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tack your Sunfish step by step [video]

here is another great video from Steve King of North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois. I’ve previously posted his great videos for “rigging a Sunfish sailboat” and “rigging a Sunfish sailboat – part 2” and a promo video for “North Shore Yacht Club“.

in this video, Steve breaks down the tacking sequence into the following main steps, and shows the sequence in slow motion for each part:

  • step 1: ease the mainsheet approx 1 foot
  • step 2: push tiller to full leeward (max 45 degrees from boat centerline)
  • step 3: duck and turn (you can certainly see the advantage of mainsheet hangers during the duck and turn step!)
  • step 4: center the tiller only after the sail fills with wind (note: your hands are currently still reversed with the tiller held behind your back)
  • step 5: slide aft hand along sheet to grab both the sheet and tiller
  • step 6: grab sheet in forward hand and sheet in

this is more or less exactly how I’ve been doing it, maybe not quite as smooth and practiced as he shows!  thoughts? anyone out there with a preferred method that you’ve perfected as an alternate?

this video method is certainly different than this previously suggested sunfish tacking technique.

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my2fish blog’s 9th birthday

9 years.

happy blog birthday to my blog about Sunfish sailing. hard to believe I’m closing in on a decade.

anyway, thanks again to all of you who follow along and pretend to read my posts, and extra special thanks to those of you brave enough to make a comment or two.

I’ve had fun blogging, sailing, and blogging about sailing, and hope to keep doing it for the near future!

cheers,

my2fish

duck duck sunfish

a GoPro video screenshot from Sunfish sailing in the rain the other day.

sunfish sailing in the rain

it was an interesting afternoon: winds seemed light and shifty at times and the sky out on the horizon looked dark and cloudy. radar showed a big storm coming across Lake Michigan, but it seemed like it might pass up to the north of Camp. my son T2 and I decided to try sailing on our Sunfish and Minifish despite the chance of rain.

as we started rigging our boats the first rain drops started to fall. but I didn’t see anything to dark on the horizon and had not heard any thunder. we figured let’s try it out and see if we could at least get a quick sail.

I sent him off in the Minifish and then raised the sail on my Sunfish. winds were mostly from the south and had picked up some. rain continued to drip down on me, just a nice gentle rain.

as we sailed, the wind and waves both kept increasing as the rainstorm kept coming from the west and across Lake Michigan. I was able to snap a few pics before it got too intense.

T2 sailing behind me, Camp Arcadia on the shoreline of Lake Michigan behind him.

the cool rain was awesome and as the wind and waves kept picking up it just got better. we were both flying across the water, mostly just reaches east and west, as I didn’t want to wander to far north or south up the shoreline with the storm close.

it was an awesome afternoon of sailing!

double ‘fish trailer

made some upgrades to my trailer for taking both the Sunfish and the Minifish on vacation. built a 4’x8′ base and A-frame our of 2x lumber, with custom bunks to support the side of each boat. the box portion of the trailer can then be used for storage for several totes with beach and sailing gear. we’ll see how it trailers on the road, but hopefully is a good long term solution to trailer two boats and still have plenty of storage space.

wind forecast

winds are looking promising!

forecast via Windfinder.

crossing my fingers that a little bit of this will be going on next week on Lake Michigan:

sunfish in a pool

a little while back, a conversation started on the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor email group (this is kind of a dated forum and difficult to navigate, but there remains a wealth of information stored there in the archives.  the newer Sunfish Forum is much easier to post questions, search the historical posts and in general get quicker advice).

anyway, someone posed the question: “what’s the smallest lake you have ever sailed your Sunfish on?”

answers came in with quite a variety – small lakes, a few ponds, Johnson Slough for the Great Pumpkin Regatta to name a few.

but then, a picture was posted by a Sunfish sailor named Mike that takes the cake:

“In 1979 my best friend and I put my 1970 Sunfish in our backyard pool”

in fairness to the other small body of water sailors, this doesn’t really count as “sailing”, as the Sunfish in the swimming pool is a naked hull – with no sail or seemingly any other hardware, but still a creative little stunt to pull off, and certainly the smallest body of water in comparison to the others mentioned.

the more important question: how did they end up with a Sunfish deck color that matched their swimming pool slide color?! that’s coordination taken to a whole new level. 😉

photo courtesy of Mike (sunfish4naptown AT yahoo.com)

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