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S Bass Island to Lorain Ohio
Sunrise 6:37/Sunset 8:26 Departure 9:50am Nwinds 10-15knots
08/15/2008, 41o39 x W82o49 Put-In-Bay S. Bass to N41o28.9 x W082o11.7 Lorain Ohio

Life is for learning -


Two things learned - don't tie up to short on a mooring ball and the stove top won't open to remove the cover if the control knob isn't all the way closed. We rocked and banged on the mooring ball a good portion of the night last night and this morning getting up to make coffee I couldn't light the stove - duh I had the new gasket on inside it (to prolong the alcohol) - so tried to open the top for 4 minutes before I figured out the problem. Problem solved good morning world.

Pretty uneventful day. No sailing - we were heading pretty much into the wind all day. Passed by Cedar Point - Wow - nice skyline showing their high roller coasters and a drop ride that was the same if not higher than the highest roller coaster.

Lorain is an interesting anchorage. S. shore of Lake Erie roughly 25 miles west of Cleveland. It has an outer harbor, inner harbor and the Black river has a large industrial complex with boating facilities and freighter docks too. 2 converging breakwaters make the outer harbor then a small, detached riprap breakwater protects the entrance of the harbor. We put in a little after 6pm (total trip distance so far 62.05 miles) inside the outer break wall but outside of the marina.

We got to try our windlass for the first time - it works! What a nice way to drop anchor. Wonder if anchoring with all chain is different than with rope... We anchored in front of the small riprap wall out of the way of traffic and the sheriff came by close to 8:20 to tell us to turn on our anchor light. We were about to anyways - waiting for sunset to conserve battery power (in another 5-10 minutes). Winged a chicken salad recipe (left my recipes at home evidently - can't find them) with rolls and wine for dinner & we read until 11ish.

First Stop: Put-In-Bay or bust
Partly Sunny N to NE winds 10-15 knots; Sunrise 6:40am/Sunset 8:45pm 3rd Quarter Moon
08/14/2008, Toledo Beach Marina, LaSalle Michigan to Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island (41o39N x 082o49W)

This morning was a little bit better organized. Coffee was on as soon as I got out of bed - last sunrise at Toledo Beach Marina, and we were up and out after finishing stowing the odd items and collecting our lines from the dock.

Our speed/distance meter on the instrument panel doesn't seem to be working. It continuously read 0.0 the entire way, but the depth and wind meters were working fine. Hmmmm.... We used the chart plotter to determine our speed and distance. Today we didn't get to sail but motored the entire way (nothing like traveling into the wind on a sailboat). Pretty uneventful traveling day 112o to W. Sister Island (a game refuge) ~18 miles, the change course to 128o for 8-10 miles to avoid the firing range (navigation is restricted in that general area if firing exercises are going on), then 97o to go between Rattle Snake and Green Islands and in to Put-In-Bay. So we figured about 35 miles at 5 knots & we'd get in in about 7 hours. We ended up doing fairly well since we motored the entire way - ave. speed 6.17, trip time 5:20.42 and distance traveled 32.87 miles.

It was kinda cool coming in here - you can see Perry's monument on the island way before you actually see the island. Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial is a 352 ft Pink Granite monument that you can see for 20 miles away. It also has a light at the top that can be used as a guiding beacon at dark. It's quite an impressive structure and they let you climb to the top of it. We opted out of the climb this trip (I did this on a previous fieldtrip here) and decided to go for pizza and beer at the brewery here. The amber brew was a hit with me but Wayne thought there was to much hops and we both loved the pizza - they have a sauce with a lot of basil and something else that was wonderful.

Moorings here (we're on C6) are $30 a night during the week, Fri & Sat $40 and on special nights and particular moorings, closer in the price is $50 for a mooring. Call channel 10 and a water taxi comes and fetches you so you can spend money on the island and support the local economy (did I mention they have a terrific beer and pizza place? LOL) most of the tourists rent golf carts to tour the island and we saw a lot of bicyclists too. Nice island, but to be avoided unless you're really into partying and crowds on the weekends.

Almost forgot - we saw the Good Year Blimp coming over the island as we were approaching. We decided that it was heading for the Nascar race back home this weekend in Brooklyn when that place becomes the 3rd largest city in Michigan for the weekend (glad we're not there this weekend).


Stop 1 Put-In-Bay or bust
Partly Sunny N to NE winds 10-15 knots; Sunrise 6:40am/Sunset 8:45pm 3rd Quarter Moon
08/14/2008, Toledo Beach Marina, LaSalle Michigan to Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island (41o39N x 082o49W)

This morning was a little bit better organized. Coffee was on as soon as I got out of bed - last sunrise at Toledo Beach Marina, and we were up and out after finishing stowing the odd items and collecting our lines from the dock.

Our speed/distance meter on the instrument panel doesn't seem to be working. It continuously read 0.0 the entire way, but the depth and wind meters were working fine. Hmmmm.... We used the chart plotter to determine our speed and distance. Today we didn't get to sail but motored the entire way (nothing like traveling into the wind on a sailboat). Pretty uneventful traveling day 112o to W. Sister Island (a game refuge) ~18 miles, the change course to 128o for 8-10 miles to avoid the firing range (navigation is restricted in that general area if firing exercises are going on), then 97o to go between Rattle Snake and Green Islands and in to Put-In-Bay. So we figured about 35 miles at 5 knots & we'd get in in about 7 hours. We ended up doing fairly well since we motored the entire way - ave. speed 6.17, trip time 5:20.42 and distance traveled 32.87 miles.

It was kinda cool coming in here - you can see Perry's monument on the island way before you actually see the island. Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial is a 352 ft Pink Granite monument that you can see for 20 miles away. It also has a light at the top that can be used as a guiding beacon at dark. It's quite an impressive structure and they let you climb to the top of it. We opted out of the climb this trip (I did this on a previous fieldtrip here) and decided to go for pizza and beer at the brewery here. The amber brew was a hit with me but Wayne thought there was to much hops and we both loved the pizza - they have a sauce with a lot of basil and something else that was wonderful.

Moorings here (we're on C6) are $30 a night during the week, Fri & Sat $40 and on special nights and particular moorings, closer in the price is $50 for a mooring. Call channel 10 and a water taxi comes and fetches you so you can spend money on the island and support the local economy (did I mention they have a terrific beer and pizza place? LOL) most of the tourists rent golf carts to tour the island and we saw a lot of bicyclists too. Nice island, but to be avoided unless you're really into partying and crowds on the weekends.

Almost forgot - we saw the Good Year Blimp coming over the island as we were approaching. We decided that it was heading for the Nascar race back home this weekend in Brooklyn when that place becomes the 3rd largest city in Michigan for the weekend (glad we're not there this weekend).


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