BTS: June, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for June, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #6/JUNE, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I can tell that the sailing season has begun because this issue of Between the
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Sail Chicago
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Sheets is chocked full of news and valuable information that you'll need if you're going to have a fun and safe summer on the water.  So, rather than having me bore you with my own musings, read on, and note well everything that's happening.
SEASON KICKOFF SUCCESS
Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator
 
Party-goers at the Season Kickoff
Sail Chicago members and students braved the rain to turn out for the SeasonKickoff Party on May 19th at the Columbia Yacht Club.  Along with drinks, snacks, and good company, guests donated over $500 to pick up a selection of all-new Sail Chicago gear! 
 
Big thanks to the social committee, board members, and other volunteers who helped at this event!
UPCOMING HAPPY HOURS!
By Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator

Mark your calendars!   Our first happy hour of the season will be Thursday, June 27, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Interurban Boathouse!  This fun, nautically-themed restaurant is conveniently located on Cortland near the north branch of the river and has a happy-hour selection of $4 beers, $5 vodka drinks, $5 glasses of wine, and $5 appetizers.  Our second happy hour will be the same location on Thursday, July 25.
CALLING ALL TILLER TIME SKIPPERS

Our instruction program is in full swing, and that means its time to start scheduling Tiller Times, so our member-students can get out on the water to practice their newly-learned skills.  If you've been a skipper for at least two years and would like to help current students get in some sailing practice, then consider signing on as a Tiller Time skipper.  If you successfully complete five sessions as a Tiller Time skipper, this fulfills your annual service requirement.  For more information or to register as a skipper, contact Chris Faris, our Tiller Time Coordinator.
DATE CHANGE:  BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION EXAM
By Alan Summers, Exam Coordinator

The date for the August Keelboat Certification Exam has been changed.  The exam will now be given on August 24 at 9:00 a.m.  The location is still to be determined. Questions?  Contact me.
SAFETY FIRST ON THE WATER  
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator 

Several items relating to the safety of our members, students, and fleet caught my eye this month.  Here they are:
  • High water levels on Lake Michigan have partially submerged some of the breakwaters in the Chicago Harbor area.  Under certain conditions, parts of the outer breakwater are barely visible. The remains of Dime Pier, adjacent to the south side of Navy Pier, are also almost submerged.  Note that all of these features are clearly shown on nautical charts and are properly marked with lateral aids to navigation (lights and day shapes). Mariners need to familiarize themselves with the location and configuration of all the breakwaters and potential danger zones along the lakefront. Remember also that the underwater structures are much larger than the visible portion, so sailors should leave adequate room when sailing near a breakwater.  Here is the link to the nautical chart for the Chicago Harbor (Chart 14928). Take a few minutes to review it before you head out on the water this summer.
  • If you have sailed in the Chicago area for any length of time, you may have noticed that the foghorn at the Chicago Light no longer sounds continuously.  This is part of the Coast Guard's efforts to modernize sound signal devices (foghorns), beginning in the Northeast U.S.  Older fog detectors have been replaced with Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signals.  If you are near the Chicago Harbor in fog or limited visibility and want to activate the Chicago Light horn, set your VHF radio to channel 83A and key the microphone five times. You can read more here.
  • May was Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  As the weather improves and the sun comes out, we must take care to protect our skin and eyes from harmful UV rays.  Here's a link to a great article on skin protection and sunburn from Shelly Galligan, a sailor, nurse, and expert in on-the-water first aid.   
VOLUNTEER NEWS
By Mark Pashan, Service Time Coordinator

At this time all the boat maintenance teams are fully staffed.  But we are still looking for an assistant social director and for someone to help schedule our instruction classes.  We are also looking for an experienced sailor to help in the curriculum review.
 
As a reminder, first-year members are not expected to complete service time. Second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their service-time duties for 2019.
 
As always, up-to-date information can be found at the Sail Chicago Organization chart.  If you have any questions, email me.
WHITEBOARDS ARE ON BOARD

Colorful diagrams can instruct and soothe the crew. 
It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  That's why whiteboards and dry markers have been installed in most boats in our fleet.  These items can come in very handy when instructors need to explain the intricacies of points of sail or crew overboard quick turn maneuvers.  Tiller Time skippers can also make good use of them to illustrate such things as coming about or jibing.  And lastly, regular skippers can use them to settle pressing technical arguments about sail trim that might otherwise lead to mutiny.
TWO WAYS TO FIND A SKIPPER OR CREW WITH SHARE-A-SAIL
By Andy Devoto

If you're a skipper with open seats, or you're looking for crew, or if you're not yet a skipper and looking for more time on the water, you can reach out to other sailors via Share-a-Sail.
 
New Skippers
Add to the fun with new shipmates. 
New this year,
you can join the Share-a-Sail Slack Group and chat your requests in the #share-a-sail channel.  Slack is a group messaging app that facilitates discussions by interests (channels) and one-to-one chats.  Sail Chicago is already using the Slack app for maintenance and other groups, and we're excited to include a Share-a-Sail channel as well:
  • Click here to join the slack group.
  • Click the confirmation email and complete your sign up.
  • Download the slack app on your phone and sign in.
  • OR use Slack online here.
  • Click into "#share-a-sail" in the list of channels and click "Join Channel."
  • Then you're free to list requests or reply to others.
As in the past, you can also join the Share-a-Sail google group and communicate over email:
  • Go to the Sail Chicago Share-a-Sail Sail Chicago group page.
  • Click "Subscribe to this group".
  • As a member of the group, send an email with the details of your request (Your name, date and time of sail, boat size).
  • All members of the google group will receive every email sent to the group email address. Replies will only go to the original sender.
Questions? Contact me.
MAJOR REPAIRS TO OUR COLGATE FLEET ARE PROGRESSING
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator

The average age of our Colgate fleet is 19 years (range 14 - 21 years), so age-related repairs are inevitable.  Nevertheless, an unusually large number of critical repairs have been necessary this spring.  To learn more about this major undertaking, see the specific repairs that are being made, and to see how the boats are being reconfigured, click here.
 
