Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Canada Day

Saturday... six and a half hours on the same tack, fair winds carrying us to Fifty Point. The marina is  in a park, with hiking trails and beaches. Very picturesque.

This was a club cruise. We left at 9:30 in the morning, and people who had set out at 9:00 missed the breeze and ended up motoring. They arrived at 3:30 pm, we arrived at 7:00 pm. As we approached the harbour, there was a beautiful ribbon of light traveling towards us from the horizon.

Sunday was spent biking into Grimsby and then back again. After that we enjoyed the company of fellow Bluffers, playing bocci and enjoying a convivial meal. I'd estimate the cruise had about 13 boats trek there and back, and we got a chance to chat with some people and get to know them better. Turns out Nairn and Ann are from my hometown.

Monday we headed back and unfortunately the winds were not with us. It was ten hours bouncing up and down, the motor droning on and on.  White caps and swells up to 2 meters. Strong wind warnings in effect. If we didn't have to get back to work we would have stayed a few days to wait for more favourable conditions.

Maureen joined us for the return trip, and after about 9.5 hours on the water, as we were geting close to the club, a huge wave came over the side and drenched both her and Rob. Thankfully it was near the end instead of the beginning, because the two of them would have ended up chilled to the bone. With such cool temperatures it was hard to believe it was July 1st.

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