South Haven, Michigan is a delightful town on Lake Michigan in the lower peninsula. After sailing as passengers on the Friends Good Will in September of 2018, Mr. B the younger and I took classes to become volunteer sailing crew.

Learning to sail and then actually sailing ranks above the intellectual challenge of creating engaging lesson plans. And sailing is way more exhausting than teaching. (I am starting year 14 of teaching and I have never worked so hard in my life physically as I did these two days of sailing).

We had great weather — despite it being in the 90s, there was a good wind on the lake. Mr. B and I sailed four times on Friday and three on Saturday. I learned so much from the crew who were extremely patient with me as I learned as much as I could as quickly as I could. They are all fabulous people from all walks of life who have fantastic stories.

These pictures are from our final sail on Saturday afternoon, right before a storm hit. There was definitely the calm before the storm and I snagged some shots and then it was go time as we raced the storm back to the harbor.

The other great part of this was Mr. B and I sported the vests I made.

If you’ve ever wanted to be part of the crew or be a passenger on an 1810 sloop, I highly recommend checking out the Michigan Maritime Museum’s website for more details and to follow them on Facebook. Keep maritime history alive for all to enjoy!