Well, it's been a long while since I've posted in here and I'll explain that later.
But wanted to share that we did 7 days instead of 10 due to weather
. Cold fronts causing some delays and challenges, but we managed.
We left a day later due to a major series of squalls that popped up as we were 20 NM north of Green Bay, forced us to seek a safe harbor and GB (our homeport) happened to the closest safe harbor.
We left later than planned, but cruising isn't about plans, right?
Well, we left the next day. Cruised up to Sturgeon Bay, then the next nite, we stayed in Fish
Creek. enjoyed their fireworks as well, and met so many nice fun boaters, boats of all kinds and sizes. Many much bigger than our pocket book! LOL
The sail up to the next harbor was rough, higher and steady winds from the SW pushed us nicely up the Door county Penninsula. We stopped in Sister Bay and had to lay over a couple days due to storm fronts coming in against some very hot, humid air.
We opted not to go around door county for safety
sake. It was during our stay in Sturgeon Bay the first nite, we determined our fixed VHF
, was able to receive but unable to transmit. We bought a new fixed VHF, however found out it's the coax going up the mast
that probably is the faulty item. So, siding on the side of safety, I changed our plans for cruising around. The Lake Michigan side of Door County does not have alot of places to duck into in case a storm arises, and wanted to be safe.
We anchored in Nicolet Bay, nice anchorage for a state park. Several other boaters were there, including a 40' sailboat, couldn't make out the make. Then a Hylas
54' came in and dropped anchor
behind us some.
out a storm squall that came through, but we were very well protected. The sail down to Sturgeon Bay was nice, winds on and off again, but causing confusing seas @ 3-4'.
Stayed in Sturgeon Bay the last nite, then left the next day to sail down to Green Bay. We left first thing in the morning, raising anchor
, we rounded the shelter of Nicolet Bay only to hit 3-4' waves and 25-30 knot
winds steady from WSW.
Waves grew in height. Main was reefed, headsail was furled half-way. When the waves grew, we opted to lower the main completely (wife's desire) and soon , waves were getting 6-8' . Wife wasn't happy but trudging thru. Then Murphy's Law hit. the headsail jammed and wouldn't roll back up. With foulweather gear
on, and life jacket, I went forward under the reluctant scared, tearful wife at the helm
. Well, long story short, an 8' wave picked up our boat, launching the bow and me with it - skyward. I went at least 3' in the air, above the deck
and then gravity caused me to crash back down onto the deck
. Face and right shoulder/arm slamming into the bow. Immediately I was knew something was wrong. Right arm in pain, couldn't grip anything or raise my arm without pain. With one arm not working right, I couldn't correct the headsail furling
I got back to the cockpit
, sailed theboat the remaining hour as we got close to the Green Bay channel markers. However, again, a major storm squall system was bearing down on us. I simply encouraged my wife to go below and no matter what, to stay on the high side of the cabin
. We listened to the weather reports on the VHF handheld. It didn't look good. Hail, heavy rains, reports of 50-60 mph winds. With a headsail partially out, motoring in the channel and only 6 NM north of the GB Fox River entrance, we got blasted by the storm from our starboard side. The hail/driving rain stung and the boat heeled completely over. Mast
was almost level with the water
and clinometer was off the chart. I fought the rudder
with the good arm and did my best to keep the boat pointed into the wind
, but at one point, gave up. But just like Lt. Dan from the movie
Forrest Gump, I cursed and growled back at Neptune and with a healthy fight, got the boat back into the wind
. The storm pushed us completely out of the shipping
channel! We were in 10' of water
. (the Green Bay shipping
channel is 25-30' deep, but on either side, it gets as shallow as 1-2') The storm pushed us completely out of the channel in a matter of minutes. Even though she was a fast moving storm, those were some scary moments But we did manage to get back in the channel.
My wife thought ahead and called on cell phone
to have friends, anyone help us dock
, due the captain
ER visit later and an MRI later, determined I fractured the greater tubercle of the Humerus bone of my right arm.
Overall though the trip was fun, despite the injury and a $300 sail repair. Would I go out again...anyday!!! Been itching to get back out on the water ever since! Sooo there's the long story of our sailing trip. Hoping next one won't be as stormy, or have to contend with injuries.