An open letter to the Chicago sail racing community
We, the undersigned, currently serve as the Commodores of five of Chicago’s largest yacht clubs. Combined, our clubs have approximately 3,000 members, including most of the active racing sailors in the Chicago area. Our clubs run many of the races in Chicago, and invest a great deal of time and money in this endeavor. All of us understand the importance of fostering and growing sailboat racing in Chicago and have joined together to form the Chicago Area Sail Racing Association (“CASRA”).
CASRA will serve as a forum to promote, grow, and foster sailboat racing in Chicago. Our community is unique in many respects and our five clubs are best positioned to take on this task. We strongly believe increased collaboration will lead to better events and increased participation in sailboat racing activities on the Chicago lakefront. Together, we intend to reduce barriers to participation, improve access to racing events, and support beginning sailors to grow our sport in Chicago. New events, race formats and destinations will be developed, including programs to include junior sailing and power boating.
In the coming weeks, we intend to create a survey for skippers who have participated in our clubs’ events during the past year, and to host a town hall meeting for all interested sailors at Columbia Yacht Club on December 10, 2016. CASRA also intends to interact directly with active offshore one-design to share thoughts on what their fleets would like to see in 2017. We have some new and fresh ideas to expand our sport, and look forward to hearing additional ideas and suggestions in the weeks and months to come. Our goal is to publish a complete racing schedule by January 1, 2017.
We are excited to work together as part of CASRA, and look forward to a terrific 2017 racing season!
Burnham Park Yacht Club
Chicago Yacht Club
Columbia Yacht Club
Jackson Park Yacht Club
Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club