It seems like this sailing season has flown by all to quickly! I am already planning my annual trip up Lake Michigan to put Illuminator away in Muskegon Michigan. I begin and end each sailing season with this trip across and up the lake. In mid-October it is sometimes a challenging journey. At other times it is like a collection of peaceful day sails. It has taught me that one must always be alert on the lake, as you never know what each day will bring.
I want to send a special greeting to the Trailer Sailors! The Green Lake sail was a wonderful event for me. It was wonderful to see the club working together to get everyone on the water and seeing that all had a positive experience. I do hope that the Marina Sailors will take advantage of the opportunity to sail in some of the trailer events. It is a very different experience and brings back fond memories of my earlier days sailing smaller boats.
We need members to step up and share in leadership by joining the board for next season. Serving on the board does require some time commitment to attend meetings each month but it is a rewarding experience and I encourage our newer members to join the board this coming season.
We are especially interested in anyone who has experience or expertise in web development. We need an editor for the Communiqué. If you are at all interested please let me know. We will provide the training you need for each of the positions.
I am looking forward to the Monroe Evening Sail on September 8th. We are having a Wine & Cheese party at the conclusion of our sail. Enjoy the fading summer season on Lake Michigan!
Have you had any experiences in crew rescue? Share them with the other sailors at our next general meeting where we will also discuss crew overboard procedures. It should be an exciting meeting!
By the way! When contacting members please use discretion. Late evening calls are inappropriate unless it is an emergency. This goes for calls regarding information about sails and to crew captains. Please use common sense when contacting members!
Stay safe, everyone!
Fair Winds & Following Seas!
Enjoying a beautiful sunset near Monroe Harbor. Photo by Richard Reed.
2017 Photo Contest Winners
Best Scenic | Best Boat Name | Best Under Sail | Best Group Shot | Best Old Salt | 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.