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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

When in doubt, procrastinate!  (why your Burgee is late) - - Don Caley

This past weekend, being a holiday and all, I put off the Burgee until the last minute. Which was more like thirty minutes ago. There just wasn't anything new to post; seems everybody is out sailing or barbecuing or fixing boats, or other outdoor stuff. Then I opened my inbox and voila! LOTS of good news to post, including a longish but fascinating account of this year's transfer trip to the North Channel by Christian McTurk (I think he enjoyed it!). 


There's also the same information you've already seen, but maybe you'll want to be reminded of ASI's various sailing opportunities. 


So, here it is, thanks to several FELLOW procrastinators who also waited way too long!

Transfer Trip to Little Current 2011 - - Christian McTurk

The face of Bill Lane appeared on the other side of our cockpit screen at the dock the night before departure. "Ahem, we're going to be leaving at 6 am, so, you know, be up and ready to go at six", the instructor of the other boat told the four of us. We knew we wouldn't sleep-in with the anticipation of the trip, but the next morning all four of us were a bit surprised when we pushed off the dock at 6 sharp and headed out to the lake, with Voyager III still at the dock! We heckled Joe on Voyager's deck as we took off before them, the first of many times we would laugh as our appetite for action seemed to outpace theirs.


We crossed Lake St. Clair with a mostly following wind, with good-sized waves throwing the stern from side to side. This was fortunate, since the trailing seas revealed a maintenance issue on both boats. Voyager had adjustments to make in the tubing from the new thru-hull for the bilge pump, and we, on Manitou, our 30 foot Catalina tall rig, found our bilge overflowing into the salon a bit. A few minutes of research into the problem revealed an old hose attached to a thru-hull at the transom that was nearly disintegrated. As the trip progressed, we performed quite a bit of maintenance work. We serviced the head 3 times, finding a Joker valve variation that was a bit bizarre, and we adjusted/replaced the fraying jib furling line 3 times before getting it perfect. An oil change in Little Current, a scrub down inside and out, and in the end, we were proud to leave the boat in good shape for the first time-share of the season when we were done.


Back to our trek: We made Port Huron by 3:45 pm and were out of there by 5 pm with a new hose installed, and a sandwich dinner consumed. I heard that Voyager ate much better, and that wouldn't be the last time that happened either.


To the big lake! Bill told us often that he likes to get on and off the deep of Lake Huron as quickly as possible, and that would suit me just fine, since the exposure to the open water was scary to me, and we had 125 plus miles of it before getting to the safety of Tobermory and the Georgian Bay. Bill said our plan was, "If we get abeam of Kincardine before 11 am the next morning, we can make Tobermory before dark, so we can press on without stopping."


The winds were good, 15 knots or more. Being ahead of schedule, we shut the engine off and sailed a broad reach on the big lake, doing at least 5 knots of speed, according to our plan. Voyager continued to motor, making 6-7 knots, and so while we were making decent time, we fell a bit behind. The wind died a bit during my shift at the helm, and I made the mistake of not motoring up, accepting 4.5 knots of speed, or sometimes less. I thought we were ahead of schedule! Voyager left us in her diesel fumes, and by the time my shift was over at midnight, her lights were ahead at great distance.


Patrick MacArthur, my classmate, took the helm, while I found sleep. Patrick is capable, a man of many talents and experience. He is an excellent mechanic, a tireless worker, and always takes initiative in an instant if something needs to be done. He was a true asset to our team.


Overnight on the big lake we rotated our shifts every 1.5 hours. Each crew had 1.5 hours in support topside, 1.5 hours at the helm, and then two 1.5 hour periods to sleep. Patrick's support was our instructor, Dave. Dave Anderson is a retired U of M professor of electrical engineering. He has an encyclopedic knowledge base, and is a very accomplished sailor. Best of all, he was a patient instructor. He actively supported us through a few difficult spots, like the crossing through the Benjamins, but otherwise he let us plan and execute our routes on our own, while always watching on the GPS to make sure we weren't getting in harm's way. Dave really kept us moving on a great pace during our adventure.

