FIRST TRIP Vessel........Voyager III Crew..........Jim, Chris Duration......7 days Dates.........July 8-16, 1995 Destinations..Snug Harbour, Hole-In-the-Wall, Croker Island, Fox Island South Harbour, Sturgeon Cove
Our cruising this year is split into two weeks. The first week, July 8-16, is earlier than we have cruised in many years. We chose this week because it was the only week we could fit into everyone's schedules. The principal accomodation was for Catherine, but now she has decided that her new job takes precedence, and she will not join us. Then, the week before, my Dad has surgery. We are not sure if we can get away at all. The surgery goes well, but there are complications. In the end, Jay volunteers to stay behind and look after Grandma, while Chris and I cruise alone. When this decision is made, on a late Thursday evening, we telephone for a motel reservation at Tobermory. The Harbourside Inn has just had a cancellation, and we are in luck. Next, the Chi-Cheemaun has space for one more car on the Saturday morning sailing, and we make that reservation as well. In the space of a few minutes, our plans are restored, and we begin a flurry of packing and preparation. All morning Friday we are loading the car. Then at 3:30 p.m., we are off. We stop at the hospital to check on Dad. At 4:30 p.m. we are back on the road. Six hours later, we arrive at Tobermory and check in with the ferry attendants. When I roll the window down, an icy blast of wind chills the car. The temperature is in the 40's! A short night awaits us. We must be ready to load the car aboard the ferry at 6:30 a.m.
At 7:00 a.m., we sail for Manitoulin. Aboard the Chi-Cheemaun, we indulge in a greasy breakfast of eggs. bacon, and potatoes. I wangle an invitation to the bridge and meet the captain. He allows me to observe as he docks the "big canoe" at South Baymouth. Ironically, by making this first ferry crossing, we arrive earlier than usual at the boat.
The temperature slowly increases all morning, and by mid-day it is a pleasant summer afternoon again. As always, the preparations take time and energy. Then suddenly the urgency of the 3 p.m. bridge opening launches us from dock side.
1500 Depart Spider Bay. Racing east to make the bridge opening at 3pm. 1511 Clear the bridge. We'll be the last sailboat through on this opening. 1525 Under sail. 150% genoa; no main. Speed 5.5 Kn. Course 095 C. Making for J20 at the north tip of Strawberry Island. 1535 Weather warm, sunny, fair, after cool rainy night. The boat has a nice roll on it. It makes you feel like you're sailing. Prop rotating, need to shift to reverse to stop it. 1540 Abeam J20. TC 106 var 9w MC 115 dev 6e CC 109 LORAN 45 57.22 N 81 46.73 W 2000 Anchored in Snug Harbour. We had a nice downwind sail, going 5-6 knots with just the genoa. The D/S works intermittently. In shallow water, < 20 ft., it works. When the engine is on, it works better. Sounds like the transducer is not giving much of an echo. We are swinging at anchor with 4 other boats, all Canadian sailboats -- mainly C&C's. We devoured the nacho chips and dip, had 4 Labatts between us, and veggies and cheese dip. Now the sky is getting cloudy. We are tired, but well fed and watered. Items repaired: Throttle Handle, LORAN autoVAR, main halyard thimble, organized tools. Switched anchors. Using the 13 lb. Danforth. Weather forecast for tomorrow: Fair, winds west at 10 knots. Very quiet harbor.
