Tuesday, May 4, 2010
ODE TO VOTING, ASI Style  - - Joan Swain

In this simple vote

to name our new boat,

I almost threw up my hands. 


Who knew one would want

a write-in, then two?

And even non-members

thought they could vote too! 


I felt like Ms. Scrooge, but said no! no! no! no!,

that's not how it's going to be.

But then I wondered

hmmmmmm......next year.....maybe... 


We'll throw out the rules,

so you'll be set free

to exert your crea-tiv-ity

to not only name,

but play the gameof

who and how we vote. 


We'll put our request

to choose the best

on the world-wide-web,

and tweet or text.... 


....or find the new site

that would give us the might

to give this the rank

that is right. 


And that will both serve

to  help choose a name

plus be great

pu-bli-city - and fame! 


If I'm around next year

I can promise you this:

there may be more rules,

or none. 


Cuz thoughts of Jimmy,

dreams of chads,

and running away

was not a lot of fun. 


But in the end,

you did come through.

Has this gone on too long?

OK, I will finally say

that our new boat's name

will be.....  drum roll please....

Wind Song!


Thank you, JoAnne and Tom McClure for it's submision.  A close runner-up was Sea Belle submitted by Joe Jaeger, which actually had the most votes at the launch.   But the emailed votes favored Wind Song, to push it ahead overall.  Too close behind to not mention as well, nearly neck-and-neck, were Sails Meeting by Phil Phillips and Osprey, again by Joe Jaeger.    All the other names received votes, so diversity of opinion is intact.  Thanks to all who submitted names, voted.....and inspired my Ode. 
 the Interlake launch, Saturday May 1 - - Joan Swain

the Second Reef – News and Information for and about ASI’s Level 2 Sailors - - Jack Townsend

Interlake Racing - - Michael Golden

NEWLY RATED L1 grads get into the racing program at no charge for 2010.  


the RACING PROGRAM is open to all rated members. The season opens with a workshop on right-of-way rules, safety, and go-fast techniques. Guided practice on the water with drills and exercises gives you a chance to brush up and learn new boat handling techniques.

We rotate crews with an experienced person on board to assist you. The Saturday or Sunday races are scheduled in the morning or late afternoon. Each crewmember gets to skipper when they are ready. You may learn how to rig and put up the chute at a dockside spinnaker workshop. You will have the opportunity to join a team and sail with the same crew sometimes.   


We gather at the dock or a cafe after on the water events to exchange ideas & make excuses!  

Fees: The racing program is open to returning rated sailors at a fee of $25 for the season + two additional volunteer hours on Interlake maintenance.  

-No charge to new L1 rated 2009 graduates for their first year in racing.
-First time racers, previously rated, are $15 for the first year.
-Sign up on the sail pass form and come to the Thursday, April 22 seminar.  


BASIC RACING SEMINAR is for all new racers and sailors thinking about improving on their skills. The meeting is Thursday, April 22, 2010, 7pm, upstairs at Busch’s Market, 37083 Six Mile Road, (East of Newburgh Road), Livonia, 48152. Learn how boats go faster and safer in balance.   New novice racers are required to attend that April seminar.  


ON THE WATER EVENTS: Check the web site or the Burgee for the race schedule soon.

The Racing Program           Stephen Poulos             Joe Jaeger  

Interlakes for adoption - - Marilyn Leece

Do you have a favorite Interlake? Looking for a way to get your work hrs. in at your convenience? Would you like to learn more about boat maintenance & make new sailing friends in the process? Please consider "Adopting" one of our Interlakes!  

The boats need TLC throughout the season, and this is an excellent way to help maintain the fleet, and have fun in the process! There are currently 9 Interlakes available for "Adoption" at Kent Lake. Jessica Hogg will manage the program and help to mentor the "Adoptive Skippers".

Please contact Jessica to sign up for your favorite boat!   

Kay Moon in hospital

Kay Moon, Bob's wife, was taken to St. Joseph's hospital two weeks ago with lung and intestinal problems. She is now on the road to recovery! If you'd like to send a 'get well' card, send it to Bob and he'll see that she gets it. The Moon address is 4471 VanAmberg, Brighton Michigan 48114-8129. Or email her here


MANITOU: Desperately seeking a new dinghy! - - Norm Schmidt

Are you one of the many sailors who consider the Level 4 boats and the North Channel experience the jewel of ASI?


Each year Manitou and Voyager III go up Lake Huron and then are time-shared by Level 4 Captains and their ASI member crews in the North Channel. Each boat pulls a dinghy (zodiac) for the safety and daily use by the crew. A replacement dinghy is desperately needed for Manitou. It is aged, and considered unusable.

As part of the budgeting process, ASI has noted that  the current revenue, especially for Level 4, can not support the cost of replacement of a dinghy at this time. The cost of a new or used dinghy is in the range of $1,000-$1600. We are asking for member donations of any amount. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

 If you are one of the 30 Level 4 members, (or hope to be someday) please consider a donation of $50 or $100 for replacement costs. Donations can be made by check or credit card to ASI Sail Secretary. asisailsecretary@aat.net  or (248) 393-2480. Yes, donations are tax deductible!


Thank you,

Norm Schmidt   Level 4 Manager

Ahoy Level 2  Sailors!  (and future Level 2 Sailors) - - Marilyn Leece

After much discussion and poll taking, it was a near-unanimous YES for the installation of a Bimini for Interlude.


Joe Jaeger has submitted a proposal for the framework and fabric, and the total cost should be around $375. Joe has also volunteered to make the framework and Bimini! (Original estimates were approximately $700-800) The Board is committed to a more stream-lined budget for the future of A.S.I.,  and we are asking members to donate whatever amount they are comfortable with, for the cost of the framework and Bimini.


On those hot, summer days - or the cold, wet ones - wouldn't it be nice to have some protection from the elements ?

Any amount by check, or credit card is tax-deductible, and may be sent to Lisa, our sail secretary, at asisailsecretary@att.net . Thank you so much for your support!  And many thanks to Joe!

One more thing... 

The Burgee is on a weekly schedule. It goes out every Tuesday, now that spring is here. Get your stuff to me by Sunday, and I can put it in the next Tuesday's edition. Or send your Burgee input, NOW, to asidon@comcast.net

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