Patrick and Dave fired up the engine and the wind started to shift while I slept. We kept Voyager in sight, but very much in the distance. It did make it easy to track the course, since they gave us a light to which we could steer. But we couldn't seem to gain on them! When it was time for me to get up at 3 am, I awoke to a 20+ knot wind from the north-northwest, and better than 3 feet waves. And cold!


Jerry was supporting Dave, and for Jerry, that means cooking, even in rolling seas. So, while it was often hard to just stand up, there was rice on the stove. I have had the great fortune to train with Jerry Brady in all our level 2-4 ASI water classes. While I may not share all his appetite for danger ( don't so much "yee-haw" my way over the biggest waves), he and I share a complete enthusiasm for harnessing the power of the wind on the sailboat, and we have sailed together enough that we can anticipate each other and we synchronize together very well. Part of what I love of sailing is that teamwork and harmony. And as an individual, Jerry has a phenomenal variety of interests and passions.


Further, both my fellow crew members were such enthusiastic and capable mechanics. Whether it was fixing the head, replacing the hose or furling line, or maintaining the barbecue, I was starting to expect them to go below for a tool, and reappear in a cape and tights. A super-hero!


After my support of Jerry at the helm, I had what I had coveted as the "sunrise shift" at the helm, from 4:30 to 6 am. What I didn't anticipate was that, as the light increased I had more and more trouble seeing the lights of Voyager miles ahead. Patrick helped with binoculars, but either fatigue, optical illusions, or the seas and mis-tracking of the course kept playing tricks on us. We had been trying to raise our sister ship by radio, but had been failing miserably. I was very worried that I would not be able to tell if they took a turn to starboard for Kincardine, or continued to head north for Tobermory. As 6 o'clock and the end of my shift approached, so did Kincardine. I tried one more time and got Kate McRae on the radio!


Voyager, Voyager, Voyager! This is Manitou, over.


Manitou, this is Voyager, over.


Are you going to Kincardine, or continuing for Tobermory? Over.


We are going to Tobermory, how about you? [!!] Er, you're going to Tobermory, right? Over.


Ok, yes we will head north to Tobermory. See you there. Over.


See you in Tobermory. Over and out.


I felt that while I didn't seem to catch them at all, I accomplished big-time, since we were in communication, and we were together on our way to get off this lake! But the wind was now coming from about 315 degrees at 25 knots, making us almost pinching to try for due north to Tobermory. I went to bed.


While the big waves made it difficult topside, once below with my eyes closed, I loved them. I was rocked to sleep. I awoke a little early and headed topside, prior to my 9 am shift. Jerry had been baking biscuits! Voyager was now to our east. We had been gaining, and were now passing them. We had been able to hold our course fairly well. After baking his biscuits for us, Jerry took the helm and was riding the waves like a cowboy at the rodeo. I hid from the frigid wind behind the dodger in my full, brand new, foul-weather gear, trying to keep my fingers from freezing off. "Wouldn't it be great if these waves were about 2 feet bigger?", that's Jerry at the helm. Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I wasn't in a particularly agreeable mood.


I took over again at 10:30 am, and failed miserably at keeping our course, called it quits at noon, thinking we would have to tack to Cape Hurd, and decided the best thing to do, would be to sleep.


I got up after a little bit, and the wind was more westerly, allowing us to head for Tobermory without a tack. I was able to pilot the sailboat in to Tobermory docks on my final shift, about 15 minutes before 6 pm, far ahead of Voyager, who arrived after we had showered and toasted our success. We were at the dock there, less than 36 hours after leaving St. Clair Shores, a new ASI record! (Per Bill Lane and Dave Anderson)


Showers! Wine! A toast! Dinner! Rest! Heavenly. Now comes the fun part.


