The temperature dropped overnight to about 14C so for the first time in this sailing trip, we had to add extra layers. It’s always cooler on the water plus the wind was still strong (although it had veered to the opposite direction during the night).
Today was a motoring day because we needed to navigate buoys from Presqu’ile Bay, through the Murray Canal, into the Bay of Quinte.
You need to be able to read the charts (maps) to understand which side of the buoys to avoid shallow water, rocks and weeds. You also need to know how to get safely in and out of harbours, and as you get closer to the St. Lawrence River, you need to know the direction and speed of currents and the schedule of tides.
Sailing is not just about putting up sails and heading off on the wind. There’s lots to know, always more to learn, and each day brings new challenges.
One advantage to motoring is you get to enjoy the scenery. The Murray Canal is a long narrow channel with two swing bridges.
We’d been told by friends that a man comes down as you pass by and collects the $5 fee by extending a basket out to the boat on a long pole. We didn’t get to see it though because the bridge is being replaced and was wide open.
We followed the buoys into the Bay of Quinte, past Trenton and the airforce base, and saw the search and rescue aircraft practicing manoeuvres over the water.
Tonight we’re in Belleville and it’s another chilly one. A pleasant treat after so many sweltering days in the sun.