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NWSAlogoSMnewsletterBoard meeting 8 March, General meeting, 15 March via ZOOM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81165798529 Meeting ID: 811 6579 8529
Member dues are due by March 31st. $40 single/$50 family. Send your checks to our club P.O. Box (see below).
Please spread the word about our great club. Our primary recruiting event, the Sailing Show @ McCormick place did not happen in 2021, so we are relying on word of mouth and your good ideas to grow and serve our club. Contact any officer with those ideas and get your friends, family, even perfect strangers to join us.
Want to join? Please do! Applications and payment can be mailed to:
NWSA-Membership P.O. Box 921 Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Commodore's Message

As much as we’d rather be on the water right now, it recently was 10 degrees outside and there are 4 foot piles of snow everywhere! So I’m trying to enjoy a real winter while I can. Fortunately, we’ve been getting some nice sunny days. They really help take your mind off things.

Ever since the shutdowns, we have been getting together online for our meetings. Our online meeting in January had a great turnout and even greater presentation! Many of us learned a LOT about inflatable life vests and boat insurance trends.

Although we can’t get together in person yet, we are still planning out a summer of sailing. With the vaccine starting to roll out, we are hoping things will be much more open this summer. So we are planning for the best!

Many of us renew our memberships in person at our meetings. Alternatively, consider sending in your 2021 dues to our PO Box, found on the Membership Form found on the last page of our monthly Communique. PDF and online versions of our membership fForms are available here on the website.

-Marc Holdwick, 2021 Commodore


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2020 Photo Contest Winners
Best Scenic | Best Boat Name | Best Old Salt | Best Group Shot | Best Sunset  | Best Under Sail | No Best Blooper :(

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NWSA History

flag 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.

Mission Statement

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.



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    Talk about the lessons learned.
    Practice what you've learned

  • Looking forward to another great sailing season.

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  • Need Help with your boat contact the NWSA Fleet Captain at fleetcaptain@nwsail.com




Hunter 30 (Cherubini design). First generation 30 footer. Great sailing appeal and interior accommodations. 2GN Yanmar diesel inboard. Sleeps 6. Private head. Lots of upgrades. Details & Pix Contact Wayne Smith (847) 772-9099

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Precision 18 - SOLD. She's gone, but details here: Nwsail.com/Joomla3/Precision-18

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Coast Guard Auxiliary Seminars



Des Plaines Flotilla 39-02 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting a series of evening seminars on aspects of boating. More information on these classes can be found on the CG Auxiliary website at http://www.cgaux.org/boatinged/class_finder/index.php

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Need Help With Your Boat

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Thank you all for your involvement in NWSA!!!

Junior Sail Organization

Junior Sail offers youth, ages 8 to 18, the opportunity to learn and develop boating and sailing skills. The program teaches safety, basic seamanship, racing, sportsmanship and respect for the environment. Read More...

Corinthian Yacht Club's Crew School


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Crew School - Join CCYC’s Sailing Crew Training Program, held each Spring.
Class Schedule - Our 6 week program is held on (6) consecutive Wednesdays:

Wednesday April 3, 2019 through Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7pm to 9:30pm.
All Classes are held INDOORS in the CCYC Clubhouse at Montrose Harbor
(*NO Boat Required)

Adult Sailing School - Here is your chance to learn to sail and skipper a sailboat.

CCYC’s 4 week Adult Sailing School will teach you to sail with hands-on experience out of Montrose Harbor.
Class Schedule found on the website at corinthian.org/education


Free Online Boating Safety Course

Offered by https://elearning.boatus.org/

Register online to create an account and then enroll in the IL Boating Safety Course using the Online Leaning Center.


After completion a certificate will be mailed to you. Read more...

Boating News

05 March 2021

major sailing news, commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American focus.
  • 36th America’s Cup to begin March 10
    Auckland, New Zealand (March 5, 2021) – The first race of the 36th America’s Cup Match will start shortly after 4:00 pm (NZT) on March 10 after the Government announced a reduction in alert...