April 1, 2017
The “I Wish I Were Sailing” party in March was a huge success. We had a full house and the food was great. We invited the prospects who signed up at Strictly Sail. We also had our second membership event this past month at Crowley’s Yacht-A-Palooza. Thanks to Hal and Almut Shanafield, Richard Reed, Dave and Kate Strachan, and Peggy Draver for staffing our booth during the event. Of the fourteen propects who signed up, nine are boat owners.
On April 8th, we are having our third membership event at Larsen’s Marine. Please sign up on the website for the times when you can assist us in manning our booth. Lunch will be served compliments of Larsen’s.
We still have two critical board positions still open. We need a Membership Director and Public Relations Director. See the position requirements later in this issue. To maintain our status as a successful sailing club, we need to have all the positions filled. Please consider filling the remaining two positions.
Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Palatine Library. I will send directions again to the board.
As the temporary Membership Director, I want to report that we have received paid memberships for 103 members. Please remember to send in your dues and complete the membership form on the website. Or even better, bring your form and money to the next club meeting.
We are look forward to getting back on the water and having warm breezes and smooth water under our keel.
Fair winds and smooth sailing,
2016 Photo Contest Winners
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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.