Michigan - Ontario District

The Michigan Ontario district encompasses fleets in Michigan and Indiana and at one time included fleets in Canada.

In Michigan we have Crescent Sail Yacht Club in Grosse Point Farms, Crystal Lake in Crystal, Detroit Yacht Club, Gull Lake in Kalamazoo, Klinger Lake in Sturgis, and Portage Yacht Club in Pinckney. In Indiana we have Clear Lake in Fremont.

The District Governor is Steve Rajkovich.

2015 Michigan Ontario District - Pinckney, MI

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Michigan-Ontario District Regatta: A Tail of Two Winds

Steve Rajkovich, MI-ONT District Governor

Portage Yacht Club and Fleet 20 hosted the Michigan-Ontario Districts this year and part of the annual Michigan Hot Scot Regatta.  8 boats competed for the Fanshawe Trophy.  Included in the race was our new District Governor, Steve Rajkovich.

As is often the case at Portage Lake the wind was going to be an issue.  A cold front was expected and for Saturday the wind was expected to be 15-21mph with gusts to 30.  Sunday was another story… winds calm to 3mph.

Saturday Morning started off with coffee and registration in the PYC club house and a lot of activity in the parking lot and the docks as folks readied their boats.  There was also a lot of sharing of information gleaned from various phone apps as sailors tried to figure out whether the wind was going to stay within safe limits.  Portage is a small, inland lake with a reputation for very shifty winds.

The wind was indeed building as Principal Race Office Bill O’Donnel gathered his crew, composed entirely of members of PYC Interlake Fleet 22, a great bunch of guys and gals that chip in every year to make the Flying Scot regatta a success.  Brook Smith, chief judge, assistant pro, and scorer; Rick Jarzembowski, service boat driver; Steve Zawaki, mark setter; Ty and Flea Cathy, second mark boat; and Tom Ehman, Judge.  Nancy Staub from Fleet 20 served as the on-water recorder.  On Sunday Craig Kivi and Tom Kimball took over the mark boat duties. 

At the Skippers’ meeting discussion about the wind continued as safe sailing was discussed.  The Regatta was planned to consist of five races and the race team intended to do just that.  Steve Rajkovich took the opportunity to introduce himself as Governor and to publicly thank Bill Pfund for serving as governor for the last 6 years.

Folks “saddled up” and headed out to the course for he first race.  Winds held steady at 16 MPH with moderate gusts and the race was closely contested.  At the finish the fleet returned to PYC for lunch.  Skippers and crew were asked about going back out and it was decided that the prospects of little to no wind on Sunday persuaded a majority to try one or two more races while the wind held.

2013 Michigan-Ontario Districts at Crystal Lake, MI

Crystal Lake

From Frank Gerry, FSSA President

On the weekend of September 7-8, 2013, we had the fortune to attend a super good small regatta in the middle of Michigan.  We have the opportunity to travel to many nice regattas throughout the Midwest just like many of you folks do across the Flying Scot landscape.   The cool thing about this event was watching  the great job a small club can do with a roll up your sleeves attitude and a lot of good old volunteerism.   Crystal Sailing Club is a small club with maybe 40 members located in none other than Crystal, Michigan!    The club has a single launch ramp, a single pier and a nice functional clubhouse.   Yachts are primarily Flying Scots and Sunfish with a few other small boats.   This year they hosted the Michigan-Ontario districts drawing boats from mostly Michigan and few of us out of district boats from Illinois.   Our excellent hosts lead by regatta chair Steve Rajkovich, PRO Steve Last and Commodore Joe Kopchick, put on a great event.   For the sailor, all the ingredients were there;   Nice weather,  idyllic location, super hospitable hosts, good food ( Steve the regatta chair and team cooked breakfast for us all ), good sailing ( thanks to Mother Nature, Steve the PRO and team).   It was a fun time.   

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