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Notices
Start of season work party Saturday Apr 26th at 10am.
Business Meeting Saturday Apr 26th at 1pm.
Regular hours start in May. Some limited sailing prior to that on weekends if the weather is nice.
April Presentations:
Sailing the Reach and Downwind April 17
Dryland Refresher April 24
All presentations at 7:00pm Duderstadt building North Campus
MCSA Women's Qualifiers May - May 3 & 4 (Open sailing will be limited)


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Survey Results 2001

  1. How important is the good working condition of the following to you:
    1 =crucial to my sailing club experience
    2 =very important to me
    3 =somewhat important to me
    4 =not very important to me
    5 =don't care about this at all

    the JY15 fleet?
    53% (35)
    39% (26)
    5% (3)
    3% (2)
    0% (0)

    the Lasers?
    32% (21)
    36% (24)
    14% (9)
    12% (8)
    6% (4)

    the 470's?
    12% (8)
    17% (11)
    24% (16)
    27% (18)
    20% (13)

    the sailboards?
    17% (11)
    6% (4)
    27% (18)
    26% (17)
    24% (16)

     

  2. How do you feel about the number of the following boats in the fleet?
    1 =too many now
    2 =not enough now
    3 =just right
    4 =don't care

    JY15's
    11% (7)
    10% (6)
    76% (48)
    3% (2)

    Lasers
    6% (4)
    24% (15)
    56% (35)
    13% (8)

    470's
    5% (3)
    16% (10)
    40% (25)
    35% (22)

    sailboards
    2% (1)
    17% (11)
    35% (22)
    38% (24)

    larger "Family" sailboat
    0% (0)
    38% (24)
    10% (6)
    46% (29)

    ice boats
    3% (2)
    19% (12)
    22% (14)
    51% (32)

     

  3. How important are the following sailing activities to your enjoyment of the sailing club?
    1 =crucial to my sailing club experience
    2 =very important to me
    3 =somewhat important to me
    4 =not very important to me
    5 =don't care about this at all

    Receiving Saturday morning instruction
    23% (15)
    18% (12)
    15% (10)
    27% (18)
    15% (10)

    Being an instructor
    12% (8)
    12% (8)
    38% (25)
    29% (19)
    8% (5)

    Thursday night lecture series
    5% (3)
    14% (9)
    41% (27)
    34% (22)
    6% (4)

    Sunday morning racing
    32% (21)
    18% (12)
    27% (18)
    15% (10)
    8% (5)

    Additional racing time during the week
    11% (7)
    12% (8)
    36% (24)
    24% (16)
    17% (11)

    Racing events with other clubs
    8% (5)
    12% (8)
    32% (21)
    23% (15)
    26% (17)

    Club open on week nights
    36% (24)
    39% (26)
    15% (10)
    8% (5)
    2% (1)

    Midnight/moonlight sailing
    20% (13)
    26% (17)
    26% (17)
    24% (16)
    3% (2)

    Trips to sailing-related places (eg. Tall Ships expedition or sail/boat show)
    6% (4)
    23% (15)
    27% (18)
    30% (20)
    12% (8)

     

  4. Which of the following would you like to see that would be helpful to your enjoyment of the club and participation in club activities?
    1 =highly desired, we definitely need this
    2 =very desirable
    3 =somewhat desirable
    4 =not desirable
    5 =don't care / no opinion

    Instructor training sessions
    20% (13)
    44% (29)
    24% (16)
    3% (2)
    6% (4)

    Instructor manual
    14% (9)
    39% (26)
    30% (20)
    5% (3)
    9% (6)

    Instructor shirts
    5% (3)
    17% (11)
    38% (25)
    18% (12)
    20% (13)

    Instructor support group
    6% (4)
    15% (10)
    39% (26)
    14% (9)
    20% (13)

    Meetings for Skipper/Helm Key rated members
    5% (3)
    14% (9)
    37% (24)
    17% (11)
    26% (17)

    Ride coordination for those without cars
    12% (8)
    20% (13)
    20% (13)
    6% (4)
    42% (28)

    Posting of racing results on the internet
    3% (2)
    20% (13)
    23% (15)
    9% (6)
    45% (30)

    Membership roster on the internet
    8% (5)
    23% (15)
    30% (20)
    18% (12)
    20% (13)

     

