The Fleet

The Fleet

Wednesday night is race night and here is the fleet, spinnakers out, flying past Bank Point last week. It was a perfect evening with a fair breeze. They chose to start all classes at the same time. The start was electric.

At a quiet point in the race the tactician looked up, beer in hand, and smiled, “Ahhh, mah rail b*tchessss.”  Here is some of Jalapeno’s crew on the rail:IMG_4061e

It is a bit repetitive because, sailing. I could look at stuff like this all night:

IMG_4064eAnd a final look at a sailor post race:

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With more than 4,200 acres of deep-water inland lake with direct access to Lake Michigan, Muskegon is a well-kept secret of a sailor’s dream.

Our marinas and clubs? Bluffton Bay Marina, Great Lakes Marina, Harbor Town Marina, Hartshorn Municipal (Downtown), Lakeshore Yacht Harbor, Muskegon Conservation Club (North Muskegon), Muskegon Yacht Club, Pointe Marine Association (North Muskegon), Terrace Point Marina (Downtown and posh), and Torreson Marine (THE go to guys.)

The city rents out beach space in the Harbor and on Lake Muskegon for CRAM, Catamaran Racing Assoc. of Michigan. They are having a regatta this weekend. I didn’t know this event was going on: http://www.cramsailing.com/regattas/schedule/9-nors/37-muskegon.

Post Script: But what about the winter? West Michigan Ice Yacht Club usually gathers at the Cottage Grove Public access when conditions are ripe. Our winter lakescape is dotted with ice fishing camps, kite board skiers, and, when it is perfect, ice boats.

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