Hawkestone Yacht Club

Slips available for the 2018 season on Lake Simcoe

Hawkestone Yacht Club - Slips available for the 2018 season on Lake Simcoe

HYC Winter 2014

As Rett and I prepare for our vacation in the south, a trip to check on the boat today was in order. After just cleaning Spanish Point off a couple of weeks back, who would have thought it needed it again. Sure am glad I wen up, for there was almost as much snow on the boat as they was the last time!

If you have not been up to the club in the last little while, it will really surprise you how much snow is up there. The following are some shots I took from the iPhone today:

Do you have any winter shots of the club? Send them off to me and we’ll add them to the gallery 🙂



Kind of Magic – Reports In

Kind of Magic has come out of stealth mode for her latest report – Report #11 – Dec 22, 2013 to Jan 8 2014 – Warderick Wells Cay to Staniel Cay to Black Point, Great Guana Cay,Exumas, Bahamas


Life Aboard Kind of MagicReport #10 – Dec 12 to Dec 21, 2013 – Northern Exuma Cays to Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park Before we left Nassau Dec 12 we stopped at BASRA – Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association – and bought 2 baseball caps and made a donation.

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Winter Guests


HYC Is not only a beautiful summer home for most of us, it can also be an absolute wonderland during the winter months…

With the colder than normal weather also came a couple of guest to add to our current furry friends. There are two dredging boats that have taken refuge for the winter at Hawkestone. The one boat has returned for a second year and another has joined it for it could not make to her normal winter tie up.

The two otters we last seen in the west end of the harbor and were last seen having fun on the ice that was starting to form.

Overall, there is just short of 2 feet of snow on the ground at the club and with all the snow in the trees it is quite pretty..

Annapolis Road Trip

Kim & Jorge Genth  are currently anchored in Annapolis, MD. as they continue their 2 year cruise to the Caribbean. (Kim has created an amazing blog, http://cstatimeodyssey.blogspot.ca, of their travels and blogs every day!)

They are anchored in the middle Annapolis in Spa Creek and Rett & I thought it would be a real life experience to visit them during the boat show. We headed out on Wednesday and after a 9 1/2 hour drive made it to their dingy dock just as it started to rain which continued until Saturday when we left to come home. Talk about true life cruising!

After amazing appetizers, drinks (beers & a couple of bottles of wine)  and dinner on board, we decided to crash for the show started at 10am and we wanted an earlier start to the day.

Thursday was VIP day at the show. For those that have never been to a large boat show, you pay about 2 1/2 as much for a ticket for opening day but it is worth of it because the crowds are usually much much smaller and you can get through the entire show in a single day if you wish. Well worth the extra fee.

We awoke to more rain and had a wonderful breakfast on board before bailing the water out of the dingy. We lent our car to Jorge in return for a drop off & pickup at the show. Having not packed a lot of rain gear, it was a great trade for it meant we started the show dry. We spent the entire day at the show and called up our personal taxi (Jorge) around 5:30pm for pickup and dingy back to the boat for, you guess it, more appetizers, wine and dinner :)

It pour all night and we awoke to you guessed it…. more rain (lol) but it did not dampen our spirits a single bit.

Kim & Jorge joined us Friday at the show so after breakfast we tendered to the show and tied up at the dingy dock.  The trip to the show was about 15 minutes by dingy and we ended up tied up 2 minutes from the show entrance. Annapolis is such a boat friendly city that it seemed there are almost as many dingy docks on Spa Creek as there are mooring balls. Have never seen anything like it!

We split up at the show but met for lunch at an old ’50s diner for lunch and then cruised (no pun intended) back to the show and managed to accomplish all that we set out to do. I don’t think that I have ever seen so many large (40-70′ average size) sailboats in on place as there were there. There were both mono hulls and catamarans on display and tents and tents of exhibitors showing off their wares. There was a 90 footer with a 38 foot beam… Quite the experience to see how the other side lives. Having worked so many trade shows throughout my working career, I really felt sorry for all the vendors who trouped on despite the rains and more rain. I take my hat off to you all!!!

After the dingy ride back, we had appys & drinks with their friends, Lyn & Sally, that they meet along the way. They have a beautiful Freedom 40 and plan to spend the winter in the Bahamas. Extremely wonderful couple! Rett & I had planned to take our host out for dinner in appreciation for having us aboard CS’ta Time so we made our way to Mike’s Crab House (http://www.mikescrabhouse.com) who have the best crabs in Maryland. The four of us manage to devour 2 dozen of them. The waiter, Randy, was amazing and because it wasn’t that busy, he showed us the proper clam eating techniques. He also told us that we needed to be patience and enjoy for crab eating is a real social event. He was so right.. Great meal with great friends and lots of laughs. Best dinner in a long time!

Saturday we got up with a little sadness in the thoughts of having to start our trip back home. We managed to say all our goodbyes, bail out the dingy (yes still raining), pack the car and hit the road around 10:30am and set up the GPS for the trip home. My GPS has Ozzie Osborne for the voice and Ozzie got a little confused, think he must have gotten into the suds a little early that day, and took us through every back road from Annapolis to Baltimore. He landed us smack downtown where there was some walk, run, bicycle event going on and every street he wanted us to go down was closed for the event. We feed Ozzie lots of coffee and reset his trip calculations and he manage to get us into sun and 25c warmth for the entire trip home. What beautiful country north of Harrisburg, PA! We stopped at the information stop as you enter PA and they gave us some maps just in case Ozzie decided to hit the sauce once more.

