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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A note from Lisa, ASI Sail secretary

I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement and support during these difficult few weeks.  I'm happy to report that my kids are mostly healthy (one needs a new tube in his ear, but that's a quick surgery), my minivan is back from the shop and looking brand new, and my family is healing after the loss of my grandfather.    


It was such a relief to hear from so many of you and know that you understood my absence from the ASI office and the delays that resulted.  My stress level was significantly less knowing I could focus on my family's needs and the ASI membership would be patient and flexible.  I am now caught up and back on track in the office.  I mailed the last few receipts for renewals/registrations this morning.  


Thank you for all for your conscientious completion of the forms and for including the proper documentation.  You truly made my job so much easier!     Again, thank for your being such a source of compassion during these trying times.  I'm blessed to be part of a wonderful community of support and understanding.



The February General Sail Meeting - - Joan Swain 

You've read about the renewed General Sail meetings. You even read a special delivery Burgee call for more Level 1 presence.....which did get some results.  


BUT, unless you were at the last meeting, you missed hearing:   

  • That our L2-4 head instructor, and sailor extraordinaire, Bill Lane, was once a beginner (I had always assumed he was born sailing) who went through the same learning curve many new L1s experience.    
  • Words that could bring sailing into your life next winter.  After seeing some clips from  ASI's Golden Age of sailing in the BVI (British Virgin Islands), there was one brief comment of planning a trip next winter sailing among those warm waters.  
  • Some pointers on "sail trim".  
  • A discussion on a member's Kent Lake request.  
  • The last call for ideas as our in-the-works, revised website progresses.  
  • Bits and pieces of what's going on with the L2-4 folks & boats. 

You also missed:  

  • Receiving a flyer to post at some public or work area or using 21st century modes of networking. (You didn't totally miss out on this one, for you can print flyers off the website.)  
  • Putting a face to several members whose names grace the Organization Chart.  
  • Meeting up with some of last season's sail mates.
  • The drive through downtown, charming Northville which is almost worth the trip itself.  The library (meeting place) is just 1 block west and south of the town's main intersection. 

But the most important reasons to consider attending future General Sail meetings are:

  • As time allows, this may be a great opportunity for your voice, your concerns, your wonderings on any and all subjects concerning your Club to come forth. 
  • There will definitely be a place for your input on whatever topics are presented Actually, L1s did comprise about a third of those in attendance.  

Actually, all members are missing out by not attending the meetings.  So I hope to see more of you as we pack the room for these upcoming meetings - Thursday, March 10 and Thursday, April 14. See you there!

Open Timeshares for the North Channel!

You're a level 4 sailor? and you missed the lottery meeting? You're in luck! 


There are two open timeshares on Voyager for July 2 and July 9, and one open timeshare for Manitou on July 9. Interested? Contact Norm Schmidt for details. 

An 'Indoor option' for volunteer hours - - Joan Swain

Pencil in March 12 and 19.   More details will be forthcoming next week, but if you're interested in being part of the 2nd annual Interlake sail and boat cover repair project, and want a head start on volunteer hours, keep those two Saturdays in mind. 


Kathy Chrzanowski and Patrick MacArthur are aiming for those dates and sure could use help - measuring, cutting, sewing - for these two projects.  To those of you who participated last year, know how much your contribution was appreciated.   I often heard the L1 Maintenance Team proclaim, "we started out the season with the best set of sails ever!" due to their and your effort.  

ASI Logo sub-texts - - Dave Clark

I've been working with Queensboro, the supplier of our Booty and Swag merchandise (see above). As you know, all these clothing items can be ordered with the embroidered ASI logo.


There have been many requests for an additional line of text BELOW the logo, to show the particular activity within ASI that you're most involved with. Here's an example, showing 'Racing':


We're trying to determine just which activities should be made available, for instance:

  • Maintenance crew
  • Lake Erie 2011
  • Manitou
  • Voyager III
  • Overture    
  • Interlude
  • North Channel Cruisers

  • Interlake Racers

  • Kent Lake Sailors (we have nothing for Kent lake except Kent Cup)

I want all the ideas we can get and then choose which ones work best. Send your suggestions to Dave Clark by clicking here.


Duffel bag sale! - - Dave Clark

I will have duffel bags for sale at the students maintenance seminar on 3/5/2011. They are $25, and correct change would be appreciated. I can also take a check. No credit cards. This is the last of the bags for sale by me. Everything can be bought on line at our new store at If you need assistance in ordering, the phone number is 1-800-847-4478. Put this in your favorites and it will always be handy, and it is also on our web site.

Photo shoot this Spring - - Craig Smith

All sailors of all levels, want to have some fun and help ASI get some great pictures and video’s for the website and other promotional ads?  


