Kite Flying Weather!

Today (Sunday, Oct 16) was supposed to be our last scheduled day of club races of the season racing our one design Y Flyer, an 18′ hard chined inland lake scow.  The day was forecast to be sunny and 74 degrees, a perfect fall day.  Unfortunately we awoke to the wind whistling through the trees and the anemometer reading “Kite Flying Weather”.  The water temperature (and level) has been dropping regularly helped by the drought and we had to take the racing sailboat and our ski boat off the boat lifts – the lifts no longer go down far enough to get the boats in the water – the cradle is sitting on the mud on the bottom and the boats are still out of the water.

Y 2802 on a plane at the starting line during Y Flyer Nationals 2011

Y 2802 on a plane at the starting line during Y Flyer Nationals 2011

No more racing Y Flyers for the 2011 season, at least for us.  And no more slalom skiing since the ski boat had to come out of the water (not to mention that the water temps aren’t exactly conducive to me wanting to voluntarily jump in the water!).  Very sad, the end of yet another summer season at the lake (or mudpuddle depending on what you call it).  After the boats were out, last night we “celebrated” with an end of the season bonfire in the firepit.

One of my favorite past times, done for 2011.   :(

One of my favorite past times, done for 2011. 🙁

The good news is that the end of the season for slalom skiing and sailing at the lake means the start of another cruising season sailing Winterlude!  Now we begin the process of packing up the lake cottage and preparing for winter, hauling docks out of the water to protect them from the ice, getting the house and ourselves ready to head back to Winterlude!

Every ending has a beginning and we’re excited to be headed back within a couple of weeks to resume commuter cruising.   Hopefully this year will provide more adventures and favorite cruising spots!  But first we have a few weeks of getting ready on this end, and then readying the boat on the other end.  I can tell you, it’s not my favorite time, during the transition process. But it’s worth it every time I get to zip around the lake on my salom ski or anchor in a solitary anchorage with great snorkeling!  So onward!

Not enough water to get the boats into the water.   :(

Not enough water to get the boats into the water. 🙁

When does your commuter cruising “season” begin and end?  Share by leaving a comment!  THX!  Jan

Fall Bonfires end the season

Fall Bonfires end the season

 

 

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