Radio Broadcast from Environment Canada on Wx Ch 3 0840 Wx: scattered showers ending, then fair. Monday: variable cloudiness. Probability of precipitation 40%. Tuesday and Wednesday: Cloudy. MAFOR 13610 19616 14610 11510 Nearshore Marine Forecast North Channel: Winds SW at 10 veering to West then NW this afternoon. Scattered showers ending, becoming fair. Georgian Bay: Winds W-SW 15. Showers ending by noon; fair. Radio broadcast from Wiarton Coast Guard Radio on Wx Ch .5 (21 B) GB W-SW 10-15 showers ending noon. fair NC SW 10 veering to W then NW this afternoon; scattered showers, becoming fair this afternoon. 8 a.m. Weather Observations 3 Mi So. of Jones Island Light: Water 21 C Air 17 C Overcast. Light Rain. SW winds 3 knot Safety Notice To Shipping, C-1979 Great Lakes LORAN C Rate 8970-Y Station Baudet, 8970-Y, unusable 1500-1900Z On August 2, 1995 (Aug 4 alternate) . Contact 1-703-313-5877 Lt. Hurley Safety Notice To Shipping, C-1930 North Channel Spanish RIver entrance. Construction at Shedden's Marina near mouth of Spanish RIver. Illuminated by yellow lights. Safety Notice To Shipping, C-2021 Great Lakes LORAN C Station Dana, 8970-M, 9960-Z, Off air 1500-1900Z July 13, 1995 Safety Notice To Shipping, C-1649 Lake Huron Cape Hurd. Unidentified green can buoy reported in position 45 06' 33'' N, 081 34' 01''W off Johnson Point. Report further sightings. WIARTON COAST GUARD RADIO Continuous Marine Broadcast using transmit facilities located in Tobermory, Point Aux Baril, and Killarney on Channel 21-B, and from Meaford on Channel 83-B. Weekly Mean Water Levels, July 4, 1995: Lake Superior is 0.12 Meters above chart datum. Lake Huron is 0.59 meters above chart datum. Safety Notice To Shipping, C-1881 Partially submerged vessel reported in position 44 59' 31.5'' N, 081 01' 07'' W 0850 We awake to light rain and low clouds. No fog. Temperature is moderately cool, but not cold. Winds locally have shifted from W to N. 0915 Patch of blue sky visible overhead. Breakfast is cereal with "lait écrémé" (skim milk) from Farquahar's (The name of quality in the north) 1000 Organized the cockpit locker. Cleaned galley. After lunch we haul the anchor using the genoa primary winch to carry the load. This works well. 1300 We are leaving Snug Harbour. The D/S is working again. 1330 Motoring west in Lansdowne Channel. The sun comes out. Conditions are perfect for an entrance to Hole-In-The-Wall. We decide to try it. 1400 No problem entering. The rocks are clearly visible in this lighting. Right after you cross the narrow rock entrance, the mud shoals to 6.0 ft indicated on D/S. It is probably silting from wave action. 1500 Sun shining all afternoon 1800 Wind shifts to the NW and builds to 20 + knots. We add a second line ashore, to another tree. 1930 "MAYDAY" transmission heard on Channel 16. A 26' ChrisCraft adrift W of Partridge Island. We can see him clearly. Wiarton CG radio makes a request for assistance. No takers. The boat drifts rapidly east and out of view S of Partridge Island. Last night we listened to a helicopter -- Tiger 78 -- look for a sailboat aground near Clapperton. 2200 Local powerboats still transiting at high speed.
0730 At anchor. Winds calm. Mist and haze. Visibility half-mile. Blue sky coming. Ch 83B (or Ch WX .05) hetrodynes between Killarney and Tobermory. Notice to Shipping C-2062 Submerged object at 44 45' 59''N, 079 52' 24'' W Forecast - Plain language Western L Superior W-SW 15-20 veering to NW 15 this afternoon then variable overnight Eastern L Superior SW 20 veering to NW 10-15 this afternoon. Scattered showers ending p.m. Georgian Bay, North Lake Huron W-SW 10-15 veering to NW 10 tonight Scattered showers p.m. Synopsis weak trough 1008 mB; ridge 1017 mB over Manitoba Nearshore Marine Forecast Georgian Bay light and variable becoming W-SW 10 in mid a.m.; mist and fog Lake Huron light and variable becoming W-SW 10, then increasing to 10-15 in the afternoon North Channel light and variable, scattered showers. mist and fog in the a.m. 0940 Estimate arrival at Little