July 8, 2018
The Illuminator is finally returned to Monroe Harbor following the High Seas adventure trip from Muskegon, Michigan. I send my heartfelt gratitude to all of those in the sailing community who aided in getting my boat home to Chicago.
The staff at the marinas in Saugatuck, New Buffalo, DuSable, and Monroe harbors really extended themselves to help find solutions for my many difficulties. What was particularly impressive was their willingness to go beyond the limits of their responsibilities to help. I never heard, “It’s not my job.” from the staff of these marinas. This is a wonderful experience that the sailing community is often willing to reach out a helping hand to fellow sailors.
In many ways sailing helps develop civility! I hope we use civility in all our dealings with each other. At our meetings we encourage a robust exchange of ideas and opinions. Views should be expressed without personal attacks or destructive tones. This makes our discussions interesting and entertaining. Civility creates a positive environment in which all can feel safe to participate.
At our July general meeting club members will be making presentations and we expect an exchange of experiences from all you old salts. We are expecting discussions of Crew Overboard Procedures and Trailer Boat experiences. Come prepared to tell your tales and share your expertise!
I want to express our gratitude to all the members who have volunteered to serve as cruise captains for our sails. Their tireless work makes these sails possible. Boat captains deserve our thanks as well as those without boats as we would have no sails without them! Please be sure to express your gratitude to those who make our sails such positive experiences.
Fair Winds, Following Seas! —Richard Reed
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Read a note written 1976 Commodore Pat Kellogg about the beginnings of NWSA.
Special thanks to Elmer and Joyce Hook for providing this wonderful look at the early days of the NWSA.
Read the accompanying letter.
The NorthWest Sailing Association is an enthusiastic group of sailors living in and about Chicago's Northwest suburbs. The members share a quest for increased knowledge and improved seamanship in a spirit of camaraderie and fun.
Founded in 1974 by a small group of 25 sailors seeking others of similar interests, the Club's initial purpose was to exchange knowledge and experiences. In the course of the years hence, and continuing today, club members regularly sail together out of all major Chicago area harbors, on inland lakes surrounding Chicago, Wisconsin, and occasionally across Lake Michigan and back!
The high point of the summer sailing season, is our Door County / Wisconsin Sailing Weekend. Club members have organized charters in the Bahamas, Florida and other exotic locations, and will plan future charters to various prime sailing areas as the members interest dictates.
Who Belongs to NWSA?
Members include families, couples, singles - anyone interested in sailing; including skippers with large cruising boats or medium or small sailboats; even sailors with no boats. Members who don't know how to sail, but are interested in learning, may wish to crew with our experienced sailboat owners and gain valuable experience and knowledge of boat handling.
Ample opportunity to crew is available at each sailing event, and during the days between events with available skippers.
We Meet. . .
During the boating season, the NWSA sponsors sailing events in many of the major Chicago land lake, and Michigan harbors, as well as inland lakes. We have sponsored cruises in Wisconsin, - Door County, Racine and Lake Geneva; Indiana; Michigan and a Lake Michigan Crossing. Illinois: Waukegan, Monroe, Montrose, Winthrop, Pistakee Lake, Fox Lake; Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville, Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. Groups have chartered excursions in the Bahamas, Florida, and various prime sailing destinations.