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sunfish sailing terror [video]

this video was posted a few days ago on the Sunfish Forum (link).  it is a little long at 21+ minutes, but it is interesting for a few reasons:

  • for those wind and wave conditions, it sure seems like he started with the sail set too high – lowering the sail rig would’ve helped with the overturning moment he would see and have to counteract with his body weight, position, and healthy dose of hiking out.
  • he has multiple capsizes, with the Sunfish going full “turtle” and flipping upside down.
  • he has a rigging failure out on the water, with the halyard attachment to the upper boom coming loose, I think during the first capsize.  it seems as if the upper end of the halyard has maybe a snap shackle attached to it (about 6:30 in the video) and he uses a strange knot setup to re-attach the halyard.  typically, the halyard is attached to the upper mast with a clove hitch.
  • he has a lot of trouble raising the sail back up – this is certainly not an easy task out on wavy water, but it appears his halyard was twisted around the mast, and that certainly wouldn’t help at all. instead of pulling towards himself, he would have had better luck holding the sail with his left hand and pulling down on the halyard alongside the mast.
  • he has an older swivel cam cleat at the cockpit lip (I think he hooks the tail end of the halyard into it?) but also a mainsheet block there as well. it might be simplest to remove whichever isn’t getting use to help with confusion while sailing.
  • he could probably use a good Sunfish rigging guide to familiarize himself with the key knots to use and the optimal setup for his mainsheet and halyard.
  • he has a green “lifeline” that he attaches to himself and the boat – while this is probably not a bad idea, I felt like there was just a tangled mess of lines each time he capsized.
  • overall, he did keep pretty good spirits despite each setback, and found a way to limp back to shore and safety – probably with a newfound realization of his level of sailing skill and what he needs to learn from and improve upon.
  • it’s never easy to admit failure, so kudos to him for sharing it – hopefully he and now the video viewers can learn from it.

full warning: this was filmed live during the event and he certainly uses some rough language, quite understandable in the situation, but watch your volume if you’re around young children when watching.

any other thoughts and comments?

j crew sunfish t-shirt

available, and on sale now, at J Crew.

this is not a promoted post, I get nothing for pointing it out.  I just wanted to share a cool t-shirt available for fellow Sunfish sailors… I ordered one for myself already!

Sunfish Youth Foundation

the Sunfish Class issued an announcement today for the newly created Sunfish Youth Foundation (official press release .pdf here).

This foundation is being formed to help introduce young sailors to the Sunfish and encourage more Youth to sail Sunfish competitively.

The mission of SYF is to provide financial support for youth sailors who wish to attend local, national and world championship regattas.

Donations made to the SYF will allow us to sponsor more activities that promote Sunfish sailing such as on- and off-the-water sailing clinics, rigging and go-fast seminars, youth travel subsidies to major competitions and publish/mail promotional materials to Clubs with a Junior Sailing Program to name just a few possibilities.

it’ll be interesting to see where this goes – since it is initiated by the Class, it has a better chance of going places than the Laser Performance United… not sure whatever happened with that campaign.

can the simple appeal of the Sunfish compete with the up and coming new boats that offer a bit more of a challenge – like the RS Aero, the Melges 14, or even the new UFO Foiler?

the Sunfish has a distinct advantage in that there are thousands and thousands of them available, and refurbishing and refitting an older Sunfish hull is always a good option for starting out with a young sailor.

but realistically, for this to happen – the local Sunfish sailing clubs need to focus on sailing for the youth.  teaching their kids to sail by letting them ride along with them in the Sunfish – even during racing, and then alongside them during club races on the youth’s own Sunfish when they can handle a Sunfish on their own.

I love sailing with, or alongside my boys, on our Sunfish and Minifish.  now I just need to get them involved more in racing – they did some of it during sailing lessons, but I need to just get us out to join up with some of the racing at our local club, the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club.

Sir Paul sails a Sunfish

I’ve posted a few photos from this Sunfish sailing session of Sir Paul’s down in Rio before at my blog post: here comes the sun[fish] – I didn’t realize there was video of it until recently I saw this video posted on the Sunfish Forum.

the video has a bit of a stalker feel to it, but I imagine that’s par for the course with big celebrities.

a few other blogger’s have previously posted about Sir Paul sailing the Sunfish: Proper Course: Dear Sunfish Class and World’s Most Expensive Sail and Captain JP’s log: Celebrity Sailing

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?

 


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