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Sunfish Club Threatened with Closure

I saw this posted on the Sunfish Forum. spread the word if you can. more details can be found at the Club’s Facebook page.

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you can also sign a petition to show your support to SAVE ACCESS to the beach.

Northshore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois is basically being threatened with closure by the city without any help of finding a new location. NSYC has a growing Sunfish teaching and racing program. They have been around for many years. If anyone is able to help keep the club in business please feel free to contact the club’s officers.

The City of Highland Park announced this week that it will be PERMANENTLY CLOSING off all Public Access to the Park Ave Boating Facility and South Beach. This action would permanently dislocate the North Shore Yacht Club and is to be effective May 31, 2015. Today the City of HP owns the land, leases it to the Park District, who in turn leases some of the property to the NSYC.

Essentially we have 6 weeks of life left at the NSYC as we know it today, devastating news! Boaters, fisherman, water lovers, members and residents are outraged at this short notice and the reason given is to provide greater security to the newly renovated Water Plant facility located on site. Ironically announced on 9/11, in poor taste. This was a mayoral decision that was NOT voted on by City Council and we are prepared to heavily protest this decision and need your HELP in spreading the word – quickly!

The NSYC has a 77 year history in Highland Park and the Park District owns the adjacent land just North of the existing site. The Park District is proposing a relocation to the North Beach which provides no launch protection, no sand ramp, no boat ramp launch, no facilities, no bathroom, no storage, limited parking, all with the City providing ridiculously short term notice. It is NOT our intention to fight city hall, rather reason and work together to accomplish three critical points of mutual agreement in the short term. These points are listed on the attached page.

What we need from you. . . Are you aware of any other clubs, or villages that have gone through this, located near a Water Plant and Homeland Security being the issue? I hear Wilmette did several years ago – what do you know? Spread the word, facebook, other sailing and kayak clubs on Lake Michigan. We need your support, expertise and muscle in spreading the word. The full story is found on our Facebook page – link below.

Thank you!

Liz Riesche
North Shore Yacht Club
Board of Directors, Executive Committee
Kayak Program Chair

goodbye summer

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Curtains fall, fashions fade, an endless summer over
Another tide to launch an autumn moon over the dunes

~ lyrics from “Sleep All Summer” by Crooked Fingers (I like this cover version)

300,000 pageviews & giveaway

a week or so ago, the my2fish Sunfish sailing blog passed 300,000 pageviews (all-time).  it took a little under 4 years to reach 200,000 – and now just over 1 year later it has now passed the 300k mark.

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it is interesting (to me at least!), to watch the ebb and flow of the blog visitors.  with a mostly summer sport, it definitely slows down during the winter – and then picks up quite a bit as the weather warms up – peaking in that June/July/August time when sailing is a bit more relevant to most people’s lives.

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for those who have just found the blog – thanks for visiting, and I hope you stick around a while!

for those who have been following the blog for a long time – thanks for all the views, the comments, and the feedback over these last few years!  I’ve had a lot of fun with the blogging, and I hope it’s been an interesting journey.

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similar to the 200k giveaway, I am having another cool gear giveaway to celebrate the 300,000 pageview milestone! once again, this will be from gybe-ho boatwear, an awesome supplier of boating and sailing apparel (custom-made gear, too).

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the winner of the giveaway will receive a t-shirt and a hat from gybe-ho – he has a variety of items in stock and will work with the winner to make sure you are happy!

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here are the giveaway details, rules, etc.

  • to enter the contest, you need to leave a comment on this blog post (you can enter your name as “anonymous”, or whatever you like really) – but I will need an email to contact you if you are chosen as the winner!
  • no specific requirement for the comment itself, but I will moderate if need be!
  • multiple comments do not equal multiple entries!
  • after 1 week, I will randomly select a commenter to receive the free t-shirt and hat.  I will send the winner’s email address to gybe-ho, and they will contact you to get your mailing address to they can ship the t-shirt and hat directly to the winner.

thanks again for visiting the blog! and let the commenting begin!

sunfish surfing

Enfield Tsunami

saw this great picture over on the Sunfish Forum — thanks to Stache for posting it.

photo credit to Killington Zone.

sailing with my boys

Thursday at camp seemed promising for our last chance to sail. all morning, I could feel a bit of a breeze as I walked around camp to the various morning activities. after lunch and watching son #2 play in a 3-on-3 soccer tournament, we headed down to the beach to try sailing. I rigged the Minifish up and set off my oldest son in the Mini. I had my 9-yr old join me in the Sunfish.

the wind must’ve been playing tricks on us, though, because it was very light and shifty out in the water. my oldest son in the Minifish just laid right down in the cockpit and drifted along.

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we sailed around a bit, and I let my 9 1/2 yr old son man the controls of the Sunfish. after a bit, I had the boys switch, so my 9 1/2 yr old could sail the Minifish for the 1st time.

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despite the lack of a steady breeze, it sure was a lot of fun sailing on the gorgeous waters of Lake Michigan… for the 1st time sailing WITH my boys instead of just giving them rides on my boat.

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yesterday, the waters of Lake Michigan had settled back down after Tuesday’s rainstorm. it was very light winds, but we took down my Sunfish and our new Minifish down to the beach to try sailing.

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it was a fun day playing on the water, even with the lighter winds. my 13-yr old sailed the Minifish first, and I took my 6- yr old for a ride on the Sunfish.

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I’ll post more details later.


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