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                                                                                                   October 15th 2018

Dear Fellow Goats,

        This year’s Mac was, once again, one for the Record Books. Although we had fewer boats retire than last year, conditions were just as difficult with the majority of the fleet experience a Beat with 20+ kts of wind and large waves for virtually the entire race. We were deeply saddened when tragedy struck and fellow sailor, Jon Santarelli, drowned after being lost overboard shortly after the start of the race. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates.

       The IGSS kicked off the 2018 Mac Week with our Annual Pre-Mac party on the Friday evening prior to the Saturday start of the Racing Division competitors.   The Humidity level was a bit high (100%) so we set up under the tent on the aft deck of Columbia Yacht Club.   Our Annual Post-Mac Party was again held on the Porch at the Island House Hotel.   Attendance was strong and 2 new “fun” awards were distributed to give recognition to boats with the Most Goat Experience.  Eleven took the prize for having the highest concentration of senior goats and Dakota won the prize for having the crew with the highest number of Goat years.  We also want to congratulate our Fastest Goats to the Island.  Bill Alcott, Tom Anderson & Ron Sherry aboard Equation had the best corrected time in the Racing Divisions and Angela Graham, Bob Kolar, Tom O’Laughlin, Skip Ryan and Mark Snell aboard Broderi where the big winners in the Cruising Division.

       We appreciate our sponsors!  Their support is a great benefit to our membership.  This year Peroni Beer was our major sponsor.  They graciously donated 235 IGSS Mac Hats that were distributed at our 2018 events starting with our Spring Dinner.  We also want to thank North Sails, Columbia Yacht Club & Doyle Sails for providing nautical items for our Raffle Drawings.   Please support our sponsors!

        On Saturday, December 1, 2018 we will hold our Annual Holiday Cocktail Party.  See the invitation included with this mailing for details.  Hopefully you can attend and stay for dinner.  It is always a fun evening where we recognize New IGSS Applicants and manage to elicit a few tall tales from our most senior Goats in Attendance.

        On a Sad note, since publishing our last newsletter, we recently lost one of our long time Goats, Bill Emery. Bill raced in 44 Macs and was an integral member of the Bacchant crew, he will be missed.  We would like to know whenever any Goat passes.  If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know.

        If you know of anyone that did their 25th Mac this year, remind them that they can apply for IGSS Membership On-Line at our Website.  Additionally, they are invited to attend the December 1st Holiday Party at CYC-Monroe Street Station.  If your Boat has competed in 25 Macs, please use the Regular On-Line Membership Application putting in the boat’s name as the applicant’s first name and list the years that the boat sailed the Mac.  Use your full name as the last name and don’t forget your contact information.

        Please include the following dates in your calendar:
       • December 1, 2018 – Holiday Party – CYC Monroe Street Station
       • May 4, 2019 – Spring Awards and Induction Dinner – CYC Belmont Station
       • July 12, 2018 – Pre-Mac Party – Columbia YC
       • July 12-13, 2019 – Starts – 111th Chicago Mackinac Race
       • July 16, 2019 – Post-Mac Party – Island House, Mackinac Island

        You can always find updated event information on our
        Website’s Events Page.

        If you are looking for Goat Merchandise, go to our  Goat Store  for ordering information.   In addition to regular items available at our events, the site provides information on ordering from Land’s End, who can add the Goat Logo to any of their gear.

        All of the Flag Officers and Board members wish you and your family the Happiest of Holidays.

                                                                                                    Shawn O'Neill
                                                                                                    IGSS Commodore

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Shawn O'Neill

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Angela Graham

Tom McLaughlin
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Jim Armstrong
Don Glaser
Angela Graham
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