Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday July 23, 2014
All day Tuesday, and until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, we hunkered down in Tobermory because of high winds and expected isolated thunderstorms. This forced respite from travel gave us a chance to relax and enjoy the touristy, nautical town.
The town and life of Tobermory is basically centred on their large harbour. There is always a hubbub of marine type activity including pleasure boating and cruising, fishing, diving, tour boating to Flower Pot Island and the Fathom Five Islands, and glass bottom boat riding over some of the many shipwrecks in Georgian Bay. The Chi-Cheemaun ferry also goes back and forth from the dock in Tobermory to Manitoulin Island so it is loading and unloading cars and passengers all day.
During our stay we took walks around the town to do people watching, town watching, and boat watching. We provisioned with fresh fruit and vegetables at the local Foodland store. We took a walk down the forested path where the Bruce Trail begins/ends. I did some creative cooking and we enjoyed some meals in the cockpit with Tobermory life going on all around us in the harbour.
I also had a chance to take photos:
We knew that the winds were supposed to abate somewhat in the afternoon on Wednesday. For a little adventure and to save some money we planned to make a 3 nautical mile trip to a little harbour on Cove Island to anchor for the night before leaving for Killarney Thursday morning. Just as we were getting ready to leave our dock, we talked to a group of people coming south on their sailboats. They had stayed at another island 4 hours/20 nautical miles away the night before called Club Island. By the way, these people just happened to be friends with Fred and Lori that we had met in Bayfield.
We left the Tobermory harbour and noticed that, although it was wavy, the winds weren’t too bad and we could comfortably make the longer trip to Club Island and save ourselves some travel time Thursday. That’s what we did.
We left Tobermory at 2:20 p.m. and arrived at Club Island at 6:00 p.m., motoring all the way. By 6:10 we were comfortably anchored and set for some R & R. We had traveled 21 nm. By the time we set the clock for 6:00 a.m. and went to bed at 9:30, there were 3 other boats bobbing with us in the anchorage.
Next stop, the North Channel.