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the ASI Burgee - Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lake Superior Facts - - Bob Moon

ASI has sailed all the Great lakes, but Lake Superior hardly at all. However it may be the most interesting of all. Here are some things about Lake Superior that may surprise you:

  • Lake Superior contains ten percent of all the fresh water on the planet Earth.
  • It covers 82,000 square kilometers or 31,700 square miles.
  • The average depth is 147 meters or 483 feet.
  • There have been about 350 shipwrecks recorded in Lake Superior .
  • Lake Superior is, by surface area, the largest lake in the world.
  • A Jesuit priest in 1668 named it Lac Tracy, but that name was never officially adopted.
  • It contains as much water as all the other Great Lakes combined, plus three extra Lake Erie's!!
  • There is a small outflow from the lake at St. Mary's River (Sault Ste Marie) into Lake Huron , but it takes almost two centuries for the water to be completely replaced.
  • There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America with water one foot deep.
  • Lake Superior was formed during the last glacial retreat, making it one of the earth's youngest major features at only about 10,000 years old.
  • The deepest point in the lake is 405 meters or 1,333 feet.
  • There are 78 different species of fish that call the big lake home.
  • The maximum wave ever recorded on Lake Superior was 9.45 meters or 31 feet high.
  • If you stretched the shoreline of Lake Superior out to a straight line, it would be long enough to reach from Duluth to the Bahamas .
  • Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior with the largest source being the Nipigon River .
  • The average underwater visibility of Lake Superior is about 8 meters or 27 feet, making it the cleanest and clearest of the Great Lakes . Underwater visibility in some spots reaches 30 meters.
  • In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.
  • Some of the world's oldest rocks, formed about 2.7 billion years ago, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior .
  • It very rarely freezes over completely, and then usually just for a few hours. Complete freezing occurred in 1962, 1979, 2003 and 2009.

This just in...

Reservations have been made for our Awards Dinner and General Membership meeting! We'll meet at Bakers of Milford, in the Garden Room - yes, it's indoors -  on January 21, 2012.  The cost of inner will be $22, the same as we paid at Fox Hills in October.  Happy Hour at 6 with a cash bar, Dinner at 7 pm and General Membership Meeting and Awards Presentations at 8.  


We have the hall until midnight.  Dinner options and other details to follow. Mark your calendars - and watch this space for more details!

VOYAGER III Year End Update - - Dave Clark

VIII is getting a lot of attention while waiting out the cold winter months snuggled in her shrink wrap. Here is a list of ongoing projects.


1. The hand rails above the cabin and the side boards at the entrance are being re finished by Phil Phillips. Tom Herritage told me "Wait until you see how nice of a job Phil did". I can't wait!


2. The holding tank has been removed and bleached. The inspection window will be replaced with a new one. We believe the sealant used, had deteriorated, causing an odor to escape. There will be all new hoses also. Jack Townsend is helping us get a level indicator installed with a remote viewing panel so we will always know how full the tank is without having to pull everything apart.


3. We have new waste and water fittings for above deck.


4. I am changing the board in the lazarret that stops things from going into the engine compartment, into a holder of the door panels. When you take out each door panel, you will put it into its proper slot in the lazarret. No more carrying them below and finding a place to keep them.


5. There will be a new paper towel holder.


6. Fix the throttle so it stays put without a bungee cord.


7. We hope to get the GPS/Chart Plotter working properly again and this time, use electrical shrink wrap over the connections. The GPS/Chart Plotter would no longer be disconnected each day and brought below. I will talk to Richard Jagers who helped us get everything working properly last year.


8. I will try again to eliminate the ignition key.


9. I am trying to find another Fortress FX 16 anchor. A new one costs $239.00 so I'm looking for a used one. We will keep one on the bow, and one in the lazarret for use as a second anchor. These are light weight aluminum anchors that really work great. John Johnston has suggested that we have a system to switch anchors in the anchor locker by disconnecting one anchor and re attaching the other on the same rode. This would enable Captains to choose the anchor they wanted to deploy without having to pile all the line on deck and switching anchors.


