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If anyone else wants to join us for 'skiing', I'm sure there are places to crash or rooms to get at Devils Head. It ain't Utah, but it's all we gots. Bought some beers today & am debating on what to use for the multi-flask attack. I know Chaos favors the blackberry brandy, but I don't play that game.

 

Oooooh, glad you reminded me about the Polish Blackberry Brandy. I had already stocked up on the Lagavulin and Grand Marnier.

 

Of course, I just started my post-New Year diet... so I won't be drinking anything but water.

 

Chaos

 

and by water you mean Fire Water right?

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If anyone else wants to join us for 'skiing', I'm sure there are places to crash or rooms to get at Devils Head. It ain't Utah, but it's all we gots. Bought some beers today & am debating on what to use for the multi-flask attack. I know Chaos favors the blackberry brandy, but I don't play that game.

 

Oooooh, glad you reminded me about the Polish Blackberry Brandy. I had already stocked up on the Lagavulin and Grand Marnier.

 

Of course, I just started my post-New Year diet... so I won't be drinking anything but water.

 

Chaos

 

and by water you mean Fire Water right?

 

Something like that... usquebaugh = Water of Life

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As I won't be skiing, I have designated myself "Base Camp Manager", as no one else has, and I myself will fall on that grenade...I will have my Ipad and Kindle, and will have tunes playing (my choice bitches)...will just have to decide where base camp is...as the east slope isnt opened yet.

 

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We should bring some football square sheets for a little extra fun on the games. $2 per square. $50 prizes for the correct score at the end of each quarter. O.T. doesnt count.

 

Lemme see if I can print some out.

 

Chaos

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Well shit! That was easy. Sheets found and printed.

 

This internet thingy is pretty cool! If only you could get free porn...

 

Chaos

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As I won't be skiing, I have designated myself "Base Camp Manager", as no one else has, and I myself will fall on that grenade...I will have my Ipad and Kindle, and will have tunes playing (my choice bitches)...will just have to decide where base camp is...as the east slope isnt opened yet.

 

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The Wallinator

 

 

You're not going to take the new knees out on the mogul hill?

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I now have no roommate so if someone wants a bed it's yours.

 

Also still have room in the car if anyone needs a lift.

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It's going to be 38 and sunny on Saturday at Devils Head.

 

Great skiing weather?

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As I won't be skiing, I have designated myself "Base Camp Manager", as no one else has, and I myself will fall on that grenade...I will have my Ipad and Kindle, and will have tunes playing (my choice bitches)...will just have to decide where base camp is...as the east slope isnt opened yet.

 

ID

The Wallinator

 

 

You're not going to take the new knees out on the mogul hill?

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif

 

Not so much the new knee, but also my new back...I think the titanium rods are still binding, so I am playing it safe and will wait til next year to ski. So I'm Base Camp Manager, Hot Tub Supervisor, Vice President of Cooler Control, and Vodka Girl Manager. I'll be busy! :P

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Too bad. Lindsey Vonn was asking about him.

 

I thought she was pretty tied up with Tim Tebow.

 

So I just looked at the live snow cam and people were skiing in swimsuits.

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Too bad. Lindsey Vonn was asking about him.

 

I thought she was pretty tied up with Tim Tebow.

 

So I just looked at the live snow cam and people were skiing in swimsuits.

 

Cheese Heads in swim suits... ugh surprised the camera was not broken, unless they were set for the wide angle.

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Motorboating and skiing at the same time - I love it

 

I don't think I want to motorboat any of the cheese-head women.

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Alright ski bums, pics or it never happened. AND Grinders fb photos of 'no snow' or skidmarks pic of a 'snow cooler' will not suffice.

 

Who?

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Timbo, it was a blast, you shoulda come on up for skiing.

Weather was nice, conditions were trying, but sufficient for an intermediate like me. Always had about 8-10 people at the bottom of the hill by the cars, cocktailing, snacking & bullshitting. People skiied & stopped by all day. It was great, very social & fun. Brendo & I ventured out for a nite ski at about 7 as people were eating dinner & in the bar. Great night, full moon, no lines & decent weather. Got about 5 runs in on slopes we didn't hit all day due to crowds.

