Monday, March 18, 2019

Hobie 16 North America Championships

2019 Hobie 16 North American Championships, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada September 16-20, 2019

Very seldom is the Hobie 16 National Championships so close to the Inland NW (421 miles from Hayden, Idaho). If you want to experience the competition, comradery, and fun of Hobie 16 racing at its best then this regatta is for you. My wife and I (owner of funtosail) will be attending this regatta. Please join us, and if you our planning on attending please let us know by emailing us at funtosailgroup@gmail.com

I might add Harrison Lake, BC is absolutely a gorgeous place to sail and vacation. See video blow.

Cost $375 if you sign up before Aug 15. After it costs $425.

To sign up please visit the Notice of Race (NOR) at this link https://bit.ly/2Jn1ap8
Official regatta website https://hobiediv4.org/event/2019-1620-nas/
This event is also the Hobie 20 North American Championship.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Survives using jeans as like jacket


Man survives hours lost at sea off New Zealand after turning jeans into flotation device

A tourist from Germany survived being knocked overboard and left adrift for hours on the open water off the coast of New Zealand last week -- all thanks to his jeans.

Arne Murke was delivering a yacht with his brother from Auckland, New Zealand to Brazil when they ended up sailing through rough seas about 20 miles off Tolaga Bay on March 6.

The 40-foot yacht's mainsheet suddenly came loose amid the rough swells and knocked Murke overboard while he was only wearing a t-shirt and jeans.

"My brother started directly to get me but the swell was like three meters," he told the New Zealand Herald. "He threw a life jacket with a rope overboard. I couldn't reach that, it was already too far away."

After being unable to reach the life jacket, the 30-year-old said he quickly decided to turn his jeans into a flotation device, a technique that's used by the U.S. Navy SEALs.

"Luckily, I knew the trick with the jeans," he told the Herald. "Without the jeans I wouldn't be here today, they were really the thing that saved me."

Murke said he saw the technique used years ago, and that he always thought of using it if he ever ended up going overboard without any flotation device.

"I took a deep breath, took out my jeans, made knots at the end of the legs and inflated the jeans; pull it over water and get air inside and then push it under water -- I had like an improvised life vest," he told the news outlet.

"Without the jeans I wouldn't be here today, they were really the thing that saved me"

As he floated in the sea for the next few hours, Murke said he thought of his 10-month-old daughter, who lives with his girlfriend in the Philippines.

After nearly 4 hours, he was spotted by a rescue helicopter that was searching the area with the New Zealand Coastguard and Royal New Zealand Air Force, according to Sky News.

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service shared a video of the rescue on Facebook, which showed a diver jumping into the water to get to Murke (video link... https://www.facebook.com/hbrescuehelicopter/videos/564982187244569/ ).

"He is so incredibly lucky to be alive," the rescuer said.

HOW TO VIDEOS... Here are two videos on how to make ones pants into a floatation device...


   This is the best of the two videos...


This video is different than the first as it shows you how to put air into your paints via cupping your hand to draw in air into the pants.

This article was posted on fox news at this link... https://www.foxnews.com/world/man-survives-hours-lost-at-sea-off-new-zealand-after-turning-jeans-into-flotation-device

Hobie 16 Trapseat Regatta

In 2020 the International Hobie 16 Trapseat Cup regatta will take place in North Idaho. We are in talks with an organization in finalizing the details. We will be posting the official NOR and other news shortly. To learn more about H16 Trapseat racing/sailing and also the work we do related to making marine facilities accessible please visit this link... http://funtosail.blogspot.com/p/programs.html

Here is a nice video about our last worlds event...

Monday, March 4, 2019

BUY A NEW HOBIE 16 WORLDS BOAT!


Here is your chance to get a great deal on a new Hobie 16 Worlds boat with unique sail colors and top notch racing components! 60 brand new Hobie 16's will be used as part of the Hobie 16 worlds taking place this November in Florida. Only hitch is one will not receive the boat until after the Hobie 16 world championships. However the wait will be well worth it due to price saving and getting the unique sail colors, and racing components.

Price: $9,899 fully assembled if you pick up the boat in Captiva Island Florida (yes the Island is connected to mainland of Florida via a bridge). This is an $1800 savings.

Price: $10,529 if shipped from Hobie California facility. Shipping fee must  be applied. Savings is $1170 without shipping. We will fully assemble if for free.

10% non refundable deposit is required to secure your boat.

Current non world Hobie 16 price is $11,499 without shipping.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Tired of the snow?

Tired of the snow and ice? Ready for warm waters and wind? Here is a video to show you that better times are ahead! There will always be a summer of wind and fun!


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Chatcolet Lake, Benewah County, Idaho

Chatcolet Lake (600 acres)
This 10-40 feet deep, making it suitable for big boats and keelboats. Chatcolet also tends to have good wind from the east, a large area of unobstructed open water, and one can easily access Lake Coeur d'Alene from this lake as well via the St. Joe River channel. Power boaters find this lake great to cruise and fish on. Sailors also enjoy this lake for its east thermal winds. The lake is located in Heyburn State Park. Amenities include 2 boat launch facilities with docks, 3 landings with docks, restrooms, marinas, beaches, campgrounds, cabins, hiking and biking trails (Trail of the Coeur d'Alene). Info: See About St. Joe River, Heyburn State Park, Area Lakes post/link.
1. Chatcolet Lake Heyburn State Park Boat Launch
Boat launch, docks, rocky beach, restrooms, campground, running water, bike and hiking trails. Directions: From HWY 5, enter the park at the headquarters and drive on Plumber Point Road to the boat launch; follow signs to boat launch. Maps: Maps: Visit google.com/maps type in Chatcolet Lake, Stevens County, WA. or GPS coordinates 47.374283, -116.761151
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot and launch area; PATHS/TRAILS... Paved trail of the Coeur d'Alene bike and pedestrian trail passes right by the boat launch area. Paved access to launch dock; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Fully accessible restrooms. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One dock with three slips. Paved single lane cement launch at about 6% grade; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Absolutely no access to water other than via launch; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Accessible tent and RV campsites with hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud and rocks along shoreline; Terrain: Level to 7% grades; H2O/Water: Water clear until lake summer. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of St. Maries.



