Lake Erie Solo Challenge Not for Faint of Heart

Jack Tar, 4014 Tartan 40
Glass Pony, USA 25649 First 35
Shock & All, USA 42058 Shock 35
Cheeky, 433 Tartan 37c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four intrepid sailors depart Put-in-Bay today to take part in The Lake Erie Solo Challenge.  Jeff Marshall aboard Jack Tar, Jason Huffman aboard Glass Pony, Russel Krock aboard Shock & All, and Jake Thomas aboard Cheeky.

Vessel tracking is available HERE!

The race begins 10am on Saturday, 14 August 2021, with a start off of North Cape Yacht Club near Monroe, Michigan.  The fleet proceeds past Pelee Island, Ontario, and eastward to a rounding of the Seneca Shoal Light near Buffalo, NY. Thence on to a finish off Presque Isle Harbor at Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Great Lakes Single-handed Society (GLSS) is the organizing authority of the 2021 Lake Erie Solo Challenge.  The course measures 312 statute miles, and in terms of comparison to the other GLSS Challenges, it ranks fourth behind the Trans Superior Solo, the Lake Ontario Solo Challenge, and the Chicago to Mackinac Island Solo Challenge. 

The Challenge is open to single-hulled, selfrighting boats with permanent cruising accommodations, or
multi-hull boats with permanent cruising accommodations. Cruising accommodations consist of a marine toilet legal for Great Lake waters, a permanently installed bunk, and galley facilities.

Skippers are required to attempt to make radio contact with other skippers on VHF channel #72 every six (6) hours beginning at 2pm (1400hours) on the day of the Challenge start. Channel #72 is to be monitored for 30 minutes at the appropriate times. Radio contact with other skippers is to be logged noting time, position, and other pertinent information. This Radio Log will be made available at the skippers meeting, and is to be turned in at the finish. Skippers are required to maintain a boat’s log noting position and conditions with entries recommended at least every three (3) hours.

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!

I-LYA Sail Regatta August 2-4, Put-in-Bay

Inter-Lake Yachting Association and Put-in-Bay Yacht Club present the 2019 I-LYA Bayweek Regatta August 2-4.

Put in Bay BayweekThis event is open to members of US SAILING or other National Authorities, members of recognized yacht clubs, members of recognized class associations, and others as designated by the Organizing Authority. Classes include: PHRF, JAM, Off Shore Multi-hull, Cruising Class, T-10, Interlake, Hobie Wave and Beach Cats.

A Bayweek Promo Powerpoint presentation is available here!

 

Inter-Lake Yachting Association Junior Bayweek Begins 16 July

Inter-Lake Yachting AssociationJunior Bay WeekLaser, 420, and Thistle sailors will compete in the 62nd Annual Junior Bayweek at Put-in-Bay from 16-20 July 2017. Opening day is for registration, includes a coaches meeting, and a meet and greet session at The Keys.  Racing begins on Monday at 10am, after an 8am competitors meeting and  9am launch.  An awards banquet at the Niagara Event Center concludes the event on Thursday.

Laser Radial420ThistleJunior Bay Week venue

 

Ocean-Going Sailors from Germany Visit Put-in-Bay

Brigantia GfS
International sailors!

Around noon today, the German flagged vessel Brigantia (Hallberg-Rassy 48) arrived at Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie.  The captain,  Felix Höhener, and crew are members of GfS — Gemeinschaft fur Seefahrt, or “Fellowship for Blue Water Sailors.”  Home port for the sailors include Hamburg, Germany, and several towns around Lake Constance, Germany.  Details about the organization (in German) are available by clicking on this logo: Bodensee_logo-gfsPut in Bay_Brigantia