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I'm in. I go every year to get a break from the winter.

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T34C,

I have been in and out of Sailnet lately and not read a lot of older threads. A while back you were thinking about a go fast boat. Anything come of that yet?

Pulled our boat early this year and really regretted it last week with temps in the 80's. However, reality has set in, temps in the 40-50 range, rain, and winds in the 20's. Happy not to be pulling the boat and covering it in this stuff. Just checked the mid lake bouy, winds at 25 kts + from NE, waves 8', water temp 60,air temp 48, wind chill 42. Must be fun out there today...and damn cold.
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Mine is waiting at the marina to get hauled. I might get one more chance to go out next week before they haul her.

New go-fasty is in a holding pattern. (Going to take a while to get my wife used to the idea.) We finished up the year with two second place, and one first place trophy sailing the heavy old girl, so still doing OK as is. I'm still making repairs after our Labor Day race. 30+ kt winds with waves 6-8 ft. and a few 10's thrown in for good measure. I was damned glad to be sailing the boat I had instead of a lighter faster boat that day. (and we still broke a bunch of stuff!)

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We'll be there. we tend to go every other year. Part of the fun is the train ride from Harvard IL. to downtown Chicago. Harvard is about 1 hour from where we live in SW Wisconsin so sometimes a snow storm gets in our way but other than that we would love an informal type gathering of sorts of the Sailnet crew.
we're newbies to the group.
The boats are always nice but long lines to go through them are a pain. I really go for the "stuff" for our boats. Being Jan. we up in the big lats usually haven't spent any money on our boats for a few months so we're READY. As long as the wife approves.
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Sounding like a party in the making!

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Party, you betcha! Sway, I don't have my Pelosi '06 button anymore, well actually I do, but I don't want to take it out of the display case. How about a Clinton '08 button? HA! I'd rather wear a CD '08 button. Can you guys recommend a place to stay? I am not looking for hand outs, as the friend I am meeting is a girl and we may require a little privacy. I'll leave that open ended so you can have at it with witty banter. Looking for a nice hotel nearby the show.

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Downtown Sheraton is nice and within walking distance of Navy Pier where the show is.
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sherat...propertyID=196

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Before they tore it down, the Palmer House had a old English look and feel. Very elegant place. I stayed here many times.

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Oooooo....the Sheraton! I'm gettin' funny feelings in my pants already. Nice looking place, just what I need. Thanks T34C. I don't remember the Palmer House, having only been to Chicago twice, but do you remember the Berghoff? It was a my best friend, Scott Berghoff's family restaurant. I think it shut down awhile back.

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Ah, Berghoff!!!!! Last I heard the daughter was running a catering business out of the old restaurant. There was talk of it being reopened. Not sure what has taken place since.

The Fairmont is Strictly Sails hotel, and a great hotel. A little pricey sometimes, but great service and location. They run a shuttle to the Pier, and cabs are plenty. Chicago, the best city in N. America.
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