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Lake Erie Interclub Cruise Event

2017 Event Dates

Registration, Skippers Meeting and Event Kickoff Party is Friday June 23rd
DayCourseDate
1Erie to DoverJune 24, Sat
2Long Point Bay CourseJune 25, Sun
3Port Dover to Port ColborneJune 26, Mon
4Point AbinoJune 27, Tue
5Point Abino CourseJune 28, Wed
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.

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 start each day and will cruise as per the sailing instructions. Appropriate awards will be presented based on the size of the fleet each day and the winner of the five day event will receive the Founders Trophy

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 Jib and Main Rating will be assigned one by the Race Committee.
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
Border Crossing Forms

Canadian Border Crossing Customs Form

Please be advised the Canadian Border Services Agency is requiring a Boat Entry Information sheet to be faxed to them 48 hours prior to entry with a follow-up call the next day.

To accommodate this request – please do the following:

  1. Print the attached PDF and fill out completely.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  2. Fax or email the completed forms to  – Tracy Burnside, Registrar, NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21st BY NOON.  If your form is not received by this date and time – you will be responsible for sending the fax directly to the CBSA within 48 hours of the race. CBSA is strongly requesting we fax the forms all at once. Fax the form to Attn: Lake Erie Interclub Cruise, Tracy Burnside, Registrar – 814-838-7743 or email: tracyburnside@mcbrierproperties.com
  1. Call the CBSA at the number listed on the bottom of the form – CALL ONLY ON FRIDAY – JUNE 23rd.

The CBSA has requested that all forms are faxed by Thursday morning June 22nd.   As long as your form is received any time before Wednesday, June 21st at noon,  your form will be faxed directly to the CBSA.

You will then be able to call CBSA on Friday, June 23rd.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
Thank you for your participation!
Best Regards,
Tracy Burnside, Registrar
Lake Erie Interclub Cruise
814-838-9762
tracyburnside@mcbrierproperties.com

Customs and Immigration

Pleasure Boats – Procedures for entering the U.S.

Pleasure Boats – Procedures for entering Canada

Please note that the Lake Erie Interclub Cruise is working closely with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  Please see Border Crossing Forms section above for the document that needs to be provided to the Lake Erie Interclub Cruise registrar.

Lodging

Erie, PA
Bel Aire Hotel (2 miles)  |  814-833-1116   |   Website
Hampton Inn (2 miles) 814-835-4200

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

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