Lexington

Sunday, August 17, 2014

As planned, we woke up at 5:45 a.m. and checked the weather forecast. It sounded great for travel so we quickly showered and were off the dock by 6:35 a.m., heading the 63 nm to Lexington.

Port Austin Lighthouse

Port Austin Lighthouse

Sunrise at Port Austin

Sunrise at Port Austin

Heading around the Michigan "thumb" at Saginaw Bay.  A large lighthouse warns boaters to stay away from the rocky shores.

Heading around the Michigan “thumb” at Saginaw Bay. A large lighthouse warns boaters to stay away from the rocky shores.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise at Port Austin

Sunrise at Port Austin

Port Austin Lighthouse at Sun Up

Port Austin Lighthouse at Sun Up

The wind direction was perfect for sailing south but the wind speed wasn’t very strong. Since we had a long way to travel to get to Lexington, we had to supplement the sail power with engine power. We were motor-sailing again. An optimum speed for Guinevere is about 6 to 6.7 knots, so for going as far as 63 nm, it is expected to take almost 10 hours. If we can’t do 6 knots or more using sail power alone on these long treks, we usually get the extra oomph required from the motor.

With all that in mind, at about 11 nm from Lexington, we decided to cut the motor and strictly sail for a while. We could only go about 4 to 4.3 knots but we thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful ride. It was a beautiful sail. We reluctantly turned the motor back on about 4 nm away from our destination because we were getting tired and it was getting late.

We arrived at Lexington State Harbor Marina at 5:40 and had a great deal of difficulty docking the boat. The weeds were so bad in our assigned docking area that it looked like we could almost walk on top of the water. Rick had trouble controlling the boat because we were getting caught in the mess. The attendant on the dock was not helpful at all. Someone from another dock yelled over, “Good job!” to Rick once he finally got us in to the slip.

Lexington Marina

Lexington Marina

Lexington Marina

Lexington Marina

And You Thought I Was Exaggerating About the Weeds!!

And You Thought I Was Exaggerating About the Weeds!!

Anyway, we got tucked away, paid our fees, and then took a walk around town.

The town is made up of a lot of beautiful historic buildings. It offers the typical touristy fare with some upscale places to eat and shop. There is a nice municipal park next to the marina with another breakwall walkway. Overall, Lexington seems to be very nice.

Main Street of Lexington

Main Street of Lexington

Charming Architecture at Lexington

Charming Architecture at Lexington

We went for dinner at an Irish pub, walked around a bit, and then came back to Guinevere.

Dinner at a Lexington Pub

Dinner at a Lexington Pub

The weather looks good for sailing tomorrow then there is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms predicted for the next 4 days after that. We would have liked to explore Lexington tomorrow but we are instead going to take advantage of our window of good weather opportunity and try to make it home tomorrow night. That means another early start because we think it should take about 13 hours if we go all the way home.

Early to bed sounds good to me!

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One Response to Lexington

  1. ThumbWind says:

    Great cruising story.

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