Clinton Lake Sailing Association


  • Wed, January 19, 2022 8:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our CLSA digest emails will be appearing less frequently in 2022. We will instead be sending event invites through Wild Apricot, and sending a monthly digest email with other announcements. All club members will receive invites for club-wide events. If you would like to receive (or stop receiving) invites for particular events, you must update your group participation in your member profile. Our groups include Laser/Sunfish sailing, cabin boat sailing, Thistle sailing, Flying Scot sailing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, buoy racing, distance racing, volunteers – education classes, volunteers – introductory lesson instructors, volunteers – lawn mowing, and family fun days. 

    To update your group participation, log in to and click on the avatar in the upper right corner of the page again. Then click on “View Profile” and select “Edit Profile.”

    You can find all CLSA events on the CLSA calendar at

  • Tue, January 18, 2022 6:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There was a time in our recent history when a large group of CLSA sailors traveled to attend a full-day US Sailing Race Management Seminar. The training was excellent and our race management capabilities improved drastically almost overnight. It's been more than a few years and this training is probably something we should encourage more regularly. This training is perfect for racing enthusiasts or recreational sailors who have an interest in volunteering on the race committee team. Since the onset of Covid-19, these seminars are now offered online and more often.   

    Upcoming Seminars


    • The seminar consists of three live 2.5-hour Zoom sessions. All sessions are 7-9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (4-6:30 p.m. Pacific Time).

    • There is approximately 30-60 minutes of pre-course work required before each session. Attendance in all three sessions is required to complete and pass the course.

    • About five days before your course begins, you will receive an email from US Sailing inviting you to participate in the course. Please click the "Get Started" link to complete your profile and access the course materials.

    • The lead instructor will email you with course information. Course fee: $38.

    • 1-year membership to US Sailing $65

  • Mon, January 17, 2022 8:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mid Illini's sail class starts Jan 30. For more information or to sign up for the class, please visit the Mid Illini website at this link:

    Note: The Mid Illini Sail and Power Squadron is the local chapter of the US Sail and Power Squadron and is a separate organization from CLSA that offers courses and certifications related to boating education and safety. There is a course and materials fee for the sail class.

  • Fri, November 26, 2021 10:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Coral Reef Sailing has added new CLSA apparel items to their inventory just in time for the holiday shopping season.  They have also updated the CLSA tech shirt. You can now get the CLSA burgee on polo shirts, coats, bags and more. If you order on or before Dec. 5 and enter the code HOLIDAY2021, you'll get free shipping on your order! You can link to the store here or at the bottom of the CLSA website.   

    Our new tech shirts are offered in long sleeve, short sleeve and long sleeve with hood. Color options include white, silver and light blue. Light blue is currently limited to unisex long sleeve, but they hope to make light blue available in all styles by February.  Customization on the sleeve is optional on all shirts and styles at no extra cost.   


  • Tue, November 23, 2021 5:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The non-sailing months are a great time for a little housekeeping.  Help other members get to know you and stay connected by taking a few minutes to log in to Wild Apricot and update your profile.  We've added some new fields and we encourage members can share sailing bio/interests/goals and boat information with other members.  Don't worry, personal contact information is never shared unless you choose to share it.  

    Default privacy settings for each membership field are shown below. If the membership field is red, information provided by the member is hidden by default. If it’s green, information entered by the member is visible by default. Members can override the privacy defaults within their own profile.  

    In Wild Apricot, members manage their own information and have complete control over their privacy. To access your information, log in and click on the avatar in the upper right corner of the page again, then click on "View Profile." Click here for instructions on how to edit your profile and privacy settings.  By default, all personal contact information is hidden from other members. The default settings allow members to contact each other through a 'Send Message' form. When the form is used, an email is sent directly to the member. Members who wish to share their email and other personal contact information may do so by editing the privacy settings for each field within their profile. Members can also turn off the Send Message form if they do not wish to be contacted by other members.   


    Adult 2 Name

    Adult 2 Email 

    Adult 2 Phone

    Adult 3 Name

    Adult 3 Email Phone

    Adult 3 Phone





    Sailing Bio/Interests/Goals

    Boat 1 (Model, Length, Boat Name)

    Boat 1 Storage Location *new*

    Boat 2 (Model, Length, Boat Name)

    Boat 2 Storage Location *new*

    Boat 3 (Model, Length, Boat Name)

    Boat 3 Storage Location *new*

    Boat 4 (Model, Length, Boat Name)

    Boat 4 Storage Location *new*

    Youth Sailor 1 (Name + Year of Birth)

    Youth Sailor 2 (Name + Year of Birth)

    Youth Sailor 3 (Name + Year of Birth)

    Youth Sailor 4 (Name + Year of Birth)

  • Fri, November 05, 2021 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 21st we will have our Fall Banquet, Silent Auction and Business Meeting! Dinner will be catered by JT Walkers, and the season's racing awards will be announced! Members, sign in to register!

