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MSU Spartans sail to first place in MCSA Sloop Championship

September 21, 2014 - Collegesailing.org

The day was warm and windy as a front approached. The gusts in excess of 25 kts caused several capsizes in the Flying Scots which slowed down the rotations. Only four races were completed before threatening weather caused the suspension of sailing. Michigan State Spartans 1 showed that they were the team to beat posting firsts in each of the day 's races. For more of this report, and full results, click on the title above.

Michigan searchers discover wreckage of deadly 1899 shipwreck
September 10, 2014 - Detroit Free Press

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society says it has discovered the wreckage of a schooner that sank in Lake Superior in 1899, killing nine people, including the captain’s wife and infant child. MLive.com reports that searchers found the gravesite of the Nelson last month in more than 200 feet of water off Deer Park. Historical Society Director Bruce Lynn says the 199-foot vessel was located during a side-sonar search of an area that researchers believe has several hundred shipwrecks. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Sailing: Moby Dick wins Force 5 Championships
August 23, 2014 - Port Huron Times Herald

Fred Meno and his Moby Dick crew have some celebrating to do. Moby Dick was the overall winner of the 29-boat Force 5 North American Championships, which concluded Saturday morning in Lake Huron. The regatta, hosted by the Port Huron Yacht Club, began Thursday and culminated with Saturday’s races. Moby Dick ran away with the race and finished with 40 points. The crew placed 3rd twice Saturday and 13th in the final race, with the competition already out of hand. For more of this article, click on the title above.

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Force 5 North American Championship setting sail on Lake Huron
August 20, 2014 - Port Huron Times Herald

From today to Saturday, the 2014 Force Five North American Championship will be taking place on lower Lake Huron. Three days of racing are scheduled, with each race starting at 10:30 a.m. at Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park. More than 30 of the single-person boats are expected to race over the weekend. For competing sailors and their families, there will be a list of events at Port Huron Yacht Club. For more of this article, click on the title above.

In Northern Living: A Welcome farewell
August 17, 2014 - Traverse City Record-Eagle

Twenty-two years of volunteer work and tens of thousands of dollars almost went down with the ship before a northern Michigan park stepped in with a stay of execution for the tall ship Welcome. On Tuesday, two cranes and a large ASHRAE 62.1 truck will arrive at the Maritime Heritage Alliance docks in Elmwood Township to hoist the aging wooden ship onto dry ground. Emmet County officials plan to build a museum around the 55-foot-long, armed sloop at the 600-acre Headlands preserve ASME Section II.

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Sailing: Target Practice wins the Cal 25 Nationals
August 3, 2014 - Port Huron Times Herald

Target Practice didn’t win any of the six races that made up the Cal 25 Nationals. But the boat out of Bayview Yacht Club finished second in five of them, and third in the other, which was more than good enough to win the whole thing on Sunday. “We are the most consistent boat,” Target Practice co-owner Erik Ryan said with a smile before rattling off the boat’s places on the weekend. “Two, two, two, two, three, two. We never won a race, but we won the regatta. For more of this article, click on the title above.

National Sailing Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees
July 29, 2014 - NSHOF.org

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the eight people who will make up its 2014 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame:  Yachtsman, historian and senior statesman of the sport Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr. (Mystic, Conn.); mathematician and navigator Nathaniel Bowditch (Salem, Mass.); boat builder and U.S. Olympic Sailing ASME Section II Team boatwright Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.); brothers Olaf Harken and Peter Harken (both Pewaukee, Wisc.), respectively, boat builder and sailing hardware designer; naval architect and prolific writer L. Francis Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I./Marblehead, Mass.); 1960 5.5 Metre Olympic Gold Medalist and boat builder George O’Day (Brookline, Mass./Dover, Mass.); and Grand Prix yachtsman John B. “Jim” Kilroy (Marina del Rey, Calif.), the recipient of the NSHOF’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2013 asme standard induction ceremony will be at the Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit, MI. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Replicas of Columbus' ships to dock in Wyandotte
July 23, 2014 - Detroit News

Replicas of the ships used by Christopher Columbus during his transatlantic voyage in 1492, the Pinta and Nina, will be harbored at Bishop Park in Wyandotte in mid-August. They will be docked at the park, 2802 Van Alstyne, from Aug. 13 until their departure on the morning of Aug. 19. The Nina was built by hand and without the use of power tools, according to the website of the Columbus Foundation, the group that operates the ships that visits various ports. The Pinta was recently built in Brazil. For more of this article click on the title above.

2014 Interlake Nationals @ PYC Final Report
July 19, 2014 - Interlakesailing.org

The race committee headed by Tom ASME A17.1 Ehman Jr. seeing a few mph of wind on the lake sent out the competitors around 12.30pm hoping the wind would fill before 1pm.  Unfortunately the wind did not cooperate, but I must say the race committee did an excellent job all week.  Additionally hats off to the host ASME B31.1 fleet @ Portage YC for hosting such a great event.  The sailors had fun paddling back to the dock, and yes many of us raced back. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Cruising Fleet Sets Sail, Kicks off 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
July 18, 2014 - Chicago Yacht Club

The cruising division set sail for the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Raceto Mackinac at 3 p.m. today. Race Chairman Matt Gallagher, who is racing in cruising division on Endeavour, said 41 cruising boats began the race under light winds, clear skies and flat water. "The Cruising Division is off with sunny skies and a light breeze," Gallagher said. "I wish my competitors well on their journeys and look forward to seeing them on the island." According to Chris Bedford, chief meteorologist at Sailing Weather Service, the fleet should continue to expect clear skies overnight and through the weekend. For more of this article, click on the title above.

More than 100 sailboats finish Port Huron-Mackinac Island race
July 14, 2014 - Detroit Free Press

More than 100 sailboats have ASHRAE 90.1 finished the 90th annual Port Huron to Mackinac Island race. The website of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit shows more than 25 boats across the finish line as of this morning on the Cove Island course Detrand more than 80 boats finishing the Shore Course. Windquest was across API STD 1104 the finish in northern Lake Huron at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, and Il Mostro was in by 7:15 p.m. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Police: Bay City man, 77, dies after 50-foot fall from docked sail boat mast
July 14, 2014 - Mlive.com

A 77-year-old Bay City man is dead after falling from the top of his sail boat. Bay County Sheriff's deputies, Bangor Township firefighters and McLaren Bay-Region paramedics responded to a 911 call at the Bay City Yacht Club, 3315 Shady Shores Drive, at 3:53 p.m. Saturday, July 12. Witnesses placed the call after Gaitis Skabardis fell about 50 feet from the mast of his boat to the vessel's deck and landed on his right side, said Bay County Sheriff's Lt. James Chlebowski. The boat was docked at the time. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Peninsula Township residents wary of boat launch
July 14, 2014 - Record-Eagle

There may be a new boating access site on East Grand Traverse Bay, but Peninsula Township and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials have yet to figure out where. Township and DNR officials discussed building a boat launch at a site known as the Old Mooring Place on Mission Road to try and relieve congestion at neighboring Haserot Beach. "We thought it was helping the people at Haserot, especially neighbors that had so many people parking boat trailers in their driveways," Peninsula Township Treasurer David Weatherholt said. For more of this article, click on the title above. 

