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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

First Annual 'Last Rites' celebration - - John Tiley and Dave Amsdill

Join the Party!! Our First Ever “Last Rites” Celebration on Saturday, October 8th at 1200 hours


Gone forever are the land-lubbing, flat-footed, dock-hugging, mall-wandering, dry-land worshippers. May they rest in peace! Rising from the dust are the adventurous, action seeking, courageous, take-life-by-the-horns, wind-blowing-in-their-hair, free-spirited children of the sea…..Our newly rated (or soon to be) L1 sailors. Please join us on Saturday, Oct 8th at 1200 hours at Kent Lake to celebrate the accomplishment of our 2010/11 students. Everyone is invited to attend. (rain date is Sunday Oct 9th).


Potluck lunch events starts at 12:00. Hotdogs, condiments, utensils and paper products provided. Please bring something to share, a dish to pass. (contact for ideas). Just before we eat … the “last rites” celebration, introduction of some key club members that you will want to know if you don’t already, then break out the boats (about 1:30) for a flotilla (by Michael Golden) or practice or open sailing followed by a “just for fun” race sponsored by the FOTD race team at 3:45pm.


This year’s theme is: A feast for the “EYES”. Or is it “EYEBALLS” in paradise. Whatever it is, we have some interesting and fun activities planned for you as we give “last rites” to the old you and celebrate your new opportunity to sail through life. You won’t want to miss this one. See you there.


This celebration is sponsored by the Practice Sail Leaders; Dave Amsdill, Dave Pardy, Bob Dallos, John Johnston, Heidi Dzendel and John Tiley. Thanks all !


PS Even pirates get hungry! Does any one know the makings of a good pot of "Pirates Bone Stew" or "Cannon Ball Chilly" ?"

ASI Election Dinner  October 22 - Mark your calendar! - - Marilyn Alimpich

Please join us on Saturday, October 22, 2011 for the ASI Election dinner. The event begins at 6 pm at Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center, 8768 North Territorial Road, Plymouth, Michigan 48170 (actually in Salem Township).


Dinner includes Herb Roasted Chicken, Pasta with Marinara sauce, salad, potatoes and vegetable, rolls, cake, coffee and tea. The cost is $22 per person. All who eat must have a reservation. There can be no exceptions since ASI must pay for all who eat.


Election of three new Trustees will follow dinner. 


Please call your reservation into our sail secretary, Lisa Drumm, no later than Tuesday, October 11 by noon. You can reach Lisa at 248-393-4280, Office Hours: 8-10am, Mon-Fri

Super Sail Sundays - - Dave Amsdill

Please join us for a new practice and open sailing opportunity on Sundays from 1 PM till 4 PM at Kent Lake.










If you’re a student not yet rated or in the fall classes, this could be a great way to get some sailing practice in and get rated before the boats come out this fall. If you’re a rated sailor, the opportunity for an enjoyable sail and we could use your help. We anticipate having 5-7 students each week and could use more hands to take them out. And you earn hours as you sail. If you’re a newly rated sailor, come out and team up with a more experienced sailor and a student and gain more experience and confidence. Or just show up for an open sail, meet new members and enjoy a the camaraderie.


Also, there may be opportunities to join up with the “Fall off the Dock” racing group at 3:45 to add another dimension to the afternoon sail.


If you are interested in attending, please email me ( to get on our distribution list. I will send out a reminder email a couple of days before with a weather forecast and ask you to let me know if you’re attending so that I may do my best to see that we have enough rated sailors to get everyone out sailing.


