I have been crewing with Joe for the past 4 years. While racing has been a blast, we have constantly talked about sailing over to Michigan from Milwaukee. The logistics finally worked out and 3 of us took off on Allegro, a beautiful Pearson 26.
After the race, we drilled a hole in the tiller to accept the autopilot pin and packed up the food and other supplies.
The next morning’s sail from Ludington to Manistee was all sorts of exciting. We were in 30-35 knots of wind with 40 knot gusts. The waves were in the 10-12 ft range. It was roughest conditions that Matt and I had been in. Joe hit a nasty Atlantic storm on the way back from Bermuda a while back but this was the worst Lake Michigan has thrown at him so far. We reefed the main, put up a storm jib, and had an absolute blast. The following video was taken when the conditions had calmed down a bit.