February 1, 2018
Well, with winter in full form our thoughts must turn to spring for comfort. Given the enthusiastic sign-up at Strictly Sail, we can hope for a fresh new crop of sailors in our organization. We send out a special thanks to all those who helped in that endeavor.
We are excited about developing our sailing schedule for the coming season. We have the captains meeting on Saturday, February 17th to get fresh ideas from those who we need to supply the boats for our sails. We will take some time at out general meeting on February 19th to hear from all of the members regarding the 2018 sailing schedule.
In that vein, I would like to hear from the members what they most enjoyed about their favorite NWSA sail last season. We really want to know what works on our sails.
I hope to expand the ladies sailing program we initiated last season. We want to include more women and have already recruited other skippers to provide experiences on other types of boats in a variety of marinas. Please share your interest in this program by joining the group or becoming one of the skippers.
This is the time of year when boat repairs are also on our minds. We would like to help those who need work on their boats by pairing them up with members who have repair skills. With that in mind, if you are a member who has boat repair or maintanance skills and are willing to help other members with their boats please send me an email listing your skills and possible times you would be available. If you are a boat owner who would like help with your boat, send me an email detailing the type of work you need done and times you might be available.
I think this is a great idea and hope it gains traction. It might prove helpful, especially to trailer boaters, in getting more boats on the water this season. I wish I could take credit for the idea but in fact it was Marc Holdwick and John Morris who reached out to me with their idea. Let’s get behind this idea and get ‘em back on the water!
I want to send a shout out to my sailing buddies at Monroe, Belmont, and Montrose harbors! I hope we can get more sails going at our end of the lake this season.
Time to work on the knots and other skills for the 2018 season! I hope to see everyone at the February meeting.
Fair Winds and Trailing Seas!
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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.