Lake Hopatcong.In the past.Someone we know is teaching a sailing class in Sunfish dinghies.
Good guess, but no, it's not Lake Hopatcong.Yes, they are Sunfish but I don't think it's a class.
up in the sky ;)
oh wait. you didn't take it...
so the technically correct answer is "home posting pictures of sunfish sailors to your blog"? I will stop now.
Thank you MJ. That answer is just the kind of smart-ass response that I would give to a quiz like this. Perhaps others will forgive the badly worded question from the old geezer trying to entertain his readers and go with the flow?
Time for a clue, Tillerman
OK, here are some clues...1. There was a time when I sailed at this place almost every year.2. The photo was taken this year but I was in Minorca at the time.
Sunfish regatta at Highland Lakes, NJ September 21st, 2013
Bingo. Ding ding ding. You got it!Part of the SANJL (Sailing Association of New Jersey Lakes) series.I sailed that series almost every year I lived in NJ.Never did especially well at Highland Lakes.
Where the F is Highland Lakes? I Google Earthed almost every inland lake in the world and didn't even know of Highland Lakes.
Highland Lakes is located at 41°10′26″N 74°27′19″W in Vernon Township, Sussex County, New Jersey. Your first guess of Lake Hopatcong was pretty close, about 20-25 miles away. Look at a map of NW New Jersey and you will see it is dotted with lakes of all sizes, many of them long and thin running from roughly NE to SW. It sometimes seemed as if almost every one of them had a Sunfish fleet.SANJL run a 4 event series of Sunfish regattas every year and Highland Lakes is almost always on that schedule. It was also often the venue for the annual Sunfish Junior Regatta (which both of my sons won in different years.)
For anyone who is interested in sailing at the beautiful lake venues in Northern New Jersey that host the SANJL series, visit http://www.sanjl.org. It is fun, grassroots sailing at its best!
Thanks T.O.D. (You and I are probably the only two people in the world who remember what TOD stands for!) Totally agree with your comment. I get quite nostalgic at times for SANJL and the whole NJ Sunfish scene. I may have to write a post or two about some of those SANJL venues and what I can still remember about sailing there. One feature of SANJL in my time (and maybe still is) was that the awards were always useful things... clothing, bags, chairs etc... embroidered with the name and date of the event. I still have several of them and use them. I wasn't always happy about going around with a bag labelled something like "3rd place age 50-59 SANJL 1999" but I do like using my folding chair that says "Division Winner."
And thanks to TOD for originally posting those photos online, and for not giving away the answer before Baydog had googled "every inland lake in the world."