Ships Log August
11 - 12, 2005
left Mac at 10:00 AM and sailed around the east end of the island to see
Rock from the water. It was a seven-hour
sail to the village of Detour,
time we were in Detour was 10 years ago when we were inexperienced in voyaging.
It was a cold and stormy night. (geeezeee-admin.)
We were sailing the little Windsong up the narrow channel between Detour
and Drummond Island to seek shelter from the storm. Visibility was near
zero in the driving rain. We were looking for the marina and the soggy chart
indicated unlit Frying
Pan Island very near
by, but we could not see it.
warning, a ferryboat
left the near shore and charged into our
path. While we desperately worked to avoid the ferry and the invisible island,
Rana noticed new lights in the channel where there were none before. They
were very high off the water. They belonged to a giant freighter bearing
down on us. A number of choices were presented; all of them seemed to lead
to disaster. We chose the risk we could not see and edged away from the
ships and toward the island. It was the correct decision since we are here
to tell the tale.
lessons were learned that night: you are at risk in strange congested
areas in poor visibility without radar. We love our new radar. Where ferry
crossings are marked, assume they will charge out without any horn signal.
When in freighter lanes, keep a constant watch for their lights. This time,
as we approached Detour in the bright sunlight, we were able to easily find
all of the obstacles that menaced us that night.
Log August 11-12 2005
we just put 50 hours on our newly rebuilt engine, we spent the early morning
changing the oil.
Detour at 10:30 AM and headed for Meldrum, Ontario on Manitoulin
is the largest freshwater
island in the world and will be our first port on foreign soil.
the Canadian border at 1:00PM and hoisted the Canadian courtesy flag on
the starboard spreader. It rose with our Seven Seas Cruising Association
ago, we arrived at Meldrum Bay and cleared Customs with a simple telephone
call. It is now a different world and times have changed. We anchored at
Meldrum at 5:30PM and rowed ashore and immediately called customs on the
provided direct line. We were instructed to bring our boat to the dock and
await Customs Officers. Without going into details, let's just say they
were very through in their search and finished after 8:00PM. We were issued
a four month CANPASS. You can obtain such a pass in advance on the Internet,
but you still must undergo a Customs interview and search.
a celebratory dinner of delicious fresh Lake Huron Whitefish at the Meldrum
Bay Inn. The owners, Jay and Lee Niver recently
bought the 103-year-old inn and have established a well-deserved reputation
for a pleasant atmosphere and good food. Jay is a former journalist from
Ohio and Lee is a psychologist from South Africa.
a rainstorm and cool weather blew into Meldrum and we set off for Gore