My, How Times Have Changed

When I was 14 in 1974, when my Dad bought his first “big boat” with a partner, it was used and they decided to make changes to it.  We ripped out the gas tank out of the back, had a new one built and installed it in the bilge. The stove and oven were fixed,... Read more »

Turn The Tide: Virgin Islands Relief - Charity Event

You go through each week, getting by, working hard, chasing after things when suddenly your home and your business are gone.  FEMA and the U.S. Army are in your neighborhood delivering water and food. MASH like units are set up down the street to take care of the injured.  Category 5 hurricanes are known to... Read more »

Book Review. Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago's Last Harbor Boss

Book Review. Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago's Last Harbor Boss
Illinois and Chicago are synonymous for Corruption, Graft, Bribes and Pay-offs.  Can you imagine having a theological education and stepping into this quagmire?  Bob Nelson did in 1987 and became the Director of Chicago Harbors.  With eight harbors holding 5,000 boats and oversold, to get a mooring in a harbor resorted to old school Chicago... Read more »
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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 »