Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Adopt an Interlake Program - - Jessica Hogg

Thank you to all of you for your interest in the 'Adopt an Interlake' Program. I received many requests in adopting a boat, more requests than we have boats, that's awesome!  All eleven of the Interlakes at Kensington have been adopted now. We are looking forward to a great summer, of cleaning, maintaining and sailing the interlakes. We have a great group of dedicated boat captains that, I know, will make our fleet shine.


This year, since we do have so many that are interested in helping out, I would like for the boat captains to see if there are any new students that would be willing to assistant them, so that they can learn and gain the experience and knowledge to grow into a great boat captain themselves. Thanks again to all of you, for you time and dedication. 


The following are the Interlakes and their Captains: 

  • Gee Willi - Dan and Suzanne
  • Wind Dancer - Stefan and Kate
  • Day Runner - Anne Ostroth
  • Fred's Flyer - Bobbie Lilly
  • Siren's Song - Jessica Hogg
  • Therapy II - Joe Jaeger
  • Chips Ahoy - Sherry Douglas
  • Against the Wind - Marilyn Leece
  • Gale - Patrick McArthur
  • Second Wind - Loren McFadden 
  • Mast Transit - Steve Poulos

Fair Winds to you always, Jessica Hogg 

Dock Masters Needed - - Anne Ostroth

Attention all rated sailors!   Dock Masters are needed at Kent Lake every Saturday, Sunday and holiday for the entire sailing season.


It’s a great way to get work hours, meet new people, and earn the appreciation of the level one instructors.  There are two shifts per day, AM (9 am -1 pm) and PM (1 pm – 4 pm).  If you would like to sign up for some shifts or have questions, email Anne.

WWW and TT at Kensington

That's 'Wet n' Wild Wednesday's and 'Thundering Thursday's at Kent Lake!


The first week was a little slow, due to less-than-perfect weather. But forecast for this Wednesday and Thursday is very good, so come on out and sail!


You know about Wet n' Wild Wednesdays at Kensington Metropark - Bob Dallos and John Johnson are on deck, to get you matched up with a crew, if you're rated - or with a skipper, if you're not. Then you'll get a little help from them at the outer dock when you're ready to take off, and return after your sail. 

And there's Thundering Thursdays, same place, twenty four hours later, with Judy Martens, Dave Amsdill, Anne Ostroth and Don Caley to assist. Come sail with us!

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

Interlude's Bimini – we are still in need of donations for Interlude’s bimini. Joe Jaeger has agreed to build a “clone” of Overture’s bimini and with Joe doing the work we can get it at half the cost – but it still cost something – so we need help in buying the materials. Please contact or send your donation to Joe Jaeger or Marilyn Leece. You will be happy you did when the Michigan sun comes out in full force and your SPF 50 starts feeling like SPF 10. Who says you don’t look good in red?  


We have a big class of L2 students this year, 22 in all, and the first “wave” has completed all of their on-water requirements and is now eligible to become ASI Keelboat Captains plying the beautiful waters of Lake St. Clair.


Like every class before them, this class had their share of rain delays and the one or two days of minor boat problems but with the help of Jon Buyle, ASI’s Keelboat Scheduler, we were able to get all the required days in and all 12 students graduated before Memorial Day weekend. Good thing too, as there was plenty of demand for Memorial Day weekend timeshares. Overture and Interlude didn’t get much slip time after the weekend as June 1st was the first day of class for Group 2, and of course June 2nd was the beginning of monsoon season Michigan-style. 


Here are the new L2 Captains from Group 1, congratulations to all. 

Steve Wyborski, Andrew Lesczynski, Kate McRae, Aga Polkowska, Jim Bills, Casilda de Benito, Pete Roberson, Mark Valentine, Jerry Brady, Mark Costin, Christian McTurk, Rick Cortright   


On the Water – Who’s Raised Sail?    From the 2010 L2 class  - they didn’t waste any time, did they! 

05/28 – Captain Kate McRae (L2), sailing aboard Interlude

06/03 – Captain Christian McTurk (L2), sailing aboard Overture

06/06 – Captain Andrew Leszczynski (L2), sailing aboard Overture  


From the “seadog” ranks; L2 - L4. 

05/19 – Captain David Pardy (L2), sailing aboard Overture

05/21 – Captain Gary Hintz (L2), sailing aboard Overture

05/28 through 05/31 – Captain Siegmar Apperl (L4), sailing aboard Overture

05/30 – Captain Claire Zepeda (L2), sailing aboard Interlude

05/31 – Captain Joe Jaeger (L3), sailing aboard Interlude 


This sailing season looks to be a great year for the L2 boats, so pull out that calendar, book a sail date or two and join in on all the fun. Call Jon Buyle today at 313-881-6393 - from 9 am to 9 pm.

