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  • Mowing Help Needed Attention CLSA members! We NEED your help mowing. All of our yard work and mowing is done by our tireless volunteers, but some of our volunteers are growing tired of mowing again and again. Please, consider signing up for a turn at mowing. If we had to pay someone to do our mowing, it would significantly raise our membership fees and we don't want to do that. Your help is greatly appreciated. Sign up below!http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d44a5ac29a6fe3-lawn
    Posted Jun 21, 2017, 11:42 AM by CLSA Sailing
  • CLSA's Ship Store is open! Need some CLSA swag? Of course you do!We now have a ship's store where you can have our CLSA logo printed on almost any item of clothing! Coral Reef has created a lovely range of items for you to choose from. Whether you like sweatshirts, golf shirts, or hats, Coral Reef has them all!Wear your CLSA affiliation with pride, click on the link below and stock up on some new gear!!!http://bit.ly/2r4LihP
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:22 AM by CLSA Sailing
  • Dock Walk & Moonlight Sail We hope for a great turnout at Friday's Dock Walk. A great evening on the docks will be followed by a Moonlight Sail under a full moon. 
    Posted Jun 6, 2017, 8:46 AM by CLSA Sailing
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CLSA 2017

Mowing Help Needed

posted Jun 21, 2017, 11:37 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

Attention CLSA members! We NEED your help mowing. All of our yard work and mowing is done by our tireless volunteers, but some of our volunteers are growing tired of mowing again and again. Please, consider signing up for a turn at mowing. If we had to pay someone to do our mowing, it would significantly raise our membership fees and we don't want to do that. Your help is greatly appreciated. Sign up below!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d44a5ac29a6fe3-lawn


CLSA's Ship Store is open!

posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:22 AM by CLSA Sailing

Need some CLSA swag? Of course you do!

We now have a ship's store where you can have our CLSA logo printed on almost any item of clothing! 
Coral Reef has created a lovely range of items for you to choose from. Whether you like sweatshirts, golf shirts, or hats, Coral Reef has them all!

Wear your CLSA affiliation with pride, click on the link below and stock up on some new gear!!!

http://bit.ly/2r4LihP


Dock Walk & Moonlight Sail

posted Jun 6, 2017, 8:45 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

We hope for a great turnout at Friday's Dock Walk. A great evening on the docks will be followed by a Moonlight Sail under a full moon. 

Summer Work Day (Evening)

posted Jun 1, 2017, 5:40 PM by CLSA Sailing

All hands on deck for our summer work day! Join us at CLSA Friday, June 2nd from 6 to 8pm. There are lots of tasks to be completed at CLSA and your help is greatly appreciated! We'll have snacks, too! Don't worry, you'll be done in plenty of time to catch the sunset from the best vantage point at the lake, the CLSA bench. 

Captain Morgan Regatta

posted May 23, 2017, 1:44 PM 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.

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