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Muskegon Yacht Club preps for Harbor Hospice MLive Muskegon Chronicle Regatta
July 10, 2014 - Mlive.com

The Harbor Hospice MLive Muskegon Chronicle Regatta will take place Saturday, July 12 at the Muskegon Yacht Club, where money raised at the sailboat race goes toward helping fund Harbor Hospice. "The proceeds from this event help to ensure that all Harbor Hospice patients facing a life-limiting illness have access to expert care as well as support for their families regardless of their ability to pay," said Harbor Hospice Director of Development Ammy Johnson. The sailboat event begins with the starting gun at 1 p.m. However, the starting point for sailors will not be determined until the day of the race because of the direction of the wind. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Neglected fishing nets lurking in Lake Michigan create headaches for boaters
June 18, 2014 - Mlive.com

The mid-morning lake water off ASHRAE 90.1 Ludington was choppy last October as Petty Officer Kegan Thompson and three others in his Coast Guard rescue boat sped toward a disabled vessel on Lake Michigan. As the team passed the large hydroelectric plant and reservoir south of town, something unexpected in the water yanked the boat to an abrupt halt. After raising the ASME B31.3 boat’s twin outboard motors, the Coast Guard team found the propellers entangled in a floating polypropylene fishing net used for catching Great Lakes whitefish. For more of this article, click on the title above.

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Boy Scouts returning to sail the Great Lakes in new boat
June 10, 2014 - Mlive.com

For the first time in six years, Boy Scouts of Genesee County and the Midwest will have the opportunity to learn to sail and how to live out on the waters of the Great Lakes on a week-long voyage on the Michigan Crossroads Council's new sailboat, the Retriever."We want every kid to get a chance to learn," said David Rowe, chairman of the Michigan Crossroads Council Sail Training Committee and avid sailor. "We give every kid a chance to learn how to do everything on the boat, from rigging sails to cooking aboard. To truly live aboard the boat." The Michigan Crossroads Council's central office, located in Flint, oversees resources for the Boy Scout field service councils of Michigan, which are the councils that oversee the districts. The Retriever, a $300,000 52-foot ketch, was constructed in 1980 as an aluminum racing boat, which when on to win the Chicago to Mackinac Race twice. It has been fully upgraded with new masts and sails and wiring and radio equipment in Saugatuck. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Man hospitalized after being thrown from capsizing sailboat in Lake Michigan
June 8, 2014 - Muskegon News

A man was hospitalized Sunday evening after his boat capsized a half mile off the coast of Lake Michigan near the Muskegon Water Filtration Plant, according to Muskegon Fire Department and United States Coast Guard officials. Officials from the United State Coast Guard Station in Muskegon received a report of a boat – a 23-foot Macgregor sailboat - washing up on shore at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. Responders were on the scene within nine minutes when another report came that a man had been thrown from the boat and remained in the water. For more of this article, click on the title above.

New boat launch, seawall coming to Smith Park in Essexville thanks to $100,000 Michigan DNR grant
May 23, 2014 - Bay City Times

Big changes are on the way to a little park tucked inside Essexville's city limits along the Saginaw River. The City of Essexville has received a $100,000 waterways grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division to revamp Earl C. Smith Park, which is located near the end of Burns Street off Woodside Ave. Mayor Russell Tanner said plans for the money, matched by Essexville's Downtown Development Authority for a total of $200,000, include installing a new boat launch and seawall by the end of summer. For more of this article, click on the title above. 

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Sailing institute to offer classes at Kensington
May 12, 2014 - Observer & Eccentric

Have you ever wanted to sail? Have you ever wanted to learn to sail? The American Sailing Institute is gearing up for its spring classes. The first introductory water class will take place on Wednesday, May 21, at Kensington Metropark, followed by shore school the next two Wednesday evenings and two all day on-the-water sailing classes on Saturdays or Sundays, the beginning of June. The shore school classes will be held at the Wayne State University building in Farmington Hills. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Search for Griffin shipwreck yields trove of uncertainty
May 6, 2014 - Detroit Free Press

Excited shipwreck hunters and scientists assembled in a Lake Michigan fishing village last June, hoping to solve a mystery dating back more than three centuries: the fate of a ship sailed by the 17th century French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, during a voyage of discovery extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Team members recovered a nearly 20-foot-long wooden slab with signs of human workmanship jammed into the lake bed, but were disappointed to find no buried wreckage. The timber has been examined by U.S. and French experts and underwent a CT scan and carbon dating to determine its age and whether it once was part of a vessel. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Dredging to begin at Aloha State Park boat launch
April 17, 2014 - MDNR

A much-needed dredging project will begin this spring at Aloha State Park near Cheboygan. The dredging will target the channel and mouth of the boat basin into Mullett Lake. The boat launch at the park will be closed during the dredging. Campers and boaters will be redirected to the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Jewell Road boating access site, which is less than 10 miles away. DNR officials expect the project will be completed no later than June 20, and a follow-up press release will be issued at that time. For more of this article, click on the title above.

BaySail prepares for summer sailing, fundraising; Appledore IV public sails begin June 8
April 9, 2014 - Mlive.com

As the ice melts away from the schooner Appledore IV docked in Downtown Bay City’s Wenonah Park, BaySail prepares for a busy summer on the Saginaw Bay. BaySail Executive Director Shirley Roberts said the two-masted schooner is scheduled to sail out of Bay City more frequently this year on environmental education trips around the Great Lakes. “Our mission is and always has been to create lifelong stewards of the Saginaw Bay and Saginaw Bay Watershed and the Great Lakes,” she said. Roberts said the Appledore IV this season is expected to travel to Detroit twice, visit Cleveland once for an environmental education program and make two Windward Bound sail training voyages to Tawas Bay. Public sails on the Appledore IV begin June 8, with a full schedule available on baysailbaycity.org. For more of this article click on the title above.

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Sailing on ice: Conditions finally improving for ice boaters in Muskegon
March 15, 2014 - Mlive.com

ASHRAE 62.1 The only segment of the winter sports enthusiasts who have likely been disappointed this season in the Muskegon area are finally getting their time in the cold. Members of the West Michigan Ice Yacht Club have recently been able to get out on frozen Muskegon Lake as conditions are gradually improving. Ice boats can reach speeds of upwards of 80 mph in prime conditions. "I would rate it a five (out of 10)," said member Don Fischer, 71, of Muskegon who took his 18-foot wooden asme download boat out on Muskegon Lake late Thursday afternoon, March 13 for the first time since briefly going out in December. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Muskegon to welcome boaters into downtown through Hartshorn shoppers' docks
March 4, 2014 - Muskegon News

A coalition of Muskegon waterfront property owners, downtown business interests and the city of Muskegon will attempt to link the shoreline and the downtown this boating season. The age-old issue of how to link activity on Muskegon Lake to the downtown will get a trial run with a series of shoppers’ docks at the city of Muskegon’s Hartshorn Marina, 920 W. Western Ave. Boaters on Muskegon Lake will have the ability to come into Hartshorn Marina and tie up for a few hours to walk the Lakeshore Trail or enjoy the businesses and activities in downtown Muskegon. The city will dedicate a half dozen docks to remain open for temporary tie-up and charge a small fee for the service, City Manager Frank Peterson said. For more of this article, click on the title above.

