Friday, May 28, 2010

Getting from Airports to Harbor via Public Transportation

If you haven't been to Chicago before, the elevated train system, commonly referred to as "The L", is a great way to get around town. You can get to the harbor using only the train and your legs, which can spare you a $30+ cab fare. Both Airports have train stations for easy access to the system.

From O'hare: Take the CTA Blue Line into "The Loop" (The circuit of elevated tracks marking the center of downtown Chicago). Note that the Blue and Red lines are subway in the loop. Transfer to the Red Line(Northbound to Howard) at Jackson. Note that the Red Line is subway where you get on at Jackson, but transitions to elevated before you will exit. Exit the Red Line at Belmont. Walk East on Belmont Ave to the harbor.

From Midway: Take the CTA Orange Line(Elevated) towards the loop. Transfer to the Red Line Subway(Northbound to Howard) at Roosevelt. Note that the Red Line is subway where you get on at Roosevelt, but transitions to elevated before you will exit. Exit the Red Line at Belmont. Walk East on Belmont Ave to the harbor.

See attached transit map:

Belmont Harbor Event Map / Directions By Car

Getting into the Harbor is fairly simple. Once you are on the access road you are home free. Take a look at the image below. THIS LOCATION LINK can be used to find driving directions to the site via Google Maps.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Beverage Sponsor - Three Floyds Brewing Co.

We are pleased to announce that Munster, IN based Three Floyds Brewing Co. is going to join the 2010 505 North American Championship as our beverage sponsor.

Three Floyds brews a variety of fantastic craft ales and lagers. If you were not already pumped for this event, the promise of a 3 Floyds brew after racing should be enough on its own to bring you to Chicago. These beers are a real treat and we could not think of a better partner for our event.

When you are coming in to town from the East, the Three Floyds Brew Pub is a great spot to stop for lunch and a pint of great beer. The Brew Pub opens at 11:30 AM on weekdays and the food is delicious. The location is pretty close to the freeway that you will be coming in on. Check it out!

9750 Indiana Pkwy
Munster, In 46321

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Nominations for Surtees Service Award and Cahn Sportsmanship Award

Nominations for the Dennis Surtees Service Award and the Dave Cahn Sportsmanship Award are requested. They will be awarded at the North American Championship in Chicago at the end of June.

More information on Dennis and the Dennis Surtees Service Award can be found here. More information on Dave and the Dave Cahn Sportsmanship Trophy can be found here.

All nominations must be in writing. Nomination letters should adequately describe why the nominee is deserving of the award, and specific examples of the nominee's service should be cited in the letter. The nominating committee shall not accept nominations that only include a name, or a name and a vague description of service. Nominations may be submitted to Drew Buttner, Macy Nelson, or Aaron Ross.

2010 American Section AGM

As noted in the schedule, the 2010 AGM will follow racing on Friday, June 25.

Here is the agenda:

President's Report
VP's Report
Secretary/Treasurer's Report
Information Officer's Report
Regional Reports
Election of President
Election of Information Officer
2011 NA's Progress Report - American Yacht Club
2012 NA's Progress Report
Vote on 2012 NA's Location
2013 NA's and Worlds site proposals and bids
New Business

Monday, May 24, 2010

Additional Event Partners

We are pleased to announce that Harken, the world leader in sailboat hardware, has joined as an event partner for the 2010 505 North American Championships. Harken will be providing some awards and other competitor giveaways for the event. Harken is a long time supporter of the 505 class and their global headquarters is located only a few hours north of Chicago.

1251 East Wisconsin Ave
Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072-3755
Phone: 262-691-3320

Additionally, Glaser Sails has also joined in their support of the Championship. Glaser Sails is the west coast USA builder of 505 sails. Teams equipped with Glaser 505 sails took 1st and 2nd at the 2009 SAP 505 World Championships. Glaser is sponsoring the Saturday night dinner that will be held on the CYC patio. Please keep them in mind when you are eating "505 Crew Sized" portions.

15339 Pipeline Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Phone: 714-892-6700

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Event Photography

Layline Photography will be on the water during the 2010 505 NAs. Please check out their website to see their portfolio.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Event Partners

We are excited to announce that North Sails Gulf Coast will partner with the 2010 505 North American Championship as an event partner. Our friends in St. Petersburg have graciously donated a dacron jib that will be awarded to the top under 25 team. This is a fantastic contribution to our event; we hope some young teams will look to capture this prize and fill out their sail inventory.

1320 20th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Phone: 727-898-1123

Additionally, LaserPerformance Sail+Sport Chicago will be on-site with gear and parts available for purchase. Formerly Hedlund Marine, LaserPerformance Sail+Sport Chicago has been serving Chicago's small boat sailors for over 50 years. We are excited to have their chandlery services available in the dinghy park.

2112 Jackson Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-866-7765
Fax: 847-866-7784

In order to illustrate the excitement of 505 sailing, we will be working with to capture video of the racing. Sailgroove will also be around to conduct competitor interviews during the event; hopefully everyone who wants to can get their mug immortalized on the internet.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Charters Available

There are two boats that are available for charter: USA 8351 and USA 8464.

These boats should be able to make it to Chicago at a very reasonable cost. If you are interested, please let me know via e-mail and I will coordinate arrangements with the owners.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Race Committee

We are happy to announce that our PRO for the 2010 505 North American Championship will be Chicago Yacht Club's Erik Schneider. We have been in communication with Erik who is psyched about the event.

We are also happy to say that joining Erik is great friend of 505s, Dave Ellis. Dave has done a great job running our Midwinter Championship and we are stoked to have his help and experience with 505s at the NAs.

Lastly, the Chicago Match Race Center has graciously offered us the use of some of their RIBs during the event. This help is greatly appreciated by the organizers and we encourage those of you interested in match racing to check out the CMRC and the very cool things they are doing.