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Vice-Commodore Report: Nov/Dec 2017

About the only thing that didn't go wrong on our Fall Lake Mendota Sail is that no boats sank. That may be only because no boats ever got into the water. After several mainstays of our NWSA Trailer-Sailors group had to drop out due to family commitments, there remained one boat (me, John Morris) and we vowed to carry on. Then on the morning of the sail crucial crew member Ty Liles had to cancel and we postponed the event for 2 weeks.

Two weeks later a different crucial crew member (coincidentally also named Ty Liles!) suffered a serious bicycle accident and we had to cancel the event.

Look for this fun event on next year's NWSA sailing schedule, in case we manage to actually hold it! In the mean time -- --


-John Morris, 2017 Vice Commodore


Vice-Commodore Report: October 2017

Our program for the October membership meeting will be our annual Photo Contest (a formal statement of the Rules appears elsewhere in this Communique') -- PLUS, a bonus feature: We will have the projector running any sailing-oriented videos any member brings. Can be DVD or flash drive, as long as we can get it into the computer to run it. By now I certainly hope you've got your "home movies" ready!

We almost had a Sail at Lake Mendota on the weekend of 22 - 24 Sept, but last-minute problems from at least two participants (including yours truly) forced postponing it two weeks. So -- we're STILL looking forward to our fall Lake Mendota Sail, now scheduled for Oct. 6 - 8. If you'd like to participate, for any part of the weekend (three-day commitment is NOT required) PLEASE get in touch with me by e-mail NOW. (If this doesn't get out until too late, I'm sorry, but we tried.)

See ya at the meeting!
John Morris, 2017 V Commodore

Vice-Commodore Report: September 2017

We've finished our Summer of Themed Sails designed to help our newer members get started enjoying our sport of sailing. I've heard nothing but good review. So I guess we did OK. Feedback is welcome, so let's hear it. Send to my e-mail address, or to Rich Reed's, John Pasch's, or Ken Butterly's . . . but let's hear from you.

For our September program we've got Professor Ted Karamansky from Loyola University, to give us some insight into how the schooner trade helped build Chicago. I've heard Ted talk, and he's a really interesting, enjoyable speaker. Let's see everybody out at our 18 September meeting.

Also -- don't forget our photo contest at our October meeting. Get your favorite entries to me, best as 5 x 7 inch prints, but JPGs are OK as long as they look good when I make 5 x 7s out of them. NOTE: if JPGs aren't approx. the right aspect, they may not be cropped the way you hoped for. It is best to print them yourself and mail to me. ALSO -- a new feature this year will be the opportunity to present your club-related videos (yes, home movies!), up to 10 minutes in length. They won't be judged for prizes, but will play during the meeting for all to enjoy. We will provide more on this at the September meeting. Get ready, get set, GoPro!

Finally – we have a weekend sail coming up at Lake Mendota on September 22 and 24. These inland lake sails are great opportunities to spend a lot more time on the water than on our Saturday afternoon sails on Lake Michigan. Sign up on the Club www.nwsail.com or get in touch with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See y'all in September!

John Morris, Vice Commodore

Vice-Commodore Report: August 2017

107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac


I joined the crew of Bill Derrah's Loki for my first Chicago-Mackinac race, and in spite of a string of unfortunate and unpredictable events, we all ended up smiling at the post-race party.

Everybody agreed it was the worst Chi-Mac in 50 years -- 99 boats withdrew (including us, eventually). Maybe next year we'll make it to the finish line!

See y'all at the August meeting, when we'll continue our summer series of sailing tips and nudges for our new sailors.


JohnMorris CrewMacRace2017

Loci’s crew on Tuesday, after the Mac at the Mt, Gay Rum Party for Competitors. (L to R): Don Glasell, Bill Derrah (Loci owner/skipper), Leo Burns, Steve Lambert, Jonathon Levine, John Morris, Tom Lambert -- Don Glasell and Bill Derrah have been NWSA speakers recently.

-John Morris, VComm.

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