January 1, 2018 (updated 18 Jan 18)
Happy New Year Sailors!
I am very pleased to continue as a NWSA officer by taking over as Commodore for 2018. I have served the past two years as Yeoman and it is exciting to continue to serve this wonderful organization. I ask for your support in making this the best sailing club in the Chicagoland area.
I particularly solicit the contributions of the boat owners in terms of their input and greater participation in all of our activities. I hope this year will bring an expansion of our efforts in sailing education and crew training. You old salts have much to share and we all look forward to learning from your experiences.
Please share all your ideas and suggestions for developing our club to me or through Lorraine Klabunde, our Member-at-large. Make an effort to communicate with all of our officers, as we need your support and guidance. Thank you for your continued service. It is what makes our organization a success.
At our annual banquet we selected our new officers for 2018. We welcome the following new members to the board: Wayne Smith, Vice-Commodore, Steve Welton, Yeoman, Mark Blodgett, Membership, and Dave Hutchings as Technology.
Strictly Sail ran from January 10th to January 14th and we signed up 4 new members on the spot and gathered prospect information for more than 110 people. Our sailors staffed our McCormick Place booth and shared their experiences with potential new members.
As winter begins to set in, in the Mid-West, we look forward to our annual I Wish I Were Sailing party, which will be hosted again by Bill and Peggy Draver. Our thanks to them for this opportunity to escape the blues and fanaticize about the coming sailing season.
Our first general meeting was held on January 15th at the Arlington Heights Historical Society from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. We got to meet the new board and several boat owners shared boat improvement stories and tales. I hope to see you at the next meeting in February. —Richard Reed, Commodore
2017 Photo Contest Winners
Best Scenic | Best Boat Name | Best Under Sail | Best Group Shot | Best Old Salt | 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.