Race to Mackinac – Gallivant

The Crew of the Gallivant

The Gallivant, out of Grosse Pointe Farms, is the pride of Joe and Paula Butala.  A Hunter 34 vessel built in 1984, she is 34.5 ft long and boasts a crew of 7 seasoned sailors who are all veterans of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race save for one.  David Sloss, named for his grandfathers,  is on his maiden voyage in this race, but he is the fourth generation to be a crew member on a vessel sailing the Port Huron to Mackinac Race. His great-grandfather, David Sloss, was in the first Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 1925 and a legacy began.  Next was his son, David Sloss II, then his son Jeff who is on the Gallivant with his son today.  This is Jeff’s 6th Port Huron to Mackinac Race.  Joe Butala, the Gallivant’s owner, is on his 8th race to Mackinac, Bob G, out of Boyne City, MI is sailing his 6th Mackinac race, while Bob B., who traveled from Orlando, FL for the race has the record for this crew with 12 races under his belt.  The Gallivant, participates in other races in Lake Saint Clair.  Jeff Sloss said it is a tradition on the Gallivant to begin each race with a long standing quote, “We’re off in a cloud of hen sh!t”, and another quote from the crew is “We’ll sail north till we smell the fudge, then west till we smell the horse sh!t”.  The crew of the Gallivant is a close knit, family group, we wish them safe passage today and everyday.

Preparing to set sail on the Gallivant


2 thoughts on “Race to Mackinac – Gallivant

  1. Thank you for your kind words, Bob. I am glad you guys had fun and am thankful you all made it home safely. Here’s to next year and another shot at the win. Again, thanks for commenting and sharing the link to my blog. Tell your daughter I said thank you, as well. Have a great year!

    Wendy LaFond

  2. Thank you Wendy for the wonderful article and pictures, my daughter posted your link on my facebook page so I hope you get some more hits because of it. We finished 8th but we all had a wonderful time and took many new memories of the race with it. I am back in Orlando now and back to work in the morning. Thanks again.

    Bob Brownell

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