  5. What other sorts of activities or instruction would you find helpful or enjoyable?
     
    • use committees to accomplish tasks
    • Guest speakers at the clubhouse on the weekends to discuss various aspects of sailing. Different viewpoints on the sport are always welcome.
    • More informational videos would be nice. More of the evening/moonlight sailing events.
    • As in the question above, I don't have a car so it's difficult for me to find a ride and even get to the club.
    • Be able to sign up for sessions with instructors other times than saturdays.
    • I would like to do more ice-boating. A long distance race might be fun one weekend per year - on Baseline Lake, long straight legs to simulate big boat long distance racing. Tuning of the boat then becomes important, not tactics (a different approach).
    • I would like to repair the Ice Boat.
    • Hot tub!!!!!!!
    • The club to provide additional training, so larger, family boats (40-45 foot catamarans) could be leased through charters.
    • Organized activities or games available for those waiting for instruction.
    • The Club should be open more often during the week in the summer months (afternoons, from 2pm for 2-3 days a week).
    • trips to the great lakes for windsurfing/sailing
    • on the water coaching during racing, clinics before, during & after racing
    • Planning on renovating the remaining 470s at the club
    • It might be fun to organize a weekend on a lake other than Baseline, either transporting our boats there or renting. We could travel on Friday, camp out for the weekend, and sail Saturday and Sunday.
      It would be useful, particularly for students, to organize transportation. It could be something as simple as a website that individuals would check on Friday night, for example, in which "drivers" would indicate their plans (and passenger space) and "riders" would sign up.
      Dedicated race tactic clinics are useful and appreciated.
      We might consider buying one or two "Pico" type very small (8') boats for children. Parents would have to sign a waiver, and assume all responsibility.
      Access to the sailing club and use of unmodified JY15's are difficult for individuals with disabilities. The costs of improving access to the facilities and boats would be substantial (prohibitive). Nonetheless, it would be a good idea if we were to explore the means of obtaining necessary funds (eg. grants, University contributions) to make U.M. sailing more accessible to individuals with disabilities.
      What about a Saturday morning race (in addition to Sunday) between 9 and 11 prior to providing instruction for new sailors? This way, many boats would be rigged and ready to go.
      What about a volleyball net? Horseshoe pit?
    • Racing instruction from those who are good at it.
    • Things seem just fine to me right now.
    • I am new to the club, so I really do not have much to say about this. I am sure I will at a later date though.
    • Sailing on larger boats with others
      Additional social activities
      Water Skiing
    • Advanced sailing instruction -- a way for helm and skipper rated people to improve their sailing.
    • activities to help pair skippers and crews for racing

     

  6. Aside from sailing, the club is also a social venue. How important are the following social activities to you?
    1 =crucial to my sailing club experience
    2 =very important to me
    3 =somewhat important to me
    4 =not very important to me
    5 =don't care about this at all

    Potlucks/picnics at the club
    12% (8)
    32% (21)
    39% (26)
    14% (9)
    3% (2)

    Parties at off-site locations
    5% (3)
    15% (10)
    32% (21)
    39% (26)
    9% (6)

    Gathering at The Brown Jug after Thursday night meetings
    5% (3)
    17% (11)
    32% (21)
    33% (22)
    12% (8)

    Organized Saturday morning activities
    6% (4)
    17% (11)
    39% (26)
    26% (17)
    11% (7)

    Winter meetings
    5% (3)
    9% (6)
    47% (31)
    30% (20)
    8% (5)

    Once a month dinner or bar
    3% (2)
    14% (9)
    38% (25)
    23% (15)
    20% (13)

    Book discussion group
    0% (0)
    6% (4)
    20% (13)
    42% (28)
    32% (21)

    Group exchanges with other clubs
    2% (1)
    8% (5)
    38% (25)
    38% (25)
    15% (10)

     

  7. How important are the following facility related issues to you?
    1 =crucial to my sailing club experience
    2 =very important to me
    3 =somewhat important to me
    4 =not very important to me
    5 =don't care about this at all

    Clean bathrooms
    14% (9)
    50% (33)
    35% (23)
    2% (1)
    0% (0)

    Bathroom renovation
    3% (2)
    15% (10)
    32% (21)
    41% (27)
    9% (6)

    Refrigerator for daily use
    6% (4)
    18% (12)
    41% (27)
    27% (18)
    8% (5)

    Microwave
    5% (3)
    18% (12)
    39% (26)
    27% (18)
    9% (6)

    More kitchen storage/cabinets
    2% (1)
    11% (7)
    17% (11)
    53% (35)
    18% (12)

    Plates and utensils for membership use
    8% (5)
    20% (13)
    27% (18)
    32% (21)
    12% (8)

    More trees planted on property
    3% (2)
    11% (7)
    23% (15)
    52% (34)
    12% (8)

     

  8. We have already determined several areas of interest from two fall brain-storming sessions. If you would like to help with any of the following please send email to Meg Gower, Vice Commodore.

