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.
Published August 26, 2013
Michigan , sailing
Tags: chicago, great lakes, illinois, michigan, north shore yacht club, rigging, sunfish, sunfish rigging, sunfish sailing, 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.
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:
will post more details later.
Published May 22, 2013
Tags: 200k, blog, blogging, boatwear, giveaway, great lakes, gybe ho, my2fish, nautical, pageviews, sailing, t-shirt
today, the my2fish Sunfish sailing blog passed 200,000 pageviews (all-time), in a little under 4 years of existence.
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.
to celebrate the 200k milestone, I am going to have a t-shirt giveaway (my treat)! the t-shirt will be from gybe-ho boatwear, an awesome supplier of boating and sailing apparel (custom-made gear, too). the winner of the giveaway will have their choice of a 100% polyester moisture wicking t-shirt with a nice Great Lakes design on the front, in their choice of navy or titanium.
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. I will get your t-shirt color and size, and then 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 directly to the winner.
- [ok, realizing that not all my visitors are from the Great Lakes, if the winner would prefer one of the many other t-shirts available from gybe-ho, that can be arranged]
thanks again for visiting the blog! and let the commenting begin!
this is the official movie trailer for a movie coming out titled “Sleeping Bear” – looks pretty interesting!
Published April 22, 2013
Tags: canal, Detroit, detroit river, freighter, great lakes, HD, Lake St Clair, michigan, river, shipping, St Clair River, time lapse
this video is a tad long (and quiet… could use some background music or something!), but overall it is a very neat view from a shipping freighter as it makes it way down the St Clair River, into Lake St Clair, and then down the Detroit River and into Lake Erie.
The rivers serve as an important transportation route connecting Lake Michigan, Huron, and Superior to Lake Erie, Ontario, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Erie Canal.