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Straight to her arms, I’ll go sailing…

Having written the Basic Cruising exam last night, and with the sailing season coming to an official close this weekend, I thought it’d be a good time to do one final sailing post for this year.

(Just so you know, I’m probably lying about this being the last one for the year.)

We’ve been out on the Ottawa River close to a dozen times in the last few weeks — by ‘we’ I mean myself and BogMan (as you can see by the pictures), along with some combination of The Grabber, Righteous Guy, Kamelot, Happy Phantom, and another buddy who actually isn’t registered on this blog (gasp!).

So far, we’ve done a pretty good job of maneuvering around the river — we’re now pretty familiar with Lac Deschenes (from frequent sailing out to Blueberry Reef), and although my initial excitement for Aylmer Island was often stymied, we’re pretty good at making it out there now. We’ve even once made it out to the Port-of-Call Marina (‘course, only because we couldn’t find Pinhey Point). And I haven’t dropped anything new into the river!

Our last day of sailing was a lot of fun, but there were a few moments that were more exciting than I was entirely comfortable with (apparently 30 knot gusts don’t make for calm sailing). All in all, I’m pretty convinced that this is a hobby that’s going to stick, so now I’m more obsessed than ever about finding a used boat to buy. So if anyone’s looking to sell a 25-ish foot sailboat with a large cockpit, wheel steering, and a road-worthy trailer for about $2000, give me a call… :-)

2 Responses to “Straight to her arms, I’ll go sailing…”

  1. Nice to see you’re enjoying yourself! Surprised to hear you couldn’t find Pinhey’s Point, it’s fairly hard to miss, in my recollection, it’s the tree-less grassy expanse of a hill descending down to the water, not far past Aylmer Island.

    So does this mean you’ll start racing next year??!!

  2. The only people I’m interested in beating in a race are typically on the boat with me… :-)

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