We are saddened to report the loss of Port Captain (Ret) David A. Jeffries. David was a long term member of the GLCC serving as Port Captain of Rocky River from 2005-2012. He was an avid single-handed trailer sailor, taking his Catalina 22, WYNDANCER to many GLCC events. He was found frequently in the North Channel during the summer. He was the proud recipient of the Commodore's Award at the 2014 Leamington Rendezvous. As he said, he sailed up I75 at 70 MPH bringing his boat from Florida for the distinct purpose of attending the Rendezvous. Later he attended the Wilderness Rally at Turnbull Island and the Georgian Bay Rally at Keyhole. He died on April 9 in Florida spending his last hours comfortably with his son. There are no immediate services planned but a memorial service is expected to be held this summer on Lake Erie.
The Lake Michigan Carferry, SS Badger, will install a new conveyor system this spring to transport ash from the boiler to retension units on the cardeck of the ferry. This will put the Badger in compliance with the EPA mandate to stop discharging coal ash into the lake before sailing season this year. The Badger is the last coal-fired steamship operating in the U.S. See article here.
Remember to register soon to kick off the 2015 boating season and join the fun in Port Huron April 24-25 for the second edition of our Spring Awakening weekend. Spring Awakening is sponsored by the Detroit-Saginaw Bay and the Southwestern Ontario regions, but we welcome GLCC members and guests from throughout the Great Lakes. Remember to register no later than April 10. Book your hotel reservation at the updated DoubleTree by Hilton hotel no later than March 25 for our group rate of 109 USD. A Port Huron landmark, the DoubleTree is a reincarnation of the Thomas Edison Inn. The hotel is located on the shores of the St. Clair River, offering wonderful views of the Blue Water Bridge and passing freighters on the river.
Update: A combined tour has now been confirmed for the Spring Awakening meeting weekend. Saturday afternoon visit the Port Huron U.S. Coast Guard station and also tour the new RB-M (Response Boat – Medium), which is a 45 feet in length vessel, provided the ice allows a launch by the 25th. Click here to read further.
The famous freighter Arthur M. Anderson finally made it into port for winter lay-up on March 4. It's month-long futile slog from Indiana to Ohio to pick up cargo ended with it returning to Sturgeon Bay, WS with empty holds. It looks like this winter's ice build up on the Great Lakes will be a repeat of last year's deep freeze when the shipping slowdown cost 4000 jobs and $705 million in economic losses. See full article here.