Log # 2b Tobermory to the North Channel

July 23, 1998 in Log Series 02 - 07, Logs by Series, Series 02 Toronto To North Channel, The Logs

Log # 2b Tobermory to the North Channel

(Gore Bay GLCC Rendezvous)

It has been quite a while since I sat down at the computer to add to our log of our trip. We managed to lose all the material we have sent out so far, so I hope some one is saving this so if I screw up again and accidentally erase everything I have saved to date that there will be some record of these ongoing logs.

Anyways, to carry on from my last log, we were just about ready to leave Tobermory.

 GEORGIAN BAY to the NORTH CHANNEL

We left Tobermory at 0945 July 13 and had a lovely sail to anchor in Club Island for a lunch break. The weather was clear and sunny. We had the small cove in Club all to ourselves an exquisite summer lunch anchorage. On leaving Club we were able to sail up the east side of Manitoulin Island dropping the sails to motor into a comfortable anchorage in Snug Harbour. It was relatively crowded with about 15 vessels at anchor or tied off along shore, but still lots of swinging room.

I put the dinghy into the water and enjoyed exploring the shoreline. There was a majestic jagged white granite rock projecting about four feet out of the water, and the base of it was an emerald green image beneath the surface. The water was calm and its reflection was mirrored on the glassy surface. I took a picture of this iceberg-like mini mountain and its reflection. We talked to some other boaters who were flying the Great Lakes Cruising Club pennant, as it was to a GLCC rendezvous in Gore Bay that was or first destination the following week.

The next day we motored up the Badgly Channel north above Strawberry Island and through the swing bridge into Little Current. We stopped at Boyle’s Marine to say “Hi” to Pat and Marlene Boyle who are old acquaintances of ours, as we kept our boat there when we lived up in Espanola before coming to Toronto. We had lunch at the Anchor Inn which is owned and run by Peter and Trudy Bolduc, again old friends we haven’t seen for over ten years. In the evening we motorsailed up the Wabuno Channel to watch the sunset over the North Channel and then turned into Mosquito Cove, another of our favourite anchorages, (no mosquitos) to anchor.

The next day we proceeded straight to Gore Bay unfortunately motoring all the way. We were at the Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) rendezvous with about 200 other power and sail vessels.  This was the main GLCC rendezvous for the summer, and lasted for 4 days with a variety of social and business events. Judy and I were awarded a John Paul Jones decanter for being the vessel that travelled farthest to the rendezvous (576.5 Nautical Miles). It was an enjoyable get-together with other GLCC friends we had met before and new friends we made there. We met John and Venitia Moorehouse who own Trillium V, another Ontario 32, and who made a similar trip last year up the lakes and down through the Mississippi. We spent quite a bit of time picking their brains about the trip we are about to make.

The GLCC is an extremely good organization to belong to for people who sail around the Great Lakes as they produce a very detailed log on virtually every port and anchorage in all the Great Lakes, and provide a boating fraternity for those who sail the lakes. We have used their materials extensively for our sails into Lake Huron, Superior and Michigan. It is a worthwhile organization that we would recommend to serious Great Lakes cruisers.  After the rendezvous we returned up the North Channel to the justifiably famed Benjamin Islands and other beautiful North Channel ports and anchorages. I will describe these in my next log.

Log_2b_North_Channel                  Log_2b_001_Veleda__Benjamins

(Judy at the helm going up the North Channel)    (Veleda at anchor in a cove of the South Benjamins)