Below are all the documents required for the June 1st Walleye Tournament. The "Rules for the Lake Erie Grady White Club" file provides all of the instructions needed for the event. This is your key document. Additional documents are the "Walleye 2013 Registration" and "Lake Erie Grady White Club Release" and are mentioned in the rules document.
Below is a photo of some of the many attendees at the March 23rd Basic Marine Weather Forecasting Seminar. The event was sponsored by the Grand River Sailing Club and taught by meteorologist Mark A. Thornton. There were over 50 people from 6 different yachting and boating clubs present. The Lake Erie Grady White Club was smartly represented.
The event started out with a great breakfast. A lot of valuable "on board" practical tools were learned by those present. In addition, some valuable websites were shared.
www.lakeeriewx.com This is Mark Thornton's own site and has many valuable links to other weather sites.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/ National Weather Service - Weather Prediction Center
www.ndbc.noaa.gov National Data Buoy Center - Links to weather buoys in Lake Erie
Unfortunately you won't be able to digest fully all of the data in these sites since some of it is technical in nature - with the exception of those in attendance who achieved the degree of Meteorologist Emeritus upon completion of the seminar.
There was one extremely valuable tool that was learned that I can share with you. It is uses complex weather forecasting algorithms to locate the largest most active walleye in a given region. Here it is:
Identify the relative atmospheric instability factor and index it to the directional barometric pressure gradient. Take that result and plot it on the NOAA Lake Erie isobar forecast.
Lake Erie Grady White Club Burgee Update!
Club members, order your Lake Erie Grady White burgee for $30. Just e-mail Mike Manion at email@example.com. See the burgee details below:
1). One side is read right and the other read wrong. This is very standard for flags and banners in order to keep the weight down.
2). Flag meaning (there has to be a deeper meaning)
a). The red, white and blue colors are Old Glory colors meaning they are the same colors as the American Flag.
b). The blue represents our Great Lake Erie.
c). The white background represents the amazing clouds our Great Lake Erie can generate.
d). The red triangle shows our appreciation for our Great Lake Erie to be a bit temperamental. The red triangle is small craft advisory flag. Sort of a flag in a flag.
e). The blank red triangle allows for individual customization. Add your embroidered boat name, the embroidered details of your club fishing championship, etc.
d). The Grady White Logo captures the basis of the club.
e). The Championship flag is the same but with a gold boarder next to the blue boarder. Gold is obviously for first place Olympic gold and matches the Grady White gold
Bicentennial Battle Marker
I wanted to share a brief summary and some photos of our Lake Erie Grady White Outing to participate in the Bicentennial Ceremony of Placing a Battle marker in Lake Erie at the site of the battle on September 10th, 1813.
The main part of the event was a trip out to the actual site on a Navy Fast Patrol Boat (USS Hurricane) or the USCG Tug Mobile Bay. Unfortunately Lake Erie developed a bad attitude and 5 to 8 foot waves and 25 to 35 mile per hour winds greeted the participants. The ceremony had to be delayed until Sunday morning.
For those that could make the event, they witnessed a very moving and unforgettable ceremony. The USCG Tug and Barge "Mobile Bay" would cruise west 10 miles from Put in Bay to the following coordinates 41.44.500N and 083.02.00W. At this point the buoy and concrete anchor were deployed to mark the actual spot of the battle. The buoy is considered small when compared to other navigational aids but huge when compared to the historical significance of the event.
After the deployment of the buoy, there was a very solemn wreath laying ceremony and all visitors were allowed to throw a carnation into the water. the entire crew of the USCG Tub threw carnations in as well and gave a simultaneous salute to the fallen warriors.
The USCG captain was very hospitable and allowed all visitors free passage to all parts of the ship ..... including the bridge which was quite amazing. I will include a few photos across many e-mails so I don't mess up your e-mail too much.
Remember those coordinates in case you want to visit the actual battle site and see the buoy. 41.44.500N and 083.02.00W
Photo attached ..... wreath and carnation ceremony. You can see some flowers in the water and the buoy in the background.
Photos from The 2012 Grady-White Perch Tournament