Monday, July 02, 2018

NOTL Club Cruise

This season's first club cruise was to Niagara on the Lake Sailing Club.  We almost didn't go, because I forgot to sign up.  By the time I did, we were on the wait list.  Eriks offered to take us with him aboard Wild Jasmine, as he had been planning to single hand.  Within a few days, though, a couple of boats had dropped out, and Eriks decided that he wouldn't sail there after all.

We left on the Friday, and had a good sail about half way there.  Then the wind shifted before completely dying out.  We motored in a dead calm and got to NOTL just before dinner.  With scorching hot weather all weekend, we looked for ways to stay cool.  

On Saturday, we took a cab to Niagara Falls where we visited both the casino and the falls, and watched some people on the new zip line.  Back in town, we joined the rest of the QCYC cruisers for a pot luck dinner before taking in a play in the evening.  After church on Sunday (Canada Day), we managed to get the last 2 spots on the bus for a wine tour.  We visited 4 wineries, sampled a good variety of wines, and supported the local economy by taking home some of our favourites.   The sail home was perfect - consistent wind on the beam the whole way to Toronto Harbour.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day & Birthday

Our first visitors of the season came out on the Father's Day weekend.  Derek, Hayley, Adam and Kim came out for a sail on the Saturday.  Adam's office is in Queen's Quay Terminal, and he is able to watch the boats coming and going from the dock.  We had perfect sailing conditions, and a great visit afterwards.

On Sunday, Ed celebrated his birthday on Father's Day, and we had the rare pleasure of having both Emily and Katie out for a sail.  It's been maybe 5 years since they were both out together, and Katie hasn't even been to the island in 3 years.  Great way to spend the day.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Royal Wedding and Sail Past

Before 0600 on the morning of May 19th, a group of us got up early, and thanks to Chef Simon and Sherry, enjoyed a great breakfast of fresh scones, clotted cream, smoked salmon and fruit as we watched Prince Harry and Megan's wedding in the Great Hall.  It was cold and dreary in Toronto, but beautiful and sunny at Windsor Castle.    

We were glad to have the mast up and actually be able to sail during Sail Past, unlike last season, when we were a long way from having our mast stepped.  Keith and Madeleine joined us since their boat wasn't launched yet.  We headed out just as the rain stopped, motor-sailed past Commodore Jacqui, then took some ribbing about having gone upwind instead of downwind.  Oh well.  If that's the worst thing that happens, then we're all good!

Friday, May 04, 2018

Wild Weather

This spring, we've had some wild weather days with strong winds.  Ed and I were heading over on Friday, and had to take the city ferry, because our tenders couldn't run due to high winds.  Once we got to the island, even the city ferry stopped running for a couple of hours until conditions improved.  We even had to pull out our rubber boots because the wind was driving water over the wall and flooding the area around the clubhouse.  Memories of 2017.

Old yellow dock was ripped off its mooring near the Rapids Queen, at least one boat broke a mooring line, and a few boats were bumping as they rolled in the wind and waves, but no major damage.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Catamarans big and small

Ed and I took a week to enjoy some warm weather in Cuba.  We've been to Cayo Santa Maria before, and find it very relaxing, although it's a bit of a drive from the airport.  The beach is beautiful, our room was clean, and the food was pretty good for Cuba.  The first couple of days were quite breezy, but then the wind calmed enough that we went out for great sails on the Hobie Cats every day.  

We also took an excursion on a big catamaran one day, with snorkeling, a dolphin experience and lobster lunch, but no actual sailing.