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These Are the Good Old Days

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The Inter-Lake Yachting Association's Bay Week regatta is as old-school as sailboat racing gets. The 118th edition of this event drew more than 100 boats—everything from windsurfers to multihulls to Tartan Tens—to the heart of the Lake Erie Islands: the town of Put-in-Bay on Ohio's South Bass Island.

I've been attending the event for as long as I can remember. Literally. My earliest memory is watching the spinnakers round Rattlesnake Island during Bay Week's round-the-islands race. I might've been watching from the backyard of a cottage belonging to our family friends, the Richards, but I'm not sure. Point is, for Lake Erie sailors, I-LYA Bay Week is as fundamental as the limestone that makes up the islands.  more...



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2011 BIG INLAND - Minnetonka Here We Come!

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Registration begins on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at noon. C Scows and MC Scows race first. There is still room for a great time. Minntonka is pulling out all the stops. Zinn's are sponsoring a regatta to remember. For last-minute, fast registration, even though late, register online. Or, just come out to watch - C's and MC's on August 12-14, A Scows race August 15-17, and last but certainly not least are the E Scows on August 19-21.  more...


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Buddy Melges Amongst The First To Be Inducted Into The National Sailing Hall of Fame

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Catching up to 200 years of sailing history in the U.S.A., the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the 15 sailors who will make up the historic first-ever class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Over a two-month period this spring, sailors from all corners of the country - including a U.S. Senator and the mayor of a major metropolitan city - nominated their choice for induction into the sport's Hall of Fame, some even going so far as to consult noted sailing historian John Rousmaniere for accuracy in putting together their submissions.  more...


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Carrie Howe, the only woman sailor in the 34th America's Cup

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Carrie Howe is not only the only woman in Green Comm Racing, she is also the only woman sailor taking part in the 34th America's Cup. Right after the first day of sailing, Carrie talked to us about her impressions, her aspirations and advice to young sailor girls.

You are the only woman sailor in the 34th America's Cup. How do you feel about that?

I feel fantastic and I think it's an incredible honor as a woman to be asked to join a men's team. It makes you realize what women can do, it's just a question of getting an opportunity. I am capable of sailing these boats, I know how they work, I know all the little tricks and I think I can be valuable. I don't know what will happen at the end but it truly is an honor.  more

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First Goat wins 2011 Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division

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Three classic Great Lakes 70s, John Nedeau's Windancer, Lance Smotherman's Details and Bill Martin's Stripes, swept the podium in the Turbo class of the 103rd running of the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot.


This is the first individual win for John Nedeau who is the granddaddy of the Old Goats Society, the distinguished group of sailors who have started in 25 Chicago-Mackinac races. In fact this year the 80 year old sailor sailed in his 64th Chicago Mackinac race.

Windancer and the other GL70s took first, second and third place honors in the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy division.

These Bill Lee designed boats are actually Santa Cruz 70s - fast ultra light displacement downwind fliers originally designed for the Transpac race. more...


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Trans Superior Yacht Race

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The 22nd Biennial Trans Superior Yacht Race will be held this weekend. The start will be in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on August 6th, 2011 and the finish will be in Duluth, Minn., covering 326 nautical miles.  more...


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New boat makes sailing possible for disabled

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BOYNE CITY, MI -- A specialized boat in Boyne City is making it possible for the disabled, even the paralyzed, to sail the waters of the Great Lakes.

By a breath of air, or by inhaling, a paraplegic can completely control this sailboat, appropriately named "Challenge."

Challenge Mountain funded this $25,000 special needs boat thanks to several donations and anyone with any type of disability can control it by a simple joystick or a breath.

"It's a little different, we want to teach sailing, it's not just a matter of going out and having fun, we want to teach somebody how to sail a boat, and hopefully they'll be able to take it out, it won't cost them anything, and they can enjoy life a little better," said Challenge Mountain Program Director Mike Hurchick.  more...



