Another day in St. IgnaceKathy
07/18/2007, St. Ignace, Michigan
We spent a second day in St. Ignace. We did the laundry this morning and fog rolled in and was really thick, so Mike decided to install the new GPS Chart Plotter. He has been working on it all day while I hand him tools. I also had a little time to clean the stove and oven-what fun! Some things really aren't all that different on a boat. It is sunny and hot here now. There has been constant traffic at the gas dock today with sailors from the race fueling up to head home.
Under the bridgeMike Another beautiful day
07/17/2007, St. Ignace, Michigan
We left Beaver Island this morning in calm seas. Larry and Carol decided to head south. It was so good to see them and spend some time together. Before long we had a nice SW breeze and got the sails up and the engine off. Grays Passage was about 15 miles due east and we sailed for a couple of hours at 6 knots. Watching for Gray's Light that marks the south east corner of the passage, there was something wrong with the horizon. With the binoculars we could see miles of spinnakers... we seem to have found ourselves a front row seat for the Chicago to Mackinaw Race. Once in the Straits, the wind died. We started the engine when we got down to 2 knots and stayed on the south side of the fleet for the rest of the morning watching the race people trying to make something out of nothing.
Island HoppingMike and Kathy-Beautiful day
07/16/2007, Beaver Island, Michigan
We were up early and left our anchorage at about 5:30. It was cloudy but the forecast called for improving weather. It rained as we motored up the east side of North Manitou and then cleared into a very nice day. There was never much wind but swells from the west rolled us most of the day. From North Manitou we set a course for west side of Beaver Island and spent the morning reading. We had a bit of a rough ride for a while, sailed nicely for a while, and then the wind died. It was a beautiful day, but still pretty cool. After anchoring in St. James Bay we took the dingy over to see Larry and Carol on "Third Bird." It was good to see them. We went to the Shamrock for their excellent thin crust pizza.
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