Loving Life on a Beach Loving life on the Beach

It has been a long, hot summer here on Georgian Bay and we miss Adamant 1 terribly. We did manage to sail with friends occasionally and we borrowed our daughter’s boat a couple times to get in some sailing time. We visited with distant relatives, spent a few days touring in Ottawa and visited our grandson at the Royal Military College in Kingston. He was there for six weeks in the Intermediate Sail program with the Sea Cadets. He got the Top Cadet award….way to go Carson!

One of the things I accomplished at home was sorting out pictures from this past winter and we have a lot! From catching our first mahi mahi to touring an abandoned resort, complete with beautiful bridges that lead to nowhere, every day was an adventure. Well, maybe not every day! We walked tons of beaches and found some unique caves that allowed for great photo ops. We found a hurricane shelter on Man-O-War that was built into the mangroves and appears to have been there for a very long time.

Atlantic Ocean From Inside a Cave Atlantic Ocean from inside a cave

One of our “duties” was helping sailors get off the constantly shifting sandbars in our anchorage. No less than three catamarans found the shallows, but the crews just sit there and have a drink while they wait for high tide. Monohulls were not so lucky. One fellow set an anchor and headed into the bar in town to wait for high tide. Another 45’ sailboat wasn’t so lucky. He went on the wrong side of a marker, and despite our best efforts to heel him over so he could be towed off, he was firmly fixed. It was 10 pm and windy by the time he floated off and getting him on a mooring ball in the dark required the help of three dinghies. That one was a challenge. Twice we scraped bottom with Adamant coming into our mooring ball at low tide, but we never hung up. And….to my credit….I never missed picking up the mooring ball pennant. Pat had made me a pole with a “U” shaped hook on the end so the pennant could not slip off once captured. But I still take the credit!! He gets the credit for threading between the already moored boats and the big dock we were ten feet from. That being said, we have reserved the same ball for this winter because we like the location and the view.

Check this St Paddy’s!

Shortest St Patricks Day Parade Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade.jpg

One special event we attended in Marsh Harbour was “The Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade”. It is a total of 500 steps. Yes, steps! About 80 sailors gathered in a parking lot in town. They were festooned with strings of green beads and given a beer. Once assembled, we headed off, following a car that had music blasting from speakers on the roof. At about the 200 step mark, we stopped and were given another beer. Two hundred steps later, we were given a Jello and vodka shooter. One hundred feet and across the road was the bar Snappas, where we were given a rum punch. This was all free and we entertained the locals and land-based tourists with the dancing and carrying on. All the participants were sailors which leads me to believe that sailors all seem to have a definite connection to free booze!

Grandsons Soaking Up The Sun Grandsons soaking up the sun!

The highlight of last winter was having our daughter and her family down for eight days. It was a glorious week showing them around our winter home. Our plan this year is to leave on January 2nd and fly back to Adamant 1. We need a couple of days to paint the bottom with antifouling and do some stocking up. Then we will launch and leave. It takes five days to get to Lake Worth where we will wait for a window to cross to the Abacos. This winter we have two different couples coming down to visit so we are looking forward to that. Pat is looking forward to getting back to work on the William H. Albury, an old 63’ schooner that is being restored in our harbour. But more on that later.

William H Albury Under Repair William H. Albury under repair

Until next time……….

Lynn Longtime CY staffer Lynn Lortie and her husband Pat left Midland the summer of 2016 to make their way into the Great Loop and head out on a three year sailing odyssey. Follow their progress right here in CYOB.

Related Articles

Destinations

  • Prev
We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...
The New Glasgow marina is located about six miles up the East River of Pictou in the heart of the ...
The British Virgins took a huge hit last fall from Irma. Boats were stranded on the shore by the ...
Located about half way between Shediac and the Miramichi on New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast, the town ...
Suddenly the once forsaken city of Hamilton, Ontario is booming for at least two good reasons.

Grenada: It was all so inviting...

The Large Island of Grenada

By Katherine Stone

Anytime a Canadian is asked to travel south in the beginning of our spring, which this year was far from inviting, is a dream worth living. The thought of a sailing adventure, tropical breezes, the smell of spices and the warmth of the sun was too much – we HAD to go! The first thing we did was to dig out the copy of Ann Vanderhoof’s book, The Spice Necklace, we had acquired several years ago and to re-read the seven chapters of their adventures in Grenada. Not only should this be your required reading, but the book is loaded with scrumptious Caribbean recipes that are a must-try.

Read more about Grenada...

 

 

Boat Reviews

  • Prev
Quite simply, the styles of boats have changed. Where in past years a buyer might have been looking ...
At the boat shows, the Ranger Tugs’ classic tugboat lines always grab the crowds, with the wives ...
Sometimes a great idea requires an encore, and French yacht builder Jeanneau got that with the ...
Tactical Custom Boats announces the sale to a North American client of a custom Tactical 77’ – Fast ...
Bruce Elliott is an inventor. And when he sold the technology he developed to build utility poles ...
One often asks of a winning achievement or a fabulous design, could it have possibly been done ...
The latest new model from Cruisers Yachts is the Cantius 42 and this yacht made its debut in the ...
The Sabre 45 Salon Express is new for 2017, making its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International ...

Leader 9.0

Leader 9.0By Andy Adams

In the case of baking a cake, Betty Crocker and Julia Child both start off with the same eggs, sugar and flour, but the results can be very different. Naval architects, designers and engineers in the boat business also have many of the same ingredients, but the trick is to make the cake unique and desirable.

With a huge history of innovative design in boatbuilding, Jeanneau brings the sort of skill and artistry to their boats that can set them apart. Their new Leader 9.0 model is a case in point.

Read more about the Leader 9.0...

 

 

 

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Recently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my ...
A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...
Most of us don’t give a second thought to our sacrificial anodes – those curious knobs of raw metal ...
In this time of boat show afterglow, many boaters are counting the days until launch. 

Ask Andrew – How to hire a boat repair contractor

hiring a contractorBy Andrew McDonald

A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out there, including: Websites showing repairs, YouTube tutorials, Instagram pages and snapchat streams – let alone books, magazines, service manuals, and years of practical experience – how does a boat owner know which method(s) are ‘right’, who to trust, and who to hire to do the job? In short: How do you find and select a contractor?

Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

Read more about hiring a contractor...

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
Looking for a great Christmas gift for the Offshore sailor on your list? This being a Marblehead to ...
Sail shape is long gone. They have stained, feels thin and you see broken threads everywhere. Your ...
Stripping the antifouling paint from the bottom of a boat is physically demanding and is one of the ...
The 2019 Ultimate Sailing Calendar highlights the drama and excitement of blue-water sailing, as ...
Weather nerds and boaters of all stripes will be absorbed by Bruce Kemp’s account of the monstrous ...
Canada Rope promises that its new Night Saver Rope will illuminate at night and act as a reference ...
Take a look as a 68-foot yacht docks itself in between two Volvo Ocean 65 sailing yachts at the ...
Industry Firsts Include Direct Injection and Integrated Electric Steering System
Verviers, Belgium, 18 May 2018 — Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion technology, ...
Again, we return to the beginning. We started this column with a look at marine navigation for ...