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Commodore's Corner: Nov/Dec 2017

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December 1, 2017

 Ahoy Sailors.

This month we had our banquet on November 11, 2017. Thanks again to the 2017 board and officers who made our 42nd year extremely successful. We have all of the 2018 board positions filled!!

STRICTLY SAIL IS COMING UP IN JANUARY. We have the event on the web site so you can sign for any day and times detailed.

I hope those who attended the banquet enjoyed the new venue as much as Peggy and I did. The resort at Illinois State Beach was by far, the best banquet venue since I have been a member.

There will not be a club meeting in December due to the holidays. Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018. We will be having the turn-over of the Board dinner on Friday, December 8th at Francesca's Tavola in Arlington Heights at 6:30 pm. The next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, January 8, 2016.

Peggy and I will host again the "Wish I Were Sailing" party in March 2018 at our clubhouse so check the upcoming emails for dates and times of the winter events.

See you at the January Meeting!

Fair winds and smooth sailing,

Bill Draver
2016 and 2017 Commodore
2018 Past Commodore and Member Emeritus

 

 

 


 

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Commodore's Corner: October 2017

Ahoy Sailors,

THE SAILING SEASON IS WINDING DOWN TOO FAST!

This month I need to thank the membership as a whole! At our last general meeting we solicited members to become a part of the board and we received a great response.

Do not forget to bring your printed pictures on 5 x 7 paper to our October meeting for the photo contest Please remember to send all your pictures to both Gayle for the communique and Peggy for the website.

Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Palatine Library.

I hope that you are planning on attending the banquet being held in November. I know that several members object to the “formal” or “black tie” apparel description. I describe the men’s apparel as coat and tie. This is a better description as to what I desire at the banquet. No one will be refused entry, but please do not wear shorts. We will be having a contest for the most outrageous tie or bowtie. Based on the feedback from the members regarding the venue in past years, we have moved the event to the Illinois State Beach Park in Zion Illinois. This has caused a slight raise in costs.

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Let’s make the banquet as popular as the “Wish I Was Sailing Party”.

We are now looking forward to getting all of our boats put away for the winter and will be hoping for many more warm weekends like the last weekend in September. If you need help getting you boat out of the water, please let Mike Saavedra know and he will solicit help.

Fair winds and smooth sailing,
Bill Draver
2017 Commodore

 

Commodore's Corner: September 2017

Ahoy Sailors,

THE SAILING SEASON CONTINUES!

This month I need to thank:
Our Themed Sail team comprised of Chairman John Morris, Ken Butterly, John Pasch and Richard Reed. The third presentation at our August meeting was very informative.

I want to share with the newer sailors how I applied the latest lesson.

As a new boat owner and captain, I am very conservative when applying the “rules of the road” on the water. Sailing a 19-foot boat, I seldom exercise my right of way. When approaching or being approached by another sailboat, I try to quickly assess both of our tack positions and relate them to our prospective courses. When appropriate, I adjust my course while we are still approximately 75 to 100 yards apart.  If I am still sailing at dusk, I turn on my lights to assist other boats in determining the course I am sailing.

As you are attending sailing events, please remember to send pictures to both Gayle for the communique and Peggy for the website.

Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Palatine Library.

The “Across the Lake” sail over Labor Day has been cancelled because Pete Schleck’s boat, Reprise was struck by lightning.

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I also want to address the banquet being held in November. I know that several members object to the “formal” or “black tie” apparel description. I describe the men’s apparel as coat and tie. This is a better description as to what I desire at the banquet. No one will be refused entry, but please do not wear shorts. We will be having a contest for the most outrageous tie or bowtie. Based on our member’s feedback regarding the venue in past years, we have moved the event to the Illinois State Beach Park in Zion Illinois. This has caused a slight raise in costs. Please consider attending this event.

We are looking forward to getting all of our sails in for the coming month and having warm breezes and smooth water under our keel.

Fair winds and smooth sailing,
Bill Draver
2017 Commodore

Commodore's Corner: August 2017

Ahoy Sailors,

THE SAILING SEASON CONTINUES!ThreeBoatFlotilla 6in KenoshaSail 072217 025

This month I need to thank:

  1. Casey Bezec and Tony Campo, both past commodores, for providing their boats for the Kenosha sail. (See my write-up separately).
  2. Our Themed Sail team comprised of Chairman John Morris, Ken Butterly, John Pasch and Richard Reed.  The first two presentations at our June and July meetings were a great success.

 

I want to share with the newer sailors how I applied both John’s and Ken’s second lesson.

Because I am still a new boat owner and captain, with a little more experience, I decided not to reef the sail this past weekend because the winds were very manageable. I did however decide to practice the “heave to” maneuver. Because the first lesson covered basic points of sail and knot tying, they were reinforced as we sailed this weekend. I realize that they will continue to be applied every time we take the boat onto the water.

As you are attending sailing events, please remember to send pictures to both Gayle for the communique and Peggy for the website.

Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Palatine Library.

The “Across the Lake” sail is getting a good response. We now have 13 sailors signed up but only 2 boats at this time. We will need another boat to participate to accommodate the crew who are looking to attend. Captains, please consider if you would be available over the Labor Day weekend to join us in this sail.

We are looking forward to getting all of our sails in for the coming month and having warm breezes and smooth water under our keel.

Fair winds and smooth sailing,

Bill Draver
2017 Commodore

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