Monthly Archives: September 2014

Summer’s End

The season wraps up suddenly in these parts. Thursday evening was sunny with a 12-15kt NW’erly, and today it’s small craft advisory with gale warnings.

I slipped the lines around six Thursday evening and sailed till after dark, arriving in the slip around 9:30pm. I was hoping to catch the last salmon of the season, so I tucked a reef in the main and partially furled the jib to slow Ariel down to trolling speed. Despite my efforts, she’s just too good of a sailor: she kept on moving at a brisk 4.7kts, even though I’d eased her main and jib to the point of luffing. It was a lovely evening – absolutely perfect.

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I stopped by the marina today to check on Ariel and submit the haul out paperwork. The surge from today’s┬ástorm has raised the water level considerably, especially since Lake Michigan is up about 15″ over last year’s level. Ariel normally sits with her deck about 1-2′ lower than the dock level. She’s sitting almost even with the docks now.

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Haul out is scheduled for October 10. Here’s hoping we can get in one or two more sails before then.

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