The 2020 season, CRAM’s 55th summer of catamaran racing, drew to an end at Caseville over the weekend. A beautiful, warm fall weekend greeted us with perfect set-up conditions on Friday night followed by the classic fireside chat back at the campground.
Saturday’s racing was a little bit of everything. The wind started out in the sweet spot of roughly 15 knots and the waves weren't the worst we've seen. As the breeze died down throughout the afternoon, the last race of the day had to be shortened at the gate after one weather mark rounding. The F18s traded races with four different boats collecting the bullets of five races. The contests were competitive with maybe only two of the starts hearing the “all clear” signal. In the Hobie 16 fleet, skippers Austin Lee and Jim West rose to the top, turning Sunday into match racing. The open fleets included one A-Class, a Hobie Getaway, a Nacra 5.5 Uni, and Liam Walz and his brother brought their 49er to test their speed against the F18s.
After racing, CRAM was able to hold its third hospitality event of the year for sailors and their families. Hosted by the Berkels and the Raterings, Tom Ratering smoked pork all day Saturday while spectating from the beach. A great turnout that ended with another fire smoldering into the quiet hours of the night.
Sunday brought the wind. 20+ knots to start the morning, gusts to almost 30. Eight of the ten Hobie 16s went out the race course while most F18s started to pack up early. James Hulderman on his Nacra Infusion gave it the ol’ college try, but returned to the beach after one bear away, deciding it wasn’t worth the risk of breaking anything to wrap up the season. The Hobie 16s ran three races, all won by Austin Lee and Alicia Wright to take the regatta. Make sure to check the results page for the final standings and times!
Huge shout out and thank you to Race Committee members Chris Tuckfield, Eric Brattinga and Jared Smith! Someone once told me that a big reason CRAM racing is so amazing is because of great Race Committee and we race in all conditions. The weekend was just that.
Thank you to all racers for a great year of attendance! We had 20+ boats at every regatta! Thank you to every officer that helped provide the resources for a very successful season. Thank you to our host cities, yacht clubs and parks; Michigan is a truly beautiful place to sail with its clear fresh water and sand dune shorelines. Even with the COVID-19 restrictions forcing cancellations, reschedules and last-minute events, we still were able to safely host eight regattas. It was a pleasure serving the club as Commodore, thank you for hanging with me.CRAM members, please note – be on the lookout for official information regarding the 2020 Business Meeting.
Bob, Bill Kast, Warren Mitchell, and myself joined John Harper and Cesar Santana up in the thumb of Michigan for a great weekend of racing and good times. This event was a little smaller than usual, but still had 30+ cats of all kinds launching off a beautiful beach to race in a variety of conditions. The Hobie group up there is a little more laid back, with single-handed 16s, non-comptips, and even a Getaway and a Prindle 16 racing along with the A cats and the spinnaker boats. I think this is working for them; lots of young people, husband and wife teams, and a few kids as well.
To fill the now-empty time slot, the CRAM officers are working on hosting a regatta in Port Sanilac, Michigan. More details will come at a later date, please keep checking the schedule for changes to NORs. There will not be a social event for this regatta.
From the South Higgins Lake Campground manager, all campsite reservation fees will be fully refunded.
As of today, CRAM’s first regatta will be held at North Cape Yacht Club in LaSalle, MI on June 6th and 7th.
I hope this update finds each and every one of you healthy and making the most of current situation. It is almost inevitable that the COVID-19 virus has affected someone we know, however that may be. Please know that your CRAM officers are working towards providing some sort of glimmer of light at the end of this long tunnel.
As of Monday, April 20th, CRAM is keeping the schedule as posted with the exception that the social events for the Higgins Lake and North Cape regattas are cancelled. This is the only update at this time; any regatta may still be affected as we continue to monitor the situation. We believe that we can still promote the sport of sailing and while acting safely and responsibly in these unprecedented times.
In case we need to cancel a regatta, a notice will be made at least one week prior to the event. You are still encouraged to pre-register and to please not worry about registration fees, as those will be fully refunded.
Dear CRAM Members,
The 2019 CRAM sailing season starts this weekend at Higgins Lake, MI! I hope everyone will join us this weekend for our season opening regatta. Let the 2019 CRAM Season of fun begin!
At the Spring Officers meeting CRAM Officers agreed on three organizational goals that we’d like all members to collectively focus on during 2019.
Welcome to the 2019 CRAM sailing season!
New members and returning members alike, I want to sincerely welcome you to our 2019 CRAM Season. First off, I’d like to thank Uli Gollwitzer for his leadership, enthusiasm and commitment to CRAM as Commodore the past two seasons. Additionally, I’d like to thank each CRAM officer and member who has worked hard over the years to make our organization the success it is today. Your commitment to CRAM, to our members and to catamaran sailing is inspiring and truly appreciated.
Welcome to the sailing season 2018! Some of our members have already been sailing, be it in Florida, or - the more crazy amongst us, here in really cold water in Michigan! Our first regatta at Crescent Sail Yacht Club is less than two weeks away. I hope to see many of you at the Kickoff in the “D”.
It is true, we are less than two weeks away from our first CRAM regatta! Some of us couldn’t wait and were able to train or race in Florida before. Let’s hope the mild weather continues and we’ll all have a nice weekend to “Kickoff in the D” at CSYC May 13th/14th. You can register here.
With 9 CRAM regattas we have a packed season ahead (Details here), including two new venues: Manistee and Boyne City!
Wow…. Another great sailing event for 2014 is in the books. The Tawas location has proven to be a fan favorite for quite a few years, and this year was no exception. Eric Kennedy on race committee ran 2 distance events on Saturday and buoy racing on Sunday for a great mix of different types of racing. Last year Ed and Tara resurrected the distance event format and hopefully this will continue in the future.
March 2nd, 2014
Dear CRAM Member,
As we look forward to the 2014 sailing season I would like to communicate changes that were approved at the fall membership business meeting. There was much discussion regarding the difficulty in filling club officer and regatta volunteer (race committee, hospitality, etc...) positions. In recent years the pool of volunteers has declined to the point where the same small group of members are performing all of the work. For the club to continue to offer first class regattas and cover our expenses, including planning for future needs, the work needs to be shared by all members.