Big lake sailing
29 June 2012 | Port Sanilac, MI
John and Cheryl
Hooray, we are in Lake Huron! The last mile of the St. Clair River was slow going. We finally popped out into the lake and did some fresh water, big lake sailing. We didn't have any obstacles or channels to follow, and depth isn't an issue. Our only excitement today was when John got bit by something and it immediately swelled into a giant hard bump. We but some benedryl on it, and it seems better. We also had a few hitchhikers aboard. Butterflies were flying into the cockpit and hanging from the canvas. I guess that their wings were tired.
We are anchored in Port Sanilac harbor for the night. We went ashore to get a new antenna and to visit the local farmers market. The farmers market was a pretty big disappointment. The only fresh produce was some spinach and raspberries, neither of which we needed. Big disappointment after the Cleveland market.
Well, they didn't exactly have the antenna that they said they had. Ended up getting a Shakespeare instead. The whip part is about 6" longer than my old Metz so maybe it will extend the range somewhat. The bad part is that I now have to replace the entire antenna. Of course, the mounting holes in the bracket are totally different than the old one. Looks like I will have to make a couple of trips up the mast to tap new holes and then mount the antenna.
Motor sailed most of the day today. The last couple of miles in the St. Claire river were a drag. Boat speed dropped to about 3.9kts. Still nowhere as bad as we had been told by our friends in Sandusky. Hard to believe that a SAILOR would ever exaggerate.
Birthday minus one and I still have no clue what to get the First Mate. Well, there is the new antenna, but that hardly counts.
Just a guess, but I think that we have less than 800 miles to get back to Bayfield. As the crow flies, way less. Looking forward to a night at Portside.