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CLSA Spring Workday

posted Apr 14, 2014, 7:34 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 8:50 PM ]

Clinton Lake Sailing Club will meet at the CLSA Pavilion April 26 from 9 am to 12:30 pm to ready our sailing area for the summer activities.  

Dick Hansen, our harbormaster, will suggest tasks for everyone.  

Around 11:30a, Deb Yeagle will have homemade soup and a cheese plate for workers to eat.  Bring a salad or dessert to share.  

We will work, talk a bit, eat and have fun!  Come join us!!

2014 March Windword

posted Apr 4, 2014, 6:44 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac

Greetings fellow sailors! 

The snow is gone, the skies are brighter - at least in the mornings - and it's time for your first 2014 Windword! Highlights include the upcoming April 12 banquet. Come join us, share our excitement and anticipation for the coming sailing season and catch up with people you haven't seen or spoken with through the long, dark winter!!

Deb Aronson

PS:  If you have any troubles or questions regarding the newsletter, please feel free to contact me at debaronson@nasw.org

2014 Spring Banquet and Silent Auction Coming Soon!

posted Mar 31, 2014, 6:30 PM by Christopher Tesdal   [ updated Apr 12, 2014, 11:55 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac ]

Hello CLSA Friends & Family,

It's only two weeks until our Spring Banquet & the start of our 2014 sailing season. This year the Spring Banquet will again be held at Jack's Cafe on April 12, 2014 in LeRoy, IL. The schedule of events is as follows:
-"Hospitality" from 5:30PM - 6:15PM
-Dinner at 6:15PM
            Menu will be Soup or Salad, your choice of one entree, with potato included.
         Fried Chicken
         10oz. Ribeye Steak
         Vegetable Stir Fry w/Rice
         Assorted Desserts
-Program will include a short presentation by Gerry Christman about the Power Squadron, its purpose, 100th anniversary & how to join. He will keep his presentation short as we will have raffle & auction results to announce.
-Closing Remarks by our Commodore Tom Yeagle
As your Social Committee person, I am really looking forward to a great season at Clinton Lake & especially looking forward to seeing many of you at the Spring  Banquet. And back by popular demand will be our Silent Auction this year. Yes, It's back!
For anyone not familiar with this custom, we bring & donate used or new sailing items or nautical themed things to be auctioned off & the proceeds go to CLSA. It's always fun to see what people bring in & I'm usually pretty impressed with everyone's generosity. This year, I have collected some nice things that will appeal to the ladies in the group, as I want to make sure there is something for everyone. Please, please bring things of quality, as we want to make  money for the club & it's a lot more fun to bid on things people want & need. Bring your checkbooks, piggy banks, cold hard cash & a great big heart to help this year's auction be a success. I'm counting on you.  :)
We will also have a raffle for a beautiful 31"x25" framed sailing print, that Tom & I are donating to help raise money. Raffle tickets will be $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. Don't miss this opportunity to possibly take home a real treasure.

Even though no one likes to talk about money, the bottom line is that we need money to run this club. Things like insurance costs, pavilion & harbor upkeep, racing & social events cost money. The money raised by the auctions & raffles goes directly towards those things, & I promise you, this Board of Directors is no different than the ones before it, in that we carefully weigh each financial cost & try very hard to make wise money decisions. By attending the Spring Banquet, a portion of your meal donations goes directly into the bank  to help insure that we have the programs, racing & social events our group both enjoys & expects. Please come have a great meal and good fellowship with us. Just fill out the form below to tell us how many of you will be attending the 2014 Spring Banquet.

I'm looking forward to a wonderful evening with you. Can't wait to get this party started! Thanks for ALL your help. I know we're going to have a great year!
*** Sincerely, Debbie Yeagle

Samuel Plimsoll Day at Clinton Lake.

posted Mar 11, 2014, 7:15 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated by CLSA CLSA ]

Please join us for the annual Samuel Plimsoll day at Clinton Lake. Plan to meet at 2:00 pm on Saturday 3/15/14 at the fire ring by Doc 4.

We will have a fire going, appropriate for your sock burning, WE are also planning a Scavenger Hunt for valuable treasure.

Hotdogs and chips will be available to be roasted on the fire (Socks will provide a unique flavor) and a warm beverage will also be available. Please bring your own favorite beverages also.

There are some picnic tables in the area, but you may want to consider bringing a chair also. The weather is predicted to be great 47°F and partly cloudy NO Rain NO Snow. Hope to see everyone there as we get ready for another sailing season on Clinton Lake. Bryan and Angie Hunt
RSVP Here!

14-3 Plimsoll Day

Valley Forge Forage 2014 Cancelled

posted Feb 14, 2014, 10:35 PM by CLSA CLSA

Fellow Sailors,

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!

Christopher Tesdal

2014 CLSA Rear Commodore

Ice Sailing on Clinton Lake

posted Jan 26, 2014, 3:28 PM by CLSA CLSA   [ updated Feb 16, 2014, 11:09 PM ]

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:

14-01-26 Ice Sailing

Here are two videos of the boats sailing:  

Strictly Sail

posted Jan 19, 2014, 8:13 PM by CLSA CLSA   [ updated Jan 28, 2014, 6:06 PM by Christopher Tesdal ]

Dear Sailors,

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 bar.

Christopher Tesdal
2014 Rear Commodore

Your November 2013 Windword

posted Nov 24, 2013, 8:43 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Nov 24, 2013, 8:48 PM ]

Ahoy All!

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!

Bob Miller
Windword Editor

Fall Banquet -- 2013

posted Oct 26, 2013, 6:05 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 6:14 PM ]

Fellow Sailors,

The Fall Banquet is coming up on November 9, 2013!

Please join us for our annual Fall Banquet on SaturdayNovember 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!

Christopher Tesdal 

2013 CLSA Commodore

Found: Life Vest and Baseball Cap

posted Oct 26, 2013, 5:59 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Oct 26, 2013, 6:15 PM ]

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!

Deb Aronson

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