Posts Tagged 'lasers'

this man is called a sailor



knowing is half the battle… Lasers are the rest

most of the Laser‘s I see are usually white, though… so how does that figure?

say Joe, does this count for Tillerman Tuesday?


Norwegian geese

this is for the sailing blogmaster tillerman – I need to boost my Norwegian goose hits on The Google (just one post and you’ve stolen my niche market).  but I should clarify that my goose (may she rest in peace) was not Norwegian, but quite likely an Embden goose.  she could at times be a vicious old goose, but she and I both share a fondness for my old Sunfish.

now on the other hand, a more Norwegian goose would probably be the Scania goose (or South Sweden goose).  I’m not sure – maybe they have fondness for Lasers.  or Kirbys.  or whatever that sailboat is called these days.


laser sailing clinic – july 17th

this is for any Laser sailors out there:

this Saturday, July 17th, there will be a Laser Sailing and Racing Clinic (link to announcement) at the Pontiac Yacht Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan. the clinic is being led by EJ O’Mara, an 18-yr old sailor from Burton, Michigan, who is campaigning to compete in the 2016 Olympics Games in the Laser sailboat.  a clip from the announcement:

He [EJ] has offered to come to PYC for the afternoon to give some advice on setting up the boats for competitive sailing.

The afternoon will start with rigging and boat setup, then some drills on the water, and some practice races with feedback to help us improve (or in my case, not capsize), then finally pop & pizza and further discussion.

the event has a suggested donation amount of $30, with proceeds going to support the Olympic efforts of EJ.

june 2010 sunfish midwest schedule UPDATE

just wanted to post a quick update: I left one Sunfish event in June off of my latest schedule post, the june 2010 midwest schedule.  I realized this when I looked at the full 2010 schedule (.pdf file) available at the Sunfish Class main website.  this event was left off the Midwest schedule (.pdf file), but is now showing up as a post on the Sunfish Midwest blog.

anyway, here is the regatta that I left out:

Saturday, June 26th – 5th Annual Chippewa Challenge (Open)

this race will be held at the Chippewa Yacht Club in Medina, Ohio (35 minutes from downtown Cleveland).  registration will be at 9am, camping is available on Friday night, and the race is open to both Sunfish and Lasers, and juniors are welcome!  cost is $35/boat, and they expect to get in 5 to 7 races on Saturday.  the invitation/notice of race can be found here (.pdf file).

FYI: this race also happens to be the same day as day 1 of the Midwest Regional Championship #1 at Wolf Lake Yacht Club (see previous schedule post for information).

sunfish sailing: 2025 and beyond

tillerman‘s writing topic of the month is Sailing in the Second Space Age.  my submission (and pathetic attempt at some lame humor) is as follows:

it’s the year 2025, and with the uptick in global schwarming over the last decade or so, the polar caps have melted significantly, causing the level of the oceans to dramatically rise, sadly wiping out much of the coastline cities in the world (the entire state of Rhode Island was among the first to go).

due to the large loss of land area across the globe, and corresponding increase in water surface area, piracy on the waters has increased exponentially.  as a result, maritime defense spending by the government has followed the general government trend and skyrocketed.  dinghy sailing is all but extinct along the coast of the oceans, largely due to the Defense department piracy prevention plan (PPP) outfitting sharks with some frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads…

the lack of safe dinghy sailing along the ocean coastline, combined with a gigantic increase in the price of oil, has led to a major increase in inland lakes sailing.  the popularity of Sunfish and Lasers has been a blessing for the relative ease of finding a nearby yacht club, as they are popping up everywhere, and you don’t have to go far to find a regatta to participate in every weekend throughout the spring, summer and fall.  sadly, the insane practice of frostbiting has all but been lost (global schwarming, remember?).  unfortunately, the huge uptick in interest in Sunfish and Laser sailboat’s has cleaned out all the parts suppliers… but is that really that surprising?!

the Great Lakes has become the new Cape Cod, as vacationers flock from all across the US to the largest bodies of water NOT protected by the PPP (ie, sharks with lasers).  the Great Lakes are not without their flaws, though, as the dreaded Asian carp have infested these freshwater inland lakes.  thankfully, they are not nearly as dangerous as the laser-wielding sharks, and lucky for us – the government has implemented another fantastic new program (the ACCP) for controlling the Asian carp population….

Asian Carp Control Program (ACCP)

the Sunfish sailboat, thankfully, has maintained its simplicity over the years with only the usual and random minor changes.  thankfully, the class voted against the implementation of a wing sail, as the current insanity with multiple sail options: class-legal racing sails, class-legal recreational sails, practice racing sails (not class legal), and the non-class-legal recreational sails is more than enough frustration for now… adding a wing sail was just going to put it over the top.

the Sunfish sailboat, now almost 75 years old, continues to have a strong sailing class, and the total number of Sunfish built approaches 1 million.  strangely, though, I haven’t updated to a new fancy shiny version — I’m still using my grossly overweight Sunfish from the 1960’s – she’s hanging on strong, although I’ve yet to finish a regatta on time. with now 15+ years of sailing experience, I can legitimately blame it on the boat, right?  right?  maybe it’s just my daggerboard banging into those dang Asian carp.

until my next update… help out if you can, and carpe carp.

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