We headed out the next day for Killarney. Flowerpot Island was beautiful. We did Club island and the tricky Squaw. Then the wind picked up and reflected off the water as we broad-reached for Killarney. The sail in there was beautiful. Killarney, at the Sportsman's Club, was pretty upscale. The showers and bathrooms, get 5 "Marilyns." (Marilyn Leece grades shower accomodations from 1 to 5 stars, but I think grading from 1 to 5 "Marilyns" is better.) They kept the bar open for us to eat. Good beer! Good eats! Now to the coves.


I won't describe every cove. We hit 25 of them. Yes, that's apparently a new ASI club record. Here's our list:

  • Dunks bay
  • Club Island
  • Squaw Island
  • Covered Portage Cove
  • Powerhouse Bay
  • Snug Harbor
  • Hole-in-the-Wall from the north
  • Boyle Cove
  • Horseshoe
  • Rat Portage Cove
  • Marianne Cove
  • Bell Cove
  • Sturgeon Cove
  • Amendroz Island
  • McTavish Island
  • McBean Cove
  • Gibson Cove
  • Eagle Harbor
  • Fox Harbor
  • Bay of the Benjamins. The tricky cut between the islands.
  • Croker Island
  • South Benjamin
  • Beatty Bay
  • Bear's Back Island
  • Rous Island


The most memorable were when the boats rafted together overnight, and we could enjoy the warm company and great spirit of the Voyager crew. We did that in Marianne Cove and at Croker Island. The last morning in Kegawong, was

especially memorable for the fine Voyager breakfast cuisine. Cuisine is important, and I did not anticipate it would be so fine. The meal I brought was pretty easy and not quite up to the standards of the others. It was chili, frozen prior to boarding, though we did have cheese and some sour cream. I did provide a lot of the luncheon fixings too. But my fellow cruisers were barbecuing off the back of the boat, making taco salads, spanish rice... Their efforts were much enjoyed. We did hear of a little ice cream, fried fruit, and Grand Marnier flambé for dessert at Kagawong on the Voyager, but I can't tell you how that tasted.


And that leads me to one of the most enjoyable aspects to this adventure, the camaraderie. I don't know when I've ever been privileged to be in the company of 8 finer people. When we were rafted off talking after dinner, I was laughing so hard, I was crying. Not only was I entertained, but I was supported, I was uplifted by those around me. The experience was invaluable and the sailors were supreme.


One moment I loved, and still laugh out loud about, was when we headed out of Bell's Cove early, to go have eggs for breakfast in Sturgeon Cove. As we motored past Voyager, at about 6 am, it appeared that Joe Jaeger was the only one up on Voyager, in the stern, doing something, maybe practicing some knots. He looked up with a long envious face, "Getting an early start, huh?" All I can say is there wasn't any of us who didn't want to rope him and take him for more adventure, but he might have had a better breakfast staying put.


In Tobermory, Patrick and I bought hammocks. While anchored in Snug Harbor, I saw Voyager coming and went in the hammock on the deck for the rest of my lunchtime burger, just to be poised for their arrival. It was hilarious. They drove by twice with 3 or 4 cameras taking nearly continuous pictures. Jeez. I hope my hair was in place!


On the last night, in Little Current, we had a very special treasure hunt, that was courtesy of Jessica Hogg, John Johnston and Dave Clark. It was a real special touch. When Claire Zepeda read their note enumerating all we had accomplished becoming level IV, it brought a tear to my eye. And another thing was very special: When we started, Jerry flew 5 Tibetan prayer flags on the boat. On the last night, he took them down and gave each of us a flag, symbolizing either sky/space, air/wind, fire, water, and earth. No doubt, this flag from our teammate, is our most cherished souvenir of the trip. And that's the thing that I will carry with me forever, the shared experience of making this trip and achieving level 4 status with our crew and the crew of Voyager. These companions will never leave my heart. I will always consider it a brother/sisterhood, and I hope each and every one of them do the same.


