The Wilmette Harbor Club, located north of Chicago on Lake Michigan, includes a clubhouse with both indoor and outdoor dining, a gas dock, and mooring for several hundred boats. Since 1929 the Wilmette harbor's Sheridan Shore Yacht Club has hosted sailboat fleet racing during the summer months. Wilmette harbor is also home to the Sheridan Shore Sailing School for both adults and children.

Wilmette Harbor Club

Jim Tingey got his first Wilmette Harbor mooring in 1970, an Arrow, and joined the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club in 1973.  He was very involved in Wilmette Harbor operations. He served on the Wilmette Harbor Association board for 10 years, also serving as President.  He also did time as the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club Commodore!

Jim is an avid artist and fisherman.  He has a very cool web site where you can send a picture of what you caught before the release and he will paint a picture of it for you. Jim makes the Awards for the Wilmette Harbor Club's Annual Fishing Derby, lovely framed paintings of local fish. Featured in above picture is Gary Hirschel wining his Most Fish Award at the WHC Fishing Derby.

Catch and Release Web Site

Jim Tingey calls himself a flat taxidermist. Jim is a retired Wilmette Central School fourth grade teacher. He used to invite his graduating students to a one day fly fishing clinic where he would bring in members of the local Trout Unlimited Chapter to help with casting instructions and local fly tiers to teach the kids how to tie a simple fly. Oh, and he’d let the kids cast cane rods, as one of the guys helping the kids said, “What a great way to learn, cane rod, tying lessons and bluegills, I wish I was eleven again.”

Jim has artwork from coast to coast. He is active with a number of groups who promote flyfishing, he donates paintings to charitable organizations, and he promotes his business at trade shows. He also takes his own fishing photos and makes his own drawings to use as a reference for client projects. He works from photos sent to him from his clients and his own drawings to ensure an accurate representation of the fish.

“I think I’m a good alternative to a wall mount and I usually add a photo insert of my client so that when they look at the painting, they’ll remember that moment.” - Jim Tingey