The yachts are coming! The yachts are coming!
By SooToday.com Staff, Friday, August 05, 2011
TRANS SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACE
Trans Superior International Yacht Race 2011 – The challenge continues
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - Saturday, August 6th, 2011 will mark the start of the
22nd biennial running of the Trans Superior International Yacht Race.
The 326 nautical mile race from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Duluth, Minnesota
is organized by the Duluth Yacht Club in conjunction with the Algoma Sailing
Club in Sault Ste. Marie.
To date twenty-eight crewed and single-handed boats are registered for this
years Trans Superior International Yacht Race.
And once again this year The Great Lakes Single Handed Society sanctions the
Trans Superior Solo Challenge division, possibly the most demanding race on the
Great Lakes annual yacht race events calendar.
As of this date four Canadian boats are registered including Steele N Time out
of Goulais River Ontario in the Cruising Division, and Straight Jacket, Mongoose
and Northern Harrier from Thunder Bay, Ontario in the PHRF racing division.
The Trans Superior has been held every odd year since 1969.
This event is part of the Lake Superior Yachting Association off-shore series
and the longest point to point fresh water race held biennially on the Great
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
Boats from around the Great Lakes begin arriving at the Bondar Marina on August
Race festivities will begin with a luncheon followed by the skipper’s meeting on
August 5th under the Bondar Festival Tent in Sault Ste. Marie, and end with an
awards dinner at the historic Kitchi Gammi Club in downtown Duluth on Thursday,
For Sault Ste. Marie and area residents this is an opportunity to see close-up
some of the top rated racing yachts on the Great Lakes, and view their passage
through the historic Canadian Locks on way to the race start line off Pointe
Louise on the morning of August 6th.
Trans Superior Race apparel will be available for sale at the Bondar Marina
office from August 3 through 5.