Slips, Launch and Haul Update

Please make a note of launch and haul dates for 2018

Launch: First Saturday in May – May 5
Early Haul: First Saturday before the Thanksgiving weekend – September 29
Late Haul: Second Saturday after the Thanksgiving weekend – October 20

Cradles:
In the coming years we will be checking all cradles to verify their safety and compliance with our bylaws. An interesting historical story that was brought to my attention this fall: At one point there were cradles made with lumber at the club! Members were given a time frame of three years to obtain steel cradles.

Members of our team will be inspecting cradles prior to launch and tagging those requiring modifications. This coming year, we will be concentrating on a few specific issues.

By-Law 6.2.4 requires keel placement guides on cradles or trailers to facilitate boat placement without undue delay

By-Law 6.2.5 requires hull support pads to be self-supporting while the boat is being placed on the cradle or trailer. This is very important, as no one should be under the boat while it is in the hoist.

By-Law 6.3.6 requires boat name, bow, stern and owner identification markings

Please refer to the bylaws for clarification.

As well, this is a reminder of the requirement to have single 50-foot lines attached fore and aft to act as bow and stern lines during launch and haul. Lengths of line pieced together with knots are NEVER acceptable. The knots can catch on docks and indeed a few years ago a knot failed and one of our line handlers went for an involuntary swim!

You may be surprised to know that a few of our skippers can’t afford the capital expense of two 50-foot lines. I know, I know. Unbelievable. To that end I am asking you to search your garages, basements and cockpit lockers for spare lines to help these unfortunate souls. You may give these to any member of our team and we will make them available on launch day. Any boat without proper lines may be refused service.

In addition to the above, which was written in December, everyone should be aware that slip assignments will be made in the next week. All requests for slip assignment or re-assignment should be emailed to me. Terry Bell and I will use the “Slip Requests” page on the website as our resource for making slip assignments. If your name is on the Request List, there is no need to contact me and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Bruce Baker
Director
Slips, Launch and Haul

America’s Cup 2017 and Beyond

America’s Cup 2017 and Beyond - 

With 6 time America’s Cup Veteran Steve Killing.

Steve was a member of the Technical Race Management team for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda and will give us an insider’s perspective of the drama, the competitors and their designs.

$25 (no extra fees!) All proceeds to the Midland Bay Sailing School.

April 6, 2018 Doors 7 p.m. Start 7:30 p.m.

In Rotary Hall at the Midland Cultural Center 333 King St. Midland, Ontario

Tickets only available on-line at https://mbsc.ticketspice.com/ac2017

Trophies

Trophies

Albacore

Albacore

Basil Clark

Basil Clark

Bill Lanauze

Bill Lanauze

Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey

C&C Yachts

C&C Yachts

Centennial Cup

Centennial Cup

Chariot

Chariot

Dinghy Regatta Champ

Dinghy Regatta Champ

Founding Members Scroll

Founding Members Scroll

G.B.Y.R.U

G.B.Y.R.U

Georgian Bay Racing Union

Georgian Bay Racing Union

Go Man Yacht

Go Man Yacht

Hope Is A Fleet

Hope Is A Fleet

Hope Is C Fleet

Hope Is C Fleet

I. T. Weldon

I. T. Weldon

Inside Series A Fleet

Inside Series A Fleet

Inside Series B Fleet

Inside Series B Fleet

James Burt

James Burt

Junior Dinghy

Junior Dinghy

Life Members

Life Members

Lynda Zuidema

Lynda Zuidema

MBSC Club Champ

MBSC Club Champ

MBSC Executives

MBSC Executives

Midland Cup A Fleet

Midland Cup A Fleet

Midland Cup B Fleet

Midland Cup B Fleet

Penetang Bottling

Penetang Bottling

Pontiac Cup B

Pontiac Cup B

Pontiac Cup Overnighter

Pontiac Cup Overnighter

Silver Duchess

Silver Duchess

Spring Regatta

Spring Regatta

Tecumseth A Fleet

Tecumseth A Fleet

Tecumseth B Fleet

Tecumseth B Fleet

Tecumseth Centre

Tecumseth Centre

Terry Moss

Terry Moss

The Wagg Cup

The Wagg Cup

The Whole Hog

The Whole Hog

Wagg Outside

Wedeve Overall

Women Round

Women Round

Georgian Bay Regatta

 