Remember, that’s “Super Sail Sunday”………just like “Super Bowl Sunday” except without the football, the commercials, and the hangover……Who’s bringing the chips and dip? See you there….Dave Amsdill



Sail trim and boat handling -- Interested in improving? Try the ASI race program! - - Gary Crosbie

Are you interested in improving your skills in sail trim and boat handling? Consider joining us in the ASI racing program for a season or two. The “just-for-fun” fall racing series is about to end. The last “FOTD” (fall off the dock) series is scheduled for East Dock, Kent Lake, Kensington Metropark with sign-in at 1545 hour (3:45 pm) on Saturday October 8, 2011


There’s no better training in sail trim and boat handling than you’ll find in the Level 1 racing program. When you make a change in sail trim, the Interlake boats will let you know right away whether the result is good or not. Adjustments in tension of the outhaul, boom vang, and main sheet are means to gather more sailing from a given amount of wind. “One-design” competitions provide immediate feedback on the finest details of sail trim success or not: The first one across the line has won the race!


Special notice for Level 2 and higher ASI members: If you are hankering to improve your large boat sail trim and handling skills, the lessons that you can learn in Level 1 racing program will be valuable to you, no matter what size boat you sail in. These advanced skills are not covered elsewhere in the ASI program. The races are good for confidence-building, too. If you have not been a captain in racing team, you may be surprised to learn that you may be still eligible to compete in the next (summer) season ASI novice Borovic award competition.


To aid our planning and communication with you, please send an email with the words “Interested in FOTD racing” and “y-o-u-r n-a-m-e” in the subject line to . 


Gary Crosbie, Racing Chair


Keelboat Haul-out - - Peter Fulda

As the evenings grow shorter it is time to plan for our annual winter lay up. While a successful sailing season draws to a close, it is always important to prepare the boats for the next one. Keep the following dates in October in mind:

  • Boat Decomissioning - Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am
  • Haul Out - Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 am
  • End of Season Maintenance - Saturday, October 22, 9:00 am
  • Shrink Wrapping - Saturday, October 29, 9:00 am

Please support your boat captains, assistant captains in ensuring the successful winterizing of our boats. These activities represent opportunities to catch up on your needed volunteer hours while enjoying the camraderie of your fellow ASI sailors.

Interlake Maintenance Workshops - - Don Sharpe

This class is a requirement for level 1 certification. If you've taken the level 1 classes this year, be sure not to miss it!


The last class of the season will be Saturday, October 8 at 9 am.


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.

Dockmaster options - - Anne Ostroth

Since all members, rated or otherwise, are eligible to be a Dockmaster, keep in mind there is more flexibility than in years past to help your fellow members on weekends & holidays - and to engage interested non-members.    You have the option of committing to 2 hour shifts vs the long standing 4 hour shifts.


The shifts are from 9-11, 11-1, 1-3 and/or 3-5.   For those of you who want the more traditional 4 hours, all you need do is take two shifts - or three, or all four.   If you're planning on being at the Lake for another reason - i.e. Maintenance, sailing or just taking a breather from other obligations, think about slipping in 2 hours before or after to help others leave and approach the dock. 


Still keep me informed of your taking advantage of dockmastering.  Remember, all the information is in the Dockmaster notebook in the Dockmaster Box, but basically you'll be helping out those heading out or finishing a sail - on occasion making sea-worthy suggestions - reminding sailors to sign in & lock dockboxes or, as importantly,  being a PR person for those showing interest.   In any down time, you can check in with whatever latest electronic gadget you have, relax, read, or just enjoy the fact that you're helping the Club serve one of its functions.  My contact is


Thank you to those who have stepped forward this season, and an early thank you to those who still will. 

Level 2 Class 2012 - - Bill Lane

Become a Level 2 Captain and Sail the Level 2 O’Day 28 foot 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

Prerequisite are:

1. Declare sailing ability by submitting a sailing resume to head of Level 2 instruction and have sailed the Interlake 8 times as a Level 1 rated sailor this year.


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. The “America’s Boating Course” has the component. Classes are offered by the Ann Arbor and Birmingham Power Squadrons in October.


