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Sailors Brave High Seas in 2018 Queen’s Cup Race

July 2, 2018 - Bayview

High waves and winds 19 to 22 mph. Temperatures nearing 50 degrees. Crossing Lake Michigan in the cover of darkness, in a small sailboat. Foreboding for many except those who sail the South Shore Yacht Club Queen’s Cup race. The club celebrated the Queen’s Cup’s  80th anniversary June 22, as boats from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and farther, ventured 68.5 miles from Bay View to the finish line in Grand Haven, Mich. Family crews raced with amateur, semi-professional, and professional crews, with the goal of winning the prized Queen’s Cup.  Jerry Kedziora, commodore of the South Shore Yacht Club (SSYC), has participated in more than 20 Queen’s Cup races over the years. His duties as commodore include delivering the cup to the finish line at the Grand River Sailing Club in Grand Haven. For more of the article, click on the title above. 

Mullett Lake Village boating access site to close for two weeks for site improvements
June 5, 2018 - MDNR

The Mullett Lake Village boating access site, located in Inverness Township in Cheboygan County and administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, temporarily will close for site improvements beginning Monday, June 11. The project, anticipated to take no more than two weeks, will involve the replacement of the existing deteriorated ramp with a new concrete boat ramp. The project also will include replacement of the vault toilet and some minor improvements to drainage at the site.The boat launch is slated for completion by Friday, June 22. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Man with Petoskey ties sailing solo around globe
May 23, 2018 - Petoskey News

Six years ago, Jerome Rand hiked the Appalachian Trail. "He hiked it by himself," said Rand's father, Jim Rand. "He's always been doing these solitary-type, adventuresome trips." The 39-year-old Jerome Rand is currently in the midst of another adventure, as he is solo nonstop circumnavigating the world in a sailboat about 32 feet long. Earlier this week, some 230 days into his journey which he calculated would last some 260 days, Rand crossed the equator some 300 nautical miles off the coast of Brazil. He's about 30 days away from concluding his journey, which started Oct. 3, 2017, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, which is north of Boston.

For more of this article from the source, click on the title above.


Whitmore Lake Boating Access Site To Temporarily Close
April 21, 2018 -

Construction is getting underway at the Whitmore Lake boating access site.  The boat launch will temporarily close for site improvements beginning next week. Site enhancements will include improved ramp accessibility, as a result of paving a small portion of Northshore Drive, as well as enhanced maneuverability of the existing double-lane ramp due to enlarging the launch lanes. The project also will include the redesign of the site access road to include a boat tie-down lane, a new entrance booth and parking for law enforcement. For more of this article, click on the linked title above.

Warriors of the water: Sailors organize local veteran sailing group
March 15, 2018 - Traverse City Record Eagle

Scott Ford found his lost sense of purpose between billowing sails and rolling, sunlit surf. It, like the Navy veteran’s eyesight, was left behind once his eight years of service ended. “You get on a sailboat and it’s just therapy in itself,” Ford said. “To go out and actually succeed at sailing, you have to work as a team. It clicks with a military guy really quickly.” Ford, a member of the Warrior Sailing racing team, is working to bring that feeling to other ill, injured and disabled veterans. His iteration of the national profit, Warrior Sailing Great Lakes, will be the first in Michigan. “It’s exciting — and gratifying — to give back that way,” Ford said. “It gives (those veterans) the power to advocate for themselves.” According to census data, more than 3.8 million U.S. veterans have a service-related injury or disability. About 20 veterans commit suicide each day. Re-integrating into society after serving can be daunting, Ford said. For more of this article, click on the link above.


Spartan alumni sail to preserve the Great Lakes
October 12, 2017 - State news

Drew Fries and his roommate J.T. Bohland took the saying, “Go Green” to a whole new level. The two sailors planned a 65-mile journey across open freshwater from the Wisconsin east coast to the Michigan west coast to raise money and awareness for fresh water preservation and research. The Spartan alumnus dreamt of sailing the Great Lakes for the past three years and now it’s a memory. “When I was out there, I underestimated how intense it was going to be,” said Fries, who graduated from MSU in 2013. “It was blowing and we had 5 foot waves and we were surrounded by white caps. In a journey that could have taken 6 to 20 hours, I’m so glad we did it in 8 hours.” For more of this story, click on the link above.


Michigander inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame
September 25, 2017 - NSHOF

Notwithstanding a lengthy sailing resume, which includes representing the USA in the 1981 Admiral’s Cup (then unofficially regarded as the world championship of offshore sailing) and a national title (the 2008 Rolex US-IRC National Championship), Inductee and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bill Martin (Ann Arbor, Mich.) surprisingly did not come from a family that sailed. In fact, it was not until he was a grad student at the University of Michigan (U-M) that he was introduced to the sport. Martin had earned a BA from Ohio’s Wittenberg University in 1962, and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Stockholm in 1963. He received his MBA from U-M’s Ross School of Business in 1965 and three years later, at age 28, founded First Martin Corporation, an Ann Arbor real estate construction, development and management firm that has since developed major office, commercial, industrial and residential projects. Please see the link above for the full article.

