About the GLSS
About the GLSS
The Great Lakes Singlehanded Society is an organization established for the perpetuation of the sport of solo sailing. It is one of the few organizations where no amount of money will purchase a membership - only by successfully completing a Port Huron to Mackinac, Chicago to Mackinac, Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth, the Lake Erie Solo Challenge, or the Lake Ontario 300 Solo Challenge is lifetime membership conveyed by the Society. Pick a Great Lake, and we are there to accommodate you!
To date, there are less than 300 members, far fewer than the number of astronauts who have orbited earth, or climbers who have scaled Mt. Everest. Within our ranks, you will find the true spirit of singlehanded sailing, a spirit which is not defined by age, gender, or boat type. You will find competition on the race course, as well as assistance. Annual meetings, scheduled social functions as well as impromptu get togethers, ensure that the camaraderie developed on the race course is allowed to grow into lifetime friendships.
Does this echo within your spirit? If so, then perhaps you have discovered a new course on your sailing horizon. The GLSS would be delighted to help you achieve your solo sailing dreams, and assist you in earning one of the commemorative medallions that you will receive for successfully completing a Singlehanded Challenge and being granted membership in the GLSS. We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions below that may have just what you're looking for - if not, we are happy to answer any other questions, and address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information.
A Few Frequently Asked Questions...
I'd like to become a member of the GLSS - how do I join?
When I look at a page on your website, it doesn't display properly. Is there something wrong with the site, or is it my computer?
What are the boat length requirements to participate in your events?
Can I stop by your club and talk about singlehanded sailing?
How do you sleep during a race that may take days to complete?
How can I comply with the liferaft requirement for the Solo Macs, the Trans Superior Solo, the Lake Erie Solo Challenge, or the Lake Ontario 300 Solo Challenge?
If I complete one of the other GLSS solo races, will I be able to use that as a qualifier to enter one of the Solo Macs, the Trans Superior Solo, or the Lake Erie Solo Challenge?
Are members available to answer questions I might have?
How do I use PayPal™ from your website?
What kind of equipment do I need to compete in a Solo Mac Challenge?
I sent in my entry - how will I know if it was received and accepted?
Where can I dock the boat before and after the Solo Mac Challenges?
Transient dockage is available on Mackinac Island at the DNR Municipal Marina. Reservations may be made on-line, or by calling the DNR Reservation Department at 800-44-PARKS. When making your reservation at Mackinac, be mindfull of the fact that if you haven't checked in by 5:00 PM on the date of your scheduled arrival, and have not called to inform them you are late, you will lose your entire reservation and forfeit your total amount paid. Call (906.847.3561) to extend the reservation and avoid the loss of both slip and money. This is yet another good reason to carry a cell phone on board, as the cell coverage is generally quite strong from the Manitou Islands northwards in Lake Michigan, and from Rogers City to Mackinac in Lake Huron.
Is the slip fee before and after the Challenge included in the entry fee?
How much time should I allot to complete a Mac Challenge?
What is the fee to enter the Solo Mac Challenge?
Are there any requirements for entering a Solo Mac Challenge?
What does a Super Mac or a Super Mac and Back involve?
What is the fee to enter the Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth Solo Challenge?
What is the procedure for locking through prior to the start of the Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth Solo Challenge?
Do I have to clear Customs to participate in the Trans Superior?
Where can I dock before the start of the Trans Superior, as well as after I complete it?
After finishing in Duluth, there will be free transient docking in a no longer commercially used freighter slip, known as Slip #2. It is located just to the west of the Aquarium & Race Headquarters, and it is a very convenient walk from there into downtown Duluth. There are no electrical hook-ups, nor fuel/water available there. Should you desire any of these, Barker's Island Marina, located in Superior, Wisconsin, is your best bet, and is just a short distance to the SE down Superior Bay. It's a great full-service marina, and is adjacent to the whaleback freighter museum, featuring the SS Meteor.