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fog

“The fog comes
on little cat feet.”
– Carl Sandburg

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you can no longer see the horizon on Lake Michigan – calm water and fog have blended into one.

for those in peril on the sea

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm has bound the restless wave,
Who bade the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

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be yourself

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Argenteuil – Monet

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Argenteuil, 1872, Claude Monet

august 2014 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (8) [holy smokes!] upcoming Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of August.  there are 4 different races happening on the weekend of August 23rd & 24th!  busy times wrapping up the summer.

Saturday, August 9th – Douglas Lake Regatta (Open)

this regatta is put together by the Douglas Lake Sunfish Fleet 700, and the event will be held on Douglas Lake in the northern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula (Google map).

Beautiful, large inland lake.  Good sized racing fleet.  Lots of room for launching and recovery.

Sunday, August 10th – Lake Charlevoix Open Regatta (Open)

this is fairly close to the race the previous day on Douglas Lake, so it’d be a great way to get 2 races in in the same general area.  Lake Charlevoix (“3rd largest inland lake in Michigan!”) is beautiful – I spent several vacations up there with my best friend back in the ol’ high school days, although back then we were cruising around on jet-skis.  the event is hosted by the Charlevoix Yacht Club, and racing will be held at the northwest end of the lake.  you can find the notice of race here (.pdf file).

Sunday, August 10th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

the printed schedule I got shows this as the 11th (Monday), but these are usually held on Sundays… so let’s just call it the 10th of August.  this is the same day as the Charlevoix Open above, but will be down in Ohio.  this race will be held at Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio (map of state park here, .pdf file) and is hosted by the Kiser Lake Sailing Club.  the lake is popular for sailing as motorboats are not allowed on the lake.

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Saturday, Aug 23rd to Sunday, Aug 24th – Midwest Regional Championship #1

the 1st regional championship for the Midwest Region will be held at Wolf Lake Yacht Club near Jackson, Michigan.  the event also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the yacht club! the NOR can be found here (.pdf file).

photo via Wolf Lake Yacht Club

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Sunday, August 24th – Lake Bluff Regatta (J Sheppard Memorial Regatta)

this event will be held at Lake Bluff Yacht Club. additional information can be found at their Facebook page and the NOR (.pdf file).

located in Lake Bluff, Illinois along the shore of Lake Michigan north of Chicago.  This provides an excellent place to enjoy sailing and learn in many varied sailing conditions.

Sunday, August 24th – auGusto (Open)

this is the same day as the Midwest Sunfish Regional above.  this race is hosted by the Hueston Sailing Association (map to lake here):

Racing 1:30pm to 4:00pm – no fees, no trophies, just fun!

Sunday, August 24th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

same venue and general info as the Fun Sunfish Regatta on August 10th, see above for more details.

Saturday, Aug 30th to Sunday, Aug 31th – GDSC Open

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) is back up at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron, and is their Labor Day regatta (held a weekend early!).

 

week 2 of junior sailing camp

man time is flying by this summer! my 2 older boys just finished up the 2nd week of sailing camp this year.  conditions were similar to week 1, but Monday was stormy with high winds – my older son sailed only a short time in the morning, and my younger son didn’t sail at all that day.

PYC monday

the rest of the week generally played out about the same each day:  winds were mostly lighter, less than 10 mph each day.  my younger son mostly sailed the Opti, and my older son sailed mostly the FJ and the 420.

to mix it up during this second week, the instructors have a neat activity on Wednesday: the kids all have to sail to a park on the other side of the lake where they have pizza delivered for lunch at the park, and then sail back in the afternoon.  and on Friday, the instructors grill a chicken barbeque lunch to finish off the week.

all told, Ive been very pleased with the Learn to Sail program at Pontiac Yacht Club – a very impressive program, giving students a variety of sailing experiences and a great time out on the water!


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