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Clinton Lake Sailing Association


  • Wed, August 31, 2022 7:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are at the lake and take a picture worth sharing on our Facebook page, please email the picture to We are a very active sailing club and showing different aspects of the club from more vantage points is what we want to do. Thank you to members and guests who have submitted pictures for our social media posts!    

  • Wed, August 31, 2022 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's been a great season so far, and we are asking for your support to ensure we finish strong! We have a number of fun volunteer opportunities and we appreciate your help. If you are interested in any of the following volunteer openings, please email us at

    1. Lawn Mowing: Weeks of Sept. 5, Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24. Volunteers help save our club $300 each mow, and that money helps pay for docks and other capital improvements. You'll coordinate with Harbormaster Tim and help keep our property looking warm and inviting.    

    2. Trimming Party: Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m. Bring your string trimmer or weed whacker and help us clean up under the sailboats. We need to do this a couple of times per year to keep our property looking respectable. Tim Montague has volunteered to be team captain for this effort. Pizza will be provided for lunch.  

    3. Social Committee: Flying Scot Glow Regatta Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. We're expecting 40 boats and it's going to be a huge party, with guests coming from all over the country! You'll work with Jodi Heckel and help with food setup and distribution and show guests what CLSA hospitality is all about. Volunteers enjoy free food (steak dinner) and beverages all weekend.  

    4. Race Committee: Thistle Painkiller Regatta Sept. 10 – 11, Vicki Cup Sept. 24 – 25, Flying Scot Glow Regatta Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. Enjoy front row seats to the racing action! No racing experience is necessary. Race Committee Chair Chales Suggs is looking to fill some race committee openings so let us know if you are interested in watching some exciting racing. Glow and Painkiller volunteers enjoy free food (steak or veggie dinner) all weekend long.

    5. Photographers/Drone Operators: Thistle Painkiller Regatta Sept. 10 – 11, Flying Scot Glow Regatta Oct. 1 – 2. We are looking for photographers and drone operators to capture racing footage. Our regatta chairs (Gerry and Eric) will follow up and help coordinate. 

  • Sun, June 12, 2022 7:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This racing season CLSA's race committee chair, Charles Suggs, will be keeping tallies of finishes for our club races and will award trophies based on these tallies at the Fall Banquet. We have 11 races remaining on this year's calendar that qualify for season awards, including today's Thistle Sponsored Open Racing. Charles will track one design standings and, for mixed fleet races, Portsmouth Handicap scores.

    Come out and race with us this season and vie for some trophies!

    A link to the Notice of Race for the 2022 season can also be found at the top of the Racing page. CLSA aims to have the season's standings to-date posted this week, which you'll be able to find by clicking Racing Results at the top of the Racing page, and will update them as the season progresses.

    If you still haven't signed up for a race committee volunteer shift, get in touch. Volunteering for race committee is a great way to learn about race management and we'll make it easy and fun. We can't race without race committee.

    Good luck, sail fast, hike hard, and have fun

  • Tue, May 31, 2022 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have 4 races coming up in June for which we still have opportunities to serve on the race committee. It's fun and easy, and we'll make sure you have what you need and are paired with someone experienced. If there's a race you don't plan to sail in, please consider joining the race committee for that race.

    Sign up soon and choose which weekend this year you do your race committee shift.

    These are the June dates, with open positions listed. There are still open shifts for later this season too, so get in touch!

    • 6/5Thistle Club Racing (3 open positions)
      - 2 boat operators and 1 deck hand

    • 6/12Thistle Club Racing (4 open positions)
      - 2 boat operators
      - 2 deck hands
      - 1 PRO (a boat operator or deck hand can be the PRO)
    • 6/18Flying Scot Club Racing (3 open positions)
      - 1 boat operator
      - 2 deck hands
      - 1 PRO (a boat operator or deck hand can be the PRO)

    • 6/25 - 6/26Thistle Hike Out Regatta (6 open positions)
      - 3 boat operators
      - 3 deck hands
      - 1 PRO (a boat operator or deck hand can be the PRO)


    Charles Suggs, CLSA Race Committee Chair

  • Tue, May 31, 2022 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are seeking volunteers for our Small Boat Introduction to Sailing Classes, Parent Child Class, and Youth Sailing Camp. 

