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greater detroit 2017 Sunfish race schedule

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’m doing the work

I’m not a slacker!

has the increase in instantaneous, short snippets of information, ready to be instantly accessed via various forms of social media caused a decrease in blogging?

is it easier to post something or “like” it on Facebook?

have Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr taken over as the place to look for sailing/nautical images and then some?

have Twitter, Snapchat, or the latest social media craze sapped away all of our fleeting attention spans?

 

sunfish parts galore

if you are anywhere near the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas and in need of Sunfish parts, there is a craigslist posting by the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club where they are selling a TON of Sunfish parts.  apparently they are no longer going to be using the Sunfish for their youth program, and are thus selling off the whole lot of them.  posting says this weekend only, so jump on it if you are in that area.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/bpo/6005835312.html

the hulls look to all be older and are pretty beat up, but $150 to $200 range.

dcyc-hull

sails on booms ($175) or loose sails ($25 to $50)

dcyc-sail

daggerboards and rudders ($75 each)

dcyc-wood-parts

the craigslist post has a lot more details.  I’m not sure this is your best option if you’re starting with nothing – but if you’re looking for a spare part or two, it’s probably well worth your time.

2017 Sunfish North Americans

the Sunfish Class has posted the NOR and information about the 2017 Sunfish North American Championship: this year it will be hosted by the Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point, New York.

Sayville YC (photo via SYC website)

Sayville YC (photo via SYC website)

there are additional details, NOR, and registration information at the following:

2017 Sunfish Youth NA’s  [6/25 to 6/27]

2017 Sunfish NA’s  [6/28 to 7/1]

Sayville Yacht Club is pretty close to the Wet Pants Sailing Association, so I’m sure Sunfish sailors from WPSA will be there in full force.

 

sunfish class membership renewal

it’s that time of year – membership dues are due if you are a member of the Sunfish Class.

ussca-header

there is a big change this year – you won’t be receiving a notice in the mail to remind you to renew your Sunfish Class membership.  per the Sunfish Class:

Starting in 2017, USSCA will no longer mail membership cards in an effort to save money in postage expenses and reduce our environmental footprint.  A new system is in place to allow regatta organizers of world qualifying regattas to verify competitor’s eligibility without the need to check membership cards.

as such, there are 2 main options to renew this year:

like previous years, there is a discount if you renew for 2 years.  if you did this previously, and aren’t sure if you are due to renew this year, you can check the current roster here (.pdf file).

if you are not currently a member, but would like to join and support the Sunfish Class, you can join here: new members.

vaavud sleipnir

[no, I haven’t forgotten how to write in English.] 

this is a post about a neat gizmo for measuring wind speed using a smart phone.  there are often times when I’m standing on the beach, thinking about – or getting ready to go out sailing my Sunfish, and I’ve wondered what the wind speed currently is. I’m not well versed enough in the Beaufort wind scale to estimate wind speeds accurately myself, so gadgets that do it for me are always appealing.

I currently have an app on my iPhone called Wind Meter – which is pretty neat, but I’m always skeptical that my case might interfere with the results, or just that the speaker/microphone on the iPhone is partially blocked by dust, etc.

windmeter_2

and there are certainly dedicated wind meters, often used by sailing race committees – but that’s another piece of equipment to deal with.

I posted about the Vaavud previously, but here is another promotional video for the latest Vaavud model, the Sleipnir, that now measures both wind speed and direction.  the red model (with 2 cups) is the older model, the Sleipnir is the grey/black model, updated to measure wind direction as well as wind speed.

galaxyiphonedevices

 

 

I’m not getting anything for posting this, nothing free, no extra discount – just thought I’d share a neat product with other sailors.  but as an extra bonus this week, both of the Vaavud wind meters are on sale for 35% off… so maybe it’s a perfect time to get a Christmas gift for that sailor in your life!


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