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  • Hey all,
    I've been sailing at Rock Cut State Park in the Rockford, Illinois area. It is great for my little foam boats but is a bit small for the catamaran. I've heard a few Wisconsin lakes mentioned, but when I google them I'm not sure where to launch from. I'd appreciate any intel I can get from the community. Lakes I've been looking at include Delevan, Koshkonong, Geneva, Mendota, Monona, and Waubesa.

    Thanks!

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • Come on up to Pewaukee Lake in Wis. It is a bit further North, but is a great sailing lake. The resident powerboats know the rules of the road, and there is almost always a decent breeze from the SW. The best launch is on the very West end, although it can get busy. There is a decent staging area to step the mast and set the boat up prior to launch. There are a couple of bars you can sail to. Just stay in the West "Basin". Going east, it gets shallow with some weeds.

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    1978 H18
    1983 H18 (some of it)
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  • Thanks, I'll put that on the list. It's about 1:20 from my house so not too bad. Looks like a $8 fee to launch? So the west launch looks like lakefront part, is that right?

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • Another option: https://crawracing.org/schedule/

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    Jeff R
    '88 H18 "Jolly Mon"
    '10 C2 USA1193
    NE IN / SE MI
    cramsailing.com
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  • WAIEX; Yes the west launch is almost always "into the wind". good parking and setup/takedown area right at the launch area.

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    1978 H18
    1983 H18 (some of it)
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  • Thanks Jeff. I'm not sure we are ready to take on the regatta yet. Would they even let me participate with an aluminum mast?

    Raisehull, I had meant to type "Lakefront Park" not part. I couldn't tell where the launch was from the satellite pics but I assume it is there somewhere.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • Bryan- I expect they would be happy to have you join them. Clubs usually have handicap racing that covers various older boats. As well, our group in Michigan has a race in Michigan City in mid-September. You'd be welcome to sail with us as well (or just hang out and check out the scene). https://cramsailing.com/regattas/schedule

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    Jeff R
    '88 H18 "Jolly Mon"
    '10 C2 USA1193
    NE IN / SE MI
    cramsailing.com
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  • Idon't know how to load imgaes yet. it is the very west end of the lake



    Edited by raisehull on Jul 04, 2021 - 06:09 PM.

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    1978 H18
    1983 H18 (some of it)
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  • Do any Wisconsin sailors have input on Delevan or Geneva? They are semi-close to me and I'd like to get off of the little lake we have been on.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • Geneva is VERY bizzy on the weekends. Big boats there, they often either don't know, or, just don't respect the "Rules of the Road". Never been on delevan.

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    1978 H18
    1983 H18 (some of it)
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  • Check out Gilson sailing beach on Lake Michigan. Mast up storage all summer.

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    Scott,
    ‘92 H18 w/SX wings
    ‘95 Hobie Funseeker 12 (Holder 12)
    ‘96/‘01 Hobie Waves
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  • We took a motorcycle ride to Delevan and Geneva. The Delevan launch sucks. You have to get out a narrow channel which is oriented close to the prevailing winds. Not enough room to tack. There is a little shoreline where you can raise your sails, but it is mucky and a little rocky. The lake itself looks nice and there was a monohull race going on.

    Williams Bay at Geneva looked great. There is a dirt lot about 1/8 mile west of the boat launch where you step the mast. It's on the north side of the road, as the lake is on the south side. After launching the boat you paddle east to a little beach and you can raise your sails there. We met a couple of guys who launched their H18, and they put up their sails for the 1/8 mile drive to the launch.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • Here is the video:
    https://youtu.be/0qxspzYd8Do

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • Bryan - I have pushed my F18 over the sand many times on the beach just north of the Racine Yacht Club on Lake Michigan (Racine North Beach). If you have beach wheels, this is a great location. All sand, sail friendly and free. If the wind is from the west or south, the break water provides plenty of protection for a hassle free launch.
  • Thanks Kurt! 80 miles, 1:40 from my house. Hope to work our way up to Lake Michigan. Need some more experience and some faith in the boats we have first! We have beach wheels and free is good.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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