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Fleet Captain Report: September 2017

For the 2017 sailing season we were over all off to a slow start with erratic weather such as heavy thunder storms, to too much wind, or not enough wind. In June two Lake Michigan sails were cancelled, one because of weather, and one for lack of boats. Also, an across the lake sail that was being planned by Pete Schleck for Labor Day weekend also had to be cancelled due to Pete’s boat being damaged as well as a lack of other boats.

As far as trailer sails go one Lake Geneva sail was cancelled, one sail fizzled out after an hour with no wind, and the Summer Sailstice up at Lake Mendota had excessive wind. Then in August the Green Lake sail had to be cancelled due to lack of boats.

The good news is that the weather improved through July and August with somewhat sunny skies and light to moderate winds. Hopefully the trend will continue throughout September and October as we still have 5 events to go for our sailing season:

September 9 Kenosha II

September 16 Racine Shrimp Boil

September 22-24 Lake Mendota II

October 7 Lake Geneva “Frostbite sail”

October 21 Lake Geneva “Fall Color sail”

A few notes:

So far we only have one boat for the Kenosha II sail, so we can accommodate the 5 people that signed up to crew, but if you’re able to bring a boat to this sail please contact Dave or Kate Strachan the co-cruise captains for the sail.

For the Racine Shrimp Boil sail there are slips available if you’d like to sail up the night before, or stay the night after the sail. Contact Ty Liles, the cruise captain. Also, you need to contact Ty Liles for admission to the shrimp boil.

We still need cruise captains for the last two sails of the season at Lake Geneva so please, please contact me if you’re able to organize one of these sails at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We don’t want to have to cancel either of these sails!!!

Lord bless!!!!

Mike Saavedra

Fleet Captain

Fleet Captain Report: August 2017

The month of July certainly was better sailing weather than June with rather nice temperatures but somewhat light wind, and less rain, at least on the days we had sails.

Looking ahead to August is our Waukegan sail on August 5th which almost always is good sailing conditions, and a BBQ to follow at the Buell’s house to which all club members are invited even if you don’t sail that day.

Saturday August 12th is the North Point sail. If you’d like to participate, but you belong to another harbor, the cruise captains George and Sally Andersson can get you a slip for free the night before or after the sail. Just contact them.

Unfortunately the Green Lake sail on Aug 18-20 got cancelled. Bill Bushnell worked really hard to make this sail happen, but just couldn’t get enough boats.

Thanks to Thomas Vieria we now have a cruise captain for the Air and Water Show sail on Saturday Aug 19th. Thank you Tom!!!!! So far only 3 people are signed up for that sail, so don’t wait, sign up today!!!

Also, if you’re able to bring a boat I want to encourage you to join Pete Schleck and Rich Reed for the Across the Lake Labor Day sail on Sept 1-4 to South Haven, Michigan. Pete’s worked really hard on this sail and knows South Haven accommodations really well.

Finally I want to encourage everyone to be safe and always wear a PFD especially if you are going forward on deck, and to bring gloves to get a better grip on lines, as well as to avoid rope burns. Also try to make the most of every opportunity to learn and/or teach sail trim, knots, coiling line, and how to start the engine, since every boat is different, as well as use the radio. Let’s be safe, have fun, and learn some new things this month of August!!!

Mike Saavedra

Fleet Captain

Fleet Captain Report: July 2017

It’s the end of June, and 7 of our 23 scheduled events have already passed us up. The bad news is that the weather has been somewhat quirky, from rain, to too much wind, to not enough wind, so for the most part we haven’t done a whole lot of sailing. The good news is that we still have about 70% of our season left, so maybe we can do some catching up!!!

Looking ahead for the month of July, on Saturday July 8th is our Moonlight sail out of Chicago harbors that will end with fireworks off of Navy Pier. Then July 15th is the Start of the Chicago to Mackinac Race-always a thrill!!! Then we’ll sail up in Kenosha, Door County, and Winthrop Harbor. For the most part people have been shy about signing up for sails-both boat owners and crew. Don’t let the summer slip by without doing some sailing!!!

I want to thank all the people that have so graciously stepped forward to be cruise captains for the majority of our sails, but we still need a cruise captain for the Air and Water Show on August 19th, as well as for several sails at the end of the season. Please, please step forward to help organize these events. Even if you share the responsibility with an experienced club member such as yours truly, that would be a big help!!!Please see me at the July 17th meeting to discuss being a cruise captain, or a co-cruise captain!!!

Have a safe and happy season, fair winds and calm seas!!!

Mike Saavedra

Fleet Captain

Fleet Captain Report: June 2017

Overall we have very few boats and crew signed up to participate in any of our sails. Perhaps you’ve meant to do so, but have forgotten about it or put it off. I want to encourage you all to go online and sign up soon. For those of you without computers you can call the cruise captain for your event(s), and they’ll be happy to sign you up.
We had our first sail scheduled for Lake Geneva on May 20th, but due to Thunderstorms it was cancelled. Our Icebreaker sail often does get cancelled from rain, or cold weather, so this year we also have a 2nd sail at Lake Geneva planned for June 3, but we need more boats. So far there’s a strong chance for more thunderstorms that day as well. Hopefully that won’t happen.
Our first Lake Michigan sail in Chicago will be our Ed Gans Memorial sail out of Montrose Harbor on June 3rd.  Asayo Horibe is organizing the event. We have a good number of crew signed up, but only one boat participating so far. If you have a boat and would like to participate please go online and sign up at nwsail.com, or contact Asayo.
Our first Lake Michigan sail up north will be out of Racine, if there is an interest! So far we only have 1 person signed up for the sail, and no boats!!! Perhaps your boat isn’t yet ready to sail, and you’ve put off signing up for the sail until it is. I’ll leave the event open until June 10, so you’ll have plenty of time to decide.
At the last General meeting in May, Hal Shanafield volunteered to have a Father’s Day sail at Bangs Lake like we did when Margaret Fritzinger who used to live there was in the club. It is a very picturesque place. There is a large Gazebo there to eat under, so even if it rains we can still have a BBQ and socialize. Trailer sailboats and Kayaks are both welcome!
Finally, our last event in June is the Summer Sailstice. This event is for everyone in the club whether you have a trailerable boat that you’d like to bring up to Lake Mendota for the weekend of June 23-25, or whether you have a boat moored or docked on Lake Michigan and you’d like to sail on Sat June 24th , or if you want to be crew on someone’s boat. Just go online and sign up for one of three options: Lake Mendota, Lake Michigan Northern harbors, or Lake Michigan Chicago harbors.
A couple more “mini vacation” options are Door County at the end of July, or Green Lake in mid- August. Start making plans and booking overnight accommodations soon!
We are still looking for a cruise captain for the Air and Water show in August. I was going to do it, but I’d rather offer it to someone else. Please consider volunteering. If you have never been a cruise captain before we have several mentors available to help you with it. It’s easy, fun, and a great way to give back to the club.
Remember to sail safe. Check the weather before and during your sail. If there are small craft advisories, stay in the safety of the harbor, and ALWAYS wear your PFD when going on deck.
Fair winds and calm seas!!!  –Mike

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