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A Mix of Work and Fun Before the London 2012 Olympic Test Event

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It’s been a mix of work and fun since we won the bronze medal at Sail for Gold, in June. In the past month I have coached three youth clinics – Newport, R.I., Sheboygan, Wis., Delevan Wis. – raced in a classic yacht regatta (in Newport), and raced a match race event as a tactician in Chicago. I spent some time in San Francisco visiting one of my brothers and my three-week-old nephew. Family is a huge part of my life and when I am home I usually get to spend quality time with most of them, as the majority live in Wisconsin, but it was really nice to have the time to make out to California and have some quality “newborn holding” time. I had about a week in Wisconsin to tie up odds and ends before heading back to England, including learning how to use my new kiln (birthday present) and finally fire all those unfinished bowls and mugs I have been making!  more...


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2011 MacMan Challenge International Yacht Race

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This past weekend, several sailboats and members from the Algoma Sailing Club and the Hilton Beach competed in the 2011 MacMan Challenge International Yacht Race. This is the 8th year for this event and members from the Algoma Sailing Club and Hilton Beach have competed regularly in this event. For 2011, Sault and Area racers placed very well in all divisions with the yacht Natural High from the Algoma Sailing Club skippered by Andrew Hallett taking the title of overall winner. For 2011, the race involved over 28 boats from around Lake Huron and the North Shore from clubs such as Little Current Yacht Club, Gore Bay, Mackinac Island Yacht Club, Kincardine Yacht Club, Mackinac City, North Channel Yacht Club, and Bay of Islands.  more...


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Bayview Mackinac race: Record falls in 'different race' despite slow start, three delays

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Sunday's Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race saw a record set for the Cove Island course, with a start so slow there were three delays for lack of wind, and winds so variable it challenged the most seasoned sailors.

The race finished with a dark, gray storm front rolling over the Straits of Mackinac, with 23 boats yet to finish at 8:45 p.m.

"This race was different because of the easterly breeze. Ninety percent of the race was easterly," said Perrin Fortune of St. Clair Shores crewed on Pendragon, a Contessa 43 owned by Greg Thomas of Grosse Pointe Park and John Trost of Grosse Pointe Woods, which sailed the shore course.  more...



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Mackinac Race: Local boats show strong

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Fine Line of the Port Huron Yacht Club races up the lake in the PHRF A Class on Saturday. The boat is in third place.The Port Huron Yacht Club more than held its own again in the Mackinac Race.

Seven Yacht Club sailboats have captured pennants pending any protests in the 87th running of the Mackinac Race.

"Port Huron did itself proud once again," said Terry Wolff, a crew member aboard Rowdy, which is in third place. "Getting this many flags is very good, and we still have more out there on the long course (Cove Island) that could place."

Pennants will be presented and crews will be honored today during the awards ceremony on the lawn in front of Mission Point.  more...



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Fast Tango on the Detroit River, with Tim Prophit of Grosse Pointe Park

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Before Grosse Pointe Park sailor Tim Prophit and his crew on Fast Tango finished first in his division in the Chicago-to-Mackinac race last weekend, before he was quoted in both Detroit dailies and interviewed on WDET about his experience in the brief storm that ended up taking the lives of two crew members from another boat – before all that, we at GrossePointeToday.com wanted to know if he'd help us understand what it's like to sail a major race like the two Mackinac competitions this month.   more...


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14-year-old feels like veteran as he readies for second Mackinac race

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He looked out of place, at first, the sun-tanned teenager sitting in the venerable Mackinac Room of the Bayview Yacht Club, his thin limbs extending from an oversized T-shirt and long, baggy sailing shorts.

With a voice both soft and youthfully pitched, Austin Colpaert, 14, does not strike one immediately as an accomplished yachtsman. His 105 pounds may suggest he is not the sort who will muscle a winch-handle or struggle against a gale, at a critical juncture, to press a race on the Great Lakes.

But the voice and spindly appearance belie the nature of the boy. He is of the sea.  more...



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Bayview Mackinac race: Handicapping systems dictate courses for sailors

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The Blue Water Bridge serves as the gateway to the starting line for the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race set to start Saturday.

Ray and Winnie Adams usually sail the Beneteau 42 s7 Epic on the long course in the annual race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island.

But this year, they're doing the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race on the shore course. Adams doesn't want to sail under the IRC handicap rating system, which is required of all boats on the long course.  more...



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2011 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Shepler's Offering Late Ferry Service

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Longtime race sponsor Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry will be offering a ferry departing the Island at 11:00 PM following the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race.  more

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