The Summer of 2002 was a big summer for
the Alpha as she completed a seven week cruise of Lake of the
Woods. The adventure was very
successful and can be relived at the Summer 2002 web page. Now we
turn our attention to the future and the summer of 2004. For the summer of
2004 the Alpha will remain at Mac's Twin Bay on Lake Mille Lacs but
spend a portion of its summer on lake of the Woods.
We use this web site to keep family
members and friends updated on the adventures of the Alpha. We
have found that having a web site helps us communicate with those who are
planning to join us in our adventures, to motivate us to keep the boat in good
shape, and to keep us thinking about sailing during another Minnesota winter.
Our previous web site was helpful in planning our seven
week sailing adventure during the summer of 2002. It was fun place to
share our thoughts, record our projects, and post summaries of the
various cruises. We hope this site evolves into something
interesting and fun as well.
For the summer of 2004 we have bigger
plans involving the return to Lake of the Woods of the Alpha.
Our plan is to charter a 44' houseboat and haul up the Alpha and Mai
Tai to Lake of the Woods. The boats will set out on a cruise to Whitefish Bay and Loon Island.
Loon Island is our favorite spot on the lake and none of us were able to
make it there last summer. This trip would be designed to sail
to Loon Island which is located at the southern tip of Whitefish
Bay and spend a full rest day on the island enjoying the clear water and beautiful
scenery before having to return to Kenora.
Trip 2004 Itinerary (cancelled!)
I have left the site up because I hope do this in a future summer
and i just like how the web pages turned out. Visit the proposed Summer 2004 Trip Itinerary
and read the all about our plans. This trip would be more
structured then previous adventures and has a "learn to
cruise" course feel to the itinerary. This is on purpose
in order to give the adventure a little more structure and to help
some of our family members improve their sailing/cruising
skills. Our sailing group would consist of twelve people spread out
on three boats and a mixture of adults and kids. Our itinerary will
provide a little bit more structure and will keep the flotilla
moving and ensure that we reach our destination and return in our allotted
time. It was also just fun to type the itinerary.
Sites of the ..."
Periodically we update our
"Web Site of the..." selection with a new boating web
page. Our current selection is the Pacific
Yachting Magazine web site. This is a Canadian magazine
based out of Vancouver British Colombia and is a very good resource
for sailing those Canadian waters. If your interested in a new
a different sailing magazine I strongly recommend this periodical.
This year we have seen some unique boats. Boats that are
slightly different then our usual Minnesota land locked s/v Alpha.
USS Navy Turner Joy DD-951 a 418' Sherman class
Destroyer. This Ship is on permanent public display on the
Bremerton Washington water front. Tours are available
daily and visitors are able to explore all of the ship on a self
guided tour. Very fun! Click on the picture for a bigger
A USS Navy Nuclear Submarine. We saw this
submarine as it entered Hood Canal on its was to the Bangor Subuse.
It was very impressive to watch it pas by. Click on the
picture for a bigger view.
Thanks to Gordon S for taking our family out on a wonderful sail
aboard his Beneteau 36'
father-in-law had an interesting experience
with a bald eagle. He described the adventure in a recent
email so I am included it as a journal entry. Hope you enjoy.
Leech Lake Regatta
here for a Leech Lake Regatta
summary and to view some pictures.
Summer has come and gone. It is hard to believe that
school has started again and winter is here. Time
This summer we did not sail the Alpha
as much as we would have liked. The summer was cool and rainy
and we were all very busy. My kids were in so many summer
activities that it was hard to make the drive to the boat... next
The biggest disappointment was our
summer 2004 trip was canceled. The flotilla cruise did not
work out for our greater family. It was hard to coordinate
four families and one cruise. I don't know if we will try
again. I am planning to take my family back to Lake of the
Woods next summer. Something to dream about.
My brother and I did some fun racing
this summer on a friends boat. I will post some pictures soon.
bios of the s/v Alpha's skippers.
of the Green Storm by Marlin Bree is a very interesting sailing
book. Mr. Bree was caught on Lake Superior in the incredible
windstorm of 1999 that did so much damage to the Minnesota Boundary
Waters area. These winds ripped through the region at over 100 mph
damaging great areas of Minnesota wilderness. They then swept out
onto Lake Superior. At the time Marlin was sailing his homebuilt 20'
sailboat on the lake on day one of his month long Superior cruise.
The book shares his survival of the storm and his continued
cruise. The book is as much about the lake and his journey from Grand
Portage to the Slate Islands as it is about the storm. Along the way he
meets many interesting people, shares his cruising experiences, and
reflects on his relationship with the lake and its history.
He captures the small boat cruising experience from sleepless
nights at anchor to tense moments navigating unfamiliar waters. This
book should be interesting to all sailors particularly those who
have set out on cruises on Minnesota's and Canada's inland waters.
Also a good read for those who enjoy adventure and Lake Superior
history. The book can be found on Amazon.com.