We are a small community of Cruisers always happy to have others join for cruising or just to get to know other like minded water lovers!
Welcome to the 2021 season and my fourth season as Commodore for the LPBYC. I have been a member for many years and, in fact, served as Commodore more than 10 years ago! I hope my high energy and passion for the water are contagious and when the winds aren't conducive to sailing, I'm always up for a dinghy ride around the harbour! See you on the dock and on the water!
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We started sailing on Lake Ontario in 2016. First on @dock.calm, a 23’ Georgian, which we sailed from Scarborough Bluffs Yacht Club to Port Dover Harbour Marina, joining friends there on Dock 6. In 2017, after deciding to make sailing a big part of our upcoming retirement, we bought Zambezi, a 35’ C&C Mk1, which we sailed from National Yacht Club in Toronto, through the Welland Canal for the second time in two years, to her new home on Dock 3 at PDHM. In 2019, we joined Long Point Bay Yacht Club, taking part in many social and cruising activities, including two amazing trips across Lake Erie to Erie, Pennsylvania.
We first got the bug for sailing when Mike’s dad bought a sailboat in 1980. We invited ourselves for a sail with him every opportunity we could. In 1994, Mike’s dad decided to buy a cabin cruiser so we bought his 29' Bayfield and never looked back. We've seen so many places on Lake Ontario and travelled around Lake Erie several times from Erie PA, all the way to Put-In-Bay and Pelee Island. Many times, we’re remembered because of our dogs, and the doggy dingy… Sailing is in our blood, and in the summer of 2021 our adventures on our beautiful 36' Bayfield will take us beyond the great lakes.
We started sailing on Lake Erie in 2002. First on Falcon’s Nest, a 7.6 metre Kelt and then in 2011 we moved up to Zatarra, a 36' Catalina. Living in Port Dover makes it easy to take the boat out whenever we get the urge. We love to cruise and have sailed as far as Port Colbourne at the eastern end of the lake and Put-in-Bay at the western end. Along the way, we've met many people who've since become good friends, and we’ve enjoyed their hospitality when we arrive at their ports. Zatarra has also participated in the Lake Erie Interclub (cruising division) and then Maythem and Henson regattas.