sunfish adventure raid [June 1-2, 2019]

this will be the 2nd annual Sunfish Adventure Raid – Laser Performance is again sponsoring a 2-day sailing event on the lower Connecticut River near Hartford this summer.

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Sunfish Adventure Raid! On the weekend of June 1st 2019, join sponsors LaserPerformance and Maclaren, in Hartford, CT USA for a two-day distance sail down the Connecticut River to Essex, CT. Races on Saturday will be followed with a regatta camp out in Hurd State Park with a barbeque provided by LaserPerformance. Racing continues down the river on Sunday to Pettipaug Yacht Club for post-race festivities for sailors and friends!

and some more details from last year’s event:

Join us for a two-day fun race following the lower Connecticut River from the industrial banks of Hartford, past meadowlands and wetlands, meandering past eighteenth-century seaports, to finish at tree-covered Essex. Up to two people sail per boat, carrying on board the necessary camping gear (tents, sleeping bags), life jackets, clothing and foul-weather gear, lunch and drinks for two days.  Register for two days of family fun and adventure!

sign up/registration information can be found here.  additional details can be found at LP’s Facebook page for the event.

this event has been held annually for the last several years, but had been mainly initiated and organized by just a few Sunfish enthusiasts.  it’s nice to see Laser Performance sponsoring the race again this year, and hopefully they will continue that sponsorship for future years.

historically, the Connecticut River race was a huge Sunfish event, with even reference to it in the Sports Illustrated article “Here She is, the True Love Boat“:

Enthusiasts have been known to enjoy offshore cruising in, and overnight camping from, Sunfish, and have used them on river trips. Every May a fleet of about 100 of the little boats participates in a three-day race down the Connecticut River from Hartford to Essex.

I’m not sure that any of the recent events have come close to that many participants, but perhaps with LP acting as a sponsor, it will help create more interest in getting this back as a Sunfish tradition.

 

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sailboat swap and sale at Zim Sailing (Rhode Island)

sounds like a great opportunity to grab some Sunfish boats or Sunfish gear at the upcoming sailboat swap and sale at Zim Sailing in Rhode Island.

A local club brought in a bunch of old sunfish and parts to sell at our Boat Swap this Saturday. See details below.

Saturday April 6th from 9-3
@ Zim Sailing’s Headquarters!
33 Broadcommon Rd, Unit 1, Bristol RI, 02809

Used Boat Auction:
Sell your Opti, 420, Sunfish, or Laser.
Find a great deal on a used boat.
Auction starts @ 10 AM, sharp!
Cash or check only.

Other Event Specials:
New Boat Specials!
BIC SUP Specials!
Parts and Gear Specials!
Clearance Rack!
Factory tours!

For more information Contact us, 401-237-6117.
RSVP Via Facebook Here

details posted on the Sunfish Forum.

 

do you like sailing? a test

here is a simple test to determine if you would enjoy sailing:

  1. rig up a rope swing in your back yard tree.
  2. get two friends to come over.
  3. have one swing you back and forth.
  4. have the other spray you in the face with a cold hose.
  5. rip up a couple $100 bills while you are enjoying the spray.

any questions?!

how to sail a sailboat

this is a great list by Dave Barry:

Cypress Gardens Sunfish Regatta

a great video showing off an old Sunfish regatta.

h/t: Small Boat Restoration posted this on the Sunfish Forum.

10% off Harken supplies at APS

for a limited time (Feb 25 to March 10, 2019), Annapolis Performance Sailing (APS) is offering a 10% off sale on Harken blocks, cleats, shackles, eyestraps & fairleads.

I use the Harken 2135 57mm carbo ratchet block for my mainsheet control on my Sunfish – it was a BIG upgrade over what I was using previously, and a HUGE improvement over the old hook that came standard on older Sunfish sailboats.  I also use the H071 stand-up spring and the HSB2 spring cup.

see this blog post that outlines all of the parts I use for a sunfish mainsheet controls upgrade.

with 10% off, now is a pretty good time to update your old gear or improve to a newer system.

greater Detroit 2019 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2019 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.

  • May 19th – Watkins Lake
  • June 9th – Watkins Lake
  • June 22nd & 23rd – camping weekend at Muskegon Lake (Muskegon State Park)
  • July 28th – U.P. Island Race (Les Cheneaux YC… details t.b.d.)
  • August 10th & 11th – Gull Lake Sunfish Open Regatta (details & NOR TBD)
  • August 31st & September 1st – camping weekend at Higgins Lake (South State Park)
  • September 14th & 15th – Devils Lake Regatta (Bruce Goldsmith Memorial – details & NOR TBD)
  • September 29th – Watkins Lake

all Sunday races start at 12:30pm [uno], with the camping/racing weekends starting earlier in the day to get extra races in over the weekend.

I said this last year (and the year before… and the year before… and the year before), and didn’t get a chance to sail with this group, but I’m again going to do my best to meet up with them for some sailing races this year.


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