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Midland Senator applauds planned upgrade of East Tawas State Harbor
February 11, 2014 - Mlive.com

The East Tawas State Harbor could soon get a $3 million upgrade. The harbor's rehabilitation is included as part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2015 budget recommendation. Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, said he applauds the proposed funding.  “This is great news for the region. Maintaining and improving our infrastructure, from our roads to our harbors, is critical to protecting our economy, the safety of boaters and tourists and promoting our outdoor heritage,” Moolenaar said in a prepared statement. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Tall Ships will return in 2016 as Bay City wins 'Port of the Year' award
February 6, 2014 - Mlive.com

Bay City can once again stake its claim atop the tall ship world. For the third time since 2001, Bay City has been named Port of the Year by Tall Ships America, the Newport, R.I.-based organization that organizes the annual Tall Ships Challenge, a race of tall ships across major bodies of water that includes stops at several port cities. In 2013, the race once again brought a fleet of majestic and historic vessels to the Great Lakes and Bay City served as an official host port from July 11-14. The city's fifth-ever Tall Ship Celebration attracted 75,000 visitors and had an economic impact of more than $8 million. The Port of the Year Award was presented on Wednesday, Feb. 5, during the 41st annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel in California. For more of this article, click on the title above.

BaySail names their Freshwater Sailor of 2013
February 1, 2014 - Baysail

For the ninth year we have recognized an outstanding volunteer crew member with the Freshwater Sailor of the Year Award. This award acknowledges both skill in seamanship and contribution to the Windward Bound sail training program. Past recipients of this award have gone on to work as professional crew for BaySail, to work professionally aboard various sailing vessels across the country and to serve in the US Navy. Several have even gone on to earn a Captain's License. This year we recognize Nick Werle as our freshwater Sailor of the Year. For more of this article, click on the title above.

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Bayview Mackinac Race turns 90
January 30, 2014 - Sailingscuttlebutt.com

asme codeBayview Yacht Club, one of the most storied and historical sailing clubs in the world, has opened registration for the 2014 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The 90th running of the annual race starts on Saturday, July 12 at 11:30a.m. on Lake Huron. Boat owners who qualify for an early registration discount will pay $13.00 per foot, a $1.00 per foot discount on the standard race entry fee. The early registration discount will only be offered until March 1, after which all entrants will pay the standard entry fee of $14 per foot. To qualify for the discount boat owners must submit their application for a DRYA PHRF certificate (to DRYA), then register and pay the race entry fee by the early registration deadline. To register, visit: www.bycmack.com. For more of this article, click on the title above.

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Towing a Tender
January 20, 2014 - United Marine Underwriters

Tenders are indispensable to boaters once they get to an anchorage or mooring. But they can also be bothersome while under way if you don’t have a davit system and you tow the tender behind your boat. Not to worry! Here are our tips for safely tying off your tender.

First, you need the right equipment. Make sure you have a long length of braided nylon line; this is the preferred line for towing because it has some stretch and will act as a “shock absorber” between the two vessels. It’s also very helpful if your tender has a reinforced tow eye or a bow cleat to which you can secure the line. For more of this article, click on the title above.

SailMichigan Collegiate Rankings Fall 2013
December 22, 2013 - SailMichigan

For the Fall 2013 season, the following regattas were used in the evaluation; Emma Biagioni, Boudeman Cup, Chief Illiniwek, Buckeye Invitational, Fall Fury, Carey-Price, Davis Cup, Timme Angston, Streufert Cup, Denison JV, and Pere Marquette Cup. To be included in the rankings, teams from a given college/university must have competed in a minimum of three of the above regattas. The 3 best (weighted) scores were averaged and used to determine a school's ranking. Please click on the title above to see the article and rankings.

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MBIA Celebrates Passage of Sales Tax on the Difference Legislation for Boats
October 23, 2013 - MBIA

The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) applauds the decision of Michigan’s leadership to pass Sales Tax on the Difference (STOD) legislation. With this, Michigan will no longer be at a competitive disadvantage with its neighboring states when it comes to watercraft and automotive sales. Currently, all of Michigan's surrounding states have STOD, allowing consumers to only pay sales tax on the difference between the trade in value and the new purchase price. For more of this article, click on the title above.

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Demolition of historic Macatawa Bay Yacht Club clubhouse makes room for new building
October 9, 2013 - Mlive.com

It is the end of an era for the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. However, it is also the start of a new one. The 50-year-old Macatawa Bay Yacht Club clubhouse was demolished Wednesday morning in order to rebuild an improved facility from the ground up, a move that began to take shape after members voted on the plan in May. "It was just at the end of its life cycle," said Alun Wilson, a member of the MBYC board. "It was just worn out, and it was time to replace it." Built in 1964 after the previous clubhouse burned down, the MBYC clubhouse has welcomed several generations of members to Lake Macatawa and its channel to Lake Michigan. For more of this article, click on the title above.

New boat ramps coming for Cold Brook, Prairie View parks after county board approves $134,000 project
October 2, 2013 - Mlive.com

There will be new boat ramps at Cold Brook and Prairie View county parks this fall after the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners approved the $133,906 project Tuesday. Prairie View Park will receive a new concrete boat ramp that will accessible to all types of watercraft. The current ramp, which provides access to Hogsett and Gourdneck lakes, is gravel and intended for fishing boats only. The park will also get parking lot improvements and a new boat dock with handicap access. Cold Brook Park will undergo fewer renovations with only the existing concrete boat ramp scheduled to be replaced. For more of this article, click on the title above.

A Win Beyond Words
September 26, 2013 - Sail Magazine
Oracle USA and skipper Jim Spithill not only did the “impossible” in successfully defending the America’s Cup, but in the end they almost made it look easy —a feat that is all the more incredible given how far the team came in so little time. And make no mistake: this was a team effort in the truest sense of the word, with the shore team and sailors out on the Oracle AC72 meshing in a way that in two weeks turned what looked like a bunch of also-rans into a team that was literally unbeatable. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Dredging set to begin in small boat harbor
September 25, 2013 - Alpena News

The emergency dredging project for the Alpena boat harbor is finally about to commence after a string of logistically delays. The city, which received over $800,000 from the State of Michigan to have the work done, had hoped the project would begin in July after the Michigan Brown Trout Festival, but sample testing snafus and winds over Lake Huron, caused a delay. Harbor Master Don Gilmet said some digging in the harbor began Wednesday, but the project would really pick up speed next week. - For more of this article, click on the title above.