Went back to the bar to see what trouble we could get into. People lasted till about midnight, which is pretty good for over 14 hours of drinking. Hope everyone had fun & let's get more people up next year. Jc.

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I concur - it was an awesome day. Glad to finally meet those of you that I hadn't yet.

 

If anyone wants a repeat, I'm getting together a group of friends for a bus trip to Cascade on Feb 18th - just a day trip but still fun. Through these guys www.windycityski.com

 

 

 

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There's going to be some good boat porn at SS.

 

Renowned Yacht debuts at the Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Show NEW!

 

 

Get a Glimpse at the Queen – No, not the Queen of England, the Queen of the show! It’s not only one of the best looking sailboats around, but visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the largest sailboat EVER to be displayed indoors at a U.S. boat show. This renowned race yacht – the flagship of the Pinnacle Yachts fleet in Chicago – measures at 86 feet from stern to stern, her mast stands nearly at 100 feet, her largest sail measures at 5,000 square feet, and she is constructed of high-tech carbon fiber. Total cost to build – about $3.5 million. She has a pedigree of record-breaking performances and wins and is quite possibly the fastest sailing yacht to ever grace Chicago’s lakefront!

 

Please join Pinnacle Yachts for a brief discussion about the advanced technology and winning pedigree of this extraordinary yacht. Brief seminars will be held at the booth at the following times:

 

Friday: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00

Saturday: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00

Sunday: 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00

 

Oh no! Hope they figure out the bow from the stern before she splashes.

 

Not to mention the name of the boat (Glory), or that nearly 8 ft of that 86 ft is bowspirt! Damn we don't have the longest bowsprit in Chicago anymore.

 

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Best of luck to them, hope to see them out on the race course so Imedi can catch a tow! :)

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There's going to be some good boat porn at SS.

 

Renowned Yacht debuts at the Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Show NEW!

 

 

Get a Glimpse at the Queen – No, not the Queen of England, the Queen of the show! It's not only one of the best looking sailboats around, but visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the largest sailboat EVER to be displayed indoors at a U.S. boat show. This renowned race yacht – the flagship of the Pinnacle Yachts fleet in Chicago – measures at 86 feet from stern to stern, her mast stands nearly at 100 feet, her largest sail measures at 5,000 square feet, and she is constructed of high-tech carbon fiber. Total cost to build – about $3.5 million. She has a pedigree of record-breaking performances and wins and is quite possibly the fastest sailing yacht to ever grace Chicago's lakefront!

 

Please join Pinnacle Yachts for a brief discussion about the advanced technology and winning pedigree of this extraordinary yacht. Brief seminars will be held at the booth at the following times:

 

Friday: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00

Saturday: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00

Sunday: 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00

 

Oh no! Hope they figure out the bow from the stern before she splashes.

 

Not to mention the name of the boat (Glory), or that nearly 8 ft of that 86 ft is bowspirt! Damn we don't have the longest bowsprit in Chicago anymore.

 

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Best of luck to them, hope to see them out on the race course so Imedi can catch a tow! :)

 

 

Hah - that's about the same length as the prod on Wanda. You must suffer from prod envy......................

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There's going to be some good boat porn at SS.

 

Renowned Yacht debuts at the Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Show NEW!

 

 

Get a Glimpse at the Queen – No, not the Queen of England, the Queen of the show! It's not only one of the best looking sailboats around, but visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the largest sailboat EVER to be displayed indoors at a U.S. boat show. This renowned race yacht – the flagship of the Pinnacle Yachts fleet in Chicago – measures at 86 feet from stern to stern, her mast stands nearly at 100 feet, her largest sail measures at 5,000 square feet, and she is constructed of high-tech carbon fiber. Total cost to build – about $3.5 million. She has a pedigree of record-breaking performances and wins and is quite possibly the fastest sailing yacht to ever grace Chicago's lakefront!

 

Please join Pinnacle Yachts for a brief discussion about the advanced technology and winning pedigree of this extraordinary yacht. Brief seminars will be held at the booth at the following times:

 

Friday: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00

Saturday: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00

Sunday: 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00

 

Oh no! Hope they figure out the bow from the stern before she splashes.

