Recently I wrote an article for a periodical on not-for-profit corporations on how the IRS limits income from non-members to 15% of their annual revenue. While this seems like an odd topic for sailing, it explains why “Members Only” at yacht club’s has to be enforced. It doesn't take much for guests to spend on food, beverage, and clothing bursting the 15% limit. It really doesn't have anything to do with "class wars", or being snooty, though a few pretenders play that angle, the vast majority of sailors want more sailors and new friends at their clubs and the only way to do it is to convert a non-member into a member. However, some yacht clubs arrange to give back to the community and introduce you to sailing with open houses.
Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program
Burnham Harbor, Chicago, IL
1362 S. Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
On June 1, 2013 10:00 – 4:00 JGASP offers an “Open House & Lunch” to learn about disabled sailing, or sailors with special needs. Their program is targeted to individuals with all forms of handicaps (injuries, missing limbs, blindness, etc.), forming strong bonds with one another, with specially designed boats and equipment to get people on and off the boats.
Jackson Park Yacht Club
6400 South Promontory Drive
Chicago, IL 60649
On June 13, 2013, JPYC offers “Community Sailing Day” with the following invitation: “at 6:00 meet-up, 6:30 departure for sailing and 7:30 back to the dock, members volunteer their boats to invite friends, families and members of the surrounding community to come sailing for an evening. Afterwards, drinks and appetizers. Come and join us! (Weather permitting).” I recommend that you call and leave a message with your interest to go for a sail, leave your number so they can call back with a boat assignment for you and let you know the time.
Des Plaines Yacht Club
LakePark / LakeOpeka – on the Northwest kiddy corner from the Allstate Arena
Entrance Off Howard Avenue (between Lee Street and Eastview Drive)
Des Plaines, IL 60018
On June 15, 2013 from 11:00 – 2:00 (Weather permitting) DPYC offers “Sail a Sailboat Day” with the following invitation - Just show up, if you have sailing shoes that would be helpful but not required. Life jackets will be provided, hot dogs and drinks are sold in the park, boats will include 470's, Rebels and maybe an MC Scow. A table will be set up on the ramps by the docks.
I recommend that you call or email and leave a message with your interest to go for a sail, leave your number so they can call back with a boat assignment for you. Email: John Ciborowski, the event coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Backup day is June 22, 2013 11:00 – 2:00.
There's "No Charge" for any of these one-day events, and my favorite game of destroying the myths that sailing is expensive and exclusive once again are crushed. Get into sailing now!
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