1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Saturday, July 8, 2017

MHOR Preparations

This is the 3rd time we have done the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race.

Met up with Kevin at the Whitby Yacht Club around 9pm, followed by Michael at around 10:30pm.
We consolidate belongings into my truck and hit the road.

10 hour drive to Boston via Gananoque was very easy.

Marblehead Harbour

Boston Yacht Club THIS WAY

Pulling into BYC
We arrived at BYC a little after 8am

Front Entrance
View once you go through the front doors

Panoramic shot
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We quickly emptied my truck where the boys took everything to MacIntosh via BYC tender.

MAC had an issue in that the engine driven refridgerator/freezer was not working.
We had to put frozen lazagna/sheppards pie and chicken parmeshan in a cooler with ice blocks.

I had brought 2 20L water jugs with spiggots for freshwater.
I also brought a percolator and coffee mugs.

MacIntosh having a ball

Michael and I drove to the nearest Costco in Danvers about 16m (30 mins) away arriving just before they opened at 9:30am.  Several hundred people lined up for the opening.

When we got back we unloaded and reload the truck with stuff off Mac for the delivery
Delivery sails, dinghy, outboard, and other stuff.
The bed of the truck was full.

Linda departed with my truck for Halifax around noon.

We got MAC organized below for several hours.
I brought all the waypoints for the race on an SD card and was able to import it into the new to MAC B&G Touch 8 chart plotter that ACE donated to the cause.

We also hauled Luca up MAC's 65 ft mast to fix the windex tabs

Picture from above:

We made a trip to West Marine (about a 10 minute walk).
I had ordered some SIMNET cables for pickup, while we had to pickup some odds and ends for MAC.

We went to a local pub for lunch downtown.
Twas good, even thought I got teazed for ordering a kale salad.
I figured I would be eating all kinds of bad stuff in the race, so better bulk up on roughage.

The band in the tent was fantastic:

The drink of choice for the Marblehead is a "Dark and Stormy"
Gosling's rum with ginger beer.  DELICIOUS

Dark N Stormy thundershower rolled through
John and I with our Dark N Stormys
We had reservations at the local restaurant "The Landing" for 8pm.

A great dinner was had by all.

Including rum samples from a local distillery called Rumson:

Complete with Rumson temporary tattoos!

We all were back at MAC by 11pm.
The Ontario boys were tired from driving all night.

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