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Fleet 12 / Fleet 12 Event Planner Raft Up locations
« on: May 10, 2011, 07:36:14 AM »
Open the link for a Google map and information about Fleet 12 raft ups.  Click on the locations for details.,-76.309662&spn=0.768177,1.338959&z=10

Main Message Board / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2010, 08:46:51 AM »
Merry Christmas everyone!
For those of you lucky enough to go sailing on Dec. 25th, I'm jealous.


Main Message Board / 'Tis the Season...
« on: December 08, 2010, 06:28:57 AM »
For Spammers I'm afraid.

If you happen to see a post unrelated to C34 activities, please flag it using the
Report to moderator  link that is present in the lower right corner of every post.

Our forum administrators will be notified, delete the post, and ban the user.

Many thanks to those who have been patrolling the forums!   :clap


Main Message Board / Chicago to Mackinac Island Race
« on: July 24, 2010, 11:48:28 AM »
One of our own is racing again this year. Kyle Ewing on Donnybrook.
I was on the starting line and took these photos of Kyle and his crew.
He is racing in Cruising Division 2.
Chicago had torrential rains last night causing many crew transportation problems due to flooded streets.

Severe weather causes racers to change plans
In the 102nd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot

July 24, 2010 (CHICAGO) – The 102nd Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, kicked off today despite the torrential rain that plagued the Chicagoland area for the last 12 hours.

“The Mac will sail on rain or shine,” explained race spokesperson Christie Denson. “Crews prepare for these conditions by having proper foul weather gear, layers made of synthetic performance fabrics made to dry fast, as well and proper footwear and a change of socks.”

Despite having the right gear, sailors still scrambled to make their boat calls amidst flooded streets.  Many boats had to register last minute crew changes with race officials, as sailors were trapped due to the havoc of the weather.

“Several boats had crew due to arrive from Michigan via train this morning. Due to flooding on the tracks, trains were shut down and they were unable to make the race,” explained Chicago Yacht Club’s Race Coordinator Amanda Matta.

This means many boats will be sailing lighter than anticipated, which can make for an added challenge to the 333 mile adventure up Lake Michigan.

353 boats made the starting line, and we will continue to monitor how weather impacts their race over the next several days. To track the boats, go to

Main Message Board / 2010 C34 Forum Statistics
« on: April 23, 2010, 09:42:43 AM »
The C34 forum has 1154 registered users as of April 2010.

38% (434) members have not visited this board in 2 years or more. (For 225 it's been 3 years or more) Bigger boats perhaps?
18% (210) members have not visited this board in 1 year or more.
44% (510) members have visited/posted within the last 12 months.

31% (360) members have visited/posted within the previous 30 days.

Thank you to all who subscribe to this site!
It's your wealth of knowledge, and your subscriptions, that help to keep this great resource thriving!

From all the C34 Fleet Officers, we Thank You!! :thumb:
Here's to a great year of sailing!
Bob Kuba
Commodore C34IA

Main Message Board / Offshore Wind Farms
« on: April 12, 2010, 08:20:09 PM »
Evanston, IL, One of the cities just 15 miles north of Chicago has announced that it intends to study the feasibility of an offshore wind farm that would be located 6 - 9 miles from shore in Lake Michigan. The project would take up about 1 square mile and consist of approx. 10 wind turbines.

Does anyone have any experiences navigating or sailing around these areas?
These projects seem to be gaining momentum here in the states.

The US offshore wind market is finally ramping up: Though no projects have been completed yet, Oregon, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Delaware  all have offshore wind farms in various stages of development. Meanwhile in Europe, offshore development continues strongly.

Main Message Board / On your way to the Forum...
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:44:05 AM »
If you came through the Home Page on your way to the forum, (sounds like an old Bob Hope movie)
you may have noticed that for the last few months, the photo has been changing every 2 weeks.

The photos are from the C34 Flicker account, so if you have a photo(s) of interest, upload a few today!

Don't worry about the size, just upload it via the directions posted at:    (C34IA members only)

It's as easy as sending an Email.

Main Message Board / Before the lights go out...
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:30:55 PM »
I'm sure I speak for the entire fleet when I voice a concern for the hearty sailors around the Chesapeake this weekend. More snow than you've seen in how many years?

I heard our local weatherman say tonight that in the last three years combined Washington, D.C. has gotten only 22 inches of snow. The storm starting tonight has the potential of 24 - 30 inches of snow before it lets up.

Hope the galley is well stocked...

Main Message Board / Thunder Road
« on: January 30, 2010, 07:33:06 PM »
I bet this will bring back some memories...

Main Message Board / Strictly Sail Chicago - Jan 28 - 31
« on: January 27, 2010, 02:08:31 PM »
If you plan on attending Strictly Sail Chicago, make a point to stop by the Catalina Display and meet the Commodore! I will be working the Catalina Association booth Friday evening from 5 p.m. 'till closing time.


After the show closes on Saturday, head over to the Hampton Inn at 33 W. Illinois, and rub elbows with Frank Butler and Sharon Day. Festivities begin at 8:00 p.m. in the large hospitality suite on the second floor. Soft drinks, pizza and salad will be served. The cost is $10.00 per person and will be collected at the door.

The Navy Pier Shuttle stops at the corner of State and Illinois, and runs every 30 minutes. Or, it's a pleasant 20 minute walk weather permitting.

Main Message Board / Dry docked for the winter? Skills getting rusty?
« on: December 22, 2009, 11:37:53 AM »
Santa says,
Time for a little fun!

I expect to see some low times posted here....

Main Message Board / The Perfect Storm
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:20:28 PM »
Weathermen here in the Midwest are calling the current storm on the East Coast, "The Perfect Storm."
The remnants of tropical storm Ida and a Canadian high pressure have created quite a combination it seems, and has claimed at least two commercial fishermen so far.

Hope all our members out east are faring well.

Main Message Board / Oil dipstick tube
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:19:29 AM »

Is the top of the oil dipstick tube removable?

It appears there is an o-ring seal inside the seam at the top, and the two collars gives you the impression that it  can be removed.

Main Message Board / Garhauer Rigid Vang Sale
« on: September 16, 2009, 07:36:21 PM »

New addition to the C34 Wiki - Rigid Vang Installation

Rigid Boom Vangs are also on sale at Garhauer Marine until the 30th of September.

Main Message Board / Skipper in Drydock
« on: August 03, 2009, 07:16:42 AM »

Had what I thought was indigestion last Tuesday.
By Wednesday it had become more uncomfortable.
The wife was out of town so I started making plans.

Thursday morning I had a friend walk the dog and then drive me to the Emergency Room.
After x-rays and a ct scan it turned out to be a burst appendix, and went right to surgery.

A 3 day stint in the hospital on antibiotics and back home on Saturday afternoon.

I asked the Doctor what causes it, and apparently it happens for no reason.
Go figure.

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