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Ironton boat launch ramp replacement to begin Sept. 16
September 6, 2013 - MDNR

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that beginning on Monday, Sept. 16, the Ironton boat launch on Lake Charlevoix (Charlevoix County) will be receiving a new ramp. The replacement project is expected to take about two weeks, and boaters should expect partial and complete shutdowns during this time. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Bay City's Liberty Harbor Marina dock prices higher than some, lower than others
August 28, 2013 - Bay City News

Some people feel the city-owned Liberty Harbor Marina charges some of the highest prices in the region to use its docks.But a check with other area marinas finds Liberty Harbor's rates for the smallest slips in line with what other marinas are charging. Some charge more, others less. Liberty Harbor charges more for larger slips than its competitors, but all 50 seasonal slips were leased this year. A seasonal slip at Liberty Harbor costs boaters $1,542 for a 30-foot boat; $2,134 for a 38-foot boat; $2,874 for a 45-foot boat; to $3,952 for a 60-foot boat. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti Named 2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champion After Come-From-Behind Stunner
August 26, 2013 - Melges20.com

With a frontal system on its way to the Michigan coast and all the forecast models in agreement, the 26 racing teams from around the U.S. and the world knew before they left the dock that the final day of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship presented by Audi Muskegon would feature big waves and white knuckle speeds. Race Officer Bruce Golison planned for three races to decide the championship, and the battle began at 10 a.m. less than a mile from Holland's famous 'Big Red' lighthouse in 10 knots of breeze. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Dilapidated British ship replica in Grand Traverse Bay may be scuttled
August 14, 2013 - The Detroit News

A dilapidated replica built in the 1970s of a British sailing ship could be scuttled in waters off Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula to serve as a diving attraction. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the Maritime Heritage Alliance board is seeking a state permit to sink the 55-foot-long ship, named the Welcome, in Grand Traverse Bay. A decision from state regulators likely won’t come until next year. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Area sailor has memorable 2013 season
August 13, 2013 - Observer & Eccentric

It’s been a very busy but fun summer for Chris Saxton of Plymouth, whose hobby is competitive sailboat racing. Winning helped make it so. Saxton and his boat, Vortices, recently captured the Barthel Trophy as the overall points winner in the Tri-Lakes Challenge, involving the three major races on the Great Lakes. Their victory in the Trans Superior Sailboat Race Aug. 3-7 clinched first place for Saxton and the 10-man crew of the J145 Vortices. The race is the longest on the Great Lakes, covering 330 nautical miles from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to the western end of Lake Superior at Duluth, Minn. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Port Huron-to-Mackinac race ends today the way it started - with a party
July 24, 2013 - Detroit Free Press

Having a party at the end of the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island sailboat race seems a bit redundant. But despite already having an entire day to celebrate a remarkably fast race, sailors found the energy to enjoy themselves one last time at the Bell’s Beer awards party today. Pennants were awarded and drinks was consumed as the race festivities were officially wrapped up in the shadow of the Grand Hotel. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Marine City's Cheeky wins Multihull Division
July 22, 2013 - Port Huron Times Herald

Rick Warner's Cheeky won the Multihull Division on the Cove Island Course in the 89th running of the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race. The Marine City boat reached Mackinac Island at 9:32 p.m. Sunday, the first multihull boat to the island despite the fact it had the lowest handicap. “This was a race, too, where it started out good because we won the start,” Cheeky crewmember Ron White said. “And tactical decisions along the way, everything seemed to pan out exactly like we expected.” For more of this article, click on the title above.

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Sailing off to Mackinac Island - Big boats provide speed on day of slow starts
July 20, 2013 - Port Huron Times Herald

Windquest was one of the last boats out of the chute in Saturday’s Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island sailboat race. The Max Z86 owned by Doug and Dick DeVos out of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club is in the Turbo Class on the Shore Course, which had the final start of the day at 2:10 p.m. in lower Lake Huron, 2 hours, 40 minutes after the first start. By 5 p.m., it had caught the rest of boats on the Shore Course and was pulling away — from everyone but Il Mostro, that is, the Volvo 70 in the same class as Windquest which was slightly behind. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Windquest is first to finish in racing fleet!
July 15, 2013 - Chicago Yacht Club
Congratulations to Windquest, a Max Z86 owned by Dick and Doug DeVos, on being first to finish in the racing fleet in the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot. Windquest finished late Sunday evening at 21:56 CDT. Doug DeVos said it seemed like there were two different races in one, with the first leg benefitting from a good breeze, and the second facing challenging wind conditions. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Sailing: Light winds slow fleet in Chicago race
July 15, 2013 - Port Huron Times Herald

An absence of wind Monday slowed the fleet in the Chicago-to-Mackinac Island sailboat race , making what was already bound to be a long two weeks seem even longer for many. Many of the boats in the Chicago race will finish at Mackinac Island and head south for the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island race, which begins Saturday. “A lot of boats go all the way around, darn near 600 miles,” said Tyson Connolly, a Port Huron Yacht Club member who sailed the races back-to-back two years ago. “That’s a lot of time on the water. One of the big things with that is the weather. You’re really at the mercy of Mother Nature.” For more of this article, click on the title above.

RACE TO MACKINAC: Sailors reveal what’s in their Mac packs
July 13, 2013 - Chicago Sun-Times

They can be spotted by their garb as they cross Lake Shore Drive. Man or woman, they sport caps or hats and wear T-shirts, shorts and dock shoes. Usually, a single overstuffed backpack or duffel bag is over the shoulder or in hand. Casual chic. Some 3,500 sailors pile into the Chicago lakefront the Friday and Saturday of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. For more of this article click on the title above.

PHOTOS: Junior sailors set sail on Gull Lake for summer regatta
July 12, 2013 - Mlive.com

"It's a beautiful day," Roger Turner, junior sailing coordinator for the Gull Lake Yacht Club said about the calm blue sky Friday morning. "At some point we'll get enough wind to get out on the water." Dozens of junior sailors with 75 sailboats from around West Michigan gathered at Gull Lake Friday as the Gull Lake Yacht Club hosted the second summer regatta for the Western Michigan Youth Sailing Association. The association includes eight other yacht clubs located throughout the Southwest Michigan. All levels of sailors were welcome, ages 7 through high school, even beginners. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Youngsters compete in national sailing competition at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
July 8, 2013 - Detroit News

Eight-year-old Dougie Cowan can’t wait to launch his boat into the water this week and try to snag a national sailing trophy in a competition that kicked off Sunday. Dougie is one of about 400 youngsters 8-15 years old who are taking part in the United States Optimist Dinghy Association National Championships. The regatta is hosted in partnership with the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Foundation. About 80 boats were launched into Lake St. Clair by young sailors representing cities and countries from around the world including Uruguay, Spain and Mexico to compete in various regattas. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Fleet of tall ships heading for Bay City this week
July 8, 2013 - Detroit News

Bay City is preparing for this week’s arrival of a fleet of tall ships. It’s part of a four-day celebration of the era when sailing power ruled the waves. The high-masted vessels are expected to sail in from Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay and draw tens of thousands of visitors to the Saginaw River waterfront. The 2013 Tall Ship Celebration opens Thursday and runs through July 14. MLive.com says it’s being held in conjunction with the Tall Ships Challenge, a race across the Great Lakes sponsored by Tall Ships America. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Engager is setting sail for Autism
July 8, 2013 - Port Huron Times Herald

Fifteen days from now, the annual Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race will be over. The winners will have been crowned, and many of the boats will have cleared out of the harbor. For some, that’s when the real adventure starts. On Wednesday, July 24, Nick Gammicchia, a brave young adult diagnosed with autism as a toddler, will step aboard the Engager — a boat captained by Paul Latham. Accompanied by Latham, his dad Andrew and crew member Dan Collins, the foursome will set sail on the 60-plus hour journey back to Port Huron. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Sailing: Flyin' Irish takes international regatta
July 7, 2013 - Port Huron Times Herald

