What is going on at Diamond Waters Sailing?
First, a big welcome to all new friends that have asked to be included on our email list. If you want to be removed, please let me know – we will weigh your anchor and you’ll be on your way.
We hope you all are managing this global pandemic safely and enjoying the summer with friends and family.
On June 25, Sue and her partner Stephen travelled to Kenjgewin Teg training centre at MChigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island to teach a PCOC course for 10 students. It was such a success that they were invited back July 16 to do it again. Miigwech (thank you) Joanna for the invitation and warm welcome.
Sue and Steph are training hard for the Wayfarer World Championship in Florida, March 2022. The Wayfarer is a 16 ft sailing dinghy and theirs is a classic woody with a cruising tent. With the lack of a regatta schedule due to Covid, you will find them sail camping on the shores of the bay this summer. After the Worlds, Sue intends to be focused on sail training with DWS.
On July 24, 25, I completed my Search And Rescue instructor training by teaching the 20 hour Phase One course of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in Parry Sound. I was on schedule to complete it in March 2020 when the shutdown began.
I had back surgery on July 28 and so far my recovery is going well. Big thank you to the team at Sunnybrook Hospital for the excellent care and heartfelt thanks for all your good wishes – it means a lot. One more hip replacement and I should be back in business, sailing with you in 2022.
If you have been following the Tokyo Olympics, you might know that Pan American Sailing Champion, Sarah Douglas from Burlington, placed sixth in Laser Radial class. It’s the best ever Olympic finish for a Canadian female sailor. Well Done Sarah! Tom Ramshaw from Toronto came in tenth in Finn class. Anyone representing Canada internationally is already a champion!
On August 7 from 10 am to 2 pm, there will be a flare disposal day at Sound Boat Works, 73 Emily Street, Parry Sound. This is a community volunteer service put on by the Parry Sound Unit of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. If you don’t know, old flares are very difficult to dispose of properly.
Finally, it’s a bit late in the season but we received the following notice about the south channel swing bridge.
Wasauksing Swing Bridge
Marine Lane Closure
IMPORTANT NOTICE from Pont Tournant Wasauksing – Wasauksing Swing Bridge (AADNC/AANDC)
In-water work for the reconstruction of the Wasauksing Swing Bridge Piers and Fenders will be commencing on July 12, 2021 until mid-September 2021. This Government of Canada critical infrastructure repair project will cause 24 hour a day, 7 days a week restriction to marine traffic as passage has been reduced to one lane during this period. The bridge will swing as per the operational schedule.
Please expect significant transit delays if you are using the South Channel at peak vessel traffic hours during weekends and holidays. Also you are advised that you must respect all warning markers and signage and reduce your speed while boating in the area.
For up to the minute operational and wind speed information, contact the Bridge Operator at (705) 746-9620 and monitor Marine Channel 6.
Fair winds and boat safely