Date: July 5, 2015
Time: ~5:30 AM to ~7:30 AM
Launch Point: Cherry Beach
Destination: Toronto Islands
Crew: Frank Lemire, Michael Mitchener & William Self
Conditions: Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small short period wind waves.
Sightings: 3 dipping dogs, 2 sleeping swans, blue heron, and a Peregrine Falcon under a bridge.
We had our inaugural paddle of the year on Sunday, making a run out to the Toronto Islands. Nessie received a rare polish on Saturday in preparation for the big event (and I swear, she was a bit faster on the water because of it). This also included a tung oil buff on her woodwork.
We decided to go big and aim to be on the lake at sunrise which required a 5:00 AM pickup time with us on the beach about 5:20 AM. We had time for a quick quaff of Scotch whiskey and our first run of the season blessing of the boat. We debated heading to the Island or out to the Spit and decided to head to the Island.
The Island was dead calm with no activity at the airport or ferries running at this point so we felt like we had the place to ourselves (other than one early-riser boater having a cup of coffee on deck in the marina).
We managed a decent circuit of the various channels and lagoons before heading back to our starting point. Caffeine deprived at this stage, we loaded up Nessie and headed up to the Mercury Espresso Bar on Queen Street for warm service and excellent coffee.
As always, we had a lot of fun, took many pictures and managed to get a bit of a workout at the same time. Cheers.