C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Racing and Cruising SV Seraphim in the Great Lakes

Thanks to the captain and crew of SV Seraphim for inviting Anne and I to participate in the 2013 Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race.

Mackinac Island Marina - the finish line for the 204NM Race
We did not place well in our PERF Class due to some strategic errors based on predicted winds and a jammed halyard that forced us to send a crew member to the masthead during the race.

Pete aloft attempting to free the jammed stay sail halyard
The crew looking on as Pete works at the mast head.

We did learn a great deal... racing is very different mentality than our typical cruising lifestyle. We also enjoyed getting to know the Seraphim Crew.
After the race Anne, Bill (Anne's father), and I were responsible for sailing the boat back to Cleveland, OH. Our return trip included travels through the North Passage; Georgian Bay; Tobermory, OT; Detroit, MI; and Put-In-Bay, OH.

Bill at the helm as we depart Gore Bay, OT

Our two weeks on Seraphim, a Pretorian 35, gave us time to distance ourselves from C'est la Vie's current woes and experience traveling aboard a different sailing vessel. Thanks to Karim for trusting us with his boat and allowing us to experience a new sailing venue.

Anne at the helm as we enter Put-In-Bay, OH
more images from our travels are available in our photo album... Racing and Cruising SV Seraphim in the Great Lakes

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