Can a tsunami occur on the Great Lakes?

We've all heard that seiches occur on the Great Lakes but a tsunami.   Here I thought tsunamis were only on the oceans. Experts say that tsunamis' do occur on the Great Lakes.   Read article

Study finds highest microplastic concentration in the Apostle Islands.  
National Park Service teamed up with Clemson University, NOAA Marine Debris Program to study plastic pollution.  Read article.

US Customs & Border Protection: New Small Boat Reporting Procedures Now in Effect

The official ROAM (Reporting Offsite Arrival - Mobile) app allows boaters to present themselves for face-to-face inspection with a CBP Officier using Video Chat, for entry into the United States.  Learn more

Passing of Trish Oeltjenbrums,
July 13, 1958 - February 28, 2018

Patricia (Trish) A. OleltjenbrunsPatricia A. Oeltjenbruns Bayfield, WI—Patricia Ann Oeltjenbruns, 59, of Bayfield, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at her home. She was born July 13, 1958 in Owatonna the daughter of Lester and Betty (Burgi) Oeltjenbruns. Patricia graduated from Owatonna High School prior to graduating from St. Cloud State University. She later received her master's degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She loved and worked with children as a speech pathologist in Washburn and Rum River School Districts. On June 28, 2008, Pat married Jim Bryan. Together they own the Isaac Wing House in Bayfield, WI. Pat lived an adventurous and colorful life. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing, reading, sailing and hiking with her beloved dog, Lyra. She is survived by her husband Jim Bryan of Bayfield; parents, Lester & Betty Oeltjenbruns of Owatonna; sister, Kathy (and Perry) Peterson; brothers, Dave (and Deb) Oeltjenbruns, Doug (and Joni) Oeltjenbruns; 20 nieces and nephews and 21 great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers. A celebration of life visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on March 17, 2018 from 1pm to 4pm. Memorial services will be held March 10, 2018 at 3pm at The Pavillion in Bayfield, WI. Interment will be in the Steele Center Cemetery in Owatonna.  Michaelson Funeral Home

Passing of Dallas Johnson's mother, Grace Sanvik Johnson

Grace Sanvik JohnsonJohnson, Grace Sanvik Age 93, passed on December 1, 2017. Devoted wife and mother. Raised in Starbuck MN, she attended college in Morris MN before becoming an executive secretary for Young Quinlans in Minneapolis. She raised her family in rural Minnetonka, later moving to Spring Park, and finally Prior Lake. She was an avid golfer at Golden Valley Golf and Country Club and Meadowbrook Golf Courses. Survived by children, Dinah (Brian) Boelter and Dallas (Amy) Johnson; and grandchildren, Cole, Cameron, Kyle, Austin and Avalon. Preceded in death by husband, Harley H. Johnson; parents, Albert and Clara; sisters, Viola and Fern, brothers Ralph and Willard, and niece Nancy Sanvik. Visitation will be on Sunday December 10th at 3:30 with a memorial service at 5:00 PM all at the Wayzata Yacht Club, 1100 Eastman Lane, Wayzata. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association Flowers can be sent to David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E Wayzata Blvd in Wayzata. David Lee Funeral Home 952-473-5577 Wayzata

Halvor Reiten Park and Public Beach - Storm Damage

Below are pictures of the Boardwalk at Halvor Reiten Park & Public Beach next to Blackhawk Marina. The boardwalk has been destroyed after last weeks storm (October 2017). Damage around town is still being evaluated - but the BYC clubhouse was not damaged.  Thanks to Jim Bryan for status updates and pictures.

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Blackhawk marina storm damage
Blackhawk marina storm damage
Blackhawk marina storm damage
Blackhawk marina storm damage
Blackhawk marina storm damage
Blackhawk marina storm damage

Mast Duty

If you are ever in need of a person who enjoys heights, Abe White may be the person. , BYC 'intrepid' Commodore, climbs sailboat mast for inspection and repair
 Abe White, BYC Commodore, climbing sailboat mast

Support Bayfield Library

Support the Bayfield library! Circulation is a vital part of the library’s funding. Checking out even one item - book, movie, CD, audiobook, magazine - brings in the equivalent of $3.25 for the library’s budget. If patrons check out more items, their budget will be stronger.

Great Lakes Cruising Club

As you may know, BYC is presently the single most active yacht club across the Great Lakes with respect to participation in GLCC leadership positions. Bill Rohde is member of the Board of Directors and Coordinator for GLCCSchool, Niels Jensen has been GLCC Commodore for the past two years, Greg Korstad is the club’s US Judge Advocate (attorney), and Jim Austin serves as an assistant coordinator and blastmaster for GLCCSchool.