 

Not to mention the name of the boat (Glory), or that nearly 8 ft of that 86 ft is bowspirt! Damn we don't have the longest bowsprit in Chicago anymore.

 

post-16269-046327900 1326328803_thumb.jpg

 

Best of luck to them, hope to see them out on the race course so Imedi can catch a tow! :)

 

 

Hah - that's about the same length as the prod on Wanda. You must suffer from prod envy......................

 

Damn right I do!

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Healthier Kidneys

A study in Finland singled out beer among other alcoholic drinks, finding that each bottle of beer men drank daily lowered their risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent. One theory is that beer’s high water content helped keep kidneys working, since dehydration increases kidney stone risk.

 

It’s also possible that the hops in beer help curb leeching of calcium from bones; that “lost” calcium also could end up in the kidneys as stones.

 

Boosting Brain Health

A beer a day may help keep Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia at bay, researchers say.

 

 

Good to know that I always remember who's turn it is to buy the next round.

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Way to go Hippie for winning the GoPro camera!!!

Thanks dude! A much bigger Iceboat video project is in the works and should garner about 6 million views on a national news network. If the producers ever call me back!!

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Standing	Yacht Name	Leg 1	Leg 2	Total
1	      Fox53	        1	1	2
2	      Defiance	        3	3	6
3	      tonybowker	4	6	10
4	      Skidmarks	       10	2	12
5	      OffCourse	        8	4	12
6	      Assassin	        2	11	13
7	      TsunamiMike	6	7	13
8	      BigCountry	7	9	16
9	      USA88	        5	12	17
10	      LegacyII	        13	5	18
11	      fivedegrees	9	10	19
12	      prettyhatemachine	14	8	22
13	      Irishdriver	12	13	25
14	      GRINDER	        11	16	27
15	      chicksrace2	TLE/15	15	30
16	      Balls2yourPartner	DNC/16	14	30

TLE score is: Finishers plus 1				
DNC score is: Entries plus 1				

 

Current status (18 hrs after start) Fox53 way ahead then 5D, myself and Chicksrace2. Tonybowker I and II heading straight for Iran. 3 miles to go before grounding. He's probably out pounding Goose Island

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This race has completely jumped the shark for me.

 

Area 3 All-Stars are ramping up for the 2012 Chiditarod.

Race is Saturday, March 3rd.

Informational meetings and cart construction are imminent. Let me know if you want to help out. It is a fun time for a good cause. About 25 sailors from Chicago are involved.

 

More links later.

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http://www.chiditarod.org/

 

 

Last year:

This year the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation benefited from both Food donations equating to "breaking news flash" 19Klbs/8.6 metric tons! AND Monetary donations just tipping over $18.5K. This is 7x the amount of direct money donations from the previous year!! And again Area 3 Allstars came through with over 3 tons of food, plus a cheese plate to make it fancy! But seriously, we couldn't pull this thing off without the generous support of many a volunteer, racer and these fine upstanding organizations & people that donated time, resources, and materials to help bring about pretty much the best day of the year! We THANK YOU for making Chiditarod feel better than any holiday/birthday morning in recollection!

 

Chicago Area III sailors won:

Area 3 All Stars #2 (2:58:00 Finish Time) 3rd Place Time

Area 3 All Stars #1 aka The Lady Gaga's (2:49:00 Finish Time) 1st Place Time

Area 3 Allstars #1, #2, #3 (over 9,000lbs of food) Best in Food

Area 3 All Starts #1 aka The Lady Gaga's (handed out "skip this checkpoint" certificates, stumping even some judges with the official Chiditarod patch logo) Best Sabotage

 

 

Video:

 

It is seriously good times. Go Irish Started this 4 years ago, now we need to keep the tradition alive.

There is something for everyone to do, be it cart construction, running the race, sabotage technician, fundraising, beer drinking, traffic control, whatever, come join us!

 

Jim Calto

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The Chidorkarod.

 

 

Don't be a hater. We could use you as a saboteur.

 

 

Rod's right. Psychotic... but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!

