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2008 Strictly Sail Chicago

Strictly Sail Chicago 2008

Strictly Sail Chicago has become an annual mid-winter tradition for local Chicago and midwestern sailors.

If you have attended before, you know what to expect. If you have not attended before, you should plan to go.

Here are a few brief items to look for at the show.

The Beneteau 40.7 Fleet and Chicago T-10 Class Association are among some of the racing associations represented.

The University of Illinois Sailing Club will be selling t-shirts to raise funds for sailing activities and competition in Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA) regattas.

Hedlund Marine will exhibit four new LaserPerformance (formerly known as Vanguard) sailboat models, plus new Hobie and Gill sailboats. “This show will be the first time most of Chicago has seen an SB3”, according to John Porter, “and it is also the North American debut of the Bug, a new boat for juniors.”

Harken introduces the innovative new RigTune Pro digital tension gauge and new Black Magic MKIV Loop Block, AirBlock, Flip-Flop block and other designs.

A discount Navy Pier parking coupon is available here.


Click here for more Strictly Sail Chicago 2008 news and info, including complete exhibitor list »

30 January 2008 | College Sailing, Sailing Promotion, Seminars/Education, Social Events, Strictly Sail Chicago | No Comments

Chicago NOAA weather station down, repairs delayed

As we reported earlier last week, the NOAA Harrison-Dever Crib weather station has been down. Now there is official word regarding repair status.


NOAA chi1 webcam


NOTICE: Jan 30, 2008. The Chicago met data and webcam are down until further notice. Due the station’s remote location, and our reliance on the City Water Department, we probably won’t get out there until spring. Please refer to for marine weather data in the Chicago vicinity.

NOTICE: Current Meteorological Conditions Not Available

30 January 2008 | Weather | No Comments

Acura Key West Race 2008:
Day 5 Updates

Racing is underway in Key West!

The breeze is strong at 18 to 20 knots, and expected to peak 1000 – 1300 Eastern time. It is the Race Committee’s intention to complete three races today.

DIVISION 4 is the course for Chicago sailors to keep an eye on today, as Jack-A-Roe is one of the only boats representing Chicago among the leaders- defending third place and competing within striking distance of placing higher.

For live on-the-water updates on all four race courses, click here


Acura Key West Race 2008 - Race Week News - Day 5
Click here for daily Race Week News from 2008 Acura Key West


Update: Three races have been completed, and the results are in…

Congratulations, Jack-A-Roe!

Click here for more DAY 5 KWRW racing news »

25 January 2008 | Key West Race Week (KWRW) | No Comments

Acura Key West Race 2008:
Day 4 Updates

This morning:
Racing is currently postponed until afternoon, with high anticipation of better prospects for wind and getting in some racing today…

Back in Business at Acura Key West 2008
— Two-Race Day Brings Much Rejoicing

Click here for more DAY 4 KWRW racing news »

24 January 2008 | Key West Race Week (KWRW) | No Comments

Acura Key West Race 2008:
Day 3 Updates

In contrast to Monday, but just as disappointing, or even moreso, light wind conditions forced abandonment of all racing for Key West sailors today.

From yesterday, here are Acura Key West Race 2008 photos by Tim Wilkes:

Acura Key West Race 2008 - Day 2 Photo


Acura Key West Race 2008 - Day 2 Photo


Acura Key West Race 2008 - Day 2 Photo

Click here for more DAY 3 KWRW racing news »

23 January 2008 | Key West Race Week (KWRW) | No Comments

Acura Key West Race 2008:
Day 2 & More Updates

Some additional KWRW coverage:

Acura Key West Race 2008 - Sailing World banner


Jobson Sailing –

  • Gary Jobson Day 1 Video Report here

    Sailing World –

  • Their KWRW 2008 web page is located here

    Acura Key West Race 2008 on ESPN

    ESPN –

  • KWRW 2008 coverage scheduled to air Sunday, March 23, 2008. Time to be determined, check your local schedules.