US Sailing Awards Hanson Rescue Medals to Three Boats at 2016 Ford Yacht Club Lightning Regatta
August 8, 2017 - U.S. Sailing

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (June 13, 2017) – The US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee awarded the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medals to a competing Lightning sailboat and two mark-set boats at the 2016 Ford Yacht Club Regatta for the rescue of two Lightning sailors, and the recovery and the attempted resuscitation of the third Lightning sailor. US Sailing Treasurer Steven Freitas made the presentation during the Bayview Yacht Club’s Bayview One-Design Regatta in Detroit, Mich. on June 3, 2017 during the daily prize awards. For more of this article, click on the link above.


Sailing is a teacher for Detroit students in yacht club program
August 3, 2017 - Detroit Free Press

With a bandana wrapped around his head to soak up sweat and his shirt off to  soak up the sun, 14-year-old Abdullah Bayi had no place he would rather be than out on the glistening Detroit River, steering his sailboat and enjoying some of his three favorite things: waves, wind and water. Abdullah is among more than a dozen students from University Preparatory charter schools who are participating in the annual Junior Sailing Program for Detroit Youth this week. University Prep has been in partnership with the Detroit Yacht Club for four years. In 2013, an anonymous donation of $250,000 was made to the Junior Sailing Program to allow for University Prep students to partner with the Detroit Yacht Club  through 2018. For more of this article, click on the title above.


DNR to host open house Aug. 17 on proposed Torch Lake west boating access site
August 1, 2017 - MDNR

Attention Northern Michigan Sailors - This is an opportunity to let your voices be heard on what sailors would like to see in an access site!

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold a public open house Thursday, Aug. 17, to review a recent study and preliminary concepts for a proposed boating access site on the west side of Torch Lake (Antrim County). The open house will take place 5 to 8 p.m. at the Torch Lake Township Hall, 2355 N. U.S. 31, in Kewadin.

At the open house, DNR staff will be on hand to talk one-on-one with the public about the recent study, review potential concepts, answer questions and gather public input for the proposed boating access site. People are welcome to attend at any time during the three-hour open forum.

This study was funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund. The restricted fund, which is derived from boat registration fees and the Michigan marine fuel tax, helps fund the construction, operation and maintenance of public recreational boating facilities.

For more information on this project, contact Tom Copenhaver at 231-582-7523 or For more information on the state waterways program, contact Jordan Byelich at 517-284-6087 or


More than 80 boats drop out of Race to Mackinac
July 17, 2017 -

More than 80 boats have dropped out of the 109th annual Race to Mackinac. Chicago Yacht Club organizers say since Friday, around 85 boats have unofficially withdrawn from the race. The highest number to retire from the race was in 1970, where 88 out of 167 boats retired that year. Organizers say there were nearly 300 boats registered for this year's Race to Mackinac. Organizers say many boats in the race are barely moving due to little to no wind out on Lake Michigan. Sailors had the opposite problem Saturday and Sunday when they experienced high winds and waves. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Mackinac race will see changes in sailboat rating system
July 17, 2017 - The Times Herald

The casual fan and the person watching the start of the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island sailboat race on July 22 probably won't notice any difference from any other year's race: Lots of tacking and maneuvering as skippers try to steal the wind from each other's sails and gain those precious few seconds that could make the difference between first and second after more than 200 miles of racing. But there will be differences, said Tricia Smotherman, Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race chairwoman. "We have changed the rating system on the Shore Course," she said. "It’s a performance handicap system. The one we went with is called ORR-EZ." She said the Bayview Yacht Club, which puts on the race, last year used the Offshore Racing Rule rating system on the Cove Island course. For more of this article, click on the title above.


5 rescued when boats flip during Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
July 16, 2017 - Chicago Sun-Times

Five people had to be rescued early Sunday after two sailboats capsized separately off the coast of Wisconsin during the Chicago Yacht Club’s 109th annual Race to Mackinac. About midnight, a racer fell overboard about 40 miles east of Port Washington and was in the water for more than an hour before another competing sailboat pulled up to rescue them, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The person who fell in, who was wearing a life jacket and a personal locator beacon, was in good condition, authorities said. Just after 1 a.m., shifting 35 mph winds caused another sailboat with four people aboard — just two with life jackets — to flip over about 30 miles east of Fox Point. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Quantum Sails Acquires Hood Sailmakers
July 10, 2017 - Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Traverse City, MI (July 10, 2017) – Quantum Sails today announced that it has completed an agreement with Hood Sailmakers in Newport, RI to acquire the company’s sailmaking rights and manufacturing assets.The acquisition, which includes occupancy of Hood’s world headquarters in RI, will increase Quantum’s global sailmaking capacity and provide a new home base for Quantum’s sales and service operations in the northeastern region of the US. This acquisition provides much needed capacity for our growing share of the Grand Prix racing market,” said Ed Reynolds, President of Quantum Sails, who cites the TP52s, C&C 30s, RC44s and other offshore classes as areas of strong growth for the company. Quantum is also gaining share in the big boat market, explained Reynolds, which will also benefit from the location and capabilities of the larger facility. For more of this article, click on the link above.


