Wednesday, July 24, 2012
At 7:30 a.m. we were on the water and heading 25 nautical miles to the town of Belleville.
We are still traveling in the beautiful, meandering Bay of Quinte which is on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. The winds weren’t very cooperative and we were limited in our tacking options due to some narrow buoyed channels so, altogether, we sailed about 5 miles and motored the rest of the way.
We arrived at Belleville at 2:30 p.m. after an enjoyable time on the water.
We checked in at the very nice municipal marina then took our bikes to do some exploring of the town. The main street is close to the marina. We sifted through used books at a book store and Rick bought the classic sailing book by Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone Around the World. I got a couple books by the Canadian author, Jane Urquhart.
We worked up a bit of an appetite so we stopped at a little seafood restaurant for some seafood chowder. According to the Ports book, the restaurant won an award for this soup. After trying it, Rick said that there mustn’t have been much competition at the contest and I agree.
We decided this afternoon that we will be moving on to Cobourg tomorrow.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
The water was like glass when we left Belleville at 8:20 this morning. We knew that we would be motoring but we weren’t too disappointed because it was so beautiful on the water.
After travelling up the Bay of Quinte for a while we arrived at the mouth of the bay, the Murray Canal. The canal was pretty well straight away. There are two turning bridges along the canal that are turned by attendants. When we saw a bridge ahead we contacted the attendant by VHF radio. At the second bridge we had to pay the toll. I had to laugh…the attendant came out of the control station holding a stick with a copper bowl attached crudely to the end of the stick. He held it out to our passing boat and I put the $5.00 into the cup.
After the Murray Canal we entered Lake Ontario proper. It was a beautiful day and the lake was gorgeous. Enough favourable wind came up so we could sail for a couple hours at 5 to 6 knots.
After travelling 41.7 nautical miles, we got to Cobourg in the late afternoon and decided to anchor in the bay next to the municipal marina instead of docking. For a very reasonable $12.00 daily fee we are able to use all of the facilities of this modern, clean facility. This gives us the best of both worlds. We prefer to be on the hook but we can still dock our dinghy at the marina, use the washrooms and showers, access the internet, etc.
After settling in a bit we went for a walk on the main street of Cobourg, King Street. We were really impressed by this beautiful, historic little town. We had a bite to eat at a little organic, vegetarian restaurant.
We went back to our sailboat and enjoyed watching lots of small boat activity in our little bay. There were lots of kayaking clubs and dragon boats practicing.
We headed to bed after an interesting day on the water and in town.
Friday, July 27, 2013
This morning we decided to stay in Cobourg because the next port, Whitby, has a Harbour Festival this weekend and Toronto, the following port, has a Jazz Festival. The marinas will be busy so we decided to stay put even though the weather is nice for sailing.
We spent the day exploring Cobourg some more. There is a long sandy beach and a big park with a bandstand right near the marina. We went for a coffee at a coffee shop on the main street. Rick got some advice about his chart plotter at a chandlery in town.
While I was writing my blog, my computer went kaput. I’m going to use Rick’s computer now until I get home. The most frustrating thing about this situation is that I’m afraid that I lost all of my picture files of my vacation for the last couple weeks. I backed up my photos to my external hard drive until we were at Beaurivage. Rick says that a computer tech may be able to retrieve my picture folder but until I try to retrieve the pictures, I’m really disappointed that I may have lost so many beautiful macro photos. Also, I’m not set up to edit and organize my photos on this computer so I may not be adding as many pictures to my blogs for now. I’m still taking pictures so I hope to add them at a later time. Oh well.
In the evening we headed into town to check out the nightlife a bit. The King George Hotel is an inn and restaurant that used to be a jail until the 1990’s. It’s a bit creepy but interesting. We also sat in on a folk guitarist/singer’s session at the Daizeze restaurant where we had our vegetarian meal yesterday.
It was a gorgeous night for the short dinghy ride to Guinevere and the end of another great day.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
The wind was picking up and storms were predicted for later in the day so early this morning, after our showers, we brought up the anchor, headed into the marina, got fuel and a pump out, and then took a secure dock for the night. By 9:00 a.m. we were relocated and eating oatmeal and toast in the cockpit.
We went to the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market behind the town hall and got lots of organic vegetables and some bread. After that we took a long walk to a book store that was out of the main business section of town. We came back to the sailboat and I made lunch with our fresh salad ingredients.
In the afternoon we went back for a stroll on the main drag and had a coffee at an outdoor table. The storm that was predicted this morning hit hard in the late afternoon and we were able to enjoy it, cozily tucked in to our little home on the water.
In the evening we went for another walk around the marina and at the beach. There is a lot of positive energy at this place and it’s a pleasure to be a part of it.
This brings me to writing this blog right now. We are setting the clock for 6:30 a.m. so we can head out early tomorrow morning if the storm front has passed. Our destination is Ashbridges Bay in the Beaches area of Toronto, or Whitby if we have to stop early.
Time to hit the sack after another wonderful summer day on Guinevere.