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1999 Labour Day Week-End Sail to Parry Sound

 I spent the Saturday of Labour Day week-end of 1999 going from Lion's Head, my home port, to Parry Sound in a C&C Redwing 30.  The wind was blowing from the west around 18 knots and on a gorgeously brisk sunny day we surfed across Georgian Bay in about 7 hours with just the main up. 

 We spent that evening in Snug Harbour, which has great scenery, fabulous rock formations, a lighthouse plus a very good fish restaurant.  Who could ask for more?  We were docked right next to a Canadian Coast Guard Cutter and we introduced ourselves and we got a guided tour of the ship and the bridge with its electronics charting station.

 Next day, Sunday, we were lucky again and could mostly sail to Parry Sound.  We had to do a bit of motoring in the Small Craft Channel in the beginning but then we rolled out the genny and sailed.

 We passed Killbear Park which looked just great from the water.  It must be an ideal place to camp.  Along the way we just saw outrageously beautiful scenery, Group of 7 paintings comes to mind.  

 I finally threw the engine on going through the narrow passage into Parry Sound Harbour. Tied up at the government dock and did a bit of sightseeing.  Bought an awesome Gewürtztraminer wine from Pelee Island to imbibe later.

 Cast off and were able to return to Snug Harbour under sail except for that last bit and it was getting dark and the buoys in the Small Craft Channel are not lit so we needed to get back in daylight.  Made Snug Harbour just in time. 

 Next day, Monday, we surfed back to Lion's Head as the wind had shifted to the east.  Talk about luck.  About an hour maybe two out of Lion's Head the wind shifted to the west and kept on getting stronger so we turned iron genny and made Lion's Head without any problems. 

 One of those week-ends where everything went right, nothing went wrong and the sailing,  36 out of 64 hours, was fabulous.


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Copyright by Peter Deppisch, February 2006