    Bathroom Renovation:
    Meg Gower
    Greg Hebert
    John Pastula
    Jane Tucker

    Care of Grounds:
    Michelle Deering (only for tree planting)
    Peggy Glahn
    Bob Karolyi
    Kai Schnabel
    Jane Tucker

    Develop Curriculum for Instructors:
    Jan-Henrik Andersen
    Michelle Deering
    John Fink
    Meg Gower
    Paul Johnson
    Carey Jones
    Akiko Kamimura
    Bob Karolyi
    Gabriel Rebiez
    Jim Rennell
    Dan Roney
    Jane Tucker

    Fleet Maintenance:
    Jan-Henrik Andersen
    Michelle Deering
    John Fink
    Kui-Bin Im
    Carey Jones
    Akiko Kamimura
    John Pastula
    Gabriel Rebiez
    Kai Schnabel
    Predrag Sukovic
    Jane Tucker
    Tom Wielenga

    Instructor Training:
    Jan-Henrik Andersen
    Steve Blanchard
    Michelle Deering
    John Fink
    Meg Gower
    Paul Johnson
    Carey Jones
    Akiko Kamimura
    Bob Karolyi
    Gabriel Rebiez
    Jim Rennell
    Don Roney
    Jane Tucker

    Publicity:
    Michelle Deering
    Jane DeLancey
    Greg Hebert
    Carey Jones
    Akiko Kamimura
    Laura Packard
    Matthew Wolf

    Ride Coordination:
    Beth Wilkie

     

  9. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. That act alone tells us of your dedication to the club. Are there any other issues that you would like the board to discuss?
    • Good job, Meg! Thanks for doing this.
    • Setting up a library with sailing/windsurfing/iceboating books/videos for membership to rent.
    • A sale guy at the Windsurf Co. said that some official windsurfing assoc. is certifying windsurfing instructors. It would be a 2-day thing. They'd need 10 people to do it on our site. If less are interested, we can contact the shop and join another group in the Cass Lake area.
    • Any chance the sailing club could sponsor a sailing trip during the Christmas break to someplace like Florida for a sailing getaway for about a week?
    • parking lot: some brush needs to be cleaned out from the overflow spots on the west arm of the drive
    • It would be great to have one larger rig for the sailboards... (maybe a 7.5) I'm glad that we're getting some smaller sails to help beginners get under way, but it would be fun to have at least one rig with more sail area so more experienced and/or larger sailors could get planing in somewhat marginal wind conditions.
      Thanks for putting together this survey, it was a good idea!
    • Sometimes the club doesn't feel open and welcoming to new members/prospective members. I do not show up every week so I don't know new people from the regulars. Otherwise I would try to welcome new members more. I don't know what a good solution would be.
      I am willing to help out with some jobs around the club but don't know what needs to be done. I have some home repair/home updating skills. Maybe a chalkboard or index cards with jobs that need to be done could be posted to get people to help out.
      Ice-boating is a great way to sail. I would like to see more ice-boating at the club and I am willing to help out.
    • How about a zip-line from the parking lot to the dock? :-) (Just kidding)
    • The 470's are excellent and we should get 2-3 more boats, at least.
    • I think it would be a great idea to bring a sailboat (or just a sailboard) to the big club fair (or whatever it's called) on the diag, I think it would attract a lot of attention.
    • The Microwave button on this survey isn't working. It is very important to me. I have a used one that Elizabeth bought that I can contribute free.
      One of the major complaints that I have heard from family children is the mucky bottom of the lake. I suggest that we explore putting sand on the bottom of the swim area. I don't know if it will be cost prohibitive, or will stand up to boat waves. I'm sure that it will get dirty at the shoreline. But it will be better for young children, and might help remove the foot cutting of the zebra mussels. They don't do well on sandy bottoms.
      I think that we have plenty of trees, and need the sun.
      The bathroom condition turns many people off to the club. I will help explore a tiled floor and walls to stand up to the humidity. Also, a hot/cold water mix or insulated water tanks to cut down on condensation.
      An outdoor shower, either off of the clubhouse, or free standing off of the water fountain. Rinse off dirt and possible swimmers itch.
      Good job everyone.
    • Ensuring that we have enough helm key/skipper rated members to keep the club open on an ongoing basis. Currently we rely too much on just a few members for this.
    • A Coke/Water machine might be a good source of revenue. They can be bought cheaply from Sam's Club, would probably be used quite a bit, and might be a nice addition to the Club's funds. I think we really should look into it and volunteer my services.
    • Yes, as suggested by a question above, please consider a larger boat, of such size as a Flying Scot.
    • I am no longer a member, but was never contacted or billed to renew my membership.
    • I liked the idea of the club roster on the internet, but I answered no to the survey question because I was concerned that it could lead to members getting spammed. If access could be restricted to club members then I would be for it.
      I'd like to see something to screen the patio from sun.
    • FYI, I am taking this survey as a prospective member, so my comments on the number of boats, etc. is uninformed at best!
      I'm a prospective member, so I'm not sure my opinions are well informed. My plan is to join to expose my children to sailing. Issues that I rated as lower priority might change as I learn more about the club.