What we're about

Lake Michigan Sailing Club began in 2016 and sails from five Lake Michigan harbors: Waukegan, Winthrop Harbor, Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee. We are a sailing club interested in putting boat owners and crew together. You don't have to own a boat to be a member of Lake Michigan Sailing Club. We need crew to assist our boat owners in sailing their boat. If you don't know how to sail, but want to learn, we are willing to help you. Let us invite you out as our guest.

Club Statement: COVID-19

Due to the improvements in health issues related to COVID-19, LMSC was able to sponsor sailing events in 2021. We greatly missed sailing in 2020 and enjoyed being able to sail in 2021. Sailing events will begin again in 2022 and will be posted in the May timeframe. Our monthly meetings will continue to be online using ZOOM. They include educational and entertaining programming.

To all members of Lake Michigan Sailing Club,
It has come to the attention of the LMSC Board that not all members have been upfront regarding their COVID vaccination status. In addition, several members have recently tested positive for COVID. Because of this, the Board has decided that proof of vaccination must be submitted and and reviewed for compliance before attendance at any in-person event. This applies to anyone attending club events, including plus ones.
We will require that all members forward a copy of their vaccine card directly to the commodore of LMSC at: tazbugs48@gmail.com. The vaccine cards will NOT be kept after review by the commodore. Each member will be given a designation of a V after their name on Meetup to signify that they have fulfilled the requirement. If anyone objects to this guideline, that is their prerogative to do so. However, they will not be allowed to participate in any Lake Michigan Sailing Club events. We sincerely hope that all comply, since it is in the interest of the entire club to stay safe and healthy. Most of us by now have either directly or indirectly experienced the devastating and lasting effects of this illness.  Some of us have lost family members and/or friends as well.
Let us be safe out there and have fair winds.
Your Commodore,
Barry Bernstein

HOW TO SAIL WITH US:
It's EASY and we want you to sail with us! BOAT OWNERS Follow Step 1 and you will be contacted to go over separate procedures for signing up. WANT TO SAIL WITH US? Follow the steps below to try it out or become a member. Step 1. JOIN MEETUP:

  • On our Meetup webpage click on the RED tab “Request to join.”
    - Create a log in.
    - Login and upload a head-shot of yourself. To be accepted you must use current and accurate HEADSHOT only. This is required so that boat owners will be able to identify you when you arrive for a sail.
    - Fill out the questionnaire and save it, you will then become a pending member. A MESSAGE WILL BE SENT TO YOU with the link to the Temporary Guest Membership application along with other information for joining. Be sure and check our website for additional messages that we may send to you.
    Step 2. TEMPORARY GUEST MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION:
    - Open the welcome email and click the link to the Temporary Guest Membership Application.
    - Complete the Temporary Guest Application, sign it electronically, click on “I Accept”, then click “submit”.
    -Once the application is accepted, you will be approved to RSVP for events and sails on our meetup.com webpage. Be sure and check our website for additional messages that we may send to you.
    Step 3. RSVP FOR SAILS & EVENTS:
    - A sailing ambassador will be contacting you via phone to welcome you, answer questions & assist you with signing up for your first sail. If you have not been contacted & would like us to call you please email us : ​LakeMichiganSailingClub@gmail.com
    - Once you have been approved on our Meetup.com webpage, you may RSVP for our events and come out as our temporary guest up to 3 times within the calendar year that you are approved. NOTE: Only paid members can invite a guest. If you want someone else to sail with you, please have them go through the process of Joining us on Meetup (Steps 1 through 3, above) and they will be sent the link to fill our the Temporary Guest Membership application. Once they are approved they may RSVP for the events.
    - LOGIN to our Meetup page & SIGN UP for your first sailing event! Login To Join A Sail!
    -If you are a beginner,
    The American Sailing Association offers a free online sailing course titled “Your First Sail”. It takes anywhere from about 30-45 minutes. And, you will receive a certificate for completing the course! Link is below. We require that beginners complete this on-line course and bring the certificate and give to the captain on your first sail with us. https://asa.com/free-online-sailing-course/

- During your first 3 times you shall be invited by a board member to join our club as a paid member so that you can continue sailing with us. Please note you MUST be invited BEFORE making any payments.

