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sunfish class: news and updates

the Sunfish Class has announced a new ISCA president, Larry Mass.  the previous president, Paul-Jon Patin, will continue to be involved as the out-going ISCA President.  the new President Mass has issued a letter from the President that was posted on the Sunfish class website.

Larry Mass (photo via Sunfish Class website)

Larry Mass (photo via Sunfish Class website)

here is an update on the recently completed Sunfish Youth & Worlds Championships:

The 46th Sunfish Youth and World Championships held in Cartagena, Colombia, are now complete. Congratulations to Angelo Giuria of Peru, the Sunfish Youth World Champion, and to Alonso Collantes of Peru, the 2016 Sunfish World Champion. Sailing conditions were challenging due to Hurricane Otto producing light winds and 10-15 foot swells. Thirty-six (36) competitors from eight (8) different countries competed in the Sunfish Youth World Championship. Notably missing were youth competitors from the U.S. We all need to work on getting more youth involved and interested in participating in as many of our major events as possible.  The Sunfish World Championship, with 63 participants, was well-represented with competitors from 15 different countries — a very impressive showing that we hope to continue.    

update on the Chinese made Sunfish (as Laser Performance has moved production from Rhode Island to China):

Last but not least, I want to thank Paul-Jon Patin who quickly secured the last 24 U.S. made boats before boat production was moved to China in the first quarter of the year.   This move ensured that we had at least 24 new boats for the World Championships in the event the production facility in China was not up and running in time.  Paul-Jon also traveled to China to test the boats earlier this year and to give some technical advice to Laser-Performance (LP) and the factory.  While the verdict is not yet out on the new boat production facility in China, I can say that seven of the top 10 boats in this year’s World Championships were Chinese made boats. The winning boat Alonso Collantes sailed in Cartagena was a Chinese made boat. Maintaining quality control and availability of parts and boats are a number 1 priority for me. I am currently working with Laser-Performance to address many of these issues. 

update on the next several Sunfish World Championships:

We have the next four World Championships now scheduled! Next year’s World Championships are scheduled for August in Brant Beach, NJ.  In 2018 the World Championships will return to North Carolina and my home Yacht Club, Carolina Yacht Club, in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  This is the second oldest yacht club in the United States.  And this is a fantastic ocean venue.  Next in 2019 Bonaire will host the World Championships.  Lastly in 2020 we will sail in Martinique which will be the 50th Sunfish World Championships.

for more information and details, see the News page at the Sunfish Class website.

 

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.

harkers

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“.

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.

NCWorldsdesign

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


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