Today, we watch the beginning of the Trans-Superior race, from the Soo to Duluth. There was a light southerly wind and with the boats headed north to round Whitefish Point on the first leg of their voyage, they were all quick to deploy their colorful spinnakers. They started at one and as of writing, most of the racers have yet to clear Whitefish. They will not be setting any speed records on this run but based upon reports of the amount of beer that they had uploaded for this two-day cruise, it may not be just about the speed.
The weather was bright and sunny, with temperatures in the seventies. We managed to find some shade along the boardwalk at Point Iroquois and while I was trying to get the perfect shot, Anne spent her time speaking with a couple from Paradise. They had visited the marina in the Soo and gave us the inside skinny on things like the beer consumption and that most of the boat’s crews will be flying home from Duluth and getting back to work, leaving just the captain and his first mate to pilot the boat home.