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Cypress Gardens Sunfish Regatta

a great video showing off an old Sunfish regatta.

h/t: Small Boat Restoration posted this on the Sunfish Forum.

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10% off Harken supplies at APS

for a limited time (Feb 25 to March 10, 2019), Annapolis Performance Sailing (APS) is offering a 10% off sale on Harken blocks, cleats, shackles, eyestraps & fairleads.

I use the Harken 2135 57mm carbo ratchet block for my mainsheet control on my Sunfish – it was a BIG upgrade over what I was using previously, and a HUGE improvement over the old hook that came standard on older Sunfish sailboats.  I also use the H071 stand-up spring and the HSB2 spring cup.

see this blog post that outlines all of the parts I use for a sunfish mainsheet controls upgrade.

with 10% off, now is a pretty good time to update your old gear or improve to a newer system.

greater Detroit 2019 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2019 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.

  • May 19th – Watkins Lake
  • June 9th – Watkins Lake
  • June 22nd & 23rd – camping weekend at Muskegon Lake (Muskegon State Park)
  • July 28th – U.P. Island Race (Les Cheneaux YC… details t.b.d.)
  • August 10th & 11th – Gull Lake Sunfish Open Regatta (details & NOR TBD)
  • August 31st & September 1st – camping weekend at Higgins Lake (South State Park)
  • September 14th & 15th – Devils Lake Regatta (Bruce Goldsmith Memorial – details & NOR TBD)
  • September 29th – Watkins Lake

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.

I said this last year (and the year before… 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.

hard water sailing

Michigan, as well as most of the Midwest, is in the midst of the polar vortex – with horrific cold temperatures and wind chills approaching -40 degrees F (and C, coincidentally…).  seems appropriate to share a sweet drone video of the DN iceboat North American Championship racing that was held recently on Lake Charlevoix in northwest Michigan.

 

JFK: we are tied to the ocean

I love how JFK had such a passion for the sea and for sailing – particularly small boat sailing.

(although his halyard could stand to be tightened a bit to get that upper spar up closer to the mast…)

today’s tunes: eminence front (snow jam)

stranded in Asheville, North Carolina due to the snow storm, Dave Grohl joined Gov’t Mule for what sounds like it would have been an amazing set – playing some great covers of iconic rock songs.

because, why not?  sure, he could’ve laid around in a hotel room watching crappy TV, but instead decided to jam for a couple hours and put together an amazing set of songs.

Setlist:
“Play” (Foo Fighters)
“Since I’ve Been Loving You” (Led Zeppelin)
“You Don’t Know How It Feels” (Tom Petty)
“All Apologies” (Nirvana)
“Breakdown” (Tom Petty)
“Helter Skelter” (The Beatles)
“Bitch” (Rolling Stones)
“Hunger Strike” (Temple of the Dog)
“Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Traffic)
“Eminence Front” (The Who)
“No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin)
“Simple Man” (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

here’s their version of “Eminence Front” by The Who.

The snow packs as the skier tracks
People forget
Forget they’re hiding
Behind an eminence front

several more videos from the concert are available here.

h/t: rolling stone


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