Editor's note: Yes, your Burgee is a day late. I had to decide whether to put it out yesterday, or go sailing on Lake St Clair. The Burgee lost!
Volunteer workday at Stony Creek! - - Allison Esper and Becky Gajewski, HCMA
My name is Allison and I'm the Volunteer Coordinator at the Metroparks. I've been assisting Becky with the volunteer workdays as well as other tasks around the parks. I have worked with some of you at recent workdays and look forward to working with many more of you in the future!
This is just a reminder that there is a volunteer workday coming up on Saturday, July 2nd at Stony Creek from 10 - 1pm. We’ll be working with handsaws and loppers in a prairie near the nature center to clear out as many invasive shrubs as we can find. Shrub cutting is a big job and we really need your help to get it done!
Please meet in front of the Nature Center building, and come dressed in long pants, closed toe shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing. We will provide tools, water, and snacks. Remember that park entry is free for volunteers! Please let us know by Thursday, June 30th if you plan to attend.
Hope to see you soon in the Metroparks!
Allison Esper, Volunteer Coordinator - Huron-Clinton Metroparks
Opportunity to sail in North channel for a week! - - Yasuo Fujita
Due to a last-minute change, an opportunity to sail North Channel for a week on Manitou, ASI's 30' Catalina, has become available. Any interested sailor, regardless of the rated level (or not rated yet), is welcome to join three level 4 rated sailors.
Dates: Leave Novi on Friday 7/29, morning, sail in North Channel from 7/30 to 8/5, return to Novi on Saturday 8/6, afternoon. Cost: $250 boat time share cost and about $400 food and travel.
If any questions or interested, please contact Yasuo Fujita,
734-354-5489 (daytime), 248-349-9682 (evening, weekend), or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Herritage,
Unexpected ASI office closure
Our Sail Secretary, Lisa Drumm, is recovering from recent surgery. She wants everybody to know that she'll be back on duty at ASI World Headquarters as soon as possible. In the meantime if you'd like to wish her a speedy recovery, click here to send her your good wishes.
Boat shoe report - - Richard Jagers, ASI's footwear research correspondent
Crocs introduced a new sole sometime in the last 2 years. it is a general purpose tread good for hiking, walking and other stuff, but lousy on boats. The tread is too wide to grip wet decks.
They also now make a Crocs ACE boat shoes series which has the squeegee style tread. They also make the original Crocs tread.
I went looking for a pair and discovered the difference! So I ended up buying Sebago sailing shoes instead. So people need to be certain they are getting the ones with the little squeegee style tread for boating.
Have a FUNtastic week!
Maintenance workshops - - Don Sharpe
The Interlake Maintenance workshops are scheduled for the first and third Saturday of the summer months, except for holiday weekends. This class is a requirement for level 1 certification. If you're taking the level 1 classes this year, be sure not to miss it!
These July Saturdays are July 2 (next Saturday) and July 16. Since this is a holiday weekend coming up, the class will depend on turnout. Workshops start at 9 AM and run two to three hours. No need to sign up; just show up!
Already rated? Even if you've had the class before, you might want to take it again to refresh your knowledge of centerboard nomenclature, rigging, history and trivia.
Here's information you need to get your rating - - JoAnne McClure
1. You have 2 seasons to do it, so if you took your class in 2010, you must get rated this year. The one exception to this is people who took the class in September. They must be rated by 2012. If you do not, you will have to re-enroll in the Level 1 class.
2. After you have completed all your classes (including the Maintenance Class), and can perform all the maneuvers on the water test form (practice, practice, practice), contact one of the Water Test Instructors:
- Yasuo Fujita
- Don Anderson
- Sam Olive
- Bob Frank
- Bill Lane
- Tom Sand
and make an appointment to take your test. Bring your water test form and get it signed when you have completed the test successfully.
3. Next, study your book and handouts for the written test. When you're ready to take it, contact one of the Written Test Instructors and make an appointment to take the test. BRING YOUR WATER TEST AND SAIL PASS WITH YOU TO THE WRITTEN TEST. Written Test Instructors are:
- David Pardy
- Chris Lamb
- Nancy Weiss
- MaryJane Bacinski
- JoAnne McCLure
- Sam Olive
- Trudy Morse
If you don't pass you must wait 2 weeks before retaking the test and you should study this time.
4. Sail as much as you can so you can mentor another sailor! Good luck!
IMPORTANT: Draft Amendment to ASI Bylaws for Review
The following is a proposed amendment to ASI’s Bylaws. This amendment will be voted upon by the general membership at this summer’s Club Picnic on August 6, 2011. As an proposed amendment to our Bylaws, a 2/3 vote of approval of the membership at the Picnic is required for acceptance.
Please submit comments regarding changes/concerns to any the Board Trustees.
A. Asset acquisition refers to the purchasing of any vessel, real estate or other asset of $10,000 in value or greater.
B. All asset acquisition decisions can only be made at a formal board meeting.
C. The general membership must be informed of the intent to bring an asset acquisition motion at an upcoming board meeting at least two weeks prior to said meeting.
D. All board trustees must be personally notified of the intent to bring an asset acquisition motion at an upcoming board meeting.
Sailing opportunities galore!
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, 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. 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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 (email@example.com) 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
And 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Words to live by: Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
The ASI Burgee is on a weekly schedule. The next one will be Tuesday, July 5. Please send your Burgee input to email@example.com by Sunday for inclusion in that Burgee.