10. If possible, a new shelf will be built behind the back wall of the quarter berth, for storage of the cruising guides and manuals and whatever else we can fit in.

That is all for this update. If you would like to be on my "Call List" when we are working on VIII, just send me an email and I will add your name. This is a good way to familiarize yourself with the boats and the Captains really appreciate your help.


Thanks, and I wish all a Happy Holiday and New Year.


Dave Clark

The four nominees for the Second Annual FOG DOG AWARD - - Claire Zepeda

fog·dog (fôgˈdôgˌ, -dŏgˌ, fŏgˈ-) noun - a bright spot sometimes seen at the horizon as a fog starts to dissipate; A bright or clear spot that appears in breaking fog. Origin: From the fact that it accompanies fog as a dog accompanies its owner.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company


Nominees for the 2011 FOG DOG AWARD are listed (alphabetically) below. Voting will take place via email: and of course is completely confidential. The winner will be announced at our January awards dinner.


Which of these most worthy candiates best exemplifies our Fog Dog - a beacon, a shining light, making a unique and nautical contribution to ASI?


Heidi Dzendzel


I seriously recommend Heidi Dzendzel for this special award. She has taken the lead w/ Stony Creek for years now, and has made that program a great success. She should be recognized for her dedication to ASI.


Joe Jaeger


I would like to nominate Joe Jaeger. His spirit of contribution and his willingness to teach what he knows has touched me on numerous occasions. What strikes me most is his offering to share his knowledge, without being approached for it. Joe has contributed much of his time to help in essentially every aspect of the club: teaching those around him; maintaining the boats; and duties of governance. He is inspiring.


Trudy Morse


I nominate Trudy Morse. Level 1 written tester. Level 2 teaching, chart checking, and behind the scenes helping with educational materials. Level 4 boat manuals, chart checking, lottery, and behind the scenes helping with educational materials. BVI specialist!


John Tiley


I became aware of John's enthusiastic leadership effectiveness this past season with his honing in on our newest members. When I started joining in on the Tuesday group/practice sails around mid-season, my understanding was that he had become an integral, regular attendee, but that's just the scenario for what led to the following:


In getting to know students who were participating in the group sails, he started getting more interested as to how many students we had, how to help them get rated, how many we retained a 2nd year, what roadblocks were preventing rating and wanting them to feel more included in the Club. This triggered his initiative to get a list of students which he emailed to make contact/offer direction. When he found some were "feeling adrift," the emails really started flying as he became a leader in getting other rated members involved to plan for next season's greater outreach.


Meanwhile, as the group sailing days were winding down, came his suggestion, "let's have an end-of-season party!" What started out as something basic & simple with just the Tuesday practice group, evolved to include all the practice groups.... shortly becoming something ASI had never seen before as the whole Club was invited to a Fall celebration of our newest members. This past October, John, in his pirate wig & attire, having pulled together a goodie bag for each student in attendance, having also teamed up with the racers for an all-out regatta, absolved the students from having to "walk the plank" if only they vowed to give back to next year's students with mentoring or giving practice sails. (In the midst of the festivities, he was planting the seed for greater involvement.) Yes, others helped make that day the enjoyment it was, but it was John's idea & enthusiastic creativity which was pervasive throughout that successful event.


Finally, due to a growing realization that mentoring for the L1 rating may well be valuable on an official basis, and with knowing how he had spontaneously become the unofficial mentor lead, John, thankfully, agreed to officially take on the new position next season - that of L1 Mentor Coordinator....or, as he prefers, coach.


I believe John deserves this year's Fog Dog award as he tackled & addressed a problem often discussed in the Club - that of retaining members, especially our newest ones, to not only get rated, but to feel more a part of the Club. His actions this past season, along with the anticipation now that he's taken on the new position have & will put a spotlight on a core issue in the Club.


Jack Townsend


Jack Townsend’s contributions need no description. His dedication to maintenance, teaching, and his patience with us as students are without equal. He is a friend, and a fellow sailor, and an extraordinary teacher (in all aspects of sailing). He improves our organization in so many ways. He appears, to me, to be the most consummate sailor, and is so willing to share with us who are trying to learn.


