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For centuries, majestic schooners have plied the waters of the Great Lakes. Today, visitors to Drummond Island are invited to embark on a scenic sail aboard the region’s newest vessel, the Huron Jewel.

Over the course of three years, the 78-foot, gaff rigged ship was hand-crafted on the island by Capt. Hugh Covert, his wife and first mate, Julie, and a group of 50 volunteers, launching in June 2018.

From mid-June through mid-September, the Huron Jewel offers multiple two or four-hour and full-day sails most days including a Picnic Sail, Fudge Sampler, Supper Under Sail and Sunset Dessert Sail (Sundays only). The Coverts partner with local caterers and chefs to provide a rotating menu.

“Sailing aboard the Huron Jewel was absolutely fantastic,” says Michelle Walk from Cedarville, who took a two-hour excursion around Potagannissing Bay. “Passengers have the opportunity to help with tasks such as raising the sails. There are only a few people on board, so it really is a personalized experience.”

Day trips are limited to six passengers and are ideal for families looking for a fun freshwater voyage. While under sail, the crew is quick to share information about the local ecology, geography, and history.

Multi-day overnight trips include meals, sightseeing, stargazing, and relaxation. Lynn Johnson of Project Lakewell will lead a new three-day Nature Wonders Sail from July 29-31.

“Focusing on Michigan’s first inhabitants, the Anishinabe and European explorers and settlers, Lynn will entertain passengers with stories about the lifeways and traditional skills of the people who opened up Michigan’s vast wilderness to exploration and settlement,” Julie Covert says. “She’ll explain how knowledge of the past reveals the importance of preserving the future of our Great Lakes and rivers of Michigan.”

Other multi-day windjammer trips include a two-day Around Drummond and a four-day Around and Under, which travels west toward the Mackinac Bridge. A special trip to Hessel the second weekend of August, for the Les Cheneaux Antique and Wooden Boat Show, can incorporate a floating bed-and-breakfast stay.

The two-week Canadian North Channel trip, departing Sept. 3, is the ultimate Great Lakes sailing expedition. The Huron Jewel typically coasts past past scenic and historic sites like the Moiles Harbor, Little Current Swing Bridge, Strawberry Island Lighthouse, Heywood Island, Finn Baie, Collin’s Inlet and Devil’s Door Rapids. Expected stops at The Pool at Baie Fine allow for hiking to Topaz Lake, while visits to Little Current and Killarney give a glimpse into the history of these culturally significant towns.

Four passengers are allowed on the multi-day sails, and sleeping arrangements below deck include a queen and twin bunk berth. Guests must also be at least 14 years of age for these extended trips.

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Featured in the Summer 2024 issue of Michigan BLUE magazine.