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" a n d t his is c all e d t h e Bl ast e d G a p. " H e t h e n e x pl ai n e d t h at
m a n y y e ars a g o, d e c a d es i n f a ct, t h e w at er c h a n n el i n fr o nt
of us w as c o nsi d er e d t o o n arr o w a n d s o t h e l o c als d e ci d e d it
w o ul d b e a g o o d i d e a t o m a k e it bi g g er. " H o w di d t h e y d o
t h at ? " I as k e d. M y u n cl e s mil e d a n d t h e n p oi nt e d o ut t h at
m a n y of t h e r o c ks l o c at e d j ust b e hi n d us w er e i n f a ct p art
of t h e c h a n n el b ef or e t h e y w er e bl ast e d a p art a n d pl a c e d o n
eit h er si d e of it. H e p oi nt e d o ut s e v er al b or e h ol es t o m e a n d
e x pl ai n e d t h at t h es e h ol es w er e drill e d i nt o t h e gr a nit e a n d
t h e n t h e e x pl osi v es w er e s et i nt o t h e m a n d d et o n at e d. T h e
r o c ks w er e t h e n dr a g g e d o ut of t h e w at er a n d pil e d o n b ot h
si d es of t h e c h a n n el. H e hi ms elf first c a m e t o t his ar e a i n t h e
l at e 1 9 2 0's wit h his br ot h er a n d f o u n d t h e fis hi n g w as v er y
g o o d, a n d fr o m t his v er y s p ot w h er e w e w er e st a n di n g h e
a n d his br ot h er h a d c a u g ht m a n y a bi g fis h!
We st o o d t h er e q uit e a w hil e l o o ki n g at t h e w at er a n d i nt o
t h e w at er, w hi c h w as v er y d e e p, a n d t h e n it w as ti m e t o r et ur n t o t h e c ott a g e. O n t h e w a y b a c k I h a d all ki n ds of q u esti o ns f or m y u n cl e a b o ut t h e ' Bl ast e d G a p' a n d w h e n I as k e d
hi m if h e n o w o w n e d it h e t ur n e d ar o u n d, s mil e d at m e a n d
s ai d, " P artl y, at l e ast t h e h alf t h at is o n t his si d e of t h e c h a n n el, b ut t h e w at er n o. " S o I b e g a n t o r e ali z e t h at t h o u g h y o u
c o ul d o w n l a n d b esi d e t h e w at er y o u c o ul d n't a ct u all y o w n
t h e w at er, a n d t h e w at er w as o p e n t o e v er y o n e.
B a c k at t h e c ott a g e t h e r est of t h e a d ults h a d cl e a n e d u p
fr o m t h e pi c ni c a n d n o w w er e w aiti n g f or o ur r et ur n. S o
wit h a l ast c h e c k o n t h e f o x es a n d t h e pr ett y ri b b o ns I w as
c ar ef ul t o pi c k u p m y lif e j a c k et a n d w a v e d g o o d b y e t o t h e
f u n n y sti c k f ur nit ur e o n t h e v er a n d a. We t h e n all m a d e o ur
w a y c ar ef ull y b a c k t o t h e d o c k a n d t h e 'littl e r e d b o at'. I
w as t h e l ast o n e t o g et i n. Sitti n g o n t h e e d g e of t h e d o c k
wit h m y l e gs o v er t h e e d g e m y u n cl e h el p e d m e i nt o t h e
b o at a n d dir e ct e d m e t o sit at t h e fr o nt, or b o w as h e c all e d
it. S o I m a d e m y w a y f or w ar d a n d s o o n f o u n d m y s e at a n d
gi n g erl y s at d o w n.
M y u n cl e t h e n st art e d t h e littl e o ut b o ar d m ot or, a 5 h. p.
