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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!

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.

sailing log 2013-06-30: Ford Lake

welp, it was the last day of June, but I finally got out and sailing on my Sunfish this year.  seems like May & June are always a blur of wrapping up the boys’ soccer seasons and end of the school year activities.  excuses, sure, but that’s how my sailing works for now.

it was a pleasant Sunday afternoon: my boys are staying with their grandparents for a couple weeks and my wife was off on a wild goose chase of her own on the other side of Michigan.  so I had the afternoon all to myself, and I decided to test out a new lake in my area.

Ford Lake, near Ypsilanti, is a 975 acre (1.5 square mile) impoundment of the Huron River. the lake was created when a dam was built to provide hydro-electric power to nearby factories for Ford Motor Company.  like most of the dammed up rivers around here, it isn’t incredibly deep, with a maximum depth of about 30 feet.

ford lake map

Ford Lake is home to the Eastern Michigan University sailing club.  I’m not sure how active the club actually is, but I do know that Derrick Fries is a faculty advisor for the sailing club.  Derrick is a Sunfish champion and author of  “Successful Sunfish Racing” and “Start Sailing Right“.

one big difference I noticed with Ford Lake is that there didn’t seem to be any significant amount of weeds – at least in the area I ended up sailing – which is a huge improvement over a lot of the inland lakes in my area.

I used the Ford Lake Park launch ramps on the south side of the lake (marked by the “A” on the map above).  there is a $8 daily fee for boats (annual passes are available).  the ramps are paved and nicely sloped, with several docks to tie up your boat while you park your car and trailer.

ford lake ramps

the sailing that afternoon was quite nice – the breeze wasn’t too strong, but was quite gusty, with shifts catching me by surprise a couple times.  not enough to capsize, but it kept me on my toes!  I think the long and narrow lake plays a bit into the shiftiness of the wind.

here is a screen capture from the video I took with my GoPro camera.

Ford Lake sunfish sailing

overall, it was a great afternoon for sailing, and I had a great time out on the water.  a bit late, but not a bad start to my 2013 sailing season.

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.

greater detroit 2013 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2013 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.

this year is also the 50th anniversary of the GDSC!

  • April 28th – Maceday Lake (only a month away!)
  • May 19th – Watkins Lake
  • May 26th – Watkins Lake [10:30am start!]
  • June 9th – Sailing & Rigging Workshop @ Big Lake
  • June 29th & 30th – Lakeport State Park – a camping & sailing weekend with an Open Regatta.  sailing this year will be based at Armstrong’s Resort in Lakeport.
  • August 17th – Portage Lake
  • August 31st & September 1st – Tawas Bay – a camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron (launching from Timber Lane Resort‘s beach)
  • September 22nd – Watkins Lake
  • October 6th – Big Lake

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

the Sailing & Rigging Workshop day is planned to be:

a day of teaching-learning for sunfish sailors.  Topics suggested include rigging strategies, maintenance, repair, practice starting.  Bring your boat and whatever lines, parts, and tools you think you might need

I said this last year, 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!


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