NOAA will stop providing paper charts by 2025. That said, there's some exciting news on the horizon offering the option of custom printable charts which you'll be able to print yourself or potentially purchase through marine chart suppliers who will print them for you. For more information and a link to a highly informative webinar on this capability, click here.
- October 25, 2020 at 8:07 PM
- October 8, 2020 at 9:34 AM
Today we welcome our newly appointed Port Captain for the Trent Severn Waterway, Ont. (W-6), Charlie Ellins. Charlie has been Boating from the time of his first family boat in the 1950s including considerable time on the TSW. He skippered the family cruiser from Trenton to Orillia at age 15 with his mom and two sisters. He joined the Canadian Power Squadron in 1968 and now has 51 merit marks [Life Member]. Charlie has been Commodore of the Lake Simcoe Yacht Club in 1978-1979 when there were over 200 members. Please click here to read more!
- September 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM
- September 3, 2020 at 10:07 AM
While the world is still figuring things out, Lifeline remains a constant! Good thing, because it gives us something more for which to be thankful. GLCC’s fall Lifeline is a beacon for us boaters. As we close our season, we look forward to events that will happen in person (2020 Lake Erie Regional Dinner) and via Zoom platform (GLCC & GLF Annual General Membership Meetings — where we say farewell to our beloved Commodore, Rich Barzyk and welcome incoming Commodore, Dan Cline, as well as new and returning Board members). Read how the GLCCSchool webinar registrations were booming this summer, a detailed boaters log that utilizes the harbor reports for a seaworthy venture, and a narrative on joining the GLCC. Click here to read on.
- August 20, 2020 at 4:58 PM
- July 30, 2020 at 11:22 AM
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!
- July 16, 2020 at 10:15 AM
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.
- July 8, 2020 at 4:06 PM
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.
- July 2, 2020 at 10:12 AM
Message from the Mackinac Island Yacht Club Regatta Committee: We are delighted to share with you that the 2020 Mackinac Island Sailboat Racing schedule will be rolled out in its entirety. We are looking forward to getting back on the water this coming summer for some friendly and fun sailing competition. Races will be administered under the Mackinac Island Yacht Club COVID 19 Guidelines. Guidelines will be explained in detail at the Skippers Meetings before each race. Mackinac Island Yacht Club, along with our generous sponsors... The Pink Pony, MIssion Point Resort and Horns Bar, will be administering four great sailing events in 2020. Mark your calendars for another fabulous season of Island sailboat racing. Please click here to read more!
- June 24, 2020 at 9:17 AM
The Great Lakes Cruising Club's Board of Directors, via a Teleconference call on June 20th, has unanimously agreed to resume the remaining social calendar for this year, effective August 1, 2020, that were not previously cancelled. Our events will strictly adhere to & follow all government restrictions & mandates regarding gatherings due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Additionally, A Covid-19 Waiver is required to be completed & returned to the office prior to attending an event by any & all persons attending a GLCC event until further notice.
It is further suggested you closely monitor the club's website for the latest updates on all remaining social events. This is the GLCC events page link, where any changes or guidelines regarding attendance at the remaining events will be posted. The event Chair persons information is also available there for any additional questions.
Rich Baryzk, Commodore