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.      

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Yes, it really is over

We dropped the mast on September 23, just as Toronto was starting into a five day heat wave with record temperatures at over 30 degrees C.  Our log book showed that we sailed a grand total of 9 times this season.    

Lets hope we get a better season next year.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Is it over already?

It feels like the summer has just started, and it's almost over!  The Labour Day weekend is one of great traditions at QCYC.  Friday is Corn & Weenie Roast, and the preparation of the pigs for Saturday's Pig Roast.

Although the weather was a little cool, especially on Saturday, we had a pretty good turn out for the party.  Emily and Leigh came out for a sail on Saturday, but the wind was really howling.  In fact, the whole weekend was extremely windy, and we didn't get out sailing at all.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

QCYC staff sail

Jacqui resurrected a past tradition this year, when the commodore and vice-commodore take the club office and maintenance staff out for a sail at the end of the season.  We picked a weeknight just before some of the younger staff head back to school.  Abby, Nick and Brian came out with us on Prime Interest, and Laura and Morgan were aboard Wild Jasmine.  We had enough wind to get a good sail, but not so much to scare the newbies.  

Back at the club, Jacqui and Eriks barbecued some burgers, and we toasted the season with a sip of bubbly. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Mini Cruise

Since we couldn't go cruising this season, we took the opportunity of a good weather forecast to visit another club for the weekend.  With light winds on Saturday and strong winds from the east expected on Sunday, we headed east to the Scarborough Bluffs, so that we could have a downwind sail home.

We arrived at the Highland Yacht Club in the early afternoon.  It was one of those beautiful days without a cloud in the sky, and the air was clear and fresh.  We walked through the park, and down to the beach.  People were actually in the water, but I poked my toes in, and brrr... it was chilly.

On Sunday we had a rocky start to our trip home.  The wind was light, but the waves were on a terrible angle.  It got better as the wind picked up, and we were able to take a better line relative to the waves, and we had a pretty quick trip home.