This last week was a blast on the big lake! Waves on wednesday and a north on friday. Four of us from Madison got a taste( more like a mouthfull) of the North wind and weather on Friday. It was a first for all of us, sailing across Lake Michigan. We floated Matt Erdmans 30ft Catalina from Milwaukee to Muskegon and back.
We started off from the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee at 11 am on friday and leaving the breakwall we were welcomed to the Lake by this
I wish I could say that more than luck played into us avoiding any and all bad weather over the course of this voyage but I can't. After motoring for a couple hours we got behind that system and found the wind. North at 15 eventually gusting to 20 had us well on our way.
A man, his boat, and the open sea.......
The North wind held throughout the day and into the night before going north east and forcing us to motor the last 4 hours to Muskegon. We tied up and crashed for the remainder of the night. It was a bit rough waking up later that morning and have the forcast tell us to get back to sea. After fueling up we headed back out on the lake.
The north east wind that halted our progress the previous evening had switched to north northwest and guided us right back on our way, the wind held up to around sunset got us well out into the middle of the lake. The seas calmed and allowed us to relax a bit as we began to motor again.
As the evening went on the wind switched all over before going south and picking back up enough for us to raise sail and reach Milwaukee early Sunday morning.