Posts Tagged 'sunfish racing'

Harkers Island Sunfish Regatta

the Sunfish Class sent out an email blast for the upcoming Harkers Island Sunfish Regatta (July 15-17) in North Carolina.  I’ve seen pics and such for the event before – it looks like a neat and fun weekend!

If you’ve been thinking about making it down to North Carolina for a Harkers Island Regatta, this would be a good year to hit the road for our 15th annual running and extended party weekend July 15-17. Checkout a short aerial video clip. More details about the regatta and Harkers Island are on the MOBYC website. The three-day event kicks-off Friday noon with a practice sail around the island and dinner party with crab races, blender sports bar and a one-man Caribbean loop jam band. Saturday is the 10+ mile race around the island followed by a low-country boil dinner complete with steamed clam appetizers, video replay of race highlights, rum cake dessert contest, awards and complimentary Gosling’s Dark & Stormy bar. Sunday winds up with short course racing and Sunfish/boating gear prizes. All proceeds to benefit local NC youth sailing programs. Camping and some housing available in addition to inexpensive hotels. NOR is posted on the class website. Expecting to break the 60 boat barrier this year.

Checkout a short aerial video clip.


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

photo of Derrick via

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“.

sunfish sailing around Shelter Island [video]

a very nice video about the world’s longest Sunfish race – sailing around New York’s Shelter Island.

for more information on the race:

Southold Yacht Club

h/t: Sunfish Class FB page

3rd Annual Sunfish Michigan Open Championship

in just a little over 1 week, on June 7th & 8th, 2014 – the Gull Lake Sunfish Fleet #704 will be hosting the 3rd Annual Sunfish Michigan Open Championship on Gull Lake near Richland, Michigan.

here is some additional information from the email I got about the event:

Gull Lake Sunfish Fleet #704 invites you to the Third Annual Michigan Open Championship to be held on Gull Lake, Richland, Michigan, June 7-8, 2014.  See our flyer below and Notice of Race on the internet for complete details. 

Note there is a discounted entry fee for Youth sailors!  Note also there is a discounted entry fee for early registration. 

We’re planning a nice dinner at Gull Lake Country Club for the Saturday evening (and if you golf, we’ve arranged that you can play on Friday, see NOR!).  Gull Lake is on National Geographic’s list of 10 best inland lakes on the continent—come sail here and find out why! 

gull lake

for more information, you can visit the Facebook page for the event.

and the notice of race (NOR) can be found here (.pdf file).

2014 Sunfish Worlds boat & sail logos unveiled

the Sunfish Worlds will be held this year at Camp Sea Gull Camp Seafarer in North Carolina.  the custom sail and boat design by Laser Performance and the Sunfish Class have been released and look pretty awesome. the ship’s wheel and anchor on opposite sides is a neat touch.


my only complaint? does it have to be blue and yellow?  NOT my favorite color combination.

2013 Sunfish Worlds [video]

here is another great video of the 2013 Sunfish Worlds racing at Lewes, Delaware.  those were some crazy conditions! heavy wind, huge waves… made for some challenging racing, I would think.


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