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catch the trade winds

a builder update from Laser Performance

the latest issue of the Sunfish Class “Windward Leg” had an interesting update from the manufacturer of the Sunfish sailboat:

Brand new Sunfish boats manufactured at the LaserPerformance LDA facilities in Setubal, Portugal being inspected and boxed for shipment to the U.S.

LaserPerformance faced considerable headwinds in 2020. A combination of Covid-19 lockdown and supply chain disruptions curtailed Sunfish plans for continuous supply, growth and expansion. In 2021 the primary goal has been to get back on track. Last year LaserPerformance LDA successfully established manufacturing facilities in Setubal, Portugal. They also put into place technical teams for production, product development and quality and compliance. Sunfish hull production started this year in Setubal with one shift and, as of June, they have added a second shift to meet forecasted demand. The goal of meeting Sunfish boat construction standards has been attained. For the remainder of the year, priority will be given to bringing further design and quality improvements to the boat. To this end, the LP Team in Portugal is working closely with the Sunfish Class to incorporate their feedback and sailor experiences into the continuous improvement process.

LaserPerformance LDA also has an initiative to identify local and reliable vendors for Sunfish parts and accessories. LaserPerformance LDA aims to have all Sunfish boat parts sourced locally before the end of the year so that it can ship “a Sunfish in a box” to customers around the world and get parts to customers more rapidly. Equally important to LaserPerformance LDA is its commitment to seeking every available opportunity to introduce sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in all its activities and is excited by prospects for development and growth of the Sunfish.

Sunfish parts and new boats have been hard to get from suppliers… it’ll be interesting to see if this new build location will improve the Sunfish parts supply chain.

50th annual world’s longest Sunfish race

late notice, but for those in the New York or east coast area, this weekend is the 50th anniversary of the world’s longest Sunfish race – a race around Shelter Island, NY.

As the crow flies, the nautical distance around Shelter Island, starting and finishing at Southold Yacht Club, is 21.3 miles. Since crows don’t tack, however, it is estimated that the distance for the average race sailed over the years is the equivalent of a nautical marathon (approximately 26 miles).

Southold Yacht Club – 165 N. Parish Drive, Southold, NY 11971

Saturday, July 10, 2021

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this unique nautical marathon, Southold Yacht Club is pulling out all the stops. Sunfish singles and doubles fleets for both youth and adults will start together but be scored separately for awards purposes. Awards for first 10 finishers, adult doubles, youth doubles, and more! The title sponsor of the 50th Race is Laser Performance. They are donating one new Sunfish sailboat and two Sunfish racing sails which will be raffled off at the awards ceremony. Each sailors will get one free raffle ticket with registration. No additional raffle tickets will be sold. The odds are in your favor! Beach party and awards follow a beautiful day on the Bay!

photo via Southold Yacht Club

notice of race can be found here: NOR (.pdf file) and online registration is here at Regatta Network.

swag for/from the event can be bought online here.

Lee Montes has a “preparation” video he recently posted to get you ready for this race:

sailing log: Father’s Day 2021

two years in a row means it is tradition, right? for our 1st sail of the year was Father’s Day, I took all 4 boys down to Ford Lake near Belleville, Michigan. it was a lot of just drifting along, but still a great time with the boys.

my 2nd son chose to fish from the shoreline, but the other 3 boys all joined me out on the water – my oldest son on the Minifish and me on the Sunfish with the 2 youngest sons.

it was a hot and humid day, and sadly very little wind. plenty of jet-ski traffic around us as well.

the lighter winds allowed my youngest son to explore on the Sunfish.

he even pretended to be a pirate and jumped over to board the Minifish and sail with his older brother for a while.

3rd son took the tiller and mainsheet for a while.

all told, a great time. just hope for better winds the next time.

erie open regatta

the Erie Open Regatta is coming up in a few weeks – June 5th and 6th at Erie Yacht Club in Erie, PA.

This Sunfish regatta may not be a District Championship or a World Qualifier, but come sail anyway at one of the nicest venues on the Great Lakes!

official notice of race is here.

greater Detroit 2021 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2021 Sunfish race schedule. you can also check them out on their Facebook page.

  • May 16th – Baseline Lake (with the Michigan Sailing Club)
  • June 6th – Watkins Lake
  • June 26th & 27th -Independence Day camping weekend at Muskegon Lake State Park
  • July 25th – U.P. Island Race (Les Cheneaux YC… details t.b.d.)
  • September 4th & 5th – Labor Day camping weekend at Higgins Lake
  • September 19th – Baseline Lake (with the Michigan Sailing Club)
  • September 26th – Watkins Lake

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.

I said this last year (and the year before… 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.  with all the “stay at home” and corona virus issues still lingering around though… maybe not.


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