Log of sv 'French Connection'

15 August 2012
11 August 2012 | Sarnia
10 August 2012
08 August 2012
07 August 2012 | Pt Elgin
03 August 2012
31 July 2012 | Beardrop
30 July 2012
24 July 2012 | Presque Isle, Michigan
22 July 2012 | Harrisville
21 July 2012 | Harbor Beach
21 July 2012 | Sarnia, Ontario
19 July 2012 | Sarnia, Ontario
16 July 2012 | Harsens Island, Michigan
16 July 2012 | Middle Bass & Grosse Isle
28 June 2012 | Catawba Island
31 July 2009 | Catawba Island

On the Way to Harbor Beach

21 July 2012 | Harbor Beach
Tony & Kat
The photo is of Richard Sharp going under the Blue Water bridge.

The forecast is light and out of the south - perfect for this trip. We left at 7:30, encountered a relatively mild 3.5 kt. current along the shoreline. We had a light southerly breeze for the 8 hr trip to Harbor Beach. This is my least favorite harbor since it's shallow and there's nothing in town. This year it continued to meet my expectations as we anchored by the lighthouse with about 15 other boats.

Vixen did surprisingly well especially as she patiently waited for me to launch the dingy for the 20 min ride into the 'doggy park'. The only issue was someone forgot to tell me I have to put gas in the outboard! No sweat - a quick call to Mike on 'Island Sol' which joined up with us at HB and I got bailed out. Two more trips to the 'doggy park' that night...hmmm I think Vixen likes dingy rides and is toying with me.

Grosse Point Sailing Club had this as a stopping point for their 'Cocktail Race Cruise' so as I mentioned we had lots of company. By the way a good winter seminar for the club might be 'anchoring for racers' - yikes how many times do you have to reset the anchor - especially in mud! Clue - start with something more substantial then a 10 lb danforth for a 40' boat.
All three of our boats set our anchors the first time and we stayed secure even in moderate winds that evening.
Vessel Name: French Connection
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 423
Hailing Port: Catawba Island, Ohio
Crew: Tony & Kat
We started sailing 27 years ago on a 17' boat in Chicago. Once we found out small boats and big lakes don't mix we quickly upgraded to a 30' then progressed through 34, 38 and our most recent acquisition is a 42. [...]

Who: Tony & Kat
Port: Catawba Island, Ohio
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