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Lake Erie Interclub Cruise Event

2018 Event Dates

Registration, Skippers Meeting and Event Kickoff Party is Friday June 22rd
DayCourseDate
1Buffalo Course Race (ends in Point Abino)June 23, Sat
2Point Abino to Port ColborneJune 24, Sun
3Port Colborne to Port DoverJune 25, Mon
4Long Point Bay CourseJune 26, Tue
5Port Dover to ErieJune 27, Wed

New in 2018 – SPREAD THE WORD

Cruising Division (Two-Day)   |   (Race 1 & 2) or (Race 4 & 5)

Learn More

2018

Event To Do List — Use Link Buttons Below

  1. Read Notice of Race
  2. Register for Event  (Registration @ Yacht Scoring Link)
  3. Submit Files Required for Registration
    – Boat Insurance
    – PHRF Rating
  4. Merchandise Pre-Order — (Pay at registration CHECK or CASH)
  5. Dinner Ticket Pre-Order (Pay at registration, CHECK or CASH)
  6. Canada Border Cross Form Pre-Registration  (Expand Section Below)
  7. Need Crew….. Try the Crew Board
  8. Sailing Instructions will be posted when available

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Border Crossing / Customs and Immigration

Procedures for entering Canada / Pleasure Boats

The Lake Erie Interclub Cruise is working closely with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to ensure a smooth check in process.   Please be advised the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is requiring a boat entry information form be emailed to them 48 hours prior to entry with a follow-up call on Friday.  To accommodate their request please follow the below instructions

1. Complete the Canadian Border Services Agency Form by Thursday morning June 21st     Note: Incomplete forms will not be accepted

2 Email the completed form directly to their email address:   trc_preregistration_inscriptionprealable_crt@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

trc_preregistration_inscriptionprealable_crt@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

3. Call Canada Border Services Agency 1-888-226-7277 on Friday June 22nd  to confirm entry approval    Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

 

Procedures for entering the U.S.  / Pleasure Boats

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

CBP Introduces a New Smart Phone App for Small Boat Reporting in the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River from Buffalo to Ogdensburg. Note this is a pilot version only for use in limited areas.  Contact your local Port of Entry for guidance.  You can download it from the app store and it will turn your smart phone into a video phone.  CBP encourages boaters to take advantage of the ROAM app on their smart phone devices.  Travelers in possession of a Nexus Card or I-68 can still report their arrival by calling 1-800-827-2851 – or use the new ROAM app.

Dockage Requirements
Prior arrangements must be made at the following Yacht Clubs for dockage:
Buffalo Yacht Club 716-883-5900
Erie Yacht Club 814-453-6368
Lodging

Erie, PA
Bel Aire Hotel (2 miles)  |  814-833-1116   |   Website
Hampton Inn (2 miles) 814-835-4200
Sharaton Hotel on the Erie Bayfront (4 Miles)  Website
Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront  (4 Miles) Website

Point Abino, Canada
Crystal Beach Motel (3.5 Miles) 905-894-1750
Holiday Inn Fort Erie (9 Miles) 888-269-5550

Port Dover, Canada
Bear Hug Bed & Breakfast  |  1-866-583-9972   |  Website
Brant Hill Inn 519-583-1501   |   888-741-4419   |   Website
Dover House Bed and Breakfast   |   519-583-3654  |  Website
Erie Beach Hotel 519-583-1391   |   Website

Port Colborne, Canada
Sugarloaf (Bed & Breakfast) 905-835-6861
Kent House (Bed & Breakfast) 905-834-1206
Talwood Manor B&B  |  905-348-5411  |  Website
Pilot Lodging on Historic West St. in Port Colborne  |  Website
Hotel seems to be closed, but may be undergoing renovations.  Number not working  —  King George Inn 905-834-8096  |  Website

Buffalo, NY
Adams Mark Hotel 716-845-5100

Divisions

Racing Division

The Racing Division is composed of Five (5) classes of Yachts divided by rating under Performance Handicap Racing Formula for Lake Erie run under the auspices of the United States Sailing Association.

