Elk Rapids, MI
08 July 2015
Ok so we're a member of the Great Lake Cruising Club and Alice and I decided to go all in and signed up for all three rallies.
The trip from Kenosha was rather benign, some sailing some powering until the last piece from South Manito island to Elk Rapids. Not much wind in the morning I mean really early, say around 6:00. Then as we approached the tip of Grand Traverse Bay yup it started blowing out of the south west, arg, right on our nose heading to the first rally location. Tick tack, tick tack, back and fourth we sailed. Now in our J/105 this would have been a piece of cake, but in our 42 foot center cockpit cruising boat and, being as old as dirt, tacking was a bit of work. But wait, we were up to the task. We tacked up the east bay for some twenty miles as the wind increased from a mild 10 or so knots to 18. We knew a cold front was coming so we really wanted to find a safe home for the night. No stress, no pressure, not too much anxiety just fun sailing our home on the water.
After getting settled in our slip, the parties started. New people to meet, new stories to listen to and, on our side to offer up. To me this what sailing is all about. Working hard to get somewhere and then finding people you can not only relate to but people who ask about us. So much of our time ashore, that's at home, is spent listening to people talk only about themselves. They never seem to ask the question "tell us about what interests you?"
The people we meet here are sailors and power boaters with common interests and wow, it is so less boring to join with them in conversation.
Right now there is no wind after yesterday's 17 knots from the northwest. Tomorrow we start out again heading north and east.
Another rally on Rogers City. Maybe 100 boats and some 250 cruisers, now that's cool.