The annual Trailer Boaters' Rally will once again be held in the charming village of Whitehall, Mich., on White Lake (M-21). The date is set for August 10–12, 2018. Seven families have already expressed interest to attend and have Whitehall on their cruising plan for this summer. There is talk of two boaters who will be trailering from Bay City, Mich., also one from Windsor, two from the Ohio area, and one from the Chicago area, all of which can easily launch their boats and be ready to cruise this Lake Michigan location. We also have a prospective member coming by boat from their home port near Grand Rapids to see what a GLCC Rally is all about. Tell your friends and family — it's nothing but fun! Click here to read more!
Joe McKeown has accepted appointment as Port Captain for Point Edward, Ont. (H-2) which is right around the corner from Sarnia, Ont. (D-3) where he has held this same title since June of 2013.
Joe came from a boating family, with his great grandfather a founding member of the Detroit Yacht Club and a long line of GLCC members. Growing up, he spent many of his childhood summers around boats (albeit of the power variety) at his family’s cottage in Amherstburg, Ont.; learning about boats, family and the beauty of the Great Lakes. He is a licensed Coast Guard Captain and ran a charter and dive boat in the BVI for a time. Please click here to read more!
Calling All GLCC Members from Lake Ontario and Surrounding Waterways: The Lake Ontario Rally Will Be Held June 22–24, 2018 In Trenton, Ont. (O-34) — On the Way to Killarney! Now is the time to register to attend this well-planned rally — you won't be disappointed! The Lake Ontario Rally will return to the Trent Port Marina again in 2018. Trenton, located in the Bay of Quinte, is the gateway to the Trent Severn Waterway (TSW), which is the most direct route from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay and the GLCC Rendezvous in Killarney (July 15–19, 2018). What better place for GLCC members to meet up so that boats headed up to Georgian Bay can travel the TSW together? Click here to read all about it!
Mike Kohut, who spends his winters in the in the Florida Keys and summers aboard his trawler, Blue Chip, has been appointed as the new Port Captain for Mackinaw City, Mich. (H-76.5). Let's give him a cheerful, "welcome aboard"!! Here's a bit about he and his wife's cruising experiences. Please click here to read more!
The US Customs and Border Patrol have announced a new cell phone or tablet app for pleasure boater for reporting their arrival into US. This app, CBP ROAM (Reporting Offsite Arrival - Remote), can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Apple App Store at no cost. One will need to set up an account at login.gov to create profiles about the travelers and conveyances. It can be used by all travelers coming into the US via private vessel no matter the nationality of the traveler or the vessel. Please see https://www.cbp.gov/travel/pleasure-boats-private-flyers/pleasure-boat-overview/roam. Also, an article on theboatgalley website has additional information: https://theboatgalley.com/us-check-in-via-roam-app/
For a complete review of check in requirements for both US and Canada, please see the revised article by Brad Somers, Rear Commodore (Ret), US and Canadian Boarder Reporting Requirements.