Racing division yachts are required to have the following:

  • A current valid PHRF Lake Erie certificate to participate.
  • A current certificate of yacht Insurance.
  • A Lake Erie Interclub Cruise Event Registration Form Completed and Approved

Cruising Division

The Interclub Cruise welcomes cruising boats that would like to participate in the Interclub Cruise. The Cruising Division is open to any auxiliary yacht that wishes to enter the Interclub Cruise and abide by the Sailing Instructions. The fleet is open to Monohull or Multihull sailboats. This fleet will have its own starts and will cruise as per the sailing instructions. Appropriate awards will be presented and the winner of the Port Dover to to Erie Race will receive the Founders Trophy.  See the Notice of Race for specific details. 

 Join us for 2 Day Cruise Event  (Learn More about this new format in 2018)

Cruising division yachts are required to have the following:

  • A current certificate of yacht Insurance.
  • A Lake Erie Interclub Cruise Event Registration Form Completed and Approved
  • Boats without a PHRF-LE Rating will be assigned one by the Race Committee

 

Regatta Perspective

The Lake Erie Interclub Cruise was created 58 years ago to provide a challenging series of Lake Erie port-to-port races for cruising and racing auxiliary sailboats, and to allow sufficient opportunity for the membership of participating clubs to have fellowship while enjoying the best tradition of competitive yacht racing. Suitable trophies and keeper awards are presented to winners in every race.

Today, the Lake Erie Interclub Cruise is a well-known event, raced by boats from the United States and Canada. The series provides five days of fun and exciting sailboat racing, as the yachts race from port to port. In addition, the regatta provides ample time to experience the hospitalities of the participating clubs, as well as to discover the wonders of each port.

The Lake Erie Interclub Cruise is raced under the Performance Handicap Racing Formula (PHRF-LE) run under the auspices of the United States Sailing Association. The regatta is open to racing and cruising auxiliary sailboats. Back in 1957 after years of races to Port Dover from Erie, a group of sailors from Erie and Buffalo organized a challenging series of Lake Erie port-to-port races for cruising and racing auxiliary sailboats. This cruise provides members of participating clubs with corinthian fellowship while racing and cruising in eastern Lake Erie. Since 1957 the Lake Erie Interclub Cruise has grown into the premier cruise on the Great Lakes. It’s five day point-to-point program is open to any member of a USSA or CYA Yacht Club. The Interclub Cruise Burgee symbolizes our cruise. The burgee represents the spirit of American and Canadian friendship and participation of the Host Clubs and annual cruise participants. The three stars symbolizes the founding members of the cruise, the Buffalo Yacht Club, the Buffalo Canoe Club, and the Erie Yacht Club. The Interclub Cruise burgees are available at registration.

Buffalo Yacht Club (Downtown)

Latitude and Longitude

Phone 716-883-5900

Caution: On the Buffalo Yacht Club Website the top set of directions are for the Buffalo New York Yacht Club Location, the bottom set of directions are for the Buffalo Yacht Club Point Abino, Ontario Canada Yacht Club Station.

Buffalo Yacht Club, Point Abino, Ontario

Caution: On the Buffalo Yacht Club Website the top set of directions are for the Buffalo New York Yacht Club Location, the bottom set of directions are for the Buffalo Yacht Club Point Abino, Ontario Canada Yacht Club Station.

Buffalo Canoe Club, Point Abino, Ontario

Latitude and Longitude
42.8591380, -79.0915070

Phone 905-894-2750

Sugarloaf Sailing Club, Port Colborne, Ontario

Phone 905-835-6644

Latitude and Longitude
42.8775830, -79.2537080

Port Dover Yacht Club

Phone 519-583-3342

Latitude and Longitude
42.7898090, -80.1973870

Erie Yacht Club, Erie, PA 16505

Phone 814-453-4931

Latitude and Longitude
42.1217° N, 80.1300° W

Dunkirk Yacht Club, Dunkirk, NY

Phone 716-366-9789

Latitude and Longitude
42°29’19.0″N 79°20’26.0″W