Chewbacca and Crew take 1st Place in Section 2Chewbacca and Crew ron the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy in 2015

Chewbacca and crew took first place in Section 2 - Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division with a time of 44 :20 :24 beating the next boat by almost 2 hours elapsed time and 30 minutes corrected time

Texan Race Team Wins 3rd Place During Race Week 2015!  Congrats!

Two kinds of sailors participated in the 37th annual Bayfield Race Week, June 28-July 3: those who like to win and those who just want to have fun.

Texana, a boat with a core crew of seven kids (14 years-old and younger) and three supervising adults definitely fell into the latter category. They actually placed third in the overall Mid Distance Fleet B race — a remarkable feat, considering some not so fun things happened to them along the way, like a massive tear to their Genoa headsail and an emergency trip to Ashland Memorial Hospital. Regardless of these setbacks they, along with 47 other boats, had numerous memorable adventures out on Lake Superior last week.  Read more...

Quarry Bay
New board walk at Quarry Bay, and some other upgrades courtesy of our tax dollars. On the trail we found a momma Eagle giving us the stink eye while daddy eagle circled our heads. There was also some epic sized poop on the trail the boys found fascinating.

Whatever left the poop behind probably ate this blue jay, at least that's our story.

We found some cool junk at the Quarry.

The Johnson Family
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Former members of the BYC.
Tony and Kris Crimi, Jerry and Artie Limbert and Sherry and Carl Olding
Tony and Kris Crimi, where in town so Carl and I met with them at Cowboy Jack's. Former members, Jerry and Artie Limbert, also joined us. The friendships you make from the yacht club can last a lifetime!

Treats for Troops MN
Mona Longtin is involved with the Treats for Troops MN organization; which supports our troops around the world.  If any member has a child or grandchild currently serving overseas, my organization will send them a package a month.  Please email Mona their name, address and return date for the soldier. The package contains assorted treats, toiletries, books, etc. This is a non-profit organization--all items are donated by my members and a few outside contributions.

Gary Magnuson receives National Award -- WAY TO GO!
Gary Magnuson receives Chales F. Chapman national award Jan 24, 2015
Gary's fellow Power Squadron recognized him at the Distrist 20 Fall Conference in October 2014 for his teaching excellence and submitted him for the Charles F. Chapman Teaching Award.

Then on Saturday, January 24, 2015, Gary was one of five recipients to receive the Charles F. Chapman Teaching Award along with a sextant at the National USPS annual Meeting.

The Charles F. Chapman Teaching Award, a honor given annually to only the best seamanship and navigation instructors in the nation.  It requires substantial skill and effort and recognizes outstanding achievement.

Gary is very grateful to his fellow members for their confidence and the honor to represent our District 20 and Mid Illinios Sail and Power Squadron at the Annual meeting.

Congratulations! Gary.   Members of BYC are extremely proud of all your accomplishments!  

Congratulations!  Greg Korstad!
Please join in congratulating BYC’s Greg Korstad who was named US Judge Advocate for the Great Lakes Cruising Club at its annual meeting in Milwaukee, WI, this past Saturday. Together with Roland Aube, GLCC Judge Advocate for Canada, Greg and Roland are responsible for reviewing and overseeing legal questions that may come before the club.
Gary Magnuson receives 2014 Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations! Gary Magnuson
Please give a big round of applause for Gary Magnuson who won the 2014 Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching at the District 20 Power Squadron Fall Conference.  Well deserved!

Great Lakes Cruising Club has a Facebook page

The club's new Facebook presence is now up and running! While the web site will remain the club's primary source for member services such as harbor reports, member benefit info, event registration and more, our new Facebook page offers a complimentary environment for existing and potential club members to share and interact around common cruising interests. Don't delay! Check it out today, add your "LIKE" invite your boating friends, and join in the community conversation!


My wife Jeanneane and I call home E7 on the break wall. We love it there. We have a beautiful flower garden and this year we have added a tomato garden and a pepper garden. The only good thing about the late season is the fish are still near shore and we are catching them of the dock. The other great thing about the break wall is great neighbors.  Stop out, check out our new line up stink pots.
Bill and Jeanneanne Huberty (Slip E-7 on break-wall)

Bill Huberty  Fishing at Apostle Island Marina | Bayfield Yacht Club
 Jeanneanne Huberty  Fishing at Apostle Island Marina | Bayfield Yacht Club  Bill Huberty  Fishing at Apostle Island Marina | Bayfield Yacht Club

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Outer Island boat repairing and replacing Pelican Poles
The vessel
Outer Island repairing and replacing pelican poles in Apostle Island Marina in May 2014.   It's between the A and B docks -- incredible!    Wonder how it made the corner?

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Abe White Mast Climbing

Gary Magnuson receives National Award

Picture provided by Brad and Cheryl