BTS: October, 2019

BTS: October, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for October, 2019
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By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Sailors tell me (and I believe them) that every time they're on the water it's a new and exciting experience.  That was proven to me again recently during a private sail with friends.  Morning fog, which normally lifts by noon, had stayed around for
An eerie "cloud-capped tower"--the John Hancock Building enshrouded in fog
our afternoon sail, but gradually started to lift as we came through the opening in the north break-wall by the water filtration plant.  Annette Faber managed to snap a photo of one of the most remarkable cloud formations I've ever witnessed as it snaked around the John Hancock Building southward along the lakefront.  This stunning display could only be seen from the water.  In a few minutes it had disappeared, but we were lucky enough to be at just the right place at the right time.  That's one of the many reasons I love sailing.


Although the annual meeting is still a few months away, the Sail Chicago Board is beginning to focus on potential candidates to fill vacant Board positions that it can recommend to the Sail Chicago membership.  The membership may propose other candidates at the annual meeting, and the Board will vote on all candidates presented.
Please think carefully about whether you'd like to be considered for a recommendation by the Board to fill a vacant Board position.  As a Board Member you should:
  • 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.
Board members typically serve a three-year term. If you would like to be considered, or if you know of someone you believe should be considered for a position on the Board, click here.

By Joe Cannon

The Colgates will be decommissioned in stages:
  • October 7:     Rubato, Naked Dance, Albatross, and Meridian,
  • October 13:   Riverfolk and possibly Recess,
  • October 22:   Windhorse and Recess (if not decommissioned on Oct 13).
These dates, and the personnel to be involved, have been determined by the boat managers.  The schedule may change, depending on the weather.
There is no provision in the reservation system for setting a date for taking a boat out of commission, so it will be important for members to consult the Announcements on the Landing Page before reserving a boat.
By Mark Pashan, Volunteer Coordinator

Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered throughout the year.  We truly run on volunteer power.
We currently have a need for volunteers on the Social Committee with the End-of-Season Dinner.  See Rachel Grannemann if you are interested.
As a reminder, first-year members are not expected to perform service time. Second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their service time duties for 2019.
To fulfill your 2019 commitment, you must log 20 volunteer hours by the end of the year.
As always, up-to-date information can be found at the Sail Chicago Organization chart.  If you have any questions, email me at
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

As the season winds down and we start to think of the coming off-season, please consider doing some re-reading and review of some of our Sail Chicago skipper best practices advice found in our Sail Chicago "On the Water Skipper Skills Standards for the Colgate 26".   It is filled with helpful hints on mooring, can departure/returns, how to anchor, best sail trim, etc.   It is the document our Skipper Prep instructors use with their students in order to augment the information from the Pre-Sail Orientations and the US Sailing Basic Keelboat text and can be found on the Sail Chicago member website under Membership/Files/Instruction/Teaching Grids; other docs.  Or, to access it now, click here.  
US Sailing has selected Columbia Sailing School to be among the first of three regional centers for the Siebel Sailors Program.  The centers are intended to increase diversity and opportunity in the sport of sailing by providing increased access to sailing for youth, regardless of socioeconomic background.  Sail Chicago works to these same ends with its Schuler Scholar program and Lawrence Hall Social Services program.
Sail Chicago Schuler Scholars 
Sheridan Shores Sailing School in Wilmette and the Jackson Park Yacht Club Foundation in Chicago have been selected as supporting partners for the Columbia Sailing School Regional Center.  Each partner has received a fleet of RS Feva XL sailboats along with staff and scholarship funds for deserving students.
Congratulations to our fellow sailors at Columbia Sailing School for taking this important step in expanding opportunity and access to sailing.  The success of the Siebel Program will generate a more diverse group of sailors in the future for Sail Chicago and the Chicago sailing community.
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator

A former Sail Chicago racing boat, the Shields, Erica, returned to Chicago to race in the 2019 Shields
Erica returns.
Nationals.  Her current home port is Holland, Michigan.  The Shields is a 30' racing boat with classic lines.  Erica was part of our fleet for many years. Our members raced with the Shields fleet in Chicago, based in Belmont Harbor.
It's good to see that Erica is still plying the waves of Lake Michigan. Photo thanks to Sam Veilleux, former Sail Chicago chairman, who races his own Shields, Hellcat.

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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