Hammond Casino Sail 2013

The Hammond sail illustrated that this club knows how to handle heavy seas and unfortunate circumstances with aplomb and still have a good time.

The Hammond sail, in some ways, seemed ill fated. And, a good deal went the wrong way . We tore a mainsail. Befuddled an engine that had long been solid and, not to be discounted, lost your Vice Commodore’s lucky hat.

Winthrop Harbor Sail - The sail that never happened and then did?

The Winthrop Harbor sail was scheduled to coincide with the Harbor Days Festival organized by Skipper Buds marina. The Board of Northwest Sailing decided on July7th to create this sail and we announced it at the July 14th meeting.  We had great participation from the club members as 14 members signed up for the sail. Barry Bernstein decided to participate in the Venetian Nights Boat Parade and invited members to help him decorate his boat for the event. Dale Bennett signed up to bring his 32' Union down from Kenosha.  Despite my efforts to arrange for additional boats, I was unable to get any additional boats. After discovering Friday evening that Barry's boat was broken and was not running, I decided he was not available for the sail. Because  I was unable to figure a safe method of getting 12 people on a 32 foot boat, I was forced to cancel the sail. However, I did invite everyone to still meet Peggy and I at the festival Saturday morning. 

Peggy debated going with me on Saturday morning and finally agreed to ride up to Winthrop Harbor with me because we had heard from Larry Hagemann that he would also meet us there. As we drove up to the Harbor master's building, we were surprised to see Jim Mueller standing outside the building with his boat Driftwood on its trailer. Jim mentioned that Barry might be getting his boat out of the shop  that morning. 

Leaving Peggy and Larry to greet anyone else coming to the festival, Jim and I started to get Bill Draver Winthrop 2013Driftwood ready for the water.  As we finished getting Driftwood prepared , Peggy told us that Larry left for home. We proceeded to launch the boat and after parking the car and trailer, Jim, Peggy and I motored out of the marina. 

The weather was perfect, 79 degrees, Sunny with 10 - 12 knot winds out of the NNW causing 1 foot waves about 4 seconds apart. We sailed for about 4 hours and decided, since none of us came prepared for a sail by bringing lunch, we should return to the marina and get lunch at the festival.

Peggy Draver Winthrop 2013As we were approaching the entrance to the harbor, Peggy, at the helm, became nervous because a larger sail boat was coming up from behind very quickly. Lo and behold, it was Barry and Larry on C'est La Vie. Obviously, Barry managed to get his boat repaired. Barry offered to take anyone, who signed up for the sail, sailing on Sunday.

I learned an important lesson as cruise captain to have alternative plans when planning a sail. To quote Jim Mueller, "When given a sack of lemons, make a great batch of lemonaide."

Bill Draver - Cruise Captain


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I better not use that here as I’m sure it sounds familiar and I can’t afford a law suit. I also can’t afford a sailboat, but love to sail. I lucked into NWSA, a group of Sailors who want to share their experiences with us “Itinerant Sailors.”

Itin-er-ant: An adjective meaning to journey

"Rigging Joe Rittner's 25' MacGregor Bargello"on May 18, 2013

Credits to Skipper Joe Rittner and Crew Alisa Corsi, Les Mutz and Dave LeSueur. Photos by Larry Hagemann.

Joe prefers to do all the on deck work himself. It allows him freer movement and believes it is safer. Time was about an hour from start to splash. This is an important item for Cruise Captains to consider when timing their events. Trailer sailors know they need extra time and appreciate those crew who show up early to help.


Mast is on initial crutch support while gin pole with two lines is held taut by two crew.

Crew pulling and guiding mast as it is raised.

Raising mast with crew pulling on lines attached to gin pole.

Checking back stay.

Skipper checking shrouds and halyards.

Pushing mast forward as crew secures fore stay.

Disassembling gin pole.

Securing main sheet to the boom.

Flying NWSA burgees, Member-at-Large and past Commodore pennant with a spicy pirate flag.

Check out this link for more information about How to Step a Sailboat Mast.

"Australia and New Zealand"

by: Irene Jarmulska

My trip to Australia and New Zealand flew by way too quickly in February.  After landing in Sydney, I was met by my brother who was visiting from New Zealand.  We took a train into the city and after freshening up it was go, go, all day long and ended with a wonderful fireworks display at Darling Harbor.  What a beautiful sight.

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