Step 4. MEMBERSHIP & DUES : - Temporary Guest Members: After you have been invited to become a Regular Member by one of our board members, you will need to pay a yearly fee in order to join & continue to sail with us. If you are a Temporary Guest Member that has been invited to join please submit your dues now and your membership will be good for the rest of this calendar year. 
- Regular Members are required to pay yearly dues.
- How to Pay Annual Dues:
o PAY ONLINE: On our Meetup Website go to the event listed as “PAY ANNUAL DUES-Regular Membership” and follow the instructions listed.

  • You must also complete your 2022 Membership Application – Crew Member. Click on the link included in the detail of the event to complete and electronically sign the membership form. Be sure to click on the "I Accept” button before you submit.
  • Joining as a family (family member is defined as living in the same household). Click on the event listed as: “PAY ANNUAL DUES- Family Membership”
    We look forward to having you join our sailors at Lake Michigan Sailing Club. If you experience difficulty, we are happy to help. Contact LMSC Membership at: ​LakeMichiganSailingClub@gmail.com
    Below is information on our current boats:
    WAUKEGAN HARBOR:
    Michael Gold - Boat Name: AriLex - 37ft Jenneau - Waukegan Harbor & Marina
    Jesse Bowen - Boat Name: Limnos - Pacific Seacraft - 34ft cutter-rigged -Waukegan Harbor & Marina
    Bill Lee - Boat Name: Knot On Call - 27ft Catalina - Waukegan Harbor & Marina 
    WINTHROP HARBOR:
    Brian Swan- Boat Name: 4th of July -31ft Tartan -North Point Marina
    Albert and Debbie Gruchalski - Boat Name: Andiamo -30ft Laguna -North Point Marina
    Fred Mullard - Boat Name: Spass -26ft MacGregor -North Point Marina
    KENOSHA HARBOR:
    Barry Bernstein – Boat Name: C’est La Vie -36ft Catalina -Southport Marina
  • Kenny Gatesman - Boat Name: Spindrift -36ft Catalina - Southport Marina
    Colin and Becky Weaver- Boat Name: Calypso II -22ft MacGregor Venture -Southport Marina
    RACINE HARBOR:
    Mike and Jennifer Fetzer - Boat Name: Paper Sails -30ft S2 - Reef Point Marina
    VARIOUS HARBORS:
    Jim Mueller – Boat Name: Driftwood-25ft ketch
    “Note: all boats in the Lake Michigan Sailing Club fleet undergo a Vessel Safety Check to determine whether they meet U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements for recreational boats. The safety review is conducted annually by a Vessel Safety Examiner who is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.”
    For on-line training information, please visit our website by clicking on the following link.  
    http://www.lakemichigansailingclub.com/trai...

Upcoming events (4+)

Day Sail out of Kenosha Southport Marina on C’est La Vie

Needs a location

We will sail with Captain Barry on C’est La Vie, 36 ft Catalina. Dock C, Slip 162. Cell:[masked]
Crew members should bring their own PFD (life vest). For Temporary Guest Members, send a message to the captain ASAP if you need to borrow one. In addition to the PFD, bring sailing gloves, sunglasses, foul weather jacket (or weatherproof jacket), and boat shoes (or non-marring shoes) along with water or soft drink. (Please, no glass containers.) It is always good to bring something to share with others, i.e.: cookies, vegetables, beer, or a dish to pass.

Remember the temperature on the Lake can be much colder than on land, bring several layers of clothing. A sweater, hat and warm gloves are not out of order.

Please remember the captain is responsible and in charge of his or her boat. Listen, observe, ask questions and learn. Ask what you can do to help. You will be physically active and acting as one of the crew on a sailboat, not just going for a boat ride; participate and enjoy the experience.

If you are a dues-paying member, remember that you can bring a guest. Just RSVP that you are doing so. Your guest will need to fill out a One -Time Guest application (Link to app: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfii6UV3tkTo34qVdwPF-0B4cOWWSdx1REzOhEaAImr2rYgWw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0) on-line before they come out. Please have your guest print out their application and present to the boat owner when you arrive to go out sailing. We will inform the boat owner that we have received the application also. LMSC is requiring that ALL participants be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination must be submitted and reviewed for compliance before attendance at any in-person event. See COVID safety measures below regarding submitting proof. See note for non-paid members, below, if they wish to come out again.

