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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Five days on McGreagor Bay

You can visit the North Channel many times in your life. Each visit can bring new anchorages and new adventures without ever really leaving the “safety” of the main North Channel. We have met many over the last four years who are content with going to Meldrum Bay, Gore Bay, Little Current and on to Killarney and then working their way back west via the marinas on the north side of the channel. Cindy is not one of the many. She spends her winters reviewing a host of maps, logging into chat rooms with other sailors who have done the North Channel, talking to members of the “Women who sail” internet community, working to find the most remote and most beautiful places for us to explore. Places t

Harbor Springs, Michigan to Meldrum Bay, Ontario and a small "ops"

We must admit that getting north of Harbor Springs is always a treat. It doesn't matter how many times we travel through Gray's Reef and on to the Mackinaw Bridge, it is always exciting. We took the time to go near a couple lighthouses that those sailing Grey's Reef see only from a far. The Skillagalee Lighthouse has stood just off Cross Village since 1850 and is still in use. The sleek, white lighthouse is all that is left on the island as the other buildings were demolished in the 1960s. While it can be seen from land near Cross Village, from the water it is much more impressive. The abandoned Waugoshance Lighthouse marks the western edge of the Straits of Mackinac. It was build in 1832 an

Heading to the North Channel 2019

Thanks again for taking the time to visit our "Sailing With Duncan" blog. We are headed to the Georgian Bay on Lake Huron this summer via the North Channel. While we have been to the North Channel twice before, we have not been to the Georgian Bay so we are looking forward to the adventure this summer. Just a little background - Cindy and Jeff Cunningham are experienced sailors who along with their eight-year-old cairn terrier Duncan, sail their 1996 Catalina 34 MKII during the summer on the Great Lakes. NOT SO AUSPICIOUS START TO 2019 We are a week into heading for the North Channel in northern Lake Huron but the first week has been anything but smooth. Two hours after leaving our home port


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