It will turn out the Canadian forecast is much more accurate. This is not too surprising as they are primarily forecasting for the mariner, while the NOAA forecasts are often more appropriate on land. The Decision Up to this point in the cruise we have been proceeding in a counter-clockwise direction and anticipating continuing in that manner, making a circumnavigation of the island.
From there we can return across Lake Superior to Copper Harbor on the following day. But there is another option.
We could back track, and return to Rock Harbor today, spend the night there, and jump across Lake Superior to Copper Harbor the next day. Each course has its merits. Cutting short the circumnavigation and heading back the way we came will save at least miles overall travel. However, all of our mates seem quite keen to continue on the counter-clockwise track, as several want to complete a circumnavigation of the island.
I give a lot of serious thought to which way to go. In the end, everyone in the group wants to continue as we have been, and I decide the camaraderie of our four companion boats is more appealing than saving two hours of boat travel on the return trip.
It is a mile run, and we will be in open water most of the way, as we run down the northern shore of Isle Royale, which is protected only by a few small barrier islands along the way. And the wind has definitely come up. To our good fortune, the wind will be from astern as we head for Washington Harbor, but we will still have to run in its waves, which are 3-feet and building.
We depart McCargoe Cove dock around 10 a. The course from here is just to run along the shoreline, ducking behind a few barrier islands along the way for a respite from the following seas.
There are shoals to avoid, but they are generally well known and indicated clearly on our chart plotters. The conditions seem to be different for each boat, as we have quite a variation in size and hull configuration.
So we each run at different speeds as best suits our boats. We are running about 20 to MPH, as any faster seems to produce too much pounding in the seas.
We all work our way down the shoreline of Isle Royale, and stay within a half-mile of it for most of the way. The wave are rolling down from the northwest and striking the shore, where they rebound and come back into the lake. Some boats move farther out into the lake to escape the mixed seas reflecting from the shore.
Around noon, we cut between Thompson Island and Isle Royale, get off the open lake, and are back in the protected water of Washington Harbor. We arrive around 1 p. Crowd at the Docks There is quite a crowd of boats at the recreational boat docks, and it takes a while for our fleet of five boats to all find a place to tie up.
The bigger boats go alongside the high pier used by the ferry boats. The smaller boats seek a place on the floating docks more suited to their size.
Eventually, we all find a tie-up, although there is a bit of hubris and some contention with other boaters in getting this done. I have not been very fond of Washington Harbor, and the behavior of some of the other boaters confirms my dislike for the place.
They all seem to be acting extremely oddly. It was a bit rough coming with the waves, and it would be much more difficult to move north against them. Most of these guys are just starting a three-day Labor Day weekend of fishing.
They seem a bit too riled up to me. Of course, we have been boating by ourselves for a week and for the most part completely alone and isolated. I may not be very accustomed to dealing with any other boaters at this point, but they seem annoying.
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Although Washington Harbor is sheltered from the open lake, it is always windy here. The breeze comes down from the highlands and takes an easy route through this opening.
It is blowing rather strongly now, and docking is made complex by the cross winds. Fuel Dock Because there is a scarcity of slips, the boat at the fuel dock loiters there for about minutes after fueling, awaiting some space on the main dock. This keeps me from going over to fuel. Finally, he pulls away.
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