It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us for the 2017 Ensign National Championship Regatta, taking place August 13-17, 2017, on Lake Huron.

We are planning four days of intense Ensign racing, and several fun-filled gatherings for you and your families and friends to enjoy.

The Les Cheneaux area lies east of the Mackinac Bridge along the northern shore of Lake Huron. Thirty six islands provide warm, sheltered channels and bays within the Straits of Mackinac – a historic harbor area for boaters and explorers – while our outer bays offer an exhilarating venue for racing.

Cedarville and Hessel, historic Upper Peninsula port towns with marinas, have unusual gift and craft-making shops, galleries, an outfitter and guide service, and places to eat within walking distance from docks.

We encourage you to bring your family and stay for the week. There are several activities to choose from that are sure to make your trip memorable – take a day trip to Mackinac Island, go fishing, explore the islands via an eco-tour, or just hang out at a cottage on the lake. Our annual Antique Wooden Boat Show, which features 150+ boats, art show, music and more, will be held on Saturday, two days before the races begin.

The best way to start the planning process is to visit our website, www.ensignfleet31.com.

If you have questions, just give either of us a call or send an email.

Joel Birkmeier
2017 Ensign Nationals Chair

David Parlin
Fleet 31 Commodore



Sunday, August 13
12pm – 5pm – Registration and Launching

Monday, August 14
10am – Skippers Meeting / Day 1 of Racing
6:30pm – Les Cheneaux Islands Cruise

Tuesday, August 15
10am – Skippers Meeting / Day 2 of Racing
6:30pm – Barbecue Cookout

Wednesday, August 16
10am – Skippers Meeting / Day 3 of Racing

Thursday, August 17
10am – Skippers Meeting / Day 4 of Racing
12pm – 5pm – Haul Out
6pm – Shuttle to Les Cheneaux Yacht Club
6:30pm – Cocktail Hour
7:30pm – Awards Banquet


A unique setting of 36 islands in Northern Lake Huron near Mackinac Island.

Great wind in beautiful bays. Some of the best day sailing you’ll experience.

The largest Ensign fleet in the USA with 70 boats. Fleet 31 includes some of the most enthusiastic Ensign sailors in the country.

Four great social events hosted by Fleet 31 organizers.

Reasonably priced accommodations available at local hotels, resorts, and cottages. For more information please visit lescheneaux.org or call Jeri Cole, LCI Chamber of Commerce at 906-484-3935. If you would like to arrive early to enjoy the Antique Wooden Boat Show, plan to make your reservations early to ensure availability.

Loaner boats available.

The area is easily accessed. Delta Airlines services nearby commercial airports: Chippewa (CIU) 25 miles, and Pellston (PLN) 50 miles.

We are offering polo shirts, t shirts, hats, microfiber tees, and etched glasses with regatta logos. Click here to buy Ensign National apparel.


Les Cheneaux Lions Club

Les Cheneaux Culinary School

Autore Oil Company

Tassier Boat Works

Cedarville RV Park

The Pine Cone

Cochran Construction Company

Century 21 Advantage Plus

Les Cheneaux Landing

Spring Lodge and Cottages

First National Bank of St. Ignace

Les Cheneaux Motel

Squeaky Clean Window Washing

Les Cheneaux Watershed Council

Les Cheneaux Islands Association

Taylor Lumber Company

Pickle Point

Snow’s Bar & Grill

Cedarville Lodge

Anderson, Tackman & Co., PLC

The Cottage Gift Shop & Boutique

Kenny Contracting

Island Insurance Center

Les Cheneaux Rentals

North Sails

SOO Motors, Inc.

Loons Point RV Park & Campground

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