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Jim O'Donnell
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Weird Waves - Very cool Great Lakes surfing video
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DmoQ-ziT38Some very impressive waves on Lake Superior.  Brrrr.   Makes Oregon…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim O'Donnell Jan 11.

July 6 Lake Michigan session
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July 6, 2018 – Lake Michigan, Bic Techno II 135L, 6.8m sailKnocked out a bunch of odd jobs and small projects around the house yesterday (no wind).  Forecast was calling for 15-25 knot winds in the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Jul 12, 2018.

Need forecasting help from Lake Michigan sailors
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I'm down in Glenn (between Saugatuck and S. Haven).  Finally have all my gear with me and I am dying to get out on Lake Michigan for some sailing.  Looking at the forecast for tomorrow (Friday,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim O'Donnell Jul 2, 2018.

WTB: 7.5 sail
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Does anybody have a sail in the 7.5 range they are looking to sell?  I'd be interested.Thanks,-JimContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John A. Bourget Aug 24, 2017.

 

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Jim O'Donnell replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion Weird Waves - Very cool Great Lakes surfing video
"From the YouTube comments section:  "Burton is like a Simpson's surf cartoon character." Ha Ha!  So true!  Can't help but smile listening to his stoke! -Jim"
Jan 11
Jim O'Donnell posted a discussion

Weird Waves - Very cool Great Lakes surfing video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DmoQ-ziT38Some very impressive waves on Lake Superior.  Brrrr.   Makes Oregon coast seem downright tropical!-JimSee More
Jan 11
Jim O'Donnell left a comment for Shaun Arntz
"Would it be possible for the Michigan Windsurfing webmaster to delete that post?  I'd rather not have my email address and full name available on a public posting.  I thought I was leaving a private comment.  Thx."
Jan 8
Jim O'Donnell replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Randy, I come to Michigan every summer for vacation with the family and stay in Glenn (between S. Haven and Saugatuck).  Usually stay 7-10 days.  We bought a cottage there a few years ago and I have gear.  135L Bic Techno and a 105L…"
Jan 5
Jim O'Donnell replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Please include me!  I am only in Michigan a couple times a year, but I would LOVE to try out sailing Muskegon Lake and the big lake.  When you all are talking about sailing Muskegon Lake, I presume you are referring to the area labeled…"
Jan 3
Jim O'Donnell replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"If you don't mind a REALLY long drive, come out to Hood River, OR, for a swap meet next summer. You will find used gear galore for really good prices. You could probably save enough $ to pay for your gas for the trip. Plus you will get a chance…"
Dec 6, 2018
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Lake Michigan, July 6, 2018

Windsurfing on Lake Michigan in Glenn (between S. Haven and Saugatuck). July 6, 2018
Oct 24, 2018
Jim O'Donnell replied to TOM ROTH's discussion 8/22 Kettle Point 20 Knots
"Sounds fantastic! Hate it when the arms and legs give out when the wind is still good."
Sep 6, 2018
Jim O'Donnell replied to TOM ROTH's discussion 8/22 Kettle Point 20 Knots
"Well?  How was it?  "
Sep 3, 2018
Jim O'Donnell replied to TOM ROTH's discussion 8/22 Kettle Point 20 Knots
"Can't wait to see some pictures!  Me? I'll be sailing in the Gorge starting Friday morning early. Fingers crossed! I hope you have a great session!"
Aug 20, 2018
Brian replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion July 6 Lake Michigan session
"Jim, There's a video's tab.  You can post that here too. Brian"
Jul 12, 2018
Jim O'Donnell replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion July 6 Lake Michigan session
"Here is some video my brother shot. https://youtu.be/cr9EXEkht-4"
Jul 12, 2018
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion July 6 Lake Michigan session
"Nice pictures!  Who took them?  Next time - take some video!"
Jul 9, 2018
Brian replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion July 6 Lake Michigan session
"Wow, Jim, thanks for the session report.  Looks like an awesome day! Brian"
Jul 9, 2018
Jim O'Donnell replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion July 6 Lake Michigan session
"Another pic from Jul 6, 2018"
Jul 9, 2018
Jim O'Donnell posted a discussion

July 6 Lake Michigan session

July 6, 2018 – Lake Michigan, Bic Techno II 135L, 6.8m sailKnocked out a bunch of odd jobs and small projects around the house yesterday (no wind).  Forecast was calling for 15-25 knot winds in the afternoon starting around 3pm, waves building to 3-5ft.  Knocked off a few more in the morning, then went down to help my Aunt with some yardwork.  Pulled weeds, trimmed shrubs, raked, killed a bunch of ivy, all while keeping one eye on the wind in the trees.  Nothing happening. . . I had pretty much…See More
Jul 9, 2018

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Where do you sail most often?
The Gorge
Favorite Sailing Site in MI
Lake Michigan

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Skunked :(

Well, I just got back from a two week vacation on Lake Michigan.  I finally have a place to store my gear and I was so looking forward to some sailing on the big Lake.  But the gear just sat and sat and sat, waiting for the wind that never happened.  So disappointed.

On the bright side . . . I have never seen Lake Michigan so clean and clear.  After a few days of calm, the lake settled out and I could see the bottom plain as day in 10' of water.  As an added bonus, there was…

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Posted on August 12, 2016 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Introducing myself

Hey, fellow midwest windsurfers!  My name is Jim.  I just joined MI Windsurfing forum.  I'm a native Michigander from Milan (S. of Ann Arbor).  I learned to windsurf at the Univ. of Wisconsin in 1991, and have been doing it as often as I can ever since.  I live in Oregon, west of Portland, so I do most of my sailing in the Gorge these days.  

My wife and I just bought a place near Lake Michigan that will eventually be our retirement home.  But that is several years out.  I have a…

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Posted on July 12, 2016 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

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