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 storm 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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