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Michigan Sailing Club Dan Rice Regatta (May 27th, 2018)

this coming Sunday, May 27th, the Michigan Sailing Club (part of the University of Michigan) is hosting their annual Dan Rice Regatta (NOR).

2017 Dan Rice Regatta (pic via Michigan Sailing Club)

The Regatta is open to all sailors and ALL Classes of sail boats up to 21′ with a US Sailing Portsmouth number. Only Members of the Michigan Sailing Club (MSC) may sail club owned boats.

The regatta will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020, the rules of each participating class and the Sailing Instructions.

We will allow co-skippering.

There is no fee for this regatta; it’s free!
We will collect an optional fee ($5/person) at the skippers meeting for lunch.
Feel free to bring your own food and drinks if you prefer.

Club members may reserve a boat in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a waiting list if all boats are reserved.

The regatta will be held at the club’s property on Baseline Lake, at 8010 Strawberry Lake Road in Dexter, Michigan.

last year’s Dan Rice Regatta summary can be found here.

sounds like a nice event if you’re in the Detroit metro area and haven’t gotten your sailboat out on the water yet this spring!

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sea fever

from the English poet laureate John Masefield, the poem “Sea Fever”:

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
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I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
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I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

I found the poem posted here, at a tribute to Sir Peter Blake:

Simply put, Peter Blake was easily the most accomplished sailor of our time.

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Blake gained notiriety as a sailor by becoming the first to participate in all five Whitbread Round the World Races (now known as the Volvo Ocean Race). The Whitbread is the most grueling test of sailing skill in existence. It covers over 30,000 nautical miles and lasts 9 months. Held every 3 years, it attracts only the best and bravest. Blake competed in 1973, ‘77, ‘81, ‘85, and was the winning skipper aboard Steinlager 2 in 1989. He won every stage of the race in 1989 and posted the most convincing victory in the history of the event. An event that most accomplished sailors won’t brave a single time–Peter Blake entered five times.

See the full post about Sir Peter Blake and more at the FM Allen Camp Smoke blog.


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