Joe McKeown grew up powerboating the Great Lakes, making his first family trip to the beautiful waters of the North Channel in 1969. He converted to sailing while in Annapolis, MD where he sailed the length and breadth of the Chesapeake Bay and competed in several long-distance sailboat races, like Annapolis to Bermuda and the Governors Cup.
Returning to Great Lakes, he raced in several Port Huron to Mackinac races and extensively cruised all the Great Lakes, with a focus on Lakes Huron, Michigan and the North Channel. He and his family have vacationed in the North Channel most of each of the last 20 summers, visiting more than 100 anchorages over those trips aboard their Jeanneau 49 sailboat. His children grew up on the boat, and now compete in sailing regattas in college and at their yacht club, in Sarnia Ontario. Married for more than 25 years, with daughter Meredith, son James and dog Ginger his advice to anyone thinking of the North Channel is “just go.”