#43 Petoskey, MI to Leland, MI

Written by The Crew

Rev writes all the posts as "The Crew" at What Yacht To Do. It's just part of the First Mate duties. That list just keeps growing...

August 27, 2019

We woke up early in Petoskey not because we had to but because we were ready to.

And what a beautiful morning it was!

We had heard great things about Johan’s Bakery, so we made the trek over.

It did not disappoint!

We shared a glazed old fashioned and an apple fritter.

Oh wow!

Sugar high.

As we walked, we enjoyed the town and all it had to offer.

Getting Out There

We decided to go to Leland, which is 50 miles away from Petoskey.

I was ready to go early but Sam, the weather watcher, said it would be best to leave around 11:30.

The winds were going to be fine but we would run into some rain.

And we did.

On such a long run, Sam had a chance to go into the engine room and switch over from using the back fuel tanks to the front.

While he was doing that, we were on headsets.

And I was at the helm.

I think he is trying to help me get more comfortable with being in the bridge and at the controls.

He talked me through adjusting the throttles as we moved along.

It’s pretty intimidating.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be comfortable in the captain’s chair.

But it’s fun for a little while.


The winds were ok on our journey, but the waves started to bump us around for about an hour.

Then, it started to rain.

I had to dig through my closet to find a rain jacket before we got close to the next marina.

As we got closer to the shore, the waves smoothed out as we approached Leland.

Sam maneuvered us nicely into our slip and we were able to get settled in.


I had no idea that the water in Michigan would look like this.

I have no words.

It’s as stunning as the Caribbean.


I woke up in the middle of the night and it seemed like we were being rocked to sleep.

The crazy wind was finally here.

Just how long it will keep us here, we aren’t yet sure.

But I do know that I got a great night’s sleep because of it.

So, thanks for that.

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  1. Great pics Rev. We are underway from. Chattanooga TN to Decatur AL. We just passed by Huntsville. I am on the 0400 to 0800 watch.

    • Thank you! Have a great trip. Wow. That’s early!

  2. Gorgeous pictures, hon!

    • Thanks, Mom!

  3. I am in the beginning stages of loop planning (departure September 2023) and am enjoying several of the “Loop Vlogs”; especially yours. I’ve made it this far in your journey and had to chuckle… We’re departing from Leland.

    Thank you for sharing! I’m looking forward to watching the rest of your trip.

    • Well, that’s fantastic! We really enjoyed Leland. The wind, not so much! Good luck to you as you prepare for your journey.


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