…and prepare for haulout.
I started this message last winter, intending a spring equinox, then a summer solstice release. Then life happened in a way I hadn’t known in over 20 months – called boat launch and sailing season. It took all my resolve to get back on the helm.
And what a great season! So many new DWS friends, so many memorable sailing days and so many lessons learned. Thank you! Hope you are enjoying your boating season. We still have a few bookings until the end of September and hoping for fair weather.
It’s been almost a year since our last e-blast, lots to report.
Last winter we taught Basic and Intermediate Coastal Navigation over Zoom. Turns out it is a very convenient and effective way to teach – who knew?
This summer we taught: Basic Cruising / Crew to several couples and two families of four (Sail Parry Sound families), Start Keelboat Sailing to several couples and youth from Wasauksing First Nation, Intermediate Cruising Standard to two couples, and various private lessons. I felt like each course, each group, was the best yet. We learned a lot together.
The Wasauksing trip was a very memorable weekend; three days sailing, two nights at anchor and camp, two keelboats and one powerboat, 10 of us including Sue and I instructing, students, councillors and camp mum. So much fun learning sailing, rafting up on anchor at Killbear, swimming, island beach camping and feasting, beautiful weather, easy laughter, and wise words spoken. Miigwech!
A big lesson learned for me this season was the value of social interaction, and the opportunity to learn skills together again in such an unrestricted environment – sailing Georgian Bay on the ultimate human made solar energy machine…
DWS Sustainability Plan
Last year, DWS joined a regional pilot group committed to operate in a globally sustainable way, sponsored by Explorers’ Edge. We have made a Policy and Management Plan to comply with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council standard. In a nutshell, it means we commit to: sustainable management, benefit the local community, respect cultural heritage, and minimize environmental impact. We are preparing a section on our website that spells out our sustainability efforts in more detail.
Did you know? We measure our fuel consumption everyday by recording engine hours. So far this season, Blue Pearl’s engine ran for 62 hours over 40 days and consumed 94 litres of diesel fuel. So she burns 1.5 litres every hour at 6 knots, an average of 94 l/40 d = 2.5 litres per day. To offset our carbon footprint, DWS donates to the Georgian Bay Biosphere for restorative environmental projects. Blue Pearl’s fuel efficiency is very good by the way – she motors very easily and Sound Boat Works helps keep her running sweet.
You do know! If you sailed with us this summer, you know how easy it is to make small changes to reduce waste on board, and at home. Spoiler alert, seems almost impossible to eliminate garbage at home, everything is super packaged. Like what’s with the cucumbers individually wrapped in plastic?
The Golden Globe Race 2022 started on September 4 from Le Sables d’Olonne, France. This is the around the world alone race first won by British sailor Knox Johnson in 1968. It’s quite different from the Vendee Globe race with the ludicrous speed sailboats – IMOCA 60s. The GGR is a solo, non-stop, unassisted race around the world (~26500 nautical miles) in rather small production boats with no GPS! They have high tech tracking devices and communications fitted for safety and they receive time penalties for using any of it. It is expected to take the winners about 200 days to finish the race.
The sailors in the race are exceptional, their boats are labours of love and obsession. There were 15 entrants at the start. Two Canadians entered (one based in Port Credit) have had to retire already.
General (boat) design requirements to enter the GGR include, but are not restricted to:
● Fiber-reinforced plastic construction.
● Designed prior to 1988 and has a minimum series of 20 yachts built from one builder.
● Have a hull length of between 32ft and 36ft. (Bowsprits, windvanes and outboard rudders, boomkins, pushpits and pulpits are not measured.)
● Have full-length keels with rudders attached to the trailing edge.
● A minimum design displacement of approx. 6,200kg.
2022 design approvals include but are not limited to: Westsail 32 • Tradewind 35 • Saga 34 • Saltram 36 • Vancouver 34 • OE 32 • Eric (sister ship to Suhaili) • Aries 32 • Baba 35 • Biscay 36 • Bowman 36 • Cape Dory 36 • Nicholson 32 MKX-XI • Rustler 36, Endurance 35, Gaia 36, Tashiba 36, Hinckley Pilot 35, Lello 34, Gale Force 34.
See the live tracker here and read about the race if you are into it. You might have to download the tracker app.
Winter Navigation Courses
Diamond Waters Sailing intends to run Basic and Intermediate Coastal Navigation courses starting February 4, 2023. The zoom lessons will be from 7-9 pm and allow an extra hour for tutoring and end at 10 pm. Reply to let us know if you want a reservation. DWS will begin advertising in November so reserve your spot before then.
If you have taken the course and just need to write the exam, or if you want to challenge either of the navigation courses, please let us know by reply. You will be welcome to zoom with us for review and join us on the final day.
This schedule below is subject to change:
Basic Coastal Navigation – 16-20 hours, $350 includes e-notes, practice chart (Georgian Bay), plotting instruments. See the standard:
Course dates (not firm):
4 Feb, 09:00-15:00, course start on zoom
7 Feb, 19:00-22:00, zoom lessons
14 Feb, 19:00-22:00, zoom lessons
21 Feb, 19:00-22:00, zoom lessons
25 Feb, 09:00-16:00, course finish in class in Parry Sound with review, exam and registration. Dinner together to celebrate is an option.
Intermediate Coastal Navigation – 18-20 hours, $300 includes e-notes
4 Mar, 09:00-13:00, course start on zoom.
22 Mar, 19:00-22:00, zoom lesson
29 Mar, 19:00-22:00, zoom lesson
5 Apr, 19:00-22:00, zoom lesson
8 Apr, 09:00-16:00, course finish with review, exam and registration. Dinner together to celebrate and talk about launch
VHF/DSC Radio Operators Certificate
We are still working on providing radio training. Stay tuned for updates.
And if you are dreaming of cruising, so are we. DWS plans to be back into sail training all season starting early in June and ending before Thanksgiving. Send us a note to reserve dates for any of the introductory courses, Basic or Intermediate Cruising Standards. We will build our schedule around you until we are reaching capacity. See our sailing packages on-line:
Finally, I came across this,
“Ode to Rope”
As I cast off for that very first time,
the “rope” in my hand has now become a “line”.
And hauling the sails to the top of the mast,
that “rope”, now a “halyard”, holds strong, taught and fast.
Then sailing in brisk winds full force on the beat,
the sails are trimmed by that “rope” that’s a “sheet”.
And now at my anchorage with sails safely stowed,
I trust in that “rope” that now serves as a “rode”.
Through all my life I will never lose hope,
of a reason or time to work with a rope.