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http://www.chiditarod.org/

 

 

Last year:

This year the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation benefited from both Food donations equating to "breaking news flash" 19Klbs/8.6 metric tons! AND Monetary donations just tipping over $18.5K. This is 7x the amount of direct money donations from the previous year!! And again Area 3 Allstars came through with over 3 tons of food, plus a cheese plate to make it fancy! But seriously, we couldn't pull this thing off without the generous support of many a volunteer, racer and these fine upstanding organizations & people that donated time, resources, and materials to help bring about pretty much the best day of the year! We THANK YOU for making Chiditarod feel better than any holiday/birthday morning in recollection!

 

Chicago Area III sailors won:

Area 3 All Stars #2 (2:58:00 Finish Time) 3rd Place Time

Area 3 All Stars #1 aka The Lady Gaga's (2:49:00 Finish Time) 1st Place Time

Area 3 Allstars #1, #2, #3 (over 9,000lbs of food) Best in Food

Area 3 All Starts #1 aka The Lady Gaga's (handed out "skip this checkpoint" certificates, stumping even some judges with the official Chiditarod patch logo) Best Sabotage

 

 

Video:

 

It is seriously good times. Go Irish Started this 4 years ago, now we need to keep the tradition alive.

There is something for everyone to do, be it cart construction, running the race, sabotage technician, fundraising, beer drinking, traffic control, whatever, come join us!

 

Jim Calto

 

gotta win the start.

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We are meeting tonite at 8pm at Mystic Celt on Southport if anyone wants to cOme over to see what up with Chiditarod....

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BB, is that you shitting on the police car?

 

Maybe a few times inside a police car (allegedly).

 

That was YOU? You need to chew your food more slowly.

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Does anyone on this board have any idea what is happening with A3 racing this summer?

 

The silence from the official sources of information is deafening so far.

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Curious if the new McConaghy 38 Carbonado will come to Chicago for the NOOD, Mac, or Verve?

 

She's registered to clubs on Lake Ontario.

 

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Wow

 

Surfer arrested off Oak Street Beach

 

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE January 18, 2012 8:10AM

 

 

 

 

 

Police arrested a man surfing in Lake Michigan Tuesday evening on the Near North Side.

 

Police from the Near North District and Marine Unit responded about 5 p.m. to a report of a man surfing in Lake Michigan off Oak Street Beach in the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive, police said.

 

Rex Flodstrom, 40, of the 200 block of East Delaware Place was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, two counts of violating a Chicago Park District ordinance and one count of being in a park after hours because beaches are closed until May 25.

 

Lifeguards are not on duty and swimming is “discouraged” at all beaches until they re-open later this year, according to the Chicago Park District’s website.

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Lifeguards are not on duty and swimming is “discouraged” at all beaches until they re-open later this year, according to the Chicago Park District’s website.

 

Hey what the Hell! He wasn't swimming, he was surfing. B)

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Wow

 

Surfer arrested off Oak Street Beach

 

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE January 18, 2012 8:10AM

 

 

 

Police arrested a man surfing in Lake Michigan Tuesday evening on the Near North Side.

 

Police from the Near North District and Marine Unit responded about 5 p.m. to a report of a man surfing in Lake Michigan off Oak Street Beach in the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive, police said.

 

Rex Flodstrom, 40, of the 200 block of East Delaware Place was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, two counts of violating a Chicago Park District ordinance and one count of being in a park after hours because beaches are closed until May 25.

 

Lifeguards are not on duty and swimming is “discouraged” at all beaches until they re-open later this year, according to the Chicago Park District’s website.

 

 

Sounds like some dick head called the police on sombody minding their own business.

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There's going to be some good boat porn at SS.

 

Renowned Yacht debuts at the Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Show NEW!

 

 

Get a Glimpse at the Queen – No, not the Queen of England, the Queen of the show! It’s not only one of the best looking sailboats around, but visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the largest sailboat EVER to be displayed indoors at a U.S. boat show. This renowned race yacht – the flagship of the Pinnacle Yachts fleet in Chicago – measures at 86 feet from stern to stern, her mast stands nearly at 100 feet, her largest sail measures at 5,000 square feet, and she is constructed of high-tech carbon fiber. Total cost to build – about $3.5 million. She has a pedigree of record-breaking performances and wins and is quite possibly the fastest sailing yacht to ever grace Chicago’s lakefront!

