ARE YOU TIRED OF WINTER? GET READY FOR A PARTY!
The club will host again the "I Wish I Were Sailing" party on March 18, 2017 so mark your calendars and we will be sending out the driving directions to our Condominium Club House. Look for the invite in this month's communique. An event will be placed on the website to sign-up and record your dish to pass.
In January, we had a great membership event at STRICTLY SAIL. We had approx. 100 people give us their email address to receive our Communique. To date, we have four new members from the event.
Thanks to all the volunteers who staffed the booth. I want to especially thank Mike Saavedra, Ty Liles, and Dave and Kate Strachan for taking down the booth and Bill Bushnell for storing the booth and materials.
We 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, February 20, 2017 and our next Board Meeting will be held on Monday, February 13, 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 49 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.
While Peggy and I were unable to attend the January club meeting, the reports that I have received state that Mike Kenny did a great presentation. We are blessed to have such skilled sailors who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with the entire club.
Fair winds and smooth sailing,
2016 Photo Contest Winners
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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.