Log Book: Port Credit - Toronto Islands - August 26, 2003
Today is the day. We have finally untied from the Port
Credit Harbour Marina dock and left off the safety of the home port.
We also left our car behind which meant no more quick access to
parts and supplies. Leaving was a bit stressful. We were anxious
to take off after a week of delay but still it was a bit nerve wracking.
GPS didn't work but we quickly found all it needed was new batteries.
Thank God that was it. We had major electrical storm right above
our heads last night and I quite frankly was worrying about the
few electronics we have.
Wind was blowing big time. In fact severe thunderstorm
warning was in effect over nearly all GTA so I was quite nervous
having to start our trip in these conditions. Our plans were to
go only to Ashbridges Bay which was only the other side of Toronto,
some mere 13 nm but still... I guess we were just plain nervous
to leave it all behind.
There were only handful of boats even though conditions
were actually getting much better. Waves were making Johannes a
bit sick but otherwise it was a great sailing. While rounding Toronto
Islands we came across something very peculiar. Several pilot boats
were sweeping the lake with some nets or something else with white
buoys every couple of meters stretched between these four or five
boats across few miles long. Before we noticed this operation we
were going dead head on on these nets. We came about and run away
from these tugs but close enough to see if we can squeeze in between
them and the shore but it looked pretty tight and we had to keep
our distance because they were booting towards us and whole lake
was pulverized with waves.
We decided to go in through the islands instead by
the way of Western Channel. Had we have the charts we could actually
make some half educated decisions on the course of action, but we
didn't. I can see you all, my sailing friends tuning your heads
with disapproval. Yes I admit it. We are going to Oswego with no
charts, just list of GPS positions. We are hoping to buy some used
charts from someone heading back or at some exchange in the marina
in Oswego. I think I have learned my lesson. With the chart I wouldn't
be half as nervous as I was today. All that aside we made nice mooring
inside TO islands and at 4:30pm we were already sizzling our favourite
We also mounted our fishfinder and plugged the boat
to the shore power. We decided to take it easy a bit and after some
cleanup we laid down. Johannes opened his gift package from Abigail
and was blown away by how special it (she?) was, or maybe it was
beer he was gulping down making him bit emotional? Either way we
would certainly miss our friends and this was just a prelude.
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