 

Please join Pinnacle Yachts for a brief discussion about the advanced technology and winning pedigree of this extraordinary yacht. Brief seminars will be held at the booth at the following times:

 

Friday: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00

Saturday: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00

Sunday: 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00

 

 

I'm sure it was asked before but anyhow .what was the original name of the new pinnacle race boat??where was she from etc..

 

 

Oh no! Hope they figure out the bow from the stern before she splashes.

 

Not to mention the name of the boat (Glory), or that nearly 8 ft of that 86 ft is bowspirt! Damn we don't have the longest bowsprit in Chicago anymore.

 

post-16269-046327900 1326328803_thumb.jpg

 

Best of luck to them, hope to see them out on the race course so Imedi can catch a tow! :)

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quezal1 dig back a few pages and you will find what your looking for, pics and all.

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Think Westrec and the Chicago Park District should lower their rate?

 

Sailing slump leaves Chicago scrambling to fill empty boat slips

 

For the first time in recent memory, the long waiting list for a coveted boat slip in a Chicago harbor has all but evaporated—good news for boaters who usually wait years for a prime slip, but bad news for the Chicago Park District, which is counting on a flotilla of pleasure craft to help fill its 10th marina, a $110-million harbor under construction at 31st Street.

 

The recession, combined with new slots at other marinas, helped drain the wait list. The sluggish economy is exacting an especially heavy toll on Chicago boating, with the city now scuttling plans to open an 11th harbor after the new, 1,005-slip 31st Street Marina opens next season. The additional capacity coming online when demand has sharply fallen raises questions about whether the cash-strapped city overextended itself in planning new slips.

 

“I’ve seen vacancies in almost every harbor. It seems they’ve gone ahead with this expansion at a time when people aren’t putting their boats in because of the economy,” says Tim Harrington, the immediate past commodore of the Belmont Yacht Club, who visits all the harbors in his job making deliveries for boat dealers.

 

It costs roughly $5,000 a year to moor a boat in Chicago harbors. Add to that the cost of fuel and winter storage and the annual tab can reach $10,000. Those costs have pushed boaters to Waukegan and other areas, where fees are lower and accessibility to good slips is easier.

 

A SLIP OF THE MARKET

 

Encino, Calif.-based Westrec Marina Management Inc., which teamed up with the Chicago Park District to manage the city’s nine harbors, is still banking on the idea that if you build it, they will come to 31st Street, even as boat sales are down 50% from three years ago, according to the Chicago-based National Marine Manufacturers Assn.

 

Construction of the slips is financed by a revenue bond covered by the slip fees shelled out by boaters. But more important, boating fees help fund the Chicago Park District, representing 5% of its $400-million budget.

 

“We don’t expect that people will buy boats and come instantaneously, but we have confidence it will happen,” says Westrec Vice-president Scott Stevenson, adding that the park district projects the slips will be full in four years. “If you look at the response to the boating market in Chicago, as we have built slips over the past 13 years, the market has absorbed them instantaneously.” In an effort to attract boats sooner, Westrec for the first time, has started a marketing company for the marina.

 

The park district expects the 31st Street marina to be at 42% capacity next year with net revenue of $2.7 million. Westrec anticipates revenue from the marina to increase to $6.5 million in 2014 and $8.3 million in 2020. The city expects the harbor to be 95% filled by 2017.

 

In 2013, the debt service kicks in at $4.6 million and will increase to $6.7 million in 2014 and $11 million in 2040, according to the park district, which continues to operate without a director. Tim Mitchell resigned earlier this year as superintendent after questions were raised about how he ran the office. Longtime chief operating officer Mike Kelly is acting superintendent until Mayor Rahm Emanuel appoints a new one.

 

Westrec, which gets a percentage of mooring fees from any construction in the harbor system, recently added 300 slips to four harbors at a cost of $6 million. The additional slips shrank waiting lists already declining since the 2007 recession.

 

The company, whose contract with the park district is up next year, says it doesn’t have access to numbers on the pre-recession waiting lists.

