if Lasers can foil now, is there still a need for the newer RS Aeros and Melges 14 sailboats?
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.
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.
oof! Laser sailing looks too risky.
save a Laser sail, go sail a Sunfish instead!
laser pic is via @secretsailing
Sunfish pic is me!
can you teach an old fish new tricks?
this is the most action my old Super Porpoise has seen in a long time.
while we were living in Indiana, I used to store it by hanging it from the garage ceiling (above the garage door space).
but when we moved from Indiana back to Michigan, I had to hang it on it’s side against the garage wall as the ceiling height was too low, and I hadn’t moved it since. then I bought an old Sunfish with a trailer off of ebay, and a couple years later, added a 2000 Sunfish and an older Minifish (for the boys, of course) to my fleet.
since we have built a new house and moved out of the old one, we had to move the Super Porpoise as well, and I needed to get it temporarily out of the way, at least for the short term until I figure out a better long term storage solution until I can either fix up the blemishes or just sell the old girl.
I’ve seen pictures of all the pretty new and shiny Sunfish sailboats standing vertically at the Laser Performance factory in Rhode Island, so figured it was at least worth trying. here’s one of the 60th anniversary Sunfish all pretty and in nice vertical rows.
seems simple, right?
hardly. despite setting up a cheap block and tackle up in the rafters, there wasn’t really a good way to get the Super Porpoise tipped up vertically. I had my 15-yr old son helping to muscle it around as best we could, but if you can believe it, my barn isn’t quite big enough (yeah, try telling my wife that…). at least not big enough to stand up the Super Porpoise or Sunfish sailboats easily. after using the full extent of the block and tackle, we had to muscle it around by hand, and the nose kept hitting the sloping underside of the roof plywood, the boat would tip back and forth smacking into the trusses. through some miracle of sweat, possibly tears (my son’s, obviously), and shear dumb luck – we did get it to stand up vertically. we slipped a couple 2×4’s underneath to support it, and walked away.
I don’t know how I’m gonna get that thing down…
recently, Laser Performance announced a few new products that they are adding to their catalog of several sailboats (Laser, Sunfish, Pico, Bahia, etc); Laser Performance will now offer a few versions of stand-up paddle boards (or SUP). SUP’s are all the rage these days and are a fun and easy way to get you out of the water.
but the strange thing (to me, anyway) is that Laser Performance is branding the new SUP’s with the Sunfish logo – and name. so now, you have your standard Sunfish sailboat and also (3) options of Sunfish stand up paddle boards. what’s next, a slightly more aerodynamic & sporty version of an SUP called the Laser?
they are calling this branding the “world of Sunfish” and lumping these new SUP’s together with the standard Sunfish sailboat.
After more than 60 years, the thrill of Sunfish is still going strong. Its iconic design is part of the evolution of surfing and closely related to contemporary paddle boarding.
they call it a “return to it’s boarding roots”, which itself has some truth to it, as the original creators of the Sunfish (and it’s predecessor, the Sailfish) were tasked to create a paddle board for the Red Cross way back in the beginning of the Sailfish and Sunfish history.
interestingly enough, though, the term “Sunfish” is already such a strong brand name for a small sailboat, that many of it’s similar sized & shaped competitors are often mis-labeled as Sunfish when talked about or advertised, simply because in the small sailboat world, most everyone knows what a Sunfish sailboat looks like. with the recent spike in popularity for the stand up paddle boards (you can even buy them at Costco!), does slapping the “Sunfish” logo and name on these ones improve their appeal? or just cause more confusion?
I think they’ve obviously missed an opportunity to join the two ideas, and could have simply called the new stand-up paddle boards: the SUPfish.
I mean, I’ve been stand up sailing on my Sunfish for a while now. you don’t need to buy a fancy a new board and paddle to do that!
so the biggest thing missing from these new SUP’s offered by LP is a sail. every other boat option they manufacturer has a sail on it.
so now, after hours of deep research and deep Google dives, I’ve stumbled upon the solution.
just add a sail to your paddle!
now we’re talking! surfing, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding all mixed up into one neat little package!
(some photoshop liberties may have been taken with that last photo…)