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the volunteers on our maintenance team who spent many hours in inclement weather this spring to make sure that our fleet is up to our standards of safety and reliability.
BECOMING A SAIL CHICAGO SKIPPER
By Matt Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

New members may wonder why Sail Chicago does not give individual checkouts to those who already have some sailing experience.  The reason is that there is simply too much to learn regarding our boat maintenance protocols, our rules, regulations, and responsibilities, including learning about our group culture.  Furthermore, we have a high standard for skipper competency since you are on your own when you take out a Sail Chicago boat; we do not have staff on call, nor a chase boat, nor an on-duty authority to answer an immediate question.   
 
The typical steps to becoming a Sail Chicago skipper are, thus, to take the Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Prep courses.  Once your Skipper Prep instructor feels that you have passed the on-the-water portion of that class, you will then need to take an online written test that your Instructor will share with you as well as show proof of passing the Basic Keelboat text final exam. Test Coordinator, David Simoens, will then go over the test answers with you.  Marj Benson, our skipper status administrator, collects all this information and grants final skipper status on the member website.
 
Those with previous experience or who have the time to practice and study can often become a skipper in one season; however, many students take two or even more seasons in order to earn their skipper status.  During this process, the prospective skipper should try to sail as much as possible through Tiller Times, Member Cruise Outings, Share-a-Sails, Social Service sails as well as taking advantage of opportunities such as crewing on boats for skipper members.  You'll find this a fun and rewarding process, not just a way to a goal.
CRUISE NEWS & CRUISING UPDATES
By Maureen Huston, Cruising Coordinator

Priorities and Calypso, our 34-foot cruising boats are each safely moored in their slips at Belmont and Burnham Harbors, respectively.  Reservations are now
Calypso
open on my.SailChicago.org.  
 
It's been a long winter, so if your cruising skills need a little refreshing, check the Reservation page on the my.SailChicago.org website for upcoming Rusty Skipper sails (available for Sail Chicago cruising skippers only.)  
 
Member Cruise Outings (MCOs) are coming soon.  MCOs are informal pleasure sails available to all Sail Chicago members.  It's an opportunity for you to get out on the water on one of our cruising boats without the responsibility for skippering a boat.  Login to your Reservations page on my.SailChicago.org, and check for available seats on an upcoming cruise.  MCOs are offered free of charge to members.  MCOs are another one of the many benefits of membership in Sail Chicago.  
 
Cruising Instruction  Our first session of cruising courses is nearly complete. The cruising program offers three on-the-water courses.  Small keelboat skippers are introduced to a variety of systems and equipment commonly found on cruising boats.  Basic Cruising 1 is our introductory level course.  Students have an opportunity to further develop their sailing knowledge and skills as they learn to handle our 34' cruising boats out on the water.  Basic Cruising 2 focuses on docking and controlling a larger cruising boat in close quarters, or confined conditions.  Prerequisites for all cruising courses include Sail Chicago membership and a basic keelboat skipper card.  
 
Introduction to Coastal Navigation was held at Columbia Yacht Club on May 11.  Sail Chicago member Melchior Dikkers shared his extensive cruising experience and navigation expertise with nineteen sailors.  Several of the participants have already signed up, ready to put their new skills to the test in one of our upcoming bareboat cruising weekend courses, an optional overnight course offered to Sail Chicago cruising skippers who have completed a Sail Chicago coastal navigation course.

INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FILM TOUR

If you like water, you'll love this! The International OCEAN FILM TOUR is a celebration of our love of the ocean featuring six, exhilarating and inspiring documentary, ocean adventures, including sailing, surfing, diving, sharks, pirates, and environmental conservation.  It's coming to Chicago on June 12 at the Landmark Century Theater.  To watch the trailer, click here.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. 
MAY BOARD NOTES
By Maureen Huston, Board Secretary

The Sail Chicago Board met on May 14.  The following items were discussed:
  • Frank McNamara is stepping aside as Vice Chair and volunteer coordinator. Adam Wisneski will complete Frank's term as Vice Chair.  Mark Pashan is taking over responsibilities for volunteer coordination.  Frank will remain on the Board of Directors but will be focusing more on "behind the scenes" tech support and our social media presence.
  • Difficult weather presented several challenges this spring, delaying weather-sensitive maintenance work and complicating preparations for launching our fleet.  Thanks to several dedicated volunteers in maintenance, registration, and instruction, Colgate and cruising courses began right on schedule. Instruction committees reviewed course curricula and made adjustments based on instructor and student feedback.  The committee will continue to meet during and after the season to evaluate current practices and course structure.  Sail Chicago courses are designed in accordance with US Sailing standards.
  • The Social Committee has a summer full of events planned, beginning with the Season Kickoff event held at Columbia on May 19.  Watch Between the Sheets and the Sail Chicago website for upcoming events.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Columbia Yacht Club.
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

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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. 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.
 
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: May, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for May, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #5/MAY, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Chicago's beautiful skyline...from the Lake
Spring is here! Our fleet will be on our moorings in the next week or so, and instruction will begin very soon thereafter.  As has been true in the past, our Basic, Intermediate, and Skipper Prep classes are completely full. 

Especially at this time of year, our heartfelt thanks go out to two groups of member-volunteers who make this possible:  Maintenance and Instruction.  Our maintenance teams have been working hard since our boats were put up for the winter to make sure that the fleet would be in tip-top shape to begin our new sailing season.  Since most of the work on the boats is done by volunteers, money that would otherwise be spent to have the work done by others is freed up to allow us to purchase more boats for our fleet.  This year we have added an additional Colgate, thus providing our members more access to sail when they would like.
 
Our volunteer instructors also deserve a big hand.  Many of them have the Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification from U.S. Sailing, and our goal is to have all our instructors certified.  Of course, we are always looking for new instructors.  Please consider becoming an instructor in the future.  If you're not sure you'd like to become one, you can always try it out by becoming a Tiller Time skipper.
 
If you're planning to be out on the water in May or even June, remember to dress appropriately.  While the weather may seem warm on land, temperatures can be 10-20 degrees colder once you're on the water.  Sudden cloudbursts can also chill you to the bone if you don't bring along some foul-weather gear.  And remember our wind guidelines: with an inexperienced crew, don't sail in winds above 15 knots.  Even with experienced crew, if the wind rises to 20 knots or more, head back to the mooring immediately.
 
