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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.

t2 drift minifish

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.

noah minifish

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

sailfish restoration

I stumbled on some great pictures of the before and after restoration of a Sailfish sailboat.

a “before” photo:

sailfish before

the Sailfish was the precursor to the Sunfish style of sailboat that I sail today.  it was a similar “board” boat, this one without any type of cockpit or hull.  just some wooden rails along the edges – and you’d sit right up on top of the deck.

an “after” photo:

sailfish after

the Irish Boat Shop certainly did a fine job – she’s a great looking boat now, and I’m sure will last several more years for its owner.

sailfish rail

what about the Great Lakes, Joe?

does it always have to be salt water? The Great Lakes would offer some pretty spectacular sailing, Joe. the America’s Cup racing could have been hosted by Chicago, for sure!

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abide with me

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Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me

sailing with my boys

Thursday at camp seemed promising for our last chance to sail. all morning, I could feel a bit of a breeze as I walked around camp to the various morning activities. after lunch and watching son #2 play in a 3-on-3 soccer tournament, we headed down to the beach to try sailing. I rigged the Minifish up and set off my oldest son in the Mini. I had my 9-yr old join me in the Sunfish.

the wind must’ve been playing tricks on us, though, because it was very light and shifty out in the water. my oldest son in the Minifish just laid right down in the cockpit and drifted along.

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we sailed around a bit, and I let my 9 1/2 yr old son man the controls of the Sunfish. after a bit, I had the boys switch, so my 9 1/2 yr old could sail the Minifish for the 1st time.

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despite the lack of a steady breeze, it sure was a lot of fun sailing on the gorgeous waters of Lake Michigan… for the 1st time sailing WITH my boys instead of just giving them rides on my boat.

fog

“The fog comes
on little cat feet.”
– Carl Sandburg

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you can no longer see the horizon on Lake Michigan – calm water and fog have blended into one.


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