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full of strange promise & a hint of trouble 


my son sailing our Minifish on Lake Michigan a couple years back. 

bonnie plants

I saw this truck the other day and instantly thought of a good blogging friend: bonnie k frogma.

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she plants/gardens, she kayaks, and she even sails a Sunfish!  if you don’t already read her blog, take some time to check it out!

 

today’s tunes: “I’m On A Boat” – with classroom instruments

a clever little revision to the “I’m on a boat” song by The Lonely Island, this time with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for the Tonight Show, with the music all from classroom instruments.

you can see the original version of the song here.

I’ve got a nautical themed pashmina afghan.

400,000 pageviews & a double giveaway

I’ve been a little distracted lately, but a month or so ago, the my2fish Sunfish sailing blog passed 400,000 pageviews (all-time).  it took a little under 4 years to reach 200,000, then a little over 1 year to get up to 300k, and now a little over 1.5 years later, it has passed the 400k mark.400kit is interesting (to me at least!), to watch the ebb and flow of the blog visitors.  with a mostly summer sport, it definitely slows down during the winter – and then picks up quite a bit as the weather warms up – peaking in that June/July/August time when sailing is a bit more relevant to most people’s lives.

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for those who have just found the blog – thanks for visiting, and I hope you stick around a while!

for those who have been following the blog for a long time – thanks for all the views, the comments, and the feedback over these last few years!  I’ve had a lot of fun with the blogging, and I hope it’s been an interesting journey.

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similar to the 200k giveaway and 300k giveaway, I am having another cool gear giveaway to celebrate the 400,000 pageview milestone! this year, I’m changing the setup a little bit, and this time have 2 different give-aways: one is geared more towards the Sunfish sailor and the other more for those with nautical interests, but maybe you aren’t a Sunfish sailor (why not?… I don’t know!).

so up first is a give-away from a performance sailboat dealer in Western New York, Shoreline Sailboats.  Shoreline is a Laser Performance dealer (manufacturer of the Sunfish, Laser, etc), but Shoreline also is a dealer for several other sailboat options, including the new Melges 14, Open Bics, and Zim sailboats (420’s, FJ’s, etc).  Shoreline has provided me with a sweet Sunfish 60th anniversary decal that you can apply to your Sunfish! the decal is shown in the upper left of the photo below, and they show where you could place the sticker on the deck of your Sunfish, near the daggerboard slot (or put it where you want it!).

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I have the sticker at home, and think it is actually the red version, with colors shown here, but it will have the “Sunfish 60th anniversary” text as well.

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the 2nd give-away is a nautical bracelet from the sweet nautical outlet SailSwag.  I’ve been following them for quite a while on Instagram (@sailswag), where they post some awesome sailing and nautical photos.

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SailSwag is an online supplier of sailing fashion accessories, and makes some really sweet nautical bracelets, with either little shackles:White_Front_grande

or with cute little anchors like this one:

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their giveaway will be the randomly selected winner’s choice of a bracelet from their website.

 

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so here are the giveaway details, rules, etc.

  • to enter the contest, you need to leave a comment on this blog post (you can enter your name as “anonymous”, or whatever you like really) – but I will need an email to contact you if you are chosen as one of the winner!
  • in the comment, you MUST indicate which giveaway option you would prefer: the 60th anniversary Sunfish sticker or the SailSwag bracelet.
  • no other specific requirement for the comment itself, but I will moderate if need be!
  • multiple comments do not equal multiple entries!
  • after 2 weeks, I will randomly select two commenters – 1 each for the 2 items of the give-away.  I will mail the winner the Sunfish sticker, and I will coordinate with SailSwag to get the bracelet delivered to the other winner.

thanks again for visiting the blog! and let the commenting begin!

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full disclosure: both gift items for the give-away are sponsored items, provided by either Shoreline Sailboats or SailSwag.  in addition, SailSwag has set me up with their affiliate program – so if you are interested in shopping for any other gear on their website, you can use coupon code MY2FISH and you will receive 10% off of any order [note that I will also get a 10% commission for every purchase using that code].

 

North Shore Yacht Club video

this is an excellent promo video for North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois (a northern suburb of Chicago).

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the club has a large fleet of Sunfish sailboats, also races Buccaneers, and has kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for it’s members to use as well.

this video was produced by Steve King, a member of NSYC – he also made this excellent video on “rigging a Sunfish sailboat“.

first beat cheat sheet

the renowned Sunfish sailor Derrick Fries has been collecting data about his sailboat racing for almost 50 years, logging information for his upwind legs and his starts at all of his sailboat races.

photo via http://www.sunfishworlds.org/

photo of Derrick via http://www.sunfishworlds.org/

the amount of data compiled is a bit mind-numbing, to be honest, even for a numbers guy like myself.  sure, maybe the number itself isn’t that staggering, but holy smokes that’s a lot of races sailed in a lifetime.

The result is a huge statistical set: 10,000 windward legs and more than 3,700 starts.

Derrick has written an article discussing his data-logging and research with it for Sailing World – check out the full article here: First-Beat Cheat Sheet.

So conventional wisdom suggests that, all else being equal, you should start at the pin end. My data quantifies that assumption. Of the 3,727 starts in my data bank, 2,646 of them were pin-end-favored — a whopping 71 percent of the time.

I’ve written previously about Derrick Fries here. Derrick is a Sunfish champion and author of  “Successful Sunfish Racing” and “Start Sailing Right“.


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