Southwind Sailing

Sailing Charters for daily or overnight.

Greetings and Welcome to visiting our Southwind Sailing page! We are Robert and Mary Kansa. Our passion for sailing, a bit of adventure and enjoying life has brought us here, to share with you a means of enjoying something very unique. Why not come along and get a different perspective of enjoying lake Erie, her beautiful islands and shores?

What a fantastic sailing season we had!
Our new ( 1997) corsair F28 " Southwind Spirit" is a fantastic sailboat. Great stability and a smooth ride for a boat thats only 28'. Fast: we have had it up to 17 knts on smooth water. It cruises along nicely at 8-10 knts. Much more room it can take 6-8 people along for a cruse but needs 3 to race her.
After a season of setting it up every weekend we got it down to about 50 minutes trailer to sailing . However it takes an extra 45 minutes to set up the screecher, a huge heavy reaching headsail. Only about 15 minutes to set up for The Spinnaker though.
Our sails this year included:
Mosquito lake weekend
Weekend on Atwood lake
Weekend on lake Erie around Cleveland.
Mosquito Lake pirate weekend
Portage lakes pirate weekend
Weekend at Sandusky Bay
Bayweek Put in Bay Regatta
Extended weekend on the Chesapeake Bay
Weekend around the lake Erie islands and Put in Bay
Back to Cleveland lakefront
Back to Sandusky bay and Lake Erie / Kelly's island and Huron.
Back to put in Bay for the Fall Bay Regatta.
But now sadly time to put her away for the year.
Thanks to those who joined us sailing, we look forward to next year!

[09/13/17]   Sadly our sailing weekends are coming to a close.
The new boat has been awesome.
This last summer weekend will be out on Sandusky bay and around the area.

Some awesome adventures this past weekend!
The new boat is fantastic and we are learning so much.
Finished the Bayweek Regatta with a 3 rd overall and a second in the feeder race!

[08/01/17]   Participating in the I-LYA bayweek senior sailing regatta this weekend.

Our F28AC Southwind Spirit out on Turkeyfoot Lake , Akron Ohio

Getting some time in the new sailboat!
Awesome boat. Lots to learn but we are loving all it is.

Much activity at Southwind Sailing this spring as we are restoring "Southwind Spirit"
A 1997 corsair F28 trimaran.
While basically in solid good shape much work needs to be done to bring her up to Bristol condition.
New rigging, new hardware,new nets, reconditioned interior, rebuilt trailer, replaced and upgraded electrics, and a refinished bottom are a few of the items on our list.

When the Spirit is finished she will be a joy to sail. A sailboat we will be proud to share experiences on .

A few pictures of the progress:

[02/13/17]   Southwind Spirit.
The new name for our " new" sailboat.
A 1997 Corsair F28AC.
The final step of a survey is hopefully this coming Weekend.

[01/17/17]   Our quest for a new ( used) F28 continues. The F28R in punta gorda needs allot of money put into it. The Sails are toasted. The fact that the owner used duct tape to repair the original sails concerns us what else has been duct taped together? A bent boom snd twisted chain plates add to that concern.
Another F28R has come for sale on the east coast of Florida, condition unknown except for pictures and a rather plain description.
The local ohio F28AC boat is older and needs much TLC... As well as trailer work, bottom paint, all the fittings redone and a furling jib for us. Less money overall but much work and it has a smaller cruising rig. However it currently is on top of the list.

[12/29/16]   2016 was quite a year!
We sold our Corsair 24' MKI sailboat " shall we dance" . A boat we had owned for 11+ years.

Currently we are looking at moving up to a bigger sailboat, a 28' F28 Corsair.

[11/10/15]   Today is the 50th Anniversary of the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
To remember those who were lost to this tragedy and all those who the sea has taken we will be at the end of the 9th street pier in Cleveland to offer a toast to those lost and another to all those that call the great lakes and seas there homes when not land bound. 8:00 anyone is welcome to join us and share a moment at the great lakes brewery afterwards.