 

IN A HOLDING PATTERN

 

In August 2008, 550 were on the waiting list and 800 on the list to transfer to another harbor. In 2010, 481 were on the waiting list and 442 on the transfer list. And this month, there are 384 waiting and 290 on the transfer list—and there are about 150 slips, moorings or star docks that are still empty.

 

That boat slips are becoming more available is no surprise to Dirk Lohan, who heads Chicago architecture firm Lohan Anderson. Mr. Lohan sold his 55-foot boat a year ago after 40 years in Chicago’s harbor system.

 

“I’m getting older, and the boat is a lot of work. Every time I wanted to go somewhere, I needed a whole crew. All the organizing got to me,” he says.

 

It’s a familiar tale, says Chicago-based Karma Yacht Sales owner Lou Sandoval, who is seeing an uptick in sailboat sales over last year.

 

“People are going out of boating faster than they’re coming in. Couple that with a bad economy and high unemployment, and it’s going to be a few years before you see boaters or sailors having confidence to get into the market,” he says.

 

Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Assn., echoes Westrec’s confidence that the market will return.

 

“It’s cyclical,” he says. “I think the economy will improve, and in five years we’ll be looking back and wishing for the days of no waiting lists.”

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That is quite an article. Lots to discuss. Next Friday, perhaps?

 

I'll check in for a few hours but am going to have to call it an early night as I'm attending the Safety at Sea Seminar on Saturday.

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Think Westrec and the Chicago Park District should lower their rate?

 

Sailing slump leaves Chicago scrambling to fill empty boat slips

 

For the first time in recent memory, the long waiting list for a coveted boat slip in a Chicago harbor has all but evaporated—good news for boaters who usually wait years for a prime slip, but bad news for the Chicago Park District, which is counting on a flotilla of pleasure craft to help fill its 10th marina, a $110-million harbor under construction at 31st Street.

 

The recession, combined with new slots at other marinas, helped drain the wait list. The sluggish economy is exacting an especially heavy toll on Chicago boating, with the city now scuttling plans to open an 11th harbor after the new, 1,005-slip 31st Street Marina opens next season. The additional capacity coming online when demand has sharply fallen raises questions about whether the cash-strapped city overextended itself in planning new slips.

 

"I've seen vacancies in almost every harbor. It seems they've gone ahead with this expansion at a time when people aren't putting their boats in because of the economy," says Tim Harrington, the immediate past commodore of the Belmont Yacht Club, who visits all the harbors in his job making deliveries for boat dealers.

 

It costs roughly $5,000 a year to moor a boat in Chicago harbors. Add to that the cost of fuel and winter storage and the annual tab can reach $10,000. Those costs have pushed boaters to Waukegan and other areas, where fees are lower and accessibility to good slips is easier.

 

A SLIP OF THE MARKET

 

Encino, Calif.-based Westrec Marina Management Inc., which teamed up with the Chicago Park District to manage the city's nine harbors, is still banking on the idea that if you build it, they will come to 31st Street, even as boat sales are down 50% from three years ago, according to the Chicago-based National Marine Manufacturers Assn.

 

Construction of the slips is financed by a revenue bond covered by the slip fees shelled out by boaters. But more important, boating fees help fund the Chicago Park District, representing 5% of its $400-million budget.

 

"We don't expect that people will buy boats and come instantaneously, but we have confidence it will happen," says Westrec Vice-president Scott Stevenson, adding that the park district projects the slips will be full in four years. "If you look at the response to the boating market in Chicago, as we have built slips over the past 13 years, the market has absorbed them instantaneously." In an effort to attract boats sooner, Westrec for the first time, has started a marketing company for the marina.

 

The park district expects the 31st Street marina to be at 42% capacity next year with net revenue of $2.7 million. Westrec anticipates revenue from the marina to increase to $6.5 million in 2014 and $8.3 million in 2020. The city expects the harbor to be 95% filled by 2017.

 

In 2013, the debt service kicks in at $4.6 million and will increase to $6.7 million in 2014 and $11 million in 2040, according to the park district, which continues to operate without a director. Tim Mitchell resigned earlier this year as superintendent after questions were raised about how he ran the office. Longtime chief operating officer Mike Kelly is acting superintendent until Mayor Rahm Emanuel appoints a new one.

