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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.

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Get it updated quick
August/6/2009, Britt

Wednesday, August 5th,
The Bustards to Byng Inlet
Wind at our Port side and we had to dock port-side. Peddle to the metal...and full stop...without drifting into the boat docked beside us...way to go Steve.

Thursday, August 6th,
Britt to Point Au Baril, down the Shawanga Inlet to Killbear Park
Last night with Zydeco and Psyche. Our friend Dan came for a visit. Photo of Dan the night before he turns 50!

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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 . . .

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Happy Birthday Pat
August/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.

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Trapped Inside
August/2/2009, Collin's Inlet to Beaverstone Bay

Sunday, August 2nd,
Collin's Inlet to Beaverstone Bay.
Traveled all day, ended up back in the middle...Mill Lake. When you have three foot waves and 25 knot winds heading out of Beaverstone Bay...you don't go. We know it can be rough out there and who wants to get thrown around anyway... this is a holiday after all.
Today, I made a cake for Petra, who is going to surprise Pat with a wonderfully decorated Birthday Cake tomorrow. My oven worked great. Thank you Betty Crocker!

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Drowning in Happiness!
August/1/2009, Heywood Iland to Killarney (lunch stop) and then Collin's Inlet

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
Heywood Is to Killarney and then Collin's Inlet
We enjoyed anchoring outside Killarney and going into town by dinghy to enjoy the famous fish 'n chips. Then off to Collin's Inlet. We all anchored in the same bay. What started off as a gathering before dinner, ended up becoming a wonderful fun filled "forced" evening (of drink and eats) aboard Lion's Paw. It rained so hard, we all thought about having a sleepover. It subsided enough for Pat, Karen, Colin and Petra to drift home.

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Wing on Wing
July/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.


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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..).
We took many photos of the fossils we found on the southern tip of Club Island. We'll have to get more info for you, but according to another fellow sailor, the fossils were looked at by a friend of his from the ROM. It turns out that the fossils that look like large tree rings are from a previous ocean and are fossilised coral heads.


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Red Sky in Morning, Sailors Warning
July/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.


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On the Nose
July/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.


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Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer
July/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.

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Squall Warnings called off
July/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.


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July/25/2009

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.

Thoughts swirled through our heads. Dutchman's had been so good to us, and as Steve and I left, we felt sick to our stomachs. We felt that there would be no way that we would ever find a better place to call home. Bob and Linda have been so good to us and the people whom also call Dutchman's their home are so great to have as neighbours. There is always help when needed, and if you needed a tool or advice, you'd get more than enough to get you through. We will miss everyone and everything about Dutchman's Cove Marina.


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Tearful Goodbyes
July/25/2009, Penetang Harbour to Browns Bay

We left around 4 pm.
Dutchman's glistened in the setting sun.
As we looked back, we gazed at the familiar landscape. There was "The Parry Sound" dock-side along the outside wall and the usual variety of sv and pv's tucked quietly inside the seclusion of our marina's fixed wooden docks. As usual, most slips were empty. Very few stay at this marina. Most come here to head out to the Bay and many have left here to travel south. And yes, after their voyage has ended, most always come home to Dutchman's Cove Marina. And yes, we too have come to call Dutchman's home.

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The Church of the North
July/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".
As luck would have it, the M.S. Georgian Queen was running along side our departure ... we moved out of her way as we both passed Magazine Island and Discovery Harbour. The Georgian Queen was out for her usual guided tour.
Around Asylum point, past Whisky Island and headed to the opening of the Minicognishene Channel as were we. Beausoleil Island to our starboard and Tombs Island to our port. Oh, we also past the Gin Islands before going past Osprey bank. Whisky, Gin... now you know why we love the waters of Penetang/Midland area.


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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!
We are traveling the Bay one last time. Our only commitment is to be at Dan's 50th Birthday Party on August 8th 2009. And surprise... Thera is coming home from Dubai for a visit! We are going to pick her up form there and kidnap her. Looking forward to another family gathering on the boat.

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July/25/2009 | Thera
Getting on a plane to come home on Tuesday. It should be a long vacation home ( till mid / end of September ) and I cant wait to get on the boat... looking forward to some nature - too much sun and sand over here in Dubai.
Thera
August/2/2009 | Larry Donaldson
Hey guys glad to see you got out of Dodge and are on the road following the sun. Tried to get you on the radio in Griffith Island but imagine the weather kept you on the East side of the Bay. Gale the next day hit us with 39 knots of air on the race course. We managed to keep all the gear on the boat in good order and finally finished third in our class for the regatta. Mount Gay took care of us through the racing and at the awards in Midland. Star Shadow is well and the Admiral was on board tonight to inspect the lines. Keep in touch...fair winds.

Larry
August/6/2009 | Anne
Hi Marg
sitting here on Thursday night thinking of you all. Glad Thera is getting home for some R+R. Pretty hot in Dubai in August hey Thera?
hope the trip round the bay goes well and all the problems are ironed out! Live the dream xxx
August/9/2009 | Al & Jen .
The way we are going (time wise ) you should catch up to us!!!! we are now more than half way through the Erie Canal, the Locks are all down hill from here, much easier. Happy sailing. If you need any updated info on the Erie, just Email us.
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.
Coffee time...Petra just arrived to hand over her car. We are going to do some last minute grocery shopping (for fresh veggies) and then we'll be heading out to Browns Bay to meet up with them. They have Mark aboard for the weekend. On Monday we plan to follow "Psyche" and "Zydeco", since it will be our last time together before going back to Parry Sound to pick up Thera in August.

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