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                                                                                                   June 1st 2018

Dear Fellow Goats,

        Seems like we skipped Spring this year and went straight to Summer!  Hope everyone has their boats in the water and ready to sail for the 2018 Season.

        Since our last newsletter we celebrated Our 59th Annual Spring Dinner on May 5th at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station.  It was my pleasure to announce at the dinner that Peroni Beer is our 2018 IGSS Mac Hat Sponsor and we were able to start distributing this year’s IGSS Chicago Mac hats to the Goats in attendance.  This year we honored one of our very own Goats, Ted Jones, with the prestigious Fresh Water Award for his years of dedicated volunteer service to our sport.  We also were fortunate to induct two of our long time Goats, Art Leonard & Captain John “BB” Whitton with Master Mariner Status (50 Macs!).  Fastest Goats to the Island were Robert Hughes on Heartbreaker in the Racing Division and Elsa Gustafson, Suzy Phelps, John Regan, David Sollitt and Michael Sollitt on Infinite Diversion in the Cruising Division.  The entertainment for the evening was listening to the tall tales of our 13 New Goat Inductees who were officially welcomed into our exclusive organization.

        We will again be hosting our regular two parties around this year’s Mac.  The Pre-Mac Party will be Friday evening, July 20th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, on the upper deck of Columbia Yacht Club.  Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and each active Goat will receive two complimentary drink tickets.  Some of our sponsors will provide us with door prizes. Afterwards, Columbia YC offers a buffet dinner.  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling Columbia YC directly at 312-938-3625.  Major credit cards will be accepted.

        A Post-Mac Celebration will take place on the porch of the Island House Hotel on Tuesday, July 24th from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm Island time.  Your first drink will be provided by the Goats, after that, a cash bar will be available.  We plan to have Peroni Beer available.  UK, North, Doyle & Quantum Sailmakers along with Columbia Yacht Club will once again provide door prizes.  If there is someone on your boat that is doing their 25th Mac, be sure to tell them that they are invited to celebrate with us!.

        The IGSS Board is always looking for a few volunteers to help run our organization.  Please contact me if you have interest in joining our Board of Directors or helping out in any other capacity.

        On a Sad note, since publishing our last newsletter, we recently lost one of our long time Goats, Mel Guthrie.  We would like to know whenever any Goat passes.  If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know.

        Please include the following dates in your calendar:
       • July 20, 2018 – Pre-Mac Party – Columbia YC
       • July 20-21, 2018 – Starts – 110th Chicago Mackinac Race
       • July 24, 2018 – Post-Mac Party – Island House, Mackinac Island
       • December 1, 2018 – Holiday Party – CYC Monroe Street Station

        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.

        July 20-21 is the start of the 110th Race to Mackinac.  All of the IGSS Flag Officers and Board Members wish you and your mates a fast safe passage to Mackinac Island.

                                                                                                    Shawn O'Neill
                                                                                                    IGSS Commodore

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Shawn O'Neill

Tim Hoffman
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Peter Barrett

Larry Kwiat

Angela Graham

Tom O'Laughlin
Past Commodore

Gary Allie
Don Glasell
Angela Graham
Jack Kunze
Jamie Lowe
George Morrissey
Allan Teske
Bob Zeman


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Deane Tank, Sr.

Shawn O'Neill
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Skokie IL 60077



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