Friday, October 8, 2010

October Fall Sail

Been beautiful fall weather all this week, but since Tim has been down with the flu the past two weeks, there hasn't been much opportunity to go out to the lake. Feeling a little better today (although still not 100%), Terri and Tim drove out for an afternoon sail. The breeze was fairly light when we started out around 2, so we motored over to the marina for a fuel fill up (Terri at the tiller at both the exit from the slip all the way over to the marina), and then we headed out to the big lake to see what the sailing was like.

The swells were pretty large at times, but not unmanageable, and we managed to get probably 4 knots on a beam reach as we headed west/northwest out into the lake. After a while, we turned around and headed back, and the sailing was much more comfortable and fast paced on the return trip, with not having to fight the waves to make forward progress. We also managed to sail all the way down the channel (although the last 100 yards were at a snails pace). Once back on Lake Muskegon, the breezes were pretty steady at about 20 mph, which in Tim's weakened state felt like a bit much to handle, so after a quick reach half way across the lake, we doused the sails and motored back to our slip to call it a day.

Hoping to get one more trip in before taking off the sails for the year.

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