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In Topic: Sailing 101... The beginners guide?

12 November 2015 - 07:08 PM

The RHKYC has a whole series of educational videos at multiple levels of experience that are very nice both as new learning and crew and skipper refreshers during the winter. They are free and posted on youtube. Best way to get to them though is through the YC's web site.

In Topic: Chicago<>Port Huron Super Mac History?

10 November 2015 - 09:33 PM

I competed in the Chicago to Sarnia in 1985 and 1987.  Because 1987 was the record breaking fast Mack most of the big boats entered in the Race withdrew after finishing the Mack and went in to celebrate.  As a result few of us finished the race.  Because the wind during the Mackinac race gradually shifted direction we carried the same spinnaker that we put up at the start of the Mack to 70 miles beyond the Island. In order to keep everyone busy we put bloopers and staysails up and down.  Gaining speed--of course-- with every change!!!!!


In Topic: John Shumaker - Founder of Yankee Yachts

09 October 2015 - 03:59 PM

My condolences as well.


My first two Chicago to Mackinac Races were as foredeck on an Yankee 30, named Good News (1976 and 1977).  The first year we were 3rd in section and the second year we won our fleet.  I have absolutely great memories of that boat and still have friends that I originally made on Good News. And some of their children later came to sail with me on my boats.



In Topic: Best Racer/Cruisers?

09 October 2015 - 02:33 PM

Sydney 38 meets all the requirements except that it is a pole boat and slightly longer than your 36 feet.  Very well built.  Track record in heavy air long distance races (Sydney to Hobart).  Goes upwind on rails in a breeze and less sticky in light air than people think.  Competes and wins under PHRF, ORR and IRC on a season long basis, even in a moderate air area such as Chicago. Has a functional cruising interior.  Full disclosure, I own one.  If you want information concerning Sydney 38s you can PM me.