2016 Cruising the North Channel

Winfall-Boyles

After visiting the boat in May, and driving up without Jane 🙁 I got the boat launched and mast up. Because of some family issues, we decided to get a slip at Boyle’s marine so we can run home when needed and not worry about Windfall. 4 days of 90 degree (F) heat and high humidity.

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Friday, July 22, 2016 – Blueberry Bay to “Grumpy Bay”

Departed Blueberry at 9:30 am before I’d even finished my 1st cup of coffee. Two other boats, Wanderer and Esprit de la Mer came as well, with Wanderer in the lead. Had a fairly uneventful motor through the narrow channels up to Iroquois Bay’s North Channel. Anchored in “Grumpy Bay”, named by our friends because an American power-boater yelled at them for coming into the bay on their dinghies. Swam and went to shore to get a better cell signal. Last Resort and Biscuit City arrived around 5:30 and we had a gathering on Windfall. Had a relaxing evening listening to Brian on Esprit de la Mer play guitar and sing folk songs.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Blueberry Island

Had a nice morning coffe and looked up to find we’d pulled the anchor into deep water, and were drifting across the bay. The anchor was dangling 60′ down, not touching bottom! So glad it didn’t happen last night!! Went to Swallow for Birthday cake (Donna’s b-day), then rushed back to the boat to re-anchor after Last Resort and Biscuit City left for Little Current. Just got the anchor down when a huge thunderstorm rolled through. Torrential rain and many close lightening strikes. Back to Swallow for Chili & Taco chips.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Little Current to Blueberry Island

Had another great sail to Blueberry Island. Left Little Current in time for the 11:00 bridge. Wen we arrived, there were 7 other boas there: Last Resort; Wanderer; Swallow, Esprit de la Mer; Biscuit City and Better Than Working. Set the anchor twice and crossed my fingers. Rock Bottom. Very deep harbor (40 -60′), but shallower on the West Shore. Went for cocktails on Swallow after a nice long ride in the kayak.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Dead End Bay to Little Current

Had another wonderful sail down McBean Channel and up Wabuno Channel to Little Current. Pumpout & fuel at Spider Bay Marina and into our slip at Boyles. Met Lynn & Dan in the next slip for the night. They just bought an Aloha 34 in Midland and brought it up to the North Channel. He’s a professor of astronomy and she teaches English at the same school. Went shopping an for a walk and ice cream. After dinner, another walk.

Monday, July 18, 2016 – Dead End Bay

Stayed another day at Dead End Bay due to high winds from the East. There aren’t many good anchorages in the area that provide protection from the East. Went for a kayak ride around the bay and into McBean Habor.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – Belle Cove to Dead End Bay

Had a beautiful sail to McBean Harbor, then back into Dead End Bay behind Anchor Island. Great hurricane hole. Anchored East ofthe local landing and went to shore for a weight workout. Went below at mosquito time!

Saturday, July 16, 2016  Little Current to Belle Cove

Departed Little Current around 12:30 pm. Motored and sailed to Belle Cove and anchored on the West Shore Met Brian and Jean from a beautiful double ender Clairvoyant.,made by Toshiba. Went for a long Kayak ride and after dinner went below…COLD!

Friday, July 15, 2016 – McGregor Bay to Little Current.

Pulled up anchor at around 11 am. Had a wild sail (7-8 knots) all the way to Little Current. Made the 3:00 bridge. Tied up at our slip and Jane went to the store while I cleaned up work email and made a few calls.

Thursday July 14, 2016 -S. E McGregor Bay

Had a leisurely morning. The winds howled all night and we didn’t get much sleep. Went for a long kayak ride. Swallow (Dave & Donna) invited us for cocktails along with Brenda and Linden on the 26′ poweboat Lady Jane. Wind still strong, but supposed to lighten tonight after 10:00.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Heywood to Little Current to McGreggor

Had a quiet morning with the last of the alcohol (got 2 pots out of it!). Called all the shops in Killarney. No one had any. Made the decision to run back to Little Current. Had a nice sail and made the 11 am bridge. Bought alcohol, topped the water tank and pumped out and stil made the 12 pm bridge! Jane even made it to the grocery store and back. Had a rousing sail and entered Bay Fine to go to Mary Ann Cove. Boats packed in like sardines so we went back out an around to McGreggor Bay’s S.E. corner, arriving about 5:00 pm. Long Day! Took a couple attempts to get the right spot, but had a nice evening.

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Tuesdaty, July 12, 2016 – Heywood Island

Leisurely morning. Lots of coffee. Realized we we’re out of alchohol for the stove! Just enough for coffee tomorrow. Kayaked around the lagoon and took the dinghy to see if there’s any fledglings in the eagle’s nest.

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Beaver dam and eagles nest are SO similar!

16-7-12a1Only one fledgling this year. As soon as I put the camera and tripod away, one of the adults flew in.:( Here’s a shot of him from a distance handheld with a 400 mm lens:

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Monday, July 11, 2016 – Heywood Island

Grocery shopped. Finished getting the boat ready and motored to Heywood Island. Hanked on the Mainsail and relaxed.

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Beautiful evening. Swallow was there. Dave stopped by to chat. Alsomet Lawrence and Jean on Better Than Working, an English couple that were on a 26′ Australian built sailboat with twin keels.

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Little Current

Finally made it up to the boat. Left Lake View at 8:00 a.m and arrived at 3:30 p.m. Whew! Long drive. Spent the afternoon cleaning (Jane) and installing a new battery charger (Larry). Treated ourselves to dinner at the Anchor Inn, then relaxed on the boat. Beautiful evening!

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