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.
Sunday, 02 March 2014 12:45

2014 Letter from the Commodore

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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.
Saturday, 28 September 2013 06:02

2013 Higgins

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Higgins Lake: “Pure Michigan” at its finest.

In typical Midwest fashion, if you didn’t like the weather just wait five minutes!

We had sunshine, rain, lots of wind, and no wind, forecasted weather for shorts and t-shirts, but turned to warm packs and dry suits - great suggestion from Tara Cunningham!

In terms of the weather, we really saw just about everything, except snow...Thank God!

Saturday, 04 October 2014 11:08

2014 Icebreaker

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For a whole week I had been checking the weather every day - sometimes even multiple times. Jody, who was heading the organization of the 2014 Icebreaker, was getting tired answering the primary question of all participants: “Hey, with the weather forecast - are we sailing?”.

Saturday morning came and the weather forecast was pretty accurate: Winds around 24 gusting beyond 30 knots! The start got postponed for two hours.
Sunday, 04 August 2013 21:39

2013 Muskegon

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We'd love to say the sun always shines on CRAM regattas but that'd be a lie.  Fortunately, that doesn't stop us from having fun, and this year was no exception.  Below is a rehash of this year's challenging Muskegon regatta as told by Ed Cunningham - Vice Commodore and skipper of the 2nd place F18.  Credit to Ron Kramer for supplying the photos.
Friday, 15 March 2013 04:51

2013 Message from the Commodore

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I would like to welcome all cat sailors to CRAM's 2013 season. The officers have been working diligently to finalize the regatta locations and to roll out improvements to various areas of the club. Some of these improvements will include an updated Website, Facebook page and the addition of a Twitter account. We will make the online registration process easier and it will include sign-up for the meals. This will help us plan better, streamline the on-site registration and will give everyone more time to tune their boats, socialize or have another coffee.