sailing & kayaking log: 2013-07-05 Round Lake

for the July 4th holiday this year, my wife and I joined several college friends at a lake cottage on Round Lake. this has become a little bit of a tradition, as I think this is now our 3rd year in a row meeting up there together.

Thursday afternoon we took the pontoon boat for a spin out on the lake and stopped to swim at the large sand bar.  we enjoyed some awesome food & drinks and fellowship, and then watched the beautiful sunset, followed by fireworks from all around the lake.

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I woke up Friday morning, and gathered up my things to take the Sunfish out for a spin on Round Lake.  the wind was pretty calm, but I thought I might as well give it a try… but it was pretty much a drifter the whole way.  at one point in a shallow area, I just got off the Sunfish, and walked a couple hundred yards through the shallow area, towing the Sunfish along behind me.  this is a screenshot from my GoPro video camera (that I ended up just turning off).

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I saw (4) other Sunfish out on the water, and thought I might try to sail over to them to say hello – but I just couldn’t make any headway in that direction, and I think they realized it just wasn’t enough wind to be on the water, as they each made their way back to shore.  you can just barely see a couple of their little triangular sails off in the distance.

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after a short while, I gave up on sailing, and slowly started making my way back to the cottage.  a little bit of paddling was required to speed things along.  once I got back, I left my Sunfish more or less rigged and ready to go if the wind was to ever pick back up again, but it never really did.

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while I was trying to sail, I used my new Aquapac (Micro Whanganui) dry bag to keep my iPhone dry, and then turned on my Runkeeper app to use the GPS to track my sailing movements.  I guess in theory, it would be a pretty neat result, but since it was such light winds, I basically just drifted in a large circle (sailing route shown with blue lines on the map below).

later in the afternoon, two of my friends and I each took a kayak for a spin, and ended up paddling quite a long way around the lake. I used Google Maps to trace our approximate route (kayaking shown by red lines) – it ended up being about 3.75 miles of kayaking! not too bad for maybe my 1st ever serious kayaking.

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all told it was a great couple days spent on the water, enjoying time with old friends, and mixing in a bit of delicious cooking and cold frosty beverages.  the Sunfish sailing left a little to be desired, but sometimes the winds just don’t like to cooperate.

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5 Responses to “sailing & kayaking log: 2013-07-05 Round Lake”


  1. 1 Bonnie K. Frogma July 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Michigan does summertime right. Funny thing is I think a good friend of mine from Sebago was also on Round Lake in that time frame. She mentioned it when I posted my Baw Beese waterlily picture.

  2. 3 Pandabonium July 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Good tradition. I owned a couple of sit on top kayaks before I moved here. They were a lot of fun. I’ve toyed with idea of getting some again for use when the wind isn’t cooperating.

    • 4 my2fish July 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Panda, that’s exactly what I was thinking! Sail when windy, canoe or kayak when it’s calm.

      • 5 Pandabonium July 17, 2013 at 4:38 am

        Yeah. I may do just that if I can work out where to keep a 2 seater or two one seaters. If I can store them with the Lido so as not to incur extra storage fees (ahem!) I just may do that.

        Round lake looks like a cool place to vacation.


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