Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Gale was up by 5 am getting ready for a morning of fishing. He picked Joel up on shore at 5:30 am and set out to find the “big ones” while Kelle and Maureen slept in. Just before we needed to return to our anchorage so that Kelle could disembark and begin his drive to Iowa City, a good-sized fish hit on the smaller of the three fishing poles and snapped the line taking the lure with it. Gale was hoping to make another pass over the same spot, but Kelle was anxious to get on his way.

Gale took Kelle to shore at 9 am where Mary was waiting with her vehicle to give him a ride to his car. Gale came back to the boat for Joel and Maureen and brought everyone to shore. We walked across the street to the McChesney’s home for a wonderful brunch of BLT sandwiches, fresh pastries from Groppi’s, deviled eggs and fruit. After such a full morning, the guys were ready for naps so Maureen and Gale went back to the boat to rest and shower.

At 2:15 pm, Joel and Mary rejoined us on Blue Heron for an afternoon of sailing. We set a wind and speed record today when we experienced 25 knot winds, 6 to 8 foot seas and reached a speed of 8.8 knots all with the mainsail reefed down and the headsail at 50%. With full sails we might have been able to travel at 10 knots or better! By 5 pm, we were behind the breakwater and motored into the harbor near Festival Park where we enjoyed the Irish music with our “happy hour.” Joel and Mary were both leaving town for work in the morning, so we motored back to our anchorage at the beach as the sun set, dropped the anchor and parted ways.

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