    Click on event links to register. Members, click on links and log in to register to volunteer.  

    June 6 - 21 - Small Boat Introduction to Sailing 

    Monday and Tuesday Evenings  

    June 11 - Parent Child Class

    Saturday Morning and Afternoon Sessions

    July 18 - Aug 2 - Small Boat Introduction to Sailing

    Monday and Tuesday Evenings

    July 23 - Youth Sailing Camp

    Saturday Morning and Afternoon Sessions

  • Tue, May 31, 2022 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When: Saturday, June 4, 12-3 p.m.

    Where: Clinton Lake Sailing Association

    RSVP for Free Boat Rides:

    Rides available at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. time slots.   

    Free hotdogs and snacks served from 12-3 p.m.  

    Kids are welcome; however each boat is limited to two kids per boat.  

    Please invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers and social media contacts.  

  • Tue, May 31, 2022 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After reading this article, please take a few minutes to log in to Wild Apricot to update your group participation and subscribe to group forums. We may have added new groups and forums since you last updated your profile.   

    Your group participation settings control, for the most part, which emails you receive from CLSA. If you subscribe to a group, you will receive event invites to sailing, education, and volunteer opportunities. Subscribing to a group also allows you to post and reply to topics in group-specific forums.  

    If you subscribe to a forum, you will receive notifications when someone posts or replies to any topic in that forum. You can further update your communication preference for that forum to receive notifications immediately or in digest form daily or weekly. You may also subscribe to any individual topic in any forum and select your notification preferences for that particular topic.   

    If you do nothing, we still have you covered. Our club communication director will send periodic summary emails to all members that highlight upcoming events, announcements, forum activity, and classifieds activity. We will also send invites to all members for banquets and major social events. Our calendar is always accessible on our website with convenient signup links.   

    Wild Apricot is a powerful tool that allows members more control over your email inbox preferences. This is a new system, so we’re going overboard to get everyone on board. Spending a few minutes to get oriented will help ensure you receive communications that are relevant to you.    

    Communication Groups


    1. CLSA Open Forum 

    2. Cabin Boat Crewing and Connection and Trips Forum 

    3. Cabin Boat Activities at Clinton Lake Forum 

    4. Cabin Boat General Forum

    5. Cabin Boat Maintenance Forum 

    6. Flying Scot Forum 

    7. Laser & Sunfish Forum 

    8. Thistle Forum 

    9. Windsurf and Kiteboard Forum 

    Update Profile 

    To log in to Wild Apricot and access your profile, click on the avatar icon in the upper right hand side of the homepage at CLSASailing.Org.   

    After you are logged in, click on View profile. 

    After clicking on View Profile, click the Edit Profile button.

    After click on edit profile, add an avatar (picture) and select the groups you want to join.

    Don’t forget to click save.  

    Subscribe to a Forum

    To access a forum, visit the Forum page to access the CLSA Open Forum or visit the Fleet & Groups page/subpages to find fleet and group-specific forums embedded in those fleet/group pages.   

    To subscribe to a forum, simply click ‘Subscribe to forum’ within the forum.   

    When you subscribe to a forum, you will receive a daily digest email whenever someone posts/replies to a topic. You can confirm your subscriptions by looking at your profile. If you would like to receive weekly digest emails or get immediate notifications, you can edit your profile by clicking on the edit profile button within your profile and selecting ‘email subscriptions’.   

    Please contact Membership Chair Eric Bussell if you would need assistance with anything relating to our Wild Apricot membership software. Click here for a complete guide on how to use Wild Apricot.  

