Lake Erie Solo Challenge Begins Saturday

Shock&All departs Put-in-Bay for Toledo on 14 August 2020.

Lake Erie Solo Challenge, sponsored by the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society, begins on Saturday, 15 August 2020.  Seasoned sailor Russ Krock, a frequent visitor to Put-in-Bay, races aboard Schock&All.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society describes the competition this way:

“The course will start approximately .7 nautical miles outside of the harbor at North Cape Yacht Club/Toledo Beach Marina. It then proceeds approximately forty nautical miles eastbound thru Pelee Passage, leaving Pelee Island, Ontario to starboard, thence approximately one hundred sixty eight nautical miles to Seneca Shoal Light (approximately 42o47.5’ / 78o56.0’), R”2”, Fl R4s, near Buffalo, NY.  After rounding the buoy, leaving it to starboard, the course proceeds southwesterly approximately sixty three nautical miles to the finish mark (approximately 42o09.9/ 80o03.2), R”2”, Fl R4s, just outside the harbor at Presque Isle Harbor. The course distance is rated at 271 nautical miles (312 statute miles).  The Great Lakes Single-handed Society stresses that the spirit of the Challenge is to complete a safe and seamanlike passage. The fact that a race event is being held does not condone unseamanlike conduct in fog, traffic or conditions of fatigue.”

Vessel race-tracking is available HERE!



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USCG Cutter Hollyhock Overnights at Put-in-Bay

USCGCGC HOLLYHOCK (WLB-214), named after a previous Coast Guard cutter which served the United States from 1937 through 1982, docked at Put-in-Bay on the night of 23 June 2020.  Primary missions are aids to navigation, search and rescue, environmental protection, and domestic ice-breaking.

USCG Hollyhock 220, Trumbo Point during Mariel Boatlift in 1980. Photo by Raymond L. Blazevic

The original HOLLYHOCK was launched at Defoe Boat and Motorworks in Bay City, Michigan. The vessel was initially commissioned as part of the fleet operated by the U.S. Lighthouse Service. When this government agency became part of the Coast Guard in 1939, HOLLYHOCK provided 43 additional years of distinguished service before it was decommissioned from the Coast Guard’s fleet on Mar 31, 1982.

HOLLYHOCK (WLB-214) at Fox’s Dock, Put-in-Bay

The new, 225′ HOLLYHOCK was built in 2003 and replaced the CGC BRAMBLE (WAGL-392). It is the 14th Seagoing Buoy Tender built for the Coast Guard by Marinette Marine Corporation in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.