The 2010 Keelboat graduation class - - Bill Lane

 I am happy to state that the Level 3/4 students have passed the Level 3 part of the class and are eligible for to time share Voyager III and Manitou after they pay the upgrade fees. The final phase of this training will be the Transfer trip to Georgian Bay and the Canadian north Channel. The students are:



  • Tony Calvas
  • DaveClark
  • Joe Jaeger
  • Loren McFadden
  • Simeon Simeonov
  • George Tzonev





The following are the Level 3/4 instruction team that made this possible.


David Anderson     On-the-water instructor

Tom Langelier       On-the-water instructor

John Johnston      On-the-water instructor

Peter Fulda          On-the-water instructor

Jessica Hogg       On-the-water instructor

Trudy Morse         Shore school charts & plotting

Jack Townsend     Shore school ASI Canada travel rules

Sherri Gregory      Shore school GPS & provisioning

Tom Sand            Shore school radio & auto pilot

Heidi Dzendzel     Printing and graphics support

Kathy Chrzanowski   Proof reading  and Power Point support


I apologize to any members I might have missed.


Level 3/4 head instructor, Bill Lane

Do you love a parade? 

Then you're in luck. ASI will have a float in Milford's 'Fourth of July' parade, which is actually going to happen on Saturday, July 3rd. 


Our 'float' will be a highly decorated Interlake, our newest one, Wind Song. It will really sparkle, because it hasn't even been in the water yet! We've been holding off the launch until after the parade so it will be pristine. The theme of the parade is 'It's easy to be 'green' in Milford' which, I'm sure, refers to being environmentally aware, not algae. 


We'lll also be towing our red, white and blue utility trailer. 


Here's are some pictures from last year's Brighton parade. How can you help for this year's Milford parade? You and the kids can help decorate, then march along the parade route on Main Street, in Milford! Or tow one of the floats?


Watch the next Burgee for details. 

Crew and skipper matchup

How does 'crew and skipper matchup' work? Maybe you've put together a cruise, taking one of our keelboats for a few days, or even a few hours. But you're in need of another crew member or two. Maybe you've got a North Channel charter and need another crew member. Or maybe you're interested in crewing, but don't have a 'skipper' to sign on with. And Interlake sailors too; perhaps you'd like to set up a sail with another ASI sailor. Newbie or old salt, here's a way to find a skipper or fill out a crew.


If you're a skipper in need of crew, send me the particulars of your sail; the date, other members, destination, etc. Or if you are looking to crew for somebody else, send me possible dates, places, times, etc. I'll post responses here, and you can get in touch with a potential crewmember, or potential skipper. Be sure to include phone number and email address. 


Let's see if we can match everybody up, to make sure we take full advantage of this upcoming sailing season!



  • I am newly rated on Level 2 keelboats.  I am looking to crew/share on a timeshare on Lake ST Claire to gain experience on the boats.  Preferred dates are in June, except June 1-4, 6 and 15.  Weekend, Monday or Friday are better, but will consider any day. Pete Roberson, roberpl@umich.edu, 734-751-0967
  • My name is Suzanne Moore. I am an experienced Flying Scot sailor (7 years; 5 as crew, 2 as skipper) who has recently joined ASI. I am interested in crewing for anyone who may need crew. If I don't have to complete classes before I could skipper (with an experienced member perhaps?) that would be great too. Reply to Suzanne.  My email address is sbenlouc@med.umich.edu

Flotsam and Jetsam

  • Don't miss ASI in the Milford Parade on July 3! Our 'float' will be our newest Interlake, Wind Song.  Wanna help? Details on how to be part of the parade in the next Burgee. And who knows the whereabouts of the special big 3' x 6' rectangular ASI banner? And the short 'mast' and fittings needed to rig our Interlake for the upcoming parade? If you know where this stuff is, please let me know.
  • Nautical Deli has offered a free drink when you buy a full sandwich or a "soup and sandwich" to ASI members for the 2010 sailing season. It is located at 23839 Jefferson Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI, just north of 9 Mile Road. You must show your ASI membership card.   (thanks, Mary Hein!
  • The entire Race Calendar is posted in the Racing section of the ASI website.

Kay Moon in Hospital again

Kay Moon, Bob's wife, is in the hospital.  She has been very ill now for over two months, but recovering slowly.  Bob is with her most of the time, most days.  An e-mail to Bob would probably be very welcome.  Perhaps a get well card if you think that is what you want to do. The Moon address is 4471 VanAmberg, Brighton, Michigan, 48114. Though she does not sail, a lot of you would recognize her or know her.  Her phone is 810-986-0743. Email Bob at r-moon@sbcglobal.net

A note from Diane Simancek  

(editor's note: Many of you old-timers remember Diane Simancek, ASI's first Sail Secretary that began back in 1993. She and husband Bob are now retired and living in the Traverse City area. Here's an email from Diane you'll be interested in reading! Click here  If you'd like to respond to Diane)


Bob & I are on the east coast.   Attended a wedding in Boston on Sunday and right now we are in Plymouth.   Thought I'd google trivia on Cape Code and ran across the following  little bit of information.    Caused me to think of you and the other Old Salts in ASI:             


En route to the center of Wellfleet, the First Congregational Church, a handsome 1850 Greek Revival affair—replete with a stained glass window depicting a clipper ship—is the only town clock which rings ship’s time (one, five and nine o’clock are two bells; two, six and ten o’clock are four bells; three, seven and eleven o’clock are six bells; and four, eight and twelve o’clock are eight bells. Half hours are struck by adding one stroke to the corresponding even hours). Ripley’s Believe It or Not has listed Wellfleet’s town clock’s method of ringing time, as have many newspapers and magazines. 