A different summer camp: Sail aboard the Appledore V
June 10, 2017 - Midland Daily News

Students will gain a number of important skills during BaySail’s Windward Bound sail training program aboard the schooner Appledore V. Lessons include the value of working in a team, The importance of respecting authority, how rewarding it is to be responsible and how empowering it is to be self-sufficient. BaySail is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Windward Bound season which includes seven separate voyages spanning four Great Lakes and two countries. The program is open to people between the ages of 14 and 18. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Millennials lift sails for Mackinac Race fervor
June 7, 2017 - Detroit News

The resurgence in young people living in downtown Detroit has produced an interesting dynamic — people wanting to learn to sail, and becoming interested in the sport. That was one of the topics talked about Wednesday during Media Day for the 93rd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race that starts July 22. A total of 214 boats are registered — there could be as many 225, with some 2,500 sailors expected— in what is considered one of the world’s premier sailing races. And a staple of summer in Michigan, where sailing has always been big — and getting bigger. With the resurgence of Detroit, we’re seeing a lot of younger people coming downtown and deciding to establish residence and they’re looking for things to do,” said Hans Brieden, Bayview Yacht Club Commodore. “We had a huge Learn to Sail class, one our biggest ever, by simply putting the word out. We’re getting people on the water with junior sailing and adult sailing, a span of ages.” For more of this article, click on the title above.


When All The Pieces Fit Together
April 19, 2017 - Scuttlebutt Sailing News

For seven years, Bell’s Beer Brewery, headquartered in Comstock, Michigan, has been the presenting sponsor for the Bayview Yacht Club’s (Detroit, MI) annual race to Mackinac Island. As might be expected, Bell’s Beer makes its presence known through inclusion of its name and logo in the event’s title and on bow stickers, billowing flags, and backdrops for giant music stages while providing its much-loved product to race participants. But there also is a layer beneath all this that makes “something more” of the partnership between consumer product and much-loved distance race. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Embraces Premiere Sailing League Concept
March 20, 2017 - Media Pro International

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, MICHIGAN (March 20, 2017) – For this summer, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Michigan has organized a series of three stadium-style regattas – scheduled May 20, June 23 and September 16 – and will host the Premiere Sailing League USA’s Freshwater Cup/Great Lakes Challenge on August 12. All four competitions will be sailed in one-design J/70s, with the May 20 event promising “adrenalin-fueled action” at the club’s Great Lakes Boating Festival. “The May event, like the others, is free, open to the public, and designed to capitalize on fast-paced sailing in close quarters that is thrilling for both competitors and spectators,” said Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Sailing Director Wally Cross, explaining that in a timeframe of four hours, 18 races will be sailed.  Each race will have four legs and last between two and three minutes. Skippers and crews “sail nine, watch nine,” giving them an opportunity to interact with the shore-side crowds. “It’s based on the concept introduced by Premier Sailing League USA and tested with great success last Fall here at this club. Because of the fun factor, word has already spread and people are excited to get involved.”

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Makes it EZ to Love ORR
February 27, 2017 - Bayview Yacht Club

It has been called the world’s most challenging freshwater race; however, the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race is making it easy for competitors to try something new at the event’s 93rd edition scheduled for July 22, 2017. Teams sailing the Shore Course of 204 nm will no longer sail under the PHRF rule, as in the past, but instead will sail under the new ORR-EZ rule, the “little brother” of ORR used on the race’s longer Cove Island Course of 259 nm. “ORR-EZ is, in effect, a kinder, gentler ORR rating, and we believe that it’s the proper rating system for our smaller boats that sail the Shore course,” said Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Chair Tricia Smotherman, who also is a member of the Mackinac Race Authority, charged with not only running the race but also protecting its viability for the future.  For more of this article, click on the title above.

Amway president's international win is victory for Michigan sailmaker
January 27, 2017 - Grand Rapids News

Most know Doug DeVos as the president of Amway, the $9.5 billion family-owned direct sales giant. But he's also a champion in the elite world of professional sailing. DeVos, 52, skippered his sailboat Quantum Racing to a victory at Quantum Key West Race Week, a series of 10 races over five days that draw the sport's best sailors. It's a win being savored by Quantum Sails, one of the biggest makers of sails for racing, cruising, one design, multihulls and super yachts. DeVos money has been the wind behind the sails of this Northern Michigan company, growing the operation to more than 60 dealerships around the globe. For more of this article, click on the link above.


Michigan sailing teams compete in Storm Trysail Foundation regatta
October 12, 2016 - Storm Trysail Foundation

Sailing teams from University of Michigan, Michigan Tech, Grand Valley State and Michigan State, competed in offshore racing this past weekend sponsored by the Storm Trysail Foundation. Although the midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy were the overall winner, University of Michigan won their division (IRC) in the J/133 "Antidote". Michigan Tech and Grand Valley placed 3rd and 4th in the same division (separated by only 1 point). This annual regatta featured 420 collegiate sailors from the U.S. and Canada sailing in 45 owner-coached keelboats. For more information, click on the title above.

Viking longboat, Spanish galleon now sailing through the Great Lakes
July 10, 2016 -

They are truly a sight to behold. In June, a modern original Viking longboat and a 170-foot Spanish Galleon replica entered the Gulf of St. Lawrence en route to a summer of sailing on the five Great Lakes. Along the way, American and Canadian onlookers on both sides of the international border thronged the St. Lawrence River and Welland Canal to watch the throwback sailing vessels glide over freshwaters touching the unique hulls for the very first time.  For more of this article click on the title above.

