Love Your Bay Day

Love Your Bay Day,  on the Parry Sound waterfront, is the local celebration of a historic initiative —the largest simultaneous water sampling for microplastics in history. A shoreline clean-up at Waubuno Beach kicks off the day at 11:00 a.m., where Town of Parry Sound staff will provide gloves, bags, and recycling facilities to remove garbage from this part of the shoreline. Activities for children will continue until 3:00 p.m.

Sail Parry Sound, located on the Waterfront Trail (first left, north of the Stockey Centre),  is hosting the microplastics sampling from noon until 3:00 p.m.

GMapFitnessTrailMapeorgian Bay Biosphere Reserve staff will be on hand to assist people in taking a sample at no cost from the Sound. They decide whether to take it from shore, from a sailboat, kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) with White Squall staff.

“Whether sailing, paddling, swimming or even walking to access the Bay and connecting waterways, everyone can be a part of this event” says Tim Dyer, owner of White Squall.

Sail Parry Sound will host a live performance by renowned singer and songwriter Katherine Wheatley, and a delicious cash barbecue will be available at the public Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck.

“We are acutely aware, as sailors, of the importance of water quality” says Bob Griffiths, president of Sail Parry Sound. “We encourage everyone to participate, whether here, out cruising the Bay, or at their own dock, to gather samples for testing.”

KWSponsored by Wade Perkins of Assante Capital Management Limited,  Katherine Wheatley’s concert at Sail Parry Sound is a perfect accompaniment to the day’s activities.  Katherine is well known for her love of Parry Sound and Georgian Bay, and many of her songs reflect her deep connection to the water.

People interested in taking samples for microplastics in other parts of Georgian Bay, including rivers flowing into the Bay, are asked to register at http://exxpedition.com/greatlakes2016/   to receive sampling instructions.

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, Sail Parry Sound, and the Town of Parry Sound are spearheading this local event to involve people who care about the Great Lakes in a historic day of water sampling.  You can play an important part.

“The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world, and they are magnificent,” says eXXpedition Great Lakes Science Lead, Professor Sherri Mason. “The problem with plastic is that it doesn’t biodegrade, it degrades into smaller and smaller pieces. As a result we are finding microplastics by the tens of thousands across the lake surface and within fish and other aquatic organisms. Because these plastics are so small, understanding the realities of this problem is difficult. “

A team of scientists has organized the Great Lakes eXXpedition to test waters for microplastics in each of the Great Lakes.  Events like eXXpedition Great Lakes are critical to raising awareness.

 

It was a Big Sound Challenge indeed!

wayfarers1849“You can never have too much wind” is an old sailors’ expression but just occasionally, it can pose a challenge.  Saturday was a gorgeous day on the water with a strong gusty wind and whitecaps and a few capsizes in the four races.  Sunday, the perfect steady thousand-mile wind returned to the Big Sound and the Race Committee cracked off the remaining three races before lunch.

 

2016 Wayfarer Ontario Championships

Results FINAL as of 14:26 on August 7, 2016

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank SailNo Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st 10865 Dave Hansman/Dave Richardson 3 1 1 2 3 (6) 6 22 16
2nd 3854 Al Schonborn/Bruce Clifford 1 2 (7) 5 2 4 2 23 16
3rd 10963 David & Anne Pugh 4 4 (5) 3 1 1 4 22 17
4th 397 Sue Pilling/Steph Romaniuk (7) 5 3 4 6 3 1 29 22
5th 10944 Leo & Joanne Van Kampen 8 6 4 1 4 (11) 5 39 28
6th 10861 Marc & Julie Bennett 2 3 (14 DNF) 14 DNC 5 5 3 46 32
7th 3664 Doug & Chris Ryan (14 DSQ) 8 6 6 9 2 9 54 40
8th 994 Kit Wallace/George Waller 5 9 2 (14 DNC) 7 8 11 56 42
9th 1066 Jim & Linda Heffernan (10) 10 8 7 10 10 7 62 52
10th 10137 Alastair & David Ryder-Turner 6 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 8 9 8 73 59
11th 11136 AnnMarie Covington/Nick Seraphinoff 9 7 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 11 12 10 77 63
12th 10964 Jan & Alannah d’Ailly (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 12 7 14 DNF 89 75
13th 10962 Mike & Marg Duncan (14 DNF) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 98 84

Big Sound Challenge

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FINAL results on August 7, 2016

