Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We left the Discovery Center dock at 6 am hoping for the westerly wind to sail us as far as the day would allow. Early in the morning the winds were light and we were traveling at 2 mph – a perfect speed to troll for salmon. The lines were in the water about a half hour when the winds picked up to a steady 15-20 mph. Too fast to fish, we decided to make good time and headed full sail south on a beautiful clear day. Racine was soon in our sights but because it was early in the day and the winds were continuing to build, we passed Racine and headed towards Kenosha. By the time we reached Kenosha, we were still blessed with favorable winds and decided to push further on towards Chicago. It was a wonderful day to sail and enjoy the steady westerly wind which allowed us to set the auto pilot, read, rest and even do a bit of cleaning during the afternoon. At about 6 pm, the wind died when we were near the harbor at Wilmette, Illinois. Wilmette is the home of the Baha’i Temple whose dome can be seen several miles from shore. We anchored in about six feet of water in the shadow of the temple where the water was so clear we could watch our anchor set in the sand. We were tempted to go for a swim but the westerly wind had blown all the warm surface water offshore making the water temperature quite frigid.