Glorious Sailing - for awhile
27 July 2009 | Presque Isle Harbor, MI
We decided at 0600 that we really wanted more sleep so we went back to bed thinking we would have a lay day in De Tour. But by 1100 we were up and motoring out the harbor. The sky was blue with white clouds and a lovely 15 knot wind. We were able to sail for 4 glorious hours in weather and conditions sailors live for. Seas only 1-3', a beam wind at 15 knots, blue sky and a temp of 61. With the full set of sails we were getting 8 - 8.5 knots out of her and a few times reaching 9 knots. To realy top off the sail we got to watch a bunch of the boats all sailing the Port Huron to Mackinac Island race. At times we could see at least 30 boats. That was a kick.
About 1500 the winds just plain died and it was take the sails down and crank up the iron wind in order to make it to Presque Isle Harbor in fairly good time. We docked here at 1730 along with a lot of other boats and just ahead of even more. It is a very busy marina right now with many sail and power boats. Eight of them with huge flags no less declaring they are doing the Cocktail Cruise up to Mackinac to participate in the race party tomorrow night. It's not like the quiet marinas we have been used to but they are all having a good time - inspite of the rain that just set in.
We hope to head on down the lake tomorrow but we will have to see what the weather does. There are predictions of strong thunderstorms along the way. Morning will tell. Perhaps it will just be a short skip to Alpena rather than the long haul to Port Sanilac or it may be a lay day here. Flexibility is the key here.