06 July 2012 | Grand Maarais, Mn
For a shorter version of what follows, here is the note E sent to our children. When we got to the boat the inspector for the insurance had been there and left a list of “tasks”. Then we had heat, not as bad as you, but without AC. Fortunately the marina had a pool where I spent the day going in and out between chores. Then came more heat and flies. We finally left. Lots of heat and lots of flies. Then a HUGE storm while we were at anchor. Sarah, think Annapolis but stronger and shorter. We left with a great wind the next day plus a boat load of flies going across the lake with us. I’d rather have a bat and you know how I feel about bats. Now we are here and it is lovely. Take care in the heat!
As you know we had intended to leave Bayfield on July 1, or 2 at the latest. Of course, you should also have known that we were overly optimistic. We did not figure in changing Insurance on the fly including a survey, installing the new water pump which took 3 hours instead of 1, numerous small repairs, and dodgy weather. We finally did leave on the 3rd, hoping to get to Grand Marais for the fireworks. Instead, a pesky NE kept us at Julian Bay, Stockton Is. where we could see Ashland and Bayfield fireworks at a distance. They were very bright, but not as impressive as the great night sky above us. My (Jim’s) thought was that this was another of man’s puny efforts to appear more important than he is.
While at Julian Bay we were sideswiped by two severe storms, the first roll cloud pushed gale force winds at us for 10 minutes. It did let us get finally ready for the big one an hour later which sent 50 knot winds at us for much longer. I actually thought we were going to be knocked down when the first blast hit us. Fortunately, all this was in daylight.
The reward was a totally delightful sail to Grand Marais on the fifth. Following a three hour motorsail, a 10 knot SW wafted us across the Lake (never less than 5 knots COG!), the best crossing we have ever had: Overall 11 hours. Now we wait for weather again.
Later we sat on the roof patio of the local pub and listened to the best blues band we have heard in years capping a totally sensuous day. (And the new water pump is functioning perfectly—Whew! Well almost perfectly, there was a blockage, it turned out, at the cold water faucet in the galley which took an hour to fix, that is, after two isolating the problem.) And people ask us what we do all day!