Current Bridge D= 7 mi S=5.5 60D=ST T= 60*7/5.5 = 76 minutes 0945 + 76 min = 1101 (should make opening) 1100 Waiting for 11 a.m. opening 1130 Tied up at town dock 1200 Chris in shower. Trash emptied. Going to make telephone calls 1315 Depart dock 1330 LORAN 45 59.54' N; 081 56.66' W Speed (indicated) 5.5; speed (LORAN) 6.0 0.5 knot current running to west 1345 TC 276 v 9w MC 285 d 6w CC 291 1435 LORAN 46 00.09 N 082 05.39 W South of JP2 Straubenzee Reef 1630 Approaching Secretary Island from the SE. We are confused by the appearance of a rock that is normally awash (in higher water years). The angle of our approach exaggerates the distance the rock appears to be from the island. At first glance it appears the course should be between rock and island. Eventually we decide that is wrong (Correct choice!). Enter Croker Depart Croker TC 075 TC 255 v 9w v 9w MC 084 MC 264 d 4e d 3w CC 080 CC 267
The Passage Through N. Benjamin TC 351 Exit at N. Benjamin, S. Benjamin, northward v 9w MC 360 d 6w CC 006 TC 300 To Benjamins from N side Porcupine Is. v 9w MC 309 d 7w CC 316 TC 275 To Benjamins from S of Porcupine Is. v 9w MC 284 d 5w CC 289 TC 099 Enter Fox v 9w MC 108 d 6e CC 102 1215 Anchored in Fox Island Harbour. Lunch is great tuna fish sandwiches. While heading in had to steer CC 090 to correct for strong cross wind from port (N). Depth minimum was 30 ft. Very deep. BOAT NAMES HEARD ON Ch 16 (or sighted visually) Loon's Nest Summer Joy Wally B Beat On Tabasco Hennepin John B Gambler Lucky 3 Denigrant Gussu Gusa Carol Ann Ruffin' It Vagrant Lizard Melody Battle Free Vision Swallow Figment Ansulite Serenity Fly Boy Checkmate Priority One Astral Blue Zone Saffron II Current Affair Sailor's Choice Catherine E Wind Trick Blue Jacket Botton Line Kamaylea Scotia Blue Drifter Tout L'Mer Proper Tease Misty Jay Omni Brown Sugar Mystic Loon Meridian II Grey Escape Aries Talisman Anodyne Strawberry Fields Touch'N'Go Impulse II Gull Light The Mariner Mac Attack North Wind NOTE: In Fox, go all the way to the back for best protection. The breeze tends to funnel down the harbor (from the SW), and it will be much less in the extreme back versus the front.
Rough sail to Little Current. Gusting Winds. Arguments. "Proper Tease", an OutIsland 41 with Doreen Kavesdy in command, was moored in Little Current at the government dock. I say hello and chat on the way to the shower. "Shotgun", a Catalina 30, ran aground in Clapperton Island channel when following another boat (with shallower draft) that took a buoy on the wrong side. Sturgeon Cove: Initial approach range. White delta's on rock and tree on back shore TC 156 v 9w MC 165 d 4e CC 161 Second Leg . Painted white diamonds's on rock and tree TC 097 v 9w MC 106 d 6e CC 100 Third Leg. Look behind you for painted O's in line on rocks TC 194 (180 + 14) v 9w MC 203 d 0 CC 203 1715 Loud "THUMP, THUMP". Greyscape is aground entering Sturgeon Cove. He floats off about twenty minutes later
0900 Anchored in Sturgeon Cove. Fishing from 0730-0850 unproductive. Last night I caught and released one jumbo perch that hit a U-20 flatfish I was trolling. July 11th Lake Levels: Huron 0.62 meter above datum (about 2 feet). Forecast issued 4 am today Lake Huron,Georgian Bay: Winds S15-20 decreasing to S10-15 this morning. Thunderstorms and mist patches. MAFOR 12423 15410 Synopsis: Trough (central pressure 1012 mB lying central S. Dak moving to James Bay. Trough central pressure 1012 mB Nebraska moving Friday to E. Lake Superior and ridge (central pressure 1015 mB) at James Bay GB water temperature 17C (64F) Notice to shipping C-2145 Soo radio at Silverwater is unserviceable Note that today the LORAN chain is out of service. 1600 We move to the extreme W end of cove to escape strong NW breeze and surge in harbor. 1700 "Albino" (X-Yachts X105 / 34-footer) tries to enter. Runs aground. I row out to help him. He enters ok. He ran aground twice. Second time with a horrible thump. 1900 A great "last night omlet". We have consumed all the beer. A record 5 beers today were consumed.