DNR to reopen Union Bay boating access site at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
June 28, 2016 - MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the parking lot and ramp at the Union Bay boating access site at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will reopen Friday, July 1. The access site and lot had been closed since October for boating access replacement work. The boat launch is located off county road 107 in the northeast corner of the 59,000-acre park – Michigan’s largest. Among the improvements with the new access site, the ramp was widened and mechanical dredging of rocks from the launch out to deep water has created easier access at the site. For more of this article, click on the link above.


Teen sailors return home to Michigan after month-long journey
June 6, 2016 -

After sailing 2,200 nautical miles for about five weeks aboard the Appledore V, a group of teens have made it home safely. The inaugural Sea Scholar program, put on by BaySail, a Bay City-based nonprofit, wrapped up Saturday, June 4, when the 65-foot schooner sailed into Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City. Four teens — two from Bay City Western High School, one from Bullock Creek High School and one from Houghton High School — spent more than a month at sea, sailing from the Florida Keys north to Bay City. For more of this article, click on the title above.


Fog, History and Moose Sightings on Lake Superior
April 25, 2016 -

We knew it was out there somewhere. We had seen pictures of it, it was on our chart and there was a yellow dot on our radar. We just needed to see it with our own eyes. But nothing appeared in the fog. The “it” was Rock of Ages lighthouse, the 130ft tower that marks the western entrance to Isle Royale on Lake Superior. The tower sits in the middle of a minefield of shoals that over the years have claimed at least three lake freighters, some of which still have crewmembers inside. The seas were big, the wind was contrary and we were tired—we did not want to join them. For more of this article, click on the title above

WindRider International Moves Manufacturing to Flint, Michigan
March 3, 2016 - Windrider

WindRider International relocated its Minnesota manufacturing to newly acquired Nickels Boat Works in Flint, Michigan effective March 1, 2016, but will keep its corporate office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Nickels Boat Works is the new manufacturing division of WindRider, an e-commerce business for the sailing community that sells sailboats, parts and accessories.  The company will grow with additional products and services, adding new jobs in Flint.   


Nickels Boat Works has 33 years of quality boat manufacturing producing well known classic sailboats including Lightning, Mutineeer, Buccaneer, JY15 and Rebel. Nickels will also manufacture WindRider trimaran models WR17, WR16 and WRTango.  WindRider will continue to act as the U.S. distributor for five models of Astus sailing trimarans.  With 13 models of sailboats, including monohull and multihulls, Nickels Boat Works has the broadest range of small sailboats in the industry. Fulfillment of parts and accessories for all sailboat models will also take place at the manufacturing facility at 1871 Tower Street, Flint, MI.

Seasonal boat slips available at Lexington State Harbor
February 2, 2016 - MDNR

Boaters are encouraged to prepare for the upcoming boating season by reserving slips today. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports Lexington State Harbor in Sanilac County is reintroducing 10 seasonal slips this season for boats measuring at least 45 feet in length. “We are going to offer six 45-foot slips and four 60-foot slips for the 2016 season,” said Mark Sine, park supervisor for Lexington State Harbor. “Seasonal slips for boats smaller than 45 feet will be referred to the local commercial marina.” Once these 10 seasonal slips are filled, additional interested boaters will be added to Lexington State Harbor's waiting list. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Merger of WindRider International and Nickels Boat Works
December 31, 2015 -

WindRider International has merged with Nickels Boat Works to provide a more comprehensive product and service lineup to the sailing community.  Nickels Boat Works, with a 60-plus year history of quality boat building, is the manufacturing division for WindRider and will now build eight models of sailboats, plus import five models of sailing trimarans from Astus in France. WindRider distributes sailboat parts and accessories and is the exclusive supplier of Nickels Boat Works parts, including parts for Lightning, JY15, Buccaneer, Mutineer and Rebel.


Nickels Boat Works is a world-renowned builder of one-design sailboats and other fiberglass products.  It is the prime supplier of the 19 foot Lightning, whose class has over 15,000 boats built since its introduction, and also builds the JY15, Buccaneer, Rebel and Mutineer.  Innovations at Nickels Boat Works include approved class refinements in hull shape and refined deck layouts resulting in World, Pan American and North American victories.  WindRider trimaran models include the WR17, WR16, WRTango; plus Astus trimaran models 16.5, 18.2, 20.2, 22 and 24.


About WindRider:  WindRider encourages people to Go Sail™ by providing products and online information resources that simplify the sailing experience for sailors in all stages of life. From accessible, fun sailboats and accessories to their communities of sailors interacting on-line and on-water, WindRider has everything you need to Go Sail™.  Visit for more information.

Sailing World's Collegiate Conference Rankings, Fall 2015
December 18, 2015 - Sailing World

Sailing World’s College Rankings, presented by Gill and Sailors for the Sea, are determined by an open coaches poll. For more information on the poll, or on how your team’s coach can become a part of it, visit This is the sixth and final national ranking for the Fall 2015 season, based on results through December 16th. For the full article, please click on the title above.