In what amounted to the last tune-up before the Mackinac Race, 35 boats participated Saturday in the Lake Huron International Regatta. The boats were divided into two courses — the John Blunt Memorial (74 nautical miles) and the Kettle Point (47 nautical miles). Winning the overall competition in the John Blunt course was Flyin‘ Irish, which came in at 14 hours, five minutes and 58 seconds. Moxie of the Port Huron Yacht Club was the overall winner of the Kettle Point course. It finished the Section 6-PHRF C course at 11 hours, eight minutes and 24 seconds. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Sailing: Lake Huron International starts Saturday
July 5, 2013 - Port Huron Times Herald

Thirty-five boats will take to the water today in what local racers consider a tune-up for the Mackinac race. The Lake Huron International Regatta begins at 6 p.m. Saturday with boats sailing on one of two courses — Kettle Point (47 nautical miles) or John Blunt Memorial (74 nautical miles). “Basically, we’ll start running our shifts, make sure we have all the appropriate equipment on the boat, how much food to bring,” said Nick Ward, who will sail aboard his boat Rum on the John Blunt course. “Make sure all the equipment works. For mroe of this article, click on the title above.

Muskegon Yacht Club to host Harbor Hospice MLive Muskegon Chronicle Regatta July 6
July 3, 2013 - Mlive.com

Organizers of the Harbor Hospice MLive Muskegon Chronicle Regatta have big goals set for this year’s annual event. In 2012, the event raised over $24,000 for Harbor Hospice, which provides care for seriously and terminally ill patients. This year’s sixth annual regatta, hosted on Saturday, July 6, by the Muskegon Yacht Club at 3198 Edgewater, already has a head start to raise even more money, according to Harbor Hospice Director of Development Ammy Johnson. With the combined effort of the Judy Miller Memorial Challenge between the skippers, the silent auction and the picnic meal at the yacht club, which is open to the public, the bar is set high. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Sailing: Larry Fair wins division in Solo Mac race
July 2, 2013 - Port Huron Times Herald

Twelve minutes at a time. That’s how long Larry Fair would sleep when racing in the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society Solo Mac. And even closing his eyes for that amount of time could prove to be unnerving. “I have an alarm that I set for usually like 12 minutes,” Fair said. “I can reset it by just the push of a button. If you can doze, it wakes you up then you hit the button and doze again. It’s kind of unnerving if you’re out there in a race, if you’re not looking out every few minutes to see what’s going on. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Van Riper State Park boating access site to temporarily close Aug. 5 for improvements
June 26, 2013 - MDNR

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that on Monday, Aug. 5, the Van Riper State Park boating access site in Marquette County will begin a temporary closure for installation of a new concrete boat ramp. Work will be completed by a DNR construction crew. The boat launch is expected to be open by Aug. 9. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Black Lake access site to close for improvements
June 22, 2013 - Cheboygan News

A boating access site on Black Lake will temporarily close in July for improvements. The Department ASME B31.1 of Natural Resources has announced that the Black Lake State Forest boating access site in Cheboygan County will begin a temporary closure for installation of a new concrete boat ramp on Monday, July 8. Work will be completed by a DNR construction crew. The boat launch is expected to be open by Saturday, July 13. The project is funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund, a restricted fund derived from boat registration fees and the Michigan marine fuel tax, which is used for construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities, harbors and ASME Section IX inland waterways. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Muskegon area marinas offer free sailboat rides as part of "Summer Sailstice"
June 14, 2013 - Mlive.com

Experienced and novice sailors alike will take to the waters around Muskegon on Saturday, June 22 as part of the 13th annual Summer Sailstice. The Summer Sailstice is a worldwide event held in celebration of sailing. Celebrations are scheduled to take place in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, but Saturday’s event in Muskegon is one of just four official events in the state of Michigan. As part of the event, Torresen Marine and the Muskegon Yacht Club will offer free sailboat rides to the public. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Cleveland Race Week - Renowned fleets ready for Edgewater action
June 3, 2013 - Sail World.com

Cleveland Race Week is the largest sailing regatta on Lake Erie and one of the largest on the Great Lakes. The annual event, now in its 33rd year, attracts hundreds of boats from across the Great Lakes and beyond. Nationally, Cleveland Race Week ranks as one of the largest sailing events based on number of sailing classes. Building on that eminence, this year’s CRW Regatta will also play host to the T-10 Lake Erie Championship. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Report: Lake Superior level jumps 9 inches in May
June 2, 2013 - Detroit News

The level of Lake Superior jumped 9 inches in May, more than twice the normal monthly increase and the second most for any month since 1918, a new report said. Lake Superior usually rises only about 4 inches each May. But thanks to late snow and a cold spring that held back runoff until ice and snow melted, May more than made up for the difference. The lake now sits just 7 inches below its long-term average for June 1. It is a full 3 inches above the level at this time last year, the International Lake Superior Board of Control reported Friday. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Emergency dredging helps, but see some areas that will be challenging for Michigan's recreational boaters
May 31, 2013 - Mlive.com

Emergency dredging projects should salvage the boating season for many of Michigan's public harbors, but this summer could still prove frustrating for those who use and operate certain marinas. Record-low lake levels have plagued harbors throughout the Great Lakes as well as inland waterways, prompting state lawmakers to approve about $21 million for emergency dredging projects at 58 public harbors and marinas this year. While many harbor masters breathed a sigh of relief upon receiving those funds, challenges remain. Some projects might not get done until partway through or after the summer boating season. And some privately owned marinas are left scraping for money to fund their own dredging projects. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Coast Guard warns of flood-related debris in Michigan
May 31, 2013 - Detroit Free Press

Boaters should be on the lookout for large trees, logs and other debris let loose into Michigan waterways in part by spring flooding, the U.S. Coast Guard has warned. Debris is of concern in the Grand River, which empties into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, as well as other waterways, MLive.com reported. Boaters in the Grand Haven and Holland areas are among those being urged to use caution. "We have seen and we still continue to see trees and logs of a significant size floating down, and we do get a lot of reeds and grass and things of that nature that come down," said First Class Petty Officer Kent Sypniewski. Boaters should stay "highly alert." For more of this article, click on the title above.

SailMichigan Midwest Collegiate Rankings - Spring 2013
May 20, 2013 - SailMichigan.org

Now that regular season collegiate sailing action has ended in the Midwest, it is time to tabulate the results and provide some perspective. SailMichigan calculates a ranking series based on collegiate performance over the course of the Spring. Of the 9 regattas held from March to May, the average participation by a Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA) team was 2.58 regattas. For the purpose of evaluation, a cut-off was rounded to 3 events. This means that a team must have participated in 3 MCSA events to be considered for ranking. For those that met that threshold, their ranking score was determined as the average of their 3 best performances. For more of this article (and the rankings), click on the title above.