 

Georgian Bay Regatta 2018

To all Georgian Bay Sailors:

Spring is nearly here, the snow is nearly gone, and it is time to make plans to join this summer's Georgian Bay Regatta! This year’s Regatta promises some great sailing on Southern Georgian Bay. Your GBR Committee has put together a very exciting regatta for 2018, with the 3 day Pre and the 4 day Classic events. This will be your sailing highlight of the year!

Please visit the following link for additional information including all of the registration details!

http://georgianbayregatta.ca

Also, we have some exciting news to pass along. Steve Killing, 6 time America's Cup veteran, is hosting an America's Cup talk on April 6. The event will take place at the Midland Cultural Centre at 7pm. There will be a live auction of America's Cup gear as well as other boating gear. All proceeds will be going to the Midland Bay Sailing Club's sailing school! Please visit the following link to preregister for your tickets. This is sure to be a sold out event! Get your tickets now!

https://mbsc.ticketspice.com/ac2017

 

Adamant 1: North Channel

This series of posts were written by Lynn and Pat Lortie of Adamant 1 and originally published in the Canadian Yachting Magazine monthly newsletter.

Adamant 1 has been doing a slow and lazy trip through the North Channel.  We have never had more than two weeks to visit before, so this year, with five weeks, we have been able to lay back and enjoy each anchorage for a couple of days. Ontario’s North Channel is full of bays and coves where you can drop an anchor and relax. Some anchorages are big and busy with lots of other boats, some are small and cozy and you can be alone. Always you will see the granite and quartz rocks rising out of the clear water, deep green pines and clear blue skies.  Add in the call of the loons and you are in sensory heaven!

The two main towns in the area are Little Current and Gore Bay. Both of these towns are well stocked for dealing with the hundreds of boaters that come through each summer. Living on the boat is easy, cheap and relaxing...all of the reasons we do it! We stay away from overnight dockage which is the biggest money drain.  Anchoring out is free! Our only expenses are food, fuel and pump outs. Okay.....and liquor and wine too! In both towns you will find everything you need to make your holiday aboard complete.  We even found a canvas person to repair our sail and found new oars for our dinghy.

 

Every morning at 9 am during July and August, Roy Eaton hosts the Little Current Cruisers Net on VHF channel 71. In addition to weather and news, he invites all boaters to check in with him.  Up to 150 boats may check in on a busy morning. We listen carefully as there are always other boats we are on the lookout for and once they check in with their location, it is easy to make arrangements to meet up with them. Roy has been doing this for 18 years now, and he is truly an ambassador for Manitoulin Island.  Thanks Roy. Once we know where our friends are, we can get together, go kayaking, or hiking as a group and just spend time with them. That part is important to us this year as we won’t see any of them until next summer.

Then it is off to the next destination to see what is new. In Heywood Island we came across a bald eagle's nest.  I was able to photograph him from out in the harbour with my zoom lens. Such a magnificent sight.  We found a small totem pole tucked into the trees on a deserted island, a huge fireplace sitting in a clearing by the shore where obviously there had once been a cottage. We sighted a forest fire about 300' up the side of one of the La Cloche mountains.  Again, with the zoom lens, we were able to capture the flames.  It took water bombers to put out the fire as it was too remote to bring in firefighters. We must have killed a thousand deer flies in one anchorage that were intent on draining our blood supply.  Our only choice was to put up the screens and spend the day below decks reading! Not a bad way to spend an afternoon when it is too hot to be outside. Did I mention I love being retired!

