15, 11, 9, 5, 4, 3, 2… !!!!
If that was the countdown to some good event, such as a party, or our departure, we would be anxiously awaiting the arrival of zero. When, however, it is our digital depth recorder and we are sailing along at 5 or so knots, panic is a better description of how we were feeling!
Yesterday was another day full of firsts for us. We headed out for a sail with our daughter Cass and her boyfriend to an area we had never sailed before. We also had our big Genoa up and that is the first time Rebecca and I had used it on our own. The area we were cruising to has numerous very shallow areas that we needed to navigate through and around. This is very different from where we had been sailing all last season.
Originally intending to anchor off the western end of Simcoe Island, when we arrived we found the wind direction made that unsuitable. A quick check of the charts and we made the decision to move around to the other side and anchor in Sand Bay on Wolfe Island. What is it about Murphy’s Law… by the time we arrived there the wind had clocked 180˚! Oh well… it would have to do. We weren’t planning on spending the night there anyway.
The anchorage is very cool and has a big wind farm towering over us. The water was shallow and clear and we could see the bottom. Our friends on Pirate Jenny arrived a short time later and rafted up to us (another first). We were happy to help celebrate their son’s engagement with some Champagne (two days in a row) on our tramp! Thanks for including us guys.
With the sun getting lower in the sky we all decided to head back. That is when we experienced the above mentioned depth issues. A quick tack saved us from any damage but it was definitely not pleasant. The day ended well with us arriving back at the dock just before nightfall. We’re looking forward to having several more day trips with our friends and relatives before we take off.