4/18/717 Update: Traci has reached Lake Michigan and recorded at 343 miles to date. She was greeted in Rogers City by Port Captain Beach Hall at 1805 Friday afternoon and departed at approximately 0830 Saturday. Check out this Find Me Spot link. Kayak racer Traci Lynn Martin will be spending the year 2017 kayaking 8600 miles to break the existing world record for the most miles travelled by kayak in a year. Her route will include the circumferences of each of the Great Lakes. The GLCC has given her a sponsored membership for the year so that she and her support team can use our Harbor Reports, call upon our Port Captains, and be recognized by our cruising members as she cruises more of the Great Lakes than most of us can even dream of. You can learn about her adventure on her website www.justaroundthepointe.com and follow her progress on the kayak racing website www.raceowl.com where a page dedicated to her adventure will indicate her latest location. You may also follow her on Instagram at Justaroundthepointe; Facebook as Traci Lynn Martin, and twitter @StellarTourD4ce.
Hello GLCC Members and Website Guests! Spring ='s GLCC Picnic time... Getting ready to launch OR already launched? Either Way, let's connect with other GLCC members to start the cruising season. How about a shakedown cruise in Lake Erie? The 2017 Western Lake Erie Picnic is open to all GLCC Members and Friends — a great opportunity for members to show their non-GLCC member boating friends what GLCC can be for them. You may either register online using this link or print this registration flyer (You may scan and email, snail mail or fax it to 810-984-4565). Please click here for more information.
Many thanks to our students and our faculty for making this our best year ever! Registrations were up over 40% from last year, and we owe it all to you. Our live webinars are finished for the season, but it's not to late to view recordings of our recent webinars. Several of these recordings will not be available after May 1, so be sure to check them out today. Click here to see which recordings of our recent webinars are still available. For more information, see the main post.
Official-Looking Vessel Documentation Renewal Notices Can Lead to Confusion and Higher Costs. Our Thanks to Port Captain Denny Dutcher (West Harbor, Ohio E-16.8) for bringing this to our attention! ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 6, 2017 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Consumer Protection Department is advising boaters with vessels having a US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by US mail offering renewal. An increasing number of BoatUS members have complained that these letters direct them to websites that may be mistaken for the actual US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center located in Falling Waters, West Virginia, and appear to show a significant increase in the annual fee to renew US Coast Guard (USCG) documentation. Please click here to read this press release on the BoatUS website. The USCG web site is https://www.uscg.mil/nvdc/
Cruising Boaters of Lake Michigan! Join us for a Spring get-together in Chicago Saturday, March 25, 2017! We’ll start at Crowley’s Yacht Yard 3434 E 95th St., Chicago, IL 60617 with parking on site, where their annual Yachtapalooza will be in full swing from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with free demos, workshops, seminars, entertainment and food. The Ship's Store will be open with marine hardware and soft goods, along with a CLEARANCE Tent. At 2:00 p.m. Joan & Richard Miller of the 2017 Rendezvous Committee of the Great Lakes Cruising Club... (Please click here to read more!)