For non-paid members, we must have your signed Temporary Guest Membership Application on file before you can RSVP for an event and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. See COVID safety measures below regarding submitting proof. Please click on “What we’re about” on our Meetup website and follow the instructions on “HOW TO SAIL WITH US”. We want you to sail with us!! Once we have your application, you may come out as our temporary guest up to three (3) times. Full paid members are given first chance on making an RSVP for a sail, with any openings left to be filled by temporary members that have turned in their temporary member applications and have not sailed more than three times. Sometime during your first three times you should be invited by a board member to join our club as a paid member so that you can continue sailing with us. NOTE: Only paid members can invite a guest. If you want someone else to sail with you, please have them go through the process of joining us on Meetup and they will be sent the link to fill the Temporary Guest Membership application. Once they are approved, they may RSVP for the event.

Day Sail out of Kenosha Southport Marina on C’est La Vie

Needs a location

We will sail with Captain Barry on C’est La Vie, 36 ft Catalina. Dock C, Slip 162. Cell:[masked]
Crew members should bring their own PFD (life vest). For Temporary Guest Members, send a message to the captain ASAP if you need to borrow one. In addition to the PFD, bring sailing gloves, sunglasses, foul weather jacket (or weatherproof jacket), and boat shoes (or non-marring shoes) along with water or soft drink. (Please, no glass containers.) It is always good to bring something to share with others, i.e.: cookies, vegetables, beer, or a dish to pass.

Remember the temperature on the Lake can be much colder than on land, bring several layers of clothing. A sweater, hat and warm gloves are not out of order.

Please remember the captain is responsible and in charge of his or her boat. Listen, observe, ask questions and learn. Ask what you can do to help. You will be physically active and acting as one of the crew on a sailboat, not just going for a boat ride; participate and enjoy the experience.

If you are a dues-paying member, remember that you can bring a guest. Just RSVP that you are doing so. Your guest will need to fill out a One -Time Guest application (Link to app: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfii6UV3tkTo34qVdwPF-0B4cOWWSdx1REzOhEaAImr2rYgWw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0) on-line before they come out. Please have your guest print out their application and present to the boat owner when you arrive to go out sailing. We will inform the boat owner that we have received the application also. LMSC is requiring that ALL participants be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination must be submitted and reviewed for compliance before attendance at any in-person event. See COVID safety measures below regarding submitting proof. See note for non-paid members, below, if they wish to come out again.

For non-paid members, we must have your signed Temporary Guest Membership Application on file before you can RSVP for an event and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. See COVID safety measures below regarding submitting proof. Please click on “What we’re about” on our Meetup website and follow the instructions on “HOW TO SAIL WITH US”. We want you to sail with us!! Once we have your application, you may come out as our temporary guest up to three (3) times. Full paid members are given first chance on making an RSVP for a sail, with any openings left to be filled by temporary members that have turned in their temporary member applications and have not sailed more than three times. Sometime during your first three times you should be invited by a board member to join our club as a paid member so that you can continue sailing with us. NOTE: Only paid members can invite a guest. If you want someone else to sail with you, please have them go through the process of joining us on Meetup and they will be sent the link to fill the Temporary Guest Membership application. Once they are approved, they may RSVP for the event.

PAY ANNUAL DUES - Regular Individual Crew Membership

Needs a location

$130.03

Three things you must do in order to become a member or renew your membership for 2022:
1. Provide proof that you are fully vaccinated –see details below
2. Pay your dues on line –see details below
3. Complete the 2022 membership application – see details and link for application below.
TEMPORARY MEMBERS: If you are a temporary member and have not been asked to join yet, you do not need to pay dues at this time. See details below for more information.

Please note that beginning with the LMSC membership for 2022, LMSC is requiring that ALL their members be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be a member of our club. In addition, proof of vaccination must be submitted and reviewed for compliance before attendance at any in-person event. This applies to anyone attending club events, including plus ones.
We will require that all members forward a copy of their vaccine card directly to the commodore of LMSC at: [masked]. The vaccine cards will be reviewed by the Commodore and disposed of promptly. They will not be kept. Each member will be given a designation of a V after their name on Meetup to signify that they have fulfilled the requirement. Please submit proof along with your application. Click on the “About” tab for further information.