  • Wed, April 20, 2022 8:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CLSA owns a fleet of small boats that includes Prams, Lasers, Banshees, Sunfish and a Ray Green. We offer supervised sailing activities such as Small Boat Tuesdays and Family Fridays when all members can come out and try the small boats under the supervision of our small boat coaches. We also allow members to check out and sail these small boats unsupervised on a first-come-first-served basis if they have met the following requirements: 

    1) A Boater Safety Card on file with CLSA

    2) Agree to club rules in our handbook   

    3) Agree to terms of waiver and release

    4) Pass small boat skills assessment 

    Check your status in your member profile

    Please check your member profile in Wild Apricot to confirm your status and to agree to handbook and waiver terms. You can email with a copy of your boater safety card or certificate and we'll update your profile. You can agree to the rules in our handbook and the terms of the waiver/release by clicking 'edit' within your profile. You can request a small boat skills assessment by talking to a small boat coach at a supervised sailing event (Small Boat Tuesdays or Family Fridays) or by completing this request form. We'll update your profile once you have passed your small boat skills assessment.  

    Authorized sailor list on shed door

    Starting May 1, a list of members who are authorized to sail our small boats without supervision will be posted on the north-facing shed door. If you would like to see your name on the list, please complete steps 1-4 above. If you have questions or concerns, please email

    All sailors welcome to attend supervised sailing activities

    Members who are not on this list are still welcome and encouraged to participate in supervised sailing activities such as small boat classes, Small Boat Tuesdays and Family Fridays.   

  • Wed, April 20, 2022 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CLSA is looking for volunteers to help out with mowing! Our mowing team saves us thousands of dollars every year and keeps our club looking nice. Each mowing volunteer is responsible for a two-week window. If you are interested, please contact Harbormaster Tim.    

    Available mowing windows:  

    • 6/13-6/26

    • 8/8-8/21

    • 8/22-9/4

    • 9/5-9/18

    • 10/3-10/16

  • Wed, April 20, 2022 8:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CLSA offers dry land storage on our grounds to members for $400 per year. CLSA pays Dewitt County $120 for every boat parked on our property, with the remaining $280 going into the CLSA general fund. Boat owners wishing to store their boat at CLSA must purchase a parking sticker every year, sign a dryland storage agreement and provide proof of $500,000 per incident insurance coverage.

    Starting in 2022, members can complete the sticker purchasing process online. To purchase your sticker, we recommend having your proof of insurance ready to upload before you begin the process. Log into Wild Apricot and navigate to the Member Area > Storage page. After paying by credit card or debit card, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to upload your insurance document and sign the parking agreement. Once you complete this process, you can park your boat at CLSA in your designated parking spot.  Our parking lot manager (Dan Leach) will place a 2022 parking permit sticker on the tongue of your trailer.  

    Did you know that CLSA members who pay the marina are also allowed to park their boats and trailers on CLSA grounds as long as the trailer has a valid 2022 parking permit sticker issued by the marina?  


    1.  Please put your name on your trailer tongue so we can more easily identify the owner.  

    2.  Please use anchor tie-downs to protect your boat and others from high-wind events. 

    Ask the Harbormaster before improving your parking space

    A boat owner shall keep the area around and under their parking space free of rubbish and long grass, noxious weeds, debris, loose equipment and materials that would interfere with CLSA's ability to mow and maintain the CLSA parking area. Improvements to assigned parking spaces are only permitted with the approval of the Harbormaster. Please do not add gravel, light poles, etc. to your spot unless you first get permission from Harbormaster Tim.

    Parking Area

    Please find an open spot in the appropriate area per the graphic below. Do not park in a parking spot if there is a name tube on the anchor tie-down. If you would like to keep your same spot for the following season, please put your name or boat name on PVC tubes and place those tubes over the anchor tie-downs.   

    From time to time, CLSA may need to adjust trailers or move trailers to another parking spot. We will always attempt to contact you first so long as your name is on your trailer tongue.   

    Abandoned Property

    Boats stored on our property without a permit sticker are considered abandoned property. We will attempt to identify and make contact with the owner of any abandoned boat or trailer before we sell or dispose of an abandoned boat.   

    If you have questions about parking, please contact Parking Lot Manager Dan Leach or Membership Chair Eric Bussell.  

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