Michigan sailing legends Meade and Jan Gougeon being inducted into national hall of fame
October 1, 2015 -

Over the years, the boathouse behind Gougeon Bros. Inc. has turned into a museum dedicated to Bay City's sailing legends. And this weekend, Meade Gougeon, one of the founding brothers of the boatbuilding and marine epoxy company, is bringing home another plaque to hang on the wall. Meade and the late Jan Gougeon, best known for their pioneering work in the use of epoxies for boat construction and repair, but also for their numerous North American and world sailing titles and record setting races, are being inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 4, in Bay Head, New Jersey. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Bay County sailing pioneer Meade Gougeon created a culture of giving back
September 27, 2015 -

Meade Gougeon remembers the conversation he had with his wife Janet after deciding to embark on a boat building business in the late 1960s. "I told her, 'We're going to be poor for a little bit, maybe two, maybe three years,' " he said. "It ended up being five years, and even then, we had a lot of work to do." Capital was precious. Any revenue was invested back into the company, but Gougeon, who ultimately built a business that became the only worldwide distributor of marine epoxy, understood the importance of giving back to the community. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Detroit Cup: Gilmour wins in sudden death final
August 30, 2015 - Sailing Scuttlebutt

In a fourth and final day of challenging wind conditions on the Detroit River, the world number 8th-ranked team who led the 2015 Detroit Cup from the start also managed to see it through to the finsh and win in a sudden death, one-match Final. In light and shifty conditions, at the edge of time limit for concluding the event, Sam Gilmour and his Neptune Racing Team of Adam Negri and Christopher Smith defeated another team from Perth, Austrailia - Matt Jerwood and his Redline Racing team - to win the event in an all-Aussie Final. For more of this article, click on the title above.

2 men rescued from sinking sailboat in Lake Huron
August 26, 2015 -

Two men were rescued from a sinking sailboat in northern Lake Huron by the U.S. Coast Guard during rough weather. The rescue occurred about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26. One of the men was airlifted to the hospital in Alpena with chest pains. His name, age and and condition were not released. The Coast Guard said he had a history of heart problems. The 42-foot sailboat was reported sinking about 9 a.m., roughly 18 miles east of Alpena. A helicopter from Traverse City and response boats from Alpena and St. Ignace were dispatched. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Monroe grad leads Toledo sailing team to world stage
August 13, 2015 - Monroe News

When Colin Mackay started his freshman year at the University of Toledo, the Rockets’ sailing team was nearly obsolete. Mackay grew up on the waters of Lake Erie. He and his brother, Ian, started working on their sea legs long before they could walk, and Mackay entered his first regatta when he was 8-years-old. At Monroe High, Mackay played soccer and kicked for the football team while spending his weekends racing down the coast of southeast Michigan.But at Toledo, only four other students shared his passion enough to join the sailing team. “The sailing team had kind of died down,” Mackay said. “But as soon as I got there, a group of friends and I jumped it up and made some big things happen.” For more of this article, click on the title above.

Fast Finish for Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race: Il Mostro sets new course record for Monohulls
July 22, 2015 - BYM News

More than 5,000 people gathered on the grounds of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel today to celebrate the fast finish of Bayview Yacht Club’s Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, which started Saturday, July 18, from Port Huron. Out of 250 registered boats, 244 actually started, and seven boats did not finish, making the total count for boats completing the race 237. According to Chairman Peter Wenzler, who sailed aboard Bill Alcott’s (St. Claire Shores, Mich.) 65 footer Equation, a “white squall” hit the fleet shortly after the start, making a whole lot of wind out of what started as a light downwind breeze. While some spinnakers became streamers at the tops of masts, others were locked and loaded or temporarily switched out for easier-to-handle headsails before the wind calmed and then elevated again to a more sustainable and “for the most part wonderful” 22 knots over flat, waveless water. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Largest field in 15 years sets sail for Mackinac
July 17, 2015 - The Macomb Daily

Macomb County sailors will be among those at the helm of crafts as the 91st consecutive Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race sets sail Saturday morning. The first boats are scheduled to pull out at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on southern Lake Huron, just north of the Blue Water Bridge. The race, sponsored by Bell’s Beer, has 262 boats registered to take to the water, the largest field since 2000, according to the Bayview Yacht Club. One reason for the larger number of boats is a new rule lowering the minimum required boat length from 27 feet to 24 feet. For more of this article, click on the title above.

High lake levels vex docking for Mackinac sailboat race
July 16, 2015 - The Detroit News

Two years ago, large sailboats with deep keels in the annual Mackinac sailing races were moved from the state harbor to the old island coal docks because of low water conditions. How things have changed. As sailors get ready to shove off for this weekend's annual Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island, sailboat race committee officials issued a warning that some docking facilities may not be available on the island because of higher water levels. The floating dock, which was installed to help sailors safely exit their boats during low water levels, is now awash with water, making it slippery and treacherous to traverse. Wooden pallets have been stacked on the structure at the old island coal docks to let sailors access their boats. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Competitors wrap up Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race
July 14, 2015 - Detroit Free Press

Competitors are wrapping up the annual sailboat race from Chicago’s Navy Pier to Mackinac Island. By Monday night, nearly all of the about 300 starters finished the race. Results posted on the Chicago Yacht Club’s website say Windquest was the first across the finish line at 1:11 a.m. EDT Monday, followed seven minutes later by Il Mostro. Windquest is owned by Amway heirs Dick and Doug DeVos and took about 36 hours to reach the island. A few of the about 300 starters finished early today. The 333-mile race on Lake Michigan began with separate starts Friday and Saturday. For more of this article, click on the title above.

