jy15 midwest district championship

the University of Michigan Sailing Club (UMSC) is hosting the JY15 Midwest District Championship this weekend, April 24th & 25th, 2010, on Baseline Lake, just northwest of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  the official notice of race can be found here (.pdf file).  the district race is being combined with the sailing club’s annual “Spring Fling Regatta”.

Baseline Lake is about 250 acres, part of the Huron River lake chain, and is basically a private lake, as there are no public access ramps (more info here). the UMSC, now in it’s 72nd year, is a student organization but open to the public as well. the club has a fleet of 10 JY-15 sailboats (2-person) and 6 Laser sailboats (1-person) as well as several various other sailing & watercraft options (Vanguard 15, Hobie 16, Hobie Wave, sailboards, canoes, kayaks, etc.). here is a quote from the UMSC website:

We offer a unique and affordable opportunity to learn and practice the art of sailing. We were originally founded in 1938 to provide sailing facilities for a small group of naval architecture students; our primary mission now is to develop our members’ skills in all aspects of sailing.

Baseline Lake is also home to the University of Michigan Sailing Team (a club sport).  here is a map showing the location of Baseline Lake in relation to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I’m not a UMSC member and have never sailed a JY-15, but since the race is going to be held only about 45 minutes or so away, I’ve been contemplating stopping by to see the racing, as well as the facilities at UMSC.  I’m a little disappointed to hear that Baseline Lake doesn’t have any public access ramps, though, as I would’ve liked to take my Sunfish for a spin there sometime.  I’m hoping to find a public beach or something similar, though, where I might be able to just carry the Sunfish down to the lake, or maybe use a beach dolly, once I get around to building one.


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