five years. can you believe it? sometimes I hardly can.
the my2fish blog about Sunfish sailing turns 5 years old on July 17th.
high fives all around.
and now for something completely different…
earlier this spring I bought a new mountain bike, and have been trying to add that in to my life’s rotation. the bike trails are very easy to get to from our house, and the loop around the nearby lake is a short 4-mile route. I usually ride one or two loops – nothing crazy. most of the route is on paved bike trails or large shoulders along the road, but there is a part that you can detour off into a gravel drive that winds through the woods, with several small footpaths that wander even further into, and along, the woods.
a few nights ago, I rode a loop around the lake with my 13-yr old son, and when we stopped at home, he went back inside, I grabbed my GoPro camera and took off for another loop. it was getting into the lower light of evening, and the video I captured on the trails in the woods was pretty wild. enjoy.
I was a bit distracted over the July 4th weekend, so apologize that I am late posting this. there are (5) Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of July.
Saturday, July 5th – Carpenter Lake Regatta (Open)
this is already past (sorry!)
Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th – Sam Meyers Memorial Regatta (Open)
this is another 2-day regatta, hosted by the Pymatuning Sailing Club at the Pymatuning State Park in Linesville, Pennsylvania, to honor the late Sam Meyers. this is technically a race in the Mid-Atlantic Region event, but is close enough to the Midwest if you’re willing to travel that far. it is a multi-class event, with Sunfish, Laser, Force 5, Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 sailboats racing (if enough pre-register). rustic camping is available. the Notice of Race (NOR) can be found here (.pdf file).
Sunday, July 13th – Camptown Races (Open)
Racing 1:30pm to 4:00pm – no fees, no trophies, just fun!
Saturday, July 19th – PBC Invitational Regatta (Open)
this race will be held on the Maumee River, and will be hosted by the Perrysburg Boat Club.
Sunday, July 27th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)
this race will be held at Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio and is hosted by the Kiser Lake Sailing Club. the lake is popular for sailing as motorboats are not allowed on the lake. per the Midwest schedule notes:
2:00pm Start. Open to all, no fees. There are trophies, relaxed atmosphere, short courses, numerous starts, FUN!
I was looking through some of my GoPro video footage from sailing my Sunfish last summer on Lake Erie, and I put together this little clip of me flipping the boat over. I had been sailing a while and came in close to shore so that I could adjust the way my GoPro video camera was mounted back on the end of the lower boom.
in retrospect, I’m not really sure why I didn’t go all the way into the beach to fiddle with the camera – maybe I thought the process would be simpler? either way, it ended up a bit of a mess, and flipped the Sunfish right over when the sail caught the wind just right. thankfully the water wasn’t deep enough for the boat to flip all the way over and “turtle”.
I hope you find some joy in my stupidity!