In an earlier post I listed a number of sailing venues I want to explore with Gardens of Fenwick. These included Les Cheaneaux Islands (Lake Huron), the North Channel (Lake Huron, Canada), the Maine Island Trail, the Apostle Islands (Lake Superior) and the San Juan Islands (Salish Sea - sometimes referred to as Puget Sound).
Well, it is February, I'm making progress with the build and, sometimes, when waiting for epoxy to cure, I dream of that first 'adventure sail' with Gardens of Fenwick. Oh, I know, that first adventure won't be terribly exotic or, weather permitting, extreme but it will be the first - the beginning of what I hope will be many adventures. So, what'll it be?
In July we are going to Cedarville in Les Cheneaux Islands on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Certainly, there will be day-sails - perhaps an expedition to Government Island - to shake down GF and give me a chance to sort out rigging and what-not. But I am hopeful for decent enough weather - and confidence in myself - to undertake my first adventure sail. Google Earth is an excellent tool for armchair exploration and I have done just that. I see two possibilities for my first adventure.
The first possibility: 18 miles (give or take) from McKay Bay, just east of Cedarville, to Search Bay, just west of Hessel.
The second possibility would be a 17-mile (give or take) voyage from McKay Bay to DeTour State Park, between Cedarville and DeTour Village.
Either of these possibilities would be a 2-day trip. A day there, overnight (either on the hook or tent camping on shore), and a day back. Both offer open water sailing on Lake Huron, although Search Bay can be reached by threading through the islands.
Of course, a third possibility exists. A three-day journey from McKay Bay to Search Bay to DeTour State Park and return to McKay Bay. All conditions - outfitting, rigging, weather, confidence, etc. - would have to be perfect for this to take place but... it could happen...
This is the stuff of February dreams...