Saturday, August 27, 2016

Some wind

Finally some wind to sail with! We got out and clipped right along. These are truly the conditions the Typhoon thrives in. The new Genoa may have had us over canvases at times but it was a lot of fun.  You can hear Myles in one of the videos asking if we are going to flip over.   As you watch the video you will notice the tree cover and shore line structures blocks and create wind patterns and it was quite gusty across the lake making the sailing more challenging at times.  Over all we sailed for about an hour and a half.  Not bad considering the constant changing conditions across Lake Kalamazoo.  I am hoping to get out to Lake Michigan again this weekend but when these videos were made the lake big lake was churning up 4-6 footers. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Venetian, Vikings Boat Parade

Venetian Festival festival is a big fundraiser for local charities put on by the Cow Hill Yacht Club.  It starts out Friday evening with a kid's tent down town.  (Later the tent becomes a beer tent.) BB took Myles to that while I messed around in my garage. (see side note at bottom)

Saturday was rather gloomy all day and we had friends over.  Then cleared up in the evening just in time for the boat parade.  We had planned to watch the parade from the marina with our friends but they ended up heading home early. All that swimming I think tired them out.  So we headed out for a little motor ride and anchored in the moring area with the other boats.  This was a super choice the boat parade circuled us.  The theme this year was Vikings and the boat decorating competion was fierce.

A crowded anchorage area.

At the start of the parade our local fire boat spraying fountains of water.

Soon the Vkings arive.
Morgan Out Island with glowing dragon head.  This thing was super cool check out those paddles
The best of the night was this guy with the drums, moving oars, smoke and flame shooting from the mouth of the dragon. To bad he was a power boat.  No sail.    
Around and around us they went.

The night concluded with a super fireworks display.  Venetian festival fireworks out do the 4th in Saugatuck every year.

By the time we got back to the dock Myles was out cold in the v-berth, we had to wake him up to get to the car and by the time we got home 6 minutes down the road he was out again.  We ended up carrying him in to bed.  Guess all the kids were tired.

A side note, I'm building a new paddle for my Kayak and it is getting interesting. 

Packing it up for winter

Sailing has been non-existent this September. With school back in session, I have time for very little else. The weekend weather has also b...