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Well, I just got back from a two week vacation on Lake Michigan. I finally have a place to store my gear and I was so looking forward to some sailing on the big Lake. But the gear just sat and sat and sat, waiting for the wind that never happened. So disappointed.
On the bright side . . . I have never seen Lake Michigan so clean and clear. After a few days of calm, the lake settled out and I could see the bottom plain as day in 10' of water. As an added bonus, there was not any of the usual churn of dead algae and seaweed sloshing around close to shore either. It really was amazing. Now if only I could order up some wind. I'm not asking for much. . . .just a steady 15-25mph breeze. Please.
Next year's vacation will not be scheduled in the dog days of August.
I usually don't recommend leaving MI in the summer - it's a beautiful state with great beaches (and no sharks). However, for wind there's always Maui. At 200 lbs, I could not hold onto a 4.7 the last two mornings. Jeannie was on a 2.8, and Dan Katlein sailed a 3.5 all day long, two days in a row! The Trades are just awesome. You wake up any time, have some breakfast, maybe a little exercise and stretching session. By 11am, you can almost assume that the winds will be blowing. For some reason, when the wind meters say 21 mph at home, I'm on a 6.5-6.9 m2 sail. Here, I'm on a 5.4 or maybe smaller. Pretty awesome place if you can't be in Michigan.
If you look carefully (or click to expand), you'll see the tiny windsurfers. No on is on bigger than an 86L board and probably a 4.5 sail.…Continue
Posted by Brian on July 29, 2016 at 3:35pm