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Boeing Employees' Sailing Club
St. Louis

Joe Presson, Commodore joe.presson@boeing.com
Vice Commodore @boeing.com
Gus Elia, Recreation Councilor gus.elia@boeing.com
Linda Coleman, Equipment Chairman  linda_co@sbcglobal.net

Who We Are

The Boeing Employees' Sailing Club - St. Louis provides recreational sailing opportunities to Boeing employees, retirees, contract employees and customer representatives and their immediate families in the St. Louis area.  We provide a full schedule of racing, cruising and fun get togethers throughout the sailing season.  In addition we provide sailing lessons and inexpensive boat rental.

What We Sail

The Boeing Employees' Sailing Club owns several  ChryslerMutineers.  These are easy to sail sit-in 15 ft. fiberglass sloops.  They are designed to be sailed with a skipper and one crew member but they can accommodate up to 4 people.  These boats are available for rental.  Contact the club for more information.  In addition, club members own many types and sizes of sail boats from Sunfish and Snarks to a 36 ft. ocean racing catamaran.

Where We Sail

A mutineer sailing downriver with a barge in the background Sharing the lake with a barge. (They're slow and you can see them from a long way off)

Club members are also associate members of  Valley Sailing Association and are entitled to use their facilities on Alton Lake near Portage Des Sioux in St. Charles County.  This is where our boats are stored and sailed and where we race.  From time to time we also host events at other lakes in the area such as Creve Coeur Lake in Missouri and Lake Carlysle in Illinois.  Members also take advantage of other sailing opportunities all over the world.

Racing

A Mutineer and a Comet just passing the pin at the finish line Wednesday Night Racing

In conjunction with  Valley Sailing Association we provide many racing opportunities.  We host a Wednesday night racing series that brings together beginning sailors and experienced skippers for evenings of relaxed competition.  Separate trophies are given for the beginning and experienced skippers.  Often we also participate in the Valley Sailing Association Sunday racing series.  There are several special events sponsored by the club or by Valley Sailing in which we participate.  These include the Governor's Cup regatta, the Around the Islands race, and the Pumpkin Regatta.  Contact the club for more information on these events.

Alton Lake at Sunset View of the lake looking west toward the Sioux power plant and Valley

Cruising

The area around Valley Sailing provides many opportunities for day sails in a beautiful setting.  We have sailed to Portage Des Sioux for lunch or to Elsa Bar for a picnic on a small sand island.  From Valley it is possible to sail to Grafton at the mouth of the Illinois river or to many other small and medium sized islands.  We have also taken trips on Lake Carlysle to enjoy members' boats and beautiful scenery.

Fun

We often schedule parties at Valley or at the homes of members.  And after a day of racing we gather under the pavilion at Valley or meet at a local establishment to relive the day's events and enjoy good company.  We also participate in the Valley Sailing annual fall and spring banquets held at local restaurants.

Information

We have books, magazines and videos which cover racing, cruising, navigation and seamanship skills, all available to the club member.  And we have a wealth of experience in our members who are always willing to answer questions.

How to Join

Fill out the application form and follow the instructions.  Or contact one of the officers.  We look forward to seeing you on the water.

Links

Club News
Upcoming Events
Racing
Sailing Resources
Crewing Opportunities
Valley Sailing Association
Chrysler Mutineer Class Association
The Handbook of Missouri Boating Laws and Responsibilities
Illinois Boating License and Boat Saftey Course
Boeing Employees' Sailing Club Mail List

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This page last updated on May 31, 2006.

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