Monday, 13 July 2020 17:31

Hobie 17 Resurgence

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With the Covid pandemic upon us most of the spring sailing events have been canceled or postponed. When the chat started regarding sailing our Hobie 17s, I thought what a perfect boat to stay isolated - with the wings in place no one can get within 12 feet of you! We also have an aggressive fleet with very good sailors at the top of their game. As the event got closer we kept each other informed and made it happen.

CRAM helped as we had our own fleet and Race Committee, Paul Krutty and crew, even recognized the speed of these boats and provided us with a separate start to keep the races flowing.

The Hobie 17 is a very misunderstood, quirky little boat. Developed in 1985, she was the first boat designed around the composite tip (comp tip) mast. With it's bendy tapered construction skippers had to learn how it would flatten the sail and give a bit in the puffs. Turns out they are very nimble and fast in a blow with plenty of bow to keep you safe downwind. It's been my experience that when you can sail a H17 fast, tack well with one sail and climb down from one wing to the other, you will improve on any craft you choose to sail.

Thanks to all who helped make this happen as we all need a way to calm the stress of being locked down for so long. Stay safe, stay well and sail fast.
Thursday, 25 June 2020 11:26

From Alabama to North Cape

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I decided to join CRAM and sail as many regattas as I could this year, the first of which for me was the North Cape Regatta. When people heard I drove 601 miles (one way) from Alabama, the usual reaction was "Are you crazy?" to which I said "I just want to race!". And racing is what CRAM does, as well as communicate and promote events. They also welcome new members with open arms. It may be surprising, but in my experience some organizations/clubs don't do that fully, especially with regards to communication and promotion. I find CRAM to be a rare gem and appreciate being able to participate. The folks I've met have all been great, going back to 2018 Hobie 16 NAC where I met Austin, John, and Keith who all eagerly encouraged me to try out CRAM.

The North Cape regatta was a great event to get my feet wet with CRAM. I was fortunate to find a willing and able crew, Dominic, who I can't thank enough for all his help with setup, teardown, calling lay-lines, and enthusiastically crewing my Hobie 16 with me for the 6 races. Setting up your boat is always the first thing to do at a regatta. I enjoy rigging my boat, talking with competitors and offering assistance to fellow H16'ers with parts or advice. Straight away I knew I was at the right place with the friendly faces around me. Once we got on the racecourse, the friendly faces turn into competitive ones. This is, of course, the best part of a regatta. The competition was fierce and learned quickly that CRAM sailors came to race. Building skills alongside competitors is a great joy of sailing for me. A few moments stand out in particular with Austin (first place H16) and Kevin (third place H16) as the three of us were mixing it up with upwind crossings and mark roundings in every race. I'm looking forward to making a highlight reel from my GoPro footage. After the racing, the fun continued and I had an absolute blast hanging out with everyone and learning the Michigan pastime of euchre.

All in all, I just want to say what a pleasure it is to join this group. Thank you for having me. Racing and partying with you all will be some great memories for 2020 and beyond.

Thank you,
Bradley (Brad) Davis
Hobie 16 #115139
Wednesday, 29 April 2020 20:21

COVID-19 Impact Update (4/29/2020)

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This update comes with unfortunate news once again. The Lake Michigan Catamaran Championship originally scheduled for June 19th-21st in Michigan City, Indiana has been cancelled. This was set to be one of our largest events, a three day contest held in combination with Hobie Fleet 126.

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.

Stay safe,

Monday, 27 April 2020 12:29

COVID-19 Impact Update (4/27/2020)

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Due to Michigan Executive Order 2020-59 and the time needed for grounds preparation, it has come to my attention that Michigan state parks campgrounds will now remain closed through June 21st. Therefore, the CRAM Higgins Lake Regatta scheduled for May 30th and 31st is cancelled.

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.
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 14:53

COVID-19 Impact on CRAM (4/20/2020)

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CRAM Family,

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.

Take care,

Thursday, 26 March 2020 13:21

2020 Letter from the Commodore

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Michigan sailing is just a few short weeks away! The officers have finished our winter meeting, finalizing most of the final details. Countless little updates are in the works. Some of us were even able to escape to Florida for a little sailing. Therefore, it’s pretty much official…
Monday, 08 July 2019 21:47

Jeremy and Hannah's First CRAM Event

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61742682 2909430745763743 3645907985642815488 nBoth Hannah and I are new to sailing. I started as crew on a monohull in 2016, and Hannah joined as crew in 2018. We both really enjoy it and our friends pointed us to CRAM as a place to improve our sailing skills, and have a more exhilarating experience.
Friday, 31 May 2019 13:13

2019 Commodore Update

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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.

Saturday, 06 April 2019 11:50

2019 Letter from the Commodore

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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.

Friday, 04 May 2018 10:38

2018 Letter from the Commodore

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CRAM racers,

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”.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 19:37

2017 Letter from the Commodore

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CRAM Racers

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!  
Monday, 21 November 2016 11:08

2016: The Year of the 16

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This has been quite an incredible year to say the least, and I wanted to take a moment to thank our 2016 Hobie 16 members. It has been an honor to server as your fleet captain for the past two years. My decision to move to the F18 fleet came with a heavy heart. Ever since I joined CRAM I have looked with envy to our bigger catamaran brothers, but with my opportunity to move up it was difficult thinking about the fleet I was leaving behind. It’s not all about the competition, but the friendships forged that mean the most.
Friday, 20 May 2016 11:08

2016 Kickoff in the D

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CRAM typically starts the season in mid May at the Crescent Sail Yacht Club on Lake St. Clair near Detroit. Every year the organizers stay in close touch, anxiously watching the weather. In past years we’ve had to cancel the regatta the day before it started – especially because wind, air and water temperatures were matching. Think about that… ☺ This year’s forecast was not quite drastic enough to do so.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 17:19

2014 Tawas Bay

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Don’t hoist the spinnaker on a screaming reach….

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.
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