Log August 20, 2005
We left Tobermory at
dawn and again set out for Lake Huron and Kincardine, Ontario. The conditions
were slightly milder that our last attempt, but they soon deteriorated to
cloudy, stormy and blustery.
We sailed on a close
reach for 12 hours, arriving at Kincardine just before dusk. The rain stopped
as we sailed into the harbor and the Harbormaster told us why, "It never rains
on the Parade."
We could hear the haunting
strains of a bagpipe in the distance. It seems that every Saturday at sunset
the entire town turns out to watch and march in the Bagpipe Parade. We simply
had to join in the fun along with many hundred townsfolk.Next
weekend, is the grand finale with piper bands from all corners invited to
participate resulting in a march or up to 10,000.The
rain resumed after the parade.
The local piping tradition
harkens back to 1856 when Donald Sinclair and his family from Scotland were
taking passage on a schooner to Kincardine in extremely poor conditions and
zero visibility. The Captain could not find the port. Sinclair brought his
bagpipe on deck and began to play a lament. A local in the harbor heard the
pipes and answered playing the same lament on his pipes. Captain was able
to pilot the craft to the safe harbor.
Lighthouse photos through out our site are
of ones we passed and relied on for safe navigation.