Great Lakes Singlehanded Society 2010 Lake Erie Challenge Aboard the Yacht Moonbeam Skippered by Allan Belovarac August 28 – September 1 2010. Great Lakes Singlehanded Society 2010 Lake Erie Challenge Moonbeam Log. Route of the Lake Erie Challenge, starting at
2010 Lake Erie Challenge
Aboard the Yacht Moonbeam
August 28 – September 1
Route of the Lake Erie Challenge, starting at
Toledo Beach, MI, and ending at EYC, Erie, PA for
total of 312 statute miles, 271 nautical miles
The intrepid Moonbeam, an O’Day 30,will
carry me on my voyage.
Shoving off the dock at 1035 on August 24. My Quartermaster
and lovely wife Lee waves farewell to her sailor.
Passing the Pierhead Light on the way out of the harbor
into Lake Erie on a cool and cloudy day.
There is no substitute for traditional navigation charts combined
with GPS positioning to give the Skipper a sense of geographical
location on the lake. Lat/long was plotted every two hours to measure
Moonbeam’s position and course track.
On the way to North Cape Yacht Club, sailing through the
Southern Passage - Rattlesnake Island with Catawba Island
Cruising along the western end of Lake Erie toward Toledo Beach for boat delivery
North Cape Yacht Club’s sailing fleet heading
toward the last mark on Wednesday night’s race as
Moonbeam approaches Toledo Beach harbor
An inspirational sunset over western Lake Erie.
North Cape Yacht Club
NCYC takes sailing
Creeping to get into position for 1000 start –
light winds with competitors barely moving!
The chutes went up shortly after the start.
Moonbeam in the early going, looking pretty with her asymmetrical
The Fleet heading toward Pelee Passage
Amazing how in that big lake a hulking freighter will manage to aim
right for your little boat! Moonbeam pushes the envelope here by
crossing the bow of the 1000-footer American Century.
set on a tight reach cruising
along the north shore of Lake
Erie on Day 2 of the Challenge
Sunrise on Lake Erie for Day 2 portends
clear skies and fine weather.
By day 3, the fleet was so spread out, this was the
first boat I saw since Pelee Island – Entsonheading back
to Erie after making the turn at Buffalo.
Moonbeam just rounded Seneca Shoals light at Buffalo and is
now homeward bound!
Passing Point Abino Light as Moonbeam tacks across from
Buffalo in the late afternoon of Day 3.
Moonbeam crosses the finish line on Day 4. Notice the calm
water and lack of wind. It took me 2 hours to cover the last
1.5 miles of the journey!
Entering the Erie Yacht Club for the final rendezvous in the
glassy waters of Presque Isle Bay.
Race Chairman Paul Nickerson welcomes the two newest
members into the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society, myself
and Archangel skipper Paul Bauman.
Mission accomplished! Skippers of the 2010 Lake Erie
Challenge get together for a group shot at EYC.