Harkers Island Sunfish Regatta

the Sunfish Class sent out an email blast for the upcoming Harkers Island Sunfish Regatta (July 15-17) in North Carolina.  I’ve seen pics and such for the event before – it looks like a neat and fun weekend!

If you’ve been thinking about making it down to North Carolina for a Harkers Island Regatta, this would be a good year to hit the road for our 15th annual running and extended party weekend July 15-17. Checkout a short aerial video clip. More details about the regatta and Harkers Island are on the MOBYC website. The three-day event kicks-off Friday noon with a practice sail around the island and dinner party with crab races, blender sports bar and a one-man Caribbean loop jam band. Saturday is the 10+ mile race around the island followed by a low-country boil dinner complete with steamed clam appetizers, video replay of race highlights, rum cake dessert contest, awards and complimentary Gosling’s Dark & Stormy bar. Sunday winds up with short course racing and Sunfish/boating gear prizes. All proceeds to benefit local NC youth sailing programs. Camping and some housing available in addition to inexpensive hotels. NOR is posted on the class website. Expecting to break the 60 boat barrier this year.

Checkout a short aerial video clip.

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full of strange promise & a hint of trouble 


my son sailing our Minifish on Lake Michigan a couple years back. 

bonnie plants

I saw this truck the other day and instantly thought of a good blogging friend: bonnie k frogma.

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she plants/gardens, she kayaks, and she even sails a Sunfish!  if you don’t already read her blog, take some time to check it out!

 

today’s tunes: “I’m On A Boat” – with classroom instruments

a clever little revision to the “I’m on a boat” song by The Lonely Island, this time with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for the Tonight Show, with the music all from classroom instruments.

you can see the original version of the song here.

I’ve got a nautical themed pashmina afghan.

SUP sunfish

recently, Laser Performance announced a few new products that they are adding to their catalog of several sailboats (Laser, Sunfish, Pico, Bahia, etc); Laser Performance will now offer a few versions of stand-up paddle boards (or SUP).  SUP’s are all the rage these days and are a fun and easy way to get you out of the water.

scene4_sport_frontbut the strange thing (to me, anyway) is that Laser Performance is branding the new SUP’s with the Sunfish logo – and name.  so now, you have your standard Sunfish sailboat and also (3) options of Sunfish stand up paddle boards. what’s next, a slightly more aerodynamic & sporty version of an SUP called the Laser?

they are calling this branding the “world of Sunfish” and lumping these new SUP’s together with the standard Sunfish sailboat.

After more than 60 years, the thrill of Sunfish is still going strong. Its iconic design is part of the evolution of surfing and closely related to contemporary paddle boarding.

they call it a “return to it’s boarding roots”, which itself has some truth to it, as the original creators of the Sunfish (and it’s predecessor, the Sailfish) were tasked to create a paddle board for the Red Cross way back in the beginning of the Sailfish and Sunfish history.

interestingly enough, though, the term “Sunfish” is already such a strong brand name for a small sailboat, that many of it’s similar sized & shaped competitors are often mis-labeled as Sunfish when talked about or advertised, simply because in the small sailboat world, most everyone knows what a Sunfish sailboat looks like.  with the recent spike in popularity for the stand up paddle boards (you can even buy them at Costco!), does slapping the “Sunfish” logo and name on these ones improve their appeal? or just cause more confusion?

I think they’ve obviously missed an opportunity to join the two ideas, and could have simply called the new stand-up paddle boards: the SUPfish.

I mean, I’ve been stand up sailing on my Sunfish for a while now.  you don’t need to buy a fancy a new board and paddle to do that!

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so the biggest thing missing from these new SUP’s offered by LP is a sail. every other boat option they manufacturer has a sail on it.

so now, after hours of deep research and deep Google dives, I’ve stumbled upon the solution.

just add a sail to your paddle!

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now we’re talking! surfing, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding all mixed up into one neat little package!

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(some photoshop liberties may have been taken with that last photo…)

 

400,000 pageviews & a double giveaway

I’ve been a little distracted lately, but a month or so ago, the my2fish Sunfish sailing blog passed 400,000 pageviews (all-time).  it took a little under 4 years to reach 200,000, then a little over 1 year to get up to 300k, and now a little over 1.5 years later, it has passed the 400k mark.400kit is interesting (to me at least!), to watch the ebb and flow of the blog visitors.  with a mostly summer sport, it definitely slows down during the winter – and then picks up quite a bit as the weather warms up – peaking in that June/July/August time when sailing is a bit more relevant to most people’s lives.

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for those who have just found the blog – thanks for visiting, and I hope you stick around a while!

for those who have been following the blog for a long time – thanks for all the views, the comments, and the feedback over these last few years!  I’ve had a lot of fun with the blogging, and I hope it’s been an interesting journey.

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similar to the 200k giveaway and 300k giveaway, I am having another cool gear giveaway to celebrate the 400,000 pageview milestone! this year, I’m changing the setup a little bit, and this time have 2 different give-aways: one is geared more towards the Sunfish sailor and the other more for those with nautical interests, but maybe you aren’t a Sunfish sailor (why not?… I don’t know!).

so up first is a give-away from a performance sailboat dealer in Western New York, Shoreline Sailboats.  Shoreline is a Laser Performance dealer (manufacturer of the Sunfish, Laser, etc), but Shoreline also is a dealer for several other sailboat options, including the new Melges 14, Open Bics, and Zim sailboats (420’s, FJ’s, etc).  Shoreline has provided me with a sweet Sunfish 60th anniversary decal that you can apply to your Sunfish! the decal is shown in the upper left of the photo below, and they show where you could place the sticker on the deck of your Sunfish, near the daggerboard slot (or put it where you want it!).

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I have the sticker at home, and think it is actually the red version, with colors shown here, but it will have the “Sunfish 60th anniversary” text as well.

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the 2nd give-away is a nautical bracelet from the sweet nautical outlet SailSwag.  I’ve been following them for quite a while on Instagram (@sailswag), where they post some awesome sailing and nautical photos.

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SailSwag is an online supplier of sailing fashion accessories, and makes some really sweet nautical bracelets, with either little shackles:White_Front_grande

or with cute little anchors like this one:

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their giveaway will be the randomly selected winner’s choice of a bracelet from their website.

 

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so here are the giveaway details, rules, etc.

  • to enter the contest, you need to leave a comment on this blog post (you can enter your name as “anonymous”, or whatever you like really) – but I will need an email to contact you if you are chosen as one of the winner!
  • in the comment, you MUST indicate which giveaway option you would prefer: the 60th anniversary Sunfish sticker or the SailSwag bracelet.
  • no other specific requirement for the comment itself, but I will moderate if need be!
  • multiple comments do not equal multiple entries!
  • after 2 weeks, I will randomly select two commenters – 1 each for the 2 items of the give-away.  I will mail the winner the Sunfish sticker, and I will coordinate with SailSwag to get the bracelet delivered to the other winner.

thanks again for visiting the blog! and let the commenting begin!

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full disclosure: both gift items for the give-away are sponsored items, provided by either Shoreline Sailboats or SailSwag.  in addition, SailSwag has set me up with their affiliate program – so if you are interested in shopping for any other gear on their website, you can use coupon code MY2FISH and you will receive 10% off of any order [note that I will also get a 10% commission for every purchase using that code].

 


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