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july 2014 sunfish midwest schedule

I was a bit distracted over the July 4th weekend, so apologize that I am late posting this. there are (5) Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of July.

Saturday, July 5th – Carpenter Lake Regatta (Open)

this is already past (sorry!)

Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th – 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 13th – Camptown Races (Open)

the Hueston Sailing Association (map to lake here) is hosting these races:

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

Saturday, July 19th – PBC Invitational Regatta (Open)

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

Sunday, July 27th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

this race will be held at Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio 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 2014 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (4) upcoming Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of June.

Saturday, June 7th & Sunday, June 8th – 3rd Annual Sunfish Michigan Open Regatta

I already posted details about this race at Gull Lake.

Saturday, June 14th & Sunday, June 15th – 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 (NOR here) 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 22nd – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

this race will be held at Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio 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 28th & Sunday, June 29th – 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.

letters from the presidents

the Sunfish Class released a letter a few days ago from both the International Sunfish Class Association (ISCA) President, Paul-Jon Patin and the United States Sunfish Class Association (USSCA) President, Rich Chapman.

the letters both discuss moving the Class administrative duties to One Design Management, in San Diego, California.  ODM will take over the duties that have been performed for years now by Terry & Peg Beadle.

As many of you know, for the last 27 years Terry and Peg Beadle have run the Sunfish Class Office and managed Worlds registration.  They have been the faces and voices of leadership and set the tone for class camaraderie not only at World Championships but also at the North American Championships and countless US regattas as they served both ISCA and USSCA. Terry and Peg have been a large part of personality the Class since the late 1980s when Terry took over the position of Class Secretary and Class Office from then President Alan Scharfe. They have been at the helm of operations through the days of Pearson, Sunfish-Laser, Vanguard and Laser Performance and helped guide us smoothly through all of these times.

2014 Sunfish Worlds boat & sail logos unveiled

the Sunfish Worlds will be held this year at Camp Sea Gull Camp Seafarer in North Carolina.  the custom sail and boat design by Laser Performance and the Sunfish Class have been released and look pretty awesome. the ship’s wheel and anchor on opposite sides is a neat touch.

NCWorldsdesign

my only complaint? does it have to be blue and yellow?  NOT my favorite color combination.

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!

two are better than one

the Sunfish Class has voted to allow the use of 2 halyard lines, and an additional line for a Jens rig – all to allow for a more simplified method of depowering the Sunfish sail for heavy winds (official release).  it is often beneficial for lighter sailors, who don’t have as much body mass to balance the heavier wind forces on the sail (and hence the reason I’ve never had to use it…).

here are some of the specific rule changes.

3.7.2 One or two halyards may be used. Halyards may be of any length and diameter. The running end of one halyard may be used to create a boom vang and/or to pull the boom out in light air. A single purchase loop may be tied in each halyard to help draw the halyard tight, provided the sail can be quickly lowered in an emergency.

3.7.3 A rig to lower the point at which the upper spar lies against the mast (known as the “Jens Hookansen Rig‟)may be tied with an extra piece of line used solely for that purpose. The rig must be tied in such a way that the sail can be lowered quickly and easily by releasing the halyard(s).

here is a bit more information on the Jens rig (via MSYC blog):

A Jens rig, named after Jens Hookanson who used it in winning the 1976 Sunfish North American Championship (at age 16!), lowers the point at which the upper spar is attached to the mast. This leaves more of the upper spar unsupported. In heavier winds, the upper spar can bend more, twisting the leech and “spilling” air. Since the upper part of the sail is depowered, it is easier to hold the boat flat without easing the sail out. Therefore pointing is not sacrificed.

here is an excellent video (about 10 minutes long) with demonstration of the “Gust Adjust” – a class legal version of the Jens halyard setup for your Sunfish rigging.

Greg Gust also just won the Sunfish International Masters earlier this week – I think he knows what he’s doing!


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