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Vice Commodore's Corner: October 2020

Happy October Everybody!

This is the month for our annual photo contest. This year, we will do an online photo contest. Please submit your photos by Oct 31st to Gwen Brodeur at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in a JPEG format. Remember the categories are: Bloopers, Old Salt, Best Sunrise/Sunset, Under Sail, Best Boat Name, Scenic, and Best Group Shot.

If you’re unable to do that, you could mail them to me or drop them off at my house and I can scan them in. Voting will be done online this year starting on November 1st and will be completed by November 14th. The winners will be announced at our November General Club Meeting via Zoom on 11/16.  

As everybody begins putting their boats away for the winter, please keep in mind that there are some that could use assistance. Feel free to reach out to members that may need help, or if you’re a boat owner please reach out to membership for assistance.

I can’t wait to see all your wonderful pictures. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I will attempt to provide you with assistance. Thank you and good luck!

-Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore

Vice Commodore's Corner: September 2020

Happy September club members,

I was very grateful for Sarah Pederson (see photo), our August guest speaker. Sarah provided insight into the dangers of falling overboard at night, and her lessons learned. I know that I have made some changes to my personal safety gear because of her message.

Now is the time to start gathering your favorite pictures for the October Photo Contest, which will be here shortly. More info will be posted on the NWSA website and via member email blast soon!

I was the Cruise Captain for the August 22nd sails and we had a great turn out, with lots of people sailing that day. See the sail reports in our Communique for more details of all the club’s sails in August.

-Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore


Vice Commodore's Corner: August 2020

Happy August members!

I hope everyone has had a great summer so far this year. I'm sure it's been challenging for all of you. At last month’s meeting, Keith Church from North Sails provided the NWSA with some valuable insight into furlers and answered many questions from our members. If you missed the general meeting, you can still watch it with the link to the recording that was sent out to all members.


Gwen and I were able to get away last month for a week sailing adventure, and made it as far as Manitowoc, WI. We now have a new member in our family – see below. It is a 39’ O’Day, and we are looking forward to sailing her for years to come. That said, if anyone is in the market to buy a 30’ Hunter, we have one for sale now! See the "Boats for Sale" section in this month's communique.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the Zoom meeting on August 17th at 7pm and looking forward to the upcoming August NWSA sails.

Thank you for all of your understanding during these trying times, and I am looking forward to when we can socialize again.

-Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore


Vice Commodore's Corner: July 2020

Greetings Sailors,

We had a great sail on June 27th. A write up and photos of the sails in the July Communique. Thank you for all that showed up at both harbors. It sure feels good to get outside!

I would like to thank our guest speaker, Al Vilches, and the informative presentation that he gave the club on composting toilets last month. We had 26 members attend the online meeting for his Zoom presentation. For the rest of the year, I have scheduled all the General Club meetings as a reoccurring Zoom meeting. What this means is that the link and code will not change for the remainder of this year’s online meetings. Check out the Website Calendar for the board and general meeting dates/times/Zoom links.

I have really enjoyed the interaction with all the club members during our Zoom meetings!

Thank you to everyone who is supporting the club during these trying times.Take care friends.

-Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore