the Big 50 Party!August/8/2009, Dan & Deborah McLarney's home
Exciting weekend planned. Dan's 50th Birthday Party celebration. Meeting up with long time friends Tom & Marie Pearsons. Mike, Heather and Thera (from Dubaii) arrive for a short stay aboard Lion's Paw! Thera stays with us for a week...Oh and do I mention that the weather is FANTASTIC! Finally SUMMER weather seems to have arrived. Thank goodness, 'cause Thera still find our 72 deg water very cold.
Get it updated quickAugust/6/2009, Britt
Wednesday, August 5th,
Penny for your thoughts.August/4/2009, The Bustard Islands
We had a good day here. 35 knot winds in the anchorage and five anchors deployed . . .
Happy Birthday PatAugust/3/2009, Beaverstone Bay to the Bustard Islands
Another day with high cold winds and huge waves. We shall look back and laugh about this one day... well, we sure laughed tonight. A good time was had by all. a lovely BBQ leg of lamb, with hobo potatoes and corn on the cob...and a Great looking Birthday cake.
Trapped InsideAugust/2/2009, Collin's Inlet to Beaverstone Bay
Sunday, August 2nd,
Drowning in Happiness!August/1/2009, Heywood Iland to Killarney (lunch stop) and then Collin's Inlet
Saturday, August 1st, 2009
Wing on WingJuly/30/2009, Club Island to Heywood Island, The North Channel
Psyche had already left as Zydeco and Lion's Paw rammed forward to help dislodge our anchors. It was still a cold wind, but at least it was a bright day. We slowly began to shed some of our layers of clothing as the sunshine deceived us in believing it was a warmer day. The winds were steady today and we tried our skills with the whisker pole and went wing on wing. A familiar sight, the La Cloche Mountains of the North Channel and for a while, the waves were greatly reduced as we were behind Manitoulin Island. All good things come to an end. The winds increased again and fortunately for us we had already taken down the whisker pole and reduced the sails. Heywood, not our favourite anchorage in the North Channel but would have to do tonight. We were in search of warmer waters... we all needed a bath.
SW Winds!July/29/2009, Winfield Basin to Club Island
First to leave, we enjoyed a wonderful sail all the way to Club Island. Of course the winds picked up (again) just as we brought in the Genoa and dropped the Main sail in order to enter the safety of Club Island. The day was still young, so Steve and I decided to dingy to the south end of the island to look for the strange fossil bed of coral that we had been told about. Of course that was after we noticed that we were getting awfully close to the boat behind us. Yes we were dragging. How embarrassing. We had been there at least an hour and thought we were securely attached to the bottom. We had to drop the and re-set the hook again. Deflated, we apologized to the boat behind and reassured him that we did know how to set an anchor and that we now had out 125 feet of chain (only 10 ft depth). Club is notorious for having bad holding. The winds blew hard from the south-west all night long. And it was too cold for a swim (64 deg..).
Red Sky in Morning, Sailors WarningJuly/28/2009, Christian Island to the Winfield Basin
First Day out and it was a beauty! But a long day with confused seas and confused wind speeds. Winfield Basin is a well-protected natural harbour near Cabot Head on the north-eastern tip of the Bruce Peninsula. The narrow buoyed channel was a welcomed sight. It was a long day but we all anchored securely with-in. Steve and I had pre-made spaghetti and invited our sailing buddies over for a quick dinner hour and then it was off to bed early. It was very interesting to discuss the trip we just experienced with everyone. Steve and I have crossed the Bay via this route before, but like golf, every trip is different. We hoped for a warmer day tomorrow.
On the NoseJuly/27/2009, Browns Bay to Christian Island
We picked up Petra and Colin's anchor off our stern and our front anchor (35lb Delta) and began our usual trek, tacking our way to Christian Island. We were joined by "Psyche" Colin & Petra's 36 ft CS at the bottom of Tombs Island. Later that evening, Pat and Karen on their C&C 35 named "Zydeco" arrived. It was agreed that we would wake around 5:30 am to head across the bay towards the Winfield Basin.
Lazy, Hazy Days of SummerJuly/26/2009
Lazy day, some reading and fishing via Mark,, but no bites today. Later on, Psyche's crew headed back to Bay Moorings to drop Mark off. They ended up having a bit of the same weather we had coming the day before and they radioed us to say they had decided to stay overnight. We had the anchorage to ourselves. Not sure if it was Steve cleaning the decks in his birthday suit or not but it worked.
Squall Warnings called offJuly/25/2009
Squall warning called off...the worst was over. We headed to Browns Bay, a familiar anchorage. Friends, Colin and Petra and Mark (their youngest son) were waiting for us. We snuggled up alongside. Mark caught a large Pike and Bass earlier that day and we gladly enjoyed a fish hors d'oeuvre. We ate dinner around 8pm and went to bed early.
As we rounded the M12, there came a squall warning for the Georgian Bay area. Steve and I prepared for the system that was engulfing us. It was as usual, we were caught in the middle of her. We started up the motor and headed to the safety of the inner channel (5 knots only)! It was only a short 2 hours to Browns Bay, so we left the motor attached to the dinghy. Not a good practice and we know better. Swirling wind, waves and piercing rain . . . not to worry, as I said, it is almost expected. We knew the weather was predicted to be in-climate, but we really needed to go! I was a bit teary eyed as we left. It had dragged on too long. We said good-bye to only a handful of people that we knew. Most had already left for home or out for their holidays. It was a perfect time to leave...not too big a crowd...actually not a crowd at all.
Tearful GoodbyesJuly/25/2009, Penetang Harbour to Browns Bay
We left around 4 pm.
The Church of the NorthJuly/25/2009
Looking south towards the bottom of Penetang harbour was the familiar silhouette of St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, the first shrine built in memory of the Canadian Martyrs. This spectacular church at the corner of Robert and Owen St. is sometimes referred to as "The Church of the North".
We're leaving Dutchman's and Heading South!July/25/2009, Dutchman's Cove Marina
Well sort off. Just kidding...Not..well kind off..I'm so confused!
Last minute shopping.July/25/2009
Today I was up at 6 am to continue to download a few CD's (maps) from Cindy and George for the Capt'n Voyager program that we have installed on our computer. I gather (haven't tried it yet) it's a great back-up to the Navionics Maps that we have for the C-80 series GPS. We just need to get a GPS for the computer and it will work just like a chart plotter. Darn, I just poked my head out and it looks like "Copper Penny" has already left. They're off to Hope today. We'll have to catch up with them later.
Sailing in the waters of Panama for a while!