it’s miller time

Sunfish sailboats: the champagne of small sailboats.

for Sunfish sailor Bruce N., his interest in sailing started at a young age with a little help of a young lady:

One day a young female – 20ish, noticed that I wasn’t going in the water and took pity on a thirteen year old boy. From that moment on I knew I was in love. She had 13 foot EPS Snark. She took me out for about an hour sail and I knew I was hooked, sail is the only way to go! Later that summer the base offered sailing lessons, which I took. Unfortunately the girl and her Snark were never to be seen again.

Bruce’s introduction to the Sunfish sailboat came a few years later, when he was one of two winners to receive an entire Sunfish sailboat via a promotion by radio station WGRX in Baltimore. the caveat: the boat came with a branded sail, yellow in color, labeled “Miller Genuine Draft”.

photo by Bruce N.

[I was aware of several versions of branded Snark sailboat (Kool, Coke, 7Up, etc), but this is the 1st time I’ve seen a Sunfish with a branded sail.]

Bruce loved his free Sunfish – he called it “Free Breakfast”, and he car-topped it and sailed it all over the place to local lakes, rivers, and more. several times he has made the 250+ mile trip to participate in the long-distance Sunfish regatta – the Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge. he finally broke down and got a trailer after 17 years of car-topping. over the years, he taught his children to sail with him, instilling in them the love of sailing as well.

photo by Bruce N.

6 Responses to “it’s miller time”

  1. 1 Clyde Osterhout May 25, 2021 at 9:23 am

    One of my original reasons for getting my Minifish (and last year my Sunfish) was to participate in the Hampton Roads Sunfish event. Unfortunately it has been a couple of years since it has taken place, and I am beginning to doubt it will happen this year, either,


  2. 3 Bruce Neumann February 17, 2022 at 7:58 am

    The sponsor has changed to Hampton Yacht Club; Covid killed a year or two but they held it in 2021. It usually is the third Saturday in September. I found out about it The week prior and already had plans. I will be looking closer this year in September for the posting.


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