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2014 Glow in the Dark Regatta - Clinton Lake Sailing Association

Click here to register for the Glow in the Dark Regatta!  Keeping with tradition, we will have a Friday night pot luck featuring Wisconsin beer/brats from our friends to the north.  On Saturday, we will have a spectator boat and racing will we followed by a steak dinner and live music.  You can RSVP for the spectator boat and/or steak dinner on our registration form.   Non-racers and prospective sailors/racers are welcome to come out and enjoy the fun atomosphere. 

Registration Open: Fall Sailboat Racing Workshop

Fleet 135 is excited to once again work with Parkland College!  We will be offering a Fall Introduction to Sailboat Racing on Saturday Sept 13th from 10am to 4pm.  The price is $95 and provides participants a fun-filled day of on-the-water training in a laid-back racing setting.   Look for class information/registration details in the Summer 2014 Parkland 505 catalog.  

This is a great opportunity to try something new with friends and family.  We want to introduce people from Central Illinois to the sport of sailing as most people do not think of sailing as fun and affordable family activity.  While the America's Cup was certainly entertaining to watch and we appreciate the new interest in sailing, it is not the "rich man's sport" some believe it to be.  The Clinton Lake Sailing Association (home to Flying Scot Fleet 135) offers access to sailboat (free with membership) and an enjoyable sailing venue for less than $100/year!!  

Those who want to try something new or simply enjoy a great day at beautiful Clinton Lake will certainly get their money worth as we will spend most of the day on the water after a short safety orientation and review of basic sailing principles.  No experience needed!  

Snacks will be provided and we will mail you a textbook and materials to review before the class.  We recommend reading the book and reviewing any posts/videos from our website before the class as you will certainly get more out of the experience.  We will provide life jackets and encourage participants to bring gloves (especially if higher winds are expected) and to dress appropriate for the weather.  

We will sail in light rain and will schedule a make-up in the event weather conditions do not offer safe and enjoyable conditions.  Please be sure to register earlier as we have limited availability (our 2013 and  Spring 2014 workshops were completely booked before the registration deadline).  Feedback from our first two workshops was overwhelmingly positive and workshop participants appreciated the hands-on (almost zero classroom) approach to learning.  Our experienced skippers only have 1 goal (other than safety) and that is to ensure that you have a good time on the water.   According to feedback after our first workshops, the workshops were an overwhelming success and several students have continued to remain involved in sailing. 

Any class members who want to pursue sailing as a recreational or competitive hobby will have access to great (and diverse) team of sailors dedicated to helping you with any questions or concerns you might have after you get on the water.  We have recreational sailors and championship racers always available to help you.  

Fleet 135 also offers business and organizations team building workshops and we can customize an experience for you and you and your team that will be fun, challenging, and recreational.  This is not offered through Parkland, but our approach would be very similar.  

Please do not hesitate to contact Eric Bussell (217) 377-0661 (eric@ericbussell.com) with any questions.  

Free Sailboat Rides!

Starting as early as 8am, before scheduled weekend racing events (12pm) at Clinton Lake Sailing Association, fleet members will give free sailboat rides. The length of the ride will be determined by the number of boats and riders. This is a great opportunity to bring friends and family out and try something new and fun. Those who want to sail on multiple weekends will be asked to join our fleet by joining the Clinton Lake Sailing Association ($65) and the Flying Scot Sailing Association ($35). 

June 1, June 7, June 15, June 21, July 13, July 19, July 27, Aug 10, Aug 16, Aug 24, Sep 7, Sep 13, Sep 21. 

To RSVP contact Eric Bussell at (217) 377-0661 or eric@ericbussell.com in advance and before driving out. If there are no scheduled rides, Weekend Sailing may be cancelled without notice. We do not carry cell phones while we are sailing.  Please RSVP and wait on the dock after arriving so that boat captains can see you and come pick you up. We try to make it so that you do not wait more than 30 minutes. 

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