[09/30/15]   Looks like another wild weekend on our Beloved Lake Erie. Sadly our sailing season is rapidly coming to a close. It was an year of wacky weather. We will be taking our crew to the Annapolis sailboat show the weekend of October 10th

[06/26/15]   Gale warnings on our beloved lake Erie today for tomorrow. We suspect the Sandusky islands regatta will be postponed. For our part we are scheduled to do some sail training of some pirate reenactors this weekend on Mosquito Mosquito Lake Marina. However the Lady of the lakes has her own plans. We will have to reschedule our saturday to another date if this forecast bodes true

Southwind Sailing

New Crew for Bay Week?

New Crew for Bay Week?

I-LYA Bay Week

[01/16/15]   We are promoting and supporting sailing on our great lake Erie!. Come join us at the progressive Cleveland boat show at the IX center!

[01/02/15]   lets all look forward to a great new year of sailing adventures for 2015. Safe waters to everyone!

[09/09/14]   Fall weather is on the way! Storms across the lake Wed night thru Thursday. careful out there!

2014 bayweek regatta Put-In-Bay and the islands.

[06/27/14]   Great weekend Planned, we will be sailing with Family around the Sandusky bay and Kelly's island area through the weekend!

Reel Bar

We're REEL excited that Bob Gatewood will make his Reel Bar debut this Friday at 9:30 (one show only)! We love Bob's music. This will be an evening for Bob to feature his original songs and let them shine. We're sure Bob will fit in plenty of the covers which have become favorites at his shows too. We're looking forward to matching our show room with such a fine songwriter and unbelievable musician! Come join us!

Put-in-Bay Yacht Club

We have room at the dock this weekend. Give us a call (419) 285-4505! Come join us for a beautiful Memorial Day.

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Artwork Submissions for the Award flags at the I-LYA (put in bay)Bayweek-Corsair nationals this summer . 1st/2nd/3rd place.

Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island

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Status update for April 5. We will begin making some trips on Sunday, April 6th to/from PIB. Trips will leave PIB at 9-10-11am & 2-3-4-5pm. Trips will leave Catawba a half hour later. Looking forward to seeing everyone and let's all hope for some warmer weather and calm winds this Spring!!

I believe it is safe for me to share the Logo I designed for the 2014 Corsair nationals Regatta to be held along with the I-LYA senior sail regatta and deepwater races..

[03/27/14]   It is official, we will be the fleet captains for the Corsair 24 fleet


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Middle Bass Island

Found this today while cleaning up some old photo directories. I cropped it for FB so more detail is visible. It's a Herbster stereoview from between 1915-1920 and shows both of the PIB roller coasters. It was an experiment 4 years ago in digital enhancement of old stereoviews. Best viewed full-screen.

Though there is still Ice on Lake Erie,The 2014 Corsair nationals are going to be here very soon!

We are Robert and Mary Kansa current owner of Corsair 24MKI#001. I am trying to personally contact all current (and possibly past Corsair 24 owners that may have current owners information) to encourage participation in the 2014 Corsair nationals on Lake Erie Put-In-Bay.

Because booking accommodations as soon as possible is critical I need to start this process immediately.

While I realize it may take some moments of your time to gather this information to send to me, once I have it I can contact everyone afterwards.

Past national or regional regatta participants may be a source of contact information as well as past corsair 24 fleet leaders.

Unfortunately I have none of this information and thought contacting the current Corsair dealers owners and those who frequent facebook would be a good place to start.

Any such information or lists you can send me would be highly appreciated and In the process of personal contact would hopefully be able encourage higher participation numbers for the nationals. In turn I would be able to provide all collected information to any future corsair 24 national group leaders.

Thank you very much for your time and efforts to help us so that we may help populate this years Nationals with as many Corsair 24's and all Corsairs) as possible.

Many thanks,

Robert and Mary Kansa

Corsair 24, group contacts 2014 Nationals lake Erie Put-In-Bay

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