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august 2014 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (8) [holy smokes!] upcoming Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of August.  there are 4 different races happening on the weekend of August 23rd & 24th!  busy times wrapping up the summer.

Saturday, August 9th – Douglas Lake Regatta (Open)

this regatta is put together by the Douglas Lake Sunfish Fleet 700, and the event will be held on Douglas Lake in the northern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula (Google map).

Beautiful, large inland lake.  Good sized racing fleet.  Lots of room for launching and recovery.

Sunday, August 10th – Lake Charlevoix Open Regatta (Open)

this is fairly close to the race the previous day on Douglas Lake, so it’d be a great way to get 2 races in in the same general area.  Lake Charlevoix (“3rd largest inland lake in Michigan!”) is beautiful – I spent several vacations up there with my best friend back in the ol’ high school days, although back then we were cruising around on jet-skis.  the event is hosted by the Charlevoix Yacht Club, and racing will be held at the northwest end of the lake.  you can find the notice of race here (.pdf file).

Sunday, August 10th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

the printed schedule I got shows this as the 11th (Monday), but these are usually held on Sundays… so let’s just call it the 10th of August.  this is the same day as the Charlevoix Open above, but will be down in Ohio.  this race will be held at Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio (map of state park here, .pdf file) and is hosted by the Kiser Lake Sailing Club.  the lake is popular for sailing as motorboats are not allowed on the lake.

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Saturday, Aug 23rd to Sunday, Aug 24th – Midwest Regional Championship #1

the 1st regional championship for the Midwest Region will be held at Wolf Lake Yacht Club near Jackson, Michigan.  the event also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the yacht club! the NOR can be found here (.pdf file).

photo via Wolf Lake Yacht Club

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Sunday, August 24th – Lake Bluff Regatta (J Sheppard Memorial Regatta)

this event will be held at Lake Bluff Yacht Club. additional information can be found at their Facebook page and the NOR (.pdf file).

located in Lake Bluff, Illinois along the shore of Lake Michigan north of Chicago.  This provides an excellent place to enjoy sailing and learn in many varied sailing conditions.

Sunday, August 24th – auGusto (Open)

this is the same day as the Midwest Sunfish Regional above.  this race is hosted by the Hueston Sailing Association (map to lake here):

Racing 1:30pm to 4:00pm – no fees, no trophies, just fun!

Sunday, August 24th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

same venue and general info as the Fun Sunfish Regatta on August 10th, see above for more details.

Saturday, Aug 30th to Sunday, Aug 31th – GDSC Open

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) is back up at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron, and is their Labor Day regatta (held a weekend early!).

 

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sunfish sailing on Lake Huron [video]

I found this short video showing a sailor out on Lake Huron sailing his Sunfish.  looks like fun!

september 2013 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (3) Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of September.

Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, Sept 1st – GDSC Open Regatta – Labor Day

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) (also check out their Yahoo Group, it’s sometimes a bit more up-to-date) hosts an annual camping trip with Sunfish racing to be held over Labor Day weekend.  they are repeating things from last year, with the event being held at Tawas Bay, Michigan, with racing to be held on Tawas Bay which is part of  Lake Huron.  many from the group will be camping at the Tawas Point State Park, but the group will be launching their sailboats from the public ramp next to Timberlane Resorts, where some of the group is also staying.

Lake Huron at Tawas Bay

my family camped at that state park a few summers ago – it is a pretty nice park, and a absolutely beautiful area, but sailing is not really feasible from the state park and campground area, as the water is very shallow for several hundred and up to a few thousand feet off the shoreline.  I also sailed on Tawas Bay that weekend, launching from the same ramp the GDSC will be using.

Saturday, Sept 14th and Sunday, Sept 15th – Midwest Sunfish Regional Championship #3

this event will be held at Devils Lake Yacht Club in Manitou Beach, Michigan.  it is the 70th annual “Bruce Goldsmith Memorial Regatta“, and typically includes 2 fleets – Sunfish and Lightnings.  this is the event I was able to attend as a spectator (and photographer) in 2009.

