Thursday, July 24, 2014
The anchor held well during the night at Club Island but we bobbed in the wind quite a bit and there were lots of noisy vibration sounds coming from the anchor chain on the rocky bottom of the cove.
We left Club Island, heading to Killarney and beyond, by 6:35 a.m.
The wind was light and at 30 degrees so we motored right from the start. Closer to Killarney we did some motor sailing with the jib up. At 11:00 a.m., after 30 nautical miles, we made it into the harbour town of Killarney. The channel was filled with boat traffic. There were people circling the Sportsman Inn fuel dock when we got there. The people ahead of us said that they had been waiting to get a spot on the dock for a fuel up for an hour. It took us a half hour of puttering around the area to get our turn for a pump out and diesel.
We left Killarney at noon and arrived at our first North Channel anchorage, Covered Portage Cove, about an hour later. The first thing that Rick did after anchoring was to set up the dinghy. We’ll leave it assembled for the rest of our trip up here. We took two toots around the area today and stopped on some big granite and quartz rocks to relax and soak up the sun.
This is a popular anchorage and tonight there were 13 boats anchored with us in the inner harbour and we counted another 13 in the outer harbour.
Note: This is the first time that I can remember going all day without a shower and I’m still wearing the same clothes I wore yesterday! The weather has been cold since we left Windsor a week and a half ago. It is even colder now. We are getting nights in the low 50’s and daytime temps are in the mid to upper 60’s. The water temperature in Lake Huron was 68 degrees and in this bay it is 70 degrees. Usually when we anchor out we swim and soap up every day. I was just too cold today. Rick went for a swim and clean up but he has been the only person that I’ve seen in the water, brave soul. Tomorrow I’m planning to figure a way to rig up some kind of shower in the cockpit.
Tomorrow we plan to meet the couple from Lighthouse Cove, Fred and Lori, at an anchorage near here called Snug Harbour. They are the people we met at Bayfield.