Winthrop Harbor Sail - The sail that never happened and then did?
The Winthrop Harbor sail was scheduled to coincide with the Harbor Days Festival organized by Skipper Buds marina. The Board of Northwest Sailing decided on July7th to create this sail and we announced it at the July 14th meeting. We had great participation from the club members as 14 members signed up for the sail. Barry Bernstein decided to participate in the Venetian Nights Boat Parade and invited members to help him decorate his boat for the event. Dale Bennett signed up to bring his 32' Union down from Kenosha. Despite my efforts to arrange for additional boats, I was unable to get any additional boats. After discovering Friday evening that Barry's boat was broken and was not running, I decided he was not available for the sail. Because I was unable to figure a safe method of getting 12 people on a 32 foot boat, I was forced to cancel the sail. However, I did invite everyone to still meet Peggy and I at the festival Saturday morning.
Peggy debated going with me on Saturday morning and finally agreed to ride up to Winthrop Harbor with me because we had heard from Larry Hagemann that he would also meet us there. As we drove up to the Harbor master's building, we were surprised to see Jim Mueller standing outside the building with his boat Driftwood on its trailer. Jim mentioned that Barry might be getting his boat out of the shop that morning.
Leaving Peggy and Larry to greet anyone else coming to the festival, Jim and I started to get Driftwood ready for the water. As we finished getting Driftwood prepared , Peggy told us that Larry left for home. We proceeded to launch the boat and after parking the car and trailer, Jim, Peggy and I motored out of the marina.
The weather was perfect, 79 degrees, Sunny with 10 - 12 knot winds out of the NNW causing 1 foot waves about 4 seconds apart. We sailed for about 4 hours and decided, since none of us came prepared for a sail by bringing lunch, we should return to the marina and get lunch at the festival.
As we were approaching the entrance to the harbor, Peggy, at the helm, became nervous because a larger sail boat was coming up from behind very quickly. Lo and behold, it was Barry and Larry on C'est La Vie. Obviously, Barry managed to get his boat repaired. Barry offered to take anyone, who signed up for the sail, sailing on Sunday.
I learned an important lesson as cruise captain to have alternative plans when planning a sail. To quote Jim Mueller, "When given a sack of lemons, make a great batch of lemonaide."
Bill Draver - Cruise Captain