J o h ns o n, a n d s o o n w e w er e b a c ki n g a w a y fr o m t h e d o c k
a n d h e a di n g b a c k t o t h e m ari n a at H o n e y H ar b o ur. O n
t h e w a y b a c k I c o ul d s e e t h e ' Bl ast e d G a p' off t o t h e w est
a n d f elt it c o ul d b e c o m e a v er y s p e ci al pl a c e, a n d t hi n k i n g t o m ys elf t h at if o n e c o ul d pil ot a b o at t hr o u g h t h er e
j ust i m a gi n e w h at mi g ht b e f o u n d b e y o n d it, a d v e nt ur e a n d
m or e i nt er esti n g t hi n gs!
All t o o s o o n w e w er e b a c k at t h e B o at w or ks a n d h a d
l o a d e d e v er yt hi n g b a c k i nt o m y u n cl e's c ar. T h e dri v e b a c k
h o m e w as s o o n u n d er w a y a n d as I s at t h er e i n t h e fr o nt s e at
b et w e e n m y s mili n g a u nt a n d m y c o nt e nt e d u n cl e I f elt t h e
f ut ur e di d i n d e e d l o o k bri g ht!
N e xt: A N e w D o c k & Off t o Pi c ni c Isl a n d ...

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t h at a n 8 x 1 0 b ut cl e arl y s h o w e d t h e h ors e, a l a d y e q u estri a n ri d er i n t h e s a d dl e a n d a m a n st a n di n g t o o n e si d e i n
his b est E n glis h h u nti n g o ut fit. T his i nf or m ati o n w as n ot
o b vi o us t o m e at t h e ti m e b ut m a n y y e ars l at er at u ni v ersit y
w h e n I t o o k u p t h e fi n e art of e q u estri a n ri di n g t h e m e m o r y of t h e pi ct ur e c a m e fl o o di n g b a c k a n d it all m a d e s e ns e!
I t h e n h e ar d s o m e n ois e i n t h e n e xt r o o m a n d m o v e d
t o t h e d o or w a y t o s e e w h at w as h a p p e ni n g. T h er e i n t h e
mi d dl e of t his r o o m st o o d a l ar g e t a bl e a n d all of o ur pi c ni c b as k ets w er e b ei n g c ar ef ull y u nl o a d e d a n d t h e c o nt e nts
pl a c e d ar o u n d t h e t a bl e. It w as ti m e f or l u n c h! S o o n e v er y o n e w as i n t h e r o o m a n d s e at e d o n t h e v ari o us c h airs. M y
c h air w as a n a n ci e nt w o o d e n aff air, n ot t h at st ur d y as t h e
l e gs s e e m e d t o b e a bit l o os e a n d w o b bl y b ut t h e b a c k h a d
a v er y pl e asi n g c ur v e t o it. M y a u nt, s e ei n g m y i nt er est i n
t h e c h air, e x pl ai n e d t h at t h es e c h airs c a m e wit h t h e c ott a g e
a n d w er e p art of t h e p a c k a g e. "J ust li k e t h e b o at ? ", I as k e d.
" Yes ", s mil e d m y a u nt, " a n d t h es e c h airs ar e c all e d ' Arr o w
B a c k' c h airs. " T h e y w er e s o diff er e nt fr o m t h e p a d d e d vi n yl a n d m et al o n es m y o w n f a mil y h a d i n o ur kit c h e n b a c k
i n S c ar b or o u g h. T h es e ' arr o w b a c k' c h airs s e e m e d t o c o m e
fr o m a v er y diff er e nt a g e a n d I e v e n n oti c e d t h at mi n e e v e n
h a d s o m e i m a g es c ar v e d i nt o t h e b a c k.
T h e pi c ni c t h e n b e g a n i n e ar n est a n d e v er y o n e w as f a m is h e d. It h a d b e e n a l o n g tri p a n d t his w as t h e first m e al si n c e
l e a vi n g Tor o nt o m a n y h o urs a g o! M y l u n c h c o nsist e d of a p e an ut b utt er a n d h o n e y s a n d wi c h, m a d e t h e ni g ht b ef or e a n d a
cl ut c h of c arr ot sti c ks, w hi c h I t h o u g ht w as t h e v er y b est l u n c h
y o u c o ul d p ossi bl y h a v e! I at e i n sil e n c e a n d list e n e d t o t h e
a d ults c h at a m o n gst t h e ms el v es a n d I f elt t h at t his pl a c e w as
g oi n g t o m or e t h a n j ust i nt er esti n g, b ut f as ci n ati n g as w ell.
