I stumbled on some great pictures of the before and after restoration of a Sailfish sailboat.
a “before” photo:
the Sailfish was the precursor to the Sunfish style of sailboat that I sail today. it was a similar “board” boat, this one without any type of cockpit or hull. just some wooden rails along the edges – and you’d sit right up on top of the deck.
an “after” photo:
the Irish Boat Shop certainly did a fine job – she’s a great looking boat now, and I’m sure will last several more years for its owner.
does it always have to be salt water? The Great Lakes would offer some pretty spectacular sailing, Joe. the America’s Cup racing could have been hosted by Chicago, for sure!
Published August 17, 2014
family , Michigan , sailing
Tags: arcadia, family, great lakes, lake michigan, michigan, minifish, sailing, sunfish, sunfish sailing
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.
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.
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.
“The fog comes
on little cat feet.”
– Carl Sandburg
you can no longer see the horizon on Lake Michigan – calm water and fog have blended into one.
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.