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Upshur
07-15-2014, 08:00 AM
Finally launched my Laser at Belle Isle. There is a small beach adjacent the Detroit Yacht Club at the west end of the little water way that separates it from Belle Isle. I had to quickly pull my car along side the curb and lift the boat off on to the grass bank. Then pull into the parking lot directly across from it and start to haul the parts over to the boat.Dragged the boat down to the water and I was gone. It was a beautiful day with just enough wind to keep from being pulled down stream . Sailed up and over the northeast point of the Island towards Canada. It was cool seeing the freighters and everything else from the little sailboat.

Breakaway
07-15-2014, 08:15 AM
Congrats!

Kevin

Upshur
07-16-2014, 09:17 AM
Congrats!

Kevin
Thanks. It may not seem like much , but to me it was the cumulation of three years of study ,practice and restoring.
I've had the big blue book,Chapmans' "Piloting"at my beds' night stand for winter reading. Learned to read, and studied the nautical charts. Restored, busted and rebuilt my Laser several times.Then finally made the jump from the little inland lakes...into the Detroit River/StClair. I gave up a lot of other activities to do this ,Triathlon, fishing, etc....but it was all worth it.
It is an eighty mile trip to Detroit for me , but I'll be back. I want to sail up and around Peche island and back.Need to get my self bailer working better first. Hah

Paul Pless
07-16-2014, 09:33 AM
Way cool. Did you notice any significant changes in Belle Isle since last year?

we really should get together some time. . .

Upshur
07-16-2014, 10:33 AM
Way cool. Did you notice any significant changes in Belle Isle since last year?

we really should get together some time. . .
Well, yes, there seems to be an awareness of expected change. Construction repairs underway all over the place {public restrooms}.Most prominent are the intimidating Blue cars with "State Police" emboldened on sides. I felt safe launching and leaving my car there..everyone has cell phones now{except me} and most people were there enjoying Nature....not getting messed up ..if you know what I mean.