FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor
Our sailing season will soon be ending. From what I've heard from other members of our sailing community, it's been a very good year--lots of time on the water, lots of fun, a great learning experience, and pride that we are all part of the larger Chicago sailing community. Last night, we had a wonderful end-of-season party which is the traditional wrap-up to our sailing year. But, since the party was a little earlier than usual this year, if you've still got the urge to sail, there are a couple of weeks left in which you can do so.
Although the sailing season may be ending, this doesn't mean that we can forget
about Sail Chicago until next year. Remember, one of the reasons we're able to successfully fulfill our mission is that we are an all-volunteer community of dedicated sailors. That means we all need to "pitch in" to help make the organization run effectively. Service time is one way in which we can do just that. Although first-year members are exempt from service time requirements, members starting their second year must have signed up by May 1 to complete their requirement. All other members must have fulfilled that requirement by May 1 if they want to secure on-the-water privileges.
In the next few weeks you will be receiving several notices about ways in which you can help Sail Chicago and also meet your annual service requirement (see page 4 of the Sail Chicago Rules and Regulations). We'll need many hands to de-mast our boats and take them down the river to winter storage. Once they're there, we will also need help winterizing the boats, inventorying supplies, checking
sails, and keeping our trailer organized. While it may sound like a lot of work, it's also fun because in addition to keeping our fleet in tip-top shape, you'll have a chance to meet new sailing buddies, learn more about our boats, and swap yarns about the past sailing season. So, when you see a notice in your inbox or in an article in Between the Sheets requesting help, please respond with enthusiasm.
A BUMPER CROP OF NEW COGATE SKIPPERS
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor
This season, our Sail Chicago instructional program was pleased to grant skipper status to upwards of 60 new skippers! To our new skippers, please take advantage of all the opportunities Sail Chicago offers to get out on a boat and practice to enhance your learning. To our veteran skippers, please remember back when you learned from a veteran sailor and think about becoming a mentor yourself through Tiller Time, Member Cruise Outings, etc.
Many hearty thanks to Marjorie Benson who keeps records and maintains our skipper learning database. Additional hearty thanks to Alex Pedenko who has overseen and corrected more than 200 Sail Chicago written skipper skills tests and who will need to hand-over this task in the coming year. Please contact our Service Time coordinator, Frank McNamara, and/or me, if you are interested in taking over Alex's test correction duties.
BASIC KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR (BKI) EVALUATIVE COURSE
To raise the skills of our instructors and continue to align our instruction program with the US Sailing certification process, Sail Chicago has adopted a goal of having all of our instructors pass the BKI evaluation in the next three years. Sail Chicago will provide financial support as well as provide a get-ready-for-certification training program for our instructors.
BKI Simeon Stairs helped with a general framework for this plan, and now BKI Monte Lewis has been organizing our training and logistics for this Initiative. Thanks to Monte, who has organized on-land, on-the-water, and virtual training, we had seven of our instructors going through the program this season. Monte has also collaborated with the instruction program at Columbia Yacht Club which has been invaluable to our drive and has also helped strengthen our partnership with Columbia.
This year's seven instructors who participated in the BKI Evaluative Course are Melchior Dikker, Norris Larson, Clement Auffray, Pred Bundalo, Jim Monk, Aldo Caronia and Dan Pilch. Here are some comments from the recent grads:
"This was a great experience because I had the opportunity to learn not only from the instructors, but also from other Sail Chicago sailors during the preparation for the test. The solo sailing practice also improved my skills." - Aldo Caronia
"While the preparation was more extensive and more stressful than I had anticipated, the support shown by the Sail Chicago BKI alums and the teamwork shared with fellow class mates made for an overall very positive learning experience and elevated my sailing knowledge and abilities." - Dan Pilch
"Taking the BKI was one of the greatest learning experience of my sailing. It was not just another stamp on my resume, it was both challenging and teaching beyond what I expected. This experience really pushed me to push my sailing knowledge, skill and teaching to the next step. I am so proud of having successfully passed it." - Clement Auffray
SEPTEMBER BOARD NOTES
By Bob Lapin, Board Secretary
The Sail Chicago Board met at the offices of Morningstar, 22 West Washington, at 7:00 p.m. on September 13.
- Matt Stuczynski reports that we now have several new U S Sailing certified keelboat instructors after a summer of well-coordinated practice sessions. Congratulations!
- Safety Director, John Lemon, recommended actions be taken on several incidents occurring during the month. Several skippers will be held partially financially responsible for damages to the boats. Other actions involved the revocation of skipper cards.
- Maintenance Manager, Joe Cannon, reports that wave action from storms and boat traffic has been pummeling our fleet which is now moored close to the mouth of Monroe Harbor. Damage has resulted. Joe will meet with Westrec to determine options for moving our boats.
- Secretary and Cruising Boat Coordinator, Bob Lapin, is moving to Cleveland in October. His duties will be assumed by Maureen Huston, who was welcomed to the Board to complete the term of Maya Teleki.
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on either October 9 or 11 at a location to be determined.
SAIL CHICAGO REMINDERS
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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