Our editor, Donna Lueke, asked me who I might know who could write a weekly column on sailing for our new COASTLINES supplement. I said I would, so now you get to read the first installment of the RAGBAG REPORT.
The auxiliary fleet at PCYC started their season last Sunday with two races. They have compacted that series to a 6-race affair, with three Sunday dates May 26, July 17 and August 11. All dates are scheduled for two races, back-to-back. They will also have a “Sunset Can Race” on Friday, September 13.
CIC also has an active summer sailing season scheduled (I love alliteration). Their Memorial Race was held on Saturday, May 25. The rest of their series will be: Heritage Cup Race, June 15; CIC Twilight Race, July 5; Dewar’s Cup Race, July 13; Dry Creek Trophy Cup Race, August 10; and the Burgee Bar Race on September 7.
A couple of major racing events are happening in the coming weeks. This Sunday, June 1, is the Annual Commodore Perry Race out of North Cape Yacht Club, just south of Monroe, Michigan. Boats planning to race the 90th Annual Mills Trophy Race the following Friday are invited to stay the week at NCYC.
This being the summer of the Battle of Lake Erie Bi-Centennial, the organizers for the Mills Trophy Race have decided to make the battle site marker buoy just northeast of West Sister Island a mark of the course. The starting area, 1.5 nm east-southeast of the Toledo Harbor Light, stays the same, and the finish is once again at Put-in-Bay. I thought it was a nice touch to include the Battle of Lake Erie marker buoy as a mark of the course. The planners will hold their annual pre-race party at Toledo Yacht Club on Thursday, June 6. The first starts will be around 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, on three courses--The President’s Cup Course (just under 40 nm); The Governor’s Cup Course (just under 55 nm) and the Mills Trophy Race Course (just over 70 nm).