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  • Captain Morgan Regatta Join CLSA for a weekend of racing at fun at the annual Captain Morgan Regatta! Festivities begin Friday, May 26th and continue through Sunday. Kickoff party at Lunker's in Normal (famous for their fried fish) on Friday from 6 to 8pm. Distance race series on Saturday and Sunday. Skippers' meeting at noon and racing at 1pm on both days. Brunch for participants on Sunday at 10:45am. Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/aKhJzsIc9mjrrCcn2
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  • 2017 CLSA Open House On May 20th, 2017 we welcome you to our annual CLSA Open House. Please join us for sailboat rides, food, a powerboat driving simulator, the 'Ready, Set, Wear It' World Record event at 1:30pm, a mini tugboat, and more. Special thanks to the Mid Illini and Land of Lincoln Power Squadrons for their participation.  At CLSA, safety of our guests and all sailors is paramount. For that reason, if you wish to go on a sailboat ride we have a few, simple, guidelines/rules to protect our passengers, skippers, and boats. Thank you for your cooperation. 1. Each child must be accompanied by an adult2. Children must be at least 5 years old3. Passengers should remain seated ...
    Posted May 6, 2017, 7:00 PM by CLSA Sailing
  • Lake Clean Up with the IL Conservation Police The Illinois Conservation Police will be holding a lake wide cleanup for Clinton Lake Saturday, May 6th from 9am to 2pm.Meet at the Clinton Lake State Recreation Area boat ramp (Mascoutin).Please bring a pair of gloves. Your shoes/pants may get wet as litter is retrieved from the water and shoreline. We recommend that you bring an extra pair of each.To sign up, please use our CLSA form here:http://bit.ly/2opTLct
    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 11:43 AM by CLSA Sailing
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CLSA 2017

Captain Morgan Regatta

posted by CLSA Sailing

Join CLSA for a weekend of racing at fun at the annual Captain Morgan Regatta! Festivities begin Friday, May 26th and continue through Sunday. 
Kickoff party at Lunker's in Normal (famous for their fried fish) on Friday from 6 to 8pm. 
Distance race series on Saturday and Sunday. Skippers' meeting at noon and racing at 1pm on both days. 
Brunch for participants on Sunday at 10:45am. 


2017 CLSA Open House

posted May 6, 2017, 7:00 PM by CLSA Sailing

On May 20th, 2017 we welcome you to our annual CLSA Open House. Please join us for sailboat rides, food, a powerboat driving simulator, the 'Ready, Set, Wear It' World Record event at 1:30pm, a mini tugboat, and more. Special thanks to the Mid Illini and Land of Lincoln Power Squadrons for their participation.  

At CLSA, safety of our guests and all sailors is paramount. For that reason, if you wish to go on a sailboat ride we have a few, simple, guidelines/rules to protect our passengers, skippers, and boats. Thank you for your cooperation. 

1. Each child must be accompanied by an adult
2. Children must be at least 5 years old
3. Passengers should remain seated unless told and always follow your skippers' directions
4. All passengers must wear a life jacket for the duration of the trip
5. Be respectful of the boat, other passengers, and the skipper
6. No gum, food, or drinks (other than water) should be brought aboard
6. Enjoy the ride! 

Lake Clean Up with the IL Conservation Police

posted Apr 14, 2017, 6:10 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 11:43 AM ]


The Illinois Conservation Police will be holding a lake wide cleanup for Clinton Lake Saturday, May 6th from 9am to 2pm.

Meet at the Clinton Lake State Recreation Area boat ramp (Mascoutin).
Please bring a pair of gloves. 

Your shoes/pants may get wet as litter is retrieved from the water and shoreline. We recommend that you bring an extra pair of each.

To sign up, please use our CLSA form here:
http://bit.ly/2opTLct

Spring Workday

posted Apr 3, 2017, 9:20 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 9:21 AM ]

CLSA Spring Work Day, this Saturday, April 8th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Time to get the CLSA grounds ready for the season! Join us at the CLSA pavilion to help us with a list of tasks from our Harbormaster, Perry Biddle. 
Lunch will be turkey and brisket from Hickory River and soup from Debbie Y. Bring a drink and anything you'd like to share.

Also, if you have pair of work gloves and a rake or shovel, you can throw those in, too!

Thank you in advance for your help!


Spring Banquet

posted Mar 20, 2017, 4:59 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 1:01 PM ]

Please join us for the annual CLSA Spring Banquet on Saturday, April 1st at the Clinton Lake Marina (not the CLSA Pavilion). 

5 pm: Happy hour and the silent auction will begin
6 pm: Dinner
Our banquet will include a presentation from Andy Carmada of Quantum Sails in Chicago. His 30 minute talk will be on sail care, different sail materials and how to use them. 

Dinner will be catered by Hickory River and will be $25/person. Please bring a check or cash. We will provide lemonade and iced tea, but you may also bring your own "special" beverages if you prefer. There is no operating bar in the marina.

