Our Sailing Experience
Here’s a timeline of our sailing adventures and boat purchases over the years.
Foghorn Lullaby Sailing Log
We stumbled across the Peterborough Yacht Club on Clear Lake. We joined, fell in love with sailing, and spent our summers learning to sail dinghies.
The club provided Albacores, Lasers and Optis for use by club members. It was a small and gusty lake, we spent as much time in the water as we did in the boats. Some fantastic members dedicated to dinghy sailing, including an older talented couple that were pro Albacore sailors, Yanna and Jiri Spirk. Their son, Richard Spirk, also was amazing to watch on a Laser in all kinds of weather.
Successful completion of Sail Canada’s Basic Cruising Standard.
This is one of the entry level courses in the series of Sail Canada courses on sailing keelboats and on cruising. It
develops the student’s ability to take command of and operate (with assistance of competent crew) an auxiliary
powered sailing vessel, by day, in light to moderate conditions. Basic boating skills are developed under sail and
power with a focus on operation of the vessel as both crew and skipper. Individuals with minimal practical on water
experience should consider completing the Start Keelboat Sailing standard before attending for this training.
This course introduces the operation of a cruising keelboat both as a powered vessel and as a sailboat. Terminology
used in describing the boat and on water activities is taught and used throughout the course. Practical topics under
power include simple maneuvering skills as well as departure from and return to dock. Basic sailing skills are
developed including sail selection, the use and positioning of sails to provide propulsion, and the operation of the
vessel with crew. Required and recommended safety equipment is discussed as is the handling of emergencies that
might be encountered while day sailing. The basic rules for avoiding collision with other vessels are explained and
this information is applied during the practical sessions. The meaning of weather forecasts is clarified and the impact
of weather on vessel operation, crew behavior, and on water activities is discussed. The curriculum includes an
elementary introduction to the Canadian navigation system and to the basic use of charts and tide and current tables.
The program may be offered in a day sailing or live aboard format. It is envisioned that the day sailing format will
be taught in not less than 27 hours of which at least 18 hours should be devoted to practical sessions on water. In a
live aboard format the course may be offered over a period of 4 or more days. A challenge of the standard may be
accomplished in a minimum of 4 hours afloat plus completion of the written examination.
To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters
with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.
Successful completion of Sail Canada’s Coastal Navigation.
Now broken up into Basic Coastal Navigation and Intermediate Coastal Navigation Standards.
Obtained Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate, Maritime with DSC endorsement.
We buy our first sailboat without a plan on where we were going to store it or how we were going to transport it.
We now have a way to tow our Macgregor.
We trailer our boat to Lakefield Marina on the Otonabee River (Trent-Severn Waterway) near Lock 26.
We pack up the boat with our kids, and the dog, for a family trip up the Trent-Severn waterway to Burleigh Falls.
We trailer our boat to Gananoque and spend seven days in the Thousand Islands.
This marks the end of our first season with our Macgregor. We pull our boat out onto her trailer and store her for the winter.
WE move our boat to Lake Ontario and launch at her new home in Cobourg, ON.
We spend the summer living on the boat while the kids take sailing lessons at the Cobourg Yacht Club.
We spend eight days sailing to Picton and back to Cobourg again. Visiting various spots along the way.
We use the boat ramp in Cobourg to haul our boat out for the winter.
The Macgregor 26x has gone to a loving new family.
After months of searching and almost giving up on finding a decent sailboat we found Dionysus.
Dionysus is launched from Bluffers Park Marina and we take her to her new home in Cobourg, ON.
Our second visit by boat to the Thousand Islands, and our first long trip on our new CS34.
We traveled west on Lake Ontario from Cobourg to Toronto. Several interesting stops along the way and we were very nervous about navigating the busy Toronto harbour!
Our first time hauling out our CS34 we were nervous and unsure what to do. Taking the mast down seemed like such an impossible feat. Wiggers Custom Yachts took great care of us and made this way easier than I ever expected.
Name changed from Dionysus to Foghorn Lullaby and first time going through all the recommission steps on our own. Launched from Wiggers Custom Yachts.
We spend a few days travelling East to Trenton and then back to Cobourg.
We return to Trenton, this time with family and two boats, continue on to Belleville and then back to Cobourg.
It’s the end of the season again. Wiggers Custom Yachts takes great care of us again.
Government of Ontario declares emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). Effectively shutting down all access to marinas.
With limited access to marina we debated not even launching this year. Fortunately things opened up. There were a lot of restrictions, but we felt self isolating on the boat was safe.
It’s been over two years since we’ve been able to get back to our favourite place to sail and anchor, the Thousand Islands. It was just as beautiful and amazing as last time.
Posts from this trip:
- Preparing for our trip
- We are heading out today!
- Cobourg to Waupoos 2020
- Waupoos to Kerr Bay Chicken Jibe
- We made it to the Thousand Islands
- Exploring Gananoque and Leek Island
- Exploring the Wandering Channel
- Gananoque Marina
- Creating a New Sailor
- Anchored at Sugar Island
- On our own in the Thousand Islands
- I’m no longer allowed to make judgment calls about weather
- Waupoos Estates Winery
- Little Bluff Park and Lost in the Dark
- Hiding from the storm in Belleville
- Heading home through Murray Canal
We take Foggy to Loyalist Cove in Bath, ON for haul out. Friends warned us that the entrance to Wiggers Custom Yachts hasn’t been dredged and they are having to drag boats into the lift sideways to get them in.
Right before haul out, we finally had our solar installed on the boat. Finding an arch solution was difficult. We finally went with a local welder with experience with stainless to create a custom solution for us.
We have our last sail of the season and take three days to go from Cobourg to Loyalist Cove.
Story: Last Sail of the Season
The logistics for moving our cradle, renting a van, and transporting ourselves to the three different marinas was difficult to plan out.
Helped our friends aboard SV Vitae transit the Welland Canal from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie.
- Guests to Kingston
- Grandson in Gananoque
- Time on our own in Kingston