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Sunfish Club Threatened with Closure

I saw this posted on the Sunfish Forum. spread the word if you can. more details can be found at the Club’s Facebook page.

nsyc
you can also sign a petition to show your support to SAVE ACCESS to the beach.

Northshore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois is basically being threatened with closure by the city without any help of finding a new location. NSYC has a growing Sunfish teaching and racing program. They have been around for many years. If anyone is able to help keep the club in business please feel free to contact the club’s officers.

The City of Highland Park announced this week that it will be PERMANENTLY CLOSING off all Public Access to the Park Ave Boating Facility and South Beach. This action would permanently dislocate the North Shore Yacht Club and is to be effective May 31, 2015. Today the City of HP owns the land, leases it to the Park District, who in turn leases some of the property to the NSYC.

Essentially we have 6 weeks of life left at the NSYC as we know it today, devastating news! Boaters, fisherman, water lovers, members and residents are outraged at this short notice and the reason given is to provide greater security to the newly renovated Water Plant facility located on site. Ironically announced on 9/11, in poor taste. This was a mayoral decision that was NOT voted on by City Council and we are prepared to heavily protest this decision and need your HELP in spreading the word – quickly!

The NSYC has a 77 year history in Highland Park and the Park District owns the adjacent land just North of the existing site. The Park District is proposing a relocation to the North Beach which provides no launch protection, no sand ramp, no boat ramp launch, no facilities, no bathroom, no storage, limited parking, all with the City providing ridiculously short term notice. It is NOT our intention to fight city hall, rather reason and work together to accomplish three critical points of mutual agreement in the short term. These points are listed on the attached page.

What we need from you. . . Are you aware of any other clubs, or villages that have gone through this, located near a Water Plant and Homeland Security being the issue? I hear Wilmette did several years ago – what do you know? Spread the word, facebook, other sailing and kayak clubs on Lake Michigan. We need your support, expertise and muscle in spreading the word. The full story is found on our Facebook page – link below.

Thank you!

Liz Riesche
North Shore Yacht Club
Board of Directors, Executive Committee
Kayak Program Chair

sunfish surfing

Enfield Tsunami

saw this great picture over on the Sunfish Forum — thanks to Stache for posting it.

photo credit to Killington Zone.

a DIY Sunfish rudder build [video]

saw this video posted on the Sunfish Forum.

thoughts? it certainly is pretty creative.  also quite simple and fairly low cost.

I didn’t realize you could flatten PVC like that – but I’d worry about it’s long term strength. pine and plywood also don’t strike me as the best suited for exposure to water, or having very much structural strength and stiffness.

it seems like old rudders are pretty readily available if you look around, so I’m not sure I’d try to recreate something that works if I can find an old one nearby to buy and maybe refinish if need be.  plus, I sail enough on the Great Lakes that I don’t think I’d trust sailing in heavy wind and waves with a home-made creation that might not hold up under the heavier loading from heavy sailing.

sunfish tacking technique

there is a thread now on the Sunfish Forum about the proper method to tack in a Sunfish.  novice and pro alike have offered their opinion, based on personal experience, from watching videos on Youtube, or by watching and learning from some of the Sunfish Worlds champions.

but no response has been nearly as good as this one, offered up by John Albrecht (or “Duckfat”) as “the only proper and true method” to tack a Sunfish:

Preparations:
1. Decide that for some reason that the direction you are currently sailing in is no good.
2. Brace your beer between your feet, amid the clutter of the mainsheet, beef jerky bags, and condom wrappers.
3. Look around to make sure there aren’t any waverunners bearing down on you. If there are, keep the pellet gun out of sight until they are within range.

Tacking:
1. Scream “LOOK OUT!” as a polite heads-up to your passenger(s).
2. Whip the tiller in one direction or another until the sail begins flopping wildly about.
3. Do not let the boom hit you in the head.
4. It’s important enough to list twice. Do not let the boom hit you in the head. And keep an eye on the beer cooler while you’re at it.
5. When the sail is flopping around on the other side of the boat and your passenger is sufficiently terrified, slide your ass to the side that isn’t dragging in the water.
6. Shout “NOW WE’RE SAILING!!” while awkwardly trying to change tiller and mainsheet hands. Get them caught on and wrapped around each other in the process.
7. Scull the rudder back and forth in a valiant attempt to get out of irons. Assure your passenger that this is how the pros do it.
8. When the wind has once again filled the sail (on the opposite side, otherwise what you just did wasn’t actually a tack), step on the mainsheet while you reach down and take a swig of that beer. Tacking is thirsty work. (Note: Occasionally a gust of wind will give you a rope burn on the bottom of your foot. This is normal.)
9. Have your passenger hand you another beer, then ask her why she still has that bikini top on. Ain’t no other boats round here.

hilarious!

a 1960 corvette or (2) sailfish?

an interesting question posed over at the Sunfish Forum: would you rather have (2) Sailfish sailboats or the 1960 Corvette?

oops!

I saw this posted on the Sunfish Forum today, apparently a photo from the Italian championship.

I’ve never done that in a Sunfish, but I have pulled off a similar move in a sea kayak – wave lifted me and the kayak up, and it nose-dived straight into the sand, threw me off and forward, and then landed on top of me.

HT: Wavedancer at the Sunfish Forum


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