Prince Edward Bay Row

A perfect day for a row

A perfect day for a row

We launched Sea Shadow on the Black River and rowed a short distance to the open water of Prince Edward Bay. Unlike last week’s row in the extreme heat, today’s weather was perfect, comfortable temperature, nice breeze and the sun sparkling off the water. Sea Shadow felt more at home on the choppy waters we encountered today than the usual flat water conditions we row on.

Out on Prince Edward Bay – Photo by Carolyn Van Dijk

Out on Prince Edward Bay – Photo by Carolyn Van Dijk

Marilyn at the helm

Marilyn at the helm

Waupoos Island Row

Calm water

Calm water

Now that Sea Shadow is back home, we are planning to set up a weekly rowing schedule as well as some longer rows. This morning we trailered the boat to the more open water of Lake Ontario for a row around Waupoos Island. Expecting rougher water conditions than we normally row, the lake was more suited to a racing shell than an open water boat. The lake was like a sheet of glass, there was no breeze and the temperature was around 30C.

Commander Bob

Commander Bob

Waupoos Marina

Waupoos Marina

The 22nd Annual WoodenBoat Show

A catboat, the quintessential boat of Mystic Seaport

A catboat, the quintessential boat of Mystic Seaport

Sea Shadow, six of her building crew and their spouses attended The Annual WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut this past weekend. The port of Mystic and marine museum was the perfect setting. The show includes demonstrations, marine vendors, family boat building, “I Built it Myself” home-built boat display and the museum’s extensive collection of historic vessels and re-created 19th-century village. If that wasn’t enough, races were held on Sunday morning for the St. Ayles skiff. 

Joseph Conrad – training ship

Joseph Conrad – training ship

"Annie", a sandbagger, the first boat in Mystic Seaport's collection

“Annie”, a sandbagger, the first boat in Mystic Seaport’s collection

Whale boat ready for paint and varnish

Whale boat ready for paint and varnish

One of Mystic's outstanding residences

One of Mystic’s outstanding residences

We all had a fantastic time, exploring both the show and the town of Mystic, talking to show-goers about the building of Sea Shadow, Happy Hour on the balcony followed by dinner at local restaurants with no less than twelve at the table. We had the pleasure of meeting Alec, Gardner, Mike and the other St. Ayles crews, Renbrook School and “Rocking the Boat”. Unfortunately there wasn’t a race for the “Over 60s” but we went out and did our best against the younger teams. 

Renbrook School, "Rocking the Boat" and Ayle of Quinte crews

Renbrook School, “Rocking the Boat” and Ayle of Quinte crews

Switching boats, Sea Shadow and William S. Shipp

Switching boats, Sea Shadow and William S. Shipp

Dinner with Alec, Gardner and Mike

Dinner with Alec, Gardner and Mike