My friend of more than 30 years, Jim, describes the North Channel (which he has only seen from land) as enchanting. He has the right word, even though he hasn't really experienced it. I did find it enchanting. The kind of experience you want to share with everyone you love. I can't wait to go back. My favorite? Probably Croker Island. I had a great swim, both in the evening and in the morning, and the island was terrific for hiking. Everybody was comfy come sunset, and so declined my invitation, but I was compelled to hike up to the westernmost top of the island with a 16-ounce beer and watched the sunset, texted my wife, Debby, and sent her and some friends a picture, while watching the surrealistic view.


To top off the experience of Croker, when we arrived that evening, before dinner and my sunset hike, the entire Voyager crew was on top of the 50 foot island watching us come in. We saw them, of course. Bill Lane, the commodore, used hand-held radio to talk to us from up there.


Manitou, Manitou, this is Voyager. Over.


Voyager. This is Manitou. Over.


We are up on the hill watching you come in. Over...


"Duh!" Over.


Just one more thing. When I joined ASI, I viewed the classes and the training as a stepping stone to the destination of being a better sailor, and having access to the boats. While I sat in that hammock above, I realized that my entire training, but especially the transfer trip, was a destination, in and of itself. It has been the best sailing in my life.


Christian McTurk - ASI, Level 4

The 'A' Dock  - A Keelboat update

L2 Keelboat Navigation Charts


It was recently asked, “where are the navigation charts?” The answer is, “they are on the boat.” Although we did make a bit of a change, the charts currently on the boats are the NOAA 14853 Recreational Chart booklets which cover Lake St. Clair, and both the Detroit and St. Clair rivers. This chart booklet was selected because they are easy to handle in the cockpit, measuring a mere 11” x 18” and with 50 pages of chartlets they can show far more detail(s) than the NOAA 14850 chart you used in your L2 class.


For instance page 19 gives a lot of water depth detail for Gaukler Shoal than the 14850. Same with page 22’s approach to Metro Park’s Black Creek, or page 14’s Peche Island channel. Unfortunately this chart does not give you any detailed information for the Canadian ports of Belle River and the Thames river two favorite spots for ASI sailors. Page 36 is an over-all chart of lower Lake St. Clair, from Black Creek down to the Thames river so you do have a chart that covers those areas. The 14850 charts that have been on the boats for as many years as I can remember will be put back on the boats so that you have the option of either or both.


However, be aware that these charts are not updated to Notice to Mariners (NM) or Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) so use these charts with the caution of a prudent sailor. If you have the latest edition of 14850 or 14853 or you keep your personal charts updated to NM or LNM then by all means feel free to use your own charts, just don’t leave them behind because we may consider them a donation!


2011 Boat Captains and Assistant Boat Captains for L2 Keelboats


The Boat Captains (BCs) and Assistant Boat Captains (ABCs) have accepted the “volunteer” responsibility to maintain and repair the Level 2 keelboats to the best of their ability and time availability. They are supported in this effort by the ASI Keelboat Maintenance Director, and the Assistant Maintenance Directors for L2 and L4, plus a small but dedicated group of keelboat consultants/contributors.


They also need your support and help, remember we are a timeshare club not a charter service business, ASI does not have a paid maintenance staff, only volunteer members. We understand that most of you do not want or can not do mechanical or detail work on the boats, nor do we ask you to do this, but we do need your help in maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of the boats to help keep them in “timeshare-ready” condition.


So please take the time to wash the deck and the hull down after each use (hoses are at the ready), make sure you wipe down all of the counter tops, clean the head area, sweep the floor, straighten up the cabins, and put away all equipment – it only takes an extra 15 or 20 minutes. We know that there has not been the best of clean up tools available on the boats but after the upcoming Maintenance Marathon we will have upgraded all of the necessary clean-up tools - so please do your share in maintaining your boats. After all the BCs and ABCs have close to 50 preventative maintenance checks to perform each maintenance night to help ensure a high level of reliability in the L2 keelboats – if they have to add scrubbing the decks and cleaning the cabins then they can not complete their other “mechanical” checks.


