Tall Ships Festival Lake Michigan July 27 - August 7, 2016

Tall Ships Festival Lake Michigan July 27 - August 7, 2016
Tall Ships America, is bringing the “Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016,” to Lake Michigan.  If you would like to become a member and support this effort, click here. This is an amazing opportunity to see what sailing was like in times past.  The hand craftsmanship of wooden boats, the stories behind the building of... Read more »

My 40th Chicago Mackinac Race This Weekend

My 40th Chicago Mackinac Race This Weekend
I remember telling my Dad when he reached his 49th Chicago Yacht Club, ‘Chicago Mackinac Race,’ “You need to quit now, nobody has ever made it to 60 races, that means you have less than 10 years left on earth if you do 50 races!”  Phew – two guys have made it to 60 races... Read more »

What to Know - Chicago Mackinac Races Starts July 22 & 23, 2016

What to Know - Chicago Mackinac Races Starts July 22 & 23, 2016
It’s not too late for you to crew in the  Chicago Yacht Club, 2016 Chicago Mackinac Race sponsored by Wintrust Bank.  Sign on via the Crew Finder.  This is the 108th running, with about 2,500 sailors on 326 sailboats. It is more grammatically correct if this event is called the Chicago Mackinac Races (plural).  There... Read more »
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The Isles of Lake Michigan - Beaver Archipeligo

The Isles of Lake Michigan - Beaver Archipeligo
The Islands of Lake Michigan? There are many in the Northern one-third of the Lake to explore.  The water is commonly clear to at least thirty feet of depth in this part of the Lake. Some are a mere bump sticking above the water without a name.  There are shoals, reefs and man-made lighthouses with water surrounding... Read more »

Beaver Island, Lake Michigan's Biggest Isle

Beaver Island, Lake Michigan's Biggest Isle
Be amazed at this Island in the middle of Lake Michigan has such a dramatic history. Data: 13 miles by 6 miles 56 sq. miles 657 year round residents 32 mile trip from Charlevoix Two airports: one private; one public One grocery store Two gas stations Two convenience stores A hardware store A building supply... Read more »

Watch LVACWS Chicago on NBC Sunday June 19, 2016 @ 12:30pm CST, From Capsizes To Photo Finishes

Watch LVACWS Chicago on NBC Sunday June 19, 2016 @ 12:30pm CST, From Capsizes To Photo Finishes
Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago From capsizes to photo finishes, make sure to relive all of the action by tuning into NBC this Sunday, June 19 at 12:30PM CST. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago was one for the record books! For the first time in 165 years, America’s Cup sailing... Read more »
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LVACWS Chicago - Thank You To Don Wilson and Tod Reynolds

LVACWS Chicago - Thank You To Don Wilson and Tod Reynolds
Long ago I learned it takes a spark to start a fire, and a catalyst to make a pot of glue react and set.  Don Wilson, a Chicago sailor and nationally ranked match racer invented the Chicago Match Race Center in Belmont Harbor to bring world class racers to Chicago years ago and it is working. ... Read more »

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10, 2016 - Timmmmberrrrr

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10, 2016 - Timmmmberrrrr
On Friday I was scheduled to be on a Press Boat, five minutes before it was time to go, I was upgraded to a Photo Boat.  Ya baby!  Front row seats don’t get any better than this.  It turns out the Photo Boat is owned by a friend I haven’t seen in 20 years –... Read more »

ACWS Chicago Sunday June 12, 2016 Funner Times

ACWS Chicago Sunday June 12, 2016 Funner Times
What a perfect day for foiling AC45’s.  Steady breeze, and strong winds had the boats flying.  Three fleet races were run, in  very quick time with the speeds they were making.  In the final race, they stretched the course out to the maximum (moving the marks South and North) which brought the boats closer to the... Read more »
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Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - Kids in the Endeavor Program

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - Kids in the Endeavor Program
Herbert-Evans from Wales (British Isles) spearheads the Endeavor program and shared the experience with me at the Dark and Stormy deck on Navy Pier. Surprisingly, the word “Endeavor” didn’t come from the famous J-Class America’s Cup 130′ long 1934 America’s Cup boat that came close to taking the America’s Cup away from the U.S. It... Read more »