today was an unseasonably warm day for January in Michigan – I think the temperatures were in the high 50′s this afternoon. I’ve been unable to take my Sunfish up to my dad’s barn for winter storage due to various schedule conflicts and then snowy roads – so today was shaping up to be a perfect day to drive the hour or so west to his house and put it away in his barn.
I forgot to take any pictures today, but it looks pretty much the same as last year’s winter storage (see pic below)! since no one was home – I even muscled the Sunfish up there by myself – it took a little creativity and some brute strength, but I was able to lift the boat up and fasten the 2×4 beams under it to hold it in place.
when I was driving home, I did chance upon a VERY different way to store a Sunfish, and just had to stop and take a picture. it looks like it was just tossed into the back of the old beat up wooden boat.
Published February 20, 2012
Michigan , sailing
Tags: great lakes, ice sailing, lake huron, Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, michigan, sailing, snow kiting, snow sailing, st ignace, winter, wissa
the 2012 World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships is going on this week all the way up in St. Ignace, Michigan. the event includes 3 types of sailing or classes: snow sailing (or sled class, where a windsurfing rig is used with some type of sled and the rider is standing), wing sailing (any wing held directly by hand), and snow kiting (a wing connected by line). you can learn more about the activities at website/blog for the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association (WISSA), or on the event’s Facebook page.
St. Ignace is located right across the Mackinac Bridge, the 1st stop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. it is situated right on Lake Huron, with views over to Mackinac Island. per the WISSA 2012 website, this will be the 1st time in 17 years that the international event will be hosted in the USA.
HT: the Detroit Free Press had an article about the event a few weeks ago.
happy groundhog day! this has certainly been a strange winter in Michigan – one of the warmer winters in my recent memory, and a very small amount of total snowfall so far. it’s been above 50 degrees F several times in January, and this week will have several days in the low 40′s. there have been a couple days of bright sunshine, too, which has been great. we did have one snowfall of maybe 2 or 3 inches about 2 weeks ago – I took the boys sledding for a little bit that weekend. it’s been pretty much the only chance we’ve really had all winter!
I posted this clip a couple years back, but I really like it – Bill Murray gives the weather report from the movie Groundhog Day.
we shall see what the the groundhog predicts tomorrow morning!
well, it’s Groundhog’s Day, and the fat little vermin Punxsutawney Phil has spoken:
- six more weeks of winter.
- six more weeks of cold snowy weather.
- six more weeks until I can go sailing.
my only consolation on a day like this: it brings back memories of Bill Murray (a favorite – after all, he is my sailing inspiration, remember?), in the movie named for today: Groundhog Day (link to wiki). see the wiki link for the basic plot, if you haven’t seen the movie (and if you haven’t… you should!).