sailing log 2013-07-11: Ford Lake

on a Thursday night a couple weeks back, I headed down to Ford Lake again for a short evening sail.  Lake Erie was tempting, but a bit too much of a drive since I was starting on the road a bit later than practical for driving all the way there and getting any decent sailing in before dusk.

boat traffic on the lake was light again – there was one large sailboat off to the west/northwest, but I never caught up enough with him to see what it was or to say hello.  winds were okay, but a bit lighter again, mostly from the north, so I set off on a reach more or less west across the lake.  I used my Runkeeper app again with its GPS to track my sailing route (I forgot to turn it off at the end, so a bit of the route is up on land when I walked up to get my Sunfish PVC dolly).

Ford Lake 2013-07-11it was a pleasant evening for a sail, with the decent wind and warm temperatures, and if I set my course just right, the mast of the Sunfish would block most of the direct light from the sun setting in the west, and I might actually see where I was going!

I snapped the picture below with my iPhone after I had turned around and was sailing back towards the east, with the sun shining from behind me.  I’m quite happy with the quality of the pictures that the iPhone is able to take through the plastic case of the dry bag (Micro Whanganui) that I bought.

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I snapped this last picture of the ramp area – my Sunfish is tied off to a dock while I went to get the Sunfish PVC dolly to haul it up to my truck & trailer.

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I only sailed about an hour – making sure I had plenty of time to get the boat out of the water, derigged and up onto my trailer to get back home.  it was a great evening sail, though!

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2 Responses to “sailing log 2013-07-11: Ford Lake”


  1. 1 Baydog July 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    You have to set a time you need to be at least on the road, or home. You then work backward from there, usually leaving yourself less than an hour to sail. It’s worth it though, every time.

    • 2 my2fish July 25, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Baydog, agreed. it was totally worth it, I just hadn’t planned well for it. I just need to be better prepared for the next time I want to try a weekday evening sail!


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