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the ASI Burgee - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Calendar alert! Heads up!

Spring has sprung! We're almost there!


Here are some dates to put in your calendar:

  • Saturday, April 14 We'll begin Interlake prep at Crawford Farm. 
  • Saturday, April 21 Continue boat prep at Crawford Farm, inventory sails and equipment at Milford Storage, and begin installation of mooring lines at Kent Lake
  • Saturday, April 28 Transport of dock boxes to Kent Lake, continue boat prep at Crawford Farm
  • Saturday, May 5  INTERLAKE LAUNCH DAY ! 

We have a shortened spring prep schedule because of Easter on April 8, but work should be greatly eased due to the work done last fall in shrink-wrapping the boats.  


We'll need lots of hands on deck on these dates in April and for the Interlake launch, so be sure to enter these dates in your calendar. Spring's coming! Details to follow in the weekly Burgees. 

Keelboat Spring Maintenance and Commissioning - - Jack Townsend

To all keelboat sailors - we need your help. Last weekend we had a bit of a chill in the air but still had a few members come out to help with taking the shrink wrap off. We were able to take the shrink wrap off Interlude and VIII but will still need to do Overture and Manitou this coming Saturday.


We have a lot of work to do on all of the boats to get them ready for this season and several big projects and improvements in the works, so the Boat Captains can really use your help.


The current schedule is;

  • Saturday April 7th - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday April 14th - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday April 21st - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday April 24th - launch day, all four boats, plus Manitou will have it's mast stepped.

L2 and L3-4 students check your class schedules for your required maintenance days. See you on Saturday!

Keelboat opportunity! - - Jerry Brady

Interlude is looking for an assistant boat captain!  Join Kate McRae and me this season as we do our part to ensure that Interlude is shipshape and ready to be enjoyed by everyone in the club.  The responsibilities include:

  • Helping prepare the boat for the season: improvement projects, brightwork, rig tuning, etc.
  • Bi-weekly maintenance for an evening during the sailing season to address on-going issues reported by instruction or timeshares and routine checks.
  • Helping prepare the boat for storage: haul-out, shrink wrapping, improvement projects, etc.

It's a wonderful way to get your volunteer hours in and further your sailing education.  I'm learning new things about keelboats and their systems every time I work on the boats.  And of course, must add that your responsibilities include sailing the boat to make sure she is sailing true to form!


So, if you're interested or have any questions, please get in touch by phone at 810-599-1616 or email to

2012 Advanced Level 1 sailing class being offered - - Steve Poulos

Sign up is now open for the 2012 Advanced Level 1 sailing class!


As you may have heard, in 2012 there will be a pilot test of a new advanced Level-1 class. The purpose of the class is to build on basic ASI L1 instruction to take students to the next level of sailing skill and confidence. Content will include reinforcement of key concepts taught in basic L1, instruction on more advanced techniques and controls, and sharing of practical tips in a wide variety of sailing topics. This class does not cover racing rules or tactics. Potential students include capable rated L1 sailors, new L1 instructors, L1 racing students, future L2 students, and even L2 or above sailors who would like to refresh or strengthen their basic understanding of sailing concepts. You must be rated to take the class.


There will be 5 classes taught this year with 2 students per class. Classes are mostly on the water at Kent Lake and last 7-8 hours. The cost is $35 paid in advance to the Sail Secretary. Class dates are:


• Saturday, May 12th

• Sunday, June 17th

• Saturday, July 28th

• Sunday, August 19th

• Saturday, September 1st


Since this year will be a pilot program, we are looking for a variety of students, not just first come first serve. Therefore, if you are interested in taking the class, please send an email to Steve Poulos at with the following information:

• Full name and current rating

• Years since you were rated L1, as of 1/1/12

• What levels are you currently active in sailing (based on 2011 season)?

• Are you a newly rated L1 student from 2011 who will be joining the racing program in 2012?

• Were you a basic L1 instructor in 2011 and do you plan to continue instructing basic L1 in 2012?

• If you have at least 3 years of L1 rating and are a regular, confident Interlake sailor, would you be interested in being considered to become an Adv. L1 instructor in 2013?

• Please indicate all class dates that will work for you?


Based on the responses I get, I will fill out and publish an initial student roster in the Burgee before the end of April and will contact selected students so that they may confirm their position and pay the fee to the sail secretary, holding their spot. There are no refunds and you must pay the fee within one week of being informed that you are on the student list or your spot will be given to the next available student.


Several potential students have expressed interest in the class informally, so I would encourage you to respond soon via email before these few classes begin to fill up. Thanks, Steve Poulos

What are you going to learn this season? - - Michael Golden   

Would you like to refine your sailing skills? 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.


The racing season opens with a class on safety, right of way rules, and go-fast techniques. On the water practices give you a chance to brush up on boat handling with drills & starting exercises. You are assigned to a crew with an experienced person on board for the weekend, morning or afternoon sessions. Each crewmember gets to skipper if they wish. You learn how to put up the spinnaker at a dockside workshop. We gather under a tree or at a cafe after events to exchange ideas & make excuses!


New racers must attend the basic race seminar being held Thursday April 19, 7pm, at Busch’s Market, 37083 Six Mile Road, (East of Newburgh Road), Livonia, 48152. Classroom is upstairs. You will see what it is all about.


The racing program is open to returning sailors at a charge of $25 for the season + 2 volunteer hours on L1 maintenance. Previously rated first time racers fee is $15. There is no racing fee for newly rated Level 1 members from last season.


Schedule for the 2012 season:


Race practice

1530h               13-May-12      Su


Starting practice

1530h               20-May-12      Su


Jib and main      

1530h               3-Jun-12         Su


Jib and main

1530h              10-Jun-12        Su


Potluck, spinnaker demo (1330h), and practice

1200h              16-Jun-12        Sa


Spinnaker race   

1530h               24-Jun-12        Su


Spinnaker race

1530h              15-Jul-12          Su


Team spinnaker race

1530h               21-Jul-12          Sa


Team spinnaker race

1530h               29-Jul-12          Su


Kent Cup Regatta (rain date 0800h 05-Aug-12 Su)

0800h               4-Aug-12          Sa


Spinnaker race

1530h               12-Aug-12         Su


Spinnaker race    

1530h               19-Aug-12         Su


Spinnaker race

1530h                 25-Aug-12        Sa


Spinnaker race (last counting race)

1530h                 9-Sep-12         Su


Graduation Celebration off the dock

1130h                 16-Sep-12       Su


Fall off the dock race (rain date for Grads Celebration)

1530h?               23-Sep-12       Su


Fall off the dock race

1530h?               29-Sep-12       Sa


Fall off the dock race

1530h?               06-Oct-12       Sa

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.




Where's Crawford Farm?

Our work in getting the Interlakes ready for Kent Lake starts in a week and a half at  Crawford Farm. But where is Crawford Farm?


If you're driving west on I96, take the 155B exit toward Milford. A couple of miles north, turn right on Buno, a gravel road. Go one mile to South Hill, also gravel, and turn left. Crawford Farm will be about 300 yards north, on the left. Pull into the drive, and park behind the outbuildings. 


We'll be starting around nine and will work for 2 or 3 hours, depending on the weather. See you there!

A few more things...       

Stop worrying about old age. It's over before you know it!


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