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Re: Review of my season on Georgian Bay

That was great! Not boring at all. Sailing at night is wicked. If you ever get the chance to sail in calm(ish) water and 8 - 10 knots of wind under a full moon, take it. In those conditions, everything is so quiet and serene.
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Re: Review of my season on Georgian Bay

Thanks for the kind words guys, appreciate the encouragement. I'm planning to do our secound trip, but need to be in the right mood ( and god help us all ). Not as interesting, but hey, a lot more video. Mostly we where on the small craft route, so here's the coles notes to whet your apatite.
Buoy.......buoy.....rock......buoy.......rock..... rock....rock......hey, nice cottage......rock.......buoy.
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Re: Review of my season on Georgian Bay

Great write up and worth reading.

We usually take a 3 week trip from our area ( Chesapeake) to the LI Sound and Further north in New England. There are a few long days 70 miles of transit and what we do is get to our furthest point and take our tiem comming back so the legs are only 25 miles at a pop. That is usally 5 hours or so of sailing each day allowing us to get into a harbor/ amchorage, hang out and relax and enjoy it instyead of pushing on hard all the time. Just a suggestion or try something similar.

We also make sure at least a few times we spend a couple of days somewhere to just have some down time.

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Re: Review of my season on Georgian Bay

Good advice chef, and that's kinda what we did for our secound trip. We had two weeks instead of one week. Take away the first day to recover from night shift. also the last weekend were we were to join two other couples from the marina for a trip over the labour day weekend.
Decided to not have any real plans, just start heading North up the small craft route in the general direction of Killarny, see how far we could get, then return. Only firm plan was to spend one full day at Beckwith Island, one full day at the Massassuaga Provincial park, and one full day at Parry Sound. Got the idea from reading one of the Flying Welshman's posts.
So off we go.
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Re: Review of my season on Georgian Bay

First day ( Tuesday ) is from Penetang to Beckwith. This can be a long and tiring sail if the wind is from the Northwest, which is normal. You have a narrow slot between shoals and reefs to the North, and mainland with some major sand spits extending well out into the bay from the south. Usually means close hauled and lots of tacking. That's why, if time is short we usually motor it.
But time is not short. We have all next day( Wed. ) to enjoy Beckwith so we have all day to make it a sailing day( not sure I could have fitted any more "day's" into that sentence, oh wait I just did ). Wind is, of course, from the Northwest, blowing 15 to 20 knots with gusts to about 25 knots. One reef in and we have a great sail. The wind shifts to the North slightly later in the day. It shifts just enough that we only have to tack three times during the trip. I was so engaged in trying to get enough to room to weather to avoid a lot of tacks, that the trip seemed to pass in a flash.

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We hit Beckwith about half a mile south of the anchorage. so the sails came down and we motored the rest of the way. Sorry, just not keen enough to tack out and back.
I was really very pleased, though I was getting a handle on the whole sailing thing. Was sailing at a very close angle to the wind and all that. But, about halfway from Giant Tomb to Beckwith, I noticed a sailboat passing just south of Giant Tomb. By the time we reached Beckwith it had caught up with us. It was another Niagara 35 ( a lot of them in our area ), it was as close to the wind as we were, and it only had it's jib up! Son of a B#$%^!!!
Anyway, Including a bit of video of us motoring to the anchorage, just because I like to see my wife smile. You can see that bastard Niagara pass us in a race to the anchorage.
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Spent all of Wed. anchored at Beckwith. Weather was great, sunny, warm and enough wind to keep you from getting hot. Did the usual. Swim, walked around the island, ate, drank, afternoon nap, swim, eat and drink some more. You get the picture.
Did I mention that Beckwith is my favorite spot, despite the "bounce", and sometimes being crowded. If you replaced the pine trees with palm trees you could be on a Caribbean island. When I'm napping in the cockpit there, I like to think of us heading down to the Caribbean when we retire in six or seven years. Then I think if it does not work out, well we always have Beckwith.

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And another video. Need to stop for a while, I'm finding posting these video's to be awkward and a bit annoying. Note to self: you really need to keep your yap shut when filming.http://youtu.be/5CFq_NQ-XYo

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Keep posting you videos and narratives are great and informing

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Re: Review of my season on Georgian Bay

Thanks for posting. These clips of my splashing grounds will have to tide me over for the chilly season.
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