The finish line at a recent Green Island Race.
The focus of sailboat racing in the Islands area in the next week will be on the Juniors. The young ladies and gentlemen who compete for their home Yacht Clubs will be in intense action along the shores of Lake Erie.
First up is the North Coast Junior Regatta at Port Clinton Yacht Club on Friday, July 19. One of the requirements for qualifying for the Inter-Lake Yachting Association Junior Regatta at Put-in-Bay is that at least two regattas be sailed in Lake Erie waters. The North Coast Junior Regatta has been one of the most popular events on the Junior I-LYA Travelers schedule. It is being co-hosted this year by PCYC and Vermilion Boat Club.
The “Big Event” is next week, July 22-25, at Put-in-Bay, where the best junior sailors from as far away as Grosse Pointe, MI; Erie, PA; Indianapolis, IN and Columbus will compete for four days off the shores of South Bass Island. They will compete in Lasers, Interlakes, 420s and Flying Juniors.
Congratulations to Dave Ryan and his crew aboard the C&C 33 CHASSEUR for their victory in the Annual DeWars Cup trophy at Catawba Island Club.
A week after the Juniors depart Put-in-Bay, the senior sailors arrive for Bay Week, the annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association Regatta. On Thursday, Aug. 1, feeder races known as “Deep Water Races” will head to the Island from a variety of ports, including Cleveland, Sandusky, Port Clinton, Toledo and Detroit. The regatta itself will be held August 2-4 at Put-in-Bay. For more information, log onto www.ilya.org.
Finally, make plans now to attend the Green Island Race at Port Clinton Yacht Club. This annual event will be made even more special by coinciding with the arrival of the Tall Ships to Port Clinton on Thursday, Aug. 29. The Green Island Race itself will be held on Sunday, Sept. 1, a day before the 16 Tall Ships that will be located all around the western basin of Lake Erie will head to the re-enactment site to observe the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie and the victory of the American Fleet over the British Fleet in September of 1813. Two of the Tall Ships will be docked directly across the Portage River from Port Clinton Yacht Club. To register, go to their website at www.portclintonyachtclub.com.