Ahoy! -With the rain receding and the temperatures warming, our sails are finally underway. Although a few sails were cancelled in June due to weather, the Shake Down was challenging but accomplished and the Summer Sailstice sails went well-think blue skies and a fair wind-(and, as I write, we’re keeping our deck shoes crossed for much of the same for the first Kenosha sail.) The Father’s Day Family picnic was likewise somewhat challenging but everyone had a great time.

As for the upcoming July and August sails, we are hoping that more club members will volunteer as cruise captains. The following sails are still in need of cruise captains:7/13. Start of Hook race (cancelled); 7/20, Kenosha to Racine sail (Thanks Ty!), 7/19-22, Green Lake sail (cancelled); 8/9-11, West Coast to Port Washington; Green lake, 8/16-19, and West Shore to Milwaukee, 8/30-9/2. These sails will be cancelled unless cruise captains can be recruited. Remember, you don’t have to be a boat owner to be a cruise captain and many members are available to help, if this would be your first time volunteering for this position.

So, we all need each other to enjoy the remainder of the summer sailing season. Here’s to red skies at night.

—Lorraine Klabunde

Editor's note: updated to reflect Hook & Green Lake cancellations.

Only two more months and we’ll be hoisting the NWSA sails. Our first sail is scheduled for May 18 at Lake Geneva, the weather gods willing.

There are still slots open for cruise captains so we need your help. You do not have to be a boat owner to sign up. This is a great way for crew to meet other members, get an insight into the inner workings of the NWSA, and participate in this VOLUNTEER organization. A seasoned member will work hand in hand with a new cruise captain to assure that everything runs smoothly.

Established members of the club are ready to answer any questions you may have. So, I hope everyone gets on board for the 2019 season.

—Lorraine Klabunde

Can you believe it!!!…we posted our last Communique for announcements for NWSA Lake Michigan sails for the year. Weather wise we had a so-so year. Many sails were either cancelled, or reduced to less time out on the water due to rainy, foggy, too light wind, or too heavy wind conditions. Personally, my opportunities to sail were about one third to one half as much as usual, but on the other hand I had some real QUALITY TIME out there with NWSA club members, and that’s what matters the most!!!

Unfortunately, our Labor Day Weekend sail across the lake sail got cancelled due to a threatening weather forecast. Also, our cruise captain for the sail, Ed Morosky, is having some serious back problems. We hope you get better soon Ed!!!

Our last sail out of Chicago harbors is Saturday Sep­tember 8th out of Monroe for an evening sail. It should be splendid as September sails on Lake Michigan usually are. The water is warmer than any other time of year, and the city lights look spectacular!!!

Our last sail out of northern harbors is the Kenosha III sail on September 15th. George and Sally Andersson are the cruise captains and there is probably room for more if you haven’t signed up yet.

There are 3 more trailer sails for the year. The sail for the weekend of September 8 and 9 was originally planned to be up at Lake Mendota, but all boating on that lake is banned due to high water. The sail is now planned to be a one day sail at Lake Geneva for September 8th. There are also 2 more sails planned in October at Lake Geneva for the trailer sailors.

See you at the next club meeting September 17th, and…may you have fair winds and calm seas!!!!

—Mike Saavedra


We had a very productive and informative meeting among the club boat owners on Feb 17. As a result we were able to confirm what most of the captains’ preferences were for our 2018 sailing schedule. A confirmed sailing schedule will be included in this Communique. So far we have about 14 Confirmed Events. By discussing what will and will not work we’ve come to realize some very important conclusions about both our trailer sailing interests as well as our interests about sailing on Lake Michigan.

There are a number of Proposed Events that are still being looked into so that we can be assured of boat owners’ availability and desire to participate. Some of the events that we would like to make a sailing event out of first need to be confirmed that they will even take place.

