The leaves are changing color and fall is here. I hope everyone had as good of a summer as possible. We had 8 sails this year. A few more were planned, but a stormy September kept us from a few more.
Our sailing seasons are usually much more active, but with a very late start, lockdowns and everyone being very careful, we made the best of what we had.
This month’s meeting will kick off our photo contest. Wayne will take us through the entries and how to vote for the best pictures of this season.
Since we will not be having our usual banquet this year, we are going to have a short “Awards” meeting in November. It will be held on our “usual” 3rd Monday of the month (November 16). Please join us at 7pm on Zoom.
We will announce our photo contest winners and also present our most active captain awards for 2020. We will also have a vote for our 2021 board. There is still one unfilled position that needs a candidate - our Purser (Treasurer for you land-blubbers). If you would like to balance our check book for us, please let Irene Jarmulska, our Member-at-Large know that you would like to help.
Hopefully your boat is all set and snug and ready for the winter ahead. Let’s all remember that next year will be much better!
-Marc Holdwick, 2020 Commodore
2019 Photo Contest Winners
Best Scenic | Best Boat Name | Best Old Salt | Best Group Shot | Best Sunset | Best Blooper | Best Under Sail
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.