06 August 2012 | Frankfurt, MI
We stopped in St.Ignace for a night, met some people we knew from Chicago Yacht club and joined them at the Mackinac Grill for a very enjoyable evening. The next day off we went planning a stop at Beaver Island. Our thinking was to take advantage of a nice sailing day to get further west and south before the big winds came in. The forecast was for 20 plus with gusts to 30 knots from the NW. We anchored in Beaver Island harbor and settled in for what we figured was going to be a fairly long night. Nope, the weather guy was wrong again. The only thing keeping us awake that night was a family of ducks picking bugs off the side of LB. Wack, wack, thump, thump, these ducks were busy, go figure.
We got ansy the next day so around 17:00 with the winds still from the NW we decided to head out. My thoughts were to take advantage of the strong winds on our tail to move us along. So much for the weather guy and my plans. Just before sundset the wind died leaving us rolling in four to five foot waves, here we go again. What's with this rolling.
We powered through the night as far south as the Manitou Lighthouse when the wind filled in from the east. Now wait. We were listening to the weather and there was no talk of an easterly but, it helped, so out with the sails and tally-ho. Two hours later, nothing, and again the rolling. Then westerly, hurray, wow this is stupendous. The wind generator was doing such a great job we had: auto pilot, the refridgerator, running lights, cabin lights and the radio all going just to keep up with the gnerator's output. Mozat at 7.5 knots heading the right direction, sweeet!! But nothing lasts for long and after another two hours the winds backed to SW right on our nose, here's another argg!. We decided not to tack out into the lake but to furl sails and power around Point Betsy. Picture this, four to five foot waves on our nose, six miles to Betsy and we're making 2 - 3 knots over the bottom. Yup it was a long haul.
Now here we are in Frankfurt having dropped anchor around 07:00 this morning. 70 or so miles in fourteen hours. A pretty slow average but most of that was due to the haul around Point Betsy.
We want to be in Saugatuck by the 9th and it's looking a bit iffy now. The winds are forecast to be SW, on the nose for today and tomorrow. Remember, cruisers, especially these old farts, don't like to go to windward unless absolutley necessary. We'll see.