Great Lakes Singlehanded Society perpetuates the sport of solo sailing on the Great Lakes. According to the Society, “It is one of the few organizations where no amount of money will purchase a membership – only by successfully completing a Port Huron to Mackinac, Chicago to Mackinac, Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth, the Lake Erie Solo Challenge, or the Lake Ontario 300 Solo Challenge is lifetime membership conveyed by the Society.
On Saturday, 17 August 2019, the Lake Erie Solo Challenge places sixteen sailors on the starting line at 10am. The challenge begins off North Cape Yacht Club near Monroe, Michigan, and the fleet proceeds past Pelee Island, Ontario, eastward to a rounding of the Seneca Shoal Light near Buffalo, New York. Then, on to the finish off Presque Isle Harbor at Erie, Pennsylvania.
Russell Krock, from Granville, Ohio, a frequent visitor to the Put-in-Bay Mooring Field aboard a Shock 35, is among the devoted competitors. Russ kindly provides the following links for anyone interested in following the race: