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September 2014 Dinner and Dock Walk

FS Fleet 135 Invites CLSA Members to the Glow in the Dark Regatta!

posted Sep 18, 2014, 7:08 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Sep 18, 2014, 7:27 PM ]

Next weekend (September 26-28) is the annual Glow in the Dark regatta!

This year more than 20 boats from as far away as Maryland, Wisconsin and Tennessee will join us at Clinton Lake for the weekend. 

Of course everyone is welcome to come watch the sailing (and help us on the water, if you are interested), but 

I want to extend a specific invitation to CLSA Members to join us for our steak dinner Saturday night ($15 at the door). 

We would love for our fellow Flying Scot members to meet our awesome CLSA members and share a night of fun, food and music. Last year several CLSA members did join us, and it doubled the enjoyment, from my perspective.

The fun will start around 5, with some music starting about 6 pm. We generally eat around 5:30 or so…

If anyone would like to join us, please RSVP to Deb Aronson debaronson@nasw.org so we can get an accurate head count. 

Questions? Email or call Deb at 217-344-8508.

Glow in the Dark Regatta —September 26-28

posted Sep 18, 2014, 6:56 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 10:13 PM ]

Keeping with tradition, we will have a Friday night pot luck featuring Wisconsin beer/brats from our friends to the north. 

On Saturday, Flying Scot Fleet 135 will have a spectator boat and racing which will be followed by a steak dinner and live music.  

You can RSVP for the spectator boat and/or steak dinner on our registration form.   

Non-racers and prospective sailors/racers are welcome to come out and enjoy the fun atmosphere. 

Annual Laser Banshee Sunfish Regatta — September 20

posted Sep 11, 2014, 7:32 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Sep 11, 2014, 7:34 PM ]


On Sept. 20, the annual CLSA Laser Banshee Sunfish  regatta will begin with the skipper's meeting at noon.
Racing will begin about 1:00.
It is a one design race on Lasers Banshee and Sunfish. 
The Lasers and Banshees will race scratch (no Handicap between them); the slower Sunfish will be scored using Portsmouth Handicap.

Club members who do not have their own Laser, Banshee or Sunfish can use one of the CLSA Fleet boats. 
Club boat reservations can be made on the CLSA website (see link below):

Please let me know if you have any questions, 
Gerry Christman
309 662 5301 (home)
309 212 6136 (cell)

Intro to Sailboat Racing

posted Sep 2, 2014, 8:36 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Sep 2, 2014, 8:42 PM ]

WhenSat, September 13, 10am – 4pm
WhereClinton Lake Sailing Association, Clinton Lake.
DescriptionJoin Captain Eric Bussell and other experienced skippers for an introduction to the sport of sailing. Learn the basics of racing a 19-foot Flying Scot with an experienced captain-including safety, boat terminology, and racing rules before you hit the lake for hands-on experience. This class will culminate in a fun regatta where you will compete as teams and race for trophies. (No sailing experience required. Class Meets at Clinton Lake Sailing Association pavilion.)
For more information:
visit Flying Scot Fleet 135 or email Eric Bussell:  (217) 377-0661 (eric@ericbussell.com)

Dinner and Dock Walk — September 6

posted Sep 2, 2014, 6:44 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Sep 2, 2014, 6:51 PM ]

Please join CLSA on September 6, 2014 for our September Dock Walk. This is a chance to go to the docks and check out the cabin boat fleet, as well as socialize. Many times we spend time sailing on our own boats and don't get a chance to see the other fine boats that make up our club.

Schedule of Activities 
5pm - Dinner at the Salt Creek Restaurant (inside the Marina building)
6pm - Head to Dock 2 for the dock walk where appetizers and drinks will be shared. 

There is a possibility of sailing if conditions are right.

**We need you to confirm your attendance so the restaurant can prepare for us. 

RSVP here! (Please RSVP by Thursday, September 4)

We hope you will come join us!

Christopher Tesdal
2014 Rear Commodore

2014 August Windword

posted Aug 29, 2014, 9:24 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac

Hello All;
Here is your August Windword (just in time!!). 

Have a great holiday weekend!!


Windword Editor

Sailing Clinic & Laser, Banshee, and Sunfish Beer Can Race

posted Aug 3, 2014, 9:36 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 9:43 AM ]

Come join the fun of small boat racing and hone your skills!

This small boat racing clinic will have four components:

·        12:00 Noon   How to set up the club's small boat fleet (Laser, Banshee and Sunfish)

·        12:30 short chalk talk about starts

·        1:00 hold short races in the Wednesday night format

·        4:30   Debriefing session following the racing and de-rigging


If you have a small boat, please join us. 

If you don't have one and want to sail one of the club boats, please contact Gerry Christman by email.

Club boat assignment for this event will be made in order of reservation receipt.

 I think there will be a good turnout for this event.


Gerry Christman


Venetian Night & Moonlight Sail — August 9 — 6-9 p.m.

posted Aug 2, 2014, 6:26 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Sep 7, 2014, 12:53 PM by CLSA CLSA ]

Saturday August 9, 2014, Clinton Lake Sailing Association is hosting Venetian night, an evening when sailboats are decorated with lights and fanciful themes and docked at our sailboat dock prior to an evening's moonlight sail. Please join us for a potluck and cookout followed by a nearly full moon sailing experience.

Decorate your boat or plan to sail with other sailors!  

The potluck and cookout begins at 6:00 PM and sailing follows as your spirit moves you.

CLSA will provide steaks at $10 per steak. 

Please send an RSVP to our Social Chair, Debbie Yeagle, by filling out the form below

Please bring a dish to pass!

In addition to Venetian Night, we are also holding a small boat sailing clinic from noon - 4pm.  for sailing lasers, banshees or sunfish.  Therefore, you could plan to enjoy a full day on the lake learning about small boat sailing, cooking out, and finally moonlight sailing.

The lake is great by night. It's fun to watch satellites and stars. Moon rise is 7:02 PM and set at 4:42 AM.

14-08-09 Small Boat Clinic and Venetian Night

2014 July Windword

posted Jul 18, 2014, 8:42 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac

Greetings Fellow Sailors!

Please take a moment to enjoy your July issue of the Windword. The club has been very very active, with huge attendance at last week's moonlight sail and many, many racing activities since the last Windword.

I would have added more photos, but I've been too busy sailing myself!



Moonlight Sail — July 12

posted Jul 7, 2014, 8:25 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Aug 10, 2014, 6:35 PM by CLSA CLSA ]

Come join sailors of CLSA at the Salt Creek Restaurant & Bar located at Clinton Lake Marina at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and visiting.  

Around 7:00 pm, we will head out for a sail under a full moon on beautiful Clinton Lake.  Those with boats will be matched with people who want to to hitch a ride.  

Can't come for dinner?  Show up at the marina restaurant a few minutes before 7:00!

Night sailing is special:  A calm comes to the lake, an gentle evening breeze picks up, the stars come out, and sailboats ghost along.  You can hear the clanking of the rigging, see the sparkle on the water, and feel a peace not present during the day.  

Everyone is welcome!  We hope to see YOU there!

14-06-12 Moonlight Sail

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