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a dinghy by any other name would sail as sweet

big win for the Laser sailboat (or is it the ILCA dinghy?… I can’t keep track), as the Laser has been selected at the men’s and women’s dinghy for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The Laser has been approved by World Sailing’s Council as the Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy Equipment for .

this despite the RS Aero performing better during sea trials, and the Laser being out-voted by the RS Aero by the World Sailing Equipment Committee…

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where the [ILCA] dinghies have no name

lots of drama in the Laser sailing world, resulting from major disagreements between the ILCA and the builder Laser Performance.

so much so, that the name “Laser” can longer be used, and the sailboats are now referred to as the “ILCA dinghy“.

that’s a sexy name.

with apologies to the band U2 and their excellent song “Where the Streets Have No Name“, here’s the next great sailing tune in honor of the ILCA dinghy:

I want to sail, I want to glide
I want to sail down the waves that hold me inside
I wanna reach out and touch the flame
Where the [ILCA] dinghies have no name

I want to feel sunlight on my face
I sail until the clouds disappear without a trace
I wanna take shelter from the pouring rain
Where the [ILCA] dinghies have no name, oh oh

Where the [ILCA] dinghies have no name
Where the [ILCA] dinghies have no name
We’re still sailing then gybing down waves
Gybing down waves
And when I go there, I go there with you
It’s all I can do

The lake is a flood
And our chrome turns to rust
We’re beaten and blown by the wind
Sailing in the dust
I’ll show you a place
High on the desert plain
Where the [ILCA] dinghies have no name, oh oh

Where the [ILCA] dinghies have no name
Where the [ILCA] dinghies have no name
We’re still sailing then gybing down waves
Gybing down waves
And when I go there, I go there with you
It’s all I can do

Our chrome turns to rust
We’re beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Oh and I see love
See our chrome turn to rust
We’re beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Oh when I go there
I go there with you
It’s all I can do

sunfish adventure raid [June 1-2, 2019]

this will be the 2nd annual Sunfish Adventure Raid – Laser Performance is again sponsoring a 2-day sailing event on the lower Connecticut River near Hartford this summer.

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Sunfish Adventure Raid! On the weekend of June 1st 2019, join sponsors LaserPerformance and Maclaren, in Hartford, CT USA for a two-day distance sail down the Connecticut River to Essex, CT. Races on Saturday will be followed with a regatta camp out in Hurd State Park with a barbeque provided by LaserPerformance. Racing continues down the river on Sunday to Pettipaug Yacht Club for post-race festivities for sailors and friends!

and some more details from last year’s event:

Join us for a two-day fun race following the lower Connecticut River from the industrial banks of Hartford, past meadowlands and wetlands, meandering past eighteenth-century seaports, to finish at tree-covered Essex. Up to two people sail per boat, carrying on board the necessary camping gear (tents, sleeping bags), life jackets, clothing and foul-weather gear, lunch and drinks for two days.  Register for two days of family fun and adventure!

sign up/registration information can be found here.  additional details can be found at LP’s Facebook page for the event.

this event has been held annually for the last several years, but had been mainly initiated and organized by just a few Sunfish enthusiasts.  it’s nice to see Laser Performance sponsoring the race again this year, and hopefully they will continue that sponsorship for future years.

historically, the Connecticut River race was a huge Sunfish event, with even reference to it in the Sports Illustrated article “Here She is, the True Love Boat“:

Enthusiasts have been known to enjoy offshore cruising in, and overnight camping from, Sunfish, and have used them on river trips. Every May a fleet of about 100 of the little boats participates in a three-day race down the Connecticut River from Hartford to Essex.

I’m not sure that any of the recent events have come close to that many participants, but perhaps with LP acting as a sponsor, it will help create more interest in getting this back as a Sunfish tradition.

 

sunfish sailing in the rain

it was an interesting afternoon: winds seemed light and shifty at times and the sky out on the horizon looked dark and cloudy. radar showed a big storm coming across Lake Michigan, but it seemed like it might pass up to the north of Camp. my son T2 and I decided to try sailing on our Sunfish and Minifish despite the chance of rain.

as we started rigging our boats the first rain drops started to fall. but I didn’t see anything to dark on the horizon and had not heard any thunder. we figured let’s try it out and see if we could at least get a quick sail.

I sent him off in the Minifish and then raised the sail on my Sunfish. winds were mostly from the south and had picked up some. rain continued to drip down on me, just a nice gentle rain.

as we sailed, the wind and waves both kept increasing as the rainstorm kept coming from the west and across Lake Michigan. I was able to snap a few pics before it got too intense.

T2 sailing behind me, Camp Arcadia on the shoreline of Lake Michigan behind him.

the cool rain was awesome and as the wind and waves kept picking up it just got better. we were both flying across the water, mostly just reaches east and west, as I didn’t want to wander to far north or south up the shoreline with the storm close.

it was an awesome afternoon of sailing!

sunfish adventure raid [June 2-3, 2018]

Laser Performance is sponsoring a 2-day sailing event on the lower Connecticut River near Hartford this summer.

Rig your Sunfish or any boat that can be beached (daggerboard/centerboard), pack your sleeping bags, and grab a friend!! After hearing from the sailors, ISCO has revived the Sunfish Adventure Classic and, transformed it into an annual roaming event for the Sunfish fleet to take any shore. To be known as the Sunfish Adventure Raid, ISCO is proud to host its first regatta. Join us for a two-day fun race following the lower Connecticut River from the industrial banks of Hartford, past meadowlands and wetlands, meandering past eighteenth-century seaports, to finish at tree-covered Essex. Up to two people sail per boat, carrying on board the necessary camping gear (tents, sleeping bags), life jackets, clothing and foul-weather gear, lunch and drinks for two days. LaserPerformance provides the food, drink, and staff for the Saturday night cookout and a complete breakfast Sunday, as well as a post race party! Register for two days of family fun and adventure!

sign up/registration information can be found here.  additional details can be found at LP’s Facebook page for the event.

this event has been held annually for the last several years, but had been mainly initiated and organized by just a few Sunfish enthusiasts.  it’s nice to see Laser Performance sponsoring the race this year, and hopefully they will continue that sponsorship for future years.

historically, the Connecticut River race was a huge Sunfish event, with even reference to it in the Sports Illustrated article “Here She is, the True Love Boat“:

Enthusiasts have been known to enjoy offshore cruising in, and overnight camping from, Sunfish, and have used them on river trips. Every May a fleet of about 100 of the little boats participates in a three-day race down the Connecticut River from Hartford to Essex.

I’m not sure that any of the recent events have come close to that many participants, but perhaps with LP acting as a sponsor, it will help create more interest in getting this back as a Sunfish tradition.

 

laser foiling [video]

pretty cool video of a Laser foiling, with mixed in British humorous trash-talking between John Leach from Laser Performance and Harry Blowers from the British Sailing Team.

if Lasers can foil now, is there still a need for the newer RS Aeros and Melges 14 sailboats?

via @britishsailing

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.

 


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