Sailing with Duncan

Naturally Curious


Welcome to Sailing with Duncan 

Thanks for joining us.

Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns or in this case the Cairn Terrier by the boat and head to charted and uncharted waters.

Duncan travels with Cindy and Jeff Cunningham aboard the 1996 Catalina 34 MKII named Respite. The three have sailed thousands of miles on the Great Lakes over the years.

We hope you enjoy sailing with us.  


Coopersville, MI



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The final push home without my captain

Respite will be making the final push home from Frankfort, without its captain. Cindy suffered a kidney stone and related infection over the weekend after we arrived in Frankfort. She went to the hospital there Sunday night and was taken by ambulance to Munson Hospital in Traverse City a few hours later after they determined that she had a fairly large kidney stone and infection that needed better treatment than they could give. A surgeon removed the stone and the infection is under control. After two days in the hospital Cindy was released but her doctor recommended she not rejoin the boat for a couple of weeks. Our good friends Cork and Rhonda Boersma are coming up today to meet us in Fran

Working our way back home

Boyne City Library, Boyne City It has been a whirlwind since leaving Canada more than two weeks ago and in recent days have have been catching up with friends, working on the boat and learning more about Ernest Hemingway. We are in the Boyne City Marina expecting to ride out a thunderstorm that seems to have gone south of us. Oh well, we love Boyne City. Less hectic that Charlevoix but still a great downtown and good restaurants. The lack of cell phone and internet service has made posting to the blog more difficult even back in Michigan than we would have expected. Even at the marinas we have been in, there is little internet and not enough phone service to use a hotspot. Still those are mi

And the adventure continues...

We are at the end of of our time in the North Channel but not the end of sailing this summer. For those who want to know we, are anchored in the harbor at Beaver Island and expect to be here through Aug. 16 at least then heading to Harbor Springs. After Harbor Springs we'll start the slow process of returning to Muskegon. We expect to be there by the first week in September. We have hiked, swam, and kayaked almost everyday this summer and all of us are in better shape than we have been in years. Met many wonderful people, and more importantly are in a better place mentally and emotionally than when we left. Our long-time friend Mike Torrey told me this spring that retiring was itself, an emo


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