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rigging a Sunfish sailboat – part 2[video]

this is a great follow-up video on Sunfish rigging setups that was created by Steve King of North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois.  his 1st video was a fantastic introduction to standard Sunfish rigging.

this 2nd video goes in depth a bit more on some of the specific sail settings:

  • halyard position – gives a setting for racing and a setting for cruising or recreational sailing (especially helpful with a guest on the boat)
  • adjustable gooseneck position – settings adjustments based on wind speed
  • outhaul and cunningham controls – additional controls that you can add to the lower boom to adjust the sail shape

I really like how they add some white colored tape on the upper spar to show the 2 different halyard positions that they like to use.  measuring from the top of the upper spar, they use 54″ for racing and 74″ for recreational sailing (but note that the 74″ setting should probably not be used in high winds, as this setting raises the sail up quite a bit, and the overturning forces from the wind could damage the mast step at the Sunfish deck).  the tape takes the guesswork out of it: so you don’t have to count sail rings, or grab a tape measure to try to make sure the halyard knot is set in the right position, because after the sail is raised up, you can’t adjust that position.

the adjustable (quick-release) gooseneck is key for giving you the ability to adjust the sail setting for various wind speeds you will encounter.  in the video, they recommend the following settings:

here is how I’ve marked my lower boom with 1-inch increments so I can quickly see my setting.

he also explains how the gooseneck setting can and should be adjusted to correct any weather or lee helm while you are sailing.

the other two adjustments for wind speed are the cunningham (at the tack of the sail) and the outhaul (at the aft end of the lower spar).  the cunningham line controls the front edge, or luff, of the sail. the outhaul is used to flatten the foot or lower 1/3 of the sail.  he explains the settings for each of these in the video.

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Sunfish Club Threatened with Closure

I saw this posted on the Sunfish Forum. spread the word if you can. more details can be found at the Club’s Facebook page.

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you can also sign a petition to show your support to SAVE ACCESS to the beach.

Northshore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois is basically being threatened with closure by the city without any help of finding a new location. NSYC has a growing Sunfish teaching and racing program. They have been around for many years. If anyone is able to help keep the club in business please feel free to contact the club’s officers.

The City of Highland Park announced this week that it will be PERMANENTLY CLOSING off all Public Access to the Park Ave Boating Facility and South Beach. This action would permanently dislocate the North Shore Yacht Club and is to be effective May 31, 2015. Today the City of HP owns the land, leases it to the Park District, who in turn leases some of the property to the NSYC.

Essentially we have 6 weeks of life left at the NSYC as we know it today, devastating news! Boaters, fisherman, water lovers, members and residents are outraged at this short notice and the reason given is to provide greater security to the newly renovated Water Plant facility located on site. Ironically announced on 9/11, in poor taste. This was a mayoral decision that was NOT voted on by City Council and we are prepared to heavily protest this decision and need your HELP in spreading the word – quickly!

The NSYC has a 77 year history in Highland Park and the Park District owns the adjacent land just North of the existing site. The Park District is proposing a relocation to the North Beach which provides no launch protection, no sand ramp, no boat ramp launch, no facilities, no bathroom, no storage, limited parking, all with the City providing ridiculously short term notice. It is NOT our intention to fight city hall, rather reason and work together to accomplish three critical points of mutual agreement in the short term. These points are listed on the attached page.

What we need from you. . . Are you aware of any other clubs, or villages that have gone through this, located near a Water Plant and Homeland Security being the issue? I hear Wilmette did several years ago – what do you know? Spread the word, facebook, other sailing and kayak clubs on Lake Michigan. We need your support, expertise and muscle in spreading the word. The full story is found on our Facebook page – link below.

Thank you!

Liz Riesche
North Shore Yacht Club
Board of Directors, Executive Committee
Kayak Program Chair

rigging a Sunfish sailboat [video]

this is an excellent video that shows how to rig your Sunfish sailboat. it was created by Steve King of North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois. North Shore Yacht Club sails on Lake Michigan and has a fleet of 17 Sunfish. Steve mentioned to me in an email that the really nice thing about having a standard rigging for the club is that it keeps all the boats setup the same, and it keeps the storage area neat if all the sails are put away the same way.

there are some really good tips & tricks in the video – I don’t use all the same rigging settings, but most are very similar. the slipknot that he ties into the halyard to give a 2:1 purchase for raising up the sail is a great idea.

for more tips on how to rig your Sunfish, see my post with various Sunfish rigging guides.


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