- - Sailing on Free-n-Easy II
- - At the Canadian Tulip Festival
- - The Common Thread Quilt Show
- - Sailors on Vesper
- - First Sail of 2018
- - Vesper is Launched
- - Hiking in Gatineau Park
- - Cycling Season Starts
- - Skating With Jane
- – - Trip to St. Catherines
- - "D" Dock Rebuild at Nepean Sailing Club
- - "E" Dock Rebuild at Nepean Sailing Club
- - Skiing in Mid-March
- - Skating at Landsdowne
- - Last Skate on the Rideau Canal
- - Skiing Gatineau Park
- - Skiing Resumes
- - Night Skating on the Rink of Dreams
- - Skating on the Rideau Canal
- - Ice Skating Indoors
- - Snowshoeing in the Greenbelt
- - Skiing in the New Year
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Sailing on Free-n-Easy II
We were invited by skipper Kevin Davis to come sailing on his classic C&C Corvette 31, Free-n-Easy II, and went out on a day with some good winds. The boat handles well and we sailed up to Aylmer Island and back in about three hours.
At the Canadian Tulip Festival
We dropped into the Canadian Tulip Festival today to see how the flowers were doing. It was a beautiful Monday evening and not too busy, for once.
The Common Thread Quilt Show
Kathryn was treasurer for the 2018 Common Thread Quilt Show, had two quilts in the show, plus we both helped with the show set-up, too.
Sailors on Vesper
We started in early taking friends out on Vesper, with Jane coming out on sail #2 for the year. As more people come sailing this season I will add their photos here.
First Sail of 2018
Losing no time after our launch yesterday, we took Vesper out for a first sail today, sailing 1:51 from KNB→K3→E→K4→S→K1→KNB. We did note that "E" mark is once again missing, although I have its former location marked in the GPS.
Vesper is Launched
With the ice finally out of the harbour, we launched Vesper today and got her to her dock. We got her rigged and washed, all ready for a summer of sailing.
Hiking in Gatineau Park
With the weather finally warming up a bit we did a 12 km hike today in Gatineau Park, to Shilly Shally for lunch. It is quiet in the park at this time of year, with the roads all still closed to cars, but there were a few die-hard skiers still skiing on the ice there.
Cycling Season Starts
It has been a cold April so far, with temperatures running about 10C° below normal, but it made it to +7° today, so we got our bikes out, oiled the chains, pumped up the tires and did a 16 km ride. It felt good to be back on our bikes.
Skating With Jane
My friend Jane recently moved back to the Ottawa area and today the three of us met up to go ice skating on the Rink of Dreams at City Hall, have dinner in Chinatown and go to a folk music performance at the National Arts Centre.
Trip to St. Catherines
Over the Easter weekend Kathryn and I went on a trip to visit some relatives. We started off visiting Nick, Steph and Kayden in Guelph.
Next we went to see Kathryn's family for Easter in The St. Catherine's area.
We got to Niagara Falls.
And to Niagara-On-The-Lake, too.
On the way home we visited Nigel & Charlyn in Toronto.
And stopped for ice cream in Belleville.
"D" Dock Rebuild at Nepean Sailing Club
The work went so well last weekend at the sailing club that the dock rebuilding crew came out to do another dock this weekend, while the winter weather held out. This time we moved lumber for "D" dock
Kathryn and I volunteered the Saturday morning crew, mostly delivering lumber to be used in the dock rebuild, as well as transporting the old lumber off the docks.
"E" Dock Rebuild at Nepean Sailing Club
The sailing club is engaged in a complete dock rebuild, starting with the dock that Vesper is on, "E" dock. Naturally this has to be done during the part of the year when the docks are not being used for sailing.
Kathryn and I volunteered to be on the first morning tear-down crew, on what turned out to be a very cold day in March with really high winds. We cleared ice off the docks, removed the steel cleats and organized, packaged and delivered lumber. That kept us warm out there in the cold temperatures.
The work went so well that the crew was called out again the following weekend to do "D" dock.
Skiing in Mid-March
In recent years XC skiing is usually over by the beginning of March and, after a February when we lost all our snow, that seemed to be the case until this week. Suddenly we have had lots of snow and that got us out skiing once again.
This day turned out to be the end of the ski season for us. It was my 17th time skiing this year and I skied 122.5 km. Kathryn skied a total of 13 days and 93.5 km this winter.
Skating at Landsdowne
With winter pretty much over for the last week, the canal closed and temperatures above freezing, we headed to Landesdowne Park and the outdoor artificially-cooled rink there for some skating.
Last Skate on the Rideau Canal
Today was our fourth and last skate on the Rideau Canal for this year and so we went out, with about 30,000 other people, and skated end-to-end. We got a big melt and rain the next day and no further winter weather for now.
Skiing Gatineau Park
Today conditions for skiing were excellent and so we went up to Gatineau Park for the first time this winter and skied from P10 to the Champlain Lookout and onto Shilly Shally for a picnic lunch, before skiing back down the big hill.
With three melts and a freezing rain event recently, skiing had come to an end for a while, but a good load of new snow overnight got us out skiing again.
Night Skating on the Rink of Dreams
With skating on the canal impacted by the melt we had this weekend, we decided to go downtown and skate on the Rink of Dreams at City Hall. Kathryn wanted to skate after dark, when the rink is lit by the coloured lights mounted inside the boards. They change colour as you skate, too.
Skating on the Rideau Canal
We have been watching the weather and ice conditions on the Rideau Canal and finally today we had a warm enough day at -6°C and good ice conditions and went out for a skate. We skated end-to-end and back again and even had BeaverTails, too.
We managed to get out on the canal again for a second time on and a third time on .
Ice Skating Indoors
The last few weeks have seen a lot of difficult winter weather, with two big thaws and a freezing rain storm, all of which has made outdoors sports tricky. When the weather doesn't cooperate we do indoor skating at the local arena instead.
Snowshoeing in the Greenbelt
With the deep winter cold weather here and windchills up we decided to take a break from skiing and do a bit of snowshoeing. It really keeps you warm outside in the cold as it is way harder work than skiing is!
Skiing in the New Year
Today was the first ski of the new year for Kathryn and I after recovering from some holiday season colds. We skied 7.5 km in the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands in some good conditions. So far this winter I have skied 50.0 km over seven days to date.