[Rhodes22-list] Great Lakes Voyage

Chris Geankoplis napoli68 at charter.net
Mon Mar 4 22:38:41 EST 2013

Hey Keith,
	We all love stories of "what would I do if......) and it happens to
the other guy.  So tell us, if it is OK, what you did from the moment of the
loss of the rudder, did it cause the broach (I assume) and subsequent
turtle. How did the boat recover and right itself in those conditions. How
did you beach it and what was the result, what was the sail configuration,
etc, etc.  No one really judges members action....well there was the one
time Rummy......oh but I digress.  Anyway if you would like I am sure there
are some interested members of the list who are curious. (Uh, don't frighten
us too much).

Chris G
-----Original Message-----
From: rhodes22-list-bounces at rhodes22.org
[mailto:rhodes22-list-bounces at rhodes22.org] On Behalf Of Keith A Clark
Sent: Monday, March 4, 2013 6:32 PM
To: rhodes22-list at rhodes22.org
Cc: rhodes22-list at rhodes22.orgit is OK 
Subject: Re: [Rhodes22-list] Great Lakes Voyage

I have been sailing the northern part of Lake Michigan which is called Green
Bay for many years.  Little Bay de Noc and the northern tip of the Door
Peninsula in Wisconsin in particular.  I had a friend once say, " the boat
can take more than you can".  I was out in very large waves, they were smal
when we left port, (made bad decision to leave port) , and will leave it at
that.  While surfing down a wave we turtled and my tiller board cracked in
half. Don't worry, the 82 had a plywood core which was compromised with
water, thus the failure.   Luckily I was close to shore and ended up
beaching it with great pleasure. Bring a sea anchor just in case you get
caught.  The boat will handle the trip I am sure.  But will you?.   The
Rhodes sheds the waves very well resulting in a much drier sail than other
boats.  The Great Lakes waves are nothing like the ocean.  They are short,
fast and steep.  Bottom line, in the Great Lakes, "a mans got to know his
limitations".  I have learn!
 ed to stay an extra day and wait it out.  In Michigan, just wait a half
hour and and the weather will change  Take your time, don't be in a hurry to
get to work on Monday like me.  If your in the area, give a shout out and
come and stay at the Gladstone Harbor. I'll buy you one or two or three.    

"Gloria J"  82  ,
To subscribe/unsubscribe go to

For the list Charter and help with using the mailing list and archives go to

More information about the Rhodes22-list mailing list