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Randy Bass
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Anyone up for sailing Muskegon Pier Thursday?

Going to try sailing inside pier at Pete Maquette park tomorrow after the rain.  1to5 looks good.  Anyone interested let me know.  Randy Bass Continue

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I am planning on attending the swap meet for the first time.  I am looking for gear to get my 11 and 8 year olds into windsurfing.  I am looking to see if anyone has the Ezzy or Chinook kids rigs 2.0…Continue

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Anyone up for sailing Muskegon Pier Thursday?

Going to try sailing inside pier at Pete Maquette park tomorrow after the rain.  1to5 looks good.  Anyone interested let me know.  Randy Bass See More
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"Where did you sail and what was the water temperature like?  I have not been out yet. Randy"
Randy Bass left a comment for Lawrence T Hoff
"Hey Larry,  saw your comment about moving to GR.  I am glad you want to help my cause.  It is a daunting one.  I am stirring up some interest.  All ability levels.  From never sailed to advanced.  I am a teacher…"
Jun 6
Randy Bass left a comment for David Roy
"Welcome to Michigan David!"
May 23
Randy Bass left a comment for Jeffrey Hynes
"Welcome Jeffrey!"
May 22
Randy Bass left a comment for Gary Bauer
"Welcome Gary!"
May 22
Randy Bass left a comment for GARRY ARMSTRONG
"Welcome Garry,  I live in Whitehall just south of you and am trying to get guys windsurfing in west michigan again.  I am planning a windsurfing trip to Tawas this summer.  Do you sail here at all.  I have found 5 or 6 guys that…"
May 22
Randy Bass replied to Phillip Morgan's discussion New to Holland Michigan
"There are great places to mountain bike as well. Many places to sail in west michigan. I live in Whitehall, which is north of Holland a ways, but am trying to get some newer windsurfers together this summer. Muskegon is a central location to meet…"
Apr 7
Randy Bass replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Pam I would love to sail with you at Gun Lake.  I scouted it out last summer but the wind did not cooperate for me.  I have heard that it stays pretty flat for good speed runs because it is so shallow.  I am trying to break 30…"
Jan 4
Randy Bass replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Jim, when do you come to Michigan and for how long?  Do you bring windsurfing equipment?  Sailing inside the pier at B is a blast.  C has shore break which I have given up on long ago.  A can be great on a SW thermal when the big…"
Jan 4
Randy Bass replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Hey it looks like we are gaining some windsurfing momentum in West Michigan.  Let get everyone together to sail this spring and summer.  Alex needs lessons and equipment, Pam looks like a pro that can help all of us, Shaun needs a…"
Jan 4
Randy Bass replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"If you are in Spring Lake, I sail inside the pier in Muskegon too.  That would be a good place to meet up.  I also just tried out Fremont Lake this summer and had a great sail their.  I also want to sail Gun Lake, south of GR. …"
Dec 28, 2018
Randy Bass left a comment for Philip Riggs
"Welcome!  I am always looking for someone to sail with in West Michigan.  I live in Whitehall and have sailed Hamlin a couple of times.  Never sailed Hatteras but the long distance race they have started up is calling my name. Randy…"
Aug 16, 2017
Randy Bass replied to Eric Falker's discussion WTB - old Windsurfer board
"I was going to offer you my fin until I saw the board.  Not going to help.  My exact same board split all the way across the bottom and is completely useless.  I loved sailing it on light wind days.  Sorry I can't…"
Jul 27, 2016
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Dec 30, 2015

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Lake Michigan near Pentwater and Silver Lake in Mears and White Lake in Montague
Favorite Sailing Site in MI

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At 6:21am on December 18, 2015, Jason Andrew Jobes said…

Torch is usually a day trip for me. There is a nice little campground in eastport near the boat launch that would be great for inexpensive overnight stays. My most frequent sail spots in the U.p. are  Sherman Park on the st. marys river and Trout lake township park. There are so many awesome lakes and places to sail, I try to sail a new spot every summer. Higgins Lake sounds beautiful would love to sail there sometime. You being a teacher sounds like the perfect gig for a michigan windsurfer having summers off!! :)


At 1:46pm on December 15, 2015, Earl Smolen said…

Hey Randy, Don't hesitate to call if you go to Hamlin. We have a second home a 1/4 mile from the launch that is getting the facelift. I live in Allendale but spend lots of time in Ludington hoping for that windy big lake forecast. Got a trailer full of equipment (the quiver) that usually stays up north. Be looking for you this spring...Earl S 

At 9:57am on December 11, 2015, Earl Smolen said…

Hello Randy, Heading up to Hamlin lake this morning. Don't plan on sailing, even though foot is healed and the wind was good yesterday, plus almost 60 degrees. This will hopefully be a short winter. If you ever plan on sailing Hamlin, give me a call (cell 616 635 8571), I'm up there for sailing mostly on weekends. Looking foward to some spring sailing. I usually sail at the end of Duneview Rd. There is a public launch there (You may already know where it is) that is being upgraded for boaters. Hope upgrade does not increase boat traffic there. Always enjoy meeting another wind junkie. Earl S

At 2:54am on December 8, 2015, Jason Andrew Jobes said…

Hi Randy. Thank you for the welcome! Eastport boat launch on Torch Lake is a nice spot on any South wind. Probably some nice spots on south end of lake also. If you ever want to sail it, give me a shout. Always love to meet other Windsurfers :)

At 11:38am on April 2, 2012, Mark Boersma said…

Hey Randy, We will have to get together and sail sometime! Give me a call if you hear of any good wind coming in. My cell # is 616 402 3772. My dad and I are always looking for some people around the area to sail with!

At 7:01am on March 26, 2012, Tom Stahl said…

I usually go to Austin Lake, it is close by and big enough to have pretty constant wind.

At 3:51pm on December 21, 2011, Tim Brinks said…

Hi Randy


My brother, a friend and I have access to lake MI at the end of Fruitvale road and that is where we typical sail when the weather and temp are right. We have sailed White lake a few times when the wind picks up out of the west. Gun Lake is another destination for us when the big lake temps are chilly. I recently met Rob Dykstra about the same time I found this web site. Crazy coincidence! 

We will have to get in touch this spring.



At 2:28pm on November 20, 2011, Rob Dykstra said…

Hi Randy,

Thanks for the email, yes, I am speaking of Whitehall/ Montague White Lake.  My parents have had a place on the lake for 38+ years.  They have since moved up there and live there full time so we (wife and 2 kids) are there very often in the summer (while living in Grand Rapids).

I learned to sail and board out of the yacht club.  I used the race both butterfly's and MC's... One year they offered a windsurf clinic and that is where i fell in love with windsurfing.  I learned on a whaler (not the boat whaler).  Do you remember them?  I think they went out of business 1-2 years after they opened.  

I currently do not surf (have not in about 5 years), but really want to get back into it.  I would consider myself an advance beginner to beginner intermediate.  I started thinking about this early this summer, but was very disappointed to find out there is no local place to get equipment.  Where in West Michigan sells windsurfer's?  Have you lived there all your life?  


Any help you can give me on equipment would be appreciated, I would love to sail with you this summer.



At 1:33am on August 4, 2011, Ken Gothman said…

Thanks for the tip. I'll definately try it next time!

At 11:01pm on August 3, 2011, Ken Gothman said…
I also picked up a used, but in great condtion, 104 X-cite ride this Spring.  I got a good deal on it, but, unfortunately, I can't use it yet, because I still can't do water starts.  I hope to have them down before the end of this year.  I'm told this should be a great board for me, once I improve enough to be able to use it.


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