Posts Tagged 'great lakes'

a Sunfish sailing fail caught on my GoPro

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!

 

sunfish sailing on Lake Huron [video]

I found this short video showing a sailor out on Lake Huron sailing his Sunfish.  looks like fun!

greater detroit 2014 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2014 Sunfish race schedule (you can find it with additional information posted at their Yahoo Group).  you can also check them out on their Facebook page.

all Sunday races start at 12:30pm [uno]

I said this last year (and the year before), and didn’t get a chance, but I’m again going to do my best to meet up with this group for some races this year.  it’s shaping up to be a pretty busy summer already, though!

great lakes boat building school

the Great Lakes Boat Building School is a traditional boat building school in Michigan that teaches:

woodworking, basic design, traditional and modern boat building, and yacht joinery

the school is located right on the waters of the Great Lakes, at the Les Cheneaux Islands of the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I would love to take a summer class here, or take a year or two off to do the full program: it is a combination of things I really enjoy – woodworking, building, and boating/sailing.

rigging a Sunfish sailboat [video]

this is an excellent video that shows how to rig your Sunfish sailboat. it was created by Steve King of North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois. North Shore Yacht Club sails on Lake Michigan and has a fleet of 17 Sunfish. Steve mentioned to me in an email that the really nice thing about having a standard rigging for the club is that it keeps all the boats setup the same, and it keeps the storage area neat if all the sails are put away the same way.

there are some really good tips & tricks in the video – I don’t use all the same rigging settings, but most are very similar. the slipknot that he ties into the halyard to give a 2:1 purchase for raising up the sail is a great idea.

for more tips on how to rig your Sunfish, see my post with various Sunfish rigging guides.

sailing log 2013-07-28: Lake Erie

just a quick post: took the Sunfish out for a short sail this afternoon on Lake Erie – it was a blast!  strong winds from the south/south-west meant I could zip up and down along the beach, bouncing up and over waves when I was heading south, and surfing on the tops of waves when I turned around and headed back north.

here is a screenshot from my GoPro video camera:

lake erie gopro

will post more details later.


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