The Glen Lake Yacht Club is the host for the 2010 edition of the Butterfly Junior and Open Nationals. This racing event runs from July 20 -22, beginning at 9:30 am. Overseeing the event will be the 2010 NBA Commodore, Glen Lake’s Vic Peirce.
Local teams include sailors and boats from Torch Lake in Antrim County, the Leland Yacht Club, and the Grand Traverse Yacht Club in Greilickville. But the majority of sailors and boats come from farther away – places like Muskegon, Grand Rapids, White Lake and Spring Lake – and from yacht clubs as far off as Wisconsin, Texas and Colorado.
The junior division championship is open to all skippers and crew under age 17, and requires both a skipper and a crew. The open division championship can be a single skipper, or a skipper and crew, with no age limitation. To read more click here.
Glen Lake Association volunteers have been busy power washing the boats before entering the waters. A big thanks to Andy DuPont, John Davey, Bruce Lichliliter, and staffer Sallyanne Morris for helping out with this very important service.
Sallyanne supervises the Boat Wash program at the public launch site on Little Glen Lake from June through the end of October. She has a bachelor’s of science degree from Michigan State University. Plant identification comes in handy in her job as she works to protect the watershed and keep Glen Lake healthy. Sallyanne says, ” I enjoy meeting and educating peoople about invasive species and communicating the importance of taking care of this resource”. Additional GLA boat wash staff give out information, check for potential invasives on watercraft, motors and trailers and examine live bait.
The Butterfly sailboat is one of the originators of the “one-design” sailing concept. In existence since 1962, the class is virtually unchanged, with only updates to hardware and fittings with new materials plus refinements and innovations in the internal structure to make a stronger, longer-lasting boat. Over 10,000 boats have been built since then, with the boat finding its way to cottages as a vacation boat, at home as a family recreation boat, in yacht club programs as a very successfull junior training boat, and in racing, where the class has men, women, youth to masters, all competing togther equally on a boat where the biggest single difference is the sailor.
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