Great Lakes Sailing

Vessel Name: Charrette
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau First 38
Hailing Port: Sister Bay, WI
About: We are an experienced Great Lakes cruising family of 4 (boys 16 and 12) who live aboard during the summer months. In addition to cruising, we also enjoy JAM racing as well as Flying Scot one design racing at the Ephraim Yacht Club where both boys are accomplished racers.
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Charrette is a 1983 Beneteau First 38 auxilary sloop with a fast modern hull shape, a deep fin keel and spade rudder configuration. She is fast, stable, roomy and does not look dated despite being over 25 years old. She is a sister ship to the S/V Bagheera, a First 38 that circumnavigated the [...]
19 August 2008 | Sault Ste. Marie, MI
19 August 2008 | Sault Ste. Marie, MI
19 August 2008 | Whitefish Point, MI
19 August 2008 | Grand Marais, MI
14 August 2008 | Murray Bay, Grand Island (Munising)
14 August 2008 | Marquette, MI
14 August 2008 | Marquette, MI
09 August 2008 | Lower Keewanaw Waterway Indent
09 August 2008 | Lower Keewanaw Waterway Indent
06 August 2008 | Lilly Pond Kewaunaw Waterway Upper Entry
06 August 2008 | Black River, MI
06 August 2008 | Black River, MI
06 August 2008 | La Pointe Harbor
06 August 2008 | La Pointe Harbor Via Bayfield
01 August 2008 | Raspberry Island Sand Spit
01 August 2008 | Rocky Island
01 August 2008 | Rocky Island Via Devils Island
01 August 2008 | Stockton Island
01 August 2008 | Village of La Point, Madeline Island, WI
01 August 2008 | Bayfield WI
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01 August 2008 | Village of La Point, Madeline Island, WI
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7/27/08

Village of La Pointe, Madeline Island, WI

After another round at Burt and Francies and the requisite tour of the art fair and trip to the fuel dock, the six of us were off to Madeline Island. Sailing has often been described as "the art of slowly going nowhere at great expense" and this certainly became the case as we stretched the 2.5 mile trip into two hours forty five minutes. Finally, we landed at The Madeline Island Yacht Club which really is a full service marine facility complete with travelift, well stocked chandlery and boat repair specialists; everything that a sailor could possibly need except laundry which was located ˝ mile into town, so we lugged the three large laundry bags down the road in the hot sun to the laundry mat where we spent $17.50 in quarters to get it all done.

While we were waiting, we went to Tom's Burnt Down Café, a bar that defies description so I've included that photo with this posting. Among other things, part of the "charm" of this place was the many slogans, sayings and other "words of wisdom" that are inscribed on the walls. After exploring the town a bit and seeing the historical museum, the boys and I went back to the boat to get the dinghy as there was a nice sand beach near the laundry mat. After a pizza dinner, we put Deanna's parents on the ferry back to Bayfield and returned to the boat via dinghy with clean laundry in tow.
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