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Beckwith is actually more East and West bays. The east side which faces Giants tomb, usually fills up with boats on the weekends. Last summer I counted well over 100 boats anchored on a long weekend. This year I've yet to see anymore than 20 ( gas prices ??? ) and spent Friday of the May long weekend there all by ourselves. (both sides)
You probably went to the East side, which faces Christian Island, and if you remember the prevailing winds on Georgian Bay are W to NW which meant you were facing right into them. I only go to the East side ( which BTW is our favorite) when the forecast calls for calm or winds from the East. There is another small bay on Christian which faces the east side of Beckwith with 10' sandy bottom, and again watch the winds overnight. We spent one night with NNW winds that the wind held the boat facing NW but the waves were curling in from the open water from the NE and rocking us from side to side ( large ) all night long.
This is the East side facing Giants Tomb.
That sailboat in the background (yours?) is anchored almost exactly where we were. The wind was blasting straight into the bay on the morning in question.
The left-hand side of he bay is aligned almost exactly North/South. The wind was coming in parallel to the Western shore of the bay. The side of Beckwith that faces Christian Island is the West side.
The wind was coming up from the South when we first approached Hope Island, so Sandy Bay was a bit lumpy. That's why we went over to the East side of Beckwith to get some shelter.
During the night the wind swung around to the North.
We motored straight out of the bay, past little Beckwith and rounded Motton Point to sail over to Sandy Bay on the South side of Hope Island.
Here's an aerial view to get the picture: beckwith island map - Google Maps
1989 Hunter 30'
Southern Georgian Bay
Visualize the vastness of the oceans; the infinity of the heavens; the fickleness of the wind; the artistry of the craft and the frailty of the sailor. The oneness that may be achieved through the harmony of these things may lead one to enlightenment. - Flying Welshman