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Today we have another Man and his Toy: reader Garry VanGelderen. Garry’s notes are indented:

Here is a picture of me sitting in the cockpit of my sailboat. This is my summer residence. Marina at Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada

I do go out sailing frequently in the North Channell of Lake Huron. The boat is a Westerly32 named ‘Andantino’.

20 Comments

  1. merilee
    Posted October 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Manitoulin Island is gorgeous!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 18, 2019 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Now that is a very fine hobby. However, always recall that definition of a boat. A hole in the water in which you pour money.

    • Paul Monne
      Posted October 18, 2019 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

      “B.O.A.T.” is actually an acronym. It stands for Break Out Another Thou$and.

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted October 18, 2019 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Living on Manitoulin in the summer would be great – away from the humidity of southern Ontario summers and up where the lake has that beautiful limestone bottom making the water appear so blue!

    • rickflick
      Posted October 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      We used to stay at Wasaga Beach when I was a child. That’s on the south shore of Georgian Bay. I have never swum in Lake Huron. I bet it’s as cold as it is clear.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted October 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

        I swam in Georgian Bay and it’s very cold but it’s a big body of water and I suspect it depends on where you go swimming in it. People do swim in Wasaga and go to its sandy beaches so I don’t think it’s cold. Lake Ontario will freeze you on contact and I’ve swam in Lake Huron and it’s cold too but refreshing 🙂

        • merilee
          Posted October 18, 2019 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

          Took Lucy Poochie into the water at the Wasaga dog beach last year. Not cold at all. This California girl calls you Canucks a buncha wimps🤓 People forget how cold California water usually is.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted October 18, 2019 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

            Yeah California water is cold but they have the good sense not to try to swim in it without wet suits if staying in it for a long time surfing etc. They also don’t do stupid thing like go in it in January for shits and giggles.

    • Posted October 18, 2019 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      Tobermory is breathtaking. Went dunking there and it’s bracingly cold.

      • merilee
        Posted October 18, 2019 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, a bit nippy, not to mention rocky. Beautiful, though! Love to hike the Bruce up there. Have you walked around Cypress Lake? Got caught in a thunderstorm halfway around a few years back. Absolutely drenched.

        • Posted October 19, 2019 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

          I can’t remember Cypress Lake, though we’ve hiked sections of the Bruce. It was so long ago and my memory is fading.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted October 18, 2019 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

        Yeah I went there a lot as a kid to flowerpot island etc. A few years back I took a fuller tour and stayed longer and even took the Chi-cheemaun across the lake.

  4. Joe Dickinson
    Posted October 18, 2019 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    As an amateur musician, it is my understanding that “andante” means basically “at a walking pace”. So is andantino (a little bit andante) a bit slower or a bit faster than walking?

    • Garry VanGelderen
      Posted October 18, 2019 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      The definition of the term that I found is: ‘slow movement played lively’. Appropriate for a sailboat.

  5. thompjs
    Posted October 18, 2019 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I stayed with friends near Pointe au Barel first week of Sept. Water there was 62 F.
    Where I stayed is about 60 miles east of Manitoulin Island (closest point). I thought it was pretty brisk for my daily lake bath.

    Really pretty area.

  6. thompjs
    Posted October 18, 2019 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Pointe au Baril, oops

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Fair skies and a fresh breeze, Cap’n. May life be a broad reach.

  8. Blue
    Posted October 18, 2019 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Oooo, thank YOU, Mr VanGelderen, for introducing
    me to Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada !

    I before had not known of it, let alone, that
    it is the World’s largest island within a body of fresh water, large enough to have itself
    ~100 inland lakes itself ! W h o a !

    It is upon my bucket list to take a Great Lakes’
    tour of all of them ! In one swoop around !
    Of likely weeks’ and weeks’ worth of time, that is.

    Blue

  9. Mark R.
    Posted October 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Sailing is a fun. I haven’t a clue how to do it, I just follow orders when on a sail boat. 🙂
    Nice BeEr T-shirt.


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