Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The last 'WET and WILD Wednesday' is tomorrow! - - Bob Dallos


Just think! Only 218 days until spring launch 2011!.  “And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain” (forgive the singing, Frank) for Wet and Wild Wednesdays for 2010 will soon be in the books. Our final evening is tomorrow, September 15. That means, 1 more “official" night for 2010 as shorter days and fall projects seem once again to be getting in the way.


With a little luck, and some fair winds, the number of boats and sailors that participated this year should be very close to last year’s record.  Thank you to everyone that participated by sharing your skills with practice sails and advice, your great cooperation, many times moving to a different boat (even though you just helped rig one) and, in general, coming out just to have fun and share a few laughs!  Even the weather sort of cooperated and we did not have any evenings without boats on the lake.  I think all of us learning the good wind and fair sky's 'happy feet' dance really helped.  Without great people like YOU this program would not exist and ASI definitely has some great people.


Thank you to everyone for your continued friendship and sharing evenings at the lake with us.


John Johnston and Bob Dallos


(editor's note: 'Thundering Thursdays' ended last week. Dave Amsdill, Don Caley, and Judy Martens will see you next season!


Sangria Party at McFadden's !

You are cordially invited to a “Home Made Sangria” party on September 25, 8 pm, in celebration of the Level 3-4 transfer trip 2010. 


What’s the occasion? Avast me hearties!  A group of  ASI Sea Dogs are returning from a cruise of the “North Channel”. They will be heavily laden with tall tales and rich pictures of their adventure.  What better excuse for throwing a party?! 


Where?              N   42’25.813, W  83’40.157


For you Landlubbers the address is:

63345 W. 8 mile road                                                                      

South Lyon, MI 48178              


We had planned this for July, but too many sailors were... sailing!  We're hoping that late September works for you! 


What to bring? A dish to pass and a bottle of red wine  (The wine is for the Sangria so it doesn’t need to be the good stuff) and lots of sailing pictures and stories. What say you!  A cat on board!? There is a cat that insists on living here. Arrrg!  If you have allergies to a cat please take any precautions necessary to enjoy the party. 


Join us in the second annual celebration for the 2010 ASI students earning their “Level 4”.  This is ASI’s highest Level of achievement.  Truly worthy of an evening of merry making, cheer and congratulations!   


Your host,  Loren McFadden  Cell   (248) 568-5960 Please RSVP by clicking on the link, or email to  loren.j.mcfadden@gmail.com.

Volunteer opportunities at the Metroparks - - Becky Gajewski

Just a quick notice to inform you that we’ve had to make a couple of changes to our workday schedule for the remainder of the season:


The August 21st workday at Stony Creek that was cancelled due to a power outage has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 17th from 1-4. We will still be meeting at the nature center.


The September 25th workday at Kensington has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 3rd from 1-4. We will now be meeting at the Shorefishing Parking Lot instead of the group camp.


I will send out another reminder with additional information about these events as the dates get closer. For those of you who had already signed up for the Kensington workday, please RSVP to me again so I know if you will be able to make the new date. Feel free to pass on any questions you may have.


Thanks, and have a great day!


Becky Gajewski

Natural resource technician

Huron-Clinton Metroparks


810-227-2757 x5182

Invitation to unveiling (patent pending?) - -    Joan Swain

Necessity being the mother of invention, Don DeRyckere has devised a new tool to capture wayward halyard shackles that have flown all the way to the top of a mast.  What used to cause consternation and extra work may eventually require only patience.


Don D. is offering to demonstrate how the new tool is intended to work to those interested.   As with all inventions, some fine tuning may yet occur, but you can be a witness to the process.  To date, success has been achieved in the finger dock, and the next step is see if it is easier, as expected , from the J-dock.   The more of us who are able to use this yet-to-be-patented (don't laugh Andy) tool, the sooner all fly-away shackles will be back in place.  Eventually no boats will need to be paddled all the way to the sandy shores - nor trepidaciously careened @ the J-dock under cover of darkness - nor have the Maintenance Team unstep the mast to get hold of the shackle.


Consider this your invite to seek out Don D., aka Mr. Reliable, most Saturdays during maintenance hours (9-1).  Just ask for the demo.  and before or after, if you have an hour or two to spare, you're also invited to help Don and the rest of the Maintenance Team with routine tasks.  However technical or non-technical your abilities, help at Saturday maintenance is always an appreciated way to get in those volunteer hours.

