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Monday, July 16, 2018

No yacht? No problem. You can still have a blast this summer with alternative boating, which means getting out on the water with only a minimal dent made to your wallet. Here’s just a sample of how you can enjoy the sun, wind, and waves all season long. Personal Watercraft When is a PWC not a PWC? When it’s a boat.

by: Zuzana Prochazka

tags: Personal Watercraft, Sailing, Water Toys, Canoes & Kayaks, Paddleboards

Monday, July 16, 2018

The 80th running of South Shore Yacht Club’s Queen’s Cup Race from Milwaukee across Lake Michigan was off to a wet and bouncy start. Sailors at the starting line faced winds out of the northeast at over 15 knots with waves running three to five feet. These conditions forced many skippers to make some tough decisions

tags: Racing, Sailing, Events, Lake Michigan

Monday, July 16, 2018

DETROIT, MICH. – The “slowest race in decades” implies and defines the light winds plaguing the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, which began on Saturday, July 14, albeit with four postponements that pushed back many of the 16 afternoon start times, some by almost two hours. As of 5:30 this afternoon, only

tags: Sailing, Lake Huron, Racing

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Heavy rains and high temperature are fueling the growth of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in water bodies around the state, so the Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Health Services are teaming up to present an informational webinar about the health risks of blue-green algae. Some blue-green algae can cause

tags: Safety, Education, Environmental Impact

Friday, July 13, 2018

On the northwestern shores of Lake Erie, just a short ride up the Maumee River, sits the center of downtown Toledo. From family fun to a romantic getaway, there’s something to do for everyone, and boaters have ideal access to the fun. For a romantic weekend, you can enjoy prime riverfront hotel accommodations at

tags: Destination, Lake Erie

Friday, July 13, 2018

Toledo’s best kept “hidden gem” isn’t quite so hidden anymore. The National Museum of the Great Lakes opened in 2014 and has been making waves in the Toledo community ever since. With nearly 100,000 visitors having toured the museum and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, educating the public about the

tags: History, Lake Erie

Friday, July 13, 2018

Fishing for lake sturgeon is a rare and unique opportunity in Michigan. The month of July brings several season openers. Detroit River Fishing season: July 16 - March 15 Catch and release only. All lake sturgeon must be released immediately. Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River Fishing season: July 16 - March 15 Possession season: July

tags: Fishing, Law & Politics

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lake Ontario Offshore Racing on behalf of the Port Credit Yacht Club, are excited to announce the return of Esprit De Corps IV to the 2018 LO300 Challenge. The Esprit De Corps IV, a Volvo Ocean Racer 60, took Line Honours in the 2017 LO300 Main Duck Course and Gilles Barbot, founder and CEO of Groupe Esprit de Corps Inc, shares that

tags: Canada, Lake Ontario, Racing, Sailing

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Now that registration has closed and the numbers are in, 197 teams are preparing to compete in the 2018 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, scheduled for July 14. With 93 years of tradition behind it, this unique distance race, with two courses that start on lower Lake Huron and finish at Mackinac Island, has a knack for bringing

tags: Events, Racing, Sailing

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The year was 1859, Oregon was becoming the 33rd state in the US, and James Buchanan was President. In Boston, Jacob Edson was hard at work, developing a solution for the coastal and offshore Gloucester schooner fishing fleet – a solution known today as the diaphragm pump! This invention proved to be a huge success for the

tags: Accessories, Decorative