Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ahoy, Level 1 Sailors and Students! - - JoAnne McClure

Things you should know!


Did you know that ASI is a cooperating group with Boat US? Why should you care? Because as a member of ASI you can join Boat US for half price! That's only $12.50 per year. What do you get for that? Rewards at West Marine stores, discounts at marinas on fuel, repairs, and overnight slips, the nation's largest on-the-water towing fleet, marine insurance from boating experts, Boat US Magazine and more. How do you join? Call 800-395-2628 or log onto ASI's member group id no is GA835898.

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Attention 2009 Students!


If you didn't get rated in 2009, you must complete your rating this summer. Once you've done some practice sails and are ready to take the test, contact a Water Test Instructor to take your test. Here is a list of Water Test Instructors.

  • Tom Sand
  • Alberto Ferrero
  • Don Caley
  • Yasuo Fujita
  • Don Anderson
  • Sam Olive
  • Bill Lane
  • Bob Frank.

Once you've passed your Water Test, contact one of the Written Test Instructors below to take your written test. You must have completed the Maintenance Class prior to this step.

  • JoAnne McClure
  • Sam Olive
  • Trudy Morse
  • Nancy Weiss
  • Dave Pardy
  • MaryJane Bacinski

Don't let the summer slip away without getting your rating!

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!


Last week was a little slow, due to less-than-perfect weather. But the 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 Johnston 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!

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!



  • 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
  • I am a level 1 member looking to crew to gain experience. Weekdays are best, some weekends available. Call Chris, 248-245-4433 or email me at Cheers! Best Regards,Christopher G. O'Reilly   

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. 
  • 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.

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.   

Detroit Symphony Orchestra comes to Kensington - - Joan Swain

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

10 AM Day sailors - Sailing Monday to Friday - - Vic Macks

JOIN THE FUN! Captain or crew with the 10 am Day Sailors one or more week days, Monday to Friday


For Lake St. Clair, must be level 2 or above for Overture and Interlude and Level 3/4 for Voyager and Manitou. For Kent and Stony Creek, must be Level 1 or above. Respond to Vic Macks at giving name, rate, preferred email address and phone, which week days, Monday through Friday, that you are typically available, and interest in sailing which lake.


Here's how it works: I will  send the recurrently updated  list to all participants. We would perhaps sail once or twice per week as you wish. We can look ahead 1 to 2 or 3 days, see what the weather is and choose the better day. Day time week days boats are least used and available on short notice. Any member of the 10 AM DAY SAILERS could email (or phone) others who are listed as typically available on a given day and get a member's commitment to sail. A Lake St. Clair sail, of course, means that the first commitment of a crew member is necessary (a phone call response might be quicker)  before the initiating captain books the time share with a call to Jon Buyle (which also may involve a delay waiting for a response from Jon). All crew who commit to sail a Lake St. Clair boat commit, of course, to share the time share fee.


When a member of the 10 AM DAY SAILERS expects to be away or otherwise unavailable for a period of time, they can inform me with an email. I will email an updated list as the need arises. That way, everyone is current on who's available for crew. For Lake St. Clair, we will stay on the U.S. side of the shipping channel, so an I-68 or Nexus isn't necessary, but adequate identification would be asked for on the U.S. side if stopped by Home Land Security or Coast Guard, which has happened. We will keep it simple, but can change the way we work if there are kinks in the plan. Questions?


See you on the dock, Vic

One more thing...  

Did you notice that you're getting this Burgee a couple of days early? That's because the entire Burgee staff is on a short, week-long summer hiatus. If you've got something that MUST get to the membership, contact Lisa, our Sail Secretary, to see if she can put out a notice. Otherwise, it can wait a week. 


But normally, 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 

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