We're looking forward to sailing this summer.   We  last had our boat in Acme in 2006....but that area was too shallow & the owner wouldn't dredge .   So we have been on a waiting list for Elk Rapids since then, and finally got a slip this year.    Our youngest, Lindsay, is getting married in November.   She went to school at RIT in Rochester, NY and now works for the gas & electric company there as an IT engineer.   Julie, our oldest, got her MFA last year.   She wants to teach metalsmithing & jewelry making on the college level.  She is living with Lindsay in Rochester & teaching a few classes through a gallery.  Small steps.....   She knows it will take some time to get her toe in the door at some college.    I am using Bob's tiny travel computer.....don,t have access to Julie's website right now.  Her work shown at her MFA gallery exhibit was pretty awesome.....I'll have to get that information to you so you might want to take a peak....

Spinnaker Seminar - Open to ALL! - - Joe Jaeger

The ASI Racing Group is hosting a spinnaker seminar open to ALL ASI members.  Come out on out to Kent Lake this Sunday for an introduction to flying a spinnaker on the Interlake.  Learn how to raise, fly, trim, jibe and drop a spinnaker.


Afterwards, those interested are welcome to join us on the lake for some actual practice.  If desired, an experienced person can join you in the boat.


Seminar and hands-on demo at the dock at 4:00 pm. Practice on the lake immediately following.


 WHEN:  Sunday, June 13

 WHERE:  Kent Lake East Boat Launch J-Dock

 TIME:  4:00 pm


Hope to see you then.

Evening Sail coordinator needed - - Don DeGrazia

After many years of faithful service, Thomas D. Baker has decided to step down as Evening Sail Coordinator.  We thank him for a job well done. If you are interested in becoming our new Evening Sail Coordinator, please contact Donald DeGrazia for more information.   

Kensington Metropark events in June - - Joan Swain 

 Two popular events are coming up in June at Kensington: 

  • Saturday, June 12, the fireworks in a "Salute to America" will be going off.   My understanding is that no boats are allowed on the Lake, but if you can find a spot to park, it can be a fun time. 
  • Friday, June 25, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra returns again for what has become an annual family-friendly concert. Take out your favorite Interlake in late afternoon, cruise until sunset, then anchor off the west (Maple) swimming beach to enjoy the concert from your 'private yacht'.  It doesn't get any better than this!

Keelboat Timeshares for 2010 - - Jon Buyle

Open for business! The sailing season is here!  Hurray!  Timeshares are now being accepted for the 2010 season.  Here are a few reminders to make the process work best for all of us: 

  1. Please limit your calls to 9AM-9PM, unless it’s an emergency.  Feel free to email me anytime. 
  2. Use the ASI website to check on availability of keelboats before calling.  It is updated daily. You can also click on an entry in the calendar to obtain more details, such as the designated captain of a timeshare. That information can be useful for several reasons, such as checking with the previous captain on any problems he experienced with the boat, arranging a transition with the next captain, or notifying the next captain if you are going to be late. 
  3. When leaving voicemail requests, please speak slowly and clearly, especially when leaving numbers.  I often have to listen to a message several times to get all the information. 
  4. Be sure to notify the Boat Captain and Keelboat Scheduler if a boat needs immediate attention that could affect safety & future timeshares. 
  5. Remember that reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis and are not held or confirmed for you until secured with a credit card. 
  6. Make your reservations as far in advance as you can.  I will do my best to respond to last-minute requests, but cannot guarantee a response in less than 24 hours.  (I have a life too!) 
  7. Finally, Do NOT take a boat without clearing it with the Scheduler first, even though a boat appears to be available or your boat becomes disabled. There have been situations where a member who has reserved and paid for a timeshare arrives later and finds the boat gone. It may also be a safety risk for you and your passengers, as the boat may have been taken out of service or have special instructions that the Boat Captain has asked me to convey. 

For the new Level 2 Captains, remember that you cannot reserve a boat until you have passed all requirements, notified Lisa and paid for your upgrade.  Have a great summer and great sailing season!  Hope to see all of you out on the lake.


 Jon Buyle, Keelboat Scheduler  313-881-6393   jmb51@hotmail.com

One more thing...  

The ASI Burgee is on an 'every Tuesday' schedule. Get your stuff to me by Sunday for inclusion in the next Tuesday's Burgee. Please send your Burgee input to asidon@comcast.net 

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