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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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letters from the presidents

the Sunfish Class released a letter a few days ago from both the International Sunfish Class Association (ISCA) President, Paul-Jon Patin and the United States Sunfish Class Association (USSCA) President, Rich Chapman.

the letters both discuss moving the Class administrative duties to One Design Management, in San Diego, California.  ODM will take over the duties that have been performed for years now by Terry & Peg Beadle.

As many of you know, for the last 27 years Terry and Peg Beadle have run the Sunfish Class Office and managed Worlds registration.  They have been the faces and voices of leadership and set the tone for class camaraderie not only at World Championships but also at the North American Championships and countless US regattas as they served both ISCA and USSCA. Terry and Peg have been a large part of personality the Class since the late 1980s when Terry took over the position of Class Secretary and Class Office from then President Alan Scharfe. They have been at the helm of operations through the days of Pearson, Sunfish-Laser, Vanguard and Laser Performance and helped guide us smoothly through all of these times.

sunfish gooseneck adjustment [video]

this is a bit detailed, but a good introduction to the gooseneck setting for your Sunfish sail.  the presentation is given by Paul-Jon Patin from a Starboard Passage Clinic (in 2008).  Starboard Passage has some great tips on rigging your Sunfish, and more rigging information can be found at my sunfish rigging guide post here.

here is how I’ve marked my lower boom with 1-inch increments so I can quickly see my setting.

Img0213_025 gooseneck area

sunfish worlds 2011: practice race [video]

Paul-Jon Patin from the USA, also of StarboardPassage.com,  currently in (provisional) 4th place after 5 races at the Sunfish Worlds 2011, has uploaded a sweet video with excerpts from a run and the second beat during his practice race before the Sunfish Worlds.  it gives you a nice taste of the crazy wind and waves that these sailors are dealing with down in Curacao.

HT: Wet Pants Sailing on Twitter (@wetpantssailing)

sunfish hiking straps

here are 2 videos that I just recently saw posted at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group about modifications to make your hiking strap have some ability to adjust the tension on the hiking strap while sailing.

in this first video, Dayton Colie goes into a little detail on how David Loring, the 3-time Sunfish Worlds champion, customizes his hiking strap to give him to capability to adjust the tension on the hiking strap while in the middle of racing out on the water.  it does involve making a custom attachment using webbing material and some grommets.

Dayton Colie and David Loring collaborated to make a pretty sweet DVD called “Back to Basics for Sunfish World Championship Speed” – it’s available from most Sunfish dealers, including Intensity Sails.  the video could stand to be updated for HD, but it is still a great video, with rigging tips as well as tips for while out on the water.

in the second video, Eduardo Cordero and Paul-Jon Patin display some what their sailing coaching school, Starboard Passage, has to offer.  the hiking strap customization is at about 0:55 with more comments throughout the video about it.

there are also a ton of pictures on Sunfish rigging at Starboard Passage.


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