Video: Grand Tour to Benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind

If you fancy yourself a PWC rider worthy of a big challenge, we think we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. The Grand Tour to Benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind is an exciting three-day, 350-mile ride across Lake Michigan, from Mackinaw City to Holland.

Based in Michigan, the privately funded Leader Dogs Organization trains guide dogs for persons in need nationwide at no cost to the recipient. The Grand Tour has raised more than $250,000 in its 16 years. As this is a charity fundraiser, each rider must raise at least $500 to participate, as well as cover the costs of fuel and hotel; most meals are provided.

For 2014, the Grand Tour will begin in Holland Wednesday, August 6. From there, the skis are loaded into a tractor trailer and driven to Mackinaw City. Beginning Thursday, August 7, with 110 mile ride from Mackinaw City to Traverse City. Friday, will be another 149 miles to Ludington. With a nice relaxing 90 mile trek Saturday back to Holland, for a banquet and party.

Best of all, the Grand Tour carries on rain or shine, unless inclement weather poses safety concerns. The ride has never been totally cancelled, and when the ‘all clear’ comes, we are back on the water. For more information and details, visit, email us at

Get get you excited to participate, make sure to check out the video from 2012 below:

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.


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