Thursday, August 23, 2007

Abbreviated Day Sail

(photos) (above & below left) Boy, do we look like we're having fun, or what? (below right) the rock and green marker that we need to be aware of while traveling the east end of Muskegon Lake, the wind never seems to want to make this passage easy (bottom) a large flock of swans that were camped out in the shallow middle section of Muskegon Lake

Well, the best laid plans, blah blah blah . . . Our original plan was to take an extended trip on the boat, possibly north to Ludington again, or even further north if we could manage it. But when we got home from Wisconsin on Saturday, the weather reports for the coming week didn't look promising. It has been wet and rainy all week, and so we thought we'd sneak in a day sail or overnight sail on Wednesday/Thursday, but when Wednesday morning rolled around, we awoke to thunderstorms, and the reports were 'scattered thunderstorms, some of them severe' for the Muskegon area. I kept watching the skies and the weather channel, and around noon, the sun was shining, with nary a cloud in the sky, so we took a gamble and headed west.

The boat was happy to see Terri, and gave her a good big love bite on the shin right away as she was boarding, and slipped and nearly fell in the drink. Lots of spiders and spider webs all over, and the interior was a mess, and the bilge was sort of stinky. I washed the floor with lysol and poured a bit in the bilge to try and sweeten it up. The sky looked a little iffy, and I was a little leery to taking her out, but Terri said 'lets go for it', so we took her out on Lake Muskegon for a little joy ride (battery #2). Made a stop at Harbortown for a diesel fill up (our first of the year), and made the troops a little nervous doing a u-turn between a couple of big cats in the channel. We decided instead of the usual 'channel and sail on the big lake', we'd try sailing around on Lake Muskegon, perhaps ride to the other side of the lake towards town (Keenan never having taken this ride before). Once again, it was smooth sailing in one direction, but when we tried turning around and heading back, the wind was just in the wrong direction, and we had to do a few tacks upwind to return (noisy with the sails flapping, and very slow for some reason). Made Terri a little nervous a couple times with some extreme heels, which frustrated Keenan because this is the only part of sailing that he likes (I'm kind of in the middle, I can take a little heel, but they still make me a bit nervous - I guess the feeling of 'control' almost slipping out of your grasp).

A two hour ride, weather was quite nice (almost too sunny at times), and we all got a bit burned. Ice creams at Frosty Cove, and then home (the severe storms finally hit around 8). Thinking of perhaps an overnight to White Lake this weekend, but now of course, the 'pleasant saturday weather' is turned to 'possible showers' - UG. And next week is out because of conflicts. Then the grandmas are visiting, and then school starts, and another show at the civic starting up in Sept/Oct... Maybe I need to call Alex again.

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