May 30, 2010
We had a wonderful weekend of sailing. We dropped the 19 in on Lake Mendota (Madison, WI) and sailed in good winds of 12 - 13 mph with really choppy, confused waves. Lake Mendota is known for creating bigger waves than the wind can account for and these waves were mixed in with the wakes from lots of big power boats. It made for some fun and interesting sailing. We sailed for 5 hours in 87 degree temps with bright hot sunshine beating down. Brenda wanted to take a break (Actually she said, "Stop now!"). So even though we were out in the sloppy waves, we dropped the anchor in 20 feet of water and rested. Brenda climbed down into the cozy v-berth and snuggled up for a cooling snooze. I still can't believe she could sleep in the cabin with all the odd bucking and rocking the boat was doing. At least it was a really good test of the ground tackle for tonight's anchoring.
|Our friend Phil gets a lot of grief for this picture as it looks like we are towing his power boat. Phil considers any boat that does less than 30 mph to be useless.|
We have never sailed at night, so this was going to be another first for us. The wind cooperated beautifully with a steady 9 mph wind for a beam reach. We sailed along silently to the area we planned on anchoring for the night. There was enough light to see easily as we sailed along so quietly that we found ourselves whispering at times. We couldn't have had a more perfect first night's sail.
|A perfect night sail|
|Our first breakfast aboard our new-to-us CP-19 II|
A day of firsts that we hope will be the first of many.
Since that night we rarely go out for just a daysail. We have spent many nights at anchor and now we don't have to settle for cold cereal for breakfast.