Monday, July 14, 2014
We were totally pumped up and ready for our 5 week sailing holiday when we left Riverside Marina, our home port in Windsor, this morning at 6:15 a.m.
The weather was beautiful for traveling and, although we motored or motor-sailed all day, we had a great trip to Sarnia.
It took us almost 11 hours, until 5 p.m. to arrive and tie up at the Lake Huron Yachts marina. Guinevere, our Ontario 32 sailboat traveled somewhere between 5.5 knots to 6.7 knots all day but with the current running against us 1 to 4.2 knots, with the strongest currents near where Lake Huron runs into the St. Clair River, our speed was actually much slower over ground.
Two years ago Rick and I took the same trip up to Sarnia and eventually to the North Channel. We were on our first sailboat, Breaking Wind, a 25 foot C & C. We loved that boat but she just wasn’t up to keeping us comfortable for such an extensive cruise. Sailing today on Guinevere was so much easier for us and I’m really appreciating the upgrades. Improvements: This boat has refrigeration, a 2 burner propane stove and oven, a proper head, standing room for Rick, and a heck of a lot more storage and sleeping space. Also, Guinevere has a very efficient, quiet diesel engine. Poor Breaking Wind needed constant topping up with gas on the go and the fumes were really bad.
We stayed pretty close to the American side of the river and I really enjoyed the scenery all day (other than when I had my 2 hour nap). There was a mix of cottages, mansions, beaches, and industrial factories. I used to be afraid of traveling so close to the freighters but I found them interesting today.
So, we have completed our first leg of the trip. It is 8:05 p.m., we’ve just come back from a walk to the Watermark restaurant where we had pizza for dinner and Rick is heading to bed. It won’t be much longer before I call it a day, too.
Tomorrow we head to Bayfield. The weather forecast calls for favourable sailing winds so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.