Brad Lathrop

Captain Brad Lathrop has a unique insight to cruising the Great Lakes as he explores the sweetwater seas from his 26 ft trailerable boat. Having already sailed 3 of the 5 Great Lakes, he brings the enthusiasm of a recent convert to his presentations bolstered by the significant experience garnered from actually "doing it". Brad enjoys helping others with small boats learn that they too can share the excitement and the beauty of cruising these Great Lakes.

Being around boats of all types for over 30 years, Brad, a USCG licensed Captain, enjoys his true love of sailing.  He's been sailing since 2012 when he purchased "Heaven Bound", a MacGregor 26 S, after taking sailing lessons at a local yacht club.  Brad’s current goal is to sail all five of the Great Lakes in his 26' MacGregor.  So far Brad has sailed Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Green Bay (technically an arm of Lake Michigan, however, worthy of it's own mention!)  Brad retired in 2016 and has achieved a long-time dream of his to share the joy and excitement of sailing with others by opening a small sailing excursion business and sailing school in his home town of Peoria, IL.  Brad's business, Sail Peoria ( has completed it's inaugural year of business with outstanding success.  An experienced writer, teacher, and presenter, Brad has been published 6 times in 4 different magazines, the most recent being "Cruising the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior" in Blue Water Sailing magazine.

Brad joined the Great Lakes Cruising Club while attending the Strictly Sail Chicago boat show early in 2015.  His interest was primarily in the extensive information available both from the Harbor Reports as well as from the collective advice and experience of it's members.  Since then, Brad has caught the vision of helping others with trailerable-sized boats learn that they too can share the excitement and the beauty of cruising these Great Lakes.  Brad is anxious to share his travels, experience, hints, and suggestions to get you started on your journey of cruising the Great Lakes!