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Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

Looks like it's a Rhodes 19:

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Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

Rhodes-19, you can see the insignia. Decent boat, there's a racing fleet in Chicago, and these sails look pretty good. So 19 feet long, and a tough little boat, but not error-proof.

Were they flying the kite? don't see a spin pole attached to the mast, it may have washed out from under the cuddy.

Cold lake and windy enough to dump it? Lifejackets shoulda been on, warmer that way anyway.


Edit: oh, wait, I saw a spin halyard in one photo. Okay, kite was rigged--if up, coulda been a good ole burnout to windward?

Funny, I don't connect drinking on board with, "hey, let's set the kite!!", too much work when you're potted, but that's just me.

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Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

Winds out on the lake yesterday were gusting up to around 20 knots.
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Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

I'm not seeing a spinnaker, just a jib. Clearly a small keel with a bulb on the end.
Only 400 yards off shore. Clearly more sailboat than Mr Kovacks ought to be sailing. He was prepared for a simple sail along the shore and didn't recognize that the waves and the wind along with the water temp were all working against him.
Time to go back to the Sunfish and wait until August for better temps.

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Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

The boat is a Rhodes 19. They have some flotation but are not self bailing. This isn't the first time for this guy. Last early May he pulled the same stunt. Went out for a sail on his birthday with friends. Wife got worried and found capsized boat in Lake Michigan. CG found him unconscious floating in his life jacket. Hospitalized that time for hypothermia. For a guy 63 years old you would think that he would have more sense.
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Back in the 60's I sailed in Lake Michigan in a small boat and always in a wetsuit. These guys are just plain stupid.
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Wow. Second time in about the span of a year. Sounds like he ought give up sailing or drinking, or both. And add the USCG to his Christmas card list.

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Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

Don't plan on sailing a small boat (or any for that matter) on Lake Michigan in April if you're not prepared to go in.


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Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

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Winds out on the lake yesterday were gusting up to around 20 knots.
Which is nice sailing with my 32' cruiser but a hand full with an open 19' keel-boat. He must learn because 3rd time won't end up as good. Send him the bill he apparently can afford it.

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Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

Yes a Rhodes 19. The spinnaker was not rigged, the bag was floating and the sail working its way out. There's a frostbite fleet of R19s in Boston that sail all winter...

My bet, someone had to chose between dropping a beer to pop the mainsheet, or saving the beer, and made the wrong choice for April.

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