Small Craft Fleet Cruise
July 11-17, 2018
Canadian North Channel
Blind River to Little Current
The Canadian North Channel has many times been described as one of the top ten cruising grounds in the world. I would have to agree. I am very pleased to once again offer a guided cruise for a fleet of small boats through the North Channel. This July cruise has become a bit of a tradition for some sailors who return year after year.
This years cruise is going to be one of the best as we will set sail to the east out of Blind River heading down wind through the stunning Whalesback Channel. Once through the Whalesback we will set a course for the Benjamin Island group and then on to Little Current by way of the north shore of Manitoulin Island. This will be a classic so be sure so hit the "Take Action" button and get your name on the fleet list.
So just what is Fleet Cruising and why might it be a preferred way to see the North Channel?
Fleet cruising is a long standing small boat tradition with roots in the small craft fishing fleets that would set out from a morther ship or from land together. Fleets of small working sail discovered there was safety in numbers. In addition shared knowledge and work loads of moving boats on and off beaches, off loading and loading gear and other tasks were made easier when all hands pitched in.
Is there a cruise leader?
Yes. Howard Rice will be the cruise leader. Howard has sailed the North Channel many times and knows what it takes and where some of the very best spots for anchoring, camping and exploring are located. By having an experienced small boat sailor like Howard leading the fleet you will be able to sail with a much higher margin of safety. Howard makes a point of sailing with each sailor on their boat and this is an opportunity to share knowledge.
Do I have to bring a boat?
Sailors without a boat or who fly in and can't bring their boat can sign on as crew and sail each day on a different boat. Every year we have sailors who have an excellent experience sailing on many types of boats and enjoying great company doing so.
Cruise logistics and gear list will be sent to you when you register.
Deposit $200- The deposit is 100% refundable up to 30 days before the first day of the cruise.
If you would like to sign up please hit the "Take Action" button and lets go sailing!