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I look forward to seeing you all at the Rendezvous

Authored by Cindy Badley
April 3, 2024

By Doug Jackson, Commodore

     This is the GLCC’s fourth electronic edition of the Lifeline newsletter. I hope you are all enjoying it. Should you have any comments or suggestions, please send me a note at

     We are departing from our normal newsletter feature article about cruising on the Great Lakes this month to provide a Spring Launch checklist. I developed this from both my own experiences and also from reviewing other articles on the subject (such as Boat US). The list is designed primarily for cruising boats (vs. trailerable boats). Following a spring checklist will hopefully provide you with a safer and more problem-free summer boating season.

     As you plan your summer, I hope you consider attending one of the many GLCC events around the Great Lakes.

     This summer, the club is hosting the annual Rendezvous at Escanaba, Mich. (M-101). Among the great activities planned:

  • Cemetery Theatrical Tour – Actors portraying historic Escanaba residents near their graves – a spooky night for sure. It’s free to attendees,
  • Free admission to Delta County Historical Museum and the Sand Point Lighthouse – all within easy walking distance of the marina. 
  • Local artist talks, and speakers about the maritime history of the area.
  • Remote Controlled Sailboat Races – Yes, you can try your hand at steering and sail trim on a Soling RC Sailboat, on Tuesday evening.
  • Cornhole tournament (stink potters vs rag haulers).
  • GLCCSchool presentation about cruising northern Lake Michigan (how timely…).
  • Four breakfasts, the Commodore Reception and Commodore Dinner and included in your registration cost.
  • Food truck luncheon.
  • Gadget Hour, the famous Bilge Auction, Book Club, Fleet Review, Ship Store

     And don’t forget: the April Launch is the weekend of April 19-21 in Bay City, Mich. (H-61). This is another fun-filled weekend with the hotel right on the water in a city with a rich maritime history. This is not just for board members – all members are encouraged to attend. And the registration cost is only $85 USD a person. 

     As you work on getting your boat ready for the summer cruising season – be safe and enjoy planning for your summer boating season.