 

Westrec, which gets a percentage of mooring fees from any construction in the harbor system, recently added 300 slips to four harbors at a cost of $6 million. The additional slips shrank waiting lists already declining since the 2007 recession.

 

The company, whose contract with the park district is up next year, says it doesn't have access to numbers on the pre-recession waiting lists.

 

IN A HOLDING PATTERN

 

In August 2008, 550 were on the waiting list and 800 on the list to transfer to another harbor. In 2010, 481 were on the waiting list and 442 on the transfer list. And this month, there are 384 waiting and 290 on the transfer list—and there are about 150 slips, moorings or star docks that are still empty.

 

That boat slips are becoming more available is no surprise to Dirk Lohan, who heads Chicago architecture firm Lohan Anderson. Mr. Lohan sold his 55-foot boat a year ago after 40 years in Chicago's harbor system.

 

"I'm getting older, and the boat is a lot of work. Every time I wanted to go somewhere, I needed a whole crew. All the organizing got to me," he says.

 

It's a familiar tale, says Chicago-based Karma Yacht Sales owner Lou Sandoval, who is seeing an uptick in sailboat sales over last year.

 

"People are going out of boating faster than they're coming in. Couple that with a bad economy and high unemployment, and it's going to be a few years before you see boaters or sailors having confidence to get into the market," he says.

 

Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Assn., echoes Westrec's confidence that the market will return.

 

"It's cyclical," he says. "I think the economy will improve, and in five years we'll be looking back and wishing for the days of no waiting lists."

 

they lower their rates and maybe we can afford to put our damn boat back in the water sad.gif

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That is quite an article. Lots to discuss. Next Friday, perhaps?

 

I'll check in for a few hours but am going to have to call it an early night as I'm attending the Safety at Sea Seminar on Saturday.

When Rod, Matt & I did the Detroit S a S I was so hungover I wanted to hurl during the medical treatment parts. With pictures.

So bottom line: don't be a homo & hang out.

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That is quite an article. Lots to discuss. Next Friday, perhaps?

 

I'll check in for a few hours but am going to have to call it an early night as I'm attending the Safety at Sea Seminar on Saturday.

When Rod, Matt & I did the Detroit S a S I was so hungover I wanted to hurl during the medical treatment parts. With pictures.

So bottom line: don't be a homo & hang out.

 

Sailor 90, You are freaking going to the WA Party - You're on the list - you gotta go...

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That is quite an article. Lots to discuss. Next Friday, perhaps?

 

I'll check in for a few hours but am going to have to call it an early night as I'm attending the Safety at Sea Seminar on Saturday.

When Rod, Matt & I did the Detroit S a S I was so hungover I wanted to hurl during the medical treatment parts. With pictures.

So bottom line: don't be a homo & hang out.

 

Sailor 90, You are freaking going to the WA Party - You're on the list - you gotta go...

 

Um... did someone abduct the real Sailor90?!? This new "responsible" S90 does not compute.

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Navy Pier will offer discounted parking during the Strictly Sail show. http://www.strictlysailchicago.com/attendees/admission.aspx

 

Don't pay their ridiculously fee to park at Navy Pier.

 

Park under Lake Shore Drive for free and walk to the pier, it's a short walk (3-5 mins).

 

It will be good for your waist line. :P

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Navy Pier will offer discounted parking during the Strictly Sail show. http://www.strictlysailchicago.com/attendees/admission.aspx

 

Don't pay their ridiculously fee to park at Navy Pier.

 

Park under Lake Shore Drive for free and walk to the pier, it's a short walk (3-5 mins).

 

It will be good for your waist line. :P

 

No free parking under LSD. We had parking passed in our windows the last few years I've worked the show.... Could you get away with it? Maybe. Or it could be a $150 parking spot.

 

 

I've parked under LSD twice in the past 3 years during SS and never had a problem.

 

I never miss an opportunity to skirt irresponsible government when the opportunity presents itself.

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Yes and no.

 

You'll be partied out after Winter Anarchy. Don'y worry about Saturday.

 

 

Is CYC going to have the Pink Pony party next Saturday? Or is that going to be skipped this year?

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Yes and no.