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2. Plummer Point
Dock, beach, restrooms, picnic tables, bike and hiking trails (no running water). Directions: From HWY 5, enter the park at the headquarters and drive on Plumber Point Road; follow the sign to Plummer Point Park. Maps: Visit google.com/maps type in Chatcolet Lake, Benewah County, ID. or GPS coordinates 47.361310, -116.774569
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking area; PATHS/TRAILS... None. Dirty trails to dock, etc.; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Fully accessible restroom. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One docks, not accessible to wheelchairs. No launch. Portage kayak/canoe down dirt trail to beach; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Sandy/Mud beach area; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Camping in state park campgrounds; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud; Terrain: Varies; H2O/Water: Water normally clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of St. Maries.



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3. Hawley's Landing
Docks, boat pump-out station, restrooms, picnic tables, running water (no boat launch). Directions: (Coming from HWY 5, either passing the entrance road to the park headquarters or before you get to headquarters) Watch for the sign to Hawley's Landing. Turn on this road to get to land. Maps: Visit google.com/maps type in Chatcolet Lake, Benewah County, ID. or GPS coordinates 47.356084, -116.770379
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… One fully accessible restroom. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One dock, not accessible to wheelchairs. No developed launch. Launch from bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Camping in state park campgrounds; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud; Terrain: Varies; H2O/Water: Water normally clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of St. Maries.


4. Chatcolet Lake Access
Bank access, dock (no boat launch). Directions: Located between Hawleys Landing and Rocky Point in Heyburn State Park. (Coming from HWY 5 either passing the entrance road to the park headquarters or before you get to headquarters) Watch for a turnout with fishing info sign and dock. Maps: Visit google.com/maps type in Chatcolet Lake, Benewah County, ID. or GPS coordinates 47.354590, -116.763082
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel, dirt/mud parking along HWY/road; PATHS/TRAILS... None. Short descending dirt trail to dock access; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One docks, not accessible to wheelchairs. No launch. Launch from dock; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Camping in state park campgrounds; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud; Terrain: Varies; H2O/Water: Water normally clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of St. Maries.


5. Rocky Point Park, West Boat  Launch
Boat launch, docks, marina, beach, restrooms, fuel dock, play ground, running water. Directions: (Coming from HWY 5, either passing the entrance road to the park headquarters or before you get to headquarters) Watch for the sign to Rocky Point and Rocky Point Loop Road. Turn on this road to get to the boat launches and marina. Maps: Visit google.com/maps type in Chatcolet Lake, Benewah County, ID. or GPS coordinates 47.354133, -116.751996
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... None. Paved access to launch dock; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Fully accessible restrooms. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… Two launch docks. Marina for seasonal moorage. Double lane cement launch at about 5% grade; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Sandy, muddy beaches; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Accessible tent and RV campsites with hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud and rocks along shoreline; Terrain: Level to 5% grades; H2O/Water: Water clear until lake summer. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of St. Maries.


6. Rocky Point Park, East Boat Launch
Boat launch, docks, marina, beach, restrooms, fuel dock, play ground, running water. Directions: (Coming from HWY 5, either passing the entrance road to the park headquarters or before you get to headquarters) Watch for the sign to Rocky Point and Rocky Point Loop Road. Turn on this road to get to the boat launches and marina. Maps: Visit google.com/maps type in Chatcolet Lake, Benewah County, ID. or GPS coordinates 47.355173, -116.749548
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot and launch area; PATHS/TRAILS... Dirt, rought access to launch dock; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Fully accessible restrooms. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One old wood dock, not accessible to wheelchairs. Wide dirt/gravel launch at about 4% grade; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Accessible tent and RV campsites with hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud and rocks along shoreline; Terrain: Level to 5% grades; H2O/Water: Water clear until lake summer. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of St. Maries.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

SailGP Sydney Australia Results


The first ever SailGP racing just ended with their next stop in San Francisco May 4-5. Overall the racing was spectacular with Team Australia being unbeatable. 5 of the races had all 6 boats racing against each other, with the 6 race being a match raced between the top 2 finishers, Team Australia and Japan, with Australia winning again.

Team USA being the least experienced and youngest team struggled the most. It appeared they were racing the cat like a monohull versus a multihulls with to many maneuvers, not utilizing the tracks/course full breath, etc. Still they had some good starts and good speed at times. Their practice Match racing with Team Australia showed they have great skills by beating Australia at the start. I can guarantee now that they have until May they will evaluation their and others performances closely, and step up their game considerably.

I think the team to watch is Great Britain as they had a horrible start in race 5 but came from behind to get 4th. They had great speed. They were close in getting 3rd. Great come back with amazing boat speed and tactics.

Results: 1. Australia; 2 Japan; 3. Great Britain; 4. China; 5 France; 6. USA



WATCH THE RACING VIA THIS REPLAY ON FACEBOOK!