We look forward to a safe and fun summer on the water!
COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE, MAY 11
By Maureen Huston, Cruising Coordinator

The Sail Chicago Coastal Navigation Course is being offered on May 11 at Columbia Yacht Club.  This course is a prerequisite for anyone wanting to take the Bareboat Cruising Course and is open only to Sail Chicago members. For more information or to register, click here and scroll down to "Coastal Navigation." Note: the registration link is not available through the my.sailchicago.org website.
SEASON KICKOFF PARTY MAY 19
By Rachel Granneman, Social Coordinator
 
Sail Chicago members and students are invited to our Season Kickoff Party Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the lower deck at the Columbia Yacht Club!  We'll have snacks and drinks, and you can check our cruiser Calypso, which will be tied up at the dock.  There will also be some brand-new Sail Chicago merchandise available, including tees, hats, bags, and more!  Besides meeting other members and networking, the fun will also include cornhole and a knot-tying contest!  Sail Chicago members and students are welcome to attend and bring one guest.  There is no charge.
 
We are looking for coolers for the drinks!  Please email me if you can bring a cooler. Driving?  Parking instructions here.
ON-THE-WATER CRUISING COURSES ARE OPEN
By Maureen Huston, Cruising Coordinator

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Cruising is fun
Basic Cruising, Docking, and Bareboat Cruising courses are available for Registration. If you are not able to view courses or access online Registration, please email me, subject line: Cruising Courses 2019. Please
 include your name, email and phone number. Return email will include a list of courses with descriptions, prerequisites, and course dates, as well as steps to register for cruising courses. 

Sail Chicago membership and  Sail Chicago Basic Keelboat Skipper status are REQUIRED for ALL Sail Chicago on-the-water cruising courses

On-the-water courses include:
* Basic Cruising   
Docking (Prerequisite Basic Cruising) 
* Bareboat Cruising (Prerequisites: Coastal Navigation, Basic Cruising, Docking)

Schedule: 
Four classes per course, Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6 - 9:30 pm for 2 weeks. (Note exceptions for Memorial Day 5/27, and Labor Day 9/2.) Each course is scheduled on both Priorities(Belmont Harbor) and Calypso (Burnham Harbor.) Specific dates and location and additional details provided with email. 

Cost: $240 per course

Questions or Registration Info:  email me
RACING SEASON BEGINS MAY 22!
By Dan Maloney and Adam Hinz, Racing Coordinators

Sail Chicago racers, on a close reach
The Wednesday "beer can" racing tradition begins in just a few short weeks. R
acing is a fun, low-cost way to develop your sailing skills, including mastering theart of flying a spinnaker.   It's also a great way to make new friends.  Racing experience is not required but some sailing experience is desired.  We can even help you get matched up with others to form a team.  Depending on weather conditions, you can typically expect to get in two or three races each evening. Racing members meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Yacht Club tender dock.  For a mere $75 you can sail as little or as much as you like for the entire season.   Please sign up in the racing section of the Sail Chicago website.
 
Beyond beer can racing:  the Columbia Yacht Club Colors Regatta is happening June 1-2.  The Sail Chicago has agreed to support racers by offering a discounted rate ($250 per team) to rent a Colgate for the weekend for racers interested in participating in this regatta or the Verve later in August.  Please contact us ASAP if you're interested in this exciting event as teams are currently forming.
 
Questions about Sail Chicago Racing? Please email us at danielcmaloney@gmail.com or hinz.adam@gmail.com.
U.S. SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT EXAM DATES
By Alan Summers, BKI Exam Coordinator

The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification exam will be given on the following dates:  June 22 at 9:00 a.m., July 13 at 9:00 a.m., and August 31 at 9:00 am.  The locations for the exam will be determined soon.
 
This is an optional written exam. While you may become a Sail Chicago skipper without taking this exam, preparing for the exam does provide you with another learning opportunity.  This U.S. Sailing exam also gives you a one-year membership in U.S. Sailing and means you have the met basic keelboat standards as defined by U.S. Sailing.  The certificate can be helpful as a form of accreditation if you are chartering a sailboat elsewhere.
 
To take the exam, you must have successfully completed Sail Chicago's Intermediate Sailing instruction program.  The exam is $50, so please bring a check made out to Sail Chicago at the time of the exam.  It often takes 4-8 weeks after the exam to receive your confirmation materials from US Sailing.  To register for the exam, please contact Alan Summers.
INFLATABLE LIFE JACKET CLINIC ON JUNE 15

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) is sponsoring a hands-on seminar on inflatable life jacket maintenance and use. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15, at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club which is located at Montrose Harbor.  For information on how to register, click here.  Seating is limited to 50, so if you're interested, you should act quickly. Boaters are encouraged to bring their inflatable life jackets to the event.  Every sailor who uses an inflatable life jacket should attend. 
IT'S TIME TO REVIEW NAVIGATION RULES 
By John Lemon, Safety Coordinator 

As we head out onto the lake for another sailing season, it would be prudent for all sailors to review the US Coast Guard's navigation rules (sometimes referred to as the "rules of the road").  These rules define a series of actions required of mariners to avoid collisions at sea (anywhere on the water).  The most important concept contained in the navigation rules is that it is the responsibility of all mariners to take every possible action to avoid collision.  Articles in the May and June, 2016, issues of Between the Sheets provided a summary of some of the rules.  To find the 2016 May and June articles, go to our newsletter archive here. 
 
If you are interested in a more thorough study of the rules, you can purchase a copy of the complete rules--Navigation Rules & Regulations Handbook.  The book contains side-by-side presentations for both inland and international (ocean) rules.  There are three main sections: 1. Steering and Sailing Rules; 2. Lights and Shapes; and 3. Sound and Light Signals.  It is well worth reading.  You won't know what you don't know until you study this book.  To order the book, click here.
CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS & CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS

Sail Chicago is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit (charitable) organization.  This means that your annual membership fees may well be a tax-deductible contribution.   
 
Your contribution (which could include your annual membership fee) to Sail Chicago can be enhanced if the company that employs you has a matching gift program for employees' charitable contributions.   We recently received a contribution from a corporation that matched a gift from one of its employees who is a member of Sail Chicago.   A quick check with your company's human resources department or charitable giving officer could result in a doubling of your Sail Chicago membership fee.  We would be very grateful!
SERVICE TIME OPPORTUNITIES
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Mark Pashan will be taking over as Service Time Coordinator during the month of May. Inquires to volunteer@sailchicago.org will now be answered by Mark. If you have any questions regarding last year's service time, I will still be following-up via volunteer@sailchicago.org
 
As a reminder, members must fulfill their service time requirement to be eligible for on-the-water privileges.  First-year members are exempt from this requirement but are welcome to help if they wish.  Second-year members must sign up for a job to have their service time requirement met for the season. Members must complete the job they signed up for during their second season to have their service time satisfied for their third season, etc. ("pay it forward" system).  An opt-out fee of $400 is available for members who would prefer not to sign up for service time.  Please reference the Sail Chicago org chart for current available opportunities. 
 
