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Lawrence T Hoff
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The 2021 season is underway in mid-Michigan (although not yet including me)
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    I counted a half dozen sailors enjoying the unseasonably warm weather today on Lake Lansing.  I could not spare the time to sail, but I watched with envy for a while.  Maybe later this week?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Apr 1.

Happy Thanksgiving to all
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    Last Wednesday, I sailed all afternoon at Muskegon in comfortable temperatures.  I started off on a 4.1 and finished on a 5.1.  I was joined by a wing foiler, a kite foiler, and a handful of kite…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Nov 24, 2020.

Cold weather tips?
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    It seems like only a month ago that I was sailing in board shorts.  This weekend, however, I was in full cold-weather gear: drysuit, mittens, and scuba booties!  That got me thinking about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Nov 2, 2020.

Fun in five knots
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    I came across this ten year old video from an ABK camp on Long Island.  I can be seen at 3:20 doing a no-handed heli tack leading into a clew-first gecko flaka (non-planing flaka) and again at…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Benjamin Sauter Sep 27, 2020.

 

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Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion The 2021 season is underway in mid-Michigan (although not yet including me)
"Funny you should write that today under a thin blanket of snow! We are looking at 60's next week, and I suspect some people will be off to Hatteras soon. Me, I'm rehabbing from a broken thumb/torn ligament, so I've got another month…"
Apr 1
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion The 2021 season is underway in mid-Michigan (although not yet including me)
"The unseasonably warm weather continues.  Had a nice 4.1 session Tuesday on Lake Lansing.  I got to use my 76 liter high-wind board.  Even with the stronger winds, I was still warm in summer booties and lightweight gloves.  Next…"
Apr 1
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion The 2021 season is underway in mid-Michigan (although not yet including me)
"    My 2021 season is finally underway!  I got out on Lake Lansing yesterday with a 5.1 and my 100 liter board.  Not only was the air temperature unseasonably warm, the water was remarkably warm as well!  After about an…"
Mar 25
George Schwartz replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion The 2021 season is underway in mid-Michigan (although not yet including me)
"Day one yesterday.  Two of us out on Austin Lake, Portage. Water temp 52°."
Mar 23
Lawrence T Hoff posted a discussion

The 2021 season is underway in mid-Michigan (although not yet including me)

    I counted a half dozen sailors enjoying the unseasonably warm weather today on Lake Lansing.  I could not spare the time to sail, but I watched with envy for a while.  Maybe later this week?See More
Mar 22
Michael Olesch left a comment for Lawrence T Hoff
"Hi Larry, thanks for your Cass Lake recommendation - I heard about it earlier , location close to W Blmfld is indeed perfect and I’m planning on sailing there as soon as I would buy some gear for doing that. I’m really looking forward to…"
Mar 11
Lawrence T Hoff left a comment for Michael Olesch
"Welcome, Michael. FYI - a popular sailing spot near East Bloomfield is Cass Lake.  In normal times, an annual spring swap meet is held there.  That event is an opportunity to meet other sailors and check out the launch.  For other…"
Mar 11
Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Happy Thanksgiving to all
"Larry, great to meet you this year.  See you on the water in 2021 - Covid-free!"
Nov 24, 2020
Lawrence T Hoff posted a discussion

Happy Thanksgiving to all

    Last Wednesday, I sailed all afternoon at Muskegon in comfortable temperatures.  I started off on a 4.1 and finished on a 5.1.  I was joined by a wing foiler, a kite foiler, and a handful of kite surfers.  Now, while I write this, my deck is coated with snow.  Despite that, I am not quite ready to declare the 2020 season over.  However, I can see the handwriting on the wall.  The long range forecast includes falling temperatures and no significant wind.  In case, this turns out to be the…See More
Nov 23, 2020
Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Cold weather tips?
"Larry, If you drink too much tea, you might warm up your wetsuit another way. Brian"
Nov 2, 2020
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Cold weather tips?
"My wife reminded me of another tip yesterday: bring a thermos of hot tea to drink during snack breaks. And don’t believe everything you read online.  All the years I sailed on Long Island, I never sailed during the months of January or…"
Nov 2, 2020
Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Cold weather tips?
"I have heard about the technique whereby you go out for just very short session and then come in and warm your hands in warm water, and then go back out.  It is supposed to work, but I haven't tried it. For me, the hands are definitely the…"
Oct 19, 2020
Lawrence T Hoff posted a discussion

Cold weather tips?

