Sailing News

ASA-Certified Sailing Classes Come to Iowa

Red Rock Marina and Yacht Sales in Pella, Iowa is the newest American Sailing Association Certified sailing school. Until now, Iowans had to travel to other states to get sailing lessons or the certification often needed to charter vacation sailboats.

"Boating has great rewards for families. We're very excited to open the door to the sport of sailing," says "Captain" Ron Janssen. "Many, many adults and kids are interested in learning to sail, but didn't have someplace nearby to learn."

Classes will be held include Introduction to Sailing, Basic Keel Boat Certification and Basic Coastal Cruising Certification. One-on-one instruction is also available. Call Red Rock Marina at 800-728-1301 for more information.

25th Anniversary for Precision Boat Works, Inc.

Founded in 1978, Precision Boat Works, Inc. celebrates its 25th Anniversary of building value engineered quality sailboats for entry level and experienced sailors alike.

Starting in a small shed, building a 20 foot full keel flush deck sloop, the product line has included 14 different production sailboats over the years from 13’ to 28’ with custom projects up to 100’.

Eight Precision models are currently being produced at the Palmetto factory. Over 3000 boats have been produced by Precision Boat Works.
Owned by brothers Richard and Bill Porter and represented by 37 dealers nationwide, Precision Boat Works, Inc. continues to grow and thrive as the company enters its Silver Anniversary.

For more information, contact Precision Boat Works, Inc. at 941-722-6601 or check out their web site

New Management at Presque Isle Harbor
by Gus Hoster, Jr.

We just recently opened Presque Isle Harbor for the season. As you may know, the DNR has taken over the management of the facility and the harbor is no longer controlled by Thunder Bay Shores Marine. We will miss Bob, Harold, Mike and Rich, but times are changing.

The new Harbor Master is Terry Glomski who is a DNR officer with police powers. I met with Terry and his staff for quite some time and while they need some experience in the mysteries of the sea, I feel that they will be fast learners and are eager to please the public. I intend to work closely with them.

They are looking forward to meeting and helping GLCC members. Terry and his staff can be contacted at 989-595-3069.

The lake level at Presque Isle is down “nearly a foot” from last year so caution is urged. We should be able to handle almost everybody however, so come on in.

Terry and his staff should take excellent care of all visitors and I expect I’ll hear about it if they don’t.

Fair winds and calm seas to all.
Gus, Presque Isle Harbor
Presque Isle, MI