We are currently tucked away in our slip in Frankfort, listening to the waves lap against the stern, and I am amazed at what we have accomplished.
Clarity is now in uncharted territory!
Last year when we took our month-long trip, we made it as far as Manistee at the end of two weeks before turning the boat around to head back to Chicago. It was our first family cruise and we had had a number of mechanical issues that plagued us all along the way. Manistee felt like as far as we could push.
In less than a week, we’ve made it a full port further north than we managed in two weeks last year. I am so proud of us.
The evening we got into the Muskegon Yacht Club, we reconnected with a wonderful couple we had met there last year – salt-of-the-earth, good people. They were sailing up to Ludington the next day, which was our next stop, so we spent the nine-hour sail yesterday racing each other up the coastline and throwing jokes back and forth over the radio. It was a memorable sail, followed by a memorable evening in port, telling stories and drinking too much tequila. It was as if we had known them for years.
Based on the weather forecast, we planned to spend today in port, but halfway through the morning, there was a break in the rain and the forecast and waves looked decent. Our friends headed south to Pentwater and we headed north, intending to go to Manistee. The first part of the sail was a bit rough, with moderate waves, but once we rounded Big Sable Point, the lake laid down a bit and we were on a better point of sail with following seas.
As we were getting close to turning on the blinker and heading in to Manistee, Aaron jokingly said, “You’re going to hate me for telling you this, but Frankfort is only about three hours farther.” Claire was happy as a clam, the conditions were great, we were flying along between 7 and 8.5 knots boat speed downwind, and it was only 1:30 p.m. We thought, what the heck?! Let’s do it!
Five hours later, Clarity was tied off at the dock, Aaron was getting things settled and Claire and Kermit were smiling and swinging at the playground right next to the municipal marina. (I just love that kind of city planning.)
Already, this trip has made me so in awe of what we can accomplish – and have fun doing it! And, it has made me even more in love with my family.
Tomorrow, a day in port (for sure).