Since, CLSA has hired a caterer for this event, it is crucial that members planning to attend the banquet use the RSVP system
by Friday, March 31st (the form will automatically shut down at 11:55 CST 3/31/2017).

Please, RSVP here: RSVP Form 

We are currently accepting donations for the silent auction. We will happily accept any new or gently used nautical items (really, anything to do with sailing) for the auction. As mentioned in last month's Windword, adult beverages also sell well! We have several enticing items for raffle. One of these items will be a margarita machine, donated by Eric & Nancy Bussell, which retails for over $200! The other raffle item is a sailboat landscape personally painted by Stephanie Tesdal (pictured below; size is 16x24in). In addition to the raffle items there are always a few great door prizes too!



All proceeds from the auction will go towards our CLSA operating expenses. We thank you in advance for your support!

This is also a great time to renew your CLSA membership in advance. Paper forms will be on hand at the event. As a reminder, individual membership is $70 and family memberships are $95.  

We look forward to seeing you at the lake! 

The Clinton Lake Board of Directors

Plimsoll Day and the Rites of Spring

posted Mar 6, 2017, 6:20 PM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 1:08 PM ]

Join us on Sunday, March 19th at 1pm at the CLSA Pavilion! Bring a beverage and a snack and we'll provide a roaring fire and lots of fun!

RSVP here

Plimsoll Day and Rites of Spring honors two events of sailing historical significance: (1) Samuel Plimsoll (Feb. 10, 1824— June 3, 1898) advocated for a bill in the English parliament, named the Unseaworthy Ships Bill, passed in 1876, that required a mark be present on a ship’s hull to indicate the waterline at which maximum cargo capacity was reached for the vessel. His efforts were credited for saving the lives of many sailors.(2) Because the official Plimsoll Day is somewhat close to the end of winter, CLSA's Plimsoll Day and Rites of Spring event also pays tribute to Bob Turner, an Annapolis boat builder, who in the spring of 1978 was especially tired of winter and his winter socks. According to baltimoremagazine.net, one day near the start of spring, "after work, Turner invited his fellow employees at Proctor Masts USA outside, cracked some Budweisers, and lit his socks on fire." This end-of winter sock-burning practice grew on the East Coast, and CLSA has brought this tradition to Clinton Lake.  For more information on the tradition of sock burning, click here.

CLSA and Mid-Illini USPS 2017 BVI Flotilla

posted Jan 22, 2017, 7:22 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 7:40 AM ]


39°F in Central Illinois today, but it's a balmy 77°F in Tortola, British Virgin Islands! And the Mid-Illini Sail and Power Squadron 2017 BVI Flotilla Caribbean Charter Cruise is just one short week away! CLSA and Mid-Illini have coordinated teaching events in the classroom, as well as on the water training at the lake in preparation for the 35 person, 8 boat flotilla; from the Provisioning and What to Pack Seminars, electronic navigation equipment tutorial, to practice anchoring and catching mooring balls, and learning how to operate an inflatable dinghy, (not to mention practice drinking Pain Killers at several Attitude Adjustments…) the flotilla is ready to set sail! Fair winds to the BVI sailors!

Farmer City Christmas Parade

posted Nov 10, 2016, 9:33 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 8:36 AM ]

Get in the holiday spirit by joining us in the Farmer City Christmas parade! The fun starts November 20 at 2 p.m.

Let us know you plan to attend by filling out this form!

Farmer City Christmas Parade RSVP

Angie Hunt
2017 CLSA Commodore

November 2016 Windword

posted Nov 3, 2016, 9:42 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 10:09 AM by CLSA Sailing ]

I believe this issue speaks for itself! 
But even so, the executive summary is: we’re having  great time as the season begins to wind down, and don’t miss the November 12 banquet!

Deb Aronson
Windword Editor

Proposed Amendment to CLSA Bylaws

posted Nov 2, 2016, 8:23 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 7:03 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac ]

The Board of Directors has determined that we qualify as a 501(c)3 non-profit and that we can fill out the EZ form (1023EZ). The advantages of becoming a 501(c)3 are that we can accept donations and those donating can claim a tax deduction, which might increase their interest in doing so.  Particularly in light of our efforts to improve the club’s facilities, there does not appear to be a downside.

The next step — before we can file the paperwork — is to include in our by-laws a statement that, if we ever dissolve as a club, our assets will go to another 501(c)3. That statement is not currently in the by-laws, and the only way we can make that change is to have the membership vote on it. We will have that vote at the Nov. 12 banquet/annual meeting at the LeRoy Country Club

Amendment Eight shall provide that, in the event that the club dissolves, its assets shall be given to another 501(c)3.

The official wording will read:

Upon the dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to post on the google forum, so everyone can know of the questions and answers. Alternatively, you can contact me, Angie Hunt, vice commodore, or any of the other board members listed on our website. 

Signed~

Rick Langlois #37

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