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The North Channel - Little Current, Ontario

Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 10:00 am
By: Little Current Yacht Club

2010 Promises to be a Big Year for Little Current Yacht Club

It's time to forget ice fishing, snowmobiling and skiing and start thinking about summer, and that is exactly what the various committees are doing for the Little Current Yacht Club. This club, located in the heart of the beautiful North Channel in Little Current, Ontario, is planning a number of activities for members and non-members alike.

Starting with a launch party on the last Saturday in May and continuing until mid September, Commodore Jim Corless said that "2010 would be the eight year old club's busiest year ever." The scheduled events have been listed but do not include the club's spur of the moment parties.

Probably the most important service the club provides to the boating community, the "Cruisers' Net," will again be hosted by award winning Roy Eaton. Every morning during July and August at 9:00 AM, Roy is on VHF channel 71, broadcasting weather, news, and assisting boaters in the North Channel. There are over a thousand different boats that listen to this service.

Also in July, the 2010 "MacMan" will be the 7th Annual International Race that the club has hosted. It will take place July 21st through July 24th. Committee members have been working hard in conjunction with the Mackinac Island Yacht Club (MIYC) to publicize the "MacMan" and MIYC's "Round the Island Race," which takes place on the 21st. MIYC usually has a strong contingent of MacMan entrants join their Regatta. MacMan posters have been sent out to yacht clubs and marinas on Lakes Michigan, Erie, and Huron, as well as Georgian Bay. The posters have appeared in Little Current since April. Committee Chair, Dave Naples, predicts "this year we will have better winds and plenty of sunshine."

The "Youth Sailing Program," chaired by Chuck Spence, has laid out a program which will rival any in Northern Canada. Chuck said, "Now that we have our own instructors, we have the freedom to offer more classes stretched out over a longer period of time. We are also going to expand into a youth racing program which will teach the racing aspects of sailing. These classes will focus on starts, rules, boat handling, and sail trim." A number of participants have signed up already. Classes run in July and August.

Club racing has gone through many changes this year with a new chair and new schedule. Brent Masson takes over for long-time chairman Mark Smith and the schedule has changed with the Eaton Cup being moved into June. The format of the Eaton Cup is also being changed to a windward/leeward course similar to that used by the America's Cup boats. The Eaton Cup will be two short races in one day which should test the skipper and crew. All club races will have two starts, one for boats that carry a spinnaker or jenniker and another for boats that carry only headsails. The fleet is expanding and LCYC is going to award both types of racers.

The "WD 40 for the Mind" lecture series will again be held this year on Saturday mornings during July and August. There will be fewer dates though as speakers are difficult to schedule on holiday weekends. A schedule will be published later. The location of the series has also changed to the clubhouse. Previously, the series has been hosted by Bruce, Kelly, and Rob at the Anchor Inn. Commodore Corless said, "We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Anchor Inn for the many years they have allowed us use their facility."

But, don't worry boaters! The Anchor Inn will still host the "Cruisers' Net" and the "Appy Hour" which takes place between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on Fridays during July and August. The Anchor Inn provides appetizers for the cruisers and LCYC members who drop in to celebrate the boating life.

This year there will also be a Club Rendezvous which will include the very popular dingy poker run. This will take place on the August 14th weekend, destination undisclosed at this time.

The last bit of good news for this year is that the much anticipated ribbon cutting for LCYC's new clubhouse will be happening this May. Like a lot of organizations who use donated labor and supplies, it has taken a bit longer than anticipated to put the finishing touches on the project. The clubhouse has been used in a partially completed state for club meetings, but will be ready with all the trimmings in the next sixty days. Commodore Corless also said, "We would like to invite anyone who has an interest in joining LCYC, or would like to attend a scheduled event to contact us at the website www.LCYC.ca or just drop in when the door is open."


tags: Lake Huron, Yacht Club

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