On friday I took the AI out in some nice seas in Lake Michigan. Wind was 15 knots and waves were 6-8 outside the breakers. It was my first time on Lake Michigan with the AI. I figured if it was too rough, I could just stay inside Monroe Harbor.
I sailed to the playpen and back, all inside the breakers. But when I got back to the mouth of Monroe, I decided I would take a run out to the crib and back which is about 4 miles. I figured if it got too rough I would just turn back.
It was a breeze. Just up and down the waves, all was stable. Occasionally a wave would break sideways over me, so it was a wet ride, but all in all really stable. I would sail across the lake in a heartbeat, but first I would have to come up with a plan to deal with a broken rudder.