Saturday, 18 July 2009

Dusty Goes Sailing

Well Dusty's holiday in Creston is coming to an end, so we thought it was time to get him out in the sailboat. The sun and temperatures were good, but how about that all important wind?

We load up our gear and snacks and head north to Kootenay Lake, just a short 15-20 drive to Kuskanook Harbour. While setting up the mast and sails the wind conditions look encouraging, excellent.

We launch and head west across the lake, then north. The wind is moving us across the water pretty good. The sun is quite warm, good thing we have the breeze to keep us somewhat cool. About 45 minutes later the wind dies down and after about 15 minutes of being dead in the water we are getting quite warm. Dusty decides that it is time for a dip and off the end of the boat he jumps. Just a little cool he says, yah right. As refreshing as it looks, Cheryl & I decided to stay in the boat. The wind is so very slight, but you can see that the boat is moving in the water, but it isn't tough at all for Dusty to catch us. I'm not sure how long he spent in the water, maybe 45 minutes, maybe a bit more.

Anyway, after Dusty is tired from the swim and still no wind, we decided to pack it in and head to shore. Thank goodness for the 2HP. Even though it wasn't the greatest sailing day it is always good to get out on the water. Now if those darn mosquitoes weren't so thick on shore.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Sandpoint Sailing

Today Louy and I were going to try a spot where I have been wanting to sail at for a while... Lake Pend Oreille
We headed for Sandpoint about 10 a.m. and as usual it was another hot, sunny day. I think the forecasters were calling for 32-34C that day. It turned out to be true. It was exciting when we pulled into the parking lot, quite a few boats trailers were sitting there and the beach had a pretty decent crowd already. Again, it was warm setting up the mast and sails and when we finally launched I had to reach for the cooler for a drink of water.

The winds were light, but good enough to scoot across the lake at least. After about an hour the winds died down and we were of heading to shore for a bite to eat when all of a sudden the wind picked up again. I think we sailed another hour and this time they died off and we were starving so we coasted into the beach area where a restaurant was located. It was nice to sit on the beach to eat and take in the sights. I still can't believe that I had raw tuna for lunch though. Anyway, after a couple of waters, lunch and a beer it was time to head back to the water, but now it really seemed hot. The nice thing was that the wind had picked up and we easily went 5-7 km NE across the lake. I thought we should head back just in case we lost the wind, but we didn't, so it was time for some practice turns. We probably got within 2 km of shore when the winds calmed down but we kept moving under sail at a slow pace. It was pushing 5 p.m. when we hit the marina so we figured that was a pretty good day and we pulled in. Tear down was mosquito less, but it was still extremely hot. We had to pull over to purchase a few ice cold drinks for the ride home.

A great day overall, better than yesterday thats for sure. Two hot days on the water means a couple of burnt out sailers haha.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

First sailing of the 2009 season

Finally! After much waiting and whining the first sailing has been completed. Louy came for a weekend visit so I had a sailing buddy.

Louy had a 5 hour drive to get to my place and I had the boat and everything pretty much ready when he arrived. It was too bad that I was sidetracked slightly at Home Hardware with a gabfest as that meant when I came home Louy was now waiting for me. Anyway, we hooked up the boat and headed to Kootenay Lake. It didn't take too long to get the mast and sails up, it was quite hot though, likely 29C. So when we finally got in the water, we were both pretty darn warm.

The winds were very light, which is nice for the first time out of the season. It is nice to make sure everything is working fine without having to worry about fighting high winds and waves. But these winds were a little bit too light. After a while they were pretty much non-existent. After sitting still in the water for about 10-15 minutes Louy said, crank up the motor and lets for a tour. So off we went up the east side of the lake and when we spotted Alan's cabin, we decided to beach the boat and stay for a short visit. Alan offered us a beer and we didn't quite get to finish it when the wind came up, so that was our signal to hit the water. The wind was perfect, so we headed back toward the harbour as we were about 4-5 km up the lake. Wouldn't you know it, we got about half-way back when the wind died again. We limped along for about an hour, the harbour was close, but we started the motor to get us in that last little bit.

Tear down was brutal as it was after 6 p.m. and the mosquitoes were extremely hungry. Needless to say the tear down was extremely fast, which was tough as the temperature was still quite warm. So you know what that means? A quick stop into the Sirdar pub for a cool one before heading home.

All in all, not a bad day, a little uneventful sailing wise though. At least it felt good to get on the water.