    Register Here:

    Contact Commodore Nooreen with any questions and any silent auction donations.  

  • Mon, October 25, 2021 6:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Winter Classroom Series was introduced in the winter of 2020/2021.  Our beginner and intermediate Zoom classes were very popular and resulted in a large number of new sailors following through by signing up for lessons and/or the small boat introduction to sailing class.   It helped promote the Clinton Lake Sailing Association and contributed to getting new sailors into our programs in force and helped grow our membership.  Several of the recorded sessions from last winter can be viewed on the Winter Classroom Series page on the CLSA website.   

    The initial focus of the Winter Classroom Series for 2021/2022 will be on race committee training and support boat operation.   We're working on publishing a series of training videos that people can watch at their convenience during the holiday season.  Once we get through the holidays, we'll schedule a happy hour or two so our race committee team can all get together for fun Q&A sessions.  Finally we'll plan some hands-on training for the race committee boat and support boat in April before the busy sailing season gets started.  Volunteering for the race committee or helping out on the safety boat during one of our classes is a fun way to support the club.  

    In addition to race committee and support boat training, John Hearn has expressed an interest in teaching members gelcoat repair.   We are tentatively hoping to include that in our Winter Classroom Series, but may save that for the summer.  Please watch for email updates as we make program announcements and publish new training videos to the Winter Classroom Series page on the CLSA website.  Stay tuned...

  • Mon, October 25, 2021 6:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When the sailing season ends at Clinton Lake, the Mid Illini Sail and Power Squadron offers classes taught by CLSA members.   The Mid Illini Sail and Power Squadron is part of America's Boating Club/US Power Squadron.  Beginner, intermediate or advanced — whatever your skill level, ABC's in-depth boating education courses will boost your knowledge and confidence on the water.

    The US Power Squadron has a 100-year history of training sailors.  The completion of Power Squadron courses and designations are recognized by other national organizations.  Mid Illini sponsors a flotilla trip to the British Virgin Islands every two years that is attended by many CLSA members.  The cost to join Mid Illini and take classes is $82 annually plus textbook costs, typically $40 per class.   The recommended BVI flotilla training courses include Boat HandlingMarine NavigationCruise Planning and Sail courses along with on the water exercises.  Those with extensive sailing experience can opt-out of the Sail course.  These courses provide sailors with the knowledge and the confidence to be able to successfully charter 40-foot yachts in the British Virgin Islands.

    Please visit the Mid Illini website and the America's Boating Club website to learn more and take advantage of their classroom training.

  • Mon, October 25, 2021 5:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sea Scouts is a program of the Boy Scouts of America.   Click here to learn more.  Sea Scout units– called ships- are established all across the country on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes.  They provide limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that you won’t find anywhere else.  Sea Scouts is a place to grow and learn, find adventure, and build long lasting friendships.  Sea Scouts is youth led and adult mentored. Sea Scouts and their shipmates lead each Sea Scout program. Elected youth leaders plan and conduct the program and adult leaders guide and support their efforts as they learn important leadership and life skills.  Sea Scouts can earn valuable certifications in SCUBA, boating safety, lifesaving, and CPR, as well as advance in rank from Apprentice to Quartermaster.  Each certification and level of advancement marks a Sea Scout's growth as a sailor and a leader.

    Ship #1015 sails on a Capri 22 Monday evenings at Clinton Lake and is looking for adult mentors as the group hopes to rebuild after Covid-19 setbacks.  This is a great opportunity for CLSA members, especially those with teen sailors.   If you are interested in learning more, please contact Curt Ware (217) 841-0445 or 

  • Wed, October 06, 2021 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Vickie Cup is CLSA’s end-of-year championship, and this year we will have buoy races on Saturday and a distance race on Sunday. The CLSA calendar has been updated with this information.   

    Oct. 16: CLSA Vickie Cup Buoy Race

    -       All boat types welcome

    -       Noon competitors’ meeting

    -       1 p.m. first race start sequence

    -       3:30 p.m. last race

    -       Different boat classes will compete against each other using the Portsmouth rating system, which provides a handicap factor for each boat type depending on its typical speed under the conditions of the race.  

    -       We will aim for two or three consecutive 50-minute races on a windward-leeward course.

    Boats will be divided into two starting groups:

    1) Flying Scots and other boats with a Portsmouth rating greater than or equal to that of the Flying Scot

    2) 5 minutes after the first start, Thistles and other boats with a Portsmouth rating less than that of the Flying Scot

    Oct. 17: CLSA Vickie Cup Distance Race

    -       All boat types welcome

    -       One race on a long course around Clinton Lake

    -       5.5- or 11-mile course, depending on wind speed and conditions

    -       Noon competitors’ meeting

    -       1 p.m. (approximate) race start in the small basin just west of CLSA

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