Pearson 36-2 Sailboat Owners Review

Pearson 36-2 Sailboat Owners Review

So we finally broke from the shackles, slash blessings, of Bob Perry designed yachts and purchased a 1985 Pearson 36-2 sailboat from the design table of William Shaw. Last summer a boat at our marina came up for sale that was simply too irresistible to decline. If...

Largest Viking Ship Ever

Largest Viking Ship Ever

Once again, the Vikings have set sail for North America and this time they are actually coming to Minnesota. Duluth Harbor in fact; with the estimated arrival date of August 18th, 2016, just in time for the Tall Ship Festival! The largest Viking ship ever recreated...

Spring Commissioning

Spring Commissioning

It is that time of the year again for us to start dreaming of our sailboat, an Islander 28, harnessing the winds as we sail into the sunset. First we need to get our boat back in the water though. Spring commissioning is always a very busy time of the year for us....

Lake City Yacht Club Sailing School – 2016

Lake City Yacht Club Sailing School – 2016

If you have ever dreamed of sailing across the waves on a sailboat, the Lake City Yacht Club Sailing School may just be the answer to your dreams! This summer LCYC Sailing School continues its tradition of teaching new sailors the basics of small boat seamanship. Join...

Soul Quenching Sailing Vacation

Soul Quenching Sailing Vacation

Every year since 2009, we have taken the week after Labor Day for our annual sailing vacation. The winds are predictably fair and the summer heat has waned enough to not be too jungle-like. This year found us starting the week in the 90's and ending in the low 60's....

Mayflies Send Out Early Scout

Mayflies Send Out Early Scout

This little(giant) guy was taking a siesta on my roller furling line last Saturday morning at the Lake City Marina, scouting out the area for the impending invasion. He/she was a friendly chap and after a brief conversation, I bid him/her farewell and invited him/her...

2014 Lake Pepin Ice Measurements

2014 Lake Pepin Ice Measurements

Every year in mid-February, the the St Paul District of the US Army Corp of Engineers begin taking ice measurements on Lake Pepin in preparation for the upcoming shipping season on the mighty Mississippi River. So as before, I thought it would be a good idea to post...

What I Did on Summer Vacation

What I Did on Summer Vacation

Oh, I so want to try this come summer! I'm afraid the "old Trouble and Strife" isn't convinced this is a great idea though... YET! She is so conservative. What happened to the "Oh yeah, I so want to go skydiving" gal I married? Mark my words, I will dress up in my...

Frozen Sea Caves

Frozen Sea Caves

For the first time in 5 years, the sea caves can be reached safely this winter on Lake Superior the worlds largest fresh water lake.  The Apostle Islands are near Bayfield, Wi. Not since 2009 has this happened, but due to the frigid temperatures this season you may...

Duluth Harbor Revisited

I was fooling around with some old photos yesterday and thought I would share one of them. We took this image of a passing sailboat while we were in Duluth a few years ago visiting the Tall Ship Festival. As you can see in the photo she is gliding past the Great Lakes...