Tuesday, October 5 , 2010

Don Sharpe's last Maintenance class

The very last Interlake Maintenance class - which you need if you're hoping to get a level 1 rating this season - is this Saturday, October 9. Class starts at 9 and runs until 11 or so. Come learn more than you thought possible, about our Interlakes! 

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'd 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. For the keelboat decommissioning and takeout, see details below...

Keelboat end-of-season - - sailing, decommissioning and takeout opportunities


Be sure to contact Jon Buyle for one last timeshare of your favorite keelboat to end the 2010 sailing season. Also, please remember to support your maintenance captains and their assistants in preparing the keelboats for the winter. 

  • Keelboat Decommissioning will take place Saturday, October 16. See schedule below.
  • Boat takeout will occur on Tuesday, October 19, starting at 8:30 am.

These are opportunities to get volunteer hours in. During the following weekends, your help will be required in covering the boats.


Decommissioning of our four keelboats - Manitou, Voyager III, Overture and Interlude - is scheduled for Saturday, October 16 from 9 am to 4 pm

  • Please meet at the gazebo for donuts, hot cider and coffee
  • Chili and hot dogs will be served at lunch
  • Boat maintenance captains and station leaders, please arrive at 8:30

Interested in becoming a station leader? Please contact Marilyn Leece or Jessica Hogg, co-managers

The centerboard takeout schedule


Who? You!

Where? Kensington East Boat Launch

When? Saturday October 23, 9 am to ??



- Coffee, hot cider and donuts will be served- Station leaders please arrive at 8:30

- Interested in becoming a station leader? please contact Marilyn Leece or Jessica Hogg, co-managers


Note: This will be Marilyn's last season as Level 1 Launch/Take-Out Leader, due to other ASI  commitments. If you are interested in being mentored for a position that is fun, educational,and you enjoy meeting new people, please contact Marilyn Leece

The Election dinner meeting

We'll be electing three new ASI board trustees at the the October 23, 2010 dinner meeting at the Monaghan K of C hall, Farmington Road north of Seven Mile. Watch the next Burgee for a list of the candidates. 

  • The buffet menu consists of Baked Chicken, Veggie Lasagna, Baked Potato wedges, tossed salad and dessert
  • social hour - 6 pm   (cash bar)
  • dinner - 7 pm
  • election and meeting - 8 pm

Tickets are $18 per person: call Lisa, our ASI Sail secretary, 248-393-4280 for tickets. Is there a deadline? Probably! Why take a chance? Call for your tickets NOW!  


Please note that 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 either! 


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 wjl6355@gmail.com


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     BuchananRA@msn.com



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!


            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' 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

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 asidon@comcast.net 

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