Well after a week of day sailing out of Knife River, we're on the go again--this time in the Apostle Islands with a bunch of adventurous teenage girls from Camp St. Croix in Hudson, WI. Here they are the morning of departure, having spent their first (warm) night aboard at our home marina.
A 10-minute chat with them before breakfast convinced me that they are going to have an awesome time. They come from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Sweden, and Spain. Emily, in her 15th year at St. Croix, is their fearless counselor. After some sailing training, they left for the Apostles in the early afternoon of Saturday, July 18. In brief texts, Mark has reported that they "smoked" all the way to the Apostles in strong southwesterly winds. It was too windy to get off the boat at the Bark Bay anchorage, and they probably blew the rest of the way there today in hot, sunny, windy conditions. He also reported that, though some of them have been a tad seasick, he has barely been at the wheel the entire day, which is code for "they are doing it!" With spotty cell coverage in the Apostles, we now leave them alone so that they can be fully present with the water and each other and experience the voyaging life without being bothered by our electronics from the outside world. Stay tuned for a report when they return in 4 days.