2018 GPSC Lake Huron Cruise Race

Lake Huron Cruise Race

Sailing Instructions:

2018 Lake Huron Cruise Race Sailing Instructions

Notice of Race:

2018 Lake Huron Cruise Notice of Race


  1. Logramar (Mark Dybdahl)
  2. My Fair Lady (Bob Cowles)
  3. Katie Ann (Dan and Susan Noetzel)
  4. Barefeet (Pat Clark)
  5. La Polonaise (Paul Toro)
  6. Eerin (Mike Marsh)
  7. Therapy (Don Wilbert)
  8. Voyageur (Frank Sonye)
  9. – 13. Jalapeno (Dave Parkes), Cloud Nine (Dennis Nicole), Eclipse (John Nugent), Stella Maris (Peter Baumann): all DNF.


GPSC Fun Casual Race 2017

Lake Huron Cruise Race

If you are interested in getting North for cruising or you are interested in a “Fun Casual Race,” this may be of interest. The Grosse Pointe Sail Club is continuing the tradition and will get the race started on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from Port Huron. The race has two stop-overs (Harbor Beach and Harrisville) and finishes at Presque Isle Harbor. There is no need to sail all night or in extremely bad weather. No need to sit with no wind or sail on a stripped out boat. You can even tow a dinghy or run your engine. All the boats rest each evening for cocktails, dinner, and a good night’s sleep.

The next race segment will start the following morning. The finish is at Presque Isle Harbor with a celebratory awards brunch the morning after the finish. Following the awards everyone is only 30–40 nautical miles from De Tour Passage or False De Tour Passage (the North Channel entrances), or a short hop to Mackinac Island.

To participate: Provide a 2017 DRYA rating or fill out the attached Provisional JAM Rating (PJAM) application from the Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association (DRYA) and forward it to Race Chairman Peter Baumann, 1941 West Spinning Wheel Lane, Bloomfield Twp., MI 48304 (pbau@comcast.net).

Include a check in the amount of $ 100 (one hundred) for your entry fee, payable to Grosse Pointe Sail Club (GPSC). The entry fee covers awards, mementos and the awards brunch for you and your crew. This year, part of the proceeds will go to a local youth sailing program of your choice. Sailing instructions (also attached) will be reviewed at a Skippers Meeting to be held at Atwater in the Park, Lakepointe Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1830 h. Questions? Contact Peter Baumann at pbau@comcast.net or cell 248-805-3741. We hope you can join the fun!

