Boating part of the “Bloodline” for Elmhurst’s Hansmann family

Five family members and three generations of the Hansmann family completed the 108th Race to Mackinac this summer. When it came time to name his newest boat, John Hansmann had little trouble coming up with a moniker. There really was only one choice for a boat co-owned by Hansmann, his brother,

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Cruising Guide to the Apostle Islands

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers visitors the chance to explore sea caves, tour lighthouses, hike, camp and cruise around 21 islands in the northern portion of Lake Superior in Wisconsin  (published July 2015) [caption id="attachment_7883" align="alignleft" width="421"] The author at the helm[/caption] Our sailing adventure began at a local

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Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands

(published September 2014) The Apostle Islands on the southwest side of Lake Superior offer 21 beautiful, uninhabited islands, stunning sea caves, seven lighthouses, beautiful island bays, fishing, camping, hiking and kayaking all within a one or two day sail. [caption id="attachment_6758" align="alignleft" width="375"] Raspberry Island lighthouse[/caption] Presque Isle Bay on

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Night Crossing

Lake Michigan's often unpredictable weather makes for an adventurous passage  (published July 2014) It was time to move on. The major and violent front had passed at 4 p.m., and my wife Vicki and I were ready to leave in its wake. We had been weather bound in Sturgeon Bay

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My First Sea Story

An educational voyage on Lake Superior creates lasting memories  (published May 2014) “Now Mother Nature’s just being bitchy,” I joked as the rain changed to sleet while we were motoring down the Portage River in the Keweenaw Waterway. We had just completed our first overnight on Lake Superior as She

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Small Boat, Big Lake

When two brothers venture out on Lake Michigan, the destination doesn't really matter  (published July 2013) “Make sure you’re back by next Thursday at 6:30 for the yacht club dinner!” my Grandma warned us as we left the house for the marina. Later that night and out in the middle

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Chippewa Harbor, Isle Royale National Park, MI

48° 02’ 68” N, 88° 65’ 92” W  (published September 2012) Many sailors dream of voyages to tropical shores and swaying palms, but Great Lakes boaters need look no further than their backyard for some of the world’s best cruising. Vast inland seas, the five lakes hold one of the

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