SI for the 2013 NAC Have Been Posted

Sailing Instructions are available for the 2013 NAC. The NAC committee continues to plan this event to ensure successful competitive racing! 

The Lake Michigan Fleet will be hosting a training on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 with Andrew Kerr. All NAC participants are welcome and encouraged to participate. More details on the training will be sent out shortly. 

Registration remains Open!


Local Charters Available for 2013 Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championships 

As you know, the 2013 First 36.7 North American Championship (NAC) will be hosted by the Chicago yacht Club September 5-8, 2013. The organizing committee has completed much of the necessary work to ensure a great National Championship for all, and we hope to see many of you there. 

For those of you not considering bringing your own boat, there ARE local boats available for charter for the NAC. Currently, there are two firmly available, both are well maintained and the owners are motivated to charter. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to me and I can put you in direct contact with the charter opportunities.


Jarrett Altmin
773 615 7676


2013 North American Championship Registration 

We are pleased to announce that registration remains open for the 2013 First 36.7 North American Championship (NAC).  Scheduled for September 5-8, 2013 and hosted at the Belmont Station of Chicago Yacht Club (CYC), the Notice of Race (NOR) and registration instructions are located at YachtScoring. The entry fee includes dockage during the event and access to all parties for the skipper and up to eight (8) crew members.  Thus far eleven (11) competitors have already registered!

2013 marks the 12th annual Championship of the North American class and this is the third time the traveling championship has been hosted by the Chicago fleet; the last time in 2008. The Lake Michigan fleet is the largest and most active 36.7 fleet in North America.  Home to over 20 members, the fleet has one-design starts in all major regattas, which we encourage boats to come early or stay late for after the NAC. These regattas include; Chicago NOOD RegattaChicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and Verve Cup.


Joining us for another First 36.7 NAC as Race Officer will be Mr. Wayne Bretsch, who is known and respected for high standards of race management, as anyone who attended previous First 36.7 NACs can attest.

Our hospitality team has been at work preparing hoteltrucking, and storage options for out of town boats. We are also working with the local fleet on charter opportunities.

Should you have any questions in the upcoming months, please do not hesitate toContact me. We look forward to seeing you all here in Chicago!

Yours in Sailing,

Charlie Wurtzebach cwurtzebach@yahoo.com

2013 North American Championship-Chairman



Results for the First Race have been Posted

What a beautiful day to be on the water for the kick off of the Chicago Season. Results for the first race of the season have been posted.

There were 7 36.7 out on the race course with Tequila Mockingbird taking the top spot for the day.



Need Crew? Check out Chicago Sailing 

Chicago Sailing has established some programs to train crew members in a comprehensive and professional way, making them incredibly valuable to any boat they join. We are also assisting in the placement of these fully prepared on competitive area boats.  How can we connect with the members of the LM 36 fleet in order to support their goals?

These courses are designed to train/place premium crew members:

-Chicago Sailing's Spinnakers & Speed 422 is a 16-hour course that is all about maximizing sailboat speed in all conditions.  Sailors learn how to rig, trim and adjust all sails, including spinnakers, the most power and exhilarating of all sails. Chicago Sailing’s renowned racing staff will walk you through both the theory and practice that will make you a valuable crew member on any competitive boat.

Each sailor will master every crew position and function, learning not just the mechanics of efficient crew work, but the synergy or teamwork.  And because each maneuver is experienced in actual racing conditions, the results are immediate and profound.

-Chicago Sailing's Introduction to Fleet Racing 404 is where good sailors become valuable crew members for competitive racing boats.  Clinics meet for three hours of on-the-water racing every Monday evening. Under the guidance of Chicago Sailing’s renowned racing staff, each team competes in a series of short, spirited fleet races.  After each race the team’s performance is evaluated, positions are rotated, and another race gets underway.

Introduction to Fleet Racing 404 is much more than skill training for individual positions.  It is the perfect opportunity for you to develop a firm sense of what it takes to support each teammate’s effort.  True teamwork is a winning formula for any boat.