Until now, family and friends have always sailed with us on our Tartan 37, but this time we sail her by ourselves, up to Milwaukee and back.

Leaving the dock at our marina in Racine is tricky. The dock is on the Root River (which frequently floods and drains), and is situated only a couple hundred feet from a drawbridge, which is just before another drawbridge. Making sure to consider all the potential curve balls — a bridge not opening, the current and/or wind pushing the boat, other boats, kayakers — while maneuvering a 37-foot boat in a 60-foot wide river is rather nerve-wracking. Kirk, thankfully, has driven boats since he was twelve, and steers out of the river and into Lake Michigan without incident.

In Milwaukee we meet up with our parents, check out the Third Ward, and spend an evening at Summerfest.

The sail back to Racine is a roller coaster ride, as wind from the night before has whipped up the waves on Lake Michigan. Besides the seasickness, (oh and the massive swarm of lake flies!), our mini shakedown cruise to Milwaukee is a success.

Hope you enjoy!

Lauren & Kirk

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