Friday, September 19, 2008

1000 Islands 2005 & The North Channel 2006

The first extended trip the kids did on Delmitch was 14 days in the 1000 Islands. For those of you not familiar with the area, the 1000 Islands area is located just east of Kingston, Ontario. The islands are actually on the St. Lawrence River.

The trip started with us trailering Delmitch to a marina in Bath , just west of Kingston.
Dave and Michelle Hinton, friends of our's from our liveaboard days in Stoney Creek own Loyalist Cove Marina .

We launched the boat from LCM and motored our way to the start of our vacation.

Apart from sailing, we spent our days swimming , exploring different islands and basically just enjoying the warm, clean water and great scenery.

If you go to the attached link you will find a slideshow of pics from that trip :

During this trip we managed to hook-up with some more sailing friends, Terry, Joy and Olivia Webster on board their CS36 Merlin "Ambassador". This was Terry's introduction to staying "on the hook", and by all accounts he loved it (Terry is a very experienced racer, we're getting him used to the slower, cruising side of sailboats!).

The following summer, 2006, we once again headed off for a family sailing adventure on Delmitch. This time we were off to the North Channel on Lake Huron. This involved a drive up the Bruce Penninsula (with a stop at a fishing camp in Wiarton now owned by our old cruising friends Terry, Kim and Bryn) to Tobermory. We then boarded the ferry "Chi-Chemaun" for the trip to Manitoulin Island. Once on the island we drove to a small town called Kagawan where we launched "Delmitch" and began a 15 -day trip.

Below you will find links to a photo slideshow .

Video of Mitchell after picking some blueberries on South Benjamin Island.