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  • Spring Banquet 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: DinnerOur 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 is catering this event it is crucial ...
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  • Plimsoll Day and the Rites of Spring 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 ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 1:08 PM by CLSA Sailing
  • CLSA and Mid-Illini USPS 2017 BVI Flotilla 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!
    Posted Jan 23, 2017, 7:40 AM by CLSA Sailing
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CLSA 2017

Spring Banquet

posted Mar 20, 2017, 4:59 AM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated ]

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 is catering this event it is crucial that members planning to attend the banquet use the RSVP system by
by Thursday, March 30th (the form will automatically shut down at 11:55 CST 4/30/2017).

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 personal sailboat landscape painting by Stephanie Tesdal (size is 16x24in).



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

CLSA Fall Banquet — November 12

posted Oct 31, 2016, 8:54 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 8:19 AM by CLSA Sailing ]


Please join us for our CLSA Fall Banquet!

Happy Hour begins at 5 pm. There will be a raffle and door prizes!
Dinner is at 6 pm, followed by the vote on the proposed amendment to the by-laws, awards, and the changing of the flags ceremony.

Dinner is $25/person. Includes tossed salad, baked potato, and cheesecake bites for dessert and drink choice of soda, tea, or water. Cash bar available. Entree choices are:
1) 14oz ribeye
2) Chicken breast stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, and bacon
3) Salmon filet, pan seared with butter
4) Veggie stir fry over rice

The LeRoy Country Club is located on Route 150 just East of LeRoy and North of I-74 at 27307 US-150, Le Roy, IL 61752.

Please RSVP at: http://www.clsasailing.org/social/fall-banquet

For questions, please email clintonlakesailing@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

CLSA Fall Workday — Saturday, October 29 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

posted Oct 18, 2016, 8:24 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 7:13 PM ]

CLSA Fall Workday  —  Saturday, October 29   

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Please plan to come help get CLSA ready for winter!

Workdays are fun:  
We work together to accomplish lots of tasks, socialize, and eat together!
Come join us.

Snacks will be provided.
Bring a sack lunch and a drink.
Bring work gloves, rakes, and shovels!


Here are tasks for this fall:

Harbor/Parking:

Replace top bolts on dock poles. 

Paint the large recovered ‘Hazard buoy’ for making the “gravel pit.”

Make an anchor for the hazard buoy

Store the buoy for the water.

 Storage Room:

Remove battery and lights for the winter. (?)

Clean up and organize the space.

 Boat House:

Tidy-up and organize

Stow dry PDF’s in mouse proof cans.

Retrieve Sea Tow PDF tree from marina ramp.

Inventory all Sea Tow PDF's by size--send info to Gerry.

Clean & stow PDF’s in mouse proof cans.

Pavilion:

Stack the tables.

Stash boats under the roof

Install Wall hanging hooks (Rick has them)

Yard:

Tidy up the wood piles

Clear more low limbs blocking the view of the water.

Stow the “No Parking” posts and line around the mast crane for the off-season.

Schedule pick-up of the porta-potty

 Fleet:

Get boats up to the pavilion.

Make sure all of the boats are stowed for the winter.

 Miscellaneous

Clear coat the new CLSA sign out on the road (Langlois' job)

Repaint the CLSA sign at the top of the gravel road

2016 Vickie Cup Triangle — Report by Chris Wojnar

posted Oct 10, 2016, 9:55 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 2:23 PM ]

The Scots were really bringing it on Sunday afternoon in the final triangle race of the season.

The previous night at the Commodore's feast (a tremendous success saluting Rick Langlois’s ending reign as commodore), everyone was lamenting about the next day’s wind forecast of 2 to 3 mph.

Lo and behold when we arrived at the lake, there was a solid breeze filling the whole lake and building! Turned out to be a 10 to 15 perfect westerly all day.

The Scots were there with Thistles and cabin boats, including the return of Larry and Barb Bethard on their Capri 22.

There were three races completed on the day:  W4 (windward/leeward twice around) for the dinghies and W2 (once around) for the cabin boats.

We all started together at the same time — which lent excitement to the starts!  In the Scots Rick Wojnar and Eric Bussell battled all day and ended in a tie for first place with Ben and Debbie Williams a close third. The first race favored the left side of the course, but as the day wore on, sailors like Joe and Linda Budden in "Blue Eyes" took advantage and went to the right side and nearly beat the whole fleet in the third and last race.

Next Saturday will be the last distance race this year.   Clinton Lake is beautiful right now -- take advantage of it!


More Pictures taken by Heather Johnson

Hunter's Moonlight Sail — Sunday, October 16

posted Oct 9, 2016, 10:55 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 10:30 AM ]



Some CLSA sailors will be on the water Sunday, October 16 to enjoy a casual sail by the Full Hunter's Moon.  

The moon will rise at 6:52  p.m.

Come out on the water, find all the boats sailing through the moonbeams, and sail by to say "Ahoy"!

Take some pretty pictures, email them to me, Ruth Ann Vokac, vokac45@yahoo.com.   I will share them here!

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