Finally on vacation.
After a wet and cool spring and early summer, weather changed for the better.
Sailed a bit on Lake Ontario and stayed mostly around Toronto.
This year, we kayaked almost as much as we sailed.
by Bruce Landsberg
S/V Southern Comfort #1881
Thankfully, we weren’t aboard Southern Comfort, our 2000 Catalina 36, when she was hit by lightning at the end of August 2009. According to slip mates, a series of heavy thunderstorms rolled across the western shore of Chesapeake Bay and the resulting sparks made it look like a welder’s convention.
As an interesting situation developed on a recent Columbia River trip to Astoria on High Flight. Thinking ahead, I grabbed my camcorder, then uploaded the video to YouTube. A fishing boat was anchored at the channel's edge in the Columbia River, with a tanker coming his way. The 'mighty Columbia River' is a superb salmon and steelhead fishery. But the river is dredged to 40+ feet from its mouth to Portland, about 100 miles, so there is continual heavy ship traffic. Sometimes it gets a little hairy.
New C36IA Members Mike and Sandy Wilson are fairly new to boating, having learned to sail in the past year. It won’t surprise you therefore to learn that they are new to the Catalina 36, and new to Pacific Northwest waters as well. So when I found out that their C36 Mk II, S/V Malu Lani, was being shipped from California to Portland, Oregon, I offered to assist them on their first voyage from the yard to Malu Lani’s new home in St Helens, about 30 miles down the Columbia River.