Strictly Sail is coming: Wednesday, January 9 - Sunday, January 13, 2019. Volunteer signups will be accepted soon.
** Monday, January 14, 2019 Board Meeting at 7:00 P.M. held
at the Palatine Library.
** Monday, January 21, 2019 General Club meeting at 7:30
P.M. held at the Arlington Heights Historical Society
White crystalized snow covers the tarp on the still warm sloop, now on the hard for the winter. Alas, the 2018 Mid-West sailing season has come to an end. We had our wonderful end-of-season banquet, which was a success, as usual. We were able
to thank our outgoing officers and welcome the new ones.
Our new commodore, Marc Hardwick, needs no introduction. He was the commodore when I first joined NWSA. It is a good feeling to have him again at the helm. Trish Baker will be taking over as Yeoman, Lorraine Klabunde is moving to Fleet Captain, Ted McClintic will be our new Public Relations officer, Bill Draver is the new Member-at-Large and Larry and Linda Gulotta will serve as the new librarians.
The other officers will remain in their positions. This new crew will guarantee a smooth transition for a great 2019 sailing season.
Alas, the Illuminator is no more! She ran aground off the Mona Lake Channel in Michigan on the return to her winter home in Muskegon, Michigan. This is a trip I have made many times. It is a warning to never become complacent when sailing. Lake Michigan is the burial ground of many a ship! Let us all enjoy safe sailing!
I will be taking a hiatus from sailing for a while to focus on some of my other passions. I want to thank all the sailors who have made my experience at NWSA rich and enjoyable. I wish each and every one of you Fair Seas and Following Winds!
Richard E. Reed
2018 Photo Contest Winners
Best Scenic | Best Boat Name | Best Old Salt | 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.