Yesterday Matt and I cruised 106 miles north from Pentwater to Leland. We passed the massive Sleeping Bear Dunes to starboard. South winds built during the day, giving us a push but also causing waves and whitecaps as we approached Leland.
The narrow harbor entrance at Leland is flanked by boulders just under the water surface. It took a burst of engine power as we entered the harbor to stay center-channel. We were happy for the two dockhands who, with Matt, wrangled R&R into her slip against the wind.
Leland’s historic Fishtown district is quaint and interesting, with everything from fishing charters to sandwich and gift shops to local restaurants like The Cove where Matt and I had dinner.
Fishtown harbor also offers a small ferry for backpackers and hikers heading to North Manitoulin Island.
The winds died down in the evening, and R&R rested quietly overnight.