All in all we had some really pleasant sailing opportunities this year though the beginning of the season got off to a slow start with several sails being cancelled due to erratic weather such as too much or too little wind or thunderstorms. Then, late in the season, we had an abrupt finish as several more sails got cancelled due mostly to schedule conflicts of would be participants for the last 3 sails of the season. In all 8 of 23 sails were cancelled, or roughly 1/3 of the season. Last year only one sail was cancelled, but the year before that 5 were cancelled, so you can never tell exactly what will happen.
Most Active Captain Award (MAC Award)
Last year we had 30 people participate with their boat that was moored or docked on Lake Michigan. This year only 14 were active in 1 or more sails. At the end of year banquet in November an award was given out to George and Sally Andersson for bringing their boat to the most NWSA event sails. George and Sally brought their beautiful newly acquired 32 foot Catalina this year that was docked in Kenosha Harbor to a whopping 7 sails!!!! Congratulations George and Sally!!!!They were given a plaque in honor of being the most active captains in the club for the 2017 season.
West Marine Gift Card Recipients:
The following is a list of boat owners who brought their boat to 3 or more sails for 2017. These skippers were given $25 West Marine gift cards at the banquet:
|Name||Boat Name||Number of Sails|
|George and Sally Andersson||September Song||7|
|Larry Makowski||Sea Hawk||5|
|Gayle and Jim Booth||Penny Lane||3|
|Bill and Peggy Draver||kerplunk!||3|
The full list of participating boat owners also includes: Tony Campo, Debbie Garrity, Chuck Litgen, Peter and Mary Jane Schleck, Bill and Linda Seger, Don and Jan Buell, Casey Bezec, Wayne Smith and Ron Shenfeld, and Rich and Dorothy Sommers. Thank you all for so generously sharing your boat with the club!!!!!
Next, we want to give special honor to club member Rich Reed, who dedicated his boat, called the ‘I_l_l_u_m_i_n_a_t_o_r_’, his time, and his knowledge to instruct a crew of ladies known as the ‘Illumiladies’ to handle and take full control of his boat, the Illuminator, a 45’ Nelson/Marsk Morgan 454, which is moored at Monroe Harbor.
Weekly, he assigned each of the ladies to various crew positions of helm, mast, and bow. The helm crew was responsible for switching on the instruments, chart plotter, checking and recording the fuel, water, oil, and coolant. The mast crew prepared the halyard and main sheets, reefing lines and the fenders, if necessary, and the bow crew prepared the roller furling, jib sheets and jib halyard, as well as the bow lines. The ladies took complete control, including, but not limited to, tying up to the can, fueling dock and pump-out station, and also adding coolant and oil.
His instruction contributed to the success in helping these ladies to become competent sailors and the whole club thanks him for his efforts in helping these ladies become more competent sailors.
Finally, I want to thank all of the cruise captains who so generously donated their talents and time to organize the 15 successful events for the 2017 season. We couldn’t have done any of them without you!!!!
Marc Holdwick-1 event, Hal Shanafielf-1 event, John Morris-1 event, Joe Rittner-1 event, Mike Saavedra-2 events, George and Sally Andersson-2 events, Burt and Lorraine Klabunde-2 events, Bill and Peggy Draver-2 events, Asayo Horibe-1 event, Don Buell-1 event, Tom Vieria-1 event, Dave and Kate Strachan-1 event, and Ty Liles- 1 event.
All the Cruise Captains were given Certificates of Appreciation at our banquet in November. If any of you were not there to receive your certificate(s) I will bring them to our first general meeting in January.