Revised 02/01/17 PB 2017 GPSC Lake Huron Cruise Race Sailing Instructions

2017 GPSC Lake Huron Cruise Race Sailing Instructions

    • The first start will be on July 23, 2017 at approximately 0930 hrs.
    • There will be three racing segments. Segments are scheduled for each day, weather permitting, Sunday through Tuesday July 24 – 26. The Race will be scored as a series of three race segments.
    • The races will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS), the prescriptions of USSA, and as modified by these Sailing Instructions.
    • The Race Chairman (Peter Baumann) shall have the authority to establish the Race Course, to obtain ratings from the DRYA or assign a rating for the participating yachts and to amend all Sailing Instructions. Any amendment to these Sailing Instructions shall be e-mailed to the participants by 2000 hrs on July 22, 2017 or agreed to at the daily 0730 hrs communications each race day.
    • The races are open to any monohull sailing boat that (i) has an engine, a head, & sleeping quarters, and is registered for the Race. Registration forms are available upon e-mail request to the Race Chairman (Peter Baumann). A completed registration⁄rating form is to be received by the Race Chairman the latest Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (Skippers' Meeting).
    • The following Table A describes the daily procedures for the start & finish for each day of the Cocktail Cruising Race.
    • The start: The first day's starting location is at the specified Lat⁄Lon as shown in Table A below. The other daily starts will be at a specifiedLat-Lonat the "marina of the night" (seeTable A). The trawler "Misselaineous" will be at the specified Lat-Lon and will act as the starting vessel. All competing yachts are to be in the general vicinity and on the Southern side of "Misselaineous" during the starting sequence. The starting signals will be sounded from "Misselaineous". There will be no visual signals. "Misselaineous" will also broadcast on channel 71 the Warning, Preparatory and Start Signals, accompanied by a horn, if possible.
    • The Finish: The finish locations are at specific Lat-Lon's (using a 0.1 nm arrival circle = 600 feet) at each nightly marina.
    • Each participant is to record the specified data in Table B (get the complete sailing instructions here) and report same to the Race Chairman by 2000 hrs for all segments (races).
    Start TimeStart LocationStart ProcedureFinish Location
    Marina of the night
    Finish Procedure
    09:30 hrs
    Start Line @
    43°04'46" N
    82°25'74" W
    Signals as described above from "Misselaineous"Harbor Beach
    43°50'26" N
    82°36'52" W
    1. Record finish time using GPS time.
    2. Fill out Table B – Daily Log (get the complete sailing instructions here).
    3. Report the information to the Race Chairman.
    08:30 hrsHarbor Beach
    43°52'20" N
    82°37'94" W
    Signals as described above from "Misselaineous"Harrisville
    44°39'59" N
    83°16'47" W
    Same as above.
    08:30 hrsHarrisville
    44°39'92" N
    83°16'28" W
    Signals as described above from "Misselaineous"Presque Isle
    45°19'94" N
    83°26'70" W
    Same as above.
    Table 5 – Start & Finish Information
    • Day1 = Port Huron to Harbor Beach.
    • Day2 = Harbor Beach to Harrisville.
    • Day3 = Harrisville to Presque Isle.
    • Each competing yacht will be responsible for paying mooring charges at all marinas. Each marina has our information⁄reservations. After finishing you are to call the marina and tell them you are with the GPSC Lake Huron Cruise Race. They will give you mooring instructions.
    • There will be a "check-in" radio communication on channel 71 at 0730 hrs each race day for all contestants. If the weather is questionable, the Race Chairman will poll all participants for a vote to race as scheduled for that day or postpone. A postponement may be for a specified number of hours, at which time radio contact will be resumed and a decision will be made to race or postpone for the day. If there is a day postponement, the schedule will move to accommodate that delay.
    • The race will not be shortened.
    • Once the day's race begins, there will be no abandonment. Yachts may motor to the next specified marina and record their times or abandon on their own for a different marina and contact the Race Chairman on Channel 71 or by cell phone.
    • The Racing Rules of Sailing rule £35 (Time Limit and Scores) is hereby modified as follows: The time limit for all segments (races) is 2000 hrs. Any boat finishing after the time limit will be awarded a finish time equal to the time limit plus 120 minutes and scored accordingly for that day. However, all boats must report their finish information (Table B) to the Race Chairman by 2100 hrs on channel 71. A boat not reporting by 2100 hrs will not be scored.
    • The general communication channel for the Fleet is channel 71. All boats are to monitor Channel 71 from 0730 till 2100 hrs.
    • There will be no protests allowed. Confrontations between yachts are to be handled by the US Court System. The Race results will not be affected by any conflict between competing yachts.
    • Contestants, whose yachts do not have a Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association (DRYA) rating will obtain a Provisional Jib and Main (PJAM) rating for their yacht from DRYA. The rating obtained will be adjusted by +15 seconds per mile if towing a dinghy. The use of a spinnaker is at the skipper's discretion and must be declared after each race day for scoring. A rating adjustment for spinnaker usage on a JAM rated boat will be made based on the charactoristics and type of spinnaker.
    • The number of divisions will be determined at the time of the Skippers' Meeting. The Series will consist of three scheduled race segments (race days). Each boat's score for the Series shall be calculated on the sum of her corrected times for all three segments.
    • Using the engine
      • Every time a racer starts their engine and puts it in gear before finishing, other than avoiding commercial traffic and without gaining an advantage during the maneuver, one hour is added to the uncorrected finish time. Motor sailing is acceptable at all times.
      • Starting your engine twice or thrice within an hour will give you a total of two-hour and then a three-hour total penalty and so on. Thus, it makes sense to motor for a full hour, unless wind comes up and you think you can sail faster than motor.
      • Once the motor has been started, motoring beyond the first hour adds another hour to your time (e.g., motoring for 2.5 hours will give you a total of three hours of penalty for that motor usage event, so you may as well motor for three complete hours unless you could sail faster or more safely under sail alone. Running the engine in Neutral for purposes of charging is acceptable; putting the engine in gear starts the penalty.
    • Time limit
      • Racers that don’t finish by 2000 hrs. and call in by 2100 hrs. will get a total of a two-hour penalty, no matter what time they actually finish.
