there is a relatively new Sunfish blogger I’ve found and would like to introduce to ya’ll: Sail bug: two landlocked newlyweds learning to sail
Mike and Em have a Sunfish (“Blue”) and an AMFlite (“Woody”) and are blogging about the joys of learning to sail, repairing their boats, making a custom trailer and a PVC dolly, and having fun along the way.
Sail bug’s 2 boats
stop on over and check out their blog, and give them a warm welcome!
well, technically this wasn’t ever actually my Sunfish – but it is the 1st one I’ve ever sailed on. the photo is of Ryan, the younger brother of my roommate Sean, from when I worked as a staff member at Camp Arcadia. Sean was the 1st person to introduce me to the Sunfish (15 years ago!).
Published March 28, 2013
Michigan , sailing
Tags: gdsc, great lakes, mc scow, michigan, midwest, portage lake, portage lake yacht club, sail, sailing, sailing club, sunfish, sunfish class, sunfish race, sunfish sailing, tawas bay, timber lane resort
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!
just a little high speed Sunfish sailing in December in Texas. looks fun!
Sunfish sailor Doug posted a pretty cool video of himself sailing his Sunfish out on Biscayne Bay just a couple weeks ago. I’ll admit, with a fresh few inches of snow on the ground here in Michigan, I’m pretty jealous of him sailing at this time of the year – with water and wind temperatures both above 70 degrees!
thanks for letting me post your video Doug! I really like his green and white striped sail for his Sunfish, too.
here is a preview for a movie that came out a couple years back called Wind Jammers.
WIND JAMMERS is an independent film production about an American girl who learns to sail in the Bahamas but ends up learning much more about herself and the world around her. This inspiring movie set in the Bahama islands will take you on a sailing adventure!
there is some pretty decent footage of the young girl sailing a Sunfish in just the preview, so I would imagine there is even more Sunfish sailing in the video!
HT: Old Orchard Yacht Racing