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drowning doesn’t look like drowning

just a friendly reminder as the weather starts to warm up and more people spend time on or near the water: drowning doesn’t look like drowning.

  • Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect.
  • Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event.
  • Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.

read the full article by Mario Vittone here.

I know first-hand how (almost) drowning feels – the last thing I wanted to do was talk – for more, read: underestimating the power of the waves.

 

harken red blocks

Harken is celebrating 50 years in business this year, and is offering a unique twist on their traditional 57mm blocks by adding a bit of color: bright red sheaves.

you can find them at various Harken dealers and of course at APS.

you can enter for a chance to win a 57mm carbo ratchet block from the Harken blockheads here.

the Harken 2135 is my go-to choice for a mainsheet block for a Sunfish, although I only have the old boring black versions…

sunfish frankenboat: “folk art”

I know I’ve seen this disaster before, but was reminded of it again on the Sunfish Forum.

plywood sides, plexiglass windows, and a little cabin have been scabbed onto the deck of a (fiberglass) Sunfish hull.  it’s not clear if a motor was meant to be added or not, or if the original Sunfish mast and sail would be used? no oar locks visible either – so I’m not sure if this contraption was ever meant to see the water? or perhaps it was just going to be a prop for parades and things like that?

the “boat” is listed for sale on Craigslist at the Jersey Shore.

I’ve posted about this unique boat before – looks like it has a fresh coat of white paint… but only on the plywood.  don’t bother painting the dirty old fiberglass hull to match!

j crew sunfish t-shirt

available, and on sale now, at J Crew.

this is not a promoted post, I get nothing for pointing it out.  I just wanted to share a cool t-shirt available for fellow Sunfish sailors… I ordered one for myself already!

it’s faster than it sounds 

Sunfish Youth Foundation

the Sunfish Class issued an announcement today for the newly created Sunfish Youth Foundation (official press release .pdf here).

This foundation is being formed to help introduce young sailors to the Sunfish and encourage more Youth to sail Sunfish competitively.

The mission of SYF is to provide financial support for youth sailors who wish to attend local, national and world championship regattas.

Donations made to the SYF will allow us to sponsor more activities that promote Sunfish sailing such as on- and off-the-water sailing clinics, rigging and go-fast seminars, youth travel subsidies to major competitions and publish/mail promotional materials to Clubs with a Junior Sailing Program to name just a few possibilities.

it’ll be interesting to see where this goes – since it is initiated by the Class, it has a better chance of going places than the Laser Performance United… not sure whatever happened with that campaign.

can the simple appeal of the Sunfish compete with the up and coming new boats that offer a bit more of a challenge – like the RS Aero, the Melges 14, or even the new UFO Foiler?

the Sunfish has a distinct advantage in that there are thousands and thousands of them available, and refurbishing and refitting an older Sunfish hull is always a good option for starting out with a young sailor.

but realistically, for this to happen – the local Sunfish sailing clubs need to focus on sailing for the youth.  teaching their kids to sail by letting them ride along with them in the Sunfish – even during racing, and then alongside them during club races on the youth’s own Sunfish when they can handle a Sunfish on their own.

I love sailing with, or alongside my boys, on our Sunfish and Minifish.  now I just need to get them involved more in racing – they did some of it during sailing lessons, but I need to just get us out to join up with some of the racing at our local club, the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club.


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