BTS: December, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for December
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By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
It's December, that month when our thoughts are probably the farthest from sailing.  And yet it may well be that time of year when you want to start thinking about how you will fulfill your annual service requirement.  While members in their first year with Sail Chicago don't have a service requirement, by May 1 of your second year you need to have signed up for a job that meets the requirement, and by your third year you need to have completed your service requirement by May 1 if you are to maintain your on-the-water privileges.  Of course, you can always pay a $400 opt-out fee, but we'd much rather that you log in the service time.
Sail Chicago is different from a sailing club or a commercial sailing organization.  As a not-for-profit community sailing program, we depend upon our community of members to provide the volunteer effort that keeps the program not only alive, but flourishing.  We each have a responsibility to the other members of our community to find some area where we can volunteer to be of service.  Many of our newer members start out their service careers as part of a boat team.  Each boat team consists of 4-6 members who are responsible for the maintenance of one of the boats in our fleet.  In addition to helping them meet other Sail Chicago members, these volunteers can learn the finer points
Chicago Lighthouse
...until next season!
of how the boats in our fleet are maintained.  To learn more about available positions, watch for articles in Between the Sheets, email notices, or contact Christine Garvey, our Volunteer Coordinator.
The Between the Sheets staff wishes everyone a joyous Holiday Season and a New Year filled with great sailing experiences!


Chicago is about to freeze over, and we are longing to be back on the water,
but luckily the Midwest's premier sailing show is coming in January to help with the winter blues.  Strictly Sail Chicago has joined forces with the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show for a truly spectacular event, January 10-14 at McCormick Place. Hundreds of local and national exhibitors will fill the South Hall, giving sailors the chance to preview the latest in sailboats and equipment. This is a great opportunity for Sail Chicago members and students to make connections in the sailing community, attend seminars, and pick up sailing gear for the upcoming season at a significant discount.
Sail Chicago has long been part of this event and we are fortunate to have been well-represented by volunteers at our exhibit over the years.  Let's make this another great year!   Volunteers get into the show for free and will have the chance to browse exhibits or tour the boats on display before or after their shifts.   Your commitment will be just a few hours of sharing your enthusiasm for sailing with potential new members of Sail Chicago--a great deal!
Volunteer times are:
Wednesday, January 10: 2-5pm, 5-8pm  
Thursday, January 11: 11 am-2pm, 2-6pm or 6-9pm
Friday, January 12: 11am-2pm, 2-6pm, 6-9pm
Saturday, January 13: 10am-1pm, 1-5pm, 5-8pm
Sunday, January 14:  10am-1pm. 1-5 pm
If you'd like to sign up, please contact Mary Egan via email.   Be sure to include "Strictly Sail" in the subject line, and indicate your 1st and 2nd time-slot preferences, cell phone number, and whether you are a student, new member, or veteran sail Chicago member.  See you at the Show!

To find out more about the show, visit the Strictly Sail Chicago website.

2017 End of Season Party at ColYC
Sail Chicago sailors celebrate another successful year.
On the evening of November 17, well over eighty Sail Chicago members and friends boarded the Columbia Yacht Club's "Big Blue Boat," anchored in DuSable Harbor, to attend Sail Chicago's annual Post-Season Awards Dinner and Celebration.  Everyone agreed that it provided a great nautical venue for such a festive occasion.  The party gave both members and guests an opportunity to reminisce about the recent sailing season and to make preliminary plans for the next one.  In the meantime, there were a variety of drinks and some fabulous food to enjoy, old and new friends to meet, and fun to be had. This year for the first time, a silent auction of nautically themed items was held.  Proceeds from the auction will go toward the maintenance of our fleet.
This was also a time to salute some of our volunteer members who "went beyond the call of duty" in their service to Sail Chicago.  Various program areas recognized outstanding participants in each of the following areas:
Maintenance Guru - Marilyn Shipley
Best Sail Chicago Students - Fergus Clare and Jeremy Shaw
Instructor of the Year - John Muhlenberg
Volunteers of the Year - Rachel Granneman and Alexandra Harper
Chairman's Award for Service - Matt Smith
Each honoree received an engraved beer stein and a round of hearty congratulations from those assembled.

Many, many thanks to Rachel Granneman, Sail Chicago's Social Coordinator, and Alexandra Harper, our Fund-raising Coordinator, who created for us a truly memorable evening.  It was much appreciated by all who attended.

By Matt Stuczynski

Students under sail
A group of 24 Sail Chicago instructors got together on Saturday, November 18,  at the Sulzer Library in Chicago to go over the past season and plan ahead for the next.  The meeting agenda was to brainstorm and provide feedback to the Sail Chicago Board committees on safety and curriculum.  The focus was to address, limit, and, if possible, end the number of incidents we have had over the last few years.  The instructors focused on wind guidelines, how to avoid loss of steerage/loss of way, and how to improve instructor-student training.  If you see one of our dedicated, volunteer instructors who work both on and off season, please thank them for their work.  

By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on Thursday, November 9, at the offices of Foresight in the Civic Opera Building at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 100.  (Non-board members who wish to attend meetings should contact Michael Swisher so their names can be added to the list for the security guard.)
Safety Director John Lemon reported on the results of a Safety Committee meeting held on October 26.  There were four recommendations:  
  • Establish wind guidelines for all boats, 
  • Require engines to be running and manned anytime a boat is leaving or returning to the mooring,
  • Encourage our instructors to attain US Sailing's Basic Keelboat Instructor status, 
  • Seek implementation advice from instructors during the all-instructor meeting on November 18.
Sail Chicago will also assure that weather instruction is provided during pre-sail orientations, seminars, and on-the-water instruction.


Who to Contact
Need information on an area in Sail Chicago, but don't know who to contact?  Find that person in the Sail Chicago Organization Chart.
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.
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