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comment that by the time he reached the campsite it was
very nearly dark. After a quick campfire dinner of beans
and potatoes he slept under the stars wrapped in his trusty
army blanket.
The next day Grandfather was up early and shortly after
sunrise. He was back on the river heading for the marsh
and the maple tree. It was a sunny day and the gentle
breeze made the long row up the river a pleasant event.
Nearing the site he saw his special maple tree and then his
fishing rod just as he had left it the day before.
Manoeuvring the boat close to the stove Grandfather
could see his line and lure. Using a large net that he had
brought from the campsite he was able to free the lure from
the stove's leg. With that accomplished he then rowed the
boat to the shore to retrieve his fishing rod, having left the
line and lure in the water beside the old stove. However, his
adventure was only just beginning! Reaching the shoreline
Grandfather got out of the boat and carried his fishing rod
back to the boat. Sitting in the centre of the boat he began
to reel the line back in when all of a sudden the rod was almost jerked out of his hands! Something had grabbed onto
his new lure and was now swimming away with it!
At this point I asked, "Was it the turtle again?"
"Not this time, but I was really surprised, in fact I almost dropped the whole fishing rod into the drink!" he
exclaimed.
Grandfather then explained that by carefully playing the
fish he managed to get the line reeled in far enough to see
what was on the end, other than his new lure. It was a huge
fish! Very long and very large. Needless to say the fish was
not interested in being caught and soon managed to spit
the lure out and make its escape.
"So you did not catch the fish?" I asked.
"No", said Grandfather, "but every year I like to return to
this same spot to see if I can! In fact last year I got a bite that
was just the same and it could have been the very same fish."
I sat there in amazement looking down into the water
again just hoping that maybe the turtle or maybe even the
elusive big fish might appear just to say hello. But that was
not to be. Grandfather then eased himself into the back
seat of the boat and announced that it was my turn to row!
I was excited!
Now having watched him perform those long easy
strokes made me think that this rowing thing might even
be easy but I was soon to find out differently. I carefully
moved from the front seat of the boat to the middle and sat
facing Grandfather at the stern.
"Now the easy thing to do is to take one oar and move it
back and forth in the water to see how it moves the boat",
he said.
So I took the left oar in both my hands and gently moved
it through the water. Much to my surprise the oar moved
fairly easily and our boat began to move, not in a straight

line, but around in a big circle! Grandfather chuckled and
indicated that if I was now to move both oars at the same
time, in the same direction, the merry-go-round motion of
the boat would stop and we just might move forward.
Concentrating on this tricky manoeuvre took a lot of effort but I was gradually getting the hang of this thing called
rowing and the boat began to move forward, ever so slowly.
Grandfather complimented me on my efforts and I continued to row. Seeing that I was now quite content Grandfather cast his line into the river and began fishing. With a
few new instructions, I then discovered that by only rowing
with one oar you could actually move the boat to the left
and the right! This meant that our trip could be even more
extensive as the marsh was now closing in on us and by
making a few careful turns I was able to get Grandfather
and the boat back to the sunken stove and the channel that
led back to the river.
This slow forward motion did not bother Grandfather
in the least as he could see that I was more than happy
to explore this new skill of rowing and as he was free to
fish to his heart's content, everyone was happy. In years to
come these positions became the norm, me forever rowing,
and Grandfather fishing. This division of labour remained
the same even when he was in his late eighties. There he
would sit at the stern of the boat with his fishing rod in
hand and I, still a child at heart, rowing in the centre seat,
still amazed at the action of the oars on the water.
Unfortunately we never returned to the cottages on
Trent after that first visit. The turtle may still be there and
so may the remnants of the old wood stove but Grandfather and I never fished there again. Forty some years later
though, I was now the owner of my own boat, a fifty foot
Trojan motor yacht called the Stella Maris VII, and as I
motored up the Trent past Campbellford towards Healey
Falls I carefully scanned the shoreline for not only the cottage of my past, but also for Grandfather's tree. Sadly I
must report the cottages are now gone, but Grandfather's
maple tree is still looking good!
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Vantage Point: Celebrating Canada’s 150th
Galley Guys: Near-Beer off the Pier
Club Profile: Cedar Island Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Victoria International Marina
Seamanship: Top Dead Centre
Cruising Destination: Northern Georgian Bay
International Cruising Destination: Almost Canadian, Almost Caribbean
Sail Review: Leopard 45
Power Review: Carver 52 Command Bridge
The Port Hole
Trailering Part 1: Trouble-free Towing
Crossing the Line: Let’s Make the America’s Cup Great Again
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Club Profile: Cedar Island Yacht Club
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