Posts Tagged 'great lakes'

greater Detroit 2020 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2020 Sunfish race schedule (you can maybe find additional information posted at their Yahoo Group but Yahoo Groups no longer function very well…. so who knows, really).  you can also check them out on their Facebook page.

  • May 17th – Watkins Lake
  • June 7th – Watkins Lake
  • June 27th & 28th – camping weekend at Higgins Lake (South State Park)
  • July 26th – U.P. Island Race (Les Cheneaux YC… details t.b.d.)
  • early August(?) – Gull Lake Sunfish Open Regatta (details & NOR TBD)
  • September 5th & 6th – camping weekend at Higgins Lake (South State Park)
  • September 19th & 20th – Devils Lake Regatta (Bruce Goldsmith Memorial – details & NOR TBD)
  • September 27th – 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.  with all the “stay at home” and corona virus issues going around though… maybe not.  it’s going to be a weird next couple of months.

sunfish assisted capsize recovery

sailors at the North Shore Yacht Club on Lake Michigan in Highland Park, Illinois have developed some new techniques to help Sunfish sailors assist nearby sailors that have capsized their Sunfish sailboat and are having difficulty righting the boat or getting back out of the water into the boat.  Alan Cohen is an American Canoe Association certified Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor, an experienced Sunfish sailor, and former Commodore of the North Shore Yacht Club, and he prepared an article discussing these methods and helped with the re-enactment to make the video below to help explain the methods.  Alan’s article can be found here or here (.pdf file).

a few of the reasons this method might be beneficial are highlighted in the article and video, including the following:

  • Sunfish has capsized and/or fully turtled
  • the daggerboard has fallen out, or won’t stay in the daggerboard slot to assist with flipping the Sunfish back over
  • sailor fatigue
  • help getting in the boat

there’s often discussions over on the Sunfish Forum about various ways to help with one or several of the above list, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them summarized so nicely in a written article, and now a video demonstration as well.  the article and video highlight (4) basic techniques to help a nearby Sunfish sailor recover from a capsize:

  • getting a fallen daggerboard back into the boat
  • helping to right a capsized boat
  • using a rope foot sling to assist with reboarding
  • steadying a Sunfish to assist during reboarding

North Shore Yacht Club has been a leader in putting together great videos to help Sunfish sailors, I’ve highlighted some of their previous videos on my blog already:

a Sunfish upgrade?

a random photo sent from my mom, with Dad standing next to a beautiful little sailboat, with just the following text:

Dad is negotiating…..

she’s likely just pulling my leg, but I suppose it’s never too late for Opa to start sailing!

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.

500,000 pageviews & a giveaway

a couple weeks ago, the my2fish: Sunfish sailing blog passed 500,000 pageviews (all-time).

ONE [HALF] MILLION PAGEVIEWS!

it took a little under 4 years to reach 200,000, then a little over 1 year to get up to 300k, a little over 1.5 years to get to 400k, and then about 2.5 years to get the next 100k and get to the half a million mark. it is interesting (to me at least!), to watch the ebb and flow of the blog visitors.  with a mostly summer sport, it definitely slows down during the winter – and then picks up quite a bit as the weather warms up – peaking in that June/July/August time when sailing is a bit more relevant to most people’s lives.

_______________<//><_______________

for those who have just found the blog – thanks for visiting, and I hope you stick around a while!

for those who have been following the blog for a long time – thanks for all the views, the comments, and the feedback over these last few years! 

I’ve had a lot of fun with the blogging, and I hope it’s been an interesting journey.

_______________<//><_______________

similar to the 200k giveaway and 300k giveaway and 400k giveaway, I am having another cool gear giveaway to celebrate the 500,000 pageview milestone!  for this give-away, it will be a brass Captain’s Whistle, made by Oceanus Brass.  they currently have a Kickstarter campaign to fund a production run of the Captain’s Whistles and they’ve offered to give one to the lucky winner.

if you recall, they also recently provided me with one of their bow-shackle pens, so I guarantee the craftsmanship of the Captain’s Whistle will likewise be amazing!

_______________<//><_______________

so here are the giveaway details, rules, etc.

  • to enter the contest, you need to leave a comment on this blog post (you can enter your name as “anonymous”, or whatever you like really) – but I will eventually need an email to contact you if you are chosen as the winner!
  • no other specific requirement for the comment itself, but I will moderate as need be!
  • multiple comments do not equal multiple entries!
  • after 2 weeks, I will randomly select one person that has commented – and will coordinate with Oceanus Brass to get the Captain’s Whistle shipped directly from them to the winner.

thanks again for visiting the blog! and let the commenting begin!

_______________<//><_______________

full disclosure: the gift item for the give-away is a sponsored item provided by Oceanus Brass.

 

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.


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,442 other followers

my2fish archives

my2fish stats

  • 556,012 hits