Sail celebration: A look back at 15 years of the Appledore IV in Bay City
May 15, 2013 - Mlive.com

The Appledore IV has offered tallship sailing opportunities to the Bay City community for 15 years. As organizers celebrate the ship's anniversary at 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 15, in Wenonah Park, here's a look back at how the Appledore IV came to port in Bay City. The Appledore IV was purchased in May 1998 for $550,000 with a combination of corporate and community donations. The schooner was purchased from Bill Allgaier of Bay Breeze Yacht Charters of Traverse City, where the boat was docked. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Clear sailing for '13 Mackinac race
May 10, 2013 - The Times Herald

The winner of the J.L. Hudson Trophy in this year’s running of the Mackinac Race will be decided differently than in years past. In a change announced Wednesday at a press conference at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, and reiterated Thursday in a press conference at the Vintage Tavern in Port Huron, the winner of the division with the greatest number of boats registered in the race, which is July 20, will win the trophy and the flag designating it as first overall in the race. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Mona Lake association launches dredging project in Lake Michigan channel
April 22, 2013 - Mlive.com

For the first time in 13 years, the Mona Lake Improvement Association this month will complete dredging that will help boats travel through the channel to Lake Michigan. Late last year, the mouth of the channel was completely impassable and while it has improved, it has not come up nearly enough, said the association's president, Tom Hillstrom said. The association, the nonprofit volunteer group responsible for initiating and paying for the $100,000 project, placed the dredging equipment in around noon on Friday, April 19, near the Muskegon Heights boat launch site, Hillstrom said. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Muskegon Lake boaters will be challenged with low water at launch ramps this spring
April 9, 2013 - Mlive.com

Record-low water levels in Lake Michigan will play havoc with recreational boaters and anglers looking to have access to Muskegon Lake this spring. The city of Muskegon’s launch ramps will officially open April 15 but access will be limited at several to small boats only. The low water on Muskegon Lake has made the city’s Hartshorn Marina and Fisherman’s Landing the best access for larger boats, city officials said. Even smaller boats might have problems getting in and out of the popular Jaycees' Launch Ramp at Cottage Grove, which gives boaters the quickest access to the Muskegon Channel and Lake Michigan. There are also low-water issues at the city’s Grand Trunk Dock ramp. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Sailing Hoopla and Sailing the Summer Sailstice
April 7, 2013 - SailMichigan.org

In our humble option, sailing gets very little recognition in the Michigan press and at governmental levels (i.e. DNR). Except for a flurry of a few Free Press articles at the time of the Mackinac races, the occasional boating mishap, or a few local articles from the state's "sailing centers" (ie. Traverse City, Port Huron, Macatawa, etc.), relatively little hoopla is made. Click on the title above to read the full blog post regarding an annual event to help generate sailing recognition.

Set sail: Teach on Bay City's Tall Ship
March 30, 2013 - Mlive.com

Time to test out your sea legs and hop on board Bay City's Tall Ship. BaySail is seeking volunteers to teach aboard its Appledore Tall Shipfor the Science Under Sail program, which educates school-age children. Programs include science education for K-12 school groups, overnight voyaging for children and adults, public sails, charters, group tours and port visits. When it's not out on the water, the Appledore can typically be seen docked at Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Gov. Rick Snyder signs $20.9M bill to dredge Michigan harbors
March 28, 2013 - Detroit Free Press

On what felt like one of the first real days of spring so far this year, Michigan's boating season got a boost when Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Wednesday pouring $20.9 million into an emergency dredging program. The money will allow 58 public bays and harbors, used mostly for recreational boating, to be cleared of the sands and sediment that are clogging them and leaving many boats stranded. "This dredging is critically important in this state. We have the third highest number of registered boats in the nation," Snyder said. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Boat explosion, fire damages North Shore Marina in Spring Lake
March 23, 2013 - Mlive.com

A boat exploded and caught fire inside a Spring Lake marina on Saturday, causing significant damage to the building. More than 30 firefighters from three Grand Haven-area fire departments responded to North Shore Marina on the Grand Haven Channel late Saturday morning. Heavy smoke was still billowing out the 80,000-square-foot storage building at the business Saturday afternoon. For more of this article, click on the title above.

St. Joseph Harbor to get U.S. funding for dredging
March 16, 2013 - Detroit News

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton says emergency federal funding will be used to dredge St. Joseph Harbor for the second straight year. The St. Joseph Republican made the announcement Friday. The dredging is necessary because of Lake Michigan's low water levels. Upton says in a statement it's critical that "local harbors are well maintained and open for business." MLive.com reports the St. Joseph Harbor is used for the commercial shipping of natural resources from around the Great Lakes. It's also home to seven recreational boating marinas. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Burt Lake boat launch to be closed temporarily
March 15, 2013 - Cheboygan News

A boating access site on Burt Lake will be temporarily closed this spring for improvements.The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division has announced the Burt Lake Maple Bay Boating Access Site in Burt Township will undergo a temporary site closure for a major site improvement. Improvements will include a double launch ramp, two courtesy piers, 38 vehicle-trailer parking spaces, two vault toilets, naturalized storm water management systems and full, barrier-free accessibility. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Michigan Senate approves $21M for emergency harbor dredging
March 8, 2013 - Detroit News

State lawmakers on Thursday took first steps to help harbors and marinas suffering from record-low water levels in the Great Lakes. The Michigan Senate approved spending $21 million on emergency dredging of 49 public harbors along the Great Lakes before the summer boating season gets under way. In addition, Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, introduced legislation Thursday creating a $5 million loan program to allow public and most private marinas to apply for low-interest loans up to $500,000 to pay for dredging waterways. Private lenders would assume the risk for the loans which would be limited at five years. For more of this article, click on the title above.

See which harbors and marinas would be helped with Michigan emergency dredging plan
February 11, 2013 - Mlive.com

Harbors and marinas from the Upper Peninsula to metro Detroit would get some financial help under an emergency dredging plan developed by state officials in response to declining Great Lakes water levels.The plan would rely on $21 million as proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder in his budget plan announced last week. The Legislature would have to approve a supplemental funding request and some financial transfers before the money could be allocated and spent. The emergency dredging plan from the Michigan State Waterways Commission announced last week comes as water levels drop in the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are at record lows. For more of this article, and the list of harbors, click on the title above.

To combat record low Great Lakes water levels, Michigan Waterways Commission creates emergency dredging plan
February 8, 2013 - MDNR

With current water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron at all-time lows – and levels in lakes Michigan, Huron and St. Clair expected to continue dropping – the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Michigan State Waterways Commission has adopted an emergency dredging plan that will provide zero-match grant funding opportunities for harbors of refuge, recreational boating harbors, marinas and boat launches most affected by the low water levels. As part of the plan, the DNR Parks and Recreation Division announced it will redirect nearly $8.8 million of Waterways funding from existing appropriations; allocate $0.7 million of uncommitted Waterways funding; and receive $11.5 million from the FY 2013 General Fund, as recommended in Gov. Rick Snyder’s just-released budget. In total, nearly $21 million would be dedicated toward keeping Michigan’s waterways operational. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Snyder wants $11M for harbor dredging
February 2, 2013 - Detroit Free Press

