Welcome to the
GREAT LAKES ALBERG ASSOCIATION






From the Commodore's Desk




This has been, shall we say, a very unusual sailing summer. In the spring many of us did not have access to our boats (we liveaboards did not have to face this particular disruption). When finally clubs and marinas were allowed to open up in early summer many Association members scrambled to get their boats ready for launch, and others decided to keep theirs on the hard. There were new rules to follow, there were changes to be aware of, things felt odd and disjointed. It took a while for racing to resume, in a very different form, with limits on participants and rules about who could be on the boat. Some marinas and clubs finally opened to visiting boats, usually with new rules and restrictions. Sailing seemed as normal as it could be, given the circumstances.

And now it's September, the weather is changing and this too-short sailing season is coming to an end. If you are like us, those of us in the water or able to crew are scrambling to fit as much in as we can before boats are hauled, the docks grow emptier, and this summer becomes a strange memory. Through all of this there is one thing I have learned - we can do this, whatever this is, even if it takes an injection of creativity and persistence to find ways to keep sailing and doing what we love.

We owe a large debt of gratitude to those who organized and negotiated behind the scenes and helped develop the framework for re-opening, organizations like Sail Canada and, here, Ontario Sailing as well as officers at individual clubs. They were the ones who assessed the situation and developed protocols that were acceptable to the various government bodies, provincial and local, within which sailors could do the things they love.

I wonder what stories we will tell when we look back with the perfect vision granted by hindsight? What will we store away in our memories and return to again and again? I'm sure you have your own tales to tell, and I hope as time passes you will share the Alberg stories with us.

I know I will remember how hard people worked to allow us to do what we love, and all the changes we have made to get to this point safely. And as I look ahead I hope that we can continue to enjoy the things that we love, even if we do things differently.

Whatever the future holds, in the words of Bonnie Henry: Be kind, be calm and be safe.

Your Commodore, Margaret Mair

We are always looking for ways to improve our website so please, if you have any suggestions or ideas, send them to Rob Feeney, our website administrator at rfjfeeney@gmail.com.






Looking forward to warmer, brighter and sunnier times.

In the meantime .....








KEEP AN EYE ON THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK!
as a reminder of the next GLAA event!




Don't hold me to this date.
It's just a rough Guesstimate!
Hopefully, the 2021 GLAA racing, cruising and social season
will be a vast improvement over this past summer!


Sending positive vibes out only!


To see our most recent Newsletter follow THIS LINK!


The deadline for submissions to our end of year newsletter is December 7th, 2020.
And we still want your input for future newsletters
AND FOR THE WEBSITE AS WELL!!


Submit your photos, stories, ideas or anything else you can come up with!
(We're on lockdown but we all must be doing something!)
to our newsletter editor, Rob Feeney
at rfjfeeney@gmail.com


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Official results
from the Great Lakes Challenge 2019
are now posted on the Racing Page!!





These are a few images from the 2018 50th Anniversary Syronelle Classic.
You'll find more on our racing page.

It's been getting more and more difficult
to run regattas earlier in the season
due to the high water levels on Lake Ontario compromising safe boating in many areas.
Yet again, the Syronelle Classic had to be cancelled
but, thankfully, the Great Lakes Challenge went ahead in August as always.


The game is afoot!

photo credits: Phoebe Campbell and Rob Feeney



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ALBERG 30 HISTORY



We now have a spreadsheet document listing the known history of every Alberg 30 by hull number thanks to the efforts of a few good folk from the Chesapeake Bay Alberg group; namely Mike Lehman and Jonathan Bresler.

This is a living document that is always open to revision and updates as and when they become available. Look up your hull number and check out the information. If you know something we don't, let us know and we can update the document.

Follow this link to download a copy of the spreadsheet.






Sailing 'Into the Blue'


Richard and Margaret have been living aboard their Alberg 30 'Into The Blue' since 2005.