1st Boats Reach Finish Of Chicago To Mackinac Sailboat Race
July 13, 2015 - CBS Detroit

The first boats have finished the annual sailboat race from Chicago’s Navy Pier to northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island. Results posted on the Chicago Yacht Club’s website say Windquest, owned by Dick and Doug DeVos, was the first across the finish line early Monday followed a few minutes later by Il Mostro. The boats in the racing division took nearly 36 hours to reach the island. For more of the article, click on the title above.

Bayview Mackinac: As Good As It Gets
July 13, 2015 - Scuttlebutt Sailing News

When it comes to sailboat races, there is no other in the U.S. that is more personality-packed than the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, which starts Saturday, July 18 (first class at 11:30). To begin with, 250 teams are entered; that’s a number many race organizers would die to show on their rosters, yet it’s one that doesn’t surprise host Bayview Yacht Club as the event grows in popularity. Additionally, the teams get to sail either a 259 nm Cove Island Course (for faster, bigger boats) or a 204 nm Shore Course (for all others) over fresh water from lower Lake Huron to a finish on Michigan’s magical horse-and-carriage island of Mackinac. - For more of this story, click on the title above.

MSU Sailing Center breaks ground on new structures
July 6, 2015 - MSUToday

After two decades, the Michigan State University Sailing Center is getting brand new facilities. MSU Trustee Brian Breslin helped secure new structures, which include classrooms, offices, storage, bathroom facilities and heat. “This will help greatly with our educational and recreational programs during colder months, as well as improvements we needed to accommodate everyone,” said Rick McNeil, MSU Recreational Sports and Fitness director. Everyone is familiar with the Sailing Center that was erected in 1973, but the original Sailing Center was built by the MSU Sailing Club in the 1940s. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Coast Guard rescues woman after sailboat runs aground in Chicago to Mackinac race
June 23, 2015 -

A 65-year-old Richland woman was rescued by the Coast Guard after her sailboat ran aground Tuesday morning in the Straits of Mackinac. The woman was participating in a solo sailing challenge from Chicago to Mackinac Island when her 35-foot vessel ran aground near Round Island in Mackinac County, Coast Guard officials said. She used a marine radio to call for help about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, and was eventually airlifted from the sailboat after two unsuccessful rescue attempts. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Lake Huron water rises 5 feet rapidly, making boat owners nervous
May 31, 2015 -

The strong north-northeast winds Saturday night caused the Saginaw Bay to rise rapidly. An estimated 5-foot water level rise made boat owners at the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club nervous. Upon waking Sunday morning, some members of the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club were shocked to see their docks underwater and lines to their boats stretched tight as possible. Overnight the strong northeast wind shoved Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay water up the Saginaw River and caused the water to rise significantly. The official water level gauge in Essexville, near Bay City, recorded a 30-inch rise in water in 30 hours. For more of this article, click on the title above.

You can race an America's Cup yacht on Lake Michigan
May 22, 2015 - Crains Chicago Business

This summer, you can race an America's Cup yacht on Lake Michigan out of 31st Street Harbor. Chicagoans Paul Schulz and Ryan Weber have acquired the Stars and Stripes, owned by celebrated sailor Dennis Conner during the 1995 Cup campaign, and the Abracadabra, which, with sponsorship from the Waikiki (Hawaii) Yacht Club, vanquished Conner's entry in the preliminaries leading up to the 2000 Cup in Auckland. The boats had been reposing for years in comfortable semi-retirement in San Diego, where they were available for charter by Cup wannabes. Schulz and Weber, with backing from a disparate investment group that includes Connie's Pizza and Chicago-based CH Distilleries (they won't say what they paid for the boats, but a good guess is around $1 million for both), recently moved them to the 31st Street Harbor in Chicago, where their newly formed company, Next Level, will be promoting them for charter. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association hosts annual Wine, Ale and Cheese Tasting event April 11
April 6, 2015 -

Come good weather, adults and children hit the river to learn how to sail from members of the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association. To keep those lessons affordable to all, this group of sailors hosts its sixth annual Wine, Ale & Cheese Tasting and Charity Auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Studio 23/The Arts Center, 901 N. Water St. in downtown Bay City. Tickets, available from SBCSA members or online at, are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. "The money is used to keep the cost of sailing lessons down," said Brian Donaldson, president of the group. "Our main goal is to get kids in the water and teach them how to sail." For more of this article, click on the title above.

Bayview Yacht Club 100-Year Milestone
March 26, 2015 - Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Ten years after it was founded in Detroit, Michigan, the Bayview Yacht Club held its first Bayview Mackinac Race with only 12 canvas-sailed wooden boats competing. The year was 1925, and much of the fleet never made it to the finish line off Mackinac Island. But not to worry, as the club persisted in nurturing this Great Lakes distance race into the extraordinary destination sailing experience it is today, with hundreds of boats and thousands of competitors from the Midwest and beyond converging on Lake Huron for the start and celebrating their finish, more than 200 miles later, in the grandest of style on Mackinac Island. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Arrival of Spring closes iceboating season
March 24, 2015 - Scuttlebutt Sailing News

In the sport of iceboating the always-present variables of ice conditions, temperature, launch sites and impending snow, all factor in to determine how your season progresses or digresses. We mortals have little control over most of the aforementioned situations. However, one mitigating factor we do have is four wheels and a tank of gas. That’s right, a truck or car is the great compensator for any trick Mother Nature throws in our direction. Welcome to the 2015 International Skeeter Association (ISA) Championship, where the caravan headed to Little Bay de Noc, Gladstone, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on March 20-22. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Boat launch and beach on Cass Lake to close for renovation
February 25, 2015 - Oakland Press

