A New Month and a New Lake (August 5th – August 23rd)

We left the Bondar Marina for the roughly 40 mile trip down the St. Mary’s River which would take us to Lake Huron. The freighters were still with us as were a number of large recreational boats. Believe it or not, a 45’ sport fisher can throw a larger wake than a 1000’ freighter.

A 1000' Freighter on the St. Mary's River

A 1000′ Freighter on the St. Mary’s River

The wind and waves increased as we neared the North Channel of Lake Huron so we grabbed the first protection we could find after reaching the lake. Whiskey Bay (46°05.4’N,83°53.0’W) was a decent little anchorage but certainly not a destination place. We had planned on a couple of weeks exploring the North Channel but after having a look at the schedule decided that we didn’t really have enough time. Two weeks would barely be enough time to see the North Channel and would have had us travelling virtually every day. Instead, we decided to hang out near Whiskey Bay at a handful of different anchorages and relax. It was the right decision and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

A Burnt Island Sunset

A Burnt Island Sunset

Other than in the North Channel and Georgian Bay, Lake Huron doesn’t have much for anchorages. We were forced to stay in marinas for the rest of our time on Lake Huron. We stayed in Rogers City, Alpena, Harrisville, Port Austin, Harbor Beach, and Port Sanilac. Several of the stays were for more than one night as we waited out bad weather. Most of the marinas were pretty decent and had courtesy cars and some had bicycles to use. We had these super cool single speed bikes to tour around Harrisville.

And How do You Do This?

And How do You Do This?

Ready for a Ride

Ready for a Ride

We were stuck in Harrisville for a couple of days due to strong winds and large waves so we left for Port Austin as soon as the winds had calmed. The weather forecast included a chance of thunderstorms and NOAA was right for a change. We watched the sky turn dark behind us and then gradually over take us. The wind went from 10-15 knots to 20-25 knots as the storm approached. All of a sudden, we had 35-40 knots and torrential rain. Phebe was at the helm and she and Noodin did a terrific job. The waves had increased as the storm approached but the heavy rain beat them down as the strong winds blew the wave tops off. It was actually pretty neat to be out in after we got things under control. That being said, we haven’t travelled since when thunderstorms have been forecast.

Kind of Cool after the Fear Leaves

Kind of Cool after the Fear Leaves

We did get a chance to fly our new spinnaker on Lake Huron. We’d never flown a spinnaker so didn’t know what to expect. We were able to get it set and back down when the time was right so will definitely use it again when we are in light air.

The New Spinnaker in Action

The New Spinnaker in Action

 

 

9 thoughts on “A New Month and a New Lake (August 5th – August 23rd)

  1. Love the bikes. Don’t pedal backwards because years ago that was your brakes.
    The sail was beautiful, was anxious to see the family colors.
    Sounds like thunder storms makes good practice for ocean travel.

  2. Just think – some day you will be able to say “Been there, done that!” So glad you made it safely through the storm. May God continue to keep you safe. Remember what Marshall Hoffman always sang “It’s amazing what praising can do!” We really enjoy your sharing your travel with us. Can you post a map sometime with a line showing us your route? Take care! Faye and Bart

    • Hi Faye and Bart. You can find a route map by going to the menu bar beneath Noodin’s picture and clicking on “The Plan”. Thanks for following along.

  3. We are so proud of you guys. Sounds like quite a storm way to go Phoebe!! We are winding down here in Mt. Fall weather is upon us . Stay safe happy sailing and keep in touch ❤️❤️ Heyjude

  4. The spinnaker was great – billowing out. I wondered how you were getting from the great lakes to the east coast. The erie canal – what a great adventure.

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