Saturday, Sept 21st and Sunday, Sept 22nd – Clark Lake Fall Regatta

this 2-day event will be held by Clark Lake Yacht Club in Clark Lake, Michigan.  a couple things from the notice of race:

Note:  5 boats minimum required for individual start –3 boats minimum for a fleet! Rebels, Interlakes, Sunfish, Wayfarers, Buccaneers, and Snipes!

sounds like a great time!  the official notice of race can be found here (.pdf file).

 

september 2012 sunfish midwest schedule

there are (5) upcoming Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of September.  the full Midwest region schedule can be found as part of the entire Sunfish 2012 regatta schedule here (.pdf file).

Saturday, Sept 1st – Highland Park Labor Day  or “Summer’s End” Regatta (formerly Mayor’s Cup Regatta)

this one-day event will be held by the North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois.  it is a multi-class regatta, with Sunfish, Buccaneer’s, Lasers, and more. the notice of race can be found on the club’s website (here), and a map to the site (here).

Saturday, Sept 1st and Sunday, Sept 2nd – GDSC Open Regatta – Labor Day

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) (also check out their Yahoo Group, it’s sometimes a bit more up-to-date) hosts an annual camping trip with Sunfish racing to be held over Labor Day weekend.  they are repeating things from last year, with the event being held at Tawas Bay, Michigan, with racing to be held on Tawas Bay which is part of  Lake Huron.  many from the group will be camping at the Tawas Point State Park, but the group will be launching their sailboats from the public ramp next to Timberlane Resorts, where some of the group is also staying.

my family camped at that state park two summers ago – it is a pretty nice park, and a absolutely beautiful area, but sailing is not really feasible from the state park and campground area, as the water is very shallow for several hundred and up to a few thousand feet off the shoreline.  I also sailed on Tawas Bay that weekend, launching from the same ramp the GDSC will be using.

Saturday, Sept 15th and Sunday, Sept 16th – Midwest Sunfish Regional Championship #2

this event will be held at Devils Lake Yacht Club in Manitou Beach, Michigan.  it is the “Bruce Goldsmith Memorial Regatta”, and typically includes 2 fleets – Sunfish and Lightnings.  this is the event I was able to attend as a spectator (and photographer) in 2009.

Saturday, Sept 22nd and Sunday, Sept 23rd – Clark Lake Fall Regatta

this 2-day event will be held by Clark Lake Yacht Club in Clark Lake, Michigan.  a couple things from the notice of race:

Note:  5 boats minimum required for individual start –3 boats minimum for a fleet! Rebels, Interlakes, Sunfish, Wayfarers, Buccaneers, and Snipes!

sounds like a great time!  the official notice of race can be found here (.pdf file).

Sunday, Sept 3oth  – OktoberFast Sunfish Series #4 Regatta

this is the final event for the year hosted by the Hueston Sailing Association at Hueston Woods State Park (map to lake here).  they have hosted several of the “Just for Fun” Sunfish racing series over the summer.

On the Shores of the Great Lakes

this is a pretty sweet video showing off Michigan’s great natural resource – the Great Lakes – and the miles of coastline and beaches we have in our state.  it also highlights the Sleeping Bear Dunes, a 450-foot high sand dune in the northwest corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula.

HT: The Freshwater Fly

WISSA 2012: snow sailing & snow kiting

the 2012 World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships is going on this week all the way up in St. Ignace, Michigan.  the event includes 3 types of sailing or classes: snow sailing (or sled class, where a windsurfing rig is used with some type of sled and the rider is standing), wing sailing (any wing held directly by hand), and snow kiting (a wing connected by line).  you can learn more about the activities at website/blog for the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association (WISSA), or on the event’s Facebook page.

St. Ignace is located right across the Mackinac Bridge, the 1st stop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  it is situated right on Lake Huron, with views over to Mackinac Island.  per the WISSA 2012 website, this will be the 1st time in 17 years that the international event will be hosted in the USA.

HT: the Detroit Free Press had an article about the event a few weeks ago.


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