Welcome to the


GREAT LAKES ALBERG ASSOCIATION






From the Commodore's Desk




Special Request: Has anyone seen Strathgowan?



Has anyone seen Strathgowan? Strathgowan is an Alberg 30 that was last seen at Bluffers Park a few years back.

There is no great emergency here. The previous owners are just curious to know what has become of her.

They sold her sold her out of Mississauga Harbour Marina in the early 2000's and, after that, they lost contact with the new owner. If memory serves, her hull number is 400.

If you are familiar with this vessel, and know her whereabouts, let us know and we will make sure the information is passed along. Of course, if she is now being used for running illegal booze and drugs across the Caribbean or any other nefarious exploits, we will understand completely if the present owners would like to maintain a lower profile.

Thanks for your help, all!

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

Rob Feeney, Web Administrator for

Your Commodore, Margaret Mair



We are always looking for ways to improve our website so please, if you have any suggestions or ideas, send a note to Rob Feeney, our website administrator, by using our contact form.





Looking forward to warmer, brighter and sunnier times.





In the meantime .....

Who has a face mask with the GLAA crest on it?



Seeing as how it looks like face masks are shaping up to be the fashion must-have of the decade, this could become a real thing! Don'tchya think?

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KEEP AN EYE ON THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK

as a reminder of the next GLAA event.


Unfortunately, due to continued logistical issues surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to cancel this season's Great Lakes Challenge race which is normally held in August.

Stay tuned for other event notices which will be posted here and in our calendar when information is available.

It actually happened! Our first and perhaps only official gathering this year was a success. The weather was perfect for our afternoon gathering on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Aquatic Park Sailing Club. Thanks to all who were able to come. We look forward to the day when we can plan more of these events without the logistical concerns these last two seasons have been troubled by. All the details on any events upcoming will be posted in the calendar.




To see our most recent Newsletter follow THIS LINK!



The deadline for submissions to next newsletter is September 30, 2021. We want your input for future newsletters, AND FOR THE WEBSITE AS WELL!! Contributions are always welcome. Submit your photos, stories, ideas or anything else you can come up with--we may be on lockdown, but we all must be doing something!--to our newsletter editor, Rob Feeney at rfjfeeney [at] gmail [dot] com .

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Official results
from past Racing Events
are 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 (2018) 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. (2021-07-26: This link appears to be broken.)

Click here for an archived version of the spreadsheet from October 2017.







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. For example, these new car decals measure approximately 5 by 8 inches; at only $5.00 each, they will be a very inexpensive addition to your collection of Alberg goodies!

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Alberg Burgee Decal, $5.00

Visit our online regalia catalogue to see all of our other great gift ideas and information on how to order.




Membership



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.



In addition, membership fees have been reduced to $30 annually for the 2021 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.

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, the Great Lakes Championship is held in late August. The Rankin Regatta race in the Chesapeake Bay 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 (some parts of this site are still under construction as of September 2021). 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 Calendar and add yourself to our racing roster 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 & How To 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)














GLAA Events
The sailing season of 2021 is shaping up to be an improvement over last year to be sure.
International travel is still not a great idea so that leaves us all more time to spend on the water locally enjoying our boats and the sailing lifestyle. What better way could there be than to spend a stay-cation than at home on your Alberg!
The calendar has a few events lined up already. Drop by and see how you can get involved!


Know of an event that Alberg owners and enthusiasts might be interested in?
Have it added to the calendar so we can spread the word as the date approaches.

Click here for the GLAA Calendar



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.