October 1, 2017
THE SAILING SEASON IS WINDING DOWN TOO FAST!
This month I need to thank the membership as a whole! At our last general meeting we solicited members to become a part of the board and we received a great response.
Do not forget to bring your printed pictures on 5 x 7 paper to our October meeting for the photo contest Please remember to send all your pictures to both Gayle for the communique and Peggy for the website.
Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Palatine Library.
I hope that you are planning on attending 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 the feedback from the members 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.
Let’s make the banquet as popular as the “Wish I Was Sailing Party”.
We are now looking forward to getting all of our boats put away for the winter and will be hoping for many more warm weekends like the last weekend in September. If you need help getting you boat out of the water, please let Mike Saavedra know and he will solicit help.
Fair winds and smooth sailing,
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.