Currently, we are especially in need of volunteers to assist on our Social Committee.  The Sail Chicago Social Committee plans our season kickoff and end-of-season events, as well as several social gatherings throughout the season.  It's a fun role and a great way to meet other members. 
 
Boat maintenance teams also still have spots which need to be filled.  Teams typically go out once a week during the sailing season to maintain an assigned boat.  Please see the Sail Chicago org chart for up to date openings.
 
Please email volunteer@sailchicago.org for further detail on these roles, to sign up for a role, or with any other questions regarding service time.

COLGATE CABIN ORGANIZATION
By Marilyn Shipley

Life jackets hanging in a Colgate cabin
Our cabin organization team has been working to improve our sailing experience.  We purchased all new PFDs this year because the old ones got so smelly and moldy.  We're hoping that by hanging t
Solar panel hanging on mast in Colgate cabin
he jackets they will stay drier and fresher. We also placed an"S hook" on the cabin mast so that we can hang the solarpanel there while the boat is underway (see pictures).  We're hoping that this will prevent damage from just placing the solar panel in the cooler or randomly in the cabin.  We have other ideas including securing the hatch covers so they don't slide around while the boat is underway, but we haven't developed these fully yet.  It is a work in progress.
 
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

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. 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.
 
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: April, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for April, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #4/APRIL, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Our Instruction program is now open for business, and if history is any example, classes will fill very fast.  If you're interested at all in taking any classes, I'd suggest that you sign up as quickly as you can to get your most-desired dates and times.
 
Our recently-held annual meeting highlighted plans for our many sailing programs during the coming season (see article below).  Four new directors were elected to our Board at the meeting, and we look forward to their contributions to our ongoing success.  And this reminds me that Sail Chicago is one of the very few community sailing programs in the nation that has no paid staff.  What we do have, however, a group of volunteer members who are passionate about sailing and who want to share their enthusiasm with others.
 
Colgate 26
A Colgate with Chicago skyline
I also know that an all-volunteer organization can have an occasional downside. Sometimes things don't happen as quickly as we would like, and occasionally stuffcan fall through the cracks.  On the other hand, our volunteer spirit has allowed us to keep our costs extremely low while at the same time providing adequate funds to sustain our continuing fleet maintenance and renewal programs.  We've recently added another Colgate 26 to our fleet, bringing the total to eight.  This will give us added flexibility in programming, and it will allow our members more opportunities to reserve our Colgates for private use.
 
We look forward to seeing you all "on the water" this coming sailing season! 
SAIL CHICAGO ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS FUTURE PLANS

On Thursday, March 7, more than 60 Sail Chicago members and friends gathered at Chief O'Neill's Pub and Restaurant to enjoy a meal together, to review the prior year's activities, and to learn of new plans and programs for the coming sailing season.
 
Members enjoyed dinner as well as an informative annual meeting. 
Chairman Chris Schuler called the meeting to order and gave a summary of lastyear's activities.  Our membership grew to 325 in 2018.  In addition to our ongoing mutually beneficial relationship with the Columbia Yacht Club, we have recently established contact with the Jackson Park Yacht Club, and we are planning several joint activities with them.  Treasurer, Martin Modahl, reported that Sail Chicago ended a successful financial year with a strong balance sheet and a healthy net income.
 
Matt Stuczynski, our Lead Instructor, reported that we made 52 new Colgate skippers last season.  He stated that the new wind guidelines approved by the Board last year had helped in preventing several serious accidents.  A goal of the Instruction Program is to have all Sail Chicago instructors certified as Basic Keelboat Instructors within three years.
 
Dan Maloney, Co-Racing Coordinator, summarized some new and exciting plans for racing during the coming season.  Cost for participation will remain the same - $75 for the entire season.  Racing's new motto is, "Let's have fun, be safe, and don't break things."
 
Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator, outlined new goals and programs for the coming year.  New this year will be a "Maintenance Boot Camp" for new members. Moorings for some of our Colgates have been moved farther back into the mooring field where the water is less choppy.  Members interested in meeting their service requirements through maintenance should look at the "Announcements" section of the my.sailchicago.org website.
 
Four Directors whose terms are ending are Sarah Wirth, Bob Lapin, Shawn Lord, and Brian Johnson.  Our thanks to these folks for their loyal service.  New Board members elected at the meeting are Norris Larson, Nick Brait, Rachel Granneman and Bhargav Patel.
 
If you missed the meeting but would like to review the presentation slides, link to my.sailchicago.org/membership/files/annual meeting.   
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Preparations are well under way for the 2019 sailing season, and we still need help in various areas, both hands-on and remote.  Many members have already been helping at the boatyard with spring prep work.  For more information, members should log in to see the "Announcements" section on the my.sailchicago.org website.
 
As a reminder, members must fulfill their service time requirement to be eligible for on-the-water privileges.  First-year members are exempt from this requirement, but are welcome to help if they wish.  Second-year members must sign up for a job by May in order to have their service time requirement met for the season.  Members must complete the job they signed up for during their second season to have their service time satisfied for their third season, etc. ("pay it forward" system).  An opt-out fee of $400 is available for members who would prefer not to sign up for service time.
 
Please reference the Sail Chicago organization chart for available opportunities.  Current openings include, but are not limited to:
 
Social Coordinator:  In charge of the Sail Chicago social planning committee which organizes and executes social events for the club throughout the season.
Social Committee Members:  Assist the Social Coordinator with event planning and execution.
Course Scheduler:  Communicates with instructors via the Instructor Preference Survey as well as email to develop the Core Course Instruction Schedule. Remote.
Strictly Sail Show Coordinator:  Arranges for a Sail Chicago booth at the Strictly Sail Chicago Show (part of the Chicago Boat & RV Show) at the end of January, makes sure that all fees are paid, works with the Marketing Coordinator for marketing materials to hand out, and makes sure that the booth is staffed with Sail Chicago volunteers. 
Strictly Sail Assistant:  Schedules Sail Chicago member volunteers to staff the booth during the Strictly Sail Chicago Show and assists the Show Coordinator in setting up and taking down the booth before and after the Show.
Volunteer Service Time Tracker:  Assists Volunteer Coordinator with tracking member service time fulfillment during the season and follows up with members at the end of the season.
Boat Team Members:  Assist with weekly maintenance and upkeep of assigned boat throughout the sailing season. Please reference the Sail Chicago org chart for current openings.
 
