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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19 August 2008 | Whitefish Point, MI
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8/12/08

Whitefish Point, MI

Although it had previously seemed prudent to avoid Whitefish Point based on the description in the GLCC publications, we decided to give it a try after several other sailors who we met along the south shore had mentioned that it had just been dredged. Just in case we had to make alternate plans upon our arrival, we got underway at 0800. Soon, we were ghosting along under spinnaker at 4-5 knots under light westerly winds but that didn't last long and soon we were powering again. We arrived at "the point" around 1530 and were surprised to find a least depth of 11' (LWD) until we were completely into one of the transient slips one of which was being repaired as we arrived. Least depth in the outer slips were 8' at LWD and that depth was read towards the bow close to the dock. We quickly made our way to the Shipwreck museum which to our surprise was open until 1800. We found the museum to be a real unexpected treat with several components including a 20 minute feature film on the recovery of the bell from the Edmond Fitzgerald as well as various displays and artifacts from the many shipwrecks that have occurred off of Whitefish Point. We also were able to tour the restored lightkeepers quarters at the Whitefish Point Light. On the way back to the boat, we picked wild blueberries along the road before the mosquitoes chased us away.

We returned to the boat to find 3 other boats had arrived one of which was an Alberg 35, a sistership to by parents boat that I had spent many summers of my youth on. The owner took great pride in showing me the interior of the vessel.
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