Homeward Bound

Monday, August 5, 2013

We left Dunkirk, New York this morning and did a marathon run to Geneva State Park, Ohio.

We left the dock at 6:15 in the morning and were able to have a brisk sail until 9:30 a.m. We did some motor-sailing after that then furled our sails and motored the rest of the way. After 16 hours on the water, over 83.8 nautical miles, we arrived at our destination in the dark at 10:15 p.m.

Rick did a great job of navigating into the marina and docking under the beautiful stars.

It was a good, long day and we were very tired when we hit the sack right after we settled in.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

At 6:25 this morning, after showering and fueling up at the diesel pumps, we were sailing toward our next destination, Pelee Island, 78 nautical miles away.

Actually, we started out heading toward Cleveland, Ohio, but we got the bug to get closer to home so we decided en route to make the run for Canada, hoping to avoid the storms that were predicted for the afternoon.

As it turns out, this was a good decision. The south winds were perfect for sailing and we were going from 5 to 7 knots under sail until about 1:50 in the afternoon. This brought us 44 nautical miles closer to our destination, then we motor sailed for a while. Later it started to rain and we lost the wind so we took the sails down. Thankfully, we didn’t get the storm that was predicted.

While sailing in the morning the auto pilot wouldn’t work due to the choppy wave conditions. Rick had to actively steer for hours, correcting constantly for all the twists and turns that Guinevere was making. I tried to help but under the fast and bumpy conditions, I didn’t have the confidence to steer the boat, so Rick was left to do all the work except when he needed to use the head or check the charts. This made for a very long day for him.

We got to Pelee Island, a 78 nautical mile trip, while there was still sunlight at 7:30 p.m. Rick was feeling satisfied about his navigation and I was very proud of him.

We were super tired and ready for a break tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

As much as we’d like to get home, and there are only about 30 more nautical miles of sailing until LaSalle, we had to wait out some expected storms here on Pelee Island for today.

Pelee Island is known for its bikable roads, so it was a pleasure to ride around here.

After breakfast on the boat, we went to a little bakery for a coffee. The strangest thing happened. Rick noticed a guy was wearing a shirt advertising the New York 5 Boroughs Bike Event that we’ve done so he asked him about it. I wondered if he and his wife had done the Tour Detroit, so I asked the couple if they lived in the area.

Here’s how the conversation went after that:
Me to woman: “You look familiar. Are you a teacher for the GECDSB?”
Woman: “No.”
Man responding to question about where they live: “We live in Belle River.”
Me: “We used to live in Puce. On the East Puce Road.”
Man: “We live at 243 East Puce Road.”

They are the people who bought our house 11 years ago!

We had a really good chat and caught up on news about our old neighbourhood. Donne and Erin are still enjoying and appreciating the house. It was so strange to meet up at a remote café on an island away from home. A happy coincidence!

Later in the day, after it stormed for a while mid-day, we took another bike ride to the old lighthouse.

It is our 37th anniversary today. We are going to go out for a bite to eat at a restaurant that is in a bed and breakfast place nearby.

I’ll post this blog now. I have some good lighthouse pictures that I’ll incorporate here after I get home. (Did I mention that I’m looking forward to playing with my pictures?)

We hope to leave tomorrow for our final leg to home. Strong north winds are predicted which will cause a choppy ride. We’ll batten down the hatches before we leave!

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2 Responses to Homeward Bound

  1. Carol Anne Winters says:

    Lookin forward to both of you being home! What an Adventure you have had!!!
    Love Carol

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