The Best Great Lakes Anchorages: Five seasoned boaters from the Great Lakes Cruising Club share their favorite getaway spots in this scenic cruiser's paradise. Niels Jensen: When my European friends and family ask me why I sail the Great Lakes — and Lake Superior in particular — I often say that Superior is the size of Austria, and there's nothing like the Great Lakes in the world. They are truly unique. Long recognized as an arm of the ocean, the Great Lakes cover about 95,000 square miles and have enough combined shoreline to span nearly halfway around the world. They can be rough, challenging, and are never to be taken lightly. However, as those of us who are out there know, they provide an enticing playground for summertime boating adventures, provided you keep a close eye on the weather, have a suitable boat for where you plan to go, and know what you're doing. Click here to continue reading at the BoatUS.com.
Patricia (Pat) Somers has been boating with her husband Brad Somers, Rear Commodore SW Ontario (Ret.) and Port Captain for Amherstburg (D-82) and Bob Lo Island (D-86), Ont. since the early 1980s. Now that she is a retired (sort of) health care executive, Brad and she look forward to spending July and August on Somerscape their 37-foot cruiser traveling the Great Lakes. Pat continues to consult internationally for Accreditation Canada (a Canadian health care regulatory body), but is adamant about keeping July and August devoted to their boating passion. Please click here to read more!
An extensive fire in the Perry Sound area of Georgian Bay, Ontario (Parry Sound 33 fire) has grown to over 11,000 hectare (27,000 acres) as of 8/3/2018 and has caused the closing of the Small Craft Route north of Britt/Byng Inlet. Boaters must travel outside of the restriced area beween Byng Inlet and Beaverstone Bay outside the Bustards. Also there is no fuel available between Killarney and Byng Inlet. Please refer to Harbor Reports for Byng Inlet to the Bustards .and Bad River to Killarney.
Midwest Living Magazine's interview of GLCC members Bill and Deb Boehm on their boat LaTasse tells of their 10 years sailing the Great Lakes. Several other members mentioned in the article include Doug & Pam Jackson, Niels Jensen, Julie Thorndycraft and Daniel DeWeese. To read article, click here.
The annual Trailer Boaters' Rally will once again be held in the charming village of Whitehall, Mich., on White Lake (M-21). The date is set for August 10–12, 2018. Seven families have already expressed interest to attend and have Whitehall on their cruising plan for this summer. There is talk of two boaters who will be trailering from Bay City, Mich., also one from Windsor, two from the Ohio area, and one from the Chicago area, all of which can easily launch their boats and be ready to cruise this Lake Michigan location. We also have a prospective member coming by boat from their home port near Grand Rapids to see what a GLCC Rally is all about. Tell your friends and family — it's nothing but fun! Click here to read more!