Saturday, August 25, 2018

Trails End Bay

I stopped last night at a large Bay just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Sailing ended up being a bust yesterday with very little wind so I had to motor all 11 hours. I may have been motoring but at least I made good progress against the prevailing Westerly breezes. Most of the day was quite nice but it started to rain around 4pm and by the time I dropped my hook, it was coming down pretty good.

My cockpit is littered with dead flies this morning from me swatting them all day yesterday. They are a pesky nuisance but a fact of life up here in the Upper peninsula. Sometimes I am envious of those boats with enclosed cockpits. 

All night long my halyards were making a racket, slapping against the mast but it didn't bother me because I was so tired I slept through the noise. Normally I tie them to my pin rail away from the mast, but it was raining so hard last night when I got here that I didn't want to go outside.

It is blowing pretty good here this morning out of the south so I am hoping to be able to sail to my next stop at Beaver Island, about 30 miles west of here. From there I am going to be going nowhere for about a week if you can believe the weather forecast of Westerly breezes. I had been anticipating this weather and picked Beaver Island as a good place to stop because a lot of people have told me how good it is there with lots of things to do. I'm not really your typical tourist, but if it has lots of outdoor activities I'll be in.

Lots of rain outside but at least there are no thunderstorms and it is a warm 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

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