The sad part is that Friday and Saturday, there was no wind to be seen, barely a ripple on the water. That was ok as it gave us a chance to fool around with the boats in a very low risk environment.
On Saturday afternoon we paddled over to Snug Haven dock for the annual afternoon of boat mischief (don't worry, it's a copyrighted name). You haven't lived until you have slid off a 6 foot dock into the water. After a quick game of kayak piano keys, we discovered one boat had some gel coat cracks on the front deck. Oh yeah, we also broke a paddle there. Mischief indeed!
In the evenings, we had a couple guest speakers. Rick Wise from Horizons Adventures did a great talk on gear for first aid kits and Erik Ogaard did a talk on gear for boat repair. On Saturday night local historian, Eric McIntyre did a talk on shipwrecks of Georgian Bay which was fantastic. I had no idea that so many had crashed right up on the rocks that we were playing around that day.
Things changed quite a bit for Sunday, the winds finally arrived bringing us the waves that we were looking for. We woke up to 15 knot winds out of the East which was perfect. We took off first thing in the morning and paddled 5km off shore to the Snake Islands. Out there is a massive set of shoals which were absolutely fantastic. More damaged paddles and boats out there by days end for sure.
In total, we had 4 broken paddles, several large gel coat chunks missing from hulls due to rocks, a front deck cracked from piano keys, and a hull and deck seam split when one boat surfed into another. Oh yeah, several pinched fingers but all turned out fine. Good weekend indeed!
We more photos up on the photo gallery over at the Gathering website. If you were there, we are looking for your photos, email them in and we can post!