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Chairman’s Message

Note for 2021: The Lake Erie Interclub Cruise is traditionally an international event with participating Yacht Clubs and boats from both Canada and the United States. The traditional regatta consists of races that cross the Canadian / US border. Due to the COVID-19 border closure between Canada and the US, an international regatta is not possible in 2021. Therefore, the 2021 regatta will continue with simultaneous events in Canada and the US combining to form the 2021 Lake Erie Interclub Cruise. This Notice of Race applies only to the US event. A separate Notice of Race is issued for the CANADIAN event

Welcome to the 64th annual Lake Erie Interclub Cruise.

 Please explore the website for the latest event information.   Notice of Race and other details can all be found on the Event Page.  Please register soon and thoroughly enjoy the blue water sailing and the Interclub Cruise festivities around the Eastern end of Lake Erie. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of our committee team members. 

David McBrier| Lake Erie Interclub Cruise

I am so proud of my “Sheets & Giggles” crew (Eddie Bilopavlovic, Andrew Vallee, and Steve Shaw) for their outstanding efforts to take First in Class and First Overall In the Canadian Lake Erie Interclub Regatta.  Our hats are off to Mark Boerkamp aboard Dolce Vita, who we edged out in the tie breaker!  A great week for everyone involved!  Thanks guys!

John Vallee, PDYC, "Yacht: Sheets & Giggles"

Yacht “Sledge Hammer” Doug Bienko, Ansley Kelly, Tommy Lewin, Larry Militello II, Liz Lewin, Tom Lewin, Joe Bielinski, Pat Augello and Ken Bienko. Missing from the photo is Tim Lewin.

Tom Lewin, BYC, "Yacht: Sledge Hammer"

History on the Inter-Cup Trophy and Bruce Dell Cup

By Rich Loesel In 1907 the first official race was organized by the Erie Yacht Club from Erie to Port Dover. The cup would be named after the first yacht to win the race, ANNETTE was the winner. (I supposed that they got the idea from the America Cup.} This race was...

The Annette Cup

By Dave Heitzenrater The Most Historic racing trophy in the Erie Yacht Club display case is the Annette Cup. The initial challenge for this silver loving cup occurred when the Erie Yacht Club was a youthful dozen years old. The race began in Erie and continued past...


By Gib Loesel The yacht Enigma owned by Kennedy M. Eckerd kept a fairly good log, much of which was laced with poetry of sorts written by various poetic and non poetic members of the crew. The following are excerpts with a short story of what initiated said PUNK POEM:...

Interclub Story

By Doug Nagle III If memory serves me right, I think that 1963 was my first year aboard ENIGMA. This was a result of a brief conversation with my Dad that went something like this; “They’re looking for a kid to crew on the ENIGMA, you might learn something, would you...

If you want to know who really sailed on the ENIGMA, ask them what a “ticket” is.

By Hadley Jackson It was in 1978 or ’79 and my responsibility at the Port Dover Yacht Club was to look after docking about 45 boats in that years Interclub Cruise. As a keen, inexperienced owner of a C&C 25 it was exciting to welcome the many larger visiting...

Interclub Lore

By Jim Whistler After reading the ship’s logs of my father’s boats since 1954, I was tempted to summarize their Erie-Dover races of 1956 through the mid 60’s but since this is the 50th anniversary of the Interclub Cruise, I’ll recount the log of 1957. His boat at that...

Do You Remember?

Submitted by John Vallee Do you remember Jim McBrier’s orange Heritage One Ton Brier Rabbit and the huge carrot windsock that they flew from the masthead during cocktail hour? Do you remember the rivalry between the two Borsaw 40’s; Adams’ and Karl Smithers’ Thermis X...

Almost Overboard…..

Captain Jim The Sleigh Ride………what year, they all blend together over time…but it was a howler, back in the early 80s……on the Morgan 33…..the “Brier Rabbit” that always wanted to roll over but the mast got in the way……Port Dover to Abino……wind out of the SW building...

Diablo Aground

By J. Boyd Bert Some years ago we were enjoying a delightful spinnaker reach aboard Diablo to Port Dover in the first leg of the Interclub. As we approached Long Point we speculated on how great it would be if we could harden up around the Point and carry the chute on...

Recollections After 36 Erie-Dover Races

By Don Gregory Jim Daniels – Skipper – Jim was a gentleman we cruised along with the racers. He sure knew his way around SECRET. Warren Hunt drove the HUNTRESS. He wanted to win and let you know it too. I spent eight years with Warren, in the two segments. He was a...

Participating Yacht Clubs

Buffalo Canoe Club
Buffalo Yacht Club
Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club
Dunkirk Yacht Club
Erie Yacht Club
Port Dover Yacht Club
Sugarloaf Sailing Club

Lake Erie Interclub Cruise