Ahoy LDBSA sailors,
If you aren't ready to put your cruising boat away for the season, consider joining us on a Wisconsin River fall color cruise Saturday, October 19 and Sunday October 20.
We will set up (around 10:00) and launch (around 11:00) south of Nekoosa at the Plank Hill Landing (free). The GPS coordinates are: 44.279279,-89.909229. It's on county AA (Point Basse Ave) just south of Nekoosa.
We will then motor (if conditions are just right, sail) down the river about 12 miles to the Lake Petenwell. We then sail around on Petenwell. Those not interested in spending the night would want to start back up river by 3:00 to be on the road by dark. Those interested in spending the night, can spend the afternoon sailing, check out the two county parks on the lake, or perhaps make a marathon sail of it and sail down to the dam and back (another ~ 24 mile round trip).
We plan on having dinner at the Lure (at Barnum Bay) and either renting a slip for the evening or anchoring out and going for a moonlight sail (the moon will be full, rising early at around 4:30, so it should be high and bright by 8:00 or so)
Sunday we plan on making breakfast on the boat, and making our way back up river during the morning hours if the winds are light and early afternoon if the winds are nice. Regardless, we're planning on pulling out of the water by 3:00 Sunday afternoon.
If you are interested in joining us, please let me know so we can look for you.
LDBSA has schedules some great cruising events for 2013.
Note: The Gills Rock cruise location and date have been changed as follows:
Ahoy Dubay Cruisers!
A definite plan has taken shape for our club cruise in August.
The dates have been moved up by one day, from Wednesday Aug 21 to Saturday Aug 24.
We will trailer to Escanaba, MI on the 21st, and grab an overnight slip at Escanaba Municipal Marina. Bikes can be checked out (free) at the Marina- downtown Escanaba is about 10 minutes away, with a variety of restaurants and shops available. Showers And laundry facilities are available at the Marina- all very new, clean.
Weather permitting, we will depart Escanaba mid-morning on the 22nd, and head for Fayette State Park, across Big Bay De Noc. This is about 21 NM- easily done in 4 to 6 hours. This should put us into Fayette Harbor mid-afternoon Thursday. Fayette Harbor offers 360 degree protection. We can tie up at the wharf for free during the day. If we want to tie up for the night, the cost is 19 bucks for boats 23 ft or less. Anchoring out is free, but anchoring can be hit or miss due to a very Rocky bottom- I saw it done successfully when Bill Jones and I were there a few weeks ago.
The rest of the day and Friday can be used to explore the park, with its restored townsite and iron smelter which dates from 1867 to 1891. This is a very impressive historical park- takes about a day to see everything. There are restroom facilities about 200 yards from the wharf, but no showers- Bill and I did solar showers, which did the trick. There is a very nice visitors center, with a scale model and narrated history of the townsite, along with a nice gift shop, which also sells popcorn and Ice Cream. Rich Barker tells me that there is a restaurant about a half hour walk away from the townsite, but I can't vouch for it.
We will then depart Saturday Morning for Escanaba, arriving there Saturday afternoon, in time to take out and return to central Wis. By early evening. Those that want to extend to Sunday are free to do so of course- those wishing to do so could either get a slip again at Escanaba, or travel further up Little Bay De Noc to Gladstone and get a slip there- that's an unknown quantity though- I've never been there by water.
Chuck Jagodinski and I will be taking BlewBoat, my Catalina 22. Please let me know if you if you plan to join us, and I'll reserve slips for Wednesday Nite at Escanaba. Fayette is First-come, first served. The Fayette wharf would accommodate about 8 or 9 C22's. I would not anticipate a shortage of dock space, especially on a Thursday.
Keep in mind that Coast Guard considers this coastal waters, meaning that emergency signal flares and VHF radio are required. A GPS unit is recommended, as well as charts of the area. Also make sure your engine is in good working order and plan to carry 100 miles worth of gasoline to be safe. If we don't have decent fair winds, we'll be motor sailing or motoring.
Should be a fun trip- see you in Escanaba!