Their blog tells the story of their journey so far. You will also find an astounding amount of useful information including plenty of detail on modifications they have made to make their Alberg their home.




Looking for something special for the sailor in your life?


We have great gift ideas.

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These new car decals, measuring approximately 5 by 8 inches, will be available at the AGM and will soon be added to our standard regalia order form.
At only $5.00 each, they will be a very inexpensive addition to your collection of Alberg goodies!

One Alberg Burgee Decal

Follow this link to see all of our other great gift ideas and information on how to order.





Membership Click Here!



Members of The Great Lakes Alberg Association are sailing enthusiasts with two passions--the classic designs of Carl Alberg and the unmatched splendour of the largest fresh water lake system in the world. Alberg designs share a traditional beauty and grace typified by their full keels, spoon bows, wine glass stems and pleasing sheer. They are fast and elegant racers, yet rugged and affordable cruisers.

The Great Lakes Alberg Association welcomes new members to participate in the racing and cruising events, share their experiences and expertise in maintaining their Albergs, and to take advantage of the collective wisdom of fellow Alberg sailors through the articles shared in past Newsletters, the Maintenance pages and the Archives.

Now you can pay your membership dues online!
And membership fees have been reduced to $30 annually for the 2020 season!



The Great Lakes Alberg Association membership fee is only $30 per year for boat owners; $20 annually for crew. For more information on becoming a member please visit our Membership area.





Racing

Visit our dedicated Racing Page. Click Here!

Now with results, pictures and the stories of recent and past racing events!



The GLAA organizes four A30 races each season. Three white sail races are normally held on Lake Ontario and one spinnaker race on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland. The first race, in June, is the Syronelle Cup between teams from the GLAA against a team of racers from the Chesapeake Alberg Association, using loaner boats. This is a two day event with three races. The second race, the Triangle Cup, is held usually in conjunction with a GLAA rendezvous on Lake Ontario. The third race, Great Lakes Championship is held in late August. The Rankin Regatta race in the Chesapeake is a two day event with three races between a team from the GLAA, using loaner boats, and some really competitive racers from the Chesapeake Alberg 30 One Design Association. The winner of each race gets a trophy, a keeper trophy and flags are awarded as well.

 While the emphasis is on racing, each race is a great social event as well, so some folks just come along for the party. Want to experience the thrill of racing? Then join one of our crews. No experience required. See our Events Calendar and  Contact Us today! 





Cruising

Visit our dedicated Cruising Page. Click Here!



Alberg designs make wonderful boats, not only for family cruising but for the single handed cruising sailor as well. Many have logged circumnavigations, transatlantic crossings and southern ocean voyages with their Carl Alberg designed boats.

The GLAA hosts an annual Summer Rendezvous at a location on Lake Ontario, and members are encouraged throughout the Summer or organize their own informal cruises with other members (and Albergers who might be interested in becoming members) and their families.





Maintenance



With most Albergs long out of production, maintaining aging sailboats is a common concern. This site features an ever-growing archive of Maintenance articles and we invite members to share ideas on everything to do with these fine boats.
Also, keep an eye out for our newsletter, appearing in spring, late summer/fall and winter editions annually.
We feature at least one maintenance, repair or upgrade article in each edition





Our Partnership Programme



This program allows businesses in the marine industry to advertise on our web site with links to their own sites that will allow our members and visitors to easily get in touch with them.



OUR GLAA PARTNERS (click on an ad to view their site)








Looking for a great gift for the Alberg sailor in your life? Here are few ideas!
Details on prices and how to order, please click here.



50th Anniversary Slideshow

50th Anniversary Fleece Throw/Blanket

50th Anniversary Burgee

Standard GLAA Burgee also available

Sailing Caps available in Red, Blue and Khaki



Patches suitable for blazer or jacket

Zippered Tote

Lots of great ideas for a gift or to treat yourself.
Details on prices and how to order, please click here.