Hobbs times 3224.4 (at finish) - 3209.2 (at start) = 0015.2 hours motored Litres added = 16.0 (from pump)
Our first week is done. We finally discover the rate of fuel consumption of our 2-cylinder diesel: approximately one liter per hour.
SECOND TRIP Vessel........Voyager III Crew..........Jim, Chris Duration......7 days Dates.........August 19-26, 1995 Destinations..Croker Island, Kagawong, Logan Bay, Sturgeon Cove
1125 Arrive Little Current via Hwy. 6 and bridge. 1445 Depart Spider Bay aboard Serenity. Hobbs time 5566.3 1500 Heading N up Wabuno to avoid W headwinds and 2'-3' waves 1600 Close hauled sailing approx CC 280 n. of W. Rous Is. 1700 Closing toward Wilson Point, Croker Is. 1800 Entering Croker Island south harbor 1900 Anchored in the "Jupiter" position 2000 Motoring in dingy 2130 Retiring for evening 2330 Stars observed
0230 Rain and wind shift. Now NW wind and we lie abeam. 0300 Loose halyards. Hull oilcans in the little chop 0900 Awake to beautiful, clear, blue sky and fair weather 0925 Radio Broadcast Nearshore Marine Forecast (6 a.m.) North Channel - W-NW 10, morning mist patches, fair Ship's weather observations Stannard Rock Wind W 18 Temp 19 Pressure 1017 mB Soo Fog Wind Calm Temp 12 Pressure 1017 mB Gore Bay Wind N-NW 6 Temp 20 Pressure 1017 mB Geo. Bay Wind NW 6 Temp 22 Pressure 1016 mB St. Mary's River closed due to visibility August 16 Water level: Huron is 0.61 m above datum Rates for Radiotelephone Increase Aug 1, 1995 (to approx. $16/3-minute call) Safety Notice to Shipping C-3084 Loose Ropes reported 46 03' 04'' N, 082 16' 00'' W Ropes trail behind markers for 20 feet. Deadhead near Buoy U29 in Whalesback Channel 1000 Breakfast served. 1100 Fishing. Trolled once around with a Red/White Daredevil. Switched to a Rapala and caught two (smallmouth) bass in shady patch at southernmost part of the harbor. 1500 Ashore to fillet the bass. Just before, a duck dove down and tried to steal the fish off the stringer while they were clipped to the dingy alongside the boat. The duck was a black, ugly thing. I yelled him off from the cockpit. I "cleaned" the fished and left their remains on a rock on "Jupiter" Island. Minutes later a seagull arrived to clean up after me. 1600 SNAP! The tree to which our stern line is anchored breaks, and we swing free. The boat drags the log into the water. I row ashore and roll the log back onto the beach. Fish name trivia: Menominee = local name for Cisco Lake Herring = cross between Menominee and Whitefish Splake = cross between Speckled and Lake Trout I learned all this from the local fisherman who was selling smoked herring at the Farmer's Market in Spanish (i.e., the town, not the language). 1700 Channel 83B broadcast: C-3084 Lake Huron/North Channel: Loose ropes reported off Marker Buoy is Channel between Clapperton and Benjamins. C-2840 Lake Huron/North Channel: Deadhead 2.0 cm in diameter in Whalesback Channel off Green Spar buoy U29. FORECAST: Eastern Lake Superior W SW 25 becoming W30 at midnight; Waves 3-meters Northern Lake Huron/Georgian Bay W20 becoming W25 overnight; chance of showers then fair in the afternoon. 1730 (Yacht) AMBER explains the radio call we heard earlier. They were hailing a charter boat that had left the harbour this morning to tell them they had recovered their dingy. It seems the charter boat crew, in the process of departing the anchorage, sailed over their dingy painter. This cut the painter line and set the dingy adrift. All this went unnoticed on the charter boat. The crew on AMBER watched it happen and recovered the dingy. They couldn't raise the departing boat on radio, so they'll tow the lost dingy back to the charter base. U.S. Weather Office Nearshore Marine Forecast Sunday August 20, 1995 St. Mary's River Wind W5-15, Pcldy Water temp 63 F Tonight Wind W 5-15 Clear Monday WInd NW 10-20 Sunny Environment Canada Forecast Issued 1200 DST North Channel Wind NW 10 Fair Waves less than 1 meter THINGS WE FORGOT Chris's boat shoes; sail gloves; butane lighter for stove 2200 Stars bright. Subtle aurora borealis visible Shooting stars seen. Many satellites and aircraft also seen.
