Sunset photo of a sailboat on the water

An overnight getaway on the Leah Helen

Have you ever wondered where you could sail in just a few days? The Leah Helen, a 39-foot Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389, is docked at Wave Pointe Marina in Door County, Wisconsin. We were a couple of hours away from a different state. We left Wave Pointe and spent our first night at the Menominee Marina in Upper Michigan.

Sailing to Menominee, Michigan

The first hour was really choppy with big waves that splashed water over the bow as we neared the Peshtigo Reef. After that, the seas calmed as we grew closer to our destination.

Closeup of hands gripping the wheel of a sailboat

Enjoying our visit

The marina was absolutely beautiful and the town quaint. The boater’s lounge was more like a nautical museum instead of a place to simply take a shower and fill a cup of coffee. There were dozens of fish swimming around in a big tank that made us feel a little like we were still on the water. Later that evening, we walked to a nice restaurant where we ate seafood.

Spending a night on the Leah Helen

I wondered how the first night would be sleeping on the new boat. I am a light sleeper so that is always something I worry about. Would I sleep or not? Out of the three cabins I decided to sleep in the V-berth. It was a chilly night but I was able to sleep fairly well with the heat on in a surprisingly dark room with the shade closed.

Sailing to Chamber’s Island

The following morning Bill made some egg and cheese croissants in the galley. Not only does he love to sail, but he loves to cook as well. How much luckier could I be?? Mid-morning, we set sail to Chamber’s Island a couple hours away in Door County, Wisconsin. Our plan was to anchor out with several other sailboats.

Leah helen under sail

Swimming, kayaking & exploring

The day ended up being hotter than we thought it would be. Thankfully Bill talked me into bringing my swimming suit. After we set our anchor in mid-afternoon, we opened the swim platform and took a dip into the icy water to cool off. We also brought along our kayaks to explore Chamber’s Island. We were able to visit the lighthouse on the island. Afterwards, we headed back to the boats to grill out. We enjoyed a gorgeous sunset on the water.

Sailing to Wave Pointe Marina

The next morning, we headed back home. On the way, we saw a huge cargo ship. It’s nice to know there are a lot of places to go and things to see with only a couple days to play.

Cargo ship on the water

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