Francois & Debbie

2009 Catalina 375 “Alizes”

Summer sailing on Lake Ontario

2011 started wet for most people up here around Lake Ontario but by July, things dried up to make it very enjoyable. As is to be expected, we had to sail upwind most days which gave us opportunities to practice our tacking technique.

Along the way from Whitby to Toronto, we diverted towards the shore to see a very unusual sight. Quite a number of very large kites were up near Ajax. We had never seen so many and so large.
Our next stop was on Toronto Islands at Queen City Yacht Club. We had seen the island from the Toronto waterfront but had never set foot on it. We spend about 5 days there, enjoying the beaches, boardwalk and quaint cottages. Only maintenance vehicles are allowed, no cars, which made for very nice walks and bike rides. The islands are a stones throw from downtown by ferry. On the one rainy day, we just crossed over and went shopping till late in the evening.

The harbour area can get really crowded on racing nights with numerous racers, 3 ferries, 3 yacht club launches, tour boats, etc. It does make for interesting crossings!
Port Credit Yacht Club was our next stop. Very nice club with a pool very much in use as the temperature soared to 38 deg C. Very unusual for us to get temperatures so far above 32C. The hot heat wave also caused gusty winds to 25 knots. We learned to furl early to save us some grief. It made for lively sailing as waves were only 2-3 feet.

Our trip was fairly short overall, only reaching Bronte Harbour Yacht Club, about 40 nautical miles from Whitby (not including tacking!). We found that sailing for hours on end is not really for us. We like to stop every five to ten miles. We did so very nicely, and plan on going further west next year.

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