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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

Commodore's Corner: June 2017

Ahoy Sailors,

THE SAILING SEASON HAS JUST STARTED!

As I reported at our May meeting, we have a new board member. Gayle Booth has accepted the position of Public Relations Director. Please join me in welcoming her to the board by supplying her with articles about and photos from our sailing events.  Please sign up on the website if you can help our boat owners get their boats ready and into the water.

We still have one critical board position still open. We need a Membership Director and because the directory has been sent to the printer, this position has become easier.  See the position requirements in the directory. To maintain our status as a successful sailing club, we need to have all the positions filled. Please consider filling the remaining open position.PicnicBasket

We have scheduled our Father’s Day Picnic again this year and it will be held at Bangs Lake. Thanks to Hal, Almut and John Shanafield for
setting this up and getting the gazebo.

Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Palatine Library. I will send directions again to the board.

The “Across the Lake” sail is getting a good response. We have 10 sailors and 2 boats signed up at this time. We may 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.

As the temporary Membership Director, I want to report that we have received paid memberships for 168 members.  We are hoping to distribute the 2017 directories at our June meeting and we will be publishing an update for any additional members who join after publication. Please remember to send us your dues and complete the membership form on the website. Or even better, bring your completed form and money to the next club meeting.

We are look forward to getting back on the water and having warm breezes and smooth water under our keel.

Fair winds and smooth sailing,
Bill Draver
2017 Commodore

Commodore's Corner: May 2017

 

Ahoy Sailors,

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THE SAILING SEASON HAS STARTED!

As I reported at our April meeting, the membership event at Larsen’s Marine did not happen. Larsen’s decided to keep more boats in the showroom and only allow their vendors to have tables. Please sign up on the website if you can help the boat owners get their boats ready and into the water.

We still have two critical board positions still open. We need a Membership Director and Public Relations Director. See the position requirements later in this issue. To maintain our status as a successful sailing club, we need to have all the positions filled. Please consider filling the remaining two positions.

Our next scheduled Club Meeting will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Palatine Library. I will send directions again to the board.

As the temporary Membership Director, I want to report that we have received paid memberships for 152 members. We are hoping to distribute the 2017 directories at our May meeting and we will be publishing an update for any additional members who join after publication. Please remember to send in your dues and complete the membership form on the website. Or even better, bring your form and money to the next club meeting.

We are looking forward to getting back on the water and having warm breezes and smooth water under our keel.

 

Fair winds and smooth sailing,
Bill Draver
2017 Commodore

 

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Commodore's Corner: April 2017

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The “I Wish I Were Sailing” party in March was a huge success. We had a full house and the food was great. We invited the prospects who signed up at Strictly Sail. We also had our second membership event this past month at Crowley’s Yacht-A-Palooza. Thanks to Hal and Almut Shanafield, Richard Reed, Dave and Kate Strachan, and Peggy Draver for staffing our booth during the event. Of the fourteen propects who signed up, nine are boat owners.

On April 8th, we are having our third membership event at Larsen’s Marine. Please sign up on the website for the times when you can assist us in manning our booth. Lunch will be served compliments of Larsen’s.

We still have two critical board positions still open. We need a Membership Director and Public Relations Director. See the position requirements later in this issue. To maintain our status as a successful sailing club, we need to have all the positions filled. Please consider filling the remaining two positions.

Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Palatine Library. I will send directions again to the board.

As the temporary Membership Director, I want to report that we have received paid memberships for 103 members. Please remember to send in your dues and complete the membership form on the website. Or even better, bring your form and money to the next club meeting.
We are look forward to getting back on the water and having warm breezes and smooth water under our keel.

Fair winds and smooth sailing,
Bill Draver
2017 Commodore

 

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