Saturday, August 19, 2006

Leg 5 - DeTour Village to Mackinaw City

Saturday, August 19 - LEG 5 Begins

0940 Casting off from DeTour Village

The gray morning and last night in DeTour Village resulted in a late start. Last night we had a marginal dinner at the Mainsail restaurant and then proceeded to the Village Inn for a few beers and pool. The Inn was full of locals and one mean ass barmaid whom didn't appreciate our company. After poor service and music discrimination (she turned down the volume on our juke box songs) we moved on to a more hospitable drinking establishment. Toot held her own at the drinking establishments.

1015 DeTour Light, 3 NM

No wind.... an unusual event this cruise up North.... The weather forecast was 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Matt, Michael, and Kevin were trained on driving us under diesel power.... and all did well. The entire crew was amused by the onboard radar tracking the weather ahead.

1310 6 NM East of Mackinac Island, 26.5 NM

The chart plotter was painted magenta by the radar scanner..... The weather we have been watching has arrived. It is now raining hard and visibility is low.

1400 Mackinac Island Harbor

The rain has been intense for the last half hour. As we approached Mackinac Island, the radar and chart plotter was our only view of the Island a quarter mile away. The radar did a fine job identifying the six ferries around us. We entered the harbor, allowing us to be placed on the dock wait list. However, we would not be notified if a dock was available until 1700.... prompting us to move on to Mackinaw City.

1515 Mackinaw City Marina, 40.1 NM

Our wet ride today ended in Mackinaw City. We pulled into some very high fixed docks, making crew disembarking challenging. We promptly boarded the Shepler ferry and headed to Mackinac Island for the remainder of the day and evening. The island was a bit cool and damp... but, we made the best of it.

Detour Reef Light
Freshly trained helmsmen
Rain starts and fickle crew abandons captain to eat lunch
Rainy Mackinac Island harbor
Round Island Light, across from Mackinac Island harbor

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