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank SailNo Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st 200182 Bradley Sheppard 1 1 1 1 1 1 (2) 8 6
2nd 212333 Stephen Winkworth 2 2 2 2 2 (4) 1 15 11
3rd 7415 David Sivers (8) 4 5 3 4 2 3 29 21
4th 202901 Indrek Aavisto (7) 3 4 4 3 3 5 29 22
5th 200152 Lucas Trapp 3 5 (14 OCS) 5 5 9 4 45 31
6th 200126 Scott Avery 6 7 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 6 6 7 60 46
7th 185958 Anthony Hick (14 DNC) 8 6 14 DNC 8 8 6 64 50
8th 188982 Ross Emmans 5 (14 DNC) 3 6 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 70 56
9th 8797 Jacob David (14 DSQ) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 7 5 8 76 62
10th 175189 Grant Kavanagh 4 6 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 80 66
11th 187196 Gary Holman (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 9 7 9 81 67
12th 40963 Ben Woitzik (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 10 14 OCS 14 DNF 94 80
13th 196054 Curtis Wilson (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 98 84

Results Courtesy Sailwave Scoring Software 2.19.4

www.sailwave.com

 

The place to be this summer!

Much is new this year at Sail Parry Sound with the addition of the new café and additional on site recreational activities.

The Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck at Sail Parry Sound opened in May and is offering fresh foods with a magnificent panoramic view of the Big Sound, daily, noon to 6 PM.  Enjoy homemade fresh healthy foods, flavour bowls, smoothies, tasty salads, sandwiches, fresh juices and specialty teas,  in addition to mouth watering desserts and their famous Belly ice cream, made locally from pure Jersey cream.

White Squall, the Paddling Centre of Georgian Bay offers free paddling and demonstrations, every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon.

To top it off, Parry Sound Bikes will be scheduling a Tour the Town Bike Experience  to Sail Parry Sound, to enjoy our beautiful place on the shore.

August 6 and 7 we welcome sailors from Canada and the US for the Big Sound Challenge incorporating the Wayfarers’ Ontario Championship.  If you’d like to be part of the welcoming committee, email  volunteer@sailparrysound.on.ca  Orientation is provided–then all you need is a friendly smile and a helpful attitude to make our guests welcome.

August 20th is Love Your Bay Day, a partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.   In the afternoon enjoy a live performance by renowned Parry Sound-born singer/songwriter Katherine Wheatley, whose love of the water is inspired by the beauty of Georgian Bay! Acoustic roots with catchy melodies, arresting vocals, great guitar playing, lyrics that get you and that you get – these are all things that have been written over and over again about Katherine Wheatley’s music. She sings truth, bravely, and in detail– even about the rocks at Sail Parry Sound!  That’s where she will sing again.  What could be better than enjoying the afternoon with Katherine while her beautiful voice echoes over the water!

The Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck will be featuring a delicious lunch menu and a BBQ.

Sail Parry Sound is easy to get to, along the Waterfront Trail, the first left turn north of the Stockey Centre.   It’s the place to be this summer.  Everyone is welcome!MapFitnessTrailMap

For more information about this and other events at Sail Parry Sound please visit  http://sailparrysound.on.ca/events/ .

Time to think about summer again!

With lengthening days and warming sun, and  a Big Sound which barely froze this winter, it’s time to look to summer sailing plans.  We will be launching early!

If this is the year your family will learn to sail, more information is at the drop-down menu SPS Sailing School.  Spaces are filling quickly,so register early to avoid disappointment.

2016 is shaping up to be the most exciting summer yet, for friends and visitors at          Sail Parry Sound.   Watch this space for announcements coming shortly.

If you are a qualified sailing instructor hoping to introduce others to the finest freshwater sailing in the world, check our advertisement  in the Sailing School section. 

Big Sound Challenge

 

Roll out the red carpet, and bring on the thousand mile wind!

Sail Parry Sound has been awarded the privilege of hosting the 2015 Wayfarer Ontario Championships, as part of the Big Sound Challenge, August 15 – 16.    CL16s, the sister ship of the Wayfarer, are also invited to compete, and some Lasers are coming in for the Big Sound Challenge as well!

Already 15 Wayfarer crews are registered, and three Lasers.  Lots more are still finalizing their plans, and we are looking forward to welcoming them on the land, and providing superb racing on the water.

The Rotary Club of Parry Sound is partnering with Sail Parry Sound, and our wonderful group of friendly volunteers will provide a warm welcome and directions and assistance.

To volunteer to be part of the excitement, please email info@sailparrysound.on.ca

Orientations will be held in early August.

To register for the Big Sound Challenge, see the NOR  on this site.

Click here for downloading online registration forms to fill in.

