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sunfish class membership renewal

it’s that time of year – membership dues are due if you are a member of the Sunfish Class.

ussca-header

there is a big change this year – you won’t be receiving a notice in the mail to remind you to renew your Sunfish Class membership.  per the Sunfish Class:

Starting in 2017, USSCA will no longer mail membership cards in an effort to save money in postage expenses and reduce our environmental footprint.  A new system is in place to allow regatta organizers of world qualifying regattas to verify competitor’s eligibility without the need to check membership cards.

as such, there are 2 main options to renew this year:

like previous years, there is a discount if you renew for 2 years.  if you did this previously, and aren’t sure if you are due to renew this year, you can check the current roster here (.pdf file).

if you are not currently a member, but would like to join and support the Sunfish Class, you can join here: new members.

invitation?

a friend from the Reef Warriors blog contacted me to see if I knew anything about this sailboat:

invitation

apparently, they have one that has been more or less abandoned near where they sail, and he’s wondering if any one can help figure out more details about it – and maybe where to find some spare parts.

the sailboat is an Invitation class, which with a bit of googling turned up some of the following results:

my guess is parts would be hard to find.  is it similar enough to a Laser? Maybe parts could be sort of interchangeable – and Laser parts would be MUCH easier to find.

anyone else have any comments or tips? I’m not sure how you could find parts, other than maybe getting lucky on ebay or craigslist.

 

sailing yole of Martinique

so Peter from Captain Black’s Sea Chronicles was the 1st one to answer my question what class of sailboat is this? from yesterday.  Chris Stow in the comments also knew the answer.

Tillerman also posted the question on his blog, and his readers were a little quicker with the answer.

sailboat

both the grommier sailboat and the similar yole sailboat are from the island of Martinique. the gommier sailboat is traditionally carved from the trunk of a gommier tree, sort of like a dugout canoe style.  the yole is similarly shaped, but is usually built out of wood instead of carved from the gommier tree trunk.  both boats have a large rectangular sail.  it looks like the yole is typically steered with a large pole off the aft end of the boat instead of a true rudder.

there is no keel or centerboard, so the sailing crew has to counter the heeling effects of the wind by balancing their bodies outboard of the boat on a series of wooden poles (“les bois”) along the side of the boat.

here is a short video that explains a little bit about the yole and the annual race around the island of Martinique – the Yoles Rondes de Martinique.

the race looks like it is a pretty unique time – with several races around the entire island that begin with a running start off the beach and end with a carnival celebration.  there are some great photos of the racing at Wingsail Images blog.

more information about the yole and the race can be found here and here.

what class of sailboat is this?

do any of my readers have any idea what this class or type of sailboat could be? a friend saw the picture hanging on the wall at a doctor’s office, and we were both curious what it could be.

it seems to be a fairly short boat to be carrying 9 crew members!  and it looks like at least the forward 7 crew members are balancing out over the windward edge of the boat on some type of pole.

sailboat


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