    It seems like only a month ago that I was sailing in board shorts.  This weekend, however, I was in full cold-weather gear: drysuit, mittens, and scuba booties!  That got me thinking about techniques I have seen people use to eke out a few more weeks of sailing as the temperatures drop...    In addition to wearing mittens (with a smooth water-shedding skin, rather than neoprene), I try to keep good blood circulation to my hands.  I have adopted the practice of periodically dropping one hand…See More
Oct 18, 2020
Benjamin Sauter replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Fun in five knots
"Pretty awesome!"
Sep 27, 2020
Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Fun in five knots
"ABK teaches you to have fun in 5 knots and also build skills.  Thanks for the video."
Sep 10, 2020
Lawrence T Hoff posted a discussion

Fun in five knots

    I came across this ten year old video from an ABK camp on Long Island.  I can be seen at 3:20 doing a no-handed heli tack leading into a clew-first gecko flaka (non-planing flaka) and again at 5:50 doing a back-to-sail heli tack.  It looks like so much fun that I can hardly wait for a non-planing day to see if I still remember how do these things. :-)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGQ8KR3kTIYSee More
Sep 10, 2020

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At 12:02pm on March 11, 2021, Michael Olesch said…

Hi Larry,

thanks for your Cass Lake recommendation - I heard about it earlier , location close to W Blmfld is indeed perfect and I’m planning on sailing there as soon as I would buy some gear for doing that. I’m really looking forward to the traditional swap meet over when it’ll take place next time.  Hang loose / happy windsurfing, Michael O.

At 10:03pm on June 6, 2019, Randy Bass said…

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 and am almost done.  My sailing season starts now.  I did get to sail in Turks and Caicos over spring break but haven't been able to get out here yet.  I sent a friend request so you can message me.  Let's get together to sail this summer.

At 11:00pm on August 6, 2018, Mark Sellnau said…

Hi Larry,

Great meeting you yesterday.

Thx also for the links about the Scooter and South Bay, Long Island.

A unique and classy ice yacht for sure.

I hope Michigan will prove to be as good a venue for your sailing as Long Island.

When the wind is up, I will be at Cass Lake working on my skills and strength.

Many years past, we used to sail on nearby Orchard Lake but I haven't seen anyone there in my drivebys.

Lets's stay in touch.

Regards,

Mark  248 925-6759 cell

At 11:01am on June 2, 2014, Mark Musgrave said…

Barely a photographer! I do ride a lot though-mostly on Lake Erie! One of the guys I ride with is into photography & anytime he gets gassed he pulls his cam out, hence we get a lot of pics. 

At 3:04pm on May 5, 2014, Mark Beauman said…

Welcome To Michigan!!!  I'm glad you enjoyed the quick ride on my gear!  You sure were hard core without a wetsuit.  Hope to see you on the water again soon!

Cheers

mark

At 10:50am on February 22, 2014, Molly Young said…

Thanks for the info! :)

At 6:24pm on February 15, 2014, Scott said…

Larry, Molly, You'll both want to sign up for the Yahoo MIWindsurf email group.

send an email to: miwindsurf-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

There is discussion of upcoming wind events, occasional session reporting,

launch discussions, etc. The best feature by far is Millard's upcoming wind

analysis. You don't want to miss that.

Molly: You don't want to launch at most of these places until you've got a reliable water start:

Larry, you'll want to launch at Kettle Point in Ontario on a NNW or N wind for waves, or possibly St. Joseph.

At Marysville if it is a strong South (closest thing around to the Gorge),

At Lexington if there's an NNE or NE.

At Sterling if it is a SE.

Caseville works on a SW.

Maumee works on a West

There are numerous places much farther north too, but I'm not too

familiar with them.  After work you'll have to make Lake Lansing work for you.

At 1:02pm on February 15, 2014, Molly Young said…

Haha - I'm new too! I just started windsurfing last summer. I'm afraid I won't be much help. Maybe we could get a group together to go windsurfing sometime this summer, though??

I've surfed Higgins Lake a couple times and Mullet Lake - both are nice places for Windsurfing: usually windy, grassy rigging areas, shallow. That's all I got. :)

 
 
 

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