Close Reach Sailing Club to Launch at Strictly Sail Chicago

Chicago-based Broad Reach Sailing debuts its new sailing club at Strictly Sail, January 27-30 at Navy Pier. Close Reach Sailing Club is an innovative new way to share a boat that is fun, easy, and affordable.
"Forget Me Not" is Close Reach's Mirage 29
"Forget Me Not" is Close Reach's Mirage 29
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Jan. 17, 2011 - PRLog -- Broad Reach Sailing announces the formation of a new division, Close Reach Sailing Club. “The club is an innovative new way to share a boat," said Captain Todd Williamson, one of the club’s owners. “Our members will have a fun, easy, affordable way to get out and sail all summer.”

Club membership will be limited to 50 people to ensure members get ample sailing time. Members who want to take a boat out will first be certified by one of the owners, all of whom are US Coast Guard licensed Captains. “Once a member is certified they just reserve a boat using our online scheduling system. Then, other members can sign up to sail with them. It’s that easy,” explained co-owner Captain Pamela Lefebvre. She added, “The boat will be out just about every day, so people will have lots of opportunities to sail.”

Williamson and Lefebvre met while working at their former company, a sailing school in Chicago. “We always worked well together,” Williamson said, “so when I started this club I wanted Pam to join us. It’s great to have her in the Broad Reach family.”

Close Reach Sailing Club will begin sailing this spring on “Forget Me Not,” a 29’ sloop designed by Philippe Harle and built by Mirage Yachts Ltd. “We plan to add more boats down the road as the club grows,” commented the club’s other co-owner, Captain Ted Anderson.

Membership is $1000 for the season, which includes unlimited club sailing, dock parties, and special events. The club covers all maintenance and storage costs, and even provides training for less experienced sailors. “Our members get to do what they want most - sail and have fun!” said Williamson. He added, “Our goal is to develop a community of competent, independent sailors.”

Close Reach Sailing Club will make its first appearance at Strictly Sail Chicago, January 27-30 at Navy Pier. booth 175. “Anybody who’s interested in joining should come check us out at Strictly Sail,” suggests Williamson. Initial interest is strong, and they expect to fill most spots at the show. “We ought to be sold out before we hit the water in May,” he projects. More information on the club can be found at

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Close Reach Sailing Club is a division of Broad Reach Sailing, LLC. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Broad Reach offers fractional sailing programs, seasonal sailing club memberships, and yacht sales featuring the full line of Dufour Yachts. Since its founding in 2006, Broad Reach has focused on pioneering methods of yacht sharing, and remains committed to providing the broadest variety of tailored opportunities to sail. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Captain Todd Williamson at or (312) 523-3081.
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