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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

Vice Commodore's Corner: June 2020

Happy June to Everyone!

As we slowly venture forth from our shelters, it is turning out to be a nice spring. On June 20th, I hope we will see a great summer. I hope everyone has been well and watching sailing videos to hone your skills & knowledge, prior to this year's sailing season. Everyone’s boats are slowly getting in the water.

I would like to welcome our guest speaker for June, Al Vilches, from Airhead Composting Toilets. These are a great upgrade to any marine head, eliminate the smell, and the need to pump out.

Last month's Zoom General Member Meeting went very well (see below) and club members seem to be happy with this format. Our Zoom Board Member Meetings have gone well too. I feel that we are bringing back sailing to the club as our primary goal ASAP.

Thank you for bearing with us.

-Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore

Vice Commodore's Corner: May 2020

Happy May, club members!

Happy May, club members!It doesn’t do much good to talk about what we are going to do in the near future. Nobody really knows what that’s going to look like. I hope everybody’s staying healthy, keeping busy, and thinking ahead about socializing again in the future. I hope everyone is back to getting their boats ready for the upcoming season. I know that the Chicago harbors are not open yet, but hopefully soon. If everybody has a chance, pick up your membership directory and drop an email or call a club member to check on them to see how they’re doing. It gets exhausting being cooped up sometimes and just a word of encouragement might help.

Hopefully we will have more information for the upcoming season shortly. We did manage to get bottom paint on our boat last week and put a new hatch in. It should be two more weeks before we splash. The weather’s been very touch and go lately, so sailing wouldn’t have been the best lately around here anyways. I am in touch with some boaters that are stuck in the Caribbean and unable to go anywhere and need to have provisions delivered to their boats. If you haven’t had a chance lately, go on YouTube and watch some sailing videos to help inspire you. Hopefully we will see everybody soon. Until then, may you all have following seas and sail on a beam reach.

-Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore

Vice Commodore's Corner: April 2020

Club Members,

I hope that everyone is doing well and know that we are all feeling the effects of social distancing at this point. If there is anything I can do for anyone, do not hesitate to ask. Don’t forget about the other members of our club, I'm sure they would love to hear from you. If you have a chance, drop a line or send a text to another club member, just to let them know you're thinking about them.

Right now, I do not have access to my boat, as I'm sure any club member that has their boat in storage is dealing with. Now is a good time to make plans for the upcoming year and hope social distancing comes to an end eventually. So, for now, do your best to stay safe, watch sailing videos like I'm doing, and reach out to family, club members or anyone else to stay in touch.

We will be planning social events and the 2020 sailing season as soon as possible. Hopefully we will be on track and not miss too many sails. Can’t wait to see you all soon!

- Wayne Smith, 2020 Vice Commodore