THE GROSSE POINTE WINDSURFING CLUB NEWSLETTER
April 5, 2008
newsletter is sent by email to members of the GPWC, and anyone else who wishes
to receive it. It is usually published twice a month during the summer sailing
season, occasionally at other times, or whenever the editor or a guest editor
gets around to it. Please contact me if you wish to have your name added
to or removed from the mailing list. Comments, contributions,
announcements, trip reports, etc, are welcome. Nathaniel Siddall,
editor. firstname.lastname@example.org phone
(734) 678-5625. Visit our website at http://gpwc.jimminet.net
THE GROSSE POINTE WINDSURFING CLUB
are a group of amateur boardsailors who usually meet once a week during the
summer to sail together, practice and hold informal races on a small
course. Many of us compete in race events regionally and around the
country, and we sometimes go on group trips to shortboard sailing destinations
such as Hatteras. Some prefer free sailing to racing, but enjoy learning
and sailing with other windsurfers. Some of us are beginners, some are
fairly experienced. Anyone is welcome to join us. If you've never
raced, but are curious about it, we will show you how, teach you the rules and
get you started. Loaner boards may be available for people who can
windsurf but don't have race gear. (But--we aren't instructors or a camp;
you have to take responsibility for your own safety.)
are part of MOWIND The Midwest Organizers for Windsurfing, and the U.S.
There is now open water in our
area! Still a little cold for actual sailing, in my view, but time to at
least start thinking about it. We will probably organize Monday and
Wednesday sailing again. A "learn to windsurf" day is also a
possibility. Let us know if you have proposals for activities.
We'll publish a calendar of events a little later, but you can mark your
calendars now for our Patterson Regatta, June 21, and Higgins Lake Regatta,
September 6-7. And the Toledo group will be doing their regatta, of
course, May 31-June 1
Message from Jim:
After more than 25 years in the
Windsurfing business Rod Clevenger has decided it’s almost time to retire. As
of March 2, 2008 he has sold his business, Sailboard Alley, to Jim Donahue.
Rod will still be involved in the business throughout the 2008 season, helping
to transfer his wisdom and knowledge gained over these many years in the
business, to the new owner.
Along with the new ownership,
Sailboard Alley will be moving its base of operations from Oregon, OH to
Beverly Hills, MI. Here is the new address and phone number:
21640 Riverview Dr.
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
A new website will be up and
running shortly at www.sailboardalley.com.
In the short term the website will be an information only site. In the future
we plan to launch an ecommerce website where you will be able to browse
products and place orders on-line.
Sailboard Alley will have local
stock of aluminum booms, popular masts, fins, bases, extensions, booties and
most of the hardware and accessories you will need. Boards, sails, full carbon
booms, wetsuits and dry suits will be available by special order. Sailboard
Alley will be able to supply most brands.
Over the years many of us have
called on Rod for his advice and help in getting the gear we needed in pursuit
of our windsurfing passion. I am sure many of us in the windsurfing community
share my sentiments and wish to thank Rod for all he has done to support
windsurfing. There will likely be many people who will miss calling Rod about
new gear, talking about subjects far beyond windsurfing. I may not be as
talkative as Rod, but I am committed to bringing the same honesty and integrity
that Rod brought to the windsurfing business.
Sailboard Alley is ready now to
take special orders, stock items will be arriving in early April. Call the
above number anytime before 8PM for assistance.
CASS LAKE SWAP MEET
Message from Bob Schoen (email@example.com):
Saturday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. Dodge State Park #4, Keego Harbor.
Bring your used gear – someone
wants or needs it, or just stop by to say hi!
Beginners welcome – we’ll help you
find what you need
You will need a park pass – they
appreciate it if you get your season pass from them
This is a cash and carry event –
you are responsible for your own gear
Check out this site for local
info, announcements like this, etc., http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/MiWindsurf/
Commercial interests are welcome –
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a
Note: You can also place classified ads at our
OTHER WINDSURFING INFO AND RESOURCES
Grosse Pointe Windsurfing Club webpage: http://gpwc.jimminet.net
Great Lakes Demo Tour-- http://members.aol.com/dbatchr/djbhome/DEMO.HTM
Sailboard Alley, telephone 248-731-7144 www.sailboardalley.org
Amoka Windsports, Windsurfing and Kiting, NW Ohio--Scott Haas http://www.amoka.com
Sail Sports Marine, Traverse City http://www.sailsportmarine.com/windsurfing.html
US Windsurfing Association: www.uswindsurfing.org
Prodigy Class Association www.prodigyonedesign.org
MOWIND (Midwest Organizers of Windsurfing): http://www.mowind.org/
Mark Maslar's Ohio windsurfing web page: http://www.ohwind.com/
Neil Farrow's Toledo area windsurfing instruction page:
Bob Schoen at email@example.com Beginner instruction in the Detroit area.
Lauren Turner firstname.lastname@example.org, (313) 720 1047 Beginner instruction in the Detroit area.
Paul Sandstrom, Alum Creek Regatta http://ca.geocities.com/alumcreekwindsurfing/
University of Michigan Sailing Club www.umich.edu/~umsc/
Michigan Windsurfing Yahoo Group
Send messages to:MiWindsurf@yahoogroups.com
Pontiac Yacht Club, Cass Lake www.pyc54.org
Sail Repair by Don Wolanchuk email@example.com