Sign up for upcoming sailing events and practice what we've learned at the June club meeting.
Join us for our next club meeting on July 17, 2017.
June 1, 2017
THE SAILING SEASON HAS 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.
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,
2016 Photo Contest Winners
Old Salt | Best Scenic | Best Under Sail |Best Group Shot | Best Sunset
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.