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Great Lakes no-roll zones?

As David points out in his weather thread post, very few people up here on the north shore of Lake Ontario roll -- except the WW folks, and they don't roll in the lake.

I've been looking for a rolling course and I hear things like, "We train for expeditions and you don't roll a loaded boat,", "there isn't enough demand," or "We don't have any trained instructors." Then comes what I suspect is the overriding reason, "No-one wants to practice rolling in Lake Ontario."

According to a recent report, the Great Lakes are now cleaner than our so-called pristine northern lakes, but the bad rep persists.

I'm curious -- is this no-rolling phenomenon just a Lake Ontario thing or is it true of other Great Lakes areas? How about you folks on the ocean, in a major harbour area? Do you folks roll?

Pamela