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this was a pretty clever comic I saw on Instagram the other day.
Tags: ISCA, sailing class, sunfish, sunfish class, sunfish sailing, ussca
it’s that time of year – membership dues are due if you are a member of the Sunfish Class.
there is a big change this year – you won’t be receiving a notice in the mail to remind you to renew your Sunfish Class membership. per the Sunfish Class:
Starting in 2017, USSCA will no longer mail membership cards in an effort to save money in postage expenses and reduce our environmental footprint. A new system is in place to allow regatta organizers of world qualifying regattas to verify competitor’s eligibility without the need to check membership cards.
as such, there are 2 main options to renew this year:
- renew your membership online, using a credit card (with a small processing fee added)
- download and print a membership form (.pdf file) and mail it back in to the Sunfish Class office with a paper check
like previous years, there is a discount if you renew for 2 years. if you did this previously, and aren’t sure if you are due to renew this year, you can check the current roster here (.pdf file).
Tags: ISCA, larry mass, laser performance, paul-jon patin, sailing, sunfish, sunfish class, sunfish racing, sunfish worlds
the Sunfish Class has announced a new ISCA president, Larry Mass. the previous president, Paul-Jon Patin, will continue to be involved as the out-going ISCA President. the new President Mass has issued a letter from the President that was posted on the Sunfish class website.
here is an update on the recently completed Sunfish Youth & Worlds Championships:
The 46th Sunfish Youth and World Championships held in Cartagena, Colombia, are now complete. Congratulations to Angelo Giuria of Peru, the Sunfish Youth World Champion, and to Alonso Collantes of Peru, the 2016 Sunfish World Champion. Sailing conditions were challenging due to Hurricane Otto producing light winds and 10-15 foot swells. Thirty-six (36) competitors from eight (8) different countries competed in the Sunfish Youth World Championship. Notably missing were youth competitors from the U.S. We all need to work on getting more youth involved and interested in participating in as many of our major events as possible. The Sunfish World Championship, with 63 participants, was well-represented with competitors from 15 different countries — a very impressive showing that we hope to continue.
update on the Chinese made Sunfish (as Laser Performance has moved production from Rhode Island to China):
Last but not least, I want to thank Paul-Jon Patin who quickly secured the last 24 U.S. made boats before boat production was moved to China in the first quarter of the year. This move ensured that we had at least 24 new boats for the World Championships in the event the production facility in China was not up and running in time. Paul-Jon also traveled to China to test the boats earlier this year and to give some technical advice to Laser-Performance (LP) and the factory. While the verdict is not yet out on the new boat production facility in China, I can say that seven of the top 10 boats in this year’s World Championships were Chinese made boats. The winning boat Alonso Collantes sailed in Cartagena was a Chinese made boat. Maintaining quality control and availability of parts and boats are a number 1 priority for me. I am currently working with Laser-Performance to address many of these issues.
update on the next several Sunfish World Championships:
We have the next four World Championships now scheduled! Next year’s World Championships are scheduled for August in Brant Beach, NJ. In 2018 the World Championships will return to North Carolina and my home Yacht Club, Carolina Yacht Club, in Wrightsville Beach, NC. This is the second oldest yacht club in the United States. And this is a fantastic ocean venue. Next in 2019 Bonaire will host the World Championships. Lastly in 2020 we will sail in Martinique which will be the 50th Sunfish World Championships.
for more information and details, see the News page at the Sunfish Class website.
Tags: aps, blogging, Christmas gift, iPhone, iphone app, sailing, sailors, sleipnir, sunfish, sunfish sailing, tech, vaavud, wind meter, wind meter app, wind speed
[no, I haven’t forgotten how to write in English.]
this is a post about a neat gizmo for measuring wind speed using a smart phone. there are often times when I’m standing on the beach, thinking about – or getting ready to go out sailing my Sunfish, and I’ve wondered what the wind speed currently is. I’m not well versed enough in the Beaufort wind scale to estimate wind speeds accurately myself, so gadgets that do it for me are always appealing.
I currently have an app on my iPhone called Wind Meter – which is pretty neat, but I’m always skeptical that my case might interfere with the results, or just that the speaker/microphone on the iPhone is partially blocked by dust, etc.
and there are certainly dedicated wind meters, often used by sailing race committees – but that’s another piece of equipment to deal with.
I posted about the Vaavud previously, but here is another promotional video for the latest Vaavud model, the Sleipnir, that now measures both wind speed and direction. the red model (with 2 cups) is the older model, the Sleipnir is the grey/black model, updated to measure wind direction as well as wind speed.
I’m not getting anything for posting this, nothing free, no extra discount – just thought I’d share a neat product with other sailors. but as an extra bonus this week, both of the Vaavud wind meters are on sale for 35% off… so maybe it’s a perfect time to get a Christmas gift for that sailor in your life!