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2009 Lake Erie solo challenge

gbowdish - October 24, 2009

Shanti has now successfully completed a solo challenge on four of the five Great Lakes. Next year I'm setting my sights on Lake Ontario to complete the set. Only two people, Wally McMinn on Odyssey and Dan Pavalat on Taz have completed a solo challenge on each of the five Great Lakes. I'm grateful for the opportunity to test myself and my boat, and feel proud to be a member of the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society.

Respect for Lake Erie

gbowdish - August 28, 2009

I left Mentor Harbor just after sunset the other night for an overnight sail to Put-In-Bay. The wind was light at first, less than 10 knots, so I motor-sailed for two hours.  At 2240 I turned the engine off, sailing close-hauled with a SW wind of 10 knots giving me 6.2 knots of boat speed.  By midnight, the genoa was reefed, and by 0020 I had put a reef in the main as well for an apparent wind of 20 knots. The wind was clocking around to the west, and I was only able to sail within 25 degrees of my desired course.

US Customs and Border Patrol Boarding (Soo Area)

Bonnie Dahl - June 11, 2009

On Sunday, 7 June 2009 we had an interesting experience as we were leaving Superior's Whitefish Bay and entering the St. Marys River. We had just cleared Gros Cap Light when we were quickly overtaken by a very official boat from behind with blue flashing lights. We were approached broadside and hailed in no uncertain terms, "We are boarding you" and more quickly than you could blink an eye, two officers were on board. They were US Customs and Border Patrol - not the Coast Guard.

Lauched and heading out

Bonnie Dahl - June 8, 2009

Launched on Thursday 21 May. Worked on the boat a few more days and loaded up ship's stores. For once everything went very well (knock on wood). Left a week later on the 28th for Stockton Is. Would have loved to have spent a few days there but had a weather window for the 80 mile run to Keweenaw that just couldn't be missed. Left 0430 Friday morning and motor-sailed on light westerly following winds entering Upper Entry shortly after 1800. Presently spending a few days in the Waterway.

Launched

dweller - May 31, 2009

Annwfn was launched on schedule, Tuesday, May 26, in heavy rain and strong winds from the east. We delayed leaving until after supper, when the wind dropped a bit and the rain slowed. Then we motored the 16 miles from Mackinaw City to Duncan Bay, where we were met by docking helpers Mel and Sue Durchslag, about 10:30 pm, in heavy rain again.

Put the boat to bed, slept, then left for home Wednesday morning.

Founders Award Submission Requirements Updated to Include Web Logs

Bill Rohde - October 27, 2015

The Founders Award is an annual GLCC member award for the best cruising log of a cruise on the Great Lakes. Many members have migrated to blogs or personal web sites for recording their cruising logs, and as a result, the club recently updated its award procedures to support this trend. Click http://www.glcclub.com/founders-award for details. 

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