Fall-off-the-Dock Race schedule - - Michael Golden

Newly rated L1 skippers and all rated members are welcome to participate in the fall-off-the-dock races as crew.

These races are on for four weekends in the  afternoon .  Sign in on the clipboard as a “C” for Crew.  You can feel what a race is like,


             Sun  Sept  19    3:45  Fall off the dock race   

             Sun  Sept  26    3:45  Fall off the dock race

             Sun   Oct     3    3:45  Fall off the dock race   

             Sat   Oct      9    3:45  Fall off the dock race


STUDENTS: complete your tests for L1 and get into the race program next year at no additional cost beyond renewal. Take the water test first, then the written test to get your rating. The racing program will give you the opportunity to gain the confidence that experienced sailors have.

2011 Keelboat classes - - Bill Lane

Become a Level 2 Captain and sail the Level 2 O’Day 28 foot Keel boats Interlude and Overture on Lake St Clair


Learn the basics of: navigation and GPS, docking a keelboat, anchoring, keelboat sailing, radio operation, boat systems, rules of the road for power boats, and much more


  Prerequisites are:

  1. Declare sailing ability by submitting a sailing resume to head of Level 2 instruction.
  2. Be an ASI member and Level 1 Sail Pass holder with all volunteer hours up to date.
  3. Complete and present a certificate showing completion of US Power Squadron or US Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating / Basic Seamanship course before the start of Level 2 classes. The class must have a navigation component. 

Sail longer and farther than ever before!


Contact Bill Lane, Level 2 head instructor, for details248-891-6125Email: wjl6355@gmail.com




Level 3/4 class for 2011


Level 2 sailors, it is not too early to be think of joining the level 3/4 class for 2011

Sail to interesting ports such as

  •       Thames River
  •       Port Huron/Sarnia
  •       Goderich
  •       Kincardine
  •       Port Elgin
  •       Harbor Beach
  •       Tobermory
  •       Killarney

Georgian Bay and the finest cruising area in North America, The North Channel. Explore beautiful coves such as: Covered Portage, Snug Harbour, Marianne cove, The Pool and Browning Cove


Learn advance navigation techniques and enhance your knowledge of GPS

  • Do off-shore sailing work
  • Advanced anchoring
  • Boat provisioning
  • Crew organization
  • Sail to a destination overnight
  • Prerequisite are to have a Level 2 sail pass and work hours current, and to sail the Level 2 keel boats 8 times, 4 times as captain and 4 times as crew.

Contact Bill Lane for details 248-891-6125  or Email to wjl6355@gmail.com

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 sailing season as it winds down!



  • Joan Swain is available for sailing or practice sails September 14 and 21, any time between 10-4.  Please call 248-644-7857 or email jkswain36@att.net.
  • I'm a level II sailor and am available to practice sail with anybody at Level I or II as either skipper or crew and am generally available any weekday or weekend, any time.  ff interested, they can call me, Dave Pardy, on my cell at 248-506-2396
  • I am a Level 2, and I would be available to be crew in the evenings during the week, and Saturday/Sunday day.  Please contact me at 734-787-7903 or at amazinggrace359@yahoo.com
  • I am newly rated Level 1 sailor and I am looking to do some sailing this week.  I will be taking Wednesday off and would like to find someone to sail with.  I will be available from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.  If interested please call my cell 248-464-9069.  Ivan Roman
  • I'm available for practice sails most Tuesdays in August at Kensington from 10AM-early or mid afternoon.  Call Joan Swain at 248-644-7857 or  email jkswain36@att.net
  • Jennifer and Mithat (“Mito”) husband-wife pair -- Level 1 students looking for practice sail opportunities on Kent Lake.  We are available Fridays and weekends, AM or PM, and Thurs. nights.  Please email or call if you’d be willing to take us out. Ward-Batts@wayne.edu  248-930-1169
  • I'm busy Mon. and Wed. mornings but available most other days if someone needs a crew member for a keel boat. I recently got my L2 rating. Steve Wyborski
  • 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
  • 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 chris@retrosoftware.net. Cheers! Best Regards,Christopher G. O'Reilly
  • We need a First Mate for a Sunday sail with my family… please call or email! Rick Cortright, 248-333-3300 cell:  248-722-3407 

One more thing...


The ASI Burgee is on an 'every Tuesday' schedule. The next one will be Tuesday, September 21. Please send your Burgee input to asidon@comcast.netby Sunday September 19.

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