Let’s give a warm welcome to newly appointed Port Captain Thom Serafine for Monroe Harbor - Chicago, Ill. (M-37)! Thom grew up near the shore of Lake Ontario in Webster, N.Y., and later moved to Chicago, Ill., where he learned to sail as an adult. He has been sailing out of Belmont Harbor for over ten years and has done a bare boat charter in the British Virgin Islands with friends. In 2014, he bought SV Inspiration, a 1988 Pearson 31 MK2. After getting her seaworthy, he sailed her to Chicago (M-36) from Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (M-72.5). Please click here to read on!
Have you been in the Great Lakes waters? Then you have probably noticed the warmer temperatures, notably this July. Great Lakes water temperatures have reached record highs. Jason Samenow of The Washington Post suggests that global warming is playing its role in increasing ecological imbalances such as blue-green algae and possible harm to marine life due to water temperatures changing so drastically. The Washington Post has put together a cohesive article that includes data and links that expound on this phenomenon. Click here to read it.
This is a New GLCC Rally and will be hosted at the beautiful Geneva State Park Marina, Ohio (E-6.5) August 14–16, 2020. There is so much to see and do that we cannot list it all here. Click here to visit the Geoneva Marina website. The itinerary for this weekend is developed for you to see the Marina, Park, and Town with all the shops, restaurants, and attractions. Everything in town is within walking distance. It’s a short scenic walk from the marina to town. (Transportation is available to town if required.) Friday and Saturday evening meals and Saturday breakfast included in the event. Please click here to read more! **Please contact the Geneva Marina for availability of a slip PRIOR to registering to attend.**
As we all know, on the water anyone can run into trouble when they least expect it. In fact, on average over 400 water-related deaths occur annually in Canada and the US while boating. The Sailing Plan™ small vessel safety app is a fast and easy-to-use tool for creating, filing and sharing sailing plans before heading out on the water. It is designed to save lives through timely alerts. Available for both iOS and Android, it was developed in partnership with Public Safety Canada and will work anywhere in the world. It makes the completion and sharing of float plans easier and faster for boat captains, and provides data only when needed, to search and rescue professionals. To learn more go to www.sailingplan.ca and click on "How it Works" which outlines the simple steps to setup an account, create a sailing plan, and what happens when a vessel doesn’t return on time. Click here to see a copy of the Sailing Plan Summary which is what an emergency contact will receive and can forward on to Emergency Responders if necessary if a boater is overdue. The app is free to download and then $.99/year after that.