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Resources and Relationships for Great Lakes Cruisers

Whether you’re an old salt or a novice, power boater or sailor, captain or crew, there’s always more to know about cruising the Great Lakes. Sharing information is what we’re all about. We are cruisers helping cruisers--to find remote anchorages; navigate locks and waterways; hone skills via online webinars; or connect with other cruisers and build friendships.

Many join GLCC to obtain access to our constantly updated online Harbor Reports--considered the most authoritative, accurate and up-to-date cruising documents on the Great Lakes. These reports provide detailed observations by members who have personally visited the area, anchorage, harbor or waterway. Is that restaurant still there?  What about propane, hospitals or groceries? What’s the best approach? Current depth? How can I avoid rocks and shoals in an uncharted anchorage? A GLCC report is sometimes the only information source available for a particular remote location. Plus each report contains first hand and useful details, as shown in these three sample reports for anchorages in Lake Superior, The North Channel and Georgian Bay

Unlike other guides, our reports are constantly updated – over 1000 since our start in 1934 — and regularly maintained by our members in a "wiki" format on the Web. They are viewable, printable and can be downloaded to your phone and computer for off line viewing while cruising. 

And our renowned harbor reports are just the beginning… 
•    Many harbors have GLCC Port Captains, who provide local knowledge and assistance-- especially helpful for cruisers outside their home waters.
•    A growing number of yacht clubs -- Great Lakes and beyond -- extend reciprocity to GLCC members.
•    Member discounts for marine services, products, marinas and gas docks are available.
•    Our online school offers live and recorded classes in all aspects of cruising. 
•    Collective member experiences provide priceless material for discussions, stories and boating tips. 
•    Besides our popular annual rendezvous, we arrange rallies, flotillas, and fun social events. 

But the best GLCC experiences just seem to “happen,” when members find each other in the same harbor, refuge, anchorage, wilderness or dock.  Having fun with fellow cruisers may be the best of all GLCC membership benefits.

Over 1000 Harbor Reports

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One of the great member benefits of joining the Great Lakes Cruising Club is access to our detailed Cruising Guides for over 1000 harbors of the five Great Lakes as well as Lake St. Clair. Our Harbor Reports are continually updated by fellow GLCC members, and the latest versions are immediately available on this website.

Tuesday in the GLCCSchool – Great Lakes Marine Weather Essentials 2: Forces Controlling the Wind/Doppler Radar

On Tuesday, February 27th Mark Thornton’s Great Lakes Weather Essentials series returns with Forces Controlling the Wind/Doppler Radar. This second webinar in the Great Lakes Weather series is a must for all cruisers who are looking to predict and plan for our Great Lakes boating weather.

In this session Mark will cover an examination of those atmospheric forces that control the wind and how to use Doppler Radar as a forecasting tool.

Don't forget all the GLCCSchool webinars are free for all GLCC members.

Wednesday in the GLCCSchool – Cruising Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands

This Wednesday the GLCCSchool returns to the Cruising Lake Superior Package with Part 5, Niels Jensen’s presentation of Cruising Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands. For anyone considering or planning to visit the Big Lake this is the place to start.

Our GLCCSchool Lake Superior Package includes five sperate webinars and is presented by two very experienced and knowledgeable Lake Superior cruisers, Dave Carr and Niels Jensen.
You can sign up for the whole Lake Superior Package or register for the individual webinars that best meet your needs.

The other webinars in the package include An Introduction to Cruising Lake Superior, Cruising Lake Superior’s South Schore, Cruising Lake Superior’s Canadian Shores and Wilderness Cruising Lake Superior’s Isle Royale.

Don't forget all the GLCCSchool webinars are free for all GLCC members.

Thursday in the GLCCSchool – Marine Diesel Maintenance Package and Diesel 1: Marine Diesel Maintenance 101

Thursday, February 29th kicks off the opening night for GLCCSchool’s Marine Diesel webinar package. This four-part series is a must for all cruisers who are looking for a no diesel drama cruising season.

In this first session master mechanic Jim Zima will show you how to set up a regular diesel engine maintenance plan that will keep your engine happy and steer you away from expensive repairs.

Don't forget all the GLCCSchool webinars are free for all GLCC members.

February 22 2024 Harbor Report Updates

Sections of the St. Lawrence Harbor Reports have received significant updates based on the travels of GLCC members and friends who made the journey down the Seaway over the last couple of years. These updates will be helpful for those heading out as well as those who are heading into the Great Lakes via the Seaway.

Port Captain Introductions: Denny & Ellie Schurdell

Port Clinton, Ohio (E-20): Denny Schurdell has been a life-long teacher. He is retired as a visual arts teacher, K-12 and college. He coached for many years in wrestling, cross country and soccer. Denny has degrees from Kent State University, La Verne College, and Cleveland State University. He belongs to the Sandusky Yacht Club, and is a former member of Bay Point Yacht Club and Harbor Bay Yacht Club. He is a founder of the former Catalina sailboat association-LECOA (Lake Erie Catalina Owners Association).

GLCC YouTube Channel

I bet you didn’t know the GLCC has a YouTube channel. We’ve had one for several years but it hasn’t been very active. Until now. Kelly Hillman and Rear Commodore Rob Hillman have reinvigorated our channel with fresh new videos mainly aimed at providing a sneak peek into upcoming classes in the GLCC School. They intend to keep making and posting new videos throughout the season to keep members and non-members up to date on items of interest to our club and upcoming GLCC School classes and activities.