For many GLCC members and others making offshore passages, Herb Hilgenberg and his free daily "Southbound II" SSB weather broadcast had become an integral part of the their crew. After over 25 years of service to the cruising community, Hilgenberg, age 76, recently retired. While similar services remain available to offshore sailors (for example, GLCCSchool weather instructor Chris Parker's Marine Weather Center), Herb's Ontario-based North Atlantic forecasting and routing services will clearly be missed. We thank Herb for his years of service, and wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.
What factors are influencing the recent decline in Great Lakes water levels? Changes in precipitation? Warming lake temperatures? Increased outflows? Evaporation? Will these trends continue or reverse? Click here to read an interesting July 27th Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article examining the factors affecting our Great Lakes.
Several webinar recordings have recently been opened for registration at GLCCSchool. Click any title for more information on the following popular recent webinars: North Channel Ports, Cruising Lake Michigan’s SE Shore, Happy Hooking – the Art of Anchoring, Thirty Best North Channel Anchorages, or Roy Eaton’s free webinar on the Little Current Cruiser’s Net. Also, don’t forget to obtain your GLCC member discount code here (USPS or CPS members also receive discounts – click GLCCSchool Partners for more information).
If passing through the St. Mary's River near Sault St, Marie note that a 500-foot safety zone has been established around the tug Hammond Bay which sank July 1st in 37 feet of water. Plans are being formulated to raise the vessel. For more information click this article in the Detroit Free Press.