Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Labor Day Weekend 2008

On one of the best weekends of the summer, and a long weekend at that, Eileen and I set sail for Saugatuck, MI on Friday evening. The rhumb line between Holland and Saugatuck is about 10 nautical miles. We stretched out the sail to about 20 NM as the winds were out of the WNW at 10-12 knots and we had such an easy reach down. We cooked Zweigle hot dogs on the grill on the way down and also had tossed salad and potato salad that Eileen prepared earlier in the day. We sailed well passed the Saugatuck harbor approximately 5 NM offshore, then reached back up to the pierhead. It was a pleasent motor up the Kalamazoo river to SMYC. We found our slip and tied up for the night. We took a walk into the downtown area and had tasty treats at Kilwin's. We met a couple (Jack and Chrissy) aboard a huge trawler, must have been 60' or more. Chrissy offered us cinnamon rolls from a bakery in town and they went well with our morning coffee. We went downtown again in the morning and found a neat little restaurant where we could eat outside and Shiloh could join us (Ida Red Cottage). What a wonderful time we had! We set sail for Holland at approximately 1:00 PM on Saturday. We sailed with favorable West winds and beat about 15 NM offshore in relatively flat seas and North of the Holland pierhead. Another lovely day for an extended sail. We spent the night at home on Saturday night and went to Mars Hill for the 9AM service. After church, we went home and packed up to spend the night aboard Latigo once again. We motored out to Lake Michigan and dropped the hook about a mile South of the pier. We cooked chicken on the grill and just relaxed, swam and enjoyed eachother. At sunset, we motored back to Eldean's and got settled for the evening. We woke up Monday morning and visited with our friends Tim and Julie aboard Julianna and then proceeded to the Parkway Inn for breakfast. A rendezvous out on Lake Michigan followed as we anchored off Tunnel Park, just North of Holland. After swimming and such we motored back to Eldeans to pick up Ed and Lois, our friends that took care of Shiloh for a couple of weeks earlier this summer. We went for a nice sail, went for a swim and dip in the hot tub at the club, and enjoyed dinner at the Piper afterwards. This was a super-good weekend in my book! A huge plus was getting the phone calls from Leah and Matthew about them taking their solo maiden voyage aboard the B! Here are some pics of the weekend...

Eileen at the helm on the way to Saugatuck

The pea soup that we woke up to in Saugatuck...it was really beautiful and not a whisper of wind

Working on the diesel...again!

Tim and Eileen on Jeff's tender at Tunnel Park...Julianna and Graan Finale in the background

Proudly displaying the colors of the Poor Man's Yacht Club

Lois to starboard, hanging with Shiloh

Ed up on the foredeck

1 comment:

joel said...

that's a busy and fun weekend. are you planning any bigger trips? you should head up to north manitou island and camp there. look it up.