    • Ties
      • In case of a tie for the Series between two or more boats, the tie will be broken as follows:
        1. In favor of the boat with the most first place finishes.
        2. If the tie remains, in favor of the boat with the most second place finishes and so on till the tie has been broken.
        3. If the tie still remains, it shall be broken in favor of the boat that beat the other most often, based on corrected times.
        4. If the tie still remains, it shall be broken in favor of the boat with the best corrected time in the last race.
  16. Awards
    • There will be 1st, 2nd & 3rd place awards each day, if in a division there are less than 7 competitors; there will be 4th and 5th place awards, if there is a division with 7 or more competitors. There also will be 1st thru 5th place awards for the series and an overall Perpetual Series Trophy. Awards will be presented at the Presque Isle Awards Party.
    • When crossing a shipping channel, boats shall not interfere with major ships (Federal Law 89-764). Participants at all times shall abide by USCG Rule 18, which reads in part: “(b) A sailing vessel underway shall keep out of the way of: … (ii) a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.” Boats may use their engines to stay clear of commercial shipping. However, in doing so they are not to better their position in the process. This engine run time need not be reported on the vessels race log or reported to the Race Chairman.
    • By participating in any race of the series, each person aboard as skipper, crew or otherwise
      1. acknowledges that racing sailing boats has certain inherent risks and can be a dangerous activity and
      2. nevertheless voluntarily assumes all such risks, and waives any and all claims that he or she may have for damages of any kind against the race chairman or any other person involved in the organization & running of the race. The skipper and crew shall be responsible for deciding whether to start or to continue each race of the series. Each boat is to have a valid insurance policy covering liability and property damage.
    • Safety
      • Any boat participating in any race of this series shall be seaworthy in hull, rigging and gear.
    • Safety Equipment
      • The skipper of a participating boat acknowledges that he or she is aware of the safety equipment required by the United States Coast Guard to be carried aboard the boat and accepts full responsibility for deciding what additional safety equipment is necessary for the safety of the boat and crew under the circumstances. During each race in which a boat participates, the skipper shall insure that all such required and additional equipment will be aboard, in accessible locations and in good working order, and the skipper shall assure that each member of the crew and any others aboard during this race know the location and proper use of all such equipment. The individual boats skipper has sole responsibility for decisions to race, manuever, and participate in the event.
    • Any crew observed discharging trash overboard shall be subject to reports given to the US Coast Guard.
Port HuronHarbor BeachHarrisvillePresque Isle
Port Huron46.5 nm
Harbor Beach54.9 nm
Harrisville44.4 nm
Saturday arrive @ PHYC after 1500 hrsSunday pm arrive @ Harbor BeachMonday pm arrive @ HarrisvilleTuesday pm arrive @ Presque Isle
  1. Registration deadline is July 12, 2017 (Skipper's meeting).
  2. Participating yachts must have an engine, a head, and sleeping quarters.
  3. Motoring is allowed during the race.
    However, motoring is in one hour segments. For each hour or less you motor, you are to add an additional hour to your arrival time.
    • Example 1 = If you motor for 3 hours 20 minutes, you add 4 hours to your arrival time.
    • Example 2 = If you motor for 20 minutes then later for 40 minutes, you add 2 hours to your arrival time.
  4. Keep a log (engine on & in gear = motoring). Battery charging (engine running but not in gear) is not considered motoring.
  5. Log-in every night with the Race Chairman by 2100 hrs. Channel 71, providing the following:
    1. Boat name, arrival time (hh:min:sec) at the specified Lat/Lon. (Using Official US Time from the GPS).
    2. Time motoring, which will be added to the arrival time. See Table B in the SI’s
  6. Daily results will be announced the next morning at 0730 hrs check-in time.
    1. Each day will be scored as a separate race with awards.
    2. The final results will be scored as the sum of the three segments corrected time. (See SI’s).
  7. DRYA ratings will be used. If you do not have a rating, obtain a PJAM rating from DRYA free of charge (see SI’s).
    Spinnakers are optional.
  8. If towing a dinghy, you will get a + 15 second per mile credit.
  9. Nightly mooring costs are the skippers responsibility.
  10. Mackinac racing equipment requirements do not apply. Your boat must comply with US Coast Guard rules and regulations.
  11. All boats are to monitor Channel 71 as the communication channel during the racing period.
  12. Entry fee $100 payable to GPSC. Used for awards & celebratory brunch at the award presentation and youth sailing program.
  13. Email Peter Baumann for additional forms.
  14. The Sailing Instructions will be emailed and reviewed at Atwater in the Park on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 1830 hrs (skippers’ meeting).
Saturday, July 22, 2017Port Huron Y.C.Mooring (rafting may be required). Dinner on your own. Arrive after 1500 hrs.
SundayPort Huron Y.C.0730 hrs Skippers check-in on Channel 71 (Lay-day⁄delay⁄go as schedules???)
July 23, 2017First start0930 hrs start at specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions.
FinishRACING — Take your arrival time at specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions
Harbor BeachBy 2100 hrs Skippers must check-in with the Race Chairman with finish information.
MondayHarbor Beach0730 hrs Skippers check-in on Channel 71 (Lay-day⁄delay⁄go as scheduled???)
July 24, 2017Second start0830 hrs race begins just south of a specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions
FinishRACING — Take your arrival time at specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions
HarrisvilleBy 2030 hrs Skippers must check-in with the Race Chairman with finish information. Dinner on your own (Restaurant or grilling or on-board).
TuesdayHarrisville0730 hrs am Skippers check in on Channel 71 (Lay-day⁄delay⁄go as scheduled???)
July 25, 2017Third – Final start0830 hrs race begins just south of a specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions.
FinishRACING — Take your arrival time at specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions.
Presque IsleBy 2030 hrs Skippers must check-in with the Race Chairman with finish information. Dinner on your own (Restaurant or grilling or on-board).
WednesdayPresque Isle1100 hrs – 1300 hrs Awards party with announcement of results and awards.
July 26, 2017Restaurant