Bayfield, WI – Unless you work on a Great Lakes freighter, many sailors spend more time on Lake Superior than almost anyone else. As an example, Canadian sailors from Thunder Bay think nothing of sailing the 400 km. round trip to the Bayfield, Wisconsin area for racing. They’ve been doing this for over 3 decades.
A premiere sailing event on Lake Superior is Bayfield Race Week. Fifty-six boats registered for the 2016 series, which ran from July 4th to 8th. The beautiful Apostle Islands setting, excellent organization by the Wayzata Yacht Club, and a format that appeals to sailors of varying abilities and expectations, drew a record number of participants to this year’s regatta.
This year, Thunder Bay’s Chris Wells and the crew of Northern Harrier, topped the Mid-Distance Class A fleet and took home honours for ‘Best Performing Canadian Boat’. Dave Clarke of Thunder Bay led the crew of Pennycress to second place in the Bouy Racing B fleet, and to a first place finish in the inaugural Memorial Cup race. Congrats to our local representatives in the races!