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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Saturday June 18 - the LOTS sail  - - Claire Zepeda

It’s time again for the Ladies Only Time Share (LOTS) and we are going to have LOTS of fun!


This year’s date is Saturday, June 18th. We will be meeting at JBM around 10am. Then we will head out, enjoy the (hopefully) wonderful weather and fair winds. Maybe stop and anchor for lunch and a swim, return to JBM and tie up at Jack's for dinner then be back to our dock around 10pm.


We will divide the cost of the boats by the number of sailors. Last year’s per person cost was about $12. Please bring your own drinks and something to share for lunch.


Please call or email one of us if you are interested. Space is limited. Looking forward to a wonderful day of fun and friendship!   Guys need not apply!


Marilyn, Jessica, Sherri & Trudy


Claire Zepeda ( 734-973-6665

Jessica Hogg ( 734-748-0328

Marilyn Leece ( 313-618-1188

Trudy Morse ( (248) 930-0659

CPR Training opportunity - - Kathy Chrzanowski

CPR Training will be offered on these dates:


Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14 from 6-9 PM at Harrison High School, just a mile east of Wayne State on 12 Mile Rd 29995 W. 12 Mile Rd.


Park in the staff parking on the west side of the building closest to the building, walk down the little incline to outside door 2b.


I know this is short notice, but I thought we needed to do this before the transfer trips.

I also checked the ASI calendar and these do interfere with other dates on the calendar, but with our time constraint I could not do much about it.


The cost of the certificates is $10 per person and the participant materials are optional. The participant manual is $8.50 and/or the Reference Card $2.50. I’ll have to order these ahead of time. I’ll have some print copies available for use the night of the training if they do not want to purchase anything.


I would like to charge at least $15 (just $5 more than the certification) so my friend can make a little something for doing this for us.


If interested send an email to Kathy Chrzanowski

A plethora of sailing opportunities!

There are more organized opportunities for us all to sail our Interlakes and keelboats than ever before! Thanks to Dave Amsdill, Bob Dallos, Heidi Dzendzel, Vic Macks, David Ei, Michael Golden, Harry Vanicelli and Dave Pardy, you'll have an easy time putting together a crew, whether you want to sail at Kensington, Stony Creek, Whitmore Lake or Lake St Clair.


The articles below fill in the details. Now, no excuses - let's GO SAILING!

Thundering Thursdays at Kent Lake - - Dave Amsdill

Please join us for open sailing, practice sails and guest sails on Thundering Thursdays 6 PM till dark each week beginning June 9. I will be keeping an email distribution list and will email a reminder and update of weather projections on Tuesday each week and will be accepting reservations via cell phone. Please email me ( to get on our distribution list and call me, Dave Amsdill, at 734-645-3806 to let me know your plans in order that we may do our best to get everyone out and sailing.


If you are a rated sailor and could be available for most or at least some Thursday nights please volunteer to join the Thundering Thursday team to provide practice sails to students, guest sails to prospective members and just get some sailing in. Please don’t worry that you’re not experienced or knowledgeable enough, we’ll learn together. It’s a great way to earn hours, empower new students, improve your skills and knowledge and give back to the club.


See you there, Dave Amsdill

Tuesday Day Sails - - Dave Pardy

For those interested, David Pardy will be coordinating day sails at Kensington on Tuesdays. This is not meant to replace any other sails but meets the philosophy of 'the more sailing the better'.


Here is how it works.:

Send David a quick note saying you're interested at so he can add you to the email list. David will check the weather and send out a note to those interested probably by the Sunday before the Tuesday sail confirming the sail.


Those who can make it on the Tuesday, reply back to David that they will make it and whether they are rated or not. This should allow David to make sure that we have enough rated sailors for the number of students/guests.


We all meet at the lake at 10:30 and sail until about 1:00 or until people wear out. If weather looks good other days, David might add sails now and then and he'll email those on his list. We also need a few more rated sailors who can commit to be there most Tuesdays since David won't be able to make all of them. He'll also need help if we have a surplus of students/guests. If you can make most Tuesday, please let David know so he can plan.

Wet n' Wild Wednesdays are BACK! - - Bob Dallos and John Johnston

Wet and Wild Wednesday sailors want to play..err sail. So I can’t write a rhyme, on Wednesday’s we are too busy sailing, telling tales and having fun to worry about prose.


Yes, the snow is gone, the rain has stopped and the fair winds of Kent Lake are calling. Sooo, lets get it started. WWW is back, starting Wednesday June 8th. What are Wet and Wild Wednesday’s? It’s time for the old salts, new students and those in between, to get in some practice with our fleet of Interlake’s. No need for setting up appointments, checking the web or trading voice messages, simply show up at the East boat launch at Kent Lake about 18:00 (6pm for the newbie’s). What could be easier? There is one important rule: You must be ready for fun, skill sharpening, practice sailing, and of course meeting with other club members that also have a passion for sailing. We will be around to help ensure that all new sailors are teamed up with rated and experienced sailors. We will even help with the Dock Master and launch chores, if you’re nice to us. Then we all have fun and sail until dusk chases us off the lake. If by chance, we have more unrated or new members than we can pair with rated members,( yes, it has happened a few time in the last few years) bear with us and we will make every attempt to get everyone some tiller time.


