Door County is by far our most popular destination. Ideally, it's nice to have 3 or 4 days to sail all the way around the Door County Penninsula. However, the trip to Fish Creek and back can be done in a single day.
One of Door County's most popular locations (and best anchorages), is Fish Creek, approximately 18 miles north of Sturgeon Bay, about a 3 hour sail. We are often asked to stop at Chambers Island along the way which offers a beautifully protected swimming beach and hiking trails around "the lake in the middle of the island." Great for photo opportunities and romantic hand-holding walks.
We usually drop anchor in the harbor at Fish Creek in mid-afternoon to allow plenty of time for shopping or water related activities. Evening plans can include dining aboard or back to shore where you'll find several fine restaurants and lounges with live entertainment. The Penninsula Players Theatre is nearby and offers several excellent summer stock performances. You can check out what's currently playing at www.peninsulaplayers.com . Remember, we're flexible and you can do as much, or as little as you wish. Find out more about Door County's hottest happenings at www.doorcountynavigator.com.
The Northwestern Shoreline of the Lower Peninsula of the State of Michigan is a sailor's dream when it comes to cruising. The state has helped to developed a network of harbors and marinas that are ideally spaced about 30 miles apart, virtually guaranteeing a safe harbor within easy reach in the event of foul weather. Add to this some of the most beautiful natural topography in the Great Lakes and you can understand why sailors flock to this area whenever the opportunity arises. From the Manitou Islands to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, to the Straights of Mackinaw ... Mother Nature has lots to offer.
The shortest passage across Lake Michigan from the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Channel is about 68 miles to Leeland, MI. The S/V DELIA averages between 7 - 10 knots when under full sail or around 6-8 knots when motor-sailing (in light, or head winds). So we usually plan for an 8 to 10 hour crossing. We often use Leeland's picturesque and protected marina as a base for travel to the more northern ports of the Manitou Islands, Traverse City, Charlevoix , Petosky and the area's crown jewel, Harbor Springs. For more information about any of these Michigan destinations please see Northern Michigan Ports O'Call at www.bbyc.com/portsocall.htm .
Cruises to the western shore of Michigan require a bare minimum of 4 to 5 days and ideally should be scheduled for 7-10 days to explore the many beautiful ports and attractions in this cruising area. We should also note that Westerly winds can make return passages rough and may require weather related delays for those not comfortable in high seas. On the other hand, we have made entire crossings in completely flat seas, so it's up to Mother Nature to determine the kind of ride you get.