Trailer Sails

So far we have 4 confirmed sails that are trailer sails::
1) The Sailstice at Lake Mendota in June, 2) The Door County sail at the end of July, 3) The Green Lake sail in mid-August, and 4) The Lake Mendota Fall sail in September. There are many Lake Michigan sails that are also open to trailerable boats.

Our first trailer sail is usually up at Lake Geneva in mid to late May, but at the meeting we came to the conclusion that that seems to be too early because the weather is often still too cold and/or rainy and so the sail ends up being cancelled. So now we’re thinking early June would be a better idea. Also, several of our captains with trailerable boats find that doing a one day sail is a lot of work rigging and then de-rigging their boat for just one day, so we’re looking into having a trailer sail for a whole weekend and possibly mooring boats overnight at George Williams College.

It’s confirmed that we’ll have a Fathers’ Day Picnic at Waukegan Harbor as Hal Shanafield has reserved a nice pavilion there from 10am to 2pm with grills available. Hal is still looking into making it a sail if he can get boats. Please let Hal Know If you can bring a boat to this event.

The next proposed trailer sail is to Lake Winnebago in July, possibly July 7-8, since the club doesn’t have any events planned that weekend. Hal Shanafield says Lake Winnebago is about 5 hours away, but that it’s a really nice place. Please let Hal know if you are interested in bringing a boat to this sail.


Finally, the last additional proposed trailer sail is back at Lake Geneva for the “Fall Colors sail” that we traditionally wind up the season with. Marc Holdwick suggested Oct 20. Marc is willing to be cruise captain for this event, but we need to find boats for the event. Please let Marc know if you can bring a boat to this sail.

Lake Michigan Sails

So far we have 11 confirmed and 3 proposed Lake Michigan sails. The first proposed sail is a Lake Michigan West Coast sail on August 11-12. Many captains were in agreement to sail up to Port Washington. The West Coast sail would involve captains sailing from Chicago up north to meet up with Waukegan boats. Those boats would then progress north to Kenosha where still other captains would join the sail until they reach Port Washington. The captains are planning to meet together and discuss the sail further at a later point in time.

The second proposed Lake Michigan sail was to sail across the lake over the Labor Day weekend on September 1-3. At least 6 captains are interested. Those captains will meet to develop a sailing plan and will report back with details.

Finally, the last Lake Michigan sail proposed is to sail out of Racine Harbor on Saturday September 15th and then join the Racine Yacht Club for a Shrimp Boil dinner that evening. It’s not confirmed that the dinner will take place on that day if at all. Bill Draver will check into it.

Please look over the 2018 Confirmed Sailing Schedule Events and let me know if you would be able to be a cruise captain, or even a co-cruise captain for one of this year’s events. Having cruise captains for each and every one of our events is vital to how our club functions, and is a great way to give back to the club, especially if you’re not a boat owner.

Fair winds and calm seas!!!! —Mike Saavedra

Ahoy sailors!!! We had a wonderful time at the Boat, RV and Strictly Sail show at McCormick Place this year, and we had a least 110 people sign up at our booth to get our Communique newsletter to learn more about what our club is like.

This year we’re going to try something we’ve never done before, at least since I joined the club 11 years ago. On February 17 we’re going to have a special meeting of all the club boat owners that are either new members or members of our club last year to discuss their preferences in planning the 2018 sailing season. This is in effort to best accommodate the NWSA skipper’s preferences in the sailing schedule.

With this issue, I’ve submitted a tentative Sailing Schedule of about 22 events as a starting place to plan for our season but our final season’s schedule might end up looking somewhat, or even very different. The meeting will occur only 2 days before the general meeting held on Monday, February 19th. At the general meeting I will be looking for Cruise Captains to organize each event. I usually encourage non-boat owners to volunteer for this role, as boat owners have plenty of other responsibilities all season long with owning a boat. It is also a good way for non-boat owners to contribute to the club in a very vital and important way, so fellow club members, please be prepared to step up and volunteer as cruise captain for one of the events at our next meeting!!!!

See you at the upcoming meetings, and fair winds!!!!! —Mike Saavedra


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