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Cleveland Rocks!

20 August 2008 | Fairport, OH
Mike
.....Or maybe it was me rocking. At the risk of sounding like a perpetual whiner, Lake Erie definitely deserves it reputation for getting rough quick in windy conditions.

I can't say I wasn't warned. Everyone I knew who had sailed there had told me "When the wind kicks up, get the hell off the lake!"

Things started out ok but after about 4 or 5 hours the winds started to build, on the nose naturally. By the time they had been blowing 23 kts for a few hours, the waves kept building and building.

Eventually, they were slamming into the hull and rattling the rigging. Worse yet, I would lose 2 to 3 knots of boat speed everytime they hit... and I thought Lake Michigan had steep-period seas!

It finally got to the point where I couldn't find a comfortable heading so I thankfully retreated into the Grand River Marina in Fairport. *Whew* Not as far as I wanted to go but discretion being the better part of valor......I waived the white flag.

Here's a picture as I passed Cleveland and before things turned to @#!*!!.
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Vessel Name: Norma Fay
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter 386
Hailing Port: Racine, Wisconsin
Crew: Mike Miller
About: I recently retired from the trop-rock band the "Boat Drunks" and I'm going sailing. Heading through the Eastern Great Lakes, down the ICW and to the Bahamas for starters. Then...We'll see!
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Norma Fay

Who: Mike Miller
Port: Racine, Wisconsin