Please email me for further detail on these roles, to sign up for a role, or with any other questions regarding service time.
MAINTENANCE CORNER
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator
 
Sail Chicago Maintenance Volunteer Opportunities
All maintenance planning and scheduling is now accomplished using the collaboration app, Slack.com.  Members can sign up on the Landing page at my.sailchicago.org.  When the boats are ready, the river trips will be scheduled using the spreadsheet protocol established last year.  These spreadsheets will be accessed through the Landing Page when the time comes.
 
New Mooring Locations
The southern end of the Monroe mooring field provides easy access, but exposes the boats to rather rough conditions.  We are experimenting with a few new locations that are more sheltered, but pose slightly increased navigational challenges.  Riverfolk will be on B-3, Meridian will be on U-1, and our new boat, Poco Veliero, will be on V-2.  All other boats will remain on the same moorings as last year.
 
Estimating Fuel levels
The gas tanks on the Colgates and Rhodes are irregularly shaped, making it difficult to estimate fuel status and leading to many false reports of low fuel.  Jim Monk has solved the problem by adding fluid, one gallon at a time, to the three-gallon capacity tank and marking the level:

One gallon reaches this embossed printing:
STORAGE, FILL, AND IN-USE POSITION
Two gallons reaches the horizontal seam of the gas can.  (Although the container seam may suggest it is only half full, it is really two-thirds full.)
Three gallons (max capacity) reaches this embossed printing: SAFE FILL LEVEL
 
We hope this is a simple but definitive solution to a recurring problem.  Thank you Jim!
COAST GUARD ADVICE ON INFLATABLE LIFE JACKETS

The U.S. Coast Guard has recently issued guidelines for the use and maintenance of inflatable life jackets.  To read more, please click here.  Thanks to Sail Chicago member Ed Schroeder for passing along this valuable information.
CREW OVERBOARD!

Why is practicing crew overboard drills so important for our members and students? This video answers the question.  When a young sailor fell overboard during a roll tack, her teammate at the helm was able to get her back on board in less than a minute.  Let's all keep practicing this maneuver.  Thanks to member John Lemon for posting it on the Sail Chicago Facebook website.
A POTENTIAL SAILING ADVENTURE, DOWN UNDER
By Gary Thrane

During a recent visit to Sydney, Australia, I was admiring the city's beautiful natural harbor when a three-masted ship hove into view.   She was motoring under the famous Harbor Bridge, but there was no mistaking her 18th-century build.  I immediately suspected I might be seeing the Sydney Maritime Museum's replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour.
 
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Endeavour docked in Sydney Harbor
A walk the next day over to Sydney's Darling Harbor confirmed my suspicion. Endeavour had just returned from a cruise and was now docked at her berth by the Maritime Museum.
 
Captain Cook, Britain's great sailor and explorer, looms large in Australian history. It was he who explored and first charted the Australian east coast during the years 1768-1771, sailing His Majesty's Bark, Endeavour.  On this voyage, Cook also circumnavigated the two islands of New Zealand, proving them to be not part of a semi-mythical southern continent, Terra Australis.  
 
Today, the replica of Endeavour makes her home at the Sydney Maritime Museum.  But she still makes a number of sea voyages during the year, including one all the way to New Zealand.  Adventurous amateur sailors can sign up to act as crew on these voyages.  Those who sign on must work the ship as they did in olden days, including climbing the masts and sleeping in hammocks.  If you're planning a trip down under and you're ready for this kind of adventure, you can check out details here.  Maybe you could even get a book out of it: Ten Days before the Mast.
INSTRUCTORS COMPLETE WINTER PROJECT
By Mike Stuczynski, Lead Instructor

A student progress committee of Sail Chicago instructors has been meeting on winter weekends to update our curriculum and improve communication with students.  We have finished the following:
  • Updated the basic course lesson grid and indicated the absolute essentials required to move on from the basic to the intermediate course,
  • Clarified and improved the "Learn" page on the Sail Chicago website in order to minimize students signing up for the wrong class,
  • Discussed some new course offerings as well as our approach to adaptive sailing for students of different physical abilities,
  • Wrote some sample language for instructor-student initial phone calls,
  • Worked on a way to identify student progress within the Sail Chicago website directory.
Many thanks to the following Sail Chicago instructors who devoted several winter Saturday and Sunday afternoons in order to improve our instruction:  Clement Auffray, Iwona Awlesewicz, Melchior Dikkers, Norris Larson, Jim Monk, Dan Pilch, and Dan Stein.
OUR READERS CONTINUE TO RESPOND

In the February issue of Between the Sheets we saw a sailboat get into trouble on a seawall and asked our readers to respond with things they might have done to either get out of trouble or to avoid the situation altogether.  Here's Sail Chicago member Dan Stein's reply:
 
"They should have sailed more towards the windward side or middle of the body of water they were in, staying a healthy distance away from a lee breakwater.  If they could not have held that point of sail, then tack, backing the jib if necessary, or using auxiliary power and putting some safe distance between themselves and the rocks before tacking back and continuing on their way."
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

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. 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.
 
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
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BTS: March, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for March, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #3/MARCH, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Sailing season will eventually return to Chicago. 
I don't know about you, but to me it seems that this winter's weather has beenparticularly harsh.  Now the days are growing longer, however, and occasionally there's a touch of spring in the air.  Perhaps it's time to start thinking about sailing.  But before we can venture out on the Lake, there's a lot of work still to do to get our fleet ready for the season.   
 
As the days start to warm up, we'll be seeing increasing activity at the boatyard.  Especially if you are searching for ways to meet your service requirement for the current year, helping with spring maintenance can be a great way to not only make sure our boats are "shipshape," but to feel a part of our sailing community as well.  To find out how you can help, just log into your Sail Chicago website's landing page and look under "Announcements."  And while you're there, if you haven't already renewed your Sail Chicago membership, now would be a good time to do so.
 
