Tuesday November 2, 2010

ASI Office closure - - Lisa Drumm, Sail Secretary

Please be advised that the ASI office is closed. It will re-open at 8 am on Wednesday, November 10.  Thank for your patience and understanding during this time.


Best Regards,Lisa

Ahoy, Level 1 students! - - JoAnne McClure

It's not too late to take your written test so you can get your rating at the January Awards Banquet! If you have completed your water test and maintenance class, just contact one of the written test instructors and get that test completed! You have until the end of 2010 to make the banquet, but don't put it off! Study up and do it now! Questions? Contact JoAnne McClure (je-mcclure@earthlink.net)


Here's a list of the Level 1 Written Test Instructors:

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


This just in... our new Assistant Maintenance Director is Jack Townsend!

American Sailing Institute has a new Assistant Maintenance Director - Jack Townsend. 


Jack has been a key resource for maintaining our keelboats in an unofficial capacity for a number of years. With his knowledge and expertise the club has strengthened it's ability to maintain the fleet and educate members on how to keep our boats afloat.


Thanks, Jack, for all the work you have done in the past and for taking up the challenge and filling this position.



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:

On close reach, hiked out 

Head up! water o'er the rail!

adrenalin rush


Coming in to dock

Let the jib fly! into irons,

paddles ready, crew!


Here are this week's submissions:


from Roy Aman,

Water calm, skiing

Water turbulent, sailing

Body calm, tired


From Paula Merideth,

The wind fills the sails

the keel cuts through the water

What could be better?


At Kent Lake we get

mid-lake. The wind disappears

We tie knots and float


We work together

stowing, storing for next year

a bit wistfully.


Thanks Roy and Paula!


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.

What's the 'ASI Fog Dog Award'?  What's a 'Fog Dog'?- - Claire Zepeda 

Thanks to Phil Zepeda, an inveterate reader of dictionaries:


The definition of a Fog Dog is a bright spot sometimes seen at the horizon as a fog starts to dissipate. Origin: From the fact that it accompanies fog as a dog accompanies its owner. 


Undoubtedly you know many ASI members who give generously of their time and talents – often with limited or no recognition of their enormous contributions. The ASI Board has just approved an annual award that will be given to one of those “unsung heroines/heroes”.  The award has been named the ASI Fog Dog.


Let us know about some of these amazing people: someone who was the bright spot or beacon in a murky mist, who came to the rescue in a treacherous storm, who provided calm in an unsettled sea. 


Nominations must include a descriptive narrative explaining why this person should be nominated: what specific contribution he/she made, how they were a Fog Dog in the club, and/or how they furthered the goals and Mission Statement of ASI..


Please send your nominations to Claire Zepeda (clairezepeda@gmail.com) We are accepting nominations through Dec 15th. In late Dec/early January, we will publish the list of nominees and then the membership will vote for this year’s Honoree.

Trustees on the new 2011 ASI Board - - Mary Hein, 2010 ASI President

Here is the makeup of the new ASI board:

  • Kate McRae - President
  • Joe Jaeger - Vice-President
  • Norm Schmidt - Secretary
  • Lori Lozen - Treasurer
  • Alberto Ferrerro - Trustee
  • Marilyn Leece - Trustee 
  • Don Sharpe - Trustee
  • Mike Perrin - Trustee
  • Tony Calvas - Trustee 

Don't hesitate to contact any of these sailors with your concerns!

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

Should ASI be on Facebook?

ASI currently has a website - www.sailasi.org - and the Burgee, which you're reading now, for communicating with the public and with it's members. It has been suggested that perhaps ASI should also have a presence on FaceBook. Should we? What are the pros and cons? Are there privacy issues? 


If you're familiar with FaceBook, and would like to be involved in answering these questions and possibly setting up a page in FaceBook for ASI, let us know. If it's a good idea to have a FaceBook page, this would be a good time to get it up and running before next spring! And a great way for you to earn those needed work-hours.  


Keep in mind that this is exploratory only, and any decision to proceed would, of course, have to be approved by the ASI board before implementation. If you're knowledgeable about FaceBook we'd like to learn more about how it can be used as a business tool for non-profits like ASI.  

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 details 248-891-6125

Email: 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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