Our shakedown cruise is officially underway! After crossing Lake Michigan with Kirk’s dad, we arrive in Pentwater, MI where we meet up with the rest of Kirk’s family. It’s our first of many ports of call along Michigan’s west coast we visit over the next few weeks.

Pentwater ends up being one of our favorite stops. We hang out at the beach, walk the docks, cookout with Kirk’s family, and watch the sunset over the lake.

Next stop: Frankfort. We leave Pentwater before sunrise and sail over 12 hours (60 nautical miles). The sun is out, the winds are light, we fly the spinnaker, and Kirk works from the cockpit.

A thunderstorm blows through while we’re at the dock in Frankfort, and we watch another sailboat drag anchor nearly into the dinghy dock.

Then we’re off again, sailing further north to South Manitou Island. Stay tuned… Next time we spend our first night at anchor.

Hope you enjoy!

Lauren & Kirk

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