BTS: September, 2017

Sail Chicago Newsletter for September
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By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
Over the past couple of months, I've received many compliments from Sail Chicago members regarding the quality of our newsletter, Between the Sheets. While I'm personally pleased and gratified, I know that a large part of the credit for its success goes to the many members who submit articles for publication on wide-ranging subjects related to sailing.  Several of these contributors submit articles and news items on a monthly basis.  I'm very grateful to these members for their ongoing support, and for the time and effort they put into the articles and news items that they submit. They help immensely to make this newsletter both interesting and relevant to our sailing community.
I'd like to encourage other Sail Chicago members to become contributors as well. If you run across an item in a sailing magazine, go on a sailing excursion, or just read a book on sailing that you think others in our community might enjoy, pass it along to me or Gary Thrane.  Don't worry about grammar or editing; we'll take care of that.  Your contribution will help to continue the success of this newsletter.  
By Alexandra Harper and Rachel Granneman
Picnic-goers enjoy a Colgate sail. 
Beautiful weather and flyovers from the Air & Water Show made Sail Chicago'sannual Friends & Family Picnic on August 20 a fun and exciting afternoon! Members and guests dined on burgers and hotdogs with potato salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit, and cookies at the Columbia Yacht Club and then got out on the lake on a couple Colgates and a Rhodes.   It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and introduce friends and family to the organization and to sailing!  
Special thanks so the skippers who volunteered to help at the event--Tim Rice, Jim Monk, Francis Baumgart, and Joseph Cannon.
Our end-of-season dinner will be at the Columbia Yacht Club on Friday, November 10.  Be sure to save the date.  This year, there will be a silent auction for a number of fun items that have been contributed by local businesses including Flagship Tavern & Grill, Koval Distillery, Frogg Toggs, Weather Mark Tavern, Island Party Boat, Twin Anchors Restaurant, Gill, Lagunitas, Whiskey Acres, and others.   

Besides the silent auction, there's always the pleasure of dining with shipmates and reliving the adventures of the last sailing season.   Good food and a fun time are assured.

Amazed crew watches eclipse
Eclipse as seen from Priorities
On August 21 Norm Linde, together with assorted friends and family boarded Priorities, Sail Chicago's Hunter 34 cruising boat. Sailing out into Lake Michigan in beautiful weather, skipper and crew waited anxiously for the magic moment as the clouds started to roll in.  Luckily, just before the moon started to pass in front of the sun, the clouds parted, and everyone got a spectacular view of this marvelous phenomenon.
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator
Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing, has recently published an open letter to sailors regarding safety.  It provides access to a great deal of useful safety information. 
Sailing, as Gierhart notes "remains one of the safest water-based recreational activities."   More than other boaters, sailors have to pay attention to weather and wave. And the result is that sailing "accounts for an extremely small percentage of the total boating accidents."   See the pages 48 - 51 of U.S. Coast Guard Boating Statistics Report.
Nevertheless, accidents do happen, and US Sailing has conducted accident reviews to sharpen understanding of how such events can be prevented. (These reviews can be accessed             

US Sailing also has a range of educational programs aimed at enhancing safety at sea.   Also a number of other safety-oriented resources, available online, are listed at the close of Geirhart's US Sailing article, available here.  Gierhart's open letter will definitely repay your attention.

Sail safely!
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
Ideal 18 single-Handed
An Ideal being single-handed.
For those skippers already familiar with the Ideal 18s, we will again be offering a single-handed sailing course this season.  The two-session course will start this month with classes on Saturday, 9/23, and Sunday, 9/24.  The course will deal with the special and thrilling aspects of single-handling a boat; what to expect, what to plan for, and how to handle various situations unique to sailing solo.  The class can accommodate three students who will gain the confidence to go out on their own and learn to develop the keen judgment that single-handed sailors acquire, all the while, learning a deeper respect for the wind, waves, and elements around them.  You can sign up on the website under "Instruction." The cost is $100.  There will also be a second class, should there be enough interest, offered on 10/7 and 10/8.

By David Shayne, Share-A-Sail Coordinator

If you want crew or want to crew, our Share-a-Sail Program is just what you need. On your computer, go to Google Groups and search for Share-a-Sail.  Register your name, first and last, and your email address.  Then you'll be able send and receive emails to and from other participants who are eager to sail with you. Replies go only to the sender so you will not be plagued with responses to other senders. There is no "reply to all."
By Bob Lapin, Secretary
There was no Board meeting this August, but the next Board meeting is scheduled for September 14.

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.
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