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sunfish class membership renewal

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

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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.

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.

 

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.

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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.

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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!

laser shredding

oof! Laser sailing looks too risky.

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save a Laser sail, go sail a Sunfish instead!

Ford Lake sunfish sailing

laser pic is via @secretsailing

Sunfish pic is me!

keep calm

et ego in Arcadia: Sunfish sailing

it was a traditional family vacation at Camp Arcadia, filled with good food, plenty of relaxing & some book reading, and wonderful time spent with family and friends (some old and some new). a lot of time spent down on the beach, playing in the sun and sand, doing some swimming, jumping waves on the wavey days and playing with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on the calmer days.

there ended up being 2 good sailing days (for me anyway, my oldest son sailed on a 3rd day, but it was pretty light winds and he mainly just drifted around in circles for a while).

day 1: Sunday afternoon

after walking to the local Lutheran church in the little town of Arcadia, we headed back to Camp and ate the buffet lunch.  the weather seemed promising and Sunday afternoon’s schedule at Camp was fairly light, so most of us headed down to the beach, and T2 and I both got the boats ready for sailing (with some help dragging them up and over the small sand dunes and beach grass).  after setting up T2 with the Minifish, he was off and sailing.

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I rigged the sail and misc parts on the Sunfish and my 3rd son, Luke, joined me for the 1st sail. he begged to take the mainsheet and tiller as soon as he could!  north bluffs are off in the distance behind him.

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after a while of sailing with Luke, I headed back into shore – dropping off Luke and picking up his cousin, Sam.

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later on, I gave a ride on the Sunfish to my sister-in-law, but didn’t get any pictures.

afterwards, I got to solo sail on the Sunfish for a while, so I’d chase T2 on the Minifish for a while, or just spend some time tacking and working on getting as much speed going as I could.  the winds were pretty excellent, with wind speeds in the low teens, maybe 12-15 miles per hour, with gusts into the high teens.  not strong enough to tip me over, but good enough to catch a good puff and get the Sunfish up on a plane, every once in a while perfectly timed to catch the crest of a wave and “surf” the Sunfish for a short while.

in my excitement to get down to the water and out sailing, I forgot to bring my GoPro camera, but did have my iPhone in a dry bag – so I was able to snap the pictures above and a few real quick videos, but that’s all.  I did turn on my Runkeeper app on the phone to track my route for one of the times out that afternoon.

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the next couple days were dead flat calm water – perfect for playing with other water toys (kayaks, SUP’s, etc.) but not good for Sunfish sailing.  Wednesday is “day out of camp” day – we went on a canoe trip… and that is a whole different story for another day.

day 2: Thursday evening sail

so the wind finally picked up some on Thursday and the waves were perfect for playing in the water, so the usual afternoon crowds at the beach were even larger.  due to the lack of beach area (Lake Michigan is up approximately 4 feet!), I didn’t want to try to launch and return to the beach with that many kids swimming and jumping in the waves. fearing that the week of vacation was coming to an end with no more sailing, I decided to go for an evening sail, when far fewer people would be swimming and lounging at the beach.  as luck would have it, this time I remembered the GoPro, but left my iPhone up in our room.  here’s a screen cap: me on the Sunfish and T2 way off in the distance on the Minifish.

sunfish gopro snapit was a beautiful evening for sailing – the sun was slowly setting amidst the clouds out on the horizon and T2 and I had all of Lake Michigan to ourselves – not another boat in sight.  my sister-in-law snapped this amazing photo of us and the sunset from her vantage point up on the Camp patio.

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Friday ended up being a decent day for wind, but straight out of the west pushing big waves up onto the beach.  on an empty beach, launching could be done setting off immediately on a 45-degree angle to the wind, but with again so many kids playing in the big waves that day, we didn’t try to sail.

still 2 great days on the water was better than none, and it was a blast!


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