Whereas last season Rebecca and I stayed pretty close to home while sailing, so far this season we have been trying to challenge ourselves a bit more. After changing the oil in Katana’s two engines on Tuesday (the first time we have done that when the boat has been in the water), and completing an entire list of other chores, we headed out to Big Sandy Bay on Wolfe Island. After consulting our charts and the weather, we chose this anchorage as we thought that it would give us good protection from the forecasted NE winds. Did it? Um, no, not so much. In fact, it was quite a rough night, and the thunderstorm didn’t make it any better. We were the only boat in the huge anchorage though so at least we didn’t have to worry about swinging into someone else or having them drag and hit us!
The little oil-change pump that came with our boat works quite well!
Zig-zagging through markers. We found the smaller ones were sometimes quite hard to pick up at a distance, even with our binoculars.
One rough night was enough though so we again consulted our charts. The weather was predicting thunderstorms later in the afternoon and the ominous clouds in the sky offered some validity to the forecast. We decided to make a run for it though and head along the southern coast of Amherst Island to Waupoos, a fairly popular area destination. The calm before the storm was in full force though and the 2-3 knots of wind were right on the nose. That’s what we have engines for though, right? With the weather supposedly going to turn ugly we didn’t want to spend any more time in the middle of the lake than we had to so after getting by some shoals we cranked the engines up, set the autopilot and enjoyed the smooth ride (the lake was almost like glass).
Pigeon Island… one of several spots we needed to avoid on the way to Waupoos.
On the tramp while the boat steers on auto.
Trying to distinguish what those far-off pieces of land are.
Yes Mr. Coast Guard, we do have charts for the area, and we were looking at them!
The clouds behind us as we arrived in Waupoos.
Fortunately we could not hear the sheep from where we anchored.
The pretty little marina at Waupoos.
The ferry between Waupoos Island and the mainland. Um…. yeah.
Did I mention I suck at fishing? All I managed to catch is our rudder. Don’t ask!
Can you say H Y P O T H E R M I A ?
The weather was calling for light winds for our sail back, and it certainly started out that way. We were really tempted to try flying our spinnaker, another first for us, when the winds jumped to 10 knots. I guess the BIG sail will have to wait for another day!