the Sunfish Worlds will be held this year at Camp Sea Gull Camp Seafarer in North Carolina. the custom sail and boat design by Laser Performance and the Sunfish Class have been released and look pretty awesome. the ship’s wheel and anchor on opposite sides is a neat touch.
my only complaint? does it have to be blue and yellow? NOT my favorite color combination.
Published April 4, 2014
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 2014 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.
all Sunday races start at 12:30pm [uno]
I said this last year (and the year before), 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!
the Sunfish Class has voted to allow the use of 2 halyard lines, and an additional line for a Jens rig – all to allow for a more simplified method of depowering the Sunfish sail for heavy winds (official release). it is often beneficial for lighter sailors, who don’t have as much body mass to balance the heavier wind forces on the sail (and hence the reason I’ve never had to use it…).
here are some of the specific rule changes.
3.7.2 One or two halyards may be used. Halyards may be of any length and diameter. The running end of one halyard may be used to create a boom vang and/or to pull the boom out in light air. A single purchase loop may be tied in each halyard to help draw the halyard tight, provided the sail can be quickly lowered in an emergency.
3.7.3 A rig to lower the point at which the upper spar lies against the mast (known as the “Jens Hookansen Rig‟)may be tied with an extra piece of line used solely for that purpose. The rig must be tied in such a way that the sail can be lowered quickly and easily by releasing the halyard(s).
here is a bit more information on the Jens rig (via MSYC blog):
A Jens rig, named after Jens Hookanson who used it in winning the 1976 Sunfish North American Championship (at age 16!), lowers the point at which the upper spar is attached to the mast. This leaves more of the upper spar unsupported. In heavier winds, the upper spar can bend more, twisting the leech and “spilling” air. Since the upper part of the sail is depowered, it is easier to hold the boat flat without easing the sail out. Therefore pointing is not sacrificed.
here is an excellent video (about 10 minutes long) with demonstration of the “Gust Adjust” – a class legal version of the Jens halyard setup for your Sunfish rigging.
Greg Gust also just won the Sunfish International Masters earlier this week – I think he knows what he’s doing!
is there a need to liven up the Sunfish brand and identity? what can the Sunfish class do to appeal to those hipster, athletic Laser sailors? new colors, new sail patterns seem like a decent idea… but I think it needs to be bigger. bolder.
maybe something a bit more raw, cutting edge? with a bit more energy and emotion….
take a walk on the wild side, unleash your inner evil Sunfish.
Published March 5, 2014
repairs , sailing
Tags: 2135, annapolis performance sailing, aps, blog, cam cleat, carbo block, h150, harken, mainsheet, mainsheet block, minifish, ratchet block, sale, sunfish, sunfish rigging, sunfish sailing
I was just browsing online for some new rigging to get for the Minifish that I bought in November, and came across a nice little video that Annapolis Performance Sailing just created that talks about the Harken H150 cam cleat and some of the accessories you can pair with the H150.
the H150 is a great little cam cleat that I have used before with my Sunfish if I want the option to cleat the mainsheet. my setup includes a Harken carbo ratcheting block – the 57mm H2135 on a stand-up spring – that controls the tension on the mainsheet. I mounted the H150 cam cleat on the turned down lip around the cockpit of the Sunfish. the picture below is before I installed the stand-up spring, but shows the H150 mounted on the cockpit lip.
this position is important for a few reasons: it keeps the cam cleat mostly out of the way, and it makes it fairly difficult to reach that far into the middle of the boat to cleat off the mainsheet when you are hiked out in a stiff breeze. some sailors/racers like to install a cleat on each side of the cockpit near the outer edge of the Sunfish, but these can hurt your legs if you ever are hiked out and forward enough that they get in the way.
the reason to avoid cleating off your mainsheet in a medium to high strength winds is that you lose the ability to quickly spill the sails if you are hit with a quick puff of breeze. it is recommended to learn to sail with the mainsheet always in your hand, controlling the sail and making minor adjustments with the wind. if you were hit with a large gust of wind with the mainsheet cleated, it could cause you to flip your Sunfish and take an impromptu swim!
a note for newer Sunfish with the rolled gunwales – the cockpit trim makes it difficult to install the H150 on the cockpit lip. you might be able to figure something out, but with my newer Sunfish, I just installed the H2135 and the standup spring, and skipped the cam cleat. either option works!
HT: APS Stern Scoop blog