    Click here for more DAY 2 KWRW racing news »

    22 January 2008 | Key West Race Week (KWRW) | No Comments

    Acura Key West Race 2008:
    Day 1 Updates

    Day 1 began under AP flag and postponement until 11AM, with hopes that a passing front and high winds would diminish.

    Reduced winds were observed, and boats on all four courses (except Corsair 28R class) set sail, but as wind continued to increase, ultimately, all racing was abandoned for the day.

    “The early forecasts were not good but was looking promising from 0800-1100 with our two boats on station reporting wind velocity and sea state less than that predicted. By late morning our forecasters thought the bottom end of their predicted wind range would be what we’d see, making the decision to head out a logical one. With the C28R class having a 22kts upper end, the decision was made to keep them on the beach. It wasn’t until noon, after the Division 1 Signal Boat was on station for a bit, that they started recording puffs above 28kts – the Melges 32 class dictated upper end – hence the call to send them home before the rest of the fleet. At 12:30 all PRO’s reported conditions “on the edge” of what one would want to start a race in. This coupled with the fact that it’s Monday with 4 days of racing left made it a bit easier decision for us to abandon before we got in a sequence.” ~ Peter Craig, Event Director

    For more online coverage, please visit these recommended links:

    Premiere Racing –

  • Race Course Blogs – highly recommended for anyone interested in up-to-the-minute action.
  • Sailing World –

  • Sailing World is one of the worst-designed websites on earth to navigate! LOL… but seriously, it’s no joke. We’ll roll the dice and hope this is the best link to find Key West Race Week news over there: Key West 2008 Blog …but keep hunting, there may be more articles buried somewhere else on!
  • Paul Cayard –

  • Paul Cayard’s 2008 Key West Race Week blog reports are easily found on his home page… for now, at least. But we’ve provided a direct link so you can find them after the links have aged into the depths of his website.

    Melges 32, Savannah, Sail Number USA 140

    Check out the photo sequence of Melges 32 Savannah, sail number USA 140, wiping out during spinnaker practice after race abandonment on 2008 KWRW Day 1:


    21 January 2008 | Key West Race Week (KWRW) | No Comments

    2008 Racing Schedule now online

    Midwest Open Racing Fleet (MORF) banner logo

    The Midwest Open Racing Fleet (MORF) website has been updated with the 2008 Racing Schedule.

    (Note: The MORF home page indicates the schedule is preliminary as of January 3, 2008.)

    21 January 2008 | MORF, Racing Events Schedule | No Comments

    LMSRF Area III:
    2008 Preliminary Schedule online

    Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation (LMSRF) Area 3 Map

    The Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation (LMSRF) Area 3 2008 Preliminary Schedule is now online, download PDF here.

    (Note: as of now, the 2008 Race Schedule/Results link on the LMSRF Area 3 website has not been updated.)

    Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation (LMSRF) logo

    21 January 2008 | LMSRF Area III, Racing Events Schedule | No Comments

    Sub-Zero Temperatures in Chicago, As Key West Race Week Begins

    Acura Key West Race 2008 presented by Nautica

    Chicago endured sub-zero temperatures as the coldest days of the winter season arrive here.

    Chicago NOAA weather data

    The automated NOAA weather station located on the Harrison-Dever Crib stopped transmitting data this morning around 8 AM CST. It is unknown whether the fault was due to the extreme cold weather, but it is a likely explanation. We all rely on this important source of weather data during the sailing season, which holds our interest during the cold winter months when the local weather doesn’t allow sailing. We hope it is fixed and online again soon.

    Chicago NOAA webcam image

    Meanwhile, the Acura Key West Race 2008 presented by Nautica begins tomorrow. Boats and sailors have been arriving during the week. Winds were gusting to 35+ knots on the last full practice day, as many crews opted to finish preparing their boats onshore rather than go out sailing.

    20 January 2008 | Key West Race Week (KWRW), Weather | No Comments

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