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Sailing Lake Michigan 2008

August of 2008, 8 days sailing on Abracadabra, a 43' Choey Lee from Chicago to Harbor Springs, MI and back. Harbor Springs is in a sheltered bay on the north shore of the Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. The Little Traverse Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse on the Harbor Point peninsula that forms the natural harbor there. Founded by the Jesuits, Harbor Springs was once called L'Arbre Croche, which means Crooked Tree. In 1847, L'Arbre Croche had the largest concentration of Indians in the states. French traders renamed the area Petit Traverse, or Little Traverse, when they arrived in the area. The village was eventually incorporated as Harbor Springs in 1880. The city swells in the summer tourist "season" - which generally ranges from Memorial Day to Labor Day - and has a picturesque, New England feel to it year-round. It's known as the "Newport" of the Midwest. Popular activities include boating, sailing, strolling on the city pier, playing tennis, and shopping the 4-block downtown area, which boasts an inordinate number of upscale shops for such a small area.
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Chicago to Manistee, MI (33 hours) Departing 7:00AM Friday, 8/1/08
Chicago to Manistee, MI (33 hours) Departing 7:00AM Friday, 8/1/08
At the start there was 13 hours of dead calm
At the start there was 13 hours of dead calm
Looking for wind...
Looking for wind...
The Badger after departing Ludington at 7:00AM Saturday, 8/2/08
The Badger after departing Ludington at 7:00AM Saturday, 8/2/08
Frieghter leaving Manistee just after we arrived
Frieghter leaving Manistee just after we arrived
Manistee, MI to Leland, MI (Fishtown), 8 hours
Manistee, MI to Leland, MI (Fishtown), 8 hours
Passing Sleeping Bear Dunes
Passing Sleeping Bear Dunes
Preparing breakfast
Preparing breakfast
Preparing for arrival in Leland
Preparing for arrival in Leland
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