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North Shore Yacht Club video

this is an excellent promo video for North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois (a northern suburb of Chicago).

NSYC

the club has a large fleet of Sunfish sailboats, also races Buccaneers, and has kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for it’s members to use as well.

this video was produced by Steve King, a member of NSYC – he also made this excellent video on “rigging a Sunfish sailboat“.

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“.

greater detroit 2016 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2016 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.

  • May 1st – Maceday Lake (a little over a month away!)
  • May 15th – Watkins Lake
  • June 4th & 5th – Gull Lake Sunfish Open Regatta (details & NOR here)
  • June 12th – Watkins Lake – including a Pre-Race Clinic on Sunfish rigging and tuning by Derrick Fries
  • June 25th & 26th – Tawas Bay State Park & Tawas Bay Yacht Club – a camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron
  • July 31st – U.P. Island Race (details t.b.d.)
  • August 5th – 7th – the US Sunfish Masters will be held this weekend at Gull Lake Yacht Club (details & NOR here)
  • September 3rd & 4th – Tawas Bay – another camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron
  • September 11th – Watkins Lake
  • September 25th – Maceday Lake

all Sunday races start at 12:30pm [uno]

I said this last year (and the year before… and the year before), and didn’t get a chance, but I’m again going to do my best to meet up with this group for some races this year.  it’s shaping up to be a pretty busy summer already, though!

on a plane

I quickly snapped this photo when I was sailing the Sunfish a few weeks ago during our vacation. winds were nice, probably in the high teens and gusting over twenty mph. I had the lake all to myself and was flying across the water. 

  

sunfish pvc dolly & handle [plans]

several years ago, I blogged about the Sunfish PVC dolly that I built for moving around my Sunfish.  I later drew up plans for building the dolly, and posted them here for free!
my sunfish PVC dolly
I have since then built a handle out of PVC that attaches to the axle of the PVC dolly, and makes it a little easier to pull the dolly with a Sunfish on it, particularly if you are trying to drag it through sand. the handle lets you pull on the dolly, instead of just pulling on the Sunfish bow handle, and having your Sunfish slide off the dolly and fall onto the beach (speaking from personal experience here…). here is a picture of my Minifish sitting on the PVC dolly with the PVC handle.

minifish on pvc dolly

I’ve had requests for details on the handle, so sketched up the approximate size and layout that I used.  it requires an additional approx 20 lineal feet of 1 1/4″ PVC pipe and a handful of PVC pipe fittings.

for my version of the handle, I used a reducer tee at the axle of the Sunfish dolly – so my handle swivels (the reducer tee had a larger diameter size at the “arms” of the tee so it is larger than the 1 1/4″ pipe at the dolly axle).  if you are building a dolly from scratch, you could consider just gluing the handle at that location.

at the upper part of the handle where you pull the dolly, I added a PVC tee and a PVC plug.  I screwed an eyelet into the plug, and you can use a carabiner or short length of rope to attach to the bow handle on your Sunfish.  full disclosure: I’m not sure it is necessary or even really helps any! I did also add a couple pieces of pipe insulation on the parts of the PVC dolly handle that will rub against the boat gunwales.

if any of you would like to create your own dolly out of PVC, the dimensions should give you a pretty good head start (download a copy of the .pdf plan here). and here is a drawing for the handle (download a copy of the PVC dolly handle drawing .pdf here).

so there you have it:  a bit more detail on my Sunfish PVC dolly and its new handle option.  if you have any more specific questions, please feel free to post it in the comments below, or you can send me an email: my2fish -at- gmail.com

best of luck, and let me know any comments or questions!

 

info on the 2015 Sunfish Worlds

it is still a couple months away, but some information is coming out about the 2015 Sunfish Worlds.

Sunfish Worlds 2015 Logo.pngthe sailing this year will be held in Paracas, Peru, in early October.  the Youth Sunfish Worlds will take place at the same venue, in the few days preceding the Sunfish Worlds.

as is typical with each Sunfish Worlds event, there will be a special racing sail created for this event – it looks pretty sweet!

2015 worlds sailsa special website has been set up to have all necessary information in one handy place – check it out: http://www.sunfishworlds2015.org/

or you can also visit the Facebook page for the 2015 Sunfish Worlds.

official notices of race for both events can be found on the event website, along with other good information about the venue and the surrounding areas.  Paracas looks amazing – with temperatures typically between 55-77 F and wind strengths from 5 to 25 knots, it is said that 95% of the days in a year are sailing days.

you can also see information on the event at the Sunfish Class website.


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