BTS: August 2016

Sail Chicago News for August
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.
Friends & Family Picnic
August 7
Board Meeting
August 11
Happy Hour at the Weather Mark
August 25
Board Meeting
September 8

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. 8 / AUGUST, 2016 
Steve VanderVoort
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I remember back when I was a new member of Sail Chicago. I had a lot of questions about the organization. Where could I get information about reservations, the status of a boat I wanted to reserve for private use, upcoming events in which I could participate, reporting a boating accident or mal-function, finding crew to sail with me, fulfilling my annual service requirement, etc., etc.  I found the organization rather opaque and difficult to navigate.  I suspect that's also true of some of our newer members today.  And yet, I believe that today we have many more information resources available that we did back when I was a newbie.
Let's start with Between the Sheets.  Our monthly newsletter tries to keep you up to date on a variety of programs, events, and issues in Sail Chicago.  Past issues can be a good source of information.  They can be found on the Sail Chicago website under "News."  Also, the maroon sidebar on the left of each issue tries to keep you up to date on events, who to contact for specific information, and other ongoing useful information.  Individual announcements are also published for events happening where registration is often necessary.  We try to keep these announcements to a minimum so as not to spam you.  If you're not getting them, you may want to search your junk mail folder.
If you're looking for crew or would like to crew for others, signing up for Share-a-Sail might be a good bet.  You can do it through Google Groups.  See the July, 2016 issue of Between the Sheets for specific instructions.  And if you're looking for ways to fulfill your annual service requirement, look in the current issue of BTS.  You'll find listings of current open positions for which you may qualify.  If you have questions regarding your service requirement, contact Christine Garvey, our Volunteer Coordinator.
A quick review of the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations may answer many of your questions about the organization.  This online manual covers everything from membership qualifications and registration to use of the reservation system to reporting of boating accidents.  It also states our policies on equal opportunity and harassment.   You can find a link to the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations under "Useful Information" to the left.
Finally, there's one last place to find information.  When I was a newbie and was frustrated, I'd email Lois Lawson, who was then our Membership Coordinator. She'd always have an answer for me, or she'd find someone for me who did. Now our Membership Coordinator is Faith Hillis. You can reach her at 

By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join us for a picnic and a sail on Sunday, August 7, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.!
The Columbia Yacht Club
year there's something new and exciting!  It's a joint event with the 
Columbia Yacht Club.   We'll picnic on the Club's dock and offer brief sails on boats in our Colgate fleet throughout the afternoon.  Come join old friends and meet new friends.

We're planning to offer sails on our Colgates.  
We need Colgate skippers who can set aside time to take folks out for a short sail.  If you can help out, please let me know as soon as possible.
This is a great opportunity to get your non-sailing friends and family out on the water for a brief sail.  Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch complete with 1/2 pound hamburgers, all beef hotdogs, grilled chicken breasts, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit, dessert, and all the fixin's. There's a $10 per person charge for Sail Chicago members and guests ($5 for all kids under 12) to cover the cost of the food. The fee is non-refundable.  In the event of rain, the buffet will be moved to the aft deck of the Club.
Come early to register for a sail on one of our Colgates.  Stay late to share sailing stories and have a good time. To register, click here.

By Sergio Luntsevich, Social Coordinator

Join other Sail Chicago members and students on Thursday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m.  Meet new friends, reconnect with old sailing buddies, and compare your best sailing stories!
We will be at the Weather Mark Tavern, everyone's favorite nautical-themed
The Weather Mark Tavern
restaurant and tavern, located conveniently in the South Loop. Walk, bike, drive, or take public transit-just make sure to come!  The Weather Mark is easily accessible by bus and train, and "pay at the box" street parking is available.
Thursday specials include half-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.  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! Please register here.

