I got my latest copy of “Epoxyworks” magazine in the mail earlier this week and was excited to see they had an article about the restoration of wooden Sunfish parts – the rudder, tiller, and daggerboard. I completed similar repairs and improvements to my various Sunfish (and Super Porpoise) wooden parts as well, using more or less the same steps – but with maybe slightly more serious structural repairs for my gear.
photo by Epoxyworks magazine
you can read the full article here: http://epoxyworks.com/index.php/sunfish-wood-restoration/
this has all kinds of hipness rolled into one – live edge slabs, stand up paddleboarding, woodworking, sawmilling, forestry, craftmanship, creativity. I love it!
Published March 21, 2017
Michigan , sailing
Tags: gdsc, great lakes, Gull Lake, Gull Lake Sunfish Fleet, michigan, midwest, sail, sailing, sailing club, sunfish, sunfish class, sunfish race, sunfish sailing, tawas bay
the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2017 Sunfish race schedule (you can find it with additional information posted at their Yahoo Group). you can also check them out on their Facebook page or website.
- May 7th – Maceday Lake (public launch)
- May 21st – DOUBLE DELIGHT! at Watkins Lake
- June 3rd & 4th – Gull Lake Sunfish Open Regatta (details & NOR TBD)
- June 11th – Watkins Lake
- June 24th & 25th – Tawas Bay State Park & Tawas Bay Yacht Club – a camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron
- July 30th – U.P. Island Race (Les Cheneaux YC… details t.b.d.)
- September 2nd & 3rd – Tawas Bay – another camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron
- September 24th – DOUBLE DELIGHT! at Watkins Lake
- October 8th – TO BE DETERMINED
all Sunday races start at 12:30pm [uno], with the camping/racing weekends starting earlier in the day to get extra races in over the weekend.
new this year is the Double Delight, where they will be having 6 races. the schedule starts with a 9:30 Skippers meeting then race #1 would begin at 10:00am with two more races to follow. then a break for lunch. after lunch they would conduct 3 more races… thus creating a 6 race Sunday.
I said this last year (and the year before… and the year before), and didn’t get a chance to sail with this group, but I’m again going to do my best to meet up with them for some sailing races this year.
I got my notice(s) from the State of Michigan to renew my watercraft registration for my sailboats.
- 1960(ish) Super Porpoise
- 1966(ish) Sunfish
- 1970’s Minifish
- 2000 Sunfish
is that too many?
the 2000 Sunfish and Minifish both are my go-to boats (me in the Sunfish, boys in the Minifish). my oldest son is getting big enough to probably sail a Sunfish alone, so maybe the ’66 Sunfish will get worked back into the rotation (after my BIL puts the splashguard back on it…).
but then I’ll need to modify my trailer to carry 3 sailboats…
the Super Porpoise hasn’t seen the water in years, so I should probably just fix up a couple minor spots and try to sell it. any takers?
Michigan sailboat registration is cheap, though – only $9 for a 3-yr sticker.
that’s another reason that Michigan is a great place to sail!
pretty cool video of a Laser foiling, with mixed in British humorous trash-talking between John Leach from Laser Performance and Harry Blowers from the British Sailing Team.
if Lasers can foil now, is there still a need for the newer RS Aeros and Melges 14 sailboats?