Boaters on a popular Oakland County Lake will have to plan more carefully this summer when they want to put their boats in the water and remove them. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced this week it will be closing the beach and boat launch at Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford Township for a mid-summer construction project. The park features the only public access point for Cass Lake, which is in dire need of repair, according to state officials. Various upgrades are planned as part of a $2.5 million project, which will force the closure of the boat launch from July 20 through Labor Day. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Marker to honor history of Mackinac race
February 24, 2015 - The Times Herald

The Michigan Historical Commission has approved a marker honoring the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island sailboat race. "Three years have come to fruition," said Jeff Henderson, a Clarkston resident and past commodore of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. "I started this when I was acting commodore back in 2012 and it finally has come to light. "I think so highly of the race and the importance of the race, I felt it was important it get the respect it deserves." For more of this article, click on the title above.

Great Lakes ice growing faster than even last year's frigid winter
February 18, 2015 -

The recent arctic blasts have caused the ice cover on the Great Lakes to increase rapidly. As of Tuesday, Feb. 17, the amount of ice on the Great Lakes is more than the same date last year. The total ice cover on the Great Lakes is now rated at 82.3 percent as of Tuesday. On the same date last year, the Great Lakes had 81.6 percent total ice cover. The Great Lakes ice cover has grown over 5 percent in the past 24 hours. That's about 4,750 square miles of ice overnight. At that pace of ice growth, the Great Lakes would be almost totally iced over in the next four days. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Grand Traverse Bay Officially Frozen - Feb. 16, 2015
February 16, 2015 - The Watershed Center
Grand Traverse Bay is officially frozen today, according to The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. The Bay is considered frozen when it freezes up to Power Island for at least 24 hours. Last year the Bay was declared frozen on February 3 and stayed frozen for 80 days. The last time ice was in that long was 1926. For more of this article, click on the title above.


GP Yacht Club, Detroit church on historic places list
February 12, 2015 - Detroit News

The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and a Detroit church, Spiritual Israel and Its Army Temple, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The two buildings are among 10 Michigan sites added to the list, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office announced Wednesday. Michigan has more than 1,600 sites on the national list which recognizes places that are worth preservation. "We're certainly delighted and honored to be designated," said Kevin Granger, commodore of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. "Our club has been around for a long time. We want to maintain it for everyone." For more of this article, click on the title above.

DNR announces improvements planned for Torch River boating access site
February 11, 2015 - MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced upcoming improvements to the Torch River boating access site on Aarwood Trail in Clearwater Township (Kalkaska County). The DNR will add approximately 15 vehicle/trailer parking spaces, as well as other traffic-control measures to improve visitor access to the site and help with the site's high user demand. The two-phase project is planned for spring 2015. Phase-one work to clear trees for the additional parking is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 17. The site will remain open to the public during this first phase. Information on the second phase, including the start date, estimated time of closure and alternative area launch sites, will be announced in early spring. For more of this article, click on the title above.

J/88s Planning Assault on Chicago-Mac Race
February 9, 2015 - Jboatnews

Chicago, Illinois)- Rich Stearns, from Stearns Boating in Chicago, is inviting all J/88 sailors to join them for the 107th running of the Chicago to Mackinac Island race, starting on July 11th.  Then, afterwards do a short cruise to the spectacular North Channel/ Georgian Bay (simply imagine cruising “Downeast” Maine, but in crystal clear Caribbean-blue fresh water!) and/or sail in the equally fabulous Harbor Springs Regatta on Little Traverse Bay from July 24th to 28th. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Bell's Beer 91st Consecutive Bayview Mackinac Race - Changes Promise an Enhanced Racing Experience
January 25, 2015 - Bay View Yacht Club

Significant changes have been made to the 91st 2015 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race in order to enhance the race experience, and by the looks of it, sailors are embracing them wholeheartedly.  With registration having opened a month earlier than last year, more than 85 teams have entered. The event, which last year accommodated 226 boats, starts Saturday, July 18 on Lake Huron and is hosted by Bayview Yacht Club, which notably celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Free boating safety course offered at Detroit Boat Show Feb. 21
January 14, 2015 - MDNR

The Detroit Boat Show is partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Officers and the Oakland County Marine Division to offer a free boating safety class at Cobo Center during the Detroit Boat Show. Those who finish the class will get one free ticket to the show. Boaters young and old are invited to learn the rules of the water and other helpful safety tips for boating during a free six-hour seminar held Saturday, February 21st. For more of this article, click on the title above.

SailMichigan Midwest College Sailing Fall 2014 Rankings
December 7, 2014 -

As is consistent with previous years, collegiate performance can be seen as stratifying into tiers. Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota consistently appear in the highest tier and generally represent the most competitive programs. Wisconsin, in particular, occasionally shows up in the Sailing World national rankings. In this particular season, Michigan Tech, Western Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern are appearing in tier 2. Ohio State and University of Illinois - Chicago cluster together with the remaining programs filling out the list. Of note, Hope College is demonstrating good effort clustering well among much larger schools. For more of this article and the rankings, click on the title above.

