Ancient Mariners Cruise – Day #3

Day 3 – Wednesday, May 26 – brought rain to South Bass Island and the crew elected to stay in port and do some sightseeing at Put-in-Bay.  They visited the Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial and spent some time chatting with the re-enactors learning about the Battle of Lake Erie and Commodore Perry’s amazing victory.  

The crew also report that they spent some time at the wineries on the island.  There are two – Heineman’s Winery and the Put-in-Bay Winery.  Knowing this particular group of sailors, I think we can safely assume that they spent most of the afternoon at Heineman’s – after all, what better way to spend a rainy afternoon than drinking Lake Erie Wine at one of Ohio’s oldest Wineries?  One has to wonder… did they do the Crystal Cave Tour?  Yes, if you visit the island, be sure to take this tour through the world’s largest geode located under the winery.

Based on photos sent in by Jerry, they must have also stopped by the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum (no doubt after enjoying a few brews at Hooligan’s Irish Pub next door.)  One piece of island history he reported that he found particularly interesting was that of the Hotel Victory.  First opened in 1882, and at the time the largest hotel in North America, it was completely destroyed by fire in 1919.  Today, the South Bass Island State Park occupies the former hotel grounds.  Ruins of the hotel are visible there today.  A must-see when you’re at Put-in-Bay!

Jerry also reports the crew visiting with Mother Mary, Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the island.  Whether they were in dire need of a blessing, or perhaps maybe she joined them for 4 o’clock club at Heineman’s is not known.  But, Mother Mary is a staple of island life and, as Jerry put it, “a phenomenally interesting person.”  Don Harris is a regular parishioner at St. Paul’s while on the island during the summer months.

Sounds like they enjoyed quite a bit of what Put-in-Bay has to offer.  I’m sure that the Ancient Mariners would agree that, should you have the opportunity, you should really plan a visit to Put-in-Bay this summer.  The island is far more than the bars & drinking for which its often known on the mainland.  Perhaps during the week of July 18-22 when BLYC will be represented by a phenomenal group of young sailors at I-LYA Junior Bay Week?

This morning, Thursday, plans were to sail back to Huron, return the boat, and make the journey back to their home lake – Buckeye Lake.  Forecast is for a wicked northeaster (yes, on Lake Erie, it’s northeaster, not nor’easter like in New England) to blow in later tonight and continuing well into Saturday night – A good time to be headed back, for sure!

As Commodore Gus Schell (’51) used to say anytime after returning from a journey,
“It’s always good to be back at BLYC.”

National Safe Boating Week – Thunderstorms

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Ancient Mariners Cruise – Day #2

After a walleye dinner at Mossback’s and a night on the boat at PIBYC, the Ancient Mariners enjoyed a beautiful Lake Erie sunrise on Tuesday morning which brought stiff breeze and a great day sail out and around Ballast Island and over to Kelleys.  As Jerry reported, “We sailed out and back – It was too nice of a day to go in.”

The breeze was 11-15 knots out of the southeast making for great daysail around the islands – hitting 7.5 knots of boatspeed with the rail in the water – SPORTY!

  Watch the video below…

Another night at Put-in-Bay and today, the crew plans to sail over to Kelleys Island to enjoy all that it has to offer ashore, stay the night, and then sail back to Huron on Thursday.

Before leaving PIB, however, they made a stop by the docks in Squaw Harbor.  Your editor received the following photo this morning with the caption… “Boarding Party”

Well, it’s good to know that SummerzCool is still safe at her moorings.  Hopefully, they didn’t find the stash of rum!  LOL

BLYC Ancient Mariners Cruise – Day #1

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Day One of the BLYC Ancient Mariners Cruise began with picking up White Pine at Harbor North in Huron.  Last fall, there was some confusion with the reservation causing this year’s trip to be delayed until spring.  TJ and the entire crew at Harbor North are great to work with and, in appreciation for the group’s flexibility, they helped kick-off this year’s Ancient Mariner’s cruise by presenting the crew with a complimentary bottle of rum.

To quote Jerry, “Yo, Ho, Ho, etc.”

