When I woke up at the anchorage in Aikens Island, I was so relaxed.
I had a great night’s sleep and I was ready to go.
Our plan was to move to Long Point and anchor out again.
We left before 8:00 a.m. and leisurely got to our destination around 10:00 a.m.
The scenery was beautiful.
Cooking on the Go
While we were underway, I decided to make shredded pork in my Instant Pot.
I like to cook meat in my IP so we can use have it for quick lunches while we are on the go.
But I usually cook when we are at a marina on shore power.
This was the first time that I made it while we were moving.
I prefer cooking low carb and low sugar because there are enough carbs and sugar when we eat out.
For example, Kawartha Dairy ice cream.
We are already wishing we had more.
And you can only get it in central Ontario.
The two-hour cruise to our new anchor spot was uneventful.
Just like we like it.
We passed a gold Looper but I couldn’t see the name on their boat.
It was covered up with a dinghy.
After I put the pork on to cook, I called my mom.
Not off the grid.
It just looks like it should be.
We found our anchorage and dropped the anchor as if we have been doing this all our lives.
We arrived so early because fierce wind was expected in the afternoon.
We wanted to make sure we were in place and protected before that hit.
Once set, we started working on projects around here.
I wrote some blog posts.
Sam worked on boat stuff.
Life was good.
Until It Hit
We knew when the wind picked up.
The boat started moving around more.
Then the wind grew stronger.
We decided to have happy hour.
Then, the wind became fierce.
We heard a loud clank.
Happy hour was over.
We are not ok.
Sam rushed out to the anchor to find that the bridle was off.
We use a bridle after we set the anchor to take the pressure of the heavy anchor and chain off the windlass.
The windlass is a round mechanical piece that raises or lowers the anchor.
We use foot pedals to control it.
So, if the bridle is off, the windlass is in distress.
And if we want to anchor, we need that windlass!
All Hands On Deck!
Sam makes several trips outside in the 23-knot wind to try and rig up a way for the bridle to hold.
Then, he went to the bridge to try and position the boat to allow for the fix.
I was out on the bow telling him the direction of the anchor.
Sam finally tells me I’m going to have to go to the bridge and work the controls as he tries to fix the bridle.
This is my worst nightmare.
I told him I would come on this Great Loop thing but I was not driving the boat.
He is so proficient that I had no reason to even consider that I would have to learn.
Then, came an emergency situation.
I had to step up.
Rev in the Captain’s Chair
We put the headsets on so we could communicate.
I’m not going to tell you what those first few sentences were like, but it wasn’t pretty.
I was in the bridge.
Sam was out on the bow.
He told me how to use the bow and stern thrusters.
I used those to keep us lined up with a sailboat that was anchored nearby.
Then, he told me how to work the two black shifters.
“Both forward, 2 seconds.”
“Left forward, 1 second.”
And so on.
He was able to tie a rope around the bridle to secure it to the anchor chain.
When I was up in the bridge, I felt powerful.
I actually was controlling a huge boat.
I fear nothing!
I wanted today to be another boring post about how great anchoring is in the North Channel but no.
Instead, it is a post about being forced to overcome fear.
Sam’s knowledge and proficiency intimidated me into not trying.
But I had to and I did.
Wonder what’s in store for us tomorrow?
Well, that’s not right.
I turned on the Nebo app when we left but it somehow switched off after about 10 minutes.
When I realized it wasn’t on, I turned it on.
So, we missed about half the trip marked here.
Just use your imagination.
Those great big diesel engines are just like puppies in your capable hands! Told you it would be a piece of cake. Better to have learned in a less stressful environment. At hospital waiting for surgery. Wish me luck!
Yeah. Yeah. Hindsight is 20/20.?
We are so glad that you are having surgery so quickly! Wishing you all the best for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. You be a good patient now. ?
Tell Deb hello.
You did it, Wonder Woman! 🙂
Thank you my sister! ❤U2
Hi Rev & Sam
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching and reading about your “adventures” on the Great Loop.
I (Jane) can relate to being on the bridge and having to operate the shifters and bow thruster while anchoring in a tight spot.
We’ll look forward to the rest of your journey. Have Fun?
Bill & Jane Bondy – your neighbors at Bayport Marina, Midland, ON
Hi Jane & Bill! So great to hear from you. I think I’m going to need A LOT more training up in the bridge!
Thanks for coming along with us.
Long Point Cove is where we were anchored in 2015 when word came of my father’s passing. Therefore, it is a special place to me. We returned in 2016. I’m enjoying your cruising adventure. We’re seasonal in Mackinaw City Municipal and hope to do the Trent/Severn in the next year or two.
Hi James. I will never forget Long Point. So sorry for your loss.
We had planned to be in Mackinaw in the next few days but I think the mighty wind is going to keep us from there.
The Trent Severn Waterway was an incredible experience.
I hope you get to do it.
Thanks for coming along with us.
You did great Rev. Another new adventure! Memories are made of this. It was HOT on the tank deck of USS LST. 325 but we had a great attendance today to offset the slim midweek numbers.
Thanks, Cousin Rus! Sounds like you are doing great work on the USS LST 325. Keep it up!