Published March 21, 2017
Michigan , sailing
Tags: gdsc, great lakes, Gull Lake, Gull Lake Sunfish Fleet, michigan, midwest, sail, sailing, sailing club, sunfish, sunfish class, sunfish race, sunfish sailing, tawas bay
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 got my notice(s) from the State of Michigan to renew my watercraft registration for my sailboats.
- 1960(ish) Super Porpoise
- 1966(ish) Sunfish
- 1970’s Minifish
- 2000 Sunfish
is that too many?
the 2000 Sunfish and Minifish both are my go-to boats (me in the Sunfish, boys in the Minifish). my oldest son is getting big enough to probably sail a Sunfish alone, so maybe the ’66 Sunfish will get worked back into the rotation (after my BIL puts the splashguard back on it…).
but then I’ll need to modify my trailer to carry 3 sailboats…
the Super Porpoise hasn’t seen the water in years, so I should probably just fix up a couple minor spots and try to sell it. any takers?
Michigan sailboat registration is cheap, though – only $9 for a 3-yr sticker.
that’s another reason that Michigan is a great place to sail!
the weekly photo challenge is “the road taken“.
but I say: why take the roads, when you can sail instead?
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.
the hulls look to all be older and are pretty beat up, but $150 to $200 range.
sails on booms ($175) or loose sails ($25 to $50)
daggerboards and rudders ($75 each)
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.
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)
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.