Wit h o ur pi c ni c o v er t h e a d ults b e g a n t o p a c k u p t h e
v ari o us bits a n d pi e c es a n d m y u n cl e, n ot b ei n g a kit c h e n
p ers o n, c all e d o ut t o m e t o j oi n hi m a n d h e a n d I t h e n l eft
t h e r o o m a n d h e a d e d f or t h e fr o nt d o or. D o w n t h e st e ps
w e w e nt b ei n g c ar ef ul n ot t o st e p o n a n y r ott e n w o o d a n d
o n c e w e w er e b ot h fir ml y o n t h e r o c k m y u n cl e s u g g est e d
t h at w e b ot h g o f or a littl e w al k d o w n t o his f a v o urit e pl a c e.
" Y o u h a v e a f a v o urit e pl a c e ? ", I as k e d. " Yes ", h e s ai d, " a n d
it is o nl y a f e w st e ps a w a y. " S o c ar ef ull y f oll o wi n g m y u ncl e, w e s et off o n a s m all littl e us e d p at h t h at m e a n d er e d
ar o u n d t h e o ut cr o ps of gr a nit e. I n l ess t h a n fi v e mi n ut es
w e w er e st a n di n g o n a v ast s h e et of r e d gr a nit e l o o ki n g at a
h u g e pil e of r e d r o c ks, j ust li k e t h e o n e I w as st a n di n g o n.
T h e pil e w as q uit e irr e g ul ar a n d f or m e d a v er y s oli d w all i n
fr o nt of us. " C o m e t his w a y ", m y u n cl e e n c o ur a g e d a n d I
c ar ef ull y b e g a n pi c ki n g m y w a y u p a n d o v er t h e r o c k pil e.
M y u n cl e s e e m e d t o k n o w e x a ctl y w h er e t o g o a n d s o o n
w e w er e b ot h st a n di n g o n a r o c k l e d g e o n t h e ot h er si d e of
t h e r o c k pil e ri g ht b esi d e a c h a n n el of w at er. " T his is m y
s p e ci al s p ot, " e x cl ai m e d m y u n cl e.
I l o o k e d t o t h e ri g ht a n d t o t h e l eft a n d s a w a l ar g e c h a n n el
of w at er c o n n e cti n g t h e t w o w at er b o di es. " T his is k n o w n
as Bi g D o g C h a n n el, " s ai d m y u n cl e p oi nti n g t o t h e l eft,


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting February 2018

Vantage Point: Promoting Cruising Canada To Everyone
Club Profile: Ben Eoin Yacht Club and Marina
Travel Destination: Bayfield Inlet, Georgian Bay
Travel Destination: My Big Fat Greek Charter
Special Event: Vancouver Welcomed the Best of the Best 6mR Sailors
The Port Hole: New format for 2018
Sail Review: Sneak Preview - Six New Sailboats - US In-Water Sailboat Show, Annapolis
Power Review: Sabre 45 Salon Express
Power Review: Jeanneau NC33
Power Review: Four Winns H290 OB
Crossing the Line: Village Butty
Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Welcome
Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting February 2018 - 3
Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Vantage Point: Promoting Cruising Canada To Everyone
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Club Profile: Ben Eoin Yacht Club and Marina
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Travel Destination: Bayfield Inlet, Georgian Bay
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Travel Destination: My Big Fat Greek Charter
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Special Event: Vancouver Welcomed the Best of the Best 6mR Sailors
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - The Port Hole: New format for 2018
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Sail Review: Sneak Preview - Six New Sailboats - US In-Water Sailboat Show, Annapolis
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Power Review: Sabre 45 Salon Express
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Power Review: Jeanneau NC33
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Power Review: Four Winns H290 OB
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Canadian Yachting February 2018 - Crossing the Line: Village Butty
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