Erie Solo Challenge Starts Saturday

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.

Singlehanded sail Lake Erie

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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:

Boaters Prepare!

Lakeshore Flood Warning

Lakeshore Hazard Message
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
347 AM EDT Sun Jul 7 2019



* LOCATIONS...Lucas, Ottawa, Erie and Sandusky.

* TIMING...Until 5 AM EDT Monday.

* LAKESHORE FLOODING...As of 3 AM, the water level at Toledo and
  Marblehead was 68 inches above low water datum. The combination
  of record high lake levels and a brief period of moderate
  northeast winds may result in greater wave action and lakeshore
  flooding along the western basin of Lake Erie today and tonight.
  The water level is expected to climb through the morning,
  peaking during the afternoon around 76 inches at Toledo and 72
  inches at Marblehead. High swimming risk from waves and
  dangerous currents for area beaches.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...Flooding is expected along the immediate
  lakeshore. Beach and shoreline erosion is also possible.
  Rising water levels in marinas and waterways into the lake may
  also submerge docks and shoreline structures.

Put-in-Bay Mooring Field Offers Frequent Floater Benefit

Put in Bay mooringPut-in-Bay Mooring Field, managed by Boardwalk Harbor Operations for the Put-in-Bay Port Authority, offers visitors a frequent floater benefit.  Registrants who stay on a mooring ball five times earn a sixth visit for free.  Service by Crosby Tugs with USCG licensed captains operate seven days a week at the boater’s convenience.  Hail the captain on VHF channel ten (10) from 8am Monday through Friday, and from 7am Saturday and Sunday.

The mooring field is a beautiful and relaxing setting for Lake Erie boaters.  Full details are available at Boardwalk Harbor Operations.

Put in Bay Dining

Taxis Audrey B, Stanley B,and Emily B

New Breakwall Going in at Park Place Boat Club

Tug Eagle Put in BayPark Place Boat Club, at The Keys Put-in-Bay, secures additional protection for its members’ boats by placing a Tug Eagle Put in Baybreakwall along floating Dock-A.  The new addition alleviates safety issues arising from nor’easters at Put-in-Bay.  Placement of iron cribs, scheduled for early spring, was postponed due to the unusual stormy pre-season.  The Tug Eagle arrived the first week in June with a construction-crane barge.

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