BTS: December, 2018

Sail Chicago Newsletter for December
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By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

The 2018 sailing season is now nothing but memories and the stories we tell one another about the good times we've had on the water this past summer. Our boats are tucked away for the winter, and we won't think about them until early spring when they come out of hiding to be fitted for the new season.
But in midst of this Holiday Season there is still time to think of sailing. Some Sail Chicago members are planning sailing trips to the Caribbean in the coming months, where they can exercise their sailing skills in new venues. Others are looking forward to the Chicago Boat Show in January. Here, in addition to seeing what's new afloat, they can attend seminars on all sorts of sailing-related matters and brush up on some practical skills they can put to good use next sailing season. They may also be able to pick up some new sailing gear at discounted prices from the vendors who will be there. Many of us will also volunteer at the Sail Chicago booth during the Show (see article below). Here we can share our love of sailing with people who may be attending the Show for the first time and are looking for ways to get out on the water.
Whatever your winter plans, we hope that your experience of the upcoming Holidays is filled with joy and good cheer, and we look forward to seeing you again on the water in the New Year!

Chicago is about to freeze over, and we are longing to be back on the water, but luckily the Midwest's premier boat show is coming to McCormick Place January 9-13 to help us get over the winter blues.  The Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show is a truly spectacular event. 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, during 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!
Suggested Volunteer times are...
Wednesday, January 9: 2-5pm, 5-8pm  
Thursday, January 10: 11 am-2pm, 2-6pm or 6-9pm
Friday, January 11: 11am-2pm, 2-6pm, 6-9pm
Saturday, January 12: 10am-1pm, 1-5pm, 5-8pm
Sunday, January 13:  10am-1pm. 1-5 pm
...or suggest your own.

NEW THIS YEAR IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL YOUR 2019 ANNUAL SERVICE REQUIREMENT BY VOLUNTEERING AT THE BOOTH FOR A TOTAL OF 20 HOURS THROUGHOUT THE SHOW. You may schedule your volunteer time over multiple days, and you will be given first preference regarding the hours that you volunteer. Other volunteers who are not fulfilling their service requirement will be scheduled on a first-come-first served basis.

If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Mary Egan via email.   Be sure to include "Chicago Boat Show" in the subject line, indicate your 1st and 2nd preferences for the day(s) and time(s) you want to volunteer, and your cell phone number.  See you at the Show!
To find out more about the show, visit the Chicago Boat Show website
By John Lemon, Safety Director

In light of the concerns about inflatable life jackets following the death of Mac racer Jon Santarelli last summer, Chicago Yacht Club is sponsoring a Life Jacket Clinic Saturday, December 9, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm, at CYC's Monroe Station (adjacent to the Monroe Tender Dock). I encourage all sailors to attend and to let your boating friends know as well.
Chicago Yacht Club says, "Bring in your inflatable PFD. Learn how to repack it, how and when to maintain it, how to find out about product recalls and updates, and how to know when it's time to replace. Join industry experts from Crowley's, Spinlock, Mustang, Absolute Indoor, Onyx, and Crewsaver for hands on education. The clinic is free and open to all in the Chicago boating community, but advanced registration is required by calling the CYC Front Desk at 312-861-7777."
In addition, there is an interesting discussion about inflatable PFDs posted recently in Sailing Scuttlebutt. You can read the article here.
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

Last winter the whole Instruction Corp along with a smaller Safety Committee wrote the new SC Wind Guidelines. This winter a group of about 10 SC Instructors are involved in a Student Progress and Curriculum Committee. The group's aim is to streamline our students progress through to Skipper status, to build in some accountability within our system and to further standardize what and how our Instructors teach. Any member is welcome to offer suggestions or ideas to the committee to help support our work. Questions or comments? Please contact me.

Good question. Monroe Harbor is now half empty during the sailing season. At least some of the answers can be found in a recent article in the Chicago Tribune that was forwarded to us by Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder. To get the full story, click here.

Flying a spinnaker can be fun, and it makes you look great. But you also need to be sure you know what you're doing and that you have some experienced crew on board when you do. Otherwise, you could really land yourself in trouble, like these sailors did. To watch the whole debacle, click here, and let it be a good lesson for us all.

Who to Contact
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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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