June 29, 2005
The quick diagnosis of our most recent engine problem was "loss of
compression". This was alarming and indicated a catastrophic failure
of the engine. Luckily, it turned out that the real problem was galling
of the throttle control entry to the fuel injector pump. This resulted in
binding of the throttle control and restriction of fuel flow. The pump was
removed and repaired at a local shop.
June 30, 2005
The moment has arrived. After a last minute electrical repair, we cast off
from Crowley's Yacht Yard at 10:00 AM. After clearing two bridges and the
breakwater, we raised the sails and we were sailing for the first time since
last September. HOORAY! Our course to Michigan City was due east and downwind.
We motorsailed to continue breaking in the newly rebuilt engine.
The international sailing community comes to Lake Michigan each year in
July for the Mackinac Race. Years ago, they dubbed it the "Lord of
the Flies". Our trip across the Lake was visited by thousands of these
biting black flies. Ten miles from our destination, the wind switched to
a beam reach and the flies were swept away. We arrived at Washington Park
Marina at 4:00 PM and will stay in the harbor for one or two weeks to provision,
install our dodger/bimini, and bid farewell to family and friends.
July 16, 2005
We are leaving MC at 6:00 AM and sailing west to Chicago. We plan to sail
past the start of the Mac Race and take a slip for a day at our old dock
in DuSable Harbor. Tonight, we plan to attend the one year anniversary of
Millennium Park with a classical music concert in the new bandshell on the
lakefront. The real reason for returning to Chicago for a day is to attend
the birthday party of our good friend, which will be in the park. Happy
We had a pleasant stay in the Michigan City Marina. Everything was removed
from all the lockers on the boat and a new stowage plan followed. We took
on 100 gallons of fresh water and 110 gallons of diesel fuel, in addition
to what seems like several years of provisions and all the toys we had stored
in our garage. This includes an inflatable double kayak, bicycle trailer,
four additional anchors and five additional sails. Three of the sails are
from our previous boat and can serve as a backup mizzen, a mizzen blooper
(spinnaker) and a storm sail. Two others are a back up foresail and a big
new asymmetrical spinnaker. It was a challenge to get everything aboard,
but a rearrangement of the forepeak with new shelves and the cavernous under
cockpit storage accommodated everything. Raven now floats evenly on her
new waterline which we had moved up a few inches this winter. The new dodger,
bimini and connecting canvas were installed at the last minute.
It was wonderful to spend a couple of weeks in MC - it gave us the opportunity
to visit at length with Mike's Mom, Pop and Brother Tom before our voyage.
Our next stop will be Milwaukee and then on to Door County Wisconsin to
attend the Peninsula Player's performing their classic "Lumberjacks