Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 10, 2014 Toronto Sailing

We had breakfast at Fionn McCools across the street.  Then we took a bus to Marina Quay West (pronounced key west).  The Blind Sailing Association of Canada  (www.Blind Association) owns 3 boats, a Catalina 22 named C Breeze, a Catalina 270 named Catch the Wind, and  a J 24 at the Island Yacht Club.  The Catalina 270 came from Fairhope, Alabama last year.  While we were living in Alabama, Dave actually looked at it for the fleet before they bought it. 

So today we went on a day sail with the club on the same Catalina.  Our boat had a volunteer skipper named Doug, Dave and me, Silvia and Chris, Maria Fitton and Craig and Grant who are members of their club.  We sailed from 1-4pm, and had a beautiful day on the water.  We knew Maria from Ski for Light also.  Chris Malec and Jason Fraire were on the Catalina 22.  I met them this year at Ski for Light in the Black Hills.  After sailing they joined us on our boat for “refreshments”.  We shared beer, wine, cheese and crackers in the cock pit.  Chris was using a sarong for shade after having too much sun.  We teased her about wearing a burka sailing.

We then took a bus to Chinatown.  This Chinatown is one of the largest outside of China.  We had a great dinner at Asian Legend.  Afterwards we walked to Chris and Silvia’s condo and visited before going to bed.

I realized there are a few “Land Luxuries” that I have missed: sitting on a comfortable couch, using thick fluffy towels (they don’t dry out on a boat), and a corner grocery store.

Chris and Silvia at the helm of the Catalina 270
Dave decided to call our auto pilot "Chris"

Toronto skyline

Chris skippering the boat at 12:00.  Clockwise-Silvia, Maria, Craig, and Doug

Silvia and Chris Jonas

Maria actually working

the Catatlina 22 with Chris and Jason

Chris, Nina, Sivia and Chris wearing her burka

Jason and Maria

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