They are enormous!
Did you know that:
They are truly GREAT!
Other than Christopher Columbus' calling native Americans 'Indians', the biggest naming error was calling the Great Lakes 'lakes'. These huge bodies of water are really immense seas, the sweetwater seas as the French explorers called them.
They are magnificent!
I have sailed the Great Lakes for nearly 30 years and never ever tire of their endless variety of moods and conditions. I simply love these immense inland seas. From the majesty of their vastness and their restless energy to the silent, still waters of fog-shrouded mornings, they offer some of the most breathtaking scenery you could ever want!
Imagine sailing from Duluth or Thunder Bay on a cool summer morning and making the spectacular journey through the lakes out to the Atlantic and then south to the sun-drenched Caribbean! You can! Using the St. Lawrence Seaway, sailors can follow this maritime highway from the centre of the continent all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
So, what's in GREAT LAKES SAILING for YOU?
The goal of this site is to give YOU the kind of information sailors (sail OR power) are always trying to find:
In all, a one-stop location for the information that a sailor would want, whether for a weekend outing or an extended cruise.
Welcome aboard ........... let's cast off and begin our exploration.
Updated BORDER information
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NEW interactive maps on each 'Lake' page.
A Directory of 50+ cool museums to visit. Find it on our RESOURCES page.
New ports added on each lake
nearly 150 free port reviews showing approaches, marinas and yacht clubs, services available & much more!
nearly 100 pages about navigation, weather, health insurance, legalities and lots of free resources
"I must go down to the sea again
to the lonely sea and sky"
They that go down to the sea in ships,
that do business in great waters;
These see the works of the Lord,
and his wonders in the deep
Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
Ratty to Mr. Mole
Wind In The Willows
for whatever we lose
(like a you or a me)
its always ourselves
we find in the sea
Wherever we want to go, we go. That's what a ship is, you know. Its not just a hull and sails - that's what a ship needs. Not what a ship is. What the Black Pearl really is, is freedom.
Pirates of the Caribbean
When a man weighs anchor in a little boat or a large one he does a jolly thing!
He cuts himself off and he starts for freedom and for the chance of things.
On Sailing the Sea
To me, nothing made by man is more beautiful
than a sailboat underway in fine weather, and to be on that sailboat is
to be as close to heaven as I expect to get. It is unalloyed happiness.