In northern PA, there is a state park that has a huge gorge they call The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. We decided what the hay and drove the 1 1/2 hours off the path to see the gorge. Even though it just about drove Ozzie crazy, it was well worth the little side excursion. We managed to get home around 11:30pm to a hot shower and night cap and awoke to, you guessed it, rain.

Thank you so much to Kim & Jorge for having us. It was such an amazing experience and great time! We wish you good weather, good winds and amazing times for the remainder of the trip. One never knows.. Many we might return for more time on CS’ta Time before your journey ends?

Drop the Hook Weekend Review

A bit lumpy on the lake and no wind to begin with. By the time we got to Kempenfelt Bay the wind picked out of the south and away we went for a great sail all the way to Chicken Bay.

We rafted the four boats and their brave crews for a quiet afternoon of good wine, good conversation and excellent treats. Seemed like we were the only boats on Kempenfelt with the exception of the tour boat out of Barrie.

Broke off and anchored separately for dinner and a quiet night on the hook. Rained  heavily through the night but we were tucked away nicely and had no wind to speak of. Woke to beautiful sunshine and all accounted for.

Great downwind sail home on Sunday 6-7 knot’s all the way.

Ron & Cheryl

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Drop the Hook Weekend

Drop The Hook Weekend

Saturday July 27th

Destination will be posted Friday afternoonon bulletin board, mens washroom.

Saturday Afternoon

Bring an hors d’oeuvre and a good bottle of wine and join in the fun. Swimsuits are required but HYC’s speedo rule does not apply.

We will raft-up around 3:00pm until dinnertime (~~6:30pm) then separate for the night. If you do not wish to join the raft-up, someone will come and get you in a dingy.

We will monitor VHF 16 . We answer to

” Trumpet ” come early come late no matter.

Ron & Cheryl Reid



Lobsterfest Weekend Huge Success

IMG_0405  What can be said about the HYC Lobsterfest other than FANTASTIC!

The lobsters arrived Friday night all the way from St Andrews, NB and were quickly welcomed to Hawkestone and stowed away for the evening.

Saturday morning came bright and early for Bob & Roz as they managed to transform the beach area into an outdoor party zone complete with picnic tables, tents, and all the trimmings. Next came setting up of the fire pit and caldron to cook these fine crustaceans. The gazebo was transformed into a huge BBQ pit for  those who preferred steak. The dingys were broken out and the lobsters were transported across the harbor for cooking and the feast began..

These 1 1/2 pound lobsters had to be one of the best lobsters to ever hit my plate. Nothing short of amazing! 

The turn out for this event was over the top with guest from the Barrie Yacht Club sailing up and all the family and friends of our members. We thank you all for joining us. In all there were 110 Lobsters and 27 steaks cooked to perfection and everyone had a great time, especially when the strawberry shortcake & whip cream made it’s appearance!

A huge hats off shout out to Bob & Rosalind Hesser, Karen
and Jim Robinson and the other members (you know who you are) for all the hard work that made this event such a huge success.

Here are some shots taken of the event. As always, send me more pictures to add to the blogs. 🙂

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We would like to thank all those members who graciously participated in the Childrens’ Invitational Sailing Day yesterday which , as you know, was a resounding success. Thanks also to Poseidon for treating us so kindly and keeping us dry!! We were too busy to take pictures of the “Awards Ceremony” after the BBQ. If anyone has any pictures that we could pass on to the guests, perhaps, you could email them to us.

Many thanks Gwen & George.

Event Filled HYC Weekend

Wow.. What a weekend June 14th & 15th turned out to be!!

The weekend started with the first Beer Can Race of the season which include fantastic winds and the 15 boats had an awesome sail. Read more here.

Saturday morning started with the HYC Boat Show that included 8 boats. One of the best shows in some time. Thank you to the Weavers for all their hard work and especially for the fantastic snacks!

As part of the show, Ron Reid and Al Dorion exhibited their amazing art work on the second floor of the club house. Not enough can be said about these two talented artist!

The afternoon included a swap, sell and buy for members to wonder through the slips to check out all the tables loaded with various items from anchors to tools to sails and other odds and sods.

Oh did I mention the winds? A lot of boats managed to make the best of the 5-10 knot winds 🙂




Commodore Sail Past 2013

What a great sailing day!

Hawkestone Yacht Club

Hawkestone Yacht Club


The Commodore Sail Past started with a little sun and then as we went out the harbor it started to sprinkle a little and the winds came up. In fact it was one of the best winds, about 7-10kt & consistent direction, we have seen in a long time and with the 18 plus boats participating, it was a beautiful site.

With the dampness and no dodger on Spanish Point, Rett and I had the privilege of crewing with The Weavers aboard their CS 30, Shadow Dance. We had a fantastic sail half way to Georgia Island and back a couple of times and Jim and Lenore are wonderful host who put us to work immediately. We did manage to get a few pictures and the day provided the inspiration around the following “Trailer” we put together:

Thank you to the Commodore and Board, Ron Reid for the blessing, The HYC Piper and an extremely special thank you to the volunteers that worked all morning to put together the snacks, wine and desserts to finish the day off.

Just another wonderful weekend at the Hawkestone Yacht Club!