Club Members,

I hope that everyone is doing well and know that we are all feeling the effects of social distancing at this point. If there is anything I can do for anyone, do not hesitate to ask. Don’t forget about the other members of our club, I'm sure they would love to hear from you. If you have a chance, drop a line or send a text to another club member, just to let them know you're thinking about them.

Right now, I do not have access to my boat, as I'm sure any club member that has their boat in storage is dealing with. Now is a good time to make plans for the upcoming year and hope social distancing comes to an end eventually. So, for now, do your best to stay safe, watch sailing videos like I'm doing, and reach out to family, club members or anyone else to stay in touch.

We will be planning social events and the 2020 sailing season as soon as possible. Hopefully we will be on track and not miss too many sails. Can’t wait to see you all soon!

- Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore

[editor’s note: this article was written in late February, before Illinois levied shelter-in-place provisions on Friday, March 20th and NWSA cancelled activities.]

It has been a mild spring so far, and it was even milder in Florida for the Miami Boat Show. Gwen and I attended the event for our first time. We had a fantastic time, and it is something everyone who is interested in boating should do. We learned so much about new safety equipment, to innovations in boating technology and yacht building. I am happy that we brought some warm weather home with us.

The boat season is beginning, and all the bilges are thawing out, the ice has left the decks, and the cleanup for another year begins. Many hands make the load light, a wise man once said, and now is the time to reach out to the boat owners in the club and offer to lend a hand with spring cleanup or maintenance. Very soon all the boats will be in tip top shape and ready to take members sailing. It has been nice to see new members at the meetings, and some new members stepping up to take a leadership positions in the club.

Last month we had Commodore Marc speak on safety equipment & emergency procedures and I understand that it was very well received

This month we will have guest speakers from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Tim and Bridget Darrey. They will be speaking about the training that the Coast Guard Auxiliary provides. I hope to see everyone at the March meeting!

- Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore

It’s so nice to see so many new faces at the meeting. That’s a definite sign that the club is growing and there is interest in the club. I have not been a member as long as many of the other club members, but I feel that the club has a very bright future. There seems to be an interest in sailing still, as there is definitely an online presence that is gaining a lot of traction. Thank you to everyone that has provided suggestions for upcoming meetings! I will do my best to fulfill the needs of the club. Within the next month I will be sending out a survey that’s put together by the entire board. The survey will provide a barometer for upcoming events and gauge interest within the club. Please provide input to all the club board members, as we are here to serve you. Only a few months we'll be back in the water and sailing again. I’m looking forward to a fantastic year of sailing with all of you!

- Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore


Great Turnout for Guest Speaker - Captain Brain Earle

Thank you to Captain Brain Earle from Sea Safaris Sailing School for presenting at our January club meeting. We had a great turnout!! Captain Brian spoke about the different types of certifications needed to sail and different types of seminars/classes to prepare you for any type of sailing. For more information on any of the topics, ASA Certifications, classes/seminars (including women-only classes) or for general questions, feel free to contact Brian at:

Captain Brian Earle
Sea Safaris Sailing School
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I hope everyone has been enjoying their winter; at least it’s been a mild winter. I’m very excited about our first guest speaker in January. This is the instructor that I started with, Brian Earle from Sea Safaris. He's a wealth of knowledge! I have several other speakers lined up in 2020, and if anyone has more suggestions, please feel free to contact me by email, phone or text.

I would say the Sail Show was a success, as we have a whole new list of prospective members (99 to be exact!!)

I would like to thank everyone for their patience as the board members go through a transitional period. We have some catching up to do, but I’m very confident in the current board members.

I’m looking forward to a great summer full of sailing and socialization with other club members. Now as we prepare for the new season, we can all hope for warm, sunny, windy days. Thank you for the time that everybody puts into the club!

- Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore


Happy Holidays to all!

Sadly, I am sure everyone’s boats are put away. At least those of us that weather the winter. Some are on stands and some are on trailers. Motors winterized, antifreeze pumped in to replace lake water for the winter. This is my least favorite time of boating season, and I’m sure everyone else’s as well. Now is a time to think about the projects that need done on our boats, and this is “the” year we will get them all done. : )

Well, if we want to get them done, now is a great time for planning. We can plan that new stereo system, or maybe, a new chart plotter, a painting project perhaps. Whatever your project may happen to be, know that there are always members willing to lend a hand or perhaps advice on your new project. One thing I have learned from my membership is that there are many years of experience within the club. This experience has always come in handy to me and many other members. I just want to thank all the members for sharing their wealth of knowledge with me and the other members. So, please give some thought to your projects or, if you are not a boat owner, reach out to assist a boat owner, as we always have projects and could always use a helping hand.

Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore


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