This North Channel Cruise congregated at Jacobson's Marina in Frankfort on July 12. We returned tonight to refuel and get ready to head our separate ways.
Seas coming from Mackinac Island (St. Ignace) were less than ideal with strong northerly winds hanging on until late afternoon. Nonetheless, they were better than Webb and Kathy Bassick had yesterday for the same trip. Skies were grey at the start of the nearly five hour trip today, but sunny by the time we pulled in to Frankfort. Temperatures were/are chilly--66 now.
The lake forecasts for tomorrow are promising only slight waves as we start and the same as we end the day in Chicago, Prairie Harbor or Grand Haven. There is always the possibility of surprise waves while crossing the nearly 200 miles (Heidi Ho, Chicago), but sometimes the surprises are pleasant.
This cruise started with five boats, ranging from 62 feet to 42 feet. We lost one couple because of mechanical issues (Mark and Sandy Paulson) and another couple (Ron and Kathy Zagel)cut short their cruise to spend time with their son prior to his leaving for grad school. Coordinating this cruise on behalf of Skipper Bud's was enjoyable as always, and the friendships continue beyond the boating season. The group warmly welcomed Lyle's new bride, Judy who quickly became adept as a navigator as well as boating partner.