Christmas Schooner play a family-friendly tale for holidays
November 27, 2014 - Lapeer Area View

Celebrate the holidays by taking a return voyage aboard the Christmas Schooner. Lapeer Community Theatre presents The Christmas Schooner, a family-friendly play with performances Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-13 at the PIX Theatre. The whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family from Michigan who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This is a critically acclaimed musical featuring a warm, powerful and moving story with an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites. This modern telling of an old tradition will fill you with the spirit of the Holiday and should be shared with the entire family. For more of this story, click on the title above.

Norton Shores officials to explore Mona Lake boat launch project, grant funding
November 3, 2014 -

The negatives may outweigh the positives, but some Norton Shores officials say exploring the feasibility of building a boat launch on Mona Lake is worth the effort. During the city council's October vacheron constantin replica ulysse nardin dual time replica replica chopard patek philippe nautilus replica replica patek philippe moonphase hublot big bang skeleton replica audemars piguet royal oak replica omega racing replica montblanc replica watches replica emporio armani watches roger dubuis excalibur replica blancpain le brassus replica work session on Tuesday, Oct. 28, officials agreed to have staff simultaneously research grant funding and move forward with a wetland study for a potential boat launch project in Ross Park. For more of this article, click on the title above.

Badgers edge Wolverines after protest in Big 10 Team Race
October 25, 2014 -

6 Schools and a total of 8 teams arrived at Base Line Lake in Dexter, MI for the Big Ten Team Race. Winds were from the west at 10-15 knots with puffs over 25. Racing started just after 10 and a full round robin was completed on Saturday. Towards the end of the day the breeze picked up making racing very exciting. For the full store, and scores, click on the title above.  

MSU Spartans sail to first place in MCSA Sloop Championship
September 21, 2014 -

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. 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.

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.jordan pas cher , sac louis vuitton pas cher , sac louis vuitton soldes , louboutin soldes , nike air max one pas cher , louboutin soldes , louboutin pas cher  

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 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.

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 -

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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  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 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 -

The race committee headed by Tom 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 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.longchamp pas cher , air jordan pas cher , longchamp pliage pas cher , louboutin soldes , nike air max one pas cher , chaussure louboutin pas cher , borse louis vuitton

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

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.

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

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 -

The mid-morning lake water off 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 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.

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

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.

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 -

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 For more of this article click on the title above.

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

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 free run , christian louboutin pas cher , sac longchamp pas cher , sac louis vuitton soldes , sac louis vuitton pas cher , air jordan pas cher , air max femme pas cher

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 -

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 requin pas cher , air jordan pas cher , sac longchamp pas cher , nike air jordan pas cher , jordan 5 retro pas cher , sac à main longchamp pas cher , louboutin soldes  

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

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.borse louis vuitton , chaussure louboutin pas cher , nike blazer pas cher , air max 90 pas cher , sac à main longchamp pliage pas cher , louis vuitton soldes ,

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.chaussure louboutin soldes , nike free pas cher , sac à main louis vuitton pas cher , sac louis vuitton pas cher , longchamp pas cher , jordan pas cher , jordan pas cher

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Bayview Mackinac Race turns 90
January 30, 2014 -

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: For more of this article, click on the title air max , louboutin pas cher , louboutin pas cher , borse louis vuitton , nike air force one pas cher , longchamp soldes , jordan 8 retro pas cher  

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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.air jordan 4 pas cher , christian louboutin pas cher , christian louboutin soldes , sac louis vuitton pas cher , nike air max 90 pas cher , sac à main longchamp pas cher , longchamp pas cher  

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.air max homme pas cher , sac longchamp pliage soldes , sac longchamp soldes , jordan pas cher , jordan 5 retro pas cher , jordan pas cher , nike air max one pas cher

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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 -

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. scarpe nike , louis vuitton borse , sac longchamp pas cher , nike air max 1 pas cher , sac à main louis vuitton soldes , sac à main longchamp pliage pas cher ,

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

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 abovechristian louboutin soldes , air max homme pas cher , longchamp soldes , louis vuitton borse , sac à main longchamp soldes , nike air force , sac longchamp pas cher

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.jordan pas cher , air jordan 4 pas cher , air jordan pas cher , nike air max one pas cher , air max 1 pas cher , sac louis vuitton pas cher , jordan 8 retro pas cher


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.sac louis vuitton pas cher , longchamp pas cher , air jordan 6 retro pas cher , louboutin pas cher , borse louis vuitton , louis vuitton soldes , nike tn requin pas cher

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.sac louis vuitton pas cher , louboutin pas cher , air jordan pas cher , louboutin femme pas cher , louboutin pas cher , longchamp pliage soldes ,

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

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. jordan 8 retro pas cher , nike free run , louis vuitton borse , louis vuitton borse , louboutin pas cher , sac longchamp pas cher , longchamp pas cher

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.air max femme pas cher , sac louis vuitton pas cher , sac louis vuitton pas cher , louboutin pas cher , sac à main longchamp pliage pas cher , louboutin soldes , air jordan pas cher  


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. chaussure louboutin pas cher , air max one pas cher , air max 90 pas cher , chaussure louboutin soldes , longchamp pas cher , louis vuitton soldes , air jordan 4 pas cher

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.jordan pas cher , jordan pas cher , air max 1 pas cher , jordan 5 retro pas cher , sac louis vuitton soldes , sac à main louis vuitton soldes , sac longchamp pliage soldes

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