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       March 2021

Dear Fellow Goats,

       I hope All is Well with you and your families.

       For Chicago, it has been a February to remember or forget!  Wherever You Are, I hope you are all doing well and having fun in the cold sun or in the warm sun.

       As we have Missed Gathering and Seeing you all in the past season, we are certainly looking forward to Distance Racing and Island Goat gatherings in the coming season.  The IGSS Spring Dinner is an event that we would like to host.  While normally scheduled for May 1 this year, we May Postpone to a later date in the summer.

       Likewise, we anticipate having the Pre-Mac Party at Columbia on July 16, and the Post-Mac Party at the Island House Hotel on July 20.

       With 380 Island Goats in our organization, we are certainly eager to exercise the social aspects of our organization again when appropriate!

       In the past newsletter, we highlighted the Acquisition of a New Ambulance through the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, and the circuitous route that the Mackinac Island Ambulance made across the county to be built.  Well, it Finally Made its Way to Mackinac Island this winter, and here are couple of photos –



       IGSS Members continue to support the Mackinac Island Medical Center   through The Ambulance Fund.  The Mackinac Island Community Foundation and the City of Mackinac Island certainly appreciates all the support from the Island Goats Sailing Society Members for supporting this new ambulance!

       Our IGSS Members also support   The Chicago Maritime Museum. Check the Events on their web site for some interesting and fun spring nautical diversions.

       Links to those organizations are also provided on  Our IGSS Website  Thank You for your continued support.

       We Appreciate our Sponsors!  Their support is a great benefit to our membership.  For this past year, Peroni Beer was our major sponsor.  We also want to thank North Sails, Chicago Yacht Club, Columbia Yacht Club, and Doyle Sails for providing nautical items for our past raffle drawings.  Please support our sponsors!

       On a Sad Note, since publishing our October newsletter, we lost three of our long time Goats -

       John Boyle was inducted as a Goat in 2004 and had completed 41 Mac Races. Also, his sailboat Mirage is a Goat Boat.

       Edward Freund was inducted as a Goat in 2005 and Eddie had completed 31 Mac Races.

       Bork Maronn was inducted as a Goat in 2011 and had completed 34 Mac Races.  Bork served on the Board of IGSS.

       Our Sincere Condolences to their families.

       We would like to know whenever any Island Goat Passes.  If we have missed anyone, let us know.

       The IGSS is always interested to receive Stories of Noteworthy Mac Races for the IGSS Archives.  If you have a story that you would like to submit, please contact one of the IGSS Flag Officers.

       Our goal is to Schedule Gatherings this summer and fall to give our IGSS members a chance to socialize; however, the IGSS decisions for gatherings were guided by recommendations of authorities.  We will keep you up to date on IGSS Plans and Events as we know more.

       Please include the following dates in your calendar:
       May 1, 2021 – Spring Awards and Induction Dinner
               Chicago YC Belmont Station (Actual date TBD)
       July 16, 2021 – Pre-Mac Party – Columbia YC - Tentative
       July 16-17, 2021 – Starts – 112th Chicago Mackinac Race
       July 20, 2021 – Post-Mac Party – Island House, Mackinac Island

       You can always find updated event information On Our Website.

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

       The Island Goats Sailing Society has also collaborated with TEAMONE Newport, a Premier Purveyor of Sailing and Foul Weather Gear for the Active Sailor.  Custom Embroidery of all Items is their specialty, along with the IGSS Logos.  Access to this site is available through Our IGSS Goat Store  or via  Our IGSS TEAMONE Goat Store

       All of the Flag Officers and Board Bembers wish you and your family a Safe Spring and look forward to Seeing you on The Water!

       Take care and stay well.

Tim Hoffman

The Red Eyed Goat Head Logo of the Island Goats Sailing Society        

Tim Hoffman

Angela Graham
Vice Commodore

Peter Barrett

Larry Kwiat

Paul Murray

Shawn O'Neill
Past Commodore

Gary Allie
Mary Corkell
Don Glasell
Rick Hayes
Bork Maronn
George Morrissey
John O'Connor
Tom O'Laughlin
Mitch Padnos
Allan Teske


Bruce Hillstrom
Jack Kunze
Jamie Lowe
Deane Tank, Sr.
Bob Zeman

Tim Hoffman
IGSS Commodore
21W721 Clifford Road
Glen Ellyn IL 60137

TimHoffman@IslandGoats. Org

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