Gov. Rick Snyder will call for spending $11 million this year to dredge Michigan harbors in danger of losing their connections to open water because of low Great Lakes levels, aides told The Associated Press on Friday. The Republican governor will include the proposal in his 2013 budget, which will be released next week, spokesman Kurt Weiss said. It's part of a broader initiative being developed by state agencies to help water-starved harbors as the federal government cuts back on dredging and the lakes continue declining because of drought and warm temperatures that boost evaporation rates. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Snyder considers emergency measures for low lake levels
January 26, 2013 - Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday his administration is developing plans to take "emergency" action to deal with Great Lakes harbors plagued by record-low water levels that threaten to keep large pleasure boats docked next summer. With lake levels at their lowest point since the mid-1960s, Snyder said the specter of recreational and commercial fishing boats being unable to get in and out of harbors requires an "urgent or emergency kind of option." A likely option is dredging harbors, canals and waterways that connect to the lakes, some of which haven't been dredged in decades. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Low Great Lakes levels predicted for start of 2013 boating season
January 3, 2013 - Detroit News

The dearth of rain and snow over the past 12 months that has helped drive down water levels on the Great Lakes likely will continue to plague the region into the start of the 2013 boating season, projections show. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts most of the lakes will be well below their historical averages by the time boat covers start coming off in late spring and June. And lakes Michigan, Huron and St.Clair could approach record lows during those months. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Bay City boat builder, sailor Jan C. Gougeon dies at 67
December 19, 2012 - Mlive.com

Jan C. Gougeon's love of sailing and boat building helped him and his brother, Meade Gougeon, launch Gougeon Bros., a marine epoxy business that eventually would sell products to all parts of the world, and a sailing career that would launch Jan Gougeon forever into the record books. Gougeon died Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Ann Arbor after a long battle with respiratory issues. He was 67. Meade Gougeon said his brother found his passion in life when he discovered sailing as a youth. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Douglas Council heeds boater plea to start dredging process on silt-filled Lake Kalamazoo
December 18, 2012 - Mlive.com

The urgency of keeping boats afloat in Lake Kalamazoo was made clear to the City Council this week by boaters who said they love the town but don’t want to spend summers stuck in the muck in a silt-filled lake. Portage residents Kristi Carambula told council members that she and her husband, David, have slipped their sailboat in the harbor for nine years, but are considering leaving because the lake's silt levels are threatening to ground their boat in the mud. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Water levels in Lakes Huron, Michigan to break record lows
November 30, 2012 - Detroit News

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is anticipating all-time record low water levels for Lakes Huron and Michigan in early 2013 after a continued lack of rain and snowfall impacting the Great Lakes Basin. In a report released Friday, the corps of engineers projected Huron and Michigan will break levels set in March 1964 — 576.05 feet above sea level — while all of the Great Lakes are predicted to see low water levels. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw sets sail for Chicago carrying 1,300 Christmas trees
November 27, 2012 - Mlive.com

The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw has been loaded with 1,300 Christmas trees and has set sail for Chicago’s port, serving as this year’s Christmas ship. The two-day event, beginning Friday, Nov. 30, by the Mackinaw and Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee is a piece of Chicago’s maritime tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. The 1,300 Christmas trees were cut fresh from tree growers in northern Michigan, according to Capt. Dave Truitt, founding chairman of Chicago's Christmas Ship committee. They were purchased by the committee and will be offloaded from the Cheboygan-based cutter on Saturday, Dec. 1, by members of the Coast Guard and local youth volunteers. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Bay City DNR official says declining Lake Huron water levels pass all-time low, Saginaw River boaters begging to dredge
November 27, 2012 - Mlive.com

Bay City State Recreation Area Manager George Lauinger has heard a number of complaints in the past month from boaters frustrated with the Saginaw River's declining water level. "I have two or three people come into my office everyday and complain about the low water level at the boat launch," Lauinger said. "Boaters are begging us to dredge, but it takes a lot of money." The Saginaw River isn't the only waterway facing the issue. According to the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, water levels are nearing historic lows throughout the Great Lakes. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Michigan edges Wisconsin in SailMichigan Fall Rankings
November 21, 2012 - SailMichigan.org

With the completion of the Timme-Angston Memorial regatta, the Fall MCSA conference sailing docket is nearly complete. Accordingly, SailMichigan has compiled the numbers from this Fall's results to provide the rankings below. Sixteen regattas were used in the evaluation (excluded were Team-Race regattas and gender-specific regattas). Overall, active MCSA teams sailed in an average of 4.3 of the evaluated regattas. Accordingly, 4 was the magic number for inclusion in these rankings. Click on the link above for the full article.

Great Lakes boaters and shippers to likely face record-low water levels into 2013
October 31, 2012 - MLive.com

Mariners – both commercial and recreational – are being warned that the Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior water levels are dangerously close to all-time record lows. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wednesday provided estimates that if the current trend of Great Lakes water level drops continue, the three upper lakes – Michigan, Huron and Superior – will hit historic lows later this fall or in early 2013. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Midwest Collegiate Sailing Rankings - October 2012
October 27, 2012 - SailMichigan.org

Sailing teams from the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota still lead the SailMichigan.org midwest sailing rankings. The data set for these rankings included 14 divisional regattas through the Boudeman Cup, but excluded gender specific (Men's only and Women's only) races. Also included in the rankings were the MCSA Match Race and the MCSA Sloop Championship. MCSA active teams participated in an average of 3.4 regattas per university. For more information and the complete set of rankings, click on the title above.

Boats running aground as lake levels head lower
October 19, 2012 - Detroit News

For many Michigan boat owners, these are the waning days of the best season of the year. The chill has set in and days of warm weekends on the water are pretty much over.Typically, the last rite of the season is pulling the boats from the water and getting them into storage. But 2012 has not been like most years. After a 12-month stretch of less-than-normal rain and snow, the bodies of Lake St. Clair and each of the Great Lakes are roughly a foot or more below their historic averages for this time of year with forecasts of record lows in the coming months. The levels have been down throughout the spring and summer and now, the lakes are beginning to see their seasonal decline — effectively making a bad situation worse. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Midwest Collegiate Sailing Rankings - September 2012
October 7, 2012 - SailMichigan.org

The Midwest collegiate sailing season got underway Labor Day weekend with 5 teams competing at the Boiler Cup hosted by Purdue University. As of September 30th, 9 regional regattas have been completed with 29 collegiate teams competing in an average of 2 events. SailMichigan has taken regatta scores (as available through the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Associaton website) and applied a formula to rank colleges based on team performance. For more of this article, please click on the title above.

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - High praise for the Windy City
September 24, 2012 - Sail-World.com

Over the last fifteen years, the Farr 40 class has hosted their World Championships at top sailing venues around the world. Previously held in the U.S. two times in Miami, Newport and San Francisco, this year the fleet traveled for the first time to Chicago, with racing taking place on Lake Michigan, one of the five fresh water Great Lakes that form part of the boundary of the U.S. and Canada. This fleet of 40-foot one-designs continues to enjoy close, competitive racing. With 160 boats built since the Farr 40's inception in 1997, the Worlds always attracts formidable competition and the 2012 Chicago edition was no exception: 20 entries from eight countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Turkey and Mexico. The owner/driver rule and limit of professionals on board is a large part of the Farr 40's attraction, as are the boats themselves that continue to provide an exhilarating platform for one-design grand-prix racing. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Regatta results and Michigan sailing news now available on Facebook
September 15, 2012 - SailMichigan

If you enjoy the timely posting of Michigan sailing news and information provided by this feed, then visit and "Like" SailMichigan on Facebook. On our Facebook page, we go beyond the headlines reported here to update you on the winners and happenings at area regattas. Click on the title above to be taken to our Facebook page (don't forget to Like Us).

