the 2014 Youth Sunfish Worlds has just completed at Camp Sea Gull Camp Seafarer. the Camp put together this awesome video highlighting the racing.
more information can be found at the Sunfish Class website.
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.
North Shore Yacht Club
Board of Directors, Executive Committee
Kayak Program Chair
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.
yesterday, the waters of Lake Michigan had settled back down after Tuesday’s rainstorm. it was very light winds, but we took down my Sunfish and our new Minifish down to the beach to try sailing.
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)
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.
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).
Sunday, August 24th – Lake Bluff Regatta (J Sheppard Memorial Regatta)
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)
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!).