Don't forget to attend the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 7 (see article below).  Learn about what's happening during the upcoming sailing season and enjoy socializing with friends.
SAIL CHICAGO ANNUAL MEETING ON MARCH 7

Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 7, at Chief O'Neil's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago. For directions, click hereThe meeting will start promptly at 7:00 p.m., but do come early to join friends for a drink or dinner. 
 
The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" reports by our Board chairman and program heads, the election of directors for new three-year terms, and a question-and-answer period with the Board.  There will be ample time for discussion and socializing. The anticipated ending time of the meeting is 9:00 p.m.
We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2019 sailing season!
PRE-SAIL ORIENTATION (PSO) REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Attendance Is Mandatory for New Members and New Students!
By Mary Ann Wilkens and Peter Hays, PSO Coordinators

PSOs have long been a fixture of Sail Chicago.
Registration is now open for Sail Chicago's Pre-Sail Orientations (PSO).  The Pre-Sail Orientation (PSO) gives you an introduction to Sail Chicago and the sport of sailing.  You'll learn how to prepare before going sailing, brush up on sailing terminology as well as reviewing sailing equipment, safety rules, and emergency procedures (especially as these pertain to Sail Chicago rules).  And you'll have the opportunity to ask questions before the Sail Chicago season begins. 

First-time students who've enrolled in our classes will receive Sail Chicago instructional handouts as well as the classroom orientation.  The PSO is mandatory for all new members and new students!  We encourage all Sail Chicago members to join us to greet our new members as well as see the PSO updates.  Several dates are available.  To register, click here.
SAFETY FIRST: FREE CLINICS ON AUTO-INFLATING LIFE JACKETS
By John Lemon, Safety Director

Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) has published its final report on the death of sailor Jon Santarelli at the start of the Mac Race last summer.  It contains the results of their investigation as well as a series of recommendations, which apply to all sailors, not just racers. The report also addresses important lessons learned regarding the use and maintenance of auto-inflating life jackets.  Here are a few key points in the report:
  • Detailed recommendations regarding team communication and the importance of having clearly identified man-overboard procedures;
  • Safety gear inspection;
  • Practice drills for boat handling in crisis situations, and for the person in the water;
  • Overall enhanced training and maintenance recommendations for inflatable life jackets;
  • What to watch for in drowning situations.
Every sailor should read and study the full report and appendices and take to heart the conclusions and recommendations.  Here is the link to the full report.
 
Following up on some of the conclusions of the report, both CYC and Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) are sponsoring hands-on seminars on inflatable life jacket maintenance and use.  
  • The event at CYC will take place Sunday, March 24, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Monroe Station, 400 E Monroe.  Details are available on the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Facebook page.  Or call Chicago Yacht Club at 312-861-7777 to register. The event is free, but registration is required due to high demand.
  • The event at CCYC, the Inflatable PFD Clinic, will take place 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on April 28 at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club.  For more information, click here. 
Boaters are encouraged to bring their inflatable life jackets to the events.  Every sailor who uses an inflatable life jacket should attend one of these important events. 
CHECK YOUR COMPASS!  MAGNETIC NORTH IS ON THE MOVE!

North is a moving target!
The latest scientific research shows that the north and south magnetic poles are on the move.  This could create problems, not only for airplanes and boats, but for our smartphones as well.  To read more about the consequences of these
movements, click here.  Thanks to Sail Chicago member Jay Owens for alerting us to this phenomenon.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Chris Garvey cleans the trailer
There's a job for every skill.
We are preparing for the 2019 sailing season and there is plenty of work ahead. As a reminder, second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their member service time commitment for the season.  If you would like to return to the same role you had last year, please notify the volunteer coordination team so we can update your service time status and the Sail Chicago organization chart.  The duties of all but Boat Team Member in the list below can be performed remotely.  Only Boat Team Members must be available to come to harbors.  Current openings at this time include:
  • Assistant Registrar:  Assist students with course registration and related questions.
  • Course Scheduler:  Communicates with instructors via the Instructor Preference Survey and email to develop the Core Course Instruction Schedule.
  • Assistant Registrar: Communicates with students concerning instruction questions and necessary modifications to the students courses, refunds, etc. Coordinates with PSO team to ensure proper scheduling.
  • Social Chair: Heads up our social planning committee which organizes and executes social events throughout the season.
  • Volunteer Coordination: Assists with coordinating and tracking member service time responsibilities.
  • Instruction Lead Assistant:  Assists Lead Instructor in keeping track of paperwork and records as well as work related to teaching curriculum.
  • Boat Team Members: Assist with weekly maintenance and upkeep of assigned boat throughout the sailing season.  Boat Team Members must be available to come to harbors.
Additional openings will become available as we approach the beginning of the sailing season.  Please email me for further details on these roles, to volunteer for one of the roles mentioned above, or with any questions about service time from last season.
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?

In response to last month's article regarding the video of a sailboat in trouble, two Sail Chicago members have responded with what they would have done differently to avoid the situation or to get themselves out of trouble.  Here are their answers:
  • Too much jib sail up. They should have had reefed main for directional ability to turn back out. - Ed Schroeder
  • "Beware a lee shore" is an old sailing mantra.  One should stay far from the shore or any other barriers to the leeward of the boat. - Steve VanderVoort
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

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. 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.
 
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
Sent by btseditor@sailchicago.org in collaboration with
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BTS: February, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for February, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #2/FEBRUARY, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

I hope you all survived the descent of the polar vortex earlier this week. Perhaps you used the "indoor time" to start planning for summer sailing.  One important thing you can do when stuck inside is to check over your sailing gear.  Do those old, worn sailing gloves need replacing?  If you have an inflatable life jacket, is your cartridge in the "green zone."  Do you have a hat and sun glasses to keep you safe from the ravages of the sun? 

Remember, our boats are in the water May 1.  Do you have a waterproof jacket with a fleece lining that can keep you warm and dry on cold spring days?  Don't forget those waterproof pants.  They can come in handy when the weather is cool or wet.  Cotton clothing takes a long time to dry and can keep you chilled if wet.  Nylon clothing dries quickly.  Shoes are also important.  Many types of athletic shoes can slip on wet decks.  Are your soles non-slip and properly grooved for sailing?
 