At the end of week 4, we began to make our way west. Our check in date to the US is August 15th so we have plenty of time to explore the islands west of Little Current. We had an amazing sail from Eagle Island to John Island in 35 km of breeze and our buddy boat recorded gusts up to 54.  We were in mostly protected waters so we didn't have any big seas to contend with but it was nice to see our destination, a small well protected cove, appear in front of us. Not an evening for tea for sure! Further on we met other friends and hiked our way up a hill to capture the view.  We left as a group and anchored in Turnbull Island where there were a number of boats we knew and many more we didn't.  So we had a pot luck supper on shore to meet them!  That's what we do up here....meet more and more friendly boaters. Boaters Helping Boaters is the motto here in the North Channel and every day you hear another story of a boat rescuing another boater who got in trouble. It is a small community and we all work together to help each other.

Today we are anchored in Thessalon, a lovely town about 3 hours from where we will check in to the US on Monday. We have left all of our friends and family behind and are about to embark on the next phase of our adventure.  Until next time..............

 

Adamant 1: Setting Sail

This series of posts were written by Lynn and Pat Lortie of Adamant 1 and originally published in the Canadian Yachting Magazine monthly newsletter.

Adamant 1 has finally shipped her dock lines and is on her way.  The last three months have been full of activity for us.  We have installed all new electronics (thank you Jack at RadioWorld for helping us!), new solar panels and charge controller, ICOM Automatic Identification System transceiver,  Raymarine inboard self-steering system, stainless steel lifelines and our pride and joy, a Lofrans electric windlass! Our son, Darren, was a godsend and did all the connections for us and even went up the mast three times to connect all of the antennas.  Slowly we have been learning how to work all the new equipment.  Everything is tied together electronically and with the learning curve ahead of us it might have been wise to bring our son along with us for the first little while! Adamant 1 also has a website, which needs to be kept updated. I had learned quite a bit about websites at Kerrwil, but looking after one on my own, offshore, without my trusty and helpful coworkers and my son to bail me out, this may be a challenge.  I can see many emails to my son for help! By the way, Automatic Identification System transceiver is a piece of equipment that will alert us to any vessels that may be on a collision course with us.  At the same time, it will alert them that we are there. Because all of our electronics are tied together, we can see the vessel in question on our chart-plotter.  By bringing the cursor over the triangle representing the vessel on the chart-plotter screen, we can identify the vessel by name, see its size, speed and course.  Then we can hail them on the VHF radio and talk to them directly. This is particularly necessary piece of equipment in the inland rivers where the commercial tows are frequent and often hidden by the curves of the river.  With this piece of equipment, we can see them well ahead of time and have time to move over for them. More about that in future blogs when we enter the river system.

We decided to rent our house, so that involved packing and moving everything to storage and moving aboard the boat at the same time. If I forgot something, I will buy a duplicate! On our last day ashore, we brought our trusty 12 year old car to the wreckers! We will need a new car when we return.

Paperwork was another issue that consumed a lot of time. We need a cruising permit to cruise in the US and that can be obtained by calling the US Coast Guard in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and have them send the application to us by email so we can fill it out.  I have a printer aboard, but I have yet to figure out how I will get the signed application back to them.  Maybe I can hire a fax machine somewhere in Little Current or Gore Bay. Once they have the application back, they will bring our permit to Drummond Island where we can pick it up when we check in. Vessels entering the US now require a ship's station license for the VHF. Navigating a government website is tedious at best and I was relieved a few weeks later to get the station license in the mail.  I guess I did something right! We also need a reciprocal license so we can use the HAM radio in the Bahamas.  For a small fee you get to be totally frustrated with the communications department in Nassau and eventually they send you a call sign valid for most of the time you won't be there! Once in Nassau, we will need to locate said office and repeat the procedure face-to-face to keep us legal! I will keep my cool, perhaps! Besides making sure our wills and Powers of Attorneys were all up to date, we arranged for blue water insurance for Adamant 1, changed to rental insurance for the house and the biggest challenge, out of country travel insurance. Now that we are over 60, the premiums for extended care rise dramatically.  We arranged with OHIP for the two year out-of-country coverage, but we still need supplemental coverage. It was a challenge to find decent coverage at a reasonable price.

So now we are at anchor at Heywood Island outside of Little Current.  We had an uneventful crossing of Georgian Bay (well, uneventful for us as we are used to big seas), and spent 4 days in the Killarney area before heading here. We are finally winding down and beginning to enjoy the trip. Until next time......