Summer 2008 Lake Superior Cruise
06 August 2008 | Lilly Pond Kewaunaw Waterway Upper Entry
Lilly Pond (Kewanau Upper Entrance)
(Editor's Note: the photo is of the sunrise over the Porcupine Mountains)
First light was 0445 in the morning and we saw it as our opportunity to get a head start on the long day a head of us. Once we spot-lit our way through the river, the on-watch rotations started. For periods of one hour each, there was a batter (helmsman), guy on deck (at-the-ready crew), guy in the hole (sleeper) and the injured reserve (Stefan wasn't feeling well). Early on in the day while Dad was hoisting the chute, the unsecured spinnaker bag blew into the water. Quick to react the spinnaker was dropped and with Mom at the wheel we practiced a very smooth man overboard procedure to recover the bag. For the most part, we sat on a sleigh ride downwind. The chute was up a total of three times and we saw wind speeds ranging from 5 to 20 knots. We worked the wind hard all day, powered little and tied up to the Lilly Pond Harbor of Refuge on the outskirt wharf of the Keweenaw Waterway.