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mr blue skies

  
spending a few days at a small lake in Indiana, and have sailed a bit both days so far, despite some heavy storms this morning. light and shifty winds, but still fun. 

sunfish: sailing’s most popular dinghy. ever.

Laser Performance, the manufacturer of the Sunfish and several other sailing dinghies, created a nice little promotional video about the Sunfish. check it out:

drifting in a Minifish

I was skimming through some of my GoPro videos from our vacation last summer at Camp Arcadia on Lake Michigan, and I took a quick screenshot of T2 drifting along in the Minifish on a very calm day out on Lake Michigan.

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it was an awesome day – sailing with my boys, but with them sailing solo in the Minifish while I was alone or with one of them in the Sunfish.  after a bit, the boys switched places, and Noah got his turn drifting along in the Minifish.

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not the greatest amount of wind, but still a beautiful day to mess about on the Great Lakes.

calm water

yesterday, the waters of Lake Michigan had settled back down after Tuesday’s rainstorm. it was very light winds, but we took down my Sunfish and our new Minifish down to the beach to try sailing.

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it was a fun day playing on the water, even with the lighter winds. my 13-yr old sailed the Minifish first, and I took my 6- yr old for a ride on the Sunfish.

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I’ll post more details later.

week 2 of junior sailing camp

man time is flying by this summer! my 2 older boys just finished up the 2nd week of sailing camp this year.  conditions were similar to week 1, but Monday was stormy with high winds – my older son sailed only a short time in the morning, and my younger son didn’t sail at all that day.

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the rest of the week generally played out about the same each day:  winds were mostly lighter, less than 10 mph each day.  my younger son mostly sailed the Opti, and my older son sailed mostly the FJ and the 420.

to mix it up during this second week, the instructors have a neat activity on Wednesday: the kids all have to sail to a park on the other side of the lake where they have pizza delivered for lunch at the park, and then sail back in the afternoon.  and on Friday, the instructors grill a chicken barbeque lunch to finish off the week.

all told, Ive been very pleased with the Learn to Sail program at Pontiac Yacht Club – a very impressive program, giving students a variety of sailing experiences and a great time out on the water!

week 1 of junior sailing camp

my 2 older boys just finished up the 1st week of sailing camp this year.  similar to last year, we have them enrolled in a 2-week session of junior sailing at Pontiac Yacht Club.  our 13-yr old seems to be getting a lot of opportunities to sail on 2- or 3-person sailboats, and our 9 1/2-yr old is still on the smaller boats (but he’s still a small guy, so it makes perfect sense).

Pontiac Yacht Club is home to the largest fleet of Lightning sailboats in the world (60+ registered boats). there are a whole slew of them at the docks, and a bunch more up on the shore on trailers.

a few weeks earlier, I ordered both boys a shorty wetsuit (2.5 mm neoprene) – it has been a cooler summer, and I was afraid the water temperature would be cooler.  after the 1st week, it seems like maybe they didn’t need them after all – as it has been warmer this week, and the water temperature hasn’t bothered them.

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Monday: 13-yr old sailed most of the day in a Club FJ with one other student, spending most of the day controlling the jib sail.  9 1/2-yr old sailed an Optimist all day, also with another student, each taking turns with the controls.

Tuesday: 13-yr old was stoked when I picked him up – he had a chance to sail a Laser for the first time, and loved it! his exact words were: Club FJ = terrible, Laser = awesome!  9 1/2-yr old sailed an Open Bic for the first time, and he loved it as well – he said he was FLYING across the water!  (I was a bit concerned that he might get stuck in Opti’s for this whole session, so I’m glad he is getting experience in other boats.)

here is a picture of the bigger boats our older son is getting some experience with — on the left is the Club FJ and to the right is a 420 sailboat.  he complains about how the FJ handles – he says it turns too slow, but he really enjoys sailing the 420.

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Wednesday: 13-yr old sailed the Laser some again (flipped it twice in the heavier winds!), and also got to ride in a 420 sailboat.  he mainly skippered the 420 with 2 other students riding along.  this was the 1st day that my 13-yr old wore his wetsuit – he said it worked great, and he could still move comfortably in it while sailing.  9 1/2-yr old was back in the Opti with a partner, but he skippered most of the day. here is Wednesday’s wind forecast (via the Windfinder app):

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Thursday: 13-yr old was only on the 420 this day, mostly as skipper, but a bit of time controlling the jib sail.  9 1/2-yr old sailed a bit in both the Opti and the Open Bic.

Friday: 13-yr old again was a mix of skipper and crew on just the 420 today. 9 1/2-yr old was in the Opti with a partner, but he skippered most of the day. he is our 9 1/2-yr old helping to put away one of the Open Bic sailboats.

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overall, it seems like another great week of sailing – they spend most of the day out on the water, and are getting a ton of experience with the boat handling.  I’m pretty happy for them, and a bit jealous of all the sailing they are getting to do!

 

 


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