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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

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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
Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

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

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

The intrepid Moonbeam, an O’Day 30,will

carry me on my voyage.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Shoving off the dock at 1035 on August 24. My Quartermaster

and lovely wife Lee waves farewell to her sailor.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Passing the Pierhead Light on the way out of the harbor

into Lake Erie on a cool and cloudy day.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

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.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

On the way to North Cape Yacht Club, sailing through the

Southern Passage - Rattlesnake Island with Catawba Island

in background

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Cruising along the western end of Lake Erie toward Toledo Beach for boat delivery

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

North Cape Yacht Club’s sailing fleet heading

toward the last mark on Wednesday night’s race as

Moonbeam approaches Toledo Beach harbor

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

An inspirational sunset over western Lake Erie.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

North Cape Yacht Club

NCYC takes sailing

very seriously!

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Creeping to get into position for 1000 start –

light winds with competitors barely moving!

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

The chutes went up shortly after the start.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Moonbeam in the early going, looking pretty with her asymmetrical

spinnaker set

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

The Fleet heading toward Pelee Passage

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

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.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Moonbeam’s Spinnaker

set on a tight reach cruising

along the north shore of Lake

Erie on Day 2 of the Challenge

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Sunrise on Lake Erie for Day 2 portends

clear skies and fine weather.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

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.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Moonbeam just rounded Seneca Shoals light at Buffalo and is

now homeward bound!

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Passing Point Abino Light as Moonbeam tacks across from

Buffalo in the late afternoon of Day 3.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

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!

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Entering the Erie Yacht Club for the final rendezvous in the

glassy waters of Presque Isle Bay.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Race Chairman Paul Nickerson welcomes the two newest

members into the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society, myself

and Archangel skipper Paul Bauman.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log

Mission accomplished! Skippers of the 2010 Lake Erie

Challenge get together for a group shot at EYC.

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie ChallengeMoonbeam Log
  • AFTERWARD
  • Including the delivery voyage to North Cape Yacht Club, Moonbeam
  • completely circumnavigated Lake Erie, putting a total of 494 nautical
  • miles (568 statute miles) under her keel.
  • Being a comfortable cruising yacht, Moonbeam is not known for
  • her speed. However, she more than makes up for this with her
  • sea keeping ability. She placed 4th in her class of five boats.
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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society2010 Lake Erie Challenge
  • Special thanks go to:
    • My wife Lee, whose encouragement and support made this voyage
    • possible.
    • Greg Gorny, who devoted a tremendous amount of effort encouraging and advising myself and others to participate in the Lake Erie Challenge.
    • Paul Nickerson, who took on the pain as Race Chairman for the event and whose good humor made us all feel valued and welcome.
    • Wally McMinn of North Cape Yacht Club and Dave Heitzenrater of the Erie Yacht Club for their warm and welcoming hospitality.
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