Posts Tagged 'regatta'

kinetic art: sailing [in motion]

as meech so wisely pointed out in a comment on my last post – how can it be kinetic art without video evidence? the proof is in the pudding:

 

kinetic art: sailing

a friend and coworker showed off his latest creation today.  our office had just relocated a few miles away, and we are all still settling in to our new offices (or cubicle, in my case).  he had created something called kinetic art [any piece of art that uses motion or movement for its effect].  and for his subject – he had chosen something he and I both share a passion for… sailing.

kinetic art 1he calls it “regatta”. 

it is a simple, balanced creation – but subtle in its creativity.

plain wire is shaped to mimic waves, and balance the shapes hanging below.

fisherman’s swivels connect the wires to the sails.

sails are hand cut from copper sheet.  slightly scuffed with sandpaper and blazoned with a torch – each sail is uniquely different, with the effects of the torch creating a rainbow of colors on the copper sail surface.

kinetic art 2

the artwork is hung from the ceiling with a fishing leader. it benefits from a nearby heating & cooling vent on a piece of duct work nearby… the copper sails slowly dance and chase each other in a lazy circle, racing towards the finish line.

simple, graceful, beautiful.

art.

september 2013 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (3) Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of September.

Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, Sept 1st – GDSC Open Regatta – Labor Day

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) (also check out their Yahoo Group, it’s sometimes a bit more up-to-date) hosts an annual camping trip with Sunfish racing to be held over Labor Day weekend.  they are repeating things from last year, with the event being held at Tawas Bay, Michigan, with racing to be held on Tawas Bay which is part of  Lake Huron.  many from the group will be camping at the Tawas Point State Park, but the group will be launching their sailboats from the public ramp next to Timberlane Resorts, where some of the group is also staying.

Lake Huron at Tawas Bay

my family camped at that state park a few summers ago – it is a pretty nice park, and a absolutely beautiful area, but sailing is not really feasible from the state park and campground area, as the water is very shallow for several hundred and up to a few thousand feet off the shoreline.  I also sailed on Tawas Bay that weekend, launching from the same ramp the GDSC will be using.

Saturday, Sept 14th and Sunday, Sept 15th – Midwest Sunfish Regional Championship #3

this event will be held at Devils Lake Yacht Club in Manitou Beach, Michigan.  it is the 70th annual “Bruce Goldsmith Memorial Regatta“, and typically includes 2 fleets – Sunfish and Lightnings.  this is the event I was able to attend as a spectator (and photographer) in 2009.

Saturday, Sept 21st and Sunday, Sept 22nd – Clark Lake Fall Regatta

this 2-day event will be held by Clark Lake Yacht Club in Clark Lake, Michigan.  a couple things from the notice of race:

Note:  5 boats minimum required for individual start –3 boats minimum for a fleet! Rebels, Interlakes, Sunfish, Wayfarers, Buccaneers, and Snipes!

sounds like a great time!  the official notice of race can be found here (.pdf file).

 

august 2013 sunfish midwest schedule

there are 6 upcoming Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of August.

Sunday, August 11th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

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.

…2pm start, open to all, no fees, there are trophies, very informal, short course, numerous starts…

Saturday, August 17th – Scowfish Regatta (Open)

this is a regatta for both Sunfish and MC Scow sailboats.  it will be the 8th annual regatta for the MC Scows, and the 12th annual regatta for the Sunfish.  the event is being held at Portage Lake Yacht Club in Pinckney, Michigan. more information can be found here.

Saturday & Sunday, August 24th & 25th – Midwest Sunfish Regional #2

this is the 2nd Midwest Regional, and is being held on Lake Michigan by Lake Bluff Yacht Club.

(photo from Lake Bluff Yacht Club)

Sunday, August 25th – Just For Fun #3 (Open)

the Hueston Sailing Association (map to lake here) already hosted Just for Fun #1 (May) and Just for Fun #2 (July).  this is their 3rd race in the Just for Fun series.  once again:

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

Sunday, August 25th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

this is the same day as the Just for Fun #3 above, and is the same racing venue as the Fun Sunfish Regatta on August 11th (see above for information).

Saturday, August 31st & Sunday, September 1st – GDSC Open – Labor Day Regatta

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) (also check out their Yahoo Group, it’s sometimes a bit more up-to-date) hosts an annual camping trip with Sunfish racing to be held over Labor Day weekend.  they are repeating things from last year, with the event being held at Tawas Bay, Michigan, with racing to be held on Tawas Bay which is part of  Lake Huron.  many from the group will be camping at the Tawas Point State Park, but the group will be launching their sailboats from the public ramp next to Timberlane Resorts, where some of the group is also staying.

july 2013 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (5) upcoming Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of July.

Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th – Sam Meyers Memorial Regatta (Open)

this is another 2-day regatta, hosted by the Pymatuning Sailing Club at the Pymatuning State Park in Linesville, Pennsylvania, to honor the late Sam Meyers.  this is technically a race in the Mid-Atlantic Region event, but is close enough to the Midwest if you’re willing to travel that far.  it is a multi-class event, with Sunfish, Laser, Force 5, Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 sailboats racing (if enough pre-register). rustic camping is available.  the Notice of Race (NOR) can be found here (.pdf file).

Sam Meyers Regatta

Sunday, July 14th – Just for Fun #2 (Open)

the Hueston Sailing Association (map to lake here) already hosted Just for Fun #1 back in May.  this is their 2nd race in the Just for Fun series (one more in August).  once again:

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

Saturday, July 20th – PBC Invitational Regatta (Open)

this race will be held on the Maumee River, and will be hosted by the Perrysburg Boat Club.

Saturday, July 27th – 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, July 28th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

similar to the Fun Sunfish Regatta held in June, 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.  per the Midwest schedule notes:

2:00pm Start. Open to all, no fees.  There are trophies, relaxed atmosphere, short courses, numerous starts, FUN!

june 2013 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (5) upcoming Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of June.

Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2nd – Midwest Sunfish Regional Championship #1

I already posted details about this 1st Midwest Regional at Gull Lake.

Saturday, June 1st – the 8th Annual Chippewa Challenge: Sunfish – Laser Regatta (Open)

this race is held at the Chippewa Yacht Club in Medina, Ohio (35 minutes from downtown Cleveland).  registration will be at 8:30am, and the race is open to both Sunfish and Laser sailboats, and juniors are welcome!  cost is $35/boat with the plan for 5 to 7 races.

Saturday, June 15th & Sunday, June 16th – Berlin YC Regatta (Open)

this race will be held at Berlin Yacht Club, in North Benton, Ohio – over on the east side of Ohio between Akron and Youngstown.  it is a weekend event on Father’s Day weekend with a barbecue on Friday night to start things off.  the racing will include Sunfish, Laser, Thistle, and Flying Scot sailboats.

photo by Berlin YC

Sunday, June 23rd – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

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.

Saturday, June 29th & Sunday, June 30th – GDSC Regatta (Open)

this is a weekend camping event with the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC), who have a full summer schedule of racing in the greater metro Detroit area (see full schedule here).  they will be camping at Lakeport State Park on Lake Huron, and will hold several races on Saturday and Sunday.


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