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Jim O'Donnell
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June 23, Lake Michigan Session
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Made it out yesterday around 8:45am for a short session on the Big Lake.  Started out on 6.8 with a 135L.  Wind was building, so I tried switching to a 103L Screamer after a few runs - worked ok, but…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim O'Donnell Jun 26.

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, 2019.

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.

 

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Jim O'Donnell replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion June 23, Lake Michigan Session
"Just two weeks ago I got in for a swim with the 3/2 on and didn't last more than a couple of minutes.  Amazing how fast the lake can change."
Jun 26
Jim O'Donnell replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion June 23, Lake Michigan Session
"Around where we are, the Lake warmed up quite a bit in the last two weeks.  It's comfortable for swimming with no wetsuit.  I started with a 5-4-3 steamer because it was rough, the air was chilly, and I was unsure about how the water…"
Jun 26
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion June 23, Lake Michigan Session
"How is the water temperature?  The Muskegon buoy is reporting 55 degrees.  Meanwhile, Lake Lansing is positively warm.  Some folks are sailing in board shorts.  Personally, I am still wearing a shorty wetsuit.  "
Jun 25
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June 23, Lake Michigan Session

Made it out yesterday around 8:45am for a short session on the Big Lake.  Started out on 6.8 with a 135L.  Wind was building, so I tried switching to a 103L Screamer after a few runs - worked ok, but I really need to get a bigger fin if I want to use that board with a 6.8.  I could've easily dropped down to a 6.0 or 5.7 which would have been great, but I was short on time and especially short on stamina.  First time sailing this year and it was tough!  I think I managed to make one or two jibes…See More
Jun 24

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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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At 2:46pm on February 3, 2019, Tad Archer said…
Hey Jim
I think I figured this out.
Tadmaui56@gmail.com
Thank you!
Tad
 
 
 

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