Blue Water Sailing
2020 EVENT CANCELLED
I regret to inform you that representatives of the various clubs which participate in the Lake Erie Interclub Cruise have voted (unanimously) to cancel this year’s event due to restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19.
Boats Registered 2019
Welcome to the 62nd annual Lake Erie Interclub Cruise. Please explore the website for the latest event information. Notice of Race, Event Registration, etc can all be found on the Event Page. Please register early 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.
Cancelled /// 2020 Event DatesRegistration, Skippers Meeting and Event Kickoff Party is Friday June 26th
|1||Erie to Port Dover||June 27, Sat|
|2||Long Point Bay Course||June 28, Sun|
|3||Port Dover to Port Colborne||June 29, Mon|
|4||Port Colborne to Point Abino||June 30, Tue|
|5||Point Abino Course Race||July 1st, Wed|
This is by far the best Regatta I go to every year and the one with the most lasting friendships….and that is why it is so successful.
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
I started sailing on the Enigma when I was 15 years old – a mere 68 years ago. Oh what a pleasure it was to be with Uncle Ken, Chuck Schauble, Pattie Padden, George Loesel, Pan Pininski, Homer Coleman, Bob Fry, Rich Loesel, Lou Klahr and so many wonderful sailors that make up the Enigma/Eckerd alumni.
My first Interclub was in 1968 aboard Doug James’ sloop, Blitzen, an Alberg 35. It was very kind of Mr. James to invite me to join his crew with my Dad. At 11 years old, yacht racing to Canada was the chance of a lifetime. It was also exciting to spend some time with my father, Atty. John Wolford, since he was always working. Even on Saturdays, his routine was to drop off his laundry bag full of soiled shirts at Frank’s Cleaners on his way to the office downtown, take in a little exercise after lunch at the downtown “Y,” and do the grocery shopping at Brown Bros. on the way home. This Saturday was going to be different. We would be on the starting line of the Erie to Dover race at 0530.
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 be interested?” “Yes”, answered the kid, after approximately two and a half seconds of contemplation and a near miss coronary event. True, anyone that had attended Jr. Sailing dreamed of crewing on ENIGMA, but to get a chance?……… And so it began.
“What a wonderful racing event!!! Cheers to all that helped put this together. The true spirit of TEAMWORK, both on and off the water!”
Do you remember the crew of the J/44 Mary Lou signing “Oh where oh where has my spinnaker gone….Oh where or where can it be?” after dropping the brand new sail overboard in the Long Point Bay race? Do you remember the Interclub stopping at Port Maitland?