Sunday, July 5, 2015

Thursday 070515– in Middle Bass Island OH
Weather/Sea   sunny, little wind, 70 to  75
Captain - John C. Kwak crew Chuck Livingston
Arrived in PUT-IN BAY on Wednesday 7/1/15 after some nice sailing but when the wind changed we changed to the engine. The new main dropped very nicely into the DOYLE STACKPACK and the Jib furled perfectly, they are both Doyle sails. We took a mooring # F1 and then took a nice nap. This old body really likes naps! In Put-In Bay they do not have mooring lines on their mooring balls so each boat supplies their own. This makes it tricky to moor. First Chuck hooked the top ring, and after I stopped the boat, I managed to put a loop around the 5” ring and lift the chain somewhat, then Chuck got a line thru the ring and thru the starboard hawsepipe and to a cleat, then we got the other end thru the port hawsepipe and to a cleat. No wonder I needed a nap.  Our trip here took 6.5 hrs. in 15 to 20 knot winds and choppy seas.
Put-In Bay is where Commodore Perry was anchored in 1813 when he went after the British fleet and the battle was only a few miles from here. There is a huge monument here commemorating the battle of Lake Erie and the 100 year peace between Canada and the USA which is now 200 years. This victory guaranteed the USA ownership of OHIO, MICHIGAN and the north western states. I went to the top of the monument, it has an elevator, and I could see for miles, and took some pictures.

PUT-IN BAY on SOUTH BASS ISLAND OHIO, can you find DUTCHESS on her mooring? She is almost in the center. Now I cannot find the picture???? to insert.
We do a lot of biking to see the whole island and here is a picture to prove it.

The old man and his bike at the shore of south Bass Island OH
I Raised the big US flag on 7/2/15 on DUTCHESS for the 4th of July celebration, most of the boats are decked out in flags.  I attended a boat party on the 4th and watched the fireworks from there. Chuck does not like crowds so he stayed in DUTCHESS.  It was a nice party and one of the guys is restoring a CSY so we had a lot to talk about. He came to Dutchess to check out all my changes. We stayed in Put- In Bay until the 5th and then went to Middle Bass Island State Marina for the day and will leave tomorrow for  Wyandotte MI and out of lake Erie.

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