Jack Townsend has spent uncountable hours repairing boats, running to the store for parts and teaching others at the same time that they may do the same as they progress. He is unrelentingly patient with all. When he is not repairing he can be seen teaching, sailing, encouraging and calm at the same time.


I would like to nominate Jack Townsend for the Fog Dog Award. There are many people in ASI that deserve an award because of their dedication to teaching sailing, maintaining our boats, and keeping ASI running as smooth as it does, so that makes it hard to choose just one person. I really feel that without Jack working on the keel boats, we wouldn't have a boat in Lake Saint Clair at all. Captains know, Jack is never too busy to answer questions, help you get a job done, or teach you why it is important to do something a certain way. Jack took it upon himself to drain and clean the fuel tanks on Interlude, Overture, and VIII, after Interlude was found to have sludge in the tank, causing her to stall. He plans on doing the same on Manitou this spring. I will tell you this was a very hard and time consuming job. He finished Interlude quickly to keep her in service which allowed timeshares to continue. Two of the keel boats had to have their muffler system fixed, which took them out of service also. Jack immediately took on the job and took the system apart, finding the problem and with the help of Gary Hintz got the boats running again. These were major jobs, critical to the safety of ASI members and club finances.


He instills confidence by teaching in the most pleasant manner. Jack is there by himself many times until late in the night finishing a job, to make sure it is ready for class the next day, even sleeping on the boat because he was working so late.

New L1 skippers: get into racing next season - - Michael Golden

Racing is a fun way for new or experienced skippers to refine their sailing skills. One learns sailing by doing it; having another boat sailing nearby at your performance level is a great teacher. You don’t have to get competitive about racing to gain confidence in your ability on the helm.


New racers must attend the basic seminar in April and a practice, to skipper in the early races, when you are ready. There is no racing fee for newly rated Level 1 members from this last season. To sign up, reply with your name, rating, and years of sailing/racing experience to Michael Golden 248-549-3030.

Attention all Level 1 Sailors that want to sail ASI's keelboats - - Bill Lane

The ASI Sail Secretary is pre-registering students for the 2012 Level 2 Keel Boat Class. The cost is $50 which will be a part of your final class fee. To register, send me your sailing/boating resume - call or email me and I'll send you the form. See the qualifications for the class in article below.


Any questions or concerns call 248-891-6125 or email me.


Bill Lane 

Level 2 Head Instructor


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

Prerequisites 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



Attention Level 2 Sailors  - - Bill Lane

The ASI Sail Secretary is pre-registering students for the 2012 Level 3/4 Class (cost $50). If interested send me your updated resume - call or email me and I'll send you the form.


Keep in mind that to pre-register you must have completed 8 sails on the Level 2 boats as a Level 2 sailor. For four of the sails or greater you must have been captain of the boat. I recommend pre-registering as this class filled up last season.


See article below for description of the course. 


Bill Lane 

Level 3/4 Head Instructor


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

Prerequisites 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



A few more things...       

If you are going to try cross-country skiing this winter, start with a small country.


Are you going to the 'Strictly Sail' boat show in Chicago this January? Unni Unnikrishan writes:


As a former ASI member now living in the Chicago area, I would like to offer zero-cost accommodation to current members during their annual pilgrimage to Strictly Sail this January. Please contact me if interested; I live only a block away from the Metro stop.


My Address: 516 Hamilton Street, Evanston, IL 60202

My Phone: 734-389-9567; E-mail:


Now that the sailing season is over and most of the winterizing of the centerboard and keelboats has been completed, input for the Burgee has tapered off. So for the next few months, you'll only be receiving the Burgee when there is sufficient content. 


But the holidays are upon us! The Burgee staff wishes you and yours all the very best for the coming holidays and for the new year!


Please send your Burgee input to for inclusion in the next  Burgee, whenever that might be. But send pictures as attachments, please!

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