Lake Erie and Canada
01 August 2009 | Leamington, Ontario
Saturday, August 1, 2009
We left the Detroit Yacht Club at 0830 (getting out of our well was much easier than getting in) and headed down the Detriot River. Seth was at the helm from 0900 to 1200 taking her all the way down the river and into Lake Erie. The autohelm and the chart plotter make it all very comfortable. Seth soon got the hang of adjusting the autohelm and with his Ipod on he happily took the 3 hour stint at the helm.
The wind was right on the nose so we had to push her some. We made good speed (about 8 kts) until we actually hit Lake Erie. Then the waves slowed us down to 6 knots. We headed almost due east to get to Leamington so we were able to put the full suit of sails up and beam reach along at a solid 6 knots. It was a lovely sail although we can tell we are further south. The sun has some punch now.
We docked in Leamington, Ontario at 1700 and are tied to the promenade. It is a very busy place this Saturday night. The municipal marina is full and there are lots of people in the park and walking the promenade.
Seth and I went to find a grocery store. Just up from the boat we asked a woman who was walking her two handsome golden retrievers. She told us and then almost immediately turned around and asked us if we would like a ride. She is here on assignment for her company and has a place just up the promenade. She was going to the store later and said she would go now if we would like a ride. Of course, we said yes and because we had a ride we bought more than we would have had we had to tote it back by foot. People are so nice.
The weather looks rather ominous for tonight so once again the weather gods have blessed us with a good day and let us get settled in before getting active. Tomorrow we are off to Erieau, Ontario. It is a short run - about 45 miles - so it will be an easy day.