Summer Disc Golf Cruise and Catalina Rendezvous,
|Bling and Count Ferrari in Telegraph Harbor with Jah Mon behind.|
|Bling checking the charts and Washburne's tables.|
|The route of the Mighty Jah Mon for the entire trip. Roughly 130 nm. over 8 days.|
|Red is motoring and green is sailing. This is our route from Anacortes, |
clearing at Bedwell, and then finishing at Ganges on Saltspring Island.
About 50 miles.
|Clearing Customs at Bedwell Harbor. 3 phones to a central|
office and a manned (this time) local station for the inspectors.
Note: The fellow in the orange tee shirt is Captain Dave Sterns
who was my watch Captain on the 1998 Vic Maui Race.
|The Blinster wondering just how he has sunk so low in|
his cribbage skills. It must have been the salt in the popcorn.
|Note the foot print. Someone wearing that shoe size put it|
on the not dry varnish. Who could have done that?
|The inner harbor at Ganges on the Public Wharf.|
|The Count is showing his score with his sign language. Neg 7 ties his personal best. |
This is a great fun course, just a 5 minute walk from the dinghy dock in Ganges.
Anchoring technique note:
When anchoring in a known mud port, be sure and take your time when leaving. Take UP some of the chain. Then get the boat ready and by the time you are ready to go most of the chain will be cleaned naturally by just getting it off the bottom. One may need to repeat this process if anchored real deep but this technique greatly reduced the amount of mud brought in on the chain. One needs to keep an eye on things at this point if the anchor releases early but with an all chain rode, mud can be a problem coming into the boat.
|It was difficult to get a shot of all the Catalinas. The docks were very nice as was the staff at Telegraph Harbor Marina.|
|Simon passing out wine for all. What a day!|
|Group snacks provided by all. Some really tasty stuff showed UP!|
(Catalina has built many different sizes, below are the sizes that showed UP.)
|The START with starter Simon Cox. Note the blindfolded rowers.|
|The TURN and only mark on the course.|
|Note the white water generated by the frantic oar work!|
|The FINISH or the next start. Very crowded either way for blinded rowers.|
Small World Note:
The Countess and myself had taken a trip to Scotland for September 2010, as we were talking with Ralph and Trish aboard their magnificent 470 they were commenting on seeing the Antiques Roadshow at the Blair Atholl Castle near Pitlochery. For the readers of this blog, it will take no leaping feat of memory to know that we too were there that day! We all found that remarkable.
Some holes are killer long with rises in elevation. Some are shooting blind through many trees. All are fun. There are tournaments held here by the locals that attract over 200 players for a given day.
This course is spoken of in reverent tones of voice through out the disc world in southern BC. For those going in by boat to Port Browning like us, there is a one hour hike UP to the course and a just short of an hour down. This can be mitigated by taking a taxi for $15 (for as many in your party as you have for the one price) and the local island taxi is a Lexus RX 350h that was new in 2009. Pretty styling!
|Bling trying to make sure he doesn't go left! One can see the target , a pipe with red stripes, hanging just to the right of the baby Douglas Fir tree. He sank the putt for a par. All holes are played for a 3 par.|
Weather: Bits of clouds, 6-9k wind on the nose to start going to on the nose with current on the nose to finish. Temps in the low 70s.
|Note: The current was totally against us as we neared Friday Harbor so we sucked over to the edge of the water and tried to dodge some of it and it allowed us to gain on those boats in the middle.|
Thank you to the readers and others:
For those who managed to doggedly pursue every last golden nugget of word smithing on display here. I give condolences and thanks. If you have a boat, look for any excuse to get out and use it. If you don't, find someone who has one and buy them a treat and suggest going out. Most boats need crew and I am very happy that Blingster can come out with me so thanks to him too!
The McGuffin this trip was to the rendezvous for all Catalinas. It was my first and not my last. There is evidence in my previous blogs of an All C-42 rendezvous in May and another one is coming in September which I am planning on attending down in Pouslbo, near Seattle. Thanks to the organizers of all of these events.
Finally, Thanks to any reader who can leave a comment on what was deemed worthy in this blog!