Log #3a Geogian Bay to the North Channel

July 22, 1998 in Log Series 02 - 07, Logs by Series, Series 03 North Chanel, The Logs

Hi Folks,

Here is our third log of our cruise. It is now a windy rainy day in Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. We went out earlier today, heading for the Wisconsin mainland, but ran into 40 knot winds gusting to 55, plus waves and rain, and we said “We don’t need this.” So we returned to St. James on Beaver Island took a slip for the day and are getting caught up on our logs, showers, laundry, etc. This is the first we have been alongside for a week with shore power and washrooms, showers etc. So here is the next installment of our log. I also hope to keep a journal which will contain more personal observations and reactions, once I have mastered the file system on this computer. I have accidentally wiped all my files by accident twice now. I’m just a slow learner, digitally or Macintosh‑challenged. (Thanks Henry for saving all the material I have sent you as I have accidentally deleted it several times.)

Anyways here goes for Log # 3a.

Log # 3a

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 motor sailed up the Wabuno Channel to watch the sunset over the North Channel and then turned into Mosquito Cove (no mosquitoes) to anchor. The next day we proceeded straight to Gore Bay unfortunately motoring all the way. We were at the 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 Mississppi. We spent quite a bit of time picking there 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. 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 this in my next log