We are in the process of updating the website,, and we need some pictures and videos of us sailing and having fun. This spring we are planning a Photo Shoot on Lake St. Clair near Jefferson Beach Marina.  We will need sailors to skipper the 4 keelboats and 2 Interlakes and the power boat.  We will need camera crew and equipment. The JBM location will be the first photo event.  At a later date we will have a photo event at Kensington and then at Stony Creek. 


So, won’t you volunteer for this exciting adventure and who knows, maybe you will become a star on the ASI website.  You will certainly be a star in helping ASI. More information on date and time will available soon.  Please contact me soon so we can make plans, thanks.


Craig Smith 248-767-8871 cell


The Interlake 'put-in' schedule

In five short weeks, we'll begin prepping the Interlakes for launching at Kent Lake and Stony Creek. Be sure to add these dates to your calendar!

  • April Saturdays - 2, 9, 16, Boat preparation at Crawford Farm
  • Saturday, April 23 - Transportation and installation of dock boxes and launch of the powerboat at Kensington Metropark
  • Saturday April 30 - Trailering and launch day!

Stay tuned for more details!

the 2011 Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association Winter Seminars

Here's a description of the 2011 DRYA Winter Seminar Series, scheduled for most Wednesdays in March. All seminars are free (except for the CPR seminar with a nominal materials fee) and open to the public.


March 2, 2011:“Staying Alive With CPR”

When someone’s heartbeat or breathing stops, immediate CPR is critical to their survival. Learning how to properly administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a genuine life-saving skill. Get that training by joining us for a three-hour class taught by PC Loretta Rehe, and Ted and Janie Williford, fellow sailors and certified CPR instructors. There is a nominal fee of $30.00 to cover the cost of educational materials. Pre-registration before February 26th is mandatory in order to have adequate equipment and instructors on hand. Participation is limited to 30. If there is enough interest, a second class will be added on March 3rd at the same location and time. This seminar will be hosted, from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, by the Edison Boat Club. No food or beverages will be served. Pre-registration will be available at any prior Wednesday Night Seminar or through


March 9, 2011:“Saving Sailing … Continued”

This Seminar will be a significant follow-up on the special DRYA "Saving Sailing" Symposium last October that featured Nick Haynes, author of the best-seller "Saving Sailing." This seminar will feature Michigan native Dawn Riley who is an America's Cup and Around the World Sailboat racer who is also an accomplished businesswoman, community leader and youth-sports advocate, author, speaker, TV commentator and committed philanthropist. Dawn will discuss her own passion for `saving sailing' including her newest activities with the Oakcliff Sailing Center which is dedicated to training sailors, boat workers, owners and teams in order to raise the level of sailors and sailing in the United States. A panel discussion including a large group of local sailors (including Jim Rodgers) who have been meeting regularly at North Star to put together a "Saving Sailing"action plan will complete this fascinating and relevant evening. David Coleman will moderate the discussion. This program will be held at the North Star Sail Club from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. There will be a cash bar (cash or credit card). No food service.


March 16, 2011:“Basic Racing Rules”

Sailboat racing is governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing. These rules apply to the sport worldwide, and some of them can be baffling. This seminar concentrates on only those rules that the newer sailor needs to understand to enjoy sailboat racing safely. This informative and entertaining seminar again will be led by Ted Everingham, an International Judge, a US SAILING certified Umpire and Senior Judge and a past Chairman of the US SAILING Judges Committee. Join us at the Port Huron Yacht Club on Wednesday evening, March 16, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, for a seminar like no other.  The availability of food and beverage service will be posted later.


March 23, 2011:“Safety at Sea”

This seminar, presented by Chuck Knowles and Margi Schneider, will be a practical discussion of safety issues and equipment that relate to both racing and cruising sailors. Chuck will present the very newest equipment available, and make numerous specific recommendations. Chuck and Margi are aggressively preparing their live-aboard yacht V-Twin for extended world cruising; lessons-learned to date, and planned upgrades will be discussed. This should be an instructive and entertaining evening. A special mystery guest will discuss safety from his perspective and explain what a sailboat ‘looks like' from the bridge of a fully-loaded 1000' freighter. This presentation is sponsored by West Marine. Please join us at the Grosse Ile Yacht Club on Wednesday evening, March 23rd from 7:00 -9:00 pm. The availability of food and beverage service will be posted later.


A request from North Star Junior Sailing - - Nickie Kowal

We are looking for the gentleman who came to North Star Sail Club back in November and December for the Saving Sailing discussions.We've misplaced his name and number.  I think his name was Jim. We are trying to get ahold of him to ask him for information about your program to include on the database. Hope to hear from you soon,



Nickie Kowal North Star Junior Sailing


(If you're 'Jim', click here to email Nickie

Coming soon to a computer near you...

ASI hopes to have the new website up and running soon! Watch this space for details!

One more thing...       


The ASI Burgee is back on a weekly schedule. The next one will be next Tuesday, March 8. Please send your Burgee input to by Sunday for inclusion in that Burgee. 

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