For the rated and experienced members of the club, this is not only a great way to meet and welcome new member (and show off a bit) but also to help them gain confidence in their skills so they too can become rated and play it forward. Not only will you have a great time, you get a bonus in that you even earn some volunteer hours, and without you, there would not be WWW!



Looking forward to another great summer of sailing,


See you at the dock, 

John Johnston and Bob Dallos

Whitmore Lake Sailing invitation - -  Harry Vanicelli 

My name is Harry Vanicelli. I was a member of ASI through 2009 and attained Level 2.


I withdrew in 2010 because I bought my own (very used) boat and did not have the time and money to participate in both. I now have my boat working and moor it on Whitmore Lake. Whitmore Lake is off exit 53 on US 23 and is about 15 minutes south of Kent Lake.


When I was in ASI there was occasional discussion of what type of boat to use for the Level 2 program. Going from an Interlake to a 28 footer seemed like a big jump to some. I thought that the type of boat that I have now might be a good Level 2 boat, with the O'Days being held for Level 3. If you would like to come for a ride and check out my boat, it is a 22 foot NorthStar (Hughes). They are not made anymore and it is 40 years old. Nevertheless, it steers with a tiller, has a head, an outboard motor, and has winches. It sails differently than an Interlake.


Contact Harry or call 734 476 7342

still more sailing opportunities! - - Vic  Macks

I'm putting together a list of rated sailors sailing daytime weekdays. You can initiate a sail by email/phone call to anyone on the list. For example, you can look ahead one to three days, check the weather, decide on a day, and call/email those on the list for crew. This could be on Interlakes or keelboats, depending on your rating and interest and the interests of those on the list. It's that simple. The list may contain rated sailors interested in Kent, Stony Creek, or Lake St. Clair. The time share fee for keelboats would be split among the number aboard.


This will not conflict with what Dave Pardy is doing on Tuesdays at Kent (see above). It may compliment his efforts with sailing on Kent on other weekdays.


Send me an email ( with the following:

  • Name and rating
  • email address and phone number(s)
  • likely days available
  • preferences (Kent, Stony Creek, Lake St. Clair)

I will email an updated list as often as there are changes, additions, etc. Remember, sails will be initiated by anyone on the list. All that's needed is you on the list.


Questions? Send an email or call me at 586-779-1782

Still another connection for sailing! - - David Ei

I’m available for practice sails at Kent lake most Mon, Wed, and Fri evenings. I can be reached at (734) 205-9151 (days) and (734-449-2404 (evenings)


The ASI Race Progam - - Michael Golden

The racers are up and running, and reaching.


The first race of the season got underway Sunday with good air, sunshine, and even a boat over early, just like these pros. Set aside Saturday, June 18 at 3:30 pm if you would like to see how a spinnaker is set on the Interlake at a dockside seminar open to all members. Come early with a dish for a 2pm potluck picnic.


That OTHER Metropark - - Heidi Dzendzel, Stony Creek Level 1 Manager

Stony Creek will be starting up the Tradewind Tuesday evening open practice sail beginning Tuesday 6/14. It will be operating like Kent's Lakes Wet and Wild Wednesdays. We hope to accommodate as many as we can, however I will still need an email from each student and mentor by 3 pm to let us know they will be arriving by 6:00 pm that Tuesday evening.


If you know you can participate, please email me (


We still need water instructors for Saturdays, June 11, 25 and July 9. Please sign by the email below.


A Dockmaster is needed for all the class dates above. You do not need a trailer hitch for this position. I can't attend as dockmaster this Saturday, June 11. If you can help out for even 1/2-day, please show up to the park and announce yourself to the group of attendees.


The Adopt-a-Boat program is on at our park. You can claim a boat of your own to adopt and maintain throughout the season. This is a great way to get to know the details of what keeps our boats afloat from the tip of the mast to the bottom of the centerboard. Please sign up by email below.


Fourteen (14) Level 1 volunteer hours are needed each season for all rated sailors. Volunteer hours are given for each activity stated above. If you’ve ever had a provisional sailpass, this will help to fill your timeslots each season. Please sign up with an email (


Dockmasters needed at Kent Lake - - Anne Ostroth

 DOCKMASTERS are needed at Kent Lake for all Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays throughout the sailing season.  The dock master helps keep things running smoothly at the dock when there are a lot of boats coming and going,  Also, it is helpful to club members who want to take children and non-sailors sailing to have someone to catch a line or give a timely shove. This is especially important on class days. 


Instructors should not have to conscript friends and family to serve as dock masters for when they are teaching.  Best of all serving as dock master is a good way to earn work hours.  There are two shifts per day AM (9 am - 1 pm) and PM (1 pm - 5 pm).  If you are interested please email Anne at

A few more things...       

Words to live by: The early worm gets eaten by the bird, so sleep late!


The ASI Burgee is on a weekly schedule. The next one will be next Tuesday, June14. Please send your Burgee input to by Sunday for inclusion in that Burgee. 

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