White Pine docked at PIBYC

Winds were light at best, and the crew motored White Pine from Huron to Put-in-Bay where they secured dockage at the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club.  A fresh walleye dinner at Mossback’s was in order and the crew settled in, hoping for better winds today.  Today’s forecast is for 10-15 kts out of the southwest and should make for some great day sailing around the bass islands.  

Tomorrow (Wednesday), the crew is likely to sail off to Kelleys to enjoy another island, then back to Huron on Thursday.

Stay Tuned…

Chuck Bendig

Don Harris

Rick Henderson at the helm

BLYC Ancient Mariners Lake Erie Cruise

Monday, May 24, 2021

This morning, May 24, 2021, the BLYC “Ancient Mariners” – Chuck Bendig, Jerry Besanceney, Don Harris, Rick Henderson, Russ Long (Hoover SC), and Tom Shain left the protected waters of Buckeye Lake to travel to Huron, Ohio where they will charter a 41′ Hunter, White Pine, for the week for their annual Lake Erie Cruise.  The itinerary for this year’s trip was still being finalized as COVID-related restrictions still prohibit entering Canadian waters.  However, they left the dock this morning and plan to cruise at least to Kelley’s and South Bass Islands (Put-in-Bay), returning to Huron on Thursday.

They plan to send in daily updates on their adventures and we will share them with you here on the SLOG.  Forecasted winds are light and variable for today and tomorrow, then building overnight Tuesday through their return to Huron on Thursday – it could get “quite sporty” out there.

Click Here for the Report from their 2019 Adventure

On a related note, the Annual Mills Trophy Race is being sailed on Lake Erie the night of Friday, June 11th this year.  This is an overnight, distance race sailed from Toledo near the mouth of the Maumee to Put-in-Bay.  For the past several years, BLYC’s own Steve Harris has been the PRO for the past several years and several other BLYC members have helped on Race Committee too.  However, it has been decades since there was an entry from BLYC racing the event.  That changes in 2021!  BLYC member Jeffery Robb, along with crew Bill Collinson & David Paligo are entered in the Cruising Class aboard Robb’s 46′ Hunter, Ariel.  We wish them all of the best in the event.  They’ll certainly share a report with us for the SLOG at the conclusion of the event.


Spring Series – Week #2

May 23, 2021

Temp: 87*F
Humidity: 47%
Wind: NNW 4-9 knot
Course: A (S-1-2-F)

Buckeye Lake Sail-On-Sunday is taking off with renewed enthusiasm. Week 2 had three
Catalina Capri 22’s out of the 9 registered sailboats going to the start line. Winds were
steady/unsteady and fluky at times but we were able to get 2 races in the record books
towards the Commodore Chris J. Lambrecht Cup Trophy.

As BLYC sailing & racing is making this strong comeback, it is exciting to see more sailboats on the water and the FUN “family style” competition on Racers Row and then teams going on the water to practice timing and working to remove the rust & cobwebs from our long winter.

The after-race social is becoming a place to ask fellow competitor’s on how a team can improve in next week’s race. Buckeye Lake Sailboat Racing is BACK. Who is the next team to chase the ‘Rabbits Flag’ for a week? It can be your Team.

Thank you, Race Committee, for an excellent job setting up the course and the start of racing
on time.

Spring Series – Race #1

Temperature – 62°F
Humidity – 56%
Wind – 7 kts, south, decreasing to 2 kts
Course – B (S-1-2-1-2-F)

Click on image to view series results online

The 2021 BLYC Sailing/Racing Season has officially started with the entry of more boats this season.

With the winds directly out of the South, RC announced we would be using a skewed triangle course with a Start/Finish line and around two marks. Because of the wind direction and the course layout it would be a beam reach around the entire course. It was announced at the skippers meeting we would be doing two laps and if the winds die RC could shorten course at the start/finish.

At 1300 hours, we opened the season with a blessing from our Fleet Chaplin Father Mike. The race started with a steady 7 knots and it looked promising to get 2-laps in. As the boats were rounding mark 2, the wind slowed to 3-4 knots and by the time they got to the finish line they were at 2 knots.

Big thanks go out to all who are working hard to make 2021 Sailing/Racing a successful season.

Congratulations Team Reflection!

Following the day’s racing, they were seen sailing past the Club with the Rabbit Flag hoisted high!