Watch for yachts in the locks on Saturday
Thursday, August 01, 2013 by:
NEWS RELEASE TRANS SUPERIOR YACHT RACE
Saturday, August 3, 2013 will mark the start of the 23rd biennial running of
the Trans Superior International Yacht Race.
The 326-nautical-mile race from Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth, Minnesota is
organized by the Duluth Yacht Club in conjunction with the Algoma Sailing Club.
Both crewed and single-handed boats are registered for this yearís race.
The local Bondar Marina will house the majority of the fleet with some of the
boats also on the Michigan side of the border.
The boats will be arriving to the Sault over the next few days in anticipation
of Saturday morningís start to the race
The Trans Superior has been held every odd year since 1969.
The race is also part of the Lake Superior Yachting Association off-shore series
and is the longest point to point fresh water race held biennially.
The race was first organized by Duluth sailor Jack Soetebier and Dr. John
Pierpoint from White Pine, Michigan.
The two men set up the race as a challenge to themselves and other Lake Superior
Race festivities will begin with a skipperís meeting on Friday, August 2 at the
Algoma Sailing Club with the race starting at 1 p.m. from Gros Cap on Saturday,
Prior to the start, on Saturday morning, the fleet of yachts will lock thru the
historic Sault Locks on their way to the start line.
The event ends with an awards dinner in Duluth on Thursday, August 11.
Presently there are 27 yachts registered for the event including local entry
Dave Steele in Steele N Time, a 29 foot Beneteau.
The fleet also includes entries from Minnesota, Thunder Bay, Texas,Michigan,
Wisconsin, Illinois and even the United Kingdom.
There are a variety of boats including the 70-foot Il Mostro, a Volvo 70 from
Burr Ridge, Illinois, the 68 foot Stripes, a Santa Cruz 70 out of Ann Arbour,
Michigan, down to the 30 foot GL3, a Beneteau First 30, out of Harrison
Stripes was the winner of the 2011 race however the yachts Chewbacca, a 50 foot
N/M Intíl out of Bayfield, Wisconsin, and Papa Goucho II, a J 35 out of Duluth,
Minnesota are also present.
Both of these finished very close behind Stripes in 2011.
The skippers are hoping the change the finish alignment in 2013.