After a 10 day delay due to Rick’s illness and inclement weather, this cool and beautiful Michigan Fall morning we embarked on our Great Loop voyage! We left Yacht Basin Marina around 9:00 AM, passed through the Holland channel, honked our airhorns to greet good friend Rose near Laketown Beach, and set a compass course for the Hammond, Indiana marina.
We averaged about 18 miles an hour, and Lake Michigan was quite smooth today. After a 110 mile trip, we arrived in Hammond in mid-afternoon and tied up for the night before entering the Calumet River ship channel tomorrow. As we arrived in the Hammond Marina on “loop day one”, we met three other couples who plan to enter the river either tomorrow or in the next few days. We will probably see them often over the next weeks.