Friday the 13th started at 3:00 am. We were anchored at the southeast end of Pelee Island with a gentle east wind blowing. At 3:00, that changed – a 20 knot southwest wind kicked up and both of us woke up right away. We had to leave the anchorage because we were worried that we would get blown into the shore. Luckily, we had planned on leaving as soon as we got up and had the dinghy hoisted as well as everything battened down, so it was just a matter of getting the anchor raised and motoring off. After a couple of attempts, with the windlass shorting out, we managed to break free of the mud and clay. It was a good thing because we were only in 12 feet of water!
I have to wonder about all the government cutbacks, especially in Environment Canada because that wind was not supposed to happen! Anyway, it all worked out and we motored away from Pelee Island. By 4:30, we were actually sailing and watched the sun come up (well, Dennis watched the sun come up – I was sleeping in the cockpit).
We had a good sail in to Cleveland and docked at Whiskey Island. We had a very confusing time with Customs though as we needed to go to the video phone which was located at another marina. Luckily, Tom the manager took pity on us and had one of his employees, Beverly, drive us over. It was very simple to do once we got to the phone. We were expecting a bigger deal like we had in Drummond Island where the Customs come on the boat and search it.
Since we got up so early, we had to lie down for a couple of hours to sleep and now are ready to see the sights! More updates tomorrow!
July 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm
Wonder if that wind was what hit here this afternoon around 3:30 – thunder, lightening, hail. Short heavy rain. I was watching all of the boats trying to get back into Hamilton Harbour before it hit – wonder if they didn’t have much warning either. It was kind of weird, got all black and from the 6th floor you could see sailboats, motor boats and tankers all heading in as quickly as they could. Wouldn’t want to be out there in that weather for sure. Glad it turned out OK.