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Day two done!

Well, my wife and I are done with day two of the ASA 101/103 class and so far she loves it! The winds have been kinda sucky but we did get to around 6.8 knots today while heeling quite a bit. I think I was bothered by that more than my wife was! Tomorrow we're heading toward Suttons Bay and doing drills for most of the day. Today we did man overboard drills and almost rescued a piece of styrofoam that looked like it used to belong to a fishing bouy. I think I needed more sunscreen on Saturday but I'll get over it.

Two more days of drills plus one more test and we're off on our own! Neither one of us can wait!

Tom

Oh, and Tom, I like your boat. It was next to us in a slip on Saturday.
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Glad you liked the boat. Hopefully they are out sailing it now.

You have had some flukey wind, some of the best has been in the evening after your class, which is really strange in GTB. Usually it just lays down at 6:00 PM. However, you are sailing. 6.8 Kts in a Catalina 30 is FLYING!
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You get used to living part time at an angle. In fact you look fwd to it. Saturday we pushed So Okay to 8.3 knots with a bit o' heel, just for fun. When we first did our ASA class that would have been outside our comfort zone as well.

But we normally trim our sails to keep under 10-15° heel. Easy to sail & live then.

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Yeah, 6.8 knots in that Catalina is kinda scary! We were out on the north side of Power Island heading back to the middle of the bay when we found some nice wind on Sunday. What a ride! Today there was a south and then west wind so we had a bit of fun tacking back and forth toward the island. We ended up losing the wind so we started motoring back in and had the wind come back up. After sailing for about another 30 minutes we lost the wind again and came in to the marina to work on docking. We docked and ended up going through a few of the boats at Bay Breeze. Wow. The cat at the end of the dock is just waiting for a party! It was HUGE! I can't remember what boat we went through before the cat, but it was a 40 footer and was absolutely gorgeous! I've got 10 years before my kids are almost out of college so I'm going to start saving now.

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Hey, you just made CD's day. That 40 was a Catalina 40, only thing it was missing is the grills to make it perfect for him. The new owners of that boat have done a nice job of bringing her back.

A real mix of winds again today. Should have been with us coming back from Charlevoix last Thursday. Blowing a consistent 20 kts and the ST60 caught a high of 33. We were flying way to much canvas, but were having a ball. We saw 9.8 kts in the 3-5' waves that chased us all the way. The GPS said we hit 11 kts. which I really doubt. All of the above meant that we were pushing way to much water down the front of the waves, but for 6 hours we had a blast. Two quick jibes in 47 miles of sailing and we were home.

The dirty little secret of Great Lakes sailing, and any body of water, is that on the way to Beaver we motored the whole way and never saw wind over 2 kts. Thank God for diesels. However, Thursday made it all worthwhile. Now, if the boats that have not completed the Port Huron to Mac race don't starve before they finish they get to drink rum at the end.

Oh, and for a 40' boat, 10 years is about how long it will take to clear the list for a slip at Clinch. Sign up now. Or buy one now for $80,000 at Harbor West.
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