Published August 17, 2014
family , Michigan , sailing
Tags: arcadia, family, great lakes, lake michigan, michigan, minifish, sailing, sunfish, sunfish sailing
Thursday at camp seemed promising for our last chance to sail. all morning, I could feel a bit of a breeze as I walked around camp to the various morning activities. after lunch and watching son #2 play in a 3-on-3 soccer tournament, we headed down to the beach to try sailing. I rigged the Minifish up and set off my oldest son in the Mini. I had my 9-yr old join me in the Sunfish.
the wind must’ve been playing tricks on us, though, because it was very light and shifty out in the water. my oldest son in the Minifish just laid right down in the cockpit and drifted along.
we sailed around a bit, and I let my 9 1/2 yr old son man the controls of the Sunfish. after a bit, I had the boys switch, so my 9 1/2 yr old could sail the Minifish for the 1st time.
despite the lack of a steady breeze, it sure was a lot of fun sailing on the gorgeous waters of Lake Michigan… for the 1st time sailing WITH my boys instead of just giving them rides on my boat.
Published August 14, 2014
Michigan , sailing , sailing log
Tags: arcadia, great lakes, lake michigan, laser performance, minifish, sailing, sunfish, vacation
yesterday, the waters of Lake Michigan had settled back down after Tuesday’s rainstorm. it was very light winds, but we took down my Sunfish and our new Minifish down to the beach to try sailing.
it was a fun day playing on the water, even with the lighter winds. my 13-yr old sailed the Minifish first, and I took my 6- yr old for a ride on the Sunfish.
I’ll post more details later.
it is amazing to see how quickly the water conditions of Lake Michigan can change. Sunday and Monday there was very little wind and the water was quite possibly the calmest I have ever seen.
through the night and into today, strong winds from the north northwest have been blowing across the lake and have generated large rolling waves that are crashing all along the beach.
this picture is from earlier this morning and doesn’t even do justice to the crashing waves out there now.
“The fog comes
on little cat feet.”
– Carl Sandburg
you can no longer see the horizon on Lake Michigan – calm water and fog have blended into one.
Published August 10, 2014
Tags: hymns, sailing, the sea
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm has bound the restless wave,
Who bade the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.