2021 LMSC Crew Members -
RENEW your Individual membership and pay your annual dues for the 2022 calendar year. Dues are $125. YOU MUST ALSO COMPLETE YOUR 2022 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION-CREW MEMBER. Please click on the following link to complete and electronically sign the 2022 membership form. Be sure to click on the "I Accept" button before you Submit:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLLWcpWQKfZQ9aF5qClli2E3GyPircAklBnSLYPZuwCSphVg/viewform?usp=sf_link

TEMPORARY MEMBERS: If you are a temporary member and have not been asked to join, you do not need to pay dues at this time. Please wait until you have been formally invited to join. If you are a Temporary Guest Member that has been out sailing with us and have been FORMALLY INVITED to join by LMSC, please pay your annual dues AND complete the 2022 Membership Application (link below) now and your membership will be good for the 2022 calendar year! Dues are $125 for Individual Membership. Please click on the following link to complete and electronically sign the 2022 membership form. Be sure to click on the "I Accept" button before you Submit:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLLWcpWQKfZQ9aF5qClli2E3GyPircAklBnSLYPZuwCSphVg/viewform?usp=sf_link

The cost for individual crew membership is $125.00 plus processing fees totaling $130.03. To PAY DUES RSVP for this event by pressing the "Attend Online" button displayed. Then the option will be displayed to Complete Your RSVP. Click on "Finish payment on PayPal" button. Then click on the "Pay Now" button at the bottom of the payment screen. You will then have the choice to pay by PayPal, credit card, or debit card.

If you are signing up as “Family” Member, please see the separate event listed for you. Since the price is different, we had to set up a separate event.

PAY ANNUAL DUES - Family Crew Membership

Needs a location

$181.84

Three things you must do in order to become a member or renew your membership for 2022:
1. Provide proof that you (and each family member) are fully vaccinated – see details below
2. Pay your dues on line –see details below
3. Complete the 2022 membership application (each family member must complete an application)– see details and link for application below.
TEMPORARY MEMBERS: If you are a temporary member and have not been asked to join yet, you do not need to pay dues at this time. See details below for more information.

Please note that beginning with the LMSC membership for 2022, LMSC is requiring that ALL their members be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be a member of our club. In addition, proof of vaccination must be submitted and reviewed for compliance before attendance at any in-person event. This applies to anyone attending club events, including plus ones.
We will require that all members forward a copy of their vaccine card directly to the commodore of LMSC at: [masked]. The vaccine cards will be reviewed by the Commodore and disposed of promptly. They will not be kept. Each member will be given a designation of a V after their name on Meetup to signify that they have fulfilled the requirement. Please submit proof along with your application. Click on the “About” tab for further information.

2021 LMSC Family Members-
RENEW your Family membership and pay your annual dues for the 2022 calendar year. Dues are $175. YOU MUST ALSO COMPLETE YOUR 2022 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION-CREW MEMBER. Please click on the following link to complete and electronically sign the 2022 membership form. Be sure to click on the "I Accept" button before you Submit:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLLWcpWQKfZQ9aF5qClli2E3GyPircAklBnSLYPZuwCSphVg/viewform?usp=sf_link

TEMPORARY MEMBERS:
If you are a temporary member and have not been asked to join, you do not need to pay dues at this time. Please wait until you have been formally invited to join. If you are a Temporary Guest Member that has been out sailing with us and have been FORMALLY INVITED to join by LMSC, please pay your annual dues AND complete the 2022 Membership Application (link below) now and your membership will be good for the 2022 calendar year! The dues are $175 (amount includes all family members) for Family Membership. Each family member (family member is defined as living in the same household) must also complete the 2022 Membership Application-Crew Member so that they can RSVP separately for each event. Please click on the following link to complete and electronically sign the 2022 membership form. Be sure to click on the "I Accept" button before you Submit:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLLWcpWQKfZQ9aF5qClli2E3GyPircAklBnSLYPZuwCSphVg/viewform?usp=sf_link

The cost for Family crew membership, is $175.00 plus processing fees totaling $181.84 per family (you do not pay separately for each family member). To PAY DUES RSVP for this event by pressing the "Attend Online" button displayed. Then the option will be displayed to Complete Your RSVP. Click on "Finish payment on PayPal" button. Then click on the "Pay Now" button at the bottom of the payment screen. You will then have the choice to pay by PayPal, credit card, or debit card.

If you are signing up as an ”Individual" Crew Member, please see the separate event listed for you. Since the price is different, we had to set up a separate event.

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Day Sail out of Kenosha Southport Marina on C’est La Vie

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