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.
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.
Bradley (Brad) Davis
Hobie 16 #115139
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.
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 morning came and the weather forecast was pretty accurate: Winds around 24 gusting beyond 30 knots! The start got postponed for two hours.