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Give it a try! July 18 with Sail Parry Sound and White Squall

The Big Sound is without parallel for sailing, with its dependable winds, long fetch, and magnificent natural scenery among the 30,000 Islands.

Come sailing with us; experience the beauty of silent wind power!

Board a cruiser or a dinghy, wearing your PFD, (we have spares!) and sail away with an experienced sailor who will show you the ropes, sitting or sailing–your choice.

Our friends from White Squall, the Paddling Centre of Georgian Bay,  are partnering with us, for you to try other motor-free on- water experiences.  Try paddleboarding, the newest way to enjoy the Bay!

You’ll love the quiet, with the waves lapping, the feel of the cool spray on your face, the warmth of the sun, and the distinctive deep blue of the Big Sound.

On a perfect summer day, every sense is alive to the wonder of being on the water in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

Come to Sail Parry Sound at the west end of Waubuno Road, next to the Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail,  on Saturday, July 18, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

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“GET OUT ON THE WATER” is a joint initiative between Ontario Sailing  and ROWONTARIO funded by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

 

FedNor invests in Sail Parry Sound

 

SPS President Bob Griffiths thanks Minister Clement for FedNor investment.

SPS President Bob Griffiths thanks Minister Clement for FedNor investment.

Parry Sound–—Sail Parry Sound announced May 1, 2015 that it has received a generous investment from FedNor for its latest waterfront development

Following the formal announcement by the Honourable Tony Clement, Member of Parliament Parry Sound-Muskoka, Sail Parry Sound President Bob Griffiths described the $122,236 as critical to the club’s expansion of services to the community and visitors.

“Waterfront infrastructure is key to Parry Sound’s development.  With the three new outdoor attractions to be added to the sailing centre, more access to the water, to the trail system, and much greater public enjoyment of the waterfront will be possible.

“FedNor has supported the vision of a longer season for the shoreline property we lease from the Town.  We greatly appreciate the guidance and support FedNor has provided.”

With a café kiosk operated by an independent provider on the new observation deck, Sail Parry Sound will offer the only elevated, outdoor, west-facing outlet in Parry Sound, where people can enjoy a “fast casual” snack while drinking in the panoramic view of the Big Sound, for several months of the year.

“We anticipate that people who are walking or cycling on the neighbouring Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment trail will find this a refreshing stop along the shore.”

In addition, the sailing club will invite independent operators to provide stand-up paddling training and rentals, as well as other human-  or wind-powered craft.    Another facet of the development plan is to have an independent operator of bicycle rentals and training.

Bob Griffiths continued, “Adjacent to the trail, which is the access route to hundreds of miles of cyclist-friendly trails, Sail Parry Sound is perfectly positioned to welcome cyclists.  It is our intent to earn certification as an approved site for Ontario by Bike.”

“This generous FedNor support”, he said, “has made it possible for Sail Parry Sound to exercise more ways to serve Parry Sound, further demonstrating sailing for a better community.”

Sail Parry Sound is a not-for-profit corporation formed by volunteers in 1997 to restore the sailing heritage to the waters of Parry Sound, through excellence in sail training and regatta management.

Photo posted by Parry Sound Tourism:

SPS volunteers  and deputy mayor with Minister Clement

Get into Sailing with Sail Parry Sound on July 19

Come sailing with us; experience the beauty of silent wind power!  This is how our ancestors arrived and fell in love with Parry Sound.  You will understand!HeaderSail

Come to Sail Parry Sound on July 19, and come out on the water.   Board a cruiser or a dinghy, wearing your PFD or a loaner lifejacket, and sail away with an experienced sailor who will show you the ropes, sitting or sailing–your choice.

Get into Sailing at Sail Parry Sound is sponsored by Wade Perkins of Assante Capital Management Ltd., and by Shirlene Johnston, Sales Representative for Royal LePage Team Advantage Realty Brokerage

If you haven’t already had a taste of the finest freshwater sailing in the world, you will have it here.  The Big Sound is unparalleled for sailing, with its dependable winds, long fetch, and magnificent natural scenery among the 30,000 Islands.

You’ll love the quiet, with crisp sails against the sky, with the waves lapping the hull of the boat, the feel of the cool spray on your face, the warmth of the sun, and the distinctive deep blue of the Big Sound.  On a perfect summer day on the water, every sense is alive to the wonder of sailing in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

Come to Sail Parry Sound at the west end of Waubuno Road, next to the Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail, and Get into Sailing!  

                        Saturday, July 19, from 10 AM to 3 PM

Get into Sailing at Sail Parry Sound is sponsored by  

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