Posts in category "Sailing"

2014 Race To Mackinac

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The annual Race to Mackinac (pronounced MAC-in-awe) is sailing’s Freshwater Marathon, and this year’s 106th race marks my husband’s 4th. Twenty-six summers ago, when Mike and I were interns in Chicago riding the METRA to and from our respective parents’ homes, he confided a dream. “Before I die,” he’d said, “I want to crew on... Read more »

5 Best Reasons To Spend The 1st Week Of August In South Haven, Michigan

5 Best Reasons To Spend The 1st Week Of August In South Haven, Michigan
I’ve been visiting South Haven with friends and family for nearly 20 years, so here are my 5 best reasons to spend the 1st week of August in South Haven, Michigan. At the bottom you’ll also find a link to a brand-new rental property with just one available week left this summer (Aug 2-9): 1.... Read more »

Strictly Sail Chicago Blows Into The Windy City January 24-27

Strictly Sail Chicago Blows Into The Windy City January 24-27
Midwest sailors know about Strictly Sail Chicago. For four days this January 24-27, Navy Pier becomes a sailor’s escape from the cold, dry-dock life we’re forced to live the greater part of a year. Walk into Strictly Sail Chicago and you’re immediately surrounded by every like-minded (or wannabe) lover of wind and water, whether it’s... Read more »
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My Beautiful Lake Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Park near Traverse City, Michigan
I grew up in the land-locked, northwest suburbs of Chicago, then married a sailor. During our 21-year marriage, we’ve shared breathtaking sunsets, downpours and rainbows — always on or near this greatest of lakes: Lake Michigan. Michael asked me to marry him on Oak Street Beach in Chicago, and each of our three children were... Read more »

Race To Mackinac -- Here We Go Again

Race To Mackinac -- Here We Go Again
Last year’s Race to Mackinac sailboat race from Chicago to Michigan’s Mackinac Island was, by all accounts in our family, the best of times and the worst of times. My husband and son competed in the race for the first time on a boat we’d owned for less than one year. I tracked them (or,... Read more »

On Aging...

Oh for God’s sake. Today’s one of those days that starts out terrific and, like a boat hitting an unseen sandbar, stops dead in the water. It’s a half-day of school for the kids. They’re so happy playing (oops, my apologies…hanging) with their friends that I’ve got a chunk of time to get things done.... Read more »
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So Different...And Yet So Similar

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My husband the sailor is fearless on the water. I, on the other hand, am not. He lives for the unexpected wind gusts, the on-the-spot problem solving, and the rails-in-the-water feeling of a boat heeled thisclose to tipping over. I do not. In fact, each one of those situations makes me throw up a little... Read more »

Welcome To "Riding The Waves"

Welcome To "Riding The Waves"
As a firstborn child, I was always the cautious one. The rule-follower. Growing up, I’d been a good student, a pleaser, and a hard worker. From a young age, control was something I sought at all times, from the way my clothes fit, to my perfectly and symmetrically feathered hair in the 1980s, to memorizing... Read more »