By Christine Garvey, Volunteer Coordinator

Thanks so much to Michael Johnson for stepping up to coordinate the gas team. We all love getting on a boat that has gas, right? Often the maintenance teams are busy doing maintenance, so it has been difficult to also fill up. Right now, the boat teams are taking gas team responsibilities until we can develop a team of its own. If anyone is interested, please let me know. The boats are gassed up on Friday evenings.
We are continuing to look for some important positions to be filled. We need assistants for Instruction and Maintenance. It's a wonderful way to meet members and learn new skills. We are also attempting to delegate the work so it's not too much work for a few people.
Our website transition team also needs help.  An effective website is key to the organization's success.  So, if you are interested or need more detailed information, please contact me.
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.
For more information on these and other open positions, contact  Chris Garvey.

By Maya Teleki, Racing Co-Coordinator

Colgate 26 Racing
Cogates racing to a mark\
Last call for interested racers to sign up for the August racing session!  We have been having a great time.   Weather has foiled us a couple of times, but there is always free beer on tap at Columbia (rain or shine!). Intermediate sailing level or above is the prerequisite. 
Sign up here or contact Maya Teleki if you have any questions! 
Also this month is the Inshore Verve Cup Regatta on August 27 & 28.  This is the signature event of the racing season, so find some sailing partners and sign up. 
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Thanks to a team effort from the Instruction and Maintenance teams (hats off to Tim Ryan and Tom Peterson), and with approval from the Monroe Harbormaster, we have set up a practice mooring can in the transient mooring area near the south end of the Harbor mouth.  The idea is to provide a place to practice the Close Reach approach to a can safely away from other moored boats and the busy west channel, but realistically with mooring cans and the east channel as elements to consider.  The transient cans are marked with orange tape and generally do not have numbers, but this one (marked number 2), is approximately 3 cans south of the harbor mouth and 3 cans west of the east channel break-water.   "Sail Chicago Practice" is marked on the weathered wand itself and includes a long, sturdy line between the wand and two functional mooring lines.   A brass hook attaching the two mooring lines to the wand tether should be easy to handle in the event you need to use the mooring can in an emergency situation.

As always, try to avoid sailing in between boats, use the aisles and outer channel and try to avoid the inner channel due to fluky winds and heavy motor boat traffic. Finally, keep in mind that this practice mooring can might be a good option as a safety retreat in heavy weather instead of going back to the boat's home mooring.

July Board Notes
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The board met on July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the downtown offices of Grant Thornton, a venue arranged by our Vice Chair, Maya Teleki.   Members are always welcome.  (Next Board meeting Aug. 11.)   Discussion items included: 
  • Optimizing the maintenance process  We depend too heavily on a few very dedicated sailors to keep our fleet in service. Tom Peterson and Shawn Lord will be working with the boat managers to develop the haul-out plan, streamline spring plans and consider bringing back the summer maintenance program.  We need more help.  We welcome ideas.
  • Website  Our web master is moving to the west coast.  Alfred Chan has developed a very specific software program that handles our on-line activities in a marvelous way.  Shawn Lord and Martin Modahl will be working with Alfred to learn the system.   We still need someone with coding expertise.
  • Up-grading our cruising boat   A team is searching for a newer cruiser. The criteria for a new cruiser include; being well-built by a quality builder, 1993 or later model, excellent condition with no deck cracks or stained cabin cushions, sleeps five, cost under $60K, and 34-36 feet in length. The team has looked at a Pearson 36, Beneteau 34, Ericson 34, and Catalina 32. The leading candidate is the Ericson 34.   
  • Social Activities Report   Our new social chairman, Sergio Luntsevich, reported on activities that include our annual picnic at Columbia Yacht Club on August 7 and monthly happy hours at the Weather Mark on the last Thursday of each month.
  • Safety   John Lemon reported on six incidents that occurred during the month; each involved mooring under sail in high winds.  Matt Stuczynski reminds all skippers that the cautious sailor approaches the mooring with sails up and the engine running and, doesn't go out in weather that is beyond his/her experience.  Matt also reduced the top winds in our wind guidelines which were sent to each skipper.

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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