Plan to attend the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 7.  Program heads will outline their plans for the upcoming sailing season, and you'll have a chance to vote for members of the Sail Chicago Board.  You'll need to be a 2019 member in order to vote.  Membership registration is now open online (see article below).
SAIL CHICAGO ANNUAL MEETING ON MARCH 7

Mark your calendars now! Sail Chicago members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 7, at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub, located at 3471 N. Elston, Chicago.  For directions, click here. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. but do come early to join friends for a drink or dinner.

The meeting will feature the annual "State of Sail Chicago" reports by our Board chairman and program heads, the election of directors for new three-year terms, and a question-and-answer period with the Board.  There will be ample time for discussion and socializing.  The anticipated end time of the meeting is 9:00 p.m.
We hope you will be able to attend and help us roll out our 2019 sailing season!
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW

Now's the time to renew your Sail Chicago membership! Click here to log into your account. In the "Account Summary" panel on the right, where it says "Non-Member", click "Upgrade/Renew" and follow the instructions.  
BOARD SEEKS POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
By Matt Stuczynski, Chairman, Board Development Committee

The election of Board members will take place on Thursday, March 7th, at the Sail Chicago Annual Meeting. The Board is currently seeking potential candidates whom it can recommend to the Sail Chicago membership to fill vacant Board positions. The membership may propose additional candidates at the Annual Meeting, and it will vote on all candidates presented.

Please think carefully about whether you'd like to become a potential candidate 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 would be a good candidate for a position on the Board, please contact Matt Stuczynski , Chairman of the Board Development Committee.
ALL-DAY WEATHER SEMINAR ON MARCH 9
By Melchior Dikkers, Sail Chicago Instructor

A storm brews up over Chicago
Weather is important to sailors. I was fortunate to first learn about weather from two merchant marine captains at the Naval Club in London. Over the years, I learned more by reading books, attending seminars, and preparing my own practical weather course.  The person that I learned most from about Great Lakes weather and the tools at our disposal here is Mark Thornton.  He is a sailor and graduate of Penn State's renowned weather program.
 
Mark is offering a one-day (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) seminar at Columbia Yacht Club on March 9th.  While I recommend this course to all sailors, I believe it should be mandatory for cruising students (Basic and Bareboat) along with navigation. Mark's presentation is clear, thorough, well-structured, and fast-paced. It is an ideal way to learn about weather and get a base from which to learn more on your own.
 
Lastly, at $50 (the early bird special until February 15th), it is great value and includes lunch.  I still remember my first weather course over 20 years ago, and I think you will remember Mark's.
 
A detailed syllabus can be found here. The link to sign up is  here.
BASIC NAVIGATION SEMINAR ON MAY 11

SAVE THE DATE for our all-day Basic Navigation seminar on May 11, 2019 at Columbia Yacht Club.  Watch future issues of Between the Sheets for further details and registration information.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

We are preparing for the 2019 sailing season and there is plenty of work ahead. As a reminder, second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their member service time commitment for the season. If you would like to return to the same role you had last year, please notify the volunteer coordination team so we can update your service time status and the Sail Chicago org chart. Current openings include:
  • Assistant Registrar: Assist students with course registration and related questions (remote).
  • Membership Coordination: Assist with fielding emails/questions from current and potential new members (remote).
  • Social Chair: Heads up our social planning committee which is in charge of organizing and executing events throughout the season
  • Volunteer Coordination: Assist with documenting, coordinating and tracking member service time (remote).
Winter maintenance opportunities are also available. Please log into your Member Landing Page on the Sail Chicago website to see what's available. 
 
Please email me for further detail on these roles, to volunteer, or with any questions about previously completed service time.
SAIL CHICAGO SCORES AT THE CHICAGO BOAT, RV, AND SAIL SHOW
 
Sail Chicago volunteers at our booth
Sail Chicago once again made its mark on the 2019 Chicago Boat, RV, and Sail Show, January 8 - 13, at McCormick Place.  Our booth, #101, was the first that visitors to the sail section of the show saw as they entered.  Its display of all sorts of sailing paraphernalia immediately caught their eye, and many came over to see what it was all about. 

Our volunteers who manned the booth had great fun telling visitors the advantages of community sailing programs like Sail Chicago and swapping sailing stories with "old salts."  Our thanks to the many Sail Chicago members who volunteered to set up and staff the booth during the five-day event.  Our presence at the Show will encourage many folks to visit our website, sign up for classes, and become members.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

This video shows a sailboat in real trouble.  After you've viewed the video, email us to let us know what you would have done differently to avoid the situation or to get yourself out of trouble.  We'll publish your answer in next month's issue of
Between the Sheets.  Thanks to Sail Chicago member Jay Owens for supplying the video.

JANUARY 2019 BOARD MEETING NOTES
By the Board Secretary

The Board of Directors met by phone conference on January 10, 2019.
  • 2019 membership is open, and membership renewals have started coming in.  Members are encouraged to renew ASAP to facilitate planning and communication.
  • The Board is considering a variety of programs and solutions for managing Volunteer Coordination and Service Time tracking.  Maintenance has implemented Slack to facilitate coordination and communication among volunteers.
  • Adam Hinz and Dan Maloney have confirmed they will head up our Racing Program in 2019.
  • Two new advanced keelboat courses were approved for 2019: Sail Trim and Spinnaker.  Thanks to Melchior Dikkers for developing the curricula and taking the lead on implementation.
  • Kudos to all Boat Show volunteers for an outstanding job this year!
  • Transfer requests have been submitted to Westrec to relocate a few of our Colgates in Monroe Harbor.
  • The Board is in ongoing communication with both Columbia Yacht Club and Jackson Park Yacht Club to discuss opportunities to collaborate socially, and possibly share resources for instruction and/or mutual members' benefit.  We are planning some joint social activities in 2019, so watch future issues of Between the Sheets for future events.
  • We are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator and a Social Coordinator for 2019.
The next Board meeting will be held at Columbia Yacht Club on Tues, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m.
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.
Sail Chicago Gear
Purchase gear with the Sail Chicago logo on it.  Caps, shirts, pants and other gear are available. To shop now, click here.

Like us on Facebook
You'll get updates, reminders, and other information on Sail Chicago events and activities. Click here

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. 
Share your Photos
We're looking for photos of Sail Chicago boats, members, and activities. To upload your photos simply attach them to an email and address it to photos@sailchicago.org.
Missing Previous Issues of Between the Sheets?
You can always find the current issue and an archive of previous issues of Between the Sheets at the first (and open to the public) page of the Sail Chicago website. Look under "News/Newsletter."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click on the links below to find more information about Sail Chicago.
 
