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sunfish class membership renewal

it’s that time of year – membership dues are due if you are a member of the Sunfish Class.

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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:

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).

if you are not currently a member, but would like to join and support the Sunfish Class, you can join here: new members.

sunfish class: news and updates

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.

Larry Mass (photo via Sunfish Class website)

Larry Mass (photo via 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.

 

letters from the presidents

the Sunfish Class released a letter a few days ago from both the International Sunfish Class Association (ISCA) President, Paul-Jon Patin and the United States Sunfish Class Association (USSCA) President, Rich Chapman.

the letters both discuss moving the Class administrative duties to One Design Management, in San Diego, California.  ODM will take over the duties that have been performed for years now by Terry & Peg Beadle.

As many of you know, for the last 27 years Terry and Peg Beadle have run the Sunfish Class Office and managed Worlds registration.  They have been the faces and voices of leadership and set the tone for class camaraderie not only at World Championships but also at the North American Championships and countless US regattas as they served both ISCA and USSCA. Terry and Peg have been a large part of personality the Class since the late 1980s when Terry took over the position of Class Secretary and Class Office from then President Alan Scharfe. They have been at the helm of operations through the days of Pearson, Sunfish-Laser, Vanguard and Laser Performance and helped guide us smoothly through all of these times.

10 things about a Sunfish

Laser Performance, the current manufacturer of the Sunfish, Laser (& other sailboats) has started to promote a new community for it’s various sailboats – called Laser Performance United (LPU).  I recently joined the LPU International Sunfish Union (ISU), and have begun to receive their new weekly email, the “Rhumbline”.  this week’s email was focused on the Sunfish – celebrating it’s 60th year, and LPU has put together a pretty neat “top 10” list of facts about the Sunfish sailboat:

Our U.S. (Portsmouth RI) factory runs on a ten hour day – we can pull a boat per day per mold from our Sunfish build team.

Nine sail clips down when attaching the Main Halyard, the rule of thumb is to go between the ninth and tenth sail ring (counting from the tack of the sail upward).

Approximately Eight kilograms of Gel coat go into the Sunfish hull.

ISCA (International Sunfish Class Association) has had seven presidents – Paul-Jon Patin currently holds the office.

The sunfish has had six builders in its lifetime ( Alcort, AMF Alcort, Pearson, SunfishLaser, Vanguard, and LaserPerformance).

Five Cents (a Nickel) was used to draw one of the most iconic logos in Sailing.

The Sunfish is actively sailed on four continents: North America, South America, Europe & Asia.

The construction of the Sunfish Hull comes from three parts (Deck, Hull, and Cockpit Tub).

Two major evolution’s of the Sunfish Hull – wood to fiberglass and a flat deck to a cut out cockpit.

Hailed by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 25 Best Designed Products.

you can find out more about the LPU and it’s various parts here or on their Facebook page.


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