Coast Guard asks boaters for navigation buoy advice
September 11, 2012 - The Time Herald

In a few months the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock will head out to Lake Huron and the St. Clair River to pick up buoys for the winter, and replace them with navigational markers that can endure the ice and harsh conditions. Before then, officials want to know what mariners think of the navigation tools. The Coast Guard is conducting a study of the St. Clair River, the first one done since 2007, to determine if the navigational aids strung along the river are placed most effectively. U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Travis Starsinic said the study will be completed by Jan. 1. For more of this article, click on the title above.

NZL 1348 wins North American Etchells Championships
September 11, 2012 - Sail-World.com

Andrew 'Willzy' Wills, Anatole Masfen and Dirk Kneulman won the North American Championships, hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, MI from September 4-8, 2012. After discarding a ninth place in the seventh and final race, NZL 1348 finished with 14 points overall - less than half the points of second-placed Argyle Campbell in USA 1375 (29 points overall). Australian Mark Johnson in AUS 102 finished third with 36 points overall, in a fleet of 25 boats that included Americans, Canadians and a Bahamian entry. Click the title above for more of this article.

Lake Huron levels could reach record lows
September 7, 2012 - The Times Herald

With some effort, Tom Bialk pulled himself out of his 30-foot islander Bahama sailboat and up onto the Lexington State Harbor dock. “To get out of the boat here, we need to get a stool to hop out,” said Gabrielle Bialk, Tom’s wife, as she pointed to the water marks on the dock pilings. Pale stains stretched about 11 inches up from the waterline, indicating how much the level has dropped. Low water at Lexington State Harbor is reflected in Lakes Michigan and Huron and Lake St. Clair. For more of this article, click on the title above.

50 Best Yachting Towns: Muskegon ranks 23rd on national list from Yachting magazine
September 7, 2012 - Mlive.com

Muskegon was named the 23rd “best yachting town” by Yachting magazine in a list of the 50 top yachting destinations in the nation. One of the nation’s oldest and most respected recreational boating publications ranked Muskegon the second best yachting town in Michigan, just below Harbor Springs at 20 and third best on the Great Lakes, which was led by tiny Bayfield, Wis., on Lake Superior. In its September edition, Yachting wrote, “Muskegon is adjacent to Lake Michigan on the west and Muskegon Lake to the north. The 10 marinas here boast upwards of 3,000 slips.” For more of this article click on the title above.

DeTour State Harbor to close for season on Sept. 5 for significant upgrades
August 29, 2012 - MDNR

De Tour State Harbor, located in Chippewa County’s DeTour Village, will close for the season on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for a significant upgrade project, the Department of Natural Resources said today. The closure will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4, when the fuel dock will close at 6 p.m. The harbor’s docks will be removed the following day, dredging will begin, and all facilities will be closed and winterized. Re-opening is anticipated in early July 2013. For more of this article, click on the title above.




Michigan Fall Sailing Outlook
August 29, 2012 - SailMichigan.org

As summer draws to a close and our Fall obligations and interests begin, many of us may be tempted to sigh at the passing of another sailing season. The following is a brief discussion of how sailing can heat up as the weather cools. First, what can we expect weather-wise from a Sept-Nov sailing season? The National Weather Service is predicting a greater chance for above normal temperatures in the Midwest (including Michigan) for Sept-Nov 2012. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Mike Dow's Flying Toaster Crowned 2012 Melges 17 U.S. National Champion
August 29, 2012 - melges17.com

What makes a great one design class? Fun boats. Fun people. Fun events. The Fun this last weekend was in Traverse City, Michigan, at the 2012 Melges 17 National Championship. Thirty of these Fun little rocket ships arrived at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club for the three-day event from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Fun boats, check! Eleven championship races were held on West Grand Traverse Bay. Conditions ranged from 5-18 and varied from race to race. Eleven races, zero protests, plenty of penalty turns, happy people on the water and on shore. Who showed up? Couples, Junior sailors, and parents sailing with their kids. Fun people, check! For more of this article and, and the top finishers, click on the title above.

Orchard Lake boating access site to temporarily close Sept. 4 for repairs
August 27, 2012 - MDNR

The Department of Natural Resources announced today that construction has begun at the Orchard Lake boating access site in Oakland County. The site will close temporarily on Sept. 4 and remain closed until mid-October in order to reconstruct the site. Jodi Nieschulz, supervisor at Dodge #4 State Park, said, “While the site will be closed during construction, every attempt will be made to keep it open on the weekends when feasible.” Nieschulz recommended calling Dodge #4 State Park at 248-682-7323 for construction updates. Signs notifying boaters of the specific dates of the closures will be posted at the boating access site prior to the shut-down date. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of October. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Jamie Kimball Wins Big at 2012 MCSA National Championship
August 26, 2012 - mcscow.org

Jamie Kimball has won one of the largest One-Design Championships of 2012 sailing season here in the United States. 94 teams came to White Lake, Michigan for the 41st Annual MC Scow National Championship. Not only did we have a large turnout but we also had MC skippers and teams there that represented 22 of those 41 National Championships. Having sailed in over 200 MC Scow regattas myself I can tell you this clearly wasthe strongest fleet we have ever assembled. That also suggests the class is extremely healthy and strong which is great news for this cool little 16' Hot Rod that we all simply call the MC. For more of this article, click on the title above and go to the race report.

Junior wins 2012 Detroit Cup
August 26, 2012 - byc.com

In an exciting first-to-three point Final, Josh Junior and his team of Matt Steven and James Sandall have today won the Detroit Cup, second stop on the ISAF Grade 2 US Grand Slam Series. The Wellington, New Zealand-based team defeated runner-up Taylor Canfield only in the fifth and final match after first leading 2-0 in the series. Unlike all previous days of the four-day event that featured 12 teams from six nations, the wind today held steady enough to have no delays in completing the format of Finals and Petit Finals, with a 6-12 knot southerly providing perfect conditions for close racing. This prompted the Final Four teams to be particularly aggressive in their pre-starts, the site for most of today’s penalties. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Roble on fire at Detroit Cup
August 24, 2012 - byc.com

The only female skipper in a field of twelve teams from six nations, Chicago-based Stephanie Roble was top performer today, winning all six of her matches sailed Day Two of Bayview YC’s 2012 Detroit Cup. Roble’s 8 points keeps her in contention with other frontrunners such as US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield on 7 points, New Zealander Josh Junior on 7 points, and Australian Jordan Reece on 6 points. But there are four flights remaining in the Round Robin, and other contenders such as Denmark’s Nicolai Sehested on 5 points and Australia’s David Gilmour also on 5 points have a shot at the lead too. The top eight teams will advance to the Quarter Finals, a first-to-two point series, which weather permitting will start tomorrow. For more of this article, click on the title above.

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