Sail longer and farther than ever before


Contact Bill Lane, Level 2 head instructor, for details



Level 3/4 class for 2012 - - Bill Lane

Level 2 sailors, it is not to early to be think of joining the level 3/4 class for 2012

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

Enter beautiful coves such as: Cover Portage Cove, Snug Harbour, Marianne cove, The Pool, Benjamin Islands 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:

Have a Level 2 sail pass and work hours current.

Sail the Level 2 keel boats 8 times this year of which 4 or more of the sails you were the captain.

Contact Bill Lane, for details




Steve Poulos asks Novice Stephen Kane: How do the rules apply here? Who has right-of way? Steve and Stephen? Or Ben and Jerry?

Best wishes to Michelle Shafer, who writes...

Hey, I just wanted to say thank you and express my gratitude to everyone who helped me learn the sailing basics this summer. I was able to get a practice test sail in with Bill Lane (which was an awesome learning experience!) before I went for spine surgery last week.


I'm recovering well, however, my sailing season is over - I'll pick up again in the spring and continue testing! Meanwhile, I'll be at dockside to continue my on shore learning. See you then :)      Michelle

Hello Level 1 Sailors - - Bill Lane,  Level 2 Head Instructor

A major requirement for the Level 2 Keel Boat class is having taken a basic boating class ('America's Boating Course', see below). Below are a list of the local US Power Squadrons that are offering the class this fall. It is important to meet this requirement  in October because it will be unlikely that the classes will be offered until March 2012. This requirement must be met  to start the class. It you have any questions, email or call me at 248-891-6125



America’s Boating Course


Squadron:       Birmingham District: 9 - Web Site


Contact:        Lt/C Thomas J. Smith, JN

Phone:  248-877-3092 Email:


Location:       West Bloomfield High School

  • Address:        4925 Orchard Lake Rd
  • City:   West Bloomfield, MI 48323
  • Start Date:     OCT 10, 2011
  • Time:   07:00PM
  • STATUS:         Accepting Registrations

Squadron:       Birmingham District: 9 - Web Site


Contact:        Lt/C Thomas J. Smith, JN

Phone:  248-877-3092 Email:


Location:       St Joseph's Mercy Hospital, Franco Communication Ctr

  • Address:        44405 Woodward Ave
  • City:   Pontiac, MI 48341
  • Start Date:     OCT 10, 2011
  • Time:   07:00PM
  • STATUS:         Accepting Registrations

Squadron:       Birmingham District: 9 - Web Site


Contact:        Lt/C Thomas J. Smith, JN

Phone:  248-877-3092 Email:


Location:       Stony Creek High School

  • Address:        575 E Tienken Rd
  • City:   Rochester Hills, MI 48306
  • Start Date:     OCT 10, 2011
  • Time:   07:00PM
  • STATUS:         Accepting Registrations

Squadron:       Flint District: 9

Contact:        Nora Fisher

Phone:  810-238-1529 Email:


City:   Burton, MI 48519

STATUS:         Schedule Pending


Squadron:       Ann Arbor District: 9

Contact:        Bob Buchanan

Phone:  734-971-6589 Email:


Location:       WCC Main Campus, Business Education Bldg. Room 270

  • Address:        4800 East Huron River Dr.
  • City:   Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • Start Date:     OCT 04, 2011
  • Time:   06:45PM
  • STATUS:         Accepting Registrations

Here's information you need to get your Leve 1 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
  • Bill Lane
  • Tom Sand
  • Mike Perrin
  • Marlin Ristenbatt
  • Dave Pardy

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 more, this time.


4. Sail as much as you can so you can mentor another sailor! Good luck!

A few more things...       

To err is human; to aaarrrrgh is pirate. 


Remember to put October 22 on your calendar! Two important events: Interlake takeout in the morning and the Election/Dinner meeting in the evening. For details on these events see article above, and LOTS more in the next Burgee. 


The next Burgee will be Tuesday, October 11. Please send your Burgee input to by Sunday for inclusion in that Burgee. But send pictures as attachments, please!

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