here is a neat little video showing how SLO Sail & Canvas fabricates their top covers for the Sunfish sailboat.
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).
Sunday, July 13th – Camptown Races (Open)
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!
I was looking through some of my GoPro video footage from sailing my Sunfish last summer on Lake Erie, and I put together this little clip of me flipping the boat over. I had been sailing a while and came in close to shore so that I could adjust the way my GoPro video camera was mounted back on the end of the lower boom.
in retrospect, I’m not really sure why I didn’t go all the way into the beach to fiddle with the camera – maybe I thought the process would be simpler? either way, it ended up a bit of a mess, and flipped the Sunfish right over when the sail caught the wind just right. thankfully the water wasn’t deep enough for the boat to flip all the way over and “turtle”.
I hope you find some joy in my stupidity!
I found this short video showing a sailor out on Lake Huron sailing his Sunfish. looks like fun!
a handy method for organizing your Sunfish sail with the booms and mast after you are finished sailing for the day is to tie the whole lot together using a chain sinnet (or monkey braid).
make sense? probably not by just watching that simple video, so of course, a little bit more explanation will probably help.
1st – make sure your sail is dry. if you have to put away your sail wet, make sure you unroll it ASAP and let it dry to prevent mildew from forming on the sail.
2nd – position the 2 booms (or spars) together. I also usually just leave the mast in the gooseneck, and rotate it down so that the mast is parallel with the booms. pull the sail away from the booms and mast, and start to slowly – and loosely – roll the sail up towards the booms. IMPORTANT: do NOT roll the sail around the booms, as you are more likely to damage the sail that way.
3rd – use both your halyard and mainsheet to tie a chain sinnet knot that wraps around and loosely secures the rolled up sail and the booms and mast. I usually start with the mainsheet, with it pulled all the way so that the pulley that connects with the traveler is tight against the end boom block. so my mainsheet chain sinnet starts at about the mid-point (at the forward boom block), and I tie the chain sinnet knot towards the tack of the sail (and base of the mast). then, with the halyard, I’ll tie again the chain sinnet knot, working the opposite direction.
if some pictures would help, the Lansing Sailing Club has put together a pretty nice step-by-step pictorial – check it out here. an example picture is below.
working my way from the using the halyard