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In September, our guest speaker is coming to talk about a critical subsystem on many a cruiser.
I hope everyone has been trying to get out and sail. The water is high and the temperatures are even higher. But getting our on the water helps cool things down.
We have some great sails scheduled for August. Sign up and take advantage of our schedule.
Another way to enjoy the season is to join us at our monthly meetings. We have updated the format over the last two years. The room opens at 7:00 pm to give us a half-hour to set up and socialize before the meeting. At 7:30 we quickly run though a few reports on the club and then we start our presentation. This year we have had some great speakers. Last month we had a presentation on sailing the Great Loops. Our presenters had great stories, great pictures and told us all about their trip. Sometimes we forget, but sailing is about making memories. If you are having a bad day, think about a good time that you had out on the water.
So, check out our schedule and come out to our meeting to catch up with the club.
Hope to see you on the water!—Marc Holdwick
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.