Explore the Best of the Great Lakes!
This is your opportunity to explore the islands, beaches, towns and harbors of beautiful Northern Michigan with the comfort and safety of sailing with others.
Charter a boat from the Bay Breeze fleet – bareboat or hire a captain
Take an ASA course along the way. There are sailing courses of all levels offered.
Book just a double cabin on a captained boat
Sail on your own boat!
“Unsalted Island Hopping” – June 22 – 28, 2013. A few of the islands that are available to explore include the Manitou Islands, Beaver Island, High Island, Holy Island, Mackinac Island, Marion Island, the Les Cheneaux Islands and possibly cross over into Door County Wisconsin. We’ll hike, kayak, browse quaint island towns and explore deserted islands along the way. These events are for intermediate to advanced skill levels as the passages are longer and we’ll be sailing at night at least once. ASA 104, 105 and 106 certifications will be offered as well.
“Unsalted Sailing Flotilla” – August 10 – 16, 2013 – All sailing skill levels welcome. We’ll harbor hop in Grand Traverse and Little Traverse Bays with expected visits to Suttons Bay, Northport, Charlevoix, Omena Bay, Elk Rapid or Old Mission Harbor, Bower’s Harbor and Marion Island. There will be presentations, wine tasting, nature hikes and the “Twisted Sheet Regatta” along the way. We’re offering the ASA 101/103 combo course and the 104 course too. This is the event that started it all and is sure to be a hit again.
Call 231-941-0535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and more details
What is Flotilla Sailing?
Flotilla Sailing offers a safe and fun way for people to get to known a new cruising area. A lead boat guides the fleet to the best anchorages and harbor towns. This “follow-the-leader” style of sailing makes for a very relaxing vacation knowing that your flotilla neighbors are nearby. A Reception Cook Out in the marina will start things off the evening before we sail. We’ll review the charts of the area, discuss the weather and the planned itinerary, and before departure, a Bay Breeze Captain will familiarize you with your vessel in regards to operation and location of gear. There are several planned events along the way and you’ll enjoy the comradery with fellow sailors. You’ll also have ample time to branch off and explore the towns and islands on your own.
Check out a few of the past events below…
“Unsalted Islands: The Straits” – June 2012 -All sailing skill levels are welcome – Sail Mackinac Island & the Les Cheneaux Island Archipelago starting and ending from the Duncan Bay Boat Club in Cheboygan, Michigan. We’ll explore the towns and island anchorages in the Straits of Mackinaw. ASA 104 course will be offered along the way. CHECK OUT HIGHLIGHT PHOTOS HERE!
“Unsalted Sailing Flotilla” – August 2012 – All sailing skill levels welcome. We’ll harbor hop in Grand Traverse and Little Traverse Bays with expected visits to Suttons Bay, Northport, Charlevoix, Omena Bay, Elk Rapid or Old Mission Harbor, Bower’s Harbor and Marion Island. There will be presentations, wine tasting, nature hikes and the “Twisted Sheet Regatta” along the way. We’re offering the ASA 101/103 combo course and the 104 course too. This is the event that started it all.
“Unsalted Lake Crossing: MI to WI” – September 2012 – Intermediate skill level required. Starting from Northport, Michigan, we’ll hop over to Leland, or South Manitou Island and get ready for the estimated 60 mile Lake Michigan crossing to Washington Island in Door County, Wisconsin. ASA 104, 105 and 106 courses will be offered.
Below are some photo highlights of the Unsalted Sailing Flotilla…
And a HUGE THANK YOU to our Sponsors who made the Unsalted Sailing Flotilla a success with their financial support, give-away-prizes, cherry pies, local vino and much more! These Sponsors help support the sailing lifestyle and help promote this beautiful area. THANK YOU!