I must inform you with great regret
that the Valley Forge Forage has been cancelled for 2014.
Due to the substantial snowfall today and anticipated snowfall tomorrow
as well as temperatures in the teens, conditions are less than ideal for
this outing. I apologize for any inconvenience, but hope
that you can make other
plans to enjoy the President's day weekend!
2014 CLSA Rear Commodore
Bill Vokac made a trip to Clinton Lake today and was rewarded by seeing CLSA club members, including Jim Westervelt, enjoying the hard water. Here are some pictures:
Here are two videos of the boats sailing:
One of the highlights of the winter season in the Midwest for sailors is Strictly Sail, which is held at Chicago's Navy Pier.
This year Strictly Sail will occur from January 23-26, 2014. Strictly sail
is an opportunity to check out the new boat designs builders have
developed, see the new gear that is available, attend conferences on sailing,
and enjoy Chicago. Tickets are $12/day on Thursday and Friday, $15/day
on Saturday and Sunday. Alternatively you can get an event pass for $75
which includes other perks such as access to a lounge, WIFI, and cash
The November Windword contains racing results for the season, some advice on PDFs, notes from the editor and the membership chair, a list of new officers and committee chairs, photos from the Fall Banquet, and more!
Click the link below to see the November Windword.
Watch your email for some upcoming Winter CLSA events...
Have a good holiday season!
The Fall Banquet is coming up on November 9, 2013!
Please join us for our annual Fall Banquet on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Our social hour begins at 5:00 PM, with dinner to follow at 6:00 PM.
This year's banquet will be held in Bloomington, IL at the Ozark House, 704 McGregor St, Bloomington, IL 61701.
The restaurant is on the South side of Bloomington.
The menu will feature a 10 oz. ribeye, half slab of ribs, broiled chicken, onion crusted salmon, or Icelandic cod, and a choice of apple cobbler or brownie for dessert, all for $25.00 per person. A full cash bar is also available for those who wish to enjoy it.
Reservations are now being accepted by emailing:
In order for the restaurant to fully accommodate our group, reservations are strongly suggested.
On this night we will --
- remember the 2013 racing season with awards
- install our new CLSA Board members
- announce the winner of our Photo Contest and award the prize
- conduct the Passing of the Flags Ceremony to honor both our outgoing and our incoming Board members
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with our sailing family. We look forward to seeing you there!
2013 CLSA Commodore
We found in our car a yellow life vest and a baseball hat that are not ours. They appeared after the Glow regatta. The hat says "Dirty Harry" on it. If you know who the owner might be, please contact me!
Harbormaster Dick Hanson has put together a list of things we need to do this coming Saturday. Hope to see you there!
Fall Cleanup Day 10.19.13 Start time 10:00 a.m.
1. Lawn and beach – One last time use the weed whacker on the beach to cut off all the weed growth - leave the grass. Mow one last time whole area (under the Scots, also) if it needs it.
2. Pile picnic tables toward the East side under the roof. Store tables at a tilt so melt water will drain off seats and table tops. Take down all pennants and give to Gerry C.
3. Put the 2 Banshees bottom side up on their trailer, remove any water from the hull and store under the pavilion roof. Place the 2 dollies in the shed.
4. Put the 2 Sunfish on their trailer - bottom side up and remove any hull water. Put their trailers under the pavilion roof. I will be making 2 new dollies for next season – disassemble the 2 Sunfish ramps – what to do with the parts?
5. Ray Green – take down the mast, put a good canvas over the top and store under the pavilion roof with drain plug removed. Block up all trailer axles so the weight is not on the tires – there are wood blocks in the shed. Make sure the boats are not under the roof drainage.
6. Toland Dock – Put the bolts back in the top of the posts – they are in the shed. This will protect the dock from rising to the top or over the top during the Winter or early Spring floods when we are not visiting the marina. Wrenches needed.
7. Committee boat – Coil up all lines and hang inside console, remove life jackets, flag box and clean up console cabinet. I will take the battery to my house again for the Winter. Take down the mast. Coordinate with Greg to use his trailer to pull the boat from the lake and to get the motor winterized. Later I will tow the boat to Tom and Debbie Yeagle’s place in Farmer City to park it alongside their cabin boat.
8. Shed - remove latex paint, remove fluids that should not freeze from shed, put mouse bait boxes in shed (I will bring), put sails in sail locker, add Stabil (I will bring) to any gas in tanks.
9. Pavilion – Remove any food, race material, charcoal briquets, put out mice bait boxes, put Weber grills inside.
10. Firewood pile – Re-stack the wood and put a secure tarp over it for the Winter.
The more helpers we have the less time this will take!
Lunch is planned at Monicals in Clinton after the work is finished!
Mid Illini Sail and Power
What: Caribbean Charter Cruise Information Session
When: October 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Where: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1822 E. Lincoln
St. Bloomington, IL
Have you ever dreamed of Cruising in the
Caribbean, aboard your own boat, charting your own course, exploring secluded
beaches, snorkeling on a coral reef? Perhaps you want to cruise with other boaters on a charter or with
other boats as a group. Does your horizon extend beyond Clinton Lake? Then consider this an invitation that will
bring you closer to realizing your dream.
As the approaching fall brings an inevitable
winter layup, members of Mid-Illini are ready to launch a sequence of classes that
will prepare a group of boaters for a charter flotilla trip to the British
Virgin Islands in the spring of 2015.
Our classes will include Seamanship, Piloting, Anchoring, Sailing Skills,
Boat Handling, Cruise Planning, and Weather Fundamentals. Many of our members
have chartered boats in the Caribbean before and volunteer as instructors. They
will share their experience, along with the course material developed by the
United States Power Squadron. We are not
soliciting for customers but only want to offer our services as a boating education organization.
On Monday night, October 14th, at
6:30 pm, we will hold an informational meeting before we begin our 8 week
Seamanship course. The course will run 8
– two hour sessions followed by a night of review and a final exam. If interested, please consider this
invitation to listen to our plans and even sit through the first night of class
while you decide if this is something for you.
Hope to see you at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
on October 14.
For information and questions, feel free to contact:
Gary Magnuson by
or by phone (309) 726-1517 or
Gerry Christman by
or by phone (309) 212-6136
Please mark your calendars for the Fall Banquet, which has changed to Saturday, November 9, 2013, and will be held at the Ozark House at 704 McGregor St, Bloomington, IL 61701 Watch for more details!
This month's Windword has a review of our latest Dock Walk, Deb Aronson's summary of the Glow Regatta (with photos), a link to the last race in this years's exciting America's Cup, information about an opportunity to cruise the Caribbean, a link to a story about a kiteboarder rescuing a sailboat that had run aground, the latest club race results, and more.
Click the PDF file below to read the Windword!