Again, please take a little extra time help out your fellow volunteer member(s) maintain our boats. The following volunteer maintenance team member’s phone numbers and email addresses are in the directory and they are listed on the timeshare binder’s Maintenance Contact List.


Interlude’s Maintenance Team Overture’s Maintenance Team

Jerry Brady – Boat Captain

Mike Perrin – Boat Captain

Kate McRae – Asst. Boat Captain

David Barbour – Asst. Boat Captain

Chris Lamb – Asst. Boat Captain

Claire Zepeda – Asst. Boat Captain


Keelboat Maintenance Director – Craig Smith

L2 Asst. Maintenance Director – Jack Townsend

L4 Asst. Maintenance Director – Tom Baker

Keelboat Maintenance Consultants/Contributors; Tom Sand, Jim Dow, Richard Jagers, Gary Hintz, and Bill Lane.


(Although the L4 boats are up north we don’t want to forget the L4 maintenance teams)


Manitou’s Maintenance Team

Peter Fulda – Boat Captain, Chris Juillet – Asst. Boat Captain, Open – Asst. Boat Captain position


Voyager III’s Maintenance Team

David Clark – Boat Captain, Patrick MacArthur – Asst. Boat Captain, Tony Calvas – Asst. Boat Captain


Jack Townsend L2 AMD




Ahoy! All Keelboat Sailors – please mark your calendars for the 4th Annual L2 Keelboat Maintenance Marathon scheduled for Saturday July 16th, from 0900 to 1600. There will be more details about the Maintenance Marathon in next week’s Burgee but for now please reserve the day to come out and help maintain the boats!

Marilyn Leece and Jessica Hogg, L2 Co-Managers


So what has happened to Jefferson Beach Marina? A few weeks ago I mentioned some of the improvements they are making to the docks but now they have done the unbelievable they are adding more bathrooms and showers – and an all new laundry room, with 3 washers and 3 dryers (coin operated). The facilities are not yet complete but I believe everything is now in place and ready for use. The new facilities are located next door to the old bathroom/shower, which is now sporting a new “Bathroom” awning. Things are improving at JBM, a great place to slip the boat, a remodeled gas dock (last year), new area restaurants to try, and best of all a great lake to sail on – so come on out and timeshare a boat for the weekend, or a few days during the week and enjoy all that St. Clair Shores has to offer. 


Marilyn Leece 

Lisa's Back ! 

Hello All,


I cannot thank you enough for all the support and notes full of kind thoughts and well wishes. I am moving slowly and it'll be another six weeks before I'm healed completely. But, I'm thrilled to be home with my family, making progress every day, and feeling more like myself. I'm not one to be still for long and I'm horrible with patience, so this is an excellent learning opportunity!


I am back in the office and will be until my scheduled vacation the first two weeks of August. There may be an occasional doctor's appointment here and there, as I have two surgeons that are monitoring me. But, I will always respond to voicemails and emails ASAP. Again, and as always, thank you for your patience and understanding.


Best, Lisa

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  or Tom  Herritage,

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!


The remaining July Saturday is July 16. 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 ( 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

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

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

A few more things...       

Words to live by: Don't sweat the petty stuff, and don't pet the sweaty stuff. 


Something to remember about submissions to the Burgee - if you've got pictures, I can add them easily, but NOT if they're part of a Word document. I'm not smart enough to know how to separate them from the text, and reformat as JPG's. So send your pictures separately, ok?  


The ASI Burgee is on a weekly schedule. The next one will be Tuesday, July 12. Please send your Burgee input to by Sunday for inclusion in that Burgee. But send pictures as attachments, please!

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