Professor Ted Karamansky from Loyola University will be our guest speaker and plans on giving us some insight into how the schooner trade helped build Chicago.
"Schooner Passage: Tall Ships in Lake Michigan History"
Join us for our next club meeting on Monday, September 18, 2017.
September 1, 2017
THE SAILING SEASON CONTINUES!
This month I need to thank:
Our Themed Sail team comprised of Chairman John Morris, Ken Butterly, John Pasch and Richard Reed. The third presentation at our August meeting was very informative.
I want to share with the newer sailors how I applied the latest lesson.
As a new boat owner and captain, I am very conservative when applying the “rules of the road” on the water. Sailing a 19-foot boat, I seldom exercise my right of way. When approaching or being approached by another sailboat, I try to quickly assess both of our tack positions and relate them to our prospective courses. When appropriate, I adjust my course while we are still approximately 75 to 100 yards apart. If I am still sailing at dusk, I turn on my lights to assist other boats in determining the course I am sailing.
As you are attending sailing events, please remember to send pictures to both Gayle for the communique and Peggy for the website.
Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Palatine Library.
The “Across the Lake” sail over Labor Day has been cancelled because Pete Schleck’s boat, Reprise was struck by lightning.
I also want to address the banquet being held in November. I know that several members object to the “formal” or “black tie” apparel description. I describe the men’s apparel as coat and tie. This is a better description as to what I desire at the banquet. No one will be refused entry, but please do not wear shorts. We will be having a contest for the most outrageous tie or bowtie. Based on our member’s feedback regarding the venue in past years, we have moved the event to the Illinois State Beach Park in Zion Illinois. This has caused a slight raise in costs. Please consider attending this event.
We are looking forward to getting all of our sails in for the coming month and having warm breezes and smooth water under our keel.
Fair winds and smooth sailing,
2016 Photo Contest Winners
Old Salt | Best Scenic | Best Under Sail |Best Group Shot | Best Sunset
Read a note written 1976 Commodore Pat Kellogg about the beginnings of NWSA.
Special thanks to Elmer and Joyce Hook for providing this wonderful look at the early days of the NWSA.
Read the accompanying letter.
The NorthWest Sailing Association is an enthusiastic group of sailors living in and about Chicago's Northwest suburbs. The members share a quest for increased knowledge and improved seamanship in a spirit of camaraderie and fun.
Founded in 1974 by a small group of 25 sailors seeking others of similar interests, the Club's initial purpose was to exchange knowledge and experiences. In the course of the years hence, and continuing today, club members regularly sail together out of all major Chicago area harbors, on inland lakes surrounding Chicago, Wisconsin, and occasionally across Lake Michigan and back!
The high point of the summer sailing season, is our Door County / Wisconsin Sailing Weekend. Club members have organized charters in the Bahamas, Florida and other exotic locations, and will plan future charters to various prime sailing areas as the members interest dictates.
Who Belongs to NWSA?
Members include families, couples, singles - anyone interested in sailing; including skippers with large cruising boats or medium or small sailboats; even sailors with no boats. Members who don't know how to sail, but are interested in learning, may wish to crew with our experienced sailboat owners and gain valuable experience and knowledge of boat handling.
Ample opportunity to crew is available at each sailing event, and during the days between events with available skippers.
We Meet. . .
During the boating season, the NWSA sponsors sailing events in many of the major Chicago land lake, and Michigan harbors, as well as inland lakes. We have sponsored cruises in Wisconsin, - Door County, Racine and Lake Geneva; Indiana; Michigan and a Lake Michigan Crossing. Illinois: Waukegan, Monroe, Montrose, Winthrop, Pistakee Lake, Fox Lake; Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville, Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. Groups have chartered excursions in the Bahamas, Florida, and various prime sailing destinations.