Life aboard Leprechaun

Cruising towards our dream, in search of the pot o'gold

19 July 2012 | Bayfield and Twin Cities
13 July 2012 | Houghton, MI
12 July 2012 | Outer Keweenaw, MI
11 July 2012 | Marquette, MI
10 July 2012 | Munising, MI
09 July 2012 | Grand Marais, MI
08 July 2012 | Whitefish Point
06 July 2012 | Sault Ste. Marie, MI
05 July 2012 | DeTour Village, MI
04 July 2012 | Roger City, MI
03 July 2012 | Presque Isle, MI
02 July 2012 | Harrisville, MI
01 July 2012 | East Tawas, MI
30 June 2012 | Harbor Beach, MI
29 June 2012 | Port Sanilac, MI
28 June 2012 | Lake St. Clair, MI
27 June 2012 | Lake St. Clair, MI
26 June 2012 | Grosse Ile, MI
25 June 2012 | Put in Bay, OH
23 June 2012

Hello, Lake Superior

08 July 2012 | Whitefish Point
John and Cheryl
Cheryl's Notes:

We took a day off yesterday and stayed in Sault Ste. Marie. The weather showed the wind blowing 15-25 knots from the northwest in Whitefish Bay. That was just the direction that we would be heading and fighting the waves. We have been going nonstop since we left Sandusky and decided that we deserved a day of rest. We caught up on our emails and called family back home. (We had an email from Karen back on F dock in Sandusky. One of the storms that tore through there after we left, caused hail damage to several boats. Talk about good timing for us.) We read our books and even took a nap.

This morning we motored over to the Canadian lock as soon as they opened at 9 am. We were the first boat locked through. From there it was a smooth ride to Whitefish Bay. Not enough wind to sail, but no excitement either. Laid in the sun for awhile and then threw steak on the grill for dinner. Gotta love this life.

John's Notes:

F&*%, you forget how big this lake really is. After leaving the St. Mary's River yesterday we spent at least half the day motoring in water over 350' deep.

The trip was long and boring. Just the way you want it when you are crossing Whitefish Bay. Had no problem docking at Whitefish. The place is in about the same shape as it was four years ago. There is absolutely nothing there. Just a good afternoon to lie around and do nothing. We've become so expert at that. FYI, the steak we had for dinner tonight was about as good as it gets. Can't remember when we had such a great tasting meal.

The weather forecast for the next few days looks like we will be motoring if we want to get anywhere. Putting the sails up would just be an exercise at this point.
Vessel Name: Leprechaun
Vessel Make/Model: 1999 Catalina 36mkII
Hailing Port: Bayfield, WI
Crew: John and Cheryl
About: John grew up in San Francisco and received his first boat for his seventh birthday. He has owned a boat since that day. His father and grandfather were both ship captains. His dream has always been to live on the water and travel to new places and spend his retirement years cruising.
Cheryl started dating John ten years ago. On their third date he uttered the words that would change her life forever. "Did I mention that I own a boat?" She fell in love with John and her love of sailing quickly followed. When he mentioned his retirement dreams, she was the first to say "Let's [...]
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Moving Leprechaun back to our home port of Bayfield.
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2011 boat projects and traveling to the Chesapeake
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We finally made it to the Bahamas
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President Obama taking off from Cherry Point Air Station
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This is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been through.
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Saying goodbye to Bayfield and all of our friends
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The Crew

Who: John and Cheryl
Port: Bayfield, WI