Thursday, September 30, 2010

The season is winding down...

...but it ain't over! There's still some fine sailing possible at Kensington, Stony Creek, and Lake St Clair. It's particularly enjoyable now, with the trees going into full color display, the steadier winds and the cool temperatures.


But to take advantage, you better get out there within the next three weeks, because we'll be taking the Interlakes out of the water at Kensington and Stony Creek on Saturday, October 23. Keelboat takeout is yet to be deterimined. Stay tuned; details to follow.

Two upcoming dinner meetings scheduled!

Be sure to mark your calendars! The ASI Election/dinner meeting will be held on Saturday October 23 - yes, the same day as Interlake takeout - and will again be at Monaghan's K of C hall in Livonia.


We'll be holding the January Awards dinner at the same place, on Saturday, January 22. Details to follow, but put it on your calendar! That one you don't want to miss. 


Watch the next Burgee for meeting and dinner details, but in the meantime put these dates on your calendar! You won't want to miss these important dinners and meetings!

Is you head confused ?    - - Maintenance Millie

I was thinking recently that, with all the sailing jargon one needs to keep in their head, that at times it can get confusing. We have "head up" which refers to turning the bow into, or closer to, the wind.  For those of us on the Interlakes, we move the tiller toward the mainsail.  


Yes,  I know you know that, but.... We also have 'heads' on our sails, and when we are rigging a boat, we need to keep in mind that the 'head' of each sail needs to end up higher than the foot  (not sure if anyone has actually gone out with either sail upside down......we usually catch that goof when the sails look funny, but I digress). 


So here's the maintenance part:  it helps to rig the head of the sail going in the correct direction, IF the sail has been folded correctly by the prior sailor.  Perhaps only one or two of you need a reminder when folding the sails:  The head of the jib gets folded first - and the head of the main gets folded last.   Or just remember to fold the 'skinny, more pointed head' (which describes the jib) first and do the opposite with the other sail. Let's keep our heads clear when sailing.   If your crew says "head up" or you want to "head up," move the tiller toward the main (as 'heading up' turns you closer to the wind), and when done for the day, fold the sails properly so the next sailor doesn't have to ponder if the sail's head is upside down.

Prerequisite for ASI Level 2 Keel Boat Class - - Bill Lane

An important requirement for the ASI Level 2 Keel Boat program is that you 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.  The class must be completed before you start the Level 2 class which is March 1, 2011. You are advised to take the course now because the course has limited or no availability in January. Any questions call Bill Lane 248-891-6125 or


Classes are offered in the following locations.

Birmingham Sail and Power Squadron

Basic Classes (Taught at the following locations)

To register call (313) 565-0402 or (248) 224-7235, 

or send an email to 

You can also sign up at the class location the first night.


America's Boating Courses


America's Boating Course

Class begins Monday, October 4

Royal Oak High School

1500 LexingtonRoyal Oak MI 48073

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: $45 for course manual plus facility fee for school (approx $20)

Length: 8 weeks

Instructor: Colleen Godfrey, P and Mike Israel, SN


America's Boating Course

Class begins Monday, October 4

West Bloomfield High School

4925 Orchard Lake Rd

West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: $45 for course manual plus facility fee for school (approx $20)

Length: 8 weeks

Instructor: David Kowalski, N


America's Boating Course

Class begins Monday, October 4

Stoney Creek High School

575 E. Tienken Rd

Rochester Hills, MI 48306

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: $45 for course manual plus facility fee for school (approx $20)

Note: For this course, students must call the school, at 248-726-3165,

to register and pay the facility fee at least 7 days prior to start date.

Length: 8 weeks

Instructor: Brenda Sumey, AP and Gary Jialanella, AP


America's Boating Course

Class begins Monday, October 4

First United Methodist Church of Troy

6363 Livernois

Troy, MI 48098.


Ann Arbor Sail and Power Squadron


Time: Starts October 14, Thursday, and meets once a week for 8 weeks (no class on Thanksgiving) from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm.  I may be able to reduce the duration to 7 weeks depending on the students and their progress.   


Location: Lincoln High School,

7425 Willis Road, Ypsilanti, MI.  


This is located on Willis Road, 4 miles south of Ypsilanti and 2.5 miles east of US 23.  I will have the exact school entrance and room number shortly.   Cost: The total cost is $55.  This includes a $20 registration fee to Washtenaw Community College, the program manager for building use, security, IT services, etc.  It also includes $35 fee to the Ann Arbor Sail and Power Squadron.  This provides the student manual + 2 CDs.  One CD is electronic charts which I hope to teach.  The other CD is an animated and voice CD which covers the entire course so you can do it on your computer but I hope that students will read the manual.


Robert A. Buchanan

3045 Foxcroft     

Ann Arbor, MI  48104     

(734) 971-6589



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   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:




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

One more thing...


The ASI Burgee is now on an 'as needed' schedule. The next one will be - well, we just don't know. It depends on input! Please send your Burgee input to 

ASI • PO Box 210250 • Auburn Hills, Michigan 48321-0250
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