Greetings, I just joined your forum. I've been lurking for some time and I have come to appreciate the wealth of information shared by your members.
I'm an old sailor, (not a extraordinarily good sailor,) just old. I started sailing Sidewinders here in the mid-West in the 60's, continued to sail larger boats in Puget Sound
while living in Seattle
and recently returned to the mid-West. I just bought an old Bristol 27 and plan on using it for extensive cruising with my bride, at least as much as she can stand. I have promised to contain my Captain
My name is Jerry and I am going to pick Wind
Chaser up in Chicago in the next few weeks and sail home to Fairport Harbor, Ohio
. I have sailed a limited amount on Lake Erie. I have no sailing experience on Lake Michigan or Huron. Any words of wisdom from the Great Lakes
sailors would be greatly appreciated.
I am thinking heading North out of Chicago and running +/- up the West coast
of Lake Michigan. I am not married to that idea and the East coast
works as well but the wind
predictions look like the East side might be more of a lee shore and that makes me a little nervous. (I had a bad experience with a "Sail-drive" and a lee breakwater. Still have nightmares.) I am not afraid of being out of sight of land but I would like to be able duck into a harbor if it gets really nasty. Any advice? I am planning on anchoring
"most" of the time and using transient berths every third day or so. Does this sound workable? Places to avoid? Not to miss? If sailing hard, can I expect to manage 80 nm per day on Michigan and Huron?