0830 Winds locally are still strong. Sky very clear. Whitecaps in the main harbor north of us. Continuous Marine Broadcast using facilities on Channel 83 at Bald Head and Silverwater, and on Channel 21 at Gros Cape. ("Grow Cap") 6 a.m. Forecast North Channel - Small Craft Warning; winds W-NW 10 increasing to 25 this afternoon with gusts to 30 knots. 0929 The charter CS-34 yacht "Bolito" leaves the harbor. They proceed slowly into the chop and wind. 1000 "Whispering WInd" --a 29-foot sailboat--leaves the harbor. 1010 10 a.m. Forecast Western Lake Superior Winds NW 20-25 decreasing to 15-20 by afternoon; light overcast Eastern Lake Superior WInds W 30 decreasing to NW 20-25 by afternoon, then 10-15 overnight Georgian Bay Winds W 20 increasing to NW 30 this afternoon, then decreasing to NW 20-25 tonight MAFOR 12630 13740 13730 Waves more than 2-meters (!) Synopsis: Currently: A NW-SE ridge, pressure 1021 mB through southern Minnesota. A Low, pressure 992 mB, northeast of James Bay Tuesday: NW-SE ridge through southern Lake Michigan A Low, 995 mB pressure, east of Labrador 1100 We go ashore and climb the "mountain". We see our previous neighbors out sailing. "Ruddy Duck", a Sabre 34 with an older couple aboard, heads for the Benjamins. The small 27-foot sloop, with red sails, sets his main and heads eastward. The CS34 returns to the harbor to make some sail repairs, then he starts out again. We return to the boat. With the new wind strength we are really sailing on our anchor and bouncing in the waves. We decide to move to the calmer side of the harbour, just behind the wall at the south end of the harbor. 1200 Underway, we wait for the CS-34, which has returned again, to anchor. It takes him 45 minutes to get secured. 1300 We make a very snappy manuever and anchor in 5 minutes. We cozy between the CS34 and a Pearson-31, "Rowdy's Revenge." The thirty-one is a charter boat from Gore Bay. We use the stainless steel mooring rings on the rocks behind us. 1400 Lunch 1500 Fiddle with stern lines 1600 Swim 1650 Weather Forecast from Environment Canada Nearshore, issued at 1200 EDST, valid until midnight: Whitefish Bay: Wind NW 20, gusting 30, decreasing to 15 tonight; fair North Channel: Wind W 20, gusting 30, decreasing to NW 15 tonight; fair Marine Forecast Great Lakes (Toronto) W. Lake Superior W 20-25 decreasing to NW 15-20 tonight, light overnight. E. Lake Superior Winds W-NW 30, NW 20-25 tonight, 10-15 overnight Waves 2-3 meters Georgian Bay W-NW 30, decreasing to NW 20-25 tonight, then N 10-15 Tuesday 1830 Wind shifts to northwest. Chop now in harbor. We ride with chop on our port bow, making an annoying hull slap. I contemplate moving, but I decide against it since the north harbor looks just as rough as this one. "Wolfgang" comes into the harbor and anchors in the center. Aboard are four men from Florida, all ex-Michigan residents. 2100 Wind lowers a little. We try sleeping. 2400 Wind up and hull slap too loud to sleep. Then a lull, and we go back to sleep. Repeat all night.
