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Cruising the North Channel Program – Coming to West Michigan

Sailor, author and adventurer, Ron Dwelle will be in Saugatuck on January 12 as the special guest at a fundraiser for the SYC and its growing Sailing Program for kids. Festivities start at 7pm with a casual reception for Ron with a full spread of tasty hors d-ouevres, wine and beer at the Saugatuck Women’s Club, downtown Saugatuck at the corner of Hoffman and Butler Streets. At about 8pm Ron will tell us about a lifetime of experiences cruising the Great Lakes with a special emphasis on one of the most revered cruising grounds in the world, the North Channel of Lake Huron. Dwelle has been sailing his boat and exploring the North Channel for 20-plus years and is credited with discovering and charting some of its most remote and beautiful anchorages.

Ron’s Dwelle is not alone in claiming the North Channel as his favorite cruising grounds. Sailboat and powerboat cruisers all over the world have succumbed to the rugged charms of these beautiful waters. The Boating press regularly ranks the North Channel in the top ten of the world’s most beautiful cruising grounds. Ron is partly to blame for the popularity of these waters. He has consistently risked life and limb (and the keel of his sailboat) searching out places where he could plant the hook and find some peace and quiet. He’s frustrated by what he sees as overcrowding and poor seamanship among the many visitors to these beautiful waters, but he often publishes his out-of-the-way discoveries in the Great Lakes Cruising Log, adding to the growing crowds. And… he can be a downright curmudgeon when you ask him about jet skis or 150 horsepower outboards.

Ron will be showing lots of pictures collected over 20 years of exploring the North Channel and beyond. All area boaters and sailors are invited shed their hats and gloves and “think summer” at this exciting winter event. But all of the area’s “armchair adventurers” will also benefit from Dwelle’s enthusiasm for summers spent cruising the North Channel.

Ron Dwelle’s book Summer Studies is available now for Christmas giving.

Tickets are $30 each and include a full spread of tasty hors d’ouevres and a cash bar for beer and wine.

If you’re local, you can pick up your tickets at Good Goods Gallery,
106 S. Mason Street in Saugatuck, across the street from the Coral Gables Restaurant.

To get your tickets by mail contact John Leben, 269-857-4780, or send a check to John made payable to the Saugatuck Yacht Club to:

John Leben, PO Box 8, Saugatuck, MI 49453

To get your tickets online with a credit card go to:

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