Sailing CSV Vitae

Gananoque to Rochester Yacht Club

Sticking closer to home this year, we planned to circumnavigate Lake Ontario in a clockwise direction. Our first leg brought us to Henderson Bay, then Sodus Bay and finally Rochester. Here we were happily stuck for a long weekend after our trusty old Volvo Penta had died just 5 miles west of Sodus.

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Brockville Tall Ships Festival ‘22

There’s nothing better than a sailing trip with good friends! Our weekend included some engine troubles, Tall Ships and a hover craft. There was great music and food, an interesting town to explore and even a meet up with some friends on their way south. These are the makings of a perfect Long Weekend.

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Little Bluff, Prince Edward County

The weather was looking good, so we decided to take a short trip from Gananoque through Kingston to Little Bluff south of Waupoos Island (Prince Edward County). A dinghy trip along the shore of Long Point with a stop at the most western point of PEC and the Point Traverse Lighthouse was a great little…

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

No, we did not take our boat down south yet, but we finally got the chance to reschedule our flights to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to visit with our dear friends Rob and Monica. Originally, we had been ready to go in March 2020 – but of course, Covid hit and that was that.…

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Killarney Bay

Killarney was next on the list and we wanted to spend a bit more time close to the little town and its gorgeous white mountains. Then we would go on to Tobermory where the crew of “Foghorn Lullaby” joined us for a weekend at Cove Island.

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Eastern North Channel of Georgian Bay

This was our first introduction to the North Channel. Finally, we were going to be close to Killarney. Interior canoeing was our first love, and we have spend many weeklong trips circumnavigating the killarney provincial park.

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Lake Huron, Ontario’s West Coast

This section of the trip was truly a highlight for us as we had passed by everything when we moved Vitae down to Lake Ontario, on our 40 hour trial by fire sail from Wiarton to Sarnia. Now we had the time to visit little hamlets like Bayfield and especially Port Elgin

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Windsor to Sarnia

Leaving Lake Erie’s west end we entered the Detroit River, passed through Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River to finally get to the clear blue waters of Lake Huron.

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Lake Erie North Shore

Heading off into Lake Erie we were a bit concerned about the length of the lake, how we would break it up, and how to avoid the often choppy conditions found here…

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The Welland Canal (Upbound)

The Welland Canal is always a challenge, and while we have come down the Canal a few years ago we have always been told that going up is far worse due to turbulence created…

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North Shore Lake Ontario

Our trip across the north shore of Lake Ontario included stops in Cobourg, Whitby, an anchorage in Toronto’s Outer Harbour and a crossing to the entrance of the Welland Canal at Port Weller via a stop over at Port Dalhousie in St. Catherines.

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The Murray Canal

After an overnight stay on the docks in Trenton, we spent the morning scrubbing the decks and generally cleaning up. This was the first really thorough clean of the decks this year and took us a couple of hours. So nice to have it ship shape again.

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Inside Passage

The inside passage is often used by pleasure craft to avoid the larger waves around the outside of Prince Edward County. As we were expecting some stronger seas, we decided to do this route over a couple of days. It had been a few years since we had sailed this area and we had some…

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Our Trip to the North Channel begins…

This is our shake-down cruise in more than one sense: It’s our first trip as gainfully retired, and it’s going to be our longest sailing adventure in both mileage and time. We will be gone until at least mid August.

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Launch Spring 2021

This was Launch Day May 22, 2021 at 1pm at Iroquois Marine Services. We have always dreaded the departure from this spot due to the shallow and lengthy cut we must navigate to get to the St. Lawrence River.

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