0730 Weather Broadcast Safety Notice to Shipping C-3133, Lake George A 6.4 meter pleasure craft, gray with red stripe, adrift at 21-23-04 Universal Coordinate Time near Pumpkin Point. Request further sighting be reported to nearest Coast Guard. Marine Forecast at 4 a.m. Tuesday, next forecast at 10 a.m. W. Lake Superior Winds variable 10 becoming SE 15 this afternoon and S 20 tonight E. Lake Superior Wind NW 15 becoming variable 10, then SE 15 late this afternoon, then S 20 tonight; scattered thunderstorms tonight Lake Huron Wind NW 20 decreasing to 10-15 this morning and becoming variable 10 after midnight MAFOR 11720 15710 11900 Georgian Bay GALE WARNING ended. Wind N20 decreasing to NW 10-15 this moring becoming variable 10 after midnight Synopsis: N-to-S ridge, central pressure 1022 mB in Lake Superior N-to-S warm front, central pressure 1016 mB, through the Dakotas at 4 a.m. NE-SW ridge, 1022 mB, Southern Lake Huron N-to-S warm front, 1016 mB... Nearshore Marine Forecast at 6 a.m., next at noon North Channel Winds N-NW 10; fair; waves 0.5 meters or less 0920 Under sail SSE at 4 knots; broad reach 1300 At dock in Kagawong Proprietor is Maple Ridge Yacht Charters, Bob and Wendy Ellen, nice people. (GLCC members) Neighbors are Alan and Wendy aboard charter C&C-29 from Toronto. He is still getting cellular calls from work. Dock rate is $0.60/ft. Dock boy is Dave; gave him a $5 tip Fish for splake along the shoal at the river mouth. Pike are in the weeds west of the dock. 1500 Walk to Bridal Veil falls.
Weather Synopsis 4 a.m. today: a ridge, central pressure 1022 mB from New York City to Cleveland a low, central pressure 1007 mB over Hudson Bay Nearshore Marine Forecast St. Mary's River: wind SW 10-20 veering to NW; mostly cloudy Thursday: wind NW 10-20, clocking to SE. Partly cloudy in the morning Environment Canada North Channel: Winds SW 10-15 in the morning, veering to NW and increasing 10-25 by afternoon August 22 water levels: Lake Huron is 0.65 meters above chart datum Marine Forecast issued at 4 a.m. Wednesday 23 August Lake Superior: wind SW 20-25, decreasing to 15 then veering North after midnight; scattered showers ending. Georgian Bay: wind SW 10 increasing to 20-25 this morning, then veering to NW 15-25 this afternoon. Fair, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Northern Lake Huron: wind SW 15-20 increasing to 20-25 in the morning, then veering to NW 15-20 in the afternoon 1320 At anchor in Logan Bay on the NE shore of Clapperton Island. We are alone. We sailed north from Kagawong on a fresh southerly breeze, which veered west as we left the southern end of Mudge Bay. Survived a crash accidental jibe; Jim at the wheel! We coasted up the east side of Clapperton and turned into Logan Bay. As we entered, it gusted to 20 knots and the sky darkened. We are now securely at anchor and having lunch. At Kagawong, we did the following: 1. Visited Bridal Veil Falls and swam in the pool below it. 2. Went for a tour of the town. 3. Had a great dinner at Needle's Restaurant. The sign said "Owner Retiring FOR SALE", so there is no guarantee that it will be the same quality the next time we visit. 4. Had several boat trips around Mudge Bay and fished without success. 5. Made telephone calls to home. 6. Visited other boaters, etc. 1325 Wind diminishing. The Sun is in and out of the clouds. 1415 Weather Forecast E. Lake Superior: wind SW 20-25, clocking to NW then diminishing to N to NE 15 chance of thunderstorms; waves 1-2 meters lowering to 1 meter or less N. Lake Huron: wind SW 15-20 increasing to 20-25 this afternoon then veering to NW, and diminishing to N 15 tonight. Chance of thunderstorms this afternoon; then fair. Georgian Bay: wind SW 15-20 increasing to 20-25 this afternoon, then veering to NW by midnight, and diminishing to N 15-20 early Thursday morning 1535 The sun is hidden by dark clouds and the wind roars. A C&C 30 enters and anchors north of us, a polite 1/4 mile away. The rock shown on all charts to be NW from Carling Point cannot be seen today. 