Sail Chicago, P.O. Box 101069, Chicago, IL 60610-8914
Sent by btseditor@sailchicago.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact

BTS: January, 2019

Sail Chicago Newsletter for January, 2019
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BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ISSUE #1/JANUARY, 2019
FROM THE EDITOR...
By Steve VanderVoort, BTS Editor

Chicago, a great place to sail!
It's the New Year, and time to start thinking sailing.  This past year was a great one for Sail Chicago.  We offered more classes, had more students, and graduated more skippers than ever before.  Our membership ranks swelled to new highs.  We added another Colgate to our fleet.  And 2019 promises to be even better. We're streamlining our operations, making things run more efficiently, and we're revamping our volunteer program.
 
Speaking of volunteers, let's give a shout-out to all our member-volunteers who worked so tirelessly to keep Sail Chicago afloat, fill our sails, and push us ahead. Without you we wouldn't exist.  Remember, though, keep your service requirement up to date.  If you're wondering if your requirement has been met or have questions about how you can meet it, get in touch with Frank McNamara, our Volunteer Coordinator (see article below).
 
Don't Forget:  Chicago Boat Show
If you're looking for something to do while you're waiting to get back on the water, join us at the Chicago Boat Show, January 9-13 at McCormick Place where you'll find everything sailing. Climb aboard the latest cruising boats, attend a multitude of seminars, get yourself some new sailing gear at considerable discounts. And while you're there, stop by the Sail Chicago booth to say "Hello" and meet some new friends.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
By Frank McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator

Even though the new year has just begun, there is plenty of work ahead preparing for the upcoming sailing season.  As a reminder, second-year members and beyond must sign up for a job to fulfill their member service time commitment for the season.  Get a head start on the coming season and remain involved in the Sail Chicago during the winter months by contributing to one of the following areas: 
  • Assistant Registrar: Assist students with course registration and related questions (remote).
  • Membership Coordination: Assist with fielding emails/questions from current and potential new members (remote).
  • Insurance/Licensing Coordinator: Maintain our insurance and individual boat licenses.
  • Volunteer Coordination: Assist with documenting, coordinating and tracking member service time (remote).
Winter maintenance opportunities are also available (please see Joe Cannon's article in this issue of Between the Sheets for further information).
 
Please email me for further detail on these roles, to volunteer, or with any questions about previously completed service time.
COLLECT SERVICE TIME FOR WINTER MAINTENANCE PROJECTS
By Joe Cannon, Maintenance Coordinator 
 
All kinds of work needs doing before the season starts.
Second-year member looking for a service opportunity?  Established member looking for something different?  New teams are being created this winter to perform routine pre-launch tasks and non-routine equipment upgrades. Established members will be partnered with newer members to spread maintenance knowledge more widely through the organization.  The teams will have the independence to accomplish their work according to their own schedules and the dictates of the weather.  Not all projects need to be carried out at the yard: some can be done in member's garages or other interior spaces.
 
A list of available projects can be found here.  At this site, you can indicate interest in up to five projects.  You will then gain access to an online collaboration hub where you can learn more about each project, ask questions, and provide suggestions (if you have experience with the tasks involved). Ultimately, you can commit to a project at this hub if it seems like a good fit. Resulting teams can use the hub to plan, coordinate, and schedule their activities. The maintenance coordinators will monitor progress and provide assistance every step of the way.  There will also be a provision for suggesting projects not on the list.
 
If you already have an established service role with Sail Chicago, there is no need to explore these opportunities.  However, if all goes well, there will be fewer open calls for workers at the yard this spring.

RESULTS OF THE RECENT 2018 MEMBER SURVEY
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By Adam Wisneski

Ninety-one Sail Chicago members completed the survey that was fielded on November 5, 2018.  Here are some top-line results.
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    A lot of happy sailors in Sail Chicago
    Overall, folks are very satisfied with their membership in Sail Chicago.   They see it as a good value for the money and for their service time. More than 80 percent of members said they were "very satisfied" with our organization overall.
  • Members overwhelmingly prefer Monroe Street Harbor for mooring boats.  Easy transportation to the harbor is the clear deciding factor.  Only one survey respondent listed Monroe Harbor as "Not good for me."
  • Members are divided about the placement of Sail Chicago moorings in Monroe Street Harbor.  Wave action makes it hard to transfer from tenders and to rig and un-rig the boats.  Members are, therefore, concerned about the current location.  But they also see the moorings as too tightly spaced, so there are clear advantages to being near the accessible edge of the mooring field.  Transfer requests have been submitted to move some Colgates to the more protected, eastern ends of rows T, U, and V as well as row B.  Any transfer depends upon mooring availability, so not many boats are likely to move next season.  That will provide an opportunity to try new locations with only limited impact on the status quo."
  • About 85 percent of members were aware of the price reduction for private boat use last season.  Half of those who knew about it said it encouraged them to sail more often
DECEMBER 2018 BOARD MEETING NOTES
By Bob Lapin

The Sail Chicago Board met at the Columbia Yacht Club at 7:00 p.m. on December 11.
 
Four Sail Chicago instructors have successfully completed, or are in the final stages of completing, requirements for a US Coast Guard captain's license.  Please congratulate Maureen Huston, Nick Brait, Norris Larson, and Dan Pilch.
 
Members clearly prefer Monroe Harbor.
Maintenance Manager, Joe Cannon, reports that wave action from storms and boat traffic is pummeling our fleet located at the mouth of Monroe Harbor.  Joe will submit transfer requests to Westrec to move our boats further north in the Harbor.  A member survey indicated a strong preference for Monroe Harbor.
 
To simplify getting mooring permits onto each boat, Joe Cannon will collect and distribute all mooring permits in 2019.
 
Frank McNamara, Joe Cannon, Adam Wisneski, and Bhargav Patel, our new IT coordinator, are working to automate Sail Chicago volunteer job opportunities to make it easier for members to sign-up for service time on line.  This project also stems from results of the member survey done by Adam Wisneski and reflects an ongoing Board initiative to improve Sail Chicago volunteer opportunities.
 
The next Board meeting will be a phone-in meeting held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10.  Contact Frank McNamara for information on joining this meeting
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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