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sailing with my boys

Thursday at camp seemed promising for our last chance to sail. all morning, I could feel a bit of a breeze as I walked around camp to the various morning activities. after lunch and watching son #2 play in a 3-on-3 soccer tournament, we headed down to the beach to try sailing. I rigged the Minifish up and set off my oldest son in the Mini. I had my 9-yr old join me in the Sunfish.

the wind must’ve been playing tricks on us, though, because it was very light and shifty out in the water. my oldest son in the Minifish just laid right down in the cockpit and drifted along.

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we sailed around a bit, and I let my 9 1/2 yr old son man the controls of the Sunfish. after a bit, I had the boys switch, so my 9 1/2 yr old could sail the Minifish for the 1st time.

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despite the lack of a steady breeze, it sure was a lot of fun sailing on the gorgeous waters of Lake Michigan… for the 1st time sailing WITH my boys instead of just giving them rides on my boat.

august 2014 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (8) [holy smokes!] upcoming Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of August.  there are 4 different races happening on the weekend of August 23rd & 24th!  busy times wrapping up the summer.

Saturday, August 9th – 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, August 10th – Lake Charlevoix Open Regatta (Open)

this is fairly close to the race the previous day on Douglas Lake, so it’d be a great way to get 2 races in in the same general area.  Lake Charlevoix (“3rd largest inland lake in Michigan!”) is beautiful – I spent several vacations up there with my best friend back in the ol’ high school days, although back then we were cruising around on jet-skis.  the event is hosted by the Charlevoix Yacht Club, and racing will be held at the northwest end of the lake.  you can find the notice of race here (.pdf file).

Sunday, August 10th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

the printed schedule I got shows this as the 11th (Monday), but these are usually held on Sundays… so let’s just call it the 10th of August.  this is the same day as the Charlevoix Open above, but will be down in Ohio.  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.

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Saturday, Aug 23rd to Sunday, Aug 24th – Midwest Regional Championship #1

the 1st regional championship for the Midwest Region will be held at Wolf Lake Yacht Club near Jackson, Michigan.  the event also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the yacht club! the NOR can be found here (.pdf file).

photo via Wolf Lake Yacht Club

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Sunday, August 24th – Lake Bluff Regatta (J Sheppard Memorial Regatta)

this event will be held at Lake Bluff Yacht Club. additional information can be found at their Facebook page and the NOR (.pdf file).

located in Lake Bluff, Illinois along the shore of Lake Michigan north of Chicago.  This provides an excellent place to enjoy sailing and learn in many varied sailing conditions.

Sunday, August 24th – auGusto (Open)

this is the same day as the Midwest Sunfish Regional above.  this race is hosted by the Hueston Sailing Association (map to lake here):

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

Sunday, August 24th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

same venue and general info as the Fun Sunfish Regatta on August 10th, see above for more details.

Saturday, Aug 30th to Sunday, Aug 31th – GDSC Open

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) is back up at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron, and is their Labor Day regatta (held a weekend early!).

 

production of a Sunfish top cover [video]

here is a neat little video showing how SLO Sail & Canvas fabricates their top covers for the Sunfish sailboat.

I first saw the video over at Panda’s blog Sweet Bluesette. he has been very happy with his SLO Sails cover for his sailboat, a Lido 14.

my2fish blog’s 5th birthday

five years.  can you believe it?  sometimes I hardly can.

the my2fish blog about Sunfish sailing turns 5 years old on July 17th.

high fives all around.

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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).

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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!

a Sunfish sailing fail caught on my GoPro

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!

 


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