BTS: January 2017

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By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

It's a New Year and, I hope you'll notice, Between the Sheets has a new and simpler format.  We've been made aware that more and more people are accessing their emails on their mobile devices, and the format we were using was not particularly mobile friendly.  If you are reading this on a mobile device, I hope that you're having a better experience than you did with the December and prior issues.  

We're also going to make an attempt to shorten articles and eventually perhaps even place them in separate links so you can browse this newsletter more easily and quickly.  If you've got an opinion as to which format you prefer, please let me know.  If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you have no preference.  
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

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Have you ever wanted to sail from port-to-port around Lake Michigan or learn the finer points of bareboat cruising so you can charter a boat in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean?  Well, now Sail Chicago can provide you with the opportunity. Weekend Bareboat Cruising courses will again be offered in 2017 aboard Calypso, our Pacific Seacrest Ericson 34. Calypso was added to the Sail Chicago fleet in late 2016. 

In order to qualify for the course, you must be a Cruising Skipper or plan to become one early in the 2017 sailing season. You must also complete an on-shore Coastal Navigation course that will be offered on the Saturdays of February 25 and March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an office location in the south loop.  To learn the details of both the Sail Chicago Cruising courses and the Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  To register for the February 25/March 4 Coastal Navigation Course, click here.  Questions? contact me!
By Bob Lapin, Cruising Coordinator

Three no-fee seminars are being offered this winter to begin preparing for the 2017 sailing season.  They will be held at Columbia Yacht Club from 7:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M. on the following dates:
  1. February 7 - Introduction to Coastal Navigation - This seminar presents the highlights of the two-day workshop offered later in the month.  To register, click here.
  2. February 13 - Aids to Navigation - Brush up on your AtoN's before hitting the Caribbean for your winter cruise.  To register, click here.
  3. February 20 - Weather - Presenting this seminar is Melchior Dikkers, a European certified blue-water sailor and instructor.  Come learn from a sailor who has sailed the world and educated skippers to do the same.  To register, click here.

Mark your calendars now! Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, 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 be 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 2016 sailing season!
By Matt Stuczynski, Instruction Coordinator

The US Sailing sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminar at the Strictly Sail Chicago Show provides the best curriculum for safety techniques and skills for offshore sailors. This full-day seminar is modeled after the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman training that features live demonstrations and renowned keynote speakers that covers practical ways to stay safe on the water. This certified program for offshore sailors is required for many races and recommended for anyone who wants to learn about safety related to offshore sailing. US Sailing members can receive a discount. Register for the seminar now.

Although there is a fee for this seminar, there are many other free, short sessions all weekend long at the Strictly Sail Show; from weather, to engine maintenance, to seamanship, and lots more. For more information, click here.  The Show runs January 11 - 15 at McCormick Place. Look for the Sail Chicago booth, a part of the U.S. Sailing Pavilion.

The Sail Chicago Board currently has an open position with a one-year term expiring in March, 2018.  Qualification for Board membership include:
  • Be actively involved in at least one area of Sail Chicago activities or programs,
  • Plan to attend all regularly-scheduled monthly Board meetings,
  • Volunteer for and participate in at least one Board committee,
  • Think creatively about ways in which Sail Chicago may better serve its members and the greater Chicago community, and be prepared to turn those thoughts into action.
 If you or anyone you know would like to be considered to fill the term, Please contact Matt Stuczynski.

By Tom Peterson, Maintenance Coordinator

We have purchased a new Colgate, Rubato (built in 2005). The boat was sailed in fresh water in NY and is in extremely good condition. "Rubato" is a musical term referring to an expressive and rhythmic freedom by a slight speeding up and slowing down of the tempo. ("Vivace" is another musical term that means lively and fast.) We look forward to getting Rubato out on the water this coming spring.

Sail Chicago is always looking for boats to replace or expand our existing fleet. If you come across a Colgate 26 that is for sale please contact any board member or email The boat should have been sailed in fresh water only, be in excellent condition, and ideally should not have ablative bottom paint (which is normally used on salt water boats). We prefer white as the hull color as it's not as prone to gel coat fading.

John Lemon, our Safety Director, passed along to us the following information from the Monroe Harbor Tender Office.  As soon as we have more information, we'll let you know.

We will be eliminating the use of tender passes for Monroe permittees. Instead of just receiving two seasonal passes and having to purchase additional seasonal passes or daily rides, all Monroe permittees and their guests will be able to ride at no additional charge.

In order to ensure only boaters and their guests have access, the gates to the tender dock will remain closed and will require a code for access to the tender dock. Each permittee will receive two unique codes for their own use and to give to their guests. Boaters will also have the option to change their codes, get additional codes, or an access card for an additional card.
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, December 8.  The following items were discussed:

  • Rubato, our newest Colgate 26, is safely stored in Canal Street and will be ready for our 2017 sailing season.
  • The winter seminar series is being set up and is announced in this issue of Between the Sheets.
  • Tom Peterson reported that the standing rigging on two Colgates will be replaced.  The split haul-out went well and the launching for the 2017 season will also be split with four boats launched first followed by three the following week.
  • The Strictly Sail show will be held at McCormick Place from January 11 through January 15 this year.  Sail Chicago will have a booth in the U.S. Sailing pavillion.  Volunteers are needed.
Next month's meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, at Grant Thornton, 171 N. Clark, Chicago.  As always, all members are welcome.

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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