1545 Cabin temperature is 78 degrees-F; looks like rain headed our way. 1750 Nearshore Marine Forecast issued at noon Wednesday, August 23rd. Georgian Bay (Kilarney to Midland): Small Craft Warning (due to wind); winds SW 25 veering to W 20 by mid afternoon and veering to NW 15 by evening; fair, waves 1 - 1.5 meters. W. Lake Superior: winds NW 15 veering to NE then E Thursday morning E. Lake Superior: wind NW 20 veering to N 15-20 then veering to NE 10-15 Thurs. evening. SYNOPSIS: At 4 p.m. EDST a ridge (1022 mB) lying SE of the lower Great Lakes will move SE. A 1000 MB Low over James Bay. A 1026 mB ridge over western Manitoba. "This is Wiarton Coast Guard Radio, continuous marine broadcast, using transmit facilities on Channel Two One at Tobermory, Point Aux Baril, and Kilarney, and on Channel Eight Three-bravo from Meaford." Safety Notice to Shipping C-2745 Georgian Bay-Cape Croker to Lion Head A partially submerged vessel, 44 58.11 N, 080 57.89 W, one half-mile N-NW of Cape Croker LIghthouse. Position is marked with a white "JAVEX" bottle. Weather Round Up Georgian Bay 8 mile visibility drizzle 21 degree-C 1013 mB pressure Duck Island 21 degree-C 1014 mB Cove Island 22 degree-C 1012 mB Kilarney 9 mile visibility Wind W 18 24 degree-C 1011 mB GB-45137 buoy 3-meter waves Wind W 19 22 degree-C 1011 mB Water temp 20 West Island Wind W 21 23 degree-C 1013 mB 2045 Just back from a long boat ride and troll. No fish. One possible strike. WInd still 15 knots. Cabin temperature 69-degrees-F. The sky is clear. It will be a good night for stars. Dinner was excellent! Spaghetti and Merlot wine. Cheese pastry h'ordouves LORAN position: 46 01.80 N 082 12.23 W "Wind showing no sign of abating this evening", says Chris. 2100 New weather forecasts Georgian Bay (Kilarney) Small Craft Warning; winds W-SW 20 veering to NW by evening. Showers, then fair. Thursday NW-N 15; fair North Channel: Small Craft Warning. Wind W 20, gusting 30, diminishing to NW15 late evening, gusting to 25. Thursday N 15; fair
0125 Started Engine. Wind greater than 30 knots! 0140 LORAN 46 01.79 N 082 12.25 W 0200 Engine off. Wind has decreased to 20 knots 0644 Sunrise. The AMPLITUDE of the sun was 104 degrees. Check this out for latitude 46-01.8N on August 24. This wind is lower now, much less than the 30-knot gusts we had at 1-2 a.m. 0720 4 a.m. Forecast Western Lake Superior: Winds northeast 15 veering to east and decreasing 10-15, then veering to SE and increasing to 20-30; fair. Scattered Showers tonight. Eastern Lake SUperior: Winds NE 15 decreasing after 10 p.m. then increasing to E-SE 15-20 tonight; fair. Georgian Bay: Wind NW 20-25 decreasing to N15-20 by late morning, then veering to NE 10 overnight. Lake Huron: N/NW 20 veering to N 15, then NE tonight. Logan Bay East toward Bears Back TC 093 v 9w MC 112 d 0 CC 112 Distance (J71 to Middleton Island) 2.4 nm Northeast from Middleton Island TC 060 v 9w MC 069 d 4e CC 065 Distance 3.2 nm Eastward when Bedford Island Reef lies due south TC 090 v 9w MC 099 d 1e CC 098 Distance 6 nm TOTAL DISTANCE 11.6 nm Speed estimated 4.5 knots Sailing Time 2 hr 35 mins STURGEON COVE RANGES Triangles Diamonds Circles TC 156 TC 097 TC 194 v 9w v 9w v 9w MC 165 MC 106 MC 203 d 5w d 1e d 5w CC 170 CC 105 CC 208 Distance sailed today 13.1 Meet Sharon and Ron France, homeport Port Elgin, Ontario, and have drinks aboard their Edel 28. We got blasted on Miller Genuine Draft Lite
Hobbs Time 5572.9 - 5566.3 = 6.6 hours motored; 5.0 litres added
This article first appeared October 20, 1996.
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