can join this specialized team and/or non-team members can simply join this team.  If you are a non-team member and participate in the gas team for your service time, you will need to go out 5 Fridays to complete your service time.  We will also need a coordinator for this team who will do the schedule.  The coordinator will receive $100 in sailing credits.

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.
*Assistant treasurer - This person needs to enjoy doing their own financials/taxes and be committed to the organization.  Active participation satisfies 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.

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

By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

For those who have thought about leading Tiller Time groups and getting more involved in Instruction, we are offering the chance to bone-up on some basic sailing skills as well as learn some tips and tricks for being an effective Tiller Time Skipper:
Tuesday, July 26, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Please respond 
here if you would like to attend.

By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join other Sail Chicago members and students on the last Thursday of each month for a Happy Hour at the Weather Mark Tavern.  Our next get-together will be Thursday, July 28 starting at 6:00 PM.  Meet new friends, reconnect with old sailing buddies, and compare your best sailing stories!
The Weather Mark is everyone's favorite nautical-themed restaurant and tavern, located conveniently in the South Loop, 1503 South Michigan Ave.  Walk, bike, drive, or take public transit-just make sure to come!  It's easily accessible by bus and train, and "pay at the box" street parking is available.
Thursday specials include 1/2 price select appetizers. Thursday drink specials are $15 domestic buckets. In addition, for Sail Chicago members only, $5 Skyy Vodka and $5 Mt. Gay Rum drinks.  Also, for those who would like to participate, Team Trivia Night begins at 7:30 PM.
This should definitely be a fun evening! Don't miss out on this night of food, drinks, and fun! Bring your family and friends!  There is no entrance fee for this event, but we do need to know how many people are coming!  Click here to register.

By Brandon Sanders, MCO Coordinator

Colgate Sailing
Skipper MCOs for extra fun.
The Member Cruise Outing program gives members an opportunity to get out on the water for a free sail and bring along their friends at a small cost.  It's a great way to practice your boating skills and get to know others in Sail Chicago, and it's just another great benefit of membership.

We need qualified Sail Chicago Skippers to sign up for MCOs. A skipper can bring along a first mate.  And skippering five MCOs satisfies your service time for next year.  If you'd like to volunteer as a skipper, please contact me by e-mail.  I will try my best to accommodate last minute requests, however 2 business days is preferred.

By David Shayne, Share-a-Sail Coordinator 

Get more time on the lake. No need to sit on shore and sigh...or twist arms to
Colgate Graduates
Your crew or extra skipper may be waiting for your message.
shanghai crew.  
An easy way to get eager, skilled crew is to use Share-a-Sail.  Find it on Google Groups.  Sign up with your full name, so members can recognize you,and then send and receive emails as to when you are available to sail.  It's a great way to get more time at the tiller, gain sailing experience, and lower the cost.

See you on the lake.  Any questionsemail me.

By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Ideal 18
A Colgate, close-hauled in a moderate breeze
Due to some heavy and gusty winds this season, our Safety Director, John Lemon, our Program Director, Michael Swisher, and I want to remind you of the Sail Chicago traditional wind guidelines (below).  Most importantly, choosing to go out depends on your best judgment, crew and skipper capability, experience, wind direction, wave height, etc. The usual rule of thumb is to reef if anyone on the crew even thinks it might be a good idea. The Colgate 26 reaches hull speed when winds reach about 12-13 knots, so it should probably be reefed at any higher wind speed.
Here are the wind guidelines and appropriate skill level for crew:
  • 0-10 knots (Gentle Breeze):  Full sail can be raised. Crew should have completed the Basic Sailing Course or equivalent.
  • 11-16 knots (Moderate Breeze): Sail should be reefed at higher-end 13-16 knots.  Crew should have completed the Intermediate Sailing Course or equivalent.
  • 17+ knots (Fresh Breeze):  Responsible skipper should cancel unless with another Sail Chicago Skipper or equivalent.
Remember, too, that first-year skippers MUST have at least one other experienced skipper or equivalent on board on any sail during their first 12 months.  Having another experienced sailor on board will help you best plan and execute in challenging conditions.  In the harbor have fenders out and ready for possible fending off.  Retreat to the safety of an empty can (maybe to our new practice can) at the harbor entrance if conditions exceed your capabilities.
The only thing worse than canceling a sail on a windy day with friends is sailing in conditions beyond your capabilities and causing property damage or injury.

By Tim Rice

Ideal 18 at Sunset
An Ideal under sail
If you're a Colgate 26 skipper and would like to try a different boat, you can participate in aIdeal 18 or  Rhodes 19 orientation.  Orientations are FREE to Colgate skippers.  After one or more on-the-water sessions, you'll be qualified to sail either our Ideal 18s or our Rhodes 19s.  The Rhodes and Ideals are fun to sail and quicker to maneuver than a Colgate, and they have a different "feel" at the helm.  Fees for their use are less than a Colgate's, and as few as two people can sail them.  Becoming qualified to sail a Rhodes or an Ideal can give you more flexibility in scheduling private sails during busy
Rhodes 19
A Rhodes on a close reach
times when many of our other boats are in use.
To schedule an on-the-water Ideal 18 or Rhodes 19 orientation session, visit the Sail Chicago website and select Seat Availability from the Reservation menu. There should be some sessions listed under Orientation. To request that a Rhodes session be scheduled for a different date/time, please contact Tim Rice.  For a different date/time for an Ideal orientation, contact Peter Dudak.

By Tim Rice

Are you a new skipper who would love to take your family or friends out for a cruise on Priorities, but hesitate because you're not sure you can handle whatever the lake throws at you?

Our new Back-Up Skipper program is set up to provide you with an experienced
Hunter 34
Priorities under sail
skipper who will accompany you and your guests out onto the lake. Plan your cruise as you would normally by checking available Priorites dates on
 the website.  Then call or email any or all on the following list of volunteer skippers to see if one is free for that day.  There is no additional cost beyond the rental.  

The Back-Up Skippers are Bob Lapin, Norris Larson, Jay Owens and Simeon Stairs.  (Phone numbers and email addresses are available in the member directory on the Sail Chicago web site.)

The philosophy of the program is to provide you as skipper with back up to help you handle situations you may have never encountered previously.
If anyone reading this is experienced and willing to be added as a Back-Up Skipper, please let me know, and you will be added to the list.

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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