 

You'll be partied out after Winter Anarchy. Don'y worry about Saturday.

 

 

Is CYC going to have the Pink Pony party next Saturday? Or is that going to be skipped this year?

 

 

I'd have all day Saturday to sleep Friday's WA party off :P

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Does anyone on this board have any idea what is happening with A3 racing this summer?

 

The silence from the official sources of information is deafening so far.

 

the board decided to take December off, so there was no meeting. The January meeting was last week. Nothing new really. The schedule for 2012 was approved and all fleet captains and A3 reps should have a copy. I also uploaded a copy.

 

of more importance is that I am currently in 98th place of 171,300 boats in the Volvo. Boatname is OffCourse after the J24 I raced 30 years ago out of Belmont. Congrats to myself is in order

Area III Schedule 2012 FINAL.pdf

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What's the story on Ocean? Looks like a maxz86 but only three of those were built. Did Devos sell Windquest?

 

I see that she's going to be part of a boat time-share program which is a great recipe for someone to lose a finger or two. They have some Jeanneaus, some Sea Rays and then this monster... makes total sense.

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I see that she's going to be part of a boat time-share program which is a great recipe for someone to lose a finger or two. They have some Jeanneaus, some Sea Rays and then this monster... makes total sense.

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Ocean made her way to Navy Pier today. Can't wait to see her in person!

 

http://www.suntimes.com/photos/10168264-455/a-long-boat-takes-a-drive-to-navy-pier.html

 

how many people dropped their cells when she rolled by them on LSD Sunday.

Does anyone know what this boats previous names were?

I know this question has been asked. Don't recall an answer.

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Ocean made her way to Navy Pier today. Can't wait to see her in person!

 

http://www.suntimes.com/photos/10168264-455/a-long-boat-takes-a-drive-to-navy-pier.html

 

how many people dropped their cells when she rolled by them on LSD Sunday.

Does anyone know what this boats previous names were?

I know this question has been asked. Don't recall an answer.

More important... whats it rate? ;)

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You guys are so Lazy.

 

Now, let's get thread keep this thread going...anyone have a story of a certain 70+ ft making and appearance in the area? I've got nothing.

 

Glory Andrews 77

 

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Further more let me say this.

 

I’m tired of envious and jealous people bashing boats and programs they are not a member of nor do they compete against. These people time and time again show they lack little or no knowledge of the program which they so passionately speak out against. When in fact they have a deep and desperately yearning to be a part of said racing programs.

 

See all you assholes at Winter Anarchy, better catch me early as I'm baillng early.

 

Signed

 

-An Asshole

Patrick

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You guys are so Lazy.

 

Now, let's get thread keep this thread going...anyone have a story of a certain 70+ ft making and appearance in the area? I've got nothing.

 

Glory Andrews 77

 

post-16269-057734900 1318360063_thumb.jpg

 

post-16269-069734000 1318360115_thumb.jpg

 

Further more let me say this.

 

I’m tired of envious and jealous people bashing boats and programs they are not a member of nor do they compete against. These people time and time again show they lack little or no knowledge of the program which they so passionately speak out against. When in fact they have a deep and desperately yearning to be a part of said racing programs.

 

See all you assholes at Winter Anarchy, better catch me early as I'm baillng early.

 

Signed

 

-An Asshole

Patrick

 

anger issues young one?

 

Love the dodger is it a J Boat?

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How does a 77' become 86'?

 

Glory didn't ring a bell, but Alchemy definitely does. I remember when she did Mac & Harbor Springs with us.

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anger issues young one?

 

Love the dodger is it a J Boat?

 

Anger is the wrong word.

 

You wouldn’t believe the things I heard about our boat from people who would spew total lies right to my face. Unfortunately for them they had no idea that they were talking to a guy who has been apart of the program from day 1.

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anger issues young one?

 

Love the dodger is it a J Boat?

 

Anger is the wrong word.

 

You wouldn’t believe the things I heard about our boat from people who would spew total lies right to my face. Unfortunately for them they had no idea that they were talking to a guy who has been apart of the program from day 1.

 

Jealousy can be an ugly thing.

 

BTW did you hear about that 52... wtf is up with those guys?

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