Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Inland Seas!

Platter River Elementary Students (+Emily Shaw) with the Cake

Lovely (and tasty) Cake - Thanks Hansen Foods
The schooner Inland Seas celebrated its 18th birthday on Friday.  Read the story in the Traverse City Record Eagle.  Thanks to all who made this possible!  --Capt. Tom K.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Classic Boat Show Returns to Suttons Bay July 21

Inland Seas Education Association will be hosting the Classic Boat Show in Suttons Bay on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. This event, being held in conjunction with the Leelanau Peninsula Wine, Food & Music Festival, will be held at the Inland Seas Education Center, 100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, Michigan. The Classic Boat Show is family-friendly and free.

The Friendship Sloop Liberty will be available for 2 hour cruises during the Boat Show
The Classic Boat Show was held annually for 25 years until 2004. Inland Seas plans to revive the show and make it an annual event. “We are pleased to bring the Classic Boat Show back to Suttons Bay”, said ISEA’s Executive Director Tom Kelly. “This event will bring together a diverse group of sailboats, motorboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and prams and will give the public a chance to meet the owners and see these boats up close”.

This year's Classic Boat Show is dedicated to the memory of Mark Pleune, who was involved in putting on the show for most of its 25 year run.

Activities include sailing trips aboard the Friendship Sloop Liberty and the classic motor yacht Liberty. ISEA’s 77’ Schooner Inland Seas will be open for dockside tours. ISEA students and staff will demonstrate wooden pram and canoe building and there will be a nautical flea market all day.

A registration form for boat owners is available online.  Please call the ISEA office 231-271-3077or Ken Cerny at 231-228-2010 for more information. For more information please go to our Classic Boat Show web page.

PS: If you have any nautical items you would like to donate to our Nautical Flea Market, please give Ken Cerny a call.  Thanks. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Movie "Hide Away" Features Grand Traverse Bay Setting


"Hide Away" (formerly titled "A Year in Mooring")

Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 pm

Tickets $25 to Benefit the Maritime Heritage Alliance

Finally! It's time to see "Hide Away" (formerly titled "A Year in Mooring") on the State's big screen. Shot in Bowers Harbor, with the climactic scene shot right on Front Street, this winner of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Cinematography captures the rhythms and beauty of our area and was filmed with the support of our neighbors. The producers have generously arranged for this special advance screening to benefit the Maritime Heritage Alliance on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 pm.

This filmed-Up-North movie from noted Native American director Chris Eyre ("Smoke Signals") stars Josh Lucas ("The Lincoln Lawyer," "Sweet Home Alabama") in his first dramatic leading role. The story focuses on a troubled man attempting to rebuild his life by restoring a boat in an idyllic harbor in northern Michigan, watched by three harbor residents: a waitress (acclaimed Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, "Angels & Demons," "Munich"), a veteran mariner (James Cromwell, "The Artist," "Babe"), and a newly single father (Jon Tenney, TV’s "The Closer").

The sailing cutter Hesperus (played by Traverse City's "Champion") in the film was provided by MHA, and proceeds from the benefit will go to support the at-risk youth program SAIL Champion, community programs on Welcome and Madeline, and to promote Great Lakes Maritime History.

General admission tickets are $25. Tickets go on sale at 12 noon on Friday, May 18 online, at the State Theatre box office, and by phone at 231-947-3446. Doors open at 6 pm, and afterwards producer Sally Jo Effenson, along with Rod Jones and Jed Mooney, who worked on the film, will take questions from the audience.

The film opens nationwide on May 25. It is Rated PG-13, and is 83 minutes.

View the trailer at

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sail This Summer & Get College Credit!

Last summer's LSSU Native Cultures students just after sailing under the Big Mac bridge.
ISEA is partnerning with Lake Superior State University on two classes this summer.  Island Biology and Oceanography will both involve shore-side class work and a week aboard Inland Seas.  For details click here. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Join us this Evening for Friendship & Science

Please join us tonight for an evening of friendship and science as we welcome Captain Ben Hale and Education Director Dr. Tim Davis to the Inland Sea Education Association. The Welcome Reception will begin at 5:30 pm and continue until 7:00 pm when Dr. Davis will give a presentation entitled Why are our Lakes the Same Color as our Lawns - Studying the Ecology of Toxic Algae. The reception and presentation are free and open to the public. 

Inland Seas Education Center
100 Dame Street
Suttons Bay, MI

Hamilton Harbor, Lake Ontario on a very green day. 
Tim Davis in the Green (how appropriate) shirt

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Crew Training Saturday Morning with MHA

The Maritime Heritage Alliance sponsored a crew training session on fire fighting and signal flares this morning.   Taking part were the crews of Madeline, Welcome, Champion, Inland Seas and Manitou
This is a SOLAS grade red hand held flare, suitable for day or night use

A similar, but not SOLAS, flare.  Note the difference in intensity

Smoke flares

Barb has a go with the dry chemical extinguisher
Thanks to Brian Smith and John Pettit of MHA and the Elmwood Township Fire Department for this valuable training. 

First Week of 2012 Spring Schoolship

Classes this week were Suttons Bay Middle School (2 classes), Traverse City Central High School, Inland Lakes
First Trawl: 4 gobies and a banded killifish
Our brand new 1" braided anchor line
Capt. Ben Hale at the wheel
Secchi Disc in the rain.  Central HS.
Ready on the throat!

Sassy Sailor Gals