Tuesday October 26, 2010

TW3 (That was the weekend that was!) - - Joan Swain and Don Caley

The weekend began Saturday morning, with Interlake Takeout at Kensington Metropark. Forty-seven ASI sailors met at  the East Boat launch and, under the guidance of Marilyn Leece, began to ready the Interlakes, dockboxes and equipment for transport to  Crawford Farm and the sailhouse at Milford Storage.


While boats and equipment were being trailered, other crews assembled at Crawford Farm and Milford Storage to put all the sailing gear away until next spring.  




The Saturday evening dinner meeting was at the Monaghan K of C hall, Farmington Road north of Seven Mile. At the dinner meeting, three trustees were elected to fill three open spots on the nine-member board. The new ASI Trustees are (L to R) Lori Lozen, Tony Calvas and Mike Perrin.














Congratulations, Lori, Tony and Mike!




Then, Sunday morning, we shrunk the Interlakes! No, the Interlakes didn't get shrunk, they got 'shrinked' - as in shrink-wrapped. Regardless of inclement weather predictions, which were so false, some of us wanted to commandeer a boat and go sailing - and for some, having just been involved with Kent boat take-out the day before..... for others, Stony Creek and keel boat take out prior - 17+ hardy members showed up @ the Crawford farm on Sunday to help with shrink-wrapping the Interlakes.  (I say "17+" as since we had no sign-in sheet, I'll be listing names from memory, so apologies up front for any names omitted or even listed in error.) Leading us were Joe Jaeger and Don DeRyckere. The rest included:


Casilda de Benito

Mark Costin

Kathy Chrzanowski

Anne Ostroth

Mike Perrin

Joe Phillips

Steve Poulous

Craig Smith

Stan Urbiel

Larry Willis

Steve and Caroline Wyborski

Joan Swain 


Showing up also, to check on what a fine job we were doing were Don Caley and Tony Calvas. Anne did double duty with treating us all to yummy brownies, apples and beverages.  Mr. Crawford also was on hand with his usual good humor and experience in all matters of fixing things and providing random items, including a hose.... just in case. After brief instruction, we each found a niche of how to be helpful and productive.    And, due to the excellent thought of setting the shrinking frames in place on Saturday with all the hands available for take-out, the wrapping was completed in about 1.5 hours.   For those able to stay, shrinking went on for about another 4 hours.   


All in all, with the warm weather andbreeze that picked up - inspiring a novel wind barrier and making use of another -  since we couldn't be sailing with any of our ASI boats, it was a good day still to be outside, imagining that the wind in our face was from a breeze on a lake, while shrinking the boats to give better protection on a farm til next Spring. 


Many thanks to Joe and Don for leading us, and to all who were able to help.  I expect everyone agrees that it was a productive, enjoyable day.






2010 Level II Class Navigation - - Trudy Morse

This past year saw a significant improvement in our Level II Keelboat onshore class due to the addition of three Level II instructors. Along with Bill Lane and Trudy Morse, all five instructors reviewed timely each week student navigation problems and worked with the students on a one-on-one basis.


This effort also reduced student difficulty in completing the problems. It benefitted the students as they were able to learn quickly of their errors and correct them, as well as receive timely explanations, before proceeding to the next set of problems. Where can you go to get this kind of instruction? This effort also significantly reduced final navigation evaluation time for me. 


I want to thank Norm Schmidt, Jack Townsend, and Haim Schlick for their time and effort in improving navigation instruction and student learning. This class was one of the most positive yet. This effort complements Bill Lane's positive and encouraging approach to our sailing classes.  I also want to let the students know how much fun it has been working with you. You are an impressive class with great enthusiasm, talents, abilities, and knowledge. You are quick to learn and 'have kept us on our toes'. Good luck to all of you in your future sailing endeavors.    Thank You!


Trudy Morse 

Tonight is Law Enforcement Night! - - Joan Swain

 Come learn from professionals in boating law and border protection.  A discussion put on by the Birmingham Power Squadron Boating Regulations and Law Enforcement.  All are invited - no charge. 


Special guests will be US Customs and Border Protection Services; Canada Border Protection Services; Macomb and Oakland County Sheriffs - Marine Division. The speakers will be addressing current laws on the Great Lakes and inland lakes.  Also providing safe boating tips based on their many years of experience and statistics obtained from law enforcement agencies throughout the US and Canada.  


In addition, discussion will be about border protection and reporting requirements when crossing between Canada and the US. 


Location:  First United Methodist Church of Troy - 6363 Livernois, TroyDay:  Tonight, 10/26     Time:  7:30PM (for about 1.5 hours)

ASI Office closure - - Lisa Drumm, Sail Secretary

Please be advised the office will close at 10am on Friday, October 29 and will not re-open until 8am on Wednesday, November 10.  Thank for your patience and understanding during this time.


Best Regards,Lisa

The first-ever annual ASI haiku contest!

You're sitting there right now with your coffee, reading your email, procrastinating about all the stuff you've got to do - what a perfect time to compose a haiku poem! Something like this, maybe:

End of sailing season!

brisk morning, coffee, donuts

shrink the interlakes!


Waiting for the snow

but thinking float plans and crew, 

come on, Lottery!


You know the formula - three lines - five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables each. Make it about boats, or water, or ASI, or sailing. Doesn't have to rhyme! Make it serious, or funny, or contemplative, or silly. We'll print it here next time. All entries get published! Get in touch with your inner poet! Become famous overnight! Send your haiku to the Burgee.

Hello Metropark volunteers! - - Becky Gajewski, Natural resource technician HCMA

To thank you for all of your fantastic help this year, the Metroparks’ Natural Resource Department will be holding a potluck lunch on Saturday, November 13th in the Environmental Discovery Center at Indian Springs Metropark. The lunch will last from noon to 2:00, but for those interested, we will meet a little before lunch (time TBD) to collect some seeds in the prairie behind the EDC. We will provide pizza and drinks, but we ask that if you plan to attend, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Whether you volunteered once or attended every workday, we would love to have you join us! Come out and socialize with your fellow volunteers and explore the EDC at Indian Springs! Please RSVP to me by Thursday, November 11th if you plan on attending, and please also let me know what you can bring to share. I look forward to seeing many of you there, and please let me know if you have questions! 


Becky Gajewski 810-227-2757 x5182

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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