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greater detroit 2017 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2017 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 or website.

  • May 7th – Maceday Lake (public launch)
  • May 21st – DOUBLE DELIGHT! at Watkins Lake
  • June 3rd & 4th – Gull Lake Sunfish Open Regatta (details & NOR TBD)
  • June 11th – Watkins Lake
  • June 24th & 25th – Tawas Bay State Park & Tawas Bay Yacht Club – a camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron
  • July 30th – U.P. Island Race (Les Cheneaux YC… details t.b.d.)
  • September 2nd & 3rd – Tawas Bay – another camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron
  • September 24th – DOUBLE DELIGHT! at Watkins Lake
  • October 8th – TO BE DETERMINED

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.

new this year is the Double Delight, where they will be having 6 races. the schedule starts with a 9:30 Skippers meeting then race #1 would begin at 10:00am with two more races to follow.  then a break for lunch. after lunch they would conduct 3 more races… thus creating a 6 race Sunday.

I said this last year (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.

how many is too many?

I got my notice(s) from the State of Michigan to renew my watercraft registration for my sailboats.

  • 1960(ish) Super Porpoise
  • 1966(ish) Sunfish
  • 1970’s Minifish
  • 2000 Sunfish

is that too many?

the 2000 Sunfish and Minifish both are my go-to boats (me in the Sunfish, boys in the Minifish).  my oldest son is getting big enough to probably sail a Sunfish alone, so maybe the ’66 Sunfish will get worked back into the rotation (after my BIL puts the splashguard back on it…).

but then I’ll need to modify my trailer to carry 3 sailboats…

the Super Porpoise hasn’t seen the water in years, so I should probably just fix up a couple minor spots and try to sell it.  any takers?

Michigan sailboat registration is cheap, though – only $9 for a 3-yr sticker.

that’s another reason that Michigan is a great place to sail!

what if there is no tomorrow?

happy Groundhog’s Day!

 

the starry night

my favorite comic as a kid (and still today, honestly) was Calvin and Hobbes. I don’t think was an original sketch, but it still brings back memories of curling up by the wood burning stove in the living room with a stack of Calvin and Hobbes books to get lost in for an afternoon. 

photo challenge: local

here is my contribution for (last week’s) photo challenge “local“.

this week, share what “local” means to you, and show us where your heart is.

this view greets you at the start of our driveway to our new home. beautiful fall colors.  a warm welcome embrace.

fall-colors

the photo was from a couple years ago, but right about this time of year it is starting to look just like that again.

welcome home.

ghost ship on Lake Superior

this video has been going viral online over the last couple days, so you may have already seen it, but a videographer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was shooting video of a rainbow out on Lake Superior when he caught what appears to be a ghost ship out on the horizon.

not exactly the Edmund Fitzgerald, maybe it could be the Flying Dutchman?  most likely a perfectly simple phenomenon of weather, with patterns of light, moisture in the air and curvature of the earth coming in to play… but it sure looks like a ship if you ask me?!


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