This month, the club hosts Captain Bob from Double Action Dive Charters speaking on the great opportunities Lake Michigan and Lake Erie provide when it comes to shipwrecks. Lake Michigan is the grave to nearly 2,000 vessels, and only 600 have been found. Check us out!
After a long winter and rainy spring, our sailing season has officially started. We had our first sail on Lake Geneva. Cruise Captain Joe Rittner put on a great sail on May 18. See his sail report in our June Communique. Everyone had a great time!
We have several sails coming up in June. The Ed Gans Memorial sail on June 15, two Summer Solstice sails (Lake Michigan & Lake Mendota) and a sail in Kenosha on the 29th. See the May and June Communique for more details.
Don't forget one last event. Our Father's Day Picnic and Sail on the 16th. Hal Shanafield will be hosting this event up in Waukegan.
If you are a new member and have never been on a sail before, you can call Bill Draver, our Member-at-Large if you have any questions. He can also help pair you up with an experienced member to help you with your first season. There is also a quick crew guide in our directory and also on the website.
Everything in our club is based on volunteers. If you have had fun with the club, please consider contributing in some way. One great way is to volunteer to be a Cruise Captain. These are the people who help put on our sailing events. You don't need a lot of experience. If you have been on a few sails you can see how it works. If you are interested, please give our Fleet Captain, Lorraine Klabunde a call. We still have a few sails that need cruise captains. Our June meeting will be on the 17th at 7:00 P.M. A map and details are on the club's website.
At the June meeting we will be handing out our 2019 Membership Directories. If you haven't renewed, please give Mark Blodgett, our Membership Director a call. We might still be able to get you in the directory.
Let's get out and enjoy the summer! And don't forget to take pictures. They really help brighten up our Communique, Directory and Website.
2018 Photo Contest Winners
Best Scenic | Best Boat Name | Best Old Salt | Best Group Shot | Best Sunset
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.