National Geographic : 1978 Jul
On a beachhead near Put-in-Bay, the assault wave of tourists begins to stir to a sunrise reveille (above) on Memorial Day. Reinforcements will soon arrive on this first big weekend of the summer season, swelling South Bass's population from 350 to several thousand. Some folks cruise over from the mainland and just drop anchor. Gail Jellison (right) ferries guests to a raft party; her parents have spent weekends aboard their yacht in Put-in-Bay for nearly thirty years. Running with the wind (left), Thistle-class sailboats sprint for the finish line during Junior Race Week, an event for younger